Arriving in Gyoengju without much of a plan and wanting to see most of the sites, my wife and I decided to go with the Gyeongju City Tour option as they will pick you up directly from your hotel in the lake resort area and take you to the majority of the sites worth visiting. Although there pamphlet says they have 4 possible course choices, my wife and I found that they only had Course 1 available while we were there in late September, which seemed like it was the beginning of the off-season.
The day lasted from about 9:30 until 5 p.m. (which is a little shorter than the schedule showed since the museum is closed on Monday - the day we went). The price of the bus tour is currently $15 per person (15,000 Won) + the entrance fees to the sites (which the guide collects up front and takes care of upon arrival at the sites) + lunch which was $9 per person. All tolled, the day for my wife and I was $73 I believe. This was well worth it for us as it saved the hassle of trying to find each of the sites and arranging transport to each of them.
The bus has a brief video before each stop, and it is played in English as well as Korean. Some of the sites were not all that interesting, but overall, Course 1 had a fine cross-section of good sites. The people were pleasant and even though they didn't speak English, they were always very clear when we had to meet back at the bus. That was also one positive aspect of this tour - they take you to the site and get you in and you can either choose to walk around with their guide or split off on your own and explore and they will tell you what time to be back at the bus.
The only thing that puts this below an overall 5 star rating for me is the lunch was not great. We have been traveling in Korea for about 2 weeks and this lunch, although not really bad, was one of the least enjoyable meals we had.
Overall, I would recommend this tour for anyone looking to see Gyeongju without having to worry about the hassle of making it to all the sites by themselves.
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