[UNESCO World Heritage]
1. Yandong Village
Gyeongju is a good base to visit the UNESCO sites: Yangdong Village , Bulguksa Temple and Seokgurum Grotto. The fastest way to get to Gyeongju from Seoul is using the KTX from Seoul to Singyeongju Station (신경주역). Singyeongju station is diferent station from the local train station (Gyeongju Station). A short cab ride will help connect you between Singyeongju station and the town area. If you are not carrying heavy luggage, then you may wish to consider taking bus 50, 70 or 700 from Singueongju Station to Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal.
A good place to stay is around the Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal which is the most common mode of transport to explore the areas around Gyeongju.
Bus from Gyeongju to Yandong Village: Take bus 200~208, 212 or 217 from Gyeongju Bus Terminal or Gyeongju Station to Yangdong Village. (1.2km walk from bus stop to the village) (7min intervals, Travel time : 40min)
2. Area Information
Key Information: Important Folklore Material NO.189 / UNESCO World Heritage
Opening hours: Open daily; 9:30~17:30
Website References: guide.gyeongju.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
3. Moving around
Gyeongju Yangdong Village (양동마을) is Korea’s largest traditional village, showcasing the traditional culture of the Joseon Dynasty and the beautiful natural surroundings. Thanks to its many cultural heritages, including treasures, national treasures, and folklore materials, the entire village has been designated as a cultural heritage site. Many people have visited this village to see its wealth of cultural heritages and scenic surroundings. Charles, Prince of Wales, visited this village in 1993.
Mt. Seolchangsan and its four spines of mountains can be seen beyond the village. Approximately 160 old houses and 500-year-old thatched-roof cottages are nestled within the valley. Fifty-four of these homes, are over 200 years old and have been excellently preserved in their original state, offering a rare opportunity to view a variety of unique Korean traditional houses in person.
The recommended tour routes will give you an idea how long you may wish to spend at the village:
Tour Course Information
Tour Route 1 (Hachon): Ihyangjeong Pavilion – Narrow Trail – Ganghakdang Village School – Simsujeong Pavilion (20 minute hike)
Tour Route 2 (Mulbonggol): Hachon – Mucheomdang House – Daeseongheon House – Mulbong Peak – Mulbong Hill – Narrow Trail – Mulbong Peak (1 hour hike)
Tour Route 3 (Hill at the Back of Sujoldang): Mulbong Peak – Gyeongsan Confucian School – Hill at the Back of Sujoldang – Sujoldang House (30 minute hike)
Tour Route 4 (Naegok): Geunam Old House – Sangchunheon House – Sahodang House – Seobaekdang Village School – Nakseondang Village School (1 hour hike)
Tour Route 5 (Dugok): Dugok Old House – Dugok Yeongdang Shrine – Hachon (30 minute hike)
Tour Route 6: Hyangdan House – Gwangajeong Pavilion – Jeongchung Monument (1 hour hike)
VIEW FROM THE TOP: The wealthiest family lives at the top of the hill where they get a bird's eye views of the village.
The village head and official lives in houses with tiled roofs at the higher grounds, while the"Common Villagers" work in the fields and live in houses with straw roofs. If you walk along these village houses, you will still see farming is still very much alive in the village.
# Write-up extracted from http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=804281 ; Photographs are from personal trip.