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Golden Route of Korea - 8 Days


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Summary


This tour itinerary includes Airport pick-up and drop-off.

Exploring Seoul, Gongju, Jeonju, Gwangju, Suncheon, Yeosu, Jinju, Busan, Gyeongju, Andong, Wonju, Pyeongchang, and Mt. Seorak.


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Itinerary


Day 1 (Friday) Arrive into Incheon Airport


Meet your tour guide at Incheon Airport (upon exiting) and transfer to hotel.

Check Into Your Hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Travelodge Myeongdong Euljiro or similar.


Day 2 (Saturday) Seoul Tour


Breakfast at your hotel


Seoul Half Day Sightseeing


● Gyeongbokgung Palace

The palace was originally constructed in 1394. It was a symbol of majesty for the Korean people and the home of the royal family. Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond have remained relatively intact.

● The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony

In ancient times, the royal guards of Joseon Dynasty performed the given task by guarding the Gwanghwamun Gate, the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace where the king ruled the country. Since 1469, the ceremony has taken place and its record has been consulted for the present reenactment ceremony.

● National Folk Museum

Located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past. Through the displays, visitors can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea’s cultural beliefs.

● Korean Ginseng Center

Known as the 'miraculous medicine,' Ginseng is Korea's representative medicinal crop. Ginseng is used as a way to recover health, strengthen the body, and calm the mind.

Lunch

Stop for lunch at local restaurant.

● Korean Folk Village

Here 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 your Hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Travelodge Myeongdong Euljiro or similar.


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Day 3 (Sunday) Seoul - Gongju - Jeonju


Breakfast at your hotel

Take a walk to the car park in front of Donghwa Duty Free Shop Building, at Gwanghwamun Intersection, Seoul, to arrive by 08:00am

Depart Seoul to Gongju (130Km/1.5hours).


Gongju Tour


Tomb of King Muryeong

Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong (AD462-523) contains representative relics of the Baekje Dynasty period (AD234~678). The Songsan-ri Tombs contain the graves of kings while Baekje's capital was Gongju, and it is believed to have 10 such graves. Only seven graves have been discovered so far.
The popular Tomb of King Muryeong is the 7th tomb, the resting place for Baekje's 25th King Muryeong and his queen. This tomb was discovered accidentally when installing pipes to protect tombs number 5 and 6 from being flooded. The tomb is very unusual in the way it was built with bricks like 6th tomb and in what it houses like many national treasures inside, supplying precious research materials to the scholars studying Baekje culture.

Gongsanseong Fortress

Located in Gongju-si (city), it is a mountain castle established during the Baekje. You can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Geumgang riverside right here. Follow the trail path a little further up then Imryugak Pavilion appearing, known as the largest of its kind within the fortress. It is worth to visit for its historical and cultural significance, and also for the fantastic sight.

Jeonju Hanok Village

While the rest of city has been industrialized, Hanok Village retains its historical charms and traditions. It is particularly gorgeous for its unique roof edges, which are slightly raised to the sky. A part of Hanok (traditional Korean house) is set aside so that tourists can experience traditional Korean life at Hanok Life Experience Hall. The food provided here is folkloristic like bibimbap, the most well-known dish in Korea, adding to the conventional ambience.

Check-into your hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Jeonju Ramada or similar.


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Day 4 (Monday) Jeonju - Gwangju - Suncheon - Yeosu


Breakfast at your hotel .

Transfer to Gwangju (100km / 1hr 20min), the leading city of the Honam region and birthplace of a modern democratic movement in Korea

● May 18th National Cemetery

Visit to May 18th National Cemetery, located in front of Mudeungsan Mountain, the symbol of freedom and democracy, and the graves of victims during the contention for democracy in May 1980. Victims were carried by handcarts and garbage trucks to be buried. In 1997 the cemetery was exhumed and reburied at this memorial. May 18th has become a regional holiday of commemorating the people's desire for democracy.


Suncheon Tour


● Suncheon Bay Garden

The Suncheon Bay Garden was established in order to turn 1.12 square kilometers of natural habitat into a conservation area, where it houses over 505 species of trees and 113 species of flowers. Especially, the numerous groups of tulips and royal azaleas are truly a sight to see. Besides, the nearby 30,000-square-meter field of canola flowers are in full bloom in May, creating breathtakingly beautiful yellow "wave" with trees making great shades of canopy for the area.

● Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve

Suncheonman Bay's reed field covers a total area of approximately 495,867㎡, encompassing the regions of Gyoryang-dong and Daedae-dong in Suncheon as well as Haeryong-myeon's Jungheung-ri, Haechang-ri, and Seonhak-ri. The reed field starts from the confluence of Dongcheon and Isacheon Streams, and stretches along both sides of the stream for approximately 3 kilometers until it reaches the main reed colony at Suncheonman Bay. The reed fields in Suncheonman Bay are thickly covered with reeds taller than a full-grown man. It is the biggest colony of reeds in Korea. The scene of the entire field swaying in the wind is like watching waves on the sea. Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve is a natural habitat for birds of over 140 species, including migratory and endangered bird species such as the hooded crane, white-naped crane, Oriental White Stork, black-faced spoonbill, Eurasian Oystercatcher as well as birds designated as natural treasures.


