Seoul, Gyeongju & Busan - 8 Days
Day 1 - Arrival in Seoul
Welcome to Seoul! Your private guide and driver will wait for you at the arrival gate of Incheon International Airport with a signboard. Your half-day tour will be started straight away. After touring, you will be transferred to your Hotel, located in the centre of Seoul.
North Tower: Seoul Tower opened to the public on October 15, 1980 and has since become a major tourist attraction. The 236.7m Seoul Tower sits atop Namsan Mountain (243m); Seoul Tower offers panoramic views of Seoul and the surrounding areas. The view is so stunning that many consider Seoul Tower the best tower in Asia.
Han River Cruise: A Han River Cruise is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery around Hangang River that flows through Seoul. On the cruise, you can see Hangang River’s beautiful scenery, the surrounding islands, Jeoldusan Park, the 63 City Building, N Seoul Tower, Jamsil’s Multi Sports Complex, and other famous tourist spots. Cool winds from the river, and the surrounding scenery, which gets even more beautiful in the evening, are the rewards the river cruise can offer.
**The itinerary can be changed depending on your flight schedule.
Day 2 - Seoul Tour
Visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace - BukchonHanok 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.
Insadong Antique & Art Street: Insa- dong, located in the heart of the city, is an important place where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. There is one main road in Insa- dong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries, traditional restaurants, traditional teahouses, and cafes. There are about 100 galleries in the area.
Gwangjang Market: Gwangjang Market is opened in 1905, with 5,000 independent shops that is for clothing (Korean traditional costume, Hanbok), food and etc. Gwangjang Market is truly famous for is its delicious Mung-bean pancake (Bindaetteok). All the prices are very affordable and you can feel the energy of Korean people day and night here.
Day 3 - Seoul - DMZ
Visiting the DMZ - Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea, (Closed on Mondays & National holidays) Imjingak Park, Freedon Bridge, ID check Point, Pass by Unification village, the 3rd Tunnel (DMZ Theatre, Exhibition Hall), Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station.
You will be met your guide in the hotel lobby at 8:00am and transfered to DMZ.
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 on 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 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.
After the tour, transfer to your hotel
Day 5 - Seoul - Gyeongju
Visiting Daereungwon Tomb Complex - Cheomseongdae Observatory - Anapji Pond
Your driver/guide will wait at the lobby of Hotel at 09:00am to transfer you to the Seoul Station.**
Transfer to Gyeongju by KTX Fast Train. Once you arrive Shin Gyeonju Station, you will meet a local guide. And then, after lunch, your half day tour of Gyeongju will start.
Daereungwon Tomb Complex: Large ancient tombs of kings and noblemen of the Silla Kingdom can be seen around Gyeongju at the Daereungwon Tomb Complex. There are twenty-three large tombs located here; the most famous being Cheonmachong and Hwangnamdaechong.
Cheomseongdae Observatory: Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia.
Constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok (632- 647), it was used for observing the stars in order to forecast the weather. It was built in a cylinder shape with stones 30cm in diameter. 362 stones were piled up to make 27 levels. The largest, with an impressive 23 burial mounds from the Silla Dynasty.
Given the tombs' 1,000-year-old history, it is difficult to identify the occupants of each tomb. The only burial site that has been identified so far is Michuwangneung Tomb, the final resting place of King Michu, the 13th ruler of the Silla Dynasty (262-284).
Anapji Pond: According to the historical records of ‘Samguk-sagi,’ Anapji Pond was built during the 14th year of King Munmu (in power 661-681 AD) of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC-935 AD). Small mountains were created inside the palace walls, beautiful flowers were planted, and rare animals were brought in to create an exquisitely exotic garden fit for royalty. In 1974, an excavation project revealed large spherical shapes (measuring 200 meters in diameter and 180 meters in height) which indicated that 3 islands had been located in the pond.
**The itinerary can be changed depend on clients’ train schedule.
Day 6 - Gyeongju Half Day Tour - Busan Half Day Tour
Visiting Seokguram Grotto & Bulguksa Temple.
