2018-11-14

GYEONGJU CITY

Gyeongju - a fascinating city of historical importance and cultural heritage, was the capital city of the Silla Kingdom for 992 years. 


Situated in the southeastern part of Korea, Gyeongju in Gyeongsangbuk-do was the capital of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC – AD 935), which was ruled by 56 kings over 992 years, the longest period of any dynasty in the history of Korea. 

Home to the capital of the Silla Dynasty, Gyeongju has so many things to see that the whole city is often referred to as a museum without walls. In terms of city or population size, Gyeongju is just a small city. But having been the capital of a thousand year kingdom, Gyeongju cannot be viewed in just a few days. The downtown features many huge tumuli (tombs) and relics, which are very different from the royal palaces or tombs in Seoul. Here, relics from the Silla Kingdom are scattered throughout the city resulting in multiple sites being designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage under the name of the Gyeongju Historic Areas. So, we invite you to visit Gyeongju and explore the fascinating cultural relics of the ancient capital of Silla.

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage
Those who visit Gyeongju for the first time will first no doubt remember the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto are hailed as the historical essence of Korean Buddhist culture. They were designated UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites in 1995. In 2000, five key sites in the heart of Gyeongju were collectively designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and are known as the Gyeongju Historic Areas.






Anapji Pond, huge pond inside the royal palace of Silla

Gyeongju National Museum

Cheomseongdae is the oldest astronomical observatory in Asia. 
  

Anapji Pond, this huge pond inside the royal palace of Silla is now lit up at night, creating a splendid night view.