Overview

On this 7-day trip, you will visit some of the major attractions in the eastern parts of South Korea. The journey begins with a guided sightseeing tour of Seoul, which then leads you to Jinju, Busan, Ulsan, Gyeongju, Pyeongchang, and Yangyang before concluding at the capital of South Korea. The highlights of this itinerary are the history and gorgeous scenery in the eastern districts of South Korea. South Korea's eastern cities has a rich history of more than a thousand years, including Seoul, Andong, and Gyeongju city, where you can find many UNESCO World Heritage sites.

You will be visiting a fortress historically linked to the Japanese invasion called Jinjuseong Fortress, as well as the Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, you will also get to see the world's second-largest automobile plant that you will see on the way to Ulsan and the ski jump tower at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium, which was one of the 2018 Winter Olympics' venues. You will take a short hike in the Jujeongol Valley to enjoy the natural beauty of South Korea at its best. Get insight into more than two thousand years of Korean history and enjoy a wide variety of local cuisines throughout the trip. on the last day, we have included an airport transfer for you.

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 in Seoul. On the way, he/she will give you a brief explanation on your further trip. After reaching your hotel, check-in, and then you can simply rest in your room or enjoy your time exploring the bustling capital.

Day Two:

Seoul – Jinju – Busan

After breakfast, your guide will be waiting for you at the hotel lobby, meet him, and then head out to explore the beautiful city of Seoul. Firstly, we will visit the Jinjuseong Fortress, a fortress historically linked to the Japanese invasion in 1592. This fort lying on a hill along the Nam River is hard to miss as you walk through the water. This fortress was originally a mud castle, but after the frequent invasion of sea marauders in the 5th year of King Woo of the Goryeo Dynasty, it was rebuilt with stones. The major highlight of this fortress is the Chokseongnu pavilion, which is also one of the three scenic pavilions in Korea. This pavilion offers the view of perfect natural harmony among Namgang River, Uiam, and Jinjuseong Fortress. This fortress has been repeatedly selected as one of the 100 Tourist Attractions in Korea by the Korea Tourism Organization. You will see lots of historical remains at this site like Jinju National Museum, Jinjuseong Imjindaecheop Gyesasunuidan Altar, Changnyeolsa Temple, and Hoguksa Temple.

After visiting the majestic Jinjuseong Fortress, we drive to Busan. The rest of the day at Busan is free. Busan is the second-largest city and also the second most populated city in South Korea. The city is world-famous for its beaches, nature reserves, hot springs, and events like the city's renowned international film festival held each fall. This city is ideal for those in search of a more laid-back atmosphere than Seoul. Situated at the southern edge of the Korean peninsula, Busan's port provides the city an international glamour with sailors from all around the globe visiting the city. You can take your time to explore the city. We recommend you to visit the renowned Haeundae Beach that is famous for its modern feel. This white sandy beach is about 1.5km long and about 40m wide, contributing a gorgeous coastline of Busan. Around the beach, there are also many attractions, like the famous Haeundae Market, where you can taste a wide variety of foods or snacks. You can also visit Sea Life Busan Aquarium, Dongbaek Island, The Bay 101, etc. that lies within walking distance from the beach.

Day Three:

Busan – Gyeongju

After breakfast, we will visit the Nurimaru APEC Houses, which is a house where the world summits gather together for an APEC meeting. The house lies on Dongbaekseom Island, which is renowned for its superb natural scenery full of dense camellia and pine trees. After visiting the APEC House, we will head towards the Gyeongju, where we will visit the Bulguksa Temple. Built in the 8th century on the wooded slopes of Mt. Tohamsan at the ancient Silla capital of Geumseong, this temple is now of the major World Heritage Sites in South Korea. This is a Buddhist temple designed to represent the land of Buddha, paradise. Due to this, there are three main zones; Birojeon (Vairocana Buddha Hall), Daeungjeon (Hall of Great Enlightenment and main temple), and Geungnakjeon (Hall of Supreme Bliss). From here, we will visit the Gyeongju National Museum. This museum mostly consists of numerous historical and cultural artifacts of the Silla dynasty, of which Gyeongju was the capital. This museum has more than 3000artifacts on display from the era of Silla, including golden crowns, earthenware pots belts, earrings, and weaponry.

Along the way, you will know about the culture that made the exquisite artifacts on exhibition, their funereal rites, a system of governance, beliefs, and lifestyle. An outdoor exhibit area showcases facades from royal palaces and temples, as well as giant temple bells. From here, we will visit the Daereungwon Tomb Complex that contains more than twenty tombs of different sizes, believed to be those of kings and courts official. Now, this tomb is also a significant historic site of Korea. We will conclude today's trip with a visit to Cheomseongdae Observatory, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. This observatory, built during the reign of Queen Seon-deck, was used to observe stars to forecast the weather. The observatory is in a cylinder shape, built with stones, and is 30cm in diameter. The observatory used pavilion stone as a standard to decide directions, north, south, east, and west. The 362 stones used to build Cheomseongdae represented the 362 days in a lunar year.

