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One of the world's great ancient cities

For a thousand years, from 57BC, Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla kingdom and the first capital of a unified Korean peninsula. At its peak, it had a population of more than a million and was one of the biggest cities in the world. Today it is a fairly sleepy town of some 285,000 people, but enlivened, especially in summer, by the 8 million tourists who visit it every year.

Gyeongju has been described as a vast open-air museum and it is dotted with UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. There are hundreds of important sites here, including massive burial mounds, which are Korea's equivalent of the pyramids, ancient palaces and temples, as well as the oldest observatory in Eastern Asia.

  • Last visit to Kyongju: Jan 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 29, 2006
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  • Mr.Sparkle's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2009 at 1:12 AM

    some good stuff here. thanks for the tips. i'll head off here in about 2 weeks.

  • Oct 15, 2006 at 10:26 AM

    lovely page! Nikos

  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2006 at 12:01 PM

    Thanks for the visits!! My Korea pages were from memory since I was there last time ~2 years ago. There's a good chance I'll go back soon!

  • Wild_Orchid's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2006 at 3:23 AM

    excellent tips and pictures!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2006 at 9:08 PM

    Excellent page! The ssambap is gorgeous and the wine yummy! How can a bell be "built over a period of 30 years"? Isn't it cast, or do you mean 30 years for the carving after being cast?

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2006 at 7:27 AM

    Great page, complete, nice. I wish I had gotten there.

  • jckim's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2006 at 7:03 AM

    Hey Ian, It's a very nice page for Gyeongju area,and wonderful pics. especially Beopju is the best wine for traditional ceremony in Korea! good job!


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