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17-Day Classic South Korea and Taiwan Tour

A Trip to Discover Rich History and Culutre of South Korea and Taiwan

Explore the bustling streets of Seoul, marvel at the ancient temples of Gyeongju, and uncover the natural wonders of Jeju Island. Discover the dynamic cityscape of Taipei, experience the tranquil beauty of Sun Moon Lake, and explore the stunning Taroko Gorge. This is your ultimate tour to an enriching journey that combines the best of South Korea and Taiwan's diverse offerings, from historic landmarks and modern architecture to stunning natural scenery. Start planning your dream vacation today and create unforgettable memories in these two captivating destinations.

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  • Days:17±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$6,800p/p, (2 per room)*
  • Flights: SE Asia's included (international on request)

*The price is based on a private tour for 2 people.

Tour Map

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Tour Highlights

Here are the fantastic attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the grandeur of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Gyeongbokgung Palace in autumn

Discover the allure of Haeundae Beach, the crown jewel of Busan and South Korea.

feed seagulls at Haeundae

Explore the enchanting Gamcheon Culture Village, often referred to as the "Machu Picchu of Busan".

Gamcheon Culture Village

Delve into the treasures of Chinese art at Taipei's National Palace Museum, a cultural sanctuary located in the heart of Taipei City.

Taipei Palace

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Day 1
Seoul Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Seoul. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

Day 2
Seoul Discovery | Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace: Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is known as the Northern Palace due to its location furthest north among the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace). Considered the most beautiful and largest of all five palaces, it was once destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (1592-1598). However, under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919), all the palace buildings were restored.

Gyeongbokgung Palace in autumnGyeongbokgung Palace in autumn

Bukchon Hanok Village: Nestled between Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is a fascinating area home to numerous traditional houses, known as hanok, that date back to the Joseon dynasty. The name Bukchon, meaning "northern village," stems from its location north of two prominent Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno.

Insadong: Located in the heart of Seoul, Insadong is a cherished neighborhood frequented by both locals and tourists seeking an immersive experience in Korea's traditional culture. The streets and narrow alleys here are adorned with art galleries, wooden tea houses, restaurants, cafes, and small shops selling arts and crafts. Stretching for 700 meters, the main street, Insadong-gil, extends from Tapgol Park in the south to Anguk-dong Rotary.

Day 3
Seoul Discovery | Imjinggak area

Embark on a journey to the Imjinggak area at the DMZ, where you'll encounter notable landmarks such as the Freedom Bridge and Mangbaeda. Mangbaeda serves as an altar for Koreans to pay respect to their families in North Korea, making this site particularly significant. It's worth noting that this area sees heavy crowds during the Lunar New Year and Korean Thanksgiving Holidays, as it allows families to get as close as possible to North Korea.

Next, we'll transfer to the DMZ and board a shuttle bus for a captivating ride through the 3rd tunnel and DORA Observatory. From the observatory's vantage point, you'll be able to catch glimpses of North Korea, providing a unique perspective on the divided country. Additionally, the Media Hall offers a deeper understanding of the disparities between the two regions.

Afterward, we'll indulge in a delicious lunch before embarking on our journey back to Seoul. Our itinerary continues with a visit to the renowned Dongdaemun Market, where an array of wares awaits you. From fashion to electronics, this bustling market has something to offer for every taste and preference.

Day 4
Seoul Discovery | Hanyangdo Seong

Hanyangdo Seong (Seoul City Wall): Explore the historic Hanyangdo Seong, commonly known as the Seoul City Wall. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage as you stroll along this ancient fortress, offering panoramic views of the city.

N Seoul Tower: Ascend to new heights at the iconic N Seoul Tower. Marvel at breathtaking cityscapes from the observation deck and capture unforgettable moments. Consider visiting in the evening for a spectacular view of Seoul illuminated.

Bongeunsa Temple: Find tranquility at Bongeunsa Temple, a hidden gem in the heart of the bustling city. Experience the serenity of Buddhist architecture and lush surroundings, providing a peaceful retreat from the urban buzz.

Myeongdong Shopping Street: Indulge in a shopping spree at Myeongdong Shopping Street, a vibrant hub for fashion, beauty, and local treats. Discover the latest trends, enjoy street food, and soak in the energetic atmosphere of this popular district.

