Seoul, a bustling metropolis of over 11 million residents, is the perfect vacation destination for both families and individuals alike. A perfect mixture of ancient Korean tradition, unlimited shopping, and modern technological marvels await the anxious traveler. Newcomers to the city will find that a map will be very useful when attempting to locate all of the available Seoul activities.…
Top 137 Things to do in Seoul, South Korea
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A pickup at your hotel starts your trip with a transfer to Cheongnyangri Station, where the train is ready to carry you to Andong. After the ride across the South Korean countryside, meet your guide, get lunch at a local restaurant, and then set out to visit some of the most storied sights around.
With a look at the classical dwellings and marketplace in Hahoe Folk Village, the collected artifacts in the Mask Museum, and the Dosan Confusion School, you can get a sense of the unique architecture and local character that developed in this community over the last 600 years. Wrap up the day at your local hotel as you turn in for the night.
After breakfast, you have the morning free to explore the sights on your own. In the afternoon, the train carries you back across the country for your return trip to Seoul Station. Read More close
Start the tour with pickup in Seoul. Enjoy a scenic 2. 5-hour drive to Woljeongsa Temple, located on Mount Odaesan in Jinbu-myeon. Arrive at this majestic, green region and get fitted into modest attire, pants and a vest which fit comfortably over your clothing. Receive a brief orientation and learn about proper Buddhist etiquette inside the temple.
Sit down and enjoy silence while making Buddhist prayer beads before dinner is served. Before bedtime in rooms separated by men and women, you have the unique opportunity to listen to the evening ringing of traditional Korean bells. Participate in a 30-minute Buddhist service, in awe of the monks' rhythmic show. Then it's lights out.
A new day begins with the ringing of the bells. Your first activity is a 30-minute morning service of meditation and chanting. Breathe deeply and reflect upon your once-in-a-lifetime experience. After a temple breakfast, explore at your leisure, heading to the mountain stream or hiking through the giant trees of Mount Odaesan.
Walk back to the temple for a traditional vegetarian meal, simply soaking up the stillness before your tour is completed with a journey back to Seoul. Read More close
An early-morning pickup brings you to Seoul Station, where a convenient express train carries you to Busan. Once you arrive in the beautiful coastal country, meet your guide and start your journey by tour bus through the city.
Your course gives you a chance to see the city center, the long span of Gwangan Bridge, or the scenic waterfront of Haeundae Beach, and you can hop off to explore the sights that catch your eye. After a look at the major attractions of the city, head to your local hotel for an overnight stay.
After breakfast, you have the morning free to explore the sights of the city on your own. In the afternoon, the train whisks you back across the country for your return trip to Seoul Station. Read More close
Meet your guide after breakfast at your hotel and depart Seoul on a comfortable coach. Arrive in Busan and begin your tour with a visit to Jagalchi Fish Market, Korea's largest seafood market, where you have the opportunity to try fresh raw fish.
The Jagalchi Fish Market represents Busan's identity as a world-class seafood destination, and is famous throughout the country. Most of the vendors here are called Jagalchi Ajumma, with ajumma meaning middle-aged or married women.
Your final visit of the day is Yongdusan Park, a popular city landmark that features the 387-foot (118-m) Busan Tower. The park's 70 different species of trees offer a nice break from the concrete jungle of Korea's second largest city. People of all ages and backgrounds can be found here, taking peaceful strolls and enjoying the surrounding sights.
The day ends with drop-off at your hotel, where you're free to enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening however you wish.
After breakfast at your hotel, travel toward the coast of the northeastern portion of Busan to the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, built in 1376 by a Buddhist teacher known as Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty. This popular tourist spot lets you enjoy the rare sight of a temple along a magnificent shoreline—most of the temples in Korea are in the mountains.
Next, head to the UN Memorial Cemetery, a 35-acre (14-hectare) park that was established by the United Nations in 1951 to hold the remains of soldiers from 11 countries. See the Main Gate, Memorial Service Hall, and Dongnae Patriots Monument before driving to Haeundae Beach.
Enjoy a short break at Haeundae, a world-class beach resort marked by its beautiful, sparkling water. The soft sand stretches 1. 5 kilometers along the perfectly curved coastline, which culminates in the summer.
After your afternoon at the beach, board your vehicle for the 4. 5 - to 5-hour return to Seoul, where you're dropped off at your hotel.
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Make your way to the coastal city of Gyeongju, former capital of the kingdom of Silla that ruled southeastern Korea for most of the 1st millennium. Visit famous historical treasures such as the Seokguram grotto and the temple of Bulguksa, where you can marvel at the ancient pagodas and discover the history of the golden age of Buddhist art in the Silla kingdom.
Complete your tour for the day and head to your nearby hotel to check in and unwind for the night.
Start your day with a visit to the fascinating Gyeongju National Museum, where you can see a collection of important artifacts considered to be part of Korea's national cultural heritage. From its location directly next to the royal tomb, you can stop at nearby popular landmarks such as the Anapji pond and Cheomseongdae, a tower whose origins in the 7th century make it East Asia's oldest surviving observatory.
Your tour ends with a visit to the Folk Craft Museum, where you can observe everyday items commonly used by Koreans past and present, with a focus on traditional village life and folk arts and crafts. Read More close
Head to Bulguksa Temple, or Temple of the Buddha Land, perhaps the most famous temple in South Korea. Built in 751, it is renowned for its design symbolizing dignity, peace, and harmony. Next, take a bus to Seokguram Grotto, a World Heritage Site in the hills behind Bulguksa with a Buddha built in a grotto. Learn how Seokguram is an impressive example of Silla craftsmanship created using hundreds of stone blocks and no mortar.
At Gyeongju National Museum discover Silla traditions and artifacts before stopping at Wojji Pond—an artificial pond formerly named Anapji and dating back to 675. Nearby, spot the Cheomseongdae Observatory, the oldest astronomical observatory in Asia. Disembark the coach at Daeleungwon, or Tumuli Park, a burial ground where the remains of Silla royals are still protected in grassy mounds, and admire the riches in the tombs.
Take a private vehicle to the Gyeongju Folk Craft Village, helping artisans carrying on traditional Shilla crafts sell directly to the public. At the entrance, a large building is home to shops selling handicrafts as well as dozens of artists practicing their trade and selling wares of wood, metal, and pottery. Get a chance to watch them create works by hand before your 4-hour bus ride back to Seoul. Read More close
An early-morning pickup takes you to Seoul Station for a convenient express train to Gyeongju. Once you arrive in the ancient city, meet your guide and pay a visit to the Bulguksa Temple complex on the slopes of Mount Toham. Built in 774, this ancient complex includes a monumental statue of the Buddha looking at the sea from the nearby Seokguram Grotto.
Next, visit Tumuli Park, named for the 23 burial mounds containing tombs for the Silla dynasty monarchs and family members who ruled over much of Korea for nearly 1,000 years. Get a look at some of the fabulous treasures from these tombs at the Gyeongju National Museum, your last stop of the day before you transfer to your local hotel.
After breakfast, you have the morning free to explore the sights of the city on your own. In the afternoon, the train whisks you back across the country for your return trip to Seoul Station. Read More close
Start with a flight from Seoul to Jeju Island. After pickup at the airport, ride to your hotel and transfer to Seongsan Ilchulbong, also known as Sunrise Peak—a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. With its huge crater at the top offering a wonderful view of the sunrise, this peak stems from a volcanic eruption more than 100,000 years ago.
Stop at Seongeup Folk Village, where thatched houses, a temple, fortress, and tombstones have been preserved, to enjoy folk songs and local food. Venture to the Magic Road or mysterious road to experience the phenomenon of moving uphill while your vehicle's engine is turned off. After the vehicle reaches the top of the slope, return to your hotel.
Visit Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, named from a legend about the King of Heaven, and walk along the path to see the magnificent falls before admiring teddy bears from various countries at the Teddy Bear Museum. Stop at the UNESCO-listed Manjanggul Cave—one of the world’s finest lava tunnels and featuring interesting structures including lava stalagmites—before flying back to Seoul.
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Begin your journey to Mt. Seoraksan National Park in a comfortable coach and get acquainted with your guide. Upon arrival, admire the vast landscape surrounded by a beautiful mountain backdrop home to more than 2,000 species of wildlife, including Korean gorals and musk deer.
Next, ride a cable car up to the ancient Gwongeumseong Fortress on the steep Dol Mountain and admire scenic rock formations along the way. Later, explore the divinely inspired Sinhung Temple with a history dating back to the 7th century before checking in to your hotel for a night.
Rise early for breakfast and hotel check-out. Then continue your journey at the bustling Daepohang Port. Taste delectable fresh seafood at the markets and local food stalls. Afterward, visit the ancient temple of Naksansa and appreciate its Silla-period architecture.
In the afternoon, stroll along Naksan Beach, located just 2 miles (4 km) away. View the dense pine trees lining the sandy shores and conclude your tour with drop-off at your hotel in Seoul.
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Meet your guide in front of Toyoko Inn Hotel 1, near Busan Station. The first stops are Jagalchi Fish Market and the beach-side Haeundae district. Leave Busan and drive north to Gyeongju. Check into your hotel and enjoy leisure time in the city.
Eat breakfast at your hotel before touring Gyeongju. Spend time at the UNESCO-listed Bulguksa Temple complex, admiring its beautiful architecture and stone relics. Choose to visit the Seokguram Grotto, containing exquisite Buddhist sculptures overlooking the Sea of Japan.
Travel to the Hahoe Folk Village, known for preserving Joseon Dynasty-era architecture and folk traditions. Then go to culture-rich Wonju, the old capital of the Gangwon Province. Check into your hotel before exploring.
Have breakfast in your hotel and head to Pyeongchang, the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Choose to ride the monorail to the ski-jumping course. Drive to Seongyojang, a noble residence built between pine-covered mountains and beaches.
Journey to the mountainous Seoraksan National Park. Choose to ride the cable car to Gwongeumseong Fortress or to Shinheungsa Temple, home to a 62-foot (18. 9-m) tall bronze Buddha statue. Complete the last leg of the drive and end in Seoul.
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Depart from your hotel and make your way to Gyeongju, the former capital of an ancient dynasty that ruled in Korea for nearly a millennium. Discover famous historical treasures such as the Seokguram grotto and the Buddhist temple of Bulguksa, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, before checking into your hotel for the night.
Rise early for a visit to the Gyeongju National Museum, where you can see a collection of important artifacts considered part of Korea's national cultural heritage. Visit the Cheomseongdae observatory to admire its beautiful granite, the artificial pond of Anapji, Tumuli Park, and the Folk Craft Museum.
Next, transfer to Busan and continue your tour to Yongdusan Park, one of the most popular mountains in the city. Appreciate the view of the sea through the forest before you indulge in some fresh seafood in the evening at Jagalchi Market and end your night with a stay in Busan hotel.
After a morning breakfast, head to Haeundae to see one of Korea's most famous beaches. Take a stroll on the gorgeous white sands that come from the Chuncheon stream and learn a little about the history of this place during the historic Silla kingdom.
After admiring the fresh air and nature, make a final stop at Beomuh Temple before returning to your hotel in Seoul. Read More close
Fly from Seoul to Jeju Island and venture to Seongsan Ilchulbong, or Sunrise Peak, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. At the top of Jeju’s largest volcanic rock cone, you are surrounded by the ocean and almost 100 similar rock peaks.
Head to Seongeup Folk Village, where traditional thatched houses, a Confucian temple, mill, and tombstones have been preserved, to hear Jeju folk songs and sample local food. Next, make your way to a mysterious road and experience the phenomenon of moving uphill while your vehicle's engine is turned off.
Ride to Cheonjiyeon Falls, designated a natural monument and a habitat for Mutae eels, to hear the sound of the cascading water from the path. Visit the Teddy Bear Museum and one of the finest lava tunnels in the world—Manjanggul Cave, designated natural monument—before returning to your hotel.
Admire Yongduam Rock, a basalt dragon head rising 33 feet (10 m) above the coastal waters, and travel to Yeomiji Botanical Garden, featuring 2,000 rare tropical and subtropical plants indoors. Outdoors, see the Jeju Native Garden as well as Korean, Japanese, Italian, and French gardens before heading to the Folk Museum, home to many treasures of the island’s inhabitants.
Last, stop at Jeongbang Falls to take in the view of the 75-foot (23-m) falls with the cliffs, sea, and several small islands. From here, ride to Jeju's airport and fly to Seoul.
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Meet a guide in Seoul and begin the breathtaking drive south to Gongju, where you visit several UNESCO-listed sites, including the Tomb of King Muryeong and Gongsanseong Fortress.
Arrive in Buyeo, the ancient capital of the Baekje Dynasty, and spend time touring impressive cultural sites. Take a boat out to Goransa Temple and Nakhwaam bluff, where 3,000 court ladies of Baekjae once drowned themselves to avoid brutal violence from conquering enemies.
Proceed to Jeonju Hanok Village, which includes about 700 honoks—traditional Korean houses. End the day in Gwangju, capital city of the Honam region and the birthplace of South Korea's modern democratic movement. Check into your hotel and enjoy some leisure time.
Eat breakfast at your hotel and then wander around the Gwangju Musuem. Leave the city and head to the Bosung Green Tea Plantation near the Suncheon Ecological Park. Go to Yeosu, a port city, and spot out the fish market and the night scene at the National Industrial Complex, before checking into your ocean-side hotel for the night.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then visit Jinjuseong Fortress—an impressive Chokseoknu edifice famous for defending against the 1592 Japanese invasion. End your tour in Busan. Read More close
Grab your bags and meet up with your guide in the lobby of your Seoul hotel. Hop in a comfortable shuttle and cruise out of the city, stopping at the Jinjuseong Fortress where you can climb up a fleet of stairs to reach lofty vantage points beneath elegant pagoda architecture.
