13-Day Discover Korea
If you have a keen interest in Korean culture, Korea itself, or Koreans, you'll have the incredible opportunity to immerse yourself fully for 14 days. With a knowledgeable guide by your side, you can explore various regions of Korea, including the beautiful Jeju Island. During your journey, you'll not only witness Korea's rich cultural heritage but also gain insight into the everyday lives of ordinary Koreans.
By experiencing firsthand the vibrant streets, bustling markets, and traditional neighborhoods, you'll get a genuine taste of Korean life. Interacting with locals, trying authentic cuisine, and participating in cultural activities will further enhance your understanding and appreciation of Korean traditions.
Beyond the cultural aspects, you'll also witness Korea's remarkable progress and fast-paced development. From cutting-edge technology to efficient infrastructure, you'll see firsthand how Koreans are propelling their nation forward. This unique glimpse into Korea's present will also give you a glimpse of what the future holds for this dynamic country.
Day 1 Seoul / Overnight in Seoul
Gyeongbok Palace - Bukchon Hanok village - Seoul City Wall Naksan park - Cheonggyecheon Stream
On the first day of your tour, we'll start by exploring the vibrant downtown of Seoul. Our first stop will be the magnificent Gyeongbokgung Palace, which served as the central hub of the Joseon Dynasty for approximately 500 years. This historically significant landmark offers a captivating glimpse into Korea's rich cultural heritage.
You'll make your way to the Bukchon Hanok Village. Here, you'll have the opportunity to witness the preservation of 600 traditional Korean-style houses. It's a remarkable sight to behold, as these well-maintained structures offer a window into the past, allowing us to experience the architectural charm of old Korea. In the afternoon, we'll embark on a short but rewarding hiking excursion to Naksan Park, located along the Seoul City Wall. As we ascend, we'll be treated to breathtaking views of both the city and its outskirts, providing a unique perspective on Seoul's boundaries.
To conclude our day, we'll take a leisurely stroll along the revitalized downtown stream. After decades of being covered in concrete, the stream has been beautifully restored, reclaiming its natural charm.
Day 2 Suwon - Icheon - Sokcho / Overnight in Sokcho
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress - Icheon ceramic village; Ye's park
Suwon was one of four main regional government centers during the Joseon dynasty. Hwaseong Fortress, built to protect the city, was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site on December 12, 1997 for its historical value. The walls stretch for 5.7 kilometers, with Paldalsan Mountain at the center. The fortress, constructed from 1794 to 1796, was built as a display of King Jeongjo’s filial piety towards his father and to build a new pioneer city with its own economic power. (UNESCO World Heritage)
Ceramic village, ye's park
Ceramics is a leading handicraft in Korea as well as one of the nation's cultural assets. Several places in the country still make pottery by hand using a spinning wheel, one of which is located at the domestic hub for ceramics, Icheon, Gyeonggi-do Province.
Ye's Park, Korea's biggest crafts village, is a largest craft village with facilities for the production, display and sales of ceramics arts as well as those for artists' residence. After experencing making pottery using a potter's wheel, you head to Sokcho, your accommodation for the day
Day 3 Sokcho / Overnight in Sokcho
Mt Seokaksan National Park
Seoraksan National park was designated the 5th national park in Korea in 1970 and chosen as a nature preservation area on November 5, 1965, Also, internationally recognized for its rare species, Seoraksan is the area in Korea to have been designated as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO in 1982, and in IUCN recognized its rich natural resources and labeled it category Ⅱ(National Park).
You start your day by taking a scenic cable car ride to the summit of Gwongeumseong Fortress, where you'll be treated to breathtaking views of Seorak-dong and the magnificent Sinheungsa Temple, renowned for its awe-inspiring giant Buddha statue. Afterward, continue your adventure to the enchanting Jujeongol Valley, where you can immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Seorak through a delightful hour-long light hike.
Day 4 Sokcho - Andong / Overnight in Andong
Andong Hahoe village - Byeongsan Sewon
You will embark on a remarkable journey through the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Korea, starting with a visit to the Neo-Confucian Academy, Byeongsan Seowon . Explore the historic grounds of this prestigious institution that played a significant role in shaping Korean culture and education. Marvel at the architecture and immerse yourself in the profound wisdom of Confucian teachings.
