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Hiking Trekking & Temple Stay 12days 11nights

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$3580

Accommodation: Best selected 4star hotels located in the heart of downtown.

Tour Guide: Best selected Licensed English speaking guides, who are passionate, well-trained, and knowledgeable to create a truly unforgettable experience

Tour condition: Premium quality Service, Comfort, Hassle-free Travel, Not too rushed

Split by a border, the Korean Peninsula offers the traveler a dazzling range of experiences, beautiful landscapes and 5000 years of culture and history.

There is so much to explore in Sparkling Korea - from the magnificent scenery, affluent cultural heritage, to the unique customs & traditions. Be inspired in this fantastic Korea experience!
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at ICN airport

Stop At: Korea DMC Tour, #127, Mapodae-ro, Mapo-gu Suite 409, Seoul 04144 South Korea
A representative will pick you up at the airport or hotel and transfer to the Hotel.
Duration: 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Seoul (Incheon)

Day 2: Seoul ✈ ➜ Jejudo Island, Korea’s Gem

Stop At: Gwangmyeong Cave, 142, Gahak-ro 85beon-gil, Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do 14341 South Korea
is the largest themed cave park with varied cultural and artistic things, created in a gold mine where gold, silver, and bronze were mined. Visitors can experience wine at Wine Cave, as well as Cave Aqua World, Gold Falls, Gold Road, Gold Palace, Horror Experience, Cave Basement World, Underground Lake, the largest dragon sculpture in the nation, LED lights, and other facilities adding more fun to the visit. In addition, Black Light Performance will be held every weekend. The cave features many healing spots to heal one’s mind while taking a walk around the venue.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Yongduam Rock, 15, Yongduam-gil, Jeju, Jeju Island 63152 South Korea
is the largest themed cave park with varied cultural and artistic things, created in a gold mine where gold, silver, and bronze were mined. Visitors can experience wine at Wine Cave, as well as Cave Aqua World, Gold Falls, Gold Road, Gold Palace, Horror Experience, Cave Basement World, Underground Lake, the largest dragon sculpture in the nation, LED lights, and other facilities adding more fun to the visit. In addition, Black Light Performance will be held every weekend. The cave features many healing spots to heal one’s mind while taking a walk around the venue.

Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Jejudo, 4star hotel

Day 3: Jejudo Island

Stop At: Sangumburi Crater, San38, Gyorae-ri, Jocheon-eup, Jeju, Jeju Island South Korea
crater which has been designated as a Natural Monument., and is a flat crater, about 650 meters wide, 100 meters deep, and 2,070 meters in circumference. If you look at the crater from above up, it looks like a man-made circular stadium. There is a variety of plant-life in the crater.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ilchul Land, Samdal-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju Island 699-905 South Korea
With the aim of contributing to development of the tourism industry in the eastern part of Jeju Island based on Micheon Cave, Ilchulland was also built, following the advice of experts from various sectors, under the principle of environmental preservation. Academic study, a creation plan, impact assessment, and safety diagnosis has been carried out to conserve the cave for everyone at home and abroad, as well as the residents in Jeju Island.

As an important resource with underground mystery as well as academic, tourist, and cultural value, Micheon Cave has various natural characteristics such as clean air and water, green fields and oreum, and a parasite volcano.

The underground dark space is the pride of Ilchulland: it is a spiritual place filled with the marvel of creation where one can meditate on the essence of humanity and our future.

We invite you to Micheon Cave Tourist District, Ilchulland, where you can enjoy the absolute beauty of nature under a new kind a sunrise that cannot be found in a bustling city.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Seongsan Ilchulbong, 104 Seongsan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju Island South Korea
also called ‘Sunrise Peak’. It is an archetypal tuff cone formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions upon a shallow seabed about five thousand years ago. This volcanic crater offers some stunning views including one of the best sunrises Korea has to offer. and enjoy the Women diver show Women divers refer to female divers who dive into the ocean to gather various shellfish and seaweed without using any underwater diving equipment. (If show is cancelled due to strong winds or rain, replaced to Women Diver’s museum).

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Jeju Haenyeo Museum, Hado-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
The Jeju Haenyeo Museum exhibits various photos of haenyeo female divers and their activities, to provide an accurate picture of their lives. The Jeju Haenyeo Museum also has an observatory from

where visitorscan see an excellent view of the Hado-ri area, which has a garden with various sculptures and a resting area.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road), 2894-63, 1100-ro, Jeju, Jeju Island 63079 South Korea
also known as Dokkaebi Road. Like the name of the road, it is mysterious. What we will experience here is that the road seems to be uphill, from the start point of Mysterious Road, when we turn the engine off, our car will start to roll uphill!

Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Jejudo, 4star hotel

Day 4: Jejudo Island ✈ ➜ Seoul ➜ Mt. Seoraksan, a treat for nature lovers and immerses you in the spectacular natural scenery.

Stop At: Seoraksan National Park, Sokcho, Gangwon-do South Korea
The national park attracts many national and international tourists all year round, but the main season for Seoraksan national park is autumn. The autumn colours in the area are considered amongst the most beautiful in Korea. The red and yellow forest is interrupted by rocks and small mountain streams flow amidst this. During the rainy season in summer—especially after a typhoon—these streams can swell.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Gwongeumseong Fortress, Seorak-dong, Sokcho, Gangwon-do 217-120 South Korea
Gwongeumseong Fortress is the site of a castle ruins located on Seoraksan Mountain, and it is also known as Mt. Onggeumsan Castle, or Toto Castle. It is located on the steep Dolsan Mountain of Seoraksan Sogongwon area. It is believed to have been built by the 23rd King of the Goryeo Period (918-1392), Gojong (r. 1213-1259). It is also called Gwon-Kim Castle, as there is a legend that two generals named Gwon and Kim, built the castle to avoid war.

At the left side of Sogongwon, past the Biryonggyo Bridge over the ravine, there is a path which leads to Gwongeumseong Castle, but it takes over an hour of travel through a steep, rocky path (2.5km), so cable car is used. The cable car was installed by Dr. Gi-Sup Lee in 1971 and is still used by many tourists. It runs from 7 a.m. to 6 or 6:30 p.m., departing every 7 minutes, and you can only purchase round-trip tickets at the ticket counter for that day.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sinheungsa, 1137 Seoraksan-ro, Seorak-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Sinheungsa (신흥사) is a short 10min walk away from the entrance to Sogongwon. In fact, many visit because of its close proximity to Sogongwon. Sinheungsa is a temple which used to be called Hyangseongsa, built by Jajangyulsa (590~658), who traveled to famous mountains all over the nation, in Queen Jindeok’s (?~654) 6th year of reign. It was destroyed and rebuilt many times since.

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. Past the bridge there is a long stone wall with a Cheongwang door, and you can enter the temple. At the entrance there are four Cheonwang (king) statues (Jiguk Cheonwang with a sword, Damun Cheonwang with a lute, Gwangmok Cheonwang with a tower, and Jeungjang Cheonwang with a dragon), placed on either side. The Buddhist statues at Sinheungsa were placed here during the founding days of Seongjeongsa, and include the statues Mireukbosal, Gwaneumbosal and Seji which were sculpted by Uisang Daesa. The buildings which were built during that time are still standing, like the sanctuary, main temple, Myeongbujeon, Bojaeru, and Chilseonggak, etc. There is also an important cultural property, Treasure No. 443, called Hyangseongsaji, a three-story stone tower.

You can reach the Ulsan boulder by following the wall outside Sinheungsa
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Seoraksan, 4star hotel

Day 5: Mt. Seoraksan ➜ Trekking

Stop At: Ulsanbawi Rock, Seorak-dong, Sokcho, Gangwon-do 217-120 South Korea
Ulsanbawi is composed of six granite peaks, each bearing a width of 4km. You can see the spectacular scenery of Seorak Mountain, the East Sea, Dalma Peak, and Haksapyeong Reservoir from the top. There are three varying theories as to what the name Ulsanbawi implies: that it looks like a fence, that its name was derived from Ulsan in Gyeongsangnam-do, and that the Korean term of “crying mountain” was translated into Chinese characters.

Because of the way the whole mountain reverberates the sound of thunder in rain, it is also referred to as Cheonhusan Mountain. It roughly takes three to four hours to hike up from Sogongwon to the summit of Ulsanbawi Rock.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Seoraksan

Day 6: Mt. Seoraksan ➜ Trekking

Stop At: Geumganggul Cave, Seoraksan National Park, Sokcho, Gangwon-do 24903 South Korea
Hollowed into the rocks of Seoraksan Mountain, about 600 meters above sea level, you will find Geumganggul Cave. This 23 square meters cave was once used as a place of worship, and contains a stone sitting Buddha and some earthenware. The route up the cave is quite steep, and visitors must walk across a few bridges and up concrete stairways. However, you will be rewarded with a captivating view of Cheonbuldong Valley.

The hiking trail from Seorakdong to Geumganggul Cave, which also passes by Biseondae, is 3.6 kilometers long and takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Seoraksan

Day 7: Mt. Seoraksan ➜ Sinhungsa Temple Stay, be part of nature and turn inwards to self-reflection.