Continue on to the port city of Busan for up-close looks at the APEC House, a gathering place for the globe's brightest economic minds, and a visit to the Centum City Shopping Mall, where you can browse discounted goods from a handful of designers. Get lunch along the way, and then check into your hotel with enough time to grab dinner and explore the city on your own.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you make your way to Ulsan's tranquil seaside park, a perfect place for postcard-worthy photos of waves crashing on the dramatic shoreline. Visit a local temple, stop in at the exhibits of the Gyeongju National Museum, tuck into a delicious lunch, and end your day in Daegu.
Investigate a traditional frozen-in-time village from the Joseon Dynasty, try your hand at making hanji (Korean paper), and enjoy a tasty lunch and dinner near your Pyeonchang hotel.
Wrap up your adventurous excursion with a tour of the bustling Jumunjin Fish Market, a nature walk around Mt. Seoraksan, and a final meal featuring regional specialties and fresh seafood. After rolling back to Seoul, return to your hotel and part ways with your guide. Read More close
Meet up with your guide in the lobby of your hotel and load up your bags before you hop on a comfortable shuttle and zoom out of Seoul. Start the day with a look at the imposing walls of the Gongsanseong Fortress, listen to stories about the king buried at the Tomb of Muryeong, and sit down for tea with a monk at Mogoksa temple. In nearby Daejon, grab a tasty lunch, check in at your hotel, and then enjoy dinner at a locally loved restaurant.
Have breakfast at your hotel, and then cruise to Jeonju for an afternoon spent admiring traditional Korean architecture, sampling bowls of savory bibimbap for lunch, and getting up-close looks at elegant gardens around Tapsa Temple and the steep slopes of Mt. Maisan. End your day in Gwangju, where dinner and another comfortable hotel stay are waiting.
After breakfast, visit a green tea plantation in Boseong, explore handicrafts and castles at the Naganeupseong Folk Village, and make a stop in Suncheon for a nature walk through the Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park before you turn in for the night in Yeosu.
On your last day, board a boat and skim the waters around Odongdo Island. Afterward, stop off at the weather-worn stones of the Jinjuseong Fortress, tuck into a scrumptious lunch, and then hop back on your shuttle for a ride back to Seoul and your hotel. Read More close
Leave Seoul for Gongju, visiting the UNESCO-listed Tomb of King Muryeong and Gongsanseong Fortress. Go to Buyeo, the ancient capital of the Baekje Dynasty, and choose to take a boat to Goransa Temple and Nakhwaam bluff, the site of a deadly surrender.
Proceed to Jeonju hanok village, which includes about 700 honoks—traditional Korean houses. End the day in Gwangju, capital city of the Honam region and the birthplace of South Korea's modern democratic movement.
Spend the morning wandering the Gwangju Musuem. Leave the city and head to the Bosung Green Tea Plantation near the Suncheon Ecological Park. Go to Yeosu, a port city, and spot out the night scene at the Fish Market and National Industrial Complex.
Visit Jinjuseong Fortress, famous for defending against the 1592 Japanese invasion. Go to Busan and see the Jagalchi Fish Market and the beach-side Haeundae district. Leave Busan and drive north to Gyeongju.
Tour Gyeongju in the morning. Spend time at the UNESCO-listed Bulguksa Temple complex, admiring its beautiful architecture and stone relics. Choose to visit the Seokguram Grotto, containing exquisite Buddhist sculptures overlooking the Sea of Japan.
Travel to the Hahoe Folk Village, known for preserving Joseon Dynasty-era architecture and folk traditions. Then go to culture-rich Wonju, the old capital of the Gangwon Province.
Head to Pyeongchang, site of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Choose to ride the monorail to the ski-jumping course. Drive to Seongyojang, a noble residence built between pine-covered mountains and beaches.
Journey to the mountainous Seoraksan National Park and choose to ride the cable car to Gwongeumseong Fortress or to Shinheungsa Temple, home to a 62-foot (18. 9-m) tall bronze Buddha statue. Complete the last leg of the drive and end in Seoul.
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After you're picked up from your hotel, meet your group and ride to Gongju, the ancient capital of the Baekje Kingdom. Visit the Gongsanseong Fortress, the Tomb of Muryeong King, and Magoksa Temple, where you can experience a serene tea ceremony with a Buddhist monk. Make your way to a local restaurant in the city of Daejeon for dinner before checking into your hotel for the evening.
After breakfast, ride to the Korean cultural capital of Jeonju. Check out a village of traditional Korean houses, enjoy a tasty lunch of authentic bibimbap, and continue on to Junan. Visit the Tapsa Temple at Mt. Maisan before heading to Gwangju for dinner in a restaurant before settling into your hotel.
Immerse yourself in Korean culture with a stop at the Green Tea Plantation in Boseong and the Naganeupseong Folk Village. Then, soak up the country's natural beauty at the Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park, the Yongsan Observatory, and the eco-museum in Sunsheon before riding on to Yeosu.
Kick off your day of sightseeing with a scenic cruise around Odongo Island in Yeosu, and then make your way to Jinju to see the Junjuseong Fortress. From there, head to the bustling port city of Busan. Go to the Nurimaru APEC House in Dongbaekseom, and then spend some time shopping the world-class department stores of the Centum City Shopping Mall.
After breakfast, hit the road in the direction of Ulsan. Snap photos of the seaside Ulgi Park on the coast, and then make your way to the Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju National Museum, Anapji Pond, and Tumuli Park in Gyeongju. Ride to Daegu for dinner before checking into your hotel.
Head to Andgon and visit the Hahoe Village, where you enjoy lunch before making your way to Wonju's Hanji Theme Park to try your hand at making hanji (traditional Korean paper). Dine at a restaurant in Pyeongchang.
On your final day, soak up Korea's culinary culture at the lively Jumunjin Fish Market in Gangreung. Ride to Yangyang to get some fresh air during a hike through the Jujeongol valley in Mt. Seoraksan National Park, and then refuel over lunch before you're dropped back off in Seoul and your adventure concludes.
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Grab a camera and make your way to the Alive Museum for an interactive museum-going experience like no other. Check out the different sets and rooms, all designed to create mind-boggling optical illusions. You can climb into a gondola in Venice, put your ear up to an elephant's trunk, or ride a dolphin through the waves.
Pet a giraffe while sitting on a park bench, channel your inner street fighter in a martial arts battle, or test your reflection in a wild and crazy mirror. Snap pictures along the way so you're sure to capture every laugh-out-loud scenario, weather you're combing the Mona Lisa's hair from inside the frame, hanging upside-down from the roof of a bathroom, or curled up like a baby in a world that's 10 times your size. Read More close
Aboard a comfortable coach from Seoul, head toward Andong's Hahoe Folk Village. Along the way you stop at the summit of Buyongdae Cliff, marking the end of Taebaek Mountains, for a spectacular view of Hahoe Folk Village. Buyongdae stands for ‘lotus’ as the village is said to resemble the shape of a lotus when seen from the top of the cliff.
Once you arrive at the UNESCO-listed Hahoe Folk Village, admire the many beautiful traditional houses of descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan. Here, learn about the interesting mask culture including the significance behind different designs and the history of mask dances before you visit the Hahoe Mask Museum.
After lunch at a local restaurant make your way to Byeongsan Seowon Confucian School, established by Confucian scholars in memory of respected Korean personality Seong-nyong Yu, and listen to your guide's interesting accounts of the plentiful freedoms during Joseon rule. Conclude your day trip with a stop at Bongjeongsa Temple, the largest temple in Andong, before returning to Seoul. Read More close
Enjoy pickup from your hotel and head to Skinanniversary Beauty Town. Experience the diverse facets of the Korean beauty culture and the world's biggest beauty town which can accommodate up to 2,000 people. Choose to pamper yourself with a skin care treatment or other activities at affordable prices. Alternatively, explore the mall to purchase some popular cosmetic products.
Break for lunch before continuing your journey to Heyri Art Village to see the home and working area of more than 500 talented painters, sculptors, musicians, and photographers. Then stop by the Restaurant Famer's Table where many famous Korean dramas have been filmed for some photo opportunities.
Afterward, visit Provence Village to explore the many beautiful fashion and art galleries as well as European bakeries and cafés offering fresh bread and tasty drinks. Find everything from ceramics, flowers, and herbs to clothing and accessories. Before returning to your hotel, wrap up your excursion with a final stop at Ginseng Center.
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Head into the theater and watch the curtain come up on a kitchen where 2 rival sous-chefs are locked in a head-to-head dance battle to cook the very best bibimbap, a traditional Korean dish of rice, beef, and vegetables. Actors onstage provide the soundtrack for the action with beat-boxing and a capella song, singing and dancing as the chefs whip of their interpretation of this iconic Korean plate.
Captivating acrobatics and martial arts performances by incredibly skilled actors, dancers, and gymnasts are sure to wow as you laugh along with the on-stage antics. When the curtain drops and only one chef can be left standing, the fate of the cooks is in your hands! Read More close
Start your morning with pickup from your hotel in Seoul and head out to several filming locations of this popular 2009 show Boys Over Flowers. Enjoy a scenic ride to N Seoul Tower, which sits atop the beautiful Namsan Mountain. Travel to a high altitude and step out onto a 360-degree platform for majestic views of Seoul. Take out your camera and snap pictures of the city's buildings, highways, and long bridges on the Han River.
Then make your last stop to the Heyri Art Valley in the city of Paju, where a cultural commune of over 500 Korean artists from various fields, like writers, actors, architects, musicians, and sculptors, live and work together. Stroll along the streets and admire this eco-friendly village surrounded by greeneries and wetlands. Read More close
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As your tour passes the official residence of the president of the Republic of Korea, marvel at the blue-tinted granite roof which earned the building's nickname, "Blue House. " Next, get a glimpse of the culture and heritage of ancient Seoul at Bukchon Hanok Village. Walk through the narrow streets of Bukchon and Samcheongdong-gil alley and wonder at the more than 600-year-old buildings from the Joseon Dynasty.
Savor a Korean lunch at a local restaurant and then stop at a tea house in Insa-dong for a chance to shop or a delightful tea tasting opportunity. Continue to the Tteok Museum which displays a range of old Korean kitchen utensils, tteok (rice cake), and related items.
At Gwanghwamun Square, admire historical sights such as the Yukjo-geori as well as statues of King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sun-Shin of the Joseon Dynasty. Then as you drive along the Cheonggyecheon Stream, spot more than 20 beautiful bridges, each with a different architectural style, that cross the river. On your way back, stop at the Amethyst Factory and a duty-free shop to purchase mementos to bring home. Read More close
Begin your afternoon with pickup from your Seoul hotel and travel to the National Palace Museum of Korea, which holds more than 20,000 important relics from South Korea's history. Here, journey through the exhibits before you explore Gyeongbokgung Palace—constructed in 1395—and marvel at the preserved architecture of the building.
Admire the grandeur of the palace interiors before visiting the National Folk Museum located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace. Advance your understanding of Korea's cultural beliefs as you immerse yourself in exhibits about the domestic and agricultural lifestyle of the country.
Bukchon Hanok—a 600-year-old Korean village—is your next historical sightseeing spot. Meander through the village, composed of narrow urban alleys and small tea houses representative of traditional Korean culture. Then head to the unique Tteok Museum, created to exhibit various types of rice cakes and their methods of creation, before driving back to Seoul's center. Read More close
Leave the hustle and bustle of Seoul behind you and begin your adventure at the stunning Bukhansan Park, home to more than 1,300 species of flora and fauna, over 100 Buddhist temples, and an assortment of exhilarating hiking trails. Follow your expert guide on a trail past gleaming streams, lush foliage, and old temples.
Move on to the Amethyst Factory for an opportunity to shop for glimmering gems that make great souvenirs to bring back home. Enjoy steaming hot local cuisine for lunch, satisfying your hunger from a day well spent.
Wrap up your tour at a traditional Korean sauna, where you can let your well- worked muscles relax and revitalize your senses. After a comfortable drive back, enjoy some well-deserved rest. Read More close
Make your way to Busan, the second-largest metropolis in Korea, via a KTX express train that travels at a brisk 186. 4 miles (300 km) per hour. Upon arrival, you climb aboard a Busan City Tour Bus for the famous Haeundae Beach circuit, where buses depart every 40 minutes.
With the option to hop on and off, you can roam through Busan at your own pace. Visit notable cultural centers like the Busan Museum, boasting 6,000 excavated relics and artifacts, and the Busan Art Museum, which is tasked with preserving the traditional art of the city.
Catch a breeze at shimmering Gwangalli Beach and walk to the Gwangan Bridge, a suspension bridge which illuminates beautifully at night. Visit the old Haeundae train station and walk along the scenic track to the old Songjeong train station for an unobstructed view that follows the coastline.
Marvel at the meticulous architecture of the Nurimaru APEC House and shop to your heart’s delight at the giant Shinsegae and Lotte department stores. With your souvenirs in hand, rest comfortably on the KTX express train back to Seoul in the evening, and reflect on your full-day adventure. Read More close
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Immerse yourself in a Caribbean adventure at a wave pool that creates up to 8-foot (2. 4-m) waves, or take a peaceful float down the Lazy River. Slide down the thrilling Water Bobsleigh to get your blood pumping, or sink deep into the indoor diving pool.
The soothing Jasmine Tea Spa is a great place to sweat out the stress—or try a rich mineral hot spring, Jade-crusted sauna, or anti-aging Lemon Spa. Then head down to the infant pool to relax while the youngest members of your family splash and play.
After a day filled with fun, catch your breath as a driver takes you back to your hotel for some well-deserved rest. Read More close
Leave your hotel behind as you amble along the hip street of Insadong-gil, inspecting the various antique crafts and contemporary art galleries. The many branching alleyways boast all manners of pottery, tea, handicraft, and calligraphy shops for you to explore.
Next, witness the grandeur of the regal Changdeokgung palace, constructed during the time of the last Korean dynasty, the Joseon Dynasty. Explore the exquisite Huwon within the palace grounds—a magnificent garden that kings and queens often used for entertaining guests.
