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Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

1. Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day 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. First, visit Imjingak Park. See the Bridge of Freedom, used by prisoners of war who were repatriated from the North. Next, head to the 3rd 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. You can go inside the tunnel on foot. Once you're back on the surface, your guide will take you up the slopes of Mount Dora for a look across the country from the Dorasan 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. Half-Day Tour 5:30-6:40 AM hotel pick up & Meeting point → Imjingak Park → Freedom Bridge → DMZ Theater/Exhibition Hall → 3rd Infiltration Tunnel → Dorasan Observatory → Unification Village → Imjingak Park (pass by) → Drop-off around 2:00 PM Half-Day Tour and Shooting Experience 5:30-6:30 AM hotel pick up → Imjingak Park → Freedom Bridge → DMZ Theater/Exhibition Hall → 3rd Infiltration Tunnel → Dorasan Observatory → Unification Village → Imjingak Park (pass by) → Around 2:00 PM indoor shooting range in Myeongdong → Drop-off Full-Day Tour - DMZ and City Tour 5:30-6:30 AM hotel pick up → Imjingak Park → Freedom Bridge → DMZ Theater/Exhibition Hall → 3rd Infiltration Tunnel → Dorasan Observatory → Unification Village → Imjingak Park (pass by) → Around 2:00 PM lunch (Bibimbap) → Gyeongbokgung → Insadong Street→ Drop-off around 5:00 PM

Seoul Your Way: Private Custom Experience with a Local Guide

2. Seoul Your Way: Private Custom Experience with a Local Guide

Book this personalized tour and the local operator will contact you with some questions about your interests. You’ll be matched with a like-minded local and a bespoke itinerary will be created just for you. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your guide at a convenient place. If during the tour you feel like changing direction, or your guide thinks you'd enjoy something different, the itinerary can be changed. Enjoy discovering amazing spots that you haven’t heard about and are difficult to find, because they aren't well known to visitors. The day revolves around your wishes, so enjoy your private meet-up and bespoke itinerary and let your local host show you a Seoul you will love.

Morning 3-Hour Intro to Seoul Tour (Palace, Temple & More)

3. Morning 3-Hour Intro to Seoul Tour (Palace, Temple & More)

Begin your tour from the hotel in Seoul between 8:00AM and 9:20AM. Stop first at the Jogyesa buddhist temple. Notice the locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon, a truly beautiful sight. Gaze in wonder at the Daeungjeon and the main temple building which are about 500 years old. Continue on to the Gyeongbok palace where you'll first observe the changing of the guard ceremony. Then, explore Gyeongbok Palace, built in 1395 and is arguably the most beautiful palace in Korea and remains the grandest of all the five main palaces in Seoul. Next visit Cheongwadae, the presidential blue house, known for its beautiful, blue tiles. These tiles and the smooth roof are in beautiful harmony with Mount Bugaksan behind it. Discover how the blue house with its blue tiles and the smooth curve of the roof represents the beauty of Korea. Here you'll have the chance to visit Cheongwadae Sarangchae, a history center that gives visitors a chance to follow in the footsteps of the presidents of Korea and learn about the fascinating history of Seoul before the tour ends at around 12:30PM.

Private Customized Seoul Tour with Your Korean Buddy

4. Private Customized Seoul Tour with Your Korean Buddy

Take this private 4-hour walking tour to explore Seoul at your own pace with a customized itinerary. Select where you want to go and plan your route with your guide. Scope out the best places to visit during your stay, learn how to get into top restaurants and learn how to navigate the transport system. For history lovers, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Samcheongdong, and Insadong. If you are more interested in the modern aspects of the city, go to Gangnam district, COEX, and relax by the Han River. For shoppers, visiting Myeongdong and Namdaemun Market is highly recommended.

