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2015 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S KOREA AUTUMN COLORS TOUR #K4
OCTOBER 17, 2015 (SATURDAY) – OCTOBER 28, 2015 (WEDNESDAY) – M/M WAYNE TERANISHI
OCT. 17 (SAT) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Korean Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. Complimentary Movies and Drinks on the flight.
OCT. 18 (SUN) INCHEON GRAND HYATT INCHEON HOTEL
Arrive at Incheon Int’l Airport, 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 only 5 minutes away from the airport. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT GRAND HYATT INCHEON HOTEL.
OCT. 19(MON) SEOUL/GAPYEONG/CHUNCHEON/YANGYANG 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. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT SOL BEACH LA HOTEL.
OCT. 20(TUE) 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. Visit Sokcho Fishmarket and in the afternoon we will go to Gangneung City and visit the Chamsori 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. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT SOL BEACH LA HOTEL.
OCT. 21(WED) YANGYANG/PYEONGCHANG/KANGWON LAND, SABUK 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. “Jeonggangwon” was a shooting location where the Korean TV drama “Sikgaek” (Le Grand Chef) was filmed. 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. 22(THU) KANGWON LAND/DANYANG/KANGWON LAND, SABUK KANGWON LAND CASINO 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 pleasure boat ride along the lakeside viewing the scenery which is so popular among tourists. After the 1 hour boat ride, we will take a brief tour around Danyang. 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. 23(FRI) KANGWON LAND, SABUK/YEONGDONG/CHEONGJU HOTEL RAMADA PLAZA CHEONGJU
AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. This morning, we will travel southwest to Yeongdong in Chungcheong Province known as a “Land of Fresh Wind and Bright Moon”, which has perfect natural conditions such as an inland mountain climate and fertile soil for viticulture. There, we’ll visit the only winery in Korea, WINE KOREA which runs a farmed vineyard and is the creator of a classic, high-quality wine, “CHATEAU MANI”. You will have an opportunity of seeing around the winery, taking wine foot-bath and wine tasting there. After lunch, we travel to Cheongju City in Chungcheong Province and check in at a new deluxe hotel for an overnight stay. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT HOTEL RAMADA PLAZA CHEONGJU.
OCT. 24(SAT) CHEONGJU/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 the 63 City Building, in the heart of Seoul for a bird’s eye view across the Han River and 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. 25(SUN) SEOUL/PAJU/GANGBUK(NORTHERN SEOUL)/SEOUL HOTEL LOTTE SEOUL
AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. Full Day City Sightseeing Tour. This morning we’ll visit the Changdok palace, the detached palace of Joseon dynasty, which was built in 1405 and designated as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage in 1997. And then go to Insadong, antique shopping street called Mary’s alley, then visit Jogye Buddhist temple with its beautiful Chrysanthemum display. After a Tepanyaki Lunch at a hotel restaurant, Continue on afternoon Seoul city tour including Gimchi factory where you will have fun experience of making Gimchi and have an opportunity to wear colorful Hanbok, the traditional Korean costume. Then, go to East Gate Open Market, one of the nation’s largest wholesale center and popular among local residents to shop for merchandise at discounted prices. Then return to the hotel. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT HOTEL LOTTE.
OCT. 26(MON) SEOUL/GANGNAM (SOUTHERN SEOUL)/SEOUL HOTEL LOTTE SEOUL
AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. This morning, we’ll move to the Gangnam area which has grown to be famous worldwidely with the PSY’s music video, “GANGNAM STYLE”. We’ll make our first stop at the famous Lotte World Adventure, the world’s largest indoor amusement park and enjoy joining various kinds of rides, also, you can visit the Folk Museum in its precinct that offers a unique glimpse into Korea’s past. Inside the museum is a huge miniature village created on a 1/8 scale of the real size. It shows the lives of the ancient Koreans during the Joseon dynasty. Within the museum are the traditional open-air style restaurants reproduced as they were in the traditional marketplace of Joseon dynasty. Right there we’ll have lunch. After lunch, we will visit the Jamsil Olympic main stadium, which was the main venue of the 88 Seoul Olympics. Then transfer to the ferry to take an Excursion Boat Ride Along The River HAN for an hour. Later return to the hotel. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT HOTEL LOTTE.
OCT. 27(TUE) 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. ACCOMMODATION AT HOTEL LOTTE SEOUL.
OCT. 28(WED) SEOUL/INCHEON INT’L AIRPORT/HONOLULU
AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. Morning at leisure, last chance to shop! Proceed to Incheon Int’l Airport for your flight home. DINNER & BREAKFAST ON THE KOREAN AIRLINES FLIGHT TO HONOLULU. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, OCTOBER 28, 2015(WEDNESDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S KOREA AUTUMN COLORS TOUR #K4! MAHALO!
TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON:
DATE: OCTOBER 11, 2015 (SUNDAY)**
TIME: 12:00PM (NOON)
PLACE: TO BE ANNOUNCED