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Seokguram Grotto Tours and Activities

Seokguram Grotto
Known for being home to one of the finest Buddha shrines in the Asia, South Korea’s Seokguram Grotto looks out to the East Sea from Mount Tohamsan near Gyeongju. Commissioned in 742 AD by the Silla Kingdom’s chief minister, Kim Daeseong, it was built in honor of Daeseong’s parents from a past life. 

If you’re feeling fit, one of the best ways to get to the UNESCO World Heritage Site is by hiking under the canopy of trees from Bulguksa Temple, past tumbling waterfalls and wildflowers, to the top of the mountain where Seokguram Grotto sits. 

Pay the small entry fee and head inside, where the 3.5-meter tall granite Buddha sits on his lotus throne. Surrounded by panels of bodhisattvas and guardians, Buddha peacefully sits with his legs crossed in the bhumisparsha mudra position. The only structure to survive fully intact from the Silla era, look up at the ceiling -- it’s beautifully decorated with half moons and a lotus flower. For a truly special experience, come at dawn to see the sunrise over the East Sea in the distance.

Practical Info

Admission to Seokguram Grotto is 4,000 W for adults, and the site is open from November - January from 7am - 5pm, and from March - September from 6.30am - 6pm. From February - March, and in October, the shrine is open from 7am - 5.30pm. From Gyeongju, take bus 10 or 11 from either the bus terminals or the train station, and get off at Bulguksa. If you’d prefer not to hike from Bulguksa to Seokguram, hop on bus 12, which leaves at 40 minutes past every hour from the parking lot, then heads back to Bulguksa every hour on the hour from Seokguram’s parking lot. As protection, the grotto can only be viewed through a glass wall, and photography is not allowed at this sacred site.
Address: 999 Jinhyeon-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Hours: Nov - Jan 7am-5pm, Mar - Sep 6:30am-6pm
Admission: Adults 4,000 W
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Seokguram Grotto

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Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage Sites and History Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage Sites and History Full-Day Tour with Lunch

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Explore the UNESCO-listed sites and other must-sees of Gyeongju on this full-day tour. Once the capital of Korea’s Silla kingdom, Gyeongju offers numerous attractions, some outside the city, making it difficult to see them independently in one day. This tour covers them all, including the UNESCO-protected Bulguk Temple and Seokguram. Includes entrance fees, lunch, round-trip transportation, and the option of upgrading to a private tour.
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  • 8 hours
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Full day Private Gyeongju UNESCO Heritage Tour : a glimpse into Silla

Full day Private Gyeongju UNESCO Heritage Tour : a glimpse into Silla

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Do you want to catch splendid history of Shilla which lasted about 1,000years? Through the tour, you will visit major tourists spot in Gyeongju : Bulguksa temple, Seokguram Grotto, Tomb park, Cheomseongdae observatory, Anapji(Dongung and wolji),etc, learning the history of Shilla by your professional tour guide. If you’re into ancient cultures and traditions or just want a break from the fast cars and bright lights of cities in South Korea, take a day trip to Gyeongju. Make a time travel at Gyeongju! Tour guides are friendly, accommodating and experienced. They will make your trip to Korea more special and memorable! Our guide will bring you local restaurant! This tour is a private tour so you can make your own plan, discussing with your tour guide! Plus, Here Korea Travel offers only quality tour program without any compulsory shopping centers to tourists visiting Korea. Enjoy more time at tour stops!
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  • 11 hours
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Gyeongju World HERITAGE Tour from Busan (11 hours)

Gyeongju World HERITAGE Tour from Busan (11 hours)

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Gyeongju, historically known as Seorabeol, is a coastal city in the far southeastern corner of North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea. Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Shilla (57 BC - 935 AD), for close to one thousand years. Later Shilla was a prosperous and wealthy country, and its metropolitan capital of Gyeongju was the fourth lagest city in the World. A vast number of archaeological sites and cultural properties from this period remain in the city. Gyeongju is often referred to as "the museum without walls" Through this tour, we will delve into brilliant legacies in Gyeongju at Shilla dynasty period.
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Customizable 3 day Private tour : Busan, Gyeongju and Ulsan Highlights

Customizable 3 day Private tour : Busan, Gyeongju and Ulsan Highlights

Do you fancy a tour outside Seoul driving through the less visited but nonetheless gorgeous regions that are also of major significance to Korea? Here is a perfect program that will cultivate your affection towards this vigorous country into the next level. You will spend 3 days and visit 3 radiant cities with each a contrasting character of its own. Busan is a famed metropolis by seaside where people enjoy vivacious vacations. Gyeongju is a large countryside wrapping around historical remains of the ancient Silla kingdom, with miles of serene, pastoral scenes. Ulsan is a bold industrial capital, hosting the world’s biggest car-assembly plants and the top shipbuilding yards. You can customize your destinations during this private tour, so that you can spend your time effectively. We don't waste your time by visiting compulsory shopping centers. The original itinerary is always up for your discussion and change. Plus, the tour guide can always offer you the best local restaurants!
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Cruise Layover: Gyeongju UNESCO Heritage tour

