"Gyeoungju, a hikers dream" Kyongju by trek06

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Gyeoungju, a hikers dream

You don't have to be in Korea long before you want some solitude away from the masses. To escape the crowds you can find a quiet perch on a mountainside and Korea is all mountains. Although they are not large mountains they make up for it with history and religion. The mountains around Gyeong-ju are an excellent place to explore and hike and then be rewarded by a grotto or a monks chants and drum sounds. Although photos are not allowed in many of the temples, they wouldn't do the experience justice anyway. You need to see the inside of these temples with your own eyes.

There is cheap clean motels near the intercity bus terminal and unlimited restaurants to enjoy Korean food. It is a small city which makes it easy to find your way around. Watch out for fast scooters on side wallks, indoor markets etc...


Interesting Pagoda at Bulguska. I really enjoyed the temple and it was a great starting point for Seokguram Grotto.

Samneung - Tumuli of 3 Silla Kings

Tombs of 3 Silla dynasty kings, a peaceful place of rest. You can find these tombs around differnt parts of the city.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Yellow dust days, Red dust days, Air Pollution
  • Cons:Rewarding Hikes
  • In a nutshell:A jewel of Korea
  • Last visit to Kyongju: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Pixiekatten's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2006 at 3:11 PM

    Great page. Tips will come in real handy on my planned trip to SK! Thanks! :)

  • jckim's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2006 at 7:23 AM

    Yes! Korea spring is Yellow dust season, from Gobi desert China! but there are wonderful weather conditions Gyeongju area! good start ^^ Kim.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2006 at 3:57 AM

    Ah, fantastic start, Dean :-) These hikes sound great, and I like your pictures and stories very much :-) These colorful laterns are so beautiful. Ahh, and the food market pictures.... I get very much hungry !!! Thanks :-)


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