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Tour Overview

Tour Cost USD 2,627 Single Supplement USD 338
Number of Days 8 nights / 9 days Total Hiking Distance 88.5km
Tour Grade beginner to intermediate Group Size min 5 / max 20
Tour Meets Seoul Tour Ends Seoul

※ If you are a returning client (meaning, if you have been on one of bikeOasis KOREA tours before), we give you an additional 5% discount in your final payment.

What are included:

  • English speaking guide(s) for 9 days
  • Entry tickets for the museum parks and other places to visit
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in Hotels/Hanok
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Support vehicle
  • Airport Pick up and Drop off

What are excluded:

  • Snacks and beverages
  • International Insurance
  • Airfares to/from Korea

Overall Tour Map

"Hiking in Seoul & East Korea"

Itinerary

Day1 Seoul City Tour & Welcome Dinner
Day2 Mt. Inwangsan & Mt.Bugaksan
Day3 Seoul to YangYang. Haeparang trail course
Day4 Mt. Seoraksan (Yangpok Falls)
Day5 Yangyang to Gangneung. Haeannuri-gil
Day6 Daegwanryung
Day7 Mt. Odaesan
Day8 Pyeongchang to Seoul.Seoul Walking tour.
Day9 Departure.

Day 1, Saturday (Dinner included)

Program of the day

  • Meet in the lobby of Hotel in Seoul (1:00pm)
  • City Tour (City Center incl. English guided Gyeongbokgung Palace/by subway) (2:00pm~7:00pm)
  • Dinner at Bulgogi Brothers (Seoul Finance Center, SFC) (7:00 pm)
  • Transfer to Hotel & Free time (9:00 pm ~ )

What to see:

- Gyeongbokgung Palace

Central Market is located in the center of Chuncheon, mid-market, as well as various underground shopping malls, financial institutions, health care facilities, such as young people flock away with numerous floating population in Chuncheon, logistics and economics, is a cultural center.

- Insadong

Insa-dong Street is one of the most memorable attractions in Seoul and is the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts. Stores in Insa-dong are specialized in a wide variety of goods that can only be purchased or appreciated in Korea such ashanbok (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), traditional teas, pottery, and folk crafts.

- Cheonggyecheon Stream

Until it was restored in 2005, Cheonggyecheon Stream existed only as a neglected watercourse hidden by an overpass. Today, it has been transformed into a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life. Narae Bridge, expressing a butterfly in flight, and Gwanggyo Bridge, symbolizing the harmony of the past and future, are just two of the more than twenty beautiful bridges that cross the stream. The ‘Rhythmic Wall Stream’, lined with fine marble, sculptures, and Korea’s 8th stone building, Palseokdam, adorn the Cheonggyecheon Stream. Cheonggyecheon Stream passes close to Deoksugung Palace, Seoul Plaza, the Sejong Center, Insa-dong Street, Changdeokgung Palace, and Changgyeonggung Palace, allowing visitors to easily visit major tourist sites after a leisurely stroll along the stream.

What to eat:

- Bulgogi

Bulgogi is an extremely versatile way of preparing beef and the one most westerners have sampled at Korean restaurants. Typically in the west we eat bulgogi on a korean barbecue – a hot plate in the middle of the table. But in Korea this is just one of many ways. It can be made into a stew (as in the recipe above) or as the basis for other dishes.

Where to sleep:

- Hotel Kensington (http://www.kensingtonyoido.co.kr/)

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi Yes
Computer No
TV Yes
Elevator Yes
Washing machine No
Clothes dryer No

Day 2, Sunday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Program of the day

  • Breakfast (7:30~8:30am)
  • Transport to the Sajik Park (8:30~9:30am)
  • Walk around the park and stretching (9:30am~10:00am)
  • Hike to the top of Mt. InWang (10:00am~11:00am)
  • Break Time (11:00am~11:30am)
  • Hike down Mt. InWang (11:30~12:30pm)
  • Lunch (12:30~1:30pm)
  • Hike up to the Mt. Bugak (1:30pm~2:30pm)
  • Break Time (2:30~3:00pm)
  • Hike down Mt. Bugak (3:00~4:00pm)
  • Coffee Break (4:00~5:00pm)
  • Check into the accommodation (6:00pm)
  • Dinner (7:00pm)

General information:

  • Starting point: Sajik Park
  • Ending point : Hyehwa Gate
  • Distance: 8km
  • Approximated time: 7 hours

Today’s course:

