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Known for being home to one of the finest Buddha shrines in the Asia, South Korea’s Seokguram Grotto looks out to the East Sea from Mount Tohamsan near Gyeongju. Commissioned in 742 AD by the Silla Kingdom’s chief minister, Kim Daeseong, it was built in honor of Daeseong’s parents from a past life.

If you’re feeling fit, one of the best ways to get to the UNESCO World Heritage Site is by hiking under the canopy of trees from Bulguksa Temple, past tumbling waterfalls and wildflowers, to the top of the mountain where Seokguram Grotto sits.

Pay the small entry fee and head inside, where the 3.5-meter tall granite Buddha sits on his lotus throne. Surrounded by panels of bodhisattvas and guardians, Buddha peacefully sits with his legs crossed in the bhumisparsha mudra position. The only structure to survive fully intact from the Silla era, look up at the ceiling -- it’s beautifully decorated with half moons and a lotus flower. For a truly special experience, come at dawn to see the sunrise over the East Sea in the distance.

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Nov - Jan 7am-5pm, Mar - Sep 6:30am-6pm
999 Jinhyeon-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
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Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage Sites and History Full-Day Tour with Lunch

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

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.99
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$179.99

Gyeongju Small Group One Day Tour from Busan (Max. 5)

Gyeongju Small Group One Day Tour from Busan (Max. 5)

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From 57 BC – 935 AD, Gyeongju was the capital of the once powerful Silla Kingdom. Silla is known for having a very dynamic culture and heavy focus on arts and therefore many cultural artifacts have survived throughout Korea’s tumultuous history. Gyeongju is a city where the historical feeling of the kingdom still can be felt and experienced even today as it is so well preserved. During the tour, you can experience Gyeongju’s magical mix of history, tradition, and nature while we visit some of the historical sites that the city has to offer.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.00
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$115.00

5-Day Korea Golden route by K-shuttle Tour from Seoul Including Busan, Yeosu

5-Day Korea Golden route by K-shuttle Tour from Seoul Including Busan, Yeosu

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Discover the cities that make South Korea tick on this 5-day South Korean cities tour from Seoul. Visit vibrant and bustling South Korean cities including Busan, Gongju, Suncheon, Yeosu and Wonju. Enjoy breathtaking views, clean air and an escape to nature in Mt Seorak National Park. Learn of Korea’s rich history at the Tomb of King Muryeong and Gwangju National Museum. Gain insight into traditional architecture at Jeonju Hanok and Hahoe Folk Village. Explore the UNESCO–listed Bulguksa Temple with your guide and learn of Korea’s bold 2018 Olympics. Please note: from November 2017 to April 2018, Pyeongchang Alpensia will not be visited due to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
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  • 5 days
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$699.00
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$699.00

Full day Private Gyeongju UNESCO Heritage Tour : a glimpse into Silla

Full day Private Gyeongju UNESCO Heritage Tour : a glimpse into Silla

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Do you want to catch splendid history of Shilla which lasted about 1,000years? Through the tour, you will visit major tourists spot in Gyeongju : Bulguksa temple, Seokguram Grotto, Tomb park, Cheomseongdae observatory, Anapji(Dongung and wolji),etc, learning the history of Shilla by your professional tour guide. If you’re into ancient cultures and traditions or just want a break from the fast cars and bright lights of cities in South Korea, take a day trip to Gyeongju. Make a time travel at Gyeongju! Tour guides are friendly, accommodating and experienced. They will make your trip to Korea more special and memorable! Our guide will bring you local restaurant! This tour is a private tour so you can make your own plan, discussing with your tour guide! Plus, Here Korea Travel offers only quality tour program without any compulsory shopping centers to tourists visiting Korea. Enjoy more time at tour stops!
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  • 11 hours
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$256.42
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Private Gyeongju tour including Seokguram, Bulguksa and Tomb park from Busan

Private Gyeongju tour including Seokguram, Bulguksa and Tomb park from Busan

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Explore the cultural treasures of Gyeongju on a private day trip from Busan. Travel to the coastal city by air-conditioned coach and tour UNESCO-listed Bulguksa Temple and its hermitage, Seokguram Grotto, with an informative guide. Discover artifacts of the Silla Dynasty at the Gyeongju National Museum and visit the Cheomseongdae astronomical observatory. Your tour includes a restaurant lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off in Busan.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$350.00
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$350.00
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(Private) 9-Days Tasty Journey Around South Korea Tour

