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9 Day Essence of Korea

Embark on our exciting 9 Day Essence of Korea to discover the must-see sights of Korea and learn about its fascinating history. Soak in the sounds, tastes and culture of Seoul and experience the Korea DMZ - the world's most militarized border. Visit the landmarks of Suwon & Jeonju to discover Korea past, then fly to the picturesque island of Jeju for its beautiful beaches and lush countryside. 

from $4895 AUD per person
Trip code:9DESKR
Duration:9 days
Destination:Korea
Travel Dates:

Cost is subject to class availability and exchange rate, may change without prior notice.

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO SEOUL

Welcome to Seoul, the city that never sleeps! On your arrival, you will be transferred by private car/charter busto your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Overnight in Seoul

DAY 2 - BREATH OF TRADITIONAL KOREAN CULTURE (B, L, -)

Hope you got plenty of rest last night, because we are heading out early the beautiful Gyeongbokgung Palace to experience the (more than 500 years old) Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. Before a Korean food feast with the locals, we will breathe in the history with a walk around the Bukchon Village seeing several traditional homes, Hanok.

After a quick stop at Cheonggyecheon Stream park, visit InSa-Dong (Antique cultural street)we head to Namdaemun Local Market, the largest and oldest wholesale market in Korea, where we can find practically everything here with affordable prices

Overnight in Seoul

DAY 3 - DMZ (DEMILITARIZED ZONE) - SUWON (B, L, -)

The highlight of today’s tour is the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone).  

*Note: Must bring passport for ID check.

Located on each side of 38th parallel, this infamous border was established at the end of the war in 1953 at the signing Panmunjom’s armistice in order to separate North and South Korea.

Upon arrival, proceed to passport security control followed by a short introduction at the United Nations’ camp. Visit Dora observatory and Dorasan railway station. Discover Imjingak Park with the Memorial, the Liberty Bridge and the bell of unification. Late morning, visit the 3rd tunnel dug by Trail into the rock at a depth of 73m and able of moving a full division per hour with their weapons. After tour, we transfer to Suwon City.

Overnight at Suwon City

DAY 4 - SUWON - JEONJU LAND MARK OF KOREAN CULTURE (B, L, -)

This morning, we visit Suwon Hwaseong fortress, it is the best of Korean traditional architecture designated as World cultural heritage by UNESCO. In other word, Haenggung, meaning detached palace, is a palace built within the walls of Hwaseong to house King Jeongjo when he was away from his palace in Seoul worshipping at his father's tomb. When he was not in residence it was used by his delegated official as a base of government. The palace was built in 1789, but was expanded between 1794 and 1796 to house 600 compartments and in doing so became the largest haenggung in Korea. If mini train is available on the visiting day, we take it to look around Fortress.

We transfer back to Seoul via Korean Folk Village located in Yongin city.  Visitors can see how people lived in the Joseon era.  Thanks to the reproduced farmhouse, commoner’s house, government office, school, market place and noble’s house (Yangban), the village is a good place to start and see the history of Korea. Then we head to Jeonju City.

We proceed to the most celebrated village of Jeonju, an important tourist center that is famous for its Korean foods and historic traditional buildings.  In May 2012, Jeonju was chosen as a Creative City for Gastronomy as part of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network.

We first visit Hanji Museum (Korean Traditional Mulberry paper), As Korea’s first museum specializing in paper it has an extensive collection of 3,000 artifacts and a data-base documenting the long history and superiority of Hanji (Korean paper). You also get DIY experience to make Korean paper with wooden tools and bring it back home.

Overnight in Jeonju


DAY 5 - JEONJU - HAEINSA TEMPLE - JEJUDO ISLAND KOREA’S GEM (B, L, -)

This morning, We will take a tour to Hanok Village, the largest Korean Village with various traditional cultural facilities in the downtown area.

Atterward, we head to Haeinsa Temple, Along with the Tripitaka Koreana (National Treasure No.32) and Janggyeongpanjeon (National Treasure No. 52), 15 more public treasures and some 200 private treasures are enshrined at Haeinsa Temple, which has been appointed as a universal cultural heritage.

