Tourist Attractions

Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond

Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond was the secondary palace site which was used by the crown prince of the Silla Kingdom. It also served as a banquet site for important national events and important visitors. The beautiful lighting at night makes it perfect for night time sightseeing and the evening performances at Anapji will make for a unique experience.

Cheomseongdae Observatory

Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia.
The record in “the Heritage of the Three States” stating that a man went up and down the observatory to observe stars coincides with the state of the actual building. This stone structure is a beautiful combination of straight lines and curves, and was designated as National Treasure No. 31.

Bulguksa Temple

Bulguksa Temple was built at the same time as Seokguram Grotto in 751 during the rule of King Gyeokdeok by the same man, Prime Minister Kim Jae-sang, in honor of his deceased parents and was completed in 774. Bulguksa Temple is a representative case wherein Buddhist teachings are well-materialized through the Buddhist temple architecture; it is visually stunning in terms of architectural aesthetics.

Seokguram Grotto

Designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granite.
Seokguram Grotto, the greatest masterpiece of the golden age of Silla, is a heritage property in which architecture, mathematical principles, geometry, religion, and art are collectively realized through its design and construction.

Daereungwon Tomb Complex

Within Daereungwon Tomb Complex is Cheonmachong Tomb (Ancient Tomb No. 155), characterized as a typical upper class tomb of the Silla period, which was excavated in 1973. A total of 11,526 artifacts were discovered within the tomb, including Cheonmado, an artwork considered highly valuable as it is Korea’s first artwork to be excavated from an ancient tomb.

Gyochon Village

Today, Gyochon is a hanok village offering various experiences and educational programs wherein visitors can take part in Korean traditional culture. The old-style plaza in front of the village regularly stages various performances, and the Hyanggyo inside the village runs a traditional wedding reenactment program.

Gyeongju National Museum

The museum, which chronicles the thousand-year history of the splendid Silla Kingdom and cultural heritage, consists of three permanent exhibition halls as well as an annex of the Special Exhibition Hall and the Outdoor Exhibition Hall. Displayed in the Outdoor Exhibition Hall is Korea’s representative bell, the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok (National Treasure, No. 29).

Yangdong Folk Village

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage in 2010, the village is a traditional clan village has over 150 timber-framed, tiled-roofed houses and mud-walled, thatched-roofed houses sheltered by forested mountains over 500 years. A variety of traditional activities and homestay at traditional houses are also available.

Cheonmachong Tomb

Large ancient tom bs of kings and nobles of the Silla Kingdom can be seen around Gyeongju at the Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb). There are twenty three large tombs located here; the most famous being Cheonmachong and Hwangnamdaechong.

Hwanglidan-gil

Hwangridan-gil is a street located in Gyeongju Historic Areas. Cafes and restaurants in the street are designed inspired from hanok, Korea traditional house. Hwangridan-gil itself is a wonderful place where you can see the past and the present.

Gyeongju World Culture Expo(Solgeo Art Museum, Gyeongju Tower)

Gyeongju World Culture Expo is a valuable cultural expo sition which has attracted over 16.2 million visitors so far since 1998. In particular, previous expos introduced: the harmony of traditional culture and ICT (Information and Communications Technology), Korean culture and global culture, abundant hallyu co ntents, and is the first cultural expo to showcase the theme of the Silk Road.

Golgulsa Temple(Archery Experience, Sunmudo Experience)

Golgulsa, located 20km east of Gyeongju, treasures the oldest historical Buddhist ruins on Mt. Hamwol and is the only cave temple in Korea.
Breathe slowly and relaxed, empty your mind, aim precisely and then let the arrow find his target. Some may see archery just as sport, but at Golgulsa you can learn the meditative root of this activity.
Sunmudo is a training method taught at Golgul temple designed to extinguish worldly pain and attain enlightment. The goal of this training is the harmonization of the mind, body and breath.

Woljeonggyo Bridge

Woljeonggyo is known to be over 530 years, and the restoration which is started in 2008, is slated to be completed by 2014.

Suggested Tour Courses

UNESCO Course

① Bulguksa Temple / Seokguram Grotto → ② Daereungwon Tomb Complex → ③ Cheomseongdae Observatory & Gyerim Forest → ④ Gyochon Village & Woljeonggyo Bridge

East Coast Course

This course has historic sites and attractions along the East Sea scenic with historical settings.
① Seokguram Grotto → ② Gyeongju Traditional Silk Museum → ③ Gameunsa Temple Site → ④ Columnar Joints at Yangnam (Podosori-gil Trail) → ⑤ Tomb of King Munmu → ⑥ Golgulsa Temple

World Heritage Course

This course includes UNESCO World Heritage sites popularly recommended in Gyeongju.
① Daereungwon Tomb Complex → ② Cheomseongdae Observatory → ③ Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond (Anapji Pond) → ④ Seokguram Grotto → ⑤ Golgulsa Temple

Yangdong Village & Mt. Namsan Course

This course takes you to traditional villages with tiled or thatched roofs, and to a traditional open market for nostalgic hospitality of the local people.
① Yangdong Village → ② Traditional Market (Seongdong Market) → ③ Gyochon Village (Confucian School, Choe Clan’s Old Mansion, Woljeonggyo Bridge) → ④ Road to Three Royal Tombs (Poseokjeong, Sambulsa Temple, Three Royal Tombs, Tomb of King Gyeongae)

Night Tour Course

① Daereungwon Tomb Complex → ② Cheomseongdae Observatory & Gyerim Forest → ③ Woljeonggyo Bridge → ④ Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond