I know it’s all the trend these days, but I figured it was about time I sat down and wrote out my personal top ten “to do” list for Gyeongju. Some of these I’ve posted on already, and if I haven’t yet, I hope to soon. So here they are in brief; counting down from 10 to 1:
10. Take a walk around the ancient, 3-storied pagoda of Bunghwangsa (분황사) Temple when the fall leaves are changing.
9. Dine in one of the eccentric Ssambap (쌈밥) restaurants across from Cheomseongdae (첨성대) Observatory.
8. Enjoy the tranquility of Okryeongam (옥룡암) Hermitage and mystery of the Tapgol (탑골) Carvings on Namsan.
7. Cycle through the farm villages and sprawling rice fields of Bomun-dong (보문동).
6. Watch the sun set from the 20 foot Buddha statue on the cliff overlooking Samneung Valley (삼릉골) on Namsan.
5. Take a romantic stroll around Anapji (안압지) Pond at night.
4. Tour the inside of Seokuram (석굴암) Grotto on Buddha’s Birthday, which the only day they let you in behind the glass.
3. Sip Omicha, or 5 flavor tea, in Beaknyeon Chajip (백년찻집), or “100 years tea house”, on top of Mt. Toamsan (토암산).
1. Enjoy the magic of the lantern parade at Bulguksa (불국사) Temple on Buddha’s Birthday.
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