12 Sights in Gyeongju-si, South Korea (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Gyeongju-si, South Korea. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 12 sights are available in Gyeongju-si, South Korea.

Sightseeing Tours in Gyeongju-si

1. Gameunsaji

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Gameunsajiby Junho Jung at Flickr from South Korea / CC BY 3.0

Persimmon Temple (感恩寺址) is the site of the Silla-era pickled Persimmon Temple at 55-1 Yongdang-ri, Munjeongjeong-myeon, Gyeongju-si, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. Designated as Historic Site No. 31 and National Treasure No. 112 of the Republic of Korea on January 21, 1963, this area spanning the East Sea is one of Gyeongju National Park.

Wikipedia: 경주 감은사지 (KO), Website

2. Seokguram Grotto

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Seokguram Grotto Seok-Hong, Han / KOGL Type 1

The Seokguram Grotto is a hermitage and part of the Bulguksa temple complex. It lies four kilometers east of the temple on Mt. Tohamsan, in Gyeongju, South Korea. It is classified as National Treasure No. 24 by the South Korean government and is located at 994, Jinhyeon-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsanbuk-do. The grotto overlooks the [[East Sea (Korea)] and rests 750 meters above sea level. In 1962, it was designated the 24th national treasure of Korea. In 1995, Seokguram was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List together with the Bulguksa Temple. It exemplifies some of the best Buddhist sculptures in the world.

Wikipedia: Seokguram (EN), Website

3. Cheomseongdae Observatory

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Cheomseongdae ObservatoryMatt and Nayoung Wilson from Atlanta and surrounding, US / CC BY 2.0

Cheomseongdae is an astronomical observatory in Gyeongju, South Korea. Cheomseongdae is the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia, and possibly even the world. It was constructed in the 7th century in the kingdom of Silla, whose capital was Seorabeol, or present-day Gyeongju. Cheomseongdae was designated as the country's 31st national treasure on December 20, 1962. Modeled on Baekje's Jeomseongdae, which now exists only in historical records, the Cheomseongdae influenced the construction of the Japanese Senseidai (占星台) observatory in 675, and Duke Zhou's observatory in China in 723.

Wikipedia: Cheomseongdae (EN), Website

4. Gyeongjuyanggyo Local Confucian School

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Gyeongjuyanggyo Local Confucian SchoolBrian Yap (?) from Marrickville, Australia / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Gyeongju Hyanggyo is a hyanggyo or government-run provincial school during the Goryeo and Joseon periods, which is located the neighborhood of Gyo-dong, Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang province, South Korea. The foundation date is unknown, but was established to enshrine the memorial tablet of a wise Confucian scholar and to commemorate him as well as to provide mid-leveled education to the local during the Goryeo period. The site was originally the place where the Gukhak, or national academy of the Silla kingdom was situated. The Gukhak was built in 682, the second year of King Sinmun's reign and is equivalent to current national universities. It is designated to the 191st Tangible Cultural Property of North Gyeongsang province.

Wikipedia: Gyeongju Hyanggyo (EN)

5. Bunhwangsa Temple

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Bunhwangsa Templebifyu (a flickr user) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Bunhwangsa is a temple complex from the Old Silla era of Korea. It is located in Gyeongju. The temple is recorded to have been built in 634 under the auspices of Queen Seondeok. Today the temple is still used by a small group of worshipers but in its heyday, the temple covered several acres and was one of the four main temples of the Silla Kingdom used by the state to ask the Buddha to bless the kingdom. The ruins of Hwangnyongsa Temple lay nearby. It is part of the UNESCO world heritage site Gyeongju Historic Areas.

Wikipedia: Bunhwangsa (EN), Website

6. Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond

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Donggung Palace and Wolji PondriNux from Taipei, Taiwan / CC BY-SA 2.0

Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, formerly known as Anapji, is an artificial pond in Gyeongju National Park, South Korea. It was part of the palace complex of ancient Silla. It was constructed by order of King Munmu in 674 CE. The pond is situated at the northeast edge of the Banwolseong palace site, in central Gyeongju. It is an oval shape; 200m from east to west and 180m from north to south. It contains three small islands.

Wikipedia: Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond (EN), Website

7. Cheonmachong

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Cheonmachong, formerly Tomb No.155 in South Korea, is a tumulus located in Gyeongju, South Korea. The name "Cheonmachong" means Sky horse tomb. This tomb was built in the style of Silla. Excavation of the tomb began on April 16, 1973 and is believed to date probably from the fifth century but perhaps from the sixth century CE. The tomb was for an unknown king of the Silla Kingdom.

Wikipedia: Cheonmachong (EN)

8. Three-story stone pagoda in Gameunsaji

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The three-storied stone pagoda of Gamgeunsa Temple (感恩寺址 東·西 三層石塔) is a three-storied stone pagoda of Silla during the North and South Korean periods, located in Gamgeunsa Temple, Munjeongjeong-myeon, Gyeongju-si, North Gyeongsang Province. It was designated as National Treasure No. 112 of the Republic of Korea on December 20, 1962.

Wikipedia: 경주 감은사지 동·서 삼층석탑 (KO)

9. Five Royal Tombs in Gyeonju

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Orung (五陵) is a mausoleum located in the Song Forest on the south bank of Muncheon, about 2 kilometers south of Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province. On August 27, 1969, it was designated as Historic Site No. 172 of the Republic of Korea, but it was changed to its current name in 2011.

Wikipedia: 경주 오릉 (KO)

10. 경주 신문왕릉

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The Gyeongju Shimbun Royal Tomb (慶州 神文王陵) is the tomb of the 31st King Shimbun of Silla (reigned 681–692) in Baeban-dong, Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province. It was designated as Historic Site No. 181 of the Republic of Korea on August 27, 1969.

Wikipedia: 신문왕릉 (KO)

11. Seokgatap

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Seokgatap is a stone pagoda in South Korea designated as the 21st National Treasure on December 12, 1962. Its full name is Sakyamuni Yeoraesangjuseolbeop Tap, and is sometimes referred to as the Shadowless Pagoda or the Bulguksa Samcheung Seoktap.

Wikipedia: Seokgatap (EN)

12. Hwangnamdaechong Tomb

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Daerungwon (大陵園) is a tomb located in Nodong-dong and Hwangnam-dong, Gyeongju-si, North Gyeongsang Province. On July 28, 2011, it was incorporated and redesignated as Historic Site No. 512 of the Republic of Korea.

Wikipedia: 경주 대릉원 일원 (KO)


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