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Intensive 3 days Gyeongju UNESCO historical site & Busan essential city tour

South Korea has a reputation of being modern and futuristic. Despite this, deep southeast remains an ancient capital which upheld its grandeur for over 1,000 years. Driving through the vast, rustic fields of Gyeongju, you will be stunned by the remains of ancient kingdom Silla, known for its extravagant gold-work and unique Buddhist art forms. And arriving into seaside metropolis of Busan, its plentiful charming destinations such as glimmering beaches, ever-bustling traditional markets, fresh seafood, cafes with outstanding views, and a revitalized former slum by a mountain will well exceed your expectations.

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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$1,052

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Duration

3 days

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  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    • English speaking tour guide
    • Photo Service
    • Wifi Service
    • Bottled Water/D/P
    • Entrance Fee
    • All cost to the vehicle(Parking lot and Gas)
    • Hotel pickup & dropoff service
    • Entry/Admission - Bulguksa Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Seokguram
    • Entry/Admission - Daereungwon Tomb Complex
    • Entry/Admission - Anapji Pond
    • Entry/Admission - Beomeosa Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Busan Gamcheon Culture Village
    • Entry/Admission - Busan Tower
    What's excluded :
    • 5 USD Tips/P/D
    • Meals(B/L/D)
    • Accommodation
    • Entrance fee for Shinsegae Spaland
    • Entry/Admission - Shinsegae Centum City Spaland

  • Day 1: Busan - Gyeongju/Meals(X/X/X)

    Stop At: Bulguksa Temple, Bulguksa 385 Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 38127 South Korea
    Pick-up at your hotel in Busan at 8:00 AM/Head to Gyeongju(1h 30mins)

    Bulguksa Temple is an absolute historic jewel of the Silla Capital Gyeongju, also inscribed as a UNESCO heritage of the world. It's a temple where one can discover sophisticated masonry skills of the era in the stairs, bridges, and pagodas.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Seokguram, 999 Jinhyeon-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 780-400 South Korea
    Seokguram, located in Tohamsan Mountain, is the representative stone temple of Korea. Designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granite.

    This valuable grotto has been kept intact for over 1,200 years thanks to its design that facilitates natural ventilation and humidity control. Cold spring water was designed to flow beneath the structure, settling down any moisture that formed in the grotto towards the floor.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Daereungwon Tomb Complex, 9 Gaerim-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 38165 South Korea
    Within Daereungwon Tomb Complex is a large field of giant Korean tombs in the shape of round hills, resembling female breasts. At Cheonmachong Tomb inside the complex, you can enter into the tomb itself. Its hall is consisted 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.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Cheomseongdae Observatory, Wolseong-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do South Korea
    Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. Constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok, it was used to observe stars in order to forecast the weather. This stone structure is a beautiful combination of straight lines and curves, built in a shape of a cylinder.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Anapji Pond, Inwang-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 38163 South Korea
    Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond were the secondary palace site which was used for the palace of the Crown Prince along with other subsidiary buildings. It was also a banquet site for important national event and important visitors.

    After the fall of Silla, the site was abandoned and forgotten. The pond was referred to as "Anapji" by the later kingdoms, meaning a pond where the glory of the past is nowhere to be seen but wild geese and ducklings abound. Only in the 1980's, a pottery piece found in excavation revealed the original name of the place, "Wolji"(a pond that reflects the moon).

    Head to Busan(1h 30mins)
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Gwangalli Beach, 219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu Suyeong-gu, Busan 48303 South Korea
    After undergoing a thorough water-cleaning program, this 1.4km long beach came to own a pristine and glimmering environment. This popular vacation spot of young tourists is filled with romantic restaurants and cafes, as well as stores selling famous fashion brands.

    We will have our dinner here(Not included).
    Drop-off at your hotel in Busan(*Accommodation is not included)
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: Busan Tour - Part 1/Meals(X/X/X)

    Stop At: Haedong Yonggung Temple, 416-3, Sirang-ri, Gijangeup, Gijang-gun, Busan 619-902 South Korea
    Pick up at your hotel in Busan at 9:00 AM

    Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast of north-eastern Busan. While most temples in Korea are located in the mountains, this temple has found its charming location along the shore line. The main sanctuary of the temple was reconstructed in 1970 with careful attention paid to the colors that were traditionally used in such structures.

    On the right-hand side, inside the a cave, is a uniquely designed Buddhist sanctum. Other special sites at the temple are four lion statues, the 108 stairs, and stone lanterns lining the rocky landscape. Midway down the 108 steps one can pause and enjoy the calming sounds of the waves, and view the majestic sunrise.
    Duration: 1 day 6 hours

    Stop At: Cheongsapo Daritdol Skywalk, San 3-9, Jung-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan South Korea
    The 72.5m long and 20m high observatory in the shape of a blue dragon stretches out impressively over the ocean. You are able to see the ocean under their feet from the transparent glass floor for the thrilling experience of walking on the sea.

