South Korea: Temple homestay with monks, DMZ/JSA, Hike in National park, UNESCO cities with Temples, Shrines, Palaces & Bamboo forests

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Jemima

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🇰🇷 South Korea is an extraordinary country filled with beautiful beaches, thriving cities, ancient temples, remarkable natural scenery and most importantly, friendly people. South Korea has come a long way since The Korean War ended. Home to 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites that include temples, palaces and fortresses - come & learn about this fascinating country with me! I am looking for fun, open-minded TripMates who enjoy good conversation, a mixture of activities & trying new things to join me on an EPIC adventure experiencing this magical country 🤩🤗 👋🏽 I am 31, British 🇬🇧 & have been traveling solo for over 15 years across 65 countries! I organised group & individual trips as a career for over 8 years around Asia, Africa, the Oceania & Americas. Currently, I manage ultra high net worth clients travels as a personal manager for a luxury concierge company. You can read more about me & my sustainability focused travels on my profile 🥰 INCLUSIONS: ➡️ Logistics & booking responsibility removed from yourself & taken care of ➡️ Accommodation (Dorm rooms or shared rooms, only within our group). Privates can be arranged at an extra cost ➡️ Activities & tours mentioned in the itinerary ➡️ All transport between stops & for activities mentioned in the itinerary ➡️ Experienced, fun & knowledgeable trip leader! ➡️ Pre-departure guidance including help with flight timings, what time pack ➡️ Destination specific WhatsApp group for general travel questions & to meet your team before arriving ➡️ Travel insurance if you are a resident of Germany or Austria EXCLUSIONS: ➡️ F&B: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner & drinks ➡️ Spending money for extra activities/sightseeing & souvenirs you would like whilst we are in country. ➡️ Additional activities you would like to take part in during free time not mentioned in the itinerary ➡️ Additional transport during free time not mentioned in the itinerary 🗺 ITINERARY & GROUP SIZE: I will always try to stick to the itinerary provided as much as possible, however, please be aware it is subject to change depending on numerous factors that comes alongside traveling abroad. There are often variables that can affect the itinerary plans such as weather, traffic delays or local changes on ground. Our group will consist of 12 of us (including myself). 📍 MEETING POINT: You will need to arrive into ICN: Incheon International Airport & make your own way to the first nights accommodation. You can arrive anytime but please be aware if you arrive before 14:00 (South korean local time) you may need to store your luggage with reception until check in is available. The earlier in the day you arrive, the more time you have to explore the area and get settled before a team dinner to finally meet face to face at 19:30 - please meet in the accommodation reception area at 19:15. 📝 VISAS: Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival for South Korea. Please check BEFORE booking that you are eligible for a visa & you have a valid passport – these essentials are down to yourself to check & ensure validity. You will also need to check if South Korea has any alternative entry requirement forms or documents you need on arrival to be able to enter the country. ❤️‍🩹 INSURANCE: Travel insurance is included if you are a resident of Germany or Austria. You can view all the inclusions & exclusions of this insurance here: www.joinmytrip.com/en/t/travel-insurance. For any other TripMates, you will need to purchase your own Travel Insurance which also covers you for Medical expenses should you need it whilst we are away. 📱WHATSAPP GROUP: I will be making a ‘South Korea’ specific group WhatsApp before we depart for us to start these conversations where I can answer any questions you may have about the trip.
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Seoul

Day 1-4
Day 1: Arrive in Seoul and make your own way to the accommodation (assistance with booking transfers from the airport can be provided or you can take public transport). Check in is at 14:00 and we will be having a family dinner together to say hi in person for the first time at 19:30 so we will meet in reception at 19:15. Between your arrival and family dinner enjoy free time discovering all things Kpop in the beautiful city. Day 2: We can explore Seoul together - Hike to Namsan Tower, visit the War Memorial of Korea Museum, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Namdaemun Market, Gangnam, Traditional Hanok Village. We will also see the Nanta show in Myeong-dong where burlesque characters perform funny events in wacky kitchens and acrobatics. the first silent show in Korea. Day 3: Todays DMZ & JSA tour takes us to the border between North & South Korea. Learn about not only the history between the two nations that used to be just one but also have the chance to ask about the current situation
2

Sokcho-si

Day 4-6
Day 4: Catch the train to Sokcho. Sokcho is a big summer beach and seafood destination. The streets are lined with crab tanks and stands BBQing little Mackerel & there are beautiful sunsets over the coastline. Day 5: Seoraksan National Park: hike to Biryong Falls, visit Sinheungsa temple with the giant bronzed Buddah & ride the cable car over the rising mountains before heading back to Sokcho.
3

Beopjusa Templestay

Day 6-7
Day 6: Take the bus to Beopjusa a member of the 'Korean temple stay program', an initiative that intends to teach international travels about Korean Buddhist traditions. You do not have to be religious to participate. For 1 day & 1 night we will stay in the temple and shadow the monks that inhabit it. It'll give you a magical glimpse into monastic life. Day 7: After a night in a private wooden cabin you'll wake up to the beautiful scenery and begin the journey to the next stage of our trip.
4

Jeonju-si

Day 7-9
Day 8: Foodie HEAVEN - Jeonju is Koreas UNESCO-protected city of gastronomy. Visit the Nambu night markets as well as the incredibly well preserved Hanok Maeul, an ancient village once occupied by Korean nobles. Day 9: Today we will be dressing like locals in the Korean Hanbok (traditional dress) to explore dressed as a royal. Explore the murals, 360 degree views of the city from the Omokdae shrine & the Gyeonggijeon Shrine with its bamboo forest. In between all this we will need to visit a Makgeolli house to try local makgeolli (Korean rice wine).
5

Gyeongju-si

Day 9-11
Day 10 & 11: Step back in time 2000 years when you visit this city. It's been extremely well preserved with minimal impact from the war and it has so many historical spots dotted around that it's been accurately nicknamed 'the museum with no walls'. Explore Donggung palace & the royal tombs as well as do the hike from Bulguksa to Seokgurum grotto home to a towering granite Buddha statue. Additionally you have the option to visit the tearooms of Gyochon Village & rent a bicycle to cycle through the countryside to the hidden shrines and temples in your free time.
6

Busan

Day 11-13
Days 12 & 13: The beautiful coastal city of Busan is Koreas second city. It is home to amazing beaches and fun nightlife. Explore the coastal town, with Gamcheon culture village being one of the biggest attractions. Swim, snorkel, relax, shop & visit the market. Finally there is two temples here to explore - Tongdosa & Yonggunsa
7

Seoul

Day 13-14
Day 14: Arrive back in Seoul after a 2.5 hour train ride from Busan to the city. We should arrive back before lunch & the tour ends here! You can fly out that evening or choose to stay longer if you wish!
WHAT’S INCLUDED
Accommodation
Hostel
14 days trip
Seoul, Sokcho-si & 5 more
Transportation
Train
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