South Korea, K-Pop & Kimchi - 9 days

South Korea, K-Pop & Kimchi - 9 days

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South Korea, K-Pop & Kimchi - 9 days

9 Days Starting and ending in Seoul

Visiting: Seoul, Gwangju, Busan

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

2906/SKKK

Group size:

2 - 20

Age range:

Age ranges from 18 – 55 years old. Please note these are backpacker type tours, please bear this in mind when quoting passengers. The majority of people booking are between the ages of 18-35 due to the nature of our backpacking style trips where we stay i

Trip Styles:

Small Group

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Tour Overview

Embark on a rhythmic journey through South Korea's K-Pop scene with our K-Pop & Kimchi tour! Explore iconic landmarks linked to idols like BTS in Seoul, groove through the K-Star Roads of Gwangju, and uncover the roots of this global phenomenon in cities like Busan. Dance through lively markets, capture memories at famous murals, and join a once-in-a-lifetime makeup masterclass to capture that K-Pop idol glow. This tour blends the K-Pop fandom with Korean cultural exploration across diverse cities for an unforgettable experience.

Highlights

  • Classes - Dance to choreography taught by K-Pop experts at a Kpop dance class & enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime makeup masterclass with leading Seoul MUAs

  • Seoul - Explore the nations captivating capital. Shop for Kpop goods in Myeongdong, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and enjoy a cable car ride to N Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan

  • DMZ - Peek into the secretive state of North Korea from the Observatory and meet a North Korean defector

  • HIKR Ground - Explore the futuristic cultural center and create your own music video

  • Gangnam Style - Get excited for Hallyu K-Star Road, COEX Mall, and stroll through BTS RM Forest

  • Gwangju - visit Chungjang K-Pop Star Street, see the Hope World sculpture and explore Penguin Village

  • Busan - Explore the stunning Gamcheon Culture Village, hop on the Songdo Marine Cable Car for stunning Busan coastline views and visit Busan Citizen Park, known for a famous visit from BTS’s V

Itinerary

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Day 1: Seoul

Location: Seoul

Saturday. Welcome to Seoul, the bustling capital city of South Korea! Make your own way to your hostel and meet your Adventure Leader for a briefing of your adventure ahead.



Spice up the night with an optional group dinner in Myeongdong, followed by a visit to the Myeongdong Underground Shopping Center – renowned for its K-pop merchandise bargains.



Come evening, we'll take public transport to Namsan Mountain, where a cable car ascent awaits. Elevate your experience by taking a trip up to Seoul N Tower for stunning views so stunning of Seoul.

Day 2: Seoul

Location: Seoul

Today kicks off with a journey northward to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Your first stop is the Dora Observatory, offering a unique perspective as you peer across the border to catch glimpses of the North Korean villages. Grab those binoculars for an up-close view! Then, descend into the third tunnels, coming as close as a mere 170m to North Korea!



As we make our way back to Seoul, get ready for a unique opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with a North Korean defector.



Prepare for an afternoon that grooves to a different beat as you delve into the world of K-Pop. Join an incredible dance class where K-Pop choreographers will guide you through the moves step by step. Get ready to dance like a pro and unleash your inner idol! The day concludes with an optional night out in Hongdae.

Day 3: Seoul

Location: Seoul

This morning we'll take public transport to Gyeongbokgung Palace, arriving just in time for the impressive 10am Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. For an extra touch of tradition, head to the nearby hanbok rental store where you can dress in beautiful traditional garments before exploring the palace.



As the early afternoon unfolds, venture to Insadong, strolling through the charming Bukchon Hanok Village. Marvel at rare K-Pop treasures in KTown4U and then set your sights on the futuristic HIKR Ground. Learn about the K-Wave culture and try your hand at creating your own music video!



Cap off the day with an optional group dinner and drinks in the vibrant district of Itaewon - you may recognize it as the setting of famous K-Drama 'Itaewon Class!'

Day 4: Seoul

Location: Seoul

Get ready for a K-Pop extravaganza, as we visit Hallyu K-Star Road and encounter the legendary Gangnam Dolls. Capture the moment by posing with your favorite group's doll!



