3D2N Busan and Gyeongju

Busan is second largest city in South Korea with the population of 3.5 million. It is located in the southeast coast of South Korea. The city has old and new sections and those are making interesting harmony. The dynamics in Busan is like modern and tradition, young and old, conservative and innovative. 

Gyeongju is small city with population of 264 thousand. Gyeongju is located in the southeast of South Korea. It was the capital of the 1,000-year-long Silla Kingdom (57 BCE - 935 CE) and is known for its extensive historical remains from the Millennium Kingdom. The 8th-century Bulguksa Temple features twin stone pagodas, a series of wooden staircases and a large bronze Buddha. Nearby Bulguksa temple, Seokguram Grotto houses a towering seated Buddha and offers panoramic views of the sun rising over the East Sea which is part of Pacific ocean. 

Or friendly guide will pick you up in the lobby (on the first floor if lobby in not on the first floor) of your hotel and drive to the southeast section of Korean peninsula, the tour site. Then you will visit destinations in Busan and Gyeongju city according to the itinerary below. 

You will be transferred back to Seoul and be dropped at your hotel after tour. 

Tour Description

{Day 1}  - Transfer and Busan city tour

Transfer to Busan from your Hotel in Seoul, Incheon or Suwon city.

Gamcheon Culture Village

Gancheon Culture Village

There is 'harmony section of old and new' culture in Busan, Gamcheon Culture Village. New culture is sill being made in this old village. 

Gamcheon Culture Villiage is formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname of "Machu Picchu of Busan". The many alleys cutting through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents.

Busan Songdo Marine Cable Car (Busan Air Cruise)

Busan Songdo Cable Car is over the first official Swimming Beach, Busan Songdo Beach. It is recovery of 29 years later. Cable Car runs 1.6 Km over the beach, sea and mountain. Highest level is 86 meters high. 

Actually it is not so long compared with cable car in other countries, but it has very beautiful view of Busan. It is worth to ride to relieve your stress from hustle and bustle of city life. 

Jagalchi Fish Market 

Busan is located at the Pacific ocean. So it is good place for fishery.  Jagalchi Market, located on the shore-side road in Jung-gu, Busan, is Korea's largest seafood market, selling both live and dried fish. And this market is where you can see the lifestyle of the Busan locals.

After the Korean War the market solidified itself as a fish market. Most of the people who sell fish are women, so the vendors here are called Jagalchi Ajumma, "ajumma" meaning middle-aged or married woman in Korean who is very strong and devotional. 

This market represents Busan and is famous throughout the country as people go to Busan just for this market.

 

You can eat fresh raw fish right at the market. Even these days you can see women selling mackerel, sea squirts and whale meat on wooden boxes along the road outside of the market and along the shore. 

{overnight in Busan}   - first night

 

 

{Day 2}   - Busan tour, Transfer and Gyeongju tour

Dongbaek Park  

Dongbaek park used to be an island but it is connected but it still has a beautiful ocean view and view to the most beautiful bridge in Busan, Gwangan bridge. 

 

It is really nice experience for the tourists to walk along the easy and fabulous rocky beach and reach at the Haeundae beach in 25 minutes of walking. Please meet our Korean Mermaid on the way to the Haundae beach from APEC Nuri Maru. 

Haeundae Beach 

Haeundae Beach is the most famous beach in Busan and it is also famous in South Korea for summer holidays or just take fresh air all year around.

The white sand beach is roughly 1.5 km long, over a 30~50 meters wide area, creating a beautiful coastline before a shallow bay, making Haeundae Beach perfect for swimming. 

People flock to Haeundae Beach every summer. Haeundae Beach is also famous for various cultural events and festivals held throughout the year. 

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple 

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan. This superb attraction offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shore line (most temples in Korea are located in the mountains).

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple was first built in 1376 by the great Buddhist teacher known as Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty. Haesu Gwaneum Daebul (Seawater Great Goddess Buddha), Daeungjeon Main Sanctuary, Yongwangdang Shrine, Gulbeop Buddhist Sanctum (enclosed in a cave), and a three-story pagoda with four lions can all be seen looking out over the ocean. 

The main sanctuary of the temple was reconstructed in 1970 with careful attention paid to the colors that were traditionally used in such structures. On the right-hand side, inside the a cave, is a uniquely designed Buddhist sanctum, while situated just in front of the main sanctuary is a three-story pagoda with four lions. The four lions are symbolizing joy, anger, sadness, and happiness.

