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Ancient South Korea In 9 Days

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9 Days - Seoul - Gyeongju - Andong - Daegu
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Highlights
Seoraksan
Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan is one of the highest mountains in the Taebaek mountain range in the Gangwon Province in eastern South Korea. It is located in a national park near the city of Sokcho. In August 1983, Seoraksan was listed as a UNESCO biosphere reserve and the 171st National Park in 1965. Seoraksan offers its visitors hiking trails, natural preservation areas, gardens, waterfalls, parks and camping grounds to enjoy at their leisure.

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Andong Hahoe Folk Village

Andong Hahoe Folk village is a village located on the banks of the Nakdong River, the foothills of Hwasan Mountain and the offshoots of Taebaek Mountain. The centre of the village is populated by large tile-roofed houses belonging to the Ryu clan and their ancestors. These uniquely styled thatched houses boast tradition and historical significance with re-enactments of traditional ceremonies such as weddings.

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Bulguksa Temple

Bulguksa Temple is structured with a main hall containing the Bonjon, Bodhisattva and his disciples in statues as well as a lotus flower decorated ceiling. Visitors often climb the mountain to see the sunrise and beautiful views below the mountain. Enjoy this magnificent temple!

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Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond

Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond were the secondary palace sites for the Crown Prince and an important palace for national events and important visitors. After the fall of the Silla Kingdom the site was abandoned and forgotten. The pond was referred to as “Anapji” during the Goryeo and Joseon periods.

 

 

DMZ
Korean Demilitarized Zone

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula. It is established by the provisions of the Korean Armistice Agreement to serve as a buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea. The demilitarized zone (DMZ) is a border between the North Korea and South Korea separating them into two. It was created by an agreement between North Korea, China and the United Nations of 1953. 

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Cheong Wa Dae

Cheong Wa Dae or other words known as the Blue House is the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state, the President of the Republic of Korea and is located in the capital city of Seoul. The Blue House is in fact a complex of buildings, built largely in the traditional Korean architectural style with some modern elements.

 

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace (North Palace) was built in 1395 as the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty.  Gyeongbokgung was one of the largest of the five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty. It served as the home of the kings, the Kings’ households as well as the government. Its unique design and architecture makes it very attractive for visitors from all over the world.

 

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Bukchon Village

Bukchon Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok that date back to the Joseon dynasty. The name Bukchon, which literally translates to “northern village”, came about as the neighbourhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. A quaint and historical village it is definitely worth a visit! 

Features

Discover enchanting South Korea with its beautiful national parks and bustling city. Explore Korea's most famous national park Seoraksan National park, stroll down the traditional mask dancing village of Andong, see the ancient Silla kingdom archaeological sites and temples in Gyeoungju, stand back and take in the views of the DMZ as well as the residence of president Cheong Wa Dae and the Joseon Dynasty village of Bukchon.  

 

Itinerary and Map
South korea 9 days tour
Day 1

 Australia   Seoul

Depart Australia today on your overnight flight to South Korea.

Day 2

Seoul

 

Welcome to Seoul, South Korea! Upon arrival at Seoul Airport, following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, make your way down to the arrival area where you will meet your friendly tour guide. Your guide will transfer you to your hotel. 

Seoul is the largest city in South Korea and one of East Asia’s financial and cultural epicentres. It is the centre of fascinating ancient traditions, cutting edge digital technology, home to endless street food vendors and vast nightlife districts, an extraordinarily high pressure education system and serene Buddhist temples, a trend setting youth culture, extraordinary architecture and endless rows of grey apartment buildings. Seoul is filled with a mix of traditional and modern elements attracting visitors from all over the world. 

 

Day 3

Seoul  Mt. Seorak (B, L, D)

Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Preservation District in 1982 due to the many rare species found in the national park, Mt Seoraksan National Park is one of Korea's most famous national parks. This morning, tour Shinheungsa Temple and take the cable car to Gwonkeumseong Fortress to see the castle ruins and the spectacular views of the mountains and land within Seoraksan National Park. Continue to Sokcho fishing village known for its famous seafood and cuisine, this afternoon.

Day 4

Mt. Seorak  Andong   Daegu  (B, L)

Today, head to the traditional village of Andong, with its well preserved traditional houses and unique mask dancing performances. Continue to Mabijeong Mural Village, where you can hear about the local tales of the Mabijeong legend and visualise it on the mural walls. After that relax in Dongseongno Shopping District, one of the major fashion districts in Daegu city. 

Day 5

Daegu Gyeongju  (B, L)

Today, explore the many archaeological sites and temples, royal tombs and monuments of Gyeongju, the capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom. Visit Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory, Gyeongju National Museum, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and Gyeongju National Park. 

 

Day 6

Gyeongju  Seoul (B, L)

Today we will visit North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) a 44 km drive northwest of Seoul. An entire infantry division can move through the tunnel in an hour. Visit the Imjingak Resort’s Unification Park and North Korea Centre to gain an insight into the Korean War and their prayers for the unification of the country. View North Korean territory including the Propaganda Village, People’s School and Gaeseong City, the old capital city of the Goryeo Kingdom, from the Dora Observation Platform. North Hall contains displays of North Korean lifestyle, and the Exhibition Hall houses old tanks and planes from the Korean War.

Day 7

Seoul  (B, L)

 

Blue House otherwise known as Cheong Wa Dae, the residence of President Cheong Wa Dae is an iconic beauty against the back drop of Bugaksan Mountain, visit here and then make your way to Gyeongbokgung Palace one of the most beautiful and largest of the five palaces as well as the world famous Amethyst store. After that stroll the heart of the city down the streets of Isa-dong one of the historical enterntainment districts. Step back in time to the Joseon Dynasty in Bukchon Village and walk along the elevated sky garden at Seoullo 2017

Day 8

Seoul Australia (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Incheon Airport for your homeward flight to Australia. 

Day 9

Australia 

Arrive Australia today. 

 

 

Inclusions & Exclusions
Sinheungsa Temple
Inclusions
  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying China Southern Airlines or China Eastern Airlines (subject to availability) 
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double occupancy)
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Coach transportation
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary 
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s) service
Exclusions
  •  Tipping and gratuities prepaid in Australia: $70 
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated
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