Silversea Luxury Cruises To INCHEON (SEOUL)

INCHEON (SEOUL)

The bright lights of neighbouring big city Seoul might burn brightly but Incheon, just 27 kilometres away, has nothing to be ashamed of. The coastal city was the first to open its borders to the world in 1883, and as such has always enjoyed a special relationship with the west. So much so that it was granted “English Status” in 2007, with many residents priding themselves on their command of the language. View more

The city’s love of English has made it a business powerhouse so expect soaring skyscrapers and smart technology as part of the landscape. Incheon was also the first to welcome the Chinese and today the city’s Chinatown is one of the most vibrant and welcoming there is. A frenetic and exciting hybrid of Chinese and Korean heritage, it is said that Jjajangmyeon (black soy bean noodles), South Korea’s de facto national dish originates from here. Try a steaming bowl from one of the many vendors, then walk it off with the short 15-minute stroll from Chinatown to the traditional Sinpo Market for different kind of sensational feast. The city is steeped in history, notably in recent times during the Korean War. In 1950, the US general General MacArthur led UN forces behind enemy lines in freeing the city from North Korean pressure. MacArthur’s victory is commemorated by a statue in the Jaya (Freedom) Park. The city’s history of course goes back much further, with the first historical record dating as far back as 475 CE. At the time the city was called Michuhol, only changing its name to Incheon in 1413.

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AUCKLAND To TOKYO
  • Departure
    Feb 13 2021
  • Duration
    36 Days
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    Silver Whisper
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BALI To TOKYO
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    Mar 03 2021
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Excursions in INCHEON (SEOUL)

Discovering Seoul

Depart from Incheon Port for approximately 75-minute drive to Seoul, the capital city.


Gyeongbokgung Palace & Folklore Museum

Start your day by visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace which was built in 1395, and is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces. The premises were once destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598). However, all of the palace buildings were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919). Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond have remained relatively intact.

Then visit the folklore museum which is ocated inside Gyeongbokgung Palace. The museum presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past. Through the displays, visitors can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea's cultural beliefs.


Bukchon Hanok Village & Korean Style Buffet Lunch

Go on and visit Bukchon Hanok Village which is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon, which literally translates to "northern village," came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture. As Bukchon Hanok Village is an actual neighborhood with people's homes, visitors are advised to be respectful at all times while looking around.


Insadong Street & Free Time

End the tour with the visit of Insadong, located in the heart of the city, is an important place where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. There is one main road in Insa-dong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries and traditional restaurants, teahouses, and cafes. The galleries are the heartbeat of Insa-dong. There are about 100 galleries in the area and you can see every example of traditional Korean fine art from paintings to sculptures. The most famous galleries are Hakgojae Gallery, which functions as the center of folk art, Gana Art Gallery, which promotes many promising artists, and Gana Art Center.

The teahouses and restaurants are the perfect complement to the galleries. At first they might be hard to find, but if you take the time to stroll around the twisting alleyways, the window shopping in itself can be very entertaining. The shops in Insa-dong are very popular among all age groups, because each one is unique.


Your tour concludes with approximately 75-minute drive back to the port of Incheon.

Ganghwa Island

Depart from Incheon Port for approximately 75-minute drive to Ganghwa Island.


Ganghwa Island, Ganghwa Peace Observatory & Local Lunch

Start your day by visiting Ganghwa Peace Observatory, which is a building with 1 story below ground and 4 stories above ground, was constructed on the forest land in the northern area of the Civilian Passage Restriction Line at Cheolsan-ri Yangsa-myeon. It can be recalled that the entry to this area was once strictly prohibited for the general public since the end of 2006. Since its public opening on September 5, 2008, it has been providing accessibility to visitors for them to get an in-depth look on the unique cultural ecosystem of North Korea that may not be experienced in other areas. The basement and the 4th floor space are exclusively used for military purposes.

