What To Expect
Our first visit will take us to the historic Bulguksa Temple. Embedded with history and vivid tales from centuries past, the temple stands as the representative relic of the coastal city of Gyeongju. The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone vestiges evocative of the sagas of the dynastic rule of the Silla Kingdom made the temple one of UNESCO's World Cultural Assets.
Learn about the historic reign of the Silla Kingdom in a tour along the halls and chambers of the famed temple. Built in 528 in the 15th year of Kig Beop-Heung's regime, the temple remains an existing artifact of old Korea.
Next is a tour of the Seokguram Grotto which is a part of the Bulguksa temple complex and situated four kilometers east of the temple on panoramic Tohamsan Mountain. Designated as Korea's National Treasure No. 24 and one of UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1995, this artificial stone temple made of granite exemplifies some of the best Buddhist sculptures in the world. Its construction started by Kim Dae-Seong during the reign of King Gyeong Deok (742-765) of the Silla Kingdom and was completed 24 years later in 774 during the reign of King Hye-Gong (765-780).
After the grotto visit, we will proceed to the Daereungwon Tomb Complex where ancient tombs of kings and noblemen of the Silla Kingdom lay to rest. The complex is known to host 23 large tombs including the tumulus of the mysterious unknown king of Silla and the largest tomb of the double burial of a king and his queen. See fascinating remnants of the past like the only surviving painting from the Silla Era and royal relics like crowns, accessories, gold, and more objects resonant of ancient Korea 1,500 years ago.
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