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Destinations Gyeongju

As the capital of the Silla Kingdom for almost a thousand years, Gyeongju preserves vast amount of significant and fascinating historical heritages. Along with Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, the Gyeongju Historical District has been designated as a World Heritage by UNESCO. Due to the bountiful historical, natural and cultural attractions, this region has long been a major tourist destination in Korea.



Tourist Sites

  • Bulguksa Temple

  • Cheomseongdae Observatory

  • Cheonmachong Tomb

  • Poseokjeongji

  • Seokguram Grotto -Mt. Tohamsan

  • Underwater Tomb of King Munmu

     

  • Bunhwangsa Temple
    Address : 313 Guhwang-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    Description :
    Bunhwangsa Temple of the Silla Dynasty is located in Guhwang-dong, Gyeongju. Bunhwangsa Temple was established by Queen Seon-Deok (reigned 632-647) of Silla. This temple was very famous during that time. Many old monks and artists wrote books and drew pictures here. Many of those Buddhist Paintings and sculptures were lost after Imjinwaeran War (the Japanese Invasion of Korea from 1592 to 1598). Bunhwangsa Temple is still famous today for its Mojeon Stone Pagoda in the temple, designated as National Treasure No.30. This stone pagoda was built by using rocks as bricks. It was originally built as a 9-story pagoda but only 3 stories remain now. It is a part of very important data in the studies of the Silla Stone culture and development. At Bunhwangsa Temple, other than the Mojeon Stone Pagoda, there is also the Samyong-byeoneojeong and several other stone relics.
    Directions :
    At Gyeongju Bus Terminal, take Bus No.10 bound for Bulguksa Temple. Go in the Gampo, Yangnam direction for 10 minutes and get off in front of Bunhwangsa Temple.
    Information :
    - Information : Bunhwangsa Temple 054-742-9922 (Kor) -Hours : (Winter Season) 08:00-17:00 / (Summer Season) 07:00-19:00
     

    Class

    Adults (won)

    Teenagers (won)

    Children

    Individual

    1,000won

    800won

    600won

    Group (30 or more)

    1,000won

    700won

    500won

    * Children: Age 7-12 / Teenagers: Age 13-18/ Adults: Over Age 19
     

  • Geumgwanchong Tomb
    Address : Noseo-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    Description :
    Geumgwanchong, located in Noseo-dong, Gyeongju, is a tomb of the Silla Dynasty (B.C. 57∼A.D. 935). It is one of the three tombs in downtown Gyeongju that belongs to the Noseo-dong tomb district. Geumgwanchong Tomb is believed to be the tomb of a king before or after King Ji-Jeung of the early 6th century (reign of 500-514). It is not known exactly to whom this tomb belongs. It was found in September 1921, when the fief was chopped when a civilian was leveling the ground to widen his building land. The first relic found in this tomb was a gold crown, 'geumgwan' in Korean, and thus the tomb was named Geumgwanchong. Ornaments such as gold belts, earrings, bracelets, saddlers and crockery of the Three Kingdoms Era (when Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla were separated, later unified by Silla in 676 AD) were dug up from the tomb. There were numerous relics, with beaded relics alone numbering over 30,000. The original structure of Geumgwanchong was 13 meters high with a 50 meter diameter. The relics of this tomb were moved and are preserved at the Gyeongju National Museum.
    Directions :
    From Gyeongju Bus Terminal, walk towards City Hall for about 10 minutes.
    Information :
    - Information : Private Park Administration Office
    Tel: 054-772-3632 (Kor)
     

