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Busan: Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage Day Tour

1. Busan: Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage Day Tour

Take a day trip from Busan to explore Gyeongju with a professional tour guide. Visit 4 historical attractions and uncover all the secrets of this mysterious, historic capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla.  Embark on a guided journey to the coastal city of Gyeongju with a tour guide. See the culture of the Joseon dynasty on display at Yangdong Cultural Village. Admire traditional Korean houses at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire Bulguksa, a Buddhist temple complex that comprises a series of wooden buildings on raised stone terraces. Visit the Daereungwon to see the Silla Dynasty Royal tombs. Next to Daereungwon, there is the famous Hwangridan Street, which introduces the modern face of Gyeongju with various street food and trendy cafes. Admire the night view of the Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond which was part of the palace complex of ancient Silla. Join us and be a part of this unforgettable journey through time and nature.

Busan: Gyeongju Guided Day Trip to Three Kingdoms Capital

2. Busan: Gyeongju Guided Day Trip to Three Kingdoms Capital

Step back in time to when Korea's three kingdoms united on this day trip from Busan. Explore Bulguksa Temple, the Gyochon Traditional Village, and the Daereungwon Tomb. Meet your tour at one of the designated points in Busan and hop aboard a comfortable and spacious van or bus. Relax with views of the scenic Korean countryside. Arrive in Gyeongju and begin your tour with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Bulguksa Temple. Follow your guide to uncover how it harmoniously intertwines with the breathtaking natural backdrop. Next, head to the Gyochon Traditional Village to admire elegant hanok houses, exuding traditional charm. Amidst these timeless dwellings, see esteemed Korean restaurants, admire the renowned Goryeo and Joseon era Gyeongju Hyanggyo, and take in views of the captivating Woljeonggyo bridge. Stroll along the pathway, lined by stone walls. Encounter the graceful forms of hanok architecture, with the picturesque Woljeong Bridge arching gracefully over the tranquil Muncheon stream. Make your way to the Daereungwon Tomb. Explore a cornerstone of Gyeongju's cultural heritage at Daereungwon, a site that holds profound significance. It stands as a testament to the rich history of the region, encompassing a cluster of grand tombs that once cradled the remains of ancient Silla monarchs, queens, and esteemed aristocrats. Walk into a nostalgic world in Hwangridan-gil as you stroll down a street lined with meticulously-preserved buildings from the 1960s. Soak up an enchanting old-world ambiance as you make your way to the Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond (Anapji Pond). Be led through the palace grounds to appreciate its beauty, elegantly mirrored in the tranquil lake. Learn about the palace, built during the Unified Silla period, from your guide. and how it is a quintessential masterpiece of ancient Korean architecture. Return to your meeting point in Busan with unforgettable memories of Gyeongju's grand historical monuments.

Gyeongju: UNESCO Heritage Tour Including Bulguksa Temple

3. Gyeongju: UNESCO Heritage Tour Including Bulguksa Temple

See the unique city of Gyeonju on this 8-hour small group tour. Begin at the Cheomseongdae Observatory, the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asian. Next, visit Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond, which was a secondary palace used by the crown prince of the Silla Kingdom. Tour through Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village and the Daereungwon Tomb Complex before stopping for lunch. Visit UNESCO World Heritage site Bulguk Temple, which represents the Buddhist utopia in the terrestrial world, and the Seokgurum Grotto, a hermitage and part of the Bulguksa temple complex. End the day with transportation back to the meeting point, along with amazing memories to look back on.

