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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!!
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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
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! :
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!
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.
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.
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.
Highly recommend this tour. BK, our guide was wonderful! Thank you BK!
This was a great tour. We went longer than the original time of of 2-3 hours, because our guide saw how much we enjoyed it, the spa was very nice also, my skin came out so soft. Our guide gave us the option to shop, but we decided to go straight to the spa after lunch. Will do again
Beautiful hike to the top of the mountain with great views of the city. It was nice to have an outdoor activity. After our hike we had a very good lunch at a restaurant at the bottom of the mountain. We enjoyed it so much that we signed up for another tour the next day. Jun was a great guide.
This was a really great tour. There was actually only three of us, and one person jammed at the last minute, so my daughter and I basically had a private tour. Glad they still ran it. The hike was spectacular and the spa was quite the experience. The only thing I would say is that the hike was not that easy, but we are experienced so that was ok. But the guide wouldn't have known we were good hikers, and he did not carry any supplies with him maybe like extra water or first aid. Your ad should have more emphasis that this hike is not for beginners. But since it was just the two of us, we rocked it!
Samaa wakeem Palestinian ...
great opportunity to go out of the city and visit the wonderful temple in the mountains. breath taking view.
our tour guid Chance was nice amazing and entertaining. just try to be in a group were every one can follow the rhythm. spa after a day like this is just a gift. so remember to bring extra clothes to wear after you are clean. our group wasn't that good in hiking so i felt we missed some good parts of the mountain so next time i will take the long path hike. nature is amazing and relaxing. than you Chance.
Excellent tour guide: very knowledgeable about the hike, as well as history. We chose to hike to the top, which was quite a vigorous hike. The spa afterwards was a fantastic treat! Definitely a highlight of our trip.
Our tour started at 9:00 in the morning. Our guide BK and his driver picked us up at our hotel. We drove to the trailhead. We hiked at our own pace. The weather was just perfect cloudy and foggy. The clouds and fog would disappear as we hiked. On the way up we saw a temple, but we would stop on the way down. This is a popular place for many Koreans. On the way down we stopped at the Buddhist temple. This was definitely worth the stop. You have to climb the 108 steps to see the giant Buddha carved into the mountain. Just such a beautiful place. After the hike we were whisked by van to the amethyst factory. Great place with so many amethysts to choose from. Next it was lunch at a local chain restaurant. The food was cooked right on the table. It hit the spot for the hungry hikers. Next was a trip to the Korean spa. This was an experience. You are separated by sex and shown to a locker for shoes then another locker for your clothes. You are given a cute little suit to wear. Off to the sauna you go. It looks like an oven and is hotter than the sun( just kidding), but it is hot. You are only supposed to stay in for 5 minutes. That is more than enough time to sweat. Afterwards a snack and into a cooling room. This is followed by the green tea tub, then off to the bathing part. It is a great way to shed that old winter skin. Afterwards to the sauna one more time then to the changing room. At this point a new you emerges. What a great day!
Great tour. Our guide was really friendly and helpful. All was well organised. The climbing was a bit hard because it was raining that day but the temple at the top and the Buddha statue was well worth the effort. Lunch was in a nice restaurant. The visit in the Ginseng place was a bit rushed by the sales person who was more interested to sell us some stuff. The massage was excellent both to me and my wife. So really good value
kedwards01 United States of ...
I must say that the concept of this tour was amazing and it was a great tour to begin our Asian vacation, but we were a little disappointed that in the end the guide left and we were unable to get the massage as described on the voucher rather we just visited the spa. Overall it was a great experience and would do it again.
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