South Korea: Historical, Cultural & Natural Beauty Tour of South Korea NW02

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This comprehensive two week tour takes in all the main cultural, historical and scenic highlighs of this fascinating, vibrant and beautiful country.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private Tour
Start Location: Seoul, S Korea
End Location: Seoul, S Korea
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

About The Operator

Accreditations: ASTA, PATA, KATA
Years In Business: 20

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
- 13 Nights’ accommodations on double or twin-share basis.
- Daily buffet or American breakfast at the hotels (13).
- Round trip transfers between airport and hotel, and all transfers and sightseeing tours as per itinerary by private appropriate vehicle.
- Domestic airfares for Busan/Jejudo Island/Seoul.
- English speaking local guide throughout from meeting at airport until seeing off at airport.
- All admission fees of tour sites, toll & parking fees, and hotel/other all taxes & service charge.

Excludes
- International airfares to/from Korea.
- All lunches and all dinners.
- Expenses of a personal nature.
- Insurance.

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Arrive in Seoul. Arrive at Incheon International Airport, where you will be met by English speaking local guide and transferred to your downtown hotel. After check-in the balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Seoul.
Day 02. Seoul. A full day tour of Metropolitan city of Seoul, where old meets new in modern Korea. Established by the founder of Joseon Dynasty in 1392, the capital of the Republic of Korea has a population of more than 12,000,000 people. Seoul is a city of incredible contrasts which, despite its immense size, make it one of the most fascinating cities in the world. It is the heart of Korea’s culture and education as well as politics and economics. The tour includes: Gyeongbokgung Palace (Palace of Shining Happiness), the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty, passing by Blue House (Presidential Residence). National Folk Museum of Korea, the collections display complete items from every region of Korea which illustrate all aspects of traditional life. Namdaemun (South Gate) Market, one of the oldest and largest markets in Korea, with colorful and bustling spots for bargain shoppers. Changdeokgung Palace (Palace of illustrious Virtue), constructed in 1405, is now the best preserved of Seoul's five palaces of the Joseon Dynasty. Biwon (Secret Garden), behind Changdeokgung Palace (illustrious Virtue), is tranquil gardens of unequalled beauty and woodland originally constructed for the recreational area for the royal family and palace women. Insadong Antique District, called
Day 03. Seoul - Beopjusa Temple at the foot of Mt. Songnisan - Seoul. This morning travel to Mt. Songnisan National Park. At the foot of Mt. Songnisan, there is one of the largest temples in Korea, Beopjusa Temple, established in 553 A.D. during the Silla Dynasty, with many famous artworks. Visiting the temple, we should not miss the Cheongdongmireukbul (108-foot-high bronze statue of Buddha), which is the largest Buddha statue in the world. With its numerous treasures and National Monuments, Beopjusa Temple is the best place in which to experience the brilliant history of Buddist civilization. Return to Seoul. Overnight in Seoul. Includes: (B).
Day 04. Seoul - Naksansa Temple - Mt. Seoraksan. Today we journey to Mt. Seoraksan National Park, this northern stretch of Korea's eastern coast, which is rugged and mountainous with breathtaking scenery making it the
Day 05. Mt. Seoraksan - Unification Observatory - Daejin Harbor - Mt. Seoraksan. This morning explore Mt. Seoraksan National Park. The exploration includes: Sinheungsa Temple, established in 653 A.D., claims to be the country's oldest Zen Buddhist temple and it would be the oldest existing Zen temple in the world. Cheonbuldong Valley, the most visually stimulating valley in the park. Biseondae (Flying Fairy Rock), a wide, flat rock surface where the river rapids drain into a crystal clear pool and a peak rises majestically above the valley, one hears many legends of the heavenly nymphs who come to laugh and play while they bathes in the placid pools of the many glens hidden from human eyes. Drive this afternoon to the Korean Peninsula Unification Prayer- Observatory set at the edge of the demarcation line which is a symbol of the Korean people's long-cherished desire for the unification of the two Korea. Afterwards, visit Daejin Harbor, where you will have your own independent tour to explore this small exotic harbor, located near the demarcation line and in the northeastern tip of Korea. Overnight at a hotel at the foot of Mt. Seoraksan. Includes: (B).
