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Seoul in Depth

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6 Days
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US$ 2,179

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: 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 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.

Continue your in depth stay with a visit to Hwaseong Fortress and a 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 Nami Island which is famous for its beautiful tree lined roads. You'll finish with a visit to Petite France on the island which appears to most to be a village that belongs on the Mediterranean coast or in a pastoral area of the Piedmont Alps

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,179

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Day 1

Arrive Seoul

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

Duration5 Nights
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Mercure Ambassador Seoul Hongdae

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    Mercure Ambassador Seoul Hongdae



    The hotel is located in Hongdae, which is very famous in Seoul for its urban art, indie music, clubs and shows. Hongdae's main attractions such as Hongdae Free Market, Must-Go Restaurant, Caf_ and Yeonnam-dong are minutes away from the hotel. The property is connected to …

    The hotel is located in Hongdae, which is very famous in Seoul for its urban art, indie music, clubs and shows. Hongdae's main attractions such as Hongdae Free Market, Must-Go Restaurant, Caf_ and Yeonnam-dong are minutes away from the hotel. The property is connected to Incheon International Airport and Gimpo International Airport by AREX, which is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Within walking distance of Hongik University Station, local markets, parks, art galleries, and shopping and entertainment districts. It has 270 modern rooms with flexible furniture, premium bed, free WIFI, IoT control system and Chromecast. Facilities include a bar and restaurant, gym, coin laundry and 2 meeting rooms.

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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 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Full Day DMZ Tour

Please meet your tour guide at your hotel in the early morning. Remember to bring along your passport for today's visit. 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 the history of the division of Korea.

After the video, you will visit the Dorasan Observatory, where 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.

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Day 4

Full Day Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Korean Folk Village Tour

Pick up at your 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. While at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress try your hand at traditional Korean archery.

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 tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Full Day Nami Island and Pettite France 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 until met and transferred to Incheon International Airport by a local driver for your flight to your next destination.

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Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 5 nights first-class accommodation in Seoul
  • Private-guided Full Day Seoul Tour
  • Private-guided Full Day Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Korean Folk Village Tour
  • Private-guided Full Day Nami Island and Pettite France Tour
  • Shared Full Day DMZ Tour (max 40 guests)
  • All admission fees and taxes
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 3 lunches

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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