Gyeongju Travel Guide

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Gyeongju Overview

Gyeongju, the beautiful and ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom is filled with UNESCO World Heritage sites. Even the gas stations and toll booths are decorated in traditional Korea style. It can be tempting to make a day trip out of Gyeongju, however, because this city is so full of things to see and do, it would be a good idea to at least make a weekend out of it. Luckily, many of the major sites are concentrated in the center of town and easily accessible.

Visitors can visit the ancient Cheomseongdae observatory tower, which is located near the burial mounds in Tumuli Park. Hikers will enjoy visiting the Seokguram grotto or Namsan mountain, while South Korea's #1 historic site, the Bulguksa temple complex is just outside of town. Don't miss the culinary experiences unique to the region. The city is famous for Gyeongju bread made of barley and stuffed with red bean paste. A satisfying snack especially when fresh out of the oven! Another local culinary specialty is ssambap, or lettuce wraps with endless fillings.

There are many lakeside resort hotels nearby with a central tourist center offering mainly Korean restaurants, concerts, and fireworks in the summer.