Best of South Korea

  • 8 Days

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1N Seoul -2N Jeju Island -3N Seoul

South Korea, a country that beautifully blends ancient traditions with cutting-edge modernity, offers a wealth of experiences for travelers. Here’s an overview of some of the best attractions, activities, and cultural highlights in South Korea:

Major Cities and Attractions

  1. Seoul:
    • Historical Sites: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Bukchon Hanok Village offer glimpses into Korea’s royal past.
    • Modern Attractions: N Seoul Tower provides panoramic views of the city. Myeongdong and Dongdaemun are hotspots for shopping.
    • Cultural Experiences: Explore Insadong for traditional crafts and tea houses. Visit the lively Hongdae district for its youthful vibe and street performances.
  2. Busan:
    • Beaches: Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach are perfect for sunbathing and seaside activities.
    • Cultural Sites: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, situated on a cliff overlooking the sea, and Gamcheon Culture Village, known for its colorful, art-filled streets.
    • Markets: Jagalchi Fish Market is the largest seafood market in Korea, offering fresh catches and local delicacies.
  3. Jeju Island:
    • Natural Wonders: Hallasan Mountain, the highest peak in South Korea, offers stunning hiking trails. Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak) is a must-visit for breathtaking sunrises.
    • Beaches: Jungmun Beach and Hamdeok Beach are popular for their beauty and water activities.
    • Unique Attractions: The Jeju Loveland theme park and the Manjanggul Lava Tube, one of the longest lava tunnels in the world.
  4. Gyeongju:
    • Historical Significance: Often referred to as a “museum without walls,” Gyeongju is home to numerous ancient relics from the Silla Dynasty, including Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto.
    • Sites: The Gyeongju National Museum and the Anapji Pond offer deep dives into Korea’s historical and cultural heritage.

Cultural Experiences

  1. Traditional Korean Cuisine:
    • Dishes: Try staples like kimchi, bibimbap, bulgogi, and Korean BBQ. Visit traditional markets like Gwangjang Market in Seoul for a variety of street foods.
    • Dining Experience: Participate in a hanjeongsik (full-course Korean meal) at a traditional hanok restaurant.
  2. Festivals:
    • Boryeong Mud Festival: Held every July, this festival is famous for its mud-based activities and beach parties.
    • Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving): Experience traditional customs, food, and family gatherings.
    • Lantern Festivals: The Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival and the Seoul Lantern Festival feature beautiful night-time displays.
  3. K-Pop and Entertainment:
    • Concerts: Attend a K-pop concert or visit entertainment company headquarters in Seoul.
    • Cultural Shows: Nanta and Jump! are popular non-verbal performance shows blending traditional Korean rhythms with modern storytelling.

Natural Landscapes

  1. National Parks:
    • Seoraksan National Park: Known for its rugged mountain scenery, beautiful temples, and diverse flora and fauna. The fall foliage here is particularly stunning.
    • Jirisan National Park: Home to South Korea’s second-highest peak and a variety of hiking trails.
  2. DMZ (Demilitarized Zone):
    • Tours: Visit the DMZ for a unique look at the division between North and South Korea. The Joint Security Area (JSA) tour allows visitors to step into North Korea.

Shopping and Nightlife

  1. Shopping Districts:
    • Myeongdong: Known for its beauty products, fashion stores, and street food.
    • Gangnam: High-end shopping and dining, made famous by the “Gangnam Style” song.
    • Dongdaemun: A mecca for fashion lovers, with massive shopping complexes and a vibrant night market.
  2. Nightlife:
    • Itaewon: A diverse and international district in Seoul known for its bars, clubs, and restaurants.
    • Hongdae: Popular with university students, offering a mix of live music, clubs, and indie cafes.

Unique Experiences

  1. Jjimjilbang (Korean Spa):
    • Experience: Relax in traditional Korean saunas, enjoy various baths and massages, and even spend the night in some jjimjilbangs.
  2. Temple Stays:
    • Locations: Many temples across Korea, such as Bulguksa in Gyeongju or Jogyesa in Seoul, offer immersive temple stay programs where visitors can experience monastic life.
  3. Hanbok Experience:
    • Activity: Rent and wear traditional Korean clothing (hanbok) while exploring historical sites and taking photos.

South Korea offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its historical and cultural treasures to its vibrant modern cities and breathtaking natural landscapes. Whether you’re interested in history, food, nature, or contemporary culture, South Korea has something to offer every traveler.

Duration

8 Days

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Language

English

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Validity: Up to 30th September 2024 Note:

  • prices are per person based on twin sharing basis
  • Peak season surcharge may apply
  • GST & TCS will be applicable

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