I was online this afternoon checking out local pensions for Chuseok when it dawned on me that I’ve been seriously delinquent in updating the “Links” section of this blog over the summer. In fact, for a blog that targets tourists, I hadn’t really posted that many websites for hotels and what not around Gyeongju. After several hours rectifying this oversight, I’ve compiled a formidable (if not definitive) list of local links. Here’s a brief rundown of what I’ve found:
Hotels and Housing
Down around the bus station are scads of love hotels and tourist motels. As they’re already pretty easy to find, I’ll link to the Gyeongju Tourist Hotel as a typical example of the whole lot. Instead, there are a few more traditional guesthouses around town that’d give you a more unique experience, like the Sundo Sanbang Guesthouse or the Shillabang Gueshouse. And of course there’s the classic Sarangchae Guesthouse tucked away next to Daereungwon Tombs Park.
If you’re not on a tight budget, there are the dozens of high-end hotels out at Bomun Resort, like the Gyeongju Hilton, the Hyundai Hotel, the Concorde Hotel and the classy Millennium Palace Spa and Resort. In the older tourist village at the foot of Bulguksa Temple, you can find the Valley Motel. Then, heading southwest towards the Ulsan coast is the ultra-chic Mauna Ocean Resort complete with condos, golf course and ocean view.
But for something completely different, why not stay at one of the pensions or traditional-style guesthouses that’ve been popping up in the countryside around Gyeongju lately? They’re private, cozy and romantic. Even if you don’t have a car, many of them provide pick up and drop off service the bus or train stations. Just north of Bomun you can find the Deunjang Guest House, then on the way to Bulguksa there is the lakeside Lacvert Pension. Up on Mt. Tohamsan is the luxurious Jayeonhyanggi Pension as well as the more traditional Dolmok Guesthouse and Chodang-bang Guesthouse. North of town in the Yangdong folk village you can spend the night in the rustic Uyeonje Guesthouse. While nestled at the foot of Mt. Namsan is the lovely Simcheon Pension.
Tourist Sites and Destinations
Most of the actual historical sites around here are covered in Gyeongju’s E-Tourist Guide or on the Korea Sparkling Guide to Gyeongju. But actually all of the historical temples in Gyeongju have their own private homepages, though unfortunately they’re mostly in Korean. In any case, here are the websites of Bulguksa Temple, Seokkuram Grotto, Girimsa Temple, Golgulsa Temple, Bunhwangsa Temple and the modern Manbulsa Temple over in Yeongcheon. You can visit the web page for the Gyeongju National Museum for more info on their current exhibitions. Or you can check this page for an introduction to the rustic charm of Yandong Folk Village.
Out at Bomun Resort, families with kids will want to visit the historical Shilla Millennium Theme Park or the Gyeongju World Amusement Park, complete with its new California Beach water park. The more culturally minded can visit the Gyeongju branch of the Sonje Art Museum or check out the multi-culti fun of the Gyeongju World Culture Expo when it’s in town. While those interested in a proper game of golf can tee off at the Gyongju Country Club.
Of course, I’ve posted links to a lot more exciting sites, like the Korean branch of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Gyeongsangbuk-do Arboretum, but I’ll leave it to you dear reader to click through them yourselves. If I give away all of the links here, that’d plum take all the fun out of things, now wouldn’t it? And if you yourself have stumbled across any other interesting websites related to Gyeongju, feel free to share them in the comments section below. That said, any links involving Viagra, Botox or acia berries will be deleted on sight