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Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon 2019

This year marked the 28th anniversary of Gyeongju Cherry Marathon which is usually being held during the peak cherry blossom in Korea (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 located at Bodeok-dong office next to the heliport.

 

Date & Time: 6th April 2018 (Sat), 08:00
Fees: Full, Half, 10km (30,000 won), 5km (20,000 won), Disabled person (15,000 won)
Registration: Through local travel agencies or event official website (before 15th March 2019)

 

Competition Schedule

06:00 – 07:00Shuttle bus service (every 10 minutes)
Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal (opposite bus platform) > Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal (opposite high-speed scooter rental) > Gyeongju Station > Next to the conversation hall (Chunun-gun Rest Area)
07:00Starting assemble participants & announcement
07:20Stretching the participants
07:30Move to participant starting line
07:45Introduce VIP
08:00RACE Start (Full – Half – 10km – 5km)
09:00Stage performance
10:0010km Awards
10:50Half course Awards
11:20Full course Awards
10:00 – 14:00Shuttle bus service (every 10 minutes)
Next to the conversation hall (Chunun-gun Rest Area) > Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal (opposite bus platform) > Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal (opposite high-speed scooter rental) > Gyeongju Station

 

Gyeongju

Korea’s ancient capital and home to many relics and UNESCO World Heritage sites, Gyeongju has been known as 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)

12FLY.com.my

No.21, Jalan Tong Shin, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Contact: 1-800-88-2011

Email: enquiry@12fly.com.my

Sedunia Travel

Menara Genesis, 33 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Contact: +603 2142 0222

Email: contact@seduniatravel.com

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