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Itinerary - South Korea 360°: between modernity and tradition

day 1

Welcome to South Korea!

history
70 %
culture
70 %
party
20 %
Check-in and meet your group

Round trip flights are not included in the package, so you can choose from where and when you want to fly. This is to give you maximum freedom of choice!

Embarking on our South Korea journey, we kick off in the capital: the lively and culturally abundant Seoul! Depending on our arrival, we can choose to explore initial iconic city spots. A must is the Hongdae district, ideal for our inaugural evening and a chance to savour a delightful 'bibimbap' - a classic dish of rice, vegetables, and meat.

Included: overnight stay

day 2

Seoul, between modernity and tradition

history
70 %
culture
70 %
party
20 %
Our first hanoks

Today, our exploration leads us to the city's most renowned temples, nestled amidst skyscrapers and futuristic edifices - a true testament to the capital's unique allure! We commence with the grandeur of Changdeokgung Palace, a beloved Joseon dynasty residence ensconced within a picturesque park. Then, we embark on a journey into history within the Bukchon Hanok district. Its name, signifying 'northern village', is derived from its position between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung royal palaces and is famed for its traditional hanok houses!"

Included: overnight stay

Money pot: entrance fees to museums or temples and any public transport

Not included: meals and drinks

day 3

Andong

history
100 %
culture
100 %
Korean tradition

This morning, our guide awaits to lead us into a Korean tradition as we hop on board the ultra-modern Korean trains, set for Andong. Our destination is the Hahoe village, renowned for its traditional hanok houses, scenic setting, and deep ties to Korean history and culture. Preserving its original charm, the village's origins stretch back over 600 years!

A treat awaits as we savour Andong's signature dish, Jjimdak, for lunch. Post the delightful meal, an enriching experience awaits: delving into the traditional 'Hanji' art. Here, we'll recreate and colour paper using techniques passed down through centuries!

Included: overnight stay, Seoul - Andong train, private bus with driver and English speaking guide, lunch and "Hanji making" experience

Money pot: entrance fees to museums or temples and any public transport

Not included: other meals and drinks

day 4

Gyeongju

nature
10 %
history
50 %
culture
50 %
party
20 %
Temples and palaces

One final stroll along the cobblestone paths and through the characteristic houses, then we're off to Gyeongju, the former capital of the Silla dynasty. This time, we opt for a leisurely train journey, relishing the scenery outside the window.

By evening, we'll catch glimpses of Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. Beyond its historical significance, Gyeongju thrives as a vibrant city brimming with youthfulness. What better chance to relish the company of fellow travelers and indulge in Sipwon-ppang, a traditional delight? We won't spoil the surprise, but your taste buds are in for a treat!

Included: overnight stay, Andong - Gyeongju train

Money pot: entrance fees to museums or temples and any public transport

Not included: meals and drinks

day 5

On the way to Busan

nature
20 %
history
40 %
culture
60 %
party
30 %
Towards the sea

This morning is dedicated to the remnants of the Silla dynasty - astonishing tomb complexes and ancient temples like the revered Bulguksa, a UNESCO World Heritage site! As a final treat, we relish a slice of cheesecake before boarding the express train headed for Busan.

Ever heard of the movie 'Train to Busan'? Interestingly, it involves zombies on a train. No worries, though – we'll verify upon arrival. And, just in case, we're prepared for anything! Upon reaching Busan, we're greeted by the refreshing sight of the sea. What better way to enjoy it than with a delectable serving of hoe – a delightful local delicacy akin to super-fresh sushi!

Included: overnight stay, Gyeongju - Busan train

Money pot: entrance fees to museums or temples and any public transport

Not included: meals and drinks

day 6

Exploring Busan

nature
30 %
history
50 %
culture
50 %
party
20 %
A chill day

Today in Busan, we're free to soak in the city at our own pace. We've got a bunch of options: there are awesome beaches like Haeundae and Gwangalli to kick back on, or we can explore the historic Beomeosa Temple, a big deal in Korean Buddhism. For a lively scene, there's the Gukje Market where we can shop, eat, and check out local stuff.

Later, we can hit up the Cinema Center for a change of pace, and as the sun starts to set, why not head up to the Gamcheon Culture Village on the hill? It's this artsy, colorful neighborhood with twisty streets, and the view of the city from there is killer—especially during sunset!

Included: overnight stay

Money pot: entrance fees to museums or temples and any public transport

Not included: meals and drinks

day 7

Seoul

history
20 %
culture
100 %
party
30 %
Let's go back to Seoul

Before bidding farewell to Busan, let's pay a visit to the stunning Yonggungsa Temple, perched by the sea waves—a true Korean gem. Then, a flavourful lunch awaits with Dwaeji Gukbap soup, featuring tender pork, in Nampo-Dong. Afterward, we hop back onto the express train, bound for Seoul.

To celebrate your return to the capital tonight, how about a little festivity? We can hit the dance floor in Itaewon, or if we're in the mood for a more sophisticated vibe, a chic bar in Gangnam might be the ticket. Oh, and that name might ring a bell—yes, it's the same Gangnam from the famous tune 'Gangnam Style'!

Included: overnight stay, Busan - Seoul train

Money pot: entrance fees to museums or temples and any public transport

Not included: meals and drinks

day 8

Seoul: Markets and K-POP

culture
100 %
party
30 %
Karaoke anyone?

Traditional markets are like windows into local culture, don't you think? Our morning begins at Gwangjang Market, one of Seoul's oldest and biggest, where we can soak up the vibrant Korean lifestyle, shop for souvenirs, and most importantly, relish the street food scene!

In the afternoon, we'll traverse the colourful Insadong street, surrounded by traditional art and young folks engrossed in K-pop culture. How about capping the day with some evening karaoke? Who knows, we might uncover our hidden talents! In Seoul, the possibilities are endless!

Included: overnight stay

Money pot: entrance fees to museums or temples and any public transport

Not included: meals and drinks

day 9

The modern soul of Seoul

culture
100 %
party
30 %
A step into the future

After so many temples and history, the time has come to also see the more modern soul of Seoul . A perfect example is the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a convention centre with curvy architecture and a rooftop park!

Since we are already at the top, we cannot miss the ascent to the Seoul Tower, the N Seoul Tower , from which we can admire the incredible Korean metropolis - which is the perfect way to say goodbye to this country, which we have discovered in all its facets!

Included: overnight stay, Andong - Gyeongju train

Money pot: entrance fees to museums or temples and any public transport

Not included: meals and drinks

day 10

Final day

Check-out and goodbye

Check-out and goodbye – until your next WeRoad adventure!

End of services. The itinerary may undergo some variations that differ from what is stated above. These variations may not be predictable nor depend on WeRoad’s will, i.e. climate conditions, national holidays, strikes, etc.

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