South Korea: South Korea, an East Asian nation on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, shares one of the world’s most heavily militarized borders with North Korea. It’s equally known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, plus its coastal fishing villages, sub-tropical islands and high-tech cities such as Seoul, the capital.
Trip Planning: The planning stage of your trip can be instrumental in its success and an enjoyable part of the experience itself. You have a world of options...and plenty to consider.
Entry and Exit formalities: Visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months & beyond at the time of entering the country. Some nationalities can obtain visa on arrival and for nationalities who requires visa please refer to the South Korean consulate website:
Transportation: Figuring out how to get around is one of your biggest pre-trip decisions. Get our holiday expert best advice on deciding between your options. Based on your trip itinerary, our experts will help you choose wisely. You'll also find a wealth of practical travel tips.
Money: Use your money wisely. Know the best time to use cash or card — and how to avoid unnecessary fees either way — as well as tipping etiquette.
Phones and Technology: Phones and other smart devices can be huge time-savers...or expensive distractions. Get our tips for making the best use of technology during your trip, and for calling home with or without your own phone.
Packing Light: On your trip you'll meet two kinds of travelers: those who pack light and those who wish they had.
Sleeping and Eating: Your hotel and restaurant choices can be a matter-of-face chore…or they can provide rich opportunities to connect with locals and their culture.
Health & Hygiene: Take comfort: Doctors, hospitals, launderettes, and bathrooms aren’t that different. Dealing with them can even be part of the fun of travel.
Sightseeing & Activities: Once you're on the ground, the real fun begins…but it pays to have a thoughtful plan. Our experts will help you get oriented to your surroundings, use your sightseeing hours wisely, and find your way off the beaten path.
Things to see & do:
Seoul - the capital of South Korea, is a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets. Notable attractions include futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a convention hall with curving architecture and a rooftop park; Gyeongbokgung Palace, which once had more than 7,000 rooms; and Jogyesa Temple, site of ancient locust and pine trees.
Busan- a large port city in South Korea, is known for its beaches, mountains and temples. Busy Haeundae Beach features the Sea Life Aquarium, plus a Folk Square with traditional games such as tug-of-war, while Gwangalli Beach has many bars and views of modern Diamond Bridge. Beomeosa Temple, a Buddhist shrine founded in 678 A.D., is at the base of Geumjeong Mountain, which has hiking trails.
Bucheon- is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Bucheon is located 25 kilometers away from Seoul, of which it is a satellite city. It is located between Incheon and Seoul.
Incheon- South Korean city bordering the capital of Seoul, has long been a transportation hub. The ultramodern, massive Incheon International Airport, with railway connections to Seoul, features a casino, spa and golf course. Yeonan Pier, close to the popular Incheon Fish Market, is the starting point for many boat tours. Incheon is also known for its beach-lined islands, including Yeongjong and Muui-dong.
Daegu- is a city in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. It’s known for the Daegu Yangnyeongsi Oriental Medicine Cultural Center, which has a market as well as exhibitions tracing the history of local medical traditions. Nearby, Gyeongsanggamnyeong Park is home to manicured lawns and the early-20th-century governor’s residence. Exhibits at Daegu National Museum include ancient pottery and Buddhist relics.
Ulsan- officially the Ulsan Metropolitan City is South Korea's seventh-largest metropolitan city and the eighth-largest city overall, with a population of over 1.1 million inhabitants. It is located in the south-east of the country, neighboring Busan to the south and facing Gyeongju to the north
Daejeon-is South Korea's fifth-largest metropolis. Daejeon had a population of over 1.5 million in 2010. Located in the central region of South Korea, Daejeon serves as a hub of transportation and is at the crossroads of major transport routes. The capital Seoul is about 50 min by KTX or SRT high speed rail.
Gwangju-South Korea's sixth-largest metropolis. It is a designated metropolitan city under the direct control of the central government's Home Minister. The city was also the capital of South Jeolla Province until the provincial office moved to the southern village of Namak in Muan County in 2005 because Gwangju was promoted to a metropolitan city and was independent of South Jeolla province. Its name is composed of the words Gwang meaning "light" and Ju meaning "province". Gwangju was historically recorded as Muju in which "Silla merged all of the land to establish the provinces of Gwangju, Ungju, Jeonju, Muju and various counties, plus the southern boundary of Goguryeo and the ancient territories of Silla" in the Samguk Sagi. In the heart of the agricultural Jeolla region, the city is also famous for its rich and diverse cuisine.