(Private) 9-Days Tasty Journey Around South Korea Tour

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This 9 days tour will take you to beautiful fishing villages, mountain villages, and big cities such as Busan and cities with thousands of years of history. Korea has a perfect combination of mountains and beaches. Historical sites and beautiful scenery can be found not only in the small coastal towns but also in the remote forested mountains. This is a tour around Korea to uncover the many flavors and delicacies that define the very identity of a region, the lifestyle of its people as well as the many ways in which eating habits and cities give shape to one another. Enjoy the adventure of exploration when traversing around South Korea. The tour allows you to enjoy the beauty of nature, energetic trendy big city, peaceful rural areas, mountain range canyon sightseeing train, and tasty Korean local foods. ◆ A great tour for first-time visitors to South Korea who want to get to know a detail history of Korea and Korean foods. ◆ Take a Mountain Range Canyon Train (V-Train)
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$3,624.88
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Private tour, 1Day Gyeongju city tour by KTX from Seoul-World Heritage Site

Private tour, 1Day Gyeongju city tour by KTX from Seoul-World Heritage Site

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Make your way to Gyeongju, one of the most traditional cities in Korea, via a KTX express train that travels at a brisk 300 km per hour. Two hours ride will bring you to Singyeongju(New Gyeongju) station. Upon arrival, you explore with a day trip to the culture-filled city of Gyeongju. It was once the capital of the ancient Korean Kingdom of Silla (57 BCE – 935) for about one millennium and contains a great wealth of heritage sites and relics that reflect its remarkable cultural achievements. With the assistance of our guides, catch a glimpse of some of the traditional art & culture, and experience them yourself to feel the rich history of Korea.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$420.26
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$420.26
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Korean UNESCO World Heritage Tour including Gyeongju, Andong and Daegu(2N3D)

Korean UNESCO World Heritage Tour including Gyeongju, Andong and Daegu(2N3D)

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Gain a true appreciation for Korea’s history and UNESCO world heritage sites on this package of day trips from Busan. Visiting Gyeongju, Daegu and Andong over three days, this comprehensive tour allows you to understand Korea’s most important ruling dynasties, sample each regions’ culinary specialties, and compare city to rural life. With your dedicated English-speaking guide and private minivan, sit back and enjoy Korea’s most spectacular sights. Day1 First destination is Gyeongju that's the oldest unified Kingdom in Korean History is called a Museum doesn't have a roof. Day2 after look around capital city of Shilla Dynasty you are supposed to go to Daegu where you are staying 2nights and you are going to see Andong which is known as good place about learning Joseon Dynasty Day3 for the last day, you are going to Haeinsa Temple which has 2 UNESCO heritages from Goryeo Dynasty and Joseon, before going to Seoul you are walking around Herb Museum and public market in Daegu as well.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$999.49
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$999.49
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3-Days 2-Nights Gyeongju UNESCO Sites & Busan City [Private Tour from Seoul]

3-Days 2-Nights Gyeongju UNESCO Sites & Busan City [Private Tour from Seoul]

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When it comes to sightseeing, South Korea has so much to offer, but it can be intimidating to venture from the capital city independently. Discover the best of Gyeongju and Busan without the headache bookings and trip planning on a private 3-day tour. With transportation, hotels, and breakfast taken care of, you’re free to simply enjoy the adventure. Itinerary highlights include the Jagalchi Fish Market, Cheomseongdae Observatory, and Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.
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  • 3 days
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$342.70
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3-Day Korea Eastern course by K-shuttle Tour from Busan to Seoul

3-Day Korea Eastern course by K-shuttle Tour from Busan to Seoul

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Between Busan and Seoul lie impressive natural attractions, beautiful scenery, and fascinating sites of historic interest—but beating the language barrier to reach them by public transport is a challenge. On this tour, travel in comfort from Busan to Seoul and hit top attractions including the Bulguksa Temple, Haeundae Beach, and the UNESCO–listed Seokguram Grotto. With 4-star accommodation and breakfasts included, see the best of South Korea with ease.
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  • 3 days
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$489.00
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$489.00

