GYEONGJU, ANDONG, MT SEORAK, SEOUL
Day 1 : Seoul, South Korea
Arrive Incheon International Airport
and transfer to the hotel where the remainder of the day will be
free at leisure.
Day 2 : Seoul city
hotel. Half day sightseeing tour : Pass-by Cheongwadae
(Presidential residence), visit the Gyeongbok Palace, the
oldest and grandest of Seoul’s royal palaces, a masterpiece of
Korean traditional architecture and one of Seoul’s most visited
locations. National Folkore Museum exhibiting the religious
rituals, customs, food and social dynamics of traditional Korean
Life. Jogye Temple is chief temple of the Jogye order which
represents the Korean Buddhism. Continue to Insadong
Antique street and visit major galleries, enjoy free shopping.
Day 3 : Seoul - Busan
flight from Gimpo Airport to Busan Airport. Upon arrival, you will
be met by our representative and transfer to hotel. Hotel check in
and free time.
HOTEL : Busan Paradise or similar
Day 4 : Busan to Gyeongju
at the hotel. Visit *Yongdusan park - considered a
favorite resting place among the citizens. Passing by *Jagalchi
fishery market, Korea's largest seafood market fomed after Korean
War, representaing the life style of the indigenous Busan native.
You can eat fresh raw fish right at the market where all kind of
fishes are on display in ice or in the aquariums for sale.
And transfer to *Gyeongju, an ancient capital of
Silla Dynasty (BC57~AD935) and a museum without walls by bus or van
(one and a half hour drive). Visit *BulguksaTemple built during the
most glorious period of the Dynasty. The temple is one of the most
frequently mentioned and the best known temple in Korea. Teh
architectural design of the temple is one the constrained dignity,
peace and harmony and the temple still remains as one of the
remarkable achievements of the ancient Far East region.
And then Transfer to *Seogulram Gotto - the
home of serene stone Buddha of the eighth century, built during the
period of the Silla Dynasty and said to be one of the finest
Buddhist shrines in the world. Inside, a white serene statue of a
seated Buddha in a sublime state of enlightenment is surrounded by
Bodhisattva, disciples and guardians.
Both of BulguksaTemple and
Seogulram Grotto are on the list of UNESCO
world cultural heritage. Visit *Gyeongju National Museum, displaying
the 23-ton Emille Bell cast in AD771 and thousands of priceless
treasures. And transfer to *Cheomseongdae known as the world's
oldest astronomical observatory built during Silla Dynasty. Have a
dinner on your own and transfer to hotel.
HOTEL : Gyeongju Hyundai or similar
DAY 5 : Gyeongju Andong to Mt.Seorak
Breakfast at your hotel and transfer to *Andong which
is well-renowned for the home of the intellectual aristocratic class
of Korean society and Confucius scholars during Joseon
Dynasty(1392-1910), giving the aroma of traditional culture as the
birth place of Hahoe masks,Chajeon games and Hahoe spirit rituals.
Queen Elizabeth of United Kingdom visited
here several years ago, marking it as a popular Int'l tourist
attraction. *Andong Hahoe Village has preserved the housing
architecture and the village structure of the Joseon dynasty. The
village was not artificially created and still houses a small
community of villagers. Three sides of Hahoe Village are surrounded
by the Nakdonggang River.
The village got its name from the way in which the river meanders
throuhg it. Directly translated, Hahoe means
Next to Hahoe village are many pine trees and a soft sand
plain, and across from it are beautiful cliff.
In the late afternoon, you will get to have dinner on your own near
Mt. Seorak Park. Have a dinner on your own and transfer to hotel.
HOTEL : Seorak Maremons or similar
Day 6 : Mt.Seorak to Seoul
and transfer to Mt.Seorak National Park, designated as a
natural monument preservation area and as a Biosphere Preservation
District by UNESCO. Seorak has been named because the snow would not
melt for a long time keeping the rocks in a permanent state of
The park is spread across 4 cities and counties : Sokcho, Inje,
Goseong and Yangyang. The highest peak is Daecheongbong(1,708m), to
the east is OeSeorak(outer Seorak) and to the west is
NaeSeorak(inner Seorak), which is devided again into North naeseorak
and South NaeSeorak. North NaeSeorak is composed of Bukcheon, which
flows to Ingyecheon and Baekdamcheon. There are numerous valleys in
NaeSeorak. Follow the Baekdamcheon valley where all the streams meet
and you will reach Baekdamsa Temple.
will be transferred to take a cabel car to *Gwongeumseong
Fortress” which is the site of a fortress ruins,
located on the steep stone Mountain of Mt. Seoraksan. It is believed
to have been built by the 23rd King of the Goryeo Period(918-1392),
Gojong (1213-1259 reign). At the plateau of Gwongeumseong Castle
there are 80 sections of rocks and you can see the East Sea and city
of Sokcho. Also, to the west, you can see all kinds of fantastic
rocks and stones which make up the Seoraksan Mountains.
*Shinheungsa temple is a short walk away from the
entrance. This temple used to be called Hyanseongsa built by
Jajangyulsa(AD590~658), who traveled to famos mountains all over the
nation during Queen jindeok's(?~654) of Silla Dynasty. It was
destroyed and rebuilt many times since. On the path to Sinheungsa,
there is a great bronze statue called
Bronze Jwabul Staute, which is well over 10 meters high. Just beyond
the statue on a granite terrace, there is a bridge to the right
called Hyeonsugyo, which was newly built for crossing the ravine.
Past the bridge there is a long stone wall with a Cheongwang door,
and you can enter the temple. After looking around Mt. Seorak Park,
transfer to *Goseong Unification Observatory (700m)
built by an army unit in 1983 was the closest place from which you
could view the Mt. Geumgangsan in North Korea before it was opened
to South Koreans. The closest part of Mt. Geumgangsan is 16km away
and the farthest part is about 25km away. After sightseeing
Mt.Seorak and transfer to Seoul.
This program will finish at Seoul Gangnam Express Terminal around
17:00. Tour guide will advise you how to get back to your hotel in
Day 7 : Seoul Departure
After breakfast at
your hotel and free at leisure. Transfer to Incheon International
Airport by airport limousine bus.
Tour Dates : Every Sunday, minimum 2 persons
(per person based on twin-sharing) C$
Includes : Accommodation based on
twin-sharing, seat-in-coach tours, admission fees, English
speaking guide service, airport transfers by airport
Meals : 6 breakfasts
Not included : International air tickets,
tipping and gratuity to driver and tour guide, any personal
expenses and meals not specified in the itinerary.
quoted in Canadian Dollars above are subject to change
without prior notice due to currency exchange rate
High season surcharge may be applied during
the summer holidays (July/August), festivals, holidays and