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South Korea Highlights Of Korea

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Between Japan and China, South Korea developed its own culture and represents the perfect fusion of traditions and modernity. With ten World Heritage Sites, discover its ancient gates and palaces then fast forward to the 21st century while enjoying the insatiable energy of its cities. Explore the secrets of royal tombs and temples and be amazed by the ultra-connected Korean lifestyle. Outstanding ...

Between Japan and China, South Korea developed its own culture and represents the perfect fusion of traditions and modernity. With ten World Heritage Sites, discover its ancient gates and palaces then fast forward to the 21st century while enjoying the insatiable energy of its cities. Explore the secrets of royal tombs and temples and be amazed by the ultra-connected Korean lifestyle. Outstanding landscapes, peaceful temples and living memories of the tumultuous history of North and South of Korea are at hand and await for you!

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Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrive in Seoul via Incheon Airport

At Incheon Airport, meet our English speaking representative then transfer to your hotel with a driver. The rest of the day is free for your own leisure time or rest before settling into your hotel for the night.

Visited:
Seoul
Accommodation
Night at Shinshin Hotel (Seoul)

Day 2: Seoul full day tour by Public Transportation

After breakfast, start the Seoul city tour using local transportation and visiting sites such as The Gyeongbok Palace; the largest of the Five Grand Palaces. Then proceed to Bukchon Hanok Village, a traditional residential area. Bukchon is called "the street museum in the urban core," being the home to many historical spots and cultural heritage sites from Seoul's 600 years of history. The next visit will be Gwangjang Market: the nation’s first market. Afterwards, take a stroll at Insadong before visiting Jogyesa Temple, where you will witness the importance of Buddhism in Korean culture. Proceed to Cheonggyecheon stream, a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life. The last stop is Myeongdong, one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul. Now, time to return to hotel to relax.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited:
Seoul
Accommodation
Night at Shinshin Hotel (Seoul)

Day 3: From Suwon to ​Cheongju

Take a transfer to Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, outside of Seoul, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Proceed to Songnisan National Park to visit Beopjusa Temple where you can find the tallest Buddha Statue in Korea. The forest park is an ideal place for walking. Afterwards, drive to Cheongju and spend the night in a hotel here.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited:
Suwon-siSongnisan-myeon, Cheongju-si
Accommodation
Night at Cheongju MK Hotel (Sejong-si)

Day 4: ​All Famous Monuments in South Korea

After breakfast, begin the day at Early Printing Museum for Jikji, UNESCO Memory of the World and then transfer to Andong. Andong Hahoe Village is the best-preserved village with its traditional-style noble houses. In 1999, Queen Elisabeth II visited Hahoe Village and was welcomed with a Korean traditional Birthday Party Table. Andong is also famous for its unique mask dance. Visit the Mask Museum, where you will encounter time-honored Korean masks that have been long-used for a variety of traditional mask dances. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited:
Cheongju-si, Andong
Accommodation
Park Hotel (Andong)

Day 5: Mt Gayasan National Park

After breakfast, transfer to Mt Gayasan National Park and visit Haeinsa Temple. Haeinsa Temple is home to a world famous Korean cultural treasure called Tripikata Koreana, which was made during the Goryeo Dynasty to protect the country from the invasion of Mongolian troops by Buddha’s power. Tripitaka Koreana was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Now, proceed to Daegu and visit Dodong Confucian Academy, one of the five major Confucian schools in Korea. Enjoy some free time at the Herbal Medicine Market; where herb farmers, collectors, sellers, and buyers operate over 50 herbal medicine stores, 25 herbal clinics with 85 herbal medicine doctors, and 20 ginseng stores. The market is also known to be the first wholesale medicine market in Korea. Then visit the Museum of Herbal Medicine before returning to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited:
Haeinsa, Daegu
Accommodation
Night at Daegu Grand Hotel (Daegu)

Day 6: Gyeongju and its incredible story

After breakfast, transfer to Gyeongju, the capital of the Silla kingdom from 57BC – 935AD. Gyeongju is known as the “Museum without walls,” as there are 52 designated sites within the city. Visit Anapji Pond, Cheomseongdae Astronomic Observatory, and Royal Tumuli Park with its royal tombs. You will have the chance to enter one of the excavated tombs to see the construction and process behind the creation of Royal Kings' burial chambers. The last visit of the day will be at Gyeongju National Museum before returning to the hotel for the evening. 


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited:
GyeongjuBusan
Accommodation
Night at Citadine Hotel (Busan)

Day 7: ​Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto

After breakfast, start your full day tour of Gyeongju by visiting Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto (both recognized UNESCO Sites). Seokguram Grotto was established in the 8th century on the slopes of Mt. Toham. The grotto contains a monumental statue of a sitting Buddha, looking out towards the sea. It is considered a masterpiece of Buddhist art in the Far East. On the way to Busan, visit Tongdosa Temple, famous for not having any Buddhist statues in the temple because the real shrines of the Buddha are preserved here. Proceed to Busan, the second largest city of South Korea and enjoy your evening in one of the most popular beach areas: Haeundae. Once you feel as though you need some rest, enjoy your night in the hotel. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited:
GyeongjuBusan
Accommodation
Night at Citadine Hotel (Busan)

Day 8: Train to Seoul

After breakfast, visit the UN Cemetery, where UN soldiers from 16 countries, and UN aids from five countries are honored for their death in the battles during the Korean War from 1950-1953. Then stop off at Jagalchi Fish Market and the BIFF Avenue. The street is crowded with first-run theaters, which is rare not only in Asia but Europe as well, and for this reason it holds great potential. Spend some free time at Gukje International Market then take the bullet train (KTX) to Seoul. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited:
BusanSeoul
Accommodation
Night at Shinshin Hotel (Seoul)

Day 9: Korean Demilitarized Zone

After breakfast, depart for the Korean Demilitarized Zone (D.M.Z.), which is the safest war zone existing in the world. South and North Korea are technically still at war, having agreed on ceasefire since 1953. Have a look and experience the war up close and safely as you will never be able to in another country. Now, head back to Seoul for some free time.

Optional entertainment: take the chance to see a Korean traditional performance in the middle of the concrete jungle at the Jeongdong Theater Traditional Show or enjoy the Nanta Show; a non-verbal performance full of traditional rhythm, comedy and drama in the kitchen. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited:
Seoul
Accommodation
Night at Shinshin Hotel (Seoul)

Day 10: Departure day

After breakfast, check-out from the Hotel and transfer to Incheon international airport for your flight back home.

Have a safe trip!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Visited:
Seoul

Seoul Suwon-si Songnisan-myeon Cheongju-si Andong Haeinsa Daegu Gyeongju Busan

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $3,400 / 10 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person02 Pax04 Paxsingle suppl
Price per person with English speaking guide$3,460$2,090$460
Price per person with Spanish speaking guide$3,770$2,260$460

Included in price:

  • Hotels: 3-5* on twin sharing basis for 9 nights
  • Meals: Daily hotel breakfast and lunch at local
  • Tours: Private with guide except day 2 on public transportation and during DMZ tour (semi private) and admission fees for mentioned activities
  • Train/KTX : From Busan to Seoul one way (Korean Bullet Train)
  • Transfers: Round trip group airport transfer based on most frequent flight

Not included in price:

  • International and national flights

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