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Gyeongju UNESCO Sites Tour with Bulguk Temple and Seokguram

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: 신라왕궁영상관Tourist can enjoy short film of Shilla Kimdom dynasty.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Cheomseongdae Observatory, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-doCheomseongdae 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 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.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Donggung Palace and Wolji PondAccording to the historical records of Samguk-sagi, Wolji Pond was built during the 14th year of King Munmu (r. 661-681 AD) of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC-935 AD). 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 (built in 101 AD during the Silla period), but the fortress was destroyed and now lies in ruins. In 1974, an excavation project revealed large spherical shapes (measuring 200 meters in diameter and 180 meters in height) which indicated that 3 islands had been located in the pond. Thanks to these important findings and existing historical records, Wolji Pond has been restored to nearly its former glory. Imhaejeonji As one of the detached palaces of the Silla royal family’s main palace, this structure was used as the crown prince’s palace. Imhaejeon is historically the most important building on the property and records often refer to the whole area as ‘Imhaejin.’ An excavation resulted in the discovery of several buildings: Hoerang (corridor area) and five towers in the western part of the area. Some sites have been restored while others have been left in their natural state with only the cornerstones poking out from beneath the ground.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-doLocated in Gyeongju-si, Gyeongju Gyochon Village is a hanok village that allows visitors a look inside life of famous the Choi Clan. Visitors can see the House of the Gyeongju Choi Clan (Important Folklore Material No. 27) and try some Gyeongju Gyodong Beopju Liquor (Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 86-3) inside the village.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Daereungwon Royal TombLarge ancient tombs of kings and nobles 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 1970s, Cheonmachong was discovered with a painting of a mounted horse. This painting is the only discovered painting from the Silla era. You can also view the inside of Cheonmachong. There are 11,526 remains and royal crowns inside the tomb, demonstrating the lavish lifestyle of the king. Another tourist attraction is Hwangnamdaechong, 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. 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.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Seokguram, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-doSeokguram, located on Tohamsan Mountain, is the representative stone temple of Korea. The official name of Seokguram, National Treasure No. 24, is Seokguram Seokgul. 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. As the sunrise from this spot is quite beautiful, many people climb the mountain at daybreak.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-doBulguk 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. Bulguk 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. Bulguk 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. In 1969, the Bulguk 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, Bulguk 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).Duration: 1 hour

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Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Songdo Skywalk, BusanThe sky walk has drawn attention as the first of its kind in Korea, and for its long, curving trail. To date, the first section of the walkhas been installed and measures 104 m, stretching around Geobukseom Island. When completed next February, the Songdo Sky Walk will set a new record as the longest ocean walk in Korea at 296 m in length and 2.3 m in width. The sky walk will also have a viewing platform stretching out into the water to give visitors a spectacular view of the coastline. Transparent tempered glass was also used in sections of the flooring for the walk, allowing for clear views of the waters below and giving people the true sensation of walking on water. It is positioned 5.5~8 m above sea level making it far closer to the sea thanthe Oryukdo Sky Walk, which is positioned 37 m above the shore, along a seashore cliff. Everyone will be able to enjoy the thrilling andexciting experience of watching blue waves under their feet.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gamcheon Culture Village, BusanGamcheon 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Yongdusan Park, BusanYongdusan Park, one of the most popular mountains in BusanYongdusan in downtown Busan, is one of the 3 well-known mountains in Busan. Its old name is Songhyunsan, which means a mountain has a view of the sea through the dense fine tree forest. Later the name has changed into Yongdusan. It came from its shape, which is similar to dragon head and people thought it has a spirit to defeat enemies coming over the sea.On the mountain were shrine built by Japanese people during Japanese colonial role, but now are Cheokhwabi monument (the stone monument to the exclusion of foreigners from the country), Chunghontap (memorial tower for Korean war victims), 4.19 Revolution monument (the student's anti-government revolt), the statue of General Lee Sunsin(the great commander in Joseon Dynasty period(1392-1910)) and Busan tower. During Korea war, displaced people built houses on it even on the top, but 2 times of big fires took all them away making it bald mountain. Since then, fierce efforts to plant trees have created such beautiful park. The name of the park was once Unam park in the time of the Liberal Party’s ruling but it went back to Yungdosan park after April revolution (1960). It is a place with beautiful scenery. Especially the night landscape from Busan tower is magnificent.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: BIFF Square, BusanBusan’s modern movie district was originally little more than a pair of cinemas that were built following Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule over half a century ago. However, major renovations took place ahead of the first Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in 1996, and the newly transformed district was named BIFF Square on August 14, 1996Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Gukje Market, BusanFollowing the Korean War, refugees who had fled to Busan set up stalls in order to make a living, and this was the beginning of the Gukje Market (gukje meaning "international"). The Gukje Market is one of Korea’s largest markets; each alleyway is crowded with stalls, and it connects to the Bupyeong Market, Kkangtong Market, and other smaller markets. The market stocks such a wide variety of goods, that you can find almost everything you need right here.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Jagalchi Market, BusanThe 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.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Yeongdodaegyo Bridge Monument, BusanYeongdodaegyo Bridge connects Jung-gu and Yeongdo-gu districts in Busan. Constructed in November 1934, it was the first island-land connecting bridge in Busan and the only single-leaf bascule bridge in Korea. The bridge lifts up on one side to make way for large vessels. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, BusanWe will drive you guys to the topHwangnyeongsan Mountain is located in the heart of Busan. With an altitude of 427m, the mountain is the second highest mountain in the Geumnyeon Mountain Range. The mountain is mostly made up of andesite and the summit is relatively flat. Some parts of the mountain are also characterized by exposed bedrocks. ( We will be driving to the top ) Duration: 1 hourStop At: Samgwangsa Temple, BusanSamgwangsa Temple is to hold its famous lantern festival, which has been attracting over a million visitors each year. CNN Travel also voted this temple to be one of the best spots you must visit in Korea. The festival is known for a variety of lanterns of over 3 millions kinds. The lanterns with hope and sincere love toward Buddha will create spectacular views, watching wave of lanterns lighten up the dark sky with their brilliant colors.Duration: 1 hour