Next, you will venture to , another UNESCO World Heritage site, Hahoe Village. This traditional Korean village preserves the architectural beauty of centuries past, offering an authentic glimpse into the traditional way of life. Stroll along the winding paths, admire the ancient houses, and experience the peaceful ambiance that permeates this extraordinary village.
Before concluding your day, you will have the opportunity to witness a mesmerizing Mask Dance performance, a captivating display of traditional Korean artistry. Skilled dancers adorned in intricately designed masks will bring to life fascinating tales and characters from Korean folklore, transporting you to a world of wonder and imagination.
Day 5 Andong - Gyeongju / Overnight in Gyeongju
Bulguksa Buddhist temple - Seokgulam grotto - Golgulsa Temple
Your journey begins at Seokguram Grotto, a masterpiece of Korean Buddhist art. Located in a serene mountainside setting, this remarkable grotto houses a stunning granite statue of Buddha along with intricate stone carvings. Marvel at the craftsmanship and spiritual significance of this UNESCO World Heritage site as you immerse yourself in its tranquil ambiance.
Next, you'll explore Bulguksa Temple, a grand Buddhist temple complex known for its architectural beauty and historical significance. Admire the intricate pagodas, serene courtyards, and ornate Buddhist sculptures as you wander through the temple grounds. Take a moment to appreciate the profound spirituality and cultural heritage that emanates from this revered site.
Continuing your journey, you'll visit Golgulsa Temple, known for its unique offering of Sunmudo martial arts. Witness a captivating performance showcasing the discipline, agility, and skill of Sunmudo practitioners. Be enthralled by the choreographed movements, showcasing the harmony between body and mind, as you witness this ancient martial art form.(Every Monday, Tuesday are not available)
Day 6 Gyeongju / Overnight in Gyeongju
Tumuli Park - Donggung palace and wolji pond - Wolseong palace and fortress site - Woljeonggyo Bridge
Today, you will explore the heart of the ancient Silla Kingdom, immersing yourself in its rich history and cultural heritage.
Begin your journey by visiting the Old Tombs of the Royal Family, where the ancient rulers of Silla rest in eternal peace. These majestic tombs offer a glimpse into the royal lineage and the grandeur of the Silla Kingdom. Marvel at the intricate designs and archaeological significance of these ancient burial sites.
Next, make your way to the Palace Site and the Woljeonggyo Bridge. Explore the remnants of the palace, imagining the opulence and power that once resided within its walls. Cross the Woljeonggyo Bridge, an architectural marvel, and take in the serene surroundings that once witnessed the footsteps of Silla's noble inhabitants.
To gain a deeper understanding of the shining and amazing culture of the Silla Kingdom, visit the Gyeongju National Museum. Let the museum transport you back in time as you appreciate the brilliance of Silla's culture.
Lastly, make your way to the site of Hwangnyongsa Temple, a place that evokes a sense of awe reminiscent of Stonehenge. Although the original temple was tragically burnt down by the Mongolians, its remains continue to inspire wonder and reverence. Stand amidst the ancient stone pillars, envisioning the grandeur of the temple that once stood, and reflect on the enduring spirit of the Silla Kingdom.
Day 7 Busan / Overnight in Busan
Igidae Costal Walk - Amidong Tombstone / Gamchun culture village - UN MemorialCemetery
Get ready to explore the historic parts of Busan, where fascinating stories and scenic beauty await.
Begin your journey at Amidong Tombstone Village and Gamcheon Village, both of which have unique histories. Amidong Tombstone Village was once a refuge camp, and it is home to Japanese tombs.
Next, venture to Gamcheon Village, also known as the "Machu Picchu of Busan." This vibrant village was once a refuge camp as well and has transformed into a colorful and artistic neighborhood. Wind your way through narrow alleys, marvel at the vibrant murals adorning the walls, and soak in the creative energy that permeates the area.
