Kyongju Travel Guide

  • Kyongju
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Kyongju
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Kyongju
    by jorgejuansanchez

Kyongju Highlights

  • Pro
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     Historial sites are clearly mapped out in walking/cycling routes 

  • Con
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     People don't always follow the rules (no different than the rest of the country) 

  • In a nutshell
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     A great place to soak up Korean history or relax away from the big cities. 

Kyongju Things to Do

  • The museum without walls

    I am honored to share with you a piece of my history, in 1999, I revisited my homeland as we toured many cities and people I never met, the most special visit of them all was the Bulguksa in Gyeongju county because I toured with the man, my father who's family did most of the rebuild of the temples. That's how my parents became prearranged in...

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  • Punhwangsa Temple

    This Buddhist temple was founded in 634 AD, under the reign of the Silla queen Sondok, by a Buddhist monk named Chajang. It remains in use to this day. Its most famous feature is the three-story stone pagoda--the oldest surviving one in Korea.

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  • Bomun Lake Resort

    Bomun Lake Resort is called the "International Tourist District of Gyeongju". Here is where most of the 5-star hotels are concentrated. In Autumn the trees changed into different colorful hues of reds and yellows making the whole place very beautiful. The main attraction here is the beautiful and serene "Bomunho Lake". It is such a romantic place...

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  • Daereungwon Tombs Park

    The spirit of the Silla Dynasty is spread throughout the great Tombs Parks, with twenty-three tombs.

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  • Imhaejeon ( Anapji Pond )

    Imhaejeon Palace and Wolji pond were built in 14th year of King Munmu, Silla Kingdom. The curvaceous pond must be walked so as to view all its beautiful.Eastwest 200m, and Southnorth 180m.

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  • Cheomseongdae

    Cheomseongdae Observatory, it was built during the reign of Silla Kingdom Queen Seondeok ( 632~647 ). The Cheomseongdae is 5.17meters in diameter and 9.4meters in heigh, and consists of 362 stones. Cheomseongdae Observatory is the oldest Observatory in Asia.

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  • Bulguksa Temple

    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...

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  • Cheonmachong

    Cheonmachong is special significance tombs of great tombs park. Cheonmachong mean's are Heavenly Horse Tomb, whice is open to the public, with examples of its rich culture on display.

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  • Cheongungyo and Baegungyo of Bulguksa

    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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Kyongju Hotels

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Kyongju Restaurants

  • Great Buffet (& serves German during...

    The Hilton Hotel in Gyeongju has several rather high quality restaurants. The Lakeside Cafe is the Hilton's answer to the all-you-can eat buffet.The chefs are a mix of Korean and foreign westerners, so the quality of ethnic foods will be truer to the original than you may find outside of Seoul.During the Spring, Lakeside Cafe serves an all you can...

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  • Not attractive Name but...

    Turn right as you exit the Tumuli Park, past the Gyeonju Bread shop and souvenir shop and you'll find yourself outside the Silla Tourist Restaurant. The name sounds like a rip off but it's not.Firstly, there are food displays outside the restaurant (what a saviour) when most other restaurants in Gyeongju only have menus in Korean, and no food...

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  • More than 30 dishes

    Gyeongju cuisine is characterised by two things: bread and ssambap. The row of ssambap restaurants between tumuli Park and Wolseong Park, is Gyeongju's culinary hotspot and where most local coach parties and tour groups go to eat. Iponngnyo Guri is considered to be the best ssambap restaurant in town and it is always packed with families and...

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Kyongju Transportation

  • Round Tour Bus ( Regular Scheduled Tour...

    Departure from bus terminal - Bomun Lake Resort - Bulguksa Temple - Folklore Crafts Village ( Silla History & Science Center ) - Bunhwangsa Temple - General Kim Yu Shin's Tomb - Poseokjeong - Museum - Imhaejeonji (Anapji) - Cheomseongdae - Daeneungwon (Cheonmachong) - Bus terminalPrice : 10,000won, included Free Guide book and Map ( not included...

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  • Train to Gyeongju

    Korail operates trainservices to Busan and some limited service to Deagu/Seoul.However busses are more frequent, cheaper and a lot faster. A trip to Busan takes about 2hrs for stretch of 100km.There are planns to connect Gyeongju to the KTX line which is the high-speed service, these trains are very fast and convenient and cut journey-times a lot.

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  • Transportation by Bike

    Gyeongju is a good setting for cyclers. There are good cycletracks and local maps provide sufficient information for cyclers to set out in the region.Though the city knows not much traffic and is flat, the region around it has some busy roads and some pretty big hills. But don't let this put you down, the sights are awesome and it's quite...

