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Gongju, Busan, Suncheon, Wonju, Yeosu 5-Day Tour from Seoul

Day 1: Seoul - Gongju - Jeonju   Meet our tour guide at the parking lot in front of Donghwa Duty Free Shop Building, Gwanghwamun, Seoul 08:00am → Depart Seoul to Gongju(130Km/1.5hours) / Visit The Tomb of King Muryeong(UNESCO)  → Gongsanseong Fortress(UNESCO) → Proceed to Jeonju (80Km/1 hr) to visit JeonjuHanok Village(UNESCO)including about 700 traditional Korean houses called Hanok. Overnight in Jeonju, RAMADA Jeonju Hotel or similar Day 2: Jeonju - Gwangju - Suncheon - Yeosu -Jinju (B)  Breakfast at your hotel →Transfer to Gwangju →VisitMay 18th National Cemetery →Suncheon (100km/ 1hr) where you will visit “SuncheonBay Garden (Optional:$10pp)→Move to Yeosu, a port city and look around the Historic Site of Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s Path→ Move to Jinju. Overnight at JinjuRaon Stay or similar  Day 3: Jinju - Busan-Gyeongju (B)  Breakfast at your hotel →JinjuseongFortress – Chokseoknu edifice historically linked to Japanese invasion in 1592.→ Move to Busan(100Km/1.5hrs) →Transfer to Jagalchi- Fishery Market, Korea’s largest seafood market→Haeundae Beach Tour →Transfer to Gyeongju(100Km/1hr30min) Overnight: Commodore Hotel in Gyeongju or similar Day 4: Gyeongju – Andong – Wonju (B)   Breakfast at your hotel→Start Gyeongju City Tour 08:00 am →Unesco World Heritage Seokguram Grotto (Optional: $6pp)->Bulguksa Temple(UNESCO) → The beauty of the temple itself and artistic touch of the stone relics are as awesome and fascinating as to be highly praised by visitors from all over the world→Move to AndongHahoe Folk Village (170km/ 2hr 30min)→Arrive at Parking lot of Hahoe Folk Village(UNESCO)which has preserved the housing architecture and the village structure of the Joseon Dynasty. Moreover, the Village was naturally formed with people who actually live there. It has become world-famous for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II of The Great Britain.→ Depart from Parking lot of Hahoe Folk Village→Move to Wonju Overnight: 4-star Wonju Interburgo Hotel in Wonju or similar  Day 5: Wonju – Pyeongchang (2018 Winter Olympics) – Mt Seorak National Park – Seoul (B)   Breakfast at your hotel →Transfer to Pyeongchang (95km/ 1hour 20min)→VisitThe venue of 2018 Winter Olympic Games (Ski Jumping stadium, Not Tower)→Proceed to Mt. Seorak National Park(UNESCO),Mt. Seorak National Park, the peaks of the Seoraksan Mountains break through the clouds while jade-like water flows through the valleys, creating breathtaking views and making this Korea's most famous national park. Due to the many rare species found here, UNESCO designated this national park a Biosphere Preservation District in 1982.→*Cable car to Gwongeumseong fortress (Optional for Shinheungsa temple &cable car: $15pp)→Transfer to Seoul (195km/ 4hrs)→Arrive at Seoul 19:00PM (Drop point : Donghwa Duty Free Shop Building, at Gwanghwamun Intersection)

$60 Private & Custom Tours

Namhansanseong UNESCO Historical Sites and Korean Folk Village-Private Tour

About Namhansanseong FortressNamhansanseong Provincial Park surrounds Namhansanseong Fortress, one of four forts built to protect Hanyang (the former name of Seoul). Gaeseong, Suwon, Ganghwa and Gwangju are located in the north, south, west, and east direction respectively. Namhansanseong Fortress is located to the east in Gwangju. The park is situated on Namhansan Mountain, 24km southeast from Seoul and 6km northeast from Seongnam. The length of trails is a total of approximately 12.4 km (main fortress 8.9km, external fortress 3.2km, Sinnamsanseong Fortress 0.2km). The height is 7.3m. Namhansanseong’s circumference is approximately 12km, stacking small natural stones over big stones. The fortress includes Sueocheong (Namhansan Mountain Fortress Defense Command), Gwana (government office), storage, and a haenggung (temporary palace), as well as 80 wells and 45 springs. Also, administration was moved from Gwangju-eup to inside of the fortress, clearly showing the importance of Namhansanseong Fortress in that period. 12,700 people participated in a field exercise carried out for the first time after building the fortress by command of King Injo (17th year, 1639). These days, only a few buildings remain inside of the fortress including East and South Gate, Seojangdae, Hyeonjeolsa Temple, Yeonmu Hall, Janggyeongsa Temple, Jisudang, Yeongwoljeong, and Chimgwaejeong. Among these remaining buildings, four gates, Sueojangdae, and some parts of the fortress in the middle of West Gate still maintain their original forms. Namhansanseong Fortress is designated as Historical Site No. 57 and a provincial park. About Korean Folk VillageLying in a spacious site of 990,000㎡ and in nature-given geomantic location ‘facing water and backgrounded by mountains’, Korean Folk Village (KFV) is a village from the Joseon period composed of real houses relocated from provinces of the country. Reconstructed through a long survey of houses remaining in different parts of the country and authentication by specialists, it is a real village from the Joseon period that unfolds in seasonal transformation scenes from everyday folk culture meticulously collected. The village was created with common people’s houses and aristocrats’ houses relocated or restored from different parts of the country such as south, middle, north, and islands. It presents the real life from old Joseon life, which includes gwana (provincial government office), seowon and seodang (the educational institutions), hanyakbang (the medical institution), Buddhist temples and seonangdang (the religious buildings), and the fortune-teller’s place.

$145 Food, Wine & Nightlife

_Korea Traditional Market_ Gwangju Songjeong Market

Songjeong Station Market was opened in 1913, in connection with the opening of Gwangju-Songjeong Station. For many years, the market was the go-to-place for necessary items and produce, but with the increase of large marts in the 1990s, people began to visit traditional markets less and less. In order to increase the liveliness of Songjeong Station Market and showcase the difference between large marts and a traditional market, the entire space was redesigned around the theme of time.The newly redesigned 1913 Songjeong Station Market, located just across the street from Gwangju-Songjeong KTX Station, has a bright appearance with modern-styled architecture and signboards detailing the history of the various shops. Visitors can enjoy all the classic market foods here, such as hotteok (hot griddle cakes), gyeran bap (rice with egg), and eomuk (fisk cake).Gwangju Biennale Founded in 1995 in memory of spirits of civil uprising of the 1980 repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea is Asia's oldest biennial of contemporary art.