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Korea Grand Circle Tour - 20 Days


Summary


A Seoul city tour includes Deoksu Palace, Changdeok Palace, Drive by The Blue House, Jogyesa Temple, South Gate Open Market, and Insadong Shopping Street.

Visit the Korean Folk Village the the south of Seoul to see traditional houses and life styles.

A tour of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and the Dora Observation Platform to get a view of North Korea.

Travel to Gyeongju. Take a tour to include Cheomseongdae Astronmical Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park. Gyeongju National Museum, Bulguksa Temple, and Seokguram Grotto Temple.

Moving on to Busan, visit the Busan Tower, Jagalchi Fishery Market, Nampodong Shopping Street, UN Cemetery, Busan Municipal Museum, and Haeundae Beach.

Transfer to Mt. Gayasan National Park. Visit Haeinsa Temple, with its world-famous Korean cultural treasure, “Tripikata Koreana”. Continue to Daegu City.

From Daegu proceed to Andong and visit the Hahoe Village, famous for its unique mask dancing performance. Proceed to Chungju Lake.

After taking a cruise on Chiungju Lake, continue to Mt. Seorak, staying overnight.

Tour Shinheungsa Temple, take the cable car to Gwonkeumseong Fortress, then return to Seoul via Gangneung City.

Having stayed overnight in Seoul, transfer to Deoksan, and see Deoksan Provincial Park and Sudeoksa Temple. Continue to Onyang City to see its Folk Museum.

Head on to Gongju City, and tour of King Muryeong’s Tomb, Gongju National Museum, Gongju Fortress, then head to Buyeo City, to visit Buyeo National Museum and Nakhwaam Bluff. Continue to Jeonju City.

Following a tour of Jeonju Hanok Village, explore the Byunsan Peninsula (Chaeseokgang Sea-Side Cliff) and Naesosa Temple, then drive along the west coast to Mokpo City.

From Mokpo, transfer to Haenam Island (Bogildo Island) and tour of Dangkkeut Village, then carry on to Boseong and its Tea Plantation

At Suncheon, tour Nakahn Folklore Village and Songgwangsa Temple, then transfer to Jinju City to visit its Fortress and Museum.

Depart for Geoje Island, and tour the Geoje Prisoner Of War Museum. take a cruise boat to Oedo Botanical Garden, then transfer to Busan Airport for a flight to Jeju Island

At Jangseungpo Pier, take a boat for Haegeumgang, and marvel at thee botanical gardens on Oedo Island.

Enjoy a whole day tour of Manjang Cave, Seongsan Sunrise Peak, Cheonjiyon Waterfall and the Jeju Folklore Village.

Tour also Mokseokwon Gallery, Samsunghyul Shrine, Dragon Head Rock, and Jeju Hallim Park.
return to Seoul and visit the Seoul Tower, 2002 World Cup Stadium, Han River Cruise Boat, COEX Aquarium, and Cheongye Stream.


Itinerary


Day 1 (Monday) - Arrival at Incheon International Airport.


Arrive at Incheon International Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel by the airport limousine bus or by mini-van. The rest of day is free at leisure.

When you arrive in Seoul on some other days with the pre-extension or the post-extension bookings (the earlier arrival or the later arrival), the arrival transfer is not provided. When you have the pre-extension bookings at the hotel(s), please take an airport limousine bus or take a taxi to the hotel. The airport limousine buses are available to the hotel(s) every 20-25 minutes, from 05:00 am until 21:00 pm


Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul

Day 2 - Seoul City (Tuesday)


After breakfast, start a city tour of Seoul including Deoksu Palace (on Wed.~Mon. replaced with Gyeongbok Palace & National Folk Museum), Changdeok Palace, Drive by The Blue House, Jogyesa Temple, South Gate Open Market, Insadong Shopping Street.

Established by the founder of Joseon Dynasty in 1392, Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea has a population of more than 12,000,000 people. Seoul is a city of the incredible contrasts which, despite its immense size, make it one of the most fascinating cities in the world.. In Seoul, the new and the ancient co-exist in the perfect harmony for everyone to enjoy.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Namsan Folk Village, Seoul

Day 3 - Seoul / Korean Folk Village / Seoul (Wednesday)


Breakfast at hotel. Morning free. At highnoon, transfer to the Korean Folk Village outside of Seoul to the south, where the old traditional style houses and life styles of the 18th ~19th century are being practiced. Return to Seoul

The Korean Folk Village is a showplace of the Korea's traditional folklore customs and ways of living. Located near Suwon City, 40 km to the south of Seoul, the village was opened in 1974 and comprises approximately two hundred and thirty structures, each representing the traditional customs and manners. In these structures, the visitors witness the unique scenes of people in the ancient costumes living and working in exactly the same manners as in the past before the country came under the western influence.

