6 Days / Family / Nature / Cultural South Korea – Romance In The Air
Seoraksan Mountain is one of the most beautiful mountains in Korea, boasting a variety of colorful flowers in spring, refreshing clear water streams in summer, vibrant autumn foliages in fall, and a scenic snow-covered landscape in winter. With the mountain changing in color according to each season, a visit to Seoraksan Mountain guarantees a picturesque landscape any time of the year. We couple this nature trail with a visit to Nami Island famous for its beautiful tree lined roads and Sokcho to enjoy the breeze of the East Sea. Indulge in nature’s best.
Upon your arrival at Incheon Airport, be met by a Divine representative and transfer to hotel. Free leisure time for the rest of the day 1.
Seoul City Tour (B/L/D)
Today, after breakfast at the hotel, we will meet the English speaking guide at the hotel lobby at 09:00 am and head to the center of Seoul City to get closer to traditional Korean culture and learn more about Korean history.
The first place we will visit is Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty.
Gyeongbokgung continued to serve as the main palace of the Joseon dynasty until the premises were destroyed by fire during the Imjin War and abandoned for two centuries. In the early 20th century, much of the palace was systematically destroyed by Imperial Japan. Since then, the walled palace complex is gradually being reconstructed to its original form. It also houses the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum within the premises of the complex.
The nest stop will be the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism – Jogyesa Temple! You will be surprised to find a beautiful setting and sense of calmness in the middle of the hectic and crowded city. The grounds are a great escape from the big city for both locals and tourists. Some of the nature that is not to be missed include a rare 500 year old Baeksong lacebark pine tree and a 450 year old Chinese scholar tree.
Let’s stop at Insa-dong Street to have a lunch and enjoy the variety of unique craft shops, traditional teahouses and of course a heartbeat of Insa-dong – GALLERIES. There are about 100 galleries in the area and you can see every example of traditional Korean fine art from paintings to sculptures.
After having a traditional Korean lunch, it is good to take a walk in Bukchon Hanok Village, and immerse yourself in traditional Korean culture by being surrounded by hundreds of traditional houses called Hanok.
Let’s get some serenity from walk along this 5.8-km (3.6-mile) Cheonggyecheon Stream. While it’s just off Sejongro, one of the busiest boulevards in Seoul, Cheonggyecheon is remarkably quiet because the stream is more than 15 ft. (4.6 m) below street level and feels a little like a dugout. You will see a lot of local couples, office workers, and families with kids, walking along the stream for clearing their mind and enjoy the beauty of night Seoul.
And to end our beautiful day on a positive note, we are heading to the one of the most popular shopping streets in Seoul – Myeong-dong! Here we will find all kinds of street food, not only Korean, but also Turkish kebab, Italian pasta, French crape and Japanese noodles and even more!
And that’s not all, we want to introduce you to the “Fusion” of Traditional and Modern Korean music and art. The best example is NANTA Show, the most popular musical in South Korea! The musical made its international debut at the 1999 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it received an award for best performance. The show turned 20 years in 2017 and has already been staged in 57 countries around the world. We hope you will enjoy it!
Nami Island and Gangchon (B/L/D)
After having breakfast at your hotel, our English speaking guide will be waiting for you at the lobby at 09:00
Today, we are going to visit the most romantic island in Korea – Nami Island, the place was introduced to the world by KBS television drama series “Winter Sonata”. Since then, a people from all over the world flies to Korea just to get a chance embrace themselves in a beauty of this island. You will feel the peaceful harmony of humanity and nature in the air once you get off the ferry and step on Nami Island. Lunch in Nami Island.
After lunch visit the famous Gangchon Rail Park. When the Gyeongchun Line, a double-tracked railway line connecting Seoul and Chuncheon, opened on December 20, 2010, it replaced the Mugunghwa train that traveled this route for 70 years. Built on the discontinued train line, Gangchon Rail Park is a popular tourist attraction where visitors can pedal along old railroad tracks while taking in the lovely Bukhangang River scenery. Then transfer to Mt. Sorak.
Mt. Sorak (B/L/D)
After breakfast start our 2 and a half hour journey to the highest amidst Taebaeksanmaek Mountain Range which boasts beautiful landscape and scenery all year round. This is Mountain Sorak!
The national park, designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, covers 154 square miles (398 sq km) and is home to more than 2,000 animal species and 1,400 rare plant species. As you follow your guide along a well-maintained path, keep an eye out for a variety of animals such as musk deer.
Next, we’ll proceed to the Gwongeumseong Fortress by cable car. It is also called Gwon-Kim Castle as there was a legend that two generals named Gwon and Kim built the castle to avoid war. As you ascend, view the interesting rock formation of the Gwongeumseong region, including Ulsanbawi Rock, and watch the East Sea come into sight.
With your guide, visit the mountain’s Shinheungsa Temple. On the path to Sinheungsa, there is a great bronze statue called Bronze Jwabul Statue, which is well over 10 meters high. Just beyond the statue, which is on a granite terrace, there is a bridge to the right called Hyeonsugyo, which was newly built for crossing the ravine. Then transfer to Sokcho. Dinner will be in Sokcho.
Sokcho and Gangneung Tour (BLD)
After breakfast head to Sokcho Port, also known as Daepohang Port, located on the southernmost point of Sokcho are the many raw fish restaurants and dried fish shops of Daepohang Port. This bustling port has become one of the most popular tourist spots for those in search of the freshest raw fish restaurants.
Next visit Sokcho Tourist and Fish Market, formerly known as Jungang Market. This market was opened in 1982, and is comprised of around 450 stores throughout 1 basement level and 2 above-ground levels. It covers a total floor area of 15,436 ㎡. Stop in a restaurant there and have lunch.
After having lunch transfer to Daegwallyeong sheep farm, a privately owned ranch on an area of 195 k㎡. There are many ranches in Pyeongchang, but Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm is the only ranch that raises sheep. The sheep grazing field is surrounded by a 1.2 meter-long circular walkway, so visitors can view the sheep at all times during their visit. It takes about 40 minutes to walk along this path. Then transfer back to Seoul. After dinner check in to the hotel in Seoul.
After breakfast private transfer from the hotel to the airport.
- Private round way airport transfer
- Private vehicle with driver
- Private tours with English speaking guide
- All accommodation as per itinerary
- All meals as per itinerary
- All admission fees
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Alcohol and beverages
- Personal expenses
- Optional activities