by the Siam Society under Royal Patronage

A visit to Korea


Together with



"A Visit to the Cultural Heritage of South Korea"

Thursday 13 – Thursday 20, October 2016

With Khun Pikulkeaw Krairiksh
The Siam Society President


Photo courtesy to www.english.visitkorea.or.kr

Over the last decade, Korea has proved its achievement in boosting a cultural creative economy. Korea has excelled in conservation and promotion of its rich tangible and intangible culture—ancient Buddhist temples, well-preserved traditional village architecture, delicious and distinctive cuisine, some of Asia’s finest museums, and of course the high fashion and pop culture that Korea exports throughout Asia. 

The Siam Society is honored to be entering into a partnership in cultural conservation with the National Trust for Cultural Heritage of Korea (NTCH), the Society’s counterpart in Korea. NTCH has kindly designed the itinerary for this trip to show off the best that Korean culture has to offer, and will send one of its members to accompany the Society on much of the trip. On 18 October, the President invites all group members to meet with the leaders of NTCH and be a witness of MOU signing ceremony between our organizations, followed by a discussion with our Korean partners on ideas and experiences of cultural heritage protection in our respective countries.

With the help of NTCH, this trip will provide Society members with an exceptional opportunity to see the highlights of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Korea, with explanations provided by NTCH. The trip will cover major ancient Buddhist monuments and temple architecture, vernacular architecture of traditional rural Korea, vibrant urban neighborhoods of Seoul, authentic Korean cuisine, and Korean music and dance performance.  This Society trip, organized by the Siamese Heritage Trust Section of the Society, will be conducted in English.

The tentative programme is given below:-

Thursday, 13 October: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport   

10:00 p.m.

Meet at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Friday, 14 October: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport – Busan – Gyeongju (lunch, dinner)

00.05 a.m.

Depart Bangkok to Busan by TG 650 (flight time 5 hrs.) 

07.10 a.m.

Arrive at Gimhae Busan Airport.


A short city tour in Busan before heading to Gyeongju. Visit the scenic Taejongdae Park, Tongdosa Temple, built during Queen Sun-Deok's reign (646 AD). Continue to Gyeongju Visit Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, ancient Buddhist temples of Korea, which were established in the mid-8th century during the golden era of Silla Dynasty.


Overnight at hotel Hundai Gyeongju, in Gyeongju City

Saturday, 15 October: Gyeongju (breakfast, lunch )

Al l day

Visit to Gyeongju Historical Area.
Gyeongju was the capital city of the Silla Dynasty (57 BC – 935 AD). Over 52 cultural heritages were designated by UNESCO and the area is divided into 5 zones based on their characteristics: the Namsan Mountain area, the Daereungwon Tomb area, the Hwangnyongsa Temple area, and the Sanseong Fortress area.BunhwangTemple.

Overnight at hotel Hundai Gyeongju, in Gyeongju City

Sunday, 16 October: Geyongju – Andong – Seoul (breakfast, lunch, dinner)


Check out and proceed to visit two historical villages, Andong and Hahoe Villages, developed during the14thand 15th centuries in Gyeongsangbuk-do.  Continue to Seoul


A short stroll along the Cheonggyecheon stream was covered by transportation infrastructure, and then it has been improved in environmental friendly way, without visual pollution.  


Overnight at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam, in Seoul

Monday, 17 October: Seoul (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

All day

Walking tour in Seoul. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest royal palace of the Joseon. After that, take a short walk to the nearby Seochon (literally translates to “western village”), a charming neighborhood located to the west of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Take a walk and admire the buildings along Samcheongdong-gil Road, a peaceful, quaint area lined with cafes, museums, antique shops and a number of famous art galleries.
Visit Bukchon Hanok Village. During the Joseon Dynasty, high-ranking government officials and nobility typically dwelled in this neighborhood.
Dinner hosted by H.E. Mr. Sarun Charoensuwan, Ambassador of Thailand to the Republic of Korea at his residence.    
Overnight at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam, in Seoul

Tuesday, 18 October: Seoul (breakfast, lunch, dinner)


Visit the Seoul Museum of History and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA). 


Visit The National Palace Museum. MOU signing ceremony with the National Trust for Cultural Heritage of Korea, followed by a ‘Cultural Heritage Discussion’. 


Dinner with traditional Korean performances hosted by NTCH                   
Overnight at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam, in Seoul

Wednesday, 19 October: Seoul (breakfast and lunch)


Visit the National Museum of Korea. It is the largest museum in Korea.            


Visit Changdeokgung Palace, the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. Changdeokgung Palace was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Committee in December of 1997.


Transfer to the airport
Depart from Incheon International Airport to Bangkok by TG flight TG657

Thursday, 20 October: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

01.10 a.m.

Arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary.
To initiate this programme a minimum of15 participants will be required.


Bt. 84,500 (Bt. 87,500 for non-members). Single room surcharge Bt. 15,000. There is a 4% surcharge
for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. A deposit of Bt. 34,500 and photocopy of
passport must accompany the booking. Payment in full is required one month before the start of the
trip (i.e. by Tuesday, 13 September 2016.) Please pay by cash or cheque payable to ‘The Siam Society’.
Alternatively, you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military
Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no.053-2-18000-7. Please fax or email the deposit or transfer
docket to us. In case, the tour has to be cancelled due to insufficient participants, a full refund of the
deposit will be made.


The contribution includes airfares by Thai Airways, ground transportation in Korea, 5 breakfasts,
6 lunches, 4 dinners, accommodation for two persons per room, entrance fees, gratuities and other costs
incurred to make this trip possible. It excludes visa fee to South Korea (if any), personal expenses,

Cancellation charge:

Cancellation after booking:                                                        Deposit forfeited
14 days before the start of the trip:                                            30% of the tour cost
13-10 days before the start of the trip:                           50% of the tour cost
Less than 10 days or cancellation without notice:                       No refund             

Booking details:

Your booking will not be confirmed until deposit payment has been received.
Please book your place as soon as possible. Please supply a copy of your passport with your booking.
For further information and booking, please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Jarunee Tel.0-2661-6470-3
Fax. 0-258-3401 or email: jarunee@siam-society.org. The Society office is open from 9:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.