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OCT. 18, 2009(SUNDAY)/ #KOREA AUTUMN TOUR KOREA AUTUMN TOUR 12D-TOUR Similar to previous year's tour #KOREA AUTUMN TOUR
  • All meals are included,EXCEPT LAST TOUR DAY AND RETURN DATE.

  • LIMIT TO ONE BUS

  • Departure Date OCT. 18, 2009(SUNDAY)
    Tour Guide Wayne TERANISHI
    Air Japan Airlines
    TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
    DATE: OCTOBER 11, 2009(SUN) at 12 Noon
    PLACE: Hawaii Tokai International College Cafeteria
    2241 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii
    COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
    ATTIRE: INFORMAL-MUUMUU, ALOHA SHIRT
    (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 1/2HOURS)

    Itinerary
    OCT 18 SUNDAY HONOLULU
    Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. Complimentary Movies and Drinks on the flight.
    OCT. 19(MON) NARITA /SEOUL SEOUL LOTTE WORLD HOTEL
    Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport then transfer to a Japan Airlines flight, to Seoul, South Korea. After clearing immigration and customs at Incheon Int’l Airport, our tour guide will meet and greet us at the airport. We will go directly to our hotel located right next to “Lotte World Adventure”, the World’s Largest Indoor Amusement Park and “Lotte World Department Store”. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT SEOUL LOTTE WORLD HOTEL.
    OCT. 20(TUE) SEOUL/GAPYEONG/CHUNCHEON/SORAK SOL BEACH LA HOTEL
    AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. We will travel east to Mt. Sorak, one of the most famous and beautiful mountains in Korea for viewing the color change of autumn leaves. On the way, we will visit the Garden of Morning Calm” in Gapyeong demonstrating Korean beauty based on a collection of various types of plants and showing various theme sceneries according to the seasons. Then, stop by Chuncheon City famous for “Dakgalbi” the roasted chicken ribs. Let’s just try it for our lunch today in Myeongdong, Chuncheon, the very place where the famous Korean TV Drama “Winter Sonata” was filmed and “you can just feel the vivid mood of the Winter Sonata drama and see the Myeongdong Street shown in the drama with your own eyes”. After enjoying the panoramic view of Mt. Sorak, we will proceed to our hotel located right by the beach and spend the next two nights. DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT SOL BEACH LA HOTEL.
    OCT. 21(WED) SORAK/GANGNEUNG/YANGYANG SOL BEACH LA HOTEL
    AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. After breakfast, we will take a tour around Mt. Sorak National Park and Shinheungsa Temple. In the afternoon we will go to Gangneung City and visit the Chansori Gramophone & Audio Museum. This museum boasts itself as having an incredible collection of 19th Century Gramophones and 1st Generation Audio Systems. Next visit Seongyojang, a typical aristocrat’s house from the late Joseon Dynasty, offering a peek into the lives of Korea’s ancestors. The house was originally 99 rooms, but only 55 remain. The reason for the odd number of original rooms is because no structure other than the royal palace could be built with 100 rooms or more – no matter the person’s wealth or power. Seongyojang is the perfect example to understand “Traditional Korean Geomancy”. It was said in olden days that it was good luck to build a house with a mountain at its back and a river in its front, and that is the exact location of Seongyojang. Later return to our hotel in Yangyang. DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT SOL BEACH LA HOTEL.
    OCT. 22(THU) YANGYANG/PYEONGCHANG/KANGWON LAND KANGWON LAND CASINO HOTEL
    AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. Our journey continues south to Kangwon Land Casino & high 1 Ski Resort, the newly built Las Vegas style casino-hotel-theme-park resort complex via Jeonggangwon in Pyeongchang, the institute of traditional Korean Cuisine, where we will have the traditional Korean Food Lunch, and if the timing is right, we will be able to have an opportunity to see a demonstration on the process of making Korean food such as Kimchi or Bibimbap. Upon arrival at Kangwon Land, take a “gondola ride” up to the mountain top of High 1 Ski Resort to enjoy a bird’s eye view across to Mt. Baekwoon’s changing of colors into autumnal tints. We will check in at the Kangwon Land Casino Hotel for the next two nights. “GOOD LUCK IN THE CASINO”! BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT KANGWON LAND CASINO HOTEL.
    OCT. 23(FRI) KANGWON LAND/DANYANG/KANGWON LAND KANGWON LAND CASINO HOTELtle Hotel
    AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. Proceed to Danyang, renowned for its “8 Scenic Wonders”. Eight areas were designated as the most beautiful sceneries in Danyang. These areas were visited many times by numerous scholars during the Joseon Period (1392-1910), and contain many historically and culturally important relics. Enjoy a excursion boat ride along the lakeside viewing the scenery which is so popular among tourists. After the 1 hour boat ride, we will move on to the Cheongpung Cultural complex. Following the winding road around the Namhangang River (South Han River), you arrive at Cheongpungmunhawjaedanji (cultural complex), where you can “feel the life and breath of Korean ancestors and their heritage”. The wooden structure, stonework, wild flowers and mossy stone, all of these will allow you to feel a seep inexplicable interaction with the past, trespassing spatial and temporal gaps. On the way back to the hotel, we will have an opportunity to experience the “picking of the year’s new fresh apples” in a local apple orchard. This should be a special and fun experience. BUFFET DINNER AND ACCOMMODATION AT KANGWON LAND CASINO HOTEL