Mt. Inwang

The ritual grounds of King Taejo and Muhakdaesa and the castle wall built on the outer skirts of Seoul, stretching from the Sajik Tunnel to Jahamun, can still be found on the grounds of Mt. Inwang. Many people enjoy hiking from path that begins at the Sajik Tunnel and leads to the peak of the mountain then walk along the castle wall and finally arrive at Buamdong. The hiking course is also connected to the road situated before Cheongwadae so hikers can walk to historical locations such as Palpan road, Hyoja road, and Gyeongbok Palace. The hiking path located behind Sajik Park leads to Hwanghakjeong, where archers from the Joseon Dynasty once honed their marksmanship. The Hwanghakjeong was originally located in the Gyeongbok Palace but was relocated to the mountain. From the top, a panoramic view of the surrounding area, with the Gyeongbok Palace in the center, spreads as far as Mt. Nak, Mt. Nam, and Mt. Baegaksan.

Mt. Bugak

Seoul Fortress Wall runs along the mountain ridge and Changuimun (also called Jahamun), one of the four small gates surrounding the castle town during the Joseon Dynasty, is on the west side of the mountain near Inwangsan Mountain. Running between Changuimun and Arirang Hill in Jeongreung, Bugak Skyway is a scenic road overlooking downtown Seoul; it also passes through a variety of attractions such as Changuimun and Bugak Pavilion. Another attraction is Samcheong Park at the southern foot of Bugaksan Mountain.

What to see:

- Sajik Park

The name of the park dates back to 1395 when Taejo Lee Sung-gye made the first Sajikdan (altar to the State deities) along with the Jongmyo Shrine (Royal Ancestral Shrine) at the center of the park. "Sa" refers to the deity of the earth while "jik" refers to the deity of the five grains. Rites wishing for a good harvest were held regularly at the Sajikdan. However, the area was not officially recognized as a park until 1922 under the Japanese colonial period.

- Changuimun Gate(Jahamun Gate)

Changuimun was often called Jahamun. It was one of four mini gates in the north surrounding the castle town Seoul during the Joseon Dynasty. But because one of the four main gates, Sukjeongmun, was closed, Changuimun became a favorite north gate. Hence, people also called Changuimun the North Gate. It is the only gate among four mini gates that is still in its original state. Although it is small, almost 50m², in terms of size, it looks very firm and sturdy.

What to eat:

- Man-doo-guk

Mandooguk is a non-spicy soup made with beef broth and dumplings that are usually stuffed with seasoned ground meat. Popular dumpling fillings can consist of beef, pork, kimchi, vegetables, seafood or any combination of the aforementioned ingredients. The content of this dish can also contain tuk (rice cake) to make tuk mandooguk which are cylinder-shaped rice cakes about 2cm in diameter. It is cut diagonally into thin slices, transforming this dish into dumpling soup w/ rice cake.

Where to sleep:

- Hotel Kensington (http://www.kensingtonyoido.co.kr/)

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi Yes
Computer No
TV Yes
Elevator Yes
Washing machine No
Clothes dryer No

Day 3, Monday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Program of the day:

  • Check out of the accommodation (7:00)
  • Move to Seoul express bus terminal and breakfast (7:00~8:40am)
  • Express bus from Seoul express bus terminal to Yangyang intercity bus terminal (8:40~11:20am)
  • Lunch (12:00~1:00pm)
  • Walking Haeparang trail course 44 (1:00~5:30pm)
  • Check into (5:30pm)

General information:

  • Starting point: Susan Harbour
  • Ending point: Sokcho Searak sunrise park
  • Distance: 12.5km
  • Approximated time: 4hours and 30minutes

Today’s course:



What to see:

- Haeparang Trail

       

Haeparang Trail, which means “to keep company the rising sun from the East Sea and the blue sea to walk together”, is a super walking road from Busan Oryuk-do Haemaji Park and ending at Gangwon-do Goseong Unification Observatory. Under the arrangement of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism since 2009, KTCF, and each government office and each local private organization agreed to set it up while connecting 10 sections to include 50 courses and cover 770kilometers in total along the eastern coast.

- Naksansa Temple

Naksansa Temple is located 4 km north of Naksan Beach, and boasts a 1,300-year history. It is a temple built by Ui-Sang, the ambassador of the 30th King of Silla Period (57 BC- 935 AD), and inside is the Seven Story 11 Stone Tower, Dongjong, Hongyaemun, together with several other cultural assets. It was named Naksansa Temple by Ui-Sang, at the spot where he learned the prayer Gwansae-eumbosal from Bosal, after he returned from studying abroad in the Chinese Tang Kingdom. It was rebuilt several times afterwards, and the current building was erected in 1953.

