Best of South Korea in a small group tour

8 Days, from AU $2,939

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Explore the bustling city of Seoul where you will pay a visit to the Gyengbokgung Palace, the National Folklore Museum, the Jogyesa Temple and the mystical Insadong alley. Wonder through the Bukchon Hanok Village taking you back in time with its traditional Korean wooden homes.

Have a unique experience at a temple where you will have an overnight stay and get acquainted with the temple etiquette and relax during the morning meditation. Take a stroll through local markets and try the national cuisine.

Learn about the sombre history of North and South Korea and take an excursion to the Demilitarized Zone separating the two. This 8-day itinerary is the perfect snapshot of a country coming into its own as a top travel destination.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Seoul

Welcome to Seoul! As fellow travellers are arriving throughout the day, there are no planned activities until a group meeting at 6pm. Check into the hotel and enjoy the city.

After the welcome meeting, join your guide for an orientation walk and optional group dinner. Your guides will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs.

Day 2: Seoul

Enjoy a walking tour in the bustling capital of South Korea where you will pay a visit to the Gyeongbokgung Palace which is the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty built in 1395. The palace has been destroyed many times over, but more than 50 per cent of the buildings are still standing or are restored. The complex is also home to the National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum. Learn about the history and traditions of the Korean people during the Joseon era.

Continue onwards to one of the most important Buddhist temples in Korea and a symbol of Korean Buddhism; the Jogyesa Temple. Dive into the past by exploring the Bukchon Hanok Village which boasts the largest cluster of privately owned traditional Korean wooden homes in Seoul. Keep an eye out for the half-dozen or so alleys that have beautifully restored architectural features like small courtyards, decorative outer walls and dark tiled roofs.

Take a stroll through the narrow and hidden alleys of one of the most memorable places in Seoul; the Insadong Alley. Now filled with antique shops, galleries, tea houses and traditional restaurants. This area once housed the royal studio for painters during the Joseon Dynasty.

Day 3: Seoul

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and head to the Demilitarized zone between the North and South of Korea with over a million soldiers on watch each day. It is one of the last remnants of the Cold War. Enjoy the scenery along the way nad have the afternoon off in Seoul.

Day 4: Seoul – Gyeongju-si

Rise early and travel by high-speed train to Gyeongju where you will visit the UNESCO-listed sites of Seoguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple on an included tour. In the afternoon, you will have the chance to explore the city as you will have your overnight stay here.

Day 5: Gyeongju-si – Busan

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and head to the 500-year-old UNESCO site of Yangdong Folk Village located in Gyeongju National Park to get a feel for life during the early Joseon Dynasty. This village boasts well-preserved buildings and has more than 160 homes displaying traditional Joseon architecture within a gorgeous natural setting.

Continue onwards to the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple which was originally built in 1376 overlooking the East China Sea. Opt to grab a bizarre local snack at the traditional market. Legend foretells that should you pray here, at least one of your wishes will come true.

Afterwards, head to Busan and enjoy a walk or swim at Haeundae Beach, the most popular beach in South Korea, or perhaps a light trek on Dongbaek Island.

Day 6: Busan

Today, it is time to explore Busan with its bustling Jagalchi fish market, Gujesijang market and Yongdusan Park. Discover the fish market and major attraction at Nampo Port. Wander through the rows of stalls selling everything you can dream of from the sea. Watch as locals haggle for the best price and fishmongers hawk their wares.

Have the unique experience of staying ina local temple where the rooms are very traditional, cozy and comfortable. Have the opportunity to learn about temple etiquette, experience the daily drum and bell ritual, craft your own prayer beads and take an easy hike up to the oldest and highest temple in Busan for a morning meditation session.

Day 7: Busan – Seoul

Enjoy a traditional breakfast at the temple before heading back to Seoul where a visit to the N Seoul tower is planned. Take the cable car to visit this iconic landmark located at the top of Mount Namsan and standing at 480m above sea level. IT offers the most spectacular panoramic views of this incredible city. Visit the Namdaemun market which dates back to 1414 making it the oldest and largest traditional market in Korea.

Day 8: Departure Seoul

It is time to say goodbye to South Korea and head back home!

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Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

Inclusions:
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance fees for activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transport between destinations and to/from mentioned activities
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Private van
  • Local guides
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"We enjoyed Seoul! Thank you and the team in Korea. The hotel we had was very central and we have been upgraded to an executive room without the perks but a view of the tower. Very good value for money. The tours have been really good and small groups - 6 for the Palace yesterday and 10 for the DMZ tunnel. " — Mr and Mrs Cumming, Sydney, November 2018

"The trip was magnificent in Korea. All of the guides were amazing from the personal ones to the group ones… In South Korea going to see the Nanta Theatre Show was a treat. It is dance, rhythmic, acrobatic, magical and comedic. We went to the Korean War Memorial and that is sobering. It is very well done. They have from Goryeo times way back up to the Korean War. It was most impressive. We did miss on seeing some things in Korea due to them being closed unexpectedly or our understanding on how close/far things were was a bit off but that just means we can see them when we go back and it all adds to the experience. South Korea had its own 'buzz'. We definitely want to explore more. " — Michelle and Sandra, Melbourne, August 2018

"I had wonderful trip! The pace of tour was good and the tour guide took / recommended us few restaurants through out the trip, they were cheap and great taste. JeJu Island was my favourite place. Thank you again, looking forward to my next trip with GetAboutAsia." — Mrs Tan , Zetland NSW, March 2016

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