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Welcome to Seoul! Airport arrival transfer to our city centre hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Discover the highlights of the nation’s charming capital on a guided tour. First stop is the grand Gyeongbokgung Palace and within these beautiful palace grounds the National Folk Museum with interesting displays of Korean culture and history. Continue to Jogyesa Temple, the centre of Zen Buddhism in Korea, and nearby Insadong, a lively antique alley lined with art galleries, pottery shops, traditional restaurants and teahouses. Enjoy a stroll alongside Cheonggycheon stream which runs serenely through the heart of downtown. Our final port of call is the lofty Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsa, which provides spectacular panoramic views of the city from its observatory.
Today join an exciting shared tour to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), acting as the buffer zone between the two nations of North and South Korea. Our coach tour provides a fascinating insight into the events that resulted in Korea’s division and also includes a visit to Imjingak Park, built to commemorate those who lost their homes and families when Korea was divided. You’ll also have the chance to visit Dora Observatory situated on Mount Dora, and Dorasan Station, once used by freight trains to travel between the South and the North. On the way back to Seoul the tour coach makes a stop at an amethyst or ginseng shop, for those who are interested.
Leaving Seoul we travel south to Andong, the picturesque home of Korean Confucianism. On an afternoon tour we explore ancient UNESCO Listed Hahoe Village, where approximately 130 traditional houses of varying size and standard have been immaculately preserved by the same families for generations. We’ll also visit the Andong Folk Museum and the historic Dosansewon Confucian School, which was established in 1574.
Travelling south we reach historic Gyeongju - the ‘museum without walls,’ which was the capital of the Silla Kingdom from 57BC to 935AD. This afternoon we visit Gyeongju National Museum, home to countless treasures including the 23 ton Emille Bell cast in AD771. At Tumuli Park we see the incredible giant grass-covered burial mounds which house the Silla royal tombs and take a stroll around scenic Anapji Pond where the Silla royal family spent their leisure. Another highlight of today’s touring is Cheomseongdae Observatory, one of the world’s oldest astronomical observatories.
This morning we visit two magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Listed temples - Seokguram Grotto, one of Asia’s finest Buddhist shrines, which is dramatically located on the slopes of Toham Mountain and the beautiful temple of Bulguksa which was built in 528 during the Silla Dynasty. Depart for Seoul this afternoon and spend your final evening at leisure in the capital.
After breakfast and hotel check out, spend the remains of the day at leisure before your transfer to the airport for your flight home.