Upon arrival at Incheon Airport, meet and greet with your English-speaking guide. Afternoon visits of Gwanjang Market, the oldest market in Seoul with amazing street food, Namdaemun Market, the biggest market in Seoul and walk to the Myeongdong area, one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul. Check in at Seoul Shinshin Hotel or similar for 4 nights.
Drive by Gwanghwamun City Hall and attend the changing of the guard’s ceremony at 10am. Then visit the palace Gyeongbokgung, first palace of the king of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces.
Inside is the National Palace Museum, relating the history of the Joseon Dynasty and the National Folk Museum. (Open every day except Tuesdays). Walk to the Bukchon Hanok Village, home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture. You will then visit Jogyesa Temple, the head temple of Korea’s Buddhism.
Walk through the traditional Seoul district, Insadong, famous for his antique streets, tea rooms and small craft shops. Free time in Insadong to buy souvenir of your choice. To finish the day, take the cable car up to admire the view from the Seoul N-Tower and make a wish at the lovelock station. You will watch the sunset at the top of Namsan Mountain, with a panoramic view of the entire capital. Dinner is at the top of the tower (Hancook Restaurant - 2 choices of main courses based on meat or fish and Korean buffet available-).
Drive to Suwon (about 1 hour from Seoul) and explore the Hwaseong Fortress, which is an impressive structure from the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty. It was also designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The fortress walls of Hwaseong (5.5km) remain intact almost as the original form as it was constructed 200 years ago.
You will then drive to the Korean Folk Village, which introduces traditional culture from the late Joseon period through cultural classes experience, shaman faith and seasonal customs.
Reproducing the typical scenes and daily lifestyles of people in the Joseon Dynasty, traditional houses and items, as well as the natural environment, Korean Folk Village can easily make anyone feel as if they have just traveled in time back into the past!
Drive back to Seoul and enjoy a traditional Royal Dinner “Jinjinbara”, where visitors can discover the diverseness and richness of Korean traditional food
Enjoy a full day group SIC tour (08:00~17:00, not a private tour) to the DMZ and Panmunjeon.
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a buffer zone, which was established on 1953 when the Armistice Agreement was signed during the Korean War. The DMZ vividly captures the scars and wounds of the Korean War as well as the wishes and hopes for the future.
Reach Lotte Hotel from your hotel (about 10 minutes’ walk) at 8am and join the tour.
The course will be as below:
Lotte Hotel / Half-day DMZ tour / Lunch / Join Panmunjeon Tour / ID Check Point / Camp Bonifas (Slide show,Briefing) / JSA (Freedom House, Conference Room, Bridge of No Return / Arrive at Lotte Hotel
Reach your hotel from Lotte Hotel (about 10 minutes’ walk)
Free time this evening to explore Seoul or rest at your hotel