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Gyeongju Cycling Courses and Maps

Gyeongju Cycling Map

Gyeongju Cycling Map

Gyeongju is really a great place for cycling.  The countryside around Gyeongju is fairly flat and dozens of cement farm roads weave their way through scenic rice paddies and rustic villages.  Cycling’s also the fastest way to visit the dozens of ancient Silla tombs, temples, relics and ruins scattered outside of the city.  Not to mention, you can rent bikes for the day at both the train and bus stations and the bikes are usually in fairly decent shape too.   When I first started this blog I’d planned on posting a lot more on different cycling routes in the area.  Unfortunately, aside from one or two early posts, that never really happened.  To be honest, I’ve probably been on a bike once since my son was born two years ago (a sad fact I hope to soon change). read more »

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Exploring the Mysteries of Mt. Nangsan (낭산)

Mt. Nangsan, Gyeongju

Mt. Nangsan, Gyeongju

If you’re visiting the Gyeongju National Museum and happen to look east over the highway you might notice the outline of a hill on the far side of the train tracks.  From the looks of it you wouldn’t guess this low ridge (often describe as looking like a silkworm) was in fact considered one of the most sacred mountains of the Shilla Dynasty. As such, it’s home to numerous ancient relics and features in a number of stories and legends from the Shilla Era. read more »

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Cycling Routes Gyeongju tips for tourists

Tips for Tourists: Cycling in Gyeongju

View West of Mt. Gumi & Mt. Geumgang

View West of Mt. Gumi & Mt. Geumgang

If you’re only in Gyeongju for a short time, definitely take a day to check out the big sights like, Bulguksa, Seokuram, Anapji Pond, etc. (Honestly, I’d give the Museum a miss, unless it’s raining).  But if you really want to experience what makes this city so cool, take an afternoon to hop on a bike and ride around the countryside. read more »

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Cycling Route: Buddha Triad of Dudaeri (두대리마애석불입상)

Dudaeri Buddha Triad

Dudaeri Buddha Triad

Sure, in Gyeongju Mt. Namsan (남산) has the lion’s share of ancient Shilla (신라) statues and carvings, so it’s well worth taking the time to explore if you can.  But the truth is, most of the surrounding mountains have atl east one ancient Buddha that’s pretty cool.  Plus the other mountains aren’t crawling with hiking clubs and bus tours  on the weekend, like Namsan.  Some places, you might not see a single other soul. read more »

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Ancient Stone Bathtub of Bomun Temple (보문사의 욕조)

Stone Bathtub of Bomun Temple

If you’re at all like me and like your history with a bit of quirkiness, you might want to check out the ancient stone bathtub of Bomunsa Temple (보문사).  The ancient stone bathtub of Bomunsa is… well, a big stone bathtub… um, in the middle of a rice field… um, yeah… read more »

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Cycling Routes Geumcheok-ri Gyeongju Stories, legends & people tips for tourists tombs

Cycling Route: The Geumcheokri Tombs (금척리 고분군)

Ancient Tombs of Geumcheokri

Ancient Tombs of Geumcheokri (금척리 고분군)

One of the most distinctive things about Gyeongju are the ancient Shilla (신라) tombs scattered around town.  Yeah, they’re pretty cool, but there are literally hundreds of them around here.  After a couple a’ years, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all.  At least that’s what I’d been thinking until I finally got out to the Geomcheokri tombs (금척리 고분군) a few weeks ago.  I’ve got to say, they were pretty impressive.

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