A 10-minute walk beyond Oksan Seowon up the valley road will bring you to Dongnakdang, a beautiful collection of well-preserved buildings, constructed in 1515 and expanded in 1532 as the residence of Yi Eon-jeok after he left government service. The walled compound is partly occupied by descendants of Master Yi himself and sits scenically next to a stream, though it was empty when we last visited. You can walk down the steps to the river, cross the stepping stones, and hike into the hills.

If you want to reach Dongnakdang first, take the 203 bus from Gyeongju to its final stop; then you can walk down the road to Oksan Seowon.

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1. Thirteen-Storey Stone Pagoda

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Built upon a square base and tapering in stages to its top, this very attractive and unique pagoda dates to the 9th century and is located on the left…

2. Oksan Seowon

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Established in 1572 in honour of Yi Eon-jeok (1491–1553), Oksan Seowon was one of the most important seowon, or Confucian academies. Enlarged in 1772, it…

3. Jangsan Seowon

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Closed when visited last, this rebuilt Confucian academy originally dates to the late 18th century. Look for the signs to the academy, indicated in hanja…

4. Yongdamjeong

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A pavilion on Gumi-san, a mountain northwest of central Gyeongju, of the indigenous Korean religion Cheondoism.

7. Tomb of General Kim Yusin

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A royal tomb with 12 statues carved with the likeness of the signs of the Chinese zodiac watching over the resting place.

8. Seobongchong

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At Noseo-dong Tombs, the tomb of Seobongchong was erected between the 4th and 5th centuries. Excavation of the mound yielded a gold crown of Silla origin…