|Traversing Korea on the Luxury Train Rail Cruise Haerang|
Launched in November 2008, “Haerang” is a train for land-based travel to major tourist destinations in Korea. Just like a luxury cruise ship, Haerang is equipped with all the modern comforts and conveniences such as accommodation facilities, cafés and karaoke rooms. The name Haerang means “with the sun.” Inspired by the native Korean words (as against Sino-Korean words), the name conveys the idea of being the best premium rail cruise to experience South Korea’s natural beauty while accompanied by the sun.
Haerang's guest rooms range from family rooms to deluxe rooms and suites. All passenger rooms are equipped with a bed, bathroom, a TV and air conditioning, allowing for a relaxing and comfortable stay. Beds are soft, but firm, reducing the rocking motion of the train for a good night’s sleep. To ensure the privacy and security of guests, each room can only be accessed by individual keycards with access control systems.
Traveling by train is a unique travel option that lets passengers fully appreciate the surrounding countryside. Take a look outside your room window or head over to the observation car at the middle of the train for a view of the scenic landscape. The observation car also has art shows, mini concerts and other on-board entertainment. The dining car is a combined restaurant and café with a wide variety of snacks and beverages served with a smile; muffins and cookies, as well as coffee, wine and juice are available for free.
Haerang Tour Itineraries
Those taking Haerang can choose between a two-day, one-night trip and a three-day, two-night trip. Ssimille (departs on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month) and Haeoreum (departs on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month) are two-day, one-night trips that start on a Saturday morning, while Aura is a three-day, two-night trip that starts on a Tuesday morning.
One-night, two-day trip (Ssimille / Haeoreum)
Ssimille Trip Itinerary (Seoul⇒Gunsan⇒Jeonju⇒Suncheon⇒Gokseong⇒Seoul)
Seoul Station ⇒ Gunsan Station ⇒ Lunch (blue crab) ⇒ Gunsan Modern Culture Experience Program ⇒ Jeonju Station ⇒ Jeonju Hanok Village ⇒ Dinner (Namdo Hanjeongsik: Namdo–style traditional Korean meal) ⇒ Accommodation: Haerang passenger car ⇒ Suncheon Station ⇒ Breakfast (buffet) ⇒ Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park ⇒ Songgwangsa Temple ⇒ Lunch (king crab) ⇒ Seoul Station
Gunsan Modern Culture
Haeoreum Trip Itinerary (Seoul⇒Dongdaegu Station⇒Gyeongju Station⇒Jeongdongjin⇒Donghae⇒Danyang⇒Seoul)
Seoul Station ⇒ Dongdaegu Station ⇒ Lunch (Jjimgalbi jeongsik; full-course meal with steamed beef ribs) ⇒ Tour of Museum of Medical Missionary Works ⇒ Gyeongju Station ⇒ Daereungwon Tomb Complex ⇒ Dinner (soft tofu hot pot with mushrooms) ⇒ Korean Musical, Miso II ⇒ Accommodation: Haerang passenger car ⇒ Jeongdongjin Station ⇒ Breakfast (pollock soup) ⇒ Mureung Valley & Samhwasa Temple ⇒ Donghae Station ⇒ Danyang Station ⇒ Lunch (set meal at Danyang Hotel) ⇒ Dodamsambong Peaks ⇒ Seoul Station
Rail Cruise Haerang
※ The Haerang trips change every three months. The above itinerary is the schedule for March to June 2014. For future changes and updates, please refer to the news section or go to Haerang’s website.