Day 5
Seoul to Busan by Train | Cheomseongdae Observatory

Cheomseongdae Observatory: Step back in time at the Cheomseongdae Observatory, a remarkable Gyeongju landmark dating back to the reign of Queen Seondeok (632-647). This cylindrical structure, standing 9 meters tall, is built with 365 stones, each representing a day in a year. The 27 layers symbolize Queen Seondeok, the 27th ruler, and the lunar month's duration. Dive into history as you explore the significance of this ancient observatory.

Cheomseongdae ObservatoryCheomseongdae Observatory

Bulguksa Temple: Immerse yourself in the Buddhist culture of the Silla kingdom at Bulguksa Temple. Originally built during King Beopheung's reign (514-540) for peace and prosperity, the temple was reconstructed in 751 by Kim Dae-seong. Despite facing adversity, including fire during the Imjin War (1592-1598), Bulguksa remains a testament to resilience and spiritual devotion. Discover the serenity of its surroundings and the cultural richness that this temple embodies.

Seokguram Grotto: Embark on a journey to the Seokguram Grotto, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. Constructed by Kim Dae-Seong during the Silla Kingdom's reign under King Gyeong-Deok (742-765), this harmonious sanctuary is located 3 kilometers away by hiking trail or 9 kilometers by car from Bulguksa Temple. Marvel at the seated Buddha facing the East Sea, appreciating the cultural significance preserved through the ages.

Daereungwon Tomb Complex: Explore the Daereungwon Tomb Complex, home to the Cheonmachong Tomb (Ancient Tomb No. 155), unearthed in 1973. This tomb, a glimpse into Silla period history, showcases a wooden coffin within an underground chamber surrounded by boulders and earth. Standing at 12.7 meters high with a diameter of 50 meters, the tomb mound reflects the grandeur of upper-class burials. Experience the rich archaeological heritage that paints a vivid picture of ancient times.

Day 6
Busan Discovery | Huinnyeoul Culture Village

Huinnyeoul Culture Village: Discover the enchanting Huinnyeoul Culture Village, nestled on the picturesque cliffs of Yeongdo in Busan. This coastal village offers a unique blend of charm and coastal beauty. Take a leisurely stroll along the Jeoryeong Coastal Walk at the village base, and don't miss the Huinnyeoul Coastal Tunnel for an immersive seaside experience.

Dalmaji Hill Park: Ascend to the breathtaking Dalmaji Hill Park, a renowned gem that provides panoramic views of the azure sea in Busan City, South Korea. Locals affectionately refer to Dalmaji Hill Park as the Montmartre of Busan, drawing parallels to the famous French hill known for its rich artistic history. As you explore, take in the beauty of the blue sea and relish the ambiance reminiscent of the artistic spirit of Montmartre, complete with a nod to France's white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur.

Day 7
Busan Discovery | Haeundae Beach

Discover the allure of Haeundae Beach, the crown jewel of Busan and South Korea's most renowned seaside destination. Stretching approximately 1.5 kilometers, this pristine white sand beach spans 30 to 50 meters, creating a breathtaking coastline along a shallow bay—perfect for a refreshing swim.

feed seagulls at HaeundaeFeed seagulls at Haeundae

During the summer months, Haeundae Beach becomes a vibrant hub, drawing visitors from all walks of life. The surrounding area boasts a diverse range of accommodations, from luxurious hotels to charming private guest houses, ensuring a perfect summer vacation experience. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as the beach hosts various cultural events and festivals throughout the year.

Day 8
Busan Discovery | Gamcheon Culture Village

Gamcheon Culture Village: Explore the enchanting Gamcheon Culture Village, often referred to as the "Machu Picchu of Busan" due to its houses cascading down the foothills of a coastal mountain. This vibrant village showcases a unique architectural layout, resembling staircases, while its alleys come alive with vibrant murals and sculptures crafted by the community's residents. Wander through this artistic haven and immerse yourself in its charming, picturesque atmosphere.

Gamcheon Culture VillageGamcheon Culture Village

Jagalchi Market: Dive into the vibrant atmosphere of Jagalchi Fish Market, South Korea's largest seafood market. Offering a vast array of live and dried seafood, this market stands out for its accessibility via public transport, diverse seafood selection, pleasant ambiance with occasional outdoor street performances, and stunning sea views. Experience the bustling energy of this market, renowned for its cleanliness (excluding the outdoor section), making it a must-visit for seafood enthusiasts.

Songdo Cable Car Ride: Soar above the scenic beauty of Busan with the Songdo Cable Car Ride, also known as Busan Air Cruise. This attraction was designed to rejuvenate the legacy of Songdo Beach, Korea's first public beach. With 39 cabins, including crystal cabins with transparent floors, the cable car journey traverses the ocean, connecting Songnim Park in the east to Amnam Park in the west. Experience the thrill of Asia's first midair swing, the Sky Swing, and explore the nation's first cable car museum at Songdo Doppelmayr World.Textexaam.

