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9-day Tasty Journey Round Korea


This 9 days tour will take you to beautiful fishing villages, mountain villages, and big cities such as Busan and cities with thousands of years of history. Korea has a perfect combination of mountains and beaches. Historical sites and beautiful scenery can be found not only in the small coastal towns but also in the remote forested mountains. 9 days tasty journey around Korea is a tour around Korea to uncover the many flavors and delicacies that define the very identity of a region, the lifestyle of its people as well as the many ways in which eating habits and cities give shape to one another. Enjoy the adventure of exploration when traversing around South Korea. The tour allows you to enjoy the beauty of nature, energetic trendy big city, peaceful rural areas, and tasty Korean local foods. 

Day 1   Geumsan - Mt. Daedunsan / Overnight in Gunsan
Geumsan ginseng market - Mt Daedunsan Suspension Bridge 

Gilt-bronze Incense Burner of Baekje


Meet your guide at your place in Seoul  and move to Geumsan by spacious van.  Geumsan is widely known as the largest ginseng market in Korea, holding 80% of the nation’s ginseng trade. Along with its enormous ginseng industry, Geumsan is also rising as the largest herbal medicine market in the country. The Geumsan Ginseng & Herbal Medicine Market is a traditional market with a long-standing history, offering a variety of health products.

Daedunsan Mountain is defined by the grandiose rock peaks of Macheondae Summit, Janggunbong, and Ambong Peaks, as well as surrounding strange rocks and lush trees that fill the area.  Daedunsan Provincial Park has served as a scenic site equipped with recreational facilities including cable cars and suspension bridge. A 5-minute cable car ride followed by a walk up the steep stairs leads to a suspension, stretching 50 meters from Imgeumbawi Rock to Ipseokdae Pedestal.

Ginseng chicken soup and deep-fried ginseng-
The ginseng chicken soup and deep-fried ginseng are the most popular menu items in this town. The ginseng chicken consists primarily of a whole young chicken (poussin) - filled with garlic, rice, jujube, and ginseng, while the deep-fried ginseng is eaten in a dip of red ginseng extract and tastes delicious. This is what ‘food like medicine’ is all about. 

Day 2  Gunsan and Gogunsan islands / Overnight in Gunsan
Gunsan Modern History Museum - Jinpo port - Iseongdang Bakery 

Gochang Dolmen Site


Gochang Dolmen Site


Following the opening of its port in 1899, Gunsan became a hub of modern cultural heritage from the Japanese colonial era (1910–1945). After the nation’s liberation from colonial rule in August 1945, however, the city’s seemingly unstoppable prosperity came to a halt and went into limbo. All transactions at the port that relied on Japanese capital were completely cut off.  In addition, during the industrialization period after the 1960s, the city fell far behind in terms of development, as it relied on only primary industries and the food processing industry. Although the city is a symbol of the painful history of Japanese exploitation through its shipping of rice to Japan, it has now transformed into a fascinating cultural destination, offering a wide variety of things to see and do in addition to retaining traces of its colonial past. You will go to the Modern history museum,  Jinpo Maritime Theme Park; on display at the park are vintage tanks, historical artillery, combat planes, and warships including the Wibongham Ship, a vessel that was used in combat during the Vietnam War.   Iseongdang bakery which is the oldest bakery in Korea. 

You can relax and enjoy Korean-style shabu shabu. Fresh vegetables, meat, and seafood are parboiled in the pot and then eaten with chili, soy or lemon sauce.  You need to grab some Korean shabu while your visiting!

Gogunsan islands tour - Saemangeum sea wall and its Exhibition Hall
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Saemangeum seawall connects Gunsa, the Gogunsan islands, and Buan. It is the longest seawall in the world. The one-hour ride takes you to the Gogunsan islands from the Gunsan city.


Gogunsan islands consist of 4 big islands, 3 of them are connected with bridges and 58 islands altogether.  You will go to the Sunyudo island to see the two very different beach. Okdol beach is the secluded pebble beach. Tucked away behind a small row of houses, the sound of the waves hitting the pebbles is one of the most relaxing sounds you can imagine. Another great place on the island is the main sandy beach. Seonyudo’s main beach is a great place for swimming, catching shellfish, or Zipline activity.

Then, you go to Jangjido island for hiking. Just 20 minutes hike to the peak, the summit still provides an excellent vantage point for viewing the many islands that dot the western coast of Korea.

Day 3  Jeonju / Overnight in Jeonju
Jeonju Hanok Village & Hanok Stay

Let's explore Jeonju, a city of Bibimbap. Jeonju Hanok Village is located in the city of Jeonju and overlaps Pungnam-dong and Gyo-dong. There are 735 traditional Korean hanok houses. While the rest of the city has been industrialized, Hanok Village retains its historical charms and traditions. 

The Jeondong Catholic Church was completed in 1914  It is the largest and oldest western-style structure in the Jeollanam province and is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Korea. 

Gyeonggijeon is the hall where the portrait of Lee Seonggae, the founder of Joseon dynasty is enshrined. It was built in 1410. The portrait of Lee Seonggae itself is designated as the National Treasure #317. 

