Explore South Korea with exclusive Goway savings
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Korea is often referred to as the “Land of the Morning Calm”. This independent itinerary is perfect for those who are looking to experience true Korean culture as Korea has 5,000 years of unique cultural history.
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a city of contrasts where the new and the old co-exist in perfect harmony. Ancient palaces combine with modern cultural facilities and popular shopping districts. Seoul offers shoppers a wide variety of merchandise at large department stores, duty-free shops and at open air markets and arcades.
During your stay, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace which was rebuilt in 1868. Situated in its grounds is the largest museum in the country, the National Museum of Korea as well as the Korea National Folklore Museum. Also visit “Bukchon Hanok Village. This Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon dynasty. Bukchon, which was the central residence of nobles and bureaucrats during the Joseon Dynasty, is a place called a city street museum because of its many historic sites, cultural assets, and folklore materials. Then it is time for shopping at the open-air South Gate Market and the shopping street, Insa-dong, famous for its antique stores.
Leave for Gyeongju by morning train. For 1000 years until the 10th century, Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla Dynasty. Now, almost 1000 years later, Gyeongju is an open-air museum with the remains of temples, tombs, shrines, palaces, gardens, and castles. Start your sightseeing in the center of town with Royal Tumuli Park, a huge walled area with 20 royal tombs. Nearby is Cheomseongdae, one of the oldest observatories in Eastern Asia. There will be time to go to the Gyeongju National Museum with its collection of mainly Silla relics and Anapji Pond, an artificial lake surrounded by buildings which were part of the palace complex of ancient Silla.
The next morning, see the finest example of Silla temple architecture, Bulguksa, a magnificent temple built on a series of stone terraces just outside Gyeongju. High above the temple, a seated Buddha gazes over Gyeongju from the Seokguram Grotto, also visited. This is followed by the Arts and Crafts Centre and the Silla Millenium Park, a theme park focusing on the Silla period.
Next stop is Busan reached by road, South Korea’s largest port and second largest metropolis. En route there, stop at Korea’s largest temple, the impressive Tongdosa Temple. During your stay in Busan, take in the view from the Busan Tower in Yongdusan Park and go to the Jagalchi Fish Market. Also visit Nampodong shopping street, one of the favorite haunts of the locals.
The following morning, visit Haeundae Beach, the Nurimaru APEC House, an imposing and beautiful meeting center located on an island, the Busan Aquarium and the UN Memorial Cemetery located in a serene park which honors soldiers from 16 countries killed during the Korean War. Then one more stop at the unique Yongungsa Seaside Temple.
The next day is farewell to this interesting part of Korea as you head back to Seoul by express train.
Seoul, Gyeongju & Busan
Departing select dates from Oct 15 to Dec 10, 2022 and Jan 29 to Mar 31, 2023, 7 days
Roundtrip to Seoul
Enjoy a trip to South Korea which includes Seoul, a city offering the old and new, Gyeongju with its ancient Shilla Kingdom history and relics and Busan, an interesting port and coastal city.
Terms & Conditions
Price is per person based on twin/double, subject to availability and current exchange rates. Pricing reflects discount for departure on October 15, 2022. Savings listed are the total savings per person based on twin/double occupancy. Please enquire about departures from other cities, single supplements, extensions or upgrades.