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Ultimate Korea: Seoul, Gyeongju, Busan & Jeju

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9 Days
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DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: 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 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 nearby, the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, is dedicated to researching, preserving, and exhibiting the modern and contemporary history of the Republic of Korea. Also visit Insadong Arts and Crafts Street, famous for its antique stores and Gwangjang Market, offering a taste of traditional Korean cuisine.

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 From:
US$ 5,205

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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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Novotel Ambassador Dongdaemun

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    Novotel Ambassador Dongdaemun



    With a premium central Seoul location and an incredible view of cityscape, the hotel is situated adjacent to the famous Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Dongdaemun Market.The hotel will offer an unforgettable experience for both business and leisure travelers. It boasts 331 guest rooms and 192 …

    With a premium central Seoul location and an incredible view of cityscape, the hotel is situated adjacent to the famous Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Dongdaemun Market.The hotel will offer an unforgettable experience for both business and leisure travelers. It boasts 331 guest rooms and 192 residences with a stunning rooftop bar and the outdoor infinity pool. With our chic dining options and modern convention facilities, we will ensure your suceesful business meetings and social gatherings.

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    • Business Centre
    • Executive Lounge
    • Fitness Club
    • Prayer Room
    • Reception
    • Rooftop Garden
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Full Day Seoul Tour

This morning, you'll be met by your guide in the lobby of your hotel to begin your full-day exploration of South Korea's vibrant capital city. Begin with a visit to Gyeongbokbung Palace, where you'll witness the Palace Royal Guard changing ceremony and the palace. Built-in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first and largest of the royal palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Next visit to "Bukchon Hanok Village." This Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon dynasty. Bukchon, which was the central residence of nobles and bureaucrats during the Joseon Dynasty, is a place called a city street museum because of its many historic sites, cultural assets, and folklore materials.

After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, visit "The National Museum of Korean Contemporary History" to see the history of South Korea from the late 19th century to the present. Tour will continue on to visit Insadong Arts and Crafts Street. Insadong Street is one of the most popular areas in Seoul and represents the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts. Stores in Insadong 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. Today's tour will end at "Gwangjang Market". This historic market opened in the early 20th century and is home to a number of clothing and food stalls, offering tourists a taste of traditional Korean cuisine. Starting with 'Mayak gimbap', one of Koreans' all-time favorite snacks, and Nokdu-jeon (Mung Bean Pancake), visitors can sample a range of Korean delicacies. Other traditional treats such as Tteok-bokki (Stir-fried Rice Cake) and eomuk (Fish Cake) are also available.
Following your tour, you'll be transferred back to your hotel for the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.

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Day 3

Gyeongju Tour

This morning, you'll be met by your local driver in the lobby of your hotel and transferred to Seoul Station where you'll have your first experience on South Korea's KTX high-speed trains as you travel 2 hours to Gyeongju. Upon arrival at Singyeongju Station, you'll be met by your local guide and escorted to a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, proceed to Yangdong Village for a tour of this traditional yangban village from the Joseaon dynasty. Yangban residences with tile roof houses are found up in the valleys where residents stay cool in summer and warm in winter. Thatched-roof residences that belong to the commoners are clustered below them. The landscape in the village was rearranged in line with Joseon's hierarchical social order set by different classes.

Then move back to downtown Gyeongju city and visit the historic Hwangridan-gil Street. Cafes and restaurants on the street are designed and inspired from hanoks, the Korea traditional houses. Hwangridan-gil itself is a wonderful place where you can see the past and the present of Gyeongju. Following your tour, you'll be transferred and checked into your hotel for the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Lahan Select Gyeongju

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    Set in a prime location of Gyeongju-si, Hotel Hyundai Gyeongju puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and services. Take advantage of the hotel's free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, …

    Set in a prime location of Gyeongju-si, Hotel Hyundai Gyeongju puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and services. Take advantage of the hotel's free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, fax machine, photocopying. Designed for comfort, selected guestrooms offer television LCD/plasma screen, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, heating, desk to ensure a restful night. Take a break from a long day and make use of fitness center, sauna, outdoor pool, indoor pool, tennis courts. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Gyeongju-si, Hotel Hyundai Gyeongju will make you feel instantly at home.

