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Welcome to South Korea. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and transfers to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
At 8.40 you will be collected at the hotel to enjoy a coach tour of Seoul’s most famous landmarks today including Jogye Temple, we then pass by Presidential Blue House, witness the changing of the Guard Ceremony, then onto Gyeongbok Palace and the National Folk Museum. After lunch we visit Changdeok Palace, Insadong Alley and the Namdaemun Market.
After breakfast, you will be collect from the hotel at 8.30 and taken to the train station to board the KXT train departing at 9.30 to Dongdaegu. Here you will be collected by your English speaking driver/guide and taken to Andong, spiritual home of Korea as well as the cradle of Korea’s cultural tradition. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Andong which includes the charming UNESCO Listed Hahoe Folk Village, where approximately 130 traditional houses of varying size and standard have been immaculately preserved by the same families for generations. Also visit the Andong Folk Museum which has several interesting exhibits relating mainly to Korea's folk traditions, the ritual standards of Confucianism and folk plays.
Serving as the capital of Silla Kingdom from 57BC to 935AD, the entire city of Gyeongju is a living museum containing the remnants of the Silla Kingdom as well as relics pertaining to Buddhism, the national religion at the time. Your afternoon tour of Gyeongju includes visits to Gyeongju National Museum which is home to the 23ton Emille Bell cast in AD771 and numerous priceless treasures; Tumuli Park, with its collection of Silla royal tombs; Cheomseongdae Observatory, one the world’s oldest astronomical observatories and the scenic Anapji Pond where the Silla royal family spent their leisure time.
After breakfast, visit two magnificent temples both of which are enlisted to World Cultural Heritage List by UNESCO – - Seokguram Grotto, one of the Asia’s finest Buddhist shrines, surrounded by Bodhisattva, disciples, devas and guardian king; Bulguksa Temple which was built during the glorious period of Silla Kingdom. The architectural design of Bulguksa Temple is one of constrained dignity and peaceful harmony and the temple still remains one of the most remarkable achievements of the ancient Far East. After this, you will be taken to the station for your train back to Seoul, departing at 15.58. You will be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Your tour ends after breakfast. Enjoy the rest of your time in South Korea!