Korea Discover in Depth 12days 11nights

Korea Discover in Depth 12days 11nights

Tick off the highlights of Korea during this attraction-packed, multi-day private tour. An ideal introduction to the country’s top sights, the guided excursion includes domestic airfare and all breakfasts. Highlights include kimchi and paper-making classes, a visit to the UNESCO-listed city of Gyeongju, and a chance to get pampered in a Korean spa.
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  • 12 days
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$4,351.16
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$4,351.16
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[For a group of 15-43] Coach & English Speaking Guide in Busan

[For a group of 15-43] Coach & English Speaking Guide in Busan

Welcome to the port city of Busan, South Korea's second largest city. Whether you have arrived by sea, by rail or by air, a local guide is waiting to show you what makes their part of Korea unique on a private Busan tour. Experience Busan through the eyes of a local private guide! Whether you are interested in art, religion, history or the outdoors, your guide is happy to design a private Busan tour that reflects your unique interests in this part of South Korea.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,445.13
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$1,445.13
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7Days 6N Hotel Classic Private Tour:Jeju-Busan-Gyeongju-DMZ,JSA from Seoul

7Days 6N Hotel Classic Private Tour:Jeju-Busan-Gyeongju-DMZ,JSA from Seoul

Do you fancy a tour in and outside of Seoul driving through the less visited but nonetheless gorgeous regions, that are of major significance to Korea? Here is an adequate program that will give you an ample and thorough experience of this vigorous country in a week of time. You will drive to 5 radiant cities with each a contrasting character of its own. The tour begins from idyllic, volcanic island of Jeju. Busan is a famed metropolis by sea where people enjoy vivacious vacations. Gyeongju is a large countryside wrapping around historical remains of the ancient Silla kingdom, with miles of serene, pastoral scenes. Check out the current day political saga in DMZ, come back to find multi-colored expressions in the world's dynamic and futuristic city, Seoul! You can customize your destinations during this private tour to spend your time effectively. The original itinerary is always up for your request and change. Plus, the tour guide can always offer you the best local restaurants!
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  • 7 days
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$3,302.57
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$3,302.57
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Cruise Layover: Gyeongju UNESCO Heritage tour

Cruise Layover: Gyeongju UNESCO Heritage tour

* Activity Summary Do you want to catch a glimpse of Korea’s splendid past? Here is one city for your wish. Gyeongju is the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla. - Visit the most important historic UNESCO sites of Korea - Learn about Bulguksa Temple and Anapji Pond and their long histories - See landmark in Gyeongju which is an ancient astronomical observatory tower and is the oldest surviving observatory in Asia - Take a glimpse of the tomb of a king of Shilla * Why you should book with us? - We do not deal with big-size group bookings. Our small-size tours guarantee a personalized approach to give you the best quality tour - Professional local tour guide will be with you along the tour - They are experienced, friendly and knowledgeable - Your tour guide will take you to nice local restaurants - No shopping stops will be considered as compulsory during our tours - Your guide will be waiting for you and drop you off at Busan International Cruise Terminal safely.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$205.13
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$205.13
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The Beauty of the Korea Cherry Blossom Discover 9days 8nights

The Beauty of the Korea Cherry Blossom Discover 9days 8nights

Perfect for Explorer & Independent traveler, enjoy a 9Days 8Night driving trip around Korea. This package includes 4-star hotels, one-way KTX from Seoul to Gyeongju. Accommodation: Best selected 4star hotels located in the heart of downtown. Tour Guide: Best selected Licensed English speaking guides, who are passionate, well-trained, and knowledgeable to create a truly unforgettable experience. Tour condition: Premium quality Service, Comfort, Hassle-free Travel, Not too rushed. Kimchi making class Experience of Trying on Hanbok Seoul K-Medi Center, Experience K-medi-related health services including a thermomassage bed, K-medi natural facial pack with foot massage, herbal warmth foot bath and aroma therapy.
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  • 9 days
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$3,759.24
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$3,759.24

