Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour
- Duration: 6 hours
Depart Seoul and journey to one of the most unusual tourist destinations in the world at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border of South and North Korea. Created by the Korean Armistice Agreements of July 27, 1953, the 155-mile long military demarcation line (MDL) has a 2-kilometer wide demilitarized zone on each side. Your first stop is Ganghwa Peace Observatory, where you can have the closest and most clear look at North Korean farmlands. Walk around rather untouched paths, enclosed by barbed wires and stop by at 6.25 Veterans Memorial Park where you can learn about the tragic history of Korean War. Close your eyes and take a moment to think about their sacrifices. Later, travel to Imjingak Park, a part of Paju DMZ, where many statues and monuments regarding the Korean War can be seen. Discover the Bridge of Freedom used by repatriated POWs and soldiers. At the end of the ...
It was a great tour and covered everything listed. Very knowledgeable and helpful tour guide.
After being picked up from your hotel, arrive at Korea House in the center of Seoul, where you will be greeted by staff dressed in traditional attire and folk music. Emjoy a variety of traditional royal cuisines where you will taste what ancient kings have had in the past. Following the tasting of the quality local foods, make your way to an intimate theatre for two hour-long dance and music performances. Put on by a troupe of top musicians and dancers, the shows have English commentary on a screen. The show includes elegant court dances such as pansori (a spiritual shamanist dance), samullori (a folk dance) and samgomu (featuring acrobatic female drummers). After the performance, be returned to your accomodation to finish the evening.
I would like to say that this was completely worth with the money spent. The dinner was lovely and the Korean Show was fantastic. I would like to especially thank Joy our guide for giving us a great overview and just being pleasant. She took time to let us know the story line of the show. Without having this overview we wouldn’t have known what the show was about. Excellent experience!!
Meet your friendly coordinator at your preferred meeting point in Seoul and hop onto the comfortable tour bus with other travelers as you head to Gapyeong City. During the ride, be briefed on the details of the tour by your knowledgeable coordinator. If you select one of the options including the rail bike experience, drive to the rail bike station to enjoy riding along an old train track in the beautiful countryside, that has been converted into a serene rail bike track. Continue to The Garden of Morning Calm, a stunning garden that attracts families, friends, couples, and photographers with a variety of festivals held there throughout the year. Try some local food at the restaurants nearby. If you select the lunch add-on at check-out, you can try the region's signature dish, Dakgalbi (Korean style spicy chicken) and fried rice, served with water and soft drinks. Next, set off for Nam...
We booked this on a whim, so we weren't expecting much. The tour was quirky (i.e. the petite france theme park) but overall the experience exceeded our expectations! We loved Nami Park but probably would have ditched the Theme Park in favor of more time there. The final stop at the garden was amazing and definitely an unexpected highlight.
Take a break and get some fresh air by climbing Mount Bukhan and having a Korean-style sauna experience. Meet at your hotel in Seoul between 8:00AM and 9:20AM, then transfer to Mount Bukhan, Seoul’s highest mountain designated as a national park in 1983. Starting from the main entrance of Mt. Bukhan, you will stop by Seunggasa Temple and climb up to Samo Rock which takes around 2.5 hours. At the end of your hiking experience, enjoy delicious Korean food for lunch. After lunch, relax your muscles at a Korean traditional sauna, similar to Jjimjilbang (if option selected). It’s a Korean-style sauna which is an indoor bathhouse separated by gender. Start with seshin, a Korean body cleansing service, with a rub-down by a ddemiri or "scrub practitioner" who sloughs away layers of dead skin from your entire body using a thin tower. All services, including scrubbing, a body oil...
It was gerat, hiking or rather climbing was quite hard but the view was worth it. I enjoyed the Temple the most when we where hiking down, the architecture and the female monchs where beautiful. Also the tour guide was super nice and well informed, very professionel. I recommed this tour if you like hiking.
Located just 63 kilometers away from Seoul, Nami Island is a popular getaway spot for both locals and tourists. The area is famous for its magnificent tree lined roads. There are different activities available on the island or you can simply relax and enjoy the wonderful views in the area. Petite France is a little vibrant French village that stands out with its brightly colored buildings. This village consists of many photo-worth spots that were featured on dramas and variety shows, such as “Beethoven Virus”, “Secret Garden”, “Running Man” and the most recent, “You Who Came From The Stars”. If you choose a "Rail Bike" option, you will see an old train track in the beautiful countryside that has been converted into a serene rail bike track for you to spend some quality time among nature with your friends and family. With this option, you will visit the Rail Bike station in the morning...
Our Tour Guide was Jade. She speaks fluent English and seems knowledgeable about the places to be visited. She gave a little talk about history and some facts. She even recommend a restaurant for lunch (but the food tastes bland in my opinion).
