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Seoul In Depth

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,212

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$ 1,212

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Seoul

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure.

Duration5 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro

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    Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro



    Opened in 2015, the Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro offers 224 smart and well-equipped rooms in the center of Seoul. Situated between the Namsan, Myeong-dong and Dongdaemun neighbourhoods, the hotel is within a short walk of Seoul's top shopping, entertainment and culture spots. It is ...

    Opened in 2015, the Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro offers 224 smart and well-equipped rooms in the center of Seoul. Situated between the Namsan, Myeong-dong and Dongdaemun neighbourhoods, the hotel is within a short walk of Seoul's top shopping, entertainment and culture spots. It is also just a 2-minute walk from Cheonggyecheon Stream, known as the "Oasis of Seoul". Amenities include complimentary WiFi, a fitness centre and self-service laundry facilities.

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Day 2

Joseon Dynasty (Seoul) sightseeing and Korean Folk Village

Today, explore Seoul, visiting the Gyeongbokgung Palace (Deoksugung Palace Tuesday only) passing by the Presidential Blue House, Jogyesa Temple, Cheongwadae Sarangchae (closed Mondays) and the changing of the Guard Ceremony. After lunch drive to the Korean Folk Village outside of Seoul and see the traditional life styles and houses of the 18th to 19th century. Showcasing Korea's traditional folklore customs, you will witness the unique scenes of people in ancient costumes living and working in exactly the same manners as in the past.

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Day 3

Traditional and Modern Seoul

After breakfast, you will visit the hot spots in Seoul including Insadong Arts & Crafts market (Mondays only), Namsan Hanok Villag (Deoksugung Palace Tuesday only) and N Seoul Tower. After lunch visit the COEX Aquarium and then enjoy a beautiful scenic boat ride on the Han River.

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Day 4

DMZ & the Third Infiltration Tunnel

After breakfast, you will drive to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the Third Infiltration Tunnel, which is located about 44 km northwest of Seoul. From the Dora Observation Platform, you will be able to get a view of North Korean territory, including the Propaganda Village, People's School, and Gaeseong City, the old capital city of the Goryeo Kingdom. You will also visit Imjingak Freedom Park and the Exhibition Hall, where you will see the lifestyle of a North Korean and the old tanks and planes used for the Korean War. You will pass by Unification Village before returning to Seoul, where you will be dropped off in Itaewon. Later, you will be free to go shopping at the popular Itaewon Street or Myeongdong Street.

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Day 5

Bukchon Hanok Village

After breakfast, you will visit Changdeokgung Palace which is one of the World Cultural Heritages. It is the best preserved of the five royal palaces in Seoul and was the main palace of many Joseon Kings for the longest period. Then visit Bukchon Hanok Village. It was once a village of aristocrats long ago, and its luxury tile-roofed houses called Giwas have been preserved since the Joseon Dynasty. Now the village operates as a place where visitors come to experience the ambiance of the Joseon Dynasty, offering a cultural center and hanok-style restaurants were recently built inside the complex, presenting a more enjoyable experience.

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Day 6

Depart Seoul

The morning will be at your leisure, before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights accommodation as indicated or similar
  • Meals as indicated
  • Seat in coach sightseeing with English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Private 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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