  • Gyeongju Bomun Tourist Town
    Address : Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    Description :
    Gyeongju Bomun Tourist Town is the international tourist district of Gyeongju. This tourist district is formed featuring Bomunho Lake at its center, located 6km east of downtown Gyeongju. The dimensions of the area is 19.38 square km, and it is designated as a spa and special tourist district. It is a total tourist complex that opened in April 1979. At the entrance the stream from Deokdongho Lake flows in, powering a water mill inside, and flows on to a 12m artificial waterfall. Within the Bomun Tourist Town are facilities designed in traditional Korean architecture such as the tourist center used as international conference room, golf resort, shopping mall, and a tourist hotel. Also there are many amusement facilities such as a ferry port, Yukbu Village, Seonjae Art Gallery, Bomun Outdoor Performance Hall, drive-in theater, and Gyeongju World. Every year from April to January the following year, traditional Korean music (Gukak) performances are shown free of charge at Bomun Outdoor Performance Hall. You can also enjoy the hot spring in the Bomun District.The high quality spring keeps on Celciou 35.5 degrees naturally. Along the lake is a long walkway with many cherry trees. In April the whole walkway is covered with pink petals of cherry blossoms. Viewing the beautiful scenery of this walk with pink petals dancing with the wind will make you gently smile.
    Directions :
    At Gyeongju Bus Terminal, take bus No.10 (which passes Geyongju Train Station). Get off at Bomun Tourist Town.
    Information :
    - Information : Gyeongju Tourism Organization
      Tel: 054-745-7601 (Kor, Eng, Jap, Chi)
    - Homepage : Gyeungbuk Tourism Organization
      http://www.ktda.co.kr (Kor, Eng, Jap)
     

  • Gyeongju National Park
    Address : Ilwon, Gyeongju-si, Nodong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    Description :
    Gyeongju National Park preserves the cultural sites of the Silla Dynasty (established in 1st Century B.C., repelled Goguryeo and Baekje; the first dynasty to unify the Korean peninsula from BC 57 to AD 935). Unlike the other parks located in the area, this park is segmented into individual districts. But the admission fee is for the whole park because the districts are segmented for the government administration. Because Gyeongju itself is a historic city with many important historic sites and relics, Gyeongju is divided into 7 districts, and the park is divided accordingly as well. The Namsan area of Gyeongju is called the Namsan District. This is where many stone Buddhist statues, stone pagodas and about 100 temples sites are found. Here you can find Poseokjeong Pavillion, which was part of the dwelling the King had prepared outside of the palace for feasts. The Namsan District has many relics spread about the area. You might feel like you took a ride on a time machine to the Buddhist temple of the past. Another district is the Mt. Tohamsan District. Here you will find the most famous tourist site of Gyeongju, Bulguksa. Bulguksa was built in 535, during the reign of King Beopheung (514-540) of the Silla Dynasty and is located at the edge of Mt. Tohamsan. In front of Daeungjeon, there is Dabo Pagoda (10.4m high) to the east and the 3-story Seokga Pagoda (8.2m) to the west. These two pagodas are known as the most artistically constructed Korean stone pagodas, domestically and internationally. On the east side of Mt. Tohamsan is Seokguram, which is called the principal Korean Buddhist statuary. The delicate engravings show the magnificent statuary art, something that science and architecture cannot gain upon. Within the Daebon District, another district of Gyeongju National Park, is King Munmu’s Sujungreung. Near the King Munmu’s Sujungreung Tombis the Gameunsaji 3-story stone pagoda, which was built to praise King Munmu. In downtown Gyeongju is a palace built on a half-moon shaped hill called Banwolseong, and the oldest stone relic in the east, called Cheomseongdae (9.2m high). Cheomseongdae was built to be used as an astronomical observatory in the reign of Queen Seon-Deok (reigned 632-647). Between Cheomseongdae and Wolseong is the Gyerim Forest, where Kim Al-Ji (65-?), the progenitor of the Kim family, was supposed to have been born. The name Gyerim was also once used as the country name of Silla. Half a kilometer west of Cheomseongdae is Hwangnamdong where Jeonmachong is located. Anapji Pond, which was built to serve noble guests and where feasts were held, is also located in downtown Gyeongju. Gyeongju National Musuem is located in Inwang-dong, Gyeongju, where the relics from 1,000 years of the Silla Dynasty are preserved.
    Directions :
    At Gyeongju Bus Terminal, take the Bulguksa Temple bound bus (45 minutes ride).
    Information :
    - Information : Gyeongju Tourism Organization :
      Tel: 054-745-7601(Kor, Eng, Jap, Chi)
     

