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13 Fun Things To Do In Gyeongju, South Korea

What To Do In Gyeongju, South Korea
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Picture this: You are finally going to South Korea (a.k.a your dream destination) and you want to visit as many tourist spots as you can. In the process of planning your itinerary, you might want to add Gyeongju. Known as "the museum with no walls," the coastal city is home to many historical treasures. It's located in the Southeastern part of North Gyeongsang Province and was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla. If you are still looking for more reasons to visit Gyeongju, we already thought of a way to persuade you!

Here are things to do in Gyeongju, South Korea:

1. Immerse yourself in history at the Gyeongju National Park.

Address: 12 Cheonbungnam-ro, Gyeongju-so, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

A place where you enjoy both the historical traces and nature's presence, the Gyeongju National Park is a much-visit location. The park has unique flora and fauna that can be found in the eight district divisions. Different from the other national parks in the country, it is more focused on cultural heritages than natural attractions. Other than that, this is also a perfect place for hiking enthusiasts.


2. Have fun at Gyeongju World.

Address: 544 Bomun-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

Amusement parks are the ultimate source of excitement and Gyeongju World is here to give you just that! The theme park caters to tourists all year round and attractions may vary depending on the season. If you come during summer, you will have a great time enjoying the water park. During the winter season, be ready for a snowpark tour. Just in case you find Gyeongju World familiar, it's because the Korean variety shows Running Man and We Got Married were filmed here.

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3. Admire the beauty of the Bulguksa Temple.

Address: 385 Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

Listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Asset in 1995, you surely can't miss visiting the Bulguksa Temple. Situated on Mount Toham's slopes, it is the head temple of the 11th district of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. The temple is artistically constructed and features stone relics that attract tourists from around the world.


4. Be amazed by the Seokguram Grotto.

Adress: 873-243 Bulguk-ro, Jinhyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

Joining the Bulguksa Temple on the list of UNESCO World Heritage is no other than the Seokguram Grotto. Built back in the 8th century, the grotto holds a monumental statue of Buddha. According to UNESCO, Seokguram Grotto "portrays the enlightenment of Buddha, and Bulguksa Temple represents Buddhist utopia taking its form in the terrestrial world." Just by visiting these two places, you have already exposed yourself to the rich culture and history that Gyeongju has!


5. Visit tombs at Tumuli Park (Daereungwon Tomb Complex).

Address: 31-1 Hwangnam-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

In case you're curious, Tumuli is derived from the Latin word "tumuluswhich means "small hill.Now on the Southern side of Central Gyeongju, this complex was excavated in 1973. It features 23 large tombs that served as ancient burial tombs of kings and nobles of the Silla Kingdom. Around 11,000 artifacts were discovered in the place where the majority are being displayed at the Gyeongju National Museum. Taking a few steps away from its historical aspects, Tumuli Park is blessed with nature's abundance.


6. Have a glimpse of the past at the Gyeongju National Museum.

Address: 186 Iljeong-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

Coming from the Tomb Complex, you can easily locate this destination. Included in its array of displays are relics of the Silla kingdom. Due to the large number of archaeological artifacts that this museum contains, most of the items are stored out of public view and are preserved. This simply makes the Gyeongju National Museum one of the most renowned museums all over South Korea.


7. Be mesmerized by the Woljeonggyo Bridge.

Address: 31 Gyochonan-gil, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

Originally built around AD 676-935 during the Silla period (but was burnt during the Joseon dynasty), the Woljeonggyo Bridge is an example of a remarkable architectural structure of the past. Research efforts were made during the mid-1980s in an attempt to rebuild the bridge. It was then found out that it was made with wood. Finally, the rebuilding process started in 2008 and got finished in 2018, and all the hard work paid off. The bridge illuminates at night and what makes it more captivating is its reflection down the water.


8. Read the stars at the Cheomseongdae Observatory.

Address: 839-1 Inwang-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

Cheomseongdae is basically an astronomical site and is one of the landmarks of Gyeongju. The name means "nearer the stars palace" and is considered the earliest standing observatory in East Asia. Cheomseongdae represents the Koreans' fascination with the stars and the huge value of reading and interpreting them in the country's history. It is also a famous symbol in some travel literature and Korean coins.


9. Visit the Silla Millenium Park.

Address: 55-12, Expo-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

You are up for an educational and entertaining time at your next stop, which is Silla Millenium Park! Visiting this theme park will certainly help you understand the culture of the Silla period with fewer difficulties. It is best to go here with kids in order for them to enjoy the dynamic special effects, as well as the martial arts and stunt enactments. For artsy travelers, do not forget to look for Craftia where you can find handicrafts and traditional works.


10. Experience the tradition at the Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village.

Address: 39-2 Gyochon-gil, Gyodong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

In order to have the best Korean traditional experience, you must not skip visiting this place. The village was home to the Gyeongju Choi Clan known for maintaining their wealthy status for more than 12 generations. Aside from the traditional buildings, you can see other interesting attractions such as living exhibits, local liquor, and events that are popular among tourists.


11. Create long-lasting memories at Yangdong Folk Village.

Address: 91 Yangdongmaeuran-gil, Gangdong-myeon, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

As your historical and cultural journey continues, you have finally set foot at the Yangdong Folk Village. What you can see here is the traditional Yangban village from the Joseon dynasty. This is the largest traditional village in the country! Surrounded by beautiful natural resources, this place could easily take away your accumulated stress from your daily routine. After all, you are traveling to take your much-deserved break.


12. Relax at the Bomun Lake Resort.

Address: 446 Bomun-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

Known as the International Tourist District of Gyeongju, you can interact with other visitors from different countries here and talk about how you are enjoying the travel so far. The tourist complex is placed with Bomun Lake in the center. There are plenty of resort attractions, shopping areas, and hotels here so food and accommodation should never be a problem.


13. Conclude your Gyeongju Trip at Seongdong Market.

Address: 11 Wonhwa-ro 281 Beon-gil, Seongdong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

As we often say, ~all good things must come to an end.~ But this time, let's end it in the best way possible, and by that...we mean some serious shopping! Seongdeong Market is the largest traditional market in Gyeongju and it's impossible to not find the perfect pasalubongs for your family and friends. In between shopping, you can take a stop and grab some delicious street food from the stalls located in the market.


Just as quickly as that, you came to this part and we are now more confident to say that we have probably convinced you to visit Gyeongju. As you fulfill that dream of traveling to the Land of the Morning Calm, Gyeongju is one of the best places to complete your South Korea travel experience. Enjoy!



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