Known as the “Land of the Morning Calm,” South Korea is an interesting country where the skyscrapers rise over the ancient temples and stand side by side. Many think South Korea is all about the capital city of Seoul. Indeed, the bustling metropolis is the center of attention as it houses more than fifty percent of total South Korea’s population. However, traveling to South Korea is much more about just roaming around the big cities. Within just a few hours from Seoul, you may be hiking in rolling hills, exploring a traditional village, or resting at a tranquil temple. Depending on the time of year of your visit, you could be chilling on a beach or skiing the slopes. Wherever you visit, you will probably see the traditional aspects of Korea, no matter how developed and modernized the place is. In every corner of the country, you will find abundant cultural and historical attractions.
This four days’ tour of Korea takes you through various historical places, traditions, archaeology, tea plantation, a couple of national parks, and many more. Join us on this adventurous trip and explore many hidden sides of the country. Western Korea might not be much famous like Seoul and Busan; however, it hosts lots of hidden treasures. On this four-day tour, experience an incredible variety of natural, historical, and cultural sites.
Depart from Seoul by bus to Gongju, the ancient capital of Baekje Kingdom, where you will be visiting the Gongsanseong Fortress. This caste stands proudly on a mountain and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Here, you will also visit the Tomb of King Muryeong that dates back to the third century and contains many sealed treasures, and then to Yeongpyeongsa Temple to attend a tea ceremony conducted by a Buddhist monk. Next, you will head for Daejeon, which is also famous as Korea’s Silicon Valley. The next day, you will move to Jeonju that houses many Korean culture, traditions, and national treasures. After enjoying a Bibimbap lunch, travel to Jinan and then to Maisan National Park to see Mt. Maisan and its 80pagodas. Here, you will also be visiting Tapsa Temple, built with one man per stone, and took about thirty years to complete.
Later, you will move to Gwangju, which is the sixth-largest city of Korea. Here, you will visit the renowned Green Tea Plantation in Boseong. This plantation is most famous and tasty in the whole of Korea, with its tea plants covering the landscape like a carpet. Also, you will visit the Nakaneupseong Folk Village, the Suncheonman Bay Reed Marshes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a volcanic crater noted for its rare plants. Before moving on to Yeosu, you will also visit Yongsan Observatory. Yeosu is a scenic port city which is quite famous for its beaches, flowers, and seafood. In Yeosu, you will also visit the Hyangilam Temple situated high on a coastal cliff, Hallyeo Maritime National Park, famous for sunrise and sunset views and its beautiful seashores. Then, visit the Jinjueseong Fortress, a castle frequently destroyed by invaders. Return overland back to Seoul.
When to Visit
South Korea experience four different seasons; summer, winter, autumn, and spring.
The summer season is also the rainy season in South Korea that lasts from June to August. During these months, you will be facing stifling hot and humid climate; there will also be a huge chance of rainfall. This is also the peak time for domestic tourism, so the prices might be high. So, it is best to avoid this season.
The winter in South Korea falls between December and February. These months are freezing, and unless you can handle extreme colds, stay away from the country during this time. If you want to experience snow activities like skiing or snowboarding, you will have to visit at this time, but make sure to carry warm clothes. Unless you can handle cold or are planning just a casual trip, not any snow activities, then we advise you to avoid this season.
South Korea’s autumn season is between September to November. This is also a perfect time to visit the country as the weather is excellent, almost like that of spring. If you choose to visit during late October or early November, you will get to witness unbelievably stunning colors of the country.
Spring lies in the months from March to May and is the best time to visit. During this season, the weather will be best, and the beautiful cherry blossoms will be at its finest. This is also the peak season for international tourism, so the price might be high, so when planning a trip to South Korea, keep everything in mind and plan.
Depending on how long a traveler is planning to stay in South Korea, they might not need to get a visa. You can learn about the visa requirements with your country’s State Department.
The official language of South Korea is Korean, and most of the signs are also traditionally written with characters, but don’t worry, many signs, particularly in and near cities and along major highways, have information in English as well. Besides, many restaurant menus include translations of dishes/ ingredients. However, most vendors will not speak English even in tourist areas, and you have to speak with gestures while shopping.
Packing largely depends on your type of travel. However, when traveling to Korea, we recommend you to pack light and smart and pack according to the season you are travelling.
When it comes to South Korea, safety is not a big concern. In this country, you will have very little to worry about. Even petty theft and pickpocketing aren’t really a big concern here. Although you still should be careful on crowded streets or public transport.
Most of the world is familiar with the concept of Korean barbecue; you will find those no matter where you go in Korea. For those who are new to this, what happens is a waiter or waitress will give you plates of food including meat, vegetables, and little bowls of kimchee—which you have to cook in a common hot plate in the middle of the table. But, there is much more to Korean food than just barbecue. You will see ample tasty soups, meat dishes, and dumplings. For dessert too, Koreans have plenty of sweet dishes.
