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The Treasures of King Muryeong at the Gongju National Museum

I walked over the hill from the tomb of King Muryeong of Baekje, in the present-day town of Gongju. As I’ve said before, Gongju was once Ungjin, the capital of the ancient Baekje kingdom, and the Baekje heritage of both … Continue reading

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A Final Visit to Namsan and Farewell Gyeongju!

The morning I left Gyeongju, I had a few spare hours to make one last trip to Namsan, so I decided to check out a few things in the relatively accessible northeastern corner, which is very close to downtown Gyeongju. … Continue reading

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Namsan: Hermitage of the Seven Buddhas

As I descended to conclude my Grand Namsan Hike (in Gyeongju), I passed by Chibulam, the ‘hermitage of the seven Buddhas’, which is right next to an ancient Silla rock carving of seven Buddhas. First of all, I like the … Continue reading

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Namsan: A Hike Through Ancient Silla

Namsan, which means ‘South Mountain’, is south of downtown Gyeongju, and is famous for its many works of Buddhist art from the Silla kingdom left throughout its mountainsides. It is both part of Gyeongju National Park and the ‘Gyeongju Historic … Continue reading

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Gyeongju: Bulguksa and the Most Impressive Buddha Statue I Have Ever Seen

Away from downtown, but still within Gyeongju City Limits, lies Bulguksa and the Seokguram Grotto. Bulguksa is a temple which still has the original stone foundation from Silla times, and Seokguram Grotto is a cave dug out and constructed during … Continue reading

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Ancient Silla Heritage in Downtown Gyeongju

There are plenty of remnants of Ancient Silla heritage conveniently located within downtown Gyeongju, which means, if you stayed in downtown Gyeongju overnight (which I did a for a few nights), or if you just arrived in Gyeongju by intercity … Continue reading

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Gyeongju: The City of Ancient Royal Tombs

Gyeongju is *the* place to learn about the ancient Silla kingdom. That’s because Gyeongju was once called ‘Seorabeol’, which meant ‘capital’, and it was the capital of the Silla kingdom from when it merely controlled six villages in 57 C.E., … Continue reading

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