VIDEO| Virtual Vacation: Gyeongju

VIDEO| Virtual Vacation: Gyeongju

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Guam

Whether you’re working from home, sheltering in place or just staying home, if you’re like us, you’re probably dreaming of open skies, sandy beaches, tall mountains, or perfect powdery slopes. Our travel plans may be on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream up where we’ll go next.

Welcome to virtual vacation video series where we can explore destinations from the comfort of our homes.

Join us as we take a short virtual journey to Gyeongju, South Korea.

The great thing about Gyeongju is that it is easily accessible from anywhere in the Pacific.

Gyeongju has plenty of culture, history, and food which makes it ideal for a quick getaway.

Some of the must-see spots in Gyeongju include:

  • Bulguksa Temple— This temple, which symbolizes the Buddhist land, is a prime example of the religion’s intricate architecture and dates back one thousand years.
  • Seokguram— You’ll find this stone temple, also considered a national treasure, on Tohamsan Mountain. Inside, the Seokguram Grotto is an artificial cave where you can enjoy the essence of the Buddhist Arts of the Silla Dynasty.
  • Yangdong Village – This rare, traditional village gives you a look back at the Joseon Dynasty and is a great place to enjoy the natural surroundings the area offers.

On my last trip there, I also visited Hwangridan Street packed with cafes and restaurants offering unique atmosphere and tasty Korean dishes.

While you're there don't forget to try Hwangnam Ppang (Gyeongju bread), a small pastry with a red bean paste filling, and Chalbori-ppang, glutinous barley bread. Both breads are a local specialty of Gyeongju City and you can find them anywhere in the city.

I hope you enjoyed our visit to Gyeongju and that it's inspired your next trip.

Stay safe and get ready to travel with us in our next video. Thanks for watching!

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