North Gyeongsang is a South Korean province where the Buddhist traditions of the Silla kingdom and the centre of Confucian philosophies meet. Dotted with historic temples and grandiose park reserves, this region is the cultural epicenter of the country. Gyeongju, listed as one of the world's 10 most important ancient cultural cities by UNESCO, is where you'll find the venerated remnants of the longest running state in Korean history, the Silla kingdom. Still guided largely by Confucian rules, this area is considered one of the more conservative regions in South Korea. Geographically it is bordered by Sobaek-san, a mountain range that includes Songni-san, in the north and in the west. And in the east, before meeting the sea, are the Taebaek Mountains that reach from North Korea. The Gyeongsang province has a distinctive accent that many Koreans consider harsher than the Seoul accent. The accent has more "tones" to it and sounds more rhythmic. It may be compared to how the Japanese language sounds.