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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

From Seoul: DMZ, 3rd Tunnel, and Gamaksan Bridge Guided Tour

2. From Seoul: DMZ, 3rd Tunnel, and Gamaksan 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. Drop by 3 stops at Imjingak - 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 four 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. Then arrive at Dorasan Station, which is the northernmost station in South Korea, connected to Pyeongyang Station. You’ll also have a chance to visit some Unification Villages during your tour of the DMZ. Finally, visit the suspension bridge at Gamaksan, 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. For a private tour, you can select 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 longest suspension bridge in South Korea, where you can walk the 256-meter bridge.

Seoul: Gangwon-do Day Trip with Alpaca World & Nami Island

3. Seoul: Gangwon-do Day Trip with Alpaca World & Nami Island

Experience the best of Gangwon-do on a full-day guided trip from Seoul. See the cute alpacas of Chuncheon, explore the picturesque Nami Island with its scenic trails, and finally choose between a rail-bike ride through the countryside or a visit to the romantic Garden of Morning Calm. Choose a private or group tour option and begin your day at Chuncheon's Alpaca World. Feed the adorable alpacas, watch them graze together, and take selfies with them. Ask your guide any questions you may have about the region and the alpacas themselves. Continue to Nami Island, home to all things K-drama. Explore its leafy paths with tall trees where the legendary Korean drama "Winter Sonata" was shot and see memorabilia. Enjoy time to have lunch at this stop. Then, choose to go to Ganchon for a rail bike tour along the Bukhan River and admire the countryside, or visit the traditional Korean Garden of Morning Calm, one of the most romantic sites in the region. Here, stroll through the gardens and take stunning photos. Finally, be dropped back to Myeongdong if you've chosen the group tour. If you've chosen the private option, you will be taken back to your accommodation in Seoul.

From Seoul: DMZ Tour with Optional North Korean Defector

4. From Seoul: DMZ Tour with Optional North Korean Defector

See the reality of the most divided nation in the world, the DMZ (Korean Demilitarized Zone). Enter the restricted DMZ zone with your guide and gain access to key sights inside the DMZ on this guided tour from Seoul. See the Imjingak Park, Dora Observatory, and more. See key areas of security tourism, including the Third Tunnel built for invasion by North Korea, Dora Observatory where you can see North Korea, and Dorasan Station, a wish for unification. Recent news about the end-of-war declaration means that if you don’t take this opportunity to see the DMZ, you might miss out. Choose to add an optional session to get a North Korean defector to join your tour to learn about their story and an insider's view of their country.

From Seoul: Half-Day Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

5. From Seoul: Half-Day Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

Head to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and see the strip of land between North and South Korea that symbolizes a decades-long conflict and an important chapter of world history. Start your tour at Imjingpak Park, situated only 7 km from the Demarcation Line, a tribute to the Korean War. Visit its observatory, monuments, and the Freedom Bridge, which was used to transport 13,000 prisoners home after the war. Continue to the Third Infiltration Tunnel, discovered in 1978, and witness an incomplete tunnel built by North Korea into the South that was denounced by the UN. Descend into history at the Dora Observatory and see into North Korea. Lastly, head to Dorasan Station, the last station before the DMZ and symbolic of the hope of reunification. Be dropped off at the City Hall in Seoul at the conclusion of the tour.

Private Customized Seoul Tour with Your Korean Buddy

6. 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: Nami Island + Garden + Rail Bike Day Trip

7. Seoul: Nami Island + Garden + Rail Bike Day Trip

Make the most out of a day from Seoul by joining this day tour. Head off to discover Petite France or the Korean-styled Garden of Morning Calm, followed by a visit to Nami Island. End the experience with a scenic trip on a railbike. The tour starts from convenient meeting points in Downtown Seoul or with hotel pickup if you book the private option. Start your day by traveling to Gangwon-do and visiting Petite France, a French-themed village, with colorful Petite Prince-styled houses. Wander around the popular drama filming site featured in many shows such as "Running Man", “Beethoven Virus”, “Secret Garden”, and "You Who Came From the Stars". Snap some nice photos whether you are a K-Pop/Petite Prince fan or not. Alternatively, opt to visit the Korean-styled Garden of Morning Calm, one of the most romantic locations in the region. Enjoy a lovely stroll and take photographs that look like they're right out of a Korean drama. Next will be the K-Drama's HolyLand, Nami Island (Namiseom). This famous natural attraction is known for its tall tree paths and was used as the filming location for the legendary Korean drama "Winter Sonata". Pick your favorite lunch spot here to enjoy at your own expense. Continue to Gangchon for a scenic railbike on an old track through the Bukhan River's countryside. Along the way, enjoy various tunnels with different themes.

From Seoul: Yongpyong Ski Day Tour with Transportation

8. From Seoul: Yongpyong Ski Day Tour with Transportation

Visit Korea's "Best Skiing Destination" with this hassle-free Yongpyong ski tour from Seoul. Best experience for those who want to experience the winter Olympics venue. Enjoy up to 6 hours of snow sports and winter activities. Discover 28 different slope options with various difficulties to suit all levels of skiers and snowboarders. You can enjoy tasty Korean food, spa treatments, experience Korean culture, and other activities during your stay. Enjoy the 3 flexible options, and you can find the one that fits you the most. • Basic Ski Tour An excellent choice for complete novices or first-time skiers, this option includes all essential equipment. Essential equipment includes ski poles, boots, skis, and gloves. You can rent a suit (clothes) or buy a ski pass at your expense. In addition, you'll enjoy a 30-minute beginner’s lesson to start to enjoy most of the slopes. • Full Tour With this option, you will receive ski poles, boots, skis, gloves, and ski suit (clothes). Take a two-hour skiing lesson and a ski lift pass to try out all the slopes you feel you can handle. For those who already know how to ski, this is your go-to option. • Shuttle Only Choose this option to enjoy the resort, find the K-drama shooting scene sites, play in the snow, or watch your family and friends ski or sled.

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

9. 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.

From Seoul: Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm & Rail Bike

10. From Seoul: Nami Island, 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.

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What people are saying about Seoul

I’m so so glad that I joined this tour while staying in Seoul for 설날!! Our guide, Jung, was absolutely lovely, really funny, and very enthusiastic. She was very knowledgeable and explained things very well. We were lucky to be able to travel through to the civilian control zone at the earliest possible time, and the weather was absolutely beautiful on the observatory, we didn’t even need the binoculars! The third tunnel was really interesting too, although it’s really a workout hahaha I was nervous because I was travelling alone, but I still had a lot of fun because Jung was so engaging. I also found the gift shops very reasonably priced and with lots of different options. They also sell North Korean bills at Imjingak Park, which I thought was really cool. Seriously, if you’re thinking about visiting the DMZ, I highly recommend this provider. Thank you Jung and team! <3

The sight of North Korea in the distance in the fine weather made me think a lot. The guide told many stories about the North Korean and Korean wars, and the tour participants were all serious. I heard that it was a veteran travel agency of the DMZ tour, and everything went smoothly from the meeting to the end. I recommend you to try this tour if you go to Korea.

Thank you so much Tracy for your enthusiastic explanation despite the cold weather. Thanks to you, I got to know about Korea well. My friend made a reservation for me, and I'm so grateful. I seriously recommend it.

I had a really great time! we had traditional food and snacks, as well as tea. I learned alot about the history and was able to explore art and shops that I would not have done. I would recommend this tour!

Guide was so nice and kind ! Explications was really helpful and she was fun !!!