Although it is possible to see most of the major sites in a day, I recommend spending at least a night in Gyeongju so that you have time to properly explore the historic district (the entire city is pretty much one giant national treasure). Sites in the downtown area can be easily explored on foot or by bicycle in 1 day, but should you wish to see sites in Namsan nearby, you'll want to take a bus or taxi. The famous Bulguk Temple and the Seokguram Grotto are a bit far from the central city area as well, but easily accessible by bus or taxi. Not all of these sites have phones, so if you need additional information, call the Gyeongju Tourism Office at tel. 054/779-6087.

Namsan (Mt. Nam)

Located south of Gyeongju city, Namsan (which means "south mountain") is often called a "museum without walls." The mountain ranges house over 100 temple sites, 80 stone Buddhist statues, and 60 pagodas. It has 40 valleys and is divided into the southwestern region, which was worshiped by the people of the Shilla kingdom, and the southeastern section, which includes the valleys of Mireukgol, Tapgol, and Bucheogol.

The best way to see Namsan is to take one of the many hiking trails, but be prepared with snacks and drinks, since it takes about 4 to 5 hours to do the entire course. The most popular trail starts in Samneung Valley, goes to Sangseonam, and past Sangsa Rock to the top of Geumobong. From there, you can stop in at Buheungsa, see the Poseokjeong Watercourse, and then return to Samneung Valley.


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