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With stays in the capital, Seoul, historic Gyeongju and its archaeological sites, the port of Busan and idyllic island of Jeju, this itinerary will give you an excellent insight into Korea.


Korea is often referred to as the "Land of the Morning Calm”. This small group journey 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 National Folklore Museum. Also visit the Jogyesa Temple, 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. In the centre of town, Royal Tumuli Park is a huge walled area with 20 royal tombs. Nearby is Cheomseongdae, one of the oldest observatories in Eastern Asia. The finest example of Silla temple architecture is 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.

There will be time to go to the Gyeongju National Museum with its collection of mainly Silla relics, Anapji Pond, an artificial lake surrounded by buildings which were part of the palace complex of ancient Silla, the Arts and Crafts Centre and the Silla Millenium Park, a theme park focusing on the Silla period.

Next stop is Busan, 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, 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 Yongungsa Seaside Temple.

Fly from Busan to Jeju Island, a place of myths and legends. According to legend, three demi-gods emerged from Samsunghyeol which is said to have been on the northern slopes of Mount Halla and became the creators of the Jeju people who founded the Kingdom. One in five of the population earns their living from the sea, and in many families, the women have been divers for generations. At 1950 metres/6350 feet, Mount Halla is the highest peak in Korea visible all over the island. Jeju is a popular tourist destination and offers not only good weather and beaches but exceptional natural landscapes.

During your stay here, visit the Dragon Head Rock where you can see the Haeneo woman divers working to catch seafood, Samseonghyeol Shrine where according to legend, it was here that three demigods emerged from the ground to become the founding fathers of Jeju, the Halla Botanical Garden and the Jeju Folklore and Natural History.

The next day, it’s time to take in some of the stunning beauty of the island. Start with the Sangumburi Crater, an extinct volcano. The crater is 100 metres/325 feet deep. Over 400 species of plants and animals live inside the crater. Next is the Manjang Lava Cave, one of the longest lava tubes in the world. The cave is academically significant as rare species live in the cave and it is considered to be a world class tourist attraction.

After lunch, visit the Seongsan Sunrise Peak which rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. With 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. The sunrise from the crater is magnificent.  Then it’s on to the Folklore Village and finally head to the Jeju “Mysterious Road” which connects 2 highways and earned its name, as objects and liquid appear to roll and flow up the hill instead of down, actually an optical illusion.    

 

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Duration
9 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
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Center Mark Hotel

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    Center Mark Hotel



    Located within 10 minutes of Jongno, Insadong and Myeong-dong, Center Mark Hotel is centrally located near restaurants, shopping and religious interests. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy …

    Located within 10 minutes of Jongno, Insadong and Myeong-dong, Center Mark Hotel is centrally located near restaurants, shopping and religious interests. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

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    • Business Centre
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Restaurant(s)

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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 (closed every Monday) 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 Tour

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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The-K Hotel Gyeongju

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    The-K Hotel Gyeongju



    The-K Hotel Gyeongju that is wholly-owned by Korean Teachers' Credit Union is the five-start hotel located at Gyeongju Bomun Complex that is the ancient capital of millennium Shilla and it serves the customers with the comfortable environment taking beautiful natural landscape of Bomun Lake as …

    The-K Hotel Gyeongju that is wholly-owned by Korean Teachers' Credit Union is the five-start hotel located at Gyeongju Bomun Complex that is the ancient capital of millennium Shilla and it serves the customers with the comfortable environment taking beautiful natural landscape of Bomun Lake as the its background. Your travel will be satisfied with the differentiated performance, service from the heart, natural landscape that only Gyeongju can have, various leports facilities and ancient cultural heritage of ancient capital of millennium Shilla.

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    • Playground
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Shops
    • Volleyball Court

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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 choice of 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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Ibis Ambassador Busan Haeundae

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    Ibis Ambassador Busan Haeundae



    Ibis Ambassador Busan Haeundae is 6 minutes by foot to Haeundae beach in Busan. It is also near the subway station and Busan Exhibition and Convention Center. The hotel offers contemporary rooms featuring the signature Sweet Bed by ibis, a restaurant, bar, gym, meeting room …

    Ibis Ambassador Busan Haeundae is 6 minutes by foot to Haeundae beach in Busan. It is also near the subway station and Busan Exhibition and Convention Center. The hotel offers contemporary rooms featuring the signature Sweet Bed by ibis, a restaurant, bar, gym, meeting room and free WiFi. Enjoy our breakfast from 4am to midday. Perfect for business and leisure travellers.

