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Seoul Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 2014

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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 46 Reviews

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

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

From USD $134.90

3-Day Tour from Seoul: Gyeongju and Busan

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Get an in-depth look at Korean history, culture and religion on this 3-day tour of Gyeongju and Busan, traveling by comfortable private vehicle from Seoul with ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

From USD $597.36

DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul

4 star rating: Recommended 74 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 $47.58

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

4 star rating: Recommended 47 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

3-Night Seoul Sightseeing and Shopping Tour

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

Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 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

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

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 $85.00

Experience Seoul: Korean Beginner or Intermediate Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

During this small-group cooking class in Seoul, gain a unique insight into Korean food culture by learning the secrets to creating the country’s most popular ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 2 or 3 hours

From USD $64.99

Winter Sonata TV Tour on Nami Island from Seoul

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

See beautiful Nami Island and walk the tree-lined paths where some of the most memorable moments of the famous Korean television drama Winter Sonata was ...  Read more

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

From USD $95.29

Admission to Everland Theme Park or Caribbean Bay Water Park with Transport from Seoul

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

With your admission ticket to Everland Resort, the world’s 7th-largest theme park, you’ll be driven from Seoul to Yongin for a fun day of thrilling rides, ...  Read more

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

From USD $74.99

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