If you’re planning to spend a few days in the Korean countryside, the sleepy farming town of Gyeongju is one of my top recommendations. Today it is home to pretty rice fields and farmhouses, but 1300 years ago, Gyeongju was the seat of power of the unified Korean nation. Miraculously, many historic structures have survived from that era, making Gyeongju a living museum.
To explore Gyeongju, you first need a means to get around, as it’s too sprawling to be covered on foot. There are public buses, but with barely any traffic on the roads, a bicycle is really the coolest way to get around. The hostel I stayed at, Nabi Guesthouse, provided bikes.