Suwon- is the capital of Gyeonggi Province, in northwestern South Korea. It’s known for the late-18th-century Hwaseong Fortress, with its commanding stone wall and 4 pagoda-topped arched gates. Near Hwahongmun Gate, Hwaseong Haenggung Palace has a traditional banquet hall. The raised Yeonmudae Post, once a military training ground, offers fortress views. Suwon Hwaseong Museum explores the construction of the fortress.
Jeju City, on Jejudo Island-is the capital of South Korea's Jeju Province. In the city, Sinsan Park has displays of marine animals at Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum. Jejuhyanggyo Confucian School houses ancestral tablets and offers calligraphy classes. On the coast, Yongduam Haesu Spa Land has seawater saunas. Nearby, divers at the dragon-shaped Yongduam Rock collect seafood using traditional methods.
Seongnam- is the second largest city in South Korea's Gyeonggi Province after Suwon and the 10th largest city in the country. Its population is approximately one million. Seongnam is a satellite city of Seoul.
Gyeongju- historically known as Seorabeol, is a coastal city in the far southeastern corner of North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea.
Changwon- is the capital city of Gyeongsangnam-do, on the southeast coast of South Korea. With a population of 1.07 million as of 2015, Changwon is South Korea's ninth-most populous city. A port city, Changwon is bordered by Masan Bay to the south, and the cities of Busan and Gimhae to the east.
Goyang- is a city in Gyeonggi Province in the north of South Korea. It is part of the Seoul Capital Area, making Goyang one of Seoul's satellite cities. It is one of the largest cities in the Seoul Capital Area, with a population of just over 1 million.
Jeonju- is a city in western South Korea. It’s known for the Jeonju Hanok Heritage Village, an area of traditional houses, craft shops and food stalls. In the village, the 15th-century Gyeonggijeon Shrine has portraits of former kings. Jeonju Korean Traditional Wine Museum demonstrates the making of local rice wines. Omokdae and Imokdae are centuries-old hilltop pavilions with sweeping views.
Sejong- officially the Sejong Special Self-Governing City, is a special self-governing city and de facto administrative capital of South Korea.
Ansan- is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. It lies southwest of Seoul, and is part of the Seoul National Capital Area. It is connected to Seoul by rail via Seoul Subway Line 4. It is situated on the Yellow Sea coast and some islands lie within its jurisdiction.
Cheongju- is the capital and largest city of North Chungcheong Province in South Korea. During Hideyoshi's Invasions of Korea, Cheongju was the site of the Battle of Cheongju, during which the Korean forces re-took the city from the Japanese forces in an important early victory. The government of the province relocated here from Chungju in 1908. The opening of the Chungbuk-line in 1926 sparked regional development. In 1946, Cheongju and Cheongwon-gun were separated, and in 1949, Cheongju was upgraded to Cheongju City. Afterwards, it went through the separation of administrative dong and their transfer to Cheongwon-gun, with 2 branch offices (East and West) established in July 1989 that were upgraded to Sangdang-gu and Heungdeok-gu in January.
Hwaseong- is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. It has the largest area of farmland of any city or county in Gyeonggi Province. Seoul Subway Line 1 passes through Hwaseong, stopping at Byeongjeom Station.
Anyang- is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. With a population of approximately 600,000 persons, it is the 20th largest city in South Korea. It is a satellite city of Seoul and located approximately 21 km south of Seoul, and 19 km north of Suwon. It is connected to Seoul via the Seoul Subway Line 1 and Line 4.
Yongin- is a major city in the Seoul Capital Area, the largest in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. With a population over 1 million, the city has developed rapidly since the 21st century, recording the highest population growth of any city in the country.
Cheonan, also spelled Ch'ŏnan- is a city in South Chungcheong, South Korea. Cheonan has a population of 666,417, making it the most-populous city or county in South Chungcheong, and the third most-populous city in the Hoseo region after Daejeon and Cheongju.
Namyangju is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. To the east is Gapyeong County, to the west is Guri City, and to the north is Pocheon City. Namyangju-si was originally a southern part of Yangju-gun, but was separated into Namyangju-gun in April 1980.
Pohang- is a city in the province of North Gyeongsang, South Korea, and a main seaport in the Daegu-Gyeongbuk region. The built-up area of Pohang is located on the alluvium of the mouth of the Hyeongsan River. The city is divided into two wards, Buk-gu or Northern Ward and Nam-gu or Southern Ward.
