Busan, Seoul, Gyeongju+ Essence of Korea 8Days
Busan, Seoul, Gyeongju+ Essence of Korea Program
Tue -Day1 : Incheon, Seoul
Upon arrival at Incheon Airport, meet a driver and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of day at leisure.
Wed -Day2 : Seoul
After breakfast, pick up at your hotel around 08:30-09:00 am for Seoul half day sightseeing, Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace(Deoksu Palace on Tue) The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony, National Folk Museum, Korean Ginseng Center.
Continue to visit Insadong Antique Shop Alley, Namsan Hanok Village (Myeongdong on Tuesdays) and N Seoul Tower for an unobstructed view of Seoul city. Return to the hotel.
Thu -Day3 : Seoul, Busan
After breakfast, pick up at your hotel at 08:00 am for DMZ tour(Closed on Mon and National Holiday). You are required to bring Passport for security check.
Hotel →Imjingak Park → The Unification Bridge → ID Check → DMZ theater and exhibition hall → The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel → Dora Observatory →Dorasan Station → Shopping center → Drop off at Seoul City Hall → Meet a driver → Transfer to Seoull station →KTX from Seoul to Busan(2.5hrs by high speed train) → Meet a driver at Busan Airport, you will be transferred to hotel. Enjoy your own free time at Haeundae Beach, unlike other beaches in Korea in that the sandy shore stretches between the sea and tons of tall buildings.
Fri -Day4 : Busan, Gyeongju
After breakfast at the hotel, meet a guide for a full day sightseeing in Busan. Visit Haeundae Beach, the most famous beach in Busan. The white sand beach is roughly 1.5 kilometers long, over a 30- to 50-meter wide area, creating a beautiful coastline before a shallow bay. Proceed to Yonggungsa Temple via Dalmaji-gil Road, famous for its views of the blue ocean, white sandy beach, Camellia forest, and pine tree forest, creating one of Busan’s eight scenic sites. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan.
Transfer to Gamcheon Culture Villiage, formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname “Machu Picchu of Busan. Continue to visit Korea’s largest seafood market, Jagalchi Fishery market and BIFF Square.
Transfer to Gyeongju(1.5hrs by car) and visit Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, a secondary palace used by the crown prince of the Silla Kingdom. You can enjoy the reflection of Imhaejeon in Wolji during the night
Sat – Day 5 : Gyeongju, Daegu
Breakfast at the hotel. Met by our guide at 08:30 am.
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. Move to Daegu city for overnight which is a largest and central city of this province. Check in at Hotel and take a rest
Sun -Day 6 : Daegu, Haeinsa temple, Andong, Pyeongchang
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 “ TripitakaKoreana ”(UNESCO world heritage) composed of 81,341 printing woodblocks made to repulse the Mongolian Army Invasion with support of Buddha. And then transfer to AndongHahoe Village which has preserved the housing architecture and the village structure of the Joseon Dynasty. Moreover, the Village is not artificial, 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 Gangneung, one of 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Cities.
Mon -Day 7 : Pyeongchang, Mt.Seorak, Seoul
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–USD15pp). 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.
**During the peak season in October, the Seoraksan National Park will restrict buses and medium size bus for entries.
Therefore, the bus must park at C District Square and you must walk 3.6km to the entrance from C District Square.
So please be aware of that we might not be able to visit Seoraksan National Park for this tour.
Tue -Day 8 : Seoul, Incheon
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be pick up at your hotel lobby 4hours before your flight departure.
Hotel accommodation with twin sharing with breakfast, Guide (Bi-lingual tour guide), Transfer, Entrance fee as in the schedule
Gratuity for the guide and driver, Travel Insurance,
Optional tour fee, Personal expenses, All not mentioned in the itinerary (no lunch and dinner),
Single room charge, International & Domestic Air
Busan Airport or Busan train Station
10% – 14days before, 20% -13 to 8 days before, 100% – 1week to departureday