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Welcome to Seoul

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a thriving metropolis that marches to the beat of millions of busy residents. Dominated by the towering peaks of Mt. Bukhansan and Mt. Namsan, the city boasts an impressive infrastructure that makes getting around the city by public transport easy. However, sightseeing tours provide added value with insightful commentary and off-the-beaten-track attractions. Discover UNESCO World Heritage–listed treasures such as Changdeokgung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae); take a day trip to the DMZ, the no-man’s-land between North and South Korea; or shop until you drop in the commercial zones of Dongdaemun, Myeongdong, and Gangnam—birthplace of the global hit, “Gangnam Style.” Sample hearty Korean cuisine and local craft beers on a food tour or during a cooking class; peruse the stalls at the markets in Gwangjang, Insadong, and Namdaemun; and watch the city lights dance across the Han River on an evening cruise. Plus, Seoul serves as a convenient launch pad for outdoor adventures. Pull on your hiking boots and join throngs of South Koreans exploring Seoraksan National Park, the UNESCO Biosphere Protected Site home to Mt. Seorak. Or practice your turns at the ski resorts of Elysian Gangchon or Yongpyong. If you’ve got a flexible itinerary and wish to explore more of South Korea, use Seoul as a gateway to Gongju, Buyeo, Suncheon, Yeosu, and Busan.

Top 10 attractions in Seoul

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DMZ

DMZ

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Nowhere is the tension between North and South Korea more palpable than in the no-man's-land known as the Korean Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ. As a divided nation, only 2.5 miles (4 km) separate the North from the South at what is the most heavily armed border on earth. The 150-mile (241-km) zone has served as a buffer since the 1953 cease-fire agreement between the United Nations and North Korea that put the Korean War on hold.More
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Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Arguably the most beautiful and easily the biggest of Seoul’s five main palaces, Gyeongbokgung (also known as the Northern Palace) is one of South Korea’s must-visit attractions. Built in the 14th century, this is the oldest Joseon Dynasty palace in the nation, and it’s right in the heart of Jongno-Gu, the most culturally happening part of Seoul. Come for 600 years of history—and one brilliant changing of guards ceremony.More
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Trickeye Museum

Trickeye Museum

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Seoul’s Trickeye Museum does just what it says: It teases your senses with an optical illusion technique calledtrompe l'oeil that gives two-dimensional works of art a 3-D appearance. This is also one of the few museums in the world that makes art interactive, so you’ll have a camera full of unique souvenirs to take home with you.More
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Jeongdong Theater

Jeongdong Theater

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While the Jeongdong Theater only seats an audience of 282, the mark it has made on the Korean performing arts world rivals that of much larger venues. The first modern theater in Korea opened in 1995 and has since staged a wide variety of live performances, ranging from traditional Korean song and dance to more modern works.More
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Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village

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Flanked by Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace—two of Seoul’s Joseon Dynasty palaces—Bukchon Hanok Village comprises hundreds of traditionalhanok houses that today are home to restaurants, teahouses, cultural centers, art galleries, and B&Bs. It’s one of the best places to experience a taste of old Seoul.More
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Insadong

