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

ItineraryDay 1: Seoul - Gongju - JeonjuStop At: 광화문빌딩앞공영주차장Meeting at parking lot next to Dongwha duty free shop at exit number 6 of Gwanghwamun subway station at 8amDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong, Gongju, Chungcheongnam-doSongsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong (reign 462-523) contains representative relics of the Baekje period (234~678). The Songsan-ri Tombs contain the graves of kings from the period when Baekje's capital was Gongju, and it is believed to contain 10 such graves. Only seven graves have been discovered so far. The popular Tomb of King Muryeong is the 7th tomb, and it is the resting place for Baekje's 25th King Mu-Ryeong and his queen. This tomb was discovered accidentally when installing pipes to prevent tombs number 5 and 6 from being flooded. Tomb of King Muryeong was found to be unusual in the way it was built and what it contained. It was built with bricks like the 6th Tomb, and many national treasures were found inside, supplying scholars studying Baekje culture with precious research material.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Gongsanseong, Gongju, Chungcheongnam-doLocated in Gongju-si, Gongsanseong Fortress is a mountain castle which was established during the Baekje. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Geumgang riverside right here. Follow the trail path a little further up and Imryugak Pavilion appears, known as the largest of its kind within the fortress. It is worth the visit for its historical and cultural significance, and also for the beautiful view Geumgang riverside and the castle’s trail.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Jeonju Hanok Village, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-doWhile the rest of city has been industrialized, Hanok Village retains its historical charms and traditions. Jeonju Hanok Village is especially beautiful for its unique roof edges, which are slightly raised to the sky. A partof Hanok has been set aside so that tourists can experience traditional Korean life, called Hanok Life ExperienceHall. The food provided is very traditional, which adds to the traditional ambience. At Jeonju Hanok Village, visitors canenjoy traditional Korean life and traditional foods like bibimbap, the most well known dish from the Jeonju region.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: HOTEL : Jeonju Ramada +82-63-711-9000 www.ramadajeonju.com or similar (4star)Day 2: Jeonju - Gwangju - Suncheon - YeosuStop At: May 18th National Cemetery, GwangjuThe May 18th National Cemetery, located in front of Mudeungsan Mountain, is the symbol of freedom and democracy and is the grave of victims during the contention for democracy in May 1980. Victims were carried and buried by handcarts and garbage trucks in 1980. In 1997 the cemetery was exhumed and reburied at this memorial. May 18th became a national holiday of commemorating the people's desire for democracy. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Suncheon Bay Garden, Suncheon, Jeollanam-doSuncheon Bay Garden (Optional Tour :US$10 PP)The Suncheon Bay Garden was established in order to turn 1.12 square kilometers of natural habitat into a conservation area, where it houses over 505 species of trees and 113 species of flowers. Especially, the numerous groups of tulips and royal azaleas are truly a sight to see. In addition, the nearby 30,000-square-meter field of canola flowers is in full bloom in May, which creates a beautiful yellow "wave" of color and trees make a great shades of canopy for the area.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin, SeoulDuring the Japanese invasion of the Imjin Waeran War (1592~1598), Admiral Yi Sun-shin decided this site should be used as his headquarters. For this reason, the site displays a lot of artifacts honoring his heroic endeavors in protecting the country. Including the items on display indoors, the hall itself was designated as National Treasure No. 304 in 2011.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Yeosu Oceanhill Hotel+82-61-808-5017 www.oceanhillhotel.co.kr or similarDay 3: Yeosu - Jinju - Busan - GyeongjuStop At: Jinjuseong, Jinju, Gyeongsangnam-doJinjuseong Fortress, which is historically linked to the Japanese invasion in 1592, was originally named Geoyeolseong Fortress during the Three Kingdom Period, later renamed as Chokseokseong Fortress in the Goryeo Dynasty and finally settled as Jinjuseong Fortress in the Joseon Dynasty.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Jagalchi Market, BusanJagalchi Market, located on the shoreside road in Busan's Jung-gu, is Korea's largest seafood market, selling both live and dried fish.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Haeundae Beach, BusanLocated near Haeundae Beach, it not only offers a spectacular view of the beach, but also has the appearance of a reputable international conference hall featuring both modern and natural beauty.Nurimaru APEC House has been used as a memorial hall and a prestigious international conference hall since the APEC summit meeting. Its interior design is a visual display of Korea’s creative traditional culture. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Gyeongju Commodore Hotel(www.commodorehotel.co.kr +82-54-740-8277) or similar.Day 4: Gyeongju - Andong - WonjuStop At: Seokguram, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Seokguram (Optional tour : Seokguram Gurotto US$6 PP)Seokguram is known to have been built with Bulguksa Temple. Designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granite.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-doBulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Andong Hahoe Folk Village, Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-doHahoe Village boasts exquisite scenic sights: the elegant Nakdong River flowing around the village, the magnificent Buyongdae Cliff, endlessly unfolding sandy beaches, and lush, ancient pine trees.Hahoe Village, along with Yangdong Village in Gyeongju, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List under the category of “Historic Villages in Korea” on July 31, 2010.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Wonju Inter Burgo(http://wonju.inter-burgo.com +82-33-769-8114) or same rankDay 5: Wonju - Mt.Seorak - Seoul Stop At: Alpensia Ski Jump Lounge, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-doThe Venue Of 2018 Winter Olympic Games (Ski Jumping Stadium, Not Tower)As the main venue for the Pyeonchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Alpensia Resort has recently been the subject of buzz across the nation and within the international sports community. Visitors are able to enjoy the wide-open view of the beautiful sceneryDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Sinheungsa Temple, Sokcho, Gangwon-doSeorak National Park● Sinheungsa & Seorak Mountain Mt. Seorak National Park, the peaks of the Seorak Mountains break through the clouds while jade-like water flows through the valleys, creating breathtaking views and making this Korea most famous national parkthere is a great bronze statue called Bronze Jwabul Statue, which is well over 10 meters high. Just beyond the statue, which is on a granite terrace, there is a bridge to the right called Hyeonsugyo, which was newly built for crossing the ravine.● Seorak Cable Car (Optional tour : Seorak Cable Car, US$15)The best way to see Seoraksan Mountain if you only have a limited time, is by taking the Seorak Cable Car.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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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.

$55 Cultural & Theme Tours


ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Namhansanseong Fortress, Gwangju, Gyeonggi-doThis Fortress is one of the World Cultural Heritage, located in about 500m above sea level. Thus, you can enjoy a scenic view from the top of it.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Hwadam Botanic Garden, Gwangju, Gyeonggi-doIt includes up to 4000 of different species, so you can see and enjoy nature in this garden. Also, it has a nice walking trail, you might want to spend more time as you walk throughDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Icheon Ceramics Village, Icheon, Gyeonggi-doThis place contains various Ceramics, including Ceramics making-trial. You can make your own ceramics here with experts.Duration: 2 hours