  • Seokbinggo (Ice Store House)
    Address : 449-1 Insa-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsanbuk-do
    Description :
    Seokbinggo means a freezer made of rocks. It is an ancient refrigerator only in Korea. It is located in Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Silla Era (BC57-AD935). The appearance of this wonderful vestige is humble and simple. But you will not be disappointed at the entrance of the freezer. You can feel the cold from inside the structure. Half of Seokbinggo is underground while the other half is above ground, signifying the scientific propensity of Korea. The floor, walls and ceiling are made of granite and has an airway. The walls are covered with limestone to stop the moisture and water. The floor is slanted to allow melted ice to funnel out. The frozen ice was popular for the upper class. From historical annals, it is assumed that Seokbinggo was made and at least 1500 years ago. Seokbbingo has been designated National Treasure No.66.
    Directions :
    From Gyeongju Bus Terminal and Gyeongju Station, take Bus No.11, No.600, No.604,or No.609 and get off at Banwalsung.
    Information :
    - Admission Fee: none
    - Hours: 24 Hours
    - Closed : Open Year Round

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Leisure/Sports

  • Bomun Golf Club
    Address :
    180-7 Mulcheon-ri, Dongsan-ri, Cheonbuk-myeon, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongbuk
    Description :
    Bomun Golf Club has spectacular scenery and as it is situated within the Bomun Tourist Complex, which is a international recreation area situated in Gyeongju. Many facilities such as hotels. hot springs, golf course, tennis court, weight room, souvenir shop, shopping center, and trail for strolling are all provided. Boating, yachting, and wind surfing can be enjoyed at Bomun Lake.
    Directions :
    - Take Bus No. 10, No. 11(which passes Bulguksa Temple) from the Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal and get off at the entrance of Bomun golf Club.
    - 15-20 minutes by taxi from Gyeongju Station.
    Information :
    1. Location : 180-7 Mulcheon-ri, Dongsan-ri, Cheonbuk-myeon, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    2. Tel : 054-745-1680 (Kor)
    3. Homepage: http://www.ktd.co.kr (Gyeongbuk Tourism Development Corporation)/( Kor,Eng,Jap)
    4. Holes : 18 holes (public)
    5. Hours : Sunrise - 1 hour after sunset
    6. Closed : None (Except for public holidays)
    7. Green Fees (includeds cart fee) Entrance Fee (Won) 18 hole Weekend 136,000 Weekdays 100,000 9 hole Weekend 69,000 Weekdays 51,000
    8. Facilities : Parking Lot, Outdoor Lounge, Storage Room
    - Caddy : 70,000 won
    - Reservations are necessary on weekends and holidays (Reservations begins on-line from 9:00 on the Tuesday of the week.
    - Weekday Reservations (Reservations are received on-line from one week before.)
    - Foreigners are given preference. Rental Fee
      Putter 3,000/ Full Set 20,000

     

  • Gyeongju Country Club
    Address :
    375-1 Bukgun-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    Description :
    Gyeongju Country Club is located within Bomun Tourism Area with a spectacular scenery of the Bomun Lake. It is within 15 minutes from Gyeongju and is aiming to become the best golf course in Korea. The characteristic of Gyeongju Country Club is "Light Golf" which has enabled players to play golf at night and at daybreak under perfect light settings. It is located in Gyeongju, which is a tourism city, attracting the attention of tourists who love golf.
    Directions :
    At Gyeongju Train Station take Bus No. 10 (go past Bulguksa Temple), then take Bus No. 11 and get off at the entrance of Hanhwa Condominium. 15-20 min walk straight ahead.
    At Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal take Bus No. 10 (go past Bulguksa Temple), take Bus No. 11 and get off at the entrance of Hanhwa Condominium. 15-20 min, walk straight ahead.

