Overview

Get ready for a unique travel experience with this South Korea trip. on this eight-day trip, you will visit some of the major highlights in and around Seoul and its folk villages, unique Korean temples, and the bustling markets of Busan. Get insight into the dark history of North and South Korea and make a tour to the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two.

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Transportation

What's excluded?

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Seoul Arrival

Upon arrival, our airport representative will greet and transfer you to the hotel. on the way, he will give you a brief explanation on your further trip. We have no activities planned, so after checking into the hotel, you can simply choose to rest in your room or head out to explore the bustling city. You may learn to walk through the Cheonggyecheon Stream and pass through small waterfalls and nearly two dozen overhead bridges while learning about Seoul. You can try a wide variety of street foods found in the bustling Myeongdong. This town is always packed with people seeking to enjoy the best shopping, street food, and nightlife in all of Korea.

Included Activities

Airport Transfer

Optional Activities

Explore the city, walk through the Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs through the heart of Seoul. Visit the bustling town of Myeongdong, where you will see the crowd throughout the day because of its street food carts, major shopping malls, and entertainment.

Day Two:

Seoul

After breakfast, hop on a private bus at your hotel. Lay back and enjoy a private bus tour of the bustling metropolis where high-tech subways, pop culture, and modern skyscrapers meet Buddhist temples and street markets. Today, you will be visiting Gyengbokgung Palace, the National Folklore Museum, Bukchon Hanok Village Jogyesa Temple, and Insadong alley. After the sightseeing tour of the city, you can choose to visit a local museum, or hit the road and walk through street markets, trying local areas such as bibimbap, soondae, and KimchiKimchi.

Included Activities

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Visit the Gyeongbokgun Palace with was the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty built in 1395. This palace has been demolished many times due to invasions; however, more than half of the building remains standing. This palace complex also houses the National Folk Museum and the National Palace Museum.

Bukchon Hanok Village Exploration

Walking through the Bukchon Hanok Village feels like traveling back 600years into Seoul's past. The village is renowned for the largest collection of privately owned traditional Korean wooden homes (hanok) in Seoul. You will also encounter about half-dozen alleys with beautifully restored architectural features like small courtyards, decorative outer walls, and dark tiled roofs.

Seoul City Tour

Hop on a bus and enjoy the tour of the vibrant capital of South Korea. You will be visiting major highlights of the city like Gyengbokgung Palace, the National Folklore Museum, Bukchon Hanok Village Jogyesa Temple, and Insadong alley.

Jogyesa Temple

Visit one of the significant Buddhist temples of Korea, and a symbol of Korean Buddhism, Jogyesa Temple that gives off serene vibes right in the middle of the bustling city.

Insadong Alley

Walk through the narrow and hidden alleys of one of the most buzzing places in Seoul. This area once hosted the royal studio for painters during the Joseon Dynasty, however, now antique shops, galleries, tea houses, and traditional restaurants, fill it.

National Folklore Museum

Located within the Gyeongbokgung Palace complex, here, you can get insight into the history and traditions of the Koreans during the Joseon era.

Optional Activities

Nanta Show

In Seoul, you can check out one of the most popular shows of Korea. Watch the story of four crazy chefs told through the rhythmic banging of knives, pots, and pans. This show is now one of the best international show too.

Seoul Museum of History Visit

At the Seoul Museum of History, you will get to learn about Seoul. The museum highlights every segment of the city's past from the Stone Age to the current day. See one of the recent creations of the museum, a large floor map of Seoul, great for plotting out your next steps!

Jump Show

This musical comedy show includes many Asian martial arts, like Korea's Taekwondo and Taekkyeon, to tell the story of a family of martial arts specialists who have to defend their house from robbers.

Gwangjang Market

One of the largest and oldest markets in South Korea, the Gwangjang Market, houses over 5000shps. This market is renowned for its fabric and local treasures and is also one of the best places in South Korea to enjoy authentic Korean food.

Day Three:

Seoul/Busan

This morning, we will take a high-speed bullet train for a relaxing morning ride through the countryside to Busan. After reaching this seaside city, you will visit the lively Jagalchi Fish Market, Yongdusan Park, and Gukjesijang Market before heading to a local temple for an overnight stay. At the temple, you will be staying in a traditional room called Ondol. These rooms have basic facilities, you will be sleeping on a mattress on the floor, and you will be sharing rooms with other travelers. During your stay, you get to enjoy a traditional dinner and breakfast. You will also be able to learn about temple etiquette, experience the daily drum and bell craft, craft your prayer beads, and take an easy hike up to the oldest and highest temple in Busan for morning meditation.

Included Activities

Bullet Train to Busan

Feel the speed of the bullet train on your trip to Busan via a high-speed train.

Overnight Temple Stay

At the temple, you will be staying in a traditional room called Ondol. These rooms have basic facilities, you will be sleeping on a mattress on the floor, and you will be sharing rooms with other travelers. During your stay, you get to enjoy a traditional dinner and breakfast.

Jagalchi Fish Market

Explore the market and major attraction at Nampo Port. Walk through the line of stalls that sell almost everything you find on the sea. Watch as locals haggle for the best price, and fishmongers hawk their wares.

Gukjesijang Market

Nestled near Biff Square, a renowned modern movie district in Busan, Gukseijang Market was once a place for refugees to earn a living throughout the Korean War. At present, it is a lively international market where you can find loads of food, home goods, clothes, souvenirs.

