Type: Multiday Tours in Seoul
Departs From: Seoul
Meeting Point: Pick-up from the airport
Duration: 10 days
Available: daily at upon request
Product Code: 5288
Day 1 Arrival in Seoul
Touching down at the ultramodern Incheon International Airport places us at the heart of Korea which is known as the Land of Morning Calm. After clearing immigration and customs, we will be met by gracious tour guide and escorted to the hotel.
Day 2 Seoul
We will spend the morning sightseeing around Korea's capital city. Visit Gyeongbok palace and see its magnificent gates, graceful architecture and lovely gardens. The Gyeongbok Palace is a particularly charming tourist spot in Seoul that represents a colorful and turbulent side of the capital's 500-year history. A visit to the excellent facilities of the National Folklore Museum will help familiarize the visitors with the cultural wealth of this friendly and picturesque nation.
We drop by Insa-dong, which is a place known to be the center of traditional Korean art and antiques in Seoul. Clustered along the main street and alleys are numerous shops dealing in antiques, oriental art supplies, and modern Korean art of all types and styles.
We proceed to a walking tour of Cheonggyecheon, a couple of blocks away from the antique alley. This lively commercial district filled with huge markets, arcades and commercial facilities. The town also boasts a variety of cultural events and performances staged by amateurs and street artists and shopping as well.
We visit the Namdaemun Market, which originally opened in 1414 as a government market, and discover the unique cornucopia of clothing, jewelry, appliances, dishes, folk arts, food and oriental medicine. It is widely acknowledged as one of the country's best tourist attractions.
Day 3 Seoul - Cheorwon
We travel to Cheorwon, the home of migratory birds in Korea. The DMZ, which has been restricted from any civilian access for half century, symbolizes the heartbreak of the divided Korean people but has been a boon to the natural ecosystem. The cranes, hooded cranes, white-naped cranes, and summer migratory birds such as herons and white herons can be seen here.
Day 4 Chorwon - Seoul
Bird watching is planned in the morning followed by the visit of the White Horse Hill, where the 10 days of brutal battle of October 6-15, 1952 caused 17,000 casualties, and the Iron Triangle Angle Memorial Hall displaying artifacts from communist infiltrators.
In the afternoon we will head to the second infiltration tunnel dug by North Koreans. Discovered in 1975, this tunnel allows an armed force of 30,000 to make their way through to South Korea within just one hour.
We will then visit the Iron Triangle Observatory from where we can see Porkchop hill, Old Baldy and many other battle sites in the area. We will also look at the last train station on a northbound railway along with the bombed out remains of a train. On the signboard looking out over the rusted wire of DMZ, it says "Train wants to Run."
Finally, visit the ruins of a Russian style office building used by North Korea from 1948 to 1950.
Day 5 Seoul - Onyang - Anmyon
We travel to Onyang for a visit to the Onyang folklore museum which displays Korea's traditional industry, culture, folk paintings and artworks. We will then continue our journey to Anmyeon Island, famous for its lovely beach lined with pines, and its spectacular sunset. The island is now connected with the mainland by the completion of a dike. Visit Cheonsuman bay, located between Seosan coast and Anmyeondo beach, and the two fresh-water lakes formed by the dikes. With an ample amount of water vegetation, the area became the habitat of the migratory birds since 1993. About 2 millions birds of well over 100 different kinds can be seen here from November to March.
Day 6 Anmyeon - Buyeo - Gunsan
Morning is planned for bird watching near Anmyeon then we will travel to Gunsan. En route, we visit Buyeo, the ancient capital of the Baekje Kingdom (BC18-AD660). Visit Nakhwaam bluff. Here 3,000 faithful court ladies of Baekje plunged into the river to avoid capture and dishonor when enemy breached the castle on the last day of the kingdom.
Then visit Goransa, a small temple with just a main hall and a small belfry said to be dedicated to the souls of 3,000 court ladies. Behind the temple on the cliffy hill grows crypsinus hastatus.
Buyeo museum displaying relics of this glorious kingdom and temple site of Jungrimsa are among the highlights of the tour. Temple site of Jeongrimsa with its elegant pagoda is also included in our tour.