Gangneung is a municipal city in the province of Gangwon-do, on the east coast of South Korea. Gangneung is the economic centre of the Yeongdong region of Gangwon-do.
Chuncheon- is the capital city of Gangwon Province, South Korea. To the north, rugged Obongsan Mountain is home to the Buddhist Cheongpyeongsa Temple. It features a stone garden, an ancient, 3-story stone pagoda and the secluded Guseong Waterfall. Nearby, man-made Soyangho Lake is known for springtime cherry blossoms and views of its vast dam. Exhibitions at Chuncheon National Museum include Goryeo-era carved statues.
Suncheon- is a city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea. It is a scenic agricultural and industrial city of around 250,000 people near Suncheon Bay. It is located in the southeastern corner of Jeollanam-do, just over an hour south-east of Gwangju.
Seogwipo- is the second-largest city on Jeju Island, settled on a rocky volcanic coastline in the southern part of Jeju Province, South Korea. In July 2006, Seogwipo's boundaries were expanded to include the entire southern half of Jeju island.
Andong- is a city on the Nakdong River, in South Korea. It’s known for its open-air heritage museums. Andong Folk Museum uses exhibits and re-enactments to explain traditional ceremonies like weddings. Its outdoor area has thatched houses and a pair of carved totem poles. West of the city, Hahoe Folk Village has tile-roofed homes and traditional food. Nearby, Buyongdae Cliff has expansive river views.
Sokcho- is a city in Gangwon-do province, South Korea. It is located in the far northeast of Gangwon-do. The city is a major tourist hub, and a popular gateway to nearby Seoraksan national park. Sokcho is home to the few lakes: Yeongrangho and Cheongchoho that are naturally created by the Sea of Japan.
Yeosu is a port city on South Korea’s East China Sea coast. A breakwater links the port to Odongdo Island, home to red camellia blossoms and a lighthouse with an observatory. On Dolsando Island, Dolsan Park has views of Dolsandaegyo Bridge. It also has the Maritime and Fisheries Science Museum, with an aquarium of turtles. At the island's southern tip is the clifftop Hyangiram Hermitage, an ancient Buddhist temple.
Gunsan, also romanized as Kunsan- is a city in North Jeolla Province, South Korea. It is on the south bank of the Geum River just upstream from its exit into the Yellow Sea.
Mokpo- is a city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea, located at the southwestern tip of the Korean Peninsula, close to Yudal mountain. Mokpo has frequent high-speed train services to Seoul, and is the terminus for a number of ferry routes serving islands in the adjacent Yellow Sea and Dadohae National Maritime Park.
Icheon- is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Together with Yeoju, Icheon is known as a center of South Korean ceramic manufacturing and is a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art. Other famous local products include peaches and rice.
Jinju- is a city in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. It was the location of the first and second Sieges of Jinju by Japanese forces during the Imjin War. The Republic of Korea Air Force Education and Training Command is located in the eastern part of the city.
Gimhae- is a city in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. It is the seat of the large Gimhae Kim clan, one of the largest Kim clans in Korea. The Gimhae Kims claim descent from the ancient royal house of Geumgwan Gaya, which was based in Gimhae. Gimhae is situated near the Nakdong River.
Gyeongsan- is a city in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. Its western border abuts the metropolitan city of Daegu, and much of Gyeongsan lies within the Daegu metropolitan area.
Hanam- is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Formerly a part of Gwangju County, it was designated a city in 1989. The ancient Baekje capital of Hanam Wiryeseong may have been located there. Lying immediately east of Seoul, Hanam is also bordered by Namyangju, Gwangju, and Seongnam.
Iksan- is a city and major railway junction in North Jeolla Province, South Korea. The city center and railway junction was formerly called "Iri", but merged with Iksan County in 1995.
Wonju- is the most populous city in Gangwon province, South Korea. The city is located approximately 140 kilometres east of Seoul. Wonju was the site of three crucial battles during the Korean War.
Yangju- is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Yangju is located south of Dongducheon and north of Uijeongbu, not far from Seoul.
Gimcheon- is a city in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. It is situated on the major land transportation routes between Seoul and Busan, namely the Gyeongbu Expressway and Gyeongbu Line railway. In ancient times, Gimcheon was famous for its three mountains and two rivers.
