KeunJeongJeon in Gyeongbokgung, Seoul
KeunJeongJeon in Gyeongbokgung, Seoul. (Photo By Blmtduddl at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1633945)

Are you looking for interesting tour activities on your visit to South Korea? Make your vacation awesome. We have selected five things to do in South Korea, especially when you are in Seoul.

Here is the list:

  1. Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace

This immersive experience in Seoul will give you an in-depth look at traditional Korean culture. With your knowledgeable guide, wander through grand palaces, learn about the history of Korea – from ancient times to today – and witness age-old customs come to life at a folk village. A Korean lunch and comfortable coach transport is included.

Begin your morning with pickup from your Seoul hotel and then drive by air-conditioned coach past Blue House – the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea.

Your first stop is Gyeongbokgung Palace, a royal palace constructed in 1395. Gyeongbokgung served as the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty, the Kings’ households, as well as the government of Joseon.

After that, you will visit the National Folklore Museum, which uses replicas to illustrate the history of traditional life of Korean people. Next, tour Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Outside, admire the lovely locust and baeksong trees lining the entrance. Enter the Daeungjeon, the main temple building dating back 500 years, and see the statue of Seokgamoni, the historic Buddha at the moment of enlightenment.

Then, you’ll get a chance to take a look at the Korean Ginseng Center before enjoying a tasty Korean lunch at a local restaurant.

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2. Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Half-Day Tour from Seoul

Learn about Korea’s divided history at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on a half-day tour, led by an informative guide. In the morning or afternoon, travel from Seoul to the DMZ, where the country has been split since the Korean War, to visit fascinating sites such as Imjingak Park, the Freedom bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and the DMZ exhibition hall. At Dora Observatory, you can even peer through binoculars to observe village life in North Korea.

After pickup at your Seoul hotel in the morning or afternoon, drive to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). En route, your guide shares expert commentary on the dividing line between North and South Korea.

View of the North from the southern side of the Joint Security Area (By Driedprawns at en.wikipedia, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15854890)

Get out at Imjingak Park along the banks of Imjin River to see artillery and war artifacts that were used during the Korean conflict before proceeding to Freedom bridge, where nearly 13,000 Korean POWs crossed on their return back home to South Korea.

Reboard the coach and head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located beneath the border of North Korea and South Korea. See where the South Koreans have blocked the actual Military Demarcation Line with concrete barricades, and browse photographs and war artifacts at the DMZ exhibition hall.

You can also upgrade the tour to include lunch or select a full-day itinerary that includes shopping at Insadong Antique Market.

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3. Gangnam District Tour in Seoul Including COEX Aquarium and Han River Cruise

This cultural tour lets you experience the highlights of Seoul’s popular Gangnam District. Gangnam – you may have heard the song – is known for its upper-class neighborhoods and is often referred to as the Beverly Hills of South Korea.

After pickup from your Seoul hotel in the afternoon, you’ll be taken south to the Gangnam District of Southern Seoul. Your first stop is the COEX Aquarium, one of South Korea’s largest aquariums to see more than 40,000 sea creatures there.

Coex Aquarium (By Craig Nagy from Vancouver, Canada – Coex Aquarium – Title Shot, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2799181)

After your aquarium tour, you’ll be taken to the Han River for a relaxing cruise — the best way to view Seoul’s bustling riverfront areas. Then end your tour with a visit to Bongeunsa, one of Korea’s most important Buddhist temple that offers a quiet retreat from the busy city.

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4. Night Views of Seoul including N Seoul Tower and Han River Cruise

See the sights of Seoul by night on this 3.5-hour tour and river cruise. Start with a cable car ride to the observation deck at N Seoul Tower, an ideal place to view Seoul’s cityscape. Then board a ferry for a scenic 1-hour cruise on the Han River, passing bridges and spotting landmarks along the waterfront as you listen to music and narration from your guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off by comfortable coach are included.

Your night tour of Seoul begins with hotel pickup by coach and a drive to Mt Namsan, where the N Seoul Tower (aka Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower) is perched. Hop aboard the Namsan cable car for a 3-minute ride to the tower with your guide. Ride the elevator up to the observation deck, a major attraction that opened to the public in 1980. You’ll have about an hour to take in the 360-degree night views of Seoul and the surrounding area from the 774-foot-high (236-meter) tower, which includes an outdoor terrace.

Han River, Seoul at night (By travel oriented – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41839161)

After the return ride by cable car, hop back inside your coach for the drive to the Han River, where you’ll board a ferry for your 1-hour river cruise. Relax to music on board and enjoy the waterfront views around the famous waterway that flows through the center of the Korean peninsula.

Listen to audio narration as you search for city highlights that are brightly illuminated at night, including the glowing N Seoul Tower, now viewed from the water. Enjoy the evening breeze and the surrounding scenery before your night tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

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5. Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour

Experience the fascinating culture of South Korea in one of the most authentic ways possible – through its local cuisine! On this 4-hour food tour, learn all about Korea’s culinary customs from your guide, an expert in local Korean food and culture, as you journey through the streets of Seoul.

Explore the bustling district of Jongno-gu and visit three different food stalls and restaurants, as well as a market, to try a variety of Korean foods such as Korean barbecue, tofu, savory pancakes and spicy braised chicken. Wash your meal down with traditional beverages, like Korean rice wine, as you mingle with your fellow food enthusiasts for an unforgettable end to your culinary adventure.

Take your appetite for a ride on this 4-hour journey through Korean food culture! Your night food tour will take place in the popular district of Jongno-gu. Begin in the neighborhood of Nagwon-dong, brimming with food outlets and stalls, and continue to Jongno (Bell Street), one of the most historic and cultural areas of Seoul.

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That’s all five things to do in Seoul, South Korea. Hope you enjoy your vacation.


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