Discover classical South Korea on this privately guided journey from modern Seoul to the historic city of Gyeongju and the coastal city of Busan. Explore city temples & palaces, take a walk on the 18th century fortress walls of Hwaesong and then travel by high-speed train to Gyeongju. Known as a museum without walls, Gyeongju is home to numerous important cultural relics, ancient tombs, and the beautiful Seokguram Grotto. Travel to Busan, stopping at the stunning seaside temple of Haedong Yonggungsa en route, and take a walk through the lively Jagalchi Fish Market. Visit Dongbaek Island and take a day trip out to the Hallyeo Maritime National Park for a scenic cruise, and then return to Seoul for some leisure time for last minute shopping and independent exploration.
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Upon arrival at the Incheon International Airport, you will be met by our representative holding a name-board in the arrivals area. Receive a warm welcome and then transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Stay three nights in Seoul.
In the morning visit the Changdeokgung Palace, the second royal villa built after Gyeongbokgung Palace in 1405. The rear garden that was used as a place of rest by the kings boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion. Korea’s last emperor Sunjong lived here until his death in 1926. Proceed to Jogyesa, the head temple of Jogyejong, the principal sect of Buddhism in Korea. The major attraction of the temple is the main Worship Hall, Daeungjeon, with triad Buddhas, Sakyamuni, Amitabha and Bhaisajyaraja. Later, take a stroll through the Insadong Antique Alleys and Namdaemun Market. Then you will be led to Hwaseong Fortress, built at the end of the 18th century by the brilliant King Jeongjo to house the remains of the mad Prince Sado. Its six kilometers of walls are studded with imposing gates, watchtowers, sentry points, secret portals and command pavilions, providing visitors with an endless list of things to explore. After your tour, return to the hotel for the evening at your leisure.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and the make your own way to Seoul Station (taxi) to board the train to Gyeongju. Train tickets will be provided to you locally. You will take a pleasant two hour journey on a high speed train to Gyeongju, an ancient capital of the Silla dynasty, often called a ‘museum without walls’. You will be met and greeted by your English Speaking guide on arrival and then transferred to Yangdongmaeul, a UNESCO world heritage site. Yangdongmaeul is a traditional village embracing a simple and unadorned natural beauty. Sheltered by forested mountains and facing out onto rivers and peon agricultural fields, rustic tile-roof and thatch-roof homes line the hillsides and valleys in perfect harmony with the natural topography. You will later check-in to your hotel for your two night stay.
Today, you will explore UNESCO world heritage temples in Gyeongju. Visit the Seokguram grotto, the home of the serene stone Buddha of the 8th century, and Bulguksa temple, both were built during the glorious period of the Silla kingdom. The Seokguram grotto is one of the finest Buddhist shrines in Asia. The grotto represents the magnificent harmony of religion, science and the arts of Buddhism, symbolizing the pure land in which Buddha resides. A short ride from the Grotto is Bulguksa, one of the best-known temples in the country. The architectural design of Bulguksa is one of constrained dignity, peace, and harmony, and the temple still remains as one of the most remarkable achievements of the ancient Far East. Later, transfer to Anapji which was built in AD674 soon after unification as a pleasure garden to commemorate the victory of Silla, and later used as the recreational area for the Silla’s royal family. Today’s tour also includes visits to the Gyeongju National Museum, Tumuli Park, and the Cheomseongdae Observatory.
After breakfast at the hotel, meet and drive to Busan. On the way you will visit the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan. This superb temple offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shore line. Most temples in Korea are located in the mountains. Continue on to Busan and visit the Jagalchi Fish Market. These days you can see women selling mackerel, sea squirts (ascidians) and whale meat on wooden boxes along the road of the bustling marketplace. Afterwards, head to the Gukje International Market for a leisurely stroll, and then visit Yongdusan Park, location of the 118-meter Busan Tower. Later, check-in to your hotel.
Today, drive to Tongyeong Harbour, often called the Napoli of the Orient, centered near the islands of the Hallyeo Maritime National Park. After getting a glimpse of the harbour city, take a cable car ride for magnificent panoramic views. Visit the Tongyeong Jungang Market, with almost 400 years of history, and then stop at the colorful Dongpirang Village for a guided tour before returning to your hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then meet at the appointed time for transportation to the train station where you will take the high speed train back to Seoul (3 hours). On arrival in Seoul, make your own way to your hotel by taxi and check-in for your one night stay. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and you will then be met at the appointed time for your transportation to the airport.
Day 2: See Palaces, temples and take a stroll through Insadong on a Seoul city tour.
Learn about South Korea's colorful and ancient culture and traditions.
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TREASURES OF SOUTH KOREA
SEOUL CITY STAY