Discover the Ancient Capital of Korea: Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage One Day Tour

Welcome to Gyeongju, a city steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. Located in South Korea’s southeastern region, Gyeongju is about an hour’s drive or bus ride North of Busan. It is often referred to as the “museum without walls” due to its abundant historical landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Gyeongju also used to be the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Silla and home to some of the best Buddhist art in the Far East.

Embark on an unforgettable family adventure as you delve into the wonders of Gyeongju’s UNESCO World Heritage sites during an immersive one-day tour from Busan. Discover the captivating allure of Yangdong Village, the enchanting tombs of Daereungwon & Hwangridan Street, the majestic Bulguksa Temple, and the intriguing Donggung & Wolji. Join us on this incredible journey that promises to bring history to life and create cherished memories for you and your entire family.

With convenient transportation, English and Chinese-speaking guides, and all entrance fees included, this bus tour from Busan provides a hassle-free and immersive exploration of Gyeongju’s most iconic attractions.

There are 2 different schedules for different times of the year:

Yandong Village – Step into the Pages of History


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Our family friendly tour commences at Yangdong Village, a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers a fascinating glimpse into the traditional culture of the Joseon Dynasty. Watch as the past unfolds before your eyes, with well-preserved traditional houses and streets that invite exploration and discovery. Let your children’s imaginations run wild as they roam through this enchanting village, surrounded by picturesque natural beauty that adds an extra touch of magic to the experience.

Upon entering the village, you and your family will be transported to a bygone era, where traditional houses known as hanok line the streets. These well-preserved architectural gems reflect the elegance and beauty of the Joseon Dynasty’s traditional culture. Walking through the village, you’ll have the opportunity to explore these historic houses, each with its own unique charm and story.

The village’s natural surroundings provide a picturesque backdrop, inviting you to immerse yourselves in the tranquil beauty of the landscape. Strolling along the narrow alleys, you’ll be greeted by lush gardens, peaceful streams, and age-old trees, creating a serene atmosphere that is perfect for leisure exploration.

Daereungwon – Discover Timeless Tombs


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Continue the tour at Daereungwon, the Park of Royal Tombs, where you can immerse yourselves in history. Marvel at the array of ancient tombs, including the symbolic Chenmachong (Tomb of the Heavenly Horse), which allows visitors to explore its interior. The complex contains a total of 23 tombs that were built during the Silla Dynasty.

Stepping into this sacred space, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Silla’s rich heritage, with various relics and treasures on display. It’s an exceptional opportunity to educate your children about the lives and customs of the past while fostering their curiosity and appreciation for history.

Hwangridan Street – Enjoy Delights for All Ages


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Adjacent to Daereungwon, the lively Hwangridan Street awaits, offering a delightful mix of modern attractions. Sample delectable street food that appeals to every palate, while trendy cafes provide a cozy setting for the whole family to relax and recharge.

As you wander along Hwangridan Street, you’ll also come across an array of shops and boutiques, each showcasing their own unique products. From stylish clothing stores to quaint souvenir shops, there’s plenty to discover and take home as a memento of your time in Gyeongju.

Bulguksa Temple – Inspire Awe and Wonder

No trip to Gyeongju would be complete without a visit to Bulguksa Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site that epitomizes the city’s rich cultural heritage. Designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO, this temple complex showcases exquisite beauty and unparalleled craftsmanship.

Let the beauty of this magnificent temple captivate you as you wander through its halls, pagodas, and serene gardens. The intricate stone relics and awe-inspiring architecture will ignite the imagination of both young and old, fostering a sense of wonder and appreciation for Korea’s spiritual legacy.

Donggung and Wolji – Unveiling Historical Treasures

Concluding our tour, we invite you to Donggung palace & Wolji pond. Nestled within Gyeongju National Park, this historic site offers a glimpse into the opulence and tranquility of ancient Silla Dynasty.

Donggung Palace, also known as “Anapji,” was once a majestic palace complex where the Silla kings and royalty held grand banquets, celebrations, and important state affairs. Originally built in the 7th century, the palace was a symbol of the prosperous and sophisticated Silla civilization. Though the palace complex was largely destroyed over the centuries, its restoration in the 1970s has brought its former glory back to life.

Wolji Pond, the centerpiece of Donggung Palace, is an artificial pond meticulously constructed in the year 674. The pond was designed to reflect the magnificence of the surrounding pavilions, pagodas, and lush gardens.

This stunning location holds within its depths a fascinating tale. In 1972, the Korean government temporarily drained the pond, revealing a treasure trove of Silla artifacts that had fallen or been discarded into its waters. Allow yourself to be taken back in time as you soak in the historical memories and ponder the significance of these remarkable findings.

The scenic beauty of Wolji Pond changes with the seasons, offering a different experience throughout the year. In spring, cherry blossoms delicately bloom around the pond, painting the scene with soft pinks and whites. During summer, the surrounding greenery thrives, casting a lush canopy over the area. In autumn, the vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow foliage create a stunning backdrop. Even in winter, when the landscape is covered in a serene blanket of snow, the tranquility and grace of Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond remain unchanged.

From the tranquil Yangdong Village, where traditional Korean culture comes to life, to the majestic Bulguksa Temple, a UNESCO World Cultural Asset that showcases the artistry of the Silla Dynasty, this tour promises a day filled with awe-inspiring sights and experiences.

So, don’t miss the chance to embark on this remarkable journey, where you can discover the wonders of Gyeongju’s UNESCO World Heritage sites in just one day. Immerse yourself in the rich history, cultural heritage, and natural beauty of this captivating city, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Book your tour today and get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure through the heart of Gyeongju’s magnificent past.

Book tickets to Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage Tour from Busan here!

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