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Korea Perfection - 8 Days - Tour Only


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Summary


This South Korean tour starts and ends in Seoul and includes some of the best tourist destinations in Korea.


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Itinerary


Day 1 (Sunday) Seoul - Gongju - Jeonju


Assemble at the tour meeting point which is the car park of Dongwha Duty free mall, (exit number 6 of Gwanghwamun subway station), by 8:00am.

8:00 am: Tour starts with transfer to Gongju (1h30m)


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 at leisure.

Hotel: Ramada Jeonju Hotel or similar


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Day 2 (Monday) Jeonju - Suncheon - Yeosu


Breakfast at your hotel

● 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 into your Hotel. Remainder of the day free at leisure.

Hotel: Yeosu U Castle Hotel or similar 


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Day 3 (Tuesday) Yeosu - Jinju - Busan - Jeju Island


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.

●  Chokseongnu Pavilion

Standing grandly above the rocky cliffs of Namgang river is Chokseongnu Pavilion, arguably one of the most beautiful ‘nugaks’ (multi-storied building without walls) in the Yeongnam region. Chokseongnu (historically known as ‘Jangwollu’) has undergone 8 renovations since its establishment in the 28th year of King Gojong (1241, Goryeo Dynasty) and was once used as a stronghold for defending Jinju Palace in times of war. During times of peace, it was used for holding state examinations.

Transfer To Busan for flight to Jeju Island.

Meet your tour guide at Jeju Airport (upon exiting customs).

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

Hotel: Jejo Lotte or similar
(During summer holiday& festival: Hotel Sumorum or similar)


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Day 4 (Wednesday) Jeju Island


Breakfast at your hotel

Cheonjeyeon Falls

Cheonjeyeon Falls, named "The Pond of God," consists of 3 sections. Around the falls, a variety of plant life thrives, such as the rare ‘solimnan’ reeds. To the east, there is a cave where cold water pours from the ceiling to create the first waterfall. The water gathers into a pool and from there, falls two more times, creating the second and third waterfalls, which then flow into the sea. In Cheonjeyeon Valley, visitors can see Seonimgyo Bridge (arch bridge with 7 nymphs carved on the side) and the octagonal Cheonjeru Pavilion. Seonimgyo Bridge is also called Chilseonyeogyo, meaning "seven nymphs bridge," and it connects Cheonjeyeon Falls with Jungmum Tourist Complex.

On the surface of Cheonjeru Pavilion, there is a painting that tells Cheonjeyeon’s legend of the seven nymphs and the mountain god. In May of every even-numbered year, the Chilseonyeo Festival is held here.

Gyulimseong Tangerine Farm

Sightseeing the farm and shopping local products

Seogwipo Pleasure Boat (Optional, US$18PP)

Enjoy dazzling scenery on the coastal lines and islands around Seogwipo Port in Jeju

Camellia Hill

Camellia Hill is a camellia arboretum that was created on a plot of land in Sangchang-ri, Andeok-myeon, Jeju-do that spans 172,000 square meters. The arboretum is home to 6,000 camellia trees of 500 different species including species that are known to produce the world’s largest and earliest blossoms. In addition to camellia trees, the arboretum also boasts palm trees, wildflowers, and other plants as well as a sprawling grass plaza and an ecological pond.

Auxiliary facilities include a gallery exhibiting camellia-themed crafts and a multipurpose seminar room. Camellia Hill also offers a variety of lodging facilities ranging from thatched-roof cottages and wooden cottages to steel houses and a condominium-type resort.

Take A Walk “Olle” A Narrow Pathway

Complete the day with a walk along the shores of Yongmeori Beach; if closed, visit Sangbanggulsa cave instead

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

Hotel: Jeju Lotte or similar

(During summer holiday& festival : Hotel Sumorum or similar)


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Day 5 (Thursday) Jeju Island - Busan


Breakfast at your hotel

Seopjikoji

Seopjikoji is located at the end of the eastern shore of Jeju Island and boasts a fantastic scenery especially in April when yellow canola flowers are in full bloom. "Seopji" is the old name for the area, and "Koji" is Jeju dialect meaning a sudden bump on land. On top of the hill stands Hyeopja Beacon Fire Station, reaching 4 meters in height with a width and length of 9 meters.
Seopjikoji was the filming site of "Gingko Bed," "The Uprising," "One Thousand and One Nights" and other Korean TV dramas. Nearby attractions include Jeju Folk Village and Udo Island.

Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

Seongsan Ilchulbong 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 ridge provides an ideal spot for walks and for horse riding as well.

The sunrise from the crater is magnificent. Also the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak surrounded by bright yellow colored canola flowers in the spring is truly a sight to behold.

Jeju Haenyeo Museum

Haenyeo refers to female divers who dive into the ocean water to gather various shellfish, seaweed, etc, without using any underwater diving equipment.
When diving underwater, a haenyeo carries only a pair of goggles, a round ball-like tube to keep her balance, and a basket to put her collections in. Such women involved in the fishing industry are known to be scattered all around Jeju-do, Korea, Japan, and Russia. eju-do has established the Jeju Haenyeo Museum to introduce to the world the unique activities and culture of Jejudo’s haenyeo female divers. Exhibition Hall 1 is entitled “Haenyeo Diver’s Life” and has a restoration of a traditional haenyeo’s home, and her meals. Also on display, to show a more realistic view into their daily lives, are the various utensils used by female divers.

Exhibition Hall 2 displays a pair of haenyeo divers’ goggles and the fishing spheres they often use underwater. Her traditional working outfit is also on display along with various historical records and haenyeo-related materials.

Exhibition Hall 3 has an underwater theme called “The Sea” and displays the fishing industry’s culture. Traditional fishnets and fishing equipment are on display including small ship models and salt farm models.

The Jeju Haenyeo Museum exhibits various photos of haenyeo female divers and their activities, to provide an accurate picture of their lives. The Jeju Haenyeo Museum also has an observatory from where visitors can see an excellent view of the Hado-ri area, which has a garden with various sculptures and a resting area. The first floor lobby has a souvenir shop where visitors can purchase a variety of souvenirs related to haenyeo female divers.

Museum of Natural History

If time is available, visit the Museum 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 Jewellery Amethyst and local product store.

Transfer To Busan

Back to Jeju Airport and Fly  to your next destination around 17:00.

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

Hotel: Avani Central Busan Hotel or similar (4 star)


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Day 6 (Friday) Busan - Gyeongju - Daegu


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.

Gyeongju National Museum

Gyeongju National Museum houses numerous historical and cultural artifacts of the Silla Dynasty (57 BC - AD 935). Not only strives to preserve, exhibit, and research the rich history and culture of Silla, it also strives to take leap toward becoming a cultural multi-complex center by promoting international exchange opportunities, social education programs, and a variety of special exhibitions.

● Cheomgseongdae Astronomical Observatory

This astronomical observatory was built in the Silla Dynasty (57 BC – AD 935). With a height of only 9.17m, the tower was built with exactly 365 stones to represent the number of days in a year.

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

Hotel: Daegu Interbulgo-EXCO or similar (4 star)


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Day 7 (Saturday) Daegu - Haeinsa Temple - Andong - Gangneung


Breakfast at your hotel

● 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.

● Andong Hahoe Village

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.

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

Gangneung Value Hotel or similar


Day 8 (Sunday) Gangneum - Mt Seorak


Breakfast at your hotel


Seorak National Park


● Sinheungsa  & Seorak Mountain

Mt. Seorak National Park, the peaks of the Seorak Mountains break through the clouds while jade-like water flows through the valleys, creating breathtaking views and making this Korea most famous national park
there is a great bronze statue called Bronze Jwabul Statue, which is well over 10 meters high. Just beyond the statue, which is on a granite terrace, there is a bridge to the right called Hyeonsugyo, which was newly built for crossing the ravine.

● Seorak Cable Car

(Optional tour: Seorak Cable Car, US$15)
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The best way to see Seoraksan Mountain if you only have limited time, is by taking the Seorak Cable Car.

Transfer To Seoul to arrive at approximately 18:00. End of Tour.


* 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$ 2395 per person- based on 2 sharing a room and airport transfers.

Single Supplement: US$ 740


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


US$ 2695 per person- based on 2 sharing a room and airport transfers.

Single Supplement: US$ 1040


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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