The 1st floor space is used for restaurants, administration offices, guest rooms and specialty shops selling specialty goods originated from Ganghwa and North Korea. The 2nd floor space is equipped with a high-performance telescope that enables a visitor to view images such as 'Defense Experience at Ganghwa' that depicts the traces and misery of war, 'Endless War and We, the Korean Race' that reminds the visitors about the provocation of North Korea, Comparison of Military power between South and North, and Unification Policy, 'Way to Unification' that enables the visitors to relive the experience of the trip to North Korea. Aside from the high-performance telescope, there is also an image providing device that shows a variety of images including the background of Korean War at that time, the process of occurrence of wars at home and abroad, and the damage sustained due to the war. At the 3rd floor, there is an observatory facility where the visitors can view the exquisite sceneries offered by the mountains and rivers. Being equipped with a highly advanced screen, this observatory facility is very much capable such that the feather of North Korea can be easily seen through the image even in bad weather condition.


Yongheunggung Palace & Ganghwa Anglican Church, Joseon's First Hanok-style Catholic Church

Go on and visit Yongheunggung Palace where King Cheoljong (r. 1849-1863) used to live before his ascension to throne. The chief of Ganghwa County, Jeong Gi-se, enlarged the original residence and named it Yongheunggung (meaning palace of the rising dragon) in the 4th year of King Cheoljong's reign. Its architectural features include a paljak (Korean traditional half-hipped roof) and supporting columns rendered in Jusimpo style, the column brackets placed only on top of the columns. The palace was built in the tradition of dwelling houses such as the Yeongyeongdang and Nakseonjae houses in Changdeokgung Palace, so the palace buildings give off a simple and plain atmosphere. Within the precincts of the palace are a memorial stone and a monument house indicating that the palace used to be the old home of King Cheoljong.


Have also a look to Ganghwa Anglican Church, Joseon's First Hanok-style Catholic Church. The Anglican church was first introduced to Ganghwado in 1890 and English Father Wangrando commenced preaching of the gospel right after he procured a house of residential church in Gapgotni in 1893. Meanwhile, Father Wangrando returned to his country and Father Joma succeedingly assigned to Joseon arriving at Ganghwa in 1896, then he evangelized Kim Maga (Kim Hui jun) in Ganghwaeup, and also opened Yeonghwawon, a nursery house, to take care of many patients in means of western medical techniques.


Joyangbanggik Gallery & Café & Ganghwa Pungmul & Ginseng Market

Relax and enjoy a tea at Joyangbanggik Gallery & Café. Before getting a popular spot, it used to be a textile manufacturing factory that was well known in Ganghwa. However it had been closed since 1990. Nowadays, using contemporary heritages as decoration, it becomes a very trendy cafe.


End the tour with some shopping at Ganghwa Pungmul & Ginseng Market . The Folk Flea Market was built in 2007, being converted from Ganghwa Folk Market as part of the County's project of creating numerous tourist attractions. Folk Flea Market and raw fish center are being opened at the 1st floor where the visitors can have fun not only in enjoying fresh raw fish but also in bargaining the prices with the merchants. Folk Flea Market and restaurants are opened at the 2nd floor so as to provide edible wonders that are not just pleasing to the palate but also to the eyes.


Your tour concludes with approximately 75-minute drive back to the port of Incheon.

Incheon Expanding Metropolis

Depart from Incheon Port for approximately 60-minute scenic drive to Jingwansa Temple.


Fish Market & China Town

Start your day by visiting Incheon Complex Fish Market after approximately 30-minute drive. The market offers the freshest and finest seafood to Korean restaurants and families. Feel free to choose whatever you want, or discuss with the fishermen, as they are friendly and always willing to recommend good products for tourists. The market is clean and not slippery so you can wander amongst the stalls freely, picking fresh fish and crabs. You can also buy vegetables and fruits, which are equally fresh and juicy.


Go on and visit China Town came into being with the opening of Incheon Port in 1883 and Incheon's designation as an extraterritoriality of the Ching Dynasty in the following year. In the past, the area held many stores trading goods imported from China, but currently most Chinese businesses in the area are restaurants. Today, the residents of Chinatown are mostly 2nd or 3rd generation Chinese, descendents of the early Chinese settlers. The area harbors many of the flavors of China, while the traditional culture of the first generation are preserved.


BBQ Korean Style Lunch & Urban History Museum

After lunch, have a look to Incheon Urban History Museum in order to get an idea of Songdo's master plan, drop by this multilevel display centre with scale models and exhibitions showing how the surrounding area has been reshaped over the years by massive land-reclamation projects.


