If you found yourself in one of the towns on Korea’s south-west side, going for a day-trip to Gyeongju is an absolute must. The former capital of the Silla kingdom or the “museum without walls” as it is called, Gyeongju is only an hour-long bus ride away from Busan – and the buses are pretty spacious and comfy.
Once in Gyeongju, we first decided to visit the beautiful Bulguksa temple, which really stands out when it comes to Korean temples that can all get a little bit samey if you visited more than a couple. Bulguksa is pretty huge, so you can take your time to roam around and admire its architectural beauty. We also used this opportunity to visit the Seokguram Grotto, after which we went to the Gyeongju National park for some quality hiking time, something that is always fun to do on Korea’s hilly and mountainous landscape. In the evening we went to the Anapji pond, which looked beautiful at nighttime. All in all, Gyeongju was probably the most stunning place in its entirety I have been to so far in Korea.