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Gyeongju history Sites to see Stories, legends & people tips for tourists tombs Top 10

Top 10 ancient Tombs of Gyeongju: Part 1

Shilla Tombs of Tumuli Park, Gyeongju

Shilla Tombs of Tumuli Park, Gyeongju

One of the things that make Gyeongju noticeably unique among Korean cities are all of the ancient Shilla hill tombs scattered about. Some of them are pretty darn impressive actually, as they range from one to two millennia old and most of them are at least a couple stories high. Not to mention there are over 150 of them around the area. Seen from above they look like mushrooms sprouting up all over the city after a rain. read more »

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East Sea Gyeongju restaurants Sites to see tips for tourists

Restaurant Review #12: 100 Years Tea House (백년찻집)

100 Years Tea House, Mt. Tohamsan, Gyeongju

100 Years Tea House, Mt. Tohamsan, Gyeongju

Perched on the ridge of Mt. Tohamsan (토함산) , looking East over the Churyeong (추령) Pass is one of the best kept secrets of Gyeongju:  the Beak Nyeon Cha Jip (백년찻집) or “100 Years Tea House”.  Whether you’re a dedicated  tea aficionado or you need a break on the trip over to the East Sea and King Munmu’s tomb (문무대왕릉), Beak Nyeon Cha Jip is well worth the 30 minute drive from Gyeongju. read more »

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Book Reviews Gyeongju history photography Stories, legends & people tips for tourists

Gyeongju Guide Books

Gyeongju: a Field Guide to History (cover image)

Gyeongju: a Field Guide to History (cover image)

Over the last couple of months I’ve managed to collect a few really killer guidebooks on the Gyeongju, mostly through tips from friends and browsing through the Gyeongju National Museum book store.  If you’re visiting Gyeongju, you’d be doing yourself a big favor by picking up at least one of these books and giving it a read before hand.  I guarantee you’ll have a much more rewarding trip.  Unfortunately much of the on site information around Gyeongju is poorly translated or lacks coherence. read more »

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