4Days Highlights of Korea Tour
This trip explores the modern city of Busan but also takes you the cultural and historical essence of Gyeongju National park, Mt. Seorak which is one of the most beautiful mountains in Korea. We will take you to distinguish UNESCO’s location such as Bulguksa Temple, Sukgulam grotto, Shinheunsa Temple in Mt. Seorak where “Big Buddha” resides. In addition, you will travel to Korean Folk Village where you can give a better understanding of Korea's history and culture. This trip is filled with rich and meaningful experience that runs deep to Korea’s history, culture, and modern lifestyle.
Day 1 Korean folk village tour and move to Busan / Overnight in Busan
Korean Folk Village
Meet your guide in the morning, move to Gyeonggi-do an hour's drive from downtown Seoul. You will visit Korean folk village first. Fully replicating the life of a Korean village - complete with a marketplace, farm animals, traditional performances, games as well as a museum - this place is a one-stop place to gain a better understanding of Korea's history and culture. In the afternoon, transfer to Busan. You visit Gukje Market where is the most representative traditional market in Busan. Originally formed by Korean War refugees, this downtown market has grown into Busan's largest. Here you can find the best wholesale prices for clothing, silk, linen, curtains, bags, glasses, and many imported items. The street in Gukje market is lined with cart bars in the evening. It would be nice to have a different experience in these cart bars. Overnight in Busan.
Day 2 Busan City tour / Overnight in Busan
Busan Metropolitan City
Jagalchi fish market
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 city annually hosts the International Fireworks Festival and the Busan International Film Festival, while regularly holding various events at Centrum City, the world's largest department store. This tour will take you today Busan Tower, Jagalchi fish Market, UN Memorial Cemetery, Dongaek Island and Haeundaea beach. Afterward, we move to Gyeongju. Overnight in Busan.
Day 3 Gyeongju tour and Move to Sokcho / Overnight in Sokcho
Gyeongju National Museum
Arguably the best history museum in Korea, the Gyeongju National Museum is where you can appreciate the significance of this ancient city in one fell swoop. The main archaeological hall has dazzling displays of jewelery, weaponry and other ceremonial items from the Shilla dynasty, including a 5th-century gold crown. As a significant cultural center, Gyeongju National Museum not only strives to preserve, exhibit, and research the rich history and culture of Silla, it also strives to take leap toward becoming a cultural multi-complex center by promoting international exchange opportunities, social education programs, and a variety of special exhibitions.
Seokguram Grotto is a hermitage that is part of the Bulguksa temple complex. The grotto overlooks the East Sea and rests 750 meters above sea level. It holds some of the best Buddhist sculptures in the world, including the main Buddha. Construction lasted from 742 to 774.
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. Move to Sokcho and overnight in sokcho
Bulguksa Temple is the most famous Buddhist temple in Korea and the home to a number of important relics from the Silla period, including most obviously the two stone pagodas Tabot'ap and Sokkat'ap. It also dates from the 8th century, but has been rebuilt on a number of occasions.
Day 4 Mt. Seoraksan tour and Return to Seoul
You will go to Jujeongol Valley in the morning. Jujeongol got its name from the fact that bandits made counterfeit coins at this valley. Jujeon in Korean means coin minting and gol means valley. An easy hiking course even for children and senior. Lying deep between high mountain ridges you will be able to explore the valley and see nature at its best. The valley is filled with wild flowers in spring. In summer, the heat is washed away by the clean and cold water of the valley. In fall, the changing colors of the leaves make a fantastic scenery. Also during this hike, you will stop at Yongso waterfall. A short, wide waterfall surrounded by greenery. Its beauty inspires many to travel here.
Upon arrival, you will ride the Seorak cable car to Gweongumsung peak(670m above sea level), which provides views of Inner Mt. Seorak, Ulsnbawi rock, and the East Sea. Located about 5 minutes from the entrance is the cable car ride. The ride itself is ten minutes long and displays heavenly views of the park and mountains.
You can view beautiful Buddhist temples hidden with the mountain, most notably Sinheungsa
Sinheungsa is a short 10min walk away from the entrance to Sogongwon. In fact, many visit because of its close proximity to Sogongwon. You also can see a local landmark such as the 33-foot-high bronze Buddha statue at shinheungsa temple.
Korean Folk Village
Seoul-Korean Folk Village-Busan, Gukje Market-Overnight in Busan
Haedong youggungsa temple, Jagalchi fish Market, UN Memorial Cemetery, Dongbaek Island,
Haeundaea beach-Overnight in Busan
Gyeongju tour, Tumuli park, Gyeongju National Museum, Cheomseongdae, Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto-Overnight in sokcho
Mt. Seorak tour, Jujeongol Valley,
Sogongwon Park, Sinheungsa Temple-Return to Seoul
- All admission fees to tourists sites
- Professional English speaking driver and guide
- Roundtrip transfer service with private vehicle
- Personal expenses
- Accomodations and every meals