10 Days Essential Korea Tour(Seoul, DMZ, Andong, Gyeongju, Busan, Jeju)

10 Days Essential Korea Tour(Seoul, DMZ, Andong, Gyeongju, Busan, Jeju)

If you want to feel the wonder of Korea like culture, heritage, foods and etc., our 10 Days Tour is the best opportunity to visit the most highlighted attractions. If you just book the tour, you don’t need to concern on where to visit, and how to go, and what to eat. The professional guide leads you to the all highlighted attractions like Andong which is the home of Confucian culture and Hahoe Village(UNESCO World Heritage). You will explore the UNESCO-listed sites, Gyeongju, was the capital of Silla kingdom for 1,000 years and Busan, Korea’s second biggest city. You fly to Jeju Island to see the wonder of beautiful volcanic island formed over a long period of many volcanic eruptions, the entire island was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as "Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes". You also visit historic sites in Seoul and DMZ. You will taste most of Korean foods at popular local restaurants. We supply sightseeing, foods, accommodation for the tour, so you just enjoy Korea.
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  • 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$4,499.00
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$4,499.00
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Private 10 days Jeju&Busan&Gyeongju&Mt Seorak&Andong&Suwon&DMZ,JSA&Seoul tour

Private 10 days Jeju&Busan&Gyeongju&Mt Seorak&Andong&Suwon&DMZ,JSA&Seoul tour

Long history of Korea left behind many pulsating traditions that are still alive throughout centuries. Blended with futuristic modernity as a top country of pioneers in innovative technology, South Korea is a charming place that you should visit at least once in your lifetime. In 10 days, this tour will set your feet at every single most thrilling attraction throughout South Korea. The tour starts from visiting the natural wonders of volcanic Jeju Island, and we will drive to characterful cities including Busan, Gyeongju, Andong, Sokcho and more. The assistance of our professional tour guide will always keep you properly appreciate the exquisite beauty and delightful culture of Korea. You can customize your destinations during this private tour, so that you can spend your time effectively. Ask your tour guide about places you wish to visit. The original itinerary is always up for a discussion and change. Plus, the tour guide can always offer you the best local restaurants.
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  • 10 days
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$5,076.93
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$5,076.93
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5 Days Tour for Korea's past and present(Mt.Seoraksan, Andong, Gyeongju, Busan)

5 Days Tour for Korea's past and present(Mt.Seoraksan, Andong, Gyeongju, Busan)

If you want to learn and feel the wonder of Korea like culture, heritage, foods of Korea, this 5 Day Tour is the best opportunity to visit the most highlighted tour attractions. If you just book this tour, you don’t need to concern on where to visit, and how to go, and what to eat. Through the tour, you meet the past and present of Korea. The professional guide will lead you to the past of Korea like Hahoe folk village forming with traditional houses of Joseon dynasty. This village became even more famous after Queen Elizabeth of England visited on 1999. Buseoksa temple built in 676, and is one of the most beautiful temple providing breathtaking panoramic view of mountains with many national treasures. During 5 day tour, we will visit many historical UNESCO World heritage sites including Gyeongju, a capital city of Silla kingdom for 1000 years, and you will meet the present of Korea in Busan. Also, you will taste most of Korean foods at popular local restaurants for 5 days.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,125.00
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$2,125.00
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Gyeongju ONE-DAY Highlights for PRIVATE CRUISE PASSENGER'S

Gyeongju ONE-DAY Highlights for PRIVATE CRUISE PASSENGER'S

- Recommend of itinerary - A course Seokguram - Bulguksa Temple - Lunch - Folk Craft Village - Bomun Lake ( Pass ) - Daereungwon Tomb Complex - Cheomseongdae - Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village or National Museum - Return to Busan or Gyeongju B course Yangdong Folk Village - Lunch - Daereungwon Tomb Complex - Cheomseongdae - Bomun Lake ( Pass ) - Folk Craft Village Temple - Bulguksa Temple or National Museum - Return to Busan or Gyeongju C course Seokguram - Bulguksa Temple - Gyeongju Folk Craft Village - Lunch - Bomun Lake ( Pass ) - Daereungwon Tomb Complex - Yangdong Folk Village- Return to Busan or Gyeongju All itinerary, customized and flexible in depends on follow traveler's schedule.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.00
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$180.00
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The Beauty of the Korea Cherry Blossom Discover 11days 10nights