- Sokcho Seorak Sunrise Park

Sokch Seorak Sunrise Park stretches over 20,952㎡ with beautiful coastal vistas. This park has become well known for its incredible scenery of the sunrise from the East Sea. Especially, views of the sun rising between the pine trees are famous.

Where to sleep:

-Benikea Hotel Mountain & Ocean Daepohang

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi Yes
Computer Yes
TV Yes
Elevator Yes
Washing machine No
Clothes dryer No

Day 4, Tuesday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Program of the day:

  • Breakfast and check out out of the accommodation (8:00~9:00am)
  • Transfer to Sogongwon Park (9:30am)
  • Walking from Sogongwon park to Biseondae (9:30~10:30am)
  • Break (10:30~10:50am)
  • Walking from Biseondae to Yangpok Falls (10:50~1:00pm)
  • Lunch (1:00~1:50pm)
  • Walking from Yangpok Falls to Biseondae (1:50~3:30pm)
  • Break (3:30~3:50pm)
  • Walking from Biseondae to Sogongwon Park (3:50~5:00pm)
  • Check into hotel (5:30pm)
  • Dinner (6:30pm)

General information:

  • Starting point: Chuncheon → Daeseongli Station (by suburb train)
  • Ending point : Yeoju (Namgang Hotel)
  • Distance: 70km
  • Approximated time: 5 1/2 hours (without visiting places)

Today’s course:

Yangpok Course

After starting from Sogongwon Park and passing Iljumun Gate, you reach Biseondae (the platform for flying immortal spirit). There are two paths leading to Daecheongbong Peak from there. The two paths offer conspicuous different in terms of the distance, the time taken and rigorousness.

Going up higher after passing Biseondae, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of Cheonbuldong Valley. You will also see Ambonguri Peak standing as an imposing figure between Biseondae and Yangpok Falls. The peak is also called Gwimyeonam Rock. In the past, it was also called Geonmundaji or Geonmundang, as it stood at the entrance of Cheonbuldong Valley.



What to see:

-Biseondae Rock

Biseondae is about a 300-meter walk along the mountain stream from Waseondae Rock. The view is quite beautiful, and after rainfall water cascades down large boulders. The name ‘Biseondae’ derives from the legend of a fairy who flew up into the heavens while admiring the area’s beautiful scenery. The grand scenery of rocks and cliffs seem like they are touching the heavens, and Biseondae has inspired many poets and scholars through the ages. Some of their writings have been engraved on the rocks and are preserved to this day.

-Benikea Hotel Mountain & Ocean Daepohang

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi Yes
Computer Yes
TV Yes
Elevator Yes
Washing machine No
Clothes dryer No

Day 5, Wednesday (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Program of the day:

  • Breakfast and check out of the accommodation (8:00~9:00am)
  • Moving hotel to Sokcho Terminal (9:00~9:20am)
  • Express bus from Sokcho intercity bus terminal to Gangneung intercity bus terminal (9:20~10:20am)
  • Taxi from Gangneung intercity bus terminal to Namhangjin beach (10:20~10:40am)
  • Walking from Namhanjin beach to Gyeongpo beach (10:40~11:40am)
  • Break (11:40~12:00pm)
  • Lunch (12:00~13:00pm)
  • Walking from Gyeongpo beach to Gyeongpo prickly water lily wetlands (13:00~13:30pm)
  • Walking from Gyeongpo prickly water lily wetland to Gyeongpo Ecological wetlands (13:30~14:40pm)
  • Walking from Gyeongpo Ecological wetlands to Gyeongpodae Pavilion (14:40~15:30pm)
  • Walking from Gyeongpodae Pavilion to Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum (15:30~16:30pm)
  • Check into the hotel (17:20pm)
  • Dinner (18:30pm)

General information:

  • Starting point: Namhangjin beach
  • Ending point : Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum
  • Distance: 13km
  • Approximated time: 6hours

Today’s course:



What to see:

- Gyeongpo beach

Gyeongpo Beach is famous for its picturesque sunrise and tranquil moonrise. There are other nearby attractions in the area, like the pine forest (4 km) and wild roses, which grow in various areas around the beach. Those who enjoy ocean fishing can take a boat to the mall rocks just off the beach. There is an endless line of tourists, who come to visit the ancient buildings with their incredible scenery, like Gyeongpodae and Ojukheon.

