Busan and Gyeongji 4 Days / 3 Nights

Twin (Superior)from AUD $915.00

Twin (Deluxe) from AUD $1330.00

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Tour Description

Day 1 – Arrival in Busan – On arrival in Busan you will be warmly welcomed by our airport representative who will facilitate the transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 2 – Busan – This morning after enjoying breakfast at your hotel you have a choice of which day tour itinerary to participate in. For itinerary 1 the first visit is to the Busan Museum, Opened in 1978, the museum remodelled in 2002. There are over 6,000 items from excavations in Busan and the Gyeongnam area in addition to items that have been purchased, donated, and collected and those relics reveal the important historical and cultural heritage of Busan. Next visit the well known and picturesque Gwangan Beach and Haeundae Beach. Later in the morning visit the very moving UN MEMORIAL PARK, immaculately groomed, The Cemetery contains the bodies of 2,300 men including 281 from Australia who fought in the Korean War. A visit to the Memorial Hall within the grounds will give the visitor a history lesson on the war and the Memorial Park. After a quick lunch break visit Gwananli Bridge, enjoy the picturesque views of Busan and gather an appreciation for the size of South Korea’s 2nd largest city. Stretching over 7.4km from Namcheon-dong (Suyeong-gu, Busan) to Centum City (U-dong, Haeundae-gu). It is the largest bridge over the ocean in Korea. Finish the day with some retail therapy with a visit to Shinsegye Department Store, afterwards return to the hotel for the evening at your own leisure. Alternatively you may choose itinerary 2 which will visit Taejongdae and the National Maritime Museum of Korea, which is the third largest museum in South Korea and exhibits more than 12,000 maritime relics. Visit Namhang Bridge, It spans Yeongdo-gu and Seo-gu and is 1.8 km long in total with four lanes of traffic (two in each direction). It has significantly reduced time between Yeongdo Island and western Busan. Initially, a trip from Seo-gu to Yeongdo-gu (or vice versa) was 7 km long and would take 30 minutes. Now, it is only 2 km long and takes 3 minutes. Visit BIFF Square, home to Busan’s renowned Film Festival, commencing in 1996 the BIFF (Busan International Film Festival) has grown to be one of Asia’s premier film festivals. In recent years, the square has grown into a more complex area featuring not only movie theatres but also shops and leisure facilities, attracting growing numbers of young visitors and tourists. The final visit of the day is to the Jagalchi Market, a must visit in particular for those who love seafood. Busan is South Korea’s largest supplier of seafood and you have ample opportunity to sample some of the finest seafood anywhere in the world. At the end of this visit return back to your hotel for the evening at leisure. (B)

Day 3 – Busan to Gyeongju – After enjoying an early breakfast at your hotel meet your driver in the lobby for the transfer to Busan train station to catch the KTX fast train to Gyeongju. On arrival in Gyeongju you will commence a very full and busy day of sightseeing. The first visit this morning is to Poseokjeong Pavilion, sstanding on a rock next to a stream it was designated as private monument No.1 on January 21, 1963 and the location is originally where the royal villa of the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.~A.D. 935) had been. Continue to Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory, 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. 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. The next visit is to Anapji Pond, an artificial pond in Gyeongju National Park, It was part of the palace complex of ancient Silla and has now been tastefully restored. Continue the afternoon with a visit to Bulguksa Temple, designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995, it was built in 528 during the Silla Kingdom, in the 15th year of King Beop-Heung’s reign (514-540). Today Bulguksa Temple is home to many of South Korea’s most important cultural relics. The final visit of the day is to the very picturesque Bomun Lake. At the end of this day you will be transferred to the Gyeongju railway station for the return KTX train to Busan. On arrival in Busan you are warmly welcomed by our guide and transferred to your hotel the evening at your leisure. (B)

Day 4 – Busan departure -Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel this morning and dependant on your departure flight enjoy some free time. At a pre-arranged time you will meet your guide in the hotel lobby who will facilitate to transfer to Busan Gimhae airport for your departure flight. (B)

 

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation in a twin / double share basis
  • Local english speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Meals as described in the itinerary