In terms of tourist attractions, the southeastern part of Korea is the richest in the country. The major cities of this area, the site of the splendid ancient Silla Kingdom, are Gyeongju, Busan and Daegu.

GYEONGJU (Kyoung_Ju)
Cheomseongdae -- Gyeongju National Museum -- Dumulli Park -- Poseokjeong Water Course -- Bulguksa Temple -- Seokguram Grotto -- Bomun Lake Resort

Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla Kingdom for a thousand years, and the valley in which it is situated has a great concentration of historic buildings, temples, and artifacts.
After the Silla Kingdom unified the peninsula in A.D. 676, the city developed into one of the world's major cultural centers. The area is called a "Museum Without Walls" because of the wealth of historical buildings and treasures to be found there.
From Seoul to Gyeongju------
4 hrs and 30 mins. by train(Saemaeul-ho); 4hrs and 15 mins. by bus

Dumulli Park (Tel: 054-772-6317), a collection of royal Silla tombs from the Pre-Unification Era, is in the middle of Gyeongju. The park contains 20 of the more than 200 royal tombs to be found in Gyeongju. The Cheonmachong(Flying Horse Tomb) was excavated in 1974 and yielded more than 10,000 treasures. These treasures, including a golden crown and girdle, are in the Gyeongju National Museum. The tomb itself is open for viewing, providing visitors with an opportunity to see how the huge tombsdumulli park were constructed and how the various items were arranged in them. Visitors to this area should be sure to take the time for a peaceful stroll in this serene park.

T: 5 mins. from Gyeongju Station on foot
H: 08:30-18:00(Nov.-Mar. 09:00-17:00)
A: 1,500won

Cheomseongdae Observatory (Tel: 054-772-5134), the world's earliest known existing observatory, is a 7th century bottleshaped stone structure admired by archeologists worldwide. The square window facing south in the middle of the structure is believed to have served as on entrance, and was probably reached by a ladder.

L: South of Gyeongju Station
T: 12 mins. from Gyeongju Station on foot.
H: 09:00-18:00(Nov.-Feb. -17:00)
A: 300won

Located ten minutes'  walk from Cheomseongdae is Anapji Pond (Tel: 054-772-4041), where the Silla royal family relaxed and enjoyed themselves. The pond was temporarily drained in 1974 to reveal a veritable treasure trove of the Silla's artifacts which are now on display in the Gyeongju National Museum.

T: 20 mins. from Gyeongju Station on foot
H: 09:00-18:00(Nov.-Feb. -17:00)
A: 1,000won

The Gyeongju National Museum (Tel: 054-772-5193), a place of compelling interest, preserves much of the Silla heritage, including magnificent gold crowns, pottery, Buddhist artifacts, and stone sculptures. The museum also houses the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok the Great, also referred to as the legendary Emille Bell, one of Asia's largest and most resonant bells-25 tons of bronze standing 11 feet high.

T:10 mins. from Gyeongju Station by bus, 5 mins. from Anapji Pond on foot
H: 09:00-18:00(Nov.-Feb.-16:00)
A: 400won
C: Mon.

The site of Bunhwangsa Temple (Tel: 054-742-9922) is located twenty minutes' walk from Gyeongju National Museum. Only its 3-story stone brick pagoda is still standing, which was originally nine stories high.

T:15 mins.from Gyeongju Station; 20 mins. from Anapji Pond by bus
H: Sunrise to sunset
A: 1,000won

South of Gyeongju National Museum is Poseokjeong Water Course (Tel: 054-745-8484) where a Silla king used to hold poetry-reciting and drinking parties. He would float the wine cups to his statesmen seated around the watercourse made in the shape of an abalone shell.

T: 20 mins. from Gyeongju Station by bus
H: 09:00-18:00(Nov.-Feb., -17:00)
A: 500won

bukuksa_temple Bulguksa Temple (Tel: 054-746-9913), on the southern outskirts of Gyeongju, is one of Korea's best known temples, a monument to both the skill of Silla architects and the depth of Buddhist faith at the time. While most of the wooden buildings have been rebuilt over the centuries, all the stone bridges, stairways and pagodas are original. The temple, originally built in A.D. 535, was enlarged in A.D.751. Today the temple's form is as beautiful and charming as ever.

L: Western slope of Mt. Tohamsan
T: 30 mins. from Gyeongju Station by bus
H: 07:00-18:00(Oct. - Mar. 07:30-17:30)
A: 3,000won

sukkuram501Dating back to the same era, Seokguram Grotto (Tel: 054-746-9933) is one of Asia's finest Buddha shrines. Surrounded by Bodhisattvas and guardian deities, the serene central statue of Buddha gazes out over the forested hills and across the East Sea to the horizon. The building of the granite dome of Seokguram was a truly amazing architectural feat.
In 1995, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto were named to UNESCO's prestigious World Heritage List.

L: Near the top of Mt. Tohamsan
T: 20 mins. from Bulguksa Bus Stop by bus
H: Sunrise to Sunset
A: 3,000won

East of Gyeongju is Bomun Lake Resort , opened in 1978 by the Korea National Tourism Organization. This major tourist complex has five super deluxe hotels, a convention center, a casino, extensive shopping and dining facilities, a golf course, tennis courts, pleasure boats, swimming pools and even a hotel school. Shuttle bus and taxi service connect downtown Gyeongju with the resort area.

L: East of Gyeongju Station
T:20 mins. from Gyeongju Station by taxi or hotel shuttle buses

Other attractions are scattered around the edges of Gyeongju: tombs of kings and generals, many decorated with many zodiac figures or interesting steles, former palaces, ponds and pleasure pavilions of the Silla royalty, and Buddhist images.