- Gyeongpodae Pavilion

Gyeongpodae (경포대) is famous for the view of the moon on the 15th day of the first lunar month. It is a large, tall pavilion, and its architectural feature- a “paljak” roof, is the most common form used in Korean buildings. It has been designated as Regional Cultural Asset No. 6. Its structure is divided into 6 sections in the front, and 5 sections at the side, with 28 pillars surrounding the pavillion. Located inside is Gyeongpodaebu, which was written by Yul-Gok (1536-1584) when he was only 10 years old. It describes the slow and leisurely movement of the heavens, making it even more distant, and the clear, bright moon shimmering in the darkness. There is also a poem written by Suk-Jong (1095-1105), the 15th king of the Goryeo Dynasty, and many other literary records and poetry of famous artists like Ha-Mang Jo’s (1682-1747) Sangryangmun.

- Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum

Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum founded by Son Seongmok is the largest gramophone museum in the world. It has a collection of 4,500 phonographs, 150,000 phonograph records, 1,000 books, and 5,000 items from 20 nations.

Where to sleep:

- Gyeonpo beach hotel

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi Yes
Computer No
TV Yes
Elevator Yes
Washing machine Yes
Clothes dryer No

Day 6, Thursday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Program of the day:

  • Breakfast (8:00~9:00am)
  • Check out (9:10am)
  • Move to Sokcho terminal (9:10~9:25am)
  • Sokcho terminal to Hoenggye terminal by bus (9:30~10:00am)
  • Move to Hoenggye terminal to Daegwallyeong service area (10:00~10:20am)
  • Walking from Daegwallyeong service area to first rest area (10:30~11:30am)
  • Break (11:30~11:50am)
  • Walking from first rest area to Sunjaryung (11:50~13:00pm)
  • Lunch (13:00~14:00pm)
  • Walking from Sunjaryung to Donghae jeonmangdae (14:00~15:00pm)
  • Break (15:00~15:20pm)
  • Arrival to Daegwallyeong service area (15:20~16:20pm)
  • Move to Hoenggye terminal (16:20~16:40pm)
  • Dinner (16:40~18:00pm)
  • Move to Hoenggye to Jinbu (18:30~18:40pm)
  • Check into the hotel (18:40pm)

General information:

  • Starting point: Daegwallyeong service area to Sunjaryoung
  • Ending point: Sunjaryoung to Daegwallyeong service area
  • Distance: 12km
  • Approximated time: 6hours

Today’s course:



What to see:

- Daegwallyeong

Daegwallyeong, the pass that connects Gangneung-si and Pyeongchang-gun, is 832m in height and 13km in length. The pass is the hub of public transportation, the bridge of culture, and the border of the natural environment between Yeongdong and Yeongseo areas. This pass was used for delivering agricultural and marine products from Gangneung to Yeongseo, while local products from Yeongseo area were delivered to Gusan-ni, Seongsan-myeon. Seonbis (scholars in the Joseon Dynasty) also walked over this pass to go to Hanyang (then Capital City of the Joseon Dynasty), where gwageo (the highest-level state examination to recruit ranking officials during the Joseon Dynasty) took place.

Where to sleep:

- Seolim Hotel

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi Yes
Computer No
TV Yes
Elevator Yes
Laundry service Yes
Clothes dryer No

Day 7, Friday (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Program of the day:

  • Breakfast (7:00~8:00am)
  • Check out (8:20am)
  • Jinbu terminal to woljeongsa by bus (8:30~8:45am)
  • Stretching (8:45~8:50am)
  • Walking from Woljeongsa temple to Dongpigol (8:50~10:50am)
  • Break (10:50~11:10)
  • Walking from Dongpigol to Sangwonsa temple (11:10~12:30pm)
  • Lunch (12:30~13:30pm)
  • Walking from Sangwonsa temple to Dongpigol (13:30~14:30pm)
  • Break (14:30~14:50pm)
  • Walking from Dongpigol to Woljeongsa temple (14:50~16:50pm)
  • Coffee break (16:50~17:10pm)
  • Move to hotel by bus (17:20~17:40pm)
  • Check into the hotel (17:45pm)
  • Dinner (18:40pm)

General information:

  • Starting point: Woljeongsa temple to Sangwonsa temple
  • Ending point: Sangwonsa temple to Woljeongsa temple
  • Distance: 18km
  • Approximated time: 7hours

Today’s course:

Mt.Odaesan

The representative temple of Odaesan, Woljeongsa Temple, was named after the bright, full moon that rises above Manwoldae (Mt. Dongdaesan). At this temple the famous Octagon shaped 9-story pagoda (National Treasure No.48) and the Stone Seated Buddha Figure (Treasure No.139) is preserved. Also, Jeokmyeolbogung of Woljeongsa is where Monk Ja Jang preserved the Sakyamuni's noble relics. Inside Woljeongsa Temple, follow the fir trees 5 km east, and you will reach Sagoji where Yeonggamsa Temple stands.