Explore Korean history and culture with a knowledgeable local guide. Begin your tour from your hotel in the Seoul area between 8:00 AM and 9:20 AM. Stop first at Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea famous for being located in the center of the city. Enjoy the peaceful air of the temple before moving on to Gyeongbok Palace. Observe the Changing of the Guard Ceremony and explore the palace itself. Built in 1395, Gyeongbok Palace is arguably the most beautiful palace in Korea and remains the grandest of all the five main palaces in Seoul. Following a tour of the palace with your guide learning the history and secrets of this beautiful building, pass by the Presidential Blue House and walk to Cheongwadae Sarangchae. This historic center gives visitors a chance to follow in the footsteps of the presidents of Korea and learn about the fascinating history of Seoul. It ...
Sharon was an amazing and funny guide. She explained everything thoroughly and made sure she answered any questions we’ve had. She also made sure to get me to the Nanta show on time.
Nami Island is a half-moon-shaped isle, and on it is the grave of General Nami, who led a great victory against the rebels in the 13th year of the 7th king of the Joseon Dynasty - King Sejo, who reigned from 1455 to 1468. Nami Island also declared its cultural independence and was reborn as the Naminara Republic. It has its own national flag, anthem, currency, passport, phone cards, stamps, orthography, and even a certification of citizenship. The Garden of Morning Calm is a 300,000-meter garden that attracts an array of frequent families, friends, couples and photographers who come to explore the beautifully sculpted garden flowers, trees and pathways of this stunning garden paradise. If you choose the rail bike option, you will see an old train track in the beautiful countryside that has been converted into a serene rail bike track. With this option, visit the rail bike station in th...
Wonderful trip from beginning to end. The day went to plan without any mishaps. Tour guide Lammi spoke excellent English and was very interactive. The morning calm was exceptionally beautiful and worth a visit in addition to Nami island. The rail bike was fun with beautiful views! Advise a coat and a comfortable pair of shoes at this time of year.
Ride a secret route through downtown to the ancient East gate, DDP and Dongdaemun market. Stop by the famous Gwangjang street food market and Ikseongdong village. Then up Mt. Namsan to the N Seoul tower to enjoy the sunset and back to the city. Receive an e-bike fitting in the heart of the city of Seoul. Go through a confidence-building practice ride on the bike lanes besides Cheongyecheon river. Start your adventure by crisscrossing the river on exciting back streets and alleys used to avoid traffic as far back as the Joseon Kingdom. Stop by the trendy Hanok village of Ikseongdong to see what it's all about. Bike on to the world-famous Gwangjang market to sample Korean street food and maybe find a souvenir. Then, go to the Zaha Hadid's Dongdaemun design plaza (DDP) and the East gate market where Kpop gets dressed. Ride past the ancient east gate of the city and follow the city wall ...
Meet up at the K-Star Road to see Hallyu stars’ management agencies and favorite hangout spots, K-Fashion Road for popular fashion stores, K-Beauty Road for cosmetic stores and beauty clinics, and K-Gourmet Road with popular restaurants.
Discover Apgujeong Rodeo Street, known for its ultra-hip fashion outlets, flagship stores, and famous restaurants. Stop at the Cheongdam Sundubu restaurant for lunch, recommended by many artists. Collect commemorative stamps by visiting Coex & SM Town and K-Star Road. If you collect more than five stamps you'll receive a special souvenir.
See all of the top spots in Seoul on a 3.5-hour bike tour. Visit attractions such as the Cheonggyecheon River, the majestic Gyungbok Palaces’ grand entrance Gwanghwamun and Gwanghwamun Square, and the Presidential Blue House. Later, admire the traditional architecture of the Bukchon Village area and the tranquil Jogeysa Temple. Alternatively, extend your tour to a 6-hour option and rocket over to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, the modern and artistic side of the city. Ride to the Gwanjang Market for some local street food and pop into a secret cafe for a short break. If you'd rather avoid the sun, book a 5-hour twilight tour and visit the Old Town and learn about the best local hangouts and beer spots from your guide. Local snacks are included for you to try.
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I would recommend this tour. The female guide was very dedicated, informative and friendly. Even though I couldn't understand everything all the time I still learned something new. There were 3 stops and you always had like 10-15 minutes for yourself which were more than enough for me. So, if your are in Seoul you should visit the DMZ.
This was an incredible evening! Having been in Seoul for only a short time, I enjoyed strolling through the market, where Junghee showed and explained the different food. Cooking was absolute fun, and the dinner was so delicious! Junghee is an amazing host. I loved her stories and had great conversations. Big recommendation!
I had a wonderful time! Perfect for a taste of Korean Culture, great food, and great conversation. I highly recommend doing this tour even if you're only in Seoul for a short time.
I had an amazing time cooking and learning about Korean food culture! I would definitely recommend this experience for anyone interested in Korean food.
It was a great tour and covered everything listed. Very knowledgeable and helpful tour guide.