Wrap up your tour at the extensive and traditional Namdaemun Market, where you can peruse a plethora of items that range from clothes and leather goods to food and charming accessories. This is a fantastic place to pick the perfect Seoul souvenir before returning to your hotel. Read More close
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Leave from your Seoul city center hotel and drive toward your first stunning Seoul highlight. Cheonggyecheon Stream, also known as the "Rhythmic Wall Stream," is a natural spectacle made extraordinary by many intricate marble facades and sculptures. Stop and admire the Narae and Gwanggyo bridges, which are among the 20 bridges that cross over the river. Continue to Changdeokgung Palace—a beautifully preserved Joseon palace—making sure to snap some photographs of the luxurious principle palace of many of the Joseon kings.
Next, learn how to cook Bulgogi, a Korean specialty, in a hands-on lesson. An experienced chef demonstrates how the delicacy is made before you have the opportunity to try for yourself—and taste the sumptuous results of your hard work. Travel with your guide to your final destination, Namsan Hanok Village. This traditional Korean village is set between the giant buildings of the city, but stands out because of its 5 restored traditional houses, a pavilion, pond, and even a time capsule.
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Immediately appreciate the façade of Changdeokgung, built in 1405, and see why it is renowned as the most well-preserved palace from the era of the Joseon. Here, take the opportunity to stroll through the grounds including the public palace area, a royal family residence, and the rear "Secret Garden"—constructed during the reign of King Taejong.
Admire the lush garden, containing a 300-year-old tree and stunning pavilion, untouched by human hands except when absolutely necessary. Next, visit the gigantic National Museum of Korea, which houses precious cultural assets outlining the country's ancient and modern history, and see incredible objects such as Buddhist paintings, ceramics, and excavated artifacts. Read More close
Begin your afternoon with pickup from your Seoul hotel and travel to Changdeokgung Palace, the best-maintained of the royal Joseon palaces. As you enter the imposing gates, cross over the stone bridge and see the guardian animals carved on its walls. Then walk through the dense woodland and look out for the secret garden, Biwon, among the giant 300-year-old trees.
Next, drive to the heart of Seoul and visit the antique district of Insa-dong, regarded as the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts. Pace along the age-old alleys and see local fine arts, potteries, and folk crafts on display. Take the chance to taste local tea (at your own expense) in a traditional teahouse that evokes the time of the Joseon dynasty.
Complete your morning trip with a stop at Namdaemun Market, the largest traditional market in Korea, with its splendid selection of goods, including clothing, kitchenware, and imports. Find something that tickles your fancy, or simply enjoy the ambiance of this buzzing market. Read More close
Be picked up from your hotel and head to the Namdaemun Market, located in the city center. Explore hundreds of retail stalls at this oldest and largest market in Seoul. Continue your tour to the neighborhood of Insadong. Stop on the way at a duty free shop for discounted prices before exploring traditional antique shops and art galleries. Stroll along the hidden alleys and find the perfect gift or souvenir.
Your next stop is at the popular Dongdaemun Market. This indoor mall houses traditional markets and retail shops all under one roof. Find everything from silk to cloths, shoes, and leather goods. Your last stop is at the wholesale Yongsan Electronics Market. Find electronic goods, including computer parts, DVDs, and much more.
Feel at ease as you enjoy this day of shopping, without even having to worry about carrying your bags. Conclude your experience with a transfer back to your hotel.
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9 hours 30 minutes
Board the bus at Gwanghwamun and grab a headset, listening to informative commentary about the districts you ride through and the major points of interest you pass along the way. Jump off at any of 22 stops around downtown to visit centuries-old palaces, large, traditional marketplaces, and lively cultural streets like Insa-dong.
Head to the National Folk Museum of the National Museum of Korea for more insight into the country's customs and heritage, or visit the N Seoul Tower to check out the 360-degree views from its sky-high observation deck. With unlimited rides for the duration of your pass, enjoy the flexibility to visit the city at your own pace and spend more time exploring the sites that interest you most.
Route stops include:
- Namdaemun Market
- Seoul Station
- National Museum of Korea
- Namsangol Hanok Village
- N Seoul Tower
- Changgyeonggung Palace
- Changdeokgung Palace
- Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum of Korea, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
- Sejong Center for the Performing Arts Read More close
After convenient pickup from your hotel, begin your day by meeting a professional kimchi maker and learning to create your own version of the cabbage-based side dish. The experience allows you to learn about the country's history and culture before tasting your creation and having it packed up to take with you.
Next, try on hanbok, a traditional Korean dress often characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets. The term itself means "Korean clothing," and it's typically worn during festivals and celebrations. Afterward, make a visit to the Bukchon Hanok Village, which is composed of narrow alleyways and features preserved architecture that reflects a 600-year-old urban environment.
See Samcheongdong Road, which stretches from Gyeongbokgung Palace to Samcheong Tunnel. Past the tunnel is the Samcheong Park, famous for its thick forest and scenic views. Major hiking trails wind through the immense park, many dotted with gorgeous cherry blossoms.
For your last stop, make your way into the heart of the city to Insa-dong Street, where old but precious and traditional goods are displayed. Galleries, restaurants, tea houses, and cafes fill the alleys of this lively part of the city. End your tour with a hassle-free ride back to your hotel.
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Begin at the impressive COEX Aquarium and as you see the vivid exhibits, follow the journey that water takes from the high Andean mountains through the rain forest to swamps, rivers, and the depths of the ocean. Walk through the underwater tunnel, witness the magnificence of 40,000 sea creatures, and visit the Fish in Wonderland exhibit where fish swim through traffic lights and live in computers and washing machines.
Next, board a leisurely cruise on the scenic Han River and then admire a view of the cityscape while you hear soothing music. Your final stop is the renowned Bongeunsa, a temple built during the reign of King Wonseong. Here, marvel at the intricate scriptures that decorate the walls and view the multiple miniature golden Buddhas. Read More close
Once you’ve been collected from your hotel, ride with your guide to COEX, one of South Korea’s largest aquariums. Spend the morning up close and personal with more than 40,000 different animals in 90 exhibition tanks, with tons of exciting sights—including a glass tunnel through a huge sea exhibit.
After your insightful aquatic tour, follow your guide from water to land to explore one of the largest underground shopping centers in Asia—COEX Mall. Get lost in the wide range of specialty stores, restaurants, markets, bars, bookstores, and souvenir stores in this huge entertainment complex—this mall has something to cater to all of your wildest shopping desires.
Now that you have built up an appetite, you are driven down to Garosu-gil Street for lunch. Stroll down the beautiful ginkgo tree-lined promenade of Garosu-gil and notice the mix of locals and tourists in this area known for its infusion of cultural tastes and resemblance to New York's SoHo district.
Relax at the end of your tour with a 60-minute European therapy massage. Step into the massage shop and take a deep breath, enjoying the scent of fragrant essential oils. Unwind during this soothing massage under candlelight before being driven back to your centrally located Seoul hotel. Read More close
Set out in the morning from your Seoul hotel for a ride to Yongsan Station, where a convenient express train carries you south to Gwangju. Once you arrive, a taxi ride from Gwangju Songjeong Station takes you to see the natural and ecological sites of Damyang County.
For your first visit, get a look at the spectacular bamboo forest of Jungnogwon Garden, which offers 1. 3 miles (2. 2 km) of walking paths that wind their way through the scenery. At the Juknokwon observatory tower, you can get a panoramic view over Damyangcheon Lake and the Damyang Gwanbangje forest, and an ecological exhibition center shows you a collection of waterfalls, ponds, and outdoor stages.
Later on, continue to visit Metasequoia Road, renowned as the most beautiful road in Korea, and stop at the Bamboo Museum for a look at artwork that dates back 500 years to the early Joseon Dynasty. Take the train back to Seoul after a day full of discovery to end your adventure back at Yongsan Station. Read More close
Meet your guide at your hotel for a convenient drive to the edge of South Korea and see the border zone that is monitored closely by North and South Korea as well as the United Nations. As you take a ride along the Third Tunnel, discovered in 1978, marvel at the vast 5,364-foot (1,635-m) long tunnel that runs between North and South Korea.
Next, walk through Imjingak Park, large enough to hold 5 million people and built to console those who lost their homes in the war, and then spot the Bridge of Freedom and traces of its former railroad function. At Dora Observatory, look as far as the city of Gaesong in North Korea to get a rare glimpse of the mysterious nation. Wrap up your tour at Dorasan Station which was built more than 50 years ago in anticipation of reuniting both Koreas. Read More close
After meeting your guide and setting out from Seoul, visit the city of Paju for a look at the monuments of Imjingak Park. See the Bridge of Freedom, used by prisoners of war who were repatriated from the North, and the community of Unification Village in between South and North Korea.
Next, head to the Third Infiltration Tunnel, an incomplete passage built by North Korea that runs under the Demilitarized Zone. Discovered in 1978, the tunnel passes through bedrock 240 feet (73 m) below ground. Within, tourists can walk up to the concrete barricades that block off the Military Demarcation Line between North and South.
Once you're back on the surface, the tour takes you up the slopes of Mount Dora for a look across the country from the Dora Observatory. In good weather, you can see all the way to North Korea without using the observatory's telescope. Look out at the 2. 4-mile (4-km) stretch of the DMZ that has divided Korea since 1953 before you return to Seoul. Read More close
Leave your hotel and travel toward historic Imjingak, built in 1972 as a tribute to those who were separated from their homes and families. Explore this park, which houses a complex filled with war relics and represents the continued hope for a reunion of the two Koreas.
Marvel at terrain that is now sanctioned as a lush sanctuary for plants and wildlife. During your stop at the Dora Observatory, you can see the small village that actually inhabits the Demilitarized Zone, and steal a quick glance at the military forces of North Korea that lay just across the border.
Have a heartwarming meal at a local restaurant before visiting the Amethyst Center, full of glimmering stones, or the Ganghwa Ginseng Center, where you can learn more about the medicinal uses and benefits of ginseng. Enjoy the ride back to your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle. Read More close
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Board a comfortable coach and journey to the edge of South Korea and see the border monitored closely by North and South Korea as well as the United Nations. As you ride along the Third Tunnel, pay attention to the 5,364-foot (1,635-m) passage that runs between the 2 countries, and follow your guide to Imjingak, a park with space for 5 million people that was built to console those who lost their homes in the war.
Then spot the Bridge of Freedom as well as traces of its former railroad function and get a rare glimpse of the mysterious nation of North Korea from Dora Observatory before you arrive at Dorasan Station. Conclude your tour with a view of Joint Security Area (JSA) square, the only part of the DMZ where North and South Korean forces stand face-to-face.
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Begin your journey with a pickup from your hotel and head towards the world's most heavily monitored border. In the city of Paju, see weaponry left over from the Korean War as you drive past Freedom Road to Imjingak Park, which lies on the banks of the Imjin River and offers a view of Unification Bridge.
Next, learn about the tragic conflict through well-preserved artifacts and photographs in a facility with 4 thematic exhibition halls, a special exhibit room, a theater, and more. Watch a 3-D movie screening about the Korean War, including a film that takes the audience back to the signing of the armistice and the creation of the Demilitarized Zone.
Travel to the third infiltration tunnel to be discovered leading under the border, dug by North Korean forces after the war, before taking a rare glimpse at the North Korean village of Kijongdong through the telescope at Dora Observatory. Afterward, proceed to Unification Village for a look at the farming life of a small traditional community.
Make a final stop at Paju Premium Outlet for some shopping enjoyment, featuring 160 designer and name brands in an upscale outdoor setting before a return ride to your hotel. Read More close
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8 hours 30 minutes
Take a break from sightseeing with a few hours spent at Dragon Hill, a 7-story health and relaxation center. If you're looking for fun, an indoor golf range, cinema, and rooftop barbecue are great choices. If you want to get away from it all, head to the soothing sauna, the nap room, or the outdoor pool.
Pick up your locker key, change into a comfortable spa outfit, and get ready for a uniquely Korean indulgence. Work up a purifying sweat in the pine tree sweating room, and give your skin a revitalizing shock in the ice house. Shower in the sauna, take a dip in the mineral-rich pool, and let go of toxins in the crystal salt room.
If you'd like, you can add on a soothing spa treatment like a facial or massage, get some exercise, or visit the onsite food court for nourishing bites of tasty Korean fare. However you spend your time at Dragon Hill, you're sure to leave refreshed and renewed. Read More close
After a convenient ride from your hotel, find yourself seated in the Drum Cat performance hall within Myungbo Art Hall. Indulge in the renowned performance—highly acclaimed by both audiences and critics alike—which often sells out all shows and combines rock, jazz, techno, and Latin sounds.
These professionals, the recipients of the 2008 Scotland Cavalcade Best Unit award and the Grand Prize in the 2009 Korea Entertainment Awards, take you through musical themes of femininity and dynamic sound. As drum sticks twirl, follow the exciting drum beats that fluctuate to keep your heart racing during the show and then return to your hotel with great memories. Read More close
Enjoy pickup from your hotel in Seoul's city center and meet your local guide as you're transferred to glorious Everland Theme Park, one of the largest theme parks in the world. Bring the kids along for a fantastic day in the areas of Everland such as Safari World, where you can see endangered animals like white tigers, lions and bears. Test your bravery on over 40 heart-racing rides. Take out your camera for some beautiful photos of the flower arrangements and colorful gardens.
After all the exhilaration of your theme park adventure, proceed to Dragon Hill Spa for some rest and relaxation. This traditional Korean spa features a large bathhouse mixed with a sauna renowned to locals and tourists alike. Roam the facilities, choosing to have a facial, soak in the hot bath, or enjoy a marvelous massage. Read More close
Discover the 5 themed areas of Everland Theme Park, each of which is uniquely exciting. Seek out photo opportunities, good food, and souvenirs at Global Fair. Meet up with animal friends at Zootopia (where your kids have the opportunity to ride a pony), watch animal shows, and go to a petting zoo.
Stroll past the grand European-style restaurants and flower gardens in European Adventure, featuring Korea's first wooden roller coaster. Step into the caged safari bus as you drive through the Amazon Express, where ligers and bears roam free.
