10 days UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites Tour

For those who are interested in culture, Korea is an amazing land to experience both traditional and modern aspects. This tour focuses more on UNESCO World Heritage sites, allowing you to visit historical sites, experience traditional culture. 
You will be impressed by the diversity of Korea culture, tradition, and architecture.  Since the tours will be private, the itinerary can be customized to better suit your specific preferences.
Visit some of the World Heritage sites to learn about Korea's history, religions, and traditions. 
You will gain a broad and deep understanding of Korean culture and tradition in a short amount of time. 

Tour description

Day 1   Arrive in Seoul / Overnight in Seoul
Korea House

Arrive at Incheon International Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your downtown hotel. After check-in, the balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Seoul.

If you want to see fantastic Seoul night view tour, We can help you to be a memorable trip. From the spots of the nighttime shopping to the performance show, sightseeing areas, enjoy what the nightlife has to offer in Seoul, Korea.

Optional-Once Korea House was originally an official government guest house, now it offers authentic Korean cuisine is Ondol heated rooms and pavilion for visitors. In the Folk Theater of the Korea House, you can join highly skilled and nice traditional performances. Plus, traditional Korea food of the Joseon Dynasty is served.

Day 2  Seoul UNESCO Heritage Sites  tour  / Overnight in Seoul
Changdeokgung Palace-Jongmyo Shrine-Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.

Today you will begin the tour with a visit to Changdeokgung Palace where constructed in 1405 and is now the best preserved of Seoul's five palaces of the Joseon Dynasty with its rear beautiful Garden. The palace was designated as the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1997. You will continue Jongmyo Shrine. The shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was the place of worship for the kings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392 ~ 1910). It is well known for its 600-year-old ritual ceremonies linking music, song, and dance that continue to this day. After lunch, you visit Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is  Donggureung Tombs  which are located in Guri, Gyeonggi-do. Donggureung is a cluster of 17 King and Queen tombs’ including King Taejo the founder of the Joseon Dynasty, spread out in 9 tomb sites. Donggureung royal tombs and others were added to the UNESCO World Hertitage list in June 2009. All of the tombs at Donggureung are neung type tombs which house Kings and Queens. There are a few unique types of tombs located at this site.

Day 3   Move to Suwon  /  Overnight in Gongju-si
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, Baekjea Historic Areas

A morning tour includes Fortress in Suwon, over 5 km in length, the fortress wall averages 9 m high and its bulwark of stone and brick is considered the masterpiece of Korean fortress construction. The fortress wall was designated as the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1997.  An afternoon tour includes Baekje history Areas in Chungcheongnam-do which was designated as the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 2015. Baekje is one of the concurrently presenting ancient countries in Korean Peninsula from B.C 18 to 660 CE. This property represents the historical tracts of relationships among west Asian ancient kingdoms of Korea, China, and Japan from 5th to 7th century and conclusively stands for the architectural development and the spread of Buddhism.  And then, Overnight in Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do.

Day 4   Gochang Tour and Move to Gwangju   / Overnight in Gwangju Metropolitan City
Gochang Dolment Site-Gochangeup Fortress-5.18Memorial Park

This  morning transfer to Jeollanamdo and take a tour of Dolmen Sites in Gochang-gun  where this dolmen site has more than  1,600 dolmens in 185clusters. The dolmensere here vary considerably in size, weighing from under 10tons up to 300tons. Registered on UNESCO's World Heritage along with the dolmen sites Hwsun and  Ganghwa  in 2000.  Next to Gochangeup Fortress. An afternoon tour in 5.18 Memorial Park where was established to remember the May 18 Democratization Movement. You can see a materials about 5.18 Democratization Movement and it listed in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. And then, Overnight in Gwangju Metropolitan City.