Then, we transfer to Gimhae airport to fly to Jejudo Island, also known as “Island of Gods”.  The volcanic island has scenic natural beauty, unique cultural traditions and temperate climate.

From 2007, the Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes were listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site in South Korea.  We will visit Yongduam, Dragon’s Head Rock.

Overnigh in Jejudo

DAY 6 - JEJUDO ISLAND, NATURAL POWER (B, L, -)

After breakfast, we will enjoy a full day City tour starting with Sangumburi, crater which has been designated as a Natural Monument., and is a flat crater, about 650 meters wide, 100 meters deep, and 2,070 meters in circumference. If you look at the crater from above up, it looks like a man-made circular stadium. There is a variety of plant-life in the crater. Then we enjoy Ilchul Land, beautiful theme park with flower garden including Bonsai Garden.

Then, Seongsan Sunrising Hill, also called ‘Sunrise Peak’.  It is an archetypal tuff cone formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions upon a shallow seabed about five thousand years ago.  This volcanic crater offers some stunning views including one of the best sunrises Korea has to offer. and enjoy the Women diver show Women divers refer to female divers who dive into the ocean to gather various shellfish and seaweed without using any underwater diving equipment. (If show is cancelled due to strong winds or rain, replaced to Women Diver’s museum).

We transfer to Woman diver’s museum, The Jeju Haenyeo Museum exhibits various photos of haenyeo female divers and their activities, to provide an accurate picture of their lives. The Jeju Haenyeo Museum also has an observatory from where visitors can see an excellent view of the Hado-ri area, which has a garden with various sculptures and a resting area. If time is available, we visit Jeju Folklore & Naturfal History museum.

Then, Mysterious Road, also known as Dokkaebi Road.  Like the name of the road, it is mysterious.  What we will experience here is that the road seems to be uphill, from the start point of Mysterious Road, when we turn the engine off, our car will start to roll uphill!

Overnigh in Jejudo

DAY 7 - NEW SEOUL (B, -, -)

Discovering the new era at hand in Korea, what the world calls New Seoul, will be the highlights of today as we fly back to Seoul. Head to Itaewon, the past American army base transformed into the international commercial district it is today.

After a delicious western dish to remind you of home, we visit DIY Kimchi making class, take photos in Korean Traditional outfit Hanbok

Overnigh in Seoul

DAY 8 - SEOUL TOWER & RIVER CRUISE (B, L, -)

Don’t go too far during your leisure time in the morning, because we will meet back up late morning to drive up to  N Seoul Tower and Love lock wall. Namsan Seoul Tower was the first tower-type tourism spot in Korea. The top of the tower is at almost 480m above sea level, including Namsan Mountain (243m) and the tower’s own height (236.7m), making it one of the tallest towers in the Orient.

Afterwards, we will take a soothing cruise along the gorgeous Han River, the fourth longest river in Korea. Finally, the perfect finish to your full Seoul experience will be the amazing Korean Traditional Performance at Jeongdong Theatre.

Tonight, we will have a Farewell dinner. 

DAY 9 - DEPARTURE (B, -, -)

The private car/charter will take you back to Incheon International Airport for your departure flight home. 

Inclusions:

  • Stay in excellent 4* accommodation in central location, with daily breakfast
  • Domestic flights within the tour (Busan to Jeju ; Jeju to Incheon)
  • Professional driver & experience English-speaking tour guide
  • All entrance fee at monuments
  • DIY Kim Chi Making & Wearing Hanbok experience
  • Korea traditional performance dance
  • Visit DMZ Area
  • Meals as per itinerary (8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 1 Dinner)

Guaranteed Departure Date from 6 Passengers

Tour Start Date Tour End Date Price pp, twin share Status
2019
13 May 2019 21 May 2019 $4,395 Available
10 Sep 2019 18 Sep 2019 $4,395 Available
13 Nov 2019 21 Nov 2019 $4,395 Available
2020
02 Apr 2020 10 Apr 2020 $4,575 Available

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