|13:00-13:30||Departure from HICO / Arriving at Bulguksa Temple|
|14:40-16:30||The Hill of the Wind in Gyeongju|
|16:30-17:40||Gyeongju National Museum|
|17:50-18:30||Woljeonggyo Bridge, Kyochon Village|
|19:00||Arriving at HICO|
Bulguksa Temple was the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Korea in 1995, along with Seokguram Hermitage, Jongmyo Shrine in Seoul, and the Tripitaka Koreana at Haeinsa Temple in Hapcheon.
Even if there are people who have never traveled to Gyeongju, there will be no one who has not come to Gyeongju to see Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Hermitage.
As such, it is an outstanding cultural heritage representing Korea.
The Silla people, who believed in Buddhism as a national faith, built Bulguksa Temple, the "country of Buddha," with the best architectural techniques, the best efforts, and the best sincerity they could achieve.
Buddhist doctrines are well dissolved in temple buildings to form an ideal garam arrangement.
A well-organized furniture stonework (Treasure No. 1745) used in wooden construction supports the Buddha's country.
On top of the stonework, there is a pavilion called Beomyeongru, which means the summit of Sumisan Mountain, which is at the center of the Buddhist world.
The stairs leading up to this heavenly world are Cheongungyo Bridge and Baegungyo Bridge (National Treasure No. 23).
Climbing Cheongungyo Bridge and Baegungyo Bridge and passing through Jahamun Gate, you can face Daeungjeon Hall, which enshrines the Buddha of Sakyamuni.
Along with the Dabotap (National Treasure No. 20) and the Sakyamuni Pagoda (National Treasure No. 21), which stand as if escorting Daeungjeon Hall on both sides.
On the west side of Daeungjeon Hall, there is Geungnakjeon Hall, an area of Western Geungnakjeongto.
The stairs leading to the Geungnakjeon area are Yeonhwagyo Bridge and Chilbo Bridge (National Treasure No. 22), designated as national treasures along with Cheongungyo Bridge and Baegungyo Bridge.
If you climb this bridge and pass Anyangmun Gate, the main gate of the paradise world, you will meet Geungnakjeon Hall, which houses the Seated Geumdong Amitabha Buddha (National Treasure No. 27).
In addition to the two main shrines, Museoljeon Hall, the auditorium building, Gwaneumjeon Hall with Guanyin Bodhisattva, and Birojeon Hall with Geumdong Vizana Buddha Seated (National Treasure No. 26) are arranged in harmony.
At the Gyeongju National Museum, you can see the compressed millennium history of Silla.
When traveling to Gyeongju, it will be a fruitful trip if you stop by the first destination, study in advance, and meet cultural heritages everywhere.
The museum consists of three permanent exhibition halls, including the Shilla Museum of History, the Shilla Museum of Art, and the Wolji Hall, and a special exhibition hall where special exhibitions are held.
At the Shilla History Museum, a series of histories from the founding to the collapse of Silla were divided into four rooms and displayed.
If you want to learn about high-quality Silla Buddhist art, head to the Silla Museum of Art.
Woljigwan is an exhibition hall that organizes the excavated relics based on excavations of Donggung and Wolji.
You can meet precious relics such as Donggung and Wolji restoration models, wooden boats excavated from Wolji, and gilt-bronze three-zone Buddha statues.
The three permanent exhibition halls operate exhibition commentary programs every set time, so it is also a good idea to check the timetable before visiting the museum, listen to the commentary, and visit the exhibition hall.
There is one more point not to miss at the National Exhibition Hall.
National treasures are located in the yard of the museum.
Let's take a look around the outdoor exhibition hall and take care of precious relics such as King Seongdeok's Shinjong and Goseonsa Temple's three-story stone pagoda.
In May 2019 next to the Gyeongju National Museum, a storage warehouse in Yeongnam area opened.
This is a storage warehouse built to systematically store 600,000 buried cultural properties excavated in Yeongnam area.
You can see the exhibition storage room, which displays 3,000 excavated items from major relics such as Silla earthenware and tiles, and the lobby exhibition room where you can learn about the discovery, preservation, and restoration of cultural properties.
The name Woljeonggyo Bridge was known through the record that "Woljeonggyo Bridge and Chunyanggyo Bridge were built in Muncheon, south of the palace," in the 19th year of King Gyeongdeok of Unified Silla in Samguksagi.
All restoration was completed in April 2018 by conducting a decade-long investigation, historical research, and restoration of what was lost and disappeared during the Joseon Dynasty.
In 2013, the bridge was restored first, and then the gate towers on both sides of the bridge were completed.
On the second floor of the gate tower, there is an exhibition hall where you can see videos of the restoration process of the bridge and excavated artifacts.
It is good to see the shape of Woljeonggyo Bridge during the day, and Woljeonggyo Bridge at night seduces us with another charm.
Let's look at Wo ljeonggyo Bridge from the stepping stone installed in front of Woljeonggyo Bridge.You can hold Woljeonggyo Bridge that shines softly on the river.
Kyochon Village, where Gyeongju Choi's house, which is an important folk material No. 27, and Gyeongju Gyodong Beopju, an important intangible cultural asset No. 86-Dahoin, is a place where the rich man of Gyeongju, who has worked hard in academics, produced Shinsa for nine generations, is located.
In particular, the principle that came down like a family motto from the richest man's house, "Do not be more than Shinshi, collect more than 10,000 seats, treat guests generously, do not buy other people's fields in bad times, and wear cotton clothes for three years, so that no one can starve to death."
It is said that there was Yoseokgung Palace, where Princess Yoseok of Silla, who gave birth to Seolchong, lived, and nearby are Gyerim, where the birth story of Park Hyuk-geose, the founder of Silla, lived, and Jaemaejeong, where General Naemulwangneung, Gyeongjuhyanggyo, and General Kim Yoo-shin lived.
There are various experience centers in Kyochon Village. There are many unique experiences such as earthenware experience, rice cake making experience, traditional tea ceremony experience, hanbok experience, traditional paste experience, noodle making experience, and quilting experience. Since the operating hours and experience costs are different for each experience center, it is recommended to check the information of the experience center on the official website of Kyochon Village and inquire in advance before visiting.
Gyeongju Wind Power is located at the top of Hangjosan Mountain, a neighboring mountain of Tohamsan Mountain.
A total of seven wind power generators are in operation as a commercial wind power complex built by Korea East-West Power and Dongguk S&C to produce eco-friendly clean energy.
It produces an average of 40,000 mWh of electricity annually, which is the amount that 10,000 households can use.
Along the mountain ridge, huge wind power generators are built, and the area, called the Wind Hill, is open to the public 365 days.
It is equipped with an observation deck with a pavilion called Gyeongpungru overlooking the wind power plant, a wind trail, and a picnic table zone.
Gyeongju Wind Power's "Hill of the Wind" is known as a place with beautiful sunset and sunset.
I suggest you look for it at sunset.It is good to enjoy the sunset from various places, such as the observatory and the wind path trail.
Some people wait a little longer after sunset and enjoy the romantic night when stars pour out.