Suk Young-Shik Dang 숙영민속식당

Suk Young-Shik Dang 숙영민속식당

A popular traditional restaurant near the tombs in Gyeongju.

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Buhong Galbi 부흥 갈비

Buhong Galbi 부흥  갈비

On our last full day in Gyeongju we were feeling pretty defeated. We had planned to go to a cute brunch and book shop further North only to spend our morning standing in the rain waiting for a bus only to get there and find out it closed. By which point our shoes were soaked [...]

Seokguram Grotto 석굴암

Seokguram Grotto 석굴암

After our scavenger hunt at Bulguksa we grabbed lunch near the bus stop in the little town, picking a shop filled with other people close to our bus stop that served donkatsu. After our quick lunch we waited at the bus stop for the only bus going further up the mountain to the Seokguram Grotto. [...]

Bulguksa Temple 불국사

Bulguksa Temple 불국사

The day after Chuseok we planned another day trip, heading up Tohsmsan Mountain to visit Bulguksa Temple. We took the bus (11) up the mountain, relieved that we had decided to do so since on our first day we thought everything was in walking distance. It took a little over an hour before we were [...]

Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond/ Anapji Pond 경주 동궁과 월지/ 안압지

Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond/ Anapji Pond 경주 동궁과 월지/ 안압지

After our visit to Cheomseongdae we headed to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond (previously known as Anapji pond). Like Cheomseongdae we returned on our last night of our trip after seeing how empty Cheomseongdae was and were plesantly surprised it was empty as well, making for a much more pleasant experience. Tickets for Donggung Palace [...]

Cheomseongdae 첨성대

Cheomseongdae 첨성대

Cheomseongdae is an astrological observatory located in a big park in Gyeongju. It's the oldest observatory still standing in Asia, having been built in the 7th century by the Shilla Kingdom's queen Seondeok. It's free to visit, and when we went on Chuseok night, incredibly popular. Due to how crowded it was we ended up returning on our [...]

경주 문무대왕릉 Underwater Tomb of King Munmu

경주 문무대왕릉 Underwater Tomb of King Munmu

After hiking almost to Ulsan on the Padosori-gil we headed to the road to catch the 150 back the way we came and to get off at the Underwater Tomb of King Munmu. We settled in at the bus stop and waited, and waited, and waited. Probably because it was Chuseok, the bus seemed to [...]

파도소리길 Padosori-gil: Gyeongju’s coastal trail

파도소리길 Padosori-gil: Gyeongju’s coastal trail

Gyeongju spreads out to the coast, including a long trail along the way with a view of the ocean. My friend really wanted to go for a nice scenic hike so we headed to Eupcheon Mural village via the 150 bus (which took about 2 hours from downtown) on Chuseok and then followed the trail [...]