Kyungju Hilton Hotel

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

370 Shinpyung-dong, Kyongju, 780-290, South Korea
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How to go : from Inchon airport to Kyongju by bus and Seoul to Soraksan ?

by lilykann

Please help me because this is the first time to be a backpacker in Korea.
Thank you in advance to everyone's reply.
I have only 7 days (30 oct-5nov)in Korea and want to go to Kyongju /Cheju/beautiful scenery of Autumn (Soraksan may be too far ).
1.Should I go to Cheju from Seoul or Kyongju and how to go? By bus or fly?
2.Could you recommend budgeted guest house korean style in Kyongju? Not Sarang Jae because the answer is fully booked. And in Cheju please.
3.I want to see scenery of autumn. Do I have to go to Soraksan? Any place else?....Kann

Re: How to go : from Inchon airport to Kyongju by bus and Seoul to Soraksan ?

by olddude

Okay...last thing first.

Soraksan probably has the best autumn scenery in Korea. That said, you need to get to Seoul from Incheon first for your best transportation options. The bus is not the only way to get there, but it is the best way; especially since you are a backpacker. Do you have you go to Soraksan? No, but like I said it has some of the best scenery. Woraksan to the south has some very nice autumn scenery as well. Best was to get to Kyongju is by train. Again you need to get to Seoul first and then take a train to Kyongju. You could take the bus as well, but I prefer the train. If you intend on going to Jeju, you should probably take the train from Kyongju to Busan and then fly to Jeju from there. You can do this all in 7 days, but it may be tiring. As far as lodging, I don't know any guesthouses in the Kyongju area, but there are plenty of "yeogwan" (Korean motels) available for you to stay at for a reasonable cost. Unfortunately, you cannot make reservations for them. They are usually near the bus and train stations and the bar districts.

Re: How to go : from Inchon airport to Kyongju by bus and Seoul to Soraksan ?

by Vita500

Can you drive? If yes, then make sure to get yourself an international driver's license. To make good use of the limited time you've got, it would be very helpful to rent a car in Gyeongju and on Jeju-Do.

If this is your first trip to Korea, you should probably plan for at least two nights in Seoul. Yes, Gyeongju is beautiful, Jeju-Do is awesome and Seoraksan's scenery is very pretty but Seoul is still the heart of Korea.

One night in Seoraksan and Gyeongju should be enough if you start early enough from Seoul. Korea's public transportation on the peninsula is pretty effecient and easy-to-use. Buses to Seoraksan, trains to Dongdaegu (from where you proceed by bus to Gyeongju) and flights to Jeju-Do are very frequent (many times a day) and reliable.

Finding a vacancy in one of the numerous Motels during your stay shouldn't be a big problem, either. They are basically everywhere... obviously not always in the most convenient places but as long as you have a car, this shouldn't be an issue.

Seeing that you intend to backpack your way across the countryside, it would be a good idea to bring along a Korean language guide as Koreans usually don't speak any English.

Enjoy!

Cheers,
Robert

Travel Tips for Kyongju

Self guided tours

by DSwede

I am sure you can pay for any tour service you want, and travel/tour agents in various cities may help. However, buses and trains to Gyeongju are cheap and run quite frequently.

Upon arrival at Gyeongju, there is a tourist information stand (both at train and bus terminals) with maps and general information.

There is a tourist bus that stops at the train and bus terminals and makes a circuit stopping at nearly all the places you would want to visit anyway. Public buses numbers 10 and 11 make circuits stopping at all major tourist stops like Bulguksa, the Museum, Anapji Pond, bus terminal, train station, etc.

Alternatively, there are bicycle rentals outside both the train station and the bus terminal so you can explore more freely and leisurely on your own.

Grocery Stores - Best Bet for Budget Travellers

by i-s-a

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Whenever I eat alone, I tend to get instant meals of noodles and sandwiches as most dishes in Korea come in big servings. Stores like the one in the picture comes handy for those noodles, breads, canned goods, chips, etc.

You can get your toiletries here too at a much cheaper price.

Undersea Tomb of King Munmu-Wang & Gameunsa Temple

by DSwede

King Munmu-Wan (660~680?) was the 30th ruler of the Shilla Kingdom.

The story says that he was cremated in a Buddhist ritual and that his ashes were buried in the East Sea per his wishes. This allowed him to be reincarnated into a dragon to protect the Shilla.

This is reportedly the only undersea burial site in the world. (Korean National treasure 158)

The tomb is on the south east coast, near the Gameunsa Temple (Korean National treasure 112).

Silleuk-sa Temple

by Tom_Fields

This Buddhist temple dates back to the Silla dynasty. It was enlarged during the reign of King Yejong (1468-69). It has several of Korea's national treasures, including a mulit-layer stone pagoda from 1472, a stone bell and lamp from 1376, and a monument to the wood-block Buddhist library that once stood here.

Ready to Get Lost?

by i-s-a

Try going to Namsan and enjoy its beauty. But please be warned that you could easily get lost...I did go on my own and got lost several times ;0).

Most locals do not know how to speak English so it was really a big challenge for me to locate the attractions from my hand-drawn map. The feeling of uncertainty will leave you feeling nervous and excited at the same time.

Trying to look for the nice remote places will also give you a chance to interact with the locals which for me is very unforgettable. The people of Gyeongju are sooooo nice and I hope I could get back there soon.

If you are short on time (like I was), you can visit these attractions in a halfday tour....give or take some hours for times that you get lots :0):

Onyong Hermitage
Deer Farm
Bomisa Temple
Seochulji Pond
Twin Pagoda

Note: It took me 6 hours to see the first 4 attractions. I miss the Twin Pagoda as nobody seemed to know about it. It helps if someone could translate the names of attraction in Hangul. Remeber..Persistence is the key word!

Enjoy hiking!

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Address: 370 Shinpyung-dong, Kyongju, 780-290, South Korea