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Introduction

Gyeongju - Silla Dynasty burial mounds in the city centre

Gyeongju - Silla Dynasty burial mounds in the city centre

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Gyeongju (경주시), known as the "Museum without Walls", is home of the Shilla dynasty which dates back from 57 BC and survived for the next 1,000 years. Gyeongju was the capital and at its height of power had approximately 1 million inhabitants. The 'Tumuli' (i.e. grass covered mounds) were the tombs of the Shilla royalty, serving much the same purpose as the pyramids in Egypt, not only containing the deceased but also magnificent treasures, many of which can be seen at the Gyeongju National Museum. The Gyeongju historic areas were in 2000 designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Sights and Activities

  • Tumuli Park - Shilla Tombs
  • Nodong/Noseodong Tomb Park
  • Wolseong Park
  • Anapji Pond - Spectacular at night
  • Gyeongju National Museum
  • Bulguksa Temple
  • Lake Bomun
  • Numerous surrounding National Parks

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Events and Festivals

  • Shilla Cultural Festival (October)

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Weather

Gyeongju has cold but relatively dry winters, averaging around zero degrees Celsius during the day and well below zero at night. Most of the precipitation during this time is in the form of snow. Summers are tropical with hot and humid conditions. Temperatures average between 25 and 30 degrees from June to September with fairlly warm nights. This is also the wet season. The best times obviously are spring and autumn with much less rain and agreeable temperatures.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max5.1 °C7 °C12.4 °C19.3 °C23.9 °C27.2 °C29.7 °C30.5 °C26.6 °C21.5 °C14.3 °C8 °C
Avg Min-3.3 °C-2.3 °C1.6 °C7.3 °C12.4 °C17.8 °C22.4 °C22.6 °C17.2 °C10.3 °C4.2 °C-1.2 °C
Rainfall38 mm43.9 mm64.5 mm95.3 mm97.3 mm190.3 mm281.9 mm276 mm137.7 mm55.3 mm55.4 mm32.4 mm
Rain Days10.79.799.39.211.41413.99.66.89.69.7

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Getting There

By Train

From Seoul the train (Saemaul) takes 4 hours 30 minutes.

By Bus

From Seoul the bus takes 4 hours 15 minutes.

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Getting Around

By Bike

Easy town to hire and get around by push bike.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Han Jin Hostel173-1 GyeongBook-Do GyeongJu City NoSeo DongHostel77
Nahbi Guest House for BackpackersNoseodong 121-7 3F, Gyeongju GyeongsangbukdoHOSTEL88
Homo Nomad Hostel166bunji, Sajeong-dong, Gyeongju Si Gyeongsangbuk-doHOSTEL85
Gyeongju Guesthouse138-2 Hwango-DongHOSTEL85
Guesthouse Momojein286-2, Hwango-dongGUESTHOUSE84
Koreastay DAVO733-1197 dongcheon-dong gyeongsangbuk-do/ gyeongju-si s.koreaGuesthouse-
Guesthouse Santa232(3F), Hwango-dongGUESTHOUSE-
Modorine Hostel5-4, bungmun-ro 55beon-gil , Sunggundong, Gyeong-jHOSTEL88
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12726Gyeong-ju Park Tourist Hotel170-1, Noseo-dongHotel35.9077500000000127.7669220000000
12727Han Jin Hostel173-1 GyeongBook-Do GyeongJu City NoSeo DongHostel35.8400989000000129.2045402000000
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41222Hanjin Hostel173-1 Rose-Donghostel35.8378000000000129.2152000000000

Budget

  • Hanjin Hostel - central location, excellent advice!

Mid-Range

  • Sa Rang Chae Guesthouse - traditional Handuk style (book in advance)

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Keep Connected

Internet

South Korea is the world's most wired country and Internet cafes, known as PC bang, are ubiquitous through the country. Most customers are there for gaming but you're free to sit and type e-mails as well, typical charges are about ₩1,000 to ₩2,000/hour. Like anything, it may be more expensive in more "luxurious" places. Also, snacks and drinks are available for purchase in most PC bangs.

There is also a lot of free wifi available throughout South Korea. Just check for an unencrypted signal, although using open wifi hotspots is a potential security risk anywhere in the world so be careful what you use it for. Many coffee shops offer free wifi with no registration required.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

International dialing prefixes in South Korea vary by operator, and there is no standard prefix. Check with your operator for the respective prefixes. For calls to South Korea, the country code is 82. Emergency numbers include 112 (Polie) and 119 (Ambulance and Fire).

The country has three service providers: KT, SK Telecom and LG Telecom. They offer prepaid mobile phone services (pre-paid service, PPS) in South Korea. Incoming calls are free. South Korea uses the CDMA standard exclusively and does not have a GSM network, so most 2G (GSM) mobile phones from elsewhere will not work. Even quad-band GSM phones are useless. However, if you have a 3G phone with a 3G SIM card, you can probably roam onto the UMTS/W-CDMA 2100 networks of KT or SK Telecom; check with your home operator before you leave to be sure. 4G LTE has recently been made available in Korea; again, check with your provider. Mobile phone coverage is generally excellent, with the exception of some remote mountainous areas.

If you want to buy a prepaid SIM card, you should be able to get a prepaid SIM card at one of the olleh expat locations. However, you must have been in Korea for at least 3 days, and you must bring your passport. The fee for a prepaid SIM card is ₩5,500, and you have to charge at least ₩10,000 at the spot. You must also have a compatible phone. All modern iPhones (3GS and later) should work.

Post

Korea Post is the national postal service and has fast, reliable and well-priced services. Postage for a postcard anywhere in the world is ₩370, while letters and packages start from ₩480. On their website you can find more about pricing details, as there are many different rates, depending on the zone (which country) you want to send it to, how much it weighs, wether it is air or ground service etc. Generally, post office hours are from Monday to Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm, though the larger central post offices tend to be open until 8:00pm and sometimes also on Saturday or even Sunday, usually only mornings. If you want to send package internationally, you might also check international companies like TNT, FedEx, UPS or DHL, as they have fast, reliable and competitively priced services as well.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 35.856172
  • Longitude: 129.224748

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