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Private Gyeongju tour including Seokguram, Bulguksa and Tomb park from Busan

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Busan, South Korea

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore the cultural treasures of Gyeongju on a private day trip from Busan. Travel to the coastal city by air-conditioned coach and tour UNESCO-listed Bulguksa Temple and its hermitage, Seokguram Grotto, with an informative guide. Discover artifacts of the Silla Dynasty at the Gyeongju National Museum and visit the Cheomseongdae astronomical observatory. Your tour includes a restaurant lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off in Busan.
  • Private Gyeongju day trip by coach from Busan
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed Bulguksa Temple and its Seokguram Grotto, both dating back to the ancient Silla Kingdom
  • Stop by Tumuli Park for a glimpse of Silla tombs like Cheonmachong and hear fascinating commentary from a guide
  • Search for Silla treasures at the Gyeongju National Museum
  • Climb the astronomical observatory of Cheomseongdae
  • Enjoy a Korean lunch at a local restaurant
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Lunch
Professional English-speaking guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
All taxes, fees and handling charges
WiFi on board
Bottled water
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick tourists up at Busan and Gyeongju KTX station as well

Airports

  • Gimhae International Airport, 108 Gonghangjinim-ro, Daejeo 2(i)-dong, Gangseo-gu, Busan, South Korea


Ports

  • Busan International Cruise Terminal


Departure Time

8:00 AM
Visit the coastal city of Gyeongju, starting with hotel pickup in Busan. Learn about the Silla Kingdom of 668–935 AD en route to your first stop at Seokguram Grotto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Disembark to explore the hermitage, which houses a Buddha statue facing the East Sea. Your guide also escorts you to the UNESCO-listed Bulguksa, meaning ‘Temple of the Buddha Land,’ built on the slope of Mt. Toham in the 8th century. Learn why it’s one of Korea’s most revered temples while your guide points out stone pagodas and other Silla features at the impressive complex.

Stop at a local restaurant for lunch before re-boarding the coach for the tombs of Tumuli Park. Imagine the gold crown and other royal ornaments buried with an unknown Silla king at Cheonmachong, meaning ‘Heavenly Horse Tomb,' excavated in 1971.

After a quick stop at an amethyst factory for a look at Korea’s treasured gemstones, your full-day tour continues to the Gyeongju National Museum. Browse the exhibits which display archaeological and historical artifacts from the Silla period.

The Cheomseongdae Observatory, is your final stop, where studies of the constellations were once used to forecast the weather.

Your day trip ends with a return to your hotel in Busan.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Seokguram
this is hermitage which is a part of the bulguksa temple, and the grotto overlooks the east sea. Seokguram was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list together with Bulguksa Temple, and it holds some of the best buddhist Sculptures in the World.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bulguksa Temple
we can say that this temple is the most famous one in Korea. this plase has many national treasure inside. you must see ancient architecture.
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cheonmachong Tomb
this is tomb park area. many people come here to take pictures with peaceful view as well as people could get inside of a tomb that's called Cheonmachong has such as small museum inside.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gyeongju National Museum
Gyeongju has a nickname that's the biggest museum which doesn't have a roof. in this museum, people can learn everything about shilla and overall history of Korea.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cheomseongdae Observatory
Cheomseongdae is an observatory tower that's result of ancient science of Shilla Dynasty.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Please wear a comfortable pair of shoes
  • Tour is subject to change without notice due to local conditions
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Kangsan Travel Service Co.,Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.


Traveler Tips


  • "Well worth the value, Gyeongju is beautiful and not crowded." See review

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The tour guide Mr. Jade Kim was...
Amelia C
, Apr 2018
The tour guide Mr. Jade Kim was punctual, accommodating, knowledgeable and a good conversationalist in English. He took a lot of good photos for us. The car was comfortable and WiFi was provided. The trip was well planned and paced out. Well worth the value, Gyeongju is beautiful and not crowded.
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This was an amazing experience and...
Kristiina P
, Aug 2017
This was an amazing experience and provided a terrific overview of the Shilla kingdom. Definitely want to return to Gyeongju again. Mr. Hong our guide was knowledgeable and professional.
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We were only in Korea for 3 days/2...
Joanne E
, Jun 2016
We were only in Korea for 3 days/2 nights so this was an excellent day trip from Busan to discover the culturally significant Gyeongju area and learn about Korea. Our guide Cooper was kind, friendly and knowledgeable. The sites visited were interesting and well explained by the guide. Lunch was a highlight.
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Two friends of mine and I took this...
Neil C
, Mar 2016
Two friends of mine and I took this tour the second week of March and really enjoyed it. Our tour guide was Mina and she did a fantastic job. I think the highlights were Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple. There were minimal crowds everywhere we went which made for a very pleasant experience. It was about two weeks before most of the blossoms start, but you could tell there was a tremendous, natural beauty to everything. We ate lunch at a small restaurant near the Cheonmachong Tombs with Mina handling all the ordering. She even prepared the dish for us! The fried octopus with shrimp and ox innards was fantastic. The entire tour itself was a little lighter on historical facts than I was expecting, but we did learn a lot about Korean culture, both ancient and modern. I would also not recommend booking on a Monday as the museum we would have visited is closed on Mondays. This shortened our trip considerably I think as the billed time is about 10hrs and we were back in about 7. Also, try to hang out at Anapji Pond until sunset when they light it up.
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Great tour! We visited many...
Marinnette M
, Dec 2015
Great tour! We visited many interesting sites in Gyenogju and learn a lot about Silla dynasty and buddhism in South Korea. Our tour guide, Min Suk, was really accommodating, which made our tour even more enjoyable. We had a great time!
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