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Western Korea

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 746

This regional tour of Korea offers history, archaeology, traditions, a tea plantation and two national parks plus much more. Come and discover this relatively unexplored side of the country.


Possibly not that well known, nevertheless Western Korea has a host of treasures waiting to be discovered. On this 4 day tour, you will experience an amazing diversity of natural, historical and cultural sites.

Leave Seoul by bus for Gonju, the ancient capital of the Baekje Kingdom. Here you will visit the Gongsanseong Fortress, a castle situated on a mountain with wonderful views of the surrounding area, the Tomb of King Muryeong dating back to the 3rd Century with its sealed treasures and the Yeongpyeongsa Temple where you will enjoy a tea ceremony conducted by a Buddhist monk.

Head next for Daejeon, Korea’s Silicon Valley, for overnight continuing on the next day to Jeonju, home of Korean culture and tradition and many treasures. Here visit Jeonju Hanok, a preserved live village with 800 traditional houses made of thatch. Have a Bibimbap lunch (mixed rice and vegetables) after which travel to Jinan and Maisan National Park to see Mount Maisan with its 80 pagodas.  Also here is Tapsa Temple built by one man a stone at a time over 30 years.

Later continue to Gwangju, the 6th largest city in Korea. Visit the Green Tea Plantation in Boseong, the most famous in Korea with its tea trees blanketing the landscape like a carpet and also the Nakaneupseong Folk Village and the Suncheonman Bay Reed Marshes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a volcanic crater known for its rare plants. Afterwards visit the Yongsan Observatory before heading to Yeosu, a picturesque port city famous for its seafood, beaches and flowers, for overnight.

In Yeosu, visit the Hyangilam Temple perched high on a coastal cliff, Hallyeo Maritime National Park known for its sunrises and sunsets plus its pristine seashores and the Jinjuseong Fortress, a castle constantly destroyed by invaders and rebuilt.  Return overland back to Seoul.


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 746

Itinerary

Day 1

Seoul to Daejeon

Meet tour guide at hotel. Leave for Gongju, the ancient capital of Baekje Kingdom. Experience the tea ceremony with a Buddhist monk at Magoksa Temple, a representative temple surrounded by a mountain and rivers in Chungcheongnam-do Province. Next, visit Tomb of Muryeong King with the wall painting drawn on the number six tomb. Then continue to move on to Gongsanseong Fortress, a mountain castle which was established during the Baekje Period. You will enjoy archery experience there.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Interciti

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  • Hotel Interciti


    The Hotel Interciti, with its high and modern architecture, is ideally situated in Daejeon on the banks of a tributary of River Kum. Located nearby are the Chungnam National University, Kaist University, the Lotte Department Store, and Expo Science Park. The hotel rooms are modern, ...

    The Hotel Interciti, with its high and modern architecture, is ideally situated in Daejeon on the banks of a tributary of River Kum. Located nearby are the Chungnam National University, Kaist University, the Lotte Department Store, and Expo Science Park. The hotel rooms are modern, comfortable, and spacious and come in Superior, Deluxe, and Suite.

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Day 2

Daejeon to Gwangju

Today's journey takes you to Jeonju and visit Jeonju Hanok Village with over 800 traditional Korea houses. After Jeonju Bibimbab lunch at local restaurant, visit Tapsa Temple in Jinan, famous for the over 80 stone pagodas built by Lee Gapyong, a retired scholar. Then leave for Gwangju for overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Holiday Inn Gwangju

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  • Holiday Inn Gwangju


    The Holiday Inn Gwangju is conveniently located. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the city has to offer. Guest can expect a well-kept environment and its proximity to the Asian Culture Complex, Mudeung Stadium and the Gwangju Art Museum. The hotel ...

    The Holiday Inn Gwangju is conveniently located. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the city has to offer. Guest can expect a well-kept environment and its proximity to the Asian Culture Complex, Mudeung Stadium and the Gwangju Art Museum. The hotel offers a selection of top-class amenities and facilities such as safety deposit boxes, bar/pub, 24hr room service, sauna, fitness centre, spa and an indoor pool.

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Day 3

Gwangju to Yeosu

This morning, visit Boseong Green Tea Plantation that is very beautiful, full of green tea fields and cedar trees. You will also have a chance to taste Boseong Green Tea. Next, visit Naganeupseong Folk Village where you can observe the daily dwellings indigenous to the south provincial area. Then explore Suncheonman Bay, thickly covered with reeds taller than a full-grown man and then stop by Yongsan Observatory to see the bay's beautiful view.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hidden Bay Hotel

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    Hidden Bay Hotel


    The Hidden Bay Hotel offers quality accommodation and great service. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. The hotel provides the best in services and amenities. In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts such as air ...

    The Hidden Bay Hotel offers quality accommodation and great service. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

    The hotel provides the best in services and amenities. In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts such as air conditioning to please even the most discerning guest. The hotel offers many unique recreational opportunities such as outdoor pool, sauna, kids club and fitness center. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the Hidden Bay Hotel.

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    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 4

Yeosu to Seoul

Today, take Yeosu Cable Car offering the safe yet thrilling experience with the gondola to operate over seawater. Enjoy the scenery of downtown Yeosu and the archipelago around the old seaport. Next, visit Jinjuseong Fortress which is historically linked to the Japanese invasion in 1592. Return to Seoul. Drop off service is available at T-Mark Hotel, T-Mark Grand Hotel, Lotte Hotel Seoul and Center Mark Hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

Saturday.

Note: Tour Not available on  26 Sep -28 Sep, 12 Dec - 31 Dec

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights accommodation at hotels indicated or similar
  • Transfers
  • Sightseeing with English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated
  • Entrance fees

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Drinks 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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15 Dec 2018
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