Yongdusan Park Visit

Also, we will be visiting a park that houses more than seventy different types of trees and witnesses 118m Busan tower. The shape of this park looks like a dragon's head.

Day Four:

Busan

Before traveling to the scenic seaside temple hidden in the rocks, Haedong Yonggungsa, enjoy a serene morning meditation. Then, explore the temple, check into your hotel, and go for an orientation walk on Haeundae Beach and Dongbaek Island (APEC House). You may also choose to go for a swim or simply relax at the beach or go for a stroll on Dongbaek Island. In the evening, you may explore more of the Busan with a visit to Jjimjilbang spa.

Included Activities

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Visit

This scenic Buddhist temple overlooks the East China Sea. You can choose a unique local snack in the traditional market. There is a belief that at least one of your wishes comes true if you pray here.

Haeundae Beach and Dongbaek Island Visit

Visit one of the stunning beaches of Korea, Haeundae Beach. Stroll along the shore, swim, or just relax at the beach. Then, see the renowned APEC House built to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) summit meeting in 2005 on Dongbaek Island.

Optional Activities

Busan Tower Observatory

Busan Tower is a major highlight of Busan, standing proudly over 60meters with a height of 120meters and offers panoramic views of the city.

Jjimjilbang

Enjoy one of Busan's jimjilbans, a Korean spa bathhouse, with an array of hot spring tubs to revitalize mind, body, and soul.

Gamcheon Culture Village

Discover the pastel-colored village of Gamcheon, situated in the side of a mountain, with exclusively painted houses, murals, cafes, and shops.

Day Five:

Busan/ Gyeongju-si

Today, we will head to a 500year old UNESCO site, Yangdong Folk Village that lies in the Gyeongju National Park, where you can see how life was during the early Joseon Dynasty. Then, we head to the next UNESCO site, Bulguksa Temple, located on the slopes of Mount Topham and see the national treasures such as Seokgatap and Dabotap stone pagodas, two gilt-bronze statues of Buddha, and Cheongun-gyo. Later, witness the oldest remaining astronomical observatory in Asia, Cheomseongdae Observatory, and the surrounding Royal Tombs.

Included Activities

Yangdong Folk Village

Head to a 500year old UNESCO site, Yangdong Folk Village, that lies in the Gyeongju National Park, where you can see how life was during the early Joseon Dynasty. Here, you will also see traditional Joseon architecture within a gorgeous natural setting.

Gyeongju City Tour

Visit major highlights of Gyeongju on a guided trip. See the UNESCO site Bulguksa Temple, a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism that incorporates seven National treasures of South Korea.

Cheomseongdae Observatory

Located in the heart of the former capital of Silla Kingdom, Cheomseongdae Observatory is the observatory tower used to forecast weather since the seventh century making it the oldest surviving observatory tower.

Optional Activities

Anapji Pond

This pond was once part of the royal palace complex of the ancient Silla dynasty. The pond is crowded during the evenings due to its beautiful night views when everything lit up and reflects amongst the water.

Bike Rental - Gyeongju

Rent a bike and ride while exploring the sights of the city.

Daereungwon Tomb Complex

The Daereungwon Tomb Complex contains 23tombs of different sizes of kings and court officials. This tomb contains rolling mounds and gardens. However, the major attraction is the thousand do relics of the Silla Dynasty and its royal family that each tomb holds.

Day Six:

Gyeongju-si/Seoul

We head back to Seoul today and visit the oldest market of Korea, Namdaemun Market. Then, we head to the N Seoul Tower, and you can also choose to visit the observation deck. The rest of the day is free, so you can visit other attractions like the floating islands, Banpo Bridge, or chilling out in the Gangnam district.

Included Activities

Bullet Train to Busan

Feel the speed of the bullet train on your trip to Busan via a high-speed train.

N Seoul Tower

Visit this iconic landmark of Seoul, located at the peak of Mt Namsan, and standing at 480m above sea level. Before it was a broadcasting station, however, now is a gorgeous observatory.

Namdaemun Market Visit

Visit the oldest traditional and largest market of Korea with more than 10,000 vendors spanning several city blocks.

Optional Activities

N Seoul Tower Observatory

You can get a panoramic view of Seoul from the observatory tower, making it quickly one of the major attractions of South Korea.

Gangnam District Visit

Gangnam offers a lot to do and see. Gangnam is also the busiest subway station in Seoul and has a vast shopping center. You may also visit Bongeunsa, a Buddhist Temple in the center of Gangnam.

Floating Island Visit

Visit a culture complex made up of three artificial floating islands located near one end of the Banpo Bridge.  

Day Seven:

Seoul

Visit the Demilitarized Zone that divides North and South Korea. The area has a buffer zone of 4km wide and spanning 250 km and has very few developments in the area. From here, visit The War Memorial of Korea. Later, head back to Seoul for another night in the city.

Included Activities

Korean Demilitarized Zone

This is a zone that divides North and South Korea and one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world.

The War Memorial Hall of Korea

This memorial building displays and commemorates the military history of Korea and preserves materials related to the Korean War. 

Optional Activities

Samsung Leeum Gallery

Visit the modern architecture of the Samsung Leeum building and modern exhibits.

Kimchi & Hanbok Experience

See the techniques of making Kimchi and try wearing different types of Hanbok, which is a traditional Korean dress.

Day Eight :

Trip Concludes

The interesting South Korea trip comes to an end. After breakfast, you can depart from the hotel at any time. We will transfer you to the airport at approx. Three hours before your scheduled flight.

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