Find out all the different ways you can tour Gyeongju and make a memorable experience while getting a workout.
Every year, many people visit Gyeongju’s Cherry Blossom Festival. But, what fun is it when all you do is see a bunch of trees with flowers? To make your tour more memorable and worthy, Everyday Korea has summed up all of the different ways of sightseeing and touring for anyone to enjoy. Maybe this would make your trip to?Gyeongju worthwhile. Remember, you can always rent bicycles to commute around Gyeongju. There are several rental places around the city. The very first one you may see is right outside of the entrance of the bus terminal. Get your planners ready to jot down everything you can do in Gyeongju!
Gyeongju City Tour: Enjoy a new kind of sightseeing by using diverse multimedia. Through the city tour, you can feel the essence of the Silla millennium in every part of the city for every season. The tour has educational benefits for children and adults who want to learn about Korea’s history right at the sites where events took place. Tourists can see all of Gyeongju’s main attractions in a single tour. This is available every day, 365 days a year. Tourists can also choose from among three sightseeing courses. There will also be videos that would be provided to enhance the tour experience. Tour guides are also available to give a clear explanation about Gyeongju’s sites. For more information, visit them online.
Gyeongju Ancestral Home Tour: Ever wonder how people lived in the more traditional days of Korea? See for yourself! There are three different home tours; Wolamjae, Dongnakdang, and Suojae. If guests decide to stay at one of the traditional houses, a “Free Experience Coupon” will be given to use at the Silla Cultural Experience sites. Reservations should be made at least five days prior to the planned date. For more information, contact Silla Cultural Center at (054) 774-1950 (Weekdays 9:00-18:00).
- Wolamjae is a dwelling from the Joseon-era. It was once occupied by General Kim Ho. He was known for his contributions during the Japanese Invasion. It is one of the oldest nongovernmental structures in Korea. This is located in Namsan which is a mountain that is considered central to both the beginning and the end of the Silla dynasty. It is close to Najeong, the well that was the birth site of Silla’s founding monarch Bak Hyeokgeose; Poseokjeong, it is known for the demise of the Silla dynasty; nad the tombs at Oreung and Samreung.
- Dongnakdang: This site is located about 700 meters northwest of Oksan Seowon. Dongnakdang is an old traditional house that possesses significant historic background as the former residence of Yi Eon-jeok (pen name Hoejae). The house is not a typical construction for the time it was built. The building’s foundation, floor, and roof were all built low and near to the ground to block the view from outside. With its unique spatial configuration and the beautiful natural scenery surrounding it, Dongnakdang attracts many visitors.
- Suojae: This was created as part of a restoration project that was meant to convey a sense of Korea’s disappearing cultural heritage. The house has a spacious front yard that is planted with fruit trees, including cherry, peach, and pear. The backyard consists of a forest of bamboo and pine trees. This house has more of a romantic atmosphere that can only be experienced at a traditional Korean house.
Traditional Food Tour: Food is always the best experience for anyone to really learn “culture.” Because Gyeongju is the “living” history of a great part of Korean history, they have also great exquisite dishes that are served for a more fulfilling cultural experience.
- Surime: This was established for the purpose of realization, reproduction, and dissemination of royal court cuisine. They offer traditional experience programs that are aimed for the general public, culinary experts, and foreign visitors, along with a variety of experiential courses held year-round for which participation is open to everyone. Satisfy your soul and appetite as you experience royal cuisine and traditional food, sharing a special meal with your loved ones at a hanok (traditional Korean house), where history comes to life and you live like royalty. For more information on this experience, you can call (054)748-2507 / (054) 771-4524.
- Raseonjae: This extraordinary “restaurant” is situated in the middle of the history and essence of the Silla millennium. The food is geared more toward the actual royal food that was consumed during the Silla dynasty. The interior d?cor, tableware, and dining utensils are all precisely reproduced according to the customs of the Silla royal court. The dining experience at Raseonjae is known as “Isageum” this is created from “gujinmi” which is the nine rare and precious ingredients of the Silla dynasty. Isageum is based on the principle of “four uniting into one.” It seeks harmony among the counsel of medicinal cuisine specialists, the ingredients, the seasonings, and the methods of preparation. Be part of the royal court as your experience the refined Silla culinary culture. For more information and/or to make reservations, you can call (054) 771-6040.
Gyeongju Stamp Tour: This tour is a fun program that gained attention after being feature on the popular Korean TV show “2 Days &?1 Night.” There are fifteen selected representative historic cultural places in Gyeongju that you must visit. When you visit these places, you need to collect stamps on your special stamp sheet. The stamps and stamp sheets are available in the Interpretive Tour Guide office at each location. Be sure to visit between 9:30 ? 17:00, when the interpretive tour guides will be there! There are three different zones and each has its own course for you to go to. The ones we have listed are just the recommended courses. There are more when you receive the actual sheet.
- Downtown Zone ? Namsan Zone: This course takes you from downtown to the site of Poseokjeong Pavilion which is at the foot of Namsan mountain. The case of “2Days & 1 Night” went through this course, frantically running around to get their sheet stamped. All of the points for this course are in walking distance of each other. But, it might be more efficient for you to rent a bicycle in front of Daereungwon Tumuli Park.
- Seokak Zone ? Northern Zone: This zone goes through the resting places of King Muyeol and General Kim Yushin. This course also gives the experience of reliving the famous Korean drama, “Queen Seondeok.” Most of the points are traversable by bicycle except for the last stop of Yangdong Village in the Northern zone. This may require you to travel by car.
- Bulguksa Temple Zone ? East Coast Zone: The course starts from Bulguksa Temple to the East Coast which is the area permeated with the defensive spirit of King Munmu. (Quick background of King Munmu: he protects the country by becoming the dragon in the sea.) The starting point of the temple can be easily accessed by the shuttle bus number 10 or 11. This shuttle bus circulates between downtown and the Bulguksa Temple.