Stop At: Sinheungsa, 1137 Seoraksan-ro, Seorak-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
The well-organized Temple Stay program is a great way to experience the traditional Korean Buddhism even for those who are new to the culture.

Regardless of one’s religion, Temple Stay is a program where one can stay in a traditional Buddhist temple to experience the spiritual culture and practice of Buddhism. It is open to everyone who wants to get away from their busy and complicated lives,be part of nature and turn inwards to self-reflection.

The program includes early morning chant with the monks under the moonlight and stars, Zen meditation, meditation in the mountains and tea ceremony with the monks and nuns.

The doors of Beopjusa will always remain open for the seekers of the true happiness.

Enjoy the Scent of One Thousand and Five Hundred Years of History in the lush mountains.

Note: Personnel supplies - Toilet articles, Towel, Socks, Sneakers

Duration: 20 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Sinhungsa temple

Day 8: Sinhungsa Temple ➜ Seoul, Fashion and technology forward but also deeply traditional.

Stop At: Gyeongbokgung Palace, 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea
Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces.

The premises were once destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598). However, all of the palace buildings were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919).

Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond have remained relatively intact. Woldae and the sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (The Royal Audience Chamber) represent past sculptures of contemporary art.

The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is located on the eastern side within Hyangwonjeong.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: National Folk Museum of Korea, 37 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03045 South Korea
Located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past. Through the displays, visitors can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea’s cultural beliefs.

The National Folk Museum of Korea has three permanent exhibitions and two special exhibitions as well as a library, souvenir shop, and other subsidiary facilities.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bukchon Hanok Village, 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03059 South Korea
Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon, which literally translates to "northern village," came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Temple breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Seoul, 4star hotel

Day 9: Seoul ➜ DMZ ➜ Hiking

Stop At: DMZ, Munsan-eup, Majeong-ri Imjingak Tourist information center, Paju, Gyeonggi-do South Korea
The highlight of today’s tour is the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone).
*Note: Must bring passport for ID check.

Located on each side of 38th parallel, this infamous border was established at the end of the war in 1953 at the signing Panmunjom’s armistice in order to separate North and South Korea.

Upon arrival, proceed to passport security control followed by a short introduction at the United Nations’ camp.

Visit Dora observatory and Dorasan railway station. Discover Imjingak Park with the Memorial, the Liberty Bridge and the bell of unification. Late morning, visit the 3rd tunnel dug into the rock at a depth of 73m and able of moving a full division per hour with their weapons.
Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: DMZ, Munsan-eup, Majeong-ri Imjingak Tourist information center, Paju, Gyeonggi-do South Korea
Trekking Trailer
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Seoul, 4star hotel


Day 10: Seoul ➜ Dullegil Trekking

Stop At: Bukhansan Dullegil, 4, 4.19-ro 28-gil, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul 01013 South Korea
The trail is made up of a total of 21 sections, with each course having a different length and difficulty, and requiring various time to complete. Courses 1 through 20 are open every day to visitors without making a reservation; however, route 21 (Uiryeong-gil Trail) can only be entered by hikers who have made a reservation in advance online or via phone.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Seoul K-Medi Center, 26, Yangnyeongjungang-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 02570 South Korea
Seoul K-Medi Center, Experience K-medi-related health services including a thermomassage bed, K-medi natural facial pack with foot massage, herbal warmth foot bath and aroma therapy.

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Seoul, 4star hotel


Day 11: Seoul ➜ Free at leisure

Pass By: Seoul Forest, 273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 04770 South Korea
Full day free at leisure

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Seoul, 4star hotel


Day 12: Seoul ➜ ICN airport for deparutre ✈

Stop At: Incheon International Airport, 272 Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea
Departure
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Departure:

Departure point:

Traveler pickup is offered
The Local guide picks up from airports or hotels as stated.

Airports

  • Gimpo Intl Airport, 112 Haneul-gil, Gangseo-gu, Seoul South Korea
  • Incheon Intl Airport, 272 Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon South Korea


Departure time:

9:00 AM

Duration:

12 days

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Terms and Conditions:

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Hiking Trekking & Temple Stay 12days 11nights
Overview:

Accommodation: Best selected 4star hotels located in the heart of downtown.

Tour Guide: Best selected Licensed English speaking guides, who are passionate, well-trained, and knowledgeable to create a truly unforgettable experience

Tour condition: Premium quality Service, Comfort, Hassle-free Travel, Not too rushed

Split by a border, the Korean Peninsula offers the traveler a dazzling range of experiences, beautiful landscapes and 5000 years of culture and history.

There is so much to explore in Sparkling Korea - from the magnificent scenery, affluent cultural heritage, to the unique customs & traditions. Be inspired in this fantastic Korea experience!

From USD

$3580

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