Day Four:

Gyeongju – Andong – Wonju – Pyeongchang

After breakfast, we will head towards Andong Hahoe Village that lies at the base of Hasan Mountain, an offshoot of Taebaek Mountain that rises to the east and is home to the descendants of the Ryu clan and renowned for its traditional houses. Hahoe Village contains many beautiful sights like the chic Nakdong River flowing around the village, the outstanding Buyongdae Cliff, infinitely unfolding sandy beaches, and lavish, ancient pine trees. In the busy months, this village sees a large crowd of visitors. This village gives life and sensation of a working community to the place. The town gets its name from the Nakdong River, which flows around the town's border. You can also hop on a boat and take a ride to Buyongdae Cliff for a panoramic view of the village. Besides, the village offers an array of local delicacies. Some of the major ones are Andong Soju (distilled alcoholic beverage), Andong Gangodeungeo (salted mackerel), Andong Guksu (a kind of noodle dish), and Heotjesabap (a type of Bibimbap eaten by the nobles),. On 2010 July 31, UNESCO listed it as a World Heritage List under the category of "Historic Villages in Korea."

From here, we will head towards Hanji Theme Park, where you can see the ways of making Hanji. Here, you can also learn all about the origins and history of Wonju Hanji. Here, you can also make different art pieces using Hanji. Then, we will drive to the hotel in Pyeongchang, where we will stay overnight.

Day Five:

Pyeongchang – Yangyang – Seoul

Pyeongchang is a city/county in Gangwon that hosted the 2018 Winter Olympic and Winter Paralympic Games. The city's slogan Happy700 Pyeongchang", refers to the city's average elevation, approximately 700 m, believed in making people live in the best condition. This city is an optimal environment for human life. Today, we will be visiting the Ski Jump Tower Observatory by monorail for Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018. You can enjoy the view of the Sky Lounge and also have enough time to enjoy a cup of coffee. Afterward, we will travel to Yangyang to take a short hike at Jujeongol of Mt. Seorak to enjoy nature. This afternoon, we will head back to Seoul to spend the night.

Day Six:

Seoul

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby to begin your guided tour of the capital. Firstly, we will visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace, where we will see the Gwanghwamun Gate, National Folk Museum, and enjoy the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony takes place at the main entrance of Gwanghwamun Gate. This palace, built originally by the founder of the Joseon dynasty, King Taejo, served as the principal palace until 1592. The palace was in ruins for nearly 3centuries until Heungseon Daewongun, regent and father of King Gojong, started to rebuild it in 1865. The main palace building, Guenjeongjeon, is an imposing building with its double-tiered stone platform and surrounding open-sided corridors, where the kings were crowned. In the west of Guenjeongjeon lies a stunning huge raised pavilion resting on 48 stone pillars and overlooks an artificial lake with two small islands, Gyeonghoeru.

Then, we will move by the Blue House, also known as Cheong Wa Dae. This is South Korean head of state's official residence and the executive office that lies in the Jongno district of the capital, Seoul. The blue house is a complex of several buildings built mostly in traditional Korean architectural design with modern elements. The Cheongwadae's main building contains the Cheongwadae's main building. The residence's grounds have a pond and gardens that reach to the foot of Bugaksan Mountain.

From here, we head towards Insadong-Gil, one of the must-visit tourist attractions in Seoul. The place is renowned for its range of shops and restaurants. Lying in the heart of Seoul, the place is famous among both tourists and locals who want to get the experience of the traditional culture of Korea. You will see lots of art galleries, wooden tea houses, restaurants, cafes, and small shops selling arts and crafts along the streets. Insadong is the best place in Seoul to find calligraphy materials, antique furniture, tea, folk crafts, hanbok (traditional clothing), and hanji (traditional paper). Every day, many ceramics, some of them dating back to thousands of years, trades here. The place also has lots of street food stalls where you can try a variety of local delicacies.

Next, we will visit Jogyesa Temple, one of the most significant Buddhist temples in Korea, and also is a symbol of Korean Buddhism. The temple lies near Insadong and has been the head temple of the first district of the Jogye Order of Korea Buddhism since 1936. The Main Dharma Hall of the temple is the largest temple building in Seoul and is a spectacular sight for any visitor. You will be surprised to see such a beautiful and tranquil setting in the middle of a bustling city. Right after you walk inside the temple, you will notice magnificent statues of Amitabha Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha, and Bhaisaiya Buddha that are over 16feet tall. The center statue of Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism with his left hand in his lap while his right-hand touches the ground with the tip of his finger. On the left lies the statue of Amitabha Buddha with his thumb and third finger of each hand touching. On the right is Bhaisaiya Buddha holding a container of medicine to help those in need. This Buddha is believed to brings good health and fortune to those who are suffering, both physically and emotionally.

We will also visit Myeongdong, Namsangol Hanok Village, see the gorgeous sight from N Seoul Tower and visit Observation Deck. In the evening, we head back to the hotel to spend the night. 

Day Seven:

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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