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Often referred to as the "Land of the Morning Calm," Korea has a population of 48.75 million (2010) and a total land area of 100,033 square kilometer (2010). Located at a major crossroads of Northeast Asia, it has also achieved the "Miracle of the Han River." As early as the 1960s, when the country's five-year economic development plan was first implemented, the Korean economy has relentlessly shown signs of exponential growth. From 1962 to 2005, the country's GNI surged from US$2.3 billion to a staggering US$786.8 billion. The 1997 East Asian foreign currency crisis was only a temporary set-back for the Korean economy. The GNI stagnated at US$340.4 in 1998 but soon began to advance again, soaring to US$ 986.2 billion by 2010.

Years of rapid economic development propelled the country into becoming the world's 12th largest trading partner. Korea's industrial base shifted from agriculture to manufacturing and is now shifting to services. A global force in a number of significant industries, including automobiles, petrochemicals, electronics, shipbuilding, textiles, and steel, Korea's GDP rose 5.0% in 2007 and 2.5% in 2008. Korea has a GDP of US$ 986.2 billion (as of 2010), ranking the nation 15th in the world.

Since 2004, Korean-made semi-conductors, automobiles, and wireless telecom devices have accounted for over 30% of the country's total trade volume. Exports of IT products have risen every year since 1998 and reached US$ 126.4 trillion worth of exports in 2010. Major IT exports include memory chips, mobile phones, LCD monitors, PCs, and satellite broadcasting receivers. Korea's semi-conductor industry, in particular, has achieved tremendous growth over the past two decades and is the third largest in the world.

The system of government in Korea is based on a system of checks and balances between the executive branch, the legislature, and the judiciary. The president is elected directly for a single five-year-term. South Korea's 17th president, Lee Myung-Bak, was sworn in to office on February 25, 2008. Overcoming many obstacles throughout his youth, Lee garnered enormous success in both his business and political career. Shortly after joining Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd, he soon earned the title of CEO and led the company through years of continued prosperity.

3 Days South Korea Temple Stay Tour

Tour Code: ST-EKRT
Tour Type: Sit-in-Coach
Visit: Busan, Golgusa Temple
Departure: Every Tuesday

Itinerary

Day 01
Upon arrival at Busan Airport or Train station, local guide meet and transfer to Hotel for check in. Rest day free.
Day 02 (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit Yongdusan park, Jagalchi fishery market, Korea's largest seafood market representaing the life style of the indigenous Busan native. Transfer to Gyeongju, an ancient capital of Silla Dynasty and a museum without walls. Visit Bulguksa Temple, one of the best known temple in Korea for its architectural design. Transfer to Seogulram Gotto and visit one of the finest Buddhist shrines in the world. Inside, a white serene statue of a seated Buddha in a sublime state of enlightenment is surrounded by Bodhisattva, disciples and guardians. Both of Bulguksa Temple and Seogulram Grotto are on the list of UNESCO world cultural heritage.

Later afternoon, check in at the Golulsa Temple.
17:30 temple dinner
18:10 orientation on Buddhist chanting and meditation
18:30 evening chanting
19:00 Sunmudo training (90 min)
22:00 light out and sleep
Day 03 (B, L)
04:00 wake up
04:30 morning chanting
05:00 sitting meditation and walking meditation
06:30 breakfast at the temple
08:30 Sunmudo training (90 min.)
10:30 108 bows, and/or mountain walking and tea time
11:00 Sunmudo demonstration
11:50 lunch at the Temple
13:00 check out and temple staff will arrange transfer to train station or airport and depart for Seoul.


Hotels Used (or similar) 2013 Tour Cost Per Person Single Supplement
Busan Novotel
Golgusa Temple
Due to the limited space in Golgusa Temple, pls contact us for rates with your travel time.



3 Days Seoul, Korea Tour

Tour Code: ST-EKR3
Tour Type: Sit-in-Coach
Visit: Seoul, DMZ
Departure: Daily

Itinerary

Day 01
Arrive Seoul. Check in at hotel by own arrangement.
Day 02
Option A: Seoul & Folk Village (B, L)
After breakfast, guide will be pick up at your hotel lobby around 09:00 AM and take city tour in Seoul by visiting Cheongwadae (Presidential residence), Gyeongbok Palace & National Folk Museum (Closed on Tue, Deosu Placed instead), Insadon Antique Shpping Street and Itaewon foreigner street. Transfer to Korean Folk Village (about 1 hour) and enjoy the village where preserve Korean traditional life style and houses. Return to hotel.

Option B: Seoul & DMZ Tour (Closed on Mon and National Holiday) (B)
Guide pick up from hotel and take day tour visiting Imjingak Freedom Park, DMZ Exhibition Hall and North Korea's 3rd Infiltration Tunnel. Then, visit the Dora Observation Platform where you can get a glimpse of North Korean territory and view their Propaganda Village, People's School and Gaeseong City and the Unification Village. Afternoon visit advance camp, Joint Security Area (JSA), the Freedom House, Conference Room, UN guard Post 3 and the Bridge of no return. Return to Seoul and drop off at Itaewon foreign street where you can explore this famous global community in Seoul. Return to hotel on own.
Day 03 (B)
Day free and check out hotel on own.


