CULTURAL TOUR TO GYEONGJU
We will leave the port and drive to Gyeongju National Museum. Gyeongju National Museum is steeped in tradition, dating back about 90 years. Representing Gyeongju, which used to be the capital of Silla (57 BC~ 935 AD), the museum exhibits the cultural history of Gyeongju district. The exhibition hall is divided into 4 large parts: the Main hall, Annex I, Annex II, and the Outdoor Exhibit Area (Museum Grounds). In the Main Hall, we can see earthenware, and in the Arts and Crafts room we can see various works of art and crafts. Then we will visit the Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb). Large ancient tombs of kings and noblemen of the Silla Dynasty can be seen around Gyeongju in the Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb). There are 23 large tombs located here; the most famous being Cheonmachong and Hwangnam Daechong. In an excavation of the area in the 1970s, Cheonmachong was discovered with a painting of a mounted horse. This painting is the only painting from the Silla era to be discovered. We can also view the inside of Cheonmachong. There are 11,526 remains and crowns of the king inside the tomb, demonstrating the king's lavish lifestyle. Another tourist attraction is Hwangnam Daechong, which is the largest ancient tomb. It houses the bodies of both the king and queen and has over 30,000 relics and gold accessories. The unique thing about Hwangnam Daechong is that the queen's tomb has more luxurious accessories. From that, researchers have concluded that even the queen can have a high social position before marriage. You get a sense of the ancient culture of Korea 1,500 years ago when visiting these tombs. After that, we will have lunch. After the tour, we will drive to Bulguksa Temple. Bulguksa Temple was constructed as a representation of the 'ideal world of Buddha'. It is one of the country's most cherished remnants of the Silla Dynasty (57-935 BC) because it embodies the mysticism and beauty of Buddhism, the spiritual and cultural backbone of Silla. The Bulguksa Temple was the pinnacle of architecture and art in the 8th century and, together with the Seokguram Grotto, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. Before the ride back to the ship, we will head to the DFS shopping centre for "KIM" (dry seaweed) and other Korean goods.
Deutschsprachige Reiseleiter stehen leider nicht zur Verfügung, der Ausflug wird in English durchgeführt.
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