Afternoon is planned for bird watching at Geumgang estuary. The lake formed by the dike in the mouth of Geumgang River with its huge area of reed field, is an ideal habitat for migratory birds. They used to flock to the area 10,000 every year, but the number doubled in 1995. Currently, a total of 450,000 birds of 100 different kinds such as oystercatchers, gulls, swans and mallards fly into the habitat during winter.
Day 7 Gunsan - Gochang - Damyang - Suncheon - Yeosu
We head south a short stop at Gochang for a visit to the Dolmen Park. Of the several hundreds of ancient dolmens, which are listed as UNESCO Wolrd Heritage, most of them are located here.
In Damyang, we drive through the famous Metasequoia wood, and visit a very unique museum displaying all kinds of bamboo goods and tools used in daily life. Soswaewon garden, a 16th century garden built on a low hill with Gwangpunggak pavilion made for recreational purpose is also included in our tour.
In Suncheon, visit Songgwangsa temple, built in tribute to Buddha's followers, monks and laity. It has a formidable collection of steles and pagodas containing the ashes of some of the many masters who had lived here.
Bird watching at Suncheon bay, which is the last habitat of rare bird species and is famous for its huge wetland area filled with reed field. It has been reputed as one of the world's most important natural ecological areas. In winter, birds like hooded cranes, saunders gulls, wild ducks, teal and common shellducks can be seen here. Every winter some 150 to 200 whistling swans come to the coastal area near Pyeongsa-ri Tolsaneup until early March. It is also a transit point of the migratory birds from Siberia to Australia and New Zealand.
Day 8 Yeosu - Jinju - Changwon - Changnyeong
Morning sightseeing includes Yeosu, a city surrounded on three sides by rugged mountains. Many offshore islands dotted around Yeosu create a gorgeous landscape.We visit scenic Odongdo, key location and the terminus point of Hallyeo Marine Park, and Dolsasndo island.
We then drive to Dolsan island through 450m long bridge, which commands a panoramic view of the port. In Jinju, visit Jinju fortress with its magnificent pavilions and gates. Built over the hill along the Namgang river meandering the city, is one of the highlight tourist spots of Jinju. Inside the 1.7kms long city wall sits Jinju museum displaying historical documents on Hideyoshi invasion.
Continue our journey to Changnyong. Junam reservoir with its neighboring reservoirs is among the famous habitats of migratory birds in Korea. About 100,000 migratory birds of 30 different species visit the reservoirs in December and stay until early March. December and January from 15:00 to 17:00 are the best time here for bird watching.
Day 9 Changnyeong - Seoul
Morning bird watching in Upo, the largest marsh in the country. Upo marsh plays a significant role in the natural ecosystem, providing a habitat for 342 kinds of animals and plants. Both the residing and migratory birds are found at the swamp. In total, there are 62 kinds of birds, with the numbers of migratory birds steadily increasing. The swamp became one of the marshes to join the Ramsar Convention in 1998, an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands.
Travel to Seoul and balance of the day at own pursuit.
Day 10 Departure
With time to reflect on our surprise in our experience of Korea, transfer to the airport for our onward flight.
- Gyeongbok Palace
- National Folklore Museum
- Antique Shop Street
- Namdaemun Market
- Cheorwon Sanctuary Bird Watching
- The 2nd Tunnel
- Iron Triangle Observatory
- Labor Party Office Building
- Onyang Folklore Museum
- Nakhwaam Bluff
- Buyeo Museum
- Jeongrimsa Pagoda
- Geumgang Estuary
- Dolmen Park
- Bamboo Museum
- Metasequoia Drive
- Suncheon Bay
- Jinju Fortress
- Yeosu Tour
- Upo Marsh
- Meals specified
- English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees to the places of interests as per itinerary
- Half twin use accommodation
- Optional activity costs
- Travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses
- German, French, Spanish or Russian speaking guides are available at an additional cost
- Rates available on request. Please contact us for a quotation.
- Prices are per person
- Child prices are valid for children ages 11 and below.