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Seoul In Depth

Duration
6 Days
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US$ 1,161

Seoul, the capital of Korea, has over 600 years of history. It is the heart of Korea's culture and education and is unique in that historical sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and modern cultural facilities coexist in harmony. Embrace traditional Korean culture and experience customs and lifestyles of the ancient dynasty.


Seoul is the capital and by far, South Korea's largest city and one of East Asia's financial and cultural centres. It contains a fascinating blend of ancient traditions such as street food vendors, serene Buddhist temples, extraordinary architecture and contemporary lifestyles with its cutting-edge technology and modern character. Seoul is a city filled with stark contrasts which make it all the more interesting.

Start with a full day getting to know the traditional highlights which include the Gyeongbokgung Palace the seat of power for Centuries with its National Folk Museum, the Presidential Blue House, the Jogyesa Temple and the Changdeok Palace with its Secret Garden built in 1405. Then head to Insadong Alley, a narrow street featuring a number of antique shops and the South Gate Open Market with its plethora of merchandise.

The following day is a visit to the Korean Folk Village to experience the lifestyles and architecture from the 18th and 19th Centuries with artisans and others working in the tradition of those times. This is followed by a visit to the COEX Aquarium and the Kimchi Museum. Afterwards, enjoy a delightful boat ride on the Han River. 

To enhance your in depth stay, travel to the Demilitarized Zone, known as DMZ just outside Seoul where there will be visits to Gaesong City, the old capital of the Goryeo Kingdom and the Exhibition Hall to view the lifestyle of North Korea. You will also be able to see North Korean territory from here. The day ends with a return to the city where time is set aside for shopping in the Itaewon District.

Your final day includes a visit to the omnipresent N Seoul Tower which offers the best panoramic views of the city, the National Palace Museum with its wonderful collection of artifacts and treasures from different periods and dynasties, the Bukchon Hanock Village with its some 900 traditional houses still exist and Samchungdong Art Fusion Street, a total contrast with its art galleries and small shops.

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,161

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Day 1

Arrive in 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.

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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 where 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 store owners. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

DMZ Full Day Tour

Please meet your tour guide at your hotel in the early morning. Remember to bring along your passport for today's visits. Your first stop is Imjingak Park which was built to console those from both sides who are unable to return to their hometowns, because of the division of Korea and here is where the "Freedom Bridge" is located.

The Bridge of Freedom does actually cross the Imjin River and connects with the North-South railway and it used to be a railroad bridge which was used by repatriated POWs/soldiers returning from the north. But now, no one crosses this bridge.

Your next stop is the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel which was discovered by South Korea in 1978. It spans over 1,635m in length, 2m in width, and 2m in height and is located 52km from Seoul. It is estimated that approximately 30,000 soldiers could move through the tunnel per hour. The scale is similar to the 2nd Tunnel, but it was thought to be more threatening as an invasion tool than the 1st and 2nd Tunnels. Next you will visit the DMZ Theater/ Exhibition Hall, to view a video which explains about the 3rd tunnel and other tunnels as well as history of the division of Korea.

After the video, your will visit the Dorasan Observatory, here visitors can overlook North Korea and various locations including Gaeseong, Songaksan, Kim Il-Sung Statue. It was first opened to the public in January 1987. And then a visit to Dorasan Station, a railway station on the Gyeongui Line, which is the northernmost stop on South Korea's railway line. Located 56 kilometers from Seoul and 205 kilometers from Pyeongyang, the station was opened as a tourist attraction on April 4, 2002 right before the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. At the end of your day, you will pass by Unification Village. Return to Seoul and drop off at City Hall or Itaewon Street (not at your hotel). Your guide can provide directions to return to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Hwaseong Fortress and Korean Folk Village Full Day Tour

Pick up at you hotel and visit Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, an impressive structure from the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and the official fortress of Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do. The fortress, constructed from 1794 to 1796, was built as a display of King Jeongjo's filial piety towards his father and to build a new pioneer city with its own economic power.

After lunch, visit a Korean Folk Village which introduces traditional culture from the late Joseon period to both local and international visitors through cultural classes experience, shaman faith, seasonal customs and others. Also, the village shows various places with unique features such as a farming village, private house, official districts, Confucian academy, seodang (village school), and a village street in realistic descriptions, as well as, a nobleman's house and traditional workshop. You will be dropped back at your hotel after today's touring.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Nami Island Full Day Tour

Pick up at your hotel in the early morning. Today you will visit Nami Island which was formed as a result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam. Namiseom Island is 63 kilometers away from Seoul in the direction of Chuncheon, and is famous for its beautiful tree lined roads. The island is 30 minutes away from Chuncheon and an hour away from the suburbs of Seoul.

After lunch, visit Pettite France. When traveling 10 km along the lakeside road from Cheongpyeong Dam, in the direction of Namiseom Island, you will come across a cluster of white, exotic buildings on the left-hand hillside. From its outward appearance, it would appear to be a village that belongs on the Mediterranean coast or in a pastoral area of the Piedmont Alps. At the end of your day tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

Depart Seoul

After breakfast, spend some time at leisure till met and transferred to Incheon International Airport by a local driver on a private basis for your flight to next destination.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights accommodation with private facilities
  • Meals as shown in itinerary
  • Sightseeing and transfers as indicated with English speaking guide
  • All admission fees and taxes
  • Airport Transfers

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Beverages 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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