About Gyeongju (慶州)

Gyeongju(慶州), located in the southeastern part of the Korean Peninsula, was the capital of the Silla Kingdom (BC 57-AD 935) for almost a thousand years. The entire city was designated a National Park by the government in honor of the historic temples, ruins, monuments and artifacts that can be found throughout the area.
Most prominently, it is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju Historic Areas, and the historic village of Yangdong. These days, Gyeongju is a popular tourist destination for visitors from Korea and abroad who flock to see the famed foliage in the fall or cherry blossoms in the spring. The city is also becoming increasingly popular as a convention city thanks to its combination of old world charm and high-tech facilities.
Gyeongju can be divided into 7 distinct tourist zones – Downtown, Bomun, Bulguksa, Namsan, Donghae, Seoak, and Bukbu. Each zone has its own unique appeal.
Known as “the museum without walls,” the entire city of Gyeongju is like a museum, with ubiquitous historic sites and tourist destinations. We recommend our participants to search for the true spirit of Gyeongju, from myths of founding kings of the Silla Kingdom to scientific technology and artistry ahead of the Silla generation, and visit meaningful historic sites with traces of Silla culture leading to the Confucian culture of the later Joseon Dynasty and tourist sites where the cultural heritage of the Silla Kingdom is reinterpreted in the modern context, not to mention the city’s natural environment, mountains, fields, and ocean.