Why I love South Korea

For all of its headlong rush into the 21st century on a hallyu (Korean popular culture) wave, what charms me most about the ROK is its proud promotion of age-old traditions and culture. I fondly recall meditating at a Buddhist temple retreat where the honk of traffic was replaced by the rhythmic predawn chants of shaven-headed monks; hiking along Seoul's 600-year-old city walls; and walking parts of the Jeju Olle... Read More

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Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace

This immersive experience in Seoul will give you an in-depth look at traditional Korean culture. With your knowledgeable guide, wander through grand palaces, learn about the history of Korea – from ancient times to today – and witness age-old customs come to life at a folk village. A Korean lunch and comfortable coach transport is included.Begin your morning with pickup from your Seoul hotel and then drive by air-conditioned coach past Blue House, the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea. Your guide will remark on the traditional Korean architectural style of this stately residence. Your first stop is Gyeongbokgung Palace, a royal palace constructed in 1395. Because much of it was destroyed during the Japanese occupation, there has been a large effort to restore it to its original condition. With your guide, marvel at the grandeur of the preserved portions and the restorations.Here, visit the National Folklore Museum, which uses replicas to illustrate the history of traditional life of Korean people. Browse the numerous exhibitions’ more than 90,000 artifacts conveying what life has been like for Koreans from ancient times to the 20th century. You’ll also learn about the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture.(Please note that Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, in which case you’ll visit Deoksugung Palace instead. This walled compound with traditional palace buildings, forested gardens and a statue of King Sejong the Great is home to the Seoul Museum of History, where you'll discover Seoul's traditional culture as you navigate the exhibits with your guide.)Next, tour Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Outside, admire the lovely locust and baeksong trees lining the entrance. Enter the Daeungjeon, the main temple building dating back 500 years, and see the statue of Seokgamoni, the historic Buddha at the moment of enlightenment. Then, you'll get a chance to take a look at the Korean Ginseng Center before enjoying a tasty Korean lunch at a local restaurant. You’ll then spend your afternoon exploring the Korean Folk Village, a living museum that displays elements of traditional Korean life and folk culture. You'll get the unique opportunity to watch well-preserved customs such as pottery making, basket weaving and the hand-making of winnows, musical instruments, embroidery and bamboo, wood and brass wares. After this incredible immersive experience, you’ll be taken back to your Seoul hotel.

$490 Small group tours

3-Day Tour from Seoul: Gyeongju and Busan

Get an in-depth look at Korean history, culture and religion on this 3-day tour of Gyeongju and Busan, traveling by comfortable private vehicle from Seoul with a knowledgeable local guide. Visit Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto on the coast of the East Sea, and learn about the Silla dynasty’s 1,000-year rule in Gyeongju, site of the ancient city capital. Then see the bustling modern port of Busan, where you’ll explore the beaches, famous fish market and the country’s largest Buddhist temple. Learn fascinating facts as you enjoy the scenic coastal landscapes!

$87.99 Food & drink

Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour

Experience the fascinating culture of South Korea in one of the most authentic ways possible – through its local cuisine! On this 4-hour food tour, learn all about Korea’s culinary customs from your guide, an expert in local Korean food and culture, as you journey through the streets of Seoul. Explore the bustling district of Jongno-gu and visit three different food stalls and restaurants, as well as a market, to try a variety of Korean foods such as Korean barbecue, tofu, savory pancakes and spicy braised chicken. Wash your meal down with traditional beverages, like Korean rice wine, as you mingle with your fellow food enthusiasts for an unforgettable end to your culinary adventure.Take your appetite for a ride on this 4-hour journey through Korean food culture! Your night food tour will take place in the popular district of Jongno-gu. Begin in the neighborhood of Nagwon-dong, brimming with food outlets and stalls, and continue to Jongno (Bell Street), one of the most historic and cultural areas of Seoul.With your culinary guide, an expert in local Korean food and culture, stop at three different restaurants and food stalls, as well as a shijang (traditional Korean flea market), along Nagwon-dong and Jongno-gu. Try traditional Korean eats like dubu and kimchi appetizers and Korean BBQ and spicy braised chicken entrees. Visit a shijang for some savory North Korean pancakes, which closely resembles an egg omelet.Wash everything down with traditional Korean liquors like makgeolli and soju while enjoying some fun Korean drinking games with your group, your guide and possibly a few new local friends!To see a map to the school location, please click on the 'View Additional Info' icon.

$750 Small group tours

Discover Korea: 4-Day Western Korea Tour Including Seoul and Gwangju

This 4-day tour of western Korea is filled with a variety of distinct Korean cuisine and the beautiful scenery of the countryside. Somewhat off the beaten path, this western Korea tour is different from eastern Korean tours because the cities that you will visit are not as well known to most people. The tour kicks off in Seoul, goes through the south-western part of Korea with stops in Daejeon and Jeonju, and then heads off to Odongdo Island in Yeosu before finally ending back in Seoul.This delightful cultural experiences of unknown but famous sites will amaze you as a veteran guide escorts you throughout the 4 day course. This tour offers you the opportunity to be adventures and visit the parts of Korea that are not that well-known today!

$1590 Small group tours

South Korea: 8-Night Comprehensive Tour from Seoul

Enjoy this comprehensive 8-night tour from Seoul, which will introduce you to 18 different famous and historical sites, always accompanied by your experienced and professional guide. You will see the best of Korea's diverse and rich culture as well as its history and gastronomy, including a special tea-ceremony with a Buddhist monk.

$550 Small group tours

3-Day Jeju Island Tour with Round Trip Flight from Seoul

Visit Jeju Island, an island off the southwest coast of Korea, on this special 3-day trip from Seoul which includes round trip airfare. On your trip, you will have an opportunity to visit some of the Island's most interesting destinations including Jeju Stone Cultural Park, Seong-eup Folk Village, Seongsan Sunrise Peak, Manjanagul Lava Tube, and a Haenyeo performance. On your last day on the Island, you will visit the Jeju Folklore History Museum, Dragon Head Shore, experience the tangerine picking (Nov-Jan) or the Teddy Bear Museum (Feb-Oct), visit Jusangjeollidae and finally finish it all up with a visit to Cheonjiyeon waterfall. This 3-day package tour includes 2 nights of stay at a 4-star hotel and round trip domestic air tickets from Gimpo Airport in Seoul to Jeju Airport.