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Enjoy a cleansing day of hiking and nature on Seoul’s highest mountain, followed by a rejuvenating spa treatment at a traditional Korean spa. Depending on your group’s skill level, your guide leads you on a vigorous 2- or 3-hour hike on Mt Bukhan, where you walk by crystal-clear streams and granite peaks. Have lunch after your exhilarating trek, then soak away any sore muscles at the  'jjimjilbang' — an authentic Korean spa. A hot bath is followed by a full-body scrub, oil massage, face mask and shampoo by an expert practitioner.

Highlights

  • Half-day hiking and Korean spa experience in Seoul
  • Trek past the granite peaks of Mt Bukhan to a mountain stream or Seunggasa Temple
  • Relax your muscles in a hot bath and cleanse your skin with a body scrub at a traditional Korean sauna
  • Receive the expertise of a local practitioner, including oil massage, cucumber facial and shampoo
  • Stop by an amethyst factory or a ginseng center to browse for great gifts with your guide
  • Lunch and round-trip hotel transport included

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What You Can Expect

Mt Bukhan Hike with Korean Style Spa

Mt Bukhan Hike with Korean Style Spa

Your day starts with pickup at your Seoul hotel in the morning, followed by a scenic drive to Bukhansan National Park.

Learn from your guide about the region's granite mountatins, gorges and many Buddhist temples along the way, then experience the natural beauty firsthand during your hike on Bukhansan, or Mt Bukhan.

Your experienced guide chooses a route that is suitable for your group’s ability and preferences. Expect some challenging uphill sections with plenty of time for rest stops and photo ops. The 2-hour hike to Seunggasa Temple climbs approximately 1,300 feet (400 meters) in elevation. This popular trail is relatively easy for beginners. If you’d like more of a challenge, the 3-hour Bibong path follows a narrow trail with a mountain stream flowing on either side, climbing approximately 1,835 feet (560 meters).

Celebrate the completion of your hike with a delicious Korean lunch, then drive to the jjimjilbang (Korean spa) to relax and rejuvenate. Soak for about 20 minutes in a hot bath, then head over to the sauna for an hour-long treatment. Start the seshin, the name for this Korean cleansing, with a rub-down by a ddemiri or ‘scrub mistress,' who sloughs away layers of dead skin from your entire body using a thin, coarse towel. The exfoliation is followed by an oil massage, cucumber face mask and shampoo administered by your expert practitioner.

Nudity is the norm at this communal indoor bathhouse, separated by gender, and your guide waits outside after describing what to expect.

At the end of your spa treatment, settle back into your vehicle and make a brief stop at an amethyst factory or a ginseng center — two of Korea’s most famous goods — before drop-off at your hotel around 5pm.

Customer Reviews

Joe J Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour, guide was great, spectacular views, lunch was great as well and the korean spa was a great way to end the tour. Will definitely do it again.

Colin R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent hike and overall experience with friendly guide.
Spa experience was ok but little help was given to a newcomer to Korean spa - all ok though

Ryan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide was awesome. Very knowledgeable and slowed down for my girl friend's pace. The Spa was okay, they try to up sale you a bit, but they aren't overly pushy. We are happy and would do the tour again in a second

Dan V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

highly recommended for the adventurous type. climb was not easy though and be prepared to sweat. tour guide, Mr. Chens ?spelling, was very knowledgeable and helpful. amazing view of seoul at the summit! :

James D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Outstanding! Bring good shoes for the hike - it is a hike and not a gentle stroll. The views at the top are incredible and the peak is a small secluded spot there was no-one else there the whole time we were up there! - the lunch is good and the Korean spa was a unique experience - I loved it! The stop at the Ginseng Centre is a sideshow and there's some hard selling from the representatives there but this is a minor dot on an otherwise incredible tour. Book this!

Teena Lai N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

One of our best tour in Korea. Highly recommended!!!

Karen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Beautiful hike. Invited to lunch with Buddist monk at temple on mountain. Also rice wine and scallion pancake at restaurant on mountain. Spa treatment was great after the strenuous hike.

Julie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Guide was absolutely outstanding. Very knowledgeable and spoke really good English. The hike up the mountain to the temple was vigorous and refreshing. Really great to see the beauty of nature in Korea and the breathtaking views. We definitely enjoyed our Korean Style Spa experience even though we could not speak each others language I found it interesting how they were very keen to pick up on any imbalances in my body during the message very skilled ladies. We will always treasure our memories from that day and will definitely ask for Chance Kim if we come back to Korea.

young k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The hike was physically more challenging than I expected, but that's because Im out of shape. The peak of the hike ended with a meal at the Monastery. Afterwards, I enjoyed a good clean at the spa which was relaxing to be in a warm to hot water spa, scrub, and dry sauna. The tour guide Chance was excellent to converse with. His English was good and he made the trip more fun. For a one day tour in Seoul, with short traveling times, I highly recommend this trip.

Kelsey K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Highly recommend this tour. BK, our guide was wonderful! Thank you BK!

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