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 / DMZ & 3rd Tunnel / Mt. Seoraksan / Unification Observatory / Daejin Harbor / Geonbongsa Temple-Temple Stay Program / Wang Gok Traditional Farm Village-Farm Village Stay Program / Andong / Hahoe Village / Haeinsa Temple / Gyeongju / Busan / Seoul

 
 
   14 Days / 13 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 / DMZ & 3rd Tunnel / Seoul
 
   
A tour includes North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel-this is located within DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) area and is 44 km away from Seoul and found in October, 1978, and 30,000 armed military forces with field artillery may permeate through this tunnel per one hour;Dora Observation Platform - located at a western front line and from here you can get a view of
the North Korean territory including Propaganda Village, People's School and Gaeseong city which was a capital of Goryeo Dynasty through telescope;and Dorasan Railroad Station- recently opened in DMZ by South Korea according to the agreement between South and North Korea to connect the broken railroad. Afterwards, proceed to Imjingak-this spot located at 40 km northwest of Seoul was dedicated for 5 million people who lost home in North Korea and its major facilities include North Hall where you can get a view of lifestyle of North Korea and Exhibition Hall having old tanks and planes used for Korean War. Return to Seoul. Overnight in Seoul.
 
Day 4 ― Seoul / Mt. Seoraksan
 
Today we journey to Mt. Seoraksan National Park, this northern stretch of Korea's eastern coast, which is rugged and mountainous with breathtaking scenery making it the "Alps of Asia". This afternoon 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 5 ― Mt. Seoraksan / Unification Observatory / Daejin Harbor / Geonbongsa Temple-Temple Stay Program
 
 
Drive this morning to the Korean Peninsular Unification Prayer-Observatory set at the edge of the demarcation line which is a symbol of the Korean people's long-cherished desire for the unification of the two Korea. On the way back, visit Daejin Harbor, where you will have your own independent tour to explore this small exotic harbor, located near the demarcation line and in the northeastern tip of Korea.Visit Geonbongsa Temple ? set at the beginning of Mt. Geumgangsan (Diamond Mountain)in North Korea, the area is South Korean territory, constructed during Silla Dynasty in 520 AD. Lunch at the temple restaurant. After tour of Geonbongsa Temple, You will have Special Program for Temple Stay at Geonbongsa Temple to experience Temple life and Buddhism as follows :Take procedures for the Temple Stay Program and orientation of the Temple Stay Program and allotment of the rooms.Take temple stay uniform. Arrange your baggage and personal effects to equip your rooms. At leisure until dinner.Dinner at a restaurant in the Temple to experience Temple food.You are beating “BeomJong” the Temple Bell with a Buddhist Priest. The graceful sound of the Temple bell is spreading in all
directions with long echoes. It gets rid of the desires in life and it is the sound that wakes up the mind in a dream. It is the sound of Buddha asking for spiritual awakening.You are vowing 108 times as “YeBul” the Evening 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. Accommodations at lodging quarters in the Temple (all women-same room-share/all men-same room-share basis on the mats on the floor room. In chilly weather, the rooms are warmed by system of floor heating).

  Day 6 ― Geonbongsa Temple / Wang Gok Traditional Farm Village-Farm Village Stay Program
 

You are taking “GongYang” the morning meal. You come to eat in the “HuWon” where food is prepared at the same time. The planting food grown in the Temple on the menu. The food doesn’t have spices and is neither hot nor salty. It is another mysterious experience for the general people.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. Leave the temple for Wang Gok Traditional Farm Village You will have Special Program for Farm Village Stay at Wang Gok Traditional Farm Village to experience Korean Farm Village life as follows :Arrive in Farm Village administrative office.Orientation of the village and allotment of the rooms.Guided to inspect the village. Explained for the village as traditional folk village. Explained for the cultural assets of the village. Lunch is independent with your own prepared carrying menus. Free time.

