Gyeongju, South Korea
They call Gyeongju ‘the museum without walls’ and Gyeongju fills those shoes rather well. With cultural relics dating back to the 1st century BC, the unbelievable 992-year history of the Unified Silla Kingdom makes Gyeongju beloved to tourists and history buffs alike.
Check out Deareungwon, the royal burial grounds, looking quite picturesque when you consider their real purpose. Head on to Cheomseongdae Observatory where you’ll be surprised to learn how such concepts as viewing outer space prevailed many years before the accepted estimate. Bulguksa, Bunhwangsa and Gameunsa are three distinct temples you must visit and appreciate. The Bomun Lake Resort is yet another magical realm to explore as is the Gyeongju National Museum and Seokguram Grotto.