Bibimbap | SITA Tours CanadaLast year, the world got a tantalizing taste of South Korea when audiences tuned in to the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. Boasting a wealth of history packed into a country that’s about twice the size of Nova Scotia, South Korea offers travellers high-density heritage. Here’s why culture-vultures should flock to the peninsula in 2019 with SITA Tours Canada.
Gyeongbokgung Palace | SITA Tours Canada
- 13 UNESCO World Heritage sites which include capital city Seoul and the city of Gyeongju.
- Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site.
- UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage recognizes many South Korean traditions, from music and dance to games, handicrafts and customs. Ssirum (wrestling), falconry, nongak (music and dance rituals), kimchi making, Taekkyeon (martial art), jultagi tightrope walking, Namsadang Nori folk performances and Cheoyongmu dance are just a few highlights travellers might take part in.
- Cultural festivals: Muju Firefly Festival (early September), Andong Mask Dance Festival (late September/early October), Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival (October).
- Templestays: Experience Korean Buddhism during an overnight templestay. Temples provide guests sanctuary from South Korea’s buzzing urban life; meditate to the sound of temple bells reverberating across tranquil grounds and engage in monastic rituals.
- Palace-hopping: Palaces like Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gyeonghuigung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace offer a look into South Korea’s royal histories. Reenactments, changing of the guard ceremonies and the opportunity to dress in hanbok (traditional costume) take travellers on a cultural deep-dive.
4 South Korea itineraries by SITA Tours Canada
Seoul | Cait Ellis
BEST OF KOREA
7 days | Seoul, Gyeongju, Busan, Jeju
This comprehensive itinerary combines bustling excursions in Seoul with the volcanic wonders of Jejudo Island and the majestic ancient former capital, Gyeongju. Gyeongju is a well-preserved city that was home to Korean rulers for more than 1,000 years.
7 days | Seoul, DMZ, Gyeongju, Busan
Old and new Korea are juxtaposed on this itinerary that combines the sophisticated excitement of Seoul with the fascinating remains of Korea’s ancient past in Gyeongju. Between the two, clients visit the DMZ which is the demarcation between North and South Korea, and the most heavily armed border in the world.
KOREA AT A GLANCE
5 days | Seoul, Gyeongju, Busan
Dynamic, yet steeped in tradition, Korea is the epitome of modern Asia. This itinerary offers an overview of Seoul, Gyeongju and Busan, the ancient, beautifully-preserved former capital and bustling major sea port.
SEOUL: WINDOW TO KOREA
4 days | Seoul
Peer into the beating heart of South Korea by digging into its vibrant capital city. A full day is reserved for touring.
Why travel with SITA Tours Canada?
Experience: 85 years of crafting round-the-world tours
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Variety: Scheduled small group departures, custom groups, F.I.T., join-in tours, and tailor-made touring
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