Anseong- is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, 80 kilometres south of Seoul. Its geographical location is 37°0′N 127°16′E. Anseong promotes itself as "The City of Masters". It is known for producing brassware and arts and crafts. From late spring to fall, Anseong holds its own Namsadang Neuri Festival.
Nonsan- is a city in South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. It is located at 36°12′N 127°5′E. The origin of Nonsan's geographical names is said to have come from the small garden " Nolmoe, " which rises in the middle of farming fields, where rice paddies and mountain are said to reflect geographical features.
Osan- is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, approximately 35 km south of Seoul. The population of the city is around 200,000. The local economy is supported by a mix of agricultural and industrial enterprises.
Gongju- is a city in South Chungcheong province, South Korea. Gongju was formerly named Ungjin and was the capital of Baekje from AD 475 to 538. In this period, Baekje was under threat from Goguryeo. Goguryeo had overrun the previous capital of Hanseong (modern-day Seoul), which forced Baekje to find a new center of strength. In 538, King Seong moved the capital to Sabi (in modern-day Buyeo County). However, Gongju remained an important center until the kingdom's fall in 660.
Gwangyang- is a city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea. Gwangyang city is the home of POSCO's Gwangyang Steel Works, the largest facility of its kind in the world. The city is also home to K League Classic football side Jeonnam Dragons.
Dangjin- is a city in South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. It stands on the south shore of the Bay of Asan. Dangjin borders Incheon, Pyeongtaek, and Hwaseong by sea, and Seosan, Yesan, and Asan by land.
Naju- is a city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea. The capital of South Jeolla was located at Naju until it was moved to Gwangju in 1895. The name Jeolla actually originates from the first character of Jeonju and the first character of Naju. Dongshin University is situated in Naju.
Gunpo, formerly romanized as Kunp'o- is a small city in South Korea's Gyeonggi Province, located south of Seoul in the Seoul National Capital Area.
Yeoju- is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Yeoju was a county but was raised to the status of a city in September 2013. Together with the neighboring city of Icheon, it is known as a major center of contemporary South Korean ceramics, and hosts the World Ceramic Exposition every year.
Seoul Tower - Rising almost 500 meters above the city, this communications and observation tower provides dramatic views of the city from its perch on the side of Mount Namsan. A cable car whisks you up the side of the mountain to the base of the tower. Go up in the tower and visit any one of four observation decks, one of which is a rotating restaurant. There are two restaurants at the tower and gift shops. There is a digital observatory, where people with height issues can experience a live, 360-degree view through the use of 32 LED screens and cameras mounted at the tower's top.
Bukchon Hanok Village - Korean traditional culture and architecture, the Bukchon Hanok Village. This preserved area of several ancient neighborhoods gives you a feel for what it was like to live in Korea 600 years ago. It's right in central Seoul, in the area between the Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Changdeokgung Palace.
National Museum of Korea - incredible history and artwork of Korea and the Korean people. The museum, one of the largest in Asia, is in the city's Yongsan District (close to Itaewon). It focuses on archeology, history, and art and includes a vast collection of works and objects going back more than a million years. There are ancient and prehistoric artifacts, sculpture, paintings, and other artwork along with a large collection of objects and antiques. Head down the street to Yongsan Family Park, a nice outdoor space to relax. Another important museum, The War Memorial of Korea is close by.
Lotte World Tower Skyscraper- It's 500 meters above the ground and one of the world's tallest (currently fifth) buildings. There are several indoor and outdoor observation areas (called Seoul Sky) at the top on the 123rd floor. Views are spectacular both during the day and at night, and you can see 360-degrees around the city. On the 118th floor, the Sky Deck with the world's highest glass floor. Like magic, the floor changes from opaque to clear, terrifying unsuspecting visitors. Even getting to the top is fun, via super fast, double-decker elevators, with windows on one side and LED screens on the other three and the ceiling. Inside the tower are offices, luxury residences, and a hotel. There's also an aquarium and a large shopping mall. The tower is home to a concert hall and a state-of-the-art, 21-screen MoviePlex.
Gyeongbokgung Palace - First built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest of Seoul's five grand palaces built during the powerful Joseon dynasty. Destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries, it was restored to its original glory after the Second World War and totally restored in the 1990s. Within the palace grounds, you will find the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum. The palace museum is especially fascinating as it presents items from the palaces of the Joseon Dynasty. This includes priceless antiques and artwork, as well as everyday items for cooking, cleaning, and daily life. The National Folk Museum focuses on items from daily life, as well as clothing and dioramas, to tell the story of the Korean people since prehistoric times.
