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Namiseom, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm, & Railbike

1. Namiseom, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm, & Railbike

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 railbike experience, drive to the railbike station and take a breathtaking ride through the serene countryside along an old train track that has been converted into a railbike 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. Next, set off for Nami Island, a beautiful, well-known destination in South Korea. Explore the half-moon-shaped island, which has very attractive landscapes and was used as the filming location for the famous Korean drama, Winter Sonata. Stroll around at your own pace to discover the island. Then, head to Petite France to see the vibrant French village that stands out with its brightly colored buildings. The French village consists of exhibition halls, restaurants, and cafes for you to explore and also many photo-worthy sites that feature many famous Korean dramas and variety shows. After your journey, enjoy a hassle-free and comfortable ride back to Seoul.

Seoul: Korean Cooking Class at a Local Home and Market Tour

2. Seoul: Korean Cooking Class at a Local Home and Market Tour

Experience the Korean cooking and street food culture in Seoul and join an educational session for you or your group. An expert native Korean chef will assist you in learning the culture, ingredients, and how to prepare and create authentic Korean dishes. Begin the tour with a visit to a local market to buy fresh ingredients for the class and taste some local street food at the popular, yet less touristy market in Seoul. Absorb the vibrant atmosphere of the market and with your guide, find the ingredients which are required for the cooking class. After the market tour, head to the venue of your cooking class and learn a few Korean phrases while sipping a delicious welcome drink. Then it's time to make a variety of traditional Korean dishes. Your experienced chef-guide will show you how to make 4 dishes including Bibimbap (mixed rice with meat and vegetables), Dakgalbi (stir-fried chicken), Haemul-Pajeon (seafood and green onion pancake), and Doenjang-Jjigae (fermented soybean paste stew). Then, sit down to a meal and savor the delicious flavors of your creations. Enjoy the unique art of Korean food with a Hanjeongsik, a traditional Korean course meal with more than 10 side dishes which will be provided by your local host along with seasonal fruits and rice wine.

Nami Island, Petite France & Optional Rail Bike Tour

3. Nami Island, Petite France & Optional Rail Bike Tour

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 before your visit to Nami Island and Petite France. 

Seoul: Pub Crawl and Party at City's Best Bars and Clubs

4. Seoul: Pub Crawl and Party at City's Best Bars and Clubs

Join your guide and a group of like-minded travelers and locals on this safe and exhilarating pub crawl through Seoul. Skip the line and visit 3 pubs or clubs and then one extra dance location each night. Enjoy Seoul's nightlife with style and without breaking the bank. Join in every Friday (in Itaewon) and Thursday and Saturday (in Hongdae) for three nights of absolute fun. Experience three events in the two most popular areas of Seoul with over 50 people, like you, joining in at every party. Socializing, dancing, and drinking are only a few of the things that you should expect. Together with your guides, and party animals from Korea and all around the world, you'll visit 4 bars/clubs and have a blast while doing so. *Currently the group sizes might vary but our full effort for providing you a fun night is guaranteed!

Seoul: Gwangjang Market & Fortress Wall Tour with Food

5. Seoul: Gwangjang Market & Fortress Wall Tour with Food

Take an insider's look at Seoul as you join your guide on a walking tour of the South Korean capital's famous Gwangjang Market, Chenggyecheon stream, Heunginjimun Gate, Seoul Fortress Wall, and Ihwa Mural Village. Learn about the local culture and sample some culinary delights on the way. Start with a tour of Gwangjang Market, Seoul’s first and oldest covered market, to sample popular street food like Kimbab (seaweed and rice roll), Bindaeddoek (mung bean pancake), or Ddeokbokki (rice cake). The city's biggest street food hot spot also sells hanbok, traditional Korean clothing. Next, walk along Cheonggyecheon stream where locals love to hang out and relax there to escape from city life. The stream was paved over as part of post-war economic development in 1958 and restored in 2003. Soon, arrive at the Heunginjimun Gate (Dongdaemun), a Korean national treasure. It was first constructed in 1396 as one of the main gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul. Only this gate has an outer wall among the eight gates of the city. Moving on, walk along the Hanyangdoseong (Seoul Fortress Wall), built to protect the old Seoul, Hanyang from foreign enemies in the Joseon dynasty. As you admire the series of walls made of stone and wood, also soak in some amazing views of the city from the fortress. To conclude the tour, visit the Ihwa Mural Village, a unique spot fully devoted to street art and wall murals. Explore this artistic enclave and learn how the neighborhood transformed from a ghost town to a colorful attraction.

