Gyeongju, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Korea, offers an abundance of historical sites and antiquities. According to the Samguk Yusa, an early Korean historical work, it became the capital of the Silla dynasty in 57BC.
Over the course of time the Silla dynasty would end up ruling most of the Korean peninsula. Around 660 AD Silla forces joined with Chinese Tang armies to defeat the rival states Baekje and Goguryeo, unifying Korea for the first time. However, this unification included only the southern two thirds of the peninsula. The modern contours of Korea would not take shape until the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392 AD). It is said that at the peak of Silla prosperity in the late 9th century, Gyeongju had over a million residents and not a single thatched roof. Gyeongju remained the capital of Unified Silla until the kingdom's fall in 938 AD.

Orung (Five tombs) photo gallery  - 13 pictures of Orung (Five tombs)
Tumuli in Hwangnam-ri park photo gallery  - 7 pictures of Tumuli in Hwangnam-ri park
Bunhwangsa stone pagoda photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Bunhwangsa stone pagoda
Tombs of Silla kings photo gallery  - 9 pictures of Tombs of Silla kings
Cheomseongdae observatory photo gallery  - 5 pictures of Cheomseongdae observatory
13 photos of the Orung, a set of five tombs of Silla kings and queens
7 photos of the tombs in the tumuli park in central Gyeongju
10 photos of Bunhwangsa stone pagoda in Gyeongju
9 photos of the tombs of Silla kings Sinmun and Taejong Muyeol
5 photos of the Cheomseongdae observatory
Other Silla tombs photo gallery  - 19 pictures of Other Silla tombs
Tong Il Jeon palace photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Tong Il Jeon palace
Bulguksa temple photo gallery  - 21 pictures of Bulguksa temple
Seokguram grotto photo gallery  - 4 pictures of Seokguram grotto
Miscellaneous photos photo gallery  - 18 pictures of Miscellaneous photos
19 photos of the Bae-ri, Poseokjeong, Neungjitap sites an other Silla tombs
12 photos of the Tong-Il-Jeon Palace, also known as the Palace of Unification
21 photos of the Bulguksa temple
4 photos of the Seokguram grotto near Gyeongju
18 miscellaneous photos taken in and around Gyeongju
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