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Gyeongju must see attractions

1. Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond

While in Gyeongju, you won’t want to miss seeing the Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond after dark, when the illuminated pagodas and trees are reflected in the water. The small complex is part of Gyeongju National Park and it’s a local favorite for scenic evening walks.
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This 7th-century royal residence with reflecting pond from the Silla Dynasty looks especially photogenic at night.

2. Bulguksa Temple

Bulguksa is the main temple of the 11th district of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Even if you are not into Buddhist architecture, it’s worth visiting Bulguk-sa because of its beautiful gardens with arched stone bridges, lotus ponds and drooping willow trees.
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Venture to the forested slopes of Mount Toham to enjoy its picturesque gardens and learn about this highly significant complex dating back to the ancient Silla Kingdom.

3. Cheomseongdae

Cheomseongdae, which literally means “reverently regarding the stars platform” in Korean, takes us back to the early days of science in South Korea’s former Silla capital. Learn how astronomy was used in agriculture, religion and urban planning in South Korea, or simply come here to enjoy the vistas. The tower is surrounded by the green burial mounds that are known as “tumuli,” which are iconic for Gyeongju.
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A National Treasure of Korea, this ancient astronomical observatory, in the shape of a big bottle, is the oldest one of its kind in East Asia.

4. Bomun Lake

Bomun Lake has the forested Toham Mountain as its backdrop and attracts Korean families and elderly people from the city who are looking for some time away in nature. While you can visit the lake on a day trip, most stay in the Bomun Lake Resort, a tourism complex with several hotels, shops and restaurants by the artificial lake.
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Walk over an idyllic bridge, cruise around in a ferry that is shaped like a giant duck or swan and admire the giant water mill when staying in this lake resort.

5. Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village

Visit the Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village to get a glimpse of the life of the Choi Clan of Korea, take part in artisan workshops, have a traditional Korean meal and taste the heritage-listed sake known as Gyeongju Gyodong Beopju liquor.
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A tour of this folkloric settlement in a rural setting gives you an insight into how people used to live in the ancient city of Gyeongju.

6. Gyeongju National Museum

Take the whole family to the Gyeongju National Museum, where everyone can learn all about the era of the Silla kingdom. The on-site children’s museum will keep the kids happy while the adults browse the exhibitions in the main hall, the comprehensive Silla History Gallery.
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Admire a treasure trove of precious relics from the Silla dynasty in the former capital of the ancient Korean millennial kingdom.

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