Min group size: 2 people
Best time to go: Summer/Autumn
Highlights: Mt. Sorak Everland Cheju Island
Jeju Island, also known as the "Island of the Gods," is a popular vacation spot for Koreans and many Japanese. It remains one of the top honeymoon destinations for Korean newlyweds. The island's mixture of volcanic rock, frequent rains, and temperate climate, make it very similar to the Hawaiian Islands in the U.S. The island offers visitors a wide range of activities: hiking on Halla-san (South Korea's highest peak), catching sunrises and sunsets over the ocean, viewing majestic waterfalls, riding horses, or just lying around on the sandy beaches.
Ancient royal palaces and cultural inheritances, such as Deoksu, Gyeongbok and Changgyeong palaces, the National Museum and Chogyesa Temple, surround the downtown area of Jongno, which bustles with people enjoying movie theaters, stores and restaurants.
Nami Island is a Korean island on the river Bukhan (Bukhangang, on the border between Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do (approximately one hour and a half drive from Seoul). Although this place is very popular among Koreans, and can be seen in most Korean dramas (specially in romantic scenes where the boy declares his love to the girl), it’s not usually visited by foreign tourists. The island is small, but quite pretty, perfect to relax for a while and spend the afternoon walking around a beautiful scenery.
Mount Sorak is situated on the east coast of the Korean Peninsula in the Taebaek Mountain range, which is composed of dissected granite and gneiss, with rocky hills and ridges. Mount Sorak or Mount Seorak (Seoraksan) is the highest mountain in the Taebaek mountain range in the Gangwon province in eastern South Korea. It is located in a national park near the city of Sokcho. After the Hallasan volcano on Jeju Island and Jirisan in the south, Seoraksan is the third highest mountain in South Korea. The Daechongbong Peak of Seoraksan reaches 1,708 metres (5,603 feet). The Taebaek mountain chain is often considered the backbone of the Korean peninsula.
Perhaps the most visited part of the mountain is the main entrance valley to the National Park, a fifteen minute drive from Seokcho city. The valley runs west to east with a paved road leading up to the park's entrance gate. This valley contains many beautiful sites and is well worth a day visit. Mt. Sorak, often described as a "peerless, beautiful woman," has a spiky mountain peak going through the clouds like bamboo shoots, and crystal clear water flowing down from the rock formations and into ponds in the valleys and waterfalls. Mt. Sorak is often commended for both its grandeur and gracefulness.
Furthermore, Mt. Sorak's entire area is breeding ground for world's rare organisms. It was designated as the only preservation site for organisms in Korea by UNESCO, in 1982. Mt. Sorak National Park is located near the clear, blue East Sea, and is endowed with optimal natural conditions that go beautifully with the ocean.
ARRIVAL INCHEON – NAMI YONGPYONG (L,D)
On arrival, we will enjoy a Kimchi-making session where you can learn how to make delicious kimchi and also wear Hanbok (Korean traditional dress). After, we then take a ferry to Nami Island to visit the film site of the popular Korean drama serial, “Winter Sonata”. It is a half moon shaped island and famous for its beautiful chestnut and poplar trees which line the roads. Next, onwards to Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch to experience cheese making activities.
NAMI YONGPYONG - MT. SORAK (B,L,D)
In the morning, visit Nara Herb Farm – Home of Aroma. Nara Herb Farm offers a harmony of beautiful nature and fragrant herbs. You can learn about the growth of herbs, from processing to merchandising, and also its usage in our everyday lives. Then travel to Mt. Sorak National Park. Mt. Sorak, often described as a "peerless, beautiful woman," whose spiky mountain peak pierces the clouds like a bamboo shoot, and crystal clear water flows down from the rock formations into ponds in the valleys and waterfalls. We visit Sinhung Temple, which reflects the harmonization of nature and music. Ascend to the summit by cable car (subject to weather conditions). Walk to the impressive Kwengumseong Fortress which commands an excellent view of the Outer Sorak region. Thereafter to Daepohang a bustling port with the freshest raw fish restaurant and a thriving live fish market.
MT.SORAK – YONGIN - SEOUL (B,D)
Today, visit Everland Theme Park, the best theme park in Korea. This Festival World Park offers thrilling rides, attractions, jungle safaris and seasonal flower shows. You will be given a full day unlimited ride pass. Enjoy your leisurely shopping trip at Dongdaemun which is the largest wholesale and retail shopping district in Korea.
Today, begin a city tour which covers Deoksu Palace, vividly contrasting modern Seoul with traditional Korea. Built during the mid-fifteenth century, it is the smallest of Seoul's palaces. Then, drive pass the Presidential Blue House, the president’s residence. Stop by a Ginseng outlet, Amethyst factory, Cosmetics shop and Cordyceps shop. Then enjoy a shopping spree at Myeongdong, a major shopping district lined with quality branded goods shops. To finish the day, enjoy a complimentary Sachoom Show. “Sachoom” is a non-verbal dance music that can be appreciated by all generations from all countries, as it presents a simple plot full of various dance genres including hip-hop, jazz, contemporary dance, break dancing, and more.
SEOUL - CHEJU (B,D)
In the morning, transfer to Sinchon Lady Street, a shopping street in front of Korea’s first women's university, Ewha Women University. We then head to the domestic airport for your flight to Cheju Island. On arrival, check in at the hotel.
This morning we visit Seongsan Sunrise Peak, a stone peak great for watching the sunrise. After, we explore Seongeup Folk Village, a folk and history museum with a miniature display of traditional villages. We go on to visit the 3D trick Museum, a great place to interact with art with your camera or willing participants. Take classic pieces of art, change them a bit, then encourage people to trick the eye. A few are standard optical illusions, while several others are painted on the wall or floor and stop by Locadio World. Proceed to Yongduam Rock, also known as “Dragon Head Rock”, an unusual lava formation that looks like a roaring dragon rising from the sea into the sky. Continued to Mystery Road, and experience the strange phenomenon of going uphill whilst your vehicle’s engine is turned off.
CHEJU - INCHEON - DEPARTURE (B)
Today, take a flight back to Seoul city. On arrival, enjoy your leisure time exploring China Town. We then head to Incheon international airport for your flight back home.
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Prices displayed are per person in MYR. Click on the hotel/room name for its description.
|Hotel||Twin/Triple||Child with Bed||Child no Bed||Travel validity|
|Yongpyong Resort (5*), Gangwon Do +
Tobin Tourist Hotel (local 4*), Seoul or Victoria Seoul Hotel (4*) or CO-OP Residence Oh-Mok-Gyo (Local 4*), Seoul + Sorak I Park Resort (local 4*), Mt Sorak
+ Cheju Palace Hotel (Local 4*), Jeju or similar class hotel
|1900||1710||1430||22 Jun - 31 Jul 2012|
|2030||1830||1530||01 Aug - 30 Nov 2012|
Estimated Arrival time in Incheon on D1:D7 506 @0820 hrs / KE 672 @ 0655 hrs / MH 66 @ 0710 hrs
Estimated departure from Incheon on D7 : D7 505 @ 1725 hrs / KE 671 @ 1630 hrs
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