Hotels Used * 2013 Tour Cost Per Person Single Supplement
Vabien II Suite Residence Option A: $390
Option B: $460
$180
Ramada Hotel & Suites Option A: $480
Option B: $540
$280
*Other hotel options available upon request.


7 Days Across the South Korea Tour (West and East)

Tour Code: ST-EKR7
Tour Type: Sit-in-Coach
Visit: Seoul, Buan, Gwangju, Namhae, Busan, Daegu, Pyeongchang
Departure: Every Saturday

Itinerary

Day 01 (Sat) Seoul – Gongju – Daejeon (L, D)
Morning driver pick up from hotel in Seoul and transfer to Lotte Seoul Hotel for group departure. Transfer to Gongju, the old capital of Baekje Kingdom and visit the Bongsanseong Fortress, tomb of Muryeong King and Yoengpyeongsa Temple to experience the tea ceremony with Buddhist monk. Transfer to Daejeon and check in at the hotel after dinner.
Day 02 Daejeon – Jeoniu – Jinan – Gwangju (B, L, D)
After breakfast, transfer to Jeonju, home of Korean culture and tradition. Visit the Jeonju Hanok Village, a traditional Korean town with about 700 preserved traditional houses. You can learn the Korean Traditional Tea Etiquette & tea tasting. Transfer to Jinan and visit Tapsa Temple at Mt. Maisan. Tapsa Temple has 80 large stone pagodas that were built by Gapnyong Lee for world peace 100 years ago. Transfer to Gwangju (Approx. 2hours). Check in hotel after dinner.
Day 03 Gwangju – Boseong – Suncheon – Yeosu (B, L, D)
After breakfast, transfer to Boseong and visit Boseong Green Tea plantation. Transfer to Suncheon and visit Naganeupseong Folk Village. Naganeupseong Folk Village is located inside the castle. Usually Villages are placed outside the castles, but due to frequent enemy attacks the castle was built around the village. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visti Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park. Suncheonman Bay is one of the World's top 5 wet-lands. You can hike 40 min to get the top of the observatory where you can see the beautiful reeds. Transfer to Yeosu and check in at hotel after dinner.
Day 04 Yeosu – Jinju – Busan (B, L, D)
Afere breakfast, enjoy a cruise ship to enjoy a beautiful scenery around Odongdo Island in Yeosu and then transfer to Jinju and visit the Jinju Castle, where Korea and Japan had a fierce battle 400 years ago. Transfer to Busan, the second largest city & the largest port in South Korea (Approx. 2hours). Visit Dongbaekseom island and Centum City Shopping Mall, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest department store. Transfer to Hotel after dinner.
Day 05 Busan – Ulsan – Gyeongju – Daegu (B, L, D)
After Breakfast, transfer to Ulsan to visit Ulgi light house & Daewangam Rock, the first place the sun rises over the sea in Korean Peninsula. Transfer to Gyeongju which is the capital city of Silla for 1,000 years. It is also called the museum without walls that many national treasures are preserved. After lunch, visit Bulguksa Temple, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gyeongju National Museum, Yangdong Folk Village and take a experience of making Yeot (Traditional Korean Tarry). Check in hotel after dinner.
Day 06 Daegu – Andong – Wonju – Pyeongchang (B, L, D)
After breakfast, move to Andong. Visit Andong Hahoe Village, an UNESCO World Heritage. Transfer to Wonju (Approx. 2hours) and visit Hanji Theme Park and take a experience of making Hanji(Traditional Korean Paper) or Hanji craft. Later transfer to Pyeongchang, venue for the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Approx. 1hour 30 min). Check in hotel after dinner.
Day 07 (Fri) Pyeongchang – Gangreung - Mt. Seorak – Seoul (B, L)
After breakfast, transfer to Gangneung and visit the Jumunjin Fish Market to get an authentic experience of local fisherman's life. Transfer to Yangyang and take a short hiking at Jujeongol valley of Mt. Seoraksan National Park. Transfer back to Seoul in later afternoon. (Approx. 4hours). End Service.


Hotels Used (5-star or similar) 2013 Tour Cost Per Person Single Supplement
Daejeon: Hotel INTERCITI
Gwangju: Holiday Inn
Yeosu: Ocean Hotel
Busan: Novotel Ambassador
Daegu: Novotel
Pyeongchang: Intercontinental Alpensia
$1490 $490



Tour price includes:

  • Round trip transfers in each city and all ground transportation including trains listed in each itinerary.
  • English speaking guide, entry ticket to all sightseeings and meals as mentioned in itinerary.
  • Hotel with breakfast based on double occupancy.

Tour price doesn't include:

  • International flight.
  • Visa, if required.
  • Any optional tours.
  • Travel insurance, daily lunch and dinner (except mentioned).
  • Personal expenses & gratuities to guide, driver & porters.

Remarks:

  • Price is in USD based on 2 or more participants.
  • Tour itinerary and hotel arrangement are subject to change upon reservation & confirmation.
  • Schedule is subject to change due to local circumstance and flight, etc.
  • Tour cost is subject to change based on fuel surcharge and currency exchange rate.
  • Please contact us if you would like to customize this tour to your specific interests.