Gyeongju
The city with two-thousand years of history

Gyeongju, located in the southeastern part of the Korean Peninsula, was the capital of the Silla Kingdom for almost a thousand years (57BC – 935AD). The entire city was designated a national park by the government because of its many historic temples, ruins, monuments and artifacts that can be found throughout the area. Most notable is that it is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Seokguram Grotta, Bulguksa Temple and the historic village of Yangdong.

Gyeongju embraces Buddhism, science and a vibrant, ancient culture that blossomed from the artistry of the Silla people and the great spirits of Hwarangdo. It was these cornerstones that enabled the unification of the three kingdoms and is now, therefore, the reason for Gyeongju’s UNESCO designation. The evergreen spirit of Silla has been alive here for nearly a thousand years and with that spirit, Gyeongju can truly be called a museum without a roof.

Nowadays, Gyeongju has become a popular destination for both Koreans and foreign visitors, who come to see the famous foliage in the fall or the cherry blossoms in the spring.