Day 5   Heainsa Temple tour and move to Gyeongju  / Overnight in Gyeongju
Heainsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon-Gyeongju Historic Areas

This morning drive to Gyeongsangnam-do  and visits Heaninsa Temple. Heainsa In Mt. Gayasan is perhaps Korea's best known temple. Established in 802, It is home to the Tripitaka Koreana wooden printing blocks, the most complete collection of the Buddhist Canon found in the world.  Also Haeinsa Temples's Janggyeong Panjeon, the depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana, were recorded on the UNESCO'S prestigious World Heritage list, and the Tripitaka Koreana woodblocks were list as UNESCO World Documentary Heritage  in 2007. Next you will transfer to Gyeongju where was the capital of the Silla Dynasty from 57 B.C. to 935 A.D. and designated by UNESCO as one of the world's ten most historically significant sites. Later, visit to  Daereungwon Tomb Complex  and Gyeongju national museum. Overnight in Gyeongju.

Day 6   Gyeongju tour and move to Busan  / Overnight in Busan
Bulguksa Temple-Seokguram Grotto-Yangdong  Historic Village -Busan

A morning tour of Gyeongju includes Bulguksa Temple, originally constructed in 535 A.D., the most frequented and best-known temple in Korea. Bulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju. The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world. The Bulguksa Temple was added to the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995, and Seokguram Grotto, dating back to the same era as Bulguksa Temple, one of Asia's finest Buddhist shrines, an attempt to represent physically the highest spiritual aspirations, the crowning achievement of Silla religio-artistic work. The Seokguram Grotto was added to the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. Next you will visit Yangdong Historic Village where  is Korea's largest traditional village along with Hahoe Historic Village, show casing the traditional culture of the Joseon Dynasty and the beautiful natural surroundings. The Yangdong Historic Village was designated as the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage along with Hahoe Historic Village in 2010. Proceed to Busan. Overnight in Busan

Day 7   Busan tour   / Overnight in Busan
Yongdusan Park-Busan Tower-Jagalchi FishMarket-Taejongdae Seaside CliffPark-Haeundae Dongbaekseom Island-UN MemorialCemetery

A morning drive to Busan.  Busan is Korea's second largest city with close to 4 million people. It also serves as the country's main port for international cargo, as well as passenger ferries to Japan and Jeju Island. The city is famous for its seafood and beaches, as well as the Hallyosudo Waterway with its picturesque islands. The Busan fish market has a huge selection of fresh seafood in the early morning. Although primarily known as a port, the city has many steep hills, creating a very unusual mix of mountains and ocean. The area remained relatively untounched during the Korean War, but the flood of refugees drastically shaped the city. visit  YongdusanPark, BusanTower, JagalchiFishMarket, Taejongdae Seaside CliffPark , Haeundae  Dongbaekseom Island and UN MemorialCemetery. Overnight in Busan.

Day 8   Jeju special Self-governing Privince tour  / Overnight in Jeju
Handam Coastal Walk - Hyeopjae Beach - O'sulloc Tea Museum - Yongmeori Coast

In the morning, transfer to Busan (Gimhae) Domestic Airport for a flight to Jejudo Island.  Jejudo Island, Korea's largest Island which is often described as "Emerald Isle" or "Island of Gods". It was added to the UNESCO's Biosphere Reserve List in 2002, the UNESCO's World Natural Heritage List in 2007, the UNESCO's Global Geoparks Network (GGN) List in 2010, and was named as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World in 2011. Today you visit the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites of Jejudo Island. You visit the Handam Coastal and see how this crazy phenomenon happens right before your eyes. Next, visit Hyeopjae Beach,  O'sulloc Tea Museum, and Yongmeori Coast. Overnight in Jeju city.

Day 9   Jeju special Self-governing Privince tour  / Overnight in Jeju
Jeongbang Falls - Seongup Folk Villag - Seongsan Iichulbong Peak - Yongnuni Oreum (Yongnun means dragon eye, and oreum is a volcanic cone)

In the morning, you will visit the UNESCO heritage sites and renowned attractions, Jeongbang Falls, Seongup Folk Villag, Seongsan Iichulbong Peak and Yongnumi Oreum.  The Seongeup Folk Village shows the unique culture of Jeju Island. And, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 5,000 years ago, there is a huge crater at the top of Sungsan Ilchulbong Peak. 