Songdo Central Park, Songdo G-tower & IFEZ Observatory

Then, you will move to Songdo G-tower, the heart of Incheon Free Economic Zone and where UN and international organizations such as GCF and IFEZ Authority are located This 150m-tall Songdo landmark has sensational 360° views from its IFEZ Observatory on the 33rd floor. From here you can see just how many empty city blocks there are left to fill, as glossy propaganda videos espouse the project's success. It's located on the north-west edge of Central Park. Songdo Central Park is a seaside park built within Songdo International City, a green paradise found among the crowded skyscrapers in the city. Visitors can enjoy a water taxi ride on the man-made waterway, take a stroll at the walking promenades or various themed meadows around.


Your tour concludes with approximately 30-minute drive back to the port of Incheon.

Incheon Orientation

Experience the local lifestyle, landmarks and culture of Incheon during a scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion to this historic city and its environs.


Landing Memorial Hall

Depart the pier for the brief transfer to Incheon's Landing Memorial Hall, built to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the opening of Incheon Port in 1984.The museum's theme centres on the successful Incheon Landing Operation led by General Douglas MacArthur in 1950. Inside, see some of the military equipment used by the North and South Korean military during the war, and photos depicting daily life at the time. Outside, there is a 59-foot-long (18- metre-long) Memorial Tower and the national flags of 16 countries that participated in the Korean War.


Wolmido Traditional Garden

One of the most popular tourist spots near metropolitan Seoul, Wolmido is home to a 1,000-yard (one-kilometre) Wolmido Street of Culture. After Wolmido Island was zoned for development as a tourist attraction in 1918, seawater baths, beaches, entertainment centres, botanical gardens, and other facilities were built to attract visitors from all over during the summer months. A visit is made to the beautiful Wolmido Traditional Garden, which depicts the history of Wolmido Island.


China Town and Sinpo Market

Next, proceed for a visit to China Town, which embodies a unique blend of Korean and Chinese cultures. Upon arrival, visit one of the few Chinese shops that remain and stop by the Modern History Museum. Your tour concludes with a visit to the Sinop Market, a traditional market selling food, handicrafts, shoes, clothing, fruit, vegetables, consumer products, and a wide array of other goods. Some time is made available to browse the shops before commencing the brief drive back to the pier.

Jingwansa Temple, Tea Cerimony & Monastic Lunch Experience

Depart from Incheon Port for approximately 60-minute scenic drive to Jingwansa Temple.


Scenic Drive & Jingwansa Temple

Start your day by visiting Jingwansa Temple located to the west of Seoul, is one of the four major temples around Seoul along with Bulamsa Temple, Sammaksa Temple, and Seunggasa Temple located to the east, south and north respectively. The temple was dedicated to Preceptor Jingwan in 1010 BC by King Hyeonjong, the 8th king of the Goryeo dynasty. During the Joseon dynasty, King Sejong built a library in Jingwansa for Confucian scholars to visit and read. The temple was reduced to ashes during the Korean War, but since Jingwan lead as head monk in 1963, the temple buildings were restored and renewed for 30 years to the present day condition. The temple consists of Daeungjeon (Hall of Sakyamuni), Myeongbujeon (Hall of Judgment), Nahanjeon, Chilseonggak, Nagawon, Hongjeru, Dongjeonggak, Dongbyeoldang, Yosache and others. Daeungjeon, the centerpiece of the temple, enshrines the god Sakyamuni (the main statue of Buddha) along with Mireukbosal and Jehwagalhwabosal on each side. Myeongbujeon is dedicated to Jijangbosal, Domyeongjonja, mudokgwiwang and Sipdae daewang while at Nahanjeon, the gods of Sakyamuni, Mireukbosal, Jehwagalla bosal, and Simnyungnahansang are enshrined.


