Interesting news from the Joongang Ilbo last month. An excerpt:
The journey from Gyeongju to Chuam is part of a three-day “rail cruise,” a luxury train package that Korail has ambitiously modeled after the Blue Train, a luxury rail experience that cuts through the heart of South Africa.
The trip works rather like a sea cruise. Each day passengers are dropped in major cities across the country and a local guide picks them up at the station and takes them sightseeing. After the tour, the passengers board the train and head to the next destination.
The "Simile" line stops in Suncheon, though the trip begins from Seoul. A little more from the article:
Korail offers four package tours. “Haeoreum,” a two-day route, stops at Jikji Temple, Gyeongju, Chuam and then returns to Seoul. “Simile,” another two-day tour, heads to Mokpo for a ferry ride, stops at Suncheon for sightseeing, and then heads to Namwon, the home of Chunhyang, the heroine of a popular folk tale. “Channuri,” a three-day tour, takes in Gwangju, Busan, Gyeongju and Chuam, in time for sunrise. “Aura,” another three-day tour, stops at Mokpo, Gyeongju and Chuam.
The facilities inside Haerang were originally aimed at meeting the standards of a luxury hotel.
Each suite comes with a TV and a private bathroom with bidet, which caused quite a fuss. The rooms, though tiny, are warm enough to walk around in shorts.
In the dining car, guests can sip free wine and help themselves to a bowl of fruit and biscuits by the counter.
Eh, I like trains and hotels so this sounds like fun, but it's pricey. Ordinarily it costs between 1.5 and 2.39 million won per room---depending on the duration, the room type, and the number of people---though through February 28th the range is down to 1.2 and 1.8 million. More details and pictures here, in Korean.
There are a bunch of other train tours available from Korail, but I can't link to them directly. Does anyone have any experience with them?