Kyongju Things to Do

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    Cheonmachong

    by iwys Updated Jan 25, 2006

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    Cheonmachong means Heavenly Horse Tomb, and it is so named because of a painted saddle cloth, depicting a winged horse, discovered amongst the treasures there. Presumably, its owner was to use it to ride to heaven.

    This royal tomb was built in the late fifth century. It is 12.7m high and 47m wide. Cheonmachong is one of the few burial mounds that you can actually go inside, although it has been so extensively rebuilt that inside it looks brand new; not more than a thousand years old.

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    Seokguram Grotto

    by i-s-a Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    Seokguram Grotto is part of UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List. Instide the grotto is a huge seated Buddha surrounded by Bodhisattvas and guardian dieties.

    The location of the grotto is so ideal. It is nested at the center of the mountain and there are lots of colorful trees surrounding it.

    To get there from Bulguksa, take Bus No. 11 or get a taxi (not recommended as taxi is very expensive...around W10000). Travel time is more or less 20 minutes.

    After you have alighted the bus (or taxi), there's the ticket booth. Entrance fee is W3000.

    You will have to do some hiking. Not to worry because it is only a short hike and the trail was made enjoyable by the birds and squirrels...or was it chipmunks?...I am hopeless!

    Big equipment doing all the noises disturbed the serenity of the place....but it seemed to be temporary so it may not be a big concern.

    Also, I could not see the structure that well because the Buddha is enclosed in glass and the glass reflects light. Worst part is they don't allow visitors to take pictures. Better buy postcards to keep those memories.

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    Open: 6:00AM - 6:PM (7:00AM - 5:00PM in December).

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    Stone Pagoda of Bunhwangsa Pt. 1.

    by Intrepidduck Updated Jun 21, 2004

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    Tree shaddow and stone pagoda

    The three level stone pagoda of Bunhwangsa was completed in AD 634, during the third year of Queen Seondeok, it originally had nine levels in total! It is made of andesite and constructed in a way to resemble bricks. This pagoda is the oldest remaining on the Korean penisular, however was destroyed by the Japanese in 1915.

    Bunhwangsa pagoda has four entrances, however not intended for habitation, each one flanked by a pair of granite reliefs of Vajrapanier or ferocious guardians of Buddhism. There are also stone lions placed at each corner of the ground stone (pagoda base).

    During excavation in the earlier decades of the twentieth century relics were discovered inside the stone pagoda. It was also revealed that the pagoda was renovated during the Goryeo period, post Silla.

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    Visit the Parks Around Downtown Gyeongju

    by i-s-a Updated May 22, 2005

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    Historical Area in Eastern Gyeongju

    Gyeongju is referred to as "Open Museum" and I think it is an apt title. Heritage sites are concentrated in this part of Korea and with its many attractions you can glimpse the past grandeur of the Silla Kingdom.

    I've done a walking trip and due to long walks I would highly recommend that you take a bicycling tour. There are lots of bicycle rental around town.

    Here's a recommended trail for you guys. I did a trial and error walk tour and did some wrong turns along the way...I missed the last 3 attractions :0( Hope this helps you maximize your time.

    From town:
    1. Daereungwon Royal Burial Grounds (also known as Tumuli Park)
    2. Cheongseongdae Observatory (a star gazing tower)
    3. Gyerim Forest
    4. Seokbinggo Ice Storage House
    5. Banwolseong Fortress (try archery and traditional games)
    6. Anapji Pond
    7. National Museum
    8. Hwangnyongsa Temple Site
    9. Bunhwangsa Temple

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    Temple Visit at the Bulguksa

    by i-s-a Written Jun 1, 2005

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    front view

    With an Entrance fee of W3000, I expected a lot from Bulguksa Temple and it did not disappoint me. With the huge temple grounds, beautiful structures and fantastic scenery, it was worth it.

    I visited in Autumn and there were lots of people inside. To enjoy the place more, try going against the flow of people....start at the right part of the temple grounds going to the left (counter-clockwise).

    It is open from 7:00AM up to 6:00PM (7:00AM - 5:00PM October to March).

    To get there from downtown, take Bus No.11. Travel time would be more or less 30 minutes.

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    Seokbinggo Ice House

    by iwys Written Jan 26, 2006

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    Seokbinggo Ice House was the underground storehouse for Banwolseong Fortress, built during the reign of King Yeongju in the Joseon dynasty. It was moved 100 metres and rebuilt in 1741, during the reign of King Yeongjo.

