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 / Korean Folk Village / Mt. Seoraksan National Park / Andong / Hahoe Village / Haeinsa Temple-Temple Stay Program / Gyeongju / Seoul / Ganghwado Island / Seoul  
 
   10 Days / 9 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 / Korean Folk Village / Seoul

A morning 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 Gyeongbokgung Palace (Palace of Shining Happiness) - the main palace during the Joseon
Dynasty - passing by Blue House (Presidential Residence);National Folk Museum of Korea - the collections display complete items from every region of Korea which illustrate all aspects of traditional life;and N Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan for a bird's-eye view of Metropolitan city of Seoul.An afternoon tour visits 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 3 ― Seoul / Mt. Seoraksan National Park
 
 
Today we journey to Mt. Soraksan National Park, this northern stretch of Korea's eastern coast, which is rugged and mountainous with breathtaking scenery making it the "Alps of Asia". Explore Mt. Seoraksan National Park with visits to Sinheungsa Temple - established in 653 A.D., claims to be the country's oldest Zen Buddhist temple, and it would be the oldest existing Zen temple in the world;Cheonbuldong Valley-the most visually stimulating valley in the park;and Biseondae
(Flying Fairy Rock)-a wide, flat rock surface where the river rapids drain into a crystal clear pool and a peak rises majestically above the valley, one hears many legends of the heavenly nymphs who come to laugh and play while they bathes in the placid pools of the many glens hidden from human eyes. Overnight at a hotel at the foot of Mt. Seoraksan.
 
Day 4 ― Mt. Seoraksan National Park / Andong
 
Travel to Andong along the crystal east coast. Andong is one of the last living vestiges of old Korea, where still is very conservative and traditional, a stronghold of Confucianism, which has deeply influenced all aspects of the lives of its people. En route to Buseoksa Temple - established in 676, it is one of Korea's most venerated temples, and five national treasures and three treasures including the second oldest wooden structure and some of the oldest mural paintings in the country, are preserved at this temple, and the panoramic mountains' spreading views from the temple are spectacular. Overnight in Andong.
 
Day 5 ― Andong / Hahoe Village / Haeinsa Temple-Temple Stay Program
 
 
A morning tour of Andong visits Dosanseowon Confucian Academy-founded by Korea's foremost Confucian scholar, Yi Toe-gye during the Joseon Dynasty and was the hub of Korea Confucianism which ruled all Koreans in their ethical-moral way and still conduct the ethical behavior in Korean society;the Korean Traditional Paper - making Factory;and Hahoe Village-the best preserved traditional village of the Joseon Dynasty, where residents still live in traditional thatched and tile-roofed houses and one of the few remaining examples of a classical Joseon Dynasty Confucian village layout. Continue to Haeinsa Temple which is one of 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. Arrive at the temple and tour of the temple. Afterwards, you will have Special Program for Temple Stay at
Haeinsa Temple to experience Temple life and Buddhism as follows :Take temple stay uniform. You are vowing 108 times as “YeBul” the Worship. It will be your own choice, not to be obligated. The evening worship pronounces the vow that we thank Buddha for giving us the peaceful day and repenting our sins of that day.You are having “ChamSeon” the Meditation. Meditation is a work for enlightening yourself. You sit cross-legged on the floor. You embrace spirits and take away earthly thoughts and worldly desires.Dinner at a restaurant in the Temple to experience Temple food.You are taking “DaDo” Tea. The tea makes our mind, eyes and ears clearer. It helps our stomach accelerate digestion and can cure a hangover. It also reduces the need for sleep and gets rid of thirst and fatigue. You can increase the ability to resist hit and cold. These disturbances are a big issue for self-discipline. This is the reason why monks take teas in the Temple.
Overnight at a hotel in the temple village.
 
