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Day 1 Arrival in Seoul
Today you will arrive in Seoul at Incheon International Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day is free at leisure.
Day 2 Seoul / Seoul City Tour / Seoul B,
After breakfast, you'll start the city tour to visit National Museum of Korea, which has fantastic collection of Korean arts and relics. Next you will visit Changdeok Palace & Huwon (Secret Garden), UNESCO designated World Heritage. The last visit is at Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan for a bird’s eye view of Metropolitan city of Seoul.
Day 3 Seoul / Daegu B,
After breakfast at hotel, you will check out and be transferred to Korean Folk Village outside of Seoul, where you will see the old traditional style houses and life style of 18th-19th century. You will then tour Songnisan Nat'l Park and Beopjusa Temple where the tallest Buddha Statue in Korea is. You may take a short walk in the forest park before be driven to Daegu.
Day 4 Daegu / Gyeongju B,
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Gyeongju, the capital of the Silla kingdom from 57BC – 935AD. It is also known as the “Museum without walls,” as there are 52 designated sites within this city. Upon arrival in Gyeongju, you'll tour Cheomseongdae Astronomic Observatory and Royal Tumuli Park with its Royal tombs. You will have the chance to enter one of the excavated tombs to see the construction and process behind the Royal Kings burial chambers. Afterwards, you'll visit Bulguksa Temple.
Day 5 Gyeongju B,
After breakfast, you'll start your full day tour of Gyeongju by visiting Seogguram Grotto,which was established in the 8th century on the slopes of Mt. Toham. The grotto contains a monumental statue of a sitting Buddha looking out to sea and it is considered a masterpiece of Buddhist art in the Far East. You will visit 4 faces Buddha, Gwaeneung Royal Tomb and the Scenic Guryongpo Port. Drive along the sea for beautiful coastal scenery. Return to Gyeongju.
Day 6 Gyeongju / Busan B,
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Unmoonsa Temple (Buddhist Nun's temple). Proceed to Busan, the second largest city of South Korea. Upon arrival, start half day Busan tour to Busan Tower on Mt Yongdusan with its observation deck offering stunning views of the city and beyond, Jagalchi Fishery Market where roadside vendors sell various fishes and Nampodong Street.
Day 7 Busan / Andong / Chungju B,
After breakfast, transfer to Mt Gayasan National Park via expressway. In Mt Gayasan National Park, visit Haeinsa Temple. Haeinsa Temple has a world famous Korean cultural treasure called Tripikata Koreana, which was made during the Goryo Dynasty to protect the country from the invasion of Mongolian troops by Buddha’s power. It is designated by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage site. Proceed to Andong. Two hours away from Haeinsa, Andong is the best-preserved village with its traditional style noble houses. In 1999, Queen Elisabeth II visited Hahoe Village and was welcomed with Birthday Party Table decorated in Korean traditional way. Hahoe Village in Andong is famous for its own mask dance. After a visit to Hahoe Village, proceed to Chungju Lake.
Day 8 Chungju / Samhwasa Temple B,
After breakfast, take a ride on Sightseeing Boat for lakeside scenery. (In Winter season, boat tour is subject to weather condition. When the lake is frozen, boat tour will be canceled.) Transfer to Mt Seorak National Park via Gangneung. In Gangneung, visit Chamsori Gramophone & Audio Museum. This museum boasts itself with incredible collection of 19thy Century gramophones and 1st generation audio systems. Proceed to Mt. Doota for unique temple stay experience at Samwhasa Temple. Upon arrival at the temple, change your clothes to temple uniform prepared by the temple. Orientation for various things to know for staying at the temple regarding regulations and schedules. Attend evening ceremony of Bell-Beating, Evening Chanting Mass and Meditation course. During your one night stay, you will have no phone or TV in your private Korean traditional style room. Shower room and toilet are being shared in common use. No alcohol is allowed at temple. Accommodations are based on 2 person at a room. Overnight at Samhwasa Temple.
Day 9 Mt Seorak National Park Tour with DMZ area B,
You will wake up at 3 am for Morning Worship (for volunteers only). After breakfast, transfer to DMZ Unification Observatory at demarcation line at East Coast for a very close view of North Korea. Return to Mt. Seorak National Park for cable car ride to Gwongeumseong Fortress and visit Sinheungsa Temple. You will have a chance to enjoy hot spring swim or sauna at Waterpia Spa Park at your own expense. Return to hotel on your own. In winter season, ski resort visit can be arranged based on your own expense for ski gear rental fee and lift fee. Alps Ski Resort is 40 minutes drive from your hotel.
Day 10 Mt Seorak National Park / Seoul B,
After breakfast, transfer to Gapyeong to visit the Garden of Morning Calm Flower and Tree Park, which displays unique Korean Wild Flowers and trees in a garden located in mountain valley. (* For tours in the months of Jan, Feb, March, April, Nov, Dec, you'll visit Yangpyeong Filming Studio instead of flower park). Transfer to Seoul. After check-in your hotel, you may choose to rest in the hotel or opt out for more sighseeings or enjoy shopping at Itaewon shopping District.
Day 11 Depart Seoul B,
After breakfast, you are free until be transferred to the airpoirt for your flight return home.