Tuesday, September 10, 2019

6 places to visit in the ancient capital of Korea

Gyeongju is the ancient capital of the land of kimchi, about 2 hours northeast of Busan city by car.

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Buddhist Pagoda of Bulguksa

Buddhist Pagoda of Bulguksa

The pagoda is located on the sacred slope of Tohamsan mountain. The name Bulguksa means "temple of the Buddha country". The pagoda was built in 774 of the Silla Dynasty with its unique architecture that looks like a palace. The decorative patterns on the column, the dome is outstanding with two red and green colors, symbolizing the meaning of earth and sky. Coming here in the fall, you will feel the ancient beauty hidden in the romantic space. In 1995, Bulguksa was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Photo: MicheleB.
Seokguram Buddha Cave

Seokguram Buddha Cave

Seokguram is considered one of the most beautiful cave temples in the world, exemplifying the Silla Dynasty architectural art. The building was built from thousands of natural stone slabs about 1,200 years ago. This work was recognized by UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1995. Photo: Isarint Sangmanee.
Cheomseongdae Observatory

Cheomseongdae Observatory

This is the oldest astronomical observatory left in Asia. The work was built by Queen Seondeok of the Silla Dynasty to support agriculture. The structure of the observatory was built from 362 stone blocks representing 362 days in the lunar year. 27 layers of overlap, including 3 middle layers, coincide with the window position, 12 upper layers and 12 lower layers correspond to 12 months of the year. Photo: ARTYOORAN.
Daereungwon tomb area

Daereungwon tomb area

Daereungwon is a complex of tombs of kings and queens. But the most famous in this historic site is the Tumuli Tomb Park - home to 23 of the 200 tombs found in the ancient capital of Gyeongju. The tombs like miniature hills and mountains are covered with verdant grass in the spring and turn yellow when autumn. Photo: Aaron choi.
Gyeongju National Museum

Gyeongju National Museum

This is a place to preserve and display about 3,000 relics and Buddhist monuments of the Silla Dynasty found in the city of Gyeongju, the most prominent of which is the magic bell of King Seongdeok (National Treasure No. 29). Visitors here also have the opportunity to admire the relics arranged in different topics. In addition, the Gyeongju National Museum also displays many cultural masterpieces from several Asian countries. The museum has free admission. Photo: Busan Drone.
Yangdong Wolseong folk village

Yangdong Wolseong folk village

Gyeongju is the capital of the Silla Dynasty, but the village of Wolseong Yangdong shows the characteristic of the Joseon Dynasty. Built in the fourteenth century, the village gathered about 150 traditional thatched roof houses, which were recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage. The village is located in a romantic space, surrounded by the extended endlessly mountains, primeval forests, opposite the river and immense fields. Photo: NavyBank.

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