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Korea in Depth Tour - 11 Days


Tour Summary


Enjoy a tour of fascinating Seoul where the old and new exist side by side. Visit the Korean Folk Village to find old traditional style houses. You'll visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Infiltration Tunnel, and Dora Observation Platform, located at the western front line, and from here you can get a view of North Korean territory including the Propaganda Village, People's School and Gaeseong City.

Heading on to Gyeongju you'll visit the Cheomseongdae Astronmical Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park, Gyeongju National Museum. In addition, see two UNESCO Heritage Sites - Bulguksa Temple, and Seokguram Grotto Temple.

Next stop is Busan City, where you can explore Busan Tower, Jagalchi Fishery Market, Nampodong Shopping Street, the UN Cemetery, Busan Municipal Museum, and Busan's famous and expansive Haeundae Beach.

From Busan the trip will take you to visit the Haeinsa Temple, with its famous cultural treasure, “Tripikata Koreana” and then you'll head on to Daegu City, to stay overnight. Visiting Andong, you'll discover a perfectly preserved village with traditional style houses.

Driving to Chungju Lake, next take a cruise boat to enjoy the lakeside scenery, after which you'll carry on to Mount Seorak for a tour of this mountainous region. Tour Shinheungsa Temple, and take a cable car to Gwonkeumseong Fortress, before heading back to Seoul, via Gangneung City.


Itinerary


Day 1 (Monday) - Arrival at Incheon International Airport.


Arrive at Incheon International Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel by the airport limousine bus or by the van. The rest of day is free at your leisure time.


Insadong Street, Seoul, Korea

Day 2 - Seoul City (Tuesday)


After breakfast, start a city tour of Seoul including Deoksu Palace (on Wed.~Mon. replaced with Gyeongbok Palace & National Folk Museum), Changdeok Palace, Drive by The Blue House, Jogyesa Temple, South Gate Open Market, & Insadong Shopping Street.

Established by the founder of Joseon Dynasty in 1392, Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Koream has a population of more than 12,000,000 people. Seoul is a city of the incredible contrasts which, despite its immense size, make it one of the most fascinating cities in the world.. In Seoul, the new and the ancient co-exist in the perfect harmony for everyone to enjoy.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Folk Village, Seoul, Korea

Day 3 - Seoul - Korean Folk Village - Seoul (Wednesday)


Breakfast at hotel. Morning free at leisure. At noon, transfer to the Korean Folk Village outside of Seoul to the south, where the old traditional style houses and life styles of the 18th ~19th century are being practiced. Return to Seoul

The Korean Folk Village is a showplace of the Korea's traditional folklore customs and ways of living. Located near Suwon City, 40 km to the south of Seoul, the village was opened in 1974 and comprises approximately two hundred and thirty structures, each representing the traditional customs and manners. In these structures, the visitors witness the unique scenes of people in the ancient costumes living and working in exactly the same manners as in the past before the country came under the western influence.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Seoul Square, Korea

Day 4 - DMZ & the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel - Gyeongju (Thursday)


After breakfast, drive to the DMZ. Tour of DMZ. Transfer to Gyeongju City. North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel is located within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and is located 44 km away from Seoul to the northwest, found in October, 1978, and 30,000 armed military forces with their field artillery can travel through this tunnel in just one hour.

Dora Observation Platform is located at a western front line and from here you can get a view of the North Korean territory including the Propaganda Village, People's School and Gaeseong City, the old capital city of the Goryeo Kingdom.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Bulguksa Temple, South  Korea

Day 5 - Gyeongju City - Busan City (Friday)


Breakfast at hotel. Tour of Gyeongju including Cheomseongdae Astronmical Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park. Gyeongju National Museum, Bulguksa Temple, & Seokguram Grotto Temple. After the tour, proceeed to Busan City.