Yongheunggung Palace

The temple is not only neighbor to the beautiful surrounding of Bukhansan National Park, but also contains an impressive collection of cultural and historical properties. Go on and visit Yongheunggung Palace where King Cheoljong (r. 1849-1863) used to live before his ascension to throne. The chief of Ganghwa County, Jeong Gi-se, enlarged the original residence and named it Yongheunggung (meaning palace of the rising dragon) in the 4th year of King Cheoljong's reign. Its architectural features include a paljak (Korean traditional half-hipped roof) and supporting columns rendered in Jusimpo style, the column brackets placed only on top of the columns. The palace was built in the tradition of dwelling houses such as the Yeongyeongdang and Nakseonjae houses in Changdeokgung Palace, so the palace buildings give off a simple and plain atmosphere. Within the precincts of the palace are a memorial stone and a monument house indicating that the palace used to be the old home of King Cheoljong.


Tea Ceremony "Da-Seon" & Traditional Monastic Meal

Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony "Da-Seon" which is one one of the meditations to practice of mindfulness and concentration through brewing and drinking tea. Tea and meditation are the same that is why it is said Da-Seon-il-mil. When you drink tea, your five senses work at the same time. Your eyes see the color, ears hear the sound of water, nose smells the fragrance, the tongue tastes the flavor of the tea and your hands feel the warmth of the cup.

After trying a traditional monastic meal, you will enjoy a ride on Bugak Skyway, which runs along the northeast ridge of Bugaksan (Mt.), has become known as the most beautiful driving route in Korea ever since it opened in September of 1968. The road is forested by thick greenery and leads to an octagonal pavilion (Palgakjeong) located at the top of the mountain, allowing visitors to appreciate a panoramic view of the whole city of Seoul. Ever since Palgakjeong and the surrounding areas underwent renovation and re-opened in April 2010, Bugak Skyway has grown to become a must for local residents and tourists alike. Palgakjeong is located at an elevation of 342 m, allowing visitors to appreciate not only the beauty of mother nature but also a panoramic view of the entire city. Visitors can enjoy a traditional plaza, a pagoda resting area, a wildflower garden and walking trails. ID cards are required upon admission as the facility is protected by the military.


Seochon Village & Tongin Market

Continue your adventure at Seochon Village, where great artists such as Gyeomjae Jeongseon and Chusa Junghee Kim of Joseon Dynasty once lived. Also, writers such as Yun Dong-ju and Noh Cheon-myeong and painters such as Lee Jung-sub, Park No-su, and Yi Sang-beom also livedin Seochon. Walk along the old alleys of Seochon and follow the traces from Joseon Dynasty, Japanese colonial period, and the present time while finding the traces of numerous artists that lived in the village.


End your tour at Tongin Market, which was originally established for Japanese residents in June 1941, during the Japanese occupation.

The market was converted for Korean street vendors after the Korean War. The market now consists of over 70 stores, most of which are restaurant and grocery shops. The market features a Dosirak (lunchbox) cafe. Customers can purchase items for their lunchbox around the market with tokens from the cafe. (in participating stores only)


Your tour concludes with approximately 60-minute drive back to the port of Incheon.

Korean Culinary Experience

Depart from Incheon Port for approximately 60-minute drive to Seoul, the capital city.


Changdeok Palace

Start your day by visiting Changdeok Palace, which was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon dynasty, and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden. Known as a place of rest for the kings, the rear garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond and a pavilion. The palace gained importance starting from the time of Seongjong, the 9th king of Joseon, when a number of kings began using it as a place of residence. Unfortunately, the palace was burned down by angry citizens in 1592 when the royal family fled their abode during the Japanese invasion of Korea. Thanks to Gwanghaegun, the palace was restored in 1611. Even today, it houses a number of cultural treasures, such as Injeongjeon Hall, Daejojeon Hall, Seonjeongjeon Hall, and Nakseonjae. Though it has been treasured by Koreans for centuries, Changdeokgung Palace was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Committee in December of 1997 during the committee meeting in Naples, Italy.


Cooking Experience & Lunch

Then steep yourself in the Korean culture with a cooking experience of the most culinary specialties of South Korea, Bibimbab. It is said, you must first experience its food to have a better understanding of the country's culture. If you want to learn more about Korea's traditional foods, there is no better method than to try your hand at making the food yourself. You will also get the chance to eat what you've made and have a taste of South Korean traditional food.