Continuing your journey, visit the solemn and poignant UN Cemetery. This sacred site is the resting place of young soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Korean War.
To experience the natural beauty of Busan, head to Igidae Coastal Walk. This scenic coastal trail offers breathtaking views of Gwangan Bridge, the sparkling beach, and the picturesque coastline. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the trail in the stunning vistas and the soothing sounds of the ocean.
Day 8 Busan / Overnight in Busan
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple - Gwanganri Beach - Busan Cinema Center - Dongback isaland
Start your day at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a magnificent Buddhist temple located along the shore. Marvel at the temple's stunning architecture, perched on cliffs overlooking the vast ocean. Don't forget to make a wish at the temple's famous wishing pond, believed to bring good luck and fulfillment.
Next, head to Dongbaekseom Island, home to the APEC House. This picturesque island offers panoramic views of Haeundae Beach and the famous Gwangan Bridge. Take a leisurely stroll along the coastal trails, basking in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Visit the APEC House, a venue where world leaders once gathered, and learn about its historical significance.
Continue your exploration by visiting the Busan Cinema Center, a hub for film enthusiasts. This modern architectural marvel is home to the Busan International Film Festival, which takes place every October. Enjoy the center's unique design and explore the exhibition halls and theaters.
Conclude your day by indulging in the vibrant atmosphere of Haeundae Beach. As the sun sets, witness the mesmerizing transformation of the surrounding area, with the dazzling lights of Gwangan Bridge illuminating the night sky.
Day 9 Suncheon / Overnight in Suncheon
Naganeupseong Town fortress and village - Suncheon Bay National garden - Suncheon Bay reserve
After your enriching 2-day tour of Busan, it's time to venture to Suncheon City, known for its stunning natural attractions and cultural treasures.
Your first stop in Suncheon will be the Suncheon National Garden, a paradise for nature lovers. Explore the vast botanical garden, adorned with a diverse array of flowers, plants, and lush greenery.
Next, make your way to Suncheon Bay Wetland, a designated Ramsar site and a haven for migratory birds. Embark on a scenic boat tour or stroll along the wooden walkways to observe the rich biodiversity of this precious wetland ecosystem. Take in the breathtaking views of vast reed fields, sparkling waters, and the distant mountains, while learning about the importance of conserving these fragile habitats.
Continuing your journey, visit the Nakan Eupseong Town Wall, a historic site reminiscent of Andong Hahoi Village but with the addition of a surrounding wall. Explore the well-preserved traditional houses and alleyways enclosed within the protective walls.
Day 10 Gurye - Damyang - Gwangju / Overnight Gwangju
Saseongam Hermitage - Namwon Gwanghallu Garden - Gwangju
For your itinerary, you will begin by visiting the Saseongam Hermitage, perched on a picturesque cliff. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Gurye town's scenery and the flowing Seomjin River. Next, head towards Namwon city to explore the captivating Gwanhanruwon Garden. This beautiful garden served as the backdrop for the stage of the ancient novel "Chunhyang," an enchanting tale that embodies the romance of Old Korean society.
Day 11 Jeju Island / Overnight in Jeju Island
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak - Manjanggul Cave - Hamdeok Beach - Dongmun Market
For your itinerary, you will start your day by taking a morning flight to Jeju Island. Upon arrival, your first destination will be Seongsan Ilchulbong, also known as Sunrise Peak. This awe-inspiring volcanic cone offers a mesmerizing view of the surrounding sea. Afterward, you will proceed to visit the Manjanggul Cave, a fascinating tunnel formed by ancient lava flows. Explore the underground marvels within the cave. As you make your way to your hotel, you can make a quick stop at a traditional open market, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture and find a variety of goods and delicacies to discover.
Day 12 Jeju Island / Overnight in Jeju Island
Yongmeori Coast - Spirited garden - Osulloc Tea field and Museum - Aewol Cafe street
On the second day of your Jeju Island adventure, you will explore the stunning Sanbangsan Mountain and the enchanting Yongmeri Coast. Marvel at the dramatic sea cliffs formed by the relentless forces of the ocean eroding the ash-laden lava rocks. The natural beauty of this landscape is sure to leave you in awe. Following your visit to Sanbangsan and Yongmeri, you will proceed to the Osulloc Tea Field and Spirited Garden. This renowned attraction is famous for its meticulously maintained bonsai trees, creating a tranquil and picturesque setting. Take your time to appreciate the artistry and serenity of this tea field and garden.
