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Korea, South Tours & Trips

South Korea has a rich history going back thousands of years, and there are many tours to Buddhist shrines, temples and folk villages. Adventure seekers should head to Gangwon-do Provence for some coastal zip-lining, as well as white water rafting and bungee jumping from the bridge over the Hantan River. There’s a mud festival in Boryeong (great fun with health benefits !) and hot springs in Suanbo.

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Highlights

  • Cycle along the beautiful Han River Bike Path in Seoul, visit the grand National Assembly Building with it towering pillars and blue dome and the Dasan Heritage Site on the way.
  • Get an up, close and personal look at Korea’s traditional crafts and culture at Insa-Dong Street in Seoul.
  • Hop on a bullet train to Gyeongju and enjoy the local highlights such as beautiful UNESCO-protected temples of old.
  • Go back in time to the early Joseon Dynasty, when you visit the 500 year old Yangdong Folk Village in the heart of the Gyeongju National Park.
  • Make your own prayer beads and experience the bell and drum rituals while you stay in Ondoa, the highest and oldest temple in Busan.
  • Take a dip in the Osaek Mineral Springs and experience its healing and cosmetic powers.
  • Enjoy a cable car ride up to the ruins of the 13th century Gwongeumseong Fortress in the midst of the lush valleys, clear streams and towering peaks of the Mt. Seorak National Park.
  • Travel deep into the forest of Mt. Bongmisan to the Silleuksa Temple of the Silla dynasty and learn about Korean Buddhism and temple culture.

Tips

  • South Korea has strict seating protocols, so it may be better to wait until you are told where to sit.
  • It is also considered rude to leave food on your plate. Once you’re done, leave your chopsticks on the table or on the chopstick rest.
  • Greet the locals with a bow and a firm handshake and say ‘Man-na-suh pan-gop-sumnida’, meaning ‘How do you do?’.
  • You may be required to leave your footwear outside when you enter certain restaurants so check with your tour guide before a reservation is made.
  • If you are offering a gift, wrap it in royal colors of red or yellow.
  • Pick up your drink glass with both hands. Finish your drink if you want a refill or leave a bit, if you don’t.
  • Remember that the front seats in a local bus are reserved for the elderly, handicapped and pregnant women.
  • Avoid pointing at people or things with your index finger and always accept money with your right hand.