Insadong Street & Gwnagjang Market

After your lunch wander in the streets of Insadong, located in the heart of the city, is an important place where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. There is one main road in Insa-dong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries and traditional restaurants, teahouses, and cafes.

The galleries are the heartbeat of Insa-dong. There are about 100 galleries in the area and you can see every example of traditional Korean fine art from paintings to sculptures. The most famous galleries are Hakgojae Gallery, which functions as the center of folk art, Gana Art Gallery, which promotes many promising artists, and Gana Art Center. The teahouses and restaurants are the perfect complement to the galleries. At first they might be hard to find, but if you take the time to stroll around the twisting alleyways, the window shopping in itself can be very entertaining. The shops in Insa-dong are very popular among all age groups, because each one is unique.


Transfer to Gwnagjang Market and try to taste Korean street food. some may not familiar, but it will be a great opportunity to taste awesome Korean street food.

Gwangjang Market is one of Korea's largest traditional markets and is renowned for its quality silk goods, linen bedding and hand-made goods. The origin of the market can be traced back to the establishment of the Gwangjang Corporation in 1905 which was created with the purpose of reclaiming Korean sovereignty during the period of Japanese occupation. At that time, traditional Korean markets were only temporary marketplaces that were periodically held every few days. Gwangjang Market was the first permanently established market that was open everyday.


Your tour concludes with approximately 60-minute drive back to the port of Incheon.

Korean Traditional Art Performance with Dinner

Depart from Incheon Port for approximately 60-minute drive to Seoul, the capital city.


Korea House, Korean Traditional Performance Art & Dinner

Enjoy the traditional performance arts of Korea House, which was initially showcased in 1981 by the performance artist groups of the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation, and has been presenting the beauty of Korean performance arts to the global audience. After watching the performance & dinner, you will have a chance to see beautiful night view of Seoul at Seoullo 7017.


Panoramic sightseing of Seoul by night & Seoullo 7017 photo stop

You will briefly stop at Seoullo 7017 for a quick photo. The Seoul Station overpass was constructed in 1970 as a response to the growing traffic congestion in Seoul. For decades, the highway connected the eastern and western halves of the city. Once an elevated highway, it has been transformed into Seoullo7017,an elevated public park for pedestrians. Seoullo 7017's name is a nod to its origins; 70 for the year the overpass was first constructed, and 17 for the year of the highway's rebirth. The number 17 also refers to the number of pedestrian paths that makeup Seoullo. Where cars once sped along, people will now be able to wander. Visit the footpaths of Seoullo and experience Seoul's history and culture while having fun!


Your tour concludes with approximately 60-minute drive back to the port of Incheon.

Seoul Heritage Walking Tour: Changdeok Palace & Namhansanseong Fortress

Experience the local landmarks and culture of Seoul during a memorable, full-day sightseeing excursion to this historic city and its environs.


Changdeok Palace & Korean Lunch

Start your day by visiting Changdeok Palace after approximately 60-minute drive. The palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon dynasty, and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden. Known as a place of rest for the kings, the rear garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond and a pavilion. The palace gained importance starting from the time of Seongjong, the 9th king of Joseon, when a number of kings began using it as a place of residence. Unfortunately, the palace was burned down by angry citizens in 1592 when the royal family fled their abode during the Japanese invasion of Korea. Thanks to Gwanghaegun, the palace was restored in 1611. Even today, it houses a number of cultural treasures, such as Injeongjeon Hall, Daejojeon Hall, Seonjeongjeon Hall, and Nakseonjae. Though it has been treasured by Koreans for centuries, Changdeokgung Palace was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Committee in December of 1997 during the committee meeting in Naples, Italy.


Namhansanseong Fortress

After lunch explore Namhansanseong Provincial Park (also frequently known as Namhansanseong Fortress), a unique fortress city with the purpose of functioning as an emergency capital for the protection of sovereignty over Hangang River and independence of Joseon. The exact date of the establishment has not been confirmed. However, given the close examination of records, the opinion prevails that it was built either during the Silla or Baekje Dynasty. Most of all, the Namhansanseong Fortress is of great historical and cultural value in perfectly reserving the development of castellation skills from Unified Silla to Joseon, which made it well-deserved to be listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Each of the four gates and Munrus (2-story houses built on the gates) in every direction of the north, south, east and west has Sueocheong (where the troops stayed), warehouses and Haenggung (temporary palace). Major cultural assets include Sueojangdae, Janggyeongsa Temple, Haenggung, Sungryeoljeon Shrine, Cheongryangdang Shaman Shrine and Chimkwaejeong.