Futuristic rides get your adrenaline pumping at Magic Land. Then head to American Adventure for a rodeo experience, and watch a live band perform as you step back in time to the Wild West. After a fun-filled day, relax as you're chauffeured back to your hotel for some well-deserved rest. Read More close
Begin your day tour with pickup from your hotel in Seoul. Travel north to the Jongnogu district to see the official residence of South Korea's president. See the blue roof that gives the house its nickname, Blue House. It blends perfectly with Mount Bugaksan in the backdrop.
Next, visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace. Erected in the Joseon Dynasty, it remains one of the most beautiful and charming palaces in South Korea. Continue your trip to the National Folk Museum, and then head to the intricate, beautiful, 7-story stone pagoda of the Jogyesa Temple.
Afterward, marvel at the Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the best-preserved palaces from the Joseon Dynasty. See the stunning garden among the ancient trees and don't forget to take pictures as you admire your surroundings.
Later, travel to Insadong, in the very heart of Seoul. Walk through the alleys and see some of the finest Korean art on display. Before you're transferred back to your hotel, spend some time strolling through the bustling streets of the Namdaemun Market—a perfect place to pick out some souvenirs.
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After your hotel pickup, head toward the center of the Joyge Order of Korean Buddhism—Jogyesa. Marvel at the grandeur of the Gyeongbokgung palace, built during the Joseon Dynasty and home to a grand 75. 5-foot (23-m) stone Matrieya Buddha. Continue to learn about Korean history at the National Folk Musuem of korea, with greater than 4,000 artifacts on display.
Stop by at a local restaurant and savor a delicious and authentic Korean meal before strolling through the beautiful gardens of the Changdeokgung palace. Learn about the medicinal properties of the ginseng plant at the Ganghwa Ginseng Center, glimpse at sparkling gems in the Amethyst Center, and peruse the many stalls brimming with arts and crafts that line the street of Insadong-gil.
Amble along the elegant stone-wall road at the Deoksugung palace, and finish your city tour at the traditional Namdaemun Market, a bazaar that dates back to the early 14th century. Pick up some souvenirs before heading back to your hotel for some well-deserved rest. Read More close
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Start your tour with a pickup from your hotel in central Seoul. Make a stop outside the Blue House, the official residence of the president of South Korea, and then continue your drive to see one of the 5 Grand Palaces built for the Joseon dynasty, the magnificent Gyeongbokgung Palace. Follow your guide around the complex and marvel at the beautiful architecture.
Next, make your way to the National Folk Museum, located inside the palace compound. Listen as your guide explains traditional life, from ordinary people to the aristocracy. Take time to browse through the exhibits and learn about the historical farming methods and crafts used by Korea's people, such as weaving, hunting, and cooking.
Stop at the temple of Jogyesa, the largest Buddhist shrine in Seoul, before proceeding to Insadong Shopping District to admire its artifacts and precious artwork. Before returning to your hotel, visit a few more popular landmarks such as the Traditional Village, Cheonggyecheon Stream Park, and the Myeongdong Fashion District. Read More close
Enjoy convenient pickup from your Seoul hotel, grabbing a seat and settling in for the quick drive over to Gangnam. Kick off your day with a visit to Seonjeongneung, where Joseon Dynasty royalty were laid to rest in the 15th and 16th centuries. As you explore, listen to intriguing commentary from your guide, and then make a special stop at Bongeunsa's Buddhist temple, where you can snap some photos of the graceful pagoda-style architecture and continue learning about Korea's complicated past.
Recharge with a tasty lunch of regional specialties at a local restaurant, scope out more than 40,000 species of marine life at the COEX Aquarium, and check out the deals on high-end fashion at the Lotte Duty Free shopping center. Splurge on everything from clothes and jewelry to perfume and electronics, and then grab a quick ride back to your hotel to draw your day to a close. Read More close
Your guide picks you up right at your hotel and escorts you to Gyeongbokgung Palace, a stunning walled residence dating back to the 14th century. Catch the impressive Changing of the Royal Guard at the Gwanghwamun Gate, hear about various times throughout history that the palace was damaged and restored, and then step inside to explore immersive cultural displays at the National Folk Museum.
From the palace, head to a nearby shopping center, where you can check out local shops and enjoy an authentic Korean lunch before continuing on to the COEX Aquarium. While away a full 2 hours roaming around different themed discovery zones, passing through shark-filled waters in the Undersea Tunnel, and learning all about the 40,000 marine creatures that call this world-class facility home.
Once you've had your fill of the underwater world, spend some time browsing for designer goods at a duty-free shop, and then explore the gingko tree-lined streets of Garosu-gil, one of Gangnam's most popular districts. Scope out chic cafes, galleries, and boutiques as you soak up the area's trendy vibe before you're dropped back off at your hotel. Read More close
After pickup at your hotel, ride to Bulguksa Temple (Temple of the Buddha Land), built on the slope of Toham Mountain. Discover Silla relics including 2 stone pagodas as you explore the main complex of this World Heritage Site with your guide. Then take a twisting ride up Toham Mountain and a short walk to Seokguram Grotto, home of the 8th-century stone Buddha statue facing the sea.
Learn about Silla traditions as you see archaeological artifacts at the Gyeongju National Museum, visit Wolji Pond—an artificial pond formerly named Anapji—and head to Cheomseongdae, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia.
The last stop is Tumuli Park, featuring more than 20 large and small tombs from the Shilla period. Learn about Cheonmachong (Heavenly Horse Tomb), the tomb of an unknown Silla king, from your guide and discover how artifacts including a crown, gold and silver ornaments, and weapons were uncovered during excavation here—all attesting to the advanced culture of Shilla. Read More close
Begin your journey to Mt. Seoraksan National Park in a convenient transfer and get acquainted with your guide. Upon arrival, admire the vast landscape, which features a beautiful mountain backdrop home to more than 2,000 species of wildlife, including Korean gorals and musk deer.
Next, ride a cable car up to the ancient Gwongeumseong Fortress on the steep Dol Mountain and take in scenic rock formations along the way. Afterward, visit the Sinheungsa Temple, which boasts the 48-foot (14. 6-m), 108-ton (97-mT) Great Unification Buddha statue.
Continue on to the ancient Naksansa Temple and appreciate its Silla-period architecture. Admire the 7-floor stone tower and learn the rich history of this building that's more than 1,300 years old. Then take a stroll on Naksan Beach, located just 2 miles (4 km) away and view the dense pine trees that line the sandy shores.
Complete your journey at the bustling Daepohang Port. Find its fresh seafood markets and local food stalls before your convenient return to Seoul.
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The national park, designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, covers 154 square miles (398 sq km) and is home to more than 2,000 animal species and 1,400 rare plant species. As you follow your guide along a well-maintained path, keep an eye out for a variety of animals such as musk deer.
Next, proceed by cable car to the Gwongeumseong Fortress, also known as Gwon-Kim Castle, nestled high atop a rocky cliff. Legend has it that 2 generals named Gwon and Kim built the stronghold to avoid war. As you ascend, soak up views of the striking rock formations found throughout the Gwongeumseong region, including Ulsanbawi Rock, and watch the sparkling East Sea appear in the distance.
With fascinating commentary from your guide, visit the mountain's Shinheungsa Temple, with its giant bronze Buddha standing guard. Next, head to Daepohang Port Fish Market, where locals buy and sell fresh eel, flounder, and yellowtail. See the lively stalls and restaurants surrounding the fish market, all offering fabulous dishes featuring the local seafood. Your tour ends with a hassle-free ride back to your hotel. Read More close
After you're picked up from your hotel, ride to the tiny, half-moon-shaped island of Nami, located in the middle of the North Han River. Beloved for its open parks and forests, this little islet is an oasis full of cultural landmarks. Spend some time strolling along poplar tree-shaded paths, roaming through lovely gardens, and checking out the various museums and cultural centers that lure locals and visitors alike.
Have lunch, and then make your way to Petite France, a French village-themed attraction in the countryside with 16 charming buildings that look as if they've been transported right from Europe. Visit the memorial hall to Saint-Exupery, the French author who penned the children's book The Little Prince, peek into shops selling herbs and souvenirs, or catch a cultural performance sure to transport you to Europe.
From Petite France, head to a nearby shopping center. Spend some time browsing for the latest fashions, high-end housewares, and deals on designer goods before you're dropped back off at your Seoul hotel. Read More close
After you're picked up from your hotel, ride in comfort to Paju Provence Village. What was once the site of an elegant French restaurant has blossomed over the years into a full French village, complete with cobbled plazas, cottages with wooden shutters, and an array of sweet boutiques.
Roam the streets of the themed village, checking out galleries, shops, and displays focused on everything from French-inspired housewares to herbs and baked goods. Browse for hand-painted ceramics, pick up some fashionable clothing, and see if there are any cultural performances going on in town while you're there.
Once you've snapped all the French photos you'd like in the village, ride to the Paju Lotte Premium Outlets, where you can spend some time browsing for designer duds at discount prices. Grab lunch at the shopping center and scope out more brand-name deals before heading back to your hotel. Read More close
At Jade Garden, explore an expansive area of lush vegetation, which contains 24 themed areas. Dispersed among its patches of thick forest are 3,000 different plant species including rhododendrons, maple trees, and blueberry bushes. From there, stop at the Chungdamdong Cafe before heading to the Gangnam region. Then stroll Garosu-gil's tree-lined streets and find many quaint stores and cafés.
After exploring Jade Garden's verdant forest, head to the beautiful Nami Island. This half-moon-shaped island is a prominent backdrop for many romantic scenes in Winter Sonata, the popular Korean TV series. Wander the Forest of Sweethearts, where Junsang and Yoojin first kissed. As you walk, see the ostriches, deer, and other wildlife that inhabit the area.
Start at the Yongin MBC Dramia. This open film set is carefully constructed to accurately reflect Korea's ancient culture and history. Browse an exhibition of traditional garb, which you can even try on (at your own cost). Afterward, discover 9,000 different plant species at Hantaek Botanical Garden.
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A comfortable coach whisks you from your hotel to the Furniture Museum, featuring antique furniture from the longest-ruling Confucian dynasty, the Joseon Dynasty. Marvel at the museum created by university professor Jung Mi-sook, who amassed 2,000 pieces of Joseon furniture over 5 decades. Snap a few photos of 10 exquisite hanok structures among a beautifully groomed landscape.
Your next stop is Unhyeongung Royal Residence, known as the home of many royal figures including the boy who would become an emperor during the late Joseon Dynasty. Embrace the elegance of the building which was renovated under the rule of Queen Mother Jo, who ordered the palace-like house have exactly 4 monumental gates.
Head back to the center of Seoul and see the Jogyesa Temple, containing a picture-perfect courtyard home to 500-year old locust trees. Next, visit Insa-dong—a shopping district filled with narrow alleys and streets with many galleries, traditional restaurants, tea houses, and cafés. Read More close
After pickup from your hotel, meet your experienced English-speaking guide at the retail area known as Cheongdamdong Street of Luxury Goods. Filled to the brim with designer shops, the area is a must-visit place for everyone interested in fashion, beauty, or just simply looking great. Strut down this boardwalk known to locals as Fashion Street.
Then head to the Galleria Department Store, where luxury, high-end local and international brands make their home. Situated in Apgujeong-dong—one of the most affluent districts in South Korea—you have the chance to soak up the class and wealth of a store that plays a large role in the contemporary fashion industry.
Next is a visit to the Samsung D'Light exhibition located in the Samsung Electronics building, which is renowned for its exhibit featuring the latest technological advances by Samsung Electronics.
After travelling around Seoul, you're finally ready to put your feet up at Yongsan Dragon Hill Spa. Enjoy use of the charcoal sauna, which emits an oaky fragrance using traditional heating techniques. Relax in luxurious facilities such as an open-air bath, seawater bath, salt room, and swimming pool.
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Depart from your hotel in the morning as you travel northwest to beautiful Ganghwa Island, renowned for its architectural and archaeological significance to South Korea's history. Your first stop is the Gangwha Dolmen Site at Bugeun-ri, a UNESCO-listed site that showcases over 120 dolmens, or tombs built from at least 2 upright stone slabs that support a large capstone laid horizontally across.
Next, climb the legendary Chamseongdan Altar, where the founder of Korea—Dangun—is said to have offered sacrifices to the heavens. Strategically situated between Baekdusan and Hallasan mountains, you can take photos here with sweeping 360-degree views of the west islands and gorgeous inland scenery.
Break for a delicious Korean lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the ancient Jeondeungsa temple. Marvel at the intricate carvings and hallowed architecture of this holy place, which dates back to the middle of the Joseon Dynasty, several centuries ago. Other structures of historical significance, such as the Beomjong Bell and the Yangheonsu Victory Monument, are here for you to observe.
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Be picked up from your Seoul hotel and travel west to Ganghwa Island, once the capital city of Korea during the Goryeo Dynasty. Your first stop is at the Ganghwa History Museum, which houses relics and treasures from 5,000 years of the island's history. Follow your tour guide through the many exhibits and hear stories of the past.
Continue your tour to the Jeondeung Temple, situated on Mount Jeongjoksan. Feel the peaceful atmosphere as you reach the temple's entrance, which was once an old fortress gate. Wander around the Daeoongbojeon (Main Buddha Hall) and Yaksajeon (Medicine Buddha Hall) and admire the giant temple bell, among other cultural treasures.
After a traditional Korean lunch, travel to the island's dolmens, a UNESECO World Heritage site. Admire these stone tombs, some of them reaching a length of 23 feet (7 m) and height of 8 feet (2. 5 m).
Your last stop is the Goryeogung Palace Site, where the people of the Goryeo Dynasty resisted Mongolian invasion for 39 years. Learn from your tour guide about the site's historical significance as you wander around the site. At the end of your tour, your transfer takes you back to Seoul.
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Begin with pickup from your hotel in central Seoul and ride to the Gongju National Museum, established back in 1930s, and as you walk through the museum, admire the many artifacts bearing the history of the Baekje Kingdom (18 BC–660 AD) and the lives of the royal family members.
