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CLASSIC KOREA
10 DAYS FROM $4,705 CAD
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Discover a new side of Asia on a small group adventure through one of the region’s most oft-overlooked gems, South Korea. Be dazzled by the neon skyline, fast pace and high energy of Seoul, then take a step back with a spell in the serene gardens of Mt. Seorak National Park, a night spent in a Buddhist monastery and wander through an immaculately preserved traditional village. A country that blends variety and contrasts with effortless ease, this enigmatic nation is one well worth getting to know.

Days 1-3 Seoul
Welcome to South Korea!

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
You will spend the next two days exploring the capital and its surrounds.

One of your first stops will be Gyeongbok Palace, built in 1395, and the most exquisite of all the five palaces in South Korea.
South Korea's rich history is explored at the National Folk Museum, and you will also visit the Bukchon Hanok Village to see what daily life was like here 600 years ago.
Namdaemun Market is next on your hit list. With everything from food to clothes to flowers, you'll spend your time wandering through the stalls, soaking up the ambience of this bustling market.
The following day you'll head out to the DMZ, a 1 hour bus ride from Seoul, this half day tour includes a English speaking local guide. You will see Imjingak Park, the Bridge of Freedom (which you drive across), 3rd Infiltration tunnel, Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station, Unification Village.

Included Activities

Gyeongbok Palace
Namdaemun Market
Bukchon Hanok Village
Seoul National Folk Museum

Accommodation

IP Boutique Hotel or similar (3 nts)

Day 4 Nakasana

After breakfast at the hotel, you'll drive out to Yangyang. En route, you'll stop off at the Osaek Mineral Springs, where you can test the cosmetic benefits and healing powers of the springs.
Tonight's accommodation is in the Naksansa Temple. You'll get a tour of the ancient site, as well as a special sunset ceremonial service and meditation insights.
You'll stay in the monastery, where you will be broken up into groups (men and women) for sleeping. The temple is in the "Hanok style", sleeping on the floor on mat (like futon). Shower and toilet facilities have recently been renovated, but are communal (please note: no toiletries are provided i.e soap).
This is an amazing, spiritual place, and dinner with monks is a real highlight.

Included Activities

Osaek Mineral Springs

Accommodation

Nakasana Temple or simialr (1 nt)

Day 5 Mt Seorak

You will have an early morning start for a dawn service, before taking tea with the monks to learn more about their lives and journeys.
You will have lunch at the temple, and then transfer to Mt. Seorak National Park. This is a magnificent area with towering granite peaks, lush green valleys and clear streams.
An 1100m cable car will carry you to the Gwongeumseong Fortress. Built around 1213~1259, the ruins speak volumes for the rich history of the area.
A short hike from the Fortress, you will find Biseondae Rock Flat, named after a legend about an angel ascending to heaven from the rock flat.
The grand scenery of rocks and cliffs here do seem to reach to the heavens, and Biseondae has inspired many poets and scholars through the ages.
Tonight you will stay in a hotel near the park.


Included Activities

Mt. Seorak National Park Cable Car
Gwongeumseong Fortress

Accommodation

Seorak Kensington Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day 6 Suaedang

You will depart for Andong this morning, on the way you’ll stop off at Buseoksa Temple.
Built in 676 and known as the Temple of the Floating Stone, it is believed that the monk Uisang received help from a lady friend (who had turned into a dragon upon her suicide) when an angry mob tried to stop him building the new temple. Uisang brought down three stones from heaven to stop the crowd that had gathered. One of the stones that floated down from the heavens now stands to the left of the main hall, Muryangsu-jeon. So the temple is named after this “floating rock” story.
The myth and magic continues as you visit the Jebiwon Buddha, a giant 12 metre Buddha, carved into a single boulder.
Tonight you will stay in a traditional guesthouse, where you’ll sleep in an Ondol room, on a heated floor, rather than in western style beds. A real cultural experience - you'll be surprised at how comfortable the Korean 'yo' (mattress) is.

Included Activities

Buseoksa Temple

Accommodation

Chiamgotaek Guest House or similar (1 nt)

Days 7-8 Gyeongju

Korea is full of history, and today you will feel like you're a part of it!
You will have a full day tour of Andong Hahoe Village, which has preserved the housing architecture and the village structure of the Joseon dynasty. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List under the category of “Historic Villages in Korea” in 2010.
Hahoe Village boasts exquisite scenic sights: the elegant Nakdong River flowing around the village, the magnificent Buyongdae Cliff, endlessly unfolding sandy beaches, and lush, ancient pine trees. You can take the boat to Buyongdae Cliff for a panoramic view of the village.
At the end of the tour, you'll head to Gyeongju, where you'll spend the next 2 nights.
On Day 8 your local guide will provides you with a tour of World Heritage Listed Gyeongju.
The sites include Tumuli Park, a collection of royal tombs from the Shilla period, as well as the Gyeongju National Museum that preserves much of the Silla heritage including magnificent gold crowns, pottery, Buddhist artifacts, stone sculptures and the legendary Emille Bell - one of Asia's largest and most resonant bells, 25 tons of bronze standing 11 feet high.
You will also explore Seokguram Grotto, one of Asia's finest Buddha shrines, and Bulguksa Temple, a monument to both the skill of the Silla architects and the depth of Buddhist faith at the time.

Included Activities

Andong Hahoe Village - Day Tour
Bulguksa Temple & Seokguram Grotto
Gyeongju National Museum
Tumuli Park Tour

Accommodation

Gyeongju Hyundai Hotel or similar (2 nts)

Days 9-10 Seoul

Travel back to Seoul to further explore this fascinating city further with you remaining free time. Your trip will come to an end on the morning of Day 10 after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to help you arrange your departure back to the Airport or your travel onwards if staying on.

Accommodation

IP Boutique Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Highlights

Get an insight into Korean folklore at Seoul’s National Folk Museum
Enjoy a soak in the Osaek Mineral Springs
Dine with Buddhist monks in the Naksana Temple
Be enchanted by the natural beauty of Mt. Seorak National Park
Catch a cable car up to Gwongeumseong Fortress
Spend a night in a traditional Korean guesthouse in Suaedang
Sample life under the Joseon dynasty in Andong Hahoe Village
See ornate Buddhist artifacts in Gyeongju National Museum

Start Seoul, South Korea
Finish Seoul, South Korea
Countries South Korea
Themes Explorer
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages Min 15
Group size Min 1, Max 15
Carbon offset 209kg pp per trip


DEPARTURE DATES
September

Prices
From Approx $4,705 CAD per person double occupancy

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