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Incheon Airport: Traveler SIM & T-money Transportation Card

1. Incheon Airport: Traveler SIM & T-money Transportation Card

Traveling in Korea is much easier and more comfortable when you get to stay online. Book a travel SIM to be in contact with your friends and family, share your travel photos on social media, check your work e-mails, and find your favorite spots on the map. Pick up your SIM at the Incheon Airport counter and get assisted by the staff at the counter to activate your SIM card. The staff will make sure your phone is connected to data.  Receive your Tmoney card as well, which is a public transportation card that can be used to take subways and buses.  Charge the card so you can use it when taking public transportations, purchasing items at convenience stores, or taking certified taxis that accept cards.

From Seoul: DMZ 3rd Tunnel & Dora Observatory Tour

2. From Seoul: DMZ 3rd Tunnel & Dora Observatory Tour

Journey to one of the most meaningful tourist destinations in the world at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border of South and North Korea. Gain an understanding of Korean history and culture. DMZ Tour(The 3rd Tunnel except Mondays) ▼ Enjoy access to Imjingak Park. See the Bridge of Freedom, used by prisoners of war who were repatriated from the North. Explore the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, an incomplete passage built by North Korea that runs under the Demilitarized Zone. Go inside the tunnel on foot. Once you're back on the surface, go up the slopes of Mount Dora for a look across the country from the Dora Observatory. In good weather, 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. Stop by Unification Village, located near the DMZ in South Korea. Browse a variety of souvenirs and items that reflect the theme of peace and reconciliation. They often have goods from North Korea too. Pick the great souvenirs and snacks before you return to Seoul. Finish the tour with a drop-off at either Myeongdong or City hall station, depending on your preference. ▲ *Arrival time to Seoul can be different depending on the number of tourists and traffic on the day. *Red suspension bridge(Gamaksan) with DMZ tour is available from March 04.

From Seoul: DMZ, 3rd Tunnel & Suspension Bridge Guided Tour

3. From Seoul: DMZ, 3rd Tunnel & Suspension Bridge Guided Tour

Choose options of pickup, private tour, or meet your guide before traveling together to the DMZ. See Freedom Bridge, Mangbaedan Altar, and a historical steam locomotive. Travel to a tunnel dug by North Korea, see observatories and visit the unification villages in the DMZ. Move to Imjingak and drop by 3 stops - Freedom Bridge, Mangbaedan Altar, and a steam locomotive that was destroyed during the Korean war. Board a bus with your guide (or group) and continue on to the DMZ. Visit three different places within the DMZ. First, arrive at The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel by walking (or monorail if private option is selected) and see a tunnel dug by North Koreans to invade South Korea. Next, explore Dorasan Observatory, the northernmost observatory of North Korean territory. And then visit Unfication village Enjoy a visit to the Mt. Gamaksan suspension bridge if you select that option. Gamaksan Suspension bridge is where the allied forces fought a fierce battle in the Korean War. Take a 15 to 20-minute hike and marvel at the stunning natural beauty at the top of the bridge. Choose the Majang Bridge option and get to visit the Majang Suspension Bridge at beautiful Majang lake which was the scene of a battle in the Korean War. It has now been turned into a scenic destination with the one of the longest suspension bridge in South Korea, where you can walk the 256-meter bridge.

Korea 4G LTE Unlimited Data and Optional Voice Call SIM Card

4. Korea 4G LTE Unlimited Data and Optional Voice Call SIM Card

Data is important these days, whether you need to find a place, check a map, reply to an urgent e-mail from your business contacts, or upload inspiring photos to Instagram. When you are away from home, avoid spiralling roaming charges and use a local network. Stay connected with this affordable and convenient Korean SIM card! Choose from micro, nano or standard SIM cards. Benefit from 5mpbs download speeds, as well as tethering capabilities. Cards are provided by KT Olleh, a top Korean provider.

From Seoul: DMZ Half or Full-Day Guided Day Trip

5. From Seoul: DMZ Half or Full-Day Guided Day Trip

Join a day trip from Seoul for a guided tour of the Demilitarized Zone on the border of North Korea and South Korea. See the world's most heavily fortified border and gain insight into the Korean War. Visit landmarks including the 3rd Tunnel and the Dora Observatory. Begin the tour with a pickup in Central Seoul and travel to Imjingak Park. Upon arrival at Imjingak Park, see the Freedom Bridge and the old steam locomotive, which shows the tragedy of the Korean War. Pay your respects at a memorial for the soldiers who died in the Korean War. Enter the real DMZ to discover the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and DMZ Exhibition Hall to learn about South and North Korea's conflict. Visit the Dora observatory to see North Korea through telescopes and to get a peek at North Korea's propaganda village. At the end of the trip, relax as you travel back to Seoul, passing by Unification Village, and get dropped off at City Hall.  If you choose the full-day tour, you can enjoy the Gloucester Hill Memorial and Suspension Bridge (Gloucester Heroes Bridge) too.