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Busan City Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Taejongdae, BusanMeet your tour staff at your preferred departure point and hop onto the comfortable tour van/coach with other travelers. Upon arriving at the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, which has superb scenery near the sea. After that will reach the Ride the famous Taejongdae cliff,the staff will lead the way to the Danubi Train ride. Danubi Train with several stops to enjoy the best views of the magnificent rocky seaside cliff. The spectacular sea surprises you with the different shades of blue. Enjoy a complete view of Songdo beach as you take the path on Songdo Skywalk. It is about 5.5 to 6m high above sea level and there are glass floor walking paths where you will be able to look down to the blue ocean water! After that, move on to the colorful and quirky village, Gamcheon Culture Village. There are many pretty spots for you to take pictures. You will leave Gamcheon Culture Village at about 5:10pm and head back to the departure point. Relax on the hassle-free and comfortable ride back.Duration: 50 minutesStop At: Haedong Yonggung Temple, BusanDetailed Schedule:8:20am Depart from KTX Busan Station Exit 18:40am Depart from Seomyeon Station Exit 129:20am Depart from Haeundae Station Exit 59:50am Arrive at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple 10:50am Leave for Taejongdae11:30pm Arrive at Taejongdae (Lunch Time)2:20pm Leave for Songdo Skywalk 2:40pm Arrive at Songdo Skywalk 3:40pm Leave for Gamcheon Culture Village4:00pm Arrive at Gamcheon Culture Village5:10pm Leave for Busan Station5:30pm Arrive at Busan Station6:10pm Arrive at Seomyeon Station7:00pm Arrive at Haeundae StationDuration: 1 hourStop At: Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan.Duration: 1 hour 10 minutesStop At: Songdo Skywalk, Busan.Duration: 1 hour

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Full-Day Busan Tour Including Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Haeundae Dalmaji-gil Road, BusanDalmaji-gil Road is a small walkway on the corner to Songjeong Beach, located just beyond Haeundae Beach. The road is lined with beautiful cherry blossoms and pine trees, on the slope of Wausan Mountain. The landscape, with the blue sea, sandy seashore, and pine trees, is beautiful enough to be the representative place of this area for a long time to come. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Haedong Yonggung Temple, BusanHaedong 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Dongbaekseom Island, BusanDongbaekseom Island (Island of Camellias) is an island located off one end of Busan's famous Haeundae Beach. Although the years of sedimentation have connected the island to the mainland, Dongbaekseom was originally an island and is still referred to as one.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Haeundae Beach, BusanHaeundae Beach is the most famous beach in Busan. The white sand beach is roughly 1.5km long, over a 30~50m wide area, creating a beautiful coastline before a shallow bay, making Haeundae Beach perfect for swimming.People flock to Haeundae Beach every summer. All kinds of accommodations from luxury hotels to private guesthouses have developed in the area around the beach, making this the perfect summer vacation spot. Haeundae Beach is also famous for various cultural events and festivals held throughout the year. Other facilities in the area include Dongbaek Island, Busan Aquarium, a yachting dock, BEXCO, driving courses and more.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Oryukdo Island, BusanThe regional name in olden times for the area of Oryukdo Skywalk was Seungdumal (승두말), as the shape resembles a saddle, and it was originally called Seungduma (승두마) as well as Jallokgae (잘록개) by residents and women divers. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Oryukdo Skywalk, BusanThe construction of Oryukdo Skywalk finished on September 12, 2012 at the Seungdumal area, which is regarded as the dividing point between the East Sea and the South Sea, and started operating on October 18, 2013, with the theme of "Walking over the sky.” Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Busan Cinema Centre, BusanBusan Cinema Center is the official venue of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) – one of the most popular film festivals in Asia – and has become a symbol of the festival itself.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: UN Memorial Cemetery, BusanThe 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.Duration: 1 hour