Seokguram Grotto, located on Tohamsan Mountain, is the representative stone temple of Korea. The official name of Seokguram, National Treasure No. 24, is Seokguram Seokgul. Designated as World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granite. The construction was started by Kim Dae-Seong (700-774) in 751 during the reign of King Gyeong-Deok (742-765) of the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.-A.D. 935) and it was finished twenty- four years later in 774, during the reign of King Hye-Gong (765-780).
Bulguksa Temple: it 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. Bulguksa Temple was built in 528 during the Silla Kingdom, in the 15th year of King Beop-Heung's reign (514-540).
** Transfer to Busan by KTX Fast Train
After touring in Gyeongju, our driving guide will transfer you to the Shin Gyeonju Station. And then, you will take a KTX to go to Busan on your own. The journey takes about 30 minutes. Once you arrive at Busan Station, you will meet your local guide, and your half day tour of Busan will commence.
Visiting Taejongdae, Jagalchi Fish Market, & Gukjae International Market
Taejongdae: is a natural park of Busan, South Korea with magnificent cliffs facing the open sea on the southernmost tip of island of Yeongdo-gu. It is a representative visitor attraction of Busan where has dense evergreen trees and several facilities for tourists such as an observatory, an amusement park, a light house, a cruise ship terminal. You can take Danubi train to get around Taejongdae Resort park.
The Jagalchi Fish Market: This is Korea's largest seafood market. After the Korean War the market solidified itself as a fish market. This market represents Busan and is famous throughout the country. If you visit you can eat fresh raw fish right at the market. Even these days you can see women selling mackerel, sea squirts (ascidians) and whale meat on wooden boxes along the road. (Closed last Tuesday every month)
Gukje International Market: The market is divided into many sections. Shops are organized in such a way that visitors can easily find items they are looking for. Items, in general, are available at 20-30% discount prices compared to regular retail prices.
Overnight in Busan
Day 7 - Busan - Seoul
Visiting Beomeosa Temple - Hurshimchung Spa
Beomeosa Temple: Beomeosa Temple is located at the edge of Mt. Geumjeongsan, a famous mountain in Busan. The original Beomeosa Temple building was lost during Imjinwaeran Invasion (Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592) but was renov ated in 1713, which remains as it now is. In Beomeosa, Daeungjeon is one of the most delicate and luxurious architectures of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910).
There is Iljumun, the three-story pagoda with four pillars, built in the 9th century, and seven royal palace wings, pavilions, three gates, and eleven hermitages. Designated as a natural monument, the wisteria woods and valleys are most beautiful in May.
Hurshimchung Spa: Hurshimchung Hot Springs is a new type of tourist zone that aims to improve the health of visitors through the power of comfortable hot spring bathes, relaxation, and physical training.
Established during the citywide renovation of Busan in October 1991, Hurshimchung Hot Springs has a capacity of 3,000 people and covers approximately 4,297.54m2, making it one of the largest hot springs in the East. There are around 40 different baths in the main hot spring area such as the Longevity Bath, Hoemok Bath, Cheongja Bath, Cave Bath, Outdoor Bath, and Event Baths, which combine hot spring water with oriental medicinal elements and seasonal herbs. Guests can also choose one of the recommended bathing courses according to their age, health concerns, and/or personal preferences.
** Transfer to Seoul by KTX Fast Train. (2H 45mins)
Your guide will transfer you to Busan Station, and then, you will take a KTX Fast Train to Seoul on your own. It usually takes about 2H 45 minutes. Once you arrive Seoul Station, you will meet your next guide, who will take you to your city centre Hotel.
After that, you will have free time alone. We recommend you visit Myeongdong Shopping district.
Overnight in Seoul
**The itinerary can be changed depend on clients’ train schedule.
Day 8 - Seoul - Incheon for Departure
After checking-out the hotel, you will be met your guide and transferred to Incheon International Airport.
Tour includes Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner not normally included but your guide will always help you find the best restaurants