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We were only in Korea for 3 days/2 nights so this was an excellent day trip from Busan to discover the culturally significant Gyeongju area and learn about Korea. Our guide Cooper was kind, friendly and knowledgeable. The sites visited were interesting and well explained by the guide. Lunch was a highlight.
Two friends of mine and I took this tour the second week of March and really enjoyed it. Our tour guide was Mina and she did a fantastic job.
I think the highlights were Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple. There were minimal crowds everywhere we went which made for a very pleasant experience. It was about two weeks before most of the blossoms start, but you could tell there was a tremendous, natural beauty to everything.
We ate lunch at a small restaurant near the Cheonmachong Tombs with Mina handling all the ordering. She even prepared the dish for us! The fried octopus with shrimp and ox innards was fantastic.
The entire tour itself was a little lighter on historical facts than I was expecting, but we did learn a lot about Korean culture, both ancient and modern. I would also not recommend booking on a Monday as the museum we would have visited is closed on Mondays. This shortened our trip considerably I think as the billed time is about 10hrs and we were back in about 7. Also, try to hang out at Anapji Pond until sunset when they light it up.
Great tour! We visited many interesting sites in Gyenogju and learn a lot about Silla dynasty and buddhism in South Korea. Our tour guide, Min Suk, was really accommodating, which made our tour even more enjoyable. We had a great time!
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