Meals: Breakfast


Korean flower field

Day 4 - DMZ & the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel - Gyeongju (Thursday)


After breakfast, drive to the DMZ. Tour of DMZ. Transfer to Gyeongju City. North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel is located within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and is located 44 km away from Seoul to the northwest, found in October, 1978, and 30,000 armed military forces with the field artillery can permeate through this tunnel per one hour. Dora Observation Platform is located at a western front line and from here you can get a view of the North Korean territory including the Propaganda Village, People's School and Gaeseong City, the old capital city of the Goryeo Kingdom.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Bulguksa Temple, Seoul

Day 5 - Gyeongju City - Busan City (Friday)


Breakfast at hotel. Tour of Gyeongju including Cheomseongdae Astronmical Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park. Gyeongju National Museum, Bulguksa Temple, & Seokguram Grotto Temple. Proceeed to Busan City.

The richest repository of ancient history and arts in Korea, the city of Gyeongju was once the splendid capital of the Shilla Kingdom (B.C. 57-A.D. 935). Gyeongju is filled with the remains of the ancient Shilla Kingdom’s temples, the royal tombs, the monuments, one of the earliest astronomical observatories in Asia - Cheomseongdae, built in 647 A.D., and the crumbled remains of the palaces and the fortresses.

There is a branch (Gyeongju National Museum) of the National Museum Korea in the downtown where thousands of the items are exhibited. The two supreme treasures of Gyeongju are the Bulguksa Temple and the Seokguram Grotto, Being called "The Museum Without Walls". Gyeongju has been designated by UNESCO as one of the world's ten historic sites, and the Bulguksa Temple and the Seokguram Grotto were added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1995.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Busan

Day 6 - Busan City (Saturday)


After breakfast, Tour of Busan Tower, Jagalchi Fishery Market, Nampodong Shopping Street, UN Cemetery, Busan Municipal Museum, Busan Haeundae Beach.

Busan is the second largest city and the principal port of Korea. It is located on the southern part of the peninsula with more than 4 million inhabitants, it being geographically an excellent natural harbour. Busan has been an important trade center for fishing and some other industries for a long time. The major attractions of Busan are UN Memorial Cemetery, Busan Tower and Jagalchi Fishery Market and Haeundae Beach.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Haeinsa Temple

Day 7 - Busan City - Haeinsa Temple - Daegu (Sunday)


After breakfast, transfer to Mt. Gayasan National Park. Visit Haeinsa Temple. Haeinsa Temple has the world-famous Korean cultural treasure called “Tripikata Koreana”, which was made during the Goryeo Kingdom to protect the country from the invasion of the Mongolian army troops, with the help of the Buddha’s power. This Tripitaka Koreana has been designated by UNESCO as the World Heritage. Proceed to Daegu City Hotel.

Haeinsa Temple was first built in 802 A.D. during the reign of King Aejang of the Shilla Dynasty. It is certainly one of the most beautiful temples in Korea and the one to visit even if time is quite limited. All the visitors will awe even the mountainous scenery alone. Haeinsa Temple has preserved over 80,000 wooden printing blocks of the Buddhist scripture which took 15 years for the scluptors to carve. These blocks are designated as a National Treasure No. 32 and the four structures housing these blocks are designated as a National Treasure No. 52. The 80,000 wooden printing blocks were added to the UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1995.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Andong

Day 8 - Daegu - Andong - Chungju Lake (Monday)


After breakfast, proceed to Andong. Andong is the best preserved village with its traditional style houses. In 1999, Queen Elisabeth II from UK visited the Hahoe Village and was welcomed with the Birthday Party Table decorated in the Korean traditional way. The Hahoe Village in Andong is famous for its unique mask dancing performance. Proceed to Chungju Lake.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Chungjuho

Day 9 - Chungju - Mount Seorak (Tuesday)


After breakfast, take the cruise boat for the lakeside scenery in Chiungju Lake. (In the winter time, the cruise boat tours could be cancelled when the lake is frozen and replaced with the vicinity coach tours.) Proceed to Mount Seorak. This morning, drive to Chungjuho Lake, enjoying the cruise boat and visit Cheongpung Cultural Properties Complex - located by the Chungjuho Lake. This complex has reconstructed the beauty of Cheongpung, a village that became submerged after the construction of Chungju Dam. It took three years to relocate the buildings and structures in the current site.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Mount Seorak, South Korea

Day 10 - Mount Seorak Tour - Seoul (Wednesday)


After breakfast, Tour of Shinheungsa Temple, take the cable car to Gwonkeumseong Fortress, Return to Seoul via Gangneung City, visiting Chamsori Gramophone & Audio Museum along the way. This museum boasts of the incredible collection of the 19th century’s gramophones and the 1st generation audio systems.

Mount Seorak, the northern stretch of Korea's eastern coast, is rugged and mountainous with breath-taking scenery, often called “The Alps of Asia".

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Onyang

Day 11 - Seoul - Deoksan - Onyang (Thursday)


Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Deoksan, to tour Deoksan Provincial Park, & Sudeoksa Temple. Transfer to Onyang City, visiting Onyang Folk Museum.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Gongju Temple, Seoul

Day 12 - Onyang - Gongju - Buyeo - Jeonju (Friday)


Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Gongju City, visiting King Muryeong’s Tomb, Gongju National Museum, & Gongju Fortress. Moving on to Buyeo City, explore Buyeo National Museum and Nakhwaam Bluff. Transfer to Jeonju City.

