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South Korea

16 Nov — 29 Nov 2018 | Tour Director: Alex Koller

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Tour Director

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Alex Koller, PhD

lecturer in art history and architecture

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1255 on British Airways.

Day

2

Arrive Seoul 0850 and transfer to Grand Ambassador Hotel for two nights.

Day

3

Gyeongbokgung (Joseon dynasty royal palace), National Museum, Namsangol Hanok Maeul (village with traditional Joseon houses), 19th century Myeongdong Cathedral and Heunginjimun (East Gate).

Day

4

Depart Seoul by KTX high-speed train for Busan (Korea’s largest port) with visit to UN Cemetery. Afternoon excursion to Tongdosa and Beomeosa Temples. Transfer to Haeundae Grand Hotel for overnight stay.

Day

5

Depart Busan for visit to Hallyeo Maritime National Park (one of South Korea’s scenic wonders) with boat trip to naval headquarters of Admiral Yi Sun Shin. Afternoon visits to Chungnyeolsa (temple shrine), Sebyeongwan (historic naval headquarters) and Tongyeong Harbour. Transfer to Stanford Hotel & Resort, Tongyeong for overnight stay.

Day

6

Depart Tongyeong for visit to Jinju: Cheoksongnu (beautiful riverside pavilion). Continue to Naganeupseong Folk Village and Boseong (tea plantations). Transfer to Ecograd Hotel, Suncheon for overnight stay.

Day

7

Morning: Jogyesan Provincial Park (Songgwangsa and Seonamsa temples). Afternoon: transfer to Jirisan National Park for overnight temple stay at Hwaeomsa Temple.

Day

8

Optional early morning service at Hwaeomsa. Visits to Ssanggyesa Temple, Haeinsa Temple (Tripitaka Koreana library). Continue to Gyeongju (former Silla capital) for two nights at Hyundai Hotel.

Day

9

Gyeongju: National Museum (Silla relics), Anapji Pond (in grounds of Silla palace), Cheomseongdae observatory (Asia’s oldest astronomical observatory), Bulguksa Temple (founded in 528), Seokguram Grotto (Buddhist shrine), Bunhwangsa Pagoda and Tumuli Park (royal burial grounds).

Day

10

Depart Gyeongju via tomb of General Kim Yu Shin. Continue for visits to Yangdong Folk Village, Oksan (Confucian Academy), Byeongsanseowon (Confucian Academy) and Hahoe Folk Village. Two nights at Richell Hotel, Andong.

Day

11

Buseoksa Temple, Bongjeongsa Temple (South Korea’s oldest wooden structure), Dosanseowan (Confucian Academy).

Day

12

Depart Andong for Gongju (former Baekje capital) via Beopjusa Temple (highest timber pagoda in Korea). Visits in Gongju: National Museum, King Muryeong’s tomb. Continue to Seoul for two nights at Grand Ambassador Hotel.

Day

13

Seoul: Jongmyo (oldest and most authentic Confucian royal shrine), Changgyeonggung Palace (originally built as a summer palace for Goryeo kings), Changdeokgung Palace (seat of royal power for 300 years, Huwon secret garden), Sungkyunkwan University, Jogyesa Temple (centre of Zen Buddhism in Korea), Tapgol Park (Wongaksa Pagoda), Insadong district and Jeongneung royal tomb.

Day

14

Depart Seoul 1055, arriving Heathrow 1415.

Tour Dates

16 Nov — 29 Nov 2018

Days

14

Cost

£4295

Tour Code

SKOR-18

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Testimonial

'Dr Koller is an articulate lucid and pleasant Tour Director, who made the (outstanding) cultural content of this course readily comprehensive on the basis of his extensive knowledge.'

Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement (except overnight stay at Hwaeomsa Temple) £750.

 
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