Seoul Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, February 2016

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The capital of South Korea, Seoul is unquestionably the place to be for Westerners looking to explore the East Asian peninsula. While vibrant and democratic, Seoul, and Korea in general, can be slightly forbidding to visitors expecting a warm welcome and an open, ingratiating attitude toward outsiders. You aren’t likely to experience any outright hostility or violence (it’s a perfectly urbane and orderly destination), but certain xenophobic cultural attitudes persist. For this reason, a little advance planning is highly recommended.

Day 1: Amusement park extravaganza

One thing Seoul has definitely got in spades is a profusion of culture-based theme and amusement parks. At least one full day should be devoted entirely to exploring them. The largest (in fact, the world’s largest) indoor theme park, Lotte World, is home to a massive collection of shopping facilities, extravagant, exciting rides, a folk museum, restaurants, a skating rink, and a luxury hotel. Also worth visiting is Everland, the Korean version of Disneyland, as well as Seoul Land (constructed in coordination with the 1988 Olympics), and the Children’s Grand Park, which houses a zoo, an amusement park, and a collection of restaurants.

Day 2: Shopping and supping

As a bustling modern metropolis, Seoul has world-class shopping facilities and enough exceptional cuisine to keep you well-fueled.

Apgujeong Station, Cheongdam Station, and Gangnam Station are all commercial centers popular with shoppers, as is Myeongdong (which is particularly popular with younger people). The Folk Flea Market located near the Dongdaemun Gate is visited by droves of tourists and local residents alike. It is also an excellent place to sample a wide array of traditional Korean and fusion cuisine.

Day 3: Sports and gambling

Gambling is both legal and widespread in Seoul, but only for tourists. While good Koreans are forbidden by law from entering into games of chance, foreigners are positively encouraged to partake. Two large casinos are located in central Seoul, and the racetrack located in Gwacheon offers races on weekends throughout the year, as well as night races during the summer months. Visitors interested in observing international and regional sporting events (such as the Seoul United FC soccer team) need look no further than the Jamsil Sports Complex, which was created for the 1988 Olympics and seats as many as a 100,000 spectators. Baseball enthusiasts can catch the LG Twins and Doosan Bears at the nearby baseball stadium.

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Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and JSA Panmunjom Tour from Seoul

4.5 star rating: Recommended 147 Reviews

While in Seoul, travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Panmunjom – officially known as the Joint Security Area (JSA) – and experience ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.90

DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul

4 star rating: Recommended 162 Reviews

On this tour of the Korean Demilitarized Zone from Seoul, feel the reality of Korea’s turbulent history as you explore the line that divides North Korea and ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: Varies

From USD $45.88

Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace

4 star rating: Recommended 99 Reviews

Spend a full day discovering the beautiful architecture and landscape of Seoul while learning about its history, culture and traditions. With your guide, visit ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $75.99

Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.99

Mt Bukhan Hike with Korean Style Spa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 8.5 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.00

Joint Security Area (JSA) Tour: Get Close to the North Korean Border

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 9 Reviews

This day trip from Seoul takes you by comfortable coach to the Joint Security Area (JSA), located near the infamous border that divides the Korean peninsula ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: Tue to Fri - 8 hrs (approx)
Sat - 7 hrs (approx)

From USD $96.25

Night Views of Seoul including N Seoul Tower and Han River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

See the sights of Seoul by night on this 3.5-hour tour and river cruise. Start with a cable car ride to the observation deck at N Seoul Tower, an ideal place ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $115.00

Andong Day Trip: Hahoe Folk Village from Seoul

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $205.70

Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

This immersive experience in Seoul will give you an in-depth look at traditional Korean culture. With your knowledgeable guide, wander through grand palaces, ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $87.99

3-Night Seoul Sightseeing and Shopping Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Experience modern-day Seoul on a 3-night tour of the South Korean capital! Your fun-filled itinerary includes trips to primary shopping districts, such as ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $530.58

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