Many people make Seoul the number 1 spot for South Korea. Well, maybe for accessibility wise. But if you are talking about relaxation, culture and history, it must be Gyeongju.
With Express Bus Terminal and Train Station (not near but) within walking distance to some of the main attractions, and great bus 10/11 which takes you to slightly further attractions, it is really a great place to spend 2-3 days roaming around and relax. If you want shopping, there is a so called shopping district too and 2 nearby traditional markets which look small but wow the things they sell are ALOT. National Museum is a MUST. It's free and you will not believe how much stories and history you will find in there. Gyeongju is just 45 mins away from Nopo (Busan) by Bus and 30mins from Busan KTX station by KTX (which stops at Shin-Gyeongju KTX Station).
Gyeongju has its own Namsan which gives u a good hike (wear appropriate hiking shoes pls) with nice views and Buddhist Relics.
Coming down Namsan, you'll see Ajummas selling apples by the bucket... buy them... they are super good!! Gyeongju is also filled with relics from the Silla dynasty which is nice to visit. Might want to rent a bike and visit the places. Anapji is a great place to visit especially at night
it is a small town, but it has many historical sights, and one of those, Anap-ji is really good to see at night.
very beautiful. to enjoy Gyeongju enough, I recommend you should research some about this city, then it will be a much better trip.
Gyeongju is a quaint town that used to to be the capital of ancient silla. The sokkuran grotto and bulguks temple is a must-see.
If you have spare time, you can visit silla millennium park near the bosun lake area. As for food, the barley bread and sambab is a must-try!
I recommend to go by car so you can visit Busan and Ulsan as well. Kyung-ju alone may not be so much to offer .
Having lived in Korea for five years, I will say that Gyeongju is probably the best place I've visited in terms of experiencing Korea culture and for sightseeing.
It's a very historical place, and very beautiful to just walk around and "be." If you are a world traveler, it will not be the most impressive place to visit, but if you really want to feel like you're in Korea, this is the place to go.
Very small city, however, there is a lot to see, so plan accordingly. It was tough for us to see all that we wanted to, but there is always spots that you miss.
Definatly worth a stay.
The only problem we seem to have about this city is that it lacks adequate public transportation. Whenever a big event is planned such as a marathon, the city has only one bus line to take people back and forth to the temple areas.
It is constantly crowded and very unsafe to be riding and standing on a bus. The city managers need to add more buses or have dedicated taxi stands at all tourist attractions.
In short, Gyeongju-si can be called a city of ancient tombs. You can so easily find tombs of ancient kings and queens of the Shilla dynasty there.
The tombs form part of their own parks and with trees around and grass on, they do not look scary at all and look just like many small hills.
There are lots of sites to visit in Gyeongju, with lots of diversity. There is a nice National museum, the tumulus park beautiful in autumn, the Anapji pond magic at night, Namsan mount fabulous to walk, Bugulska to discover .
Selecting the best spots to visit in Gyeongju, one would be able to cover them all in a day. Go to Anapji Pond at night where the lights show the beauty of the structures.
Most temples in South Korea are placed in the mountains and Gyeongju is no exception. Expect a lot of walking and hiking unless you're in a tour group or if you travel by taxi or by a private car.
You must hire a bike for cycling and exploring the sightseeing venue there. Cycling is a very good choice.
This is a great little city. There were many interesting cultural sights and also there seemed to be fun activities such as an amusement park and water park, and even a go-cart track or scooter rental places.
The vibe was really nice and I think it's good for all types of travelers to enjoy
Only Korean historical sites are worthy to visit. No other tourist spots. Traffic is not convenient. We had to catch taxi to go anywhere.
visit Nam San which have a lot of Buddha stone carving and statue it is very interesting to find out where are Buddha and very nice view from top of the mountain.
People were great even they spit a lot. Good transportation and a lot of place for sightseeing but none of them really impressed me
KYUNG JOO CITY IS KOREAN OLD CULTURE TOUR PLACE People can find a good historical knowledge od korea.
Being one of the best visited locations in South Korea I was very disapointed. It is like you stepped back into COmmunist era, it is quite dirty, people are not very friendly and except one temple there is not too much to see.
Gyeongju centre is not a nice place to wonder.
It ia a must visit place in Korea and Bulkuksa and anapji are the best historical places in gyeong ju.
People are very kind and there are many things to see in downtown but there are not many activities going on at night.
If you are going around the downtown area, you can rent a bicycle and go around. There are plenty of sites in walking distance at downtown area like Anapji Pond, Cheomseongdae Tomb Complex and etc.
It's fun to go around the town if you like to explore.
great , peacefull and people are friendly but a bit disappointed on the bus driver where he did not refund the balance of the amounts for the bus fare.
Excellent city, lots of sightseeing activities,. You can learn a lot about ancient kKrea and Korean Buddhism.
beautifully situated, ancient foundations. There is much history to discover and scenery to enjoy. The lakes are man-made and are ringed by hotels and amusements for families.
The KTX train station is fantastic and built to accommodate many more people in the future. It's clear that the city is interested in attracting visitors and a drive to the coast was beautiful. A rental car was very nice to have, especially seeing the crowds of traffic leaving the city at 11 a.m. on Sunday! The train is the way to go!
Very historical place. Unlike Seoul or other places in Korea, it is very peaceful and beautiful, especially in the spring.
You will learn a lot about the Shilla Dynasty and most tourist spots have English tour guides.
I visited Gyeonguju during the early April, the cherry blossoms really so so so so beautiful, it is an unforgetable trip.
Gyeongju is a must for those who wish to learn about the Silla Dynasty. Downtown Gyeongju is not where the typical tourist would go to.
Love hotels abound. Bomun lake area is where families with kids may prefer as there are several theme parks and big hotel buildings. Historical sites are well spread out, rent a taxi for the day to visit them at your own pace without wasting time. Language is a problem as not many locals speak or understand English.
This city offers a cross-section of Korean life - agriculture, commerce and a breakout retail area. Add the cultural significance of the Historic areas and the visitor is in for a real treat
Nice small city. Just a base of operations. All of the attractions are out of town, buteasy to reach.
As above, something of a tourist mecca, catering for most, if not all tastes and budgets. Also seemed to be a cruise stop off point (Ulsan near by?) so a good mix of tourists there.
As in most places, outside Seoul, limited English spoken, but that did not cause any major problems. Would definitely recommend it to anyone going to Korea.
The only reason to stay near this city is to visit the temples. Not much else and everything can be seen in one day if you have a car and get up early.
This city, like Busan is very crowded a heavy traffic and pollution cut our visit short after we saw the historic sights. We then headed to the southern maritime parks which were gorgeous and had much better food.