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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. 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. 

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. 

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Gyeongju Country Club

Gyeongju Country Club attracts those looking to enjoy some quiet and relaxing time playing golf. The club is located within the Bomun International Tourist District, and offers a superb view of Bomun Lake. 

This lighted golf course allows you to enjoy the game as early as daybreak. There’s also an onsite restaurant and lounge so that you can spend a day enjoying the natural scenery and playing golf in Gyeongju.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 4.30am to 6pm
  • Location: 182-98, Bomun-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gyeongju, South Korea
  • Tel: +82-54-745-2228
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Bomun Lake Resort

Bomun Tourist Complex a great place to experience the rich Korean culture and enjoy a number of events. Located about 10km east of downtown Gyeongju, the complex has a golf resort, shopping mall, art gallery, and a folk village, all of which are built in traditional Korean architecture.

The outdoor theatre overlooks Lake Bomunho, and hosts plays, traditional dance and music concerts year-round. From April to January, you can enjoy free gugak (traditional Korean m) performances at the theatre.

  • Location: Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gyeongju, South Korea
  • Tel: +82-54-745-7601
  • Price Range: Admission is free of charge
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Experience temple life

Experiencing the temple life is a must-do if you're the type who likes to understand different cultures and traditions. You can choose a number of temple stay programs that are suitable for foreign visitors. Morning rituals, meditation sessions, community tasks, tea etiquette, and training in martial arts are a part of most temple stay programs in Gyeongju. 

Golgulsa Temple is where members of the royal guard, Hwarang, would gather to train during the Shilla period. The cave temple is also the centre of Seonmudo, an early Buddhist training method that uses meditation to attain self-realisation. 

  • Location: 101-5, Girim-ro, Yangbuk-myeon, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gyeongju, South Korea
  • Tel: +82-54-744-1689
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Go cycling

Cycling is a fun activity that nearly everyone can enjoy at Gyeongju. Bicycles are very easily available within the city centre. It’s an affordable way of touring the city - make sure you’re dressed comfortably and carrying plenty of water. 

There are a number of bike tours taking you to various spots – most start from downtown Gyeongju to must-visit places such as the Seokbinggo ice storage area, Gyeongju National Museum, Cheongseongdae Observatory, and Bunhwangsa Temple. 

Namsan Mountain

Namsan Mountain attracts outdoor enthusiast with scenic hiking trails that lead to historical sites in Gyeongju. The mountain is almost 500 metres tall, and was regarded as a sacred place during the Silla period. Hundreds of Buddha sculptures, temples and pagodas dot the mountainside, so plan ahead to make the most out of your visit. 

For safety reasons, it is advisable to start your hike in the morning and bring plenty of water and snacks. Depending on how many stops you make, it may take about 5 hours of sightseeing on Namsan Mountain.

  • Location: Namsan-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gyeongju, South Korea
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