What To Expect
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.
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).
Enjoy a city tour with such highlight as Gyeongbokgung 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).
Standing majestically in the whirl of city traffic is Gwanghwamun, 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.
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.
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.
Then learn about the cultural wealth of this friendly and picturesque nation at National Folklore Museum showcasing life and work, costumes and ornaments, handicrafts and technology, educations, living quarters, dietary life and more.
Squeeze in a stop at Jogyesa, the head temple of Jogyejong the principal sect of Korean Buddhism. You will have time to stroll down the cobblestone walkways and admire upscale art galleries and antique shops in Insa-dong, which is a unique area of Seoul that truly represents the traditional Korean art and antiques.
Drive past Cheonggyecheon stream that tumbles gently through downtown Seoul. Restoration work began in 2003 to free the stream from the layers of concrete and roadways that had covered it since 1958.
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.
At the western entrance of the market in the middle of a traffic circle stands Namdaemun, officially known as the Sungnyemun Gate.
Drive afternoon to Icheon and enjoy hot spa in the hotel.
Travel to Icheon and marvel at the beautiful art works at Haegang Ceramic Museum. Opened in 1990, it also offers ceramic production courses where participants can get hands-on experience in the ceramic-making process, devoting to researching and exhibiting Korean ceramics.
With time to visit, you will get soaked in the hot spa, the first ever German-style spa in Asia, modeled after the "badehaus" or bathhouses of Germany. Then head to Yeoju and visit UNESCO World Heritage site of Yeongneung.
Explore Silleuksa temple from the Silla dynasty. The relax with Hot spa at the hotel.
On to Damyang and see Dodam Sambong rocks representing the typical love triangle of ancient Korea. Then journey onward to Punggi and see ginseng market. Tour Sosu Seowon, the first private institute established in Korea, and was a birthplace of Confucian education and a cradle of prominent scholars.
Explore UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hahoemaeul. Nestled in a bend of the Naktong River, it is the best preserved traditional village portraying and spanning the life of the Joseon Dynasty.
Tour Ichon-dong Stone Buddha or Jebiwon Buddha. The awe-inspiring Buddha statue stands guard over the northern entrance way to Andong for nearly 1000 years, in the southeastern foothills of Cheondeung-san.
En route, stop at Mungyeong and enjoy hot spa. Then journey continues to the Songnisan national park. The Songni literally means an "escape from vulgar". See Beopjusa temple dating back to AD 553.
Witness a Dharma bell striking ceremony at sunset.
Visit Baekje Culture Complex and see Sabigung palace, the example of the palace from the three kingdom era and an elegant 5 story wooden pagoda.
See a five-storied stone pagoda still stands tall on the ancient temple site of Jeongrimsa. These stone masterpieces remain to recall the glory. Near pagoda is Buyeo national museum housing a huge collection of relics of this glorious kingdom, and you cannot definitely miss the magnificent gilt-bronze incense burner.
Stroll up paths to Busosan, a hill where once stood Baekje fortification and royal palace. Visit Gongju National Museum and see a fascinating archeological artifacts excavated from the royal tomb of King Muryeong and the nearby Songsanri Tombs is a group of Baekje-period royal tombs that just look like a cluster of grassy knolls.
Hot spa in Asan
Explore Oeammaeul, one of the traditional clan villages exuding old and rustic charm. The village entrance is marked by stone bridge, pine forest and totem poles. Next, Hyeonchungsa keeping the spirit of Korea's greatest naval hero, Yi Sun-sin.
Then, on to Suwon to explore UNESCO World Heritage site of Hwaseong Fortress from the 18th century, and learn some of Korea's long history plus see beautiful natural surroundings.
With time to reflect on our surprise in our experience of Korea, transfer to the airport for our onward flight.
National Folklore Museum
Haegang Ceramic Museum
Buyeo National Museum
Buyeo Culture Complex
Gongju Naitonal Museum
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