Take a journey to ‘The Land of Morning Calm’ and you’ll uncover the hidden gem of South East Asia. South Korea is a country still relatively unknown to even the most passionate of travellers. Lying between China and the islands of Japan it has many cultural gems to uncover. The buzzing cities, awash with the sounds of modern life, morning markets and the chanting of Buddhist monks contrast sharply with the haunting beauty of the unscathed National Parks and forest covered mountains. First explore the hustle and bustle and then contemplate life in peace and tranquillity.
We start our journey in Seoul, well known for hosting the 1988 Olympics. It’s a teeming city of more than 10 million and there are some fascinating cultural sites to be enjoyed as might be expected from a history dating back over 4000 years. Our itinerary will take in the royal heritage of the city and its fascinating markets, always a good place to see local life.
Moving on, we travel west to Seoraksan National Park, one of the most beautiful areas of South Korea. We walk under high craggy peaks and through pine and hardwood forests before continuing down to the coast to Mokpo where we will walk in the Yudalsan National Park and visit this smaller city’s best museums. We’ll also take a coastal cruise amongst the islands in the Dadohaesang National Park and visit a tea plantation to experience the tea spa facilities. Next it’s onto the valley region of Gyeongju, a city with a vast array of must see sites including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Seokguram Grotto – a grotto temple famous for its amazing white granite Buddha – an extraordinary sight! We spend two nights in Busan, the principal port of South Korea, for sightseeing and some free time on the golden sands of Haeundae Beach before returning to Seoul for our final night.