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Gyeongju Guide

Gyeongju or Kyongju city was the capital of the Shila kingdom for over 1000 years. The historic city with many of its monuments has been preserved well and visitors will be spell bound when they come here. Remember that there are steep admission prices for most of the monuments though locals have free admission to most sites. But the sites are within walking distance of each other. Visitors are advised t bring a good pair of walking shoes when they are visiting the city.

The city has old monuments and artifacts including many royal tombs. Some of the main sites include.

Tumuli Park - it contains more than 20 royal tombs f the most powerful kings and high ranking people from the Shila period.

The Ch`eomseongdae Observatory - since the stars and astrology was the basic of all events whether agriculture or marriages. This observatory was built in 634 for studying the movement of the stars and the planets and court astrologers interpreted their meaning and told the kings what he should do.

The National Museum - houses more than 80,000 artifacts from the Shila period. The bronze bell known as the Divine bell of King Seongdeok is also housed here and stands at 3 meters high and weighs 25 tons. It's the largest bell in Asia.

Lodging in the city is plenty. You can find the best hotels here. The hotels come with many amenities. You can also take car hire from the hotel itself or can rent from outside. The best hotels offer the best cuisines that include traditional Korean, Japanese and Continental dishes. Some of the hotels also overlook the Bomun Lake that will greatly help the visitors to relax. There are many activities to do in the city like shopping, golfing, sightseeing and of course excellent cuisine.

Traveling around in the city is fairly easy and one can also avail of bicycles and city buses when they visit.

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