    Information :
    1. Tel : 054)745-2228 (Kor)
    2. Homepage : http://www.kyongjugolf.co.kr/main.html (Kor)
    3. Holes : 36 holes
    4. Hours : 6:00-17:00 (There are slight changes between seasons)
    5. Closed : None
    6. Facilities : Club House, Lockers, Golf Shop, Lobby Lounge, Practice Range, Restaurant

     

  • Gyeongju Hilton Casino
    Address :
    370 Sinpyeon-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsanbuk-do
    Description :
    Gyeongju"s Hilton Hotel is inside the Gyeongju Bomun Tourist Complex. It has 324 rooms, including suites, a health club, Seonjae Art Gallery, Paradise Duty-Free Shop, and the only foreigner exclusive casino in the Gyeongsanbuk-do area. The casino has games such as Baccarat, Black Jack, Big Wheels, Roulette, Craps, and Slot Machines. that you can enjoy, and the bar inside the casino serves a variety of drinks and snacks for free.
    Directions :
    From Gimhae (Busan) Airport, Ulsan airport, and the Hilton Hotel, take a shuttle bus (1 hour travel time). A shuttle bus also stops at Gyeongju Station / (15 minutes travel time).
    Information :
    1. Telephone: 054-745-7788 (Kor, Eng, Jap, Chi)
    2. Homepage: www.gyeongjuhilton.co.kr (Kor)
    3. Hours: 24 hours

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Cultural Centers

  • Gyeongju National Museum
    Address :
    76 Inwang-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongbuk
    Description :
    Gyeongju National Museum is deep in tradition, with a history of about 90 years. Representing Gyeongju, which used to be the capital of Silla (BC57-AD935), the museum is where you can view the cultural history of Gyeongju district. The exhibit hall is divided into 4 large parts: the Main hall, Annex I, Annex II, and the Outdoor Exhibit Area (Museum Grounds). In the Main Hall you can see earthenware, and in the Arts and Crafts room you can see various artwork and craftwork. Gukeun Memorial Hall exhibits 666 artifacts, which are the personal collection of Dr. Lee Yang-Seon, donated here for preservation. Artifacts from the great tombs still left in the city of Gyeongju are exhibited in Annex I, the Gobun Gallery. There are many glittering accessories, such as golden crowns, crown ornaments, belts, earrings etc. You can experience the superb artistry from the Silla Period through these artifacts. Approximately 30,000 artifacts were excavated from Anapji Pond, the most significant of which are exhibited in Annex 2, the Anapji Gallery. The other galleries exhibit household goods. The various types of items show the life in the Royal Court during the Silla Period. After the galleries, you can move on to the Outdoor Exhibit Area, which is the Museum Grounds. The King Seongdeok’s Bell located there, is the most renowned bell of Buddhist temples. You cannot help but feel solemn as you watch the relic. There are also various artifacts from royal palaces and temples exhibited here. Buddhist sculptures make up a majority of the stone artifacts. If you are a traveler interested in Buddhism or the magnificent culture of royal palaces, this is a place you do not want to miss.
    Directions :
    At the Gyeongju Bus Terminal or Gyeongju Train Station, take Bus No.11, No.600, No.604, or No.609, and get off at the Museum.
    Information :
    1. Telephone: 054) 772-5193 (Kor)
    2. Homepage: http://gyeongju.museum.go.kr (Kor/Eng/Jap)
    3. Hours:
        Mar.-Oct.:09:00-17:00 (-18:00 on Sat, Sun, Holidays)
        Nov.-Feb.:09:00-16:00
    4. Closed: Mondays, Jan 1st
    5. Admission Fee:
    * Age under 24: 200 won
    * Age over 25: 400 won
    6. Facilities: Parking Lot, Lounge, Public Phones, Cloakroom, Facilities for the handicapped.

