Gyeongju National Park
Gyeongju National Park
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nurtleturtle
Canberra, Australia188 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
We caught the bus out to Mount Namsan for the day & hiked up to the summit. Along the way there are plenty of tombs, ruins, relics and statues to admire - definitely an open museum, so much history.
The wriggly red pine trees, the immaculately kept royal tombs and the lush vegetation and creek beds made the hike well worth it - but the view from the summit made it all worthwhile! Such incredible views of Gyeongju!
Would highly recommend this relatively easy hike up Mt Namsan. Such a great way to spend an afternoon. Oh, and there were monks giving out free hot noodles about half way up - in case you get hungry!
Written October 1, 2016
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Hoang H
3 contributions
May 2016
We started this trek with the expectation for it to be a moderate day hike. Yikes did it get steep! The koreans are so fit they were zooming past us. At least 2 thirds is uphill (steps or trail). Definitely bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes. BUT the surroundings and the views are amazing! So serene and peaceful so its definitely worth it! We did the Namsam hike and very much enjoyed it.
Written May 28, 2016
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roadwind
Seoul, South Korea22 contributions

Gyeongju Natioal Park (also called Nam-san) has been one of places I wish to visit. Finally I went there. What I really want to do is not just hiking but seeing and comprehending artifacts scattered all over the GNP. I found an organization, namely the research institute of Mt. Namsan in Gyeongju. They provide leaflet as well as free guided tour. I booked a tour through their website. My guide was wonderful. She has been voluteered as a GNP guide more than 10 years and gave excellent explanation about artifacts and history. Some Artifacts are not in the usual hiking trail. So, without her guide I could not find them.
Written March 12, 2015
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amymichelle
Arlington, VA231 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
The first half of this hike was great—a bit hot, but great. The second half, I got very lost and was a little worried about slipping. I didn’t see a lot of people and was concerned being alone. It may be more fun on a nicer day and going with others. I did a ton of hiking in Korea and while this was the hike I was most looking forward to, it was my least favorite. Also, while I loved some of the carvings, they were a little hard to see and I felt like the other things I saw in Gyeongju and Korea in general were more appealing. I wouldn’t go out of my way to do this hike. I did love the hikes I did at Seoraksan, in Seoul (Bukhansan and the City Wall Hike) and in Busan (the coastal walk).
Written July 19, 2019
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Erin M
Greenbelt, MD309 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
I thought this hike would be very crowded, but it wasn't! Starting the hike was a bit confusing, because we weren't exactly sure where to get off the bus or where to begin. The bus stop is not called Namsan (I'm not sure why I thought this would be the case). You should take the 500 bus to Samlleung. When you get off the bus, you will be confused :) We walked back down the road in the direction the bus had just come. There were restrooms here, and right across the street was the entrance to the trail.

At the restrooms, there was a small information booth with a map of the trails. This was very helpful, because at times there are multiple different paths to choose from, and we weren't always sure where we were. Make sure you find your way at some point to the large Buddha on the side of the mountain. It's one of the coolest things on the path.

On the way back down, we took the trail to the temple. We really didn't visit the temple, because we were so exhausted. But we walked back out to the road, and there was a bus stop very close by that took us back into town.

Supposedly you can hike up and back down in 2.5 hours. That's definitely possible, but you should give yourself more time. We took breaks and ate snacks a few times and took our time at the lookouts. We ended up spending five hours at the mountain.
Written August 29, 2014
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Sarah53187
Dunedin, New Zealand618 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
We walked the trail from Bulguksa to Seokguram in the Mt. Tohamsan District of the park. The walk took us just under an hour, we did it in late October and the autumn leaves were beautiful. We walked in the uphill direction then got the bus downhill, you could get the bus uphill and walk downhill for a much easier walk. We saw lots of chipmunks!
Written November 11, 2018
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Joanne H
London, UK888 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
A day spent walking around Namsan Mountain is a day well spent. I had a great five hours climbing up and down through the forests, looking at carvings and statues and enjoying the sound of the streams running past the paths. On a sunny March Saturday it was busy and I was seldom alone.

I got the bus (#500, others go that way too) from town to Samneung and then just crossed into the forest and started walking. A short way in there's an information board with the trails marked and there are loads of signposts throughout the forest in Korean and English. I walked up to the first peak, down to Yongjangsaji (stunning), then continued down the valley until I crossed a swing bridge and got to a signpost for Chilburam. Then I went up (and down a bit) to Chilburam, which is a gorgeous little temple where a monk offered me tea and snacks. The path then went down to the road and after about a mile I came out at Tongiljeon Palace, where there are a couple of cafes and the palace itself is worth looking at. I caught bus #10 back to town. It was about 12km in total.

Take plenty of water and wear decent shoes - the paths are well-marked but not always easy with some mild scrambling over rocks, and some steep bits. Lots of the Koreans had walking poles. The monk at Chilburam kindly gave me a map which was better than the one on the signposts - this may be available in the tourist information offices in town?
Written March 3, 2018
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dkrock51
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia82 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
Interesting hike, with the theme open-air museum. Literally the place contains tombs, temple sites and stone statues and carvings from the Silla era.
What makes it even more interesting is that there is a free-english speaking guided tours on Sundays (not running during the winter months). The guides are very knowledgeable on the history of the place and they take you to places not commonly hiked.
Highly recommended.
Written November 13, 2017
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Melissa O
Sydney, Australia140 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
If you don't have much time in Gyeongju, this is the one place you need to go. Skip Bulguksa temple/Seokguram Grotto. Not a tough hike to the peak, good for beginners. It's a very enjoyable & zen hike, besides the beautiful nature, there are many Buddha sculptures/artifacts. The only thing is that it lacks English signages. Saw a foreign tourist walked in a restricted area, fell and injured herself, so I still wouldn't recommend hiking alone.
Written August 29, 2017
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Arnau A
30 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
The National Park area is full of buddhist statues and stone carvings at every other corner, although you need to pay attention and in some cases steer away from the main trails.
We did the Samneung trail (trail number 2) after jumping off Bus 508 at Samneung Royal Tombs stop. The trail is 2.5kms long and takes you to Geumobong peak. Once there, we took the Yonjanggol trail (trail 3; 3.4kms) on the way down through Yonjang Valley. This trail had the best panoramic views of the surrounding area. Overall it took around 4hrs. We took bus 500 back to central Gyeongju.
Written November 27, 2018
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