Cheonggyecheon - This natural creek that flows through central Seoul was covered over by highways in the post-Korean War economic boom. Seven miles of the creek were uncovered as part of an urban revitalization project and turned into an outdoor recreation area, opening in 2005. Seven miles of creek-side hiking, walking and biking trails. It really has changed the CBD of Seoul by bringing an artery of green into what was a very urbanized, crowded area. The creek is home to the Seoul lantern festival, held each November. Ornate, lighted paper lanterns are displayed in and along the creek and each night thousands of people line the creek and view the floating artwork.
Itaewon - is a bustling neighborhood of Seoul focused on a few pedestrian streets filled with shops, cafés, and other consumer businesses. If you have limited time in the city, it's one of the those places that can give you a real feel for Korean retail culture in a short time period.
Seoul Museum of Art - Located behind the Deoksugung Palace, SeMa as it's known to locals, has a large collection of artwork, mainly from the modern era. The art museum focuses on Korean art and Korean artists but has a decent selection of international works and creators. Changing temporary and visiting exhibitions also showcase unique collections and artwork. The collection is displayed over three floors in a large building that was formerly the home of the Korean Supreme Court. The museum has two additional satellite locations in other parts of Seoul, and these feature rotating exhibits from the museum's main collection, as well as special exhibitions.
Blue House- Korea's version of the White House. It's the official residence of the Korean president, as well as the location of his and related executive offices of state. The Blue House is an entire campus of buildings, all built in the traditional Korean style and all featuring the distinctive blue tile roofs where it gets its name. Takes you to many parts of the palace complex including meeting rooms, reception rooms, and the Korean version of the Rose Garden, where the Korean president holds press conferences.
Bongeunsa - is one of many Buddhist temples in Seoul. It first opened in the year 794 and is a complex of multiple buildings and shrines. It's easy to visit, as it's centrally located in the exciting Gangnam area. The temple is on the side of a low mountain, directly across the street from the massive COEX convention center and mall. It's a popular spot for convention-goers to take a break and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Visitors are welcome, and the temple even has a program that allows guests to experience the daily life of a monk for a few hours.
Gwanghwamun Gate - The largest and main gate to Seoul's Gyeongbokgung Palace, is home to the changing of the guards ceremony (performed since 1469), which happens daily (except Tuesdays) at 10am and 2pm. The gate has undergone many renovations and rebuilding, most recently in 2010, when it was restored to its original location and reconstructed with native materials. There's a large plaza in front, and the gate sits in front of the vast Gwanghwamun Square, home to frequent political demonstrations, a large subway station, giant fountain, and some huge statues of Joseon-era leaders.
Jingwansa Temple, Bukhansan National Park - Jingwansa is an ancient temple complex offering many ways to experience and learn about Buddhism. The traditional buildings are surrounded by miles of hiking trails, snaking through the mountains. Jingwansa is on the far west side of the city, one of the four major temples of Seoul first built around 1,000 BC.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza - Known by its initials, the DDP is a very cool design center in Seoul's Dongdaemun area. Dongdaemun is also known for its shopping, there are a lot of department stores and discount stores in the area. The silver, orb-like flowing DDP building looks like something from outer space. It was designed by the late, great architect Zaha Hadid.
Insadong - This unique neighborhood is filled with stores that sell Korean traditional folk and handicrafts along with art galleries. Stores sell things like hanji (traditional, hand-made paper), hanbok (traditional clothing), teas, pottery, and unique artwork. The galleries in Insadong feature Korean fine art of all types. There are also a lot of tea houses and small cafes, perfect for a break during shopping adventures.
Gwangjang Market - The most popular things sold here are bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes), bibimbap (rice mixed with sauteed beef, vegetables, and gochujang red chili paste), gimbap (Korean sushi), sundae (blood sausage), tteokbokki (stir-fried spicy rice cakes), and various types of noodles. The market features rows of food stalls, offering every kind of Korean food you can imagine.
Gangnam District & Han River Cruise-This cultural tour lets you experience the highlights of Seoul’s popular Gangnam District. Gangnam – you may have heard the song – is known for its upper-class neighborhoods and is often referred to as the Beverly Hills of South Korea. Enjoy scenic views on a relaxing Han River cruise, and end with a visit to Bongeunsa, one of Korea's most important Buddhist temple that offers a quiet retreat from the busy city. Along the way, you'll learn interesting facts about the Gangnam District.
