Attractions

Temple in Haein-sa

Haein-sa

This Unesco World Heritage–listed temple should be on every visitor’s not-to-be-missed list. As well as being one of Korea’s most significant temples, Haein-sa is also one of the most beautiful. Part of its beauty l…
Temple in Pohang

Bogyeong-sa

You’ll need a full day to explore the offerings in and around this temple. About 30km north of Pohang, Bogyeong-sa is a gateway to a beautiful valley boasting 12 waterfalls, gorges spanned by bridges, hermitages, st…
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…
Shrine in Palgongsan Provincial Park

Gatbawi

Gatbawi is a medicinal Buddha shrine and national treasure, some 850m above sea level and said to date back to AD 638. This Buddha is famed for the flat stone ‘hat’ hovering over its head, 15cm thick. Incense wafts …
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…
Shrine in Andong

Jebiwon

The body and robes of this Buddha are carved on a boulder over 12m high, on top of which are the head and hair – carved out of two separate pieces of rock. It's an impressive stark sight to behold emerging from the …