A visit to South Korea will always leave an impression on how the country distinctly preserves its cultural heritages including its traces to the Joseon dynasty and its rich history. The city of Gyeongju, in particular, is known as “the museum without walls” because of the cultural heritages scattered around!
Visit Gyeongju in South Korea for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites and national treasures!
Gyeongju Historic Area
Walk around the Gyeongju Historic Area, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, for World Cultural Heritage relics and assets which date back to as early as the year 400!
How to Go to Gyeongju Historic Area
- Take a bus from Dong Seoul Terminal to Gyeongju Bus Terminal.
- Ride a taxi from Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal to the Gyeongju Historic Area.
By Joining a Group Day Tour from Busan
Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond
Visit the Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond created in the year 674 during the reign of the Silla Kingdom.
How to Go to Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond
- Take Bus No. 50, 51, or 70 from Singyeongju Station. Get off at Jungang Market Bus Stop.
- Take Bus No. 600 from Jungang Market Bus Stopand get off at Anapji Entrance Bus Stop.
Visit “the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia” constructed around the year 632 to forecast the weather by observing the stars.
How to Go to Cheomseongdae Observatory
Take Bus No. 10, 11, 60, 600, or 700 from Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal or Gyeongju Station. Get off at Silla Hoegwan or Wolseong-dong Community Center Bus Stop.
Seokbinggo (Stone Ice Storage)
Visit Seokbinggo, a freezer made of rocks, for what is said to be an ancient refrigerator made 1,500 years ago!
“Half of Seokbinggo is underground while the other half is above ground. The floor, walls, and ceiling are made of granite and have an airway. The walls are covered with limestone to keep off moisture and water. The floor is slanted to allow melted ice to funnel out.” Wow!
How to Go to Seokbinggo
Take a taxi to Seokbinggo from Gyeongju Bus Terminal.
Royal and ancient tombs. A 1,200-year old bell. A rebuilt bridge from around AD760. And more as you explore the area around the Gyeongju Historic Area!
You can also visit Busan nearby if you plan to visit Gyeongju. Tell me about your experience! 🙂
Natasha was a full-time banker who got to take a breather when she traveled. She loves the outdoors so much. She is currently in the UK pursuing postgraduate studies!