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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

wartenbee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Beautiful warm fall day with a group of six and a fabulous guide. I would recommend this hike to be on your bucket list as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You must be in good physical shape. Fantastic views! The Korean style spa was another great adventure that I feel anyone visiting South Korea should experience. Wonderful day!!

patricehtan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our hike! We went on a very rainy Winter's day and had the day to ourselves. Our tour guide picked us up from City Hall Train Station and was a wonderful guide unfortunately we never introduced ourselves, so didn't get his name!. He shared some interesting history with us while we walked and spoke immaculate English. The hike definitely had some challenging parts, but it was great fun and we got to set our own pace. There was a bit of manoeuvring across stream on unsteady / sparsely spaced rocks, so it was an awesome adventure!

After a delicious lunch, we were taken to the day spa which we also got all to ourselves. There are separate areas for men and women, so I can only share my female experience. Traditional Korean Spas require you to get 100 nude which was an experience in itself. After several saunas and a mud treatment for women only! you take dips in different temperature pools before being scrubbed / exfoliated down - it was such a unique experience which I highly recommend.

If it's raining I suggest taking an extra set of clothes with you to change into after the spa, our clothes were a bit damp after the hike!

As we had the tour to ourselves that day they were also able to drop us off back at our accommodation. An awesome day tour! Thank you Viator and VIP Travel!

Richard D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The tour guide was excellent, and the hike was tailored to our pace. It was a very nice hiking experience relatively close to the city center.

Monty M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

My husband and I loved this excursion! Our delightful, English speaking tour guide, Zoe, was just great! She knew the mountain well and paced the hike to be comfortable for us. She also had great knowledge of the history of the area. The hike gains elevation quickly and continues uphill for about 2 miles. The terrain is rocky and sometimes a bit slick. In many places there are long series of stone steps. But the view from the top is breathtaking! You see a panoramic vistas of the distant city on all sides of the mountain. We were lucky to be there on a very clear day.

We were not looking forward to the stop at the ginseng market, but at the end we were glad we stopped! There was a quick presentation about ginseng in a very nice facility and we left with some products to take at home. Be prepared that ginseng is fairly expensive. There is no requirement to buy anything. After the market, we went into the city for lunch, and then onto the spa.

If you have never been to a Korean Spa, you are in for an adventure! We loved it! Don't expected soothing spa music and pampering. Instead go with an adventurous attitude, be open, and have fun! The spa is divided into a men's side and a women's side and once you are on your side, nudity is the expectation. Even the staff wears only undergarments because the process of a good scrub is messy and wet! None of the spa staff spoke English, so there was a lot of pushing and pulling and pointing to keep us moving in the right direction. After a series of hot rooms and mud and saunas and soaks came a very invigorating full body scrub. All I can say is wow! My husband and I laughed and laughed as we recounted our experiences on the way back to the hotel.

I highly recommend this excursion if you are ready to get out of the city and into nature, history, and a bit of first hand culture.

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!!!

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