Day 06. Mt. Seoraksan - Cheongpung Cultural Properties Complex - Chungjuho Lake - Danyang. This morning drive to Chungjuho Lake and visit Cheongpung Cultural Properties Complex, located on a ridge above Chungjuho Lake, this complex has reconstructed the beauty of Cheongpung, a village that became submerged after the construction of Chungju Dam. It took three years to relocate the buildings and structures of this historic village to the current site. Many of the old and unique buildings were transferred to the new complex. These include pavilions such as Hanbyeong-nu, Geumnam-nu, Paryeong-nu, and Eungcheong-gak, as well as the Cheongpung Confucian School during Joseon Dynasty. Then, take a venture of Chungjuho Lake by cruise starting from ferry terminal, covering 53 km in 2 hours. All seats allow wonderful views of the passing scenery. Chungjuho is a multi-purpose lake made by a river dam. This large lake is very clean and well-preserved. Later, transfer to Danyang, and Gosudonggul Cave which is located less than one mile from Danyang town center. It contains glistening stalactites in all shapes and sizes. The cave is so breathtaking that it is also called the
Day 07. Danyang - Andong. This morning travel to Andong, one of the last living vestiges of old Korea, where still is very conservative and traditional, a stronghold of Confucianism, which has deeply influenced all aspects of the lives of its people. En route to Buseoksa Temple, established in 676, it is one of Korea's most venerated temples, and five national treasures and three treasures including the second oldest wooden structure and some of the oldest mural paintings in the country, are preserved at this temple, and the panoramic mountains' spreading views from the temple are spectacular. Overnight in Andong. Includes: (B).
Day 08. Andong - Hahoe Village - Haeinsa Temple. A morning tour of Andong includes: Dosanseowon Confucian Academy, founded by Korea's foremost Confucian scholar Yi Toe-gye during the Joseon Dynasty and was the hub of Korea Confucianism which ruled all Koreans in their ethical-moral way and still conduct the ethical behavior in Korean society. Andong Folk Museum which displays rich folk artifacts collected in variety in Andong and its surrounding county. Traditional Korean Paper (Hanji) Making Factory where produces traditional Korean paper (Hanji) which has many great uses. Historically, in addition to its use in books and notebooks, it was used to cover windows and doors to keep rooms warm and protect them from the wind. Koreans were able to use hanji as door and window screen paper because it is durable and can last over 1,000 years thanks to the unique process by which it is made. Proceed to Hahoe Village, the best preserved traditional village of the Joseon Dynasty, where residents still live in traditional thatched and tile-roofed houses and one of the few remaining examples of a classical Joseon Dynasty Confucian village layout. Hahoe Village was added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 2010. Continue to Haeinsa Temple which is one of three greatest temples of Korea, established in 803 A.D., chiefly known today as the repository of the Tripitaka Koreana, set of over 80,000 wooden printing blocks engraved with one of the most comprehensive compilations of the Buddhist scriptures in all of Asia, and the Depositories and the Tripitaka Koreana Wooden Printing Blocks were added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. Overnight at a hotel in the temple village. Includes: (B).
Day 09. Haeinsa Temple - Gyeongju. This morning visit Haeinsa Temple, then travel to Gyeongju, where was the capital of the Silla Dynasty from 57 B.C. to 935 A.D. and designated by UNESCO as one of the world's ten most historically significant sites with numerous relics of that era, and is called the
Day 10. Gyeongju - Busan. A morning tour of Gyeongju includes: Bulguksa Temple, originally constructed in 535 A.D., the most frequented and best-known temple in Korea, was added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. Seokguram Grotto, dating back to the same era as Bulguksa Temple, one of Asia's finest Buddhist shrines, an attempt to represent physically the highest spiritual aspirations, the crowning achievement of Silla religio-artistic work, was added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. Continue to Busan, the country's principal international port city, second largest city with a population of 4 million, and is the San Francisco of Korea built along the sea at the site of an excellent harbor. An afternoon tour of Busan includes: Yongdusan Park, where provides a pleasant touch of greenery on a hill in the heart of the city and a very popular public park with Busan Tower. Busan Tower, Yongdusan Park crowned with the tower, 120-m-high tower observatory dominates the most of the area of the city, and the sea and harbor views spreading below the tower are spectacular. Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan's most active fish-dealers' cooperative, the colorful spectacle is also a great attraction for tourists and camera buffs. Taejongdae Seaside Cliff Park, the scenery of rugged cliffs dropping straight down to the sea is breathtaking along with a panoramic sea view from the Park. Overlooking the Korean Strait on a very clear day, you can even see the Japanese island of Tsushima on the horizon to the southeast. UN Memorial Cemetery, where the Korean War (1950-53) dead from the sixteen UN allies rest in honored serenity and is the unique one in its kind in the world. Overnight in Busan. Includes: (B).