Seoul: Dark Side of the City and Ghost Stories Walking Tour

5. Seoul: Dark Side of the City and Ghost Stories Walking Tour

Prepare yourself for the creepiest, historically accurate, and frighteningly bone-chilling tales. Korea has a unique history that will suck you in. You will see places where bloody massacres occurred. You will walk under a bridge that carries a dark sinister secret. You will encounter three of Seoul's five palaces and learn the secrets about one of them that even Seoulites do not know. Your tour will be led by a historian who will tell you the dark side of Korean history including Prince Suyang's slaughter of his nephew's men and the massacre at the site where Korea's first Western hospital was at. Tales in Japanese Colonial times will be shared while walking in royal palaces. The itinerary extends to other parts of Seoul such as Nagwon-dong and Chenggyecheon Stream. Hear modern urban legends, true crime events, and quirky secrets of buildings that the local government would prefer you did not know. You might actually meet a ghost so do not be too surprised. You will get a basic orientation of Seoul’s layout and see many sites including the three of five palaces, the Cheonggyecheon Stream, Tapgol Park, the Insa-dong neighborhood, Seoul City Hall, and the iconic Gwanghwamun Square. Your guide is an invaluable source of information and full tips about other places to see and eat. There will be restroom breaks and opportunities to have beverages and snacks. If you want to explore the dark back alleys and secret spots filled with horror, take the "Premium Tour" for extended and exclusive story-sharing.

Seoul: Private Customizable Tour to Nami Island and More

6. Seoul: Private Customizable Tour to Nami Island and More

Escape the city and travel to the ultimate day-trip destination from Seoul, the famous Nami Island. Avoid large groups and tight schedules and opt to travel comfortably in a private setting. After hotel pickup in Seoul, drive to Nami Island, along the way picking up tips for your visit from your English-speaking driver. Enjoy free time at Nami Island, known for its beautiful panoramic sights which differ drastically with the changing seasons. Snap some colorful photos and stroll around the island to find hidden spots and the filming locations of Korean dramas and films. For the rest of the day, visit either one of both of the nearby locations: Petite France and Garden of Morning Calm. Petite France is a small town decorated like an old French village, with a bit of Korean-style architecture mixed in. Take photos with the mascot of the village, the Little Prince, and find a place to sit for coffee. If you're more of a nature person, opt for more time at the Garden of Morning Calm, where various types of flora are organized in traditional gardens. Take a photo at the Korean-style gazebo and discover the different styles of gardens. After your trip, head back to your accommodation or any location of your choice within Seoul city.

From Seoul: Evening Tour to Hwaseong Fortress UNESCO Site

7. From Seoul: Evening Tour to Hwaseong Fortress UNESCO Site

Explore a piece of Korean history in a unique light on this night tour of the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Discover one of the most well-known and loved UNESCO sites in Korea. Depart from Seoul and head to Suwon, the only completely walled city in South Korea. We will visit Hwaseong Haenggung palace in summer season. 'Haenggung' stands for a temporary place where royal families stayed. Suwon Haenggung palace is the biggest of those. Enjoy the night views of this palace and take some great pictures.  Marvel at the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress which was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Designed by the most inspiring ancient architect named Jeong Yak-Yong, the fortress is a fusion of science and industry and incorporates Chinese ingenuity into its plans. The whole fortress is beautifully lit up at night.  Learn about the Joseon dynasty's history including the fact that Suwon could've been the new capital of ancient Korea and that the king built the fortress to be closer with his dead father.

Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walk

8. Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walk

Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, established in 1395 as the main palace in the Joseon Dynasty, on a guided tour with tickets included. Stroll around the majestic Seoul landmark and immerse yourself in Korean history with the live commentary of an expert. Meet your guide at Gyeongbokgung station and head to Gyeongbukgung Palace's main gate. Take some time to look around the palace and admire the architecture. Learn about the history and hear the hidden stories of the largest palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Take photos of the locations where kings and queens once stood, and discover the influence the dynasty had on Korean society during its five centuries in power. End your tour at the Gyeonghoiru pavilion, the event hall of the palace. Enjoy some time to explore at your own pace after the tour.

Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

9. Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

Discover the palaces and shopping spots of Seoul on a multi-stop tour including a local guide, hotel pickup, lunch, and all entry fees and tickets. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to highlights like the Blue House, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Namdaemun Market, and the Jogyesa temple in Insadong. Following pickup, meet your local guide and start exploring the many cultural highlights and popular spots around Seoul, including shrines, markets, museums, palaces, neighborhoods, and hanok villages. Depending on your tour day, your itinerary may vary: Cheonggyecheon Stream is an 11-km-long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that was once there before during the Joseon Dynasty. Cheongwadae (The Blue House) is the presidential residence of the Republic of Korea and is regarded as the heart of the nation. While entering is not allowed, see this historic location from outside the main gate. Cheongwadae Saranchae is a Korean presidential exhibition center, newly opened in January 2010. Enter inside to learn more about Korean culture and history (Monday tours visit the outside of the building only). Saranchae is closed on Tuesdays. The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea. Be sure to bring a camera to take lots of pictures. Admire the guards’ costumes with brilliant primary colors. Gyeongbokgung Palace is the oldest palace of the Joseon Dynasty, located at the northern end of Seojong-ro Street. Built in 1394 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty by its founder King Taejo, it's the most comprehensive and grandest of the five palaces of the period. Stroll around the grounds to see the National Folk Museum of Korea, where visitors can browse the unique cultural and historical traits of Korea and the lifestyle of the bygone days. As Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea tour, and the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony will be replaced with a tour of Deoksugung Palace on Tuesdays. Jogyesa is located on one of the most popular cultural streets in Seoul, Insa-dong. Very close to the palace of Gyeongbokgung, it is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism (since 1936) and it plays a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea. Changdeokgung Palace was used as the main palace by many Joseon Kings and is very well preserved. The palace was registered with UNESCO in 1997. On Mondays, you'll visit Jongmyo Royal Shrine instead. Insadong is the perfect place in Seoul for visitors wanting to experience the traditional aspects of Korea. Discover art galleries, traditional craft stores, antique art dealers, traditional tea houses, and local-favorite restaurants. Namsangol Hanok Village stands out between tall buildings in the middle of the city with its five restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond, and a time capsule. On Mondays enjoy a similar visit to Bukchon Hanok Village instead. Sungnyemun Gate (Mondays: outside only), normally known as the Namdaemun, is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul. Take memorable photos of one of the gates that surrounded the city during the Joseon Dynasty. Namdaemun Market is an open-air market close to the downtown area and high-end hotels. Get the chance to shop some of the best selections of merchandise in the nation and interact with the locals. The market’s history traces back to the Joseon Dynasty and since then has become the main place to exchange daily products between urban and rural areas of Korea

Seoul: City Highlights Tour with Gyeongbokgung Palace

10. Seoul: City Highlights Tour with Gyeongbokgung Palace

The tour begins at Gyeongbokgung Ticket Place, where a historical guide will explain the history of Gyeongbokgung Palace. (Including the ceremony of changing the guards) On this tour, we will visit Hanok Street, a location that has been used in numerous dramas and movies. Your beautiful photos will be taken by a professional photographer! In the observatory cafe, you will also be able to enjoy Korean traditional tea. An example of a modern hanok is Baek In-je House in Gahoe-dong, located in Bukchon Hanok Village during the Japanese administration period. A main room with a good view of the whole village, spacious bedrooms, a large garden, and annex buildings make up the structure. Keeping the beauty of the traditional hanok while incorporating the modern trend of its time, Baek In-je House represents the Bukchon Hanok Village together with Yun Bo-seon House as an important example of both architecture and history. Jogyesa Temple is both Seoul's main temple and the district head temple of the Jogye order. During the Goryeo period, the temple was built in the late 14th century but was destroyed by fire in the late 15th century. Gakwangsa Temple was rebuilt in 1910 by Han Yong-un and Lee Hee-gwang, two respected monks. As part of Korea's Buddhist tradition, the temple was renamed Tegosa Temple in 1936. During the 1954 purification drive, Japanese influence was eliminated and traditional Buddhism was revived, resulting in the current Jogyesa Temple. (Including traditional Korean bread called kukhwapang) A street in Insa-dong that appears frequently in Korean dramas! There will be lots of handmade gifts and delicious food!

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based on 185 reviews

Sujeong was awesome, she showed us all the interesting places we wanted to see. It was a great experience walking with her thru the amazing city of Seoul. We can highly recommend her

Well organised tour. Very insightful and our guide was extremely friendly and answered all our questions. Would recommend to anyone wanting to visit DMZ.

The trip was nice, driver was excellent, kind and accommodated to our special requests. He made this trip memorable.

Soojin was a great tour person and very knowledgeable about the history of Korea.

Amazing guide with good jokes but also very informative!