Gyeongju Activities

What to Do in Gyeongju

Gyeongju is a great tourist destination with a good combination of popular tourist sites you can visit and recreational activities in which you can participate. A visit to this city will definitely take you back in time and let you experience the beauty of this ancient cultural centre, its exquisite architecture, and its relics dating back to the Shilla period. Also known as the ‘Museum Without Walls,’ Gyeongju attracts tourists from all over the world every year who visit this place to learn more about Korean history.

The best part about the activities here is that they involve a good combination of sightseeing as well as fun, such as cycling trips across tourist spots, walking trips, horse riding, archery classes, amusement parks, spas, golf courses, and performances at outdoor theaters.

Below are some of the must-try out activities at Gyeongju.

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Enjoy a day at Gyeongju Country Club

Gyeongju Country Club is a perfect place for you to have some quiet and relaxing time playing golf. The club is situated within the Bomun International Tourist District and offers a superb view of Bomun Lake. This lighted golf course allows you to enjoy the game both by day as well as by night. In other words you can spend an entire day here soaking in the natural scenery and enjoying golf with your buddies or family members.

  • Opening Hours: 04:30 - 18:00
  • Location: 375-1 Bukgun-dong San, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
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Enjoy a Show at the Outdoor Theatre at Bomun Lake Resort

The Outdoor Theater at Bomun Lake Resort is a great place to experience the rich Korean culture and enjoy a number of events such as plays, traditional dance performances and also traditional musical concerts. Most of the performances last for an hour, and the admission is free; however, the shows may get canceled in case of rain.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 14:30 or 20:30 depending on the season
  • Address: 375, Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
  • Price Range: Admission is free of charge
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Enjoy Horse Riding at Banwolseong Horse Riding Farm

If you love horse riding or would just like to give it a try, the Banwolseong Horse Riding Farm is just the place for you. This farm has majestic views that are alone worth a visit you’ll find different tracks and programs available for all levels of riders. Staff members are ready to assist you whenever you require their help.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 19:00
  • Location: Near Banwolseong Fortress

Experience Temple Life

Experiencing the temple life is a must on your visit to Gyeongju if you're the type who likes to understand different cultures and traditions. As a visitor you can choose to experience temple life as part of the temple stay programs available to tourists and visitors. Morning rituals, meditation sessions, community tasks, tea etiquette, and training in martial arts are a part of the temple stay program. And in case you're curious about the temple, here's some more information:

The Golgulsa temple is a stone temple where members of the royal guard, Hwarang, would gather to train during the Shilla period. The temple is also the center of Seonmudo, an early Buddhist training method that uses harmony of the soul and body and meditation to attain self realisation. If you participate in one of their programs, you can experience a part of this process firsthand, which is a unique experience.

  • Address: 304-1, Yangbuk-myeon San (Mt.), Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
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Go Cycling

Cycling is a fun activity that nearly everyone can enjoy at Gyeongju. There are a number of biking tours taking you to various spots starting from downtown Gyeongju and going through some of the must-visit places such as the Seokbinggo Ice storage area, Gyeongju National Museum, Cheongseongdae observatory, Bunhwangsa Temple, and others. This is a great way to tour the city as well as to have some fun. Make sure you are dressed comfortably and are carrying plenty of water along. Bicycles are very easily available.

  • Opening Hours: Depends on the Rental Place

Relax at the Gyeongju Springdome

Gyeongju Springdome Resort is where people go to enjoy 100% natural hot springs throughout the year. The hot springs water that comes from 750 metres underground makes it a perfect place for couples as well as families to enjoy the exciting outdoor water and sauna facilities. There is a separate outdoor kids’ pool area as well with entertainment options for your kids.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:00
  • Location: Bukgun-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
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Spend a Day at Namsan Mountain

Namsan Mountain is a great place to go hiking as it has a number of scenic hiking trails that can keep you occupied for at least for five hours. There are a number of temple locations, stone Buddhas, and pagodas that you can visit here, but make sure that you decide on the places you want to visit beforehand so you can make the most of your hike. For safety reasons it is advisable to start your hike in the morning. Also remember to carry a lot of water and snacks and to wear comfortable clothes.

  • Location: Naenam-myeon, Bae-dong, Tap-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
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Take up Archery Lessons

If you are in mood for some unconventional fun, take up archery classes at Banwolseong Fortress. The classes are offered in English and are loads of fun. Once the classes are over, you can try shooting some arrows on your own. Each participant is given 10 arrows to test their skills.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 to sunset
  • Location: Near Banwolseong Fortress

Visit the Shilla Millennium Park

The Shilla Millennium Park is a popular amusement park in Gyeongju that combines fun and culture. The park is modeled entirely on the Shilla period and uses period architecture in its structures especially with buildings such as Seokbinggo and the Emile Tower. Children here are entertained with fun stories about the Shilla Period, and guests can also participate in the activities at the Craft Clinic and enjoy a number of performances and shows.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 19:00
  • Location: Bomun Resort, Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
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