Here, learn about the excavation of the Royal Tomb of King Muryeong, the only tomb from the Three Kingdoms Period whose occupant was ever identified. Then see a wide collection of original Baekje-era artifacts—including the gold ornaments of King Muryeong and his queen—before a delectable Korean lunch at a local restaurant.
Visit the Gongsanseong Fortress, holding history from the Baekje times to the Joseon Dynasty, and take a pleasant walk along the beautiful ramparts before heading to Goransa Temple for a look at its natural spring water said to make a person 3 years younger. Conclude with a quick stop to see the ferry dock along the Geumgang River and get a close-up view of Nakhwaam Rock and Busosanseong Fortress.
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After you're picked up from your hotel, ride to Gyeongbokgung Palace, an impressive walled complex built in the 14th century. Watch the regimented Changing of the Royal Guard at the Gwanghwamun Gate, hear about the fascinating history of the palace itself, and then venture inside the impressive edifice to check out exhibits on Korean culture and heritage at the National Folk Museum.
From there, make your way to a nearby shopping center, where you can browse wares and enjoy a traditional Korean lunch before continuing on to the Namsan Hanok Village at the base of Namsan Mountain. Here, get an up-close look at a collection of 5 well-preserved hanoks (Korean houses) from the Joseon Dynasty, participate in time-honored activities like archery, and watch Korean cultural performances.
Next, head up to the sky-high observation deck of the N Seoul Tower, from which you can take in sweeping views over the city below. Pop into a nearby duty-free store to shop for designer and brand-name goods before the return ride to your hotel. Read More close
An early morning pickup from your Seoul hotel brings you arriving to Seoul Station for a convenient express train ride to Gyeongju. Once you arrive in the ancient city, meet your guide and set out for a visit to Seokguram Grotto, an 8th-century hermitage on the slopes of Mount Toham that contains a monumental statue of the Buddha looking at the sea.
After some time to explore the surrounding Bulguksa Temple complex, visit Tumuli Park to see tombs from the Silla dynasty, one of the ancient Three Kingdoms of Korea. The huge, walled park has 23 tombs of Silla monarchs and family members, and you can see some of the fabulous treasures they contained when you visit the Gyeongju National Museum, your last stop of the day.
Finish a day full of discovery as the high-speed train zips you back to Seoul Station, where you end your tour in the evening. Read More close
Begin your journey into Seoul's treasured past with pickup from your hotel. Ride to Haeinsa Temple in a comfortable air-conditioned coach. Upon arrival, immediately admire the traditional building and appreciate the calm atmosphere surrounding the impressive Mt. Gaya. Follow your experienced guide through the temple, which is one of the Three Jewel Temples of Korea.
Tour through the temple witnessing historical artifacts including one of the most complete collections of Buddhist scriptures in the world. Listen as your guide helps you to understand the spiritual significance of the building, admiring the Janggyeong Panjeon complex, which is a depository for the intricately carved Tripitaka Koreana woodblocks containing 13th-century scriptures. End your day with a convenient transfer back to your hotel. Read More close
Once you are picked up, head to the Bukak Skyway and stop at the Palgakjeong (Octagonal Pavilion) on Bugaksan Mountain. The road here offers lovely views of Bukhansan Mountain’s Bibong Peak and Munsubong Peak on one side and Namsan Mountain on the other side.
Next, head to Changdeokgung Palace, an ornate multicolored construction that dates back to the Joseon Dynasty. Explore the Insadong Antique Shop Alley to experience the traditional culture of Korea as you make your way past art galleries, traditional craft stores, antique dealers, tea houses, and restaurants.
Walk through the open-aired Namdaemun Market, which boasts a wide selection of different kinds of merchandise. After picking up a souvenir or 2, hop back in the provided vehicle to return to your hotel. Read More close
Board a comfortable coach for the ride from your hotel. Get a glimpse of the Blue House, the official residence of South Korea's president, before you visit one of Korea's oldest and significant palaces. Built in 1395, destroyed in the 16th century during a Japanese invasion, and reconstructed in 1868, Gyeongbokgung Palace remains one of the grandest and most beautiful palaces in the country.
Move on to see a collection of exhibits that illuminate Korean history and culture. The National Folk Museum features traditional methods for farming, hunting, weaving, cooking, and other housekeeping chores, offering a look at centuries of traditional life.
Conclude your cultural experience with a visit to Insadong Shopping Street. Observe as your guide takes you through the alleys to marvel at the beautiful Korean teahouse occupied with historic artifacts and local artwork. Read More close
Categories: Tours & Sightseeing
3 hours 30 minutes
Your small-group tour begins with convenient pickup at your hotel which transports you to the edges of the Cheonggyecheon stream, a 7 mile (11 km) modern public recreation space that weaves through the center of downtown.
Next, visit Cheongwadae (The Blue House), which functions as the executive office and official residence of the South Korean President. This building complex was constructed in the traditional Korean architectural style with a few modern elements sprinkled in. Watch the royal guard changing ceremony and stop by Cheongwadae Saranchae, a Korean presidential exhibition center where you can learn about the country's heads of state.
Continue on to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the 5 grand palaces built by the Joseon dynasty that harmoniously incorporates elements of ancient Chinese architecture. As your tour comes to an end, choose between visiting an amethyst factory or ginseng center, and learn how these elements are used to create jewelry and tea, respectively. Read More close
After pickup from your Seoul hotel, meander through the beautiful streets of the city toward the largest museum in Korea. Visit a few of the fantastic exhibits at the National Museum of Korea, where you learn about traditional and aristocratic Korean life.
At the architecturally stunning Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, appreciate the structure—designed by internationally renowned architects Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel, and Rem Koolhaas—and head inside to see calligraphy, paintings, ceramics, and metal crafts by Korean and international artists. Next take a delightful stroll on café-lined Samcheongdong-gil Road, where traditional and modern Korea combines. Read More close
Begin with convenient pickup from your hotel before sitting down to a delicious dinner at a popular restaurant. After you've enjoyed the local fare, board a spacious ferry boat for a relaxing cruise along the Han River, which traverses Seoul. Views of Jeoldusan Park, the 63 City Building, and a sports complex surround you as the city's glowing lights reflect off the water's shimmering surface.
After your cruise docks, take a drive to Mount Namsan, where the enormous N Seoul Tower is perched. Ascend to the observation deck and enjoy plenty of time to soak up panoramic night views of Seoul and the surrounding area from the 774-foot (236-m) building, which features an outdoor terrace. Many consider the stunning vistas from this tower among the best in all of Korea.
End your tour with a scenic night drive along Han Riverside Road, marveling at more city views as Seoul's nightlife scene bustles. Complete your experience with hassle-free drop-off at your hotel. Read More close
Begin your day with pickup from your Seoul hotel and travel by coach to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hwaseong Fortress. Its base was built in the Joseon Dynasty by King Jeongjo to house and honor the remains of his father Prince Sado. Follow your guide around the fortress and hear stories of the past while marveling at the impressive 3. 5-mile (6-km) wall and great gates.
Break for a traditional Korean lunch before continuing your tour to the Korean Folk Village. Explore this living museum with over 260 traditional houses displaying elements of Korean life and folk culture. Take the opportunity to marvel at well-preserved customs, including basket weaving, pottery making, and music. Walk around the many houses and note the different designs and layouts used to differentiate the classes of people.
After your visit to the Korean Folk Village, your transfer takes you back to your hotel.
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After pickup at your hotel, begin your tour at the Hwaseong Fortress, a monumental wall built in 1794 which circles the city of Suwon. Take out your camera and snap some shots of the massive historical structure. The building includes King Jeongjo's Haenggung Palace which houses a shelter where the king was said to have rested during war periods.
Your Seoul adventure continues as you visit the Samsung Electronics Building in Seocho-dong. Have a chance to see the Samsung D'light, a global exhibition featuring the most recent and innovative technology products from the electronics company. Marvel at the lineup which truly mirrors the name—a combination of the words "digital" and "light. "
Your final stop is Unhyeongung Royal Residence, the residence of numerous historical royal figures including Gojong, who later became the emperor of Korea during the Joseon Dynasty. Take a tour of the home and admire its current luxurious exterior and interior, renovated by Queen Mother Jo. Your exciting day in Seoul is complete with a ride back to your hotel. Read More close
Once you are picked up at your hotel, you head towards Icheon Ceramics Village, the hub of Korea’s pottery making during the Joseon Dynasty. This historic site has been built as a representation of the country’s culturally important ceramics culture, which has flourished for approximately 1,000 years. Wander throughout the 80 onsite ceramics workshops and watch traditional pottery making in real time.
Indulge in an authentic and delicious Korean lunch before visiting the Korean Folk Village. Explore 260 different recreated structures that have been built in the style of Joseon Dynasty-era architecture, each which each serves a different function. Here, you see villagers perform age-old ceremonies and artisans practice crafts like blacksmithing, weaving and pottery, just as they did many centuries ago. Read More close
In the morning, be picked up by coach from your Seoul hotel and travel to the Icheon Pottery Village. Upon arrival, depending on the option selected, you may visit first the Modern Ceramic Museum displaying a range of traditional Korean ceramics, or take time to wander around the village complex, which houses more than 300 ceramics studios.
Next, join a pottery-making class and see a live demonstration by an expert potter. Then it's your turn to get behind the pottery wheel and shape your own piece. Depending on the route selected, you may spend your afternoon at the Korean Folk Village, the Yeoju Premium Outlet, or the Buddhist Mok-A Museum. Read More close
Hop aboard your transfer to the Jeongdong Theater to begin your exciting night. Upon your arrival, indulge in a fantastic telling of Miso: Baebijang-jeon, a fascinating tale about the honorable Secretary Bae and the beautiful Ae-rang. See how Ae-rang goes to great lengths to seduce the secretary and test his will.
This renowned theater has been putting on popular performances for more than 17 years, and this show is no different. Spend the evening admiring fine acting, elaborate stages, and detailed costumes that reflect the cultural values of Korea. After a full night at the theater, take an easy transfer back to your Seoul hotel. Read More close
Enjoy pickup in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and head to the region of Jeonju. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch upon arrival before your knowledgeable guide shows you around the Jeonju Hanok Village. Meander around the town made up of over 800 traditional houses, or Hanoks, well-preserved and tucked away from the modern city. Head to the Jeonju Hanji Museum, where you can learn more about traditional paper-making techniques before relaxing and sightseeing.
Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before going to the Jeonju Hanok Living Experience Center, your home for the night. Appreciate the architectural features of the Hanok's interior, such as the curved tile roof and the temperature-controlled wooden floors.
After a light breakfast, hop back in the coach toward Seoul. Take the scenic route to your hotel, travelling to Jongno-gu, where you get out and explore East Gate Open Market. Stroll around the large commercial district, home to traditional markets and a popular shopping area. Read More close
Your guide meets you upon Seoul hotel pickup and delivers you to the tranquil paradise of the Jjimjilbang. Learn what you're about to experience at the spa before heading into the sauna lobby and receiving your outfits and towels. Check out the luxurious facilities, including various rooms with different temperatures sure to soothe your aching bones and calm your mind.
Sit down at one of the snack bars and watch the widescreen TVs with Korean programs or head into the Jjimjil, a heat bath that relaxes your muscles through perspiration. The heat emitted through the red clay and elvan stones works to activate cells and promote blood circulation. Finish your rejuvenating experience as you soak in a hot water bath, scrubbing layers of dead skin off your body in a typical Korean cleansing process.
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2 hours 30 minutes
Meet your guide at your hotel for a convenient drive to the edge of South Korea to see this border zone that is monitored closely by North and South Korea, as well as the United Nations. Enter the Demilitarized Zone to visit the Joint Security Area, where the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement took place back in 1953 to end the Korean War. This location has also witnessed many major events, including the deportation of prisoners after the hostility between North and South Korea ended. Today, the Joint Security Area is a conference area for various political and economic negotiations. Read More close
Be picked up from your hotel and drive through the buzzing streets with your knowledgeable guide. Head to your first stop—Jongmyo Shrine—originally established to house important objects by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. This site is extremely important to South Korea and was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1995 as a result of its authentic Confucian architecture.
Many people flock to Changdeokgung Palace to see its incredible Secret Garden. Serving as a relaxed resting place for the royal family, the renowned garden is extremely well-preserved and is not touched by human hands except when necessary. Marvel at the lush green trees nestled among historical architecture before traveling to your last stop.
The tour also visits Unhyeongung Royal Residence, most famous as the residence of a young Gojong, who became emperor during the Joseon Dynasty. After devastation during the Korean War, the renovated state of the palace means that it is much smaller than the initial building but perhaps more luxurious. After your unforgettable tour, enjoy a ride back to your hotel. Read More close
Begin your night with pickup from your hotel doorstep and continue to the Kyunghyang Daily News Building. As you find your seat, get ready for a show that will have you in stitches. This unlikely combination of kung fu and comedy blossoms into a hilarious story about a chaotic family.
Performers with more than 3 years of extensive training execute jumps, flips, and many other acrobatic feats. Find yourself chuckling at this show, whose minimal dialogue makes it relatable to a world-wide audience. After this whirlwind of entertainment, complete your night with a transfer back to your hotel. Read More close
Meet your driver in your hotel lobby and head to the K-pop dance school. Take the time to get comfortable with your instructor and exchange greetings with your fellow dancers before your dance teacher begins. Start by learning how to stretch and warm up, to slowly loosen your muscles to prevent injury.
Next, you are taken through the choreography of the K-pop song that you've chosen to dance to. Step by step, piece together the moves and bring out your inner K-pop star. For your final performance, make sure you give it 100 percent as your instructor captures your fun and enthusiasm on video.
At the end of the class, pose like a K-pop celebrity and take a group photo with your fellow dancers. Afterward, your driver drops you off at Hongdae Street or Myeongdong Street so you can wander the through the shops, restaurants, and bars.
