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Korea Tour Series IV – Seoul, Gongju, Buyeo, Hapcheon, Gyeongju, Yongin 8 days

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Manchester
Seoul
Min Age : 25
Max People : 10

Introduction

Destination

Seoul

Departure

Manchester

Departure Time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Dress Code

Sport casual

Itinerary

1
Day 1

Incheon Int’l Airport

Welcome to Korea! You will be met at the arrival gate by a local representative holding
a sign.

Upon arrival, you will meet our English-speaking guide and transfer to Seoul.

L7 Myeongdong or similar

2
Day 2

Seoul

Today, you will start the tour of Gyeongbokgung palace which was built in 1395, three years after the Joseon dynasty was founded. The name means the “Palace Greatly Bless by Heaven” The site of Gyeongbokgung was at the heart of Seoul and, indeed, deemed auspicious according to the traditional practice of geomancy. You will tour Bukchon Hanok village where you can see the traditional type of houses in the upper class of the Joseon dynasty. Then, you will visit Jongmyo[World Heritage Site] which is the supreme state shrine where the royal ancestral tablets of deceased Kings and Queens are enshrined and sacrificial rites are performed for them. After that, you will forward to Insadong antique street where antique shops, restaurants, galleries and traditional tea houses are. Finally, transfer to the Seoul N-tower observatory by cable car and enjoy the panoramic view of Seoul.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner[Temple Food]

L7 Myeongdong or similar

3
Day 3

Seoul / Gongju / Buyeo

Today, you will take a trip to the hidden dynasty of Baekje(BC18~AD660)[World Heritage Site]. In July 2015, eight Baekje ruins in Buyeo and Iksan, including Gongju’s Gongsanseong Fortress, Gongju’s Royal Tomb of King Muryeong and Royal Tomb, were registered as World Heritage Sites. Based on exchanges with China, Baekje’s original culture was achieved and conveyed to neighbouring countries such as Japan, contributing to the prosperity of ancient East Asian culture, and making it a world heritage. In particular, Princess Muryeong Royal Tombs and Royal Tombs of Gongju were recognized for their value as royal tombs during the Baekje Ungjin period (475-538), proving the excellence of Baekje culture and close cultural exchanges in ancient East Asia. Forward to Buyeo and you will visit Buyeo national museum and taste the beauty of Baekje.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Buyeo Resort or similar

4
Day 4

Buyeo / Hapcheon

In the morning, you will visit other relics of the hidden dynasty of Baekje. Jeongnimsa Temple Site is a representative temple site of the Baekje period located in the centre of Buyeo, surrounded by Geumseongsan Mountain to the east and Busosan Mountain to the north. Jeongnimsa Temple Site has a typical Garam layout of the Baekje period. The main gate, stone pagoda, gold hall, and auditorium are arranged in a straight line from north to south and show the shape surrounded by Seungbang and a corridor. There is no accurate evidence for the duration of Jeongnimsa Temple, but it is believed to have been destroyed with the fall of Baekje. This is because the red-burned soil layer of the Geumdang site was found in the excavation survey of Jeongnimsa Temple Site. Currently, the five-story stone pagoda of National Treasure No. 9 and the seated stone Buddha of the Goryeo Dynasty of Treasure No. 108 remain at Jeongnimsa Temple Site and are designated and managed as Historic Site No. 301. Transfer to Hapcheon after visiting the Busosanseong fortress and enjoying the Baekma river cruise.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Hapcheon Haeinsa Tourists or similar

5
Day 5

Hapcheon / Gyeongju

After breakfast, you will visit Hainsa temple[World Heritage Site] which was founded in 802 in the reign of King Aejang of the Silla dynasty. Along with Songgwangsa Temple in Suncheon and Tongdosa Temple in Yangsan, Hainsa temple is considered the three most important temples in Korea and is also considered one of the five major temples along with Beomeosa temple in Busan and Hwaeomsa temple in Gurye. It is the headquarters of the 12th parish of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It is famous as a place where the Tripitaka Koreana, a national treasure and world record, is stored. Transfer to Gyeongju, the city of 1,000 years of history and capital of the Silla dynasty(BC57~AD935).

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Gyeongju Kolon or similar

6
Day 6

Gyeongju

Today, you will visit Gyeongju which was the capital city of Silla dynasty. The history of Gyeongju, once called Seorabeol, is also the history of the thousand-year-old Silla dynasty. Gyeongju embraces Buddhism, science, and vibrant ancient culture that blossomed by the artistry of the Silla people, and the great spirits of Hwarangdo that enabled the unification of the three dynasties. Thus, Gyeongju is a UNESCO-designated city which should be preserved by the public. With a thousand years of the evergreen spirit of Silla, Gyeongju is truly a museum without a roof. The Bulguksa Temple[World Heritage Site] was built in 528, the year after Buddhism was officially accepted by the Silla dynasty. Seokguram Grotto[World Heritage Site] first began construction in 742 A.D. alongside neighbouring Bulguksa Temple. The construction of both religious sites started under the guidance of Prime Minister Kim Daeseong. Seokguram Grotto would be completed in 774 A.D. just shortly after the death of Kim Daeseong. Initially, Seokguram Grotto was called Seokbulsa Temple (Stone Buddha Temple, in English). The Grotto was constructed, according to legend, to appease Kim’s parents from his previous life. Daereungwon, called Tumuri park, is a large-scale ancient tomb area and it is believed to belong to the kings, queens, and aristocrats of Silla. It was designated as Historic Site No. 512. Donggung and Wolji was a separate palace of Silla, where the prince of Silla lived and is one of the representative ancient Korean buildings, and the original form of the Unified Silla Garden was well preserved, and many valuable relics were found to show the architectural style. Cheomsungdae, a heritage so often seen in textbooks, has stood in the same spot for 1,500 years right in the heart of Silla’s history. This unmistakable landmark of Gyeongju has such a unique design that there is hardly anyone who hasn’t bought a souvenir of it. Its unique shape inspired countless scholars to research Cheomsungdae, and there have been many theories about its use. Some say Cheomsungdae was used for heavenly rituals, others say it was simply a symbolic tower. But the most dominant theory is that Cheomsungdae was an astronomical observatory. And you will experience making Silla pottery.

Breakfast / Lunch

Gyeongju Kolon or similar

7
Day 7

Gyeongju / Yongin / Seoul

After breakfast, you will transfer to Yongin near Seoul and visit the Korean folk village which is a theme park where you can watch various lifestyles of the Joseon dynasty. Back to Seoul and transfer to the restaurant to enjoy the Royal Court Cuisine for a farewell dinner.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner[Special meal : Royal Court Cuisine]

L7 Myeongdong or similar

8
Day 8

Tour ends

After breakfast, you will have free time until checkout time. Transfer to Incheon Int’l Airport.

Details

Transport

Included : Accommodation(Half-twin base, 4 star hotel), English speaking guide,

Transportation, Entrance fees, meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

Not-included : International air fare. Personal expenses not mentioned in the itinerary.

Tips for driver and guide

Payment

Fare per person : 2740GBP(single supplement charge : 750GBP)