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    • Business Corner
    • Gym
    • Laundry
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna

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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

Busan to Jeju

Fly from Busan airport to Jeju Island. On arrival, you will enjoy half day Jeju tour.

Tour includes Hallim Park, reaching almost 100 thousand square meters, has a variety of gardens that can be enjoyed in any season. Visitors can enjoy Palm Tree Road, Jeju Stone and Bonsai Garden, Water Garden, Subtropical Botanic Garden and much more.

Next stop is the O'sulloc Tea Museum which was opened on September 1st, 2001, and is located at the entrance of Seogwang Tea Garden in Jejudo Island. The building itself is the materialization of green tea cup, and it is a place of culture, where tradition and modern east and west are harmonized, and a nature-friendly resting area.
Then you will visit Jusangjeollidae Seaside Cliff which are stone pillars piled up along the coast and is a designated cultural monument of Jeju Island. Jusangjeolli Cliff was formed when the lava from Hallasan Mountain erupted into the sea of Jungmun. They are rock pillars shaped like cubes or hexagons of various sizes and almost seem as if stone masons had carved them out. Lastly, a visit to the Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, named "The Pond of God," consists of 3 sections. Around the falls, a variety of plant life thrives, such as the rare 'solimnan' reeds. To the east, there is a cave where cold water pours from the ceiling to create the first waterfall. The water gathers into a pool and from there, falls two more times, creating the second and third waterfalls, which then flow into the sea.

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Duration2 Nights
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Benikea Hotel

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    Benikea Hotel



    The hotel is a 60-minute drive from Halla Mountain and a 40-minute drive from Jeju International Airport. Aewol is a great choice for travellers interested in beaches, relaxation and clean air. If you want to request something specific, you can do that in the next …

    The hotel is a 60-minute drive from Halla Mountain and a 40-minute drive from Jeju International Airport.

    Aewol is a great choice for travellers interested in beaches, relaxation and clean air.

    If you want to request something specific, you can do that in the next step, before you book. Once you book, we'll provide details so you can contact the property directly.

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    • Barbeque Facilities
    • Parking
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • WiFi

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Day 8

Jeju Island

A full day tour includes Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum which currently has on exhibition folklore remains and natural historical materials of Jeju-do that were excavated in Jeju-do and displayed in 1984. Your next stop is Woljeongri Beach, well known for its beautiful scenery, the white sands and emerald waters, Jeju Woljeongri Beach has a road filled with tea houses and coffee shops. A great stopover during your cruise through Jejudo Island, and one of few places to enjoy an exotic view.

Then a visit to the Haenyeo Museum, Haenyeo refers to female divers who dive into the ocean water to gather various shellfish, seaweed, etc, without using any underwater diving equipment. Jeju-do has established the Jeju Haenyeo Museum to introduce to the world the unique activities and culture of Jejudo's haenyeo female divers. A photo stop at the Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak which rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jejudo Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. The crater is about 600m in diameter and 90m high. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown.

Your last stop for the day is the Seongeup Folk Village which is located at the foot of Halla Mountain on Jeju Island, Seongeup Folk Village is a small town that holds a vast amount of culture.

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Day 9

Jeju to Seoul

Enjoy free time until airport pick-up time. Transfer to Jeju Airport by a local driver. Fly back to Seoul. (Included)

Upon arrival at Gimpo Domestic Airport, you will be transferred to Seoul Hotel or Incheon International Airport by a local driver.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Guided touring and entrance fees as per itinerary (group touring in Seoul; private touring in Gyeongju, Busan and Jeju)
  • Overland travel as per itinerary
  • Inter-country air and train travel as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages unless specified
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities

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 will apply, Limited seats/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request -- please inquire.

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