    OCT. 24(SAT) KANGWON LAND/ANDONG/CHEONGJU RAMADA PLAZA CHEONGJU HOTEL otel
    AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. This morning, we will travel south to Andong, which is the best preserved village with its traditional style noble houses. In 1999, Queen Elizabeth II from UK visited Hahoe Village in Andong and was welcomed with a Birthday Party Table decorated in the Korean traditional way. Andong is famous as the home of the Intellectual Yangban Classes of Korean Society. Andong breathes traditional culture as the birthplace of the Hahoe Maska and the Hahoe Spirit Rituals. On arrival, we will embark on a brief sightseeing tour around Andong including the Mask Museum and Hahoe Folk Village where about 130 traditional houses large and small, from nobility to commoners, have been well-preserved by the same families for generations. Then we travel west to Cheongju City in Cheongju Province and check in at a new deluxe hotel for an overnight stay. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT RAMADA PLAZA CHEONGJU HOTEL.
    OCT. 25(SUN) GYEONGJU/MT. SONGNISAN NATIONAL PARK/SEOUL HOTEL LOTTE SEOUL
    AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. Today we will enjoy a morning drive to Mt. Songnisan National Park. Upon arrival, proceed to Beopjusa Temple, where you can see the “Largest Standing Buddha Statue in Korea”, 33 meters tall, from the entrance to the temple. Built in the mid 6th Century, Beopjusa Temple accommodated up to 3,000 monks in ancient times and has 1,500 years of history and a matching list of numerous National Treasures and Monuments. Here you can experience the Buddhist Culture reflected in these artifacts. Also enjoy a slow stroll along the tall Pine trees. Then at last transfer to bustling Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Upon arrival in Seoul, go up to N-Seoul Tower, standing on top of Mt. Namsan in the heart of Seoul for a bird’s eye view across the metropolitan city of Seoul. Then proceed to Hotel Lotte Seoul and check-in to your hotel for the next four nights. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT HOTEL LOTTE.
    OCT. 26(MON) SEOUL/PAJU/SEOUL HOTEL LOTTE SEOUL
    AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. Full Day Sightseeing Tour. Proceed to Paju to visit Odusan Unification Observatory (DMZ), which is nestled on a high range of this northernmost tip of South Korea, 118 meters above sea level, at a strategically important position in the nation’s western frontier area. After a Tepanyaki Lunch at a hotel restaurant, “Afternoon Seoul City Tour” to Gyeongbok Palace built in 1394 as a primary residence for the royal family of the Joseon Dynasty, the National Folk Museum that displays the lifestyle of ancient Koreans, Insadong antique Alley, east Gate Open Market, one of the nation’s largest wholesale centers and popular among local residents to shop for merchandise at discounted prices, Presidential Palace called the Blue House. Then return to the hotel. BUFFET DINNER: TRADITIONAL KOREAN FOODS FOLLOWED BY A TRADITIONAL KOREAN PERFORMANCE AT KOREA HOUSE, A CULTURAL SPACE COMPLEX COMPRISED OF TRADITIONAL KOREAN HOUSES WHERE YOU CAN SEE AND ENJOY KOREA’S TRADITIONAL BEAUTY VIA COURT FOOD, FOLK PERFORMANCES, TRADUTIONAL WEDDINGS AND SO ON. ACCOMMODATION AT HOTEL LOTTE SEOUL.
    OCT. 27(TUE) SEOUL/YONGIN/SUWON/SEOUL HOTEL LOTTE SEOULl
    AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. In the morning, visit the Korean Folk Village, which offers a unique glimpse into Korea’s past. See potters, pipe-makers and other craftsmen at work, just like they did in the olden times. The old traditional style houses and lifestyle of 18th-19th Century are being practiced by people living in the village. It is a must place to visit for first timers to Korea to learn Korean Culture. After lunch, we will visit KBS T.V. Studio in Suwon City giving you an opportunity to “experience a vivid feeling you got from scenes you might have seen in some Korean T.V. Shows. Later return to the hotel. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT HOTEL LOTTE SEOUL.
    OCT. 28(WED) SEOUL HOTEL LOTTE SEOUL
    AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. FREE DAY to shop for the many bargains found in Itaewon, Myong Dong, South Gate Open Market, or take an optional tour. LUNCH AND DINNER WILL BE ON YOUR OWN TODAY TO LET YOU EAT YOUR FAVORITE DISHES BEFORE RETURNING HOME. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT HOTEL LOTTE SEOUL.
    OCT. 29(THU) SEOUL/INCHEON INT’L AIRPORT/HONOLULU
    AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. Morning at leisure, last chance to shop! Proceed to Inchon Int’l Airport for your flight home. LIGHT LUNCH ON THE FLIGHT TO JAPAN AND DINNER ON THE FLIGHT TO HONOLULU FROM JAPAN. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, OCTOBER 29, 2009(THURSDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S SPECIAL KOREA AUTUMN COLORS TOUR #K2! MAHALO!

    Destnations
    SEOUL ,SORAK, KANGWON LAND, CHEONGJU.


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