Seoul & Jeju Island - 5 Days
Day 1 - Arrival in Seoul
Your private guide will meet you at the arrival gate of Incheon International Airport with a signboard. And then, you will be transferred to the Hotel which is located in centre of Seoul.
Day 2 - Seoul Tour
Visiting: Gyeongbokgung Palace - BukchonHanok Village - Simsimheon - Insadong Antique & Art Street - Gwangjang Market
Gyeongbokgung Palace: Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because it is the furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all five palaces. (Closed every Tuesday)
Bukchon Hanok Village: The name, 'Bukchon,' which literally translates to 'northern village,' came about as the neighborhoods that the village covers lay to the north of the two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggye Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, tea houses, providing an opportunity to experience and immerse in Korean traditional culture.
Simsimheon: Just cross the street from Gyeongbokgung Palace, you can see the concentrated Korean traditional houses. You will move to Simsimheon in Bukchon Hanok Village where you can enjoy the beauty of Hanok, Korean traditional house style, and a cup of tea. The name “Simsimheon” means “house where the heart is found”. Its construction was due to the owner’s wishes to preserve the fading Hanok tradition. One of the main focuses in building Simsimheon was to make sure it followed traditional ways, but still be able to provide the conveniences of a modern home. Simsimheon is a new age living Hanok, where tradition and modernity come together.
Insadong Antique & Art Street: Insadong, located in the heart of the city, is an important place where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. There is one main road in Insa-dong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries, traditional restaurants, traditional teahouses, and cafes. There are about 100 galleries in the area.
Gwangjang Market: Gwangjang Market is opened in 1905, with 5,000 independent shops that is for clothing (Korean traditional costume, Hanbok), food and etc. Gwangjang Market is truly famous for is its delicious Mung-bean pancake (Bindaetteok). All the prices are very affordable and you can feel the energy of Korean people day and night here.
Day 3 - Seoul - Jeju Island
Visiting: Manjanggul Cave - Seongsan Sunrise Peak - Seopjikoji - Seongeup Folk Village
Transfer to Gimpo Airport to take a flight to Jeju (1hr).
Located southwest of the Korean Peninsula, Jejudo Island is a volcanic island in the shape of an oval. As Korea’s most southern region, the weather on Jejudo Island remains significantly warmer than the mainland even during the cold winter months. Jeju’s phenomenal natural beauty, historical legacies, quirky museums, and array of water sports make it one of the best vacation spots in Korea.
Manjanggul Cave: Manjanggul cave is one of the finest lava tunnels in the world, and is a designated natural monument. A lava tunnel is formed when the lava that was deep in the ground spouts from the peak and flows to the surface. Manjanggul Cave has a variety of interesting structures inside including 70cm lava stalagmites and the lava tube tunnels. Only 1km of the 13,422m Manjanggul Cave is open to tourists. There are rare animals such as bats living in the tunnel, which makes this tunnel valuable for researchers as well. The stone pillars and stalactites are widely spread and the tunnels shows off the cave’s topographical features. The Stone Turtle is especially eye-catching because it is shaped like Jeju-do Island.
Seongsan Sunrise Peak: Seongsan Sunrise Peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jejudo Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. The crater is about 600m in diameter and 90m high. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side is a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Seongsan Village. The sunrise from the crater is magnificent. Also the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak surrounded by bright yellow colored rapeseed flowers in the spring is truly a sight to behold.
Seopjikoji: Seopjikoji is the place where spring starts first along with rape flowers all over. Seopjikoji in spring, especially April, is the perfect spring getaway to enjoy the spreading rape flowers with breathtaking coastal rock shapes. The best spot to enjoy the scenery is Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, shaped like a huge elephant, and coastal view from the edge of the Seopjikoji while walking through the field of rape flowers. The rape flower here features its bright and vivid color that goes well with Jeju’s bright sunlight and blue ocean. Seopjikoji is located at the end of the eastern shore of Jeju-do Island. "Seopji" is the old name for the area, and "Koji" is Jeju dialect meaning a sudden bump on land.
Seongeup Folk Village: Seongeup Folk Village located at the foot of Mt. Halla on Jeju Island, Seongeup Folk Village is a small town that holds a vast amount of culture. Cultural properties in the folk village have been handed down from generation to generation and include treasures such as residential houses, Confucian shrines and schools, ancient government offices, stone statues, large millstones (pulled by horses or ox), fortress ruins, and stone monuments. Among the cultural gems of the folk village are intangible cultural assets such as folk plays, native foods, local folk craftsmanship, and local dialect. Even the trees are an important part of the area’s heritage.
Day 4 - Jeju Island
Visiting Cheonjiyeon Falls - Jusangjeolli Cliff - Bonte Museum - O’sulloc Museum
Cheonjiyeon Falls: Cheonjiyeon meaning "God’s pond," derives its name from the legend that the seven fairies serving the King of Heaven came down to the pond on stairs of cloud and bathed in its clean waters. Take a walk along the subtropical path towards the Cheonjiyeon Falls for a kilometer and you will be able to hear the magnificent sound of waterfalls. The waterfall is 22m high, 12m wide and 20m in depth. The clear and deep water of Cheonjiyeon Falls is designated as natural monument No.27.
Jusangjeolli Cliff: If you follow the farm road 600 m to the southwest from Depo-dong, at the end of the pine tree forest is a cliff. At the base of this cliff is the Jisatgae Coast along with the imposing stone pillars. The Jusangjeolli are stone pillars piled up along the coast and is a designated cultural monument of Jejudo Island. The Jusangjeolli was formed when the lava from Hallasan Mountain erupted into the sea of Jungmun. They are rock pillars shaped like cubes or hexagons of various sizes and almost seem as if stonemasons had carved them out. The administration of the district named them 'Jisatgae Rocks' from their old name 'Jisatgae'. Its 20 m cliff makes it a popular spot for high tide, sea angling. The waves of the high tides crashing into the side of the cliff provide a breathtaking view of the ocean surrounding the pillars.
Bonte Museum: Bonte Museum aims to explore the common beauty of humankind through examining Korea’s traditional and contemporary craft objects. A world-renowned arc hitect, Tadao Andom, designed the museum, and it is considered as another masterwork of his that incorporates light and water in the architectural elements including the exposed concrete structure that is reminiscent of marble.
O’sulloc Museum: Located on Jeju-do Island near Seogwangdawon, teaches visitors about Korea’s traditional tea culture. The “o” in “o’sulloc”, means to appreciate and enjoy, and it also stands for the origin of sulloc, only sulloc, and of sulloc tea. It seeks to harmonize the cultures of the West and East, and past traditions with the modern world. At the O’sulloc Museum, not only can visitors enjoy unique o’sulloc teas, but they can relax next to the lotus pond in the indoor garden. The second floor of the building has an observatory, so visitors can enjoy the views of the nearby green tea fields and the surrounding landscape.
Day 5 - Jeju Island - Seoul - Incheon for Departure
Flight to Seoul. Transfer to Incheon Airport for your departure.
Tour includes Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner not normally included but your guide will always help you find the best restaurants
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