Day 13 Jeju Island - Seoul / Overnight in Seoul
Olle trail Course 6 (11km) - Seongup Folk Village - Jeju airport - Seoul
If you love Korean food, you don’t want to miss eating your way through On the final day of your tour, you will embark on a delightful nature walk along the Olle Trail Course No. 6. The route goes along coast and through downtown starting from Soesokkak-dari(bridge) and passing through Seogwipo City. Past Lee, Jung-seop Street, the route continues to Jeju Olle Tourist Center. Hike past a salt hut and Seogwipo City where culture and life are embedded, you may experience the city's unique culture and ecology. At the two landmarks of route 6, the coastal trail at Seogwipo KAL Hotel and the Honeymoon House Observatory trail, immerse into the panoramic view of the deep blue ocean. ( Total Distance :11Km / Total Tim : 3-4h / Difficulty : ★☆☆ )
After your refreshing walk, you can explore the vibrant Olle Market, where you'll find a variety of local produce, handicrafts, and delectable street food to indulge in. Following your market visit, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the traditional way of life by visiting a charming Jeju Seongeup Folk village. Here, you can catch a glimpse of the daily routines and customs of the island's inhabitants, providing you with a unique cultural experience.
Day 1 Gyeongbok Palace - Bukchon Hanok village - Seoul City Wall Naksan park - Cheonggyecheon Stream - Overnight in Seoul
Day 2 Suwon Hwaseong Fortress - Icheon ceramic village; Ye's park - Overnight in sokcho
Day 3 Mt Seoraksan National park -Overnight in Sokcho
Day 4 Andong Hahoe village - Byeongsan Sewon-Overnight in Hahoe village
Day 5 Bulguksa Buddhist temple - Seokgulam grotto - Golgulsa Temple - Overnight in Gyeongju
Day 6 Tumuli Park - Donggung palace and wolji pond - Wolseong palace and fortress site - Woljeonggyo Bridge- Overnight in Gyeongju
Day 7 Igidae Costal Walk - Amidong / Gamchun culture village - UN MemorialCemetery - Overnight in Busan
Day 8 Haedong Yonggungsa Temple - Gwanganri Beach - Busan Cinema Center - Dongback island - Overnight In Busan
Day 9 Naganeupseong Town fortress and village - Suncheon Bay National garden - Suncheon Bay reserve - Overnight in Suncheon
Day 10 Saseongam Hermitage - Namwon Gwanghallu Garden - Overnight in Gwangju
Day 11 Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak - Manjanggul Cave - Hamdeok Beach - Dongmun Market - Overnight in Jeju
Day 12 Yongmeori Coast - Spirited garden - Osulloc Tea field and Museum - Aewol Cafe street - Overnight in Jeju
Day 13 Olle trail Course 6 (11km) - Seongup Folk Village - Jeju airport - Overnight in Seoul
- All admission fees to tourists sites
- Accommodation 13 nights with breakfast(4 star Hotel)
- Local English-speaking guide
- Round trip transfer service with a private vehicle
- Hotel Pick up & Drop off Service
- Every Lunch
- Personal expenses
- Every Dinner
The cost of the tour can vary based on several factors, such as the type of accommodation (such as the level of the hotel), the length of the tour, the number of days you want to spend with a private guide, and the season in which you plan to travel.
If you'd like to receive an accurate quote, please feel free to contact us. Our tour consultants will work with you to create a customized plan that fits your specific preferences and budget. We'll provide you with a detailed breakdown of the costs involved and answer any questions you may have.
Number of Guest / Price per Person
- 2Persons / USD5,700
- 3Persons / USD4,300
- 4Persons / USD3,900
- 5Persons / USD3,500
- 6Persons / USD3,260