South Korea has a multitude of fascinating sights, a nation ripe with cultural , historical, and natural tourist attractions. The country offers wide open spaces with stunning natural beauty, characterised by rock formations, green pastures, and dense forest, apart from the obvious tourist attractions, like the mega-city of Seoul.
The nation has had a rich history as a whole, where numerous rulers and kingdoms have ruled over the centuries. In the ruins and restored palaces scattered throughout the land, their reigns are still visible. South Korea has a fascinating cultural landscape to boot; festivals, cultural activities and delicious food abound in the country.
South Korea tourism
Ganghwado Island : located in the West Sea, is brimming with heritage. It has been inhabited since prehistoric times and even enjoyed a spell in the 13th century when it was Korea's capital. The island was used strategically in the 19th century to protect against the French and Japanese.
Ganghwado Island provides spectacular scenery in addition to historical sites, with many trails leading across the island, including Manisan Mountain with its extensive sea views. The island is close to the North Korean border and linked to the mainland through a bridge just 90 minutes from Seoul, so it is very open.
Pocheon Valley of Art : This region near Pocheon town was once a working quarry that was closed to the public. The quarry, however, was turned into a beautiful park in what was Pocheon's first environmental preservation project.
In stark contrast to the rock cliff's sheer faces, the turquoise lake sits and is visited by thousands of visitors a year. Next to the lake, there is an outdoor stage where the art centre often performs, with several activities held annually, as well as regular art workshops.
National Park Seoraksan : An unspoiled landscape of sharp, rocky outcrops and windswept pine trees is Seoraksan National Park. There are crystal clear streams and rivers that flow through the valley of the park, providing the 2000 plus animals living within its borders with hydration. For hiking, the area is extremely popular, with well-marked trails that differ in difficulty.
A huge Buddha statue, located at Sinheungsa Temple, greets visitors near the entrance of the park. Hikers can often hear monks chanting in the distance while they are hiking. Within the park limits, there are plenty of food and drink choices, but they appear to be more costly than dining facilities outside the park.
Temple Bulguksa : Gyeongju's Bulguksa Temple was initially built in 528, but during history it has undergone a number of repairs and extensions. Just outside of Busan, for many dynasties, the temple was very significant.
The complex consists of several buildings with intricate carvings and sculptures and hosts some of the most important national treasures of South Korea, such as the pagodas of Sinheungsa and Dabotap. The garden is very impressive throughout the year, but when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, it is even more spectacular. It is best to travel with a guide who, with tales of yesteryear, will carry the scenery to life.
South Korea Tour Itinerary
Sea Jindo Parting : South Korea has its own modern version of Moses' renowned biblical storey. Visitors from around the world flock to Jindo each year to see this natural 'sea parting' phenomenon.
It is not as magical, however, as it might first appear; the natural bridge is the product of an annual accumulation of pebbles and sand gathered because of the tide. In total, the segment is 2.8 kilometres long and 40-60 metres deep at low tide. During the length of the festival, a variety of exciting exhibits and programmes are organised, including parades and cultural activities.
Village Jeonju Hanok : Street-food vendors and restaurants carrying traditional Jeonju dishes line the roads of Jeonju Hanok Village. Jeonju bibimbay is one such dish; it was considered during the Jeonju dynasty to be a royal dish. The town is famous for its many hanoks, in addition to the culinary aspects: traditional Korean houses that pay great attention to the positioning of the home. A mountain in the back and a river out front will feature the perfect hanok.Usually, because Koreans traditionally sit on the floor to eat and entertain, they use a courtyard to retain heat within the building , particularly the floor.
Gamcheon Village of History : Gamcheon Cultural Village in Busan is characterised by colourful, terraced houses looking seaward. Gamcheon was a slum before 2009; it was home to Korean War refugees. However, an effort to redevelop the region as a tourist attraction and creative centre was undertaken by different government agencies. As such, to embellish their area, the city received funding. Artists flocked to the city and now, whether it's outdoor statues or street art, art lives around every corner. Today, simply losing yourself in the colourful alleyways of this unique town is the best way to experience the area.
Mud Festival Boryeong : Once a year on Daecheon Beach, South Korea's dirtiest festival takes place. The mud is believed to have unique beautifying mineral properties at the Annual Boryeong Mud Festival. It is taken to the beach every year in truck loads from the nearby Boryeong mud flats. The festival started in 1998 with the promotion of cosmetics using Boryeong mud in their products. The case has erupted since then. Millions visit each year for this two-week affair. Some of the most famous activities, including the Mud Jail, mud skiing, and mud wrestling, are held on the last weekend.
Boseong Fields Of Tea : Boseong Tea Fields' stunning, rolling green hills are the only open fields of their kind in Korea, and are just begging for a picture. There are several walking paths and viewing points where you can enjoy the beauty of the green gardens and see the best tea leaves picked by professional staff. Tea is an important part of Korean culture and, while you are here, you will experience a traditional Korean tea ceremony. It is a perfect way to learn about Korean culture and get an opportunity to taste some fresh tea as well.Do not forget to check out the lovely bamboo forest on the outskirts of the fields before you leave.
