Leave the busy city of Seoul behind on a two-day excursion to Mt Seorak (Seoraksan), South Korea's third-highest mountain. As you explore with your fun and knowledgeable guide, see why this UNESCO-protected mountain is one of the country's most popular destinations, named for its slowly melting covering of snow. Your two-day tour also visits tranquil temples and a thriving fish market, taking you behind the scenes to glimpse daily life in South Korea.
Day 1: Seoul ' Gwonkeumsansung Fortress ' Shinheungsa Temple Your two-day tour to Mt Seorak begins with pickup from your Seoul hotel. Then sit back and relax on the 3.5-hour coach trip to the foot of the mountain, where you'll take a cable car ride to Gwonkeumsansung Fortress. From the top of the fortress, take in the mountain's amazing scenery of forests and rocky cliffs.
With your guide, visit the mountain's Shinheungsa Temple, with its giant bronze Buddha standing guard, before being transferred to your hotel where you'll have the rest of the day and evening to spend at your leisure.
Overnight: 4-star Hanwha Resort in Sokcho or similar Day 2: Daepohang Port ' Naksan Temple ' Seoul (B) After breakfast, visit the live fish market at Daepohang Port, where eel, flounder, yellowtail and gourmet seafood are sold. See the lively stalls and restaurants surrounding the fish market, selling dishes featuring the local seafood, and then head to Naksan Beach, where Naksan Temple is regarded as one of the Gwandong region's top sights. Don't forget your camera to capture the lovely Korean Buddhist temple's picturesque setting on the edge of the sea, perched on the slopes of Naksan Mountain.
Your two-day tour ends with your return journey to Seoul, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.