From Seoul: 5D4N All Over Korea, UNESCO, Culture & Nature

4. From Seoul: 5D4N All Over Korea, UNESCO, Culture & Nature

Embark on an unforgettable 5-day journey through Korea's rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking natural beauty. Departing from Seoul's Gwanghwamun, your adventure begins in Gongju, where you'll explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Tomb of King Muryeong and Gongsanseong Fortress. Then, immerse yourself in traditional Korean culture in Jeonju, staying near the charming Hanok Village. Day two takes you to Gwangju, the birthplace of Korea's modern democratic movement. Pay your respects at the May 18th National Cemetery before heading to Suncheon to visit the stunning Suncheon Bay Garden. The day concludes in the port city of Yeosu, where you'll walk the historic path of Admiral Yi Sun-sin. On the third day, you'll visit the Jinjuseong Fortress, historically linked to the Japanese invasion in 1592. Then, it's off to Busan, where you'll explore the city's largest seafood market, Jagalchi Fish Market, and take in the views at Haeundae Beach and Dongbaek Park. The day ends in Gyeongju, where you'll check into your hotel. Day four is filled with UNESCO sites. Start with the Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju, then head to Andong Hahoe Village, a living museum of Joseon Dynasty architecture and culture. The day concludes in Pyeongchang, where you'll check into your hotel for some leisure time. The final day of your tour takes you to Mt. Seorak National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Preservation District. Marvel at the jade-like water flowing through the valleys and the peaks breaking through the clouds. Optionally, take a cable car to Gwongeumseong fortress for an even more spectacular view. The tour concludes with a transfer back to Seoul. This tour is a perfect blend of history, culture, and nature, offering a comprehensive and immersive Korean experience. Book now and create memories that will last a lifetime! Full itinerary as below:Day1: Donghwa Duty-Free Shop Building, Gwanghwamun, Seoul→ Depart to Gongju / Visit The Tomb of King Muryeong (UNESCO)→ Gongsanseong Fortress (UNESCO)→ Depart to Jeonju→ Hotel check-in,close by Jeonju Hanok Village Hotel: Jeonju Ramada hotel or similar Day2: Breakfast at hotel → Transfer to Gwangju, birthplace of Korea's democratic movement→ Visit May 18th National Cemetery → Suncheon Bay Garden→ Yeosu and Historic Site of Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s Path→ Hotel check-in Hotel: Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Yeosu or similar Day3: Breakfast at hotel → Jinjuseong Fortress – Chokseoknu edifice→ Move to Busan→ Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan’s largest seafood market→ Haeundae Beach and Dongbaek Park Tour→ Gyeongju→ Hotel check-in Hotel: Gyeongju Commodore Hotel or similar Day4: Breakfast at hotel → Seokguram Grotto (UNESCO), visit the beautiful temple and heritage→ Bulguksa Temple(UNESCO) → Andong Hahoe Folk Village(UNESCO), preserved Joseon Dynasty's ancient housing (Visit by Queen Elizabeth II)→ Pyeongchang → Hotel check-in Hotel: Ramada Hotel PyeongChang or similar Day5: Breakfast at hotel → Pyeongchang→ Mt. Seorak National Park (UNESCO), Korea's most famous national park (Could be skipped in OCT)→ Biosphere Preservation District → Cable car to Gwongeumseong Fortress (Optional for Shinheungsa temple)→ Gwanghwamun, Seoul at 17:00 PM

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What people are saying about Bulguksa Temple

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 70 reviews

We went with Larry, very attentive and friendly. We were a fairly large group, but not overbearing. We went to see 4 places, we did not have much time in each place, but we could enjoy the visit well. You can bring food for lunch, but if not, Larry will take you to a small place to eat bulgogui, there was also a vegetarian option. Very comfortable to have transportation included in the entire tour. Recommendable.

Was a bit disappointed bec the weather did not cooperate and it was raining too much, but nevertheless still beautiful and it was a great experience. Just too bad our guide did not really guide us thru about the history of the area. He was just literally standing next to us, but he’s so nice just that it seems he doesnt have knowledge of the place.

Dongsook was an amazing guide with her enthusiasm, passion, and knowledge on the history during the tour. Also, shoutout to Kyle as well for his helpfulness! We thoroughly enjoyed our time and would recommend checking this out!

The trip was well prepared and led by a great guide - Larry - our guide is very professional and contact. I recommend!

Friendly and funny tour guide. Transport was prompt and clean. Great Views. Definitely will recommend this trip.