Day 11. Busan - Jejudo Island. This morning fly to Jejudo Island, Korea's largest Island which is often described as
Day 12. Jejudo Island (East Course). A full day tour of Jejudo Island includes: Cheonjiyeon Waterfall where cascades down a cliff 22 meters high and 12 meters wide into a natural tropical pond inhabited by eels and surrounded by lush vegetation, and many fossils can be found around the falls. Cheonjeyeon Waterfall which got its name from a legend that seven fairies descended every night to bathe in the falls by the moonlight and is a gorge that contains a series of 3 falls and pools. Yeomiji Botanical Gardens, located at the heart of Jungmun Resorts, is the largest botanical garden in Asia with an area of 13,373 square meter, and the indoor garden contains over 2,000 different sub-tropical and tropical plants and there is a 38-meter-high observation tower overlooking the whole Jungmun Tourist Complex and its surrounding seashore, and an outdoor garden where are areas devoted to the styles of other countries such as traditional Japanese, Italian, and French gardens as well as traditional Korean garden. Jeongbang Waterfall, this 23-meter-high waterfall, is the only one in Asia to plunge straight into the sea, and on the beautiful beaches around the falls, visitors can watch the women divers collecting shellfish and abalone. Jusangjeolli, stone pillars piled up along the coast, is a designated cultural monument of Jejudo Island. Jusangjeolli was formed when the lava from Mt. Hallasan flew to the sea of Jungmun. They are rock pillars shaped like cubes or hexagons of various sizes. The administration of the district named them 'Jisatgae Rocks' from their old name 'Jisatgae'. It is also famous for its 20m cliff with the high tides and sea angling. Seongeup Folk Village, the only non-coastal town of significance, is the island's best preserved old community and has been designated as a
Day 13. Jejudo Island (West Course). A full day tour of Jejudo Island includes: Mt. Sanbangsan, the 395 m-high mountain is a giant monolithic rock. Legend has it that the peak of Mt. Hallasan was transplanted here, thus becoming Mt. Sanbangsan and the hollowed Hallasan peak became Paeknok-dam. Sanbanggulsa Temple, a natural grotto containing a seated image of Buddha, located halfway up the steep slopes of Mt. Sanbangsan on the southwestern coast. The view from the grotto over the coastal fields and offshore islands is spectacular. Hamel Monument, erected by the Korean and Dutch governments to commemorate the shipwreck of Dutch merchant vessel Sparrow-hawk in Jejudo Island in 1653. Those who survived the wreckage were taken to Seoul ordered by Joseon King and forced to remain there for the next 13 years until they escaped to Japan in a small fishing vessel. Andeok Valley, the most beautiful valley in Jejudo Island. Cliffs envelop the valley like oriental screens. The valley is always cool, because it is shaded by many Camellia trees and Jorok trees. Numerous springs can be found between lava rocks. Jeju Sculpture Park, the park lies 1 km north of Sanbanggulsa Temple occupying some 430,000 square meters. More than 160 sculptured objects are harmonized with the surrounding beauty. Hallim Park, a park with several exotic botanical gardens and caves. The total area of over 27,000 square meters is divided into 16 botanical kingdoms, including Tropical Botanical Garden, Washington Palm Tree Garden and Foliage Plant Garden boasting of more than 20,000 trees of over 1,000 species. Anti-Mongol Historical Site, the spirit of Sambyulcho (Three Elite Patriots) who struggled against the Mongols for 40 years. Sambyulcho led the resistance against the Mongols who invaded Korea in the 14th year of the reign of King Wonjong of Goryeo. Led by General Kim Tong-jong, the Sanbyulcho fled to Jejudo Island and held out until the very end at this place. Their indomitable spirit and courage are still palpable. Drive back to Jeju city. Overnight in Jeju city. Includes: (B).
Day 14. Departure. Transfer to Jeju Domestic Airport and fly to Seoul, then connect with international flight at Incheon International Airport for departure. Includes: (B).