Travel to Korea: Gyeongju
Gyeongju (www.gyeongju.go.kr) was the capital of the Silla Kingdom for 1000 years and the valley in which it is situated has a great concentration og historical buildings, temples and artifacts. Gyeongju is a historic city with a beautiful environment and a long history. After Silla unified the penisular in 676, the city developed into one of the world’s major cultural centers (Being the ancient capital of the Silla Dynasty). Gyeongju saw the Buddhist culture in full bloom for a long period. Gyeongju is also one of the best two sights in Korea. The other one is South Korea’s Jeju Island.
The best representatives of the Buddhist art in Gyeongju are the Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, which were included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Other important historic sites in Gyeongju include the hude mounded royal tombs in which many precious antique objects were buried. We are amazed at Cheomseongdae, an ancient observatory, and feel how great the minds of our ancestors were when they made scientific observations long before science itself was even developed.
Bomun Lake Resort in Gyeongju is surrounded by many modern hotels and various recreational facilities. Gyeongju attracts lots of tourists from in and out of country, and takes great pride in the coexistence of ancient and modern culture in the city. One of Super Junior member Cho Kyuhyun went to Gyeongju too. For more about Travel to Korea, please go to Korean.