Concludes your day with an approximately 60-minute drive back to Incheon port.

Seoul by Night

Depart from Incheon Port for approximately 60-minute drive to Seoul, the capital city.


Gwangjang Market

Start your evening tour by visiting Gwangjang Market which is one of Korea's largest traditional markets and is renowned for its quality silk goods, linen bedding and hand-made goods. These days, the vintage clothing arcade in the market has become a very popular attraction among young people and wholesalers searching for unique vintage fashion. Gwangjang Market has over 100 years of history. The origin of the market can be traced back to the establishment of the Gwangjang Corporation in 1905 which was created with the purpose of reclaiming Korean sovereignty during the period of Japanese occupation. At that time, traditional Korean markets were only temporary marketplaces that were periodically held every few days. Gwangjang Market was the first permanently established market that was open everyday. In 1962 the market was divided into Dongdaemun Market and Gwangjang Market and modern buildings were constructed. The market continues to thrive today and is especially popular among young people for its vintage clothing arcade. The vintage arcade offers a variety of unusual, unique designs that attract many people including many famous Korean celebrities. A visit to Gwangjang Market is a must for Korean couples planning their wedding and setting up their new home. Couples can purchase everything they need under one roof at good prices: home furnishings, bedding, yedan (wedding presents given by the bride to the groom's family), hanbok (traditional Korean attire), silk, etc. Gwangjang Market is also famous for its abundance of street food and we really advise you to try it!


Deoksu Palace

Then, you will enter Deoksu Palace which is famous for its elegant stone-wall road. It is also the only palace that sits alongside a series of Western style buildings that add to the uniqueness of the surrounding scenery. Deoksu Palace originally belonged to Grand Prince Wolsan (1454-1488), the older brother of King Seongjong (1469-1494) of the Joseon dynasty. It became a proper palace when Gwanghaegun (1575-1641) ascended to the throne and gave this royal residence the name Gyeongungung Palace in 1611. Over the following decades, the palace alternated between being an official palace and a temporary residence. The name did not official change to Deoksugung Palace, meaning the "palace of virtuous longevity," until 1907. While the palace incompassed a vast area with many buildings, the current palace grounds are just a small shadow of the prior splendor, with very few structures remaining. Upon entering Deoksu Palace through Daehanmun Gate, visitors will cross the wide bridge of Geumcheon Stream. The king's carriage would pass over this bridge during ancient times. The legal building Junghwajeon Hall is very stately, revealing its long history. Jeukjodang Building received its name from Gwanghaegun and In-Jo, who both ascended to the throne here. The nameplate on Jeukjodang was written personally by Gojong (26th king of the Joseon dynasty, r. 1863-1907) in 1905 after he became king. Hamnyeongjeon Hall was where Gojong slept, named with the meaning of wishing for lasting peace for Gojong. The east wing served as the king's room, and the west wing was for the queen.


Jeonggwanheon Hall was the first Western-style building built in the palace, completed in 1900. Gojong enjoyed drinking coffee and spending his free time here. The back of the building had secret passageways to the Russian Emissary, which still exist today. Seokjojeon Hall is the other Western-style building that still remains in DeoksuPalace, and it was in the process of being built by a British man for his company, when in 1905 the property rights were transferred to Japan. It was finally completed in 1910. After Gojong's death, Seokjojeon Hall became a Japanese art gallery open to the public. After the Korean Declaration of Independence, the American-Russian joint commission was held here as well in May 1946. The east wing of Seokjogwan Hall now serves as a palace treasure exhibition, and the west wing is used as part of the National Modern Art Center.


