If you make a day-trip to Gyeongju and fancy UNESCO World Heritage, it is best to visit Bulguksa Temple first thing in the morning because it is farther away than the downtown historical area. Then head back to town in the afternoon. That’s what I did.
My next stop was Bomun Lake, a 19 km square resort area with many five-star hotels and spas. Bomun Lake is a large artificial lake that takes about 3 hours to finish a loop. The whole area was planted with cherry trees which blossom in spring. Although it is not the right season to visit now, it is still an interesting place to take a look and hangout. In Gyeongju, particularly this area, many buildings and facilities are built with traditionally designed architecture, making it an interesting tourist area.
The Gyeongju downtown is a remarkable concentration of historical sites, including royal tombs, fortress, ancient observatory, pagodas, temples and palaces. Many of these places are nice in spring and summer when it is colourful and green. To be honest, it is simply impossible to visit all destinations in one day.
Getting back to the town late, I went to Anapji pond where the bus stopped. It was a pleasant surprise that it looked completely different from the day time. The lighting of the pavilions and the reflection on the pond created a beautiful picture. It was spectacular!