Seoul & Jeju Island - 8 Days
Day 1 - Arrival in Seoul
Your private guide will meet you at the arrival gate of Incheon International Airport with a signboard. And then, you will be transferred to the Hotel which is located in centre of Seoul.
Day 2 - Seoul Tour
Visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace - Bukchon Hanok Village - Simsimheon - Insadong Antique & Art Street - Gwangjang Market
Gyeongbokgung Palace: Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because it is the furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all five palaces. (Closed every Tuesday)
Bukchon Hanok Village: The name, 'Bukchon', which literally translates to 'northern village', came about as the neighborhoods that the village covers lay to the north of the two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggye Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, tea houses, providing an opportunity to experience and immerse in Korean traditional culture.
Simsimheon: Just cross the street from Gyeongbokgung Palace, you can see the concentrated Korean traditional houses. You will move to Simsimheon in Bukchon Hanok Village where you can enjoy the beauty of Hanok, Korean traditional house style, and a cup of tea. The name “Simsimheon” means “house where the heart is found”. Its construction was due to the owner’s wishes to preserve the fading Hanok tradition. One of the main focuses in building Simsimheon was to make sure it followed traditional ways, but still be able to provide the conveniences of a modern home. Simsimheon is a new age living Hanok, where tradition and modernity come together.
Day 3 - Seoul DMZ Tour
You will be met your guide in the hotel lobby at 8:00am and transfer to DMZ (70km/1.5hr by car).
DMZ - Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea, (Closed on Monday & National holidays) Imjingak Park, freedon Bridge, ID check Point, Pass by Unification village, the 3rd Tunnel (DMZ Theatre, Exhibition Hall), Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station. (No tour on Monday & National Holiday)
The 3rd Tunnel: The 3rd Tunnel was discovered on October 17, 1978. It is located 52km from Seoul. It was estimated that it took approximately an hour for 10,000 soldiers to move through the tunnel. When this tunnel was first discovered, North Koreans insisted it was made by South Koreans in a plot to invade North Korea. However, this theory proved eventually to be false.
Dorasan Observatory: Dorasan Observatory is located nearby the 3rd Tunnel. From this observation platform, North Korean military personnel are visible, and so are the highlights of Gaeseong and the Geumgangsan Diamond Mountains. ** You should bring your passport for DMZ tour.
War Memorial of Korea: The grounds of the War Memorial of Korea were once the headquarters of the Korean Infantry. Many experts from different fields were consulted numerous times and exhaustive research was done in order to complete the exhibits. Exhibits inside the building display equipment used during the Korean War in such a way as to invite comparison between the items. Large weaponry and equipment used by different countries during World War II and the Vietnam War are also on display. (Closed every Mondays)
Day 4 - Seoul Tour
Visiting Suwon Hwaseong Fortress (UNESCO site) &- Korean Folk Village
After meeting the guide, you will be transferred to Suwon.
Hwaseong Fortress: Hwaseong Fortress is an impressive structure from the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty (1392- 1910) and the official fortress of Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do. The fortress (constructed from 1794 to 1796) was built as a show of the King’s filial piety towards his father Jangheonseja and to build a new pioneer city with its own economic power.
After Suwon Hwaseong Fortress you will visit the Korean Folk Village.
Korean Folk Village: Set in a natural environment occupying approximately 243 acres, visitors can experience the natural atmosphere with over 260 traditional houses reminiscent of the late Joseon Dynasty, including various household goods from different regions. All these features have been relocated and restored to provide visitors with a broad understanding of Korean food, clothing, and housing style of the past.
Day 5 - Seoul - Jeju Island
Visiting Yongduam Rock - Dongmun Traditional Market - Samseonghyeol - Manjanggul Cave
Transfer to Gimpo Airport to take a flight to Jeju (1hr).
Yongduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock): Situated to the north of Jeju City, Yongduam was created by strong winds and waves over thousands of years. However, there are plenty of other stories of how it came to be. One legend has it that a dragon stealing precious jade from Mt. Halla was shot dow n by an arrow from the mountain deity. When he fell down on Yongduam, his body immediately sank into the ocean and his head rapidly froze looking at the sky. Another legend has it that a white horse, who dreamed of being a dragon and ascending to the sky, came to be caught by a soldier and froze into the rock.
Jeju Dongmun Traditional Market: Jeju Dongmun Traditional Market was established after the liberation in 1945. Due to a big fire that broke out in March 1954, the whole market and the nearby area was reduced to ashes. The market then moved to its current location and kept the original name. As one of the most popular traditional market in Jeju, Dongmun has served countless customers, selling diverse items at inexpensive prices.
Samseonghyeol: Designated as Historic Site No.134, Samseonghyeol is located in the pine forest between Kal Hotel and Jeju Folklore & Natural History Museum. The word “Samseonghyeol” means “three clans' holes”, referring to the three holes in the middle of the forest. Each hole is separated from the other holes by a few meters. Legend has it that Samseonghyeol is the place where three demigods, the founding fathers of Tamna (the former name of Jeju), first appeared. They lived by hunting and gathering for a while and got married to three princesses from Byeokrangguk who came to shore in a wooden box. The three princesses brought with them a calf, pony, and five different seeds that eventually helped to establish agriculture in Jeju.