Day 9
Busan to Jeju by flight | Seongsan Ilchulbong

Seongsan Ilchulbong - Sunrise Peak: Embark on a mesmerizing journey to Seongsan Sunrise Peak, a natural wonder shaped by the eruption of a volcanic mountain emerging from the sea. The crown-shaped crater atop this peak offers a spectacular view, resembling nature's own majestic tiara.

At Seongsan Ilchulbong, witness the breathtaking beauty forged by the forces of nature, creating an iconic silhouette against the sky. The unique geological formation and the promise of a captivating sunrise make this a must-visit destination for those seeking awe-inspiring landscapes.

Day 10
Jeju Discovery | Samseonghyeol and Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum

Samseonghyeol: Begin your Jeju adventure with a visit to Samseonghyeol, a place steeped in legend and history. This sacred site is believed to be the birthplace of three demigods, adding a touch of mystique to your journey. Explore the serene surroundings and connect with the rich folklore that makes Jeju Island truly enchanting.

Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum: Immerse yourself in the captivating heritage of Jeju at the Folklore & Natural Museum. Delve into the island's unique culture, history, and natural wonders through engaging exhibits and interactive displays. Gain insights into the island's traditions, customs, and the vibrant stories that have shaped its identity over the centuries.

Yongduam Rock: Venture to Yongduam Rock, a natural marvel sculpted by the wind and waves over centuries. Perched along the coast, this dragon-shaped rock formation offers breathtaking views of the ocean and surrounding landscapes. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the nearby coastal area, taking in the fresh sea breeze and the dramatic beauty of Jeju's coastline.

Black Pork Street: Indulge your taste buds at Black Pork Street, a culinary haven known for its delectable Jeju black pork. Savor the island's specialty dishes in this vibrant food district, offering a variety of dining options from traditional barbecue to modern culinary delights. Experience the unique flavors of Jeju's renowned black pork and explore the local gastronomic scene.

Day 11
Jeju Discovery | Geomunoreum with 1-hour Summit Course

Geomunoreum with 1-hour Summit Course: Embark on an unforgettable journey to Geomunoreum, an enchanting volcanic wonder on Jeju Island. Our carefully curated 1-hour Summit Course allows you to explore the breathtaking landscapes and unique geological features of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the beauty of the volcanic terrain, and enjoy panoramic views from the summit, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Manjanggul Cave: Venture into the mysterious depths of Manjanggul Cave, a natural underground wonder that captivates with its awe-inspiring rock formations. Explore the well-lit pathways as you delve into the heart of this subterranean marvel, discovering the geological wonders that make this cave a must-visit destination on Jeju Island.

Nanta Show Jeju: Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Jeju with the Nanta Show. This high-energy performance blends traditional Korean rhythms with modern beats, creating a captivating spectacle of music, comedy, and culinary arts. Be entertained by the talented cast as they bring to life the dynamic and humorous world of Nanta, leaving you with a memorable cultural experience.

Day 12
Jeju to Taipei | City Transfer

Your tour guide will transfer you to Jeju Airport for the Taipei flight. Upon arrival in Taipei, your private guide and driver will greet and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 13
Taipei Discovery | Taipei's National Palace Museum

Taiwan Cultural and Creative Arts Center: Discover the heart of Taiwan's cultural heritage at the Taiwan Cultural and Creative Arts Center, a national pride that goes beyond its stone structure. Revered for its symbolic significance, this center is believed to ward off spirits and bring good luck to those who engage with it. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Taiwan's artistic traditions, connecting with the island's unique cultural identity.

Taipei Grand Hotel Scenic: Step into history at the Taipei Grand Hotel Scenic, a majestic 14-story palace-like structure that stands as a witness to the unfolding narrative of time. Commanding views over Songshan, this gem is a must-visit, offering a glimpse into the grandeur of Chinese culture. Explore its halls and corridors, each echoing with stories that have shaped the rich cultural tapestry of Taiwan.

Taipei's National Palace Museum: Delve into the treasures of Chinese art at Taipei's National Palace Museum, a cultural sanctuary located in the heart of Taipei City. Built over three years starting in 1962, the museum is housed in a traditional 4-storied building, boasting 20 exhibition halls with a staggering collection of at least 240,000 pieces. Rotating every three months, the exhibits draw from prestigious institutions such as the Beijing Forbidden City Museum, Nanjing National Museum, and Forbidden City Museum in Shenyang, among others.

