Gyeongju Sightseeing Geumjangdae #금장대
Geumjangdae as well as Bonghwangdae is a place where people can see the panoramic view of the urban area of Gyeongju at a glance. Geumjangdae was named after “Geumjang”, the name of temple or building in this place.
It is said that this place has scenery so beautiful that wild geese passing through the Gyeongju sky used to stop to rest here; that is why this place is also called as Geumjangnagan and is one of the eight fantastic views in Gyeongju. This place has lots of folk tales including that of Eulhwa, a gisaeng (Korean geisha) alive in the era of King Jabi in the Silla Dynasty who accidentally drowned while enjoying a feast with the King. Built under Geumjangdae, Yegicheongso consists of Seocheon and Bukcheon, main streamtributaries of Hyeongsangang River, and is famous for the setting of the short story “Munyeodo” by Kim Dongni.
Geumjangdae has outstanding scenery and is a place where lots of relics can coexist. Ancient tombs are located over the entire hill where Geumjangdae is located. Two ancient tombs with well-preserved vestigial traces of tomb robberies are located on the southern mountaintop and northern mountaintop respectively. Other features that can be seen on one small area include the petroglyphs (rock art, the first record and work of art left by prehistoric man), Geumjangsaji where practicing good deeds based on the admiration for Buddha is done, the training site of Hwarang (elite warriors), as well as a building plot of the Joseon dynasty era,. In addition, you will find three dwelling sites of prehistoric times: Sarigongyangseoksang, Geobungmunseoksang, Imsinseogiseok, and Dolmen.
Based on the paradigms through the ages, Geumjangdae holds a different meaning of space. In the Joseon dynasty era, Geumjangdae was a place where poets, calligraphers, and painters thought about the rise and fall of the Silla Dynasty while surrounded by scenery of Geumjangnagan. Geumjangnagan was recognized for the eternity of nature and the transience of human life, and the artists of the area tried to be vigilant about the present by taking lessons from the past. During the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592, Geumjangdae played a role as a reconnaissance base in the efforts to recapture the Gyeongjueupseong Fortress; when they heard of the withdrawal of the Japanese military through Busan to the East Sea, Geumjangdae was a place where people sang in jubilation about the victory.
Geumjangdae, carrying extraordinary vigor combined with the vast flatland of Gyeongju, with the largest waterway, and hills located along the estuary, is a place where those vestigial traces of various cultures remained.
· Address Seokjang 1-gil, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do