Gyeongju & Busan 1night 2days Tour (40)

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  • Time 09:00-17:00 Number of persons 2
    Itinerary
    Hotel → Move to Gyeongju → Seokguram → Bulguk Temple → Cheomseongdae Observatory → Daerengwon → Move to Busan → Jagalchi Seafood Market → Hotel(Busan) → Yonggung Temple → UN Memorial Cemetery → The Nurimaru APEC House → Yongdusan Park → Move to Seoul → Hotel
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Cosmojin travel has run Seoul daily city tour for more than 15 years. We developed the most attractive tour packages for visitors and will continue to create new programs to meet international traveler’s need.

We help you to plan your own Seoul city tour with well-prepared theme and organized time table. You will find the most convenient way to enjoy Seoul with Cosmojin.

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Tour Highlights

Gyeongju (경주) was the capital of the Silla Kingdom, a dynasty that flourished for almost one thousand years of Korea's proud five thousand year history. The Silla (신라) Kingdom was originally established in the southern area of modern-day Korea, but eventually spread as it banded together with neighboring states and became known as “Unified Silla.” The Silla Dynasty was one of the most developed civilizations in the world during that time period. People came from far away lands to trade with the Silla people, many even settling in the area. Silla was said to be a land of extravagance and forward thinking.

One of the most unique features of the Silla Kingdom is that it had not one, but three female rulers, the only female rulers in the history of Korea. Like most other kingdoms, the crown was usually passed down to the firstborn son of the noble bloodline. Theory has it that the lack of a male heir led to the appointment of a female leader. In this way, the Silla Kingdom was truly ahead of its time.

The most well known of Silla’s three queens was Queen Seondeok, whose life was turned into a smash hit TV series titled ‘Queen Seondeok of Silla’ (선덕여왕), airing in 2009. The show sparked interest in the Queen's life, as well as in Gyeongju as a hot tourist destination. In fact, with 1000 years of history and a myriad of tombs and ancient relics scattered throughout, it is no wonder that the city is known as a ‘living museum.’ Unearth the mysteries of the life of Queen Seondeok and discover the heart of the Silla Dynasty with a visit to Gyeongju, a city studded with historical gems.


Seokguram, located on Tohamsan Mountain, is a representative Korean stone temple. The official name of Seokguram, National Treasure No. 24, is Seokguram Seokgul. Designated a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is a stone temple constructed of granite. The construction was started by Kim Dae-Seong (700-774) in 751 and finished twenty-four years later, in 774.
Seokguram is known to have been built along with the Bulguksa Temple, according to the history book, Samgukyusa, from the Goryeo Dynasty. Kim Dae-Seong had built Bulguksa for the parents who were alive, and Seokguram for the parents from his former life.

Seokguram is a stone temple constructed of granite, and is located on the eastern peak of Mt. Toham. Inside the dome-shaped main hall, there are the Bonjon Statue, Bodhi-sattva and his disciples. Seokguram was built to preserve these statues. The Bonjon figure wearing a generous smile is seated on the stage engraved with a lotus flower design. The domed ceiling looks like a half-moon or a bow and has a lotus flower decorated cover on it. Because the sunrise from this spot is so beautiful, many people climb the mountain at daybreak.


Bulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated 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 528 during the Silla Kingdom was built by Kim Dae-Seong (700-774), who started building the temple in 751 and completed it in 774.
Bulguksa Temple is home to many important cultural relics such as Dabo-tap (National Treasure No. 20), Seokga-tap (National Treasure No. 21) Yeonhwa-gyo* Chilbo-gyo (National Treasure No. 22), Cheongun-gyo,* Baegun-gyo (National Treasure No. 23), the Golden Seated Vairocana Buddhist Figure (National Treasure No. 26), the Golden Seated Amita Figure (National Treasure No. 27), and Sari-tap (Treasure No. 61).


Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia.
Constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok (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.

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.


Large ancient tombs of kings and noblemen of the Silla Kingdom can be seen around Gyeongju at the Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb). There are twenty-three large tombs located here, the most famous being Cheonmachong and Hwangnamdaechong. In an excavation of the area in the 1970's, Cheonmachong was discovered with a painting of a mounted horse. This painting is the only painting discovered from the Silla Era. You can also view the inside of Cheonmachong. There are 11,526 remains and the crowns of the king inside the tomb demonstrating the lavish lifestyle of the king. Another tourist attraction is Hwangnamdaechong, which is the largest ancient tomb. It houses the bodies of both the king and queen and has over 30 thousand relics and gold accessories. The unique thing about Hwangnamdaechong is that the queen's tomb has more luxurious accessories. From that researchers have concluded that the queen could even have a high social position before marriage. You can experience the ancient culture of Korea 1,500 years ago when visiting these tombs.


The Jagalchi Market (자갈치시장) is Korea's largest seafood market. After the Korean War the market solidified itself as a fish market. Most of the people who sell fish are women, so the women who sell here are called 'Jagalchi Ajumma,' 'ajumma,' meaning middle-aged or married women.
This market represents Busan and is famous throughout the country. If you visit you can eat fresh raw fish right at the market. Even these days you can see women selling mackerel, sea squirts (ascidians) and whale meat on wooden boxes along the road.


Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan. 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 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 symbolize 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.


The UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea honors UN soldiers from 16 countries that were killed in battle during the Korean War from 1950-1953. This serene park spreads across a grassy plain area of 135,000 m2. Some of the sites and memorials include: Memorial Service Hall, Memorabilia Hall, 2 Turkish Monuments, Greek Monument, Australian Monument, British Common Wealth Monument and 2 ponds. The Memorial Service Hall and the Memorabilia Hall were constructed in 1964 and 1968 respectively. The citizens of Busan dedicated the Main Gate in 1966. There are many annual events held here; some of the key events include: April's Tributary Ceremony of the Veterans of the Korean War, May's American Memorial Day, June's Korean Memorial Day, and October's UN Ceremony Day.


The name Nurimaru APEC House was created by combining the Korean words nuri (“world”) and maru (“summit”), and “APEC House,” which refers to an APEC conference hall. Collectively, it means “a house where the world summits gather together for an APEC meeting.”
Located on Dongbaekseom Island, which is noted for its beautiful, natural landscape accented by dense camellia and pine trees, Nurimaru APEC House has been used as a memorial hall and a prestigious international conference hall since the APEC summit meeting. The terrace, which has a Korean wooden floor concept, towers over Oryukdo Island, Gwangan Bridge and Dallmaji Hill. Located near Haeundae Beach, it not only offers a spectacular view of the beach, but also has the appearance of a reputable international conference hall featuring both modern and natural beauty.


Yongdusan in downtown Busan, is one of the 3 well-known mountains in Busan. The name Yongdu came from its shape, which is similar to a dragon's head and people believed it had a spirit to defeat enemies who came over the sea.
During the Korean war, people built houses on top of it, but 2 huge fires took them all away making it bald mountain. Since then, fierce efforts to plant trees have taken effect creating a very beautiful park. It is a place with beautiful scenery. The night landscape from Busan tower is especially magnificent.

What You Can Expect

Visit the highlights of Seoul and experience its colorful history and everyday living. Take a journey through the picturesque countryside of Korea to temple-rich Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Silla dynasty and one of the ten historical cities in the world.
You will take a pleasant two hour journey on a high-speed train across the picturesque countryside to Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Silla dynasty (BC57-AD935), often dubbed as a Museum without Walls. Make your way leisurely to Gyeongju, where you will see Korea's fertile farmland, glistening brooks, sheltered ginseng farms, apple plantations and lovely rice paddies that together form the patchwork of colors and ever-changing textures of the rural Korean life. Today, you are treated to one of the world's ten most historically significant sites with numerous relics from that era. Temple sites with weathered stone pagodas, royal tombs, Buddhist bas-reliefs, and fortress ruins are scattered throughout this ancient city.


Highlights
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto
- See Anap Pond(Anapji) at a Silla palace in Gyeongju National Park
- Jagalchi Market: Relax and release all your stress with fresh seafood
- Yonggungsa Temple: The temple on the seaside stiff
- The only UN Memorial Cemetery: Vestige of the 16 combatant nations of the Korean World

Information

Seeing the historical sites of Gyeongju and the modernized city of Busan for 1 night 2 days. 

Tour Included

Guide, Transportation, Hotel, Admission Fee and Hotel Pick up & Drop off Service

Pick-up & Sending Service

1. Pick-up and drop-off service may be delayed due to traffic.

Payment / Cancelation

1. Cancel by a week before the scheduled tour: 100% REFUND.
2. Cancel after 1~6 day before the tour date: cancellation fee of 70% of the tour cost.
3. Cancel at or after the tour begins or no-show: NO REFUND.

Note

1. In case some sites of the tours are closed, a visit to alternative places will apply.
2. For your safety, stay with the group and follow the directions of the guide during a group tour.
3. Cosmojin cannot take responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred while on tour.

Course

  • Hotel
  • Move to Gyeongju
  • Seokguram

    Seokguram temple is an artificial cave grotto fashioned in the hills above Bulguksa temple. Assembled sometime during the 8th century it  is the only wholly intact building from the Silla era. The site is so unique that the visitors are only allowed a glimpse of the interior (photographs are prohibited). Strikingly similar to the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang,China,the architecture of the temple is derived from rock-hewn caves commonly found in China and India. Another Korean example that is crude by comparison (but older) is the Gunwi Grotto in Daegu. Historical references to the Seokguram are nonexistent but for a single account recorded in the Samguk Yusa (Legends of the Three Kingdoms) written by the monk Iryon in the 14th century. Iryon relates the legend that Kim Tae-song the architect of Seokguram was carving the central ceiling stone when it cracked before his eyes. The mason wept freely at his blunder and he fell into a deep trance. In a dream he saw celestial beings descend from heaven and repair the critical ceiling stone. When he awoke, he found the stone healed but for the faint traces of cracks on the surface. Modern historians are amazed at the tale's accuracy: even today, cracks can be seen in the ceiling stone dividing it into three parts.