Odaesan has the largest natural woods of Korea. Many wild animals and plants are known to exist here. The area of Birobong Peak is famous for its Nuncheunkbaek and Yew tree forests. The royal azelea and Geumgang Chorong from Durobong Peak to Sangwangbong Peak are famous and there are animals such as boars, musk deer, turtledoves and colorful woodpeckers living here.

What to see:

- Woljeongsa temple

Woljeongsa Temple is located in the forest of the valley east of Mt. Odaesan, and it is composed of 60 temples and 8 monasteries made into one large temple. Woljeongsa Temple was established by Monk Ja Jang (590~658). At Woljeongsa Temple there is the Seongbo Museum where you can view the Buddhist culture of the Goryeo Dynasty (918∼1392), the nine-story octagonal pagoda, also called as the Sari-Pagoda (relic pagoda), and the Stone Seated Buddha figure.

- Sangwonsa temple

Sangwonsa Temple is located 8km north of Woljeongsa Temple. Stories are told that Sangwonsa Temple was built by Buddhist monk Ja Jang (590~658) in 643, in the 12th year of Silla Queen Seon-Deok, and others say that it was built by Bocheon and Hyo-myeong, the sons of King Sin-Mun (reign 681~692), the 31st king of the Silla Kingdom. It was rebuilt in 705 during the 4th year of King Seong-Deok's reign (702∼737). However, in 1946 it was burnt down in a fire, but later restored once again in 1947. Only a Bell Pavillon remained during this period until the building was rebuilt after Korea’s Independence Day. The oldest relic left today is Dongjong (National Treasure No.36), Munsu Child Figure, and the Jungchang, the promotion of virtue in rebuilding Sangwonsa Temple, written by the 7th king of the Joseon Dynasty King Sejo

Where to sleep:

- Seolim Hotel

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi Yes
Computer No
TV Yes
Elevator Yes
Laundry service Yes
Clothes dryer No

Day 8, Saturday (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Program of the day:

  • Breakfast (7:00~8:00am)
  • Freetime (8:00~9:30am)
  • Check out (9:40am)
  • Express bus from Jinbu intercity bus terminal to Seoul express bus terminal (9:50~12:00pm)
  • Lunch (12:00~13:00pm)
  • Subway from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Kensington hotel (13:00~14:00pm)
  • Check into Kensington hotel (14:10pm)
  • Walking from hotel to Yeouido Hangang Park (14:20~15:00pm)
  • Walking from Yeouido Hangang Park to Seonyudo Park (15:00~16:00pm)
  • Retrun to the accommodation (16:20~17:20pm)
  • Farewell Dinner at Korean BBQ Restaurant (18:30pm)

General information:

  • Starting point: Yeouido Hangang Park to Seonyudo Park
  • Ending point: Seonyudo Park to accommodation
  • Distance: 12km
  • Approximated time: 3hours

Today’s course:

What to see:

- Yeouido Hangang Park

Located in Yeouido, the heart of politics, media, banking and finance, YeouidoHangang Park is easily accessible via public transportation. As one of the most popular parks along Hangang River, the park attracts many visitors, residents, and office workers.

With 24 granite pillars, a splendid blue dome, and white exterior, the National Assembly Building is a beautiful piece of architecture. The historic building came to life in 1975 after six years of construction. The pillars and the dome symbolize the various opinions of the public emerging as one. The building is a favorite among tourists as it is located next to the Hangang River. The Hangang River sits behind the building as a beautiful backdrop.

- Seoul Han River at night

Where to sleep:

- Hotel Kensington (http://www.kensingtonyoido.co.kr/)

Air Conditioner Yes
Private Bathroom Yes
Fridge Yes
Wifi Yes
Computer No
TV Yes
Elevator Yes
Washing machine No
Clothes dryer No

Day 9, (Breakfast included)

Program of the day::

  • Breakfast
  • Tour finishes after breakfast

Tour Photo

"Hiking in Seoul & East Korea"

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