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Day 4

Gyeongju

This morning, you'll be met by your guide in the lobby of your hotel to begin another full day of exploration in Gyeongju. Start with a visit to Seokguram Grotto located on Tohamsan Mountain. It is the main 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. Continue on to visit the iconic Bulguksa Temple, the representative relic of Buddhist culture from the Silla Kingdom in Gyeongju which used to be the capital of Silla Kingdom (BC57-AD935). Along with Seokguram Grotto nearby, Bulguksa Temple was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1995.

Afterward, visit the National Museum of Gyeongju. This is a fantastic place to uncover the cultural history of Gyeongju with earthenware, art & craft works, and many galleries exhibiting everyday household goods dating back to life in the Royal Court during the Silla kingdom. Next, visit Cheomseongdae, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. Afterward, continue on to the Daereungwon Tomb Complex where large ancient tombs of kings and nobles of the Silla Kingdom can be explored.

Conclude your tour with a visit to Anapji Pond, designed as a park for royalty. Following your tour, you'll be transferred back to your hotel for the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.

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Day 5

Busan

This morning, you'll be met by your guide and transferred by road to Busan (approximately 1 hour). On the way, you'll visit Tongdosa Temple which is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Tongdosa is famous as there are no statues aside from Buddha at the temple because the "real shrines of the Buddha" (relics) are preserved here. Afterward, visit Haedong Yonggungsa Seaside Temple. This superb attraction offers visitors the rare chance to see a temple along the shoreline as almost all 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. Continue on to Dongbaekseom Island (Island of Camellias) which is an island located off one end of Busan's famous Haeundae Beach. You'll also have time to visit APEC House Nurimaru and Haeundae Beach before being transferred to your hotel to check-in. Enjoy the remainder of your day and evening at leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Lotte Hotel Busan

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    The hotel has a wide range of banqueting venues and a Fitness Club, and a gala dinner show at "Las Vegas Theatre". 12/08 CH The hotel is easily accessible to Busan Station, Kimhae International airport, and Changwon Industrial complex. The guest rooms are well appointed …

    The hotel has a wide range of banqueting venues and a Fitness Club, and a gala dinner show at "Las Vegas Theatre". 12/08 CH The hotel is easily accessible to Busan Station, Kimhae International airport, and Changwon Industrial complex. The guest rooms are well appointed and tastefully decorated.

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Day 6

Busan

This morning, you'll be met by your guide in the lobby of your hotel to begin another full day of exploration in Busan. Your tour includes a visit to the UN Memorial Cemetery where South Korea honors UN soldiers from 16 countries and UN aids from five countries that were killed in battle during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. Next, visit Youngdusan Park (Busan Tower) in downtown Busan which is one of Busan's three famous mountains. Continue to Gukje Market, which has a history of over 70years, is a representative traditional market in Busan. Following the Korean War, refugees who fled to Busan set up stalls in order to make a living by selling smuggled or imported products, which developed into Gukje Market (gukje meaning "international '' in Korean) of today.

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

Today's tour ends with a visit to Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge. This suspension bridge is 127m long, 2m wide, and made of wire mesh, people can see the blue ocean under their feet and feel the thrill of walking on the sea and at the same time enjoy the refreshing view of the sea.
Following your tour, you'll be transferred back to your hotel for the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.

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Day 7

Busan to Jeju

This morning, you'll be met and transferred to Busan's Gimhae International Airport for your short 1-hour flight to Jeju. On arrival, you'll be met by your local tour guide.

