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Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju-si » Namsan Mountain (경주 남산)

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Address
Naenam-myeon, Bae-dong, Tap-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
경북 경주시 탑동 , 배동, 내남면
Type
Mountains
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-54-771-7142 (Korean)
Homepage
www.san.go.kr (Korean, English)
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Introduction
Namsan Mountain in Gyeongju is home to many temples and shrines and was considered sacred by many during the Silla Kingdom. This mountain boasts nearly 40 valleys winding down from Geumobong Peak (468m in elevation), Gowibong Peak (494m in elevation), and other peaks. This 4km-wide (east-west) and 8km-long (south-north) oval mountain is aligned to the south.

Namsan Mountain is a veritable open-air museum with 100 temples, 80 stone Buddha statues, and 60 stone pagodas scattered across the mountain. This mountain features nearly 40 valleys and is divided into the Southwest Mountain, a sacred place during the Silla period, and the Southeast Mountain in which many Buddhas can be found around the valleys.

Najeong Well at the western foot of Mt. Namsan is the mythic birthplace of King Park Hyeokgeose, founder of the Silla Kingdom. The local Yangsanjae Shrine was built in honor of a founder who lived in Seorabeol before the Silla Kingdom was established. Poseokjeong Pavilion is the place where the glorious era of the Silla Kingdom came to an end. In the Southeast Mountain region are found the Seated Buddha of Borisa Temple, a 9m-tall Bulmusa Stone Buddha Statue and a Seated Stone Buddha at Gamsil Shrine. Mt. Namsan features 12 treasures (ex: Mireukgol Seated Stone Buddha, 3-storied stone pagoda in Yongsangsa Temple, Maae Stone Buddha in Chilbulam Temple, etc.) 12 historic sites (ex: The site of Poseokjeong Pavilion, Najeong Well and Samneung Royal Tombs, etc.), 9 local tangible cultural properties (ex: Maaegwaneumbosalsang Buddha in Samneunggol Valley, Ipgolseokbul Buddha, Yaksugol Maaeipsang Buddha, etc.) and 1 important piece of folklore material.

Mt. Namsan is also famous for its scenic landscapes in addition to its cultural heritage. It features numerous valleys, unique rock formations, and beautiful trails. Many tourists say, “You cannot say that you know Gyeongju without hiking up Mt. Namsan.” Mt. Namsan is where scenic nature and the long history of the Silla Kingdom coexist and where the aesthetic consciousness and religious ceremony of Silla people evolved into an artform.
Telephone
+82-54-779-6061
Directions
- Get on the bus to Gyeongju at Dong Seoul Terminal (Every 40-60 minutes (07:00-24:00), 4 hour ride)
- Get on the bus to Gyeongju at Gangnam Express Bus Terminal (Every 40-60 minutes (06:05-23:55), 4 hour ride)
- Get off the bus at Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal or Gyeongju Bus Terminal
- Get on the bus (# 11) to Tongiljeon Memorial or # 500 to Samneung Tombs

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