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Gyeongju, South Korea
Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage Sites and History Full-Day Tour with Lunch

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Explore the UNESCO-listed sites and other must-sees of Gyeongju on this full-day tour. Once the capital of Korea’s Silla kingdom, Gyeongju offers numerous attractions, some outside the city, making it difficult to see them independently in one day. This tour covers them all, including the UNESCO-protected Bulguk Temple and Seokguram. Includes entrance fees, lunch, round-trip transportation, and the option of upgrading to a private tour.
  • Full-day Gyeongju UNESCO-listed sites and history tour
  • Explore the UNESCO-protected Bulguk Temple and Seokguram Grotto
  • Discover Gyochon Traditional Village, the royal tombs at Daereungwon, and more
  • Learn about Gyeongju’s past as the capital of ancient Silla
  • Lunch and entrance fees included
  • Air-conditioned minivan transport, with pickup and drop-off included
  • Upgrade to a private tour if you wish
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Haeundae subway station pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Bottled water
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Food and drinks, unless specified
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Gratuities
  • Gaya Mini Hotel , 801-11, Taejong-RO, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 38159 South Korea
  • 141 Mini Hotel , 141, Wonhyo-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do South Korea
  • 8:00 AM
    We will inform you exact pick up time few days before depends on other tourists' location and your location via email/viator message.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Adult pricing applies to all travelers except those aged 4 or under, who go free of charge
    • Please wear comfortable shoes (high heels are not recommended)
    • Sun screen is recommended
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Busan Tourism Center
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • 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.

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    • "It is a highly recommended tour , not only for Steve, but also for the different sites and the history and culture that we learnt." See review

