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Seoul to Gyeongju (via Busan)?

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Seoul to Gyeongju (via Busan)?

We will be in Seoul 7/1/09-7/8/09 and would like to visit Gyeonju for a few days..

What is the best and fastest economical way to get to Gyeonju from Seoul? Are there decent reasonably priced hotels there?

Would it be better to go to Busan from Seoul and then Busan to Gyeonju?

Thanks in advance..

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1. Re: Seoul to Gyeongju (via Busan)?

Hello! Welcome to Korea!!

First of all, Gyeong-ju Is this where you want to go, right? Because there is a city name Jeon-ju in Korea, and two of them are really different city. If you want to go where Bulkuksa(the most famouse temple in S.Korea)is, Then it might be Gyeong-ju.

1. Train (KTX and transfer to Saemaul or Mugunghwa)

From Seoul to Gyeongju, the fastst way is taking KTX. But you can't go to Gyeongju directly, so you need to go Dong-daegu by KTX and transfer to Saemaul or Mugunghwa train to Gyeongju.

*Seoul-Dongdaegu 1hr 45min by KTX (38400won)

*Dongdaegu-Gyeongju 1hr 15min by Saemaul and Mugunghwa (4900won)

*Total 43300won and 3hr 30min(icl waiting time)

2. Train (taking Saemaul or Mugunghwa only)

You can go to Gyeongju directly, but it takes longer.

*Seoul-Gyeongju 5hr by Saemaul (36600won)

*Seoul-Gyeongju 6hr by Mugunghwa (24200won)

3. Bus

There is Gangnam Express Bus Terminal, You can take bus there. It says it takes 4 hrs to get there, but since it is vacation seasons, I cannot guarantee you.

*Seoul-Gyeongju 4hr by express bus 18600won

Further info, visit express bus lines association site,


and for train visit Korail


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2. Re: Seoul to Gyeongju (via Busan)?

I suggest you use the express bus. We did the journey in reverse in 2006 and found the bus very comfortable. Here's a piece of my 2006 diary below.

<<< Thur 11 May. Busan to Gyeongju. We confirmed last nights advice to use the bus to Gyeongju and also to Seoul. We were told that it was cheaper and better as there is a bus every half hour, where as the train is only one morning and afternoon. Train also takes same or longer time than the bus. Took the subway from near the hotel to the bus station which is well out of the city. A taxi would have cost 40,000 won as against the subway’s two sections at 1,000 won each. Took 40 minutes.

The express buses are comfortable. The seats are more like 1st class with rows of 2 seats on the left side and a single seat on the right side. The journey took about 1 hour. Caught taxi from Gyeongju Bus Station to Concorde Hotel but gave the wrong name to the driver and were dropped off at the hotel next door. It has a similar name to Concorde so there was some initial confusion when we tried to check in and were naturally told that there was no record of booking. When we realized it was the wrong hotel, walked next door to the right hotel. Suppose hotel staff are used to people like us.

Sat 13 May. Today travelled on to Seoul by express bus. Takes 4 hours 30 minutes with a 15 minute stop half way at a roadside place with very good food stalls and toilets. Traffic was busy all the way and once in Seoul, very heavy. Stayed at the Royal Hotel.>>>

In Gyeongju recomend you stay at one of the hotels by Lake Bomun. Also if the Silla Traditional Art Group are performing , it's a must see, especially at night.

Hope this helps,


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3. Re: Seoul to Gyeongju (via Busan)?

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