Junghwajeon Hall was the center of politics during the Korean Empire and served as the backdrop to critical discussions on national affairs among the country's leaders. The elaborateness of the hall's interior is said to reflect the confidence of King Gojong in his ability to effectively lead the country into the 20th century. One of the most striking parts of the building is the pair of dragons that decorates the canopy above the throne of the king. These dragons can also be seen on the ceiling of Junghwajeon Hall and were representative designs of Deoksu Palace, the imperial palace at that time. Though Junghwajeon Hall was originally built in 1902 as a multi-roofed building, it was redesigned as a single-roofed building in 1906 after it caught on fire two years before that.


Namsan Seoul Tower

After visiting, Deoksu Palace, you will visit Namsan Seoul Tower for observing the city at night time.

The top of the tower is at almost 480 meters above sea level, including Namsan Mountain (243m) and the tower's own height (236.7m), making it one of the tallest towers in Asia. It is comprised of Seoul Tower Plaza, recently opened to public access after 40 years, and N Seoul Tower, operated by CJ Foodville since 2005. The tower was first established as a broadcasting tower to send out TV and radio signals in 1969. As of now, it has become one of the representative landmarks and multi-cultural venues in Seoul.


Your tour concludes with approximately 60-minute drive back to the port of Incheon.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Incheon at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


This tour does not visit Seoul. For guests wishing to visit Seoul a surcharge of USD 150 total will be applied.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Incheon at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


This tour does not visit Seoul. Guests wishing to visit Seoul should book the full-day Silver Shore Privato INC-W option to which will be applied a surcharge of USD 150 total.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Incheon at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


This tour does not visit Seoul. For guests wishing to visit Seoul a surcharge of USD 200 total will be applied.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Incheon at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


This tour does not visit Seoul. Guests wishing to visit Seoul should book the full-day Silver Shore Privato INC-Y option to which will be applied a surcharge of USD 200 total.

Land programmes in INCHEON (SEOUL)

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Soul of Seoul

Experience the splendid landmarks, culture, traditions and flavours of historic Seoul, South Korea during this captivating, one-night overland excursion. After disembarking the ship at the port of Incheon, explore this huge metropolis, where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets. Begin with a guided tour of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), the dividing line between North and South Korea. During your tour of the DMZ and 3rd Tunnel, feel the hope, and tensions, extant between these two nations. Next, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant, then to the Lotte Hotel Seoul for check-in and some free time. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Korean Table d'hôte dinner accompanied by an unforgettable performance of traditional Korean dance and music at the Korea House restaurant. After dinner, an overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel, check-out and depart for a guided visit to the spectacular Gyeongbokgung Palace with its National Folk Museum, then take a guided stroll through the village of Bukchon Hanok, home to hundreds of traditional houses. Next, prepare and dine on bibimbap, a popular Korean dish, during an interactive cooking class with lunch. After lunch, a final stop is made at the Gwangjang Market for a guided walking tour and tastings of local specialities. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the scenic drive back to the port of Incheon. Upon arrival at the pier, embark the ship.


01MIDINC-A: Soul of Seoul

Duration: 2 Days/1 Night

Departs from: Incheon

Re-join ship: Incheon

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Land Adventure is a small group luxury tour, providing bespoke cultural and sightseeing experiences. We limit the tour to a small group in order to ensure your experience is a high-quality one. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. If the program fills up, you'll be accommodated on a space-available basis. Advanced booking is required at least 90 days prior to sailing date via Silversea Reservations. We suggest booking early to secure your spot(s).

Please be advised that a minimum number of participants is required for this program to run as described. In rare cases when the minimum number of participants is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at an increased rate based on private arrangements or to cancel your specific departure for a refund. The self-cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, is 90 days or sooner to initial sailing date at the rate of 100% program fare per person. The payment for your Land Adventure is due in full on the same date as your final payment due for your cruise. Per Silversea's general payment terms, bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner.

All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 120 days of sailing, with the exception of cancellation by Silversea. Our family-friendly land programs require adult accompaniment of any guests under the age of 18. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Silversea and our local operators make every effort to ensure your land program runs as described. Our local operators reserve the right to modify tour sequence, sites visited and venues mentioned due to operational reasons.

VISA INFORMATION:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Korea. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is South Korean Won; however US dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited. (There is no shopping stop planned during the program.)




