Gyeongju Korean Local Food
Haejangguk Restaurant District in Parujeong, Hwangodong
Lines of hungry people wait outside the rows of Haejangguk restaurants. Haejangguk, or hangover soup, is an easy way to soothe an uneasy stomach after a long night of drinking. The Haejangguk restaurants on Parujeong Street, with their appetizing food and 24-hour operation, attract a wide range of people. Aside from Haejangguk, there are other dishes such as Seonjiguk (ox-blood soup) and Chueotang (loach fish soup).
Bulgogi Districts in Sannae-myeon, Cheonbuk-myeon and Oedong-eup
Bulgogi (grilled marinated beef) is made with Gyeongju beef, which is well known for its tenderness and is said to have been served at the king's table. Gyeongju beef has a great taste with a chewy texture. Bulgogi restaurants are located in Sannae-myeon, Cheonbuk-myeon, and Oedong-eup.
Sundubu (soft tofu)
Soft, light tasting Sundubu is a nourishing meal that can be enjoyed throughout the year. High-quality soybeans are hand-ground in a stone mill, which gives Gyeongju Sundubu a distinctive homemade flavor.
Korean Traditional Meal (Hanjeongsik)
Hanjeongsik restaurants offer traditional Korean meals made with fresh ingredients. Most of the restaurants are renovated Hanok (traditional Korean house), so you can feel the cozy and friendly atmosphere of a traditional Korean household while enjoying a gourmet dinner. These restaurants are located in Gyodong, Daereungwon and the Bomun Tourist Complex area.
East Sea Sashimi
If you take the road towards Gampo from Mt. Tohamsan, you will be on your way to the East Sea. The seafood restaurants along the national road by the East Sea catch their ingredients right from the sea, providing the taste of fresh fish.
Made with seasonal and fresh ingredients, traditional Gyeongju ssambap fills the table with filling dishes. Its great taste attracts hungry visitors from miles away. Ssambap specialty restaurants are located in a row along Daereungwon.