Photos of Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, Korea

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Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province

Gyeongju, a city in the southeast of Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province) was the site of Seorabeol, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla (57 BCE – 935 CE), which, at its greatest extent between the 7th and 9th centuries, encompassed about two-thirds of the Korean Peninsula. Many archaeological sites and cultural properties from this period remain in the city.

Geumwangchong tomb
Silla-era tombs
Tomb of Kim Yushin
Tomb of King Michu
Seobongchong tomb
Tombs, Wolseong Park
King Naemul's tomb
Watching the movie
Gyeongju 1300 years ago
Anapji (Wolji) Pond
Royal carp
Hwangryongsa site
Bunhwangsa pagoda
In the craft village
Playing traditional games
Playing  “Tuko”
Woljeonggyo Bridge
Tourists' horse carriages
Buddhist shrine
Buddhist shrine
Buddhist shrine
Buddhist shrine
Buddhist shrine
Three Royal tombs
Bodhisattva rock image
Seated Buddha statue
Samneung valley
Seated Yeorae image
Buddha statues, Sangseonam
View to Gyeongju
Sambulsa temple
Three ancient Buddhas
Gate, Sambulsa temple
Poseokjong water stream

The many grassy tumuli, Silla-era tombs are notable, especially in Noseo-dong district, Daeneungwon, the tumuli park with 23 graves of Silla monarchs and family members, and Wolseong Park, southeast of central Gyeongju. Here is also Cheomseongdae, the oldest surviving observatory in East Asia, constructed between 632 and 646 CE. Many other sites, like Anapji or Wolji Pond, were part of a pleasure garden commemorating the unification under the Silla kingdom, near the excellent Gyeongji National Museum.

Namsan Mountain, a 494-meter peak in the heart of Gyeongju National Park, just south of Gyeongju, is home to many temples and shrines and was considered sacred by many during the Silla Kingdom. It is a veritable open-air museum with 100 temples, 80 stone Buddha statues, and 60 stone pagodas scattered across the mountainside. It offers beautiful hiking trails and views back to Gyeongju as well.