Tentative Itinerary (Subject to Change)
Day 1 - Seoul - Arrival
Welcome to Korea. You will be arriving at Seoul/Incheon ICN Airport.
You are responsible for getting to the house on your own. It will cost you from $15 bus/train or $50 taxi
I will help you arrange the best option for you in advance, so you will feel confident about how to get to our house.
Once we are all checked in, we can chill, get to know one another, get familiar with the nearby area, then enjoy a group dinner at the house.
Day 2 - Seoul - Touristy Stuff
After getting up and having a light breakfast at the house, we will explore the palaces and surrounding historic areas in the center of Seoul.
Instead of long, boring narrated tours, we will simply walk, pause, and explore these beautiful sites at our own leisure. Even then, this will be a lot of walking - wear comfortable shoes! Actually, wear comfortable shoes every day in Korea.
We will have lunch at a nearby area known for traditional Korean style architecture, surrounded by shops and restaurants that retains the old Korea vibe. After lunch, you are welcome to explore the area at your leisure on foot or return to the house for some rest, since the jetlag will definitely start kicking in.
Dinner time we will venture out again to either Myungdong or Han River area for more exploring and street food dinner
Day 3 - Seoul - Spiritual Day
Early morning we will visit a local temple in Seoul for some personal spiritual time. You are welcome to explore and find a quiet corner to meditate or pray. We will spend a good 1-2 hours there.
In the afternoon, I have some visits and activities planned to experience and get familiar with Korean shamanism.
For evening, we will head out to Kwang Jang Market - this is the place of the famous street food market (but it's actually indoors) you see on Netflix and Instagram. This is the market also famous for inexpensive Korean traditional Hanbok, in case you'd like to shop for some for your own personal use for ritual use.
Day 4 - Seoul - free day
Totally free day for you to explore Seoul.
Day 5 - Train to Busan
It's time to visit Busan, the second-largest city in Korea with beautiful beaches and a different vibe from Seoul.
We will take the train to Busan (2.5 hours), check in at the oceanfront hotel, and explore the nearby areas at our leisure. There is a really great Thai restaurant near the hotel with a pretty outside patio - we will take a break from Korean food for the night.
Day 6 - Busan Tour
We have all-day adventure of Busan scheduled. We may do all or some of:
- Yonggungsa Temple with the most magical view, site, and vibe. Out of all the temples I have visited, this is indeed one of the most beautiful, unique, and magical place. It is also a very popular among tourists, so we will visit in the morning to avoid large crowd of people.
- Over the ocean, glass-bottom cable car experience.
- Lunch at Jagalchi Fish Market - this is a must-see experience. We go to the fish market, pick the fish and seafood still alive in water, and they will cook our meals right there for us. It's one of the most unique foodie experience, but not for the faint of the hearts or vegans.
- Gamchon cultural village to walk, explore, take photos, shop at the unique shops
- Shamanic Shrine dedicated Mago
Day 7 - Busan to Jeju
While we stay in Busan, make sure to get up early and watch the sunrise from the East Sea - you should be able to view it inside your hotel room, or walk the beach.
We will take a flight from Busan to Jeju Island in the PM.
Once arriving at Jeju, chill and settled in. Dinner together to experience traditional Jeju cuisine.
Day 8 - Jeju Tour
Sunrise peak - We must get up super early to see this, but it's so worth it.
Afternoon will be series of visits and activities to experience Jeju. Little bit of tourist, little of spiritual shaman stuff.
Day 9 - Jeju - Free Day
A totally free day for you to explore all the magic Jeju has to offer in your own way.
Jeju island is called to be the land of mythology and the island of goddesses. This is the area where traditional shamanic magic, folklore, and customs are preserved the most. Feel into the energy of the land and the people to help you connect and expand also.
The island is quite large. so it takes a long time to travel from one end to the other. You will need to plan for the time and transportation - Jeju has chartered taxi tour guides you can reserve for a customized trip at about $150-$200 per day.
Some options: hiking Jeju Olle trails, visiting Haenyo museum, visiting the beach, visiting temples or shrines that are open to the public, etc.
If planning for the free day feels too overwhelming, you may join me for whatever free day plan I end up making.
Day 10 - Return to Seoul
We will take flight back to Seoul, then you have free time rest of the day/evening. Dinner together with me or alone/small group, totally up to you.
Day 11 - Seoul - Free Day & Goodbye dinner.
Last day to catch up on activities or shopping or spiritual experience you didn't get to experience fully.
So many activities to choose from - K beauty shopping, Jjimjilbang experience, getting a Shaman or Tarot or Saju reading done, hiking, food tours...
Special goodbye gathering and dinner at some cool place.
Day 12 - Departure Day