 

Temple Stay
It is an invitation to Korean Temples, a world of tradition and harmony. Korean temples have been the spiritual refugee to Korean for 1600 years. Modern life is fast paced and stressful. Living in a hectic world, we are always in a hurry to get someplace. Temple stay programs give modern people a break from busy routines, an opportunity to concentrate on stillness and contemplation without all the accoutrements we carry throughout our urban lives. Today, Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism offers foreigners and Koreans the chance to experience the unique lifestyle of monks and nuns from early morning chanting to the evening meals. The stay program, depend on the temples, includes Buddhist ceremonial service, meditation, Monastic meal ? Balwoo GongYang, the tea ceremony, printing and rubbing of Tripitaka Koreana, monk's martial art practice, lotus flower lantern making and temple bell ringing. The program offers visitors to experience traditional culture absorbed by Korean Buddhism and sense of Korean monastic life. Since the programs vary from temple to temple and since changes can take place, come with an open, flexible mind to make the most of your experience. Today, there are selective 44 temples around Korea, steeped in ancient traditions and enveloped in elegant natural environments, and they offer the chance to really get away from it all, to look within yourself, and to enjoy a program that you will find eye-opening as you experience a traditional monastic lifestyle.


Day 6 ― Haeinsa Temple / Gyeongju

 

Drive 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".Tour of Gyeongju includes Bunhwangsa Pagoda-erected in 634, is considered, with Cheomsongdae, 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 7 ― Gyeongju / Seoul
 

A morning tour of Gyoengju visits Bulguksa Temple-originally constructed in 535 A.D., the most frequented and best-known temple in Korea, was added to UNESCO's World 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 Shilla religio-artistic work, was added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. Return to Seoul, passing the rolling, green countryside and clusters of unique tiled houses. Overnight in Seoul.

 
Day 8 ― Seoul / Ganghwado Island / Seoul
 
 
 
A full day excursion travels to Ganghwado Island, the fifth largest island of Korea at the mouth of the Han River just northwest of Seoul, provides visitors a look at Korea's rural life and natural beauty, offers numerous prehistoric remains and historical attractions. See the Ganghwa Historical Museum-exhibits historical records of the entire spectrum of Korean existence, from the time of Tan' gun, the mythical founder of the Korean nation, to the opening of Korea, to the Western World;Birthplace of 25th Joseon King-King Cheoljong was born in this house and it was the residence of King Cheoljong before he ascended the throne in 1849;the Oldest Anglican Church-is the oldest Anglican Church in the country, with Western, Korean, Christian, Buddhist and Confucian influences which is definitely the most unusual;the Prehistoric Dolmen-a granite dolmen from the Neolithic period which more than 2 m high, its one-m-thick oblong capstone rests on 2 sturdy upright supports, and open at each end, its high enough to crouch through;Jeondeungsa Temple-a major Buddhist temple that was built about 1,600 years ago during Goguryeo Kingdom. Here, in the 1230-40s, 81,258 wood printing blocks were made. Collectively known as the Koreana Tripitaka;the Gwangseongbo Fortress-Ganghwado is still a fortress island of sorts, with a large but relatively unobtrusive military presence, this fortress was constructed in 1656 with additions in 1679 and 1745 and saw battle in 1866 against the French and in 1871 against the American Navy;Ginseng Center - Ganghwado Island is one of the largest concentrations of ginseng farming in the country, five to six years are required to raise the plant to maturity, while great care and expertise are needed in its cultivation, thatched straw-roof lean-toss are erected in long rows to protect the tender plants from too much rain, wind or direct sunlight. This Ginseng Center is the largest wholesale market in the island for all kinds of Ginseng products being sold directly by the farmers. Return to Seoul. Overnight in Seoul.
 
Day 9 ― Seoul
 

This morning visit Namdaemun / Dongdaemun Market for shopping. This afternoon is free time for your individual activities. This evening there will be a farewell dinner with a Korean folklore dance and music performance at Korea House (optional). Overnight in Seoul.

Day 10 ― Seoul / Depart Korea
Transfer to Incheon International Airport for departure.