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    star-5
    Great guide, beautiful city, learned a lot
    Jing_J
    , Jun 2021
    Steve was a great guide, very knowledgable, and knew which places had a lot of history and which ones just looked cool but is mostly for commerce. We had a small group so we were able to enjoy a nicer car on the long drive thanks to the company. The city itself is also really beautiful - all the buildings have traditional architecture so you feel like you’re traveling back in time even when going between sights. I never knew the Silla capital was so huge!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Fantastic tour guide!
    Laurie_J
    , Sep 2019
    Great tour and tour guide! Very knowledgeable and accommodating in light on in coming typhoon. Instead of the shrine, we went to two marvelous museums.
    star-5
    Great tour experience with CK
    Son N
    , Aug 2019
    Last minute booking and I was fortunate enough to be the only person attending the tour on the day. I had a great time. The tour guide CK was very informative and accommodating. He was laid back, easy to talk to and good to have a banter with. It was like having a close friend showing you the sites.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    worth a visit
    Anna_T
    , Aug 2019
    Left Busan at 7 am, when it is still cool and not crowded. Took 1 and a half hour to reach. We saw the temples first, then lunch then city tour of Shilla capital and tomb and lastly, small traditional village. Finished by 3pm. Compact, but not rushed. Beth was an excellent guide, chirpy, funny, and so energetic! Highly recommended.
    star-5
    Highly recommend
    sadhanayvette
    , Jul 2019
    Great tour! Ended up being the only person on this day and was great opportunity to learn a lot about Korean culture and history. CK was happy to answer questions and went out of his way to find Korean food for lunch that i hadn't tried yet! Bulguk Temple and Seokguram Grotto are wonderful! Highly recommend
    star-5
    Excellent tour and our guide Beth
    Maria_S
    , Apr 2019
    I love the tour, we went to the important sites Beth explain to us and answers all our question, she help us with translations, pictures and explain to us the culture of Korea! She’s very nice and professional! The car was neat! I definitely recommend this tour
    star-5
    Tour
    Jason B
    , Sep 2018
    Phenomenal. Steve was awesome; more like a knowledgeable best friend. Small group was truly a fun time. Will never forget it....
    star-5
    Steve is a great tour guide. He...
    pdcemtbh
    , Sep 2018
    Steve is a great tour guide. He explained everything clearly and in detail and he also gave us time to take some photos of the different places. He also took some pictures of us and sent them to our emails. It is a highly recommended tour , not only for Steve, but also for the different sites and the history and culture that we learnt.
    star-5
    Me and my partner would both highly...
    James K
    , Aug 2018
    Me and my partner would both highly recommend this tour and we would especially like to commend our excellent tour guide, Beth, on a fantastic day! Both of us had only a tiny bit of background knowledge about the Silla Dynasty, and Beth did an excellent job of keeping us informed we were both fascinated to learn more in depth about this period of Korean history and it has made us keen to learn more in the future. We were lucky in that we were the only people booked on the trip that day, and Beth picked us up straight from our hotel exactly on time, maximising our time in Gyeongju. The minivan was a comfortable way to travel even for people like me who are tall and slightly on the plump side, and Beth was kind enough to provide umbrellas to protect us from the weather. This is definitely the best way to experience Gyeongju. The sites are very spread out, so having a knowledgeable guide who knows the most efficient routes is a big help, as is having someone to explain the history behind the area in more depth. We were extremely glad we booked this tour and will certainly remember it as one of the big highlights of our time in Korea. Thanks again to Beth five stars on all fronts!
    star-5
    Steve was an excellent tour guide...
    Yvonne_K
    , Aug 2018
    Steve was an excellent tour guide. Very good knowledge about the sites, flexible, as we started the tour in Busan and he dropped us after the tour at our hotel in Gyeongju. Very enjoyable day, thank you!
    star-5
    I booked this tour for my other...
    Catherine H
    , Jul 2018
    I booked this tour for my other half's 30th birthday, and we had a fantastic time. Our tour guide Steve was really knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. I was surprised to find out that no one else had booked the tour for the same day - it's definitely worthwhile. It did mean that we essentially had a private tour, which was pretty amazing.
    star-5
    This is an excellent tour which was...
    Taki P
    , Jul 2018
    This is an excellent tour which was made better by our guide Beth who not only was a lovely person but her English was excellent, far exceeding what I expected, as was her knowledge and information. We learnt not only the history of the sites we visited but also about the culture of South Korea. During the course of the day Beth took photographs, individual and group, and e-mailed them to us. The lunch was a buffet which was average. A excellent day but on the expensive side for a day tour.
    star-5
    This was a great day. We visited the...
    Faisal_K
    , Jul 2018
    This was a great day. We visited the historic city of Gyeongju with Steve Kim who was very well informed about the history and relevance of not only the city, but of the importance it played within the Sila Dynasty. He took us on walking tours of all the major historic spots, the gardens, the palace, the historic home, the temple and Grotto. Steve would give us brief history lessons of the site before we got there so we had a good understanding of what we were walking around and then at the site itself he would share historical anecdotes. We also got some great pictures from the tour itself. This is a walking tour so be prepared to bring comfortable shoes and a good camera.
    star-5
    Such a great tour with an amazing...
    Candace K
    , Jun 2018
    Such a great tour with an amazing tour guide. Luckily no one else was scheduled to take the tour with my sister and I that day so it was just the three of us! Our tour guide Steve was so knowledgeable and fun to be with. Not only did we learn about the history of Gyeongju but we also learned about the current culture of South Korea. During the tour he took photos for us and emailed them when the tour was over. We started the tour earlier and ended earlier to beat the traffic which was such a great idea because it gave us a chance to sightsee in the evening. At the end he volunteered to drop us off at Haeundae Beach and gave us a little tour and some suggestions as to what to do/see/eat. Would HIGHLY recommend this tour if you're spending time in Busan. Thank you Steve for such a great experience!
    star-5
    Our guide, Beth, was lovely! She had...
    Noelle T
    , Jun 2018
    Our guide, Beth, was lovely! She had a wonderful command of the English language a lot better than the average tour guide you get in the so-called English tours in Korea. The itinerary was well planned and well paced, and the sights in Gyeongju made the long drive worth it. Beth had a wealth of information to share and she indeed punctuated each story with animation. The tour was exactly as described, but a small disappointment would be lunch - it was a buffet with a variety of dishes offered, but most of them were served cold might be a local culture but this was something we couldn't get used to. Not sure why tours in Busan are relatively higher priced compared to the other Korean cities, perhaps because of the insufficient demand. The tour agency wasn't very responsive in email replies and only confirmed the hotel pickup time the night before. Nevertheless, the 5 star rating is for the tour itinerary and our guide Beth!
    star-5
    Busan is extremely beautiful and on...
    Gerry_S
    , Jun 2018
    Busan is extremely beautiful and on the rise to popularity in the world. Steven our tour guide was fantastic and filled with energy,history, and love for his city. We learned so much and had a blast with him on this tour. We highly recommend you booking this and hopefully you get to enjoy it with Steve.
    star-4
    Friendly and best English speaking...
    Kanlaya_M
    , Jun 2018
    Friendly and best English speaking guide in Korea. Very helpful and accommodate. Incredibly well organised. I have learnt a lot about Korea History, it's a shame that the tomb was closed for maintenance otherwise I would rate this full five stars.
    star-5
    The tour was really well prepared...
    AndreeaPaula_B
    , May 2018
    The tour was really well prepared. Steve was a great guide, giving us all the details related to the places we visited. He also answered so many other questions we had about Korean culture and life style. He was really nice, his english is impeccable, which is a rarity in Korea, but made it really easy for us to understand everything. We were lucky to have good weather during the tour, so that is a plus. Another plus was that although the tour should have been shared, only we booked it for that particular day, so Steve's attention was obviously only focused on us, which was pretty cool. All in all, great tour, great guide!
    star-5
    One of the best tours we've done so...
    heidi y
    , May 2018
    One of the best tours we've done so far during our stay in Korea and necessary since all that Gyeongju has to over is spread out over some distance. Steve was great - informative, funny and personable. With a small group of us, it was far easier to get around than with a larger tour - especially considering how packed it can get at local attractions around here. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to hit the main attractions of Gyeongju in one day.
    star-5
    I would consider this Gyeongju tour...
    Julie G
    , May 2018
    I would consider this Gyeongju tour a must do if you are going to visit South Korea. This city is full of really beautiful, well preserved historical sites like nothing I have ever seen in the US. Steve was our tour guide, we also had taken a Busan tour with him so we were super excited he was the guide for this tour. His English is perfect, very knowledgeable about both Korean and American cultures so he was able to answer all of our questions about historical and current Korean culture, and just an all around fun guy to spend the day with. Gyeongju is such a gorgeous city. Me and my fiance had just gotten engaged a few days before and the pictures we took on this tour were so beautiful in the black bamboo forest, temples and the mountains, we seriously might not even bother with professional engagement pictures. Highly recommend this tour!!

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