Royal Tombs. They were lots of these scattered about the city and its surroundings, but this particular site is on of the more important. The five tombs on these grounds are believed to include the founder of the Silla Kingdom, King Baehyeokgeose, his queen Aryeong, and three of the next four kings of Silla.
In the same park is the Sungdeokjong Shrine, which is dedicated to Baehyeokgeose. First built in the 1400s, it was burned down by Japanese invaders in 1592 and reconstructed in the 1700s.
Tumuli Park. The "Heavenly Horse Tomb," named for one of the artifacts found inside it. The tomb was was excavated in the 1970s and is now open to the public. Inside are artifacts (and facsimiles) found from this tomb and the other 22 tombs in the park.
Cheomseongdae. A stone observatory built between 632 and 646 and believed to be the oldest in Asia.
The National Museum. An impressive collection of artifacts.
|This bell was created in 771.|
|One of two Pagodas which survived the Japanese.|
Seokguram Grotto. Up in the mountains above Bolguksa temple is a large seated image of the Sakyamuni Buddha, which was constructed out of huge blocks of granite (that were hauled great distances) in the 8th century. Unfortunately, the Buddha is encased in a large shiny glass structure and access is rather limited. This photo was the best we could do.