Manjanggul Cave: Manjanggul cave is one of the finest lava tunnels in the world, and is a designated natural monument. A lava tunnel is formed when the lava that was deep in the ground spouts from the peak and flows to the surface. Manjanggul Cave has a variety of interesting structures inside including 70cm lava stalagmites and the lava tube tunnels. Only 1km of the 13,422m Manjanggul Cave is open to tourists. There are rare animals such as bats living in the tunnel, which makes this tunnel valuable for researchers as well. The stone pillars and stalactites are widely spread and the tunnels shows off the cave’s topographical features. The Stone Turtle is especially eye- catching because it is shaped like Jeju-do Island.
Day 6 - Jeju Island
Visiting Haenyeo Museum - Seongsan Sunrise Peak – Seopjikoji – Seongeup Folk Village
Haenyeo Museum: Haenyeo is a woman diver who gathers marine products for a living, and Jeju is home to the largest number of them in Korea. The women, who are also called jomnyeo, jomsu, or jamsu have received a considerable amount of attention around the globe. Visitors can learn about and experience Jeju’s unique haenyeo culture at the Haenyeo Culture Center, which offers various educational programs, activities, and performances. (Closed First and Third Mondays)
Seongsan Sunrise Peak: Seongsan Sunrise Peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jejudo Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. The crater is about 600m in diameter and 90m high. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side is a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Seongsan Village. The sunrise from the crater is magnificent. Also the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak surrounded by bright yellow colored rapeseed flowers in the spring is truly a sight to behold. Seopjikoji: Seopjikoji is the place where spring starts first along with rape flowers all over. Seopjikoji in spring, especially April, is the perfect spring getaway to enjoy the spreading rape flowers with breathtaking coastal rock shapes. The best spot to enjoy the scenery is Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, shaped like a huge elephant, and coastal view from the edge of the Seopjikoji while walking through the field of rape flowers. The rape flower here features its bright and vivid color that goes well with Jeju’s bright sunlight and blue ocean. Seopjikoji is located at the end of the eastern shore of Jeju-do Island. "Seopji" is the old name for the area, and "Koji" is Jeju dialect meaning a sudden bump on land.
Seongeup Folk Village: Seongeup Folk Village located at the foot of Mt. Halla on Jeju Island, Seongeup Folk Village is a small town that holds a vast amount of culture. Cultural properties in the folk village have been handed down from generation to generation and include treasures such as residential houses, Confucian shrines and schools, ancient government offices, stone statues, large millstones (pulled by horses or ox), fortress ruins, and stone monuments. Among the cultural gems of the folk village are intangible cultural assets such as folk plays, native foods, local folk craftsmanship, and local dialect. Even the trees are an important part of the area’s heritage.
Day 7 - Jeju Island Tour
Visiting Cheonjiyeon Falls – Jusangjeolli Cliff – Bonte Museum – O’sulloc Museum
Cheonjiyeon Falls: Cheonjiyeon meaning "God’s pond," derives its name from the legend that the seven fairies serving the King of Heaven came down to the pond on stairs of cloud and bathed in its clean waters. Take a walk along the subtropical path towards the Cheonjiyeon Falls for a kilometer and you will be able to hear the magnificent sound of waterfalls. The waterfall is 22m high, 12m wide and 20m in depth. The clear and deep water of Cheonjiyeon Falls is designated as a natural monument.
Jusangjeolli Cliff: If you follow the farm road 600 m to the southwest from Depo-dong, at the end of the pine tree forest is a cliff. At the base of this cliff is the Jisatgae Coast along with the imposing stone pillars. The Jusangjeolli are stone pillars piled up along the coast and is a designated cultural monument of Jejudo Island. The Jusangjeolli was formed when the lava from Hallasan Mountain erupted into the sea of Jungmun. They are rock pillars shaped like cubes or hexagons of various sizes and almost seem as if stonemasons had carved them out. The administration of the district named them 'Jisatgae Rocks' from their old name 'Jisatgae'. Its 20 m cliff makes it a popular spot for high tide, sea angling. The waves of the high tides crashing into the side of the cliff provide a breathtaking view of the ocean surrounding the pillars.
Bonte Museum: Bonte Museum aims to explore the common beauty of humankind through examining Korea’s traditional and contemporary craft objects. A world-renowned arc hitect, Tadao Andom, designed the museum, and it is considered as another masterwork of his that incorporates light and water in the architectural elements including the exposed concrete structure that is reminiscent of marble.
O’sulloc Museum: Located on Jeju-do Island near Seogwangdawon, teaches visitors about Korea’s traditional tea culture. The “o” in “o’sulloc”, means to appreciate and enjoy, and it also stands for the origin of sulloc, only sulloc, and of sulloc tea. It seeks to harmonize the cultures of the West and East, and past traditions with the modern world. At the O’sulloc Museum, not only can visitors enjoy unique o’sulloc teas, but they can relax next to the lotus pond in the indoor garden. The second floor of the building has an observatory, so visitors can enjoy the views of the nearby green tea fields and the surrounding landscape.
Day 8 - Jeju Island - Seoul - Incheon for Departure
Flight to Seoul. Transfer to Incheon Airport for your departure.
Tour includes Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner not normally included but your guide will always help you find the best restaurants