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Top Choice Korean in Gyeongju

Dosolmaeul

Definitely the most atmospheric place to eat in Gyeongju, this traditional family-run courtyard restaurant beside Tumuli-gongwon has a delicious and broad menu featuring lip-smacking dishes such as steamed octopus w…
Temple in Gyeongju

Bulguk-sa

On a series of stone terraces about 16km southeast of Gyeongju, set among gnarled pines and iris gardens that would make Van Gogh swoon, this temple is the crowning glory of Shilla architecture and is on the Unesco …
Museum in Gyeongju

Gyeongju National Museum

Arguably the best history museum in Korea, the Gyeongju National Museum is where you can appreciate the significance of this ancient city in one fell swoop. The main archaeological hall has dazzling displays of jewe…
Buddhist Site in Gyeongju

Seokguram

In the mountains above Bulguk-sa is this famous Unesco World Cultural Heritage–listed grotto. It can be a magical place, especially when rain and mists cloak the mountaintops. Chipmunks dance in the thick woods lead…
Temple in Gyeongju

Golgul-sa

Finally, a temple where you can do more than just look around. The Buddha carved out of solid rock by Indian monks in the 6th century is fairly interesting but the real draw here is sunmudo, a Korean martial art tha…
Tomb in Gyeongju

Tumuli-gongwon

The huge, walled park has 23 tombs of Shilla monarchs and family members. From the outside, they look like grassy hillocks – much more subtle than the Egyptian pyramids, but they served the same purpose; many of the…
Observatory in Gyeongju

Cheomseongdae

Southeast of Tumuli-gongwon in the attractive sprawl of Wolseong-gongwon is the Far East’s oldest astrological observatory, constructed between AD 632 and 646. Its apparently simple design conceals amazing sophistic…
Pagoda in Gyeongju

Bunhwang-sa

This large pagoda was built in the mid-7th century during Queen Seondeok’s reign, making it the oldest datable pagoda in Korea. It’s a rare example of one made from brick. The magnificently carved Buddhist guardians…
Pond in Gyeongju

Anapji Pond

This is a popular spot for couples to take prewedding photos. From June to early August, magnificent lotus blossoms seem to fill the horizon.In the past, it was a pleasure garden to commemorate the unification of th…
Lake in Gyeongju

Lake Bomun Resort

Bomun is a tourist district around an artificial lake 5km east of central Gyeongju. Tradition-seekers will find the tandem bikes, paddle boats, conference centres and such less appealing, but it is home to Gyeongju’…