Yeosu Tour


● Yi, Sun-Sin Plaza

During the Japanese invasion of the Imjin Waeran War (1592~1598), Admiral Yi,Sun-shin, a national hero whose naval victories of 23 times in battles were phenomenal in repelling Japanese naval forces, had his headquarters in Yeosu. For this reason, the site displays a lot of artifacts honoring his heroic endeavors in protecting the country. As a great leader of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) , he saved his country when it was on the brink of crisis.

Check-in to our hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Yeosu U Castle or similar.


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Day 5 (Tuesday) Yeosu - Jinju - Busan - Gyeongju - Ulsan


Breakfast at your hotel


Jinju Tour


● Jinjuseong Fortress

Originally built as Geoyeol Castle during the three kingdom period and   historically linked to the Japanese invasion in 1592, defending the Honam region from the invaders during the Imjin Waeran (war). One of the best renovated fortresses in the country, sitting on the north of the Nam-gang overlooking the city.


Busan Tour


We continue to Busan (100Km/1.5hrs). Here we visit Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan’s largest seafood market, Haeundae Beach, and Dongbaek Park.

Leaving Busan we head to Gyeongju (100Km/1hr30min).

Check into your hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Gyeongju Commodore Hotel or similar.


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Day 6 (Wednesday) Gyeongju - Andong - Wonju


Breakfast at your hotel.


Gyeongju Tour


● Seokguram

(Optional tour: Seokguram Gurotto US$6 PP)


Seokguram  is known to have been built with Bulguksa Temple.  Designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granite.

● Bulguksa Temple

Bulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world.


Andong Hahoe Folk Village


Our tour continues to Andong Hahoe Folk Village (170km/ 2hr 30min). Hahoe Folk Village (UNESCO) has preserved the housing architecture and the village structure of the Joseon Dynasty. Moreover, the Village was naturally formed with people who actually live there.

Hahoe Village boasts exquisite scenic sights: the elegant Nakdong River flowing around the village, the magnificent Buyongdae Cliff, endlessly unfolding sandy beaches, and lush, ancient pine trees. Hahoe Village, along with Yangdong Village in Gyeongju, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List under the category of “Historic Villages in Korea” on July 31, 2010. Hahoe Folk Village has preserved the housing architecture and the village structure of the Joseon Dynasty.


Wonju


We continue to Wonju (155km/ 2hrs) characterised by the Chiaksan Mountain and the Seom River that circles the area, and which has been the capital of Gangwon Province for 500 years since the Joseon Dynasty,  maintaining rich tradition and cultural relics.

Check into your hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Wonju Interburgo Hotel or similar


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Day 7 (Thursday) Wonju - Mt. Seorak - Seoul


Breakfast at your hotel.

After breakfast, transfer to Pyeongchang (95km/ 1hour 20min). Visit the venue of 2018 Winter Olympic Games (Ski Jumping stadium).

Proceed to Mt. Seorak National Park(UNESCO)(50km/1hr), At Mt. Seorak National Park, the peaks of the Seoraksan Mountains break through the clouds while jade-like water flows through the valleys, creating breathtaking views and making this Korea's most famous national park. Due to the many rare species found here, UNESCO designated this national park a Biosphere Preservation District in 1982.

*Cable car to Gwongeumseong fortress (Optional for Shinheungsa temple &cable car: KRW15,000pp).

Transfer to Seoul (195km/ 3hrs)

Arrive at Seoul 18:00PM.

Check Into Your Hotel. Remainder of the day free time at leisure.

Hotel: Travelodge Myeongdong Euljiro or similar.


Day 8 (Friday) Seoul Departure


Breakfast at your hotel

Meet your driver at the hotel lobby (4 hours before your flight time)

Private transfer to Incheon Airport

*Check-out before 12:00 noon to avoid an additional night’s charge


* Above schedule and Hotels are subject to change due to local circumstances such as weather, traffic and big events.


Inclusions:


Accommodation with Breakfast

English speaking tour guide

Admission Fees (some attractions optional and not included)

Transportation


Excludes:


International Flights

Lunch & Dinner

Optional Tour Admission Fees

Travel Insurance


TTA Protected

Price Guide:


US$ 1295 per person- based on 2 sharing a room and airport transfers.

Single Supplement: US$ 495


*Peak Season Prices: (1st week of May, July, August, & Holidays)


US$ 1395 per person- based on 2 sharing a room and airport transfers.

Single Supplement: US$ 560


Alternatively guests may opt to switch to 4 star hotel in Jeju Island (instead of 5 star), and pay normal rate.


This tour operates with a minimum of 2 persons.

Child Price on this tour: Infant under 24 months goes free. Child 2-5 years sharing bed with 2 adults: 80% Adult Price. With extra bed, sharing room with 2 adults: Full Adult Price. Child with 1 Adult sharing a room is Adult Price.


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