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The Ultimate Korean Cultural Experience

Here is an opportunity to experience authentic Korean life and learn firsthand about the history and culture of this wonderful place. Each day has been thoughtfully cultivated by Remote Lands to ensure that your time is spent embracing the most unique and meaningful elements of this country with the assistance from expert guides and incorporation of specialty locations and insider experiences. Begin in Seoul, the vibrant capital, exploring its diverse cityscape alongside three accomplished guides. Each will provide you with their distinctive insights into this fascinating urban environment. Travel outside the city limits to the DMZ, where you will be given an opportunity to pass by military checkpoints and view the isolated nation of North Korea. Visit the old capital of the Silla dynasty, a city called Gyeongju, dotted with Buddhist temples and millennium-old edifices. Beach-laden Busan is next, featuring Korean favorites of Spa Land and the Haeundae boardwalk. In the Jeollado province, you will discover the verdant tea fields of Boseong and the fascinating recent history of Gwangju. Your final locale will be the breathtaking Jeju Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the New Seven Wonders of the Nature, and a pride of the Korean people.

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  • Embark on guided cultural, culinary, and shopping excursions through the bustling city of Seoul
  • Experience the dramatic tension of the conflicted DMZ
  • Explore Gyeongju, the old capital with its thousand-year-old history
  • Unwind in the beach capital of Korea, the beautiful city of Busan
  • Visit the Jeollado province, an epicenter of food, drink, and political passion
  • Traverse the jaw-dropping UNESCO World Heritage site Jeju Island
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Day 1

Begin your exploration of Korea in its capital Seoul, the pulsating mega-city. Here, you will be met by a published author and noted Korean cultural expert, who will escort you through the nation’s recent transformation from third world country into economic powerhouse. See the majesty of Gyeongbokgung Palace and the neon-filled streets of downtown Gangnam, the subject of Psy’s mega-hit ''Oppa Gangnam Styl''. Retire to your luxurious hotel-- we recommend either the Ritz-Carlton or the Conrad.

Day 2

Today, go on a curated culinary tour of Seoul. Food is intrinsic to the Korean identity and, contrary to popular opinion, many of the dishes are very accessible to foreigners. An expert epicurean will escort you through your culinary adventure, as you masticate your way through exciting locales, ranging from traditional fish markets to upscale Korean dining destinations.

Day 3

Venture outside the city limits to the Demilitarized Zone, commonly called the DMZ. This region bisects the Korean peninsula into North and South, two nations still technically at war with one another. Your tour will take you through a number of security check points, including the Joint-Security Area, or JSA, where you will be able to view North Korean soldiers protecting their border. Return to Seoul this evening.

Day 4

Enjoy a bespoke shopping session accompanied by an expert fashion designer. Scour traditional Korean markets and upscale shopping districts alike. Be sure not to miss Garosugil, the Fifth Avenue of Seoul, featuring products from top Korean and international designers. Cap the night off with a private boat cruise along the Han River.

Day 5
Seoul - Gyeongju

Travel to the Gyeongju province, the former capital of the Silla Dynasty. With millennium-old structures adjacent to a rapidly urbanized city, this southeastern coastal region is a fascinating destination. Visit relics of Buddhist Temples and resplendent edifices of former kings, all the while uncovering the cultural heritage of the Korean people.

Day 6

Continue your exploration of the old capital by taking part in traditional Korean rituals. Practice taekwando with a martial arts master, don a hanbok (the Korean ceremonial dress), and eat a bowl of kalguksu (a tasty Korean noodle dish).

Day 7
Gyeongju - Busan

Venture to Busan, Korea’s second largest city, known for its delectable seafood and sandy beaches. Explore this coastal locale, sampling the tastes, sounds, and sights of Haeundae Beach’s elaborate boardwalk, saturated with street food and nightlife.

Day 8

Today, you will experience the Shinsegae Centum City, the world’s largest shopping complex. This massive building features an abundance of shops and restaurants, along with several amazing facilities including: a driving range, ice skating rink, CGV Multiplex Cinema, and Spa Land. Spa Land is often hailed as the pinnacle of Korean jjimjilbangs, or saunas, offering twenty-two spas, thirteen jjimjilbangs, and a full staff of professional masseuses.

Day 9
Busan- Gwangju

Travel to the capital of the fertile Jeollado province, the city of Gwangju. Renowned among Koreans for possessing some of the best food and political fervor, Gwangju is most famous for 1980’s 5/18 Democratic Uprising. The 5/18 Memorial Park, while small, is provocative, compelling, and surely worth a visit.

Day 10
Gwangju- Boseong - Yeosu

Explore the Boseong Green Tea fields on your way to Yeosu. These almost alien-green fields are famous for the tealeaves they produce. Spend the morning hiking, biking, or simply cruising past these stellar vistas (especially in the springtime). Cap-off your experience with a visit to the green tea sauna, a rare experience for foreigners and a revitalizing experience for your skin. The night will conclude in Yeosu, the southern city featuring a breathtaking coastline.

Day 11

Fly to Jeju, the largest island and honeymoon capital of Korea. This gorgeous isle recently jointed the list of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and stands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the day to unwind and explore the beaches surrounding the resort.

Day 12

Head to Seongsan Ilchulbong, also known as “Sunrise Peak,” a volcanic crater ideal for viewing the sunrises (or sunsets) of this island escape. Spend the rest of the day hiking Hallasan, one of Korea’s favorite mountains and traversing the island.