Experience gathering of the farm village:
- Dig out and gather potatoes and corns in the field.
- Gather shellfish (corbicula) at a lake near the village.
- Gather vegetables (Greens, Chinese cabbage, lettuce, hot pepper, cucumber, etc.)
- Gather wood for firewood and gather grass to make a smoke to drive away mosquitoes.
Prepare dinner by yourselves:
- Arrange basic menu of vegetable (Greens, Chinese cabbage, and lettuce).
- Roast native pork on charcoal fire.
- Boil native chicken with kalopanax tree pieces and hedysarum.
- Cook potato on kettle cover on charcoal brazier.
- Roast potato and corn.
- Arrange seasonal fruits.
Additional experiences:
- Chop the wood for firewood and Heat Ondol floor with the firewood. Fire the grass and
make a smoke to drive away mosquitoes.
- See stars and the glow (glimmer) of a firefly.
Wash and shower, and prepare to go to sleep.
Overnight at each house of the village (2-3 persons share basis at a separate room of each house of the village. The rooms are warmed by heating with firewood).
Other experiences:
- Hear dogs’ barking.
- Hear frogs’ croaking in the rice field.
- Hear cocks’ crowing at dawn.
- Hear birds’ singing in the morning.
 
  Day 7 ― Farm Village / Andong
Wake up.Climb a hill at the back of the village and see a spreading view of the village at the summit of the hill. Take breakfast which is made by yourselves with the vegetables and shellfish gathered in the field and at the lake.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. Overnight in Andong.

   Day 8 ― Andong / Hahoe Village / Haeinsa Temple
   
   
A morning tour of Andong visits Dosanseowon Confucian Academy - founded by Korea's foremost Confucian scholar, Yi Toe-gye during 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 Paper-making Factory;and Hahoe Village-the best preserved traditional village of
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 journey 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. Overnight at a hotel in the temple village.
 
Day 9 ― Haeinsa Temple / Gyeongju
 

Travel 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". A tour of Gyeongju includes Bunhwangsa Pagoda-erected in 634, is the oldest datable pagoda in the country, and along with Cheomsongdae, one of the country's oldest stone structures, and 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 Shilla 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 10 ― Gyeongju / Busan
 
 

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 Shilla religio-artistic work, was added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. Continue 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. An afternoon tour of Busan visits Yongdusan Park, where provides a pleasant touch of greenery on a hill in the heart of the city and a very popular public park with Busan Tower;Busan Tower - Yongdusan Park crowned with the tower, 120-m-high tower observatory dominates the most of the area of the city, and the sea and harbor viewsspreading below the tower are

spectacular;and Jagalchi Fish Market - Busan's most active fish-dealers' cooperative, the colorful spectacle is also a great attraction for tourists and camera buffs;Taejongdae Seaside Cliff Park - the scenery of rugged cliffs dropping straight down to the sea is breathtaking, along with a panoramic sea view from the Park, overlooking the Korean Strait-on a very clear day you can even see the Japanese island of Tsushima on the horizon to the southeast;and UN Memorial Cemetery, where the Korean War (1950-53) dead from the sixteen UN allies rest in honored serenity and is the unique one in its kind in the world. Overnight in Busan.
 
 
  Day 11 ― Busan / Seoul
Drive back to Seoul, passing the rolling, green countryside and clusters of unique tiled houses. Arrive in Seoul. The balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Seoul.


   Day 12 ― Seoul
 
 
 



The entire day is shopping or independent exploration of the city. The shopping tour includes Itaewon Shopping District - world widely well known and very popular to foreign visitors as a shopping paradise; 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 book stores, and art galleries are concentrated in this area;Dongdaemun Market - the market is Korea’s representative wholesale and retail market. It has established itself as the shopping kingdom of Seoul with about 20 shopping malls, 30,000 stores, and around 50,000 wholesalers. It is especially famous for night shopping. Not to mention retail sellers from all over the nation, but foreign visitors from all parts of the world form the hordes of people that come here at nights;and Namdaemun Market - the market opened in 1964 and is the first largest traditional market in Korea with various goods in store such as children’s, men’s and women’s wear. The displayed goods are sold at a reasonable price and it also functions as a wholesale market. Most of the goods are produced directly from shopkeepers. The market is crowded with retailers from all over the country. Overnight in Seoul.

Day 13 ― Seoul
Enjoy a full day at leisure or for your independent 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 14 ― Seoul / Depart Korea
Transfer to Incheon International Airport for departure.