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Classic Korea: Seoul, Gyeongju & Busan

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7 Days
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FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Enjoy a tour which includes the capital, Seoul, a city offering the old and new, Gyeongju with its ancient Shilla Kingdom history and relics and Busan, an interesting port and coastal city.


Korea is often referred to as the "Land of the Morning Calm”. This independent itinerary is perfect for those who are looking to experience true Korean culture as Korea has 5,000 years of unique cultural history.

Seoul , the capital of South Korea, is a city of contrasts where the new and the old co-exist in perfect harmony. Ancient palaces combine with modern cultural facilities and popular shopping districts. Seoul offers shoppers a wide variety of merchandise at large department stores, duty-free shops and at open air markets and arcades.

During your stay, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace which was rebuilt in 1868. Situated in its grounds is the largest museum in the country, the National Museum of Korea as well as the Korea NationalFolklore Museum. Also visit the JogyesaTemple, the principal Zen Buddhist Temple in South Korea and have lunch in the Secret Garden followed by the Blue House, the official residence of the head of state for South Korea, a large complex of buildings in traditional Korean architectural style. Then it is time for shopping at the open-air South Gate Market and the shopping street, Insa-dong, famous for its antique stores.

Leave for Gyeongju by morning train. For 1000 years until the 10th century, Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla Dynasty. Now, almost 1000 years later, Gyeongju is an open-air museum with the remains of temples, tombs, shrines, palaces, gardens and castles. Start your sightseeing in the centre of town with RoyalTumuliPark, a huge walled area with 20 royal tombs. Nearby is Cheomseongdae, one of the oldest observatories in Eastern Asia. There will be time to go to the Gyeongju National Museum with its collection of mainly Silla relics and Anapji Pond, an artificial lake surrounded by buildings which were part of the palace complex of ancient Silla.

The next morning, see the finest example of Silla temple architecture, Bulguksa, a magnificent temple built on a series of stone terraces just outside Gyeongju. High above the temple, a seated Buddha gazes over Gyeongju from the Seokguram Grotto, also visited. This is followed by the Arts and Crafts Centre and the Silla Millenium Park, a theme park focusing on the Silla period.

Next stop is Busan reached by road, South Korea's largest port and second largest metropolis. En route there, stop at Korea’s largest temple, the impressive Tongdosa Temple. During your stay in Busan, take in the view from the BusanTower in Yongdusan Park and go to the Jagalchi Fish Market. Also visit Nampodong shopping street, one of the favourite haunts of the locals.

The following morning, visit Haeundae Beach, the Nurimaru APEC House, an imposing and beautiful meeting centre located on an island, the Busan Aquarium and the UN Memorial Cemetery located in a serene park which honours soldiers from 16 countries killed during the Korean War. Then one more stop at the unique YongungsaSeasideTemple.

The next day is farewell to this interesting part of Korea as you head back to Seoul by express train.

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Duration
7 Days
Prices:
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Day 1

Arrive Seoul

Upon arrival at Incheon International Airport, you will welcomed by your local driver, please look out for your name on their welcome board. Transfer to your hotel for overnight. Remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Gracery Seoul

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    Hotel Gracery Seoul



    Open on August 31, 2018, HotelGracery Seoul is located in the Namdaemun area of Myeongdong, Seoul_a popular destination for tourists from Japan. Near the hotel are many 24-hour eateries frequented by foreign travelers, as well as the _Gourmet Ally_ of Bukchang-dong. Located just a 1-minute …

    Open on August 31, 2018,
    HotelGracery Seoul is located in the Namdaemun area of Myeongdong, Seoul_a popular destination for tourists from Japan. Near the hotel are many 24-hour eateries frequented by foreign travelers, as well as the _Gourmet Ally_ of Bukchang-dong. Located just a 1-minute walk from Namdaemun (the South Great Gate)_the first National Treasure of South Korea_and 3-minutes from Namdaemun Market_the largest conventional market in Korea, Hotel Gracery Seoul offers convenient access to some of Seoul's most famous tourist spots.

    The hotel faces Seoul's main street of Sejong-daero, which leads to Seoul Plaza and Gwanghwamun Gate. Also located nearby is Seoul Station offering rail access to regional day-trip destinations outside the city. About 60% (200) of the hotels 335 rooms are Double Rooms with at least 21.5 meters square of floor space. Bathrooms with a separate toilet_well-received by many hotel guests_are planned for all rooms, ensuring visitors the best opportunity to relax and enjoy their stay. Various services including tourist information services are also provided at the Front Desk to provide guests with as comfortable a stay as possible.

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Day 2

Full Day Seoul Tour

Your guide will collect you from your hotel in the morning. Your first day in Seoul will start with a visit to Jogyesa Temple, as the main temple as well as the district head temple of Jogye order in Seoul and it is the center of Korean Buddhism. Next stop is Gyeongbokgung Palace and you will witness a changing of the Guard Ceremony. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces. Then you will pass by Presidential Blue House, Cheongwadae Sarangchae before stopping for lunch. After lunch, visit Changdeokgung Palace which was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon Dynasty and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. Then visit the Insadong Arts and Crafts Street. Insa-dong Street is one of the most memorable attractions in Seoul and represents the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts. Stores in Insa-dong specialize in a wide variety of goods that can only be purchased or appreciated in Korea: hanbok (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), traditional teas, pottery, and folk crafts.). Also visit the Namdaemun Traditional Market, the largest traditional market in Korea with shops selling various goods. Most of the goods are made directly by the storeowners. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.