Gongju was the second capital of the Baekje Kingdom established in 475 A.D. and there are still many of Baekje treasures in evidence. Among them, King Muryeong's Tomb is the most famous. A Paleolithic man, he lived near Gongju about 20,000-30,000 years ago and the fact is evidenced at a cave site in the vicinity. The tools, weapons, and some other artifacts unearthed are similar to the objects found in Manchuria and the lake Baikal region.

Buyeo was the last capital of the Baekje Kingdom and is rich in the regends. There are many remains, too, dating back to the kingdom's final struggle period against the armed forces of the Shilla Kingdom and its ally, Dang China in 660 A.D. A steep hill in Buyeo city centre is the site of the Busosanseong Fortress where the Baekje Army Troops made their last battle. Nakhwaam Bluff, "The Rock of Falling Flowers" is on top of the fortified hill. From here, a pavilion looks out over the Baekmagang River down the hill. According to the behind history, over 3,000 flower-like ladies of the Baekje Royal Court jumped into the river, having committed the mass suicide rather than yielding themselves to the invading conquerors. The Buyeo National Museum was reopened on August 6, 1993. The new building has a display space of 2,116m, which is three times as large as the one it replaced.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Jeonju Hanok Village

Day 13 - Jeonju - Byeonsan Peninsula - Mokpo City (Saturday)


Breakfast at the hotel. Tour of Jeonju Hanok Village, Byunsan Peninsula (Chaeseokgang Sea-Side Cliff) and Naesosa Temple. Drive along West Coastline to Mokpo City.

Jeonju Hanok Village with a number of the traditional housing style is located in the city of Jeonju and overlaps Pungnam-dong and Gyo-dong villages. There are over 800 traditional Korean houses called “Hanok Houses”. While the rest of city has been quite industrialised, The Hanok Village has not changed much and still retains its old traditions.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Tea Plantation, Korea

Day 14 - Mokpo - Haenam Island (Bogildo Island) - Boseong Tea Plantation (Sunday)


Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Haenam Island (Bogildo Island) and tours of Dangkkeut Village (the village located on the edge of the Korean Pennisula) and transfer to Boseong to tour the Boseong Tea Plantation.

Boseong, the largest tea-growing area in Korea is known as the birthplace of Korea’s tea industry. It accounts for 40% portion of the domestic tea production. Visit the beautiful “The Tea Terrace” located on the hill, enjoying hot tea and even tea-flavoured ice cream!

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Suncheonman Gulf

Day 15 - Boseong - Suncheon - Jinju City (Monday)


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Suncheon to tour Nakahn Folklore Village, & Songgwangsa Temple before transfering to Jinju City, to explore Jinju Fortress and Jinju Museum.

Continue to Suncheon. En route, visit Nakahn Folklore Village. This Folklore Village is surrounded by the fortress which was constructed in the 15th century during the Joseon Dynasty. This Folklore Village was formed in 1980s. Within the east, the south and the west of the fortress, about 100 families still reside and the fortress area has been very well preserved.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Jinju Light Festival

Day 16 - Jinju - Geoje Island - Busan City - Jeju Island (Tuesday)


Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to Geoje Island, to tour the Geoje P.O.W (Prisoner Of War) Museum and take a cruise boat to Oedo Botanical Garden. Transfer to Busan Airport. Fly to Jeju Island.

Transfer to the Jangseungpo Pier to take a boat for Haegeumgang - a part of Hallyeo Waterway Park to Oedo Island (the Botanical Garden). The botanical gardens on Oedo Island are the fruits of labour of one Korean couple who had a dream to create paradise. With a land area stretching over 132 square kilometers, there are approximately 3,000 kinds of plants. No other gardens in Korea can match the splendour of the ones found here.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Jeju island

Day 17 - Jeju Island (Wednesday)


Breakfast at hotel. Whole day tour of Manjang Cave, Seongsan Sunrise Peak, Cheonjiyon Waterfall and the Jeju Folklore Village.

Jeju Island enjoys a subtropical climate with the mild weather year-round. The plants and landscapes are entirely distinct from those of the mainland and some are quite unique. Jeju's principal peak is Mt. Hallasan, and is the highest peak in South Korea.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Jeju island Statues

Day 18 - Jeju Island - Seoul (Thursday)


Breakfast at the hotel, before taking a tour of Mokseokwon Gallery, Samsunghyul Shrine, Dragon Head Rock, Jeju Hallim Park. Transfer to Jeju Island Airport. Fly to Seoul. Transfer to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Insadong Street, Seoul

Day 19 - Seoul (Friday)


Breakfast at the hotel, then start a tour, visiting Seoul Tower, 2002 World Cup Stadium, and taking a Han River Cruise Boat. See also the COEX Aquarium, & the Cheongye Stream.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Seoul at Night

Day 20 - Seoul - Departure (Saturday)


PriceAfter breakfast, check-out the hotel. The complimentary airport bus ticket is provided.

End of tour.

Airport Limousine buses depart for the airport every 20-25 minutes from the hotel bus stop.

Meals: Breakfast


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