The COEX Aquarium- in Gangnam district, Seoul, is one of South Korea's Public Aquariums. The aquarium is housed within the COEX mall, which is, itself, part of the larger COEX Convention & Exhibition Center. The aquarium opened in 2000. See more than 40,000 sea creatures at the COEX Aquarium.
DMZ and JSA Panmunjom Tour-officially known as the Joint Security Area (JSA) – and experience the infamous border that divides North Korea and South Korea. Learn from an expert guide about the role of the DMZ and the negotiating site of the JSA, from the Korean War to the present. You’ll visit the Freedom Bridge and the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and observe life on the other side from the Dora Observatory.
Food, Wine & Nightlife -Experience the fascinating culture of South Korea in one of the most authentic ways possible – through its local cuisine! On this 4-hour food tour, learn all about Korea’s culinary customs from your guide, an expert in local Korean food and culture, as you journey through the streets of Seoul. Explore the bustling district of Jongno-gu and visit three different food stalls and restaurants, as well as a market, to try a variety of Korean foods such as Korean barbecue, tofu, savory pancakes and spicy braised chicken.
Mt Bukhan Hike with Korean Style Spa - Take a break from the city on this full-day tour that combines a hike on Mt Bukhan with a rejuvenating Korean spa experience. Your guide will select a 2- or 3-hour route, depending on the group’s skill level, taking you past granite peaks and crystal-clear streams on Seoul’s highest mountain. At the ‘jjimjilbang,’ or traditional sauna, you’re rewarded with a soak in a hot bath followed by a full-body scrub, oil massage, face mask and shampoo — all applied by an expert practitioner.
Busan with Gamcheon Culture Village-During this 8-hour Busan tour, your guide and driver will show you the highlights of this city by the sea. Visit the Songdo Sky Walk, Korea's longest ocean sky walk, and famous landmarks like Gamcheon Culture Village and the Mountain Hwangnyeong Observatory, where you can enjoy an awesome view over Busan. Hotel pickup/drop-off and a Korean BBQ lunch are included. Numbers are limited to 7 for a personalized, small-group experience.
Busan with Haedong Yonggungsa Temple-See the highlights of Busan during this 8-hour guided tour through the beautiful city by the sea. Take in the views of Oryukdo Islands from the Oryukdo Skywalk, explore the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple tucked in the mountains above the shore, and enjoy a Korean BBQ lunch. This tour need at least 2 travelers to function and will be cancelled if the minimum is not met. Hotel pickup and drop-off service by air-conditioned minivan is included.
Nanta Show-Nanta tells the nonverbal story of four cooks who must prepare an entire wedding banquet in just one hour. The electrifying 1.5-hour show offers a comic sketch of mishaps in the kitchen, performed through ‘samulnori’ — traditional Korean percussion quartet melodies. Nanta premiered in 1997 and has become the longest-running show in Korea. See kitchen knives, cutting boards and cooking utensils transformed into remarkable musical instruments.
Traditional Cooking in a Korean Home-Get your hands dirty and learn how to cook an authentic home-cooked Korean meal. This 3-hour cooking class starts with a quick walking tour of the city as we purchase local ingredients from the local market. We will then cook together and dine in a traditional Korean-style house.
Royal Palace and Seoul-This small group journey will start with Jogyesa, the center of Buddhism in Seoul where you can see locust trees and baeksong trees in front of Jogyesa temple. Afterward, you will move to the presidential blue house that symbol of Cheongwadae with blue tiles and the Gwanghwamun Gate to see royal guard changing ceremony. After watching the ceremony, you can explore Gyeongbokgung Palace. Then you will see the National Folk Museum where you can see how people lived a centuries ago, the Changdeokgung Palace that listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and Insadong, a famous antique alley that is popular with antique shops, handmade crafts. Finally you will see Namdaemun, the main gate of a Seoul.
Andong -Hahoe Folk Village-Discover the ancient cultural heritage of South Korea on a visit to Andong from Seoul. Catch sweeping views from Buyongdae Cliff, learn about local art and culture at the Hahoe Mask Museum in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hahoe Folk Village, and visit a Confucian school and temple.
