Busan, Gyeongju, Andong, Buyeo, Seoul
History & Culture, Off the Beaten
This journey takes you beneath the surface of typical Korea tourism icons and dive deep into the fascinating history unknown to many. Unearth 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites documenting the nation’s captivating tales from the ancient Three Kingdoms period to the medieval Joseon Dynasty.
In southern Korea, you will immerse in the rich tapestry of the ancient Shilla and Baekje sites, many of which are nestled amidst beautiful landscapes. In Seoul, you will traverse the hallowed halls of grand palaces and museum, each echoing the unending stories of the Joseon Dynasty. Furthermore, this journey is planned to coincide with the Cherry Blossom period (subject to weather condition), which further enhances the beauty of the already lovely sites.
Twin Sharing: HKD 76,580
Single Supplement: HKD 19,950
Early Bird Offer
First two bookings with deposit (limit to two rooms) will get complimentary upgrade to Suite at Lahan Select Gyeongju for 2 nights.
20% deposit at booking
*Registration Closing Date
5 Jan 2024 or when tour is fully subscribed
Gamcheon Culture Village
Arriving into Busan, you will be transferred to your accommodation with en route sightseeing. Enjoy a stroll at Gamcheon Culture Village, often called the Machu Picchu of South Korea, with its labyrinth-like alleys and houses which are beautifully painted in pastel colors.
Busan: Past & Present
Busan’s modern status as one of South Korea’s key economic and cultural center builds upon the legacy of its long history which stemmed from even before the Three Kingdoms period.
Today’s journey starts with a stroll across Cheongsapo Village’s skywalk bridge admiring the coastal view. Thereafter, we will step back in time at the Bokcheon Museum, which houses artefacts ranging from the Samhan Era to the Three Kingdoms era, followed with a stroll along a nearby path to Dongnaeeupseong Fortress North Gate, a fortress erected as protection from Japanese invasions in 1592.
Round out the day with a visit to the architecturally stunning Beomeosa Temple. Perched on the slopes of a mountain surrounded by hiking trails and woodland, this quiet temple is a popular getaway for city folks looking for peace and quiet.
Into the Shilla Kingdom
Today, transfer from Busan to Gyeongju, with en route sightseeing.
Our first stop is the UNESCO-listed Yangdong Folk Village, an excellently preserved aristocratic village since the early Joseon Dynasty. Thereafter, our journey continues to Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Shilla Kingdom, which ruled about two-thirds of the Korean peninsula at its height for close to one thousand years.
The Gyeongju Historic Areas is now inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will visit two of the main sites within Gyeongju Historic Areas: the Tumuli Park Belt (Daereungwon Tomb Complex) as well as the Wolseong Belt. Time permitting, we will conclude the day with a visit to the Gyeongju National Museum, which displays key cultural artefacts from the Shilla Dynasty.
Shilla’s Buddhist Heritage
Your discovery of the Shilla Kingdom continues with a third site of the Gyeongju Historic Areas: the Namsan belt, which includes the ruins of 122 temples, 53 stone statues, and 64 pagodas. In the afternoon, we will visit two UNESCO sites of strong Buddhist importance: Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto on the slopes of Mount Tohamsan. This Buddhist complex was founded in the 8th century under the Shilla kingdom.
Legacy of Haeinsa Temple
Today, transfer from Gyeongju to Andong with en route sightseeing.
Visit Haeinsa Temple’s Janggyeong Panjeon (literally means the ‘Stamp of the Sea Temple’). This UNESCO World Heritage is renowned for housing the Buddhist scriptures of Tripitaka Koreana.
Unveiling Andong’s Folklores
In Andong, we will visit three sites which are inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage: Byeongsan Seowon, Hahoe Village and Bongjeongsa Temple.
Proceed to visit Byeongsan Seowon Confucian Academy, one of the most magnificent and well-preserved Confucian academies in Korea.
Thereafter, we will visit Andong Soju Brewery. Dating back to the times of the Shilla dynasty, the art of Andong soju-making is then subsequently passed down through generations in Andong.
Continue to Hahoe Village, one of the most famous folk villages in Korea. Surrounded by the Nakdonggang River, the village is home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan, which still makes up 70 percent of the villagers. Conclude with a visit to a Sansa Temple – the Bongjeongsa Temple.
Gongju: Ancient Baekje Capital
This morning, leave Andong for Buyeo with en route sightseeing at Gongju.
Gongju served as the ancient capital of the Baekje Kingdom from 475 to 538. The Baekje Historic Areas, which includes both Gongju and Buyeo, are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Uncover Gongju’s rich heritage with a visit to Gongsanseong Fortress, Tomb of King Muryeong, and the Gongju National Museum.
Buyeo: Deeper into the Baekje Kingdom
After breakfast, we will travel from Buyeo to Seoul with en route sightseeing.
In year 538, the ancient capital of Baekje Kingdom was moved from the present-day Gongju to the present-day Buyeo. Today, Gongju harbors key UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Baekje Historic Areas, such as the Royal Tombs in Neungsan-ri, Jeongjimsaji Temple Site, Gwanbuk-ri Ruins and Buso Sanseong Fortress.
Next, visit Buyeo National Museum, which preserves key cultural artefacts from the Baekje Kingdom. The main display of the museum is the Gilt-bronze Incense Burner of Baekje.
Magoksa: Shilla’s Mountain Temple
Proceed to Magoksa Temple, a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism in Gongju. Built during the times of the Shilla Kingdom, Magoksa is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as part of the Sansa, the Buddhist mountain monasteries which documented the development of Buddhism in Korea through the centuries.
Continue to Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site built during the Joseon dynasty period. Despite its long history, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress has remained largely intact.
Seoul’s Royal Footprint
Your journey culminates in the bustling metropolis of Seoul, with its glistening skyscrapers standing tall thanks to the legacy paved by the long historic events that shaped the nation. Seoul has served as the capital of the Baekje dynasty, Joseon dynasty, the Korean Empire, the Goryeo state and the present-day South Korea.
You will visit Changdeokgung Palace (UNESCO), one of the Five Grand Palaces built during the times of the Joseon dynasty. Behind the palace lies the Biwon Secret Garden, which was once reserved only for private use of the king. Your day concludes with a visit to the National Museum of Korea.
From Royalties to Presidents
Start the day with a visit to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Housed inside the palace, you will visit the National Palace Museum of Korea, which houses royal treasures and artifacts from both the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire.
Then, we continue to Cheong Wa Dae, also known as the Blue House. Originally built upon the site of the Joseon Dynasty’s royal garden, the Blue House has served as the executive office and official residence of the president of South Korea from 1948 to 2022.
Later, we pay respect with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Jongmyo Shrine, a Confucian royal shrine housing the spirit tablets of the Joseon Dynasty’s kings and queens.
Intriq Finesse Collection: Private Jijidaeak Performance
For your finale, let us treat you to a private jijidaeak performance. This traditional music performance has existed since the times of the Great Joseon Dynasty, the last dynastic kingdom to rule Korea.
Transfer: Hotel to Airport
You would be met and transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
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04 Apr, Hong Kong – Incheon (KE178), 00:45 – 05:25
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Registration Closing Date: 5 Jan 2024 or when tour is fully subscribed
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