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Sunday, 9 September 2012

13.00 – approx. 17.00
Museum Tour

Itinerary: Coex – National Museum of Korea – War Memorial of Korea – Coex

National Museum of Korea:
The National Museum of Korea was reborn as a representative cultural icon in October 2005. It is a sanctuary of Korean culture where you can appreciate the essence of Korean arts and culture. The impressive museum building is surrounded by Namsan Mountain to the north and Han River to the south and the lay-out of the museum building in its natural environment reinterprets the traditional architectural spirit of Korea in a contemporary way.

The War Memorial of Korea:
The War Memorial commemorates the victims of the many wars of Korea that eventually led to the modern democratic nation-state. It was officially opened in 1994 and represents not only the largest landmark of its kind in the world, but also stands as a symbol for the hopes and wishes of mankind to live in a world of peace.

National Museum

Price: USD 50 per person
Meeting point: 12.45, Coex Exhibition & Convention Center, in front of the main entrance (North Gate)

War Memorial

Sunday, 9 September 2012

13.00 – approx. 17.00
Gyeongbokgung Palace

Itinerary: Coex – Gyeongbokgung Palace – Insadong Street – Coex

Gyeongbokgung Palace:
The founder of the Joseon Dynasty built the Gyeongbokgung Palace in the late 14th century. The majestic edifices of “Kunjongjon”, the spacious 2-story pavilion “Kyongheoru” and “Hyangwonjong” site offer more than 600 years of history in an impressive setting.

Insadong Street:
The Insadong Street is the ideal place for visitors who want to experience the true character of Korean art with its subtle, enduring beauty. Once you are in Insadong, you will immediately be drawn to the small alleys with numerous shops and galleries, both tiny and spacious: antique shops, Korean stationery stores, frame shops, handicraft shops, pottery and porcelain shops, bookstores and painting studios and art supply stores. In addition, restaurants and cafes serve traditional food and teas.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Price: USD 50 per person
Meeting point: 12.45, Coex Exhibition & Convention Center, in front of the main entrance (North Gate)

Gyeongbokgung Palace
Insadong Street

Monday, 10 September 2012

11.00 – approx. 17.00
Seoul City Tour

Itinerary: Coex – Gwanghwamun Square – Cheonggyecheon Stream – Hanok Village – Seoul Tower – Coex

Gwanghwamun Square:
In 2009 the redesigned Gwanghwamun Square opened to the public. With its inauguration, Sejong-ro, located at the centre of the 600-year old historic city of Seoul, was transformed into a human-centred space that harmonises with the beautiful scenery of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukaksan Mountain.

Cheonggyecheon Stream:
The Cheonggyecheon Stream has become a famous retreat for both Seoul citizens and visitors since its restoration in 2005. It features many interesting sights, while making Seoul a city where nature, culture and history co-exist in harmony.

Lunch at Yongsusan

Namsangol Hanok Village:
Hanok Village is a collection of five hanoks (traditional Korean houses) from the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910). The hanoks were recovered from different parts of the city and relocated to the northern foot of Namsan Mountain. The interiors of each of these five houses reflect owners from different walks of life, from the middle-class to the Yangban upper-class.

Seoul Tower:
Seoul Tower, also known as Namsan Tower, measures 236.7 metres and offers a stunning view over Seoul. The tower also features a 360° revolving restaurant and several observation decks.

Gwanghwamun Square

Price: USD 95 per person (including lunch)
Meeting point: 10.45, Coex Exhibition & Convention Center, in front of the main entrance (North Gate)

Cheonggyecheon Stream
Namsangol Hanok Village
Seoul Tower

09.00 – approx. 12.00
Experience of Korean culture

Itinerary: Coex – Yejiwon – Coex

Yejiwon:
Established in 1974, Yejiwon’s goal is to promote the traditional Korean etiquette. Visitors have the chance to prepare and taste a traditional Korean dish, to learn more about dado, the Korean tea ceremony which has been practiced for over thousand years.