    The observatory provides panoramic view of the Cheongsapo Village, its shore and lighthouses, particularly beautiful during sunset.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Dongbaekseom Island, U-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan South Korea
    Dongbaekseom Island is known for a trail walk course from Haeundae Beach, where one can enjoy walking on a wooden deck through seaside rocks standing against waves. It is a place abloom with camellia flowers in the winter.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Nurimaru APAC House, 116, Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan 48100 South Korea
    Nurimaru APEC House on Dongbaekseom Island has been used as a memorial hall and a prestigious international conference hall since the APEC summit meeting in 2005.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City, 1495 U-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan South Korea
    *Going to Shinsegae Department store or Spa-land is optional.

    The Shinsegae Centum City Department Store is registered in the Guinness World Records as the largest shopping complex in the world. The department store has a countless number of items all under one roof. Visitors can also enjoy numerous entertainment options in the complex. Shinsegae, which opened the first department store in Korea, reflects decades of retail experience in this flagship location.

    Stop At: Shinsegae Centum City Spaland, 35, Centum nam-daero, Haeundae-gu 1F, Shinsegae Mall Centum City, Busan 48058 South Korea
    *Going to Spa-land is optional.

    The 1st floor in Spa-land houses the Korean traditional 'Jjimjil-bang' and traditional saunas from all over the world. Visitors' favorites include a radiant heat-based 'Roman Sauna,' which recreates the ancient roman bath using modern technology. Traditional 'Finnish Sauna' is also popular, which is an all-natural, Finnish-style sauna. It is said to keep you healthy during the freezing winter months.
    Duration: 2 minutes

    Pass By: UN Memorial Cemetery, 93, UN pyeonghwa-ro, Nam-gu, Busan 48529 South Korea
    If you are a history buff, you will enjoy this place. Korean war was the only war in history where United Nations was involved together. This modest piece of land owned by the U.N. is a burial ground for United Nations Command(UNC) casualties of the Korean War. It contains 2,300 graves and is the only United Nations cemetery in the world.

    Drop-off at your hotel in Busan(*Accommodation is not included)

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 3: Busan Tour - Part 2/Meals(X/X/X)

    Stop At: Beomeosa Temple, 546 Cheongnyong-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan South Korea
    Pick up at your hotel in Busan at 9:00 AM

    With a history of 1,300 years, Beomeosa Temple owns one of the most delicate and luxurious architecture of the era. Along Mt. Geunjeongsan where the temple is located, is the largest fortress in entire Korea, serving a conducive role in national defense. Clear fountains fun throughout the exquisite rocky cliffs in the mountain.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, 203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan 49368 South Korea
    Consisted of houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, this village was originally made by war refugees for their settlement. In 2000's, the city government of Busan launched maintenance and revitalization project in the area, bringing vibrant murals and sculptures into the meandering alleys of this town. The success of the city projects earned this village the nickname "Machu Picchu of Busan."
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Gukje Market, 38, Gukjesijang 2-gil, Jung-gu, Busan 48946 South Korea
    Following the Korean War, refugees who fled to Busan set up stalls in order to make a living. Shops in Gukje Market sell an assortment of new and used items. Since vendors deal in both wholesale and retail sales, the average customer can purchase various items at incredibly inexpensive prices.

    Pass By: Jagalchi Market, Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan South Korea
    This market represents Busan and is famous throughout the country. Visitors can buy and eat fresh raw fish right at the market. The common scene in the market is comprised of mostly elderly women selling mackerel, sea squirts and whale meat on wooden boxes along the road outside of the market and along the shore.

    Stop At: Yongdusan Park, 37-55, Yongdusan-gil, Jung-gu, Busan 48950 South Korea
    You will head to Yongdusan park. In the serene atmosphere of the place, you could listen to birds chirping in the daytime! Also, this place would be a must-visit if you're really interested of the traditional Korean architectures. A good number of shrines can be seen around the Park.

    Inside Yongdusan Park is Busan Tower. Busan Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in Busan. You can see the entire metropolis glimmering below as you walk around the top deck.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Busan Tower, 37-30, Yongdusan-gil, Jung-gu, Busan 48950 South Korea
    Busan Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in Busan. You can see the entire metropolis glimmering below as you walk around the top deck! This landmark tower offers a 360 degree view of Busan.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Yeongdodaegyo Bridge, 46, Taejong-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan 49042 South Korea
    Yeongdodaegyo Bridge, connecting Jung-gu and Yeongdo-gu districts in Busan, was the first mainland-island connecting bridge in Busan. The bridge lifts to allow ships to pass between the south and north ports, rising anywhere from two to seven times in one day.

    Hotel drop-off in Busan(*Accommodation is not included)

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick you up at all hotels in Busan. Please let us know where your hotel is.
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Itinerary is very flexible. Because this is private tour
    • Please let us know if there is diet problem of tourists
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Please add country code to your phone number at time of booking
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Here Korea Travel

Activity ID: V-42053P75

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