11 Days Round Korea by Coach Tour
Highlights: Seoul City, UNESCO World Heritage, Korean Folk Village, Mt. Songnisan National Park, Daegu, Gyeongju City know as 'Museum without walls, Seokguram Grotto, Busan, Jagalchi Fish Market, DMZ Tour, Temple Stay at Samhwasa or Woljeongsa Temple, Andong Hahoe Village, East Coast Scenic Drive, Mt. Seorak National Park.
Day 1 Arrival in Seoul
Arrive in Seoul at Incheon International Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Remaining of the day is time at leisure time.
NB: If you arrive in Seoul on other dates pre-tour, transfer is not provided. In case you have pre-extension booking at Hamilton Hotel, please take an airport limousine bus to the Hamilton Hotel from bus stop 6B or 13A. Please look for bus with sign “Hannamdong(6030)”. Purchase the ticket at the limousine bus counter inside or ticket booth outside. The bus is available every 20-25 minutes from 06:20am until 23:00pm depart from Inchehon Airport.
Day 2 Seoul / Half Day Seoul City Tour (B)
After breakfast, start half-day Seoul tour including National Museum of Korea. This new museum built in 2005 boasts a fantastic collection of Korean arts and relics. It would take a whole day to see everything in the museum. The next visit is to Changdeok Palace & Huwon (Secret Garden), UNESCO designated World Heritage site. The last visit is to N Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan for a bird’s eye view of the Metropolitan city of Seoul. Come back to hotel at around 15:00 pm.
Day 3 Seoul / Korean Folk Village / Mt. Songnisan Nat’l Park / Daegu (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Check-out and pick-up from hotel. Transfer to Korean Folk Village outside of Seoul, where the old traditional style houses and life style of 18th-19th century are being practiced by people living in the village. Proceed to Songnisan National Park to visit Beopjusa Temple where the tallest Buddha Statue in Korea can be found. The forest park is an ideal place for walking. Afterward, drive to Daegu via expressway.
Day 4 Daegu / Half Day Gyeongju Tour (B)
Breakfast at hotel.Transfer to Gyeongju, the capital of the Shilla kingdom from 57BC – 935AD and the city is also known as the “Museum without walls,” as there are 52 designated sites within this city. Upon arrival in Gyeongju, half day Gyeongju tour includes Cheomseongdae Astronomic Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park with its Royal tombs. You will have the chance to enter one of the excavated tombs to see the construction and process behind the Royal Kings burial chambers. Last visit is to Bulguksa Temple although rebuilt following destruction by the Japanese during their occupancy, the Temple has been completely restored to its former glory.
Day 5 Full Day Gyeongju (B)
After breakfast, start your full day tour of Gyeongju by visiting Seokguram Grotto, established in the 8th century on the slopes of Mt. Toham. The grotto contains a monumental statue of a sitting Buddha looking out to sea and it is considered a masterpiece of Buddhist art in the Far East. 4 faces Buddha, Gwaeneung Royal Tomb and Scenic drive tour to Guryongpo Port. Drive along the seashore for beautiful coastal scenery. Return to Gyeongju.
Day 6 Gyeongju / Busan (B)
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Unmoonsa Temple (Buddhist Nun's temple). Proceed to Busan, the second largest city of South Korea. Upon arrival, start half day Busan tour to BusanTower on Mt Yongdusan with its observation deck offering stunning views of the city and beyond, Jagalchi Fishery Market where roadside vendors sell various fishes and Nampodong Street.
Day 7 Busan / Haeinsa Temple / Andong / Chungju (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Mt Gayasan National Park via expressway. In Mt Gayasan National Park, visit Haeinsa Temple. Haeinsa Temple has a world famous Korean cultural treasure called Tripikata Koreana, which was made during the Goryo Dynasty to protect the country from the invasion of Mongolian troops by Buddha’s power. UNESCO has World Cultural Heritage designated this Tripitaka Koreana. Proceed to Andong, 2 hours away from Haeinsa. Andong is the best-preserved village with its traditional style noble houses. In 1999, Queen Elizabeth II visited HahoeVillage and was welcomed with a Birthday Party Table decorated in the Korean traditional way. Hahoe Village in Andong is famous for its own mask dance. After a visit to Hahoe Village, proceed to Chungju Lake.
Day 8 Chungju / Mt. Seorak National Park / Temple Stay (B)
After breakfast, take a ride on a Sightseeing Boat for lakeside scenery. (In Winter season, boat tour is subject to weather condition. When the lake is frozen, boat tour will be cancelled.) Transfer to Mt Seorak National Park via Gangneung. In Gangneung, visit Chamsori Gramophone & Audio Museum. This museum boasts an incredible collection of 19th Century gramophones and state of the art audio systems. Proceed to Samwhasa Temple to experience unique temple stay (If the temple stay at Woljeongsa Temple, Chamsori Gramophone & Audio Museum will be visited on Day9). Upon arrival at the temple, change your clothes to temple uniform prepared by the temple. Orientation for various things to know for staying at the temple reagarding regulations and schedules. Attend evening ceremony of Bell-Beating, Evening Chanting Mass and Meditation course. For one night, you will not have phone or TV in your private Korean traditional style room. Shower room and toilet are shared in common use (male & female separate). No alcohol is allowed at the temple. Accommodation is based on 2 people at a room.
Day 9 Mt Seorak National Park Tour with DMZ area (B)
Wake up at 3 am for Morning Worship (for volunteers only). After a traditional monastic breakfast, transfer to DMZ Unification Observatory at the demarcation line on the East Coast for a very close view of North Korea and Repository of nature in ecosystem DMZ museum. Return to Mt. Sorak National Park for cable car ride to Gwongeumseong Fortress and visit Sinheungsa Temple. You will have a chance to enjoy a hot spring swim or sauna at Waterpia Spa Park at your own expense. Return to hotel on your own payment by taxi after enjoying the best water park of Korea at your leisure.
Day 10 Mt Seorak National Park / Seoul (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Gapyeong to visit the Garden of Morning Calm Flower and Tree Park, which displays unique Korean Wild Flowers and trees in a garden located in mountain valley. (* For tours in the months of Jan, Feb, March, April, Nov, Dec,visit Yangpyeong Film Studio with all the movie sets instead of flower park as flowers are not blooming enough in these months.) Transfer to Seoul. After check-in, you will have your own independent activities or shopping at Itaewon shopping District.
Day 11 Seoul (B)
After breakfast, check-out. No transfer service but private transfer service available as option. Airport limousine bus stop at the hote.
Private Transfer from Seoul City to Incheon Intl Airport
Meals during the Tour
Tipping in Korea
Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List (10)
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