< NOTE >
** Gyeongju National Museum is closed on every Mondays. (Available outside only)
** Duration might be delayed due to traffic condition on the highway.
** Reservation is needed until at least 7 days before.
** Peak-season : 24th Jul. ~ 16th Aug.
|MINIMUM NUMBER||3 person|
|DURATION||Pick-up (around 06:30) ~ 19:00|
Transportation, Tour guide, Lunch, Admission fee
Hotel (Seoul) - to Gyeongju - Rest in Highway - Bulguksa Temple - Seokgulam Grotto - Posukjeong - Lunch - Gyeongju National Museum - Anapji Pond - Daereungwon Park (Cheonmachong Tomb) - Cheomseongdae Observatory - to Seoul - Rest in Highway - Hotel (Seoul)
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in Gyeongju considered the pinnacle of Buddhist art in Korea, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto were registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1995.
In 2000, five districts in downtown Gyeongju were registered as a World Cultural Heritage under the title 'Gyeongju Historical Areas.' As such, it is not an exaggeration to say that the city in itself is a world cultural heritage.
Bulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world.
Bulguksa Temple was built in AD 528 during the Shilla Dynasty, in the 15TH year of King Beop-Heung's reign (514~540). It was called Hwaeom Bulguksa Temple or Beopryusa Temple back then. In 751, under King Gyeong-Deok reign (742∼765), Kim Dae-Seong (700~774) started rebuilding the temple and finished in 774, under King Hye-Gong reign (765~780). After 17 years of construction, the name 'Bulguksa' was finally given to the temple.
Gyeongju National Museum rests deep in tradition, with a history of about 90 years. Representing Gyeongju, which used to be the capital of Silla (BC57~AD935), the museum is where you can view the cultural history of Gyeongju district.
The exhibition hall is divided into 4 large parts: the Main hall, Annex I, Annex II, and the Outdoor Exhibit Area (Museum Grounds). In the Main Hall you can see earthenware, and in the Arts and Crafts room you can see various artwork and craftwork.
According to the historical records of ‘Samguk-sagi,’ Anapji Pond was built during the 14TH year of King Munmu reign (661-681) of the Silla Dynasty (BC57-AD935). Small mountains were created inside the palace walls, beautiful flowers were planted, and rare animals were brought in to create an exquisitely exotic garden fit for royalty.
The pond was originally built in Wolseung Fortress (erected in AD101 during the Silla period), but the fortress was destroyed and now lies in ruins. In 1974, an excavation project revealed large spherical shapes (measuring 200m in diameter and 180m in height) which indicated that 3 islands had been located in the pond. Thanks to these important findings and existing historical records, Anapji Pond has been restored to nearly its former glory.
Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. Constructed during the reign of Queen Seondeok, it was used for observing the stars in order to forecast the weather.
This stone structure is a beautiful combination of straight lines and curves, and was designated as National Treasure in 1962.
Large ancient tombs of kings and noblemen of the Silla Dynasty can be seen at the Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb). There are twenty-three large tombs located here; the most famous being Cheonmachong and Hwangnam-daechong.
In an excavation of the area in the 1970's, Cheonmachong was discovered with a painting of mounted horse. There are 11,526 remains and crowns of the king inside the tomb demonstrating the lavish lifestyle of the king.
Another tourist attraction is Hwangnam-daechong, which is the largest ancient tomb. The unique thing about Hwangnam-daechong is that the queen's tomb has more luxurious accessories. From that researchers have concluded that even the queen can have a high social position before marriage. You can feel the ancient culture of Korea 1,500 years ago when visiting these tombs.