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Welcome to South Korea and the start of your holiday with us! Touching down at Incheon International Airport places you in the heart of Korea. After clearing immigration and customs, you will be met by your local tour guide and escorted to Seoul. As the nation’s capital with over 500 years of history, Seoul serves as the political, economic and educational hub of Korea. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Today we enjoy a tour of Seoul’s most famous landmarks. After driving around Blue House, the presidential residence of Korea, you will visit Chandukgung Palace which was served as the main palace of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), the last dynasty of Korea. With its magnificent gates and graceful architectures, Changdukgung palace shows the beauty of the Korean traditional cultural heritage. We then visit Jogyesa Temple, the representative Buddhist temple located in the city. Adjacent we explore the antique alley - lined with art galleries, antique shops, crafts shops, pottery shops, traditional restaurants and teahouses. The final stop of today’s tour is the Seoul Tower located on Mt. Namsan, where we enjoy the panoramic views of the city.
Today you will visit DMZ to understand the tragic history of Korea, which is presently divided into two countries by the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ). About 44km from Seoul, the Demilitarized Zone was established by the Korean Armistice Agreement which was signed on July 27, 1953 to bring a truce to the Korean War. DMZ tour covers Imjingak Park which was built in 1972 to soothe sorrow of those who had to flee their hometowns in North Korea and left their families behind during the Korean War. We then return to Seoul, and explore the National Folk Museum. Located in Gyeongbokgung Palace ground, National Folk Museum shows the legacies of Korean culture and history.
After breakfast we depart for the Korean Folk Village - a living museum that recreated the lifestyle of several centuries ago, there are 270 traditional houses and a small amphitheater for folk music and dance performances. Following this, we visit Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, which was UNESCO List of World Cultural Herirage in 1997. It is a well preserved structure of the Joseon Dynasty, built of stones and oven-baked bricks over a period of two years (1794-1796) during the reign of king Jeongjo.
Today we bid you farewell with a departure transfer to Incheon airport to meet your onward flight.