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Day 3

Gyeongju

You will be transferred to Seoul station for the morning express train to Gyeongju by a local driver. Transfer to Gyeongju by KTX train.

Upon arrival in Gyeongju, you will be met by tour guide and the guide will take you to Gyeongju National Museum, representing Gyeongju, which used to be the capital of Silla (BC57-AD935), the museum is where you can view the cultural history of Gyeongju district. In the Main Hall you can see earthenware, and in the Arts and Crafts room you can see various artwork and craftwork. The other galleries exhibit household goods. These various types of items show life in the Royal Court during the Silla Period. Next visit Daereungwon Tomb Complex, large ancient tombs of kings and nobles of the Silla Kingdom and Cheomseongdae, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. The last stop will be Hwangridan-gil where a street located in Gyeongju Historic Areas. Cafes and restaurants in the street are designed inspired from hanok, Korea traditional house. Hwangridan-gil itself is a wonderful place where you can see the past and the present.

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Duration2 Nights
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Commodore Chosun Hotel Gyeongju

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    Commodore Chosun Hotel Gyeongju



    This luxurious hotel, situated in the Bomun Lake Resort, is within 15-minutes of the downtown area. The hotel boasts a setting upon one of ten world historic sites, giving it an unabashed claim to fame. The Daegu Airport is 70-kilomertes from the hotel, providing easy …

    This luxurious hotel, situated in the Bomun Lake Resort, is within 15-minutes of the downtown area. The hotel boasts a setting upon one of ten world historic sites, giving it an unabashed claim to fame. The Daegu Airport is 70-kilomertes from the hotel, providing easy access for commuting guests. The list of on-site facilities is impressive. The dining venues serve a compilation of cuisines, from international, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean to authentic local specialties. The Commodore Chosun Hotel is perfect for travelers who want a historic resort atmosphere, proximity to numerous attractions, and an opulent decorative theme.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Gyeongju

Today, you will be picked up from your hotel for a full day's sightseeing in Gyeongju. Highlights of today's tour includes Bulguksa Temple, the representative relic of Gyeongju. Seokguram Grotto, located on Tohamsan Mountain, is the representative stone temple of Korea. The official name of Seokguram, National Treasure No. 24, is Seokguram Seokgul. Designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granite.

Gyeongju Folk Crafts Village consists of 40 thatched and tile-roofed houses, lived in by local artisans of traditional arts and crafts skills. Various fields of crafts production including metal, pottery, timber, jewels, hanbok (Korean traditional clothes), and stone-crafts can be found in the village, and Anapji Pond, designed as a park for royalty.

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Day 5

Busan

Transfer to Busan by road. En route, visit the Tongdosa Temple is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Tongdosa is famous because there are no statues outside of the Buddha at the temple because the "real shrines of the Buddha" (relics) are preserved at here. On arrival, check into your hotel. Later visit Haedong Yonggungsa Seaside Temple (This superb attraction offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shore line; most temples in Korea are located in the mountains. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple was first built in 1376 by the great Buddhist teacher known as Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty). Dongbaekseom Island (Island of Camellias) which is an island located off one end of Busan's famous Haeundae Beach.

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Duration2 Nights
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Shilla Stay Haeundae

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    Shilla Stay Haeundae



    This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located in Busan, 201 m from Busan Aquarium. Haeundae Beach is 300 m from Shilla Stay Haeundae, and Marine City is 1.4 km away. Gimhae Airport is 19.3 km from the property.

    This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located in Busan, 201 m from Busan Aquarium. Haeundae Beach is 300 m from Shilla Stay Haeundae, and Marine City is 1.4 km away. Gimhae Airport is 19.3 km from the property.

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Day 6

Busan

Today, you will be picked up from your hotel for a full day tour of Busan.

The tour includes a visit to UN Memorial Cemetery where in Korea honors UN soldiers from 16 countries and UN aids from five countries that were killed in battle during the Korean War from 1950-1953. Next visit Youngdusan Park (Busan Tower) in downtown Busan which is one of Busan's three famous mountains.

Continue to Jagalchi Fish Market located on the shoreside road in Busan's Jung-gu, is Korea's largest seafood market, selling both live and dried fish. After the Korean War, the market solidified itself as a fish market.

Last stop will be Gamcheon Culture Village which is formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname "Machu Picchu of Busan." Many alleys that cut through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents.

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Day 7

Depart Seoul

Enjoy free time until your pick-up time. You will be transferred to Busan Station by a local driver. Depart by train to Seoul in the morning. Upon arrival at Seoul Station, you will be transferred to Seoul Hotel or Incheon International Airport by a local driver.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Private hotel/train station/hotel transfers as per itinerary
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Seoul
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Gyeongju
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Busan
  • Shared Full Day Seoul Tour by A/C coach (max 40 guests)
  • Private-guided tours in Gyeongju and Busan as per itinerary
  • KTX Tickets (2nd class) for Seoul to Gyeongju and Busan to Seoul
  • English-speaking guide service
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 5 lunches

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Drinks unless specified
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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