Around midday, we'll head to COEX Mall, where endless restaurants, stores, and K-Pop memorabilia await. Don't miss the iconic library and the famous Gangnam Style statue. While here, try to keep an eye out for HYBE Insight in the nearby Samseong district.



In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll through the enchanting BTS RM Forest, a living tribute planted in celebration of the rapper's birthday and a testament to his dedication to environmental conservation.



As the day winds down, enjoy a free evening to explore the district of Jamsil.

Day 5: Gwangju

Location: Gwangju

Seoul - Gwangju. Gear up for a morning transfer to your next destination – Gwangju. In the afternoon, check into your hostel - just in time for a visit to Chungjang K-Pop Star Street. This road stands as a tribute to K-Pop idols from Gwangju! While you're here, view handprint art with imprints from idols, wander through the star memorial hall, and explore the fan zone where idols have donated personal items for fans to admire.



If you're part of the BTS ARMY, this next stop is for you! Visit the Hope World sculpture, a celebration of BTS's J-Hope, a proud Gwangju native. This monument is inscribed with over 21,000 messages from ARMYs worldwide. Nearby, explore the whimsical Penguin Village – a mural village featuring arts, crafts, and even more murals paying homage to J-Hope.



End the day with the option to explore the vibrant 1913 Songjong Station Market.

Day 6: Busan

Location: Busan

Gwangju - Busan. Today, hop on a bus bound for the vibrant city of Busan! Upon arrival, our first destination is the picturesque Gamcheon Culture Village, renowned as a popular filming location. Keep an eye out for the vibrant mural dedicated to Busan's own BTS members, Jimin and Jungkook – a must-see for fans!



Next, head to the scenic Songdo Beach, where you'll embark on the Songdo Marine Cable Car for breathtaking views of the Busan coastline. Return inland to the BIFF Entertainment Square, a trendy area perfect for street food and shopping, before enjoying a free evening at your leisure.

Day 7: Busan

Location: Busan

Kick off your morning with a visit to the renowned Busan Citizen Park, a familiar spot for fans thanks to a notable visit from BTS's V. Capture the moment with a photo opportunity at the exact spot where V left his mark.



Following this, relax at a Korean jjimjilbang, a traditional bathhouse or opt for a visit to Dadaepo Beach, Jimin's favourite place in Busan! Located at the Nakdonggang estuary meeting the South Sea, this scenic sandy beach features a grand fountain at its entrance.



As the night unfolds, you can opt to join your tour group for a session of K-Pop karaoke in Haeundae.

Day 8: Busan

Location: Busan

Busan - Seoul. We'll make our swift and stylish return to Seoul this morning via high-speed rail (KTX).



Upon your arrival back in the city, get ready for the grand finale – a makeup masterclass led by a team of top-notch Seoul MUAs. Delve into the realm of cosmetics as they guide you through the use of products and expertly demonstrate application techniques, allowing you to achieve the iconic looks sported by your favorite K-Pop and K-Drama stars!

Day 9: Seoul

Location: Seoul

Sunday. Sadly, today marks the end of your unforgettable South Korea, Kimchi & K-Pop tour. Say your goodbyes and make your way to the airport for your onward flight. May your departure be as smooth as a perfectly choreographed K-Pop dance!

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Saturdays

  • 8 nights in hostel accommodation

  • Local English speaking licensed tour guides for scheduled sightseeing

  • Guided touring in Seoul, Gwangju & Busan

  • All transportation via public transport, including the KTX from Busan to Seoul on Day 8

  • Namsan Mountain Cable Car ride in Seoul

  • Kpop Dance Class in Seoul

  • Entry to Gyeongbokgung Palace

  • DMZ excursion and chat with a North Korean defector

  • Songdo Marine Cable Car ride in Busan

  • Makeup Masterclass in Seoul

What's Not Included

  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

  • International flights and visas

  • Optional activities

  • Airport transfers

  • Items of a personal nature and meals

Check out our Q&As

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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I would give this tour group no stars if possible. The tour was not guaranteed but they did not inform me when I booked and they did not have enough people. Way after I booked they said I needed a doctors letter because I was over 70. Also way after booking I was informed I needed travel insurance. They knew my age when I booked. They would not refund my tour even though it was 4 months away.

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