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South Korea: A Complex Tapestry

Travel days:  4 days
 /  3 nights

  • All flights mentioned in the program in economy class including tax and fuel surcharge.
  • Transfers in customary air-conditioned coaches
  • Accommodation in selected hotels in standard rooms with bath/shower, WC, and daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • 24-hour hotline service
  • Visa to South Korea.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • Seoul 3* 
    Best Western New Seoul Hotel
  • Other hotels are available on request.
  • The above mentioned rates are subject to availability. Kindly note that no reservation has been made at this moment.

Travel content

Socially grounded in ancient Confucianism, South Korea is full of complexities. As the world's 11th largest economy, Korea is at the forefront of technology, energetically ambitious and always in the news. Capture the essence of Seoul, the heart of South Korea's fast-moving and fascinating whirl of activity, where modern and traditional lifestyles contrast and blend with each other. See the delightful ways of old Korean village culture and crafts. The highlight of this tour is a surreal visit to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), probably the most heavily fortified strip of land in the world, where North and South Korean soldiers have watchfully faced each other since 1953.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Beijing / Shanghai – Seoul Energetic Seoul

    Take the morning flight from Beijing to Seoul, where our tour guide will wait for you at Incheon airport.

    Transfer to your hotel in Seoul via Namdaemun Market, a vast day and night market dating back to the 15th century. It boasts thousands of shops and stalls selling a huge variety of items at cheap prices. Tourists and locals alike love this market where you can buy ginseng, dried seaweed, clothes, shoes, accessories, hiking gear, watches, handicrafts, sunglasses, contact lenses and much more. Food stalls offer cheap meals for adventurous eaters.

    You will also have the opportunity to visit Myeongdong on your way to the hotel, like Namdaemun, it has lots of clothing and accessories for sale, and is the best place to eat in the area with many types of restaurants.

    Overnight in Seoul

  • Day 2:
    Seoul – Korean Folk Village – Seoul old village ways

    After breakfast enjoy a tour of Seoul including the Blue House, Korea's presidential residence. Visit Gyungbok Palace, the main and largest palace built by the Joseon Dynasty. The name of the palace, "Gyungbokgung," translates in English as "Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven."

    Continue your tour at a traditional style Korean Folk Village, where you can roam around among the many lovely thatched and tiled houses for a fascinating cultural experience. Along the banks of a quiet river are a temple, a Confucian school and shrine, a market, a magistrate's house with examples of punishments and storehouses. Recreating a historical rural village atmosphere, artisans wearing hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) create pots, make paper and weave bamboo. Other workers tend vegetable plots, pigs and chickens. Traditional musicians, dancers, acrobats and tightrope walkers, and 'wedding' parties give performances twice daily.

    Overnight in Seoul

  • Day 3:
    Seoul – DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) – Seoul surreal DMZ

    After breakfast, embark on a full day tour of the surreal area known as the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). Visit Panmunjom, a village established on the South Korean side of the ceasefire line at the end of the Korean War in 1953 which is located only 55 km north of Seoul. This is the only place in the DMZ where visitors are permitted.

    The DMZ, a strip of land 4 km wide and 248 km long, divides the two Koreas and is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world, complete with high fences topped with barbed wire, watchtowers, anti­tank obstacles and minefields that line both sides of the border. Your tour will include a visit to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Dora Observatory, Dora Station, Imjingak Pavilion and Freedom Bridge. Though your tour will likely be a quiet one, the soldier 'tour guides' might tell you a few stories of past incidents.

    Return to Seoul.

    Overnight in Seoul

  • Day 4:
    Seoul – Beijing / Shanghai

    Time at leisure until transfer to Incheon airport for your flight back to Beijing / Shanghai.