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Recommended Sites

  • Bulguksa Temple
    Address :
    15 Jinhyeon-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    Description :
    Bulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world.

    Bulguksa Temple was built in 528 during the Silla Dynasty, on the 15th year of King Beop-Heung (reign 514-540). It was called Hwaeom Bulguksa Temple or Beopryusa Temple back then. In 751, under King Gyeong-Deok (reign 742∼765), Kim Dae-Seong (700-774) started rebuilding the temple and finished in 774, under King Hye-Gong (reign 765∼780). After 17 years of construction, the name 'Bulguksa' was finally given to the temple. The name 'Bulguksa' was kept through numerous renovations of the temple from Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) to Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). But during Imjinwaeran War (the war provoked by Japan's invasion, 1592-1598) the wooden building was burned, 819 years after first being established. From 1604, during Joseon Dynasty (King Seon-Jo’s 37th year) the reconstruction started again and was renovated approximately 40 times till 1805, to the reign of King Sun-Jo (1790-1834). But the temple still suffered many robberies and damage afterwards. In 1969, the Bulguksa Temple Restoration Committee was formed and Mulseoljeon, Gwaneumjeon, Birojeon, Gyeongru and Hoerang, which were merely left as grounds of the original buildings, were rebuilt in 1973. Other old or broken sites such as Daewungjeon, Geukrakjeon, Beomyeongru and Jahamun were repaired. The Bulguksa Temple of today has many cultural relics preserved within it, such as Dabo-tap (National Treasure No.20), Sukga-tap (National Treasure No.21) Yeonhwa-gyo* Chilbo-gyo (National Treasure No.22), Cheongun-gyo*Baekun-gyo (National Treasure No.23) Golden Seated Vairocana Buddhist Figure (National Treasure No.26), Golden Seated Amita Figure (National Treasure No.27) and Sari-tap (National Treasure No.61) among others.

    Directions :
    At Gyeongju Bus Terminal or Gyeongju Train Station, take the Bulguksa Temple bound bus (Bus No.11, No.12, No.101 or No.102). Get off at Bulguksa Temple Bus Stop (35 minutes ride).
    Information :
    - Information : Bulguksa Temple Religious Affairs Office Tel: 054-746-9912-3 (Kor) -Homepage: http://www.bulguksa.or.kr (Kor, Eng, Jap) -Hours : (Winter Season) 07:00 - 17:00 (Summer Season) 07:00 - 18:00 -Admission Fee
     

    Class

    Adults (won)

    Teenagers (won)

    Children (won)

    Individuals

    1,000 won

    800 won

    600 won

    Groups (30 people or more)

    1,000 won

    700 won

    500 won

    * Children: Age 7-12 / Teenagers: Age 13-24 / Adults: age 25 and over
     

  • Seokguram Grotto (Mt. Tohamsan)
    Address :
    Edge of Mt.Tohamsan, Jinhyeon-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