Day 13

Enjoy your last full day in Jeju at your leisure. You may fish, rent ATV’s, view the Jeju diving women (called haenyeos), sample the Jeju black pig, or just take a stroll along the island’s gorgeous beaches.

Day 14
Jeju- Seoul - Home

Depart for Seoul and connect your long haul flight home with memories of your Korean cultural adventure.


Suggested Accommodations

Conrad Seoul, Ritz-Carlton Seoul

Conrad Seoul

The five-star Conrad Seoul is located in the Yeouido financial district with fantastic views overlooking the Han River and city. The hotel offers a huge year-round indoor swimming pool, spa, well-equipped gym, a rooftop garden and even a golf driving range. The spacious executive lounge outshines other five-star lounges with comfortable seating and a generous happy hour promotion. There are 434 spacious rooms with air-conditioning, a deep bathtub, rainfall showerhead, double sink, luxury aromatherapy toiletries, Apple entertainment systems, a Nespresso coffee machine and complimentary newspapers. The hotel is within 5 minutes walking distance from Yeouido Subway Station (Line 5) and reasonably close to Seoul's airports. There is a choice of restaurants including Zest offering international dishes, Atrio that plates up Italian cuisine, a bar and grill on the 37th floor with a 360-degree view of the city and Flames a lobby bar offering wines, cocktails, local and international beers. The hotel also has direct access to the large international-style IFC shopping mall.


Ritz-Carlton Seoul

Located in the heart of the Seoul business district, the Ritz Carlton Seoul offer luxury accommodations near all of Seoul's attractions. Each of the 375 recently renovated rooms and suites come with Italian bed linens, marble bathroom, high-speed Internet access, and a 32 or 42-inch LCD television. The Ritz Carlton offers six dining options, such as Chee Hong that serves fine Cantonese cuisine and Hanazono for the freshest Japanese sushis. Other facilities include boutique shops, business and conference halls, a state-of-the-art fitness center with a Japanese sauna and an indoor swimming pool. The Ritz Carlton is approximately 70-90 minutes from Incheon International Airport.

Gyeongju Hilton

Gyeongju Hilton

Gyeongju Hilton provides a comfortable base from which to explore the historic area of Gyeongju. Situated on the edge of Lake Bomun and surrounded by beautiful parks, countryside and majestic mountains, this hotel boasts glorious views of the surrounding environment. The rooms are fitted with a desk, WIFI, sofas, TVs and cable channels, a marble bathroom, air-conditioning, bathrobes and a hot water pot with green tea. The hotel has a gym, spa, swimming pool and business center. Start the day with a breakfast buffet at Lakeside Café, enjoy delicious Asian flavors for dinner and relax with drinks in the stunning terrace setting of Stars lounge in the evening.
Westin Chosun

Westin Chosun

The Westin Chosun, built in 1978, was Busan's first luxury hotel. Situated in the western end of the popular Haeundae Beach resort, the newly renovated rooms boast superb views of the ocean, Gwangalli bridge or the forest. Rooms are spacious and confortable designed in a contemporary classic style. Traditional Korean ondol rooms, with under floor heating and a floor level bed are also available. The hotel is located in a prime location for business travelers within walking distance of the Nurimaru APEC house, just five minutes away from the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center, and only 30 minutes from downtown. Hotels facilities include a superior 24-hour full-service business center, a natural mineral spring and indoor heated pool. Onsite dining options range from a sophisticated beachside restaurant with a magnificent ocean view, a traditional Japanese teppanyaki eatery to regional Korean specialties and an Irish pub and sports bar.
Ramada Plaza Gwangju

Ramada Plaza Gwangju

The conveniently located, the Ramada Plaza is the best available in Gwangju, and a 15-minute drive from Gwangju Airport. Room amenities include a master remote panel on the nightstand, where one can control all the lights in the room, thermostat and air conditioning; high-speed Internet connection; mini-refrigerator; down pillows and comforters and flat-screen television. Breakfast is served at the restaurant on the top floor, Paraview, designed by Japanese architects Super Potato, and there is also a bakery on the ground floor and a Japanese Restaurant, BeShow. Guests have access to the on-site fitness center and spa, located on the second floor, and the business center on the 15th.
Hotel MVL

Hotel MVL

The shiny new Hotel MVL towers over the South Korean town of Yeosu, with views stretching across to the plethora of islets dotted around the South China Sea. This five-star hotel provides sleek and modern rooms, and also some less conventional ‘themed’ rooms, such as the Spanish-Style Double (with bright red and yellow décor), as well as Korean and Japanese options, both of which feature low floor-style beds. Perched on the very southern tip of Yeosu, views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in every room are about as good as you’ll find in the city, and similarly handsome vantage points can be enjoyed from Hotel MVL’s range of dining options. The inclusive buffet breakfast runs daily from 07:00-22:00, and there’s an on-site spa, sauna, fitness center, 24-hour reception desk and laundry facilities on the ground floor.

The Shilla

The Shilla

Experience the perfect Korean beach escape at the luxurious Shilla hotel. From the hotel, guests have direct access to the beach just a few short steps away. Situated on the cliff-top, there are panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding golf courses. Guest rooms are stylishly adorned with rattan furniture, each with their own private balcony patio with ocean, sea or mountain views. Rooms feature flat-panel televisions with premium satellite channels and fireplaces. Korean, international and Asian food is available in the hotel’s restaurants and bars. The hotel’s facilities include a kids club, fitness center, spa tub, function rooms and shopping arcade.
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