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Discover a different side to South Korea on this 8-night journey travelling north-to-south through the country. The tour includes an overnight stay in a working Buddhist temple to experience monastic life, and a night in the village of Hahoe in a restored traditional hanok building. See some of South Korea's natural beauty at the Seorak National Park, and visit the ancient capital of Gyeongju and the port town of Busan.
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Arrive and transfer to the Grand Ambassador Seoul for 3 nights. (N)
Full-day tour of Seoul, including Gyeongbok Palace, the Folklore Museum, the Blue House, Namdaemun market, Seoul Tower and the hanok traditional village. (B)
Day at leisure. Optional full-day tour of Panmunjom and the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), visiting the Dora observatory, Panmunjom - also known as 'the Truce Village' where the 1953 Armistice Agreement was signed - and the Peace Talks House. (B)
Drive out of the city to the Seorak National Park. On arrival, take a cable-car to the top of the mountain and walk to the ruins of the Gwongeumseong Fortress for views over the surrounding mountains and valleys. Return to your vehicle and drive to the Sinheugsa Buddhist temple, then continue to the city of Sokcho on the east coast. Stay 1 night at the Ramada by Wyndham Gangwon Sokcho Hotel. (B)
Drive south to the Hahoe Folk Village, where traditional architectural styles and many original structures have been preserved. After exploring the village and visiting the Hahae Mask Dance Drama Museum, continue to Andong city and stay overnight at the Andong Richell Hotel. Alternatively, there is the option stay overnight within the village at Rakkojae Hahoe, which offers accommodation in a hanok, a traditional Korean house reminiscent of the aristocratic homes of the Chosun dynasty. All four rooms are traditional in style, with a hinoki cypress wood whirlpool bath, heated floors made of red clay and an en suite bathroom. (B, L, D)
Continue south to the Gayasan National Park to visit the Haeinsa temple, known for its 81,350 wooden printing blocks into which the entire Buddhist scripture has been carved. Afterwards, drive to the city of Daegu, and stay at the Daegu Grand Hotel for 1 night. (B)
Morning drive to Gyeongju, then check in to the Hotel Hyundai Gyeongju for a 1 night stay. In the afternoon, begin a guided city tour visiting the Cheomseongdae astronomical observatory, the Royal Tumuli Park and the Gyeongju National Museum. (B)
Transfer to Gyeongju train station and board a KTX high-speed train for the journey to Busan, a large port city on the south coast and South Korea's second largest city. Stay 2 nights at the Busan Haeundae Grand Hotel. (B)
Today is at leisure in Busan. Take time to discover Geumjeong mountain, a popular walking area and home to the Beomeosa temple, or stay in the city and explore Jagalchi market, South Korea's largest seafood market. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4-star hotel accommodation. Accommodation at the Haeinsa Temple and the Rakkojae Hahoe should be considered basic.
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