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Old Sep 7, 08, 10:49 am   #1
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Seeking hotel suggestion for Gyeongju (Korea)

Can any one recommend a hotel in Gyeongju? I'll be there for two days (arriving by bus from PUS and leaving by train) and want to see the main sites.

The choices seem to be downtown (e.g., the Gyeongju Park, which sounds pretty dire), the fancy hotels around the lake (which are miles from anything I'm interested in), and those near the Bulguksa temple (e.g., the Kolon Hotel).

I'm after comfort and convenience and my budget can handle any of the options above, but I'm really looking for personal recommendations, or new ideas.

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Old Sep 8, 08, 7:27 am   #2
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I would sincerely recommend the Kolon hotel below Bulguksa. It's modelled after classic Japanese luxury hotels and one of the best experiences I have ever had in Korea.

Very nice sauna/spa, private golf course with butler service, relaxing surroundings (downtown Gyeongju is really nothing special apart from the scenic areas) and easy access to some of the most interesting sights in Korea.

Gyeongju is well known in Korea for just mediocre food so you should not feel sorry to have in-house meals. The only local claims for culinary fame are bakery goods such as bread and cakes...

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Old Sep 8, 08, 3:18 pm   #3
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Thank you mosburger, that was exactly the kind of local insight I was looking for.
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Old Jun 25, 16, 4:03 pm   #4
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I am finding lots of old posts re Korea and the areas that I want to visit. Does anyone have updated hotel info re Gyeongju? I see two options here 1) a more resort-esque hotel near the lake (e.g., Hilton) or 2) downtown-ish for less $ but with ???. Since the sites are spread out, does hotel location make a difference? I am trying to get bus info but if out on the lake, are taxis affordable to KTX station? sites? in town for food?

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Old Jun 30, 16, 10:22 pm   #5
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If you don't need luxury, I stayed in a hotel right near the bus station, the Gyeongju DY Tourist Hotel. It was clean, and I had a spacious double room for the equivalent of US$83 per night.

One of the oddities was the option of buying breakfast. When I walked into the dining room, there were all these breakfast choices laid out on a table, and I assumed that I would help myself, buffet style.

No, the waiter showed me to a table and asked how I wanted my eggs. I told him scrambled, and he immediately brought an incredible array of foods, including corn flakes with milk, toast, a couple of unidentified Korean side dishes, a ham and cheese sandwich, a little carton of yogurt, some sort of mixed fruit juice, and some sweet pastries, in addition to the eggs and coffee, far more than I could eat. I would have liked to have about three extra people along to share it with.

The hotel was in the drab central part of the city, but the Tourist Information Office is about a block away, and the bus to Bulguksa stops across the street.
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Old Aug 26, 16, 7:49 pm   #6
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Can you just see Gyeongju as a day trip from Busan? Perhaps a tour driver can take me around? Or is it truly better to see it as an overnight trip?
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