Full Day Tour Around Daegu Area (Free, Except Lunch)
The city of Daegu is surrounded by UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Gyeongju Seokkuram and Bulguksa, Gyeongju Historical Areas, Haeinsa Temple Tripitaka Koreana, and the historic villages of Hahoe and Andong). We are truly glad to host such a prestigious event in the central hub of world heritage sites of Korea.
ISOCC 2018 has prepared a Gyeongju Tour by supported Daegu Convention Bureau.
Tour registration is available on the registration page.
It is not confirmed when you apply for registration. The ISOCC 2018 secretariat is planning a separate announcement by e-mail. (* Free tours are on a first come, first served basis.)
Please See the table below for a schedule.
1) Bulguksa Temple
1) Bulguksa Temple
Bulgulsa Temple was built at the same time as Seokguram Grotto in 751 during the rule of King Gyeokdeok by the same man, Prime Minister Kim Jae-sang, in honor of his deceased parents and was completed in 774. The Bulgulsa Three-story Stone Pagoda (National Treasure No. 21), a.k.a. Seokgatap Pagoda or Muyeongtap Pagoda, Dabotap Pagoda (National Treasure No. 20), Yeonhwagyo Bridge, and Chilbogyo Bridge (National Treasure No. 22) and Baegungyo (National Treasure No. 23) on the temple ground show the outstanding artistry and stone building techniques of the Silla people. Bulgulsa Temple is a representative case wherein Buddhist teachings are well-materialized through the Buddhist temple architecture; it is visually stunning in terms of architectural aesthetics. Along with Seokguram Grotto, the temple was designated as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in December 1995.
2) Gyeongju National Museum
Gyeongju National Museum started out as an annex of the National Museum of Gyeongju in 1945 and moved to its present location in 1975. The museum, which chronicles the thousand-year history of the splendid Silla Kingdom and cultural heritage, consists of three permanent exhibition halls -- Silla History Hall, Silla Art Hall, and Wolji Hall -- as well as an annex of the Special Exhibition Hall and the Outdoor Exhibition Hall. The museum operates various experience and educational programs, including Children’s Museum and Gyeongju Children’s Museum School (since 1954). Displayed in the Outdoor Exhibition Hall is Korea’s representative bell, the Divine Bell of King Seonjong (National Treasure, No. 29). With its elegant shape, elaborate decoration, and sculptural techniques and magnificent sound, the bell is considered one of the masterpieces showcasing the golden era of art in the Unified Silla Kingdom.
3) Gyochon Village
The geographic name “Gyochon (校村)” was derived from “Hyanggyo (鄕校),” the national education institution of the Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village became famous nationwide for the address of the city’s wealthy family, known as “the Rich Choi Family,” who, for the past 400 years from 1568 until 1970 -- or 12 generations -- practiced Korean-style noblesse oblige. Today, Gyochon is a hanok village offering various experience and educational programs wherein visitors can take part in Korean traditional culture. The old-style plaza in front of the village regularly stages various performances, and the Hyanggyo inside the village runs a traditional wedding reenactment program. Woljeong (月精), the royal palace of the United Silla Kingdom, and Wolseong Bridge as the route connecting the capital, aka Seorabeol, in the south show off their former glory, since they were restored through the city’s restoration project of core historic sites in the royal capital of the Silla Kingdom.
4) Cheonseomdae Observatory
Constructed during the rule of Queen Seondeok (27th ruler of the Silla Dynasty, from 632 to 647), Cheomseongdae is regarded as Asia’s finest observatory with height of 9.17 m and base diameter of 5.17 m. This circular stone building is made by piling a total of 361 pieces of stone brick measuring 30 cm high; from the bottom to the top square-shaped roof are 28 layers, each of which bears a high-level symbolic meaning. The size of the diameter making up each stone layer decreases as it goes up, creating a superbly elegant curved line. The record in “the Heritage of the Three States” stating that a man went up and down the observatory to observe stars coincides with the state of the actual building. Cheongseongdae is designated as Natural Treasure No. 31.