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Gyeongju - The Heart of Korean Culture
Price per Unit (piece): KRW 36,000
USD 26.31
Author: Choi Joon-Sik
Publisher: Hanul
Pub. Date: May 2011
Pages: 302
Cover: Hardcover
Dimensions (in inches): 8.66 x 6.89 x 0.79
ISBN: 9788946053519
Language: English
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Gyeongju, where Korea's most cultural sites are situated, is known to be the most popular destination for foreign tourists next to the capital, Seoul. Gyeongju is a meaningful place not only for Korean people but for the international community.
The city of Gyeongju is divided into five districts that are collectively called the Gyeongju Historic Areas and registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Because these five districts are representative of Gyeongju, we will base our tour on what can be seen in these districts. Just looking at the artifacts and relics in these five districts can provide a good overall grasp of Silla culture. These five districts include: Namsan District, the treasure chest of Buddhist art; Wolseong District, the site of palace architecture of the thousand-year-empire; Daeneungwon District, where royal tombs of the early Silla kings can be found; Hwangnyongsa District, the center of Silla Buddhism; and Myeonghwalsanseong Fortress, the bastion of ancient Silla

Foreword : Why Gyeongju? 

What kind of place is Gyeongju? 

1. The Holy Land of Korean Buddhism, Gyeongju 
- Seokguram Grotto: The Prototype of Korean Buddhism 
- Bulguksa: Realizing Buddha Land on earth 

2. City of the 1000 Years Old Dynasty, Gyeongju 
- In Downtown Gyeongju 
- Inside the royal tombs of Silla: The treasure chest of Silla culture 
- Mount Nam: The Holy Land of Koreans Past and Present 
- At the Gyeongju National Museum 

Afterword: Between Development and Preservation


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