About This Trip
Start with a city tour in Seoul, visit the well-known Gyeongbokgung Palace and wander in Bukchon Hanok Village to feel an old Korean lifestyle. Then take an express train to Gyeongju, and admire the amazing Bulguksa Temple and Gyeongju National Museum. Arrive in Busan to see the Haedong Yonggungsa, the UN Memorial Cemetery, and artful buildings in Gamcheon Culture Village, then have a taste of some fresh seafood in the Jagalchi Market.
- 1 - 2Seoul
Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum, Bukchon Hanok Village
- 3 - 4Gyeongju
Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju National Museum, Cheomseongdae, Gyeongju Folk Craft Village
- 5 - 6Busan
Haedong Yonggungsa, UN Memorial Cemetery, Gamcheon Culture Village, Yongdusan Park, Jagalchi Market
Day 1: Arrival, Seoul
Welcome to Seoul!
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your local driver. Please look out for your name on the welcome board. Then be transferred to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to recover from jet lag.
Day 2: Seoul Highlights Tour
This morning, have a leisurely walk around the iconic Gyeongbokgung Palace, where you can admire the amazing architecture and learn about the culture and history of the country's ancient Joseon Dynasty. Also, do not miss the guard changing ceremony or photo opportunities with the guards in historical costumes.
Learn more about Korea's history by visiting National Folk Museum, a well-organized one with beautiful architecture and informative content. Be away from the hustle and bustle, and appreciate the traditional Korean houses in Bukchon Hanok Village, to get a feel for the old Korean way of living. Mingle with city residents in the vibrant Insadong alley, to find loads of terrific shops, restaurants, and galleries. Sample some traditional Korean cuisine at Gwangjang Market to conclude this great day.
Day 3: Seoul to Gyeongju by Express Train
Be transferred to Seoul station for an express train (KTX) to Gyeongju.
Once arriving, you will be taken to the Gyeongju National Museum, a must-visit of Gyeongju with an excellent range of Silla-era treasures. Followed by the Daereungwon Tomb Complex, a tumuli park where the Silla kings and queens rest forever. Pay a short visit to the Cheomseongdae Observatory. Originally constructed in the 7th century, it is the oldest astronomical observatory in Asia. Take the opportunity to stroll around the lovely gardens surrounding the observatory if you're there in the right season. Round off by wandering Hwangridan-Gil street where you can see Korea's past and present.
Day 4: Gyeongju City Tour
Explore the city of Gyeongju one more day. First, be awed by the sizable Bulguksa Temple, an example of Silla architecture. It's nice to just walk around the temple complex and to various halls for praying. Next to it is the Seokguram Grotto. A few minutes of hiking up will lead you to the grotto with a big Buddha inside. Standing on Tohamsan Mountain where the grotto locates, you'll have a wonderful view of the surrounding area. Change your tempo to Gyeongju Folk Craft Village, the one with traditional Korean houses including over 40 thatched and tile-roofed houses where artisans of Gyeongju origin live and work. The last stop today is Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. Take a stroll around it to look at the charming reflection in the pond.
Day 5: Gyeongju to Busan by Car
Transfer to Busan by road in the morning and visit the Tongdosa Temple en route. Though a little bit out of the way, you will marvel at the tranquility of the wonderful temple complex and the surrounding colored forests.Check into your hotel in Busan upon arrival, and then head to Haedong Yonggungsa. Unlike most of the temples in Korea that sit on mountains, Haedong Yonggungsa is located by the sea. The beautiful ocean lapping along the shoreline with the bridges, temples, and statues in the background form a serene view. Continue with a nice scenic seaside walk at Dongbaekseom, which is still referred to as an island although the years of sedimentation have connected it to the mainland.
Day 6: Busan Highlights Tour
Your exploration of Busan today includes the UN Memorial Cemetery - a well-maintained tribute to all who had taken part and to those who had fallen during the Korean War; the Yongdusan Park - a peaceful and calm corner in the middle of the city. You can enjoy the awesome skyline of the city at Busan Tower in the park; the Jagalchi Market - is considered to be the largest fish market in South Korea. Seafood buffs can even sample some fresh seafood here; the Gamcheon Culture Village - a colorful and artistic village formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain and gaining the nickname "Machu Picchu of Busan".
Day 7: Busan to Seoul by Express Train, Seoul Departure
In the morning, be transferred to Busan station for your express train (KTX) to Seoul Station. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Incheon International Airport for your onward flight.
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