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5-day trip to southern Korea including Busan and Gyeongju

Naganeupseong Walled Town

Explore the serene beauty of Jeollanam-do province, Busan, and Gyeongju on this 5-day tour from Seoul. Visit historical and religious sites, beautiful gardens, and national parks. Travel by KTX high-speed train for a comfortable journey. Jeollanam-do in the southwest of Korea is one of Korea's least developed and greenest provinces and is home to diverse tourist destinations.  Discover Busan's dynamic attractions and its unique history during the Korean War. Explore Tongdosa Temple for a glimpse into Korean Buddhist tradition. Immerse yourself in Gyeongju's rich history as the capital of the ancient Silla kingdom. Our guides ensure an insightful experience in traditional arts and culture. Conclude your adventure with a convenient return to Seoul by KTX.

Tour description

Day 1      Seoul - Gwangju ktx station - Mt. Wolchulsan or Boseong - Nagan                            Overnight in Suncheon
Mt. Wolchulsan National Park Hiking 
Wolchulsan National Park
Wolchusan Suspention Bridge

Wolchulsan Mountain, which means "moon rising mountain," is a national park in the southernmost part of Korea with beautiful nature. The mountain towering around Cheonhwangbong Peak at 810.7 meters above sea level stands out even more due to the flat land around it. The unique rock formations look differently depending on the angle, as a human face or animal shape, exuding overwhelming grandeur.  The ridge from the Cheonhwangsa Temple site or Baramgyegok Valley to Cheonhwangbong Peak, Gujeongbong Peak, and Dogapsa Temple is the main trail, which takes about six hours. The course’s most exciting point is the 120-meter-high and 54-meter-long red suspension bridge that offers a picturesque view of Wolchulsan Mountain and the fields and paddies under the mountain.

There are various hiking routes on Wolchulsan Mountain. You can hike among 3-hour, 4-hour, or 6-hour courses, choosing the one that suits your situation.

OR, Those who have difficulty hiking Mt. Wolcgulsan can choose the Boseong tea field instead.

Boseong Green Tea field 
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Boseong Tea plantation

Boseong is one of the most beautiful, undiscovered parts of South Korea, especially in the early spring and then in the fall when it is harvest season. It is a picturesque area filled with rolling hills that are all used for growing tea.

Naganeupseong Walled Town
Naganeupseong Walled Town
Naganeupseong Walled Town

Naganmyeon in Jeollanam-do has a warm and nostalgic hometown called Naganeupseong Village. This village was built during the Joseon Dynasty to prevent Japanese pirate invasions and has around 100 restored thatched-roof houses inside the castle, where people still live today. Walking along the castle road and seeing the houses sitting in huddles will make you feel calm and relive childhood memories.

Day 2      Suncheon -  Gurye - Namwon - Busan  /  Overnight in Busan
Suncheon Open Film Set

Suncheon Open Film Set/Suncheon Open Film Location, the largest film set in South Korea, is made up of three villages that each represent a different time period from the 1950s to the 1970s. Oasis (2023); Curtain Call (2022); Youth Of May (2021); Different Dreams (2019); The Light In Your Eyes (2019); Happy Home (2016); Inspiring Generation (2014); Love Rain (2012); Light and Shadow (2011-12); Baker King Kim Tak Goo (2010); Giant (2010); East Of Eden (2008-9); Love and Ambition (2006); Seoul 1945 (2006)

Suncheon Bay National Garden / Suncheon Bay Bird Sanctuary
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Suncheon Bay National Garden

It was created when the Suncheon Bay International Garden Expo was held in 2013. It is an internationally accredited garden expo that opened for six months from April 20 to October 20, 2013.
After the fair was closed, it was permanently opened under the name Suncheon Bay Garden on April 20, 2014, and designated as the first national garden on September 5, 2015.     In March 2020, it succeeded in attracting 「2023 Suncheon Bay International Garden Expo」, and in July, the fair will be held again in 10 years. The 2023 Garden Expo utilizes not only the national garden but also the entire Suncheon city area as the site.

Suncheon Bay bird Sanctuary

Suncheonman Bay's reed field covers a total area of approximately 495,867 ㎡. The reed fields in Suncheonman Bay are thickly covered with reeds taller than a full-grown man. It is the biggest colony of reeds in Korea. The scene of the entire field swaying in the wind is like watching waves on the sea. Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve is a natural habitat for birds of over 140 species, including migratory and endangered bird species such as the hooded crane, white-naped crane, Oriental White Stork, black-faced spoonbill, Eurasian Oystercatcher as well as birds designated as natural treasures

2days Jeonlla Province Outdoor activities tours, Hwaeomsa temple
Saseongam Hermitage

Saseongam Hermitage, located on Osan Mountain in Gurye, is a fine vantage point from which to admire the panoramic view of the Seomjingang River, Gurye, and the peaks of Jirisan Mountain. It forms part of a harmonious, beautiful landscape along with the rocks and peaks of Osan Mountain.It has also been called Sogeumgang (literally meaning Little Geumgang Mountain) since ancient times.’ Furthermore, Saseongam Hermitage, which is set against the steep wall of rocks around the top of Osan Mountain, is said to have been built in 544 (the 22nd year of the reign of King Seong of Baekje) by Buddhist Monk Yeongi. It was originally called Osanam but was renamed Saseongam, or the “Hermitage of Four Saints,” in honor of the four Buddhist monks, Uisang, Wonhyo, State preceptors Doseon and Jingak, who lived and practiced asceticism here.