You can’t say you’ve been to Jeju Island without visiting one of the many oreums. There are approximately 360 oruems, or parasitic volcanoes, scattered out on several hilltops of various locations in Jeju. Among these hundreds of oruems, the Yongnuni Oreum is undoubtedly the most well known. It’s not far from Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak and has a moderately gentle slope as compared to others, providing a fairly convenient trail for trekking. Upon reaching its top, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak and Udo Island come into view, offering an unforgettable experience. The view of curvy ridges along with the ocean also serves as an excellent backdrop for memorable photos. If you are looking for a perfect spot for souvenir photos, Yongnuni Oreum will not be a disappointment.  Overnight in Jeju city. 

Day 10  Move to Seoul and Seoul City  tour  / End of the tour
Jogyesa Temple-Insadong Antique District-Namdaemun Market

This morning fly to  Seoul.  visit Jogyesa Temple, Insadong Antique District, and Namdaemun Market. Jogyesa temple where is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea, and is famous for being located in the city. Jogyesa Temple is an oasis of spiritual peace in the heart of the bustling metropolis.  Along the street around Jogyesa are many Buddhist specialty shops and some colorful facilities related to Buddhism. Get a genuine feeling of Korea Buddhism's tradition.

Insa-dong, located in the heart of the city, is an important place where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. Opened in 1964, Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional market in Korea with various goods in stores. All products are sold at affordable prices and the stores in this area also function as wholesale markets.

Tour itinerary

Gongju 
Gyeongju
Gwangju
Gochang
Jeju Island
Haeinsa 
Busan
Seoul
Suwon

Day 1  Arrive in Seoul -Overnight in Seoul

 

Day 2  Changdeokgung Palace-Jongmyo Shrine-Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty-Overnight in Seoul

 

Day 3  Suwon Hwaseong Fortress-Baekjea Historic Areas

-Overnight in Gongju

 

Day 4  Gochang Dolment Site-Gochangeup Fortress-5.18Memorial Park-Overnight in Gwangju

 

Day 5  Heainsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon-Gyeongju Historic Areas(Daereungwon Tomb Complex, Gyeongju national museum)-Overnight in Gyeongju

 

Day 6  Bulguksa Temple-Seokguram Grotto-Yangdong Historic Villag-Overnight in Busan

 

Day 7  Yongdusan Park-Busan Tower-Jagalchi FishMarket

-Taejongdae Seaside CliffPark-Haeundae Dongbaekseom Island-UN MemorialCemetery-Overnight in Busan

 

Day 8   Handam Coastal Walk - Hyeopjae Beach - O'sulloc Tea Museum - Yongmeori Coast -

Overnight in Jeju

 

Day 9  Jeongbang Falls-Seongup Folk Villag-Seongsan Iichulbong Peak-Yongnuni Oreum -Overnight in Jeju

 

Day 10 Jogyesa Temple-Insadong Antique District-Namdaemun Market-Incheon Airport

Pricing information

Tour rate

per person

2persons

3persons

4persons

5persons

6persons up

8~9Hours

USD3,000

USD2,700

USD2,023

USD1,995

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Inclusions

-  All admission fees to tourists sites

-  Accommodation 9night with breakfast(3-star or similar Hotel)

-  Local English-speaking guide

-  Roundtrip transfer service with private vehicle

-  Hotel Pick up & Drop off Service

Exclusions

-  Personal expenses

-  Meal (Lunch, Dinner)

 

Note

The tour price will differ according to many factors such as the rank of accommodation (e.g. 5-star or 6-star hotel), a number of days with a private guide, duration of your tour, or season. Please contact us.

One of our tour consultants will come up with an ideal plan and cost for you.

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