Explore Seoul’s markets, see ancient palaces, and take a step back in time at the Korean Folk Village. Travel to Songnisan National park, see the Beopjusa Temple, and then head to the historic city of Gyeongju, known as a ‘museum without walls’. See royal tombs, natural scenery, and the fascinating Seokguram Grotto. Drive to the coastal city of Busan and take a stroll through the lively fish market. Head to Gayasan National Park and see the UNESCO site of Tripikata Koreana, and then stop in Hahoe Village, famous for mask dances, before checking in to your temple stay for a night in the mountains. See the borders of North & South from an observatory, take a cable car to the Gwongeumseong Fortress and then return to Seoul for some leisure time. This group tour has set departure dates and is complete with English speaking guides.
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Tour departs on select Mondays. Prices, if shown, are per person based on a party of at least 2 adults traveling together. The Single Room Supplement cost is in addition to the twin sharing cost for those who would like a single room. If traveling alone, please contact us for a solo traveler cost.
Hotel with daily breakfast, 1 night in basic & comfortable lodging during temple stay, lunches & dinners as indicated, services of expert English speaking local guides, group tours, entrance fees to sites listed on the itinerary, A/C bus transportation, and round trip group airport transfers. Blackout dates & peak season surcharges may apply. International flights are not included, please enquire.
This is a scheduled bus tour with set tour dates. All departure dates listed will be day 1 of the itinerary - Mar 5, Mar 19, Apr 9, Apr 23, May 7, May 21, Jun 4, Jun 18, Jul 2, Jul 16, Aug 6, Aug 20, Sep 3, Sep 10, Oct 8, Oct 22, Nov 5, Nov 19, Dec 3, Dec 10.
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Arrive in Seoul at Incheon International Airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then meet in the hotel lobby at 9:00am to start your half-day city tour. Start with a visit to the National Museum of Korea, built in 2005 and which boasts a fantastic collection of Korean arts and relics. Afterwards, visit the Changdeok Palace & Huwon (Secret Garden), a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. The last visit of your tour is at the Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan for a bird’s eye view of the city. After sightseeing, return to the hotel around 15:00hrs, and have the evening at your leisure.
After breakfast at the hotel, complete checkout formalities and then depart Seoul to the Korean Folk Village. The Korean Folk Village provides a look at traditions from 18th & 19th century Korea where you can see traditional homes, dress, and artwork, and learn of traditional Korean life & culture. Later, proceed to Songnisan National Park to visit the Beopjusa Temple where you can see Korea’s tallest statue of Buddha. The forested park is an ideal place for walking. Afterwards, drive to Daegu via the expressway and check-in to the hotel for your one night stay.
Meet at the hotel and transfer to Gyeongju, the capital of the Silla kingdom from 57BC – 935AD. Gyeongju is known as a “Museum without walls,” as there are 52 designated sites that are considered cultural assets. Upon arrival in Gyeongju, enjoy a half day Gyeongju tour including a visit to the Cheomseongdae Astronomic Observatory, and then the 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 Royal King’s burial chambers. The last visit of the day is at the Bulguksa Temple. Although the temple was destroyed during the Japanese occupation, it has been completely restored to its former glory. Check-in to the hotel for your two night stay and have the evening at your leisure.
After breakfast, start your full day tour of Gyeongju by visiting the Seokguram Grotto. Established in the 8th century on the slopes of Mt. Toham, the grotto contains a monumental statue of a sitting Buddha looking out to the sea and is considered a masterpiece of Far Eastern Buddhist. Today’s tour also includes the 4-face Buddha, Gwaeneung Royal Tomb and a scenic drive to Guryongpo Port along beautiful coastal scenery.
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the Unmunsa Temple, the largest Buddhist nunnery in Korea, for a guided tour amongst it’s lush and mountainous surroundings. Afterwards, proceed to Busan, the second largest city of South Korea, where upon arrival you will have a half-day tour of the city. Visit the Busan Tower on Mt Yongdusan with its observation deck offering stunning views of the city and beyond, stroll through the Jagalchi Fishery Market where roadside vendors sell their wares and end the tour with a visit to the bustling Nampo Dong area.
After breakfast, transfer to Mt Gayasan National Park via the expressway. In Mt Gayasan National Park, visit the Haeinsa Temple. Haeinsa Temple has a world famous Korean cultural treasure called Tripikata Koreana, which was made during the Goryo Dynasty to protect the country from the invasion of Mongolian troops by Buddha’s power. UNESCO has designated this Tripitaka Koreana a World Cultural Heritage. Proceed later to Andong, 2 hours from Haeinsa, Andong is one of the best-preserved villages notable for its traditional style houses. Hahoe Village in Andong is also famed for its mask dance! After a visit to Hahoe Village, proceed to Chungju Lake, and check-in to your hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then take a ride on a sightseeing boat to see the lakeside scenery (note that the boat tour is subject to weather conditions). Afterwards, head to Mt Seorak National Park via Gangneung, where you will visit the Chamsori Gramophone & Audio Museum, and then proceed to Woljeongsa Temple to experience a unique temple stay. Upon arrival at the temple, change your clothes to temple dress prepared by the temple residents, and then receive an orientation on the temple stay regarding regulations and schedules. Attend the evening ceremony of bell-beating, evening chanting and a meditation course. For this one night, you will not have access to a telephone or TV in your shared traditional Korean style room. No alcohol is permitted at the temple. Showers and washrooms are shared, and temple guests should bring their own toiletries. Stay one night at the Woljeongsa Temple.
Wake up at 3 am for morning worship (optional). After breakfast, transfer to the DMZ Unification Observatory at the demarcation line on the East Coast for a close view of North Korea. Return to Mt. Seorak National Park for a cable car ride to Gwongeumseong Fortress and visit Sinheungsa Temple. You will also have a chance today to enjoy a hot spring swim or sauna at Waterpia Spa Park (own account).
After breakfast at the hotel, meet and transfer to Gapyeong to visit the Garden of Morning Calm, which displays unique Korean wild flowers and trees in a garden located in a mountain valley (subject to change due to weather). Later, transfer to Seoul and check-in for your one night stay. The remainder 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 3: Take a tour to see ancient traditions at the Korean Folk Village
Days 8: Stay overnight at a Temple for insight into Korean Buddhist culture.
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