Day 3      Busan  /  Overnight in Busan

Choi Min-Shik Gallery

Gamcheon Village right after the Korean War
Busan after the Korean War

Choi Min-Shik is the first-generation documentary photographer who photographed ordinary people with tough lives emanating from war and poverty. He aroused sympathy from the world by photographing ordinary people's tough lives and underprivileged people during the modernization of Busan with a theme 'Human'.

His black/white photos capture the moments of people in a very vivid way.  Every single one of his photographs is portraits that are Koreans in Busan streets.

Amidong Tombstone Culture Village

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Amidong Monument cultural village 1.jpg

The stairs and the walls in this village are different from what you normally see. They are all tombstones. That's why the village is called Tombstone culture village. People began living here in tents since 1951 during the Korean War. When it became more settled, the tents became too small, so people began building on top of Japanese graves. This Village is right next to Gamchon culture village. From this village, the entire city of Busan can be seen.

Gamcheon Mural village

Gamcheon village, Busan
Gamcheon Culcural Village Tour

Gamcheon was a refuge to many people fleeing to Busan during the Korean War. The creative urban regeneration project started in 2010 and the success of the project attracts 1,400,000 Korean and foreign tourists to the village annually. It's earning this village the nickname of "Machu Picchu of Busan."

Jagalchi fish market

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Jagalchi Market, Busan

Jagalchi fish market mainly deals with live and freshly caught seafood. Fish and shellfish are caught daily and sold fresh to consumers, almost right off the boat. The area is lined with tanks containing all sorts of fish, eels, squid, shellfish, and mollusks. Some areas have workers preparing the seafood for long term storage. You can watch as the fish get scaled, beheaded, chopped up, and dumped in a box of ice, all in record time.

Gukje market


Among one of the traditional markets in Korea, Gukje market was first formed when refugees who fled to Busan sat up stalls in order to make a living after the Korean War. There is a wide variety of goods, so you can walk around and also check some food stalls.

Mt. Wolchulsan National Park, Suspension bridge(Gureumdari)

UN Memorial Park

Un Memorial Park, Busan

The UN Memorial Cemetery is a well-administered, beautifully maintained final resting place for many Allied soldiers who died during the Korean War. If you have time during your visit to Busan, drop in for a couple of hours and walk around this solemn but magnificent place.

Flag lowering ceremony at the United Nations Cemetery

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Haedongyonggungsa Temple

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan. This superb attraction offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shore line; most temples in Korea are located in the mountains. 

Day 4      Busan - yangsan - Gyengju   /  Overnight in Busan

Haeundae Beach

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Haeundae Beach is the most popular beach in South Korea, with 1 million visitors a day during the summer season. Offering various water sports activities, festivals, concerts, and parties, Haeundae Beach is a destination worth visiting for an exciting getaway!

Dongbaek Island

Nurimaru APEC house
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There is Dongbaek Island at the western end of Haeundae beach.  Dongbaek is translated into Camellia which is growing in islands of southern provinces and southern coastal area of Korea blossoming around March., of which the leaves are thick and glossy maintaining dark green color through 4 seasons. There is Nurimaru APEC house, around three-story building exclusively built for the final summit meeting for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in the island.

Tongdosa Temple in Yangsan

Tongdosa Temple

Tongdosa temple is one of Korea's five "Palace of the Jewel of Nirvana" temples, where the relics of the Buddha substitute for a statue.

Noted for the enshrined sari from Buddha (Buddha’s relics), Tongdosa Temple is one of the most recognized temples in South Korea. It is a UNESCO World Heritage temple and is located within a distance of a day trip from Busan.

Hwangridan-gil  in Gyeongju


Hwangnidan Street is the new hangout in Gyeongju that has been rising in popularity. Originally one of the many alleyways in the Hwangnam-dong area known as “Hwangnam Keungil” (Big Street in Hwangnam), the alley became a hipster hangout with restaurants, cafes, and photo studios housed in renovated hanok (traditional Korean house) buildings. It is also near UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Cheomseongdae Observatory and Cheonmachong Tomb, as well as Gyeongju Jungang Market, which offers plenty of things to eat.

Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond

Donggung Palace and wolji Pond, Gyeongju
Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, Gyeongju

Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond was a secondary palace used by the crown prince of the Silla Kingdom. It also served as a banquet site for important national events and important visitors. The pond was created in 674, during the reign of King Munmu. The pond features three small islands and a landscape of 12 small hills to the northeast. After the fall of Silla, the site was abandoned and forgotten. The pond was referred to as "Anapji" from the Goryeo and Joseon periods and onwards. In the 1980s, a pottery fragment with the letters “Wolji” (a pond that reflects the moon) carved onto it was found, revealing the true name of the pond. After the discovery, the site was renamed to the current Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

Day 5      Gyeongju - Seoul by KTX Express train

Tumuli park

Tumuli Park - Royal Tombs In Gyeongju

Visit the Tumuli park. It has more than 20 large and small tombs from the Shilla period. The tombs are presumed to be those of kings and court officials. Most of them are earthen and mound-shaped. Some double gourd-shaped ones are for the joint burial of a husband and wife. As those excavated were all found to be stone-pilled wood-lined chamber type, most of the tombs here are presumed to be of the same type. During the excavations of chenmachong and Hwangnamchong , numerous artifacts (including a gold crown, gold girdles, gold and silver personal ornaments, horse fittings, and weapons) were uncovered.

Wolseong Place Site

Wolseong Fortress
Wolseong Palace Site in Gyeongju

This was the location of the palace-fortress during the Silla dynasty (57 BC ~ AD 935). The fortress takes after its name, which, literally translates to mean a crescent moon shape on top of a hill. 
Although the magnificent grandeur of the palace is now just an empty lot, it has been told that this area was filled with imperial buildings during the Silla dynasty. Currently, the region of Wolseong has a freezer made out of rocks called Seokbinggo, an archery range, a horse-riding field, and a traditional playground, which resembles the grounds of the Joseon Period (the dynasty that ruled the Korean peninsula from 1392-1910).

Bulguksa Temple

Bulguksa Temple
Bulguksa Temple - Dabotap, Seokgatap Pagoda

Declared a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO, the temple holds many national treasures that it accumulated throughout its long history. Bulguksa Temple, or the Temple of Buddha’s Kingdom, has so many meanings in every structure and every arrangement. According to the Buddhist point of view, each section of the temple represents the world of enlightenment; Daewoongjeon represents the World of Enlightenment where the Sakyamuni Buddha dwells, the Geukrakjeon area represents the Land of Happiness, and the Birojeon area the World of Lotus Sanctuary where the Vairocana Buddha dwells.

Seokguram Grotto

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Established in the 8th century on the slopes of Mount Toham, the Seokguram Grotto contains a monumental statue of the Buddha looking at the sea in the bhumisparsha mudra position.   Inside the round-shaped main hall are the Bonjon Statue, Bodhi-sattva, and his disciples. The Bonjon figure wearing a generous smile is seated on the stage engraved with a lotus flower design. As the sunrise from this spot is quite beautiful, many people climb the mountain at daybreak. With the surrounding portrayals of gods, Bodhisattvas and disciples, all realistically and delicately sculpted in high and low relief, it is considered a masterpiece of Buddhist art in the Far East. The Temple of Bulguksa (built in 774) and the Seokguram Grotto form a religious architectural complex of exceptional significance.

Tour itinerary

 Day 1   Seoul - Gwangju - Yeongam - Suncheon

 * Wolchulsan Hiking or Boseong tea Field

 * Naganeupseong Walled Town

 Day 2 Suncheon - Gurye - Busan

 * Suncheon Open Film Set

 * Suncheon National Garden / Suncheon Bay Bird Sanctuary

 * Saseongam Hermitage


 Day 3   Suncheon - Busan

 * Choi Minsik Gellary / Tombstons Village

 * Gamcheon Cultural Village

 * Jagalchi Market / Gukje Market

 * Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

 Day 4  Busan - Yangsan - Gyeongju

 * Haeundae Beach / Dongbaekseom Island

 * Tongdosa Temple

 * Hwangridan gil 

 * Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond

 Day 5  Gyeongju - Seoul

 * Tumuli Park

 * Wolseong Palace Site

 * Bulguksa Temple

 * Seokgulam Grotto


Mt Wolchulsan

Tea Field




Pricing information

Tour rate

Number of Guests / Price per Person
-  2Persons / USD1,770
-  3Persons / USD1,400
-  4Persons / USD1,153
-  5Persons / USD1,038
-  6Persons / USD924
-  7Persons / Inquiry


-  5 days Private tour

-  All admission fees to tourist sites

-  Local English or Chinese-speaking tour guide with a Private Vehicle

-  Door-to-door private transportation with a private minivan

-  Accommodations (3 or 4-star hotel) -4 Nights

-  KTX Express Train Round-trip fare - (Seoul -> Gwangju / Gyeongju -> Seoul)


-  Personal expenses

-  Lunch / Dinner



-  Accommodation : 3 or 4-star hotel, Twin, Triple sharing room base

-  Extra bedroom: US$70 per day

-  KTX Express Train Tickets are Economy Class


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