Also known as the “museum without walls”, Gyeongju is one of the major metropolitan cities in the Republic of Korea, located in the present North Gyeongsang province. Gyeongju boasts of a plethora of tombs, temples, rock carvings, pagodas, Buddhist statuary and more palace ruins than any other place in South Korea.
It’s time to get enchanted by the distinctive urban landscape created by long glassy tombs and traditional architecture with colourful and stylish roofs set against a canvas of green rolling mountains.
Gyeongju is a land of tombs, temples, rock carvings, pagodas, Buddhist statuary and palace ruins. Guests can enjoy a Full Day Tour of 5-6 hours to cover the sightseeing for this city. BULGUKSA TEMPLE, the most beautiful temple in South Korea and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was originally built in the year 528 during the Silla Kingdom. The DAEREUNGWON TOMB COMPLEX is a large ancient tomb of kings and nobles of the Silla Kingdom. There are 23 large tombs located here; the most famous being Cheonmachong and Hwangnamdaechong. Visit the Gyeongju National museum, which features over 100,000 artefacts with 3,000 on display. Visitors can see artefacts such at earthenware, items from royal palaces and temples, Buddhist sculptures, accessories like golden crowns and ornaments, belts, earrings, etc. Cheomseongdae, the ancient stone structure with a combination of straight lines and curves, which is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia is a must visit too!
Shopping is another major aspect that gives Gyeongju a distinctive edge. From antiques, incenses to art pieces, teas, textiles and lots more, you can choose to go on a shopping spree here.While heading out for shopping, make sure to carry enough cash as some stores may not accept credit cards. The best place to find traditional Korean crafts is at the Gyeongju Folk Craft Village which is located on the way to the Bomun Lake Resort from the downtown area. For more modern shopping options, head over to the Bomun Tourist Shopping Center, which features souvenir shops galore. Bonghwang-ro cultural street boasts of antique shops, traditional clothing boutiques, pottery shops, and calligraphy galleries. You can find a number of traditional teahouses as well on this street that are worth.
The cuisine of Gyeongju revolves around the typical salt and spicy, like elsewhere in Gyeongsang province. However, it has distinctive tastes according to region and several local specialties known nationwide. The most famous of them is "Gyeongju bread" or "Hwangnam bread", a red-bean pastry first baked in 1939 and now sold throughout the country. Delve into the dessert of Chalboribbang, made with locally produced glutinous barley, is also a pastry with a filling of red bean paste. Local specialties with a somewhat longer pedigree include beopju, traditional Korean liquor produced by the Gyeongju Choe in Gyo-dong. The east district of Gyeongju, Gampo-eup town, is adjacent to the sea, so fresh seafood and jeotgal (fermented salted seafood) are abundant.
Gyeongju doesn't have its own airport. The nearest ones are in Busan (Gimhae) and Ulsan, both an hour away by express bus. Gyeongju is well serviced by intra-city buses. Service from Daegu, Pohang, and Busan (depending on terminal) leaves at least every twenty minutes, and every 40 minutes between Gyeongju and Seoul. Gyeongju station is located in the city centre, and is served by 7 direct Saemaeul trains per day from Seoul. These trains are slight slow and take up to five hours and stop at a large number of stations along the route. An alternative option is to take the KTX high speed train to Dongdaegu and transfer to the Saemaeul there, which takes about 3 hours plus transfer time.