Gyeongju, rich in history and culture, is an ideal city for couples. You can walk along Hwangnidan Street, where tradition is alive and well, and take in the culture the city has to offer. If you're looking to try out some local cuisines, visit Jungang Market and check out the endless choices of food. Bomun Lake is the centre of Gyeongju tourism and a great spot for taking in the views of the city with your partner. When done, you can change it up a bit with a relaxing time at an art gallery or botanical garden.

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    Solgeo Art Museum

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    Solgeo Art Museum is located within Gyeongju World Culture Expo. You may have to walk a bit more than expected, but the path to the museum is beautiful, so that should at least make the walk enjoyable. It houses some fine artwork, but the most popular aspect of the museum is actually the windows that capture the outside landscape like a painting. Each space is designed with beauty in mind, and the admission fee is not at all expensive. It's a place you'll want to visit every season.

    Location: 614 Gyeonggam-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm, last admission by 5 pm (located within Gyeongju World Culture Expo). Closed on Mondays (closed the following day if Monday is a holiday)

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    KPop Museum

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    The KPop Museum welcomes visitors with music right from the entrance. The stairs have a sheet music motif and play piano sounds with each step. Naturally, it's very popular with children. Records and music-related items dating from the 1920s to the present day are on display, and sometimes you can even listen to the music yourself. This is a must-see place for all music lovers. Somehow, you'll end up loving music even more.

    Location: 9 Expo-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm, last admission by 6 pm. Closed on Mondays (except in January, April, May, July, August and October)

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    Bomun Lake

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    Bomun Lake, an artificial lake, was built into a tourist complex with accommodations such as hotels and condos, as well as a variety of entertainment outlets such as a museum, water park and golf course. If you stay at one of the accommodations, walking or riding around Bomun Lake is a breeze. There are lots of things to see and do within the complex, so you may not be able to appreciate everything on offer if you don't plan ahead.

    Location: Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

    Open: 24/7

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    Hwangnidan-gil

    Hwangnidan-gil, or Hwangnidan Street, is full of cafes and restaurants sporting unique concepts. There are plenty of new buildings, but the secret to its popularity is the old buildings and traditional Korean homes (Hanok) from the '60s and '70s that are still well-preserved. The street is close to the famous Daereungwon Tomb Complex and Cheomseongdae, meaning that it's a place where Gyeongju's past and present come together. Sitting at a modern cafe and looking at Daereungwon might feel just a tad surreal. This place is also great for taking a break and enjoying the rest of Gyeongju while visiting Bomun Lake.

    Location: 1080 Poseok-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

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    Jungang Market

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    Jungang Market (lit. Central Market), the largest traditional market in Gyeongju, has been running a night market full of local food since 2016. People come at all hours of the day to shop at the permanent market during the day and enjoy the nightlife when the sun goes down. In Gyeongju, where there are so many things to see, you're bound to get hungry quickly and frequently. This place full of food can now be considered a must-stop spot when travelling in Gyeongju. If you're up for a full day of activity, visit Bomun Lake during the day and check out the night market here thereafter. Even with a short itinerary, you'll be able to get everything you want out of your Gyeongju trip.

    Location: 295 Geumseong-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

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    Miroseum

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    The Miroseum is divided into two halls: Hall 1 houses a mirror maze and cafe, while Hall 2 is home to robots and illusion art. For the mirror maze, you'll need to wear gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints on the mirrors. It's not big but it's satisfying enough thanks to its moderate difficulty. In Hall 2, you can take fun pictures with illusion art, a favourite among children as well as adults.

    Location: 516-365 Cheonbungnam-ro, Cheonbuk-myeon, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

    Open: Weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm, closed on Tuesdays. Weekends from 10 am to 7 pm

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    Cafe Aden

    Cafe Aden is a beautiful cafe converted from a traditional Korean home (Hanok) situated next to Bomun Lake. You can take great photos pretty much anywhere thanks to the quiet and stylish hanok and elegant pond that perfectly suit the historic vibes of Gyeongju. Cafe Aden is famous not only for coffee but also brunch. Enjoying brunch while soaking in the views of Bomun Lake will take the relaxation to another level. You might feel compelled to go for a stroll around the lake after enjoying some brunch.

    Location: 424-34 Bomun-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 11 pm, closed on Lunar New Year's Day and Chuseok

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    Flying Gyeongju

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    If Gyeongju feels a bit too familiar, maybe it's time to experience it from a new perspective. At Flying Gyeongju by Bomun Lake, you can ride a hot air balloon and look at Gyeongju from new heights. The waiting time may seem long, but once you're riding in a hot air balloon, time will feel like it's flying by. Even those who are afraid of heights can safely experience the ride, so why not challenge yourself to make some wonderful new memories?

    Location: 132-23 Bomun-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

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    Windy Hill at Nasandeul Park

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    Nasandeul Park, built by Wolseong Nuclear Power Plant according to a landscape architecture plan, has lots of fun areas for local residents and tourists. Climb Windy Hill and be greeted by a soft, pleasant breeze. During the day, it's full of people walking their dogs through low grass and flowers. At night, the area transforms to offer you some stunning night-time views that feel like the stars are falling. If you want to see what the fuss is about with the Milky Way, grab your camera and head on over to Nasandeul Park.

    Location: Naa-ri, Yangnam-myeon, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

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    Herb Land

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    Herb Land, which is on the way to Gameunsaji, offers free admission and has plenty of great photo spots. No admission fee plus a spacious car park equals no reason not to stop by. You can find some interesting herbal souvenirs and tea sold by the entrance. For a low price, you can relax with a cup of herbal tea while taking in the beautiful scenery. To maximise your visit, we recommend trying out the herbal foot bath.

    Location: 1593 Bulguk-ro, Yangbuk-myeon, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

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