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SOULFUL SOUTH KOREA

From pulsating cities to majestic mountains, this 10-day trip is the complete South Korean experience
Starts AtSeoul
Ends AtSeoul
Duration10 days
Group SizeMaximum 16
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Starts AtSeoul
Ends AtSeoul
Duration10 days
Group SizeMaximum 16
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
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About Your Trip

Experience South Korea’s urban and rural wonders on this 10-day adventure. After sightseeing and singing your heart out on a karaoke night in Seoul, venture into the tunnels of the Demilitarized Zone, running along the North Korean border. Admire mountain scenery as you hike through Seoraksan National Park, spend a night in a hillside Buddhist temple and discover the archaeological gems of Gyeongju by bike. You’ll gain an authentic taste of the country’s vibrant food and drink scene with a traditional cooking class in Busan, and plenty of local dishes, like ‘bibimbap’ in Jeonju, before returning to Seoul by train. All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.

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Trip Highlights

  • 1
    Explore the tunnels of the Demilitarized Zone near the North Korean border
  • 2
    Hike to Ulsanbawi Rock in Seoraksan National Park
  • 3
    Practice martial arts and meditation at a hillside Buddhist temple
  • 4
    Cycle through Gyeongju, the former capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom
  • 5
    Learn how to cook authentic South Korean dishes in Busan
  • 6
    Enjoy bibimbap and makgeolli in the foodie hub of Jeonju
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Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • Four nights boutique hotel accommodation
  • Three nights premium hotel accommodation
  • One night Golgulsa Temple accommodation
  • One night traditional 'hanok' accommodation
  • Private and local transport
  • Nine breakfasts, five lunches, three dinners
  • Local Insider
  • N Seoul Tower visit
  • Yoga class
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace visit
  • Blue House visit
  • Tongin Market visit
  • Bukchon Hanok Village exploration
  • Karaoke night
  • DMZ half-day trip
  • Seoraksan National Park hike
  • Gatbae Boat ride
  • Abai Village visit
  • Lighthouse Observatory visit
  • Korean traditional arts performance
  • Sunmudo demonstration and training session
  • Buddhist chanting and meditation session
  • Archery lesson
  • Gyeongju city cycling tour
  • Wolji Pond visit
  • Centum Spa Land visit
  • Jagalchi Fish Market visit
  • BIFF Square visit
  • Soju tasting session
  • Bibimbap experience
  • Hanok village visit
  • Craft brewery visit
  • Makgeolli tasting session
  • Nambu Market visit
  • Train back to Seoul

What's Not Included

  • Visas
    • Travel insurance
      • Flights to and from the destination

        Accommodation

        Makers Hotel (or similar)

        This hotel in the charming Ikseon-dong neighbourhood is ideally located for exploring the capital, with standout attractions such as Jongmyo Shrine and Gwangjang Market just a short walk away. Its exposed brick design is complemented by plush leather sofas and vintage bookcases, giving it a trendy-but-homely feel. 

        Kensington Resort Seorak Beach (or similar)

        Relax in the saltwater sauna and choose from over 200 delicious dishes at the buffet restaurant of this tranquil resort. Expect spacious, air-conditioned rooms with East Sea or mountain views. 

        Golgulsa Temple (or similar)

        Immerse yourself in the practice of sunmudo – a Korean martial art and form of moving meditation that dates back over 1,000 years – at this sixth-century hillside temple. Vegetarian monastic food, a traditional tea ceremony and an archery lesson further add to this unique experience, just outside Gyeongju City. 

        Silla Boutique Hotel Premium (or similar)

        This elegant hotel has all you need for a comfortable overnight stay in Gyeongju City – the former capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom. Make the most of the sauna and plentiful buffet breakfast. 

        Paradise Hotel Busan (or similar)

        Soak up the sun at the infinity pool, treat yourself to a soothing massage at the Sundari Retreat spa and sip cocktails or freshly made smoothies at the Crystal Garden. There’s also an on-site casino, a boutique bakery and three superb restaurants at this luxurious hotel overlooking Haeundae Beach.

        The Hanok (or similar)

        Expect warm hospitality and a cosy ambience at this authentic hanok-style guest house in central Jeonju. Choose between a Korean or continental breakfast and admire the traditional architecture while relaxing in the private garden. 

        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com