Seoraksan Mountain-Explore the Seoraksan National Park and discover one of South Korea’s most imposing peaks on this Mt Seoraksan day tour from Seoul. Travel by cable car up to the Gwongeumseong peak and enjoy panoramic views over the valleys below. Follow walking routes through the forest to Sinheungsa Temple, where a statue of The Great Unification Buddha sits in contemplation. Listen as a guide sheds light on South Korea’s Buddhist heritage, and enjoy a delicious lunch of Korean speciality dishes.
Yongpyong Ski Resort - Spend a day on the world-class ski slopes of Yongpyong Resort, home to the World Cup Ski Competition and the Asian Winter Games. It’s easy to enjoy Korea’s winter wonderland, where you have more than 30 slopes to choose from.
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Korean Folk Village-Join in this tour to experience Korea’s traditional constructions and living culture at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and the Korean Folk Village. Suwon Hwaseong Fortress was constructed to perform commercial and military functions during the Joseon Dynasty. In the Korean Folk Village, you can experience numerous collections of Korean cultural artifacts.
Cheongwadae Sarangchae & Gyeongbokgung Palace-Gain a deeper insight into Korean history and culture on this tour in Seoul with a friendly, knowledgeable local guide. Explore Gyeongbokgung Palace, visit a traditional Buddhist temple, discover Korea’s folk culture at a museum, and learn interesting facts about Korea’s politics at an exhibition center. You’ll also visit the National Ginseng Outlet to learn the secrets of this important plant.
Nami Island and Petite France-Explore Nami Island, a famous filming location for Korean dramas, and an area known as Petite France after its distinctly French architecture, food, and culture, during this 9-hour guided tour from Seoul. A traditional Korean lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included. Numbers are limited to 15 for a personalized, small-group experience.
Winter Sonata TV in Nami Island-See beautiful Nami Island and walk the tree-lined paths where some of the most memorable scenes in the famous Korean television drama Winter Sonata were filmed! Whether you are a Winter Sonata fan or not, you’ll enjoy the scenery as you stroll around this lovely island. Afterward, visit Petite France, a French-themed village that features French culture, food and architecture. Look for the statue of the Little Prince, from the favorite French novel that is memorialized in the village.
Dawangyan Park-has a poignant legend. The scenery is very beautiful. There is a huge rock island connected to the land by an iron bridge. There are 15,000 sea pine forests and the sea with a history of more than 100 years. There are many tourists visiting throughout the year. There is a magnificent scenery. The sea is hitting the rocks and occasionally hitting the waves. You can enjoy the beautiful sunrise and sunset there. The air in the park is clear. It is very suitable for outdoor running and cycling.
Taehwagang River-Taihe River flows in Ulsan, dividing the city from the center into two parts, nurturing the citizens of Ulsan on both sides like a mother river. The runway walks are beautiful and similar to Xiamen’s Bailuzhou Park.
Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove - It was like a healing place for Ulsan citizens, and from the morning, there's a lot of cars, and there's a lot of parking lots, and the sound of bamboo shaking in the wind is art.
Bangudae Petroglyphs-Chuanqianli Rock Carvings There are images of animals such as deer and people And abstract graphics Below There are fine stone carvings These precious cultural relics Records from prehistoric times Life and thoughts in the Silla era, Specifically Is an important proof in the history of North Korea’s evolution. The Bangudae Rock carvings in Daegu-ri, Ulsan were carved on the huge rocks of Daegucheon, a tributary of the Taehe River.
Jangsaengpo Whale Museum - is located in Ulsan Port. It is the only whale museum in Korea. Jangsaengpo was a whaling base with 50 whaling ships 30 years ago. It began to decline after the ban on whaling in 1986. Until the completion of the Whale Museum in 2005, it was designated as a whale culture in 2008. The entrance of the museum is gradually restored to life on the second floor. The first exhibition hall on the second floor is the first to see the huge skeleton of the Buchner's whale, which is 12.4 meters high. This floor displays all the whale-related items from 12.4 meters in length and weight. There are more than 280 exhibits gathered from the skeleton of the 14.6 tons of Brinell's whale to the baleen, jawbone, the large iron used for extracting whale oil, and the rope for lifting the whale. You can also see old photos of Jangsaengpo Port, which is famous for whaling. The second exhibition hall on the third floor is the Gray Whale Pavilion. You can see a life-size model of gray whales. The third exhibition hall on the first floor is a children’s experience hall. You can touch the whale skeleton to listen to the sound of whales. You can also make whales from mud. The whaling ship placed in the outdoor exhibition area used to have a whaling fork on the bow of the whaling ship at sea.