South Korea is not on the list for many travellers however, it should be. Much of the country was ruled by the Joseon dynasty which lasted for over 500 years until the late 1800’s. There’s history all around you – and great food. This extension tour is a great add on if you are travelling through Seoul.
Unlike its neighbours Japan and China, Korea is not a popular tourist destination for Australians. In fact, apart from its capital Seoul, there are not many European travellers on the peninsular at all. You’ll notice in some places, European people may even be stared at. Locals are not being rude, they are simply inquisitive. The entire country is easy to get around as it’s just 100,000 square km’s (less than half the size of Victoria). You get to see a lot without spending long days on the road. Most international flights arrive in Incheon, about an hours drive from Seoul. This is where General McCarthur’s army landed and launched its assault in the 1950 Korea war against the communist backed North. Seoul is a very modern capital city with around 10 million of the country’s 48 million people. The rest of the population live mainly in the south and east. The western part of the country is quite sparse in comparison. While there is much to see and do in Seoul, you need to leave the capital to see this wonderful country; traditional villages, UNESCO temples and Budha’s, large and small cities, gorgeous countryside with hills full of native trees and rice paddys on what appears to be every spare piece of flat land. Korea is a photographer’s dream. There’s also history galore. Much of Korea was ruled by the Joseon dynasty which lasted for over 500 years until the late 1800’s. They left a mark which you’ll find right in the heart of Seoul with the Gyeongbokgung Palace built in the 14th century. Learn about all of this and see what “K pop” culture, kimchi and “Gangnam Style” is all about! Blue Dot Travel’s small group tour extension to Korea is for those who like to experience something a little different.
- The bustling, megalopolis that is Seoul
- The country’s tranquil Mt Seorak National Park in the north east
- Andong’s traditional Hahoe Village
- Gyeongju’s amazing Bulguksa Temple
- The country’s fabulous food
- The fact that you may be the only European in the sight!
||Designed to be taken before or after a Blue Dot Travel small group tour|
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- Extension tours depart with minimum of 4 clients
- This extension tour is designed to be taken before or after a Blue Dot Travel small group tour