The richest repository of ancient history and arts in Korea, the city of Gyeongju was once the splendid capital of the Shilla Kingdom (B.C. 57-A.D. 935). Gyeongju is filled with the remains of the ancient Shilla Kingdom’s temples, the royal tombs, the monuments, one of the earliest astronomical observatories in Asia - Cheomseongdae, built in 647 A.D., and the crumbled remains of the palaces and the fortresses. There is a branch (Gyeongju National Museum) of the National Museum Korea in the downtown where thousands of the items are exhibited. The two supreme treasures of Gyeongju are the Bulguksa Temple and the Seokguram Grotto. Being called "The Museum Without Walls", Gyeongju has been designated by UNESCO as one of the world's ten historic sites, and the Bulguksa Temple and the Seokguram Grotto were added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1995.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Busan, Korea

Day 6 - Busan City (Saturday)


After breakfast, Tour of Busan Tower, Jagalchi Fishery Market, Nampodong Shopping Street, UN Cemetery, Busan Municipal Museum, & Busan Haeundae Beach.

Busan is the second largest city and the principal port of Korea. It is located on the southern part of the peninsula with more than 4 million inhabitants, it being geographically an excellent natural harbour. Busan has been an important trade center for fishing and some other industries for a long time. The major attractions of Busan are UN Memorial Cemetery, Busan Tower and Jagalchi Fishery Market and Haeundae Beach.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Haeinsa Temple, South Korea

Day 7 - Busan City - Haeinsa Temple - Daegu (Sunday)


After breakfast, transfer to Mount Gayasan National Park. Visit the Haeinsa Temple. Haeinsa Temple has the world-famous Korean cultural treasure called “Tripikata Koreana”, which was made during the Goryeo Kingdom to protect the country from the invasion of the Mongolian army troops, with the help of the Buddha’s power. This Tripitaka Koreana has been designated by UNESCO as the World Heritage. Proceed to Daegu City and the accommodation for the night.

Haeinsa Temple was first built in 802 A.D. during the reign of King Aejang of the Shilla Dynasty. It is certainly one of the most beautiful temples in Korea and the one to visit even if time is quite limited. All the visitors will awe even the mountainous scenery alone. Haeinsa Temple has preserved over 80,000 wooden printing blocks of the Buddhist scripture which took 15 years for the scluptors to carve. These blocks are designated as a National Treasure No. 32 and the four structures housing these blocks are designated as a National Treasure No. 52. The 80,000 wooden printing blocks were added to the UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1995.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Andong, South Korea

Day 8 - Daegu - Andong - Chungju (Monday)


After breakfast, proceed to Andong. Andong is the best preserved village with its traditional style houses.

In 1999, Queen Elisabeth II from UK visited the Hahoe Village and was welcomed with the Birthday Party Table decorated in the Korean traditional way. The Hahoe Village in Andong is famous for its unique mask dancing performances. Proceed to Chungju Lake.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Mt Seorak, South Seoul, Korea

Day 9 - Chungju - Mount Seorak (Tuesday)


After breakfast, take a cruise boat to enjoy the lakeside scenery of Chiungju Lake. (In the winter, the cruise boat tours may be cancelled if the lake is frozen, and replaced with coach tours of the vicinity.) Proceed to Mount Seorak.

This morning, drive to Chungjuho Lake, enjoying the cruise boat and visit Cheongpung Cultural Properties Complex - located by the Chungjuho Lake. This complex has reconstructed the beauty of Cheongpung, a village that became submerged after the construction of the Chungju Dam. It took three years to relocate the buildings and structures to the current site.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Mt Seorak, South Korea

Day 10 - Mount Seorak Tour - Seoul (Wednesday)


After breakfast, commence tour of Shinheungsa Temple, taking the cable car to Gwonkeumseong Fortress, Return to Seoul via Gangneung City, visiting Chamsori Gramophone & Audio Museum. This museum boasts of the incredible collection of the 19th century’s gramophones and the 1st generation audio systems.

Mount Seorak, the northern stretch of Korea's eastern coast, has breath-takingly rugged and mountainous scenery, showing why it is often called "The Alps of Asia".

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Seoul, South Korea

Day 11 - Seoul - Fly home (Thursday)


PriceAfter breakfast, check-out the hotel. The complimentary airport bus ticket is provided.

End of tour.

Airport Limousine buses depart for the airport every 20-25 minutes from the hotel bus stop.

Meals: Breakfast


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