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Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon 2018

The Gyeongju Cherry Marathon usually takes place during the peak cherry blossom in Korea, which is in the 1st or 2nd week of April, attracting many local runners as well as foreign runners from all over the world. Runners can choose from 4 courses: full, half, 10 km, and 5 km. The starting point of the marathon is from Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park, which is also the location of Gyeongju Tower, National Culture Hall, and Saemaeul Hall.

 

Date & Time: 7th April 2018 (Sat), 08:00
Fees: Full, Half, 10km (30,000 won), 5km (20,000 won), Disabled person (15,000 won)
Registration: Through Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon official website (before 23rd March 2018)

 

Gyeongju is Korea’s ancient capital, the center of Silla.  It is home to many relics and UNESCO World Heritage sites, making the city an open-air museum full of things to see and enjoy. The marathon route takes the runners around some popular tourist sights like below:

 

Cheomseongdae Observatory 

Cheomseongdae, which was built during the reign of Queen Seon-deok of Silla Dynasty, was the oldest and the only stone structure astronomical observatory in the Orient. It is made of granite, 9.17m in height, 3.1m in top diameter, 5.17m in bottom diameter, and 5.35m in length on one side of the stone.

For more information, visit the website.

 

Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond

Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond was the palace of the Crown Prince and it also served as the banquet room for important national events and important visitors. After unifying the Three Kingdoms, Silla dug a large pond in the 14th year of King Munmu (674). In the middle of the pond, three islands were made and the mountain of 12 peaks was made at the northeastern side of the pond, and it is said that in this place, there were beautiful flowers and trees and rare birds and animals.

For more information, visit the website.

 

Bomunho Lake

Bomunho Lake is a man-made lake that built on the site of an old fortress in Mount Myeonghwalsan, the east of Gyeongju. There are many leisure facilities and parks around the lake, including an international hotel and Gyeongju World. When spring arrives, the combination of the cherry blossom trees reflected in the waters of Bomunho Lake and the trees of Bulguksa Park gracefully adorning the nearby temple make for particularly stunning sights.

For more information, visit the website.

 

How to register for the marathon?

Register for the marathon by yourself as a non-Korean is a bit difficult as the process required a Korea mailing address and the Korean bank will charge your credit card for a processing fee, which is around RM150. As such, it is advisable for Malaysian who would like to join the Gyeongju Cherry Marathon to register through a travel agency. Below is the contact details:

GOLDEN TOUR WORLD Travel (M) Sdn Bhd

72, Wisma GTT, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur. (Facing Jalan Alor)

Contact: +603-2118 7288

Email: enquiry@gtt.com.my (Winnie Chern)

PYO Travel (MY) Sdn Bhd

Unit E-3-1A, Level 3, Block E, Corporate Block, South Gate Commercial Centre, No 2, Jalan Dua Off Jalan Chan Sow Lin, 55200 Kuala Lumpur

Contact: +6016 920 2787

Email: sunny.ong@pyotravel.com (Sunny Ong)

GOAL TRAVEL & TOUR SDN BHD

B1-23A-5, Soho Suites @ KLCC, No 2, Jalan Perak, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Contact: +603-2181 6899

Email: tour@goalvacation.com (Jane Lim)

Big Planet Travel Sdn Bhd

110E, Lorong Selamat, 10400 Penang

Contact: 04-2299771 / 04-5083771

Email: info@bigplanettravel.com.my

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