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UNESCO Tour of Korea - 5 Days - Tour Only


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Summary


This tour starts and ends in Seoul and includes some of the best tourist destinations in South Korea. An ideal short tour for visitors to Seoul who wish to see more of the country.


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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 - Gyeonju


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.


Busan Tour


● Busan

2nd largest city with a biggest port in Korea, located at the mouth of the Naktong river in south of Korea, the 5th busiest container port in the world and the largest transshipment port in north-east Asia.

● Jagalchi Market

Jagalchi Market, located on the shoreside road in Busan's Jung-gu, is Korea's largest seafood market, selling both live and dried fish.

● Haeundae Beach

It not only offers a spectacular view of the beach, but also has the appearance of a reputable international conference hall featuring both modern and natural beauty.

● Nurimaru APEC House

Nurimaru APEC House has been used as a memorial hall and a prestigious international conference hall since the APEC summit meeting (2005). Its interior design is a visual display ofKorea’s creative traditional culture.

Check into your Hotel and Leisure Time.

Hotel: Gyeongju Commodore Hotel or similar.


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Day 4 (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 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.

Hotel: Wonju Inter Burgo or similar 


Day 5 (Thursday) Wonju - Pyeonchang - Mt Seorak - Seoul


Breakfast at your hotel


Pyeonchang


The Venue Of 2018 Winter Olympic Games (Ski Jumping Stadium). As the main venue for the Pyeonchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Alpensia Resort has recently been the subject of buzz across the nation and within the international sports community. Visitors are able to enjoy the wide-open view of the beautiful scenery



Seorak National Park


● Seorak Mountain

Mt. Seorak National Park, the peaks of which break through the clouds while jade-like water flows through the valleys, creating breathtaking views andmaking this Korea’s most marvelous park, moreover, its’ burning colorful maple leaves in autumn feel it is completely different world you are in. It also boasts a variety of colorful flowers in spring, refreshing clear water streams in summer, scenic snow-covered landscape in winter, a visit to the Seoraksan guarantees a picturesque sight any time of the year. UNESCO designated this park a Biosphere Preservation District in 1982 due to so many rare species found here.

● Sinheungsa Temple

Sinheungsa in the mountain is an ancient temple with deep historical significance built by a great monk, Jajangyulsa (AD590 ~ 658)

● 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$ 995 per person- based on 2 sharing a room and airport transfers.

Single Supplement: US$ 325


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


US$ 1195 per person- based on 2 sharing a room and airport transfers.

Single Supplement: US$ 375


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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