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


Gyeongju Namsan Mountain (경주 남산)   
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Naenam-myeon, Bae-dong, Tap-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
경북 경주시 탑동 , 배동, 내남면
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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 (468 m in elevation), Gowibong Peak (494 m in elevation), and other surrounding peaks. Also, this 4 km-wide and 8km-long oval-shaped mountain runs almost perfectly north to south.

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

Najeong Well, at the western foot of Namsan Mountain, is the mythic birthplace of King Park Hyeokgeose, founder of the Silla Kingdom. The local Yangsanjae Shrine was built in honor of its 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, one can encounter the Seated Buddha of Borisa Temple, a 9-meter Bulmusa Stone Buddha Statue, and a Seated Stone Buddha at Gamsil Shrine.

Namsan Mountain also features 12 treasures, including Mireukgol Seated Stone Buddha, a three-storey stone pagoda in Yongsangsa Temple, the Maae Stone Buddha in Chilbulam Temple, and others. There are also twelve historic sites, such as the site of Poseokjeong Pavilion, Najeong Well, and Samneung Royal Tombs, as well as nine local tangible cultural properties (Maaegwaneumbosalsang Buddha in Samneunggol Valley, Ipgolseokbul Buddha, Yaksugol Maaeipsang Buddha, and others), and one important piece of folklore material.

Namsan Mountain is also famous for its scenic landscapes in addition to its cultural heritage. Numerous valleys, unique rock formations, and beautiful trails are abundant throughout the area. Many tourists say, “You cannot say that you know Gyeongju without hiking up Namsan Mountain.” Namsan Mountaint is a place where the scenic nature and long history of the Silla Kingdom coexist, and also where the aesthetic consciousness and religious traditions of the Silla people evolved into the artform it is today.
Tour Course Information
[Gyeongju Namsan historic sites exploration]

The tour programs run every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
(* During school vacation during summer, the program runs daily)
*The tour courses itinerary

- Samreunggol (Every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)
① Saturday: 13:30-17:30 (4 hours)
② Sunday/public holidays: 09:30-13:30 (4 hours)
③ During school vacation in summer: Monday, Wednesday, Friday : 09:30-13:30 (4 hours)
④ Sites visited : Sambulsa Temple, Samreunggol

- The way to Samreung (1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday of every month)
① Saturday: 13:30- 17:30 (4 hours)
② Sites visited: Woljeonggyo to Samreung

- Eastern Namsan Walk (Every 2nd and 4th Saturday)
① Saturday: 13:30-17:30 (4 hours)
② During school vacation in summer (Tuesday, Thursday): 09:30-13:30 (4 hours)
③ Sites visited: Bulgok, Tapgok, Mireukgok, from Seochulji to Yeombulsaji Site

-Eastern Namsan course (Every second Sunday)
① Sunday: 09:30-15:30 (6 hours)
② Sites visited: Guksagol, Jibawigol

-Western Namsan course (Every third Sunday)
① Sunday: 09:30-16:00 (6.5 hours)
② Sites visited: Sambulsa Temple, Samreunggol, Yongjanggol

- Southern Namsan Course (Every fourth Sunday)
① Sunday: 09:30-16:00 (6.5 hours)
② Sites visited: Yeoramgol, Chilburam, Simsugol

-Gyeongju Namsan Moonlight Trip (Closed every second Saturday)
① Saturday: 19:00 (19:30)-23:30 (4hours)

[Gyeongju Namsan Moonlight Trip]
* Tour reservations can be made online via official website.
- 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 Bus 11 towards Tongiljeon Memorial, or Bus 500 to Samneung Tombs
Tourist Sites
Sinseonam Hermitage Rock-carved Bodhisattva in Namsan Mountain of Gyeongju (경주 남산 신선암 마애보살반가상)
Sinseonam Hermitage Rock-carved Bodhisattva in Namsan Mountain of Gyeongju (경주 남산 신선암 마애보살반가상)
  • Region : Gyeongju-si Gyeongsangbuk-do
  • Theme : Monuments/ Historical Sites
  • This 1.4m-high rock-carved Bodhisattva was carved on the southern rock standing right above Chilbura...
Seokbinggo (Stone Ice Storage) (경주 석빙고)
Seokbinggo (Stone Ice Storage) (경주 석빙고)
  • Region : Gyeongju-si Gyeongsangbuk-do
  • Theme : Monuments/ Historical Sites
  • Seokbinggo means a freezer made of rocks. It is an ancient refrigerator only in Korea. It is located...
Surime (수리뫼 [한국전통음식체험교육원])
Surime (수리뫼 [한국전통음식체험교육원])
  • Region : Gyeongju-si Gyeongsangbuk-do
  • Theme : Traditional&Cultural Experiences/ Temple Stays
  • Namsan Mountain, located in the southern part of Gyeongju-si, is a registered UNESCO site referred t...
Gyeongju Samneung (Adallawangneung, Sindeogwangneung and Gyeongmyeongwangneung) (경주 배동 삼릉)
Gyeongju Samneung (Adallawangneung, Sindeogwangneung and Gyeongmyeongwangneung) (경주 배동 삼릉)
  • Region : Gyeongju-si Gyeongsangbuk-do
  • Theme : Monuments/ Historical Sites
  • Samneung means "three royal tombs," and has strong ties to history. The three royal tombs house thre...
Banwolseong Fortress (경주 월성(반월성)
Banwolseong Fortress (경주 월성(반월성)
  • Region : Gyeongju-si Gyeongsangbuk-do
  • Theme : Palaces/ Fortresses/ Gates
  • This was the location of the palace fortress during the Shilla Dynasty (57 BC ~ AD 935). The fortres...

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