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2 Days Gyeongju Private Tour from Seoul

* The capital of Korea's oldest ancient kingdom called Silla and the most beloved cultural capital of Korea

Gyeongju was the capital city of thousand-year-old Silla Kingdom.
Gyeongju embraces Buddhism, science, andvibrant ancient culture that blossomed by the artistry of the Silla people, and the great spirits of Hwarangdo that enabled the unification of the three kingdoms.
Thus, Gyeongju is a UNESCO-designated city which should be preserved by the public

● The itinerary can be adjusted upon customer's request
● Can listen all of the useful information such as politics, religions, society, culture and nature of Korea from knowledgeable driving guide

Itinerary
1st day: Pick up from Seoul or Nearby Seoul where Tourist stay(Include Incheon Airport) → Gyeongju National Museum → Anapji Pond → Tumuli Park(Daereungwon) → Cheomseongdae Observatory → Hotel in Gyeongju

2nd day: Seokguram Grotto → Bulguksa Temple → Folk Craft Museum  → Return to Seoul or Nearby Seoul (Include Incheon Airport)

per adult from

$668

AUD

Duration

2 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • 1x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 1 night
    • Accommodation
    • Private Driving guide
    • Hotel pick-up and sending
    • Private transportation
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Toll Fees
    • Parking Fees
    • Entry/Admission - Gyeongju National Museum
    • Entry/Admission - 동궁과월지
    • Entry/Admission - Daereungwon
    • Entry/Admission - Cheomseongdae Observatory
    • Entry/Admission - Seokguram
    • Entry/Admission - Bulguksa Temple
    What's excluded :
    • Personal Food(Lunch & Dinner) and Drink

  • Day 1: Gyeongju National Museum → Anapji Pond → Tumuli Park(Daereungwon) → Cheomseongdae Observatory

    Stop At: Gyeongju National Museum, 186 Iljeong-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 38171 South Korea
    ● Visiting the museum before traveling to the Gyeongju area will give you a better understanding of Gyeongju's history, culture and traditions.

    Introduction
    Gyeongju National Museum is loved by visitors and residents alike as it houses numerous historical and cultural artifacts of the Silla dynasty (57 BC - AD 935). The museum recently went through renovation, and the galleries and the exhibition halls have taken on a new look. In addition to improving facilities for visitors' convenience, Gyeongju National Museum is making efforts to contribute to the community and re-establish its identity as a museum by making efforts to provide lifelong learning opportunities and improve management. As a significant cultural center, Gyeongju National Museum not only strives to preserve, exhibit, and research the rich history and culture of Silla, but it also strives to take a leap forward to become a cultural multi-complex center by promoting international exchange opportunities, social education programs, and a variety of special exhibitions.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: 동궁과월지, Inwang-dong, Gyeongju-si, South Korea
    ● As the palace site of the Silla era, their building site and, above all, the pond that contains the philosophy of the Orient gives the tourists a beautiful impression

    Introduction
    Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond was the secondary palace site which was used by the crown prince of the Silla Kingdom. It also served as a banquet site for important national events and important visitors. After the fall of Silla, the site was abandoned and forgotten. The pond was referred to as "Anapji" during the Goryeo and Joseon periods. In the 1980s, a pottery fragment with letters “Wolji” (a pond that reflects the moon) carved onto it was found, revealing the true name of the pond. After the discovery, the site was renamed to the current Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

    Current Status
    [Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, Gyeongju] Historic Site No. 18 (Designated on January 21, 1963)
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Daereungwon, 9 Gaerim-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 38165 South Korea
    ● It is a place where several tombs of Silla kings are together and the inside of the tombs can be reproduced to see the costumes and life of the kings of that time.

    Introduction
    Within Daereungwon Tomb Complex is Cheonmachong Tomb (Ancient Tomb No. 155), which was excavated in 1973. Cheonmachong Tomb consists of a wooden coffin placed inside an underground chamber mounded with boulders and earth, characterized as a typical upper class tomb of the Silla period. The mound has a height of 12.7 m with a diameter of 50 m, and consists of a layer of rocks collected from streams. Below the rock layer is a wooden chamber that is 6.5 m long and 2.1 m wide, reaching 2.1 m in height, with the wooden coffin at its center. A total of 11,526 artifacts were discovered within the tomb, including Cheonmado, an artwork considered highly valuable as it is Korea's first artwork to be excavated from an ancient tomb.

    Current Status
    [Daereungwon Ancient Tomb Complex, Gyeongju] Historic Site No. 512 (Designated on July 28, 2011)
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Cheomseongdae Observatory, Wolseong-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do South Korea
    Introduction
    Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia.
    Constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok (r. 632-647), it was used to observe stars in order to forecast the weather. This stone structure is a beautiful combination of straight lines and curves, and was designated as National Treasure No.31 on December 20th, 1962.

    Cheomseongdae was built in a cylinder shape with stones 30cm in diameter. 362 stones were piled up to make 27 levels. Roughly 4.16m up from the bottom there is a 1㎡ square entrance and a space to hang a ladder under it.
    The inside is filled with soil up to the 12th level, and the 19th, 20th, 25th, and 26th levels all have long rocks hanging on two areas, shaped as the Chinese letter '井' (jeong).