 

Other special sites at the temple are the 108 stairs and stone lanterns lining the rocky landscape. After going down the 108 steps, one will be delighted with the beauty of the temple. Midway down the 108 steps one can stop and enjoy the calming sounds of the waves, and view the majestic sunrise. 

Many people often come to this spot on New Year's Day to make a wish for the new year as they watch the sun come up. April is an especially beautiful time of year with cherry blossoms in full bloom. The birth of Buddha is also celebrated in the fourth month of the lunar calendar and offers a spectacular night view as the temple area is aglow with lit lanterns. 

 

Tranfer to Gyeongju city from Gijang-gun(vicinity of Busan) 

Gyeongju National Museum 

Gyeongju National Museum is loved by visitors and residents alike as it houses numerous historical and cultural artifacts of the Silla Dynasty (57 BCE - 935 CE). Gyeongju National Museum is making efforts to contribute to the community and re-establish its identity as a museum by making efforts to provide lifelong learning opportunities and improve management.

 

As a significant cultural center, Gyeongju National Museum not only strives to preserve, exhibit, and research the rich history and culture of Silla, but it also strives to take a leap forward to become a cultural multi-complex center by promoting international exchange opportunities, social education programs, and a variety of special exhibitions. 

Thousands of treasures from the excavated tombs and Silla dynasty area are displayed and preserved here. 

Donggung and Wolji (East Palace and Weolji)

Gyeongju Donggung Palace (East Palace) and Wolji Pond were the secondary palace site which was used for the palace of the Crowned Prince along with other subsidiary buildings and it also was the banquet site for important national event and important visitors. Wolji used to be called "Anabji". 

 

After the fall of Silla, the site was abandoned and forgotten. The pond was referred to as "Anapji" instead during the time of Goryeo and Joseon period. In the 1980s, pottery fragment with letters “Wolji” (a pond that reflects the moon) carved onto it was found, revealing the true name of the pond. After the discovery, the site has been renamed to the current Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

Tumuli Park (Daereungwon, Cheonmachong, Tomb of King Michu)

Tumuli park is the complex of Silla dynasty Kings' tombs or upper class tombs, it is looks like park as the name say. There is Daereungwon and Cheonmachong Tomb in the central section of the park area. 

Within Daereungwon Tomb Complex is Cheonmachong Tomb (Ancient Tomb No. 155), which was excavated in 1973. A total of 11,526 artifacts were discovered within the tomb, including Cheonmado, an artwork considered to be highly valuable as it is Korea's first artwork to be excavated from an ancient tomb. The flying horse shaped mud guard of the horse was founded during excavation so it was called Cheonmachong which means 'flying horse tomb'. 

Cheonmachong Tomb consists of a wooden coffin placed inside an underground chamber mounded with boulders and earth, characterized as a typical upper class tomb of the Silla period. The mound has a height of 12.7 meters with a diameter of 50 meters, and consists of a layer of rocks collected from streams. 

 

 

Cheomseongdae

Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. Constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok (r. 632-647), 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 No.31 on December 20th, 1962. 

Cheomseongdae was built in a cylinder shape with stones 30cm in diameter. 362 stones were piled up to make 27 levels. Roughly 4.16m up from the bottom there is a 1㎡ square entrance and a space to hang a ladder under it. 
The inside is filled with soil up to the 12th level, and the 19th, 20th, 25th, and 26th levels all have long rocks hanging on two areas, shaped as the Chinese letter '井' (jeong). 

It stands 9.17m high and the base stone on each side measures 5.35m. 
The Vernal Equinox, Autumnal Equinox, Winter Solstice, Summer Solstice and the 24 solar terms (also known as the astronomical solar year) were determined by the observation of stars. The pavilion stone is believed to have been used as a standard of deciding directions, north, south, east and west. The 362 stones used to build Cheomseongdae represented the 362 days in a lunar year.

{overnight in Gyeongju}   - second night

Seokguram Grotto

Seokguram grotto is man-made small cave. There is generous, beautiful Buddha statue in this cave. The official name of Seokguram, National Treasure No. 24, is Seokguram Seokgul. This was established in 751. Because of the master piece of the artist, construction and Buddhism theory it is regarded as the most beautiful temple grotto. The grotto, located on Tohamsan Mountain, is the representative stone temple of Korea.

 

Designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granite. The construction was started by Kim Dae-Seong (700-774) in 751 during the reign of King Gyeong-Deok (742-765) of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC - AD 935) and it was finished twenty-four years later in 774, during the reign of King Hye-Gong (765-780). 

Seokguram is known to have been built with Bulguksa Temple. According to the history book Samgukyusa of the Goryeo Dynasty (the country that unified the Korean peninsula at the end of the Silla Kingdom, 918-1392), Kim Dae-Seong had Bulguksa Temple built for his parents in his current life, and Seokguram Grotto for the parents of his former life. 

Inside the round-shaped main hall are the Bonjon Statue, Bodhi-sattva and his disciples. The Bonjon figure wearing a generous smile is seated on the stage engraved with a lotus flower design. The rounded ceiling looks like a half-moon or a bow and has a lotus flower decorated cover on it. There is saying that at the sunrise from the East Sea, the sun ray make triangle among Sun, Bonjonbul Buddha statue and King munmu grave in the sea. 

 

Bulguksa Temple

Bulguksa Temple was built in 528 during the Silla Kingdom, in the 15th year of King Beop-Heung's reign (514-540). The temple was originally called ‘Hwaeom Bulguksa Temple’ or ‘Beopryusa Temple’ and was rebuilt by Kim Dae-Seong (700-774), who started rebuilding the temple in 751 during the reign of King Gyeong-Deok (r. 742-765) and completed it in 774 during the reign of King Hye-Gong (r. 765-780). Upon completion, the temple’s name was changed to Bulguksa. The Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju, South Korea 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. So many tourists visit here even though it is far from Seoul where the capital city of the South Korea. 

 

Bulguksa Temple underwent numerous renovations from the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), but was burned down during the Imjin War (Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598). Reconstruction started again in 1604 during the 37th year of King Seon-jo’s reign (Joseon Dynasty) and was renovated about 40 times until 1805 (during the reign of King Sun-Jo, 1790-1834). After this time, the temple suffered serious damage and was often the target of robbers. But it is still survived. 

In 1969, the Bulguksa Temple Restoration Committee was formed and in 1973, Mulseoljeon, Gwaneumjeon, Birojeon, Gyeongru, and Hoerang (all of which had previously been demolished) were rebuilt. Other old or broken sites (such as Daeungjeon, Geungnakjeon, Beomyeongnu and Jahamun) were repaired. 

Even today, Bulguksa Temple is home to many important cultural relics such as Dabotap Pagoda (National Treasure No. 20), Seokgatap Pagoda (National Treasure No. 21), Yeonhwa-gyo & Chilbo-gyo Bridges (National Treasure No. 22), Cheongun-gyo & Baegun-gyo Bridges (National Treasure No. 23), Seokguram Grotto (National Treasure No. 24), the Golden Seated Vairocana Buddhist Figure (National Treasure No. 26), the Golden Seated Amita Figure (National Treasure No. 27), and Saritap Pagoda (Treasure No. 61). 

Tranfer to Seoul from Gyeongju

 
 
Accommodations - listed hotel or similar 

Busan

Hotel Commodore or similar ★★★★ (Busan) 
Address: 151, Junggu-ro, Jung-gu, Busan 
Homepage: http://commodore.co.kr 

Gyeongju

Hotel Swiss Rossen or similar ★★★ (Gyeongju) 
Address: 465-37, Bomun-ro, Gyeongju-si 
Homepage: http://www.swissrosen.co.kr

 
 
Tour Itinerary

{Day 1} 

08:30               Pick up in the lobby (Seoul) 

                       (1st floor if lobby is not

                        on the 1st floor) 

08:30 - 15:30   Transfer to Busan 

15:30 - 19:00    Busan City Tour 

                        {overnight in Busan} 

{Day 2} 

                        

08:30               Pick up 

08:30 - 12:00   Busan City Tour 

12:00 - 13:00   Transfer to Gyeongju 

13:00 - 19:00   Gyeongju City Tour 

 

                      {overnight in Gyeongju)

{Day 3} 

08:30 - 12:00   Gyeongju City Tour 

12:00 - 18:00   Transfer to Seoul

18:00               drop off at your hotel 

 
 
Tour Pricing

Tour Rate (price per person)  

Inclusions

  • All admission fees to tourists sites 

  • Local English-speaking guide service 

  • Transportation service during tour 

  • Hotel Pick up and Drop off Service in Seoul 

  • Accommodations 

Exclusions

  • Personal expenses

  • Meals and beverages 

Remarks

  • If you want to start/finish at Incheon airport, extra $60 per one way transfer 

  • Maximum passengers 5 people with small to medium sized hand-carry luggage (No large size luggage) 

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