Spend 8 days exploring the history and cultural heritage of South Korea on this tour to the cities of Gyeongju and Busan, Jeju.
Day 1 – Arrive Incheon
After arriving at Incheon International Airport, you will be picked up by a private driver and driven to your hotel for check-in.
Day 2 – Seoul
On the second day of the tour, you will visit Bukchon Hanok Village, a hanok village located between Changdeokgung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace. Its streets are filled with traditional hanok. Bukchon Hanok Village is a residential community occupied by Seoulites. If you want to experience the old hanok ambiance, you should drop by at Gaehoe-dong. Hundreds of hanok can be found here.
The tour also includes visiting Changdeok Palace or also known as Changdeokgung or Changdeokgung Palace. It’s among the Five Grand Palaces constructed by the monarchs of the Joseon Dynasty. It’s located in a spacious park in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Changdeokgung is situated east of Gyeongbok Palace, so it is also known as the East Palace.
You will also visit Namdaemun market and Myeongdong, one of the main shopping districts of Seoul. There are mid-to-high priced retail establishments as well as international brand outlets in the area such as Louis Vuitton, Lacoste, Forever 21, Polo Ralph Lauren and Bulgari.
You will also find Korean cosmetics brands like Skin Food, Nature Republic and Missha. It’s a hub for sightseeing and fashion, making it popular among tourists and young people. There are also several large department stores and shopping centers in the area such as M Plaza, Noon Square, Lotte Department Store, Migliore and Shinsegae Department Store. Transfer to Seoul station and travel to Gyeongju by KTX.
Day 3 – Gyeongju
You will visit Gyeongju National Museum and Cheomseongdae Observatory, an astronomical observatory located in Gyeongju, South Korea. In Korean, it means star-gazing tower. It’s the oldest surviving astronomical building in Asia and possibly even in the world. Cheomseongdae was built in the 7th century and became the 31st national treasure of Korea on the 20th of December 1962.
You will visit Bulguksa Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to various cultural relics like Seokgatap Pagoda, Dabotap Pagoda, Cheongun-gyo and Baegun-gyo Bridges, the Golden Seated Vairocana Buddhist Figure, the Golden Seated Amita Figure and Seokguram Grotto. It’s a representative remnant of Gyeongju. Bulguksa Temple was built during the Silla Kingdom and was initially named Beopryusa Temple or Hwaeom Bulguksa Temple. The name was changed into Bulguksa after its completion in 774 during the rule of King Hye-Gong.You will travel to Busan at the end of the day.
Day 4 – Busan
Your first stop will be at the Taejongdae Resort Park. This is an amusement park that will ignite your interest to keep visiting Busan again. You will also experience fresh and amazing air in this park. You will also enjoy it seeing how perfect the view is.
Right after visiting the park, your next stop will be at the Gamcheon Culture Village. In this village, you will learn some of the cultures and traditions of those people living in Busan from the ancient times to these days. You will also enjoy it visiting Oryukdo Skywalk in Busan which is known to be one of the most majestic tourist attractions in the place. This will provide you a chance of seeing spectacular view of majestic mountains and endless Blue Ocean and seas in Busan.
Right after that, your next place to visit is the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. This is another commonly visited temple in Busan because of the amazing artifacts that this place offers. This also has the best culture and traditions of Korean and even those who live in Busan. Your full day private Busan tour will never be complete without having a walk along Haeundae beach on Dongbaek Island. This is one of the much-awaited experiences of most tourists who visit Busan. As you walk along the Haeundae beach, you will get the most refreshing and most relaxing air that will make your experience more fun and more exciting.
Day 5 – Jeju
You will meet your guide and check out of the hotel and travel to Gimhea Airport to fly to Jeju. The trip will let you see Hyeobjae Beach where you can enjoy the waters and swim with your friends. You will also visit the Spirited Garden, a garden built by a living national Korean treasure named Bum-young Sung. The garden has examples of over 600-year old bunjae trees. You will also visit the O’Sulloc Green Tea Museum and Plantation. The tour ends with checking in at your hotel.
Day 6 – Jeju
Day six will see you visiting Sungeup Folk Village and Seongsan Ilchulbong or Sunrise Peak, the best place to see the sunrise. There are platform seats on one end of the mountain’s crater, giving you a perfect view of the morning sunrise over the sea. Located on the eastern coast of Jeju Island, Seongsan Ilchulbong is said to bear a resemblance to an enormous ancient castle. This tuff cone stands at 182 meters and has a well-maintained bowl-like crater. You will move along the South coast of Jeju and see Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls and Olle-gil.
Day 7 – Jeju
You will check out of your hotel and head to Daepo Cliff and Yongnuni Oreum. After the tour, you will travel to Jeju airport via the forested road at Mt. Hallasan.
Transfer to Jeju Airport to fly to Gimpo (Seoul)
Day 8 – Seoul
Your last day trip in Korea will include filling up your bags and shopping some items found in this place. You may first visit the National Museum of Korea that stores a lot of artifacts in the place including the Changdeokgung Palace. Right after that, you may start your shopping activity as you visit the following places namely Gwangjang Market, Dongdaemun Shopping Complex. This afternoon you will be transferred to airport.