South Korea: eSIM Data Plan

6. South Korea: eSIM Data Plan

Make your trip to South Korea hassle-free with the convenience of an eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in South Korea or upgrade to include access in 9 additional countries, including Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code and ensure that you have access to all of your essential apps during your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Eligible for all iPhone modes launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after installing this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name) info: plan for South Korea only: internet plan for 10 Countries: ctm-mobile Local operator: SKT

Seoul: Myeongdong Nanta Theater Show Ticket

7. Seoul: Myeongdong Nanta Theater Show Ticket

Do something different during your time in Seoul and watch a unique performance at the Myeongdong Nanta Theater. The non-verbal show is perfect for foreigners, and an English, Japanese and Chinese multi-language service is also provided for your convenience. The narrative centers around 3 charismatic chefs and integrates the traditional rhythms of Samulnori with comedy and drama. The cooks in the kitchen are about to begin their busy job, when the ill-tempered manager orders them to prepare 10 wedding ceremony menus in 1 hour! Suddenly the kitchen is thrown into turmoil and the cooks become wild as they chop, beat and stir in an attempt to meet the deadline. Nanta has set the record for attracting the most visitors to Korea, and has been acclaimed by critics and audiences wherever it goes. 

Incheon Airport: Unlimited 4G Portable Pocket Wi-Fi Rental

8. Incheon Airport: Unlimited 4G Portable Pocket Wi-Fi Rental

Keep in touch with family and friends whilst in Seoul and around Korea with a 4G Portable Wi-Fi rental, providing unlimited Wi-Fi access to your smartphone, tablet, and computer at just the touch of a button. You will be provided with a chargeable device that generates unlimited internet service for 3 electronic devices. Enjoy high-speed 4G internet access wherever you want, whenever you want with coverage across the country. Simply pick up your device at Incheon Airport, learn how to use the device from your helpful staff, and walk around the streets of Seoul with unlimited high-speed internet service to search for best restaurants, travel spots, and share them on your social media! You can even stream videos or your favorite playlists since there is no restriction in speed or data usage. Pick up the device from Incheon Airport, but return it to any of the following airports: Incheon International Airport, Gimpo Airport, Gimhae Airport (Busan).

From Seoul: DMZ Tour with Tickets and Optional Peace Gondola

9. From Seoul: DMZ Tour with Tickets and Optional Peace Gondola

* Tour Itinerary (DMZ): Imjingak Park - The Bridge of Freedom - The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel - DMZ Theater & Exhibition Hall - Dora Observatory - Pass by the Unification Village * Tour Itinerary (DMZ+Gondola Optional): Imjingak Park - The Bridge of Freedom - Gondola Ride - The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel - DMZ Theater & Exhibition Hall - Dora Observatory - Pass by the Unification Village * Tour Itinerary (DMZ+Red Bridge Optional): Imjingak Park - The Bridge of Freedom - The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel - DMZ Theater & Exhibition Hall - Dora Observatory - Pass by the Unification Village - Red Suspension Bridge Uncover the story of North and South Korea on a shared or private day trip to the Demilitarized Zone from Seoul. See highlights like the Peace Train, Bridge of Freedom, and Third Tunnel of Aggression. Add a gondola ride to your tour to see the DMZ from above. After meeting your guide at one of the meeting points at Seoul's downtown metro stations or following pickup (private options only), travel in comfort aboard a climate-controlled bus to Imjingak Park in Paju. Follow your guide to see DMZ and war-related monuments, including the famous Peace Train and the Bridge of Freedom which links the two Koreas. Continue to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel (Third Tunnel of Aggression), one of four known tunnels under the border between the Koreas.  Learn about how the tunnel was built for a surprise attack from the North to the South and was discovered by accident. Hear about the innovation of North Korea before making your way to the DMZ Theater & Exhibition Hall to find out more about this tunnel and the stories of the two Koreas. Travel to the top of Mt. Dora for a visit to the Dora Observatory. Take in the scenic view across the Demilitarized Zone and see the North Korean propaganda village and Korea's ancient capital, Kaesong. Pass by the Unification Village (Tongil Chon), where civilians still live to this day. Select the Peace Gondola add-on for unparalleled views of North Korea and the U.S. Military Camp Greaves. Return to your meeting or pickup point at the end of your tour.

10 Asian Regions: eSIM Data Plan

10. 10 Asian Regions: eSIM Data Plan

Make your trip to Asia hassle-free with a convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in 10 Asian regions: Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. All iPhone model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): ctm-mobile Local operator info: China - CU Hong Kong - CSL Macau - CTM Taiwan - Chunghwa South Korea - SK Telecom Indonesia - Telkomsel Malaysia - Maxis Singapore - Singtel Thailand - AIS Vietnam - Mobifone

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It was a great tour, far beyond my expectations. Guide Julie and the driver did a fantastic job of entertaining the group, even early in the morning and Julie shared all the information in a humorous way. Additionally, you should ask her for the best poses for taking pictures and for her skincare recommendations ;-)! My full recommendations! BR Finn

frankly nothing to say from to z the guide was great the tour super the explanations superb the appointment on time and return on time everything is very professional and human the dmz is worth visiting I have no regrets and well done guide who knew how to put us at ease and advise us like a guide thank you

It was really interesting and you could see that the guide is really interested in the storys as well. It was also really fun. I would recommend it for everyone how is fascinated in history and spirits storys! :)

Our guide, Dennis, was amazing at explaining the history of each place we visited. We learned a lot from him and he made the trip more memorable. Highly recommend this tour.

Dennis is a fantastic guide. Really appreciate all the explanations.