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

Gyeongju, South Korea
Gyeongju Day Trip from Busan Including UNESCO World Heritage Sites

From USD 189.99

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Full-day Gyeongju UNESCO-listed sites and history tour
  • Explore the UNESCO-protected Bulguk Temple and Seokguram Grotto
  • Discover Gyochon Traditional Village, the royal tombs at Daereungwon, and more
  • Learn about Gyeongju’s past as the capital of ancient Silla
  • Lunch and entrance fees included
  • Air-conditioned minivan transport, with pickup and drop-off included
  • Upgrade to a private tour if you wish

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Haeundae subway station pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Bottled water
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

08:00 am

Pickup details

We will inform you exact pick up time few days before depends on other tourists' location and your location via email/viator message.

What To Expect

Cheomseongdae Observatory

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Daereungwon Tomb Complex

1 hour Admission Ticket Included


1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Bulguksa Temple

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers except those aged 4 or under, who go free of charge
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable shoes (high heels are not recommended)
  • Sun screen is recommended
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

It is a highly recommended tour , not only for Steve, but also for the different sites and the history and culture that we learnt.


77 reviews
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Bryan_T, Sept 2023
Steve was awesome. I would highly recommend to everyone. He was very attentive to our situations and was very knowledgeable.
Nice,Chill Time
Sarah_D, Aug 2023
Good time! Having someone drive was a huge help, and Chris was really friendly. Easy to talk to. He let us do our own thing, not as structured as a usual tour, but it was nice for our group.
Ae_E, July 2023
If you're travelling alone, this is a practical and efficient way to see the Bulguksa by joining a group. Lunch was nice!
Interesting and informative
Luke_M, July 2023
Very interesting city and made seeing all the sights very easy and convenient with your own driver who tells you the history as you go. The lunch as very good and filling at a local restaurant. Even gave me a lift to Busan at the end to save me getting the train.
Misleading and overpriced tour
oemarina0726, June 2023
Although the tour operator did me a favor running the tour just for me at a total cost of $340, even at the $190 listed price, this tour is way overpriced and the tour descriptions are very misleading. The tour guide was a very nice guy and lunch was fine, but essentially this is a half day tour of about 5 hours in Gyeongju sold as a full day tour I gather to account for rush hour traffic from Busan. There is no movie introducing you to the history of the city and the Silla dynasty. The village is a joke (one shuttered structure). Same for the observatory essentially a big chimney with nothing to see. The palace and pond is essentially 3 small gazebos in which you have to imagine a palace. The only noteworthy attractions are the temple, the grotto (where you cannot take photos) and the one open tomb at what they call the complex. They should have added the national museum where you can get explanations on the dynasty and see actual treasures like the originals of what they found at the tomb. If you are staying in Gyeongju, this tour makes no sense as most attractions are within walking distance and you can negotiate a taxi for the temple and grotto that are close to each other. If in Busan, they should lower the price as the temple and grotto are now free and the quality of attractions is poor and add the national museum, which is also free, to give you more value.
Response from Host, June 2023
Hello. It is clearly listed as tour will start from Busan and end in Busan. Since you were already there, tour duration was shorter. also it was a private tour for 1 person only. We are sorry that our national treasures did not impress you.
10/10 would try another tour by this company
Kris_C, June 2023
Chris was a great guide, very friendly. We got around to most of the sites but had to skip Cheomseongdae cuz it was SUPER crowded they day I went (on a long holiday weekend). Overall 10/10. The price is worth not having to navigate transportation yourself, as they do have a van that picks you up and drives around.
Eautiful they about an un known dyensty
Edna_G, May 2023
First we had an excallant commu ication with ohr guide and driver and this was ver importa t to us.Than the car was nice and a,lso the com pany.Steev and his friend took us to al unesco heritage place. They were kind polite explained things ghat were important to know.Lun h was kind of goodsuprise of Korean food a real experience.we liked the toura lot.
A not to be missed experience
Joao_R, Apr 2023
Gyeongju is trully a memorable place, full of history and tradition. Steve, our guide, is a top one, always in a good mood and providing very clear and complete explanations of all the places and their history.
Steve the superhero
Victoria_B, Oct 2022
Our tour guide Steve was wonderful! There was some issue without pick up address that the company sent over to him, but he came to collect us within 5 minutes. A small group size which is lovely (there were 5 of us in total). We also stopped for lunch at a local restaurant, which seemed very popular with the locals! It was delicious. Steve taught us loads about the places we were visiting and would highly recommend.
Great tour !
EVGENIYA_K, Oct 2022
The tour was awesome and our guide was very knowledgable. Learnt a ton thanks to him and had a great time in Gyeongju! Definitely recommend this tour!
Highly recommended!
ravindigunaratne, Sept 2022
This tour ended up being a private tour as it was only 3 of us. Comfortable mini Van. Steve was excellent, and he even dropped us at the station and made sure we got back in time for our train. Highly recommended!
Excellent cultural tour
denniszaal, July 2022
Very nice tour to see some culture and heritage of Korea. With excellent guide Steve. Knows his way around and pleasant way of guiding around and see all the good parts within few hours. Thanks Steve!
Great guide, beautiful city, learned a lot
Jing_J, June 2021
Steve was a great guide, very knowledgable, and knew which places had a lot of history and which ones just looked cool but is mostly for commerce. We had a small group so we were able to enjoy a nicer car on the long drive thanks to the company. The city itself is also really beautiful - all the buildings have traditional architecture so you feel like you’re traveling back in time even when going between sights. I never knew the Silla capital was so huge!
Fantastic tour guide!
Laurie_J, Sept 2019
Great tour and tour guide! Very knowledgeable and accommodating in light on in coming typhoon. Instead of the shrine, we went to two marvelous museums.
Great tour experience with CK
Son N, Aug 2019
Last minute booking and I was fortunate enough to be the only person attending the tour on the day. I had a great time. The tour guide CK was very informative and accommodating. He was laid back, easy to talk to and good to have a banter with. It was like having a close friend showing you the sites.
worth a visit
Anna_T, Aug 2019
Left Busan at 7 am, when it is still cool and not crowded. Took 1 and a half hour to reach. We saw the temples first, then lunch then city tour of Shilla capital and tomb and lastly, small traditional village. Finished by 3pm. Compact, but not rushed. Beth was an excellent guide, chirpy, funny, and so energetic! Highly recommended.
Highly recommend
sadhanayvette, July 2019
Great tour! Ended up being the only person on this day and was great opportunity to learn a lot about Korean culture and history. CK was happy to answer questions and went out of his way to find Korean food for lunch that i hadn't tried yet! Bulguk Temple and Seokguram Grotto are wonderful! Highly recommend
Excellent tour and our guide Beth
Maria_S, Apr 2019
I love the tour, we went to the important sites Beth explain to us and answers all our question, she help us with translations, pictures and explain to us the culture of Korea! She’s very nice and professional! The car was neat! I definitely recommend this tour
Jason B, Sept 2018
Phenomenal. Steve was awesome; more like a knowledgeable best friend. Small group was truly a fun time. Will never forget it....
Steve is a great tour guide. He...
pdcemtbh, Sept 2018
Steve is a great tour guide. He explained everything clearly and in detail and he also gave us time to take some photos of the different places. He also took some pictures of us and sent them to our emails. It is a highly recommended tour , not only for Steve, but also for the different sites and the history and culture that we learnt.

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