Me and my partner would both highly recommend this tour and we would especially like to commend our excellent tour guide, Beth, on a fantastic day!
Both of us had only a tiny bit of background knowledge about the Silla Dynasty, and Beth did an excellent job of keeping us informed we were both fascinated to learn more in depth about this period of Korean history and it has made us keen to learn more in the future.
We were lucky in that we were the only people booked on the trip that day, and Beth picked us up straight from our hotel exactly on time, maximising our time in Gyeongju. The minivan was a comfortable way to travel even for people like me who are tall and slightly on the plump side, and Beth was kind enough to provide umbrellas to protect us from the weather.
This is definitely the best way to experience Gyeongju. The sites are very spread out, so having a knowledgeable guide who knows the most efficient routes is a big help, as is having someone to explain the history behind the area in more depth. We were extremely glad we booked this tour and will certainly remember it as one of the big highlights of our time in Korea.
Thanks again to Beth five stars on all fronts!
I booked this tour for my other half's 30th birthday, and we had a fantastic time. Our tour guide Steve was really knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. I was surprised to find out that no one else had booked the tour for the same day - it's definitely worthwhile. It did mean that we essentially had a private tour, which was pretty amazing.
This was a great day. We visited the historic city of Gyeongju with Steve Kim who was very well informed about the history and relevance of not only the city, but of the importance it played within the Sila Dynasty. He took us on walking tours of all the major historic spots, the gardens, the palace, the historic home, the temple and Grotto. Steve would give us brief history lessons of the site before we got there so we had a good understanding of what we were walking around and then at the site itself he would share historical anecdotes. We also got some great pictures from the tour itself. This is a walking tour so be prepared to bring comfortable shoes and a good camera.
Such a great tour with an amazing tour guide. Luckily no one else was scheduled to take the tour with my sister and I that day so it was just the three of us! Our tour guide Steve was so knowledgeable and fun to be with. Not only did we learn about the history of Gyeongju but we also learned about the current culture of South Korea. During the tour he took photos for us and emailed them when the tour was over. We started the tour earlier and ended earlier to beat the traffic which was such a great idea because it gave us a chance to sightsee in the evening. At the end he volunteered to drop us off at Haeundae Beach and gave us a little tour and some suggestions as to what to do/see/eat. Would HIGHLY recommend this tour if you're spending time in Busan. Thank you Steve for such a great experience!
Busan is extremely beautiful and on the rise to popularity in the world. Steven our tour guide was fantastic and filled with energy,history, and love for his city. We learned so much and had a blast with him on this tour. We highly recommend you booking this and hopefully you get to enjoy it with Steve.
The tour was really well prepared. Steve was a great guide, giving us all the details related to the places we visited. He also answered so many other questions we had about Korean culture and life style. He was really nice, his english is impeccable, which is a rarity in Korea, but made it really easy for us to understand everything.
We were lucky to have good weather during the tour, so that is a plus. Another plus was that although the tour should have been shared, only we booked it for that particular day, so Steve's attention was obviously only focused on us, which was pretty cool.
All in all, great tour, great guide!
One of the best tours we've done so far during our stay in Korea and necessary since all that Gyeongju has to over is spread out over some distance. Steve was great - informative, funny and personable. With a small group of us, it was far easier to get around than with a larger tour - especially considering how packed it can get at local attractions around here. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to hit the main attractions of Gyeongju in one day.