• Location: Busan, South Korea
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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Explore the cultural treasures of Gyeongju on a 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. Enjoy a restaurant lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off, all included in your full-day tour.


  • Gyeongju day trip by coach from Busan
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed Bulguksa Temple and its Seokguram Grotto, both dating back to the ancient Silla Kingdom
  • Stop by Tumuli Park for a glimpse of Silla tombs like Cheonmachong and hear fascinating commentary from a guide
  • Search for Silla treasures at the Gyeongju National Museum
  • Climb the astronomical observatory of Cheomseongdae
  • Enjoy a Korean lunch at a local restaurant
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Gyeongju Day Trip from Busan Including Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple and Cheonmachong

Gyeongju Day Trip from Busan Including Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple and Cheonmachong

Visit the coastal city of Gyeongju, starting with hotel pickup in Busan. Board your coach for the approximate 1.5-hour drive, narrated by your informative guide. You’ll learn about the Silla Kingdom of 668–935 AD en route to your first stop at Seokguram Grotto, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Disembark to explore the hermitage, which houses a Buddha statue facing the East Sea. Your guide also escorts you to the UNESCO-listed Bulguksa, meaning ‘Temple of the Buddha Land,’ built on the slope of Mt Toham in the 8th century. Learn why it’s one of Korea’s most revered temples while your guide points out stone pagodas and other Silla features at the impressive complex.

You’re taken to a local restaurant for lunch before re-boarding the coach for the tombs of Tumuli Park. Imagine the gold crown and other royal ornaments buried with an unknown Silla king at Cheonmachong, meaning ‘Heavenly Horse Tomb, excavated in 1971.

After a quick stop at an amethyst factory for a look at Korea’s treasured gemstones, your full-day tour continues to Cheomseongdae Observatory, where studies of the constellations were once used to forecast the weather.

The Gyeongju National Museum is your final stop, which displays archaeological and historical artifacts from the Silla period. Browse the exhibits before your day trip ends with a return to your hotel in Busan.

Please note: A minimum of 3 people per booking is required.

Customer Reviews

Kristiina P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was an amazing experience and provided a terrific overview of the Shilla kingdom. Definitely want to return to Gyeongju again. Mr. Hong our guide was knowledgeable and professional.

Joanne E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

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.

Neil C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

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.

Marinnette M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

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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