Taipei's National Palace MuseumTaipei's National Palace Museum

Taipei 101: Ascend to new heights at Taipei 101, an iconic symbol of Taipei City's unique skyline. The low-rise cityscape transforms into a breathtaking panorama when viewed from the top of this architectural marvel. Worth the wait, the elevators provide swift access to a God's-eye-view of the city, creating an unforgettable experience for those seeking a perspective that encapsulates the essence of Taipei.

Day 14
Taipei to Hualien by private car| Taroko National Park

Taroko National Park: Embark on a breathtaking adventure at Taroko National Park, situated in the scenic east of Taiwan Island and stretching across three picturesque regions – Hualien County, Taichung County, and Nantou County. This natural haven is intersected by Taiwan's first east-west cross-road, known as the middle cross-road system.

Known for its stunning canyons and towering cliffs, Taroko National Park is a testament to the forces of nature. The high mountains within the park retain remnants from the Ice Age, including fascinating geological features like the pepper fish. Adding to its allure, Taroko lends its name to the renowned Taiwan Railway's train. Explore the enchanting trails, marvel at the majestic gorges, and witness the cultural richness of the indigenous Taroko people, all within this awe-inspiring natural sanctuary.

Qingshui Cliff: Experience the grandeur of the Pacific Coast at Qingshui Cliff, a visual masterpiece that stands as one of the most spectacular sights along Taiwan's eastern shore. Soaring over 1,000 meters high, the cliff boasts a nearly vertical drop into the sea, creating an awe-inspiring panorama. Aptly named "Catch the Pacific with One Eye," Qingshui Cliff promises a mesmerizing encounter with the raw power of the ocean and the dramatic landscapes of Taiwan.

Day 15
Hualien to Taipei by private car | Round Trip Maokong Gondola

Round Trip Maokong Gondola: Embark on a scenic round trip with the Maokong Gondola, offering a leisurely half-hour journey that takes you up, over, and back down across lush forest-clad hills. As you ascend to great heights above the ground, relish in the incredible views spanning Taipei City and the picturesque landscapes below, including serene tea plantations and rural scenery. This aerial adventure promises a unique perspective of Taiwan's beauty.

Taiwanese Tea Ceremony Experience: Immerse yourself in the world of Taiwanese tea with a delightful experience at the renowned tea farms famous for Bouzhong tea and Tauguan Ing. Explore the many teahouses, each with its own unique style, providing perfect settings to visit during the day or night. Participate in a traditional Taiwanese tea ceremony, where you'll discover the art and cultural significance of tea preparation, adding a flavorful touch to your journey.

Shenkeng Old Street: Wander through the charming Shenkeng Old Street, nestled in the lush green mountains of Shenkeng Township. This historic area not only boasts magnificent scenery but has gained popularity for its renowned tofu in recent years, drawing countless visitors. Explore the vibrant street, savor local delicacies, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of this picturesque old street.

Day 16
Taipei Discovery | Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The Historical Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall: Marvel at the grandeur of the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, a massive commemorative monument that stands as the iconic symbol of the Kuomintang and its leader, Chiang Kai Shek. Adorned with a distinctive blue-tile roof, elegant white marble walls, and vibrant clusters of red flowerbeds, this historical site provides a powerful glimpse into Taiwan's political legacy.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial HallChiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Yehliu National Geo Park: Explore the geological wonders of Yehliu, situated in one of northern Taiwan's most remarkable coastal areas. Renowned for its rocky promontory that gracefully overlooks the bay, Yehliu National Geo Park invites you to witness extraordinary natural formations shaped by centuries of wind and waves. This coastal gem promises a visual feast for nature enthusiasts and photography enthusiasts alike.

Dihua Street: Take a stroll through the charming Dihua Street Area to step back in time and experience the rich history of Taipei City. This old-town market boasts numerous shops offering a variety of traditional goods, providing a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the bygone era of the city's past. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and explore the diverse array of cultural treasures that line the bustling streets.

NingXia Night Market Featuring Local Gourmet: Dive into the culinary delights of NingXia Night Market, a historic and delectable destination that has stood the test of time. Spanning approximately 250 meters, this night market boasts a tantalizing array of street food that will surely make your taste buds dance. Notably, the yam ball has earned its place on the Michelin food guide, making it a must-try local gourmet experience in Taiwan.

Day 17
Taipei Departure

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