Cruise Layover: Gyeongju UNESCO Heritage tour

* Activity Summary Do you want to catch a glimpse of Korea’s splendid past? Here is one city for your wish. Gyeongju is the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla. - Visit the most important historic UNESCO sites of Korea - Learn about Bulguksa Temple and Anapji Pond and their long histories - See landmark in Gyeongju which is an ancient astronomical observatory tower and is the oldest surviving observatory in Asia - Take a glimpse of the tomb of a king of Shilla * Why you should book with us? - We do not deal with big-size group bookings. Our small-size tours guarantee a personalized approach to give you the best quality tour - Professional local tour guide will be with you along the tour - They are experienced, friendly and knowledgeable - Your tour guide will take you to nice local restaurants - No shopping stops will be considered as compulsory during our tours - Your guide will be waiting for you and drop you off at Busan International Cruise Terminal safely.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Gyeongju UNESCO World heritage tour including Bulguksa from Seoul by KTX train

Gyeongju UNESCO World heritage tour including Bulguksa from Seoul by KTX train

Discover the highlights of Gyeongju on a full-day tour by comfortable Minivan with a knowledgeable guide. This day trip from Singyeongju station delivers you to the coastal city and its cultural treasures such as Bulguksa Temple and its hermitage, Seokguram Grotto — both part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. As well as entire city is UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll learn to forecast the weather at Cheomseongdae Observatory and pore over a vast collection of Silla Dynasty artifacts at the Gyeongju National Museum. also you are coming over Gyochon Village that's folk village from Joseon Dynasty. Nickname of this city is a Museum which doesn't have roof, that means you can see tons of treasures in this city. Round-trip from KTX station in Gyeongju and a restaurant lunch are included.
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  • 7 hours
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Full day Customizable Private: Gyeongju UNESCO Heritage Tour with East Sea

Full day Customizable Private: Gyeongju UNESCO Heritage Tour with East Sea

Do you want to catch splendid history of Shilla which lasted about 1,000years? From the center of Gyeongju, a city that breaths of history, you run to the east. After 40 minutes, you come to an expensive view of the East Sea. There are more attractions in Gyeongju aside from the cultural and historical sites that you are familiar with. Through the tour, you will visit tourists spot in Gyeongju : Bulguksa temple, Seokguram Grotto, Gampohang Port, Gampo Kkakji Trail, Songdaemal Lighthouse, Igyeondae Observatory, Tomb of King Munmu, Gameunsa Temple Site, Columnar Joints Padosori Trail etc, learning the history of Shilla by your professional tour guide. If you’re into ancient cultures and traditions, take a day trip to Gyeongju. Make a time travel at Gyeongju! Tour guides are friendly, accommodating and experienced. Our guide will bring you local restaurant! This tour is a private tour so you can make your own plan, discussing with your tour guide! Enjoy more time at tour stops!
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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the eastern coast of Gyeongju Private tour with Columnar Joints Padosori

the eastern coast of Gyeongju Private tour with Columnar Joints Padosori

From the center of Gyeongju, a city that breaths of history, you run to the east. After 40 minutes, you come to an expensive view of the East Sea. There are more attractions in Gyeongju aside from the cultural and historical sites that you are familiar with. Through the tour, you will visit tourists spot in Gyeongju : Bulguksa temple, Seokguram Grotto, Oryu Beach,Gampohang Port, Gampo Kkakji Trail, Igyeondae Observatory, Tomb of King Munmu, Gameunsa Temple Site, Columnar Joints Padosori Trail etc, learning the history of Shilla by your professional tour guide. If you’re into ancient cultures and traditions, take a day trip to Gyeongju. Make a time travel at Gyeongju! Tour guides are friendly, accommodating and experienced. Our guide will bring you local restaurant! This tour is a private tour so you can make your own plan, discussing with your tour guide! Enjoy more time at tour stops!
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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The Eastern Coast of Gyeongju Private tour with Gampo port, Wind Farm,Gameunsaji

The Eastern Coast of Gyeongju Private tour with Gampo port, Wind Farm,Gameunsaji

Do you want to catch splendid history of Shilla which lasted about 1,000years? From the center of Gyeongju, a city that breaths of history, you run to the east. After 40 minutes, you come to an expensive view of the East Sea. There are more attractions in Gyeongju aside from the cultural and historical sites that you are familiar with. Through the tour, you will visit tourists spot in Gyeongju : Bulguksa temple, Seokguram Grotto, Gyeongju Wind Farm, Gampohang Port, Gampo Kkakji Trail, Igyeondae Observatory, Tomb of King Munmu, Gameunsa Temple Site, Columnar Joints Padosori Trail etc, learning the history of Shilla by your professional tour guide. If you’re into ancient cultures and traditions, take a day trip to Gyeongju. Make a time travel at Gyeongju! Tour guides are friendly, accommodating and experienced. Our guide will bring you local restaurant! This tour is a private tour so you can make your own plan, discussing with your tour guide! Enjoy more time at tour stops!
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$256.42
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$256.42
Price varies by group size

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Seokguram Grotto hours of operation?
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Seokguram Grotto hours of operation: Nov - Jan 7am-5pm, Mar - Sep 6:30am-6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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