Experience the splendid landmarks, culture, traditions and flavours of historic Seoul, South Korea during this captivating, one-night overland excursion.


DAY ONE - Sunday, March 14, 2021 - Incheon/DMZ/Seoul


Disembark the ship, meet your guide and depart for the scenic drive to the DMZ

After disembarking the ship, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately 70-minute drive to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Due to its unique legacy, the DMZ is the most popular tourist spot in Korea.


Unification Road and Freedom Bridge

En route, travel along Unification Road and see the Freedom Bridge. This narrow wooden structure crosses the Imjin River, and served as the path to freedom for the many North Koreans that were able to cross to the south at the end of the Korean War.


Explore the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) and 3rd Tunnel

The Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), which separates North and South Korea, winds approximately 155 miles (about 243 kilometres) across the Korean Peninsula from the Han River estuary in the west, to just below the 39th parallel on the east coast. Down the centre of the approximately 2.5 mile-wide (about four-kilometre-wide) strip, largely undeveloped in the years since the truce was signed, runs the Military Demarcation Line. It bisects the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, where meetings and conferences are held between the north and south. Upon arrival and following a passport check, begin your guided walking tour of the DMZ and 3rd tunnel.


Proceed for a Bulgogi set-menu lunch at the Yoree restaurant

Following your tour, re-board your coach and proceed for a Bulgogi set-menu lunch at the Yoree restaurant (or similar).


Transfer to the hotel for check-in and some free time at leisure

After lunch, re-board your coach and transfer to the hotel for check-in, and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Enjoy traditional Korean cuisine, dancing and music at the Korea House restaurant

This evening, meet your guide and transfer to the Korea House restaurant. Upon arrival, enjoy a traditional Korean Table d'hôte dinner accompanied by an unforgettable performance of traditional dance and music. This beautiful display of Korean performance art, which originally debuted in 1981 by the performance artist groups of the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation, has been entertaining global audiences ever since. After dinner, transfer back to the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in the Executive Tower at the Lotte Hotel Seoul - Seoul


DAY TWO - Monday, March 15, 2021 - Seoul/Incheon


Breakfast, check-out and a visit to the Gyeongbokgung Palace with its National Folk Museum

After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, meet your guide for the short transfer to the famous Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395 and located in northern Seoul, this is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty. Gyeongbokgung also served as the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty, the Kings' households and government of Joseon. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the Gyeongbokgung Palace and its National Folk Museum.


Take a guided stroll through the village of Bukchon Hanok, home to hundreds of traditional houses

Next, re-board your coach and proceed for a guided stroll through the village of Bukchon Hanok, home to hundreds of hanok (traditional houses).


Prepare, and dine on, a popular Korean dish during an interactive cooking class with lunch

Leaving the village, re-board your coach and continue on for an interactive Korean cooking class. During your cooking class, learn the secrets to preparing authentic Korean bibimbap, a recipe consisting of colourful vegetables mixed with rice. Afterward, you are served a lunch consisting of the meal you have helped to prepare.


Visit the Gwangjang Market for a guided walking tour and tastings of local specialities

After lunch, your final stop of the day is at the famous Gwangjang Market. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll through the market. Along the way, sample some of the many delicious local specialities here and browse the souvenirs available for sale.


Transfer to the pier and ship

Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier in Incheon. Upon arrival at the pier, embark the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone, rocky, sandy, grassy, slippery, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and many steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. The tour sequence, timings and itinerary may vary.


Programme Includes:

  • One-night stay in the Executive Tower at the Lotte Hotel Seoul - Seoul
  • One breakfasts, Two lunches and One dinner, with drinks included
  • Guided tour of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) and 3rd Tunnel
  • Bulgogi set-menu lunch at the Yoree restaurant - Seoul
  • Traditional dinner, dancing and music at the Korea House restaurant - Seoul
  • Guided tour of the Gyeongbokgung Palace with its National Folk Museum - Seoul
  • Explore the village of Bukchon Hanok with its traditional houses - Seoul
  • Prepare, and sample, a popular Korean dish during an interactive cooking class - Seoul
  • Guided tour and tastings of local specialities at the Gwangjang Market - Seoul
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.

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