9. 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.