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 / Mt. Songnisan-Beopjusa Temple / Haeinsa Temple / Gyeongju / Busan
 
  6 Days / 5 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 morning tour of Seoul visits 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;and 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. An afternoon tour of Seoul includes Gyeongbokgung Palace (Palace of Shining Happiness) - the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty - passing by Blue House (Presidential Residence);the National Folk Museum of Korea - the collections display complete items from every region of Korea which illustrate all aspects of traditional life;Insadong Antique District - called "Mary's Alley" by foreigners, Korea's art and antique district reminds many visitors of a street museum.One hundred-odd antique shops, old bookstores, and art galleries are concentrated in this area;and Namdaemun Market - one of the oldest and largest markets in Korea, with colorful and bustling spots for bargain shoppers. Overnight in Seoul.
 
Day 3 ― Seoul / Suwon-Hwaseong Fortress / Korean Folk Village / Mt. Songnisan-Beopjusa Temple
 
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 Seoul UNESCO in 1997.Afterwards visit the Korean Folk Village outside of 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. Continue to Beopjusa Temple located at the foot of Mt. Songnisan National Park. Overnight at a hotel in the temple village

  Day 4 ― Mt. Songnisan-Beopjusa Temple / Haeinsa Temple / Gyeongju
 
A morning tour of Beopjusa Temple which is located at the foot of Mt. Songnisan - the temple was established in 553 A. D. during Silla Dynasty and is one of the largest temples in Korea with 108-foot-high bronze Buddha statue which is the largest Buddha statue in the world. With its numerous treasures and National Monuments, Beopjusa Temple is the best place in which to experience the brilliant history of Buddist civilization. Drive 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 oThe balver 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" - along the crystal east coast. An afternoon tour of Gyeongju including 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;- Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory- built in 634 A.D., is considered the world's earliest known existing observatory and admired by archaeologists worldwide;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;and 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. Overnight in Gyeongju.

  Day 5 ― Gyeongju
 
A morning tour of Gyeongju visits 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;and 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. An afternoon tour of Gyeongju includes Gyeongju National Museum, which has the best collection of Silla Dynasty artifacts with more than 100,000 pieces;Seokbinggo - Seokbinggo means a freezer made of rocks. It is an ancient refrigerator only in Korea. The floor is slanted to allow melted ice to funnel out. Frozen ice was popular for the upper class. From historical annals, it is assumed that Seokbinggo was made at
least 1,500 years ago. Seokbbingo has been designated as National Treasure No. 66;Poseokjeong Pavilion - Poseokjeong Pavilion was designated as private monument No.1 on January 21, 1963. The location is originally where the royal villa of the Silla dynasty (57 B.C.~A.D. 935) had been, but the building no longer exists, and only a stone waterway shaped as a shell is left in its place. This is where the Silla Kings had come with their officials and nobles. It is said that they would float their wine glasses on the water where the water would flow along the stone groove, and they would recite poems before their glasses floated up to them;and Golgulsa Temple - The temple is the only temple cave in Korea which was built out of solid rock during the 6th century by Saint Gwang Yoo and some accompanying monks, and was designed according to the architectural structure of India. On the top of the temple stands a sculpture of the Maya Tathagata Buddha and surrounding the sculpture are twelve rock caves used as a prayer sanctuary. Seven of the twelve rock cave sanctuaries are still standing today. Golgulsa’s main attractions are the sculpture of the Maya Tathagata Buddha and the Gwaneum Cave. Overnight in Gyeongju.

  Day 6 ― Gyeongju / Busan
 

Drive to Busan, the country's principal international port city, second largest city with a population of 4 million, and is the San Francisco of Korea built along the sea at the site of an excellent harbor. En route, visit Tongdosa Temple which was founded in 646 A.D.to house holy relics (a piece of bone from the Buddha's skull, his robe, and begging bowl) of the Historical Buddha brought back from China by the monk Jajang. An afternoon tour of Busan visits Jagalchi Fish Market - Busan's most active fish-dealers' cooperative, the

colorful spectacle is also a great attraction for tourists and camera buffs. Transfer to Busan Pier for boarding the ferry boat to Osaka, Japan. Depart Busan for Osaka.