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Ultimate South Korea Trip πŸ‡°πŸ‡· Local Food, Monks Templestay and traditional Hanok Accommodation!

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Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in South Korea! I already created the perfect itinerary for us :) Pack your bags and discover South Korea with me! Together we will be exploring Seoul together, having a temple stay to experience the life of a monk and visit Busan for some relaxation and beach time. The perfect mix! One big reason to visit South Korea is its delicious food. You can try delicious dishes like bulgogi (grilled meat), kimchi (spicy fermented vegetables), and bibimbap (a tasty rice dish). Korean food is known for its flavors and variety.

About me: I’m Kathi, 27 years old and born in Austria. I already organized many JoinMyTrip group trips and it was always a lot of fun! Traveling is my passion and I truly enjoy planning trips. You can find all my trips when you click on my profile. Or read more about me here:

Where will we stay? Temple stay: We will spend one night at the temple and get to chance to meet a monk! Temple stay is a cultural program in several South Korean Buddhist temples. It allows participants to experience the life of Buddhist practitioners and learn the various aspects of Korean Buddhist culture and history through stories told by monks. Hanok Accommodation: In Seoul, we will be spending the nights inside a real hanok! A hanok is a traditional Korean house. These houses are typically made of wood and have a unique architectural style with a curved roof and a courtyard in the center. Hanoks are designed to harmonize with nature and often have sliding doors and heated floors to keep warm in the winter. Staying in a hanok can give you a taste of Korea's rich cultural heritage and a glimpse into traditional Korean living. Hotel in Busan: For two nights in Busan, we will be staying at a regular hotel and rooms will be shared, like in all our accommodations during the trip. If you prefer a private room, please let me know beforehand and I will try to arrange it. Do you have a question? Ask in the Q&A! I'm happy to hop on a call with you after booking, to see if we get along and if this trip matches your expectations. Can’t wait to hear from you! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

What's included?
Accommodation (shared room)
Temple stay with monks
Train to Busan and Temple Stay
Seoul Tower Entrance
DMZ Guided Tour
Hanbok rental
Travel insurance (German and Austrians)
Gyeongbokgung Palace Entrance
3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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Katharina was very friendly and warm. She is very knowledgeable and gave a lot of suggestions but was equally great at listening, so it was a very flexible and organised arrangement. She went above and beyond in making us feel welcome. I would definitely want to travel with her again and I would highly recommend trips led by her
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Day 1-2
We will meet in the afternoon in our accommodation in Seoul and get to know each other by a nice dinner together. We will be staying in a traditional Hanok for four nights, for an authentic experience. Take a rest after your long flight, because tomorrow we start exploring!


Day 2-3
Let's explore Seoul together! We will start our day at Gyeongbokgung, the largest and most grandiose palace in Seoul. Here we will rent our Hanbok for about two hours, as we walk through the palace grounds we can take some amazing photos to remember our trip by. What is a Hanbok? Hanbok is a traditional Korean clothing, It's been worn for centuries by Koreans for important events and ceremonies. Hanbok has colorful and beautiful designs. Women's hanbok usually consists of a jeogori (a top) and a chima (a skirt). Men wear a jeogori and baji (pants). The colors and patterns often symbolize things like social status, age, and more. Hanbok is loved for its elegance and cultural significance. Afterwards, we explore the famous Bukchon Hanok Village, a preserved traditional Korean village with narrow alleys and well-preserved hanok (traditional Korean houses). Here we can visit a tea house for a break and try deserts such as green tea waffles. We will also visit Changdeokgung Palace and its beautiful Secret Garden. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a serene escape in the city.

DMZ zone

Day 3-4
We will join a DMZ half day tour from Seoul, it will be a unique and unforgettable experience for sure! We will get a glimpse into North Korea from across the most heavily fortified border in the world! While the Cold War happened a long time ago, Korea is the only country that still remains divided as a consequence. In the evening, we will have a well-deserved dinner in Seoul. You might want to try some Korean barbecue or a local specialty.


Day 4-5
We will start our day at Gwangjang Market, known for its street food and traditional Korean textiles. Here we can try some local breakfast dishes like bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes). I'm so excited! Of course, we can't miss out on seeing the Seoul Tower! Perched atop Namsan Mountain, this iconic landmark offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city, showcasing its stunning skyline and scenic landscapes. The observatory deck allows you to witness the city's beauty. Additionally, the tower features various attractions, including restaurants, love locks, and cultural exhibitions.


Day 5-6
Monk Templestay! Experience tranquility and spiritual reflection with a South Korea Templestay. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of ancient temples and gain insight into Korean Buddhist traditions. It's a unique opportunity to find inner peace while exploring the cultural richness of South Korea. This experience based program offers a variety of activities including a temple tour, a first-hand experience of the Buddhist Ceremony, a 108 prayer beads making, a hiking and a special tea session with a monk. Accommodation is simple, and uniforms are provided. *The schedule may be subject to change depending on the circumstances.


Day 6-7
Today, we will wake up early for our second part of the temple stay. There will be breakfast very early and a meditation before checking out. In the afternoon, we will explore Busan! We visit Haeundae Beach, to enjoy a relaxing stroll along the beautiful coastline. Later, we head to Haeundae Traditional Market nearby for some local snacks and souvenirs. On one of the days, we can have dinner or drinks in a sky restaurant, to have a great view of Busan!


Day 7-8
Today, we will be visiting Gamcheon Culture Village. It is a vibrant and colorful hillside neighborhood known for its artistic and cultural atmosphere. The village is filled with narrow alleyways with colorful murals, sculptures, and unique art installations, making it a popular destination for tourists and art enthusiasts. In the afternoon, we will enjoy some time at the beach and relax a bit. We will have a last group dinner together and pack our bags for leaving the next day.


Day 8
The next morning, we will have breakfast together and check out of our accommodation. You can continue your own journey, take your flight back home from Busan or take a train back to Seoul. Hopefully we will see each other on another trip!
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8 days trip
Seoul, Seoul & 6 more
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