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After convenient pickup from your hotel, travel to Lotte FITIN, a contemporary outlet filled with both boutique and high-end brands. A little window shopping later and you are at the 9th floor—home to the Hologram Performance Hall. Enter the state-of-the-art establishment and prepare yourself for a fun and fascinating dance concert. Bop along to hologram performances by international recording artists such as Psy, and even K-pop superstars Big Bang and 2NE1. Enjoy a full 3-D virtual concert with super realistic sound sure to have you amazed and entertained.
After the show, head to the colorful Gwangjang Market, renowned for its colorful array of clothes, homeware, handicrafts—and especially its street food. Choose from delicious staples such as bibimbap, kimchi, and rice. If you're feeling adventurous, try the Korean delicacy of pig feet. Read More close
Make your way to the Klive K-pop Experience inside the super modern Lotte FITIN shopping mall and head into the concert hall for a high-tech performance like no other. Pop sensations Psy, Big Bang, and 2NE1 were filmed using multiple camera angles, allowing for a totally realistic, 3-dimensional hologram of these exciting performers to be projected onstage. At night, catch G-Dragon in an explosive holographic show complete with dizzying special effects, upbeat dancing by live performers, and wild costumes and backdrops.
Jump up and down and dance along as the surround sound and unbelievable visuals transport you to a K-pop concert. Get in on the fun with interactive photos, pose with figures of the stars, and check out casts of celebrity handprints and autographs. Once the show's over, be sure to scope out the fan gear on offer in the gift shop and take in the view over the the Dongdaemun area from the cafe. Read More close
During your unique dining experience at the famed Korea House, the only one of its kind, marvel at beautiful rooms built to match the intricate adornment of Jagyeongjeon Hall at the Gyeongbokgung Palace. Indulge in genuine Korean cuisine with a delectable dinner, served in the court-dining style of the Joseon Dynasty, and note that recipes for some of these sumptuous dishes date back 1,500 years.
After your stomach is sated, watch as centuries of history unfold in an impressive dance performance. Wonder at the different displays of traditional theater, music, and movement which include Bicheon (Flying Celestial Maiden), Arirang Concerto, and a truly captivating fan and drum dance.
Admire the beautiful architecture of the Korea House complex and stop by the Cultural Gift Shop, which carries artwork and handicrafts created by well-known Korean artisans, to peruse for a cherished souvenir at the end of your lovely evening. Read More close
This beginner-oriented class is perfect if you're new to cooking and eager to explore Korea’s unique culinary traditions. After some safety instructions and guidance from expert chefs, roll up your sleeves to prepare 2 tasty Korean dishes.
Different dishes are taught each day of the week. Sample menus include:
Haemul pajeon (seafood pancake) and sundubu (soft tofu stew), a creamy, spicy stew of soft tofu with seafood
Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon:
Bulgogi (grilled fire beef) and seasonal kimchi (fermented cucumber or Napa cabbage), Korea’s most well-known dish, renowned for its tantalizing spiciness and health benefits
Geotjeolri (seasonal salad) and dolsot bibimbap (stone bowl bibimbap), rice topped with various veggies, meat, and an egg, served in a heated stone bowl
Thursday morning and Friday afternoon:
Dakbokkeumtang (spicy chicken stew), a flavorful chicken barbecue dish, and japchae (glass noodle salad), a colorful noodle dish with a mix of different vegetables and meat
After your class, take a guided walking tour of a local market for a closer look at the ingredients that go into the country's vibrant cuisine. Read More close
After your hotel pickup, you head to the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea, Jyogesa. Later, marvel at the beauty of Gyeongbokgung, the most beautiful of the Five Grand Palaces that were constructed during the Joseon Dynasty. The many exhibits at the National Folk Museum of Korea offer a deeper understanding of the country’s dense cultural past.
Move on to the largest traditional market in Korea—Namdaemun Market—for an authentic Korean lunch and plentiful shopping. With over 1,000 vendors and nearby department stores, you can find everything here from toys and watches to tableware and fabrics.
Only a scenic drive away, the Korean Folk Village is a thorough recreation of life during the Joseon Dynasty. The village boasts 260 replicated structures, including government buildings, farmhouses, residences, schools, shops, and an amphitheater.
Watch as artisans demonstrate age-old methods of blacksmithing, weaving, and pottery making. Catch cultural dances and celebratory ceremonies before making your way back to your hotel. Read More close
After you're picked up from your hotel, travel a short distance to the Korean Folk Village, set on grounds sprawling over 243 acres (98 ha). On the drive over, you can catch a glimpse of Suwon's Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Stroll through the village, admiring over 260 homes representing different regions and social classes from Korean Society. Note the different layouts and designs, and watch demonstrations of crafts like embroidery, pottery making, woodworking. You can see musical instruments being made and even try your hand at a handicraft or two, from pounding cloth to making typical foods like rice cakes. A working farm produces over 100 traditional edible plants and herbs.
Wander the stalls of the period street market, and then get your camera ready for one of the village's various performances. Throughout the day, you can watch folk dancers perform to Korean music dating back 500 years, observe a wedding ceremony, and even catch tightrope acrobatics act and an equestrian martial arts show.
Before you leave, check out the cultural artifacts in the on-site Folk Museum to gain further insight into Korean folk customs and daily life during the Joseon Dynasty. Read More close
Korean Folk Village encompasses more than 260 traditional houses and contains fascinating artifacts from the Joseon Dynasty, which ruled Korea for more than 500 years. Marvel at the wide assortment of residential buildings, workshops, and customs preserved by the local people. See demonstrations of traditional blacksmithing, bamboo crafts, pottery, cotton looms, and more.
Next, wander through the historical street market to see various interesting stalls and taste local cuisine. Don't miss a chance to see folk dancers perform to Korean music spanning five centuries of history, as well as exciting tightrope acrobatics and a traditional wedding ceremony.
Enjoy a ride on a traditional high swing and go shopping for a variety of memorable handicrafts and souvenirs before you depart for your transfer back to your hotel. Read More close
Categories: Tours & Sightseeing
4 hours 30 minutes
Your cooking class is a great way to learn some unique techniques and create amazing dishes of Korea's cuisine. Your cooking lesson begins with a few safety instructions and demonstrations from your expert chefs before it is your turn to create up to 5 diverse dishes. After your hard work in the kitchen, enjoy your self-made traditional specialties with tea. Choose from 2 options.
Prepare one of the most popular Korean dishes. Learn how to make sauces and marinades along with the techniques to cook with 3 types of meat—pork, beef, and chicken. In addition, prepare 2 side dishes to complete your meal.
Vegetarian Temple Cuisine:
Make a completely vegetarian dinner that reflects the cooking methods and lifestyle of Korean Buddhist monks. Learn how to make vegan stock from scratch for a vegetable stew. Next, prepare 3 salads, depending on the season, including kimchi, braised tofu, lotus root, or shiitake mushroom salads. Read More close
Start out at your hotel, where your guide meets you and drives you to the Dongdaemun shopping district. Marvel at the complexity of the Lotte FITIN fashion mall and the wide collection of domestic, street, and high-end fashion brands you can find here—don’t forget to pick up a K-pop souvenir before heading to the studio.
After arriving at the studio, get ready to let your inner K-pop style out. The professional makeup artist and hairstylist will consult with you to painstakingly achieve your favorite Korean celebrity's look. Once your makeover is complete, take direction from the professional photographer in a fantastic photoshoot.
After completing your session, review the pictures with your photographer and pick out your favorite prints to take home. Then, hop back into the car to take your fabulous new look to Seoul’s trendy and youthful Hongdae, Garosu-gil, or Itaewon, to enjoy the rest of your evening looking like a star.
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Enjoy pickup from your hotel and head to Insa-dong, an important place displaying old but precious and traditional goods. At Insa-dong, especially popular with tourists, see traditional Korean culture firsthand and get a chance to purchase fine art. On the street, you can try Korean taffy as well as traditional pajeon (Korean pancake) and admire the joyous festivities before heading to Hongdae.
In Hongdae visit Memoryin, a themed cafe offering the chance to try on wedding gowns, and slip into a fairy tale as you don one of the many bridal and party dresses before a photo session with princess-like accessories and backdrops. With a hairstyling session and staff pinning your dress to make you look great, a professional photographer snaps photos and sends you the images by email.
Next, your guide brings you to the Myeong-dong shopping district, a thriving retail haven catering to every shopping whim and drawing millions of people every week to check out the stores, restaurants, and theaters. Here, find two of Korea’s most popular department stores, Shinsegae and Lotte, and then stop to shop at Itaewon before a convenient ride back to your hotel. Read More close
Meet your guide—an expert in Korean food and culture—on your transfer from your Seoul hotel. Begin your food tour in the colorful and popular district of Jongno-gu. Prepare yourself for a night of delicious cuisine—and a whole lot of fun—as you arrive at one of Seoul's enticing jujeoms, "bars" in English. Here, treat your taste buds to a unique drink called Makgeolli, a traditional Korean wine produced by mixing rice, barley or wheat, with yeast and water. The ingredients are then left to ferment to create the fairly mild drink with a mellow, nutty taste.
Enjoy some fun Korean drinking games with your tour group, making sure to ask your guide more about how the wine is created. Make some friends at the jujeom filled with locals as you complete your food journey with a plate of Bindae Tteok, a savory Korean pancake made of ground mung beans. Read More close
After pickup from your hotel, drive straight to Lotte World, home to one of the largest indoor theme parks in the world, and enjoy unlimited rides. Once your guide describes how to maximize your time at the park, explore on your own and watch parades, films, and laser shows. See 5,000-year-old artifacts and miniature villages at the folk museum and snap a photo in front of the Magic Castle.
Stroll on the tranquil walking trail around Seok-Chon Lake and get a chance to rent skates at the indoor ice rink if you like. Next, proceed to Lotte Mart, a South Korean discount chain store selling a variety of clothing, toys, and electronics. Afterwards, head to the Lotte Department Store, offering duty-free shops as well as luxury goods, and then return to your hotel. Read More close
Start your fun-filled day at the park with an electrifying thrill ride like the Gyro Drop, which plunges from 300 feet (70 m) high, or with a splish-splashing cruise on the winding waterways and cascading drops of the Flume Ride.
Hop on the monorail for a ride out to Magic Island, the outdoor amusement park on an island in a manmade lake. Continue your white-knuckled fun with a nerve-racking ride on the Atlantis rollercoaster, hitting top speeds of 44 miles per hour (72 km/h), and tackle the Comet Express, a space-bending galactic journey through the solar system.
Face your fears at the Haunted House, South Korea's first 3-D horror theater, for spine-tingling, spooky effects. If scary isn't your style, take a romantic walk along the beautiful banks of of Seok-Chon Lake.
After you've made the circuit of the rides, don't miss skating on the ice rink, strolling by the many souvenir shops, or grabbing a bite to eat in one of the park's many restaurants. Throughout the day, grand parades and spectacular performances bring the streets of Lotte World to life.
The park also featured a folk museum that showcases 5,000 years of Korean history, complete with audi-visual displays and miniature models of traditional villages.
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Leave your hotel and start your adventure at Lotte World, which offers delicious food and heart-stopping adventures. Choose any of the electrifying rides, like the Gyro Drop, which dives from an altitude of 300 feet (70 m), or the Flume Ride, which is full of winding waterways and thrilling plunges. Stroll through the many souvenir shops, country-themed restaurants, and grand parades.
Next, set sail aboard a leisure boat and cruise along the Han River on a serene route accompanied by soothing music. Take in a beautiful panorama of the city while you relax and listen. After your cruise, continue to the top of Namsan mountain in the heart of Seoul to find the N Seoul Tower.
At the tower, marvel at the majestic view of the city and take some memorable pictures before moving on to an Insa-dong teahouse for an afternoon lunch. Browse the many shops and antique galleries that line the streets of this Seoul neighborhood to wrap up your eventful day.
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Following the traditions of the original Trick Eye Museum, Love Museum also features flat paintings that create 3-D illusions in photos. Here, you are invited to become part of the risqué illusions and sensual exhibits as you meander through 6 themed galleries including Fun and Sexy, Femme Fatale, Korean Erotic Painting, Erotic Garden, Dream House, and Sex Life.
Get a chance to learn about pole dancing or explore the sweet moments of newlyweds’ life. Featuring works ranging from traditional Korean erotic paintings to contemporary art, the museum is a place where vivid stories of passion and desire unfold before your eyes.
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After you're picked up from your hotel, ride through the countryside to YongIn, where MBC—one of Korea's major media broadcasting companies—has built movie sets to bring different locations around Korea and eras from the country's past to life. You can walk among structures reminiscent of those built during the Joseon dynasty, or visit sets built to simulate modern urban centers.
Snap photos as you tour, and keep your voice down if you happen to walk by a set where live filming is taking place. See the sets from memorable costume dramas like Dong Yi, Lee San, Wind in the Palace, and The Great Queen Seondeok before you leave the world of the movies behind for the return ride to Seoul. Read More close
Start your day with pickup from your Seoul hotel and travel to Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This royal palace is one of the best preserved of the famous 5 Grand Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty. While here, learn its history and marvel at its traditional Korean architecture and garden design.
Your next stop is at the Jongmyo royal shrine, the oldest Confucian royal shrine still in existence. This site used to hold the ancestral tablets the Joseon dynasty's kings. Explore the area as your guide illuminates dynasty's history with facts and anecdotes.
Later, stroll along the famous Insadong Street. At your own pace, uncover its antique galleries, tea shops, and Korean craft stores. Your tour ends here, where you can continue to discover the streets and shops of one of Seoul's favorite attractions.
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Your 2-day tour of Mt. Seorak begins with pickup from your Seoul hotel. Sit back and relax during your comfortable coach trip to the foot of the mountain, where you take a cable car ride to Gwonkeumsansung Fortress. This stronghold is nestled high atop a cliff, allowing you to take in panoramic views of the park's lush, rocky terrain.
