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Hotels and housing Noseo-dong tips for tourists

Housing: Love Hotels (러브호텔) in Noseo-dong

Hotel Show, Noseo-dong, Gyeongju

Hotel Show, Noseo-dong, Gyeongju

I think the question I get asked most often on this blog is where to find good hotels in Gyeongju and people usually act like I’m joking or crazy when I point them to the dozens of “Love Hotels” in Noseo-dong, the neighborhood just behind hind the Inter-city and Express Bus Terminals.  Now it’s true that “Love Hotels” (러브호텔) get their name for  hosting secret trysts between unmarried college students and cheating spouses from out of town.  And if you’ve never stayed in one before, you might think they’re nothing more than seedy dives with peeling wall paper, cigarette-stained sheets and broken head-boards.  But really, the rooms at the newest “Love Hotels” in Gyeongju can sometimes rival the accommodations at local pensions and the hotels at Bomun Resort, for only a fraction of the cost. read more »

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Housing: Stay Overnight in One of Gyeongju’s “Goteak” Traditional Houses (경주 고턕체험)

Seoak Seowon, Seondo-dong, Gyeongju

Seoak Seowon, Seondo-dong, Gyeongju

If you’re one of those intrepid travelers who enjoy staying in unique or unusual accommodations, then I definitely recommend spending the night in one of the “Gyeongju Goteak” traditional houses during your visit.  The Gyeonjgu Goteak program was established a few years ago by the Ministry of Employment and Labor as a creative effort to help pay for the upkeep of a number of local historical buildings by renting them out as housing for visiting tourists.   Currently run by the Silla Cultural Institute (신라문화원), Gyeognju Goteak offers housing at five or six different historical “hanuk” style houses in the Gyeongju area, most of which are several hundred years old.  Although, I’ve not actually stayed in any of these places myself, I visit a number of them frequently as they’re quite scenic and are worth visiting even if you’re not staying the night.  In addition to providing unique and photogenic lodgings, a stay in one of the Gyeognju Goteak also includes complementary cultural activities, such as a tea ceremony and traditional arts and crafts. read more »

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2012 Spring Events: Cherry Blossoms, Miso II, Concerts and More

Cherry Blossoms at Night, Gyeongju

Cherry Blossoms at Night, Gyeongju

I’ll skip my usually apologies to my regular readers for not posting in over almost month.  Suffice to say, I’ve been swept up in the usual start-of-semester whirlwind lately.  Thankfully things are finally settling into a routine and with spring at our door step, there are a few things to catch up on. For starters, cherry blossom season is close upon us again. If you’re planning to frolic among the flowers this year, the Korean Tourism Organization has recently released its predictions for the blossoming dates and peak times for 2012. It looks like the cherries here in Gyeongju will begin blooming around April 2nd and will be at their peak between April 11th and the 20th, so mark your calendars.  And if you’re looking tips on places in town to check out the cherry blossoms,  I’ve posted suggestions in years past on the best spots for the blossoms. read more »

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Camping and Cabins in the Mt. Tohamsan Recreational Forest (토함산 자연휴양림)

Camping at Mt. Tohamsan Recreational Forest

Camping at Mt. Tohamsan Recreational Forest

This post is coming a little too late for the summer, but  I’m posting it anyhow for those who might be interested in doing some camping this fall or are already kicking around ideas for their next vacation.  For years I’ve heard that there there’s a campground at the Mt. Tohamsan at the Recreational Forest (토함산 자연휴양림), but I’ve never been up there to check it.  Growing up in  Virginia, I used to go camping at least a couple times a year, so I’ve been curious about it for a while now. read more »

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More Spring News: Traditional Korean Opera, Free Taekwondo Tickets, New Gyeongju Website and More

Bomun Opera Performance Poster (click to enlarge)

Bomun Opera Performance Poster (click to enlarge)

Spring is a busy time in Gyeongju, so there are few more things happening around town that I thought I’d mention.   May 5th – 7th (Thursday through Saturday) the Gyeongju City Government is hosting a free opera performance out at Bomun Lake titled “The River Flows to the Sea.”  The opera is a drama based on the relationship between two legendary figures from the Shilla Dynasty; Queen Seondeok and General Kim Yu-shin.  The opera will be accompanied by a Korean classical symphony and features some pretty heavy hitters from the world of Korean theater and classical music, like conductor Park Sang-jin.  The opera will run from 7:00 to 9:30 pm and will be held at the out-door theater on the north shore of Bomun Lake.  If you’re in town that weekend, definitely check it out as it sounds pretty cool.  I mentioned it was free, right? read more »

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Housing: Gyeongju Tourist Pension Association

Brochure for Gyeognju Tourist Pension Association

Brochure for Gyeognju Tourist Pension Association

Since we’ve been on the topic of pensions lately, I thought I should mention the Gyeongju Tourist Pension Association. I was down by the bus station last week and decided to pop in the Tourist Info Booth to see what was new. I noticed they had a brochure in Korean listing information for about a dozen different pensions around Bomun Resort. The brochure was published by the aptly named Gyeongju Tourist Pension Association. Unfortunately their Korean website is listed as a “Reported Attack Site” by Firefox (which can happen when you use a lot of dodgy Active-X and java script in your website, I guess) , so I won’t be providing a hard link to it here. read more »

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Ja-yeon Pension (자연 향기): A Refreshing Mountain Getaway

Ja-yeon Pension, Mt. Tohamsan, Gyeongju

Ja-yeon Pension, Mt. Tohamsan, Gyeongju

After months of slaving away at the computer, my wife finally completed the monumental task of writing her Master’s thesis the other week. We decided to celebrate by heading up into the mountains east of Gyeognju for a little family “r and r” at Ja-yeon Pension (자연 향기). Living in Gyeongju, it’s rare that I actually get firsthand experience of the dozens (if not hundreds) of accommodation options in the area. However, I’d stumbled on Ja-yeon Pension last fall while exploring a little valley near the Baek-nyeon (100 year) Tea House on Mt. Tohamsan and I couldn’t think of a better place to take a break and get away from it all. read more »

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