Pungnam Gate is the south gate of the city wall that enclosed Jeonju during the Joseon Dynasty. It was the only remaining gate after the destruction of the wall.  

Jeonju Hyanggyo Confucian school  Since Goryeo Dynasty (918-1329) and throughout Joseon Dynasty (1329-1910), Hyanggyo had been installed as the public educational institution in provinces. Therefore, Hyanggyo is likened to today’s national universities installed in major regional cities.

Geumsansa Buddhist temple - Hanjiwon (Traditional Korean paper factory) - Hanok Stay

Geumsansa Buddhist temple

During the Baekjae reign of King Beop (599 C.E.), the temple was built to pray for the king’s prosperity and

good fortune. Later it was expanded and established as the Head Temple for the worship of Maitreya. Maitreya, regarded as the future Buddha. When you step in Geumsansa, you would see valuable relics and cultural assets. The most eye-catching among all undoubtedly is the three stories Mireukjeon (Maitreya Hall). From the outside,

it seems like a three-story building, but inside is completely open all the way up to the high ceiling.

Jeonju Jeontong Hanjiwon

Jeonju Jeontong Hanjiwon sells various types of Hanji(Korean traditional paper) from the ones for calligraphy, oriental painting and to the crafts.  This place is not just a Hanji shop but it a workshop where people can experience how to make Hanji. You can also get a glimpse and experience the process of making hanji here.

Hanok Stay refers to staying in a traditional Korean house. It is a good opportunity for you to experience traditional Korean lifestyle and culture. The traditional houses available for hanok stays are decades to hundreds of years old. They have been somewhat renovated for the convenience and safety of its guests, but the

traditional Korean style and sentiment are still retained.

Jeonju is considered as the home of bibimbap, the famous Korean dish of rice with vegetables and beef.

Bean sprouts, a key ingredient in Jeonju bibimbap, are usually cooked in the last stage of rice cooking, and Jeonju bibimbap is usually served with clear bean sprout soup. Other vegetables like spinach, balloon roots,

drop water and shiitake mushrooms are also included along with beef and red pepper paste.

This makes the dish healthy food, providing all the key nutrients in one bowl.

Day 4  Tongyoung - Busan  / Overnight in Busan
Tongyoung Jungang Market - Mt. Mireuksan by Cable car
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You will arrive in Tongyeong, a beautiful little port city, after a two-and-a-half-hour journey from Jeonju. Hallyeo Waterway Observation Cable Car is the longest (1.975m) cable car in Korea installed on Tongyeong Mt. Mireuksan (461m above the sea), one of the 100 celebrated mountains (the Office of Forestry) in Korea.  Visitors can reach the top of Mt. Mireuksan in this Gondola and there waits for jewelry-like islands of Hallyeo Waterway, Tongyeong Harbor.

The Tongyeong Jungang Market is formed along a long stretch of quay-side kiosks. Visitors can easily see that the city is one of the busiest ports in Korea with its abundant fishery products. The market is full of noise as merchants and visitors try to make a deal while live fish try to jump out of their tanks, splashing water everywhere. In Tongyeong, people can eat the freshest fish at a very reasonable price. Stroll around the market to see various Korean foods including fish, seafood, meat, vegetables and ingredients that play important roles in Korean cuisine. Enjoy tasting fresh raw fish cut in slices, spicy fish soup, fish cake, traditional honey bread.  

At the end of the tour, you will be escorted to Hwangnyeongsan Mountain in Busan. The mountain is the second highest mountain in the Geumnyeon Mountain Range. So it is really easy to catch the beautiful night view of  Busan city on the Hwangnyeongsan Mountain.  The guide will escort you to your hotel in Busan after Mt Hwangnyeongsan.

Day 5   Busan   / Overnight in Busan
Haewundae beach and Dongbaekseom - Haedongyonggungsa temple - UN memorial park
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Explore Busan with your private guide to see thriving metropolis and experience the vibrant local neighborhood. 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. There is Dongbaek Island at the western end of Haeundae beach. Dongbaek is translated into Camellia which is growing in islands of southern provinces of Korea, blossoming around March. There is Nurimaru APEC house in the island, around three-story building exclusively built for the final summit meeting for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in the island.

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 shoreline; most temples in Korea are located in the mountains. UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea is a memorial park established to glorify the help & sacrifice by UN Forces soldiers who fought in the Korean War.



Among Busan’s famous locales is a magical place called Gamcheon Culture Village. During the height of the Korean War in the 1950s, this area was where refugees from all over the country made their home. 

Tombstones village - 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. When it became more settled, the tents became too small, so people began building on top of Japanese graves.

 Trying Korean pork bbq is a must-do activity on any visit to South Korea, whether it’s a casual dinner after a long day of sightseeing or lunch on the town. Our guide will take you to the best restaurants in Busan to grill up tasty pork bbq dishes such as galbi and samgyeopsal.

Day 6   Gyeongju   / Overnight in Gyeongju
Gyeongju Bulguksa temple and Sukgulam grotto