Best Of South Korea 10 days
Meet a guide at parking lot in front of Donghwa Duty Free Shop Building, at Gwanghwamun Intersection, Seoul 08:00 am – Depart Seoul to Gongju (130Km/1.5hours) / Visit The Tomb of King Muryeong – Gongsanseong Fortress – Buyeo (an hour and a half), an ancient capital of the Baekje Dynasty. Visit Baekje Cultural Land where you will see a palace, castle, cultural hall, etc. Visit “Goransa Temple and Nakhwaam bluff by boat (optional $12pp)” where 3,000 court ladies of Baekjae plunged into the river to avoid being captured and dishonored when enemy breached the castle on the last day of the Kingdom – Proceed to Jeonju (80Km/1 hr) to visit Jeonju Hanok Village including about 700 traditional Korean houses called Hanok. Transfer to Gwangju (100km / 1hr 20min), the leading city of Honam region and birthplace of a modern democratic movement in Korea. Overnight stay at Hotel.
The Tomb of King Muryeong / Gongsanseong Fortress / Baekje Cultural Land / Nakhwaam Rock / Jeonju Hanok Village
Breakfast at your hotel / Gwangju, a Hub City of Asian Culture, Visit Gwangju city Musuem – Move to Bosung Green Tea-plantation – Suncheon (100km/ 1hr) where you will visit Suncheon Ecological Park / Move to Yeosu, a port city and look around the Fish Market. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Gwangju Folk Museum / Boseong Green Tea Plantation / Suncheon Bay Garden / Garden Exposition Suncheon Bay
Breakfast at your hotel / Jinjuseong Fortress – Chokseoknu edifice historically linked to Japanese invasion in 1592.- Move to Busan(100Km/1.5hrs) -> Arrive at Gimhae domestic airport – Fly to Jeju by domestic airplane.
Welcomed by local guide and transfer to hotel.
Breakfast at your hotel, and then enjoy a full day of sightseeing. Visit Cheonjeyeon Falls (The Pond of God), Continue to the Gyulimseong tangerine farm and followed by a scenic cruise aboard the Seogwipo Pleasure Boat (optional, US$18PP). Stop for lunch at the local restaurant. Visit Spirited Garden, recognized as the most beautiful garden in the world by the press and renowned guest from around the world who have visited since it opened on July 30.1992 . Take a walk “Olle” a narrow pathway. Complete the day with a walk along the shores of Yongmeori Beach; if closed*, visit Sanbanggulsa cave instead. Dinner on your own and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Cheonjiyeon Falls / Gyulimseong tangerine farm / Seogwipo Pleasure Boat / Spirited Garden / Yongmeori Beach / Sanbanggulsa cave
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel and then transfer to Seopjikoji – One of the most mysterious sights in Jeju Island, in harmony with seashore made up of grotesque cliffs and dark blue ocean, where you can enjoy trekking on the Olle path.
Visit Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, World Heritage designated by UNESCO. Next, step back in time as you explore the Seongeup Folk Village, renowned for perfectly preserving Korean traditions. This village also boasts many cultural landmarks, such as Confucian shrines and schools, millstones, and more. Have a lunch at local restaurant.
If time is available, visit the Musuem of Natural History – to have an opportunity to experience and learn about the environment and shows how to preserve the earth’s natural beauty. Stop by Korean Jewelry Amethyst and local product store. Transfer back to Jeju Airport and Fly to your next destination around 17:00, Busan (Gimhae airport), the 2nd largest city in Korea. After met by guide, transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.
Seopjikoji / Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak / Seongeup Folk Village / Jeju Folklore & Natural History Museum
Breakfast at the hotel. Met by our guide at 08:30 am.
Move to Gyeongju, a museum without walls. In 57 BC, around when Julius Caesar was subduing Gaul, it became the capital of the Shilla Dynasty and remained so for about 1000 years. Gyeongju preserves a vast amount of significant and fascinating historical heritage. Along with Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, its historical district has been designated as a World Heritage by UNESCO. Gyeongju National Museum, & Cheomgseongdae Astronomical Observatory, Seokguram Grotto (UNESCO world heritage) – an artificial stone temple made of granites, located on the eastern peak of Mt. Toham. Inside the round-shaped main hall, there are the Bonjon Statue, Bodhi-Sattava and his disciples. It was built to preserve these statues. Bulguksa Temple (UNESCO world heritage) – The beauty of the temple itself and artistic touch of the stone relics are as awesome and fascinating as to be highly praised by visitors from all over the world. Move to Daegu city for overnight which is a largest and central city of this province. Check in at Hotel and take a rest.
Gyeongju National Museum / Cheomgseongdae / Seokguram Grotto / Bulguksa Temple
DAY7 DAEGU/HAEINSA TEMPLE/ANDONG/MT.SEORAK
After Check-out, move to Haeinsa Temple located in Gayasan National Park. Haeinsa Temple was founded by King Ae-Jang of Shilla Dynasty (802), well known for its famous treasure “ Tripitaka Koreana ”(UNESCO world heritage) composed of 81,341 printing woodblocks made to repulse the Mongolian Army Invasion with support of Buddha. And then transfer to Andong Hahoe Village which has preserved the housing architecture and the village structure of the Joseon Dynasty. Moreover, the Village was not artificially created; there are people who actually live there. The Hahoe Village has become world-famous for the visit of The Queen Elizabeth II of Britain several years ago. And then transfer to Sokcho, a port of fishing boats and commercial ships. Check in at hotel located close to Sokcho seashore. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Haeinsa Temple (Tripitaka Koreana) / Andong Hahoe Village
Move to Seoraksan National Park of which the peaks break through the clouds while jade-like water flows through the valleys, creating breathtaking views and making this Korea’s most famous national park. UNESCO designated this park a Biosphere Preservation District in 1982 due to so many rare species found here. Visit Sinheungsa-temple located in Mt. Seorak which is an ancient temple with deep historical significance, built by a great monk Jajangyulsa (590~658). (Optional Tour: Gwongeumseong Cable Car–USD15.00). Gwongeumseong is a site of castle ruins located on the steep Dol Mountain of Seoraksan National Park area. After sightseeing of Seoraksan National Park, move to Seoul.
Our tour will finish at Express Terminal, Gangnam, Seoul around 18:00 pm. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Mt. Seorak National Park / cable car / Shinheungsa Temple
After breakfast, pick up at your hotel around 08:30-09:00 am for Seoul half day sightseeing – Gyeongbokgung Palace(Deoksu Palace on Tue) The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony, National Folk Museum, Korean Ginseng Center.
After lunch and move to Korean Folk Village (an hour and half drive away from Seoul) – you will experience the culture of the late Joseon Dynasty, It’s huge village that has about 260 different types of house of each province. / Return to Seoul and take a rest. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Gyeongbokgung Palace / National Folk Museum / Korean Folk Village
After breakfast at your hotel, Have your own time to explore exotic Seoul and departure transfer to your home destination.