    Description :
    Seokguram, located on Mt.Tohamsan, is the representative stone temple of Korea. The official name of Seokguram, National Treasure No.24, is Seokguram Seokgul. Designated as World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granites. The construction first started with Kim Dae-Seong (700-774) in 751 during the reign of King Gyeong-Deok (742-765) of Silla dynasty (57 B.C.-A.D. 935) and it was finished in 774, after 24 years, during the reign of King Hye-Gong (765-780). Seokguram is known to have been built with Bulguksa temple. According to the history book Samgukyusa of the Goryeo dynasty (the country that unified the Korean peninsula at the end of the Silla dynasty, 918-1392), Kim Dae-Seong had built Bulguksa for his present parents who were alive, and Seokguram for his former parents in his former life. Seokguram is an artificial stone temple made of granites, and is located on the eastern peak of Mt.Toham (745m sea level). Inside the round-shaped main hall is the Bojon statue, Bodhi-sattva and his disciples. Seokguram was built to preserve these statues. The Bojon figure is seated on the stage where the Yeonhwa gate is engraved, and the Buddha has a generous, kind smile. The ceiling is decorated with the shape of half moons and bows, and the top is covered by a circular cap decorated with a lotus flower. The sunrise you can watch from here is so beautiful that many people come here just to see it.
    Directions :
    At Gyeongju Bus Terminal, take the Bulguksa bound bus, bus No.10 or 11. Approximately 45-50 minutes ride.
    Information :
    - Information : Gyeongju Tourism Organization 054-745-7601 (Kor, Eng, Jap, Chi) -Hours : (Winter season) 09:00-17:00 (Summer season) 09:00-18:00 Admission fee:
     

    Class

    Adults

    Teenagers

    Children

    Individial

    3,000 won

    2,500 won

    1,500 won

    Groups (30 + people)

    3,000 won

    2,300 won

    1,300 won

    * Children - Age 7-12 / Teenagers - Age 13-24 / Adults - age 25 and over
     

  • Underwater Tomb of King Munmu
    Address :
    Gyeongsanbuk-do, Gyeongju, Yangbuk-myeon, Bonggil-ri
    Description :
    On the bus from Gyeongju to Bonggil-ri, you will be awed at the sight of the vast blue sea spread before your eyes. As you gaze at the glittering blue sea, a small but beautiful islet particularly catches your attention. This little rocky islet is the Underwater Tomb of King Munmu (661-681 A.D.), who unified the three kingdoms and became the 30th ruler of the Silla Kingdom. The king gave specific instructions to be buried in the East Sea after his death so that he would become a dragon and protect Silla from Japanese intruders. The rocky island, about 200m in circumference, is divided by a cross-shaped waterway, forming a pool at the center, at the bottom of which is a granite 3.6 meters long, 2.9 meters wide and 0.9 meters thick. The remains of King Munmu’s cremated body are buried under this rock. Historians still debate whether the ashes of the King Munmu were scattered or stored in an urn and placed under the granite. The beauty of the landscape of the underwater tomb reaches its peak in the autumn.
    Directions :
    Bus: From Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal, take bus #150 to Yangbuk and get off at Bonggil Beach (Bonggil Haesuyokjang) bus stop. The ride is about 50 minutes.
    Information :
    Location: Gyeongsanbuk-do, Gyeongju, Yangbuk-myeon, Bonggil-ri
    Admission Fee: Free
    Hours: Open 24 hours.
    Closed: Open Year Round
     

  • Cheonmachong Tomb
    Address :
    6-1 Hwangnam- dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsanbuk-do
    Description :
    Large ancient tombs of kings and noblemen of the Silla Dynasty can be seen around Gyeongju at the Daeleungwon Park. There are twenty-three large tombs located here; the most famous ancient tomb being Cheonmachong and Hwangnamdaechong. In an excavation of the area in the 1970’s, Cheonmachong was discovered with a painting of mounted horse. This painting is the only discovered painting from the Silla Era. You can also view the inside of Cheonmachong. There are 11,526 remains and crowns of the king inside the tomb demonstrating the lavish lifestyle of the king. Another tourist attraction is the Hwangnamdaechong, which is the largest ancient tomb. It houses the bodies of both the king and queen and has over 30 thousand relics and gold accessories. The unique thing about Hwangnamdaechong is that the queen’s tomb has more luxurious accessories. From that researchers have concluded that even the queen can have a high social position even before marriage. You can feel the ancient culture of Korea 1500 years ago when visiting these tombs.
    Directions :
    At Gyeongju Bus Terminal, take City Bus No. 70, and get off at the entrance of Daeleungwon.
    Or take City Bus No.42, get off at the rear entrance of Daeleungwon.

