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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. Start at Ganghwa Peace Observatory and get the closest and most clear look at North Korean farmlands. Explore paths, enclosed by barbed wires. Stop by at 6.25 Veterans Memorial Park and learn about the tragic history of Korean War. Later, travel to Imjingak Park, a part of Paju DMZ, where many statues and monuments regarding the Korean War can be seen. Witness the Bridge of Freedom used by repatriated POWs and soldiers.

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Nami Island, Petite France & Optional Rail Bike Tour

2. 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.  If you choose the "Lunch" add-on at check-out, you can try the region's signature dish, Dakgalbi (Korean style spicy chicken) and fried rice, served water and soft drinks. 

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

3. 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. If you select the lunch add-on at check-out, you can try the region's signature dish, Dakgalbi (Korean style spicy chicken) and fried rice, served with water and soft drinks. 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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From Seoul: Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

4. From Seoul: Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

With your choice of 3 departure locations in Seoul, travel by tour bus with your guide to the Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort, the most popular in Korea. Spend the day skiing or snow sledding (if option or add-on are selected) or simply admire the snowy peaks. With the ski option, you will also receive a one-hour basic lesson and be given approximately 5 hours of free time. Otherwise, you might choose to try out snow sledding (if add-on selected). After your day on the slopes, take the comfortable tour bus ride back to Seoul. The arrival time will be between 6 PM-6:50 PM depending on your drop-off point.

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

5. 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.

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Afternoon 4-Hour Seoul UNESCO & Traditional Markets Tour

6. Afternoon 4-Hour Seoul UNESCO & Traditional Markets Tour

Enjoy an afternoon outing that visits three main highlights of the city of Seoul! See the Changdeokgung Palace, the Insadong Arts and Crafts Market, and the Namdaemun Traditional market with the aid of a knowledgeable tour guide! The tour's first stop is Changdeokgung Palace, the second royal villa built after Gyeongbok Palace in 1405. Changdeok was the principal palace for many of the Joseon kings, and is the best preserved among the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. See the public palace area, a royal family residence building. Then visit the rear garden, a place of rest for the kings. The garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion. Next, the tour will travel to the Insadong Arts and Crafts Market. Insadong has been at the heart of nation’s capital for 600 years and it was a cultural center during the Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910). The Ministry of Art was once located at this market. Take time to explore the countless alleys that branch out from the main street, and see why this place has become known as "Merry’s Area" and a favorite shopping spot among foreigners. Finally, stop at Namdaemun Traditional Market, the largest traditional market in Korea with various goods in store such as children’s, men’s and women’s wear. The displayed goods are sold at reasonable prices, and most of the goods are produced directly by shopkeepers. Namdaemun Market is open at almost all hours of the day and is consistently crowded with retailers and shoppers from all over the country. At daybreak, the sight of busy Koreans creates a unique scene in the market, which is becoming a worldwide tourist attraction.

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Seoul: Nanta Show at Myeongdong Theatre

7. Seoul: Nanta Show at Myeongdong Theatre

Do something different during your time in Seoul and watch a unique performance at the Myeongdong Nanta Theatre. 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. 

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What people are saying about Myeongdong

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,640 reviews

Wonderful experience. Great, knowledgeable guides. Efficient schedule. Would recommend full day if available.

It was a great tour and covered everything listed. Very knowledgeable and helpful tour guide.

Very knowledgeable guide. We visited several landmarks in Seoul, and had a very nice time.

The 2 your guides were well organized and history lessons about DMZ was very good

A really good tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide.