Seoul / DMZ - 4 Day Private Tour

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Jogyesa Temple, Seoul , South Korea
Jogyesa Temple, Seoul , South Korea
Gyeongbok Palace
Gyeongbok Palace
Gyeongbok Palace
Gyeongbok Palace
Gyeonghoeru literally Pavilion of Joyous Meeting, supported by 48 stone pillars set in a lotus pond, was a favored place for the King to entertain visiting dignitaries
Gyeonghoeru literally Pavilion of Joyous Meeting, supported by 48 stone pillars set in a lotus pond, was a favored place for the King to entertain visiting dignitaries
Hyangwonjeong features a small pond with a manmade islet that supports a beautiful two-story pavilion and is one of the famous sites in the Gyeongbok Palace
Hyangwonjeong features a small pond with a manmade islet that supports a beautiful two-story pavilion and is one of the famous sites in the Gyeongbok Palace
The statue of King Sejong in Gwanghwamun Square, Seoul, South Korea
The statue of King Sejong in Gwanghwamun Square, Seoul, South Korea
Cheonggyecheon in Seoul City, Korea
Cheonggyecheon in Seoul City, Korea
The Korean Demilitarized Zone is a strip of land that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea
The Korean Demilitarized Zone is a strip of land that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea
Imjingak is a park with an array of monuments to the Korean War
Imjingak is a park with an array of monuments to the Korean War
Imjingak
Imjingak
Imjingak is a park with an array of monuments to the Korean War
Imjingak is a park with an array of monuments to the Korean War
Seoul / DMZ - 4 Day Private Tour - Picture 12
Map of Paju
Map of Paju
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What To Expect

See the highlights of Seoul and get a glimpse of its colorful history and everyday living. Learn about the history of divided Korea by visiting places where the most significant events of the Korean War took place.

Specifications

Type:
Multiday Tours in Seoul
Departs From:
Seoul
Meeting Point:
Airport pick-up
Duration:
4 days / 3 nights
Availability:
daily at upon request
Product Code:
5204
Voucher info:
Print voucher. You will not have access to the tour without this voucher.
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Description

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, you will be met by a gracious tour guide and escorted to the hotel.

Day 2 Seoul - Breakfast

You will explore Korea's capital city that is full of rich heritage, culture, history and tourist attractions. Your exploration will begin with a driving tour of the city featuring sites such as the Gwanghwamun Plaza and a statue of Yi Sunsin, who had engaged in twenty-three naval battles against Japan and emerged victorious in all of them during the Hideyoshi invasion (1592-1598). The statue of King Sejong who propagated the Korean alphabet in the 15th century is honored with prominent statue in this plaza.

Visit Gyeongbok palace or Palace of Shining Happiness and see its magnificent gates, graceful architectures and lovely gardens, all directly inherited from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Built in 1395, the palace is a particularly charming spot that represents a colorful and turbulent side of the capital's 500-year history.

Standing majestically in the whirl of city traffic is Gwanghwadmun, the main gate of the palace. Following two other gates up, you will get to the Geungeongjeon, a throne hall where the king granted audiences to his officials, presided over large official functions and met foreign envoys. The two-tier edifice stands on a high platform reached by stone steps. At the center of the stone-paved courtyard that is fully enclosed by wooden cloisters is lined with two rows of rank stones, indicating the positions of the officials with the highest rank being closer to the hall and where the court officials are to stand. At the back of this hall is a group of three offices; Manchunjeon, Sajeongjeon, and Cheonchujeon where the king used to meet with his top officials. Gyeonghoeru literally Pavilion of Joyous Meeting, supported by 48 stone pillars set in a lotus pond, was a favored place for the King to entertain visiting dignitaries.

Gangnyeongjeon, a king's main residing quarters with its fourteen chambers, rests on top of a tall stone foundation while Gyotaejeon, the queen's domain with ten chambers sits in the back of the king's quarters. The noted feature of these buildings is an absence of a top roof ridge. You cannot miss Amisan garden landscaped with four hexagonal chimneys in orange bricks and decorative roof tiles, and artistic patterns of brick on the walls of queen's quarters which are seldom noticed by the hurried visitors. Jagyeongjeon is the queen dowager's residence. Although less colorful, it is worth noting the wall of Jagyeongjeon, adorned with floral designs and the chimneys with ten longevity symbols.

Hyangwonjeong features a small pond with a manmade islet that supports a beautiful two-story pavilion and is one of the famous sites in the palace. Behind this serene garden is Geoncheonggung, where the king and queen could relax in peace and quiet. It was here that the first electric lights in the country were installed and a tragic chapter in Korea's history was recorded in 1895 when empress Myeongseong was assassinated by the Japanese. Upon exiting the Sinmumun gate, you will take a few minutes to take some pictures in front of the Blue House, the executive office and official residence of the president of Korea.

Onto the National Folklore Museum showcasing cultural wealth of this friendly and picturesque nation - life and work, costumes and ornaments, handicrafts and technology, educations, living quarters, dietary life, oriental medicine, performing arts and games, beliefs and rituals, and socio-cultural life of the Korean people from the prehistoric age to the Joseon Dynasty.

Visit Jogyesa, the head temple of Jogyejong the principal sect of Korean Buddhism. It emphasizes the Zen orthodox, meditation tradition and maintains the purity of monastic celibacy. The temple does not give off the solemn and traditional air of the other temples located deep in the mountains, but when you enter the temple the frenzy of the city start disappearing letting you explore the main worship hall, pagodas and bell tower. The Main Worship Hall holds triad Buddhas, Sakyamuni, Amitabha and Bhaisajyaraja. The figure in the center is Sakyamuni Buddha who has overcome greed, hatred and delusion. While here it is worth noting the 500 year old lacebark pine and 400 year old locust tree that still grace the property.

Next is Insa-dong, the center of traditional Korean art and antiques. Clustered along the main street and alleys are numerous shops dealing antiques, oriental art supplies, and modern Korean arts of all types and styles. A number of galleries also vie for attention with their exhibitions of works by modern artists. Here, you will look for some souvenirs or simply wander and browse at leisure.

Drive past Cheonggyecheon, a 5.8km-long creek that flows through downtown and under 22 little bridges. At the head of the stream stands a sculpture created by world-renowned artist Coosje Van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg.

Lastly, visit the centuries-old Namdaemun market where well over 11,000 shops selling anything you can imagine. Widely acknowledged as one of the Seoul's best tourist attractions, the market is seriously crowded, so be prepared to get bumped around. One of the most colorful aspects of the market is an endless sprawl of street-vendor stalls that setup in the alleys and walkways between the buildings. As you stroll through the market, you can haggle over the price to get the best deal on something you want or simply admire the vibrancy of this massive market.

Day 3 Seoul - Imjingak - DMZ - Imjingak - Seoul - Breakfast

Your touring will be private today until you reach Imjingak, at which time you will board a bus with other tourists as private tours of the tunnel and DMZ area are not allowed. Your private tour guide will remain with you throughout the day.

Travel through Jayuro or Freedom Road to Imjingak, the northernmost point bordering North Korea. Imjingak is a park with an array of monuments to the Korean War (1950-1953). One such monument is Mangbaedan, a memorial site where displaced North Koreans pray for their ancestors. Near Mangbaedan is the Freedom Bridge, which crosses the Imjin River and was an important site where 12,773 prisoners of war returned to freedom in South Korea. This short, sturdy wooden structure ends at a barricade, which embodies the North. Near the bridge is a locomotive engine that symbolizes the tragedy of the divided Korea. Having been left in the DMZ since bombs derailed it during the Korean War; it was cleaned up and moved to its current location in 2009. More than 1,000 bullet holes in the engine and its bent wheels tell visitors the devastation of war. You will see a collection of stones from 86 battlefields in 64 countries known as the Peace Stones that have witnessed suffering and grief of war.

Next, you will board a bus to continue with other tourists on to the Demilitarized Zone, known as DMZ that separates South and North. Tensions between the two countries remain high, and the border is patrolled by thousands of troops on both sides. Before being allowed to enter the DMZ, there will be a passport check at the Unification Bridge, the first control line with sentries as you cross the Imjin River. From this point on, photography opportunities are limited. Soon thereafter, mine signs and red flight panels are highly visible in the area.

After a quick video at the DMZ Exhibition Hall, explore The 3rd Tunnel, which is one of four known tunnels passing under the DMZ, dug secretly by the North. But, those who suffer from asthma, claustrophobia or a weak heart cannot enter the tunnel. Discovered on October 17, 1978, a 1,635 meter long tunnel runs through bedrock at a depth of about 73 meters below ground; 435 meters of which are found in the South over the Military Demarcation Line. It is designed at a three thousandth angle with northern side lower than southern side, so that water does not stagnate inside tunnel. You can clearly see the drill marks for dynamite all pointing toward the South. This finding, along with other clues, clearly affirmed their construction. Approximately 30,000-armed soldiers can move through the tunnel in a matter of an hour in what was apparently designed for a surprise attack on Seoul. About seven minutes of tram ride or some 10 minutes of walk leads you down into the lower platform. After ducking and crouching your way 265 meters through the tunnel, you are greeted with concrete wall with iron door near the Military Demarcation Line preventing you from going any further into the north.

The tour will then move to Dora Observatory, where you can see across the Demilitarized Zone and into North Korea. You can see North Korea's propaganda village, Gijeongdong, where the world's largest flag (35 meters x 28 meters) hangs on a 160 meter tall flagpole, and South Korea's Daeseong-dong, the only two villages allowed in the Demilitarized Zone.

Dorasan Station is the last railway station in South Korea before the North Korean border. This station drew world attention when President Bush visited here in February 2002. On December 11, 2007, freight trains began traveling north past this station into North Korea, however, on December 1, 2008, the North Korean government closed the border crossing. The station is heavily guarded and signs are up showing the future destination of Pyeongyang in North Korea. The mile marker "Seoul 56 kilometers/Pyeongyang 205 kilometers" stands tall for all to see. They are just waiting for the green light to go.

Lastly, stop off at the unification village of Tongilchon, a home to 133 families and a total of 493 residents. It is in the northern area of the Civilian Control Line, and the people who live there are exempt from tax and military service. The soybeans and ginseng are among the specialties of this village.

Day 4 Departure - Breakfast

With time to reflect on your experience of Korea, transfer to the airport for our onward flight.

Tour Highlights

  • Gyeongbok Palace

  • National Folklore Museum

  • Jogyesa

  • Antique Shop Street

  • Namdaemun Market

  • Mangbaedan Altar

  • Freedom Bridge

  • Locomotive Engine

  • Peace Stones

  • Peace Bell

  • The 3rd Tunnel

  • Dora Observatory

  • Dorasan Station

Includes

  • Full coverage of accommodation (sharing basis, 4* hotel)

  • Meals as per itinerary

  • Full coverage of transfers and transportation as per itinerary

  • English-speaking guide

  • Entrance fees

Excludes

  • Optional activity costs

  • Travel insurance

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

Please Note

  • German, French, Spanish or Russian speaking guides are available at an additional cost.

  • Anyone who suffers from a weak heart, claustrophobia, or asthmatic symptoms is not allowed to enter into the tunnel.

  • Passports are required on the tour.

  • Picture taking is prohibited upon boarding the bus to the 3rd infiltration tunnel.

  • The DMZ tour does not operate on Mondays and public holidays.

  • Depending on the crowd size, the order of the video/tunnel tour can be reversed.

  • Tunnel tour is absolutely at your choice. You could opt out by staying on the bus, in the exhibition room, or shopping in the store for souvenirs.

  • Rates for 3 pax and up are available. Please inquire.

  • The following information will be required upon booking (for the DMZ tour):

  • Full name of each participant as indicated on passport

  • Passport number

  • Nationality

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 44 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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