Gyeongju, located in the southeastern part of the Korean Peninsula, was the capital of the Silla Kingdom (BC 57-AD 935) for almost a thousand years. The entire city was designated a National Park by the government in honor of the historic temples, ruins, monuments and artifacts that can be found throughout the area. Most prominently, it is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju Historic Areas, and the historic village of Yangdong.
These days, Gyeongju is a popular tourist destination for visitors from Korea and abroad who flock to see the famed foliage in the fall or cherry blossoms in the spring. The city is also becoming increasingly popular as a convention city thanks to its combination of old world charm and high-tech facilities.
Gyeongju offers many excellent advantages as a convention destination.
As one of Korea’s most popular locations, Bomun Tourist Complex allows visitors to work, play, and rest in one convenient location. Bomun contains Hwabaek International Convention Center (HICO), hotels, and condotels as well as a water park and other theme parks, leisure & sports facilities, and a theater. For event hosts and participants looking to maximize the use of their given time, Gyeongju is the ideally equipped convention city.
Full Range of Accommodations
There are some 4,000 rooms available in the city’s 10 hotels and 8 condotels. Visitors can also choose from a wide variety of additional options, from economically priced guest houses to charming B&Bs to traditional Korean homes called hanok.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Gyeongju was the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC - AD 935), and the city is still steeped in history. In fact, it is often called an open-air museum of Korea’s cultural heritage. UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the area include Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, the specially designated Gyeongju Historic Areas, and Yangdong Village.
video clip on gyeongju and hico
* Filmed and edited by Changsoon PARK (Korea Gas Union)
High-Resolution Map of Gyeongju