South Korea by bus

Everyone is talking a lot about North Korea those days, and I also saw a lot of travel impressions lately. However, as I am very practical and looking to provide information about beautiful things going on in this world, I will skip the eccentricities of a trip to Phenian and will focus instead on the idea of a trip to South Korea by bus.

I love a lot to travel by bus, including the public transportation, because I can see more than by plane or train, as very often the route goes through villages and beautiful landscapes. This is how I discovered Thailand and Japan and many other beautiful corners in Europe. And this is the reason why I would like to introduce in details the K-shuttle bus tour.

The Must-See Routes

South Korea has a high concentration of interesting places: Seoul, Busan, Wonju, Gangneung, Pyongchang, Buyeo, Yeosu, Suncheon, Andong, Gyeongju, Jeonju.

A classical tour lasts two nights and three days. The usual departure days of the buses are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, early in the morning, at 8.30.

Why K-shuttle

There are at least three important advantages for the customers of this tour bus:

– The bus ticket allows you to hop on and hop off anywhere on the routes covered by the K-Shuttle. You can set up your own itinerary and enjoy fully the pleasure of seeing South Korea from the Southwest to the Southeast and beyond.

– Each bus will have a professional English interpreter-guide that will present the locations en-route and will help the travellers with any other practical information encountered during the trip.

– All passengers will receive their own ‘passport’ with stamps from the locations visited. Thus, you will keep with you the strong memories of this marvellous trip.

Practical details

According to the company, the tickets can be purchased online or reserved through phone. The sectional shuttle tickets are allocated on first come, first served basis, according to the remaining seats. For the package tours, the reservations are possible up to 5 days prior to departure. The tickets are issued by the K-Shuttle guide when boarding the bus. It is highly recommended that the boarding takes place at least ten minutes before the departure time. Before you make the reservation be sure that you checked the website to be sure about the availability, as the buses may not function during the national holidays and when the road and weather conditions are problematic. In the event of cancellation, 10% fee will be deducted from refund in the event of no-show. In the case of the package tours, 100% refund policy will be applied if the trip is cancelled seven days prior to departure, 70% if cancelled three days prior to departure and 50% if cancelled the day of departure.

Seoul

The city offers a perfect image of how modern mentality should not deny the traditional roots but integrate them into the landscape of the future. One of the major attractions is the N Seoul Tower where you can have a larger view over the downtown region. Changeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine are the landmarks of the historical part of the city, both objectives being included on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Busan

It is Korea’s second largest city and the first port. In the center, along the beautiful coastline there are many shopping opportunities and modern hotels. Korea’s most popular beach is Haeundae, visited each summer by over one million people.

Buyeo

It is the last capital of the Baekje Kingdom, where every corners tells a story about the history of the royal family. The most important objectives are: Busosanseong Fortress, Baekje Palace, the royal palace sites, Buddhist ruins, Busosan Mountain, the remains of the royal tomb.

Suncheon

It is the favorite stop of anyone in love with nature. Its bay preserves one of the top five coastal wetlands in the world, and is the most extensive reed area in Korea. By visiting Naganeupseong one may discover the hidden treasures of the daily life in Korea during the Joseon Period. The Buddhist cultural treasures are outlined in the Songgwangsa Temple. Here is the place where the International Garden Exposition Suncheon Bay, starting 20 April for 6 months.

Jeonju

Is branded as the city of taste and style, with many samples of local cuisine, many of them displayed in the Hanok Village.

Yeosu

Part of the Hallyeonhaesang National Park, a visit to this city can offer the chance of navigating around nothing more nothing less than 300 islands. One of the most appreciated is Odongo Islands, where even in the middle of the winter one can admire the beautiful red camellia flowers.

Andong

This city includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site Andong Hahoe Folk Village, highly appreciated by the British Royal family as the genuine sample of Korean lifestyle. Here lived for 600 years the members of the Pungsan Ryu family, hence the rich testimonies of the Joseon period.

Wonju

Is famous for the Chiaksan National Park, but also for Gangwon Gamyeong, where the history and culture of the Joseon period can be discovered. Last but not least, here is located a 1000-year old Guryongsa Temple.

Gangneung

It offers a beautiful sample of the marvelous effects of a meeting between the mountains and sea. The city is worldwide famous for the high concentration of natural tourist resorts, but also for the historical cultural sites. The beauty of the places inspired many writers from the Joseon Dynasty, such as Shin Saimdang, Yi Yulgok and Heo Kyun. The emerald water of the Gyongpodae Beach is unforgettable. Those fascinated by history will be pleased to pay a visit to another testimony during the Joseon Period – the Seongyonjang house. Curious to know more about the Korean cuisine? A visit at the Jumunjin Fishery Market will reveal some important secrets.

Gyeongju

This city used to be for thousand years the capital of the Silla Dynasty. Due to the rich history, the entire city can be considered a museum. The recommended attrations are the Bulguksa Temple and the Seokhuram Grotto, part of the UNESCO World Heritage. If you want to stay here more, do not hesitate to book a night city tour.

Pyeongchang

This city is located 700 meters above sea level and is scheduled to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Korea’s Alps were changed in the last months as one of the world-class cities for skiing and snowboarding. Another beautiful face of this city is showed during a long walk in the Odaesan National Park.

After so many information, don’t you feel tempted to book your flight to South Korea tomorrow?

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