The Beauty of the Korea Cherry Blossom Discover 11days 10nights

Accommodation: Best selected 4star hotels located in the heart of downtown. Tour Guide: Best selected Licensed English speaking guides, who are passionate, well-trained, and knowledgeable to create a truly unforgettable experience. Tour condition: Premium quality Service, Comfort, Hassle-free Travel, Not too rushed. As Korean culture spreads around the globe, more and more people come to Korea seeking to experience it first hand.
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  • 11 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$4,309.62
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$4,309.62

Customizable 3 day Private tour : Busan, Gyeongju and Ulsan Highlights

Customizable 3 day Private tour : Busan, Gyeongju and Ulsan Highlights

Do you fancy a tour outside Seoul driving through the less visited but nonetheless gorgeous regions that are also of major significance to Korea? Here is a perfect program that will cultivate your affection towards this vigorous country into the next level. You will spend 3 days and visit 3 radiant cities with each a contrasting character of its own. Busan is a famed metropolis by seaside where people enjoy vivacious vacations. Gyeongju is a large countryside wrapping around historical remains of the ancient Silla kingdom, with miles of serene, pastoral scenes. Ulsan is a bold industrial capital, hosting the world’s biggest car-assembly plants and the top shipbuilding yards. You can customize your destinations during this private tour, so that you can spend your time effectively. We don't waste your time by visiting compulsory shopping centers. The original itinerary is always up for your discussion and change. Plus, the tour guide can always offer you the best local restaurants!
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  • 3 days
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$1,096.16
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$1,096.16
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2 Days Gyeongju Private Tour from Seoul and Near Seoul

2 Days Gyeongju Private Tour from Seoul and Near Seoul

* The capital of Korea's oldest ancient kingdom called Silla and the most beloved cultural capital of Korea Gyeongju was the capital city of thousand-year-old Silla Kingdom. Gyeongju embraces Buddhism, science, andvibrant ancient culture that blossomed by the artistry of the Silla people, and the great spirits of Hwarangdo that enabled the unification of the three kingdoms. Thus, Gyeongju is a UNESCO-designated city which should be preserved by the public ● The itinerary can be adjusted upon customer's request ● Can listen all of the useful information such as politics, religions, society, culture and nature of Korea from knowledgeable driving guide Itinerary 1st day: Pick up from Seoul or Nearby Seoul where Tourist stay(Include Incheon Airport) → Gyeongju National Museum → Anapji Pond → Tumuli Park(Daereungwon) → Cheomseongdae Observatory → Hotel in Gyeongju 2nd day: Seokguram Grotto → Bulguksa Temple → Folk Craft Museum  → Return to Seoul or Nearby Seoul (Include Incheon Airport)
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  • 2 days
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$490.39
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$490.39
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3Day Private tour from Busan to Seoul with Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage sites

3Day Private tour from Busan to Seoul with Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage sites

In 3 days 2nights, this tour starts from visiting the Busan highlight city tour with street Food tasting and we will drive to numerous characterful cities including Gyeongju UNESCO sites, including KTX train to Seoul from Gyeongju !! and Seoul highlight tour. The assistance of our professional tour guide will always keep you properly appreciate the exquisite beauty and delightful culture of Korea. You can customize your destinations during this private tour, so that you can spend your time effectively. Ask your tour guide about places you wish to visit! The original itinerary is always up for a discussion and change. Plus, the tour guide can recommend you the best local restaurants.
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  • 3 days
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$1,560.00
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$1,560.00
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Gyeongju 1 DAY UNESCO and Culture tour.

Gyeongju 1 DAY UNESCO and Culture tour.

Explore the UNESCO–listed treasures of coastal Gyeongju on this sightseeing tour from Busan. Begin with pickup at your Busan hotel, and reach Gyeongju in comfort by air-conditioned minivan. During your visit, admire Silla-era art in the Seokguram Cave, visit the historic Daereungwon Tombs, explore Korean Buddhism at the Bulguksa Temple, and enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to eight people.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$180.00
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What are Seokguram Grotto hours of operation?
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Seokguram Grotto hours of operation: Nov - Jan 7am-5pm, Mar - Sep 6:30am-6pm . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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