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Welcome to Spectacular South Korea. Upon arrival in Seoul you will be met by our representative at Incheon International Airport and transferred to your hotel.
Today is spent visiting Seoul’s most famous landmarks, this morning we see Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the last Korean Dynasty, the Joseon Dynasty. We also learn more of Korean culture, tradition and history at the National Folk Museum also situated in the grounds of the palace. Afterwards we stop at Insadong, “dong” meaning neighbourhood or district, the picturesque Cheonggycheon stream runs along the main street and divides what were once two villages, “In” and “Sa”, which have now combined as one. Lastly take in the wonderful panoramic views of bustling Seoul from the Seoul Tower, which is located on top of Mount Namsan.
The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is located around 45km north of Seoul and acts as a buffer zone and border between the two nations of North Korea and South Korea. Today you will join an excursion out to the zone. Peek into the reclusive north by visiting Dora Observatory situated on Mount Dora on the South Korean side closest to the North. Later visit Dorasan Station, once used for freight trains to travel between the South and the North but eventually halted by the North. Mr Reif you will be dropped at your hotel at around the same time that your wife should be arriving. Mrs Reif will be met at the airport by our local team and brought to the hotel.
Today travel Southwest towards Jeonju the capital of Jeollabuk-do province situated in the fertile Honam Plain famous for its quality produce, especially its exceptional strawberries, as well as being rich in tradition and culture. In the afternoon explore Jeonju Hanok Village, home to 700 traditional Korean homes built from clay, wood and stone, a rarity in today’s South Korea. Here, we also visit Gyeonggijeon Shrine in honour of King Taejo the founder of the Joseon Dynasty and the Jeondong Catholic Church built in 1914. When complete we continue the drive to Gwangju.
Today tour Boesong with its stunning mountains, the Boseong River flowing through the centre and the rolling green hills of tea plantations famous for its green tea of supreme quality. Before visiting picturesque Seonamsa Temple at the western end of Mount Jogyesan with its beautiful arch bridges then continuing to Suncheonman Bay, the ecological capital of South Korea and part of the United Nations Environment Programme, the UNEP. A 40 kilometre long wetland with its vast fields of reeds makes for a spectacular landscape.
This morning early we take you to the airport for your flight to Seoul. Arriving here, be dropped off at your hotel and spend the day exploring the city.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.