The most famous festival of Korea that lots of travelers come to see is the gorgeous cherry blossoms. The exact date of this festival varies each year, but typically it falls either in late March or early April. Several different places celebrate this festival, and each of them will be picture-perfect. The most popular places to view this festival are the Romance Bridge in Jinhae, Yongyeonsa Temple in Daegu, and Seokchon Lake in Seoul. This festival is not only about having a stroll around or having a picnic, but many cherry blossom festivals will also have live music shows and many other entertainments. There are also many other festivals celebrated in Korea, such as the Cheongdo Bullfighting Festival, usually held in mid-April. This festival attracts millions of visitors every year with its hundreds of bullfighting shows and an abundance of cultural events to go along with them. Then, there is also spring’s Lotus Lantern Festival to celebrate Buddha’s birthday. You will see events happening all over Korea, and the major ones will be in major cities like Seoul or Busan. There is also the Seoul Lantern Festival held every November. This is best for those who cannot see the Lotus Lantern Festival in spring. Another of the significant festival is January’s Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival.
See the major attractions of the western part of South Korea
Visit the mountain castle, Gongsanseong Fortress and enjoy some stunning views that you will get from here
Attend a tea ceremony conducted by a Buddhist monk at Yeongpyeongsa Temple
Visit Daejeon, the Silicon Valley of Korea
Taste a delicious cup of tea at Green Tea Plantation in Boseong
Visit the Suncheonman Bay Reed Marshes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- A highly experienced, skilled, knowledgeable, supportive, English speaking guide throughout the trip
- Three day’s accommodation (twin-sharing) at three-star category hotel
- Three meals per day
- All ground transportation
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Entry fee to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
- International airfare, Korea entry visa fee
- Travel Insurance
- Additional charge for those wanting a single room, or any extra facilities
- Any kinds of personal expenses like phone bills, laundry, beverages, foods not mentioned in the itinerary, etc.
Seoul - Gongju - Daejeon
You will meet a driver at your hotel, who will then transfer you to Gongju. Gongju is the ancient capital of Baekje Kingdom. Here, you will get to enjoy meditation and also get to interact with the monks at Magoksa Temple. This is one of the major temples of the town and offers gorgeous scenery of surrounding mountains and rivers in Chungnam Province. Then, we will visit the Tomb of Muryeong King, where you will see wall paintings drawn on the number six tomb. From here, we head towards Gongsanseong Fortress, which is a mountain castle established during the Baekje Period and offers spectacular views of the surrounding. Here, you can also experience archery. After visiting major highlights of this ancient capital, we head towards Daejeon, which is quite famous for its hot springs and is a hub city of Korea. After reaching the town, check into the hotel, and then the rest of the day is free. You can choose to pamper yourself in an indoor spa with high-quality natural waters that have healing capacity.
Daejeon - Jeonju - Jinan – Gwangju
Our destination for this day is Jeonju Hanok Village, which contains more than eight-hundred traditional Korean houses. This village is quite famous among tourists due to its sharp contrast with the modern city that surrounds it. Here, you can choose to wear Hanbok, Korean National Costume, and capture some pictures to make a special memory. Then, we will head to explore Gyeonggijeon Shrine. Built during the fourteenth century, this shrine holds the portrait of the founder of the Joseon Dynasty, King Tae-jo. Then, we will visit the Tapsa Temple in Jinan, which is quite famous for more than eighty stone pagodas built by Lee Gapyong. Later, we depart for Gwangju, located in the southwest corner of Korea, where we will spend the night.
Gwangju - Boseong - Suncheon – Yeosu
In the morning, we head out to visit Boseong Green Tea Plantation. This plantation is one of the most beautiful sights you will see in Korea. The field is full of greet tea and cedar trees, and the tea plants blanket the area like a carpet. You will also have a chance to sample tasty produce of this renowned plantation. Then, we will visit Naganeupseong Folk Village, where you will get to see the lifestyle of the native inhabitants of the south provincial area. Next, we will explore Suncheonman Bay, where you will see dense reeds that are taller than a fully-grown man. Finally, we will visit Yongsan Observatory. From here, you will get to see the bay’s glorious view. Later, we will move on to Yeosu, one of the most scenic port cities of Korea. This city is much more beautiful at night. Celebrate your time in Yeosu while watching the seaside village.
Yeosu - Jinju - Seoul
after breakfast, we will hop on a Yeosu Cable Car and then move upwards while enjoying this stimulating experience with the gondola to operate over seawater. From the cable car, you will get to see the gorgeous beauty of downtown Yeosu and the archipelago around the old seaport. Then, we will visit the Jinjuseong Fortress, which is historically linked to the Japanese invasion in 1592.
In the evening, we will return to Seoul. After reaching Seoul, we will transfer you back to your hotel in Seoul.