Taste the Local Flavor - Bulgogi
Bulgogi preparation is interesting. First, they will serve you a platter full of beef strips. You will grill it yourself…when the beef is almost cooked, cut it into small pieces with the use of scissors. Wrap the meat in either lettuce or mint leaves, garnish with different kinds of veggies and kimchis and enjoy. Word of advice:
Eat with a friend and share. Koreans serve big servings of everything!
Must-have in Gyeongju
Good, comfy and sturdy walking shoes for those long walks. Gyeongju offers a lot of hiking opportunities especially around Mt. Namsan and Seokguram Grotto (coming from Bulguksa Temple).
Warm jacket - it could get very cold at the Bomun Lake. Camera, films, batteries, chargers, memory cards, etc. - Gyeongju is such a colorful and historic place that you will find most things worth at least one photograph. I ran out of memory and look at the poor quality photograph that I got from one of those disposable cameras :0( Bring bottled water and snacks when going around the parks especially around the Gyerim Area. I saw some vendo machines but those are very few and far apart.
Money! Though Gyeongju is a lot cheaper than Seoul, the numerous entrance fees at the parks will make you broke in no time ;0)
Just outside Gyeongju there is the village of Bulguksa (Trains to Busan call here). Here you can find the Grotto, an old buddah overlooking the hills. For a small fee a bus takes you from the hotel area (right at the Bulguksa Temple) up on the hill in 15 minutes.
With good weather you can overlook the whole area and even see the Sea of Japan which is a truly impressive sight.
There's also a trail on which you can walk up/downhill. It is recommended to walk your way down and enjoy the beautifull nature. If you look closely you can see striped squirrels.
Natural Spring water
Not far away from the Bulguksa temple,there was a stream of water flowing.It was said that this was pure spring water from the mountain.You may want to bring a empty bottle along.The spring water is very cooling and refreshing.
I also saw other similar looking water collection area,but they are from taps,not sure if they are consumable.
Go for a hike
Between Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, there is a very well-marked mountain trail. The trail is just over 3 km in length and is quite a nice hike. The trail is clear, and there is a bathroom facility along the way.
We hiked down instead of up! For those fit souls who want a bit of a workout, uphill is good too, I'm sure.
To get to the trailhead, go to the southern ticket booth at Bulguksa or look for the sign just next to the ticket booth at Seokguram.