    It stands 9.17m high and the base stone on each side measures 5.35m.
    The Vernal Equinox, Autumnal Equinox, Winter Solstice, Summer Solstice and the 24 solar terms (also known as the astronomical solar year) were determined by observating of stars. The pavilion stone is believed to have been used as a standard of deciding directions, north, south, east and west. The 362 stones used to build Cheomseongdae represented the 362 days in a lunar year.

    Current Status
    National Treasure No.31 (Designated on December 20, 1962)
    Duration: 30 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Accommodate in 3 stars Hotel or More, in Gyeongju City

    Day 2: Seokguram Grotto → Bulguksa Temple → Folk Craft Museum  → Return to Seoul or Nearby Seoul (Include Incheon Airport)

    Stop At: Seokguram, 999 Jinhyeon-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 780-400 South Korea
    ● Silla is a country of Buddhism, with many Buddhist artifacts. The Seokguram is famous for its beauty and it is known that the formative beauty is difficult to reproduce even with modern technology.

    Introduction
    Seokguram, located on Tohamsan Mountain, is the representative stone temple of Korea. The official name of Seokguram, National Treasure No. 24, is Seokguram Seokgul. Designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granite. The construction was started by Kim Dae-Seong (700-774) in 751 during the reign of King Gyeong-Deok (742-765) of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC - AD 935) and it was finished twenty-four years later in 774, during the reign of King Hye-Gong (765-780).

    Seokguram is known to have been built at the same time as Bulguksa Temple. According to the history book Samgukyusa of the Goryeo Dynasty (the country that unified the Korean peninsula at the end of the Silla Kingdom, 918-1392), Kim Dae-Seong had Bulguksa Temple built for his parents in his current life, and Seokguram Grotto for the parents of his former life.

    Inside the round-shaped main hall are the Bonjon Statue, Bodhi-sattva and his disciples. The Bonjon figure wearing a generous smile is seated on the stage engraved with a lotus flower design. The rounded ceiling looks like a half-moon or a bow and has a lotus flower decorated cover on it. The view of the sunrise is quite beautiful and many people hike the mountain at daybreak.

    Current Status
    UNESCO World Heritage (Designated in December 1995)
    National Treasure No. 24 (Designated on December 20, 1962)
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Bulguksa Temple, Bulguksa 385 Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 38127 South Korea
    ● This Temple is the most popular Buddhist temple that Koreans visit the most, and it is the essence of Korean Buddhism that is most widely known as a place for school trips as well as the public.

    Introduction
    Bulguksa Temple is a representative relic of Buddhist culture from the Silla kingdom. The temple was built in 528 during the 15th year of King Beop-Heung's reign (514-540) to wish for pease and prosperity for all. It was later rebuilt in 751 by Kim Dae-Seong. Unfortunately, the temple caught fire during the Imjin War (1592-1598). After this time, the temple suffered serious damage and was often the target of robbers.

    Starting in 1920, the temple has undergone continual restoration work. The temple now holds seven national treasures, a number of additional important heritages, and along with the nearby Seokguram Grotto was designated a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1995.

    Current Status
    [Bulguksa Temple] UNESCO World Heritage / Historic Site No. 502 (Designated on December 21, 2009)
    [Dabotap Pagoda] National Treasure No. 20
    [Three-story Stone Pagoda] National Treasure No. 21
    [Yeonhwagyo and Cilbogyo Bridges] National Treasure No. 22
    [Cheongungyo and Baegungyo Bridges] National Treasure No. 23
    [Gilt-bronze Seated Vairocana Buddha] National Treasure No. 26
    [Gilt-bronze Seated Amitabha Buddha] National Treasure No. 27
    [Reliquaires from the Three-story Stone Pagoda] National Treasure No. 126
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Gyeongju, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    ● It is a place where tourists interested in traditional handicrafts are displayed.

    Introduction
    Gyeongju Folk Craft Village consists of 40 thatched and tile-roofed houses, lived in by local artisans of traditional arts and crafts skills. Various fields of crafts production including metal, pottery, timber, jewels, hanbok (Korean traditional clothes), and stone-crafts can be found in the village. The craftsmen at work and the entire production process are opened to the public with some shops even offering hands-on programs for visitors to experience. In addition, visitors may purchase the products from these shops at a relatively cheaper price than usual retail. At this folk craft village, not only can one enjoy the beautiful scenery of a hanok village but also the nearby attractions including Bomun Tourist Complex and Bulguksa Temple.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can Pick tourist up any place in KoreaAirports
    • Incheon Intl Airport, 272 Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon South Korea
    Ports
    • Incheon Ferry port
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Tourists will be stayed 1 room for 1 ~ 3 people
    • Tourists will be stayed 2 room for 4 ~ 6 people
    • Tourists will be stayed 3 room for 7 people
    • Comfortable clothing and walking shoes recommended
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

7

Organised by Outdoors Korea

Activity ID: V-101420P18

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