    It is 19m long and 5.45m high, and the domed roof and walls consist of about one thousand stones. The floor is slanted and fluted to facilitate the flow of melting ice.

    The ice house is the only intact building that survives from Banwolseong Fortress.

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    Bulguksa

    by iwys Updated Jan 25, 2006

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    Bulguksa, originally built in the year 528, during the reign of King Beopheung, and now on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list, is the most famous Buddhist temple in Korea. It was. like most of the temples in Korea, destroyed by the Japanese in 1593 and not resored to its former glory until 1969-73, when President Park Chung-Hee ordered it to be reconstructed to its original design.

    The main features include two stone "bridges' which are actually stairways, and two stone pagodas, Dabotap and Seokgatap.

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  • Bulguksa

    by Hooglyboo Written Feb 2, 2004

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    everybody and their mother takes this picture . .

    Bulguk Temple is one of the grandest temples in Korea . . .it's a huge complex with some amazing architecture, including two marvelous stone stupas (one of which is featured on the ten won coin). Like most temples in Korea, it's in an idyllic mountian location, with spectacular views. It's on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites, and has been beautifully restored.

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    Cheomsongdae

    by iwys Updated Jan 25, 2006

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    Cheomsongdae, built between 632 and 647, during the reign of Queen Seondeok, is the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in the Far East. It actually looks like a stone pottery kiln. It is 9.4 metres high and has a diameter of 5.17 metres at its base. The 12 stones of its base represent the months of the year, while the 30 layers represent the days of the month and the total 362 granite blocks, from which it is constructed, represent the days of the Silla year.

    Steps lead to the top of the tower from which astronomers observed the stars.

    It is a good place to visit just before or after lunch or dinner, as it is opposite the row of ssambap restaurants.

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    The Bell of King Seongdeok

    by iwys Written Jan 26, 2006

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    The massive Bell of King Seongdeok, also known as the Emile Bell, was built over a period of 30 years and finally completed in 771. It was originally a temple bell at Bongdeoksa and moved to its current location in 1975.

    The bell is 3.78m high, 2.24m wide and weighs 18.9 tons. It is surmounted by a dragon-shaped hook. When it is rung it can be heard more than 3km away.

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    Cheongseongdae Observatory

    by i-s-a Updated May 22, 2005

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    Picture perfect Chemseongdae!

    A very interesting architecture...built in the 7th century and Asia's earliest known existing star gazing tower. It has a square window but without any door…think Rapunzel!

    This tower makes a beautiful memento to any album but aside from that there is nothing nothing much to do here.

    Entrance fee: W300
    Open: 9:00AM to 6:00PM (9:00AM to 5:00PM Nov to Feb)

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    Bulguksa Temple

    by jckim Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Bulguksa Temple is the one of most great and beautiful buddhist temple of Korea. great architectural design two Pagodas stand at the temple inside( Dabotap and Seokgatap ). Bulguksa Temple was built in the 10th year of King Gyeongdeok,751 A .D. by Kim Dae-seong, in memory of his parents. It was restored to its original condition in 1973. It was designated as the UNESCO Cultural Heritage on December 6, 1995.

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    Cheongungyo and Baegungyo of Bulguksa

    by jckim Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Among the two stone bridges on the right side of Bukguksa Temple.The lower is Cheonungyo and upper is Baegungyo. The former is 3.82m high and 5.14m wide, and the latter 3.15m high and 5.09m wide.
    ( National Treasure No 23 )

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    Bunhwangsa

    by iwys Written Jan 27, 2006

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    Bunhwangsa, built in 634, is the oldest pagoda in Korea. It was constructed of andesite bricks during the reign of Queen Seondeok, and originally consisted of either 7 or 9 storeys. Unfortunately, like nearly every ancient monument in Korea, it was destroyed by the Japanese. The reamaining bricks were used to reconstruct a 3-storey pagoda. There are four entrances, flanked by granite pillars.

    Admission: 1,000 won

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    Anapji Pond

    by iwys Updated Jan 27, 2006

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    This pleasure garden was built by King Mummu in 674, to commemorate the unification of the Korean peninsula. Thousands of precious relics have been discovered in the waters here, including a pair of golden scissors. These relics are now on display at Gyeongju National Museum, although a guard there confided in me that they only show replicas to the public, because they don't want the originals damaged. They are right to be cautious as when I was there even the replica pair of golden scissors had been broken by visitors and were no longer on display! You know how it is: you just have to touch things, don't you? I mean who could resist having a quick snip with a pair of 1,300-year-old golden scissors?

    Admission: 1,000 won

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