Framed by the Taebaek and Sobaek Mountains, Gyeongsangbuk-do is a sprawling province on Korea’s south-east coast. It served as the heart of the former Silla Kingdom and displays its rich culture through ancient temple sites, open-air museums and fine artefact collections.
Things to do in Gyeongsangbuk-do
Spend a day exploring the Heritage-listed Bulguksa Temple, which was built in 528 AD during the Silla Kingdom. It’s renowned for the artistic beauty of its architecture and stone relics, with the Dabotap Pagoda, Lotus Bridge and Seven Treasures Bridge particularly noteworthy.
While Kim Dae-Seong built Bulguksa Temple for his parents in the current life, it’s believed he built the nearby Seokguram Grotto for the parents of his former life. Admire its granite-built stone temple that perches on Tohamsan Mountain, together with the round Main Hall dominated by a Bonjon statue of Bodhisattva and his disciples.
Want to discover the history and culture of the Silla Period in an entertaining environment? Visit the replica village of the Shilla Millennium Park where characteristic architecture and traditional crafts are showcased. It’s a popular filming location for Korean dramas, with scenes from “Queen Seondeok” and “Boys Over Flowers” shot here.
Delve into the history of the former Silla Kingdom capital at the Gyeongju National Museum where ancient earthenware, handicrafts and artworks are on display. Artefacts from Gyeongju’s great tombs are also exhibited, including golden crowns, royal jewellery and ornaments, together with typical household items detailing life in the Royal Court.
Getting around Gyeongsangbuk-do
Daegu International Airport lies around 45 minutes’ drive from Gyeongju and is connected by regular trains. Buses connect to towns and cities across Gyeongsangbuk-do and travel to many of the province’s attractions.