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Jinhae & Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Bike Tour

Overview

Cherry blossom season is one of the most beautiful times of year in Korea; for just one month, the flowers bloom in abundance, filling Korea’s streets and landscapes with pink and white blossoms. The best places to see cherry blossoms in Korea are down south in Jinhae and Gyeongju. On this trip, we’ll take you to both! The tour will begin in Jinhae and is home to an estimated 340,000 cherry blossom trees and hosts Korea’s biggest Spring Festival of the year! Walk along the famous Gyeonghwa Rail Station and Yeojwacheon Romance Bridge to take in the breathtaking scenery.

We will then go to another breathtaking place in Gyeongju. Nicknamed the “museum without walls,” and regarded by Time magazine as one of the “World’s Greatest Places,” Gyeongju is a site of great historical significance, being the capital of Korea’s ancient kingdom Silla for nearly 1,000 years. Bike or walk through the city’s cherry blossoms and visit important sites like Bunhwangsa Temple, Hwangnyongsa Temple, Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple, and more. This 3-day trip is taking place during the peak of the cherry-blossom season. It’ll be an unforgettable experience jam-packed with breathtaking views you won’t want to miss!

We are leaving late on Friday evening so we can beat the crowd because the traffic in Jinhae is so bad that it’s very difficult to move and being stuck in traffic is very frustrating.

You can get some sleep on the bus and wake up at sunrise and go check out the beautiful scenery before the crowd trickles in.

  • Walk around Jinhae and see all of the cherry blossoms lining the streets 
  • Visit Gyeonghwa Rail Station and Yeojwacheon Romance Bridge at the best possible time in the morning before it gets crowded.
  • Bike and walk around Gyeongju where there are cherry blossoms everywhere. You will have five hours to ride around and explore (We will provide a city map)
  • Gyeongju has been described as the Rome of Korea because of all of the historical sites there. See Bunhwangsa Temple, Hwangnyongsa Temple, Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple, and more
  • Go to Bomun Lake and bike around the path around the lake. The trail is full of cherry blossoms
  • See Wolji Pond, originally built in 674, at night and see the amazing reflections of the buildings on the still water
  • Go to Daereungwon and see huge burial mounds of the old kings from the Silla Dynasty. You can also go inside the Cheonmachong tomb and see how these mounds were built
  • Visit Cheomseongdae, an astronomical observatory built in the Silla Dynasty. It is the oldest observatory in East Asia and (possibly the world), built under the rule of the first ruling Queen of Korea, Queen Seondeok.
  • Visit the Gyeongju National Museum and see many artifacts from the Silla Dynasty
  • Visit Bomun and experience the Teddy Bear Museum, hot air-balloon rides, ATV riding, and the Amusement park

What to Expect

Walk under the cherry blossoms and take in their amazing beauty
Go to the Gyeonghwa Rail Station, one of the best sites for seeing cherry blossoms in Korea
Take many photos of the cherry blossoms and yourself with them at the Yeojwacheon Romance Bridge
See the Cheomseongdae, the oldest astronomical observatory in East Asia and possibly the world
Go to the Bulguksa Temple, one of the most beautiful temples in Korea
Visit Wolji pond at night and see the amazing reflections on the water
Cycle around Gyeongju and take in the cherry blossoms and the historical sites

ITINERARY

Day 1 (Friday 01 April)

23:30pm

Meet at Hongik University Subway station (Subway line no. 2; Exit 1)

23:50pm

Pick up at Express bus terminal in front of exit number 8 (Subway line no.3 or 7)

Day 2(Saturday 02 April)

12:20 am

Cheongmyeong(청명) subway stop (exit 1)
*6 stops away from Jukjeon and 6 stops away from Suwon (수원) subway station

12:50am

Osan college station(Exit 2)

01:20am

Pick up at Daejeon Tollgate

05:00am

Arrive at Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

05:10-08:00

Visit and walk around the best cherry blossom sites
-Yeojwacheon Romance Bridge
-Cherry blossom Tunnel
-Gyeonghwa Rail Station

