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South Korea’s capital blends traditional palaces with high-rises amid a cutting-edge fashion and design scene.

Our most recommended things to do in Seoul

Incheon Airport: Traveler SIM and Public Transportation Card

1. Incheon Airport: Traveler SIM and Public Transportation Card

Traveling in Korea is much easier and more comfortable when you get to stay online. Book a travel SIM to be in contact with your friends and family, share your travel photos on social media, check your work e-mails, and find your favorite spots on the map. Pick up your SIM at the Incheon Airport counter and get assisted by the staff at the counter to activate your SIM card. The staff will make sure your phone is connected to data.  Receive your Tmoney card as well, which is a public transportation card that can be used to take subways and buses.  Charge the card so you can use it when taking public transportations, purchasing items at convenience stores, or taking certified taxis that accept cards.

Korea 4G LTE Unlimited Data and Optional Voice Call SIM Card

2. Korea 4G LTE Unlimited Data and Optional Voice Call SIM Card

Data is important these days, whether you need to find a place, check a map, reply to an urgent e-mail from your business contacts, or upload inspiring photos to Instagram. When you are away from home, avoid spiralling roaming charges and use a local network. Stay connected with this affordable and convenient Korean SIM card! Choose from micro, nano or standard SIM cards. Benefit from 5mpbs download speeds, as well as tethering capabilities. Cards are provided by KT Olleh, a top Korean provider.

Incheon Airport: Unlimited 4G Portable Pocket Wi-Fi Rental

3. Incheon Airport: Unlimited 4G Portable Pocket Wi-Fi Rental

Keep in touch with family and friends whilst in Seoul and around Korea with a 4G Portable Wi-Fi rental, providing unlimited Wi-Fi access to your smartphone, tablet, and computer at just the touch of a button. You will be provided with a chargeable device that generates unlimited internet service for 8-10 electronic devices. Enjoy high-speed 4G internet access wherever you want, whenever you want with coverage across the country. Simply pick up your device at Incheon Airport, learn how to use the device from your helpful staff, and walk around the streets of Seoul with unlimited high-speed internet service to search for best restaurants, travel spots, and share them on your social media! You can even stream videos or your favorite playlists since there is no restriction in speed or data usage. Pick up the device from Incheon Airport, but return it to any of the following airports: Incheon International Airport, Gimpo Airport, Gimhae Airport (Busan).

Seoul: Nanta Show at Myeongdong Theatre

4. 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. 

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

5. 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.

Lotte World Theme Park & Aquarium Discounted 1-Day Pass

6. Lotte World Theme Park & Aquarium Discounted 1-Day Pass

It does not matter if it is sunny, rainy, snowy, too hot, or too cold. It does not matter if you are a thrill seeker, a big family, a couple, or even a solo traveller. If you are looking for something fun and unique, come visit Lotte World, the first domestic theme park and also the largest indoor theme park in the whole world! Lotte World is filled with a special mix of classic theme park rides and indoor attractions. If you are a thrill seeker, dare yourself to get on Gyro Drop and Gyro Swing to get to the top of the park and drop within a few seconds. If you are a fun lover, take Flume Ride and enjoy splashing water and mark your memory with a funny picture. If you are with a family, do not forget to visit Folk Museum to learn about Korean history. As a tip, you can also enjoy great Korean food within this museum. If you would like to explore even more, visit Lotte Aquarium with the combo ticket. The aquarium is themed across 13 areas with over 650 marine species housed in massive tanks. Stop by at the children's play area and facilities if you are with little kids who do not want to miss the fun. Lotte World is visited by over 8 million customers in the average in a year and it is by far the favorite theme park among Koreans. Inside and outside of Lotte World, you can find shows, parades, Lotte World themed food, beverages and snacks, souvenirs, and cute gifts to remember your visit. Please note, this offer is not for Korean passport holders. You might be asked to present your ID and if you hold a Korean passport only, you might be denied entry.

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

7. 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!

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

8. 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.

Traditional TV Drama set Dae Jang Geum Park Tour From Seoul

9. Traditional TV Drama set Dae Jang Geum Park Tour From Seoul

Join the stars for a day with a visit to the MBC Dae Jang Geum Park shooting location for MBC dramas, and marvel at the sets of palaces, fortresses, private homes and streets. Travel back to the Kingdom of Joseon and encounter modern life environments. Watch a drama being filmed, if you are lucky, or just explore the sets. Used by MBC to film memorable costume dramas such as "Wind in the Palace" and "The Great Queen Seondeok," the dedicated space features faithful reproductions of traditional living spaces and more. Explore the phenomenon of Korean Wave and K-pop for a unique look at popular culture in South Korea.

Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walk

10. Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walk

Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, established in 1395 as the main palace in the Joseon Dynasty. Meet your guide at Gyeongbokgung station and head to Gyeongbukgung Palace's main gate. Tap into your English-speaking guide's in depth knowledge of Korean history. Take some time to look around the palace and admire the architecture. Learn about the history and hidden stories of the largest palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Take photos of the locations where kings and queens once stood. Discover the influence the dynasty had on Korean society during its five centuries in power. End the tour at Gyeonghoiru pavilion, the event hall of the palace. Enjoy some time to explore the palace at your own pace after the tour.

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What people are saying about Seoul

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The cooking class was a wonderful experience - we went to the market to pick up food and learn about some Korean ingredients, then Junghee welcomed us at her house to cook and talk together. As a solo traveller, it was so nice to share a meal with other people and it was also really fun thanks to Junghee's incredible positive energy. Thank you for everything, I can't wait to reproduce the meal we cooked back home! 감사합니다!

We had so much fun with Junghee and her cooking class. We recommend it a 100%, because you can learn so much about the Korean food and culture. Junghee prepared everything in an amazing way (together with us mostly) and her kindness and the way she shared a lot from her life in Korea were very appreciated. Thank you so much!

nice experience, I learned cooking some Korean dishes in a very friendly & funny atmosphere. The only negative point is the meeting point, it was very far away from our hotel. I would prefer that the meeting address would be mentioned on the offer for travelers before making their booking confirmation.

Wasn't easy to find, though. After a bit of asking I found the stand. The lady was very nice and would have helped me with problems. With my Pixel 6, all I had to do was swap cards and start over. Great value for money!

Guide was well informed on sites, offered to take photos and provided contact details if we had any additional questions. Driver dropped off and picked up at locations to keep us out of the rain. Great tour!