HISTORICAL- 
 CULTURAL TOURS
COMBINED KOREA-JAPAN
  TOUR, Korean Portion
SPECIAL INTEREST TOURS
COMBINED HISTORICAL-
  CULTURAL / MOUNTAIN
  TREKKING TOURS
MOUNTAIN TREKKING TOURS
JEJUDO ISLAND, MT.
  HALLASAN TREKKING(1,950m)
  - 10 hours Trekking
COMBINED HISTORICAL-
  CULTURAL /FESTIVAL TOURS
ROOTS DISCOVERY TOURS
JAPAN EXTENSION
CHINA EXTENSION
HONGKONG EXTENSION
 
   
  
 
 
  Seoul / Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon / Korean Folk Village / Gongju / Buyeo / Daejeon / Naju / Gwangju / Haeinsa Temple / Gyeongju Tour
 
  9 Days / 8 Nights
 
 

Day 1 ― Arrive in Seoul
Arrive in Seoul at Incheon International Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your downtown hotel. After check-in the balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Seoul.

Day 2 ― Seoul

A full day tour of Metropolitan city of Seoul, where old meets new in modern Korea. Established by the founder of Joseon Dynasty in 1392, the capital of the Republic of Korea has a population of more than 12,000,000 people. Seoul is a city of incredible contrasts which, despite its immense size, make it one of the most fascinating cities in the world. It is the heart of Korea’s culture and education as well as politics and economics. The tour includes National Museum of Korea which displays rich and priceless artifacts from prehistoric Korea to the end of the Joseon Dynasty;Changdeokgung Palace (Palace of
illustrious Virtue) - constructed in 1405, and is now the best preserved of Seoul's five palaces of the Joseon Dynasty;Biwon (Secret Garden) - behind Changdeok Palace (illustrious Virtue) Are tranquil gardens of unequalled beauty and woodland originally constructed for the recreational area for the royal family and palace women;Insadong Antique District - called "Mary's Alley" by foreigners, Korea's art and antique district reminds many visitors of a street museum. One undred-odd antique shops, old bookstores, and art galleries are concentrated in this area;Jogyesa Temple - it is the headquarters of the Jogye sect of Korean Buddhism, and the regional office of the World Fellowship of Buddhism;Namdaemun Market - one of the oldest and largest traditional markets in Korea, with colorful and bustling spots for bargain shoppers;and N Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan for a bird's-eye view of Metropolitan city of Seoul. Overnight in Seoul.

Day 3 ― Seoul / Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon / Korean Folk Village / Seoul  
 
This morning travel to Suwon walled city, where was planned as capital city of Joseon Dynasty in the 18th century with the intention of moving the national capital from Seoul to Suwon and Hwaseong fortress wall was constructed. Enjoy tour of Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon-over 5 km in length, the fortress wall averages 9 m high and its bulwark of stone and brick is considered the masterpiece of Korean fortress construction. The fortress wall was designated as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1997. Afterwards visit the Korean Folk Village outside of Seoul to see a superb and truly authentic display of
Korean history including folk traditions, legends, and the lifestyles of the nobility, the 14th-20th centuries, Korea. Return to Seoul. Overnight in Seoul.

  Day 4 ― Seoul / Mt. Songnisan / Gongju / Daejeon (Yuseong)
 
This morning travel to Mt. Songnisan National Park, one of the most popular tourist spots in the central part of Korean peninsular. You will enjoy exploring Beopjusa Temple-established in 553 A.D. during the Silla Dynasty, with many famous artworks including 108-foot-high bronze statue of Buddha, etc. Travel to Gongju, the capital of the ancient Baekje Dynasty, still many of Baekje's treasures in evidence. Visit King Muryeong's Tomb (A.D.501-524)-Korea's greatest discoveries of the twentieth century, and Gongju National Museum which displays hundreds of artifacts uncovered from King Muryeong's Tomb.
Afterwards, transfer to Daejeon, the fifth largest city. We take a few minutes' drive from Daejeon to Yuseong, one of the country's most famous hot spring resorts. Overnight in Yuseong.

  Day 5 ― Daejeon / Naju Catholic Retreat / Gwangju
 
Today, journey to Gwangju, where is the capital of Jeollanam-do Province and the sixth largest city in the Republic of Korea, with a population of 1.2 million. En route visit Naju Catholic Retreat. Naju Catholic Retreat is very well known to Catholic People as Holy Place and Pilgrimage. The tour visits Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, the 'miraculous statue' which shed Tears and Blood for 700 days and is now occasionally exuding Fragrant Oil, the Holy Mountain, and the 'Healing Waters' of the promised spring for drinking. Arrive in Gwangju, then visit Gwangju National Museum, which was built to house the precious Chinese porcelains that were salvaged in 1976 from a Chinese trading ship wrecked at Sinan 600 years ago, and the museum also displays relics and paintings from the Baekje and Unified Silla Dynasties and the Joseon Dynasty. Overnight in Gwangju.
 
Day 6 ― Gwangju / Haeinsa Temple / Gyeongju
 

This morning travel to Haeinsa Temple which is one of the three greatest temples of Korea, established in 803 A.D., chiefly known today as the repository of the Tripitaka Koreana, set of over 80,000 wooden printing blocks engraved with one of the most comprehensive compilations of the Buddhist scriptures in all of Asia, and the Depositories and the Tripitaka Koreana Wooden Printing Blocks were added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. Continue to Gyeongju, where was the capital of the Silla Dynasty from 57 B.C. to 935 A.D. and designated by UNESCO as one of the world's

ten most historically significant sites with numerous relics of that era, and is called the "Museum Without Walls". Overnight in Gyeongju.

  Day 7 ― Gyeongju
 
A full-day tour of Gyeongju includes Bulguksa Temple-originally constructed in 535 A.D., the most frequented and best-known temple in Korea, was added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995;Seokguram Grotto-dating back to the same era as Bulguksa Temple, one of Asia's finest Buddhist shrines, an attempt to represent physically the highest spiritual aspirations, the crowning achievement of Silla religio-artistic work, was added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995;Bunhwangsa Pagoda-erected in 634, is considered, with Cheomseongdae, one of the country's
two oldest stone structures, and the pagoda was originally 9 stories high, only 3 remain today;Gyeongju National Museum, which has the best collection of Silla Dynasty artifacts with more than 100,000 pieces;Anapji Pond-constructed in 674 A.D. as a pleasure garden to commemorate the unification of the peninsula by the Silla forces, used the recreational area for the Silla royal family and banquet garden to entertain royal important guests;Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory-built in 634 A.D., is considered the world's earliest known existing observatory and admired by archaeologists worldwide;Royal Tumuli Park-a collection of royal Silla tombs located in the middle of Gyeongju with 20 tombs, of which Cheonmachong (Flying Horse Tomb) is the most famous with its excavation which yielded more than 10,000 treasure-artifacts;and the 15th century built Family Choi's House. Overnight in Gyeongju.


Day 8 ― Gyeongju / Seoul

Return to Seoul, passing the rolling, green countryside and clusters of unique tiled houses. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure or for shopping at Itaewon Shopping District or Namdaemun Local Open Market. Overnight in Seoul.

Day 9 ― Seoul / Depart Korea
Transfer to Incheon International Airport for departure.