10:30 am

Arrive in Gyeongju and leave for the city tour*
(*travel options: walking, electric scooter, traditional petal bike, city bus)
We will provide a Gyeongju city tour map
*Tour Course: Bunhwangsa Temple – Hwangryeongsa Temple Site – Daeneungwon (Cheonmacheong)- Cheomseongdae – Seokbinggo Ice Storage – Imhaejeonji (Wolji) – Bomun Lake area – Gyeongju National Museum and much more

16:00 pm

Leave for accommodation

16:30 pm

Arrive at accommodation and check in

18:00

Leave for Wolji pond

18:30-19:20 pm

Tour pond and enjoy the night view*
*option: stay in Downtown Gyeongju to have dinner and craft beer together or eat somewhere else and take a taxi back to the hotel

Day 3 (Sunday 03 April)

08:00 am

Wake up and have Korean-style breakfast at the hotel (included)

09:30 am

Check-out from hotel

10:00 am

Visit Seokguram Grotto Temple

11:30 am

Visit Bulguksa Temple

12:30 pm

Have lunch (not included)

14:00 pm

Depart to Seoul from Bulguksa Temple entrance

16:30 pm

Daejeon Tollgate

18:00 pm

Osan college station

18:40 pm

Cheongmyeong subway stop

19:00 pm

arrive at Express Bus Terminal in Seoul.

19:40 pm

arrive at Hongik University station (Line no.2)

Payment Methods

1) Price is only 129,000 won by March 18 and covers all the expenses below:
   1.Visit to the best cherry blossom sites and historical landmarks in Jinhae and Gyeongju
   2.Korean-style breakfast
   3.Staying at a luxury Korean traditional guest house
   4.Round-trip limousine bus
   5.English speaking guides

   *Entry fee for Seokguram Grotto Bulguksa is not included

2) There will be 3 people in each room. If you want to share a room with your friends, let us know all the people’s names in advance so that we can arrange it.
*Please mail to webmaster@adventurekorea.com if you want to use a 2-person room. It costs extra 30,000won per room.

3) This tour is one of our most popular trips, so please book early as the places will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

4) Bikes are not included, but we will provide a discount. There are multiple ways to get around Gyeongju: on foot, pedal bike, electric bike, and by 3-person drivable cart.
   1. pedal bike: 15,000 won for 3 hours. Number available: 30
   2. electric bike: 25,000 won for 3 hours. Number available: 30
   3. electric tricycle: 45,000 won for 3 hours (seats 3). Number available: 10

*How to Pay for Trips
1.You can use ATM machines or online banking to wire payments directly from your bank account to Adventure Korea’s account, Shinhan Bank account no: 140-011-581081 under the name of (주)더에이케이트래블
2.Otherwise, you can visit any bank in Korea and have a teller wire the funds on your behalf.
3.You can pay via paypal to adventurekoreatrip@gmail.com
If you use paypal, 1 USD is the same as 1,000won.

*How to sign up for the trip
Please pay the full amount in order to reserve your seat and email to webmaster@adventurekorea.com with the information below;
1.Trip name
2.Your full name including middle name.
3.Contact number
4.How much was deposited
5.What bank you sent it from
6.Time and date you sent it
7.Pick up site
8.Gender & Nationality
9.Provide the number of people in your group and their full names

Cancellation Policy

10 days before the trip: Full refund
7 days before the trip: 50% refund
3 day before the trip: 0% refund

Pick up site

Day 1
23:30pm Depart from Hongik Univ. Subway station(Sub line 2, Exit 1)

23:50pm Pick up at Express bus terminal Subway station(Sub line 3,7,9 Exit 8)

Day 2
24:20am Cheongmyeong(청명) subway stop(exit 1)

24:50am Osan college station(Exit 2)

*For Daejeon pick up
01:20pm Pick up at Daejeon tollgate.

Additional Information

What to bring :
Sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, hat, Towel, water bottle, toiletries, charger, camera (optional)

ADVENTURE KOREA DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
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