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National Treasures of South Korea

South Korean treasure set to rise again from ashes

The structure's 22,000 roof tiles were handmade. Photo: AFP

Five years ago, as he watched TV images of South Korea's foremost historical treasure being engulfed in flames lit by a lone arsonist, Hong Chang-Won remembers having to turn his head away.

Saturday, 10 November, 2012, 1:01am

Tourists see some festivals, rituals for the first time

South Korea is celebrating 1998 as the 'Year of Historical and Cultural Tourism' with a host of festivals, rituals, sporting events and performances welcoming tourists for the first time.

Both serious runners and joggers from Hong Kong are being invited to join the Cherry Blossom Marathon on April 11 in Kyongju.

6 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Buddha statue to be saved for posterity

HIGH on a mountain above Kyongju, the ancient capital of the Silla Dynasty, an image of the Sakyamuni Buddha sits in a sacred temple, looking down valleys towards the distant East Sea.

Simple, yet perfect, it is regarded by scholars as one of the great works of Buddhist art in Northeast Asia.

3 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Old town prizes its past glory

NESTLING in a valley in southeast Korea is a green, lush country town oozing with history.

For 1,000 years, Kyongju was the capital of the Shilla kingdom, which united the three ancient cities of Korea, and became one of the greatest cultural centres of the world.

26 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Melancholy tales reveal sadness of a lost dynasty

WHY not escape to somewhere serene and peaceful, such as South Korea's ancient city of Kyongju? Set among gentle hills and pine forests on the south of the peninsula, Kyongju and its environs offer quiet grottos, royal temples and tombs, as well as fine hotels, restaurants and golf courses.

20 Jun 1993 - 12:00am

Uncovering clues to Korea's fallen kingdom

A MODEST town today, Kyongju abounds with relics of its grand past. Even during a foray from my hotel in the town centre, I come across a cluster of mounds, set in a small park.

The tallest domes upwards over 20 metres, well above the roofs of nearby buildings. Another stands, rather incongruously, beside a roundabout.

19 Jun 1993 - 12:00am