South Korea Tourist Places
National Park Hallasan : Hallasan National Park is home to the tallest peak in South Korea: Hallasan Mountain. Hallasan Mountain was historically called Mount Yeongjusan, meaning 'mountain high enough to pull the galaxy'. The park is located on Jeju Island , South Korea. There are trails suitable for every level of fitness that snake around the city.
Fortress of Hwaseong : This wonderful fortress is a real testament to the unique past and military might of Korea. Founded by King Jeongko between 1974 and 1976 to surround the town of Suwan, it has since earned several battle scars. To honour his father, who was assassinated by his grandfather, King Jeongko constructed the fortress. The complex has an elaborate castle, nearly six kilometres of walls of a fortress, and numerous gate towers. The Suwan Hwaseng Cultural Festival takes place each fall; reenactments and other cultural activities and exhibitions are included.
Hidden Huwon Garden : The key place of residence for a number of influential kings and their royal families throughout history was Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul. It is one of South Korea's best-preserved palaces at the moment.
However, one of the stars of the estate is the Huwon Hidden Garden. An impressive variety of plants, trees , rivers, lotus ponds, pavilions and seating areas are featured in this massive garden. Some of the trees are over 300 years old on the farm. Since it had an air of mystery about it, the garden was given its name; it was a place that none but the royal families were allowed to enter without permission.
Island Namiseom : Namiseom Island, part of the larger county of Gapyeong, is blanketed in a lovely natural landscape. It enjoys distinct seasons and is a very popular domestic tourism destination. The half-moon island was the result of the formation of the Cheongpyeong Dam, which separated the rest of the river from the land.
The island was named after the famous General Nami, who in the 17th century was buried here. The island is known for its exquisite pan-fried rice cake, aside from the surreal scenery and historical references.
Palace of Gyeongbokgung : Gyeongbokgung Palace, situated in the heart of Seoul, is one of the most famous buildings in South Korea. In 1395, the unbelievable palace finished construction. Over the years, however, numerous other rooms and structures have been added to this impressive house.
The Museum of Korea and the National Palace Museum of Korea include the two museums that exist inside the palace walls. A variety of ongoing renovation efforts to restore this fabulous building back to the epitome of its former glory are still underway.
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Arrival to Seoul
After you arrive at the airport, our representative will help you get transferred to the hotel in Seoul, where you can check-in.
After the check-in, the rest of the day is for you to relax and get over your jet-lag.
If you wish you can indulge in activities like shopping and exploring nearby areas.
Spend the night at the hotel.
After you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will take you on a tour of Seoul’s attractions. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, on all days except Tuesdays. On Tuesdays, visit either Deoksugung Palace or Changdeokgung Palace. Watch the Changing of the Royal Guard Ceremony, explore the palace and try on Korean traditional wear. Next stop would be the Jogye Temple, where you can check out the lotus lanterns and Buddha idol here.
Also stop at Insadong for lunch, and enjoy a little bit of shopping. You can pick up traditional gifts to take back home as souvenirs. Visit the Cheongwadae, the Presidential Residence of Korea, also known as the Blue House. Next, spend time on Bugak Mountain’s Palgakjeong gazebo and Bugak Skyway, from where you can see all of Seoul spread beneath you.
After a busy day out, you will be taken to the Myeongdong shopping area, where you can enjoy some shopping and nightlife. You can also gorge on some amazing Korean delicacies at the street food stalls here.
After wrapping up the trip, it is time to return to the hotel for the night.
After you have a delightful breakfast at the hotel, it is time to visit Nami Island, located right in the lap of nature.
Also visit the Forest of Sweethearts, where wildlife of the cute and cuddly kind roam the area, as well as Petite France, where quaint French villages will transport you to another realm.
You can also get on a “Rail Bike”, and pedal along the railway tracks to tour around the Bukhangang River.
Come back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Morning breakfast at Hotel.
You have the entire day at leisure today, so you can spend it as you see fit.
Either spend it relaxing at the hotel, or take a tour of the local attractions again. Or you can spend time shopping for the perfect souvenirs.
After you have your breakfast at the hotel, it is time to start your day of sightseeing.
Today, cover places such as DMZ, Munsan-eup, Majeon-ri Imjingak Tourist information center, Paju and Gyeonggi-do South Korea. After pick-up from the hotel, the first stop would be Imjingak Park. Here, you can feast your eyes on the beautiful Freedom Bridge and an old steam train, showcasing the hardships of the Korean War.
Next, you will be taken to the 3rd Tunnel which was built by the North Korean army to infiltrate South Korea. You will be allowed to walk down parts of the tunnel, after which you can check out the DMZ Exhibition Hall which shows the Korean War, old weapons and Korea's history.
Next, head on down to Mt. Dora, and you can watch North Korea’s propaganda village from the telescopes at the Observatory here. Visit Dorasan Station next, the last station before the North Korean border starts. Cross the Unification Village before heading back to Seoul. Stop at a Ginseng Center upon your return to Seoul, before returning to the hotel for the night.
Breakfast at Hotel and then check out from hotel.
Hotel to Airport Transfer.
What 's Included
3* / 4* / 5* Hotel Accommodation
(As per required)
English Speaking Guide *
(As per required)
Luxury & Comfort Vehicle Transfer for all sightseeing
Return Airport Transfer