Price: USD 105 per person
Meeting point: 08.45, Coex Exhibition & Convention Center, in front of the main entrance (North Gate)

13.00 – approx. 17.00
Museum Tour

Please see information on page 24 (Tour also on Sunday, 9 September 2012)

Price: USD 50 per person
Meeting point: 12.45, Coex Exhibition & Convention Center, in front of the main entrance (North Gate)

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

09.00 – approx. 17.00
Korean Folk Village

Itinerary: Coex – Korean Folk Village – Suwon Hwaseong Fortress – Coex

Korean Folk Village:
The Korean Folk Village opened in October 1974 as an open-air folk museum and international tourist attraction for both Korean and foreign visitors. The village is home to Korean heritage and many features of Korean culture have been collected and preserved for future generations. A traditional marketplace offers exotic flavors of Korean food from various regions and numerous shops sell a variety of traditional handicrafts and souvenirs, many of which were made on the premises. Dance and acrobatic performances complete the attractions of the village.

Korean BBQ lunch

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress:
The Suwon Hwaseong Fortress was built in 1796. The fortress wall is 5.52 km long, and it was designed to serve political, commercial and military functions today. It is an UNESCO World Heritage.

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

Price: USD 100 per person (including lunch)
Meeting point: 08.45, Coex Exhibition & Convention Center, in front of the main entrance (North Gate)

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress
Korean Folk Village
Korean Folk Village

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

18.30 – approx. 22.30
Korean House Dinner Show

Itinerary: Coex – Korean House – Coex

Korean House:
The Korean House has been housing traditional art performances in their purest form for 30 years. Visitors can enjoy a number of performances: fan dance, samulnori, janggu (hourglass) dance drum, taepyeongmu (dance of peace) and percussion ensemble.

Dinner (buffet)

Price: USD 100 per person (including dinner)
Meeting point: 18.10, Coex Exhibition & Convention Center, in front of the main entrance (North Gate)

19.00 – approx. 22.00
Nanta Show

Itinerary: Coex – Nanta Theatre – Coex

Nanta:
Nanta is a non-verbal performance of free rhythmical movements that dramatise customary Korean percussion in a strikingly comedic stage show.
Nanta combines Korean traditional drumbeats with a western performance style. The story of the show is about four capricious cooks preparing a wedding banquet. While cooking, they turn all kinds of kitchen items, such as pots, pans, dishes, knives, chopping board, water bottles and even brooms into percussion instruments.

Price: USD 65 per person
Meeting point: 18.45, Coex Exhibition & Convention Center, in front of the main entrance (North Gate)

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

09.00 – approx. 12.00
Gyeongbokgung Palace

Please see information on page 25 (Tour also on Sunday, 9 September 2012).

Price: USD 50 per person
Meeting point: 08.45, Coex Exhibition & Convention Center, in front of the main entrance (North Gate)

13.00 – approx. 17.00
Changdeok Palace

Itinerary: Coex – Changdeok Palace – Namdaemun Market – Coex

Changdeok Palace:
The Changdeok Palace is a beautiful palace of the Joseon Dynasty with a secret garden. It contains a multitude of traditional garden architectures including wooden pavilions, ponds, splendidly patterned walls and many other beautiful structures all perfectly balanced in natural settings. In 1997 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Namdaemun Market:
The Namdaeum open-air market offers a vast selection of merchandise. It is the nation’s wholesale centre and anything you want can be found there: clothing, shoes, house wares, foods, tools, glasses, accessories, gifts, sporting goods, electric appliances, furniture and much more.

Changdeok Palace

Price: USD 60 per person
Meeting point: 12.45, Coex Exhibition & Convention Center, in front of the main entrance (North Gate)

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

08.00 – approx. 14.00
Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

Itinerary: Coex – DMZ – Coex

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ):
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. Symbolising both war and peace, the DMZ used to be a deadly place for humans, but nowadays this strip of land has become a nature reserve for many animals and there are plans to turn the DMZ into a peace park and a UN-protected World Heritage Site.

Price: USD 55 per person
Meeting point: 07.45, Coex Exhibition & Convention Center, in front of the main entrance (North Gate)

Note for All Tours

Tours are based on a minimum of 10 participants.
If a tour does not take place due to insufficient numbers, the ticket will be reimbursed in full. Otherwise please note that tickets for excursions are non-refundable. On-site requests for tours are welcome but cannot be guaranteed.
Tours include private chartered bus, English speaking guide, entrance fee of all tour places, toll and parking fee and when mentioned in the itinerary hotel accommodation and meals.