Nami Island, Korean Style Garden of Morning Calm & Rail Bike

6. Nami Island, Korean Style Garden of Morning Calm & Rail Bike

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 the morning before you visit Nami Island and The Garden of Morning Calm. You will have 2-3 hours at each venue and will be dropped off at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, Myeongdong Station, or Hongik University Station. On the non-rail bike option, you will be dropped off between 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM, and on the rail bike option you will return between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

Mt. Bukhan Hike & Korean-Style Spa with Full Body Treatment

7. Mt. Bukhan Hike & Korean-Style Spa with Full Body Treatment

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 treatment, face pack and shampoo, will be provided by an expert and will take around 1.5 hours. Your hotel drop off will be around 5:00PM.

Seoul Highlights: Morning E-bike Tour

8. Seoul Highlights: Morning E-bike Tour

Glide effortlessly through the ancient city of Seoul by E-Bike. Starting from the K Style tourist information hub, you'll cruise over to the royal palace, before visiting the quaint west village and cruising up the west mountain on an e-bike to see the city wall. From the tops, you can overlook the city to enjoy Seoul's natural beauty and epic skyline all in one. Next up, visit Baum village, nestled in the mountains, the film location of the famous movie "parasite", before visiting the oldest original Joseon dynasty gate to the city. You'll then have a thrilling downhill ride back into the city. You'll effortlessly cycle past the presidential Blue House and over to the traditional Bukcheon Hanok village for a look at the traditional homes there. Your comfortable e-bike will then whisk you to the tranquil Jogyesa temple for a temple tour and finally back to the starting point on Cheonggyecheon river for the final tour story on Gwangtong bridge and tips on where to go next and how to get there.

Seoul City 1-Day Tour & Nanta Or Korean Folk Village Option

9. Seoul City 1-Day Tour & Nanta Or Korean Folk Village Option

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 encompasses the past, present and even the future of Seoul as well as the entire nation. After lunch, head to the Changdeok Palace built after Gyeongbok Palace in 1405 and discover another beautiful palace steeped in Korean heritage, declared a UNESCO heritage site several years ago. Stop next at two famous markets in Seoul - Insadong and Namdaemun Market. Insadong is the most reliable place to purchase antiques in Seoul. Browse antique shops, art galleries and secondhand bookstores. Namdaemun is the largest traditional market where you can browse a multitude of goods for bargains and search for the perfect souvenir to take home. Have the option to see a non-verbal performance called 'Nanta'. Nanta is a hybrid artwork, the combination of a traditional Korean folk performance called 'Samulnori' and Western forms of performances. Be entertained by a lively performance where the stage is a giant kitchen and four cooks appear and start cooking dishes for a wedding reception. In the process, they perform Samulnori using the various cooking utensils, such as pots, pans, and plates, etc. The show ends at around 6:30 PM. For the Korean Folk Village Option, you will be able to see well preserved customs and lifestyles of the past generations. Set in a natural environment, visitors can experience this traditional atmosphere with over 260 houses reminiscent of the late Joseon dynasty. See where various handicrafts such as pottery and basket-making, are produced. You can also visit the folk museum as well as the art museum (scheduled to open) to learn about Korean culture and folk customs which are not suitable for display and in an open-air setting.

From Seoul: Baengmagoji Battlefield & Korean War Tour

10. From Seoul: Baengmagoji Battlefield & Korean War Tour

Embark on a day tour outside the city of Seoul and learn more about the history of the Korean War. First, stop at Baengmagoji, the site of the Battle of White Horse. Learn more about the fierce conflict between the 9th division of the Korean Army and the 38th force of the Chinese Army which took place here throughout October 1952. Next, visit the former Headquarters of the Labor Party. Discover a three-story building which was constructed in 1946 and in use until the outbreak of the Korean War on June 25 1950. Today, the building is used as a concert hall. Then, visit Dopiansa Temple, built in the 9th century during the era of the Silla Dynasty. This temple is located near to the DMZ and saw much conflict during the war years. Once you've worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a traditional Korean-style rib soup for lunch. Finally, stop at Sanjeong Lake and take a relaxing around the beautiful mountain lake surrounded by magnificent views. Enjoy some time to reflect on Korean history, before returning to the capital.

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This tour is certainly worth the money spent and time rendered for experience. Time allocated for the 3 places of attractions are sufficient. Rail Bike is interesting with scenic views and music along the way. Nami Island was a lovely island, ideal even for kids. The place has many restaurants. We had a nice Korean meal there. Garden of Morning Calm has many beautiful flowers and trees.

I really enjoyed this tour, though it was a bit hard as someone by themselves, especially as I was the only one traveling solo. The transportation was good and comfortable (and I'm a tall guy), and there was enough time and freedom to see the sights. I would recommend the rail bike to couples and groups, not to solo travelers.

I booked this cooking class for the first day of my visit to South Korea and i’m glad i did! Junghee is friendly, enthusiastic, fun, explained everything and in the end all was delicious! Gamsahabnida ! 5 stars.

This was a great experience. The good was AMAZING! The host is super nice and welcoming. I can't wait to try out the recipes once I get back home. I highly recommend this class!

Great tour! The activities were fun, guide was super friendly and helpful, would recommend 100%