Head over to the nearby Sinheungsa Temple, formerly known as Hyangseongsa. It was built by Jajangyulsa, who traveled to famous mountains all over the nation during Queen Jindeok's 6th year of reign. The temple has been destroyed and rebuilt many times over the centuries. Finally, make a quick stop at the Daepohang Fish Market before enjoying dinner and proceeding to your hotel for the night.
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After pickup from your hotel, head to Petite France where your guide stops at the first filming location of the TV show and shares commentary on the scenes that unfold. Take time to explore the French-themed village and get a taste of French food, interesting culture, shopping, and beautiful architecture.
After Petite France, visit the popular Korean Folk Village to see traditional homes—called hanok—and one of the sites in episode 11 when Do Min-jun confesses his place of origin to a doctor. Before returning to your hotel, spend time shopping in downtown Seoul at the Shilla Duty Free Shop or Lotte Duty Free Shop searching for stylish luxury items like clothing, cosmetics, and jewelry.
After Petite France, go to N Seoul Tower—about 777 feet (236 m) tall—on beautiful Namsan Mountain. Step onto the platform for a majestic 360-degree view and snap a few photos of Seoul and the Han River.
At Namsan Hanok Village see the vast valley, Chunugak building, and the big pond where traditional performances are held. Hear the fascinating history of Joseon Dynasty and the 5 traditional houses. After a day of exploring, hop on your coach for a ride back to Seoul. Read More close
Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, travel to the 775-foot (235-m) tall structure, N Seoul Tower. Head to the top of the building located atop majestic Namsan Mountain. Due to its monumental height, you achieve one of the best sights you're ever to witness—Seoul and its surrounding areas lit up in the dark of night. Walk around the luxurious top of the tower featuring a western-style revolving restaurant and artfully-decorated Sky Restroom.
Next, continue your tour to Seven Luck Casino, situated in the heart of the central Myeong-dong area. Feel the glitz and glamour of the casino, seen as a Korean counterpart to famous areas such as Las Vegas. Try your hand at a variety of games such as blackjack, baccarat, or even Caribbean poker before being left with the rest of the night to sightsee and shop. Read More close
Make your way to the N Seoul Tower and trade in your voucher to head inside. Visit during daylight hours to see farther-flung sights, or head up after the sun goes down to experience the light show and see the cityscape illuminated in the darkness. Head to the lobby, passing pictures of other famous towers from around the world, and ride up to the digital observatory.
Here you can take advantage of high-powered telescopes that let you zoom in on different points of interest. Walk the perimeter to take in the full 360-view, and study the guides on each window that point out landmarks and important sites. If you're hungry, food options range from casual snack bars to the elegant revolving N Grill, and don't miss stopping by the Sky Restrooms—even the stylish WCs of this soaring structure offer spectacular views from their floor-to-ceiling windows. Read More close
After pickup from your hotel in Seoul, enjoy the scenic ride to N Seoul Tower, which sits atop the beautiful Namsan mountain. Travel to an altitude of 797 feet (243 m) and step out onto the 360-degree platform for majestic views of Seoul. Take out your camera and snap pictures of the city's buildings, highways, and bridges on the Han River.
Next, visit the Namsangol Hanok Village, a village nestled between tall buildings. As you enter the front gate, see the vast valley and 5 traditional houses built in the style of the Joseon Dynasty, with furniture set up to reflect the daily life of the era. Later, spot the huge time capsule that was buried in 1994 to commemorate Seoul's 600th anniversary. It is set to be reopened in 2394.
Make your last stop at the War Memorial, one of the largest in the world and once the headquarters of the Korean Infantry. Walk through the exhibits and witness equipment used during the Korean, Vietnam, and Second World wars, as well as fortress models, war and victory records, ammunition, and military vessels. Read More close
After a convenient pickup from your hotel, make your way to the Gangbuk Jeongdong Nanta Theater. Watch in wonder as performers play out scenes using the traditional Korean samul nori percussion style. This classic Korean method combines 4 different percussive instruments to create an exciting pace full of local and Western elements.
The story follows 4 chefs who have just 1 hour to frantically prepare for a wedding banquet. Its success is widespread, being the first long-running Korean show on Broadway, as well as selling out festivals in the UK. After enjoying this riotous evening of comedy—and romance—board your stress-free transfer back to the comfort of your hotel.
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Begin with pickup from your hotel in central Seoul and ride to the National Museum of Korea, the country's largest. Along the way, glimpse Seoul's modern urban landscape built up around its historical features.
Upon arrival, marvel at the many precious Korean cultural artifacts and treasures, which span from the Bronze Age to the modern era. Spend some time at the Exhibitions Gallery and learn about the rich Korean history of the royal family and its dynasty. Then step outside and walk to the nearby gardens; look out over the museum's reflective pool and ancient pagodas for picturesque views of the city.
Next, make your way to the Cheonggyecheon Stream. This natural waterway was hidden for years by an overpass. It now stands as a haven of natural beauty in the middle of the city's bustling activity. Spot more than 20 beautiful bridges crossing the stream, each with different artistic and architectural styles. Stroll along the stream, catching landmarks such as Deoksugung Palace and Seoul Plaza in the distance. Read More close
Following your hotel pickup in the morning, travel to the National Museum of Korea. Follow your tour guide through the many exhibits and learn about traditional Korean life, from ordinary citizens to aristocracy. Then travel along the Cheonggyecheon. In the Joseon Dynasty, women gathered along this stream to wash cloths. Today it's a popular recreational space for locals to relax.
Arrive at the COEX Aquarium, one of South Korea's largest aquariums, featuring more than 40,000 animals. Admire an underwater world, as you discover over 90 exhibition tanks with over 600 different species.
After a traditional Korean lunch, enjoy a relaxing scenic cruise along the Han River. With music playing in the background, take in the waterfront views of bustling Seoul.
Your last tour stop is at the Buddhist temple Bongeunsa. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere at this landmark, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Admire Buddhist artwork and symbols before your transfer takes you back to your hotel. Read More close
Once you meet your food-loving guide, follow the heady fragrance of Korean street food toward a colorful market. Listen as your guide provides insight into Seoul's food culture and interesting tidbits about essential Korean ingredients and local specialties.
Satisfy your hunger at a local barbecue house to taste some delicious marinated grilled beef, or bulgogi, as well as a destination for spicy rice cakes and a Korean rice wine restaurant where you can try a glass of their soju. Afterward, stroll through the Gwangjang market for a taste of street food delicacies.
Treat your sweet tooth in the summer months with a cool patbingsu, a Korean shaved ice dessert served with toppings such as chopped fruits, condensed milk, fruit syrup and red beans. After your final tastings, pick up some insider tips from your guide and keep exploring the market on your own, or get directions to make your way back to your hotel.
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Start your tour with a ride from Seoul a visit to the Ganghwa Peace Observatory. Located just over a mile (1. 8 km) from North Korea, the site lets you look across the Han River to see workers in North Korean farms. You can also learn about the Korean War at the exhibition hall and buy goods made on Ganghwa or in North Korea.
Next, pay a visit to the Ganghwa History Museum. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ganghwa Dolmen Park, the museum features artifacts and cultural relics that show the region's vital role as a gateway to the sea. The surrounding park is known for its ancient dolmen, a huge megalithic tomb made during the Bronze Age.
After a visit to a manufacturing plant for Ganghwa's renowned red ginseng products, your tour takes you to Jeondeungsa Temple. Located in an ancient fortress said to date back to the first Korean kingdom, the temple functioned as a sanctuary enshrining family ancestors. Its delicate carvings and masterful workmanship present a showcase of mid-Joseon Dynasty architecture.
Once you've seen the historic structures and spent some time admiring the compound's ancient trees, it's time for the ride back to Seoul as your tour comes to an end. Read More close
With convenient transportation, make your way to the Kyunghyang Art Hill Theatre and watch the 2007 masterpiece started by director Jin-yu Kim. Witness the skills and intricate techniques that performers use to create high-speed drawings and marvel at the use of mediums such as water, paint, charcoal, and brushwork that combine with colorful lights and serene music.
Watch the impressive turning point where the drawings transform to all sorts of colors on stage. Notice the subtle comedy in every situation as the acting more than makes up for the lack of dialogue. If you are lucky, you may even see actors come off stage to interact with the audience. End your evening with a convenient ride back to your hotel.
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Following pickup from your Seoul city center hotel, travel to one of largest shopping areas in Korean, the Paju Premium Outlet Shopping Mall. Admire the monumental architecture of the center containing luxury brands (such as Le Creuset and Royal Albert) at bargain prices. Pick out some trendy clothes, sparkling jewelry or handy housewares from this impressive complex, which has a massive capacity of 2,000 customers.
After your shopping experience, you're ready for relaxation. Travel to Skinanniversary Beauty Town, a center for everything health, beauty, and style. Discover a variety of beauty care services at affordable prices here, before enjoying an analysis by skincare specialists to help you choose the best products for attaining perfect, silky skin. Before you're dropped back at your hotel, you get to take a look at a factory for one of Korea's most famous gems—the amethyst. Read More close
Your excursion begins with a pickup from your Seoul hotel. Ride past the Blue House, the official residence of South Korea's president, on your way for a guided tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, a royal residence from the Joseon Dynasty and an outstanding example of traditional architecture.
While you're in the palace compound, visit the National Folk Museum as your guide explains traditional Korean lifestyles throughout history. Browse exhibits that depict farming methods, weaving, hunting, and cooking.
Next, stop at the Jogyesa Temple, for a look at Buddhism's important cultural role. Enter the daeungjeon, or main building, to admire its different colors and the statue of Seokgamoni Buddha.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before taking some time to unwind and soak in a Korean-style sauna. Relax as your expert therapist assists you with a cleaning process known as seshin, using a calming oil massage, cucumber or seaweed face mask, and shampoo to complete your experience. Read More close
Your tour starts with pickup from your Seoul hotel. Then you pass by the Blue House, the official residence of the president of the Republic of Korea. Continue your ride to the Gyeongbokgung Palace. Tour the palace and marvel at the traditional architecture of the Joseon Dynasty.
Within the palace compound, visit the National Folk Museum. Learn about traditional life in Korea, from ordinary people to aristocracy. Follow your guide through the museum and browse exhibits about traditional farming methods, weaving, hunting, and cooking.
Next, stop at the Jogyesa Temple, which shows the importance of Buddhism in Korean culture. Enter the Daeungjeon building and admire its different colors, as well as the statue of Seokgamoni Buddha.
Enjoy a Korean lunch at a local restaurant before spending your afternoon at the Korean Folk Village. Discover a living museum in natural settings with over 260 traditional houses. Browse the workshops for pottery, wooden wares, and musical instruments. Get a feel for the lifestyle of generations that have been preserved. After an immersive day of Korean culture, your transfer takes you back to the hotel. Read More close
Spend your morning taking a cultural journey through Seoul, beginning with the Blue House, the official residence of the South Korean president. Be sure to take note of its main building, whose blue tiles and smooth roof blend harmoniously with Bugaksan mountain in the background.
Continue on to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, famed for its exquisite beauty and grand sculptures dating back to the Joseon dynasty. Destroyed during the Japanese Invasion in 1592, it was reconstructed in 1868 and remains one of the grandest, most beautiful palaces in the country.
Move on to the National Folk Museum and discover exhibits hailing from all over Korea that illuminate centuries of history. Learn about traditional methods for farming, hunting, weaving, cooking, and other housekeeping chores.
Afterward, visit Jogyesa Temple, the last stop on your morning tour. Marvel at its calming atmosphere and intricate architectural design. Housing the largest Buddhist shrine in Seoul, this temple is regarded as the center of Korean Zen Buddhism.
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Your excursion begins as you and your guide head to the prominent N Seoul Tower which stands at an impressive 787 ft (240 m). Make your way up to the observation deck for a beautiful view of the glimmering city and majestic Han River.
At Myeong-dong, which resembles a giant shopping city, stroll among various stores and stalls that sell brand name goods. Here, visit the famous Lotte Department Store, which showcases cosmetics, jewelry, groceries, and luxury brands, for an indulgent adventure. Stop by Namdaemun Market, one of the largest markets in Seoul, to hunt for bargains and browse through food items, bags, and clothing at competitive prices. Read More close
An early morning pickup from your Seoul hotel has you arriving at the perfect time to the charming town of Petite France. Feel the romance unfold in this location famous for being the background for a beautiful scene in the Korean television series My Love from the Star starring Kim Soo-Hyun and Jun Ji-Hyun. Stroll through the splendid town consisting of building built with French-style architecture.
Travel to Nami Island, separated from the suburbs of Seoul thanks to the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam. Meander through the streets of the island lined with magnificent old trees that tourists flock to from around the world. Make your own memorable moments as you stroll through the location where popular Korean television series Winter Sonata was filmed. Don't forget to take your camera out for a fabulous photo opportunity.
Your last stop is downtown Chuncheon, a trendy area of Seoul full of fast-food restaurants, night clubs, and movie theaters. Explore the cultural hub, including its underground shopping district and fantastic food arenas.
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Be picked up in a comfortable private vehicle, get acquainted with your guide, and tour the city's lively street-food locations. Treat your palate to the exotic tastes and aromas of local dishes, such as bulgogi, kimchi, and bibimbap, and listen to your guide's insight into Seoul's fascinating food culture.
Next, stroll through Gwanjang market and learn interesting tidbits about essential Korean ingredients and specialties. From there, head to Insadong, one of the city's most famous shopping districts. Browse the large range of products and test your bargaining skills against the witty vendors.
Break for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on to the hip neighborhood of Hongdae, Seoul's brimming cultural hub. Afterward, visit ancient Jogyesa temple, which houses the largest Buddhist shrine in Seoul.
Your last stop is the Bukchon Hanok Village. Step back in time to the reign of the Joseon dynasty and learn about Korean life during this historic period. Admire the intricate architectural details of the buildings and gain further insight into Korean folk customs. Read More close
Make your way to the Sachoom Theater and take a seat as the lights come up and the music turns on. Watch a talented troupe of enthusiastic performers channel K-pop culture into a dance-driven show that combines hip-hop, jazz, modern dance, break dancing, and ballet into one nonstop spectacle.