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Kyongju Shopping

  • Gyeongju Bread

    Around Gyeongju, you would find many bakeries selling Gyeongju bread. Many are endorsed with the smiling face. On first sight, it seems similar to the Japanese an-pan (red bean paste bread). The crust of the Gyeongju bread is made with rice or barley flour and very soft and thin with a generous dollop of red bean paste. Not as sweet as the Japanese...

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  • Beopju

    Beopju is the traditional wine of Gyeongju. It has been made here for hundreds of years at the Gyodong Beopju. The Gyodong beopju is the finest, but it is very expensive: 30,000 or 33,000 won per bottle. However, you can buy cheaper beopju from other producers for as little as 6,900 won per bottle in the local supermarkets. The cheaper stuff has a...

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  • Gyeongju Bread

    Almost every other shop in Gyeongju seems to be selling boxes of Gyeonju ppang (ppang is the Korean for bread). Gyeongju ppang is actually a very sweet bread roll stuffed with red bean taste: too sweet for my taste. It is very expensive bread too: the cheapest box costing 10,000 won.

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Kyongju Local Customs

  • Bulguksa Temple Sadaecheonwang

    Sadaecheonwang mean's are God of the defense of a religion. usually stand at the between Iljumun ( temple main gate ) and temple main hall.

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  • Seokbinggo Inside

    Seokbinggo is the Cold storage house for Ice, and use for summer, it;s like a refrigerator. this Seokbinggo's located at the Banwolseong. it was built in Joseon Dynasty.

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  • Dangganjiju

    This is a flagpole, stand at the front of Bulguksa temple. Dangganjiju, it is old customs of Korea temples and run a flag up the flagpole. usually stand in the front of temples.

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Kyongju Warnings and Dangers

  • Pollution

    Besides the general overhead smog/yellow dust, ground level exhaust fumes are brutal because there are so many narrow streets in which, besides the row of parked cars there is only room for 1 vehicle to pass. Pedestrians also share this room because there is no sidewalks. So don't get run over and try not to soak up to many fumes.

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  • Scooters and Motor Bikes

    There are a lot of scooters and motor bikes here. Especially for delivery drivers/riders. They go on sidewalks and tear through inclosed markets at high speed. So don't get in their way!

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  • Go early, or go home...

    Gyongju is a cultural and historical centre in Korea. As a result, it is a popular vacation spot for the Korean people. If you decide to go during the summer, or on a holiday, be warned - THE CITY WILL BE CRAWLING WITH PEOPLE!To avoid the frustration and stress of climbing over people to get where you want to go, I would suggest the following: Keep...

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Kyongju Tourist Traps

  • Sa Rang Chae Transferred to a New...

    The guesthouse transferred to a new location and a lot of tourists get lost trying to find it.....a lot means around 80% of the total guests. I think it has something to do with the old release of the Lonely Planet Guidebook they are using. Upon arrival to Gyeongju, visit the Korea Info Center (there is one at the entrance of Gyeongju Bus Station)...

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  • No Photo Inside Seokgulam

    This Seokgulam inside, only look to great ancient grotto Buddha statue, and no Photo Inside statues. Seokgulam was the UNESCO world heritage site of Gyeongju.

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Kyongju What to Pack

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    by i-s-a Updated May 9, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

    Photo Equipment: 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(

    Miscellaneous: 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)

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Kyongju Off The Beaten Path

  • Gyerim Forest

    Gyerim(Chicken Forest), the legendary birthplace of Kim Al-ji, the founder of the Kim clan. According to the story, King Talhae heard the sound of a chicken in the forest, at that spot, a gold box was found hanging from the branch of a tree, with a white chicken under it. A baby, Kim Al-ji, was found in the box. This forest was located at the...

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  • Ooh she bangs...Gyeongju Hwangnam bbang

    Now before you think I'm talking about the recent crap that the music industry is churning out, I'm not. "Bbang" is korean for bread and the Gyeongju Hwangnam Bbang is about the most delicious morsel of dough and red bean I've ever tasted in my life. Just a bite of this sweet bread is enough to make me sing Ricky Martin's song over and over again,...

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  • Undersea Tomb of King Munmu-Wang &...

    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...

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Kyongju Favorites

  • 2~3 Days in Gyeongju

    If you are the average traveler just looking to get a couple photographs and say you've been there, then 2 days is enough. If you truly appreciate the historical sites and want to take them slowly then I feel that three days is enough.The main places in the city, like the Anapji Pond, Museum and historical park with the burial mounds, observatory,...

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  • Self guided tours

    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...

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  • Biking, an Alternative to Walking

    ..There are so many bike rental stalls around the town of Gyeongju. Biking is a good alternative to walking as the parks cover great distance and sometimes far apart. The biking trails are well paved too. ..I was unable to rent one because I'm too small for the usual mountain bikes :0)

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