Don’t know what to see in Gyeongju? Mr Kwon provides a free map and recommendations of what to see in Gyeongju for all of his guests on arrival. Find out more about Gyeongju’s main attractions here! Mr Kwon is an experienced tour guide, and has lead tours all over Korea for international travelers, so you can be sure that you’ll get the best advice.
Before visitors come to South Korea most people search for a few answers and ideas of:
What to do in South Korea?
What to see in Gyeongju?
What is Korean food?
Learning about Korean culture
Well, this page is all about what Gyeongju can offer you and answer the questions of what to do in South Korea and what to see in Gyeongju!
Gyeongju has some amazing sights to see and places to visit like: Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple, Namsan Mountain, Yangdong Folk Village and more. Now let’s take a look at the different places to visit in Gyeongju:
Seokguram Grotto was constructed in 751 by Prime Minister Gim Dae-seong (the 10th year of of Silla King Gyeongdeok). When it was first constructed it was call Seokbulsa, but was later renamed to what it is today “Seokguram Grotto”.
The grotto consists of a rectangular antechamber and a round main hall. In the rotunda hall lies the main attraction; a Buddha craved in granite. Around the Buddha there are other various figures including Two Devas, two Bodhisattavas, ten standing Arhants, an elven headed Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (the Bodhisattva of Boundless Mercy), Eight Guardian Gods, Vajrapani and Four Guardian Kings.
It is believed that Gim Dae-seong founded Seokguram Grotto for the parents of his previous life. Seokguram Grotto represents the supremacy of the Silla arts, and is regraded at the best oriental Buddhist work. It is now part of the world cultural heritage.
Seokguram Grotto is a worth seeing and is only short walk away through a beautiful forested path from the car park.
Bulguksa Temple was built in 528. It was originally named “Hwaeom Bulguksa Temple” or “Beopryusa Temple”. After it’s was rebuild (751) and completion in 774 the temple was renamed “Bulguksa”.
After then it had numerous renovations and was actually burned down during the Imjinwaeran War ((the war following the Japanese Invasion, 1592-1598) Finally, reconstruction started again in 1604.
Bulguksa Temple is home to two of the most valued pagodas in Korea; these are called the The Dabotap (Many Treasure Pagoda) and Seokgatap (Sakyamuni Pagoda).
Bulguksa is a great place to visit and definitely worth checking out. You can walk around all of the buildings and soak in all of the nature and beauty that Bulguksa Temple offers. This temple truly is a masterpiece of Buddhist art.
Still wondering what to see in Gyeongju? Why not climb Namsan Mountain?
Namsan Mountain peaks at 494 meters and covers an area of 8km by 12km. With over 180 peaks and 40 valleys, you could spend hours, even days walking up and down this mountain and never get bored.
Around Namsan Mountain you can find tombs, Buddhist art, sculptures, carved reliefs, around 60 stone pagodas and remains of around 100 temples and palaces built between the 7th and 10th century.
To add to all the wildlife and cultural remains on the mountain, the view from the top of the mountain is something that needs to be seen. This mountain is really beautiful and peaceful, you should plan to come here during your stay.
Yangdong Folk Village
Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village is the largest traditional village in Korea. The village gives visitors the opportunity to see what the culture and villages were like in the Jeseon Dynasty, as well as the beauty surrounding them.
From the village you can see Seolchangsan Mountain, and within the village you can see around 160 old houses and 500 year old thatched roof cottages in it’s valley. Around 54 of the homes have been very well preserved, giving tourists an opportunity to see all of these now rare and unique traditional houses in person.
More places to go in Gyeongju
If you are STILL asking what to see in Gyeongju? There are even more places to go in Gyeongju and even more to see!
Check out these places:
- Daereungwon Tomb Complex
- Cheomseongdae Observatory
- Seokbinggo (Stone Ice Storage)
- Poseokjeong Pavillion
- Anapji Pond
- Bunhwangsa Temple
- Gyeongju National Museum
- Bomun Lake Resort
- Shilla Millennium Park
Book now to come and see all of these amazing places and meet Mr Kwon, who as a tour guide can suggest many more places to go.