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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).

From Seoul: evening tour to Hwaseong Fortress UNESCO site

4. From Seoul: evening tour to Hwaseong Fortress UNESCO site

Explore a piece of Korean history in a unique light on this night tour of the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Discover one of the most well-known and loved UNESCO sites in Korea. Depart from Seoul and head to Suwon, the only completely walled city in South Korea. Enjoy some free time at a traditional market in Suwon or visit Hwaseong Haenggung Palace. 'Haenggung' stands for a temporary place where royal families stayed. Suwon Haenggung palace is the biggest of those. Enjoy the night views of this palace and take some great pictures.  Marvel at the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress which was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Designed by the most inspiring ancient architect named Jeong Yak-Yong, the fortress is a fusion of science and industry and incorporates Chinese ingenuity into its plans. The whole fortress is beautifully lit up at night.  Learn about the Joseon dynasty's history including the fact that Suwon could've been the new capital of ancient Korea and that the king built the fortress to be closer with his dead father. You will be dropped off at the Myeongdong area, near the Lotte Hotel Seoul.

Busan: Full-Day City Tour

5. Busan: Full-Day City Tour

Board a comfortable air-conditioned van or coach and head to the Taejongdae Cliff as you begin this full-day tour. Your guide will lead the way to the Danubi Train ride. The Danubi Train makes several stops for you to enjoy the best views of the magnificent rocky seaside cliff. Take in the full view of Songdo Beach from the 365-meter-long curved Songdo Skywalk. Through the glass-floored walking paths you’ll be able to look down to the blue ocean waters. Stop to enjoy lunch in the beautiful Songdo Market. Afterwards, continue to the colorful and quirky Gamcheon Culture Village and Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, before heading back to your departure point.

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

6. 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

7. 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.

Busan: 90-Minute Afternoon Sightseeing Cruise

8. Busan: 90-Minute Afternoon Sightseeing Cruise

Your Busan sightseeing adventure departs from Jagalchi Market and heads off for a leisurely 90-minute cruise. Head up to the top deck of the 3-storey boat for the best views, then sit back and relax as you glide by some of Busan’s most iconic sights and attractions. During the 90-minute boat ride, admire panoramic views of the city’s skyline and marvel at a selection of Busan's landmarks such as Amnam Park. Other highlights of the boat tour include, Yeongdo Bridge, the most famous and historic bridge in Korea, and Kangkangee Culture Village, where local women in Korean war times utilized the shipping industry to support their families. As you sail through Busan, watch out for the colorful lighthouses dotted along the shore, and catch a glimpse of Saengdo Island, which is in the shape of a kettle. Enjoy breathtaking views across the magnificent cliffs of Taejongdae Park, before the boat turns around and heads back to the original departure point, where the tour ends.

From Busan: Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage One Day Tour

9. From Busan: Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage One Day Tour

Enjoy a pickup from the center of Busan city and start touring Gyeongju with a professional tour guide. Visit a total of four historical attractions which uncover all the secrets of this mysterious, historic capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla.  Embark on a guided journey with a professional tour guide and capture the most recommended sights such as Yangdong Cultural Village, a UNESCO World Heritage site with traditional Korean houses. Admire the Seokguram Grotto, a UNESCO World Heritage temple site, and also the Bulguksa Temple where you can see the night view at the Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond.

Jeju: UNESCO Sites & Sunrise Peak Hiking Small Group Tour

10. Jeju: UNESCO Sites & Sunrise Peak Hiking Small Group Tour

Honje-Opsoye means welcome in the Jeju dialect. With its unique culture and breathtaking nature, Jeju has been selected as a top vacation and travel destination for both locals and foreign visitors. It is such a huge island that travelers often find it difficult to navigate by public transport or car rental. Join this small-group tour to all the UNESCO highlights of Jeju and visit the island's highlights in a more private setting. Start your day with a hotel pickup and head to Woljeongri Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Jeju, famous for its picturesque landscape and well-decorated cafes, to grab a cup of coffee. The emerald-colored ocean will welcome you and refreshingly start your day. The next stop is Manjang Cave, one of the UNESCO sites in Jeju, which is a lava tunnel filled with mysterious features. It will take around 1 hour of trekking to see and your tour guide will help you find interesting rocks and geographical features. Then, visit the Haenyeo (Woman Diver) Museum that tells the history of Haenyeo, Jeju's female divers registered as UNESCO's intangible heritage. Hungry after a bit of a walk? A Jeju black pork meal or bibimbap (vegetarian option) will be waiting for you at a nearby restaurant. Your next stop is Herb Park filled with various herbs and flowers, where you can experience a unique aroma foot spa. Arrive at Seongsan Sunrise Peak (Ilchulbong) for a light 1 hour of trekking. The peak, another UNESCO site, is a crater made by volcanic activity and is a signature must-visit place of Jeju Island. If you are lucky, you will be able to catch the beautiful sunset. The tour ends approximately at 6:00 PM with a ride back to your hotel in Jeju city downtown.

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What people are saying about South Korea

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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!