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Busan Private Tour: Gamcheon Culture Village, Beomeosa Temple

Meet your guide upon pickup at your hotel and hop in your comfortable, private minivan for the drive to Mt Geumjeong. Located halfway up the mountain is Beomeosa (Temple of the Nirvana Fish), originally built in 678 during the reign of King Munmu of the Silla Dynasty. Learn about the temple’s history as you explore the complex, including gates, halls, pagodas and stone lamps showcasing Korea’s traditional Buddhist architecture. Continue on to Gamcheon Culture Village, a fascinating hillside enclave decorated with pastel houses, sculptures and other art installations. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Santorini of the East,’ among other nicknames, Gamcheon as it’s known today was created during the rebuilding phase after the Korean War. Walk with your guide through the labyrinthine alleyways, perhaps stopping at the Sky Garden for the best views. Enjoy hot stone rice with many delicious side dishes for lunch at a local Korean restaurant. Afterward, you’ll experience more local life at the vibrant Jagalchi Fish Market, where you can find a diverse array of seafood and dried fish on display. Famous throughout the country, Korea’s largest fish market is representative of Busan, as are the female vendors in their aprons washing down their stalls. Then drive to Yongdusan Park, a popular destination for locals. From the top of the 394-foot-high (120-meter) Busan Tower, you can view downtown Busan. On a sunny day, keep an eye out for Tsushima Island across the East Sea in Japan. Your final stop, Gukje Market (International Market), provides plenty of shopping opportunities. Souvenirs and good bargains are easy to find. The wholesale market includes several venues, like Ggangtong Market, Manmul Street and Changsun shopping mall. After a full-day tour visiting many of Busan’s top attractions, you’re driven back to your hotel.

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Busan Night Tour Including a Cruise

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tiffany 21 TerminalSet in the largest marine tourism city in Korea, Tiffany 21 Cruise is one of Busan's special marine attractions. Tiffany 21 blends cruise excursions with a fine dining experience, offering a perfect venue for a variety of customer-tailored events. Haeundae Beach has a beautiful 1.8 kilometer-long coastline. Passengers can take in the views of the numerous coastal sites, including Nurimaru APEC House on Dongbaek Island, 49th Square in Suyeong-gu, Namcheon-dong, and Centum City in U-dong, Gwangandaegyo Bridge, the nation's largest marine bridge, Igidae Park, a unique scenery, and Oryukdo Island, designated as Busan’s National Cultural Heritage Scenic Spot No. 24, Taejongdae, one of the representative tourism attractions of Busan, featuring rocky coastal line with strong wave and forest, and Busandaegyo Bridge, connecting Yeongdo Island and the mainland, Jagalchi Market, the largest fishery market, PIFF Square, and other things to see.Coarse: Dongbaek Island → Haeundae Beach → Gwangan Bridge → Gwanganri Beach → Dongbaek Island*7pm - 8:20 pmDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, BusanHwangnyeongsan Mountain is located in the heart of Busan. With an altitude of 427m, the mountain is the second highest mountain in the Geumnyeon Mountain Range. The mountain is mostly made up of andesite and the summit is relatively flat. Some parts of the mountain are also characterized by exposed bedrocks. ( We will be driving to the top ) Duration: 1 hourStop At: Busan Cinema Centre, BusanThe "Home of Cinema in Busan" is located within the Centum City Industrial Complex in Haeundae-gu. The hall is 54,335m² and the main building is 9 stories high. Tha hall consists of 3 theaters, "Cine Mountain" which is a multi-purpose performance space where you can enjoy movies, musicals and concerts. 'an Outdoor Performance Space' is where the opening and closing ceremonies of the Busan International Film Festival are held, 'an Outdoor Square' and 'BIFF Hill' are where BIFF headquarter is located.Duration: 30 minutes