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Seoul, Mt. Songyi, Andong, Gyeongju, Yongin 7 days

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7 Days
Availability : January to December
Seoul
Korea
Min Age : 16+
Max People : 10

Introduction

Seoul, Mt. Songyi, Andong, Gyeongju, Yongin 7 days

Period: Jan. 2022 – Dec. 2022

(Except from 28th of April to 8th of May, 1st of August to 31st of August, 8th of September to 12th of September, 1st of October to 10th of October, and 24th of December to 31st of December)

DBL per person: $ 1710 (single supplement charge: $ 261)

Minimum size: 10 Adults base

Destination

Korea

Departure

Seoul

Departure Time

January to December

Dress Code

sport classic

British passport holders do not require a Visa for the entry purpose of a short-term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending non-profitable meetings) for up to 90 days.

see the following link below for more information:

https://overseas.mofa.go.kr/gb-en/wpge/m_8346/contents.do

 

Itinerary

1
1

Seoul Incheon Airport

Welcome to Korea! You will be met upon arrival by our local representative English-speaking guide and transfer to Seoul. Accommodation at Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Insadong or similar class.

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2

Seoul

Today, you will start the tour of Gyeongbokgung, 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. Visit Jongmyo, the supreme state shrine where the royal ancestral tablets of deceased Kings and Queens are enshrined, and sacrificial rites are performed for them. Then, you will tour Bukchon Hanok village where you can see the traditional type of houses in the upper class of the Joseon dynasty. After that, you will walk to Insadong antique street where antique shops, restaurants, galleries, and traditional tea houses are. Continuing to Gwangjang market which opened its business in 1905. Breakfast / Lunch. Overnight at the hotel in Seoul and free time at your leisure.

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3

Seoul / Mt. Songni / Andong

Today, you will take a long trip all day. After breakfast, you will move to Mt. Songni and visit Beopjusa temple [UNESCO Heritage], the head temple of the 5th parish of Jogye order of Korea Buddhism. Beopjusa temple was initially constructed in 553 by monk Uisin of the Silla dynasty. It has been historically associated with Beopsang thought and the worship of the Maitreya Buddha. Beopjusa Temple is designated as a Korean Historic Site No. 503. It has a variety of cultural properties, including Palsangjeon Hall (National Treasure No. 55, the only wooden pagoda in Korea. Three state-designated cultural properties, 12 treasures, 21 tangible cultural properties in Chungbuk, and 1 cultural property material exist in Beopjusa Temple. Transfer to Andong, a Confucian city.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Andong Grand and free time at your leisure.

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4

Andong / Gyeongju

Enjoy the taste of the Confucian village of Hahoe. Hahoe is the village where the members of the Ryu family which originated from Hahoe village have lived together for 600 years. It is a representative village for one family where tile-roofed houses and thatched roofed ones have been quite well conserved for a long time. The reason for the village name Hahoe (Ha means a river and Hoe means turning around) was that the Nakdong River flows around the village in an “S” shape. It became more famous after Queen Elizabeth II visited in 1999. And you will move to Andong and visit Byeongsan shown. Seowon was an educational institution where the disciples of local Confucian scholars gathered to study. Transfer to Gyeongju, the city of 1,000 years of history and capital of the Silla dynasty (BC57~AD935). Breakfast / Lunch. Accommodation at Gyeongju Kolon or a similar class.

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5

Gyeongju

Today, you will visit Gyeongju which was the capital city of the 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[UNESCO Heritage] was built in 528, the year after Buddhism was officially accepted by the Silla dynasty. Seokguram grotto [UNESCO Heritage] 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. Dogging 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. Accommodation at Gyeongju Kolon or a similar class.

 

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6

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]. Accommodation at Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Insadong or similar class.

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7

Seoul Incheon Airport

 

After breakfast, you will have free time until checkout time. The tour will end by transferring you back to the Incheon airport.

Details

Transport

Included:

  • Accommodation (Half-twin base),
  • English speaking guide,
  • Transportation,
  • Entrance fees, and meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

Not included:

  • International airfare.
  • Personal expenses are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips for driver and guide

accomodation

 

  • Accommodation (Half-twin base),

meals

  • Entrance fees, and meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

activities

  • Visiting museums, temples, historical places

Travel Documents And Visa System

British passport holders do not require a Visa for the entry purpose of a short-term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending non-profitable meetings) for up to 90 days.

see the following link below for more information:

https://overseas.mofa.go.kr/gb-en/wpge/m_8346/contents.do

Opening of the Korea Visa Application Centre (KVAC) in London

Starting from January 17, 2022, the Government of the Republic of Korea will open the Korea Visa Application Centre (KVAC) in London, managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), to manage the Korean visa applications submitted by UK nationals and third-country nationals regularly residing in the UK.

Kindly find below the contacts of the KVAC:

Website: www.visaforkorea.eu

Phone Number: +44 207 811 6098

Email address: kvacukinfo@iom.int

Address: 1st floor, Heron House, 10 Dean Farrar Street, London SW1H 0DX

Contact-Centre

– Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-13:00 and 14:00 to 16:30

– Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-13:00 and 14:00 to 18:00*

*Kindly note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the KVAC will receive applications only via post, until further notice.

Following the opening of the KVAC, the ROK Embassy in London will not receive any visa applications, effective January 17, 2022.

In London, the KVAC will act on behalf of the ROK Embassy in London, performing the following tasks:

  • Information is provided through the dedicated website, via email, and through phone calls
  • Completeness and accuracy checks for the visa application supporting documents
  • Passport logistics.
  1. K-ETA (Korea Electronic Travel Authorization)
  • K-ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) is mandatory for nationals or citizens of 66 visa-waiver countries and 46 designated visa-free countries who plan to travel to Korea. However, due to the covid-19, from 1 Sep 2021, only nationals of 49 countries/regions can apply for K-ETA. Please visit this link for more information.
  • Website: www.k-eta.go.kr

Payment

Fare per person: 1710 USD

single supplement charge: 261 USD

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