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Seoul, Paju(DMZ), Gyeongju, Yangdong, Busan, Jeju 9 days

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

Introduction

Seoul, Paju(DMZ), Gyeongju, Yangdong, Busan, Jeju 9 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: USD 2604

(single supplement charge: USD 372)

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

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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 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. Visit Jongmyo 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. The tour will continue with Bukchon Hanok village where you can see the traditional type of houses in the upper class of the Joseon dynasty. After that, you will visit Jongmyo Royal Shrine [UNESCO Heritage] which enshrine 27 King’s ancestral tablet of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). Will continue with the Gwangjang market which opened its business in 1905. Breakfast / Dinner [Special meal: Royal Court Cuisine]. Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Insadong or similar class.

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Seoul / Paju(DMZ) / Bullet-train / Gyeongju

Depart for Imjinggak at DMZ, see the Freedom Bridge and Mangbaedan which is an altar for the Koreans to come and pay respect to their families in North Korea. It is especially crowded during the Lunar New Year and Korean Thanksgiving Holidays, “Chuseok”, as this is the closest when the families can get to North Korea. After, transferring to the DMZ, you will see the 3rd tunnel, Dorasan observatory, and Tongilchon village. One can see parts of North Korea from the observation deck. The Media Hall offers an insight into the disparities in the divided country. After back to Seoul, you will take the bullet train to Gyeongju. Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner. Gyeongju Kolon or similar class.

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Gyeongju / Yangdong / Gyeongju

You will be transferred to Yangdong [UNESCO Heritage], the preserved village of Joseon village. Yangdong is Korea’s largest traditional village, showcasing the traditional culture of the Joseon Dynasty and the beautiful natural surroundings. Thanks to its many cultural heritages, including treasures, national treasures, and folklore materials, the entire village has been designated as a cultural heritage site. Many people have visited this village to see its wealth of cultural heritages and scenic surroundings. Charles, Prince of Wales, visited this village in 1993. Back to Gyeongju, the city of 1,000 years of history and capital of Silla dynasty (BC57~AD935). 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. 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. Breakfast / Dinner. Gyeongju Kolon or similar class.

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Gyeongju

Today, you will visit Daereungwon, called Tumuri park. It 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. Then, forward to Gyeongju national museum at which you will see impressive relics of the Silla dynasty. 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. You will transfer to Busan after you experience making Silla pottery.

Breakfast / Lunch. Busan Tower Hill or similar class.

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6

Busan

Busan is the second largest and the biggest port-city in Korea. Firstly, you will visit Kukje traditional market and Jagalchi market. Kukje Market is a representative traditional market in Busan. After liberation in 1945, the history of the international market began by using the current location as a marketplace to trade goods left by the Japanese and goods brought by overseas Koreans. This vacant lot, which was noisy with many people, was initially called Dottegi Market, but in 1948, it was built as a free market, and in 1950, it was named Kukje Market as it handled goods from U.S. military units. From the 50s to the 90s, the sales of various goods such as overseas goods, military supplies, imported contraband, and electronics boomed and suffered five large and small fires, but each time, the international market remained in place with strong vitality. A place where there was everything necessary during the life from the moment of birth. This place, which has already been located as a tourist product of Busan along with food alleys, Arirang streets, youth streets, and Guje alleys for more than 70 years, is an international market in Busan that contains many stories of modern and contemporary Korean history. Jagalchi market is not only serves as a market, but also shows the characteristics of Busan. The name of this market is originated form the name of a fish species called Jagalchi. Then forward to Oryukdo sky-walk. The old place name of Oryukdo Skywalk is Seungdumal. Seungdumal became Seungdumal because it looked like a horse saddle, and haenyeo and local residents called it Jalokgae. After Seungdumal, which ponders the sea, returned to the six islands of Oryukdo Island one after another, the bulging parts of Seungdumal entered the dock and hills at the entrance. Construction began on September 12, 2012 and opened on October 18, 2013, at Seungdumal, which is also the boundary between the East Sea and the South Sea, and was named Oryukdo Skywalk with the meaning of “walking over the sky.” Then, you will visit Gamcheon culture village. Gamcheon culture village is a place that preserves the history of Busan. The project for making historical value of Gamcheon was started by local artists and villagers and became a must-visit spot. Finally, you will watch the view of Busan city at Busan Tower observatory. Breakfast / Lunch . Busan Tower Hill or similar class.

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Busan / Jeju

You will fly to Jeju Island by domestic air and visit various must-see spots in Jeju.

Spirit garden is a creative garden completed by farmer Sung Bum-young in Jeoji-ri, Hangyeong-myeon, Jeju-si in 1968, consisting of seven small gardens on 17,800 pyeong of land, and is the target of international exploration with the modifier “world’s most beautiful garden.” Korea’s unique garden trees, bonsai, and bizarre stones and stones are displayed along the margins of grass squares and oreum, and huge volcanic stone walls, stone gates, and waterfalls and ponds pouring down everywhere are in harmony with natural stone structures, showing Jeju’s nature and beauty.

Cheonjiyeon falls is a waterfall located in Seogwipo-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do. The name “Cheonjiyeon” means “a pond formed by the meeting of heaven and earth.” The cliffs of the waterfall consist of andesite mixed with trachyte generated by volcanic activity. The width of the waterfall is about 12m, the height is 22m, and the depth of the pond is about 20m. The valley forms a dense forest where various evergreen trees and ferns of subtropical and warm castles grow densely. Breakfast / Dinner.  Jeju Ocean Suites or similar class.

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Jeju

Today, you will visit other valuable spots in Jeju as below, Yeomiji botanical garden has been known as the best tourist attraction in Jeju Island. The observation platform with 38 m height in the widely spread field – approximately 134,426 square yard and the indoor Botanic garden – approximately 15,024 square yard – shaped into a sunflower, are known as the largest Botanic Garden in the world. The outdoor Botanic Garden consists of 4 different cultural gardens and a variety of theme parks and also 2,000 different sorts of tropical & subtropical plants. It is well being displayed that the various plants such as Jack fruits of which fruit is nearly 40 kg, Papyrus which was firstly used as materials for paper in ancient Egypt, Mucho who can dance with music, insectivorous plants which can eat insects, etc. and the precious & unique plants are surely observed as well. The Yeomiji Botanic Garden has been gradually improved by planting new species through the seed-exchange with 180 Botanic Gardens in 130 different countries in order to lead the Botanic Gardens in Korea.

Sungup folk village is a place that retains the characteristics of old private houses in Jeju Island. Many tangible and intangible cultural heritages are collectively distributed, and the folk landscape in the form of an old village is well maintained.

Manjanggul Lava tube has been called “Manjaenggeomeori” in Jeju diarect, was created about 100,000 years ago to 300,000 years ago and formed 1.8 million years ago, but it was only discovered in 1958 and became known to the world. Manjanggul is a lava cave with a total length of about 7.4km and partially multi-layered structure. The main passage of Manjanggul is 18m wide and 23m high and is a large lava cave worldwide.

Sungsan Ilchulbong is huge bowl-shaped crater at the top of the peak and It has a shape like a fortress towering between the blue seas. Breakfast / Lunch. Jeju Ocean Suites or similar class.

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Tour ends

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, Bullet train fare (Seoul-Gyeongju),
  • Domestic air fare (Busan- Jeju-Seoul),
  • 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, and 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 situations, 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 application, effective January 17, 2022.

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

  • Information provision through the dedicated website, via email, and 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

DBL per person: USD 2604

(single supplement charge: USD 372)

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