Sing along and get up on your feet to dance, following the simple plot's comic elements with the help of subtitles. After the show, hang out in the lobby, where you have the chance to chat with the dancers and performers in person before leaving the theater. Read More close
Meet your guide and drive from your city center hotel as you make your way through Seoul to the Digital Pavilion. Explore the arena located in the Digital Media City in Sangam-dong, where you find a multitude of innovative IT-related products and memorabilia on display. Make sure to visit the Exploration Hall and the Imagination Hall, very popular attractions among children.
At your next stop, Seoul World Cup Stadium, marvel at the sheer size and fascinating architecture of the building. Also known as the Sangham Stadium, it was built for the 2002 World Cup and is the second largest stadium in South Korea. After appreciating the shape of the stadium—that of a traditional Korean kite—walk through the grounds, home to many sporting moments.
Head to the Samsung D'light Global Exhibition—combining "digital" and "light" to express the concept of being a guiding light in a digital universe—at the Samsung Electronics Building in Seocho-dong. See state-of-the-art products and get a chance to interact with some of the tech masterpieces. Before the tour ends, visit the COEX, Convention and Exhibition Center, a large-scale business center. Read More close
After being picked-up at your hotel, head to the Buckchon Cultural Center, where you learn about the history of the Bukchon Hanok Village. Then head outside to stroll through Buckchon to visit traditional houses called hanok that date back to ancient times.
Next, make your way to the Jongmyo Royal Shrine, which was the primary place of worship for kings throughout the Joseon Dynasty. Afterwards, check out the Changdeokgung Palace, Korea's best preserved palace that perfectly accentuates the natural greenery surrounding it.
As your tour comes to an end, experience the vibrant culture of Korea with a visit to Insa-dong, where you can stroll into fanciful art galleries, traditional craft stores, and fascinating antique dealers for a bit of shopping. Read More close
Get picked up right at your hotel in Seoul and settle into a seat on a comfortable and spacious coach. Ride through the bustling city streets to Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built in 1405 during the Joseon Dynasty as the primary residence of the royal family. From there, continue on the N Seoul Tower, where you can check out the cultural displays in the exhibition halls and ride the elevator up to the observation deck for a 360-degree view from the rotating observation deck.
Finally, pop by an amethyst factory to browse sparkling purple gems before you make your way to the Namdaemun Market, located just steps from the ancient Namdaemun Gate. Hear about the history of the market, which dates back to the Joseon Dynasty and today is the central place where products are exchanged between urban and rural areas of Korea on a daily basis. Browse the stands for souvenirs before you're dropped off at the City Hall subway station or Seoul Station to continue visiting the city on your own. Read More close
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- Apgujeong, Dongdaemun, Gangnam, Gangseo, Guro, Gwangjin, Itaewon
- Jongno, Jung-gu, Mapo, Myeongdong, Namdaemun, Yeouido
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Seoul City Center
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- Apgujeong, Dongdaemun, Gangnam, Gangseo, Guro, Gwangjin, Itaewon
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Your tour begins outside the Gwanghwamun Gate, an enormous gate that leads into the historic Gyeongbokgung Palace. From here, head to the colourful Jogyesa Temple, the center of Zen Buddhism. Make your way to the neighborhood of Insa-dong, which is filled with an abundance of art and culture, and a wide variety of delightful street food. This is the location where you can navigate through some of the best stands, finding out what locals love to eat.
Stroll along the Chenggyecheon stream to discover an alley that offers marinated Korean-style BBQ ribs with fresh vegetables. Next, walk to Bukchang-dong, a famed alley of beloved eateries where you experience Korean drinking culture, rubbing shoulders with locals who flock here at the end each workday.
Sample some makgeolli (Korean rice wine) with a side snack of pajeon (green onion pancake). Be sure to save some room for desert as you finish off the tour with a traditional Korean treat before heading off on your own to uncover more nightlife in Seoul, or to return to your hotel to enter a relaxing food coma. Read More close
Follow your knowledgeable local guide and set off for the picturesque Bukchon Hanok village, a residential area dating back to the Joseon Dynasty that features countless hanoks – traditional Korean houses – and a cultural place that the people of Seoul hold dear.
After a brief break, your tour moves towards Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The royal palace is iconic for its traditional Korean architecture and design.
Stroll along the shrine of Jongmyo and mingle with the locals at Gwangjang Market. Here the tour concludes, leaving you free time to explore to vast halls bursting with exotic smells and sounds.
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Your tour begins in the heart of the city, at Gwanghwamun Gate, where you visit the Seoul Museum of History for an interactive display of local history at the Seoul City Panoramic Theatre. Then, continue to the urban oasis of Cheonggyecheon Plaza—a serene respite amid the skyscrapers with its gurgling stream, stone bridges, and tumbling waterfalls.
Tap into the roots of the city with a walk through Jongno—one of Seoul's oldest thoroughfares—and hear about the area's cultural and financial importance from your local guide. Next, walk to the Bosingak Bell Pavilion, the spire of a 3. 18m (12. 5ft) tall bronze bell from the early Joseon period—if you’re lucky, you can catch the bell’s mighty toll at noon. Read More close
Make your way to the O’ngo Culinary School and get acquainted with your expert guide. Enjoy a cooking demonstration as you uncover how to make delicious, savory Korean pancakes. Sample the results before walking to the historic Jongno area, famed for its street food.
Learn about Seoul’s rich gastronomic culture as you explore a myriad of traditional Korean ingredients and mouthwatering specialties. Zigzag through bustling alleys and alongside family-run hawker stalls, stopping to sample rice cakes, fried pork dumplings, Korean-style egg muffins, and kimbap—a mixture of rice, vegetables, or meat, wrapped in seaweed. If you’re feeling adventurous, dare yourself to taste silkworm larvae or blood sausage.
Later, pop into authentic restaurants manned by local chefs to enjoy more freshly prepared dishes and some flame-grilled barbecue. After a few final bites, pick up some insider eating tips from your guide and continue exploring this wonderful cuisine on your own.
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- Korean barbecue
- Pork dumplings
- Rice cakes
- Korean-style egg muffins
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Enjoy a comfortable hotel pickup, ride to the dojo in central Seoul, and get acquainted with your experienced sabumnim (instructor) upon arrival. Next, be fitted in a traditional dobok (uniform), with a belt tied around the waist.
After a warm-up session, learn fighting and defensive stances; execute a variety of hand strikes , kicks—such as the front snap, side thrusting, and roundhouse kicks—and blocks to stop and deflect an incoming attack. Then practice your new moves with a sparring partner.
Finish off your session with a ceremonial wish-writing on a board before breaking it with a kick. At the end of your training, receive a certificate of achievement before returning to your hotel.
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Begin your incredible tour with a transfer to the Taekwondo arena. Get kitted out in your robes and belt and try your hand at this globally-recognized sport. Build up your understanding of the sport and work on your physical ability and mental strength. Feel your heart beat faster as you perform moves that can help you defend yourself in the future.
Following this, you have the chance to try a Korean soup called Samgyetang, which contains a delicious combination of chicken and Korean ginseng. This soup is given to athletes who have lost vital nutrients during physical activity—so it's the perfect accompaniment to your Taekwondo experience.
Next, you're taken to the iconic Insa-dong Street, situated right in the heart of the city. Meander down this vibrant and buzzing street perusing traditional goods and contemporary wares. Curve around alleys dotted with galleries, cafes, and traditional tea houses. Read More close
Begin your experience with a local tea ceremony and learn the role of this important practice in modern-day society. Next, try on a piece of colorful hanbok attire, a style worn since the Joseon dynasty and now mostly used during festival celebrations. After formal greetings with your hosts, have a chance to take a memorable photo in your beautiful attire.
Afterward, it's time for a lesson in making kimchi, a dish of fermented vegetables that forms Korea's staple food, with your experienced instructor. Start your lesson by cutting up the vegetables, and then season the meal with various ingredients before mixing it up thoroughly and placing it in a jar to ferment.
Once you're done, engage with your instructor to learn more about Korean food, traditions, and lifestyle to expand your knowledge about this wonderful country. Your tour concludes with a ride back to your hotel.
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Admire the center of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism—Jogyesa—and sit in the shade of the centuries-old trees that line the temple. At the most beautiful of Korean palaces, Gyeongbokgung, you stroll through the vast throne room and banquet hall, marveling at the structure’s intricate designs.
Next, explore the National Folk Museum of Korea, where ancient relics and paintings that total at over 4,000 in number guide you through the rich history of Korea. Stop by the Amethyst Center for a look at the many glimmering stones, or at the Ganghwa Ginseng Center for a better understanding of this highly favored medicinal herb.
Head back to your hotel for some rest, or opt to be dropped off at the international district of Itaewon for some shopping and dining at your own leisure. Read More close
Following pickup from your Seoul hotel, head to Gyeongdong Market. Enjoy the unique scent in the air, since this market specializes in providing herbal medicine, ginseng, and fish products to the people of Seoul. Stroll through with your guide, looking at over 1,000 shops containing medicinal products.
The Garak-dong Agricultural Market is the oldest wholesale market in Korea, specializing in marine and agricultural products. Arrive and appreciate the sheer size of the area offering independent sections for fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish.
Last but not least, discover the vibrancy of the Dongdaemun Marketplace, an eclectic mix of traditional and modern influences. Although it has now become the center of Korea's wholesale and retail fashion industries, it retains aspects of its past as the heart of the Korean textile industry in the 1970s.
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At Trick Eye Museum explore more than 100 over-sized paintings and installations that deceive both your eyes and your camera lens. Each work of art creates a 3-D Photoshop-like effect in pictures, offering plenty of visual delights. With just a single ticket, you also get to enjoy a winter wonderland filled with sculptures at the Ice Museum and entertaining games at Carnival Street.
Trick Eye Museum’s 5 interactive themed zones—World Masterpieces, Fantasy, Synchro Zone, Water World, and Best of Trick Eye—turn impossible illusions into reality. Let your imagination run wild as you fight a water dragon and surf on the back of a great white shark. Find the mystery behind the famous Ames Room and feel the thrill of trying to escape from a deadly giant angler fish. Read More close
There's no better place to challenge your imagination and do things that would never be possible in real life. Try your hand at surfing on sharks, learning to levitate, or getting into a fistfight with Michelangelo's David. But beware—taking pictures of Trick Eye's exhibits requires some serious silly posing, face-making, and laughing.
After you're finished making funny photos, wandering the Ice Museum, and playing games at the Carnival Street, Trick Eye Museum invites you to step into Love Museum—Seoul's first adults-only interactive attraction. Here, you can immerse yourself in risqué illusions and sensual exhibits as you wander through 6 themed galleries including Fun and Sexy, Femme Fatale, Korean Erotic Paintings, Erotic Garden, Dream House, and Sex Life. Read More close
Start in Seoul and drive to the Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set in the large park in Jongno-gu, this palace was the main residence for many kings of the Joseon Dynasty and is the most well-preserved of the 5 remaining royal Joseon palaces. Here, take the chance to wonder at its beautiful garden used for leisurely strolls by royal family members.
At the Jongmyo Royal Shrine, the oldest Confucian shrine built to preserve deceased members of the Joseon Dynasty, watch for tablets that have teachings of members of the former royal family. In the quaint Insa-dong neighborhood in central Seoul, stroll past many galleries with contemporary and traditional Korean fine art. Take an opportunity to buy souvenirs from antique stores, handicraft houses, and pottery and porcelain shops.
Later, stop at another World Heritage Site, Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, and marvel at the construction of the wall, which is believed to have been constructed scientifically using seokjae and jeondol (bricks). Get an up-close view of spaces between the bricks that are just big enough to fire guns, arrows, or long spears. Read More close
After convenient pickup from your hotel, enjoy the services of a professional photographer to capture memories of your wedding day in Seoul. Whether you want the ceremony itself photographed or just you and your partner in your dress and tuxedo, an expert shutterbug works with you to determine your preferred style, setting, and framing of the shots. If you wish, add dress and tuxedo rentals, and even makeup application to your experience.
These packages are ideal for a wedding photo shoot in Seoul, a charming city with a rich history and beautiful natural landscapes. Your professional photographer uses an unobtrusive documentary style to capture natural moments of your special occasion. At the end of the session, receive stunning, high-resolution images to share and print. Read More close
Leave Seoul behind and make your way to the famous Nami Island. Stroll past the same towering pine trees that form a beautiful boulevard where Junsang and Yoojin were in Winter Sonata. Here, enjoy the romantic atmosphere and a chance to see ostriches, rabbits, and deer that roam free. Then, replenish your energy with a delicious Korean lunch. Choose from 2 routes.
At Nami Island, see the popular Chuncheon Myungdong Street and Chuncheon High School where Yoojin and Junsang went to school together. Visit Junsang's house, where Winter Sonata was filmed, which looks almost exactly as it was on the day of the shoot. Then roam through Gongjicheon Sculpture Park to admire the many decorative works of art. Stop by a duty-free shop before you return to Seoul.
After a stop at Nami Island, continue to Petite France—themed after The Little Prince book's flowers, stars, and young prince—and explore a decades-old residence with a gallery of works by Saint Exupery, the celebrated author of The Little Prince. Marvel at the beauty of antique music boxes at Orgel House, visit a souvenir shop that sells herbal and aromatic products and a duty-free shop, and then rest on the ride back to Seoul. Read More close
Leave Seoul and head to the Yongin MBC Dramia for a view of the historically reconstructed village to accommodate Korean period dramas. Stroll through the 316,685-square-foot (29,421-sq-m) set that has hosted popular shows such as Jumong, Queen Seon-deok, Isan, and Dong Yi and then savor a delicious Korean lunch.
While you wander through the Korean Folk Village, which depicts a lifestyle that goes back more than 5,000 years, stop by the Mask Dance Exhibition Hall and the Pottery Exhibition Hall for a look at craftsmanship from past generations. Take part in daily events and festive celebrations that create the lively village atmosphere before you return to your hotel. Read More close