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
- When you get there
First, visit Bulguksa and Seokguram Grotto which are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site for being “a masterpiece of Buddhist art in the Far East.” If you are in the temple, you will see blooming cherry blossoms in spring and colorful foliage in fall. In the Seokguram Grotto, you can see statues of devas, bodhisattvas and disciples sculpted on the surrounding walls. After two UNESCO world heritage sites, you will have lunch. Try Silla smiley bread and Hwangnam Bread well.
Next, you will pop in Silla kingdom Theatre. Here you can watch the animated movie about this thousand year old Silla Kingdom. Take a look at Silla dynasty. The value of the show is on a par with a national treasure of Gyeongju. After watching a show at Silla theatre, go to Daereungwon Tomb complex and Chemseongdae observatory. The Daereungwon tomb has the large ancient tombs of kings and nobles of the Silla Kingdom. Near this tomb complex, there is Chemseongdae Observatory which is the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia. The name of this observatory means star-gazing tower.
Around Chemseongdae Observatory, you will see a mix of old historical buildings and newly built hanok at Gyeongju Gyochon Hanok Village. You will figure out how they used to be back in the days. There are lots of handcraft shos and cafes too.
Next, your guide will take you to the Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. This place is known as Anapji. You can see the most beautiful nightscape in Gyeongju. It may even give a sensational feeling of walking at night in the past during the time of Silla Dynasty. You can also hear one story behind this place from your guide.
① Hotel pickup at Seoul, Busan or Gyeongju
② Bulguksa temple
③ Seokguram Grotto
⑤ Silla kingdom Theatre
⑥ Daereungwon Tomb Complex
⑦ Cheomseongdae Observatory
⑧ Gyeongju Gyochon Hanok Village
⑨ Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond(Anapji)
⑩ Drop off at your hotel in Seoul, Busan or Gyeongju
Full day Gyeongju UNESCO Heritage tour: a glimpse into Silla
- Hotel pickup and dropoff
- Professional guide
- Entrance fees
- Transport by air conditioned minivan