    Information :
    - Admission fee: *Individual Adult (19-64 years old) : 1,500 won Teens (13-19 years old) : 700 won Children (7-12 years old): 600 won *Group Adult (19-64 years old) : 1,300 won Teens (13-19 years old) : 600 won Children (7-12 years old) : 500 won -Hours: Winter season (9:00-17:00) -Closed: open year round
     

  • Cheomseongdae Observatory
    Address :
    Inwang-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeonsangbuk-do
    Description :
    Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astral observatory in Asia. Constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-Deok (632-647), it was used for observing the stars in order to forecast the weather. This stone architecture is a beautiful combination of straight lines and curves, designated as National Treasure No.31 on December 20th, 1962. Cheomseongdae was built in a cylinder shape with stones 30cm big. 362 stones were piled up to make 27 levels. 4.16m up from the bottom there is a 1㎡ square entrance and a space to hang a ladder under it. The inside is filled with soil up to the 12th level, and the 19th, 20th, 25th, and 26th levels all have long rocks hanging on two areas, shaped as the chinese letter '井' (jeong). The ends of these rocks stick outside. It stands 9.17m high and the base stone on each side measures 5.35m. The Vernal Equinox, the Autumnal Equinox, the Winter Solstice and the Summer Solstice and the 24 solar terms were determined by the observation of stars. The pavilion stone is believed to have been used as a standard of deciding directions, north, south, east and west. 362 stones were used to build Cheomseongdae. This number of rocks represented the number of days in a lunar year.
    Directions :
    Across from Gyeongju Bus Terminal, take the Bulguksa Temple bound bus ->15 minutes walk.
    Information :
    - Information : Private Park Control Office 054-772-3632 (Kor)
    - Hours : Summer season (09:00 - 18:00)
      Winter Season (09:00 - 17:00)
    - Admission Fee :
      Division
     
      Adults Teenagers Children
    Individual 300 won 150 won 100 won
    Group (30 people or more) 200 won 100 won 100 won

    * children-ages 7-12 / Teenagers-ages 13-24
     

  • Poseokjeongji
    Address :
    454-3 Bae-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do.
    Description :
    Standing on a rock next to a stream, Poseokjeong (surface area 7,432㎡) was designated as private monument No.1 on January 21st, 1963. The location is originally where the royal villa of the Silla dynasty (57 B.C.-A.D. 935) had been, but the building no longer exists, and only a stone waterway shaped as a shell is left in its place. Poseokjeong was named so because of the shape of the rock grooves, winding and shaped like an abalone. Poseokjeong is built with 63 rock materials. It is 35cm wide, 26cm deep on average, and the total length is about 10 meters. It is said that the Namsan Valley water was brought here, and was spewed out through a stone turtle, but the stone turtle does not remain today. This is where the Silla Kings had come with their officials and nobles. It is said that they would float their wine glasses on the water where the water would flow along the stone groove, and they would recite poems before their glasses floated up to them. Next to Poseokjeong, Poseok valley was also much loved by the Silla people for its clean water and beautiful features. Therefore the palace villa of Silla was built here. Nowadays there are zelkova, pine and bamboo woods preserving the cozy and relaxing atmosphere of the place.
    Directions :
    At Gyeongju Bus Terminal, take the Naenam bound bus, No.500,501,503,505,506 or 507 for approximately 20 minutes. Get off at Poseokjeong Entrance and walk for 5 minutes.
    Information :
    - Information : Private Park Administration Office 054-772-3632 (Kor)
    - Hours : Summer season (09:00 - 18:00)
      Winter season (09:00 - 17:00)
    - Admission Fee :
     
      Adults (won) Teenagers (won) Children (won)
    Individuals 500 won 250 won 200 won
    Groups (30 people or more) 400 won 200 won 150 won

    * Children- Ages 7-12 / Teenagers- Ages 13-24 / Adults- age 25 and over

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