Directly from the airport, you'll head out to begin your initial exploration of Jeju. Begin with a visit to 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 established the Jeju Haenyeo Museum to introduce to the world the unique activities and culture of Jejudo's haenyeo female divers.

Tour will continue on to 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. At Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak, you can watch a Haenyeo performance at 3 pm. Through the performance by the Real Jeju Haenyeo, you can see how they catch fresh seafood from the sea and what is the unique culture of Jeju Haenyeo. After watching the Haenyeo performance, you'll head to Jeju Stone Park which serves as a historical and cultural space where collected stones represent Jeju's foundation and culture.

Following your tour, you'll be transferred and checked into your hotel for the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Maison Glad Jeju

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    Located in Shinjeju area, Maison Glad Jeju offers a luxurious retreat in Jeju City. It has a large outdoor swimming pool and other beautiful water features, a sauna and offers elegant accommodation. WiFi is available for free. There is a 24-hour front desk that offers …

    Located in Shinjeju area, Maison Glad Jeju offers a luxurious retreat in Jeju City. It has a large outdoor swimming pool and other beautiful water features, a sauna and offers elegant accommodation. WiFi is available for free. There is a 24-hour front desk that offers luggage storage and currency exchange service. Other facilities are a business centre, ATM machine and barbecue facilities. Free on-site parking is available to guests. The hotel is located in Shin-Jeju where the traffic and culture are centered, and easy access to all major tourist attractions of Jeju Island. The hotel is located a 9-minute drive from Halla Botanical Garden and 5 km from Yongduam Rock. Jeju City Hall is situated about 6.3 km away, while Jeju International Airport is about 3 km from the hotel. The guest rooms are kept clean and are in good condition.

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Day 8

Jeju Island

This morning, you'll be met by your guide in the lobby of your hotel to begin another full day of exploration on Jeju.

Tour will begin with Hallim Park, which reaches almost 100 thousand square meters and has a variety of gardens that can be enjoyed in any season. Among the various themes in the park, tour will include visiting Hyeopjeegul Cave and Jaeam Folk Village. Hyeopjaegul Cave, the most famous tourist site in Hallim Park, is known to be the only two-dimensional cave in the world. Jaeam Folk Village was reproduced to preserve Jeju's traditional thatched houses, which are gradually disappearing with the development of modern civilization. The next stop is O'sulloc Tea Museum which opened on September 1, 2001 and is located at the entrance of Seogwang Tea Garden. The building itself is the materialization of a green teacup, and it is a place of culture, where tradition and modern east and west are harmonized. Afterward, you will visit Jusangjeollidae Seaside Cliff where stone pillars can be viewed piled up along the coast and it is a designated cultural monument of Jeju Island. Jusangjeolli Cliff was formed when the lava from Hallasan Mountain erupted into the sea of Jungmun. There are rock pillars shaped like cubes or hexagons of various sizes and look as if stonemasons had carved them out. Lastly, enjoy a visit to Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, named "The Pond of God," which consists of 3 sections. Around the falls, you can find a variety of diverse plant life, 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. Following your tour, you'll be transferred to your hotel for the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.

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Day 9

Jeju to Seoul

Enjoy time at leisure until you check out and are met and transferred to Jeju International Airport for your return flight to Seoul. Upon arrival at Seoul's Gimpo International Airport, you'll be met in the arrival area by your local driver who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. From here, you'll be transferred to Seoul's Incheon International Airport for your onward flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodations in Seoul
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodations in Gyeongju
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodations in Busan
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodations on Jeju Island
  • Private-guided tours in Seoul, Gyeongju, Busan, and Jeju Island as per itinerary
  • Private overland travel as per itinerary by private A/C vehicle
  • Domestic airfare (economy class) incl. taxes for Busan to Jeju and Jeju to Seoul Gimpo
  • KTX Express Train Tickets (2nd class) for Seoul to Gyeongju
  • All applicable entrance fees as per itinerary
  • English-speaking guide service
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 7 lunches

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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