Gyeongju, a city nestled in the southeastern part of the Korean Peninsula, was once the royal capital of the ancient Korean kingdom of Silla (57 BCE – 935 CE). Thanks to its long and splendid history, Gyeongju in Northern Gyeongsang Province has a large number of cultural heritages. Above all else, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto are the most renowned cultural heritages in Gyeongju, and are regarded as the greatest masterpieces of Korean Buddhist art. They were the first Korean cultural heritages to be registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995. In 2000, five districts in Gyeongju were collectively designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name of the Gyeongju Historic Areas, attesting to the outstanding universal value of Gyeongju as a repository of cultural heritages. Historic relics and vestiges of the Silla Kingdom are scattered around the entire city, making Gyeongju the best place to take a closer look at the ancient culture of Korea
By train : 2 hours by KTX(Korea Express Train) from Seoul.
By air : From Ulsan Airport, 40 mins from the airport to Ulsan Bus Terminal and 1 hour to Gyeongju Bus Terminal.
: from Gimhae Airport : from the airport to Gimhae bus terminal (about 40 mins) and takes 3 hours to Gyeongju Bus Terminal
By car : 5 hours from Seoul by car.
- Hwang-nam bread : Breads made with red beans. Its story goes back to 1939 in Hwang-nam area(where its name came from). Designated as a Prestigious brand of Gyeongsang Province in 1994. - Lotus Rice : Wrapped rice with lotus leaves, and steamed in a pot.
- The entire area of the city is designated as 'Museum Without Walls' by UNESCO.- Teddy Bear Museum featuring the city of Gyeongju 170 million years ago, the age of dinosaurs. And also the Shilla Period, the dynasty lasted for a thousand years in Gyeongju
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Conmaul Gyeungju Oriental Hospital, located in Gyeongju, the former capital of the Silla dynasty’s 1,000 year reign, offer out-of-toweners including foreigners a medical treatment consultation and prescription after running Eastern and Western health tests. The hospital is devoted to regaining inner peace through healing of the mind and body and is considered an excellent getaway, one that is for both health and relaxation.Read More
Recipe for Health and Relaxation in the Ancient Capital, Conmaul Gyeungju Oriental Hospital
Shilla Millennium Park, sectioned into five large areas: History Fantasia, Frontier Bay, Craftia, Emile Polis, and Hwarang Spirit takes you through a time tunnel going back 1,200 years to Silla Dynasty. There are hands-on experiences offered at different "workshops" with various themes offering a peak at the lives of people during the Silla period. There are different performances as well as massage and outdoor spa at the Hanok resort making this place an all in one attraction for pleasure seeking tourists.Read More
Travelling through time - Four cities in one viewing, Shilla Millennium Park
Seokguram Grotto located in one of the world's four major ancient cities, is the most beautiful work of Buddhist art in all of Korea along with Bulguksa Temple. The architectural skill of the manmade grotto, the detailed Buddha carvings that fill the walls make a remarkable structure that is unmatched worldwide while Bulguksa Temple, a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site also located halfway up Tohamsan Mountain, presents architectural style of Goryeo and the early Joseon period and its deeper Buddhist principles. The Silla History & Science Museum gives visitors a great detailed look at the interior of the two.Read More
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The Bomun Resort area, situated around the picturesque Bomun Lake, features high-end hotels, restaurants and three golf courses. The resort area is full activities but the real gem is the hot air balloon (15,000 won, www.skyworld.co.kr) which gives you the full view of the ancient historic city and its beautiful scenery.Read More
Luxury and more at Bomun Lake