  • Bulguk Temple

    Lying at the mid-slope of Tohamsan Bulguk Temple is a famous temple representing Korea. The entire temple is a good example of the refined arts and Buddhist culture of the Silla Period and was designated as World Culture Heritage in 1995. It is said that Bulguk Temple was established at the zenith of the prosperity when the country was settled and all kinds of culture flourished after Silla unified the three kingdoms. According to records, this temple had nearly 60 buildings including total 2,000 rooms at one time. Today, world famous treasures such as Dapotap (a stone pagoda) and Seokgatap (a stone pagoda) remain around Daeungjeon in the temple of 36,300 square meters. There are as many as seven thousands treasures such as Yeonhwagyo and Chilbogyo stone stairs connected to Geugnakjeon (National Treasure No.22) and Cheongungyo and Beakungyo stone stairs connected to Jahamun (National Treasure No.23) and a sarira stupa (Treasure No.61). The sedentary image of Vairocana (National Treasure No.26) and the sedentary image of Amitabha (National Treasure No.27) which both of them are golden copper statues that are 1.7 meters high are also enshrined here. Every cultural asset features the unique Silla culture and owns distinguished values because most of the remains have been preserved intact since this temple was established in 751 (King Gyeongdeok of the Silla Dynasty).

  • Cheomseongdae Observatory

    An Astronomical Observatory Cheomseongdae is a stone tower well known as the oldest astronomical observatory in the East. Designated as National Treasure No.31. Cheomseongdae is about 9 meters in height and looks like a round bottle. This stone tower was made by laying 27 stones in a neat pile on the square foundation stone and by putting a square stone on the piles like a lid and has a window 1 meter in length and height toward the south. This architecture is highly valued for the beauty of an elegant curve and the exquisite harmony between a square and a circle.

  • Daerengwon

    The Daereungwon Tomb complex in Gyeongju holds 23 tombs that are found inside of large mounds.  The complex is beautiful with its rolling mounds and gardens, but the real treat can be found inside the tombs.  A walk through Daereungwon Tomb is like a walk through a dream and makes for one unforgettable experience.  Each tomb holds thousands of relics that gives us great insight into the Silla Dynasty and its royal family.  The contents of these tombs are over 1,500 years old and a great treasure to anyone who values Korean history and artistic beauty.  Be sure to hit up the Daereungwon Tomb in Gyeongju while in Korea.

  • Move to Busan
  • Jagalchi Seafood Market

    This is the nation-famous seafood market, representing Busan. It is always bustling with the vivid accents of tough Gyeongsang-do ajimae (female vendors) the sounds of splashing fish and shoppers, bargaining.

    The Jagalchi Market is Korea's largest seafood market. After the Korean War the market solidified itself as a fish market. Most of the people who sell fish are women, so the women who sell here are called 'Jagalchi Ajumma,' 'ajumma' meaning middle-aged or married women.

    This market represents Busan and is famous throughout the country. If you visit you can eat fresh raw fish right at the market. Even these days you can see women selling mackerel, sea squirts (ascidians) and whale meat on wooden boxes along the road.

    Every year in October the Jagalchi Cultural Tourism Festival is held, and it is easy to visit because of the convenient transportation provided by the subway. The Jagalchi Market is where you can see the lifestyle of the indigenous Busan natives.

  • Hotel(Busan)
  • Yonggung Temple

    The motto of Haedong Yonggung Temple is "At least one of your wishes will be answered here through your heartful prayers." The sea has been with human-being in history from long time ago. It was very calm sometimes while furious sometimes. The Haedong Yonggungsa is situated near the sea unlike other temples located in mountains' therefore it"s quite reasonable to call this temple an aquatic Buddhist sanctum.

  • UN Memorial Cemetery

    Here at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, the only one of its kind in the world, rest heroic braves from a number of UN nations who sacrificed their lives for world peace and freedom. Parliament of Korea in order to honor the services and sacrifices made by the UN forces during the Korean War, volunteered this land for permanent use by UN as a cemetery in August 1955 and the General Assembly accepted the proposal, the UN Resolution #977(X) to establish a United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea in December 1955.

  • The Nurimaru APEC House

    The Nurimaru APEC House the 2nd venue of the APEC Economic Leaders, Meeting is surrounded with beautiful woods of camellia and pine trees. This place will be used as a memorial hall or the venues of important international conferences. The circuit of Dongbaekseom and a trail leading to the summit of the island are very popular.

  • Yongdusan Park

    Yongdusan park which harmonizes Busan Tower and 70 different species of trees is a favorite rest place of the citizens of Busan. It is called Yongdusan because the shape of the mountain looks like the head of a dragon that climbs to land from sea. Yongdusan park is an area of about 69,000 ㎡. There are Coffee shops here and Busan Aquarium. The pride of Yongdusan Park is a night view of Busan at the 120m-height Busan Tower. And there are the statue of General Lee Sunsin who was a great commander in Joseon Dynasty period(1392-1910) and 4.19 Revolution monument(student's anti government movement).

  • Move to Seoul
  • Hotel

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