Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Silla, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, and was founded in 57 BC. At its peak in the 9th century AD, Gyeongju may have had as many as a million residents. The remains of temples, palaces, pagodas, statues, and more have earned Gyeongju a reputation for being one of the largest outdoor museums in the world. We can think of a million reasons to vote for Gyeongju, can you?
Xi'an’s origins are traditionally linked to the founding of the Han Dynasty in 202 BC. It was at this time that the Han emperor formally launched the famous Silk Road—giving Xi'an a claim to fame as the starting point of this influential route. Xi'an is also well known for its fortification walls—the currently visible iteration was built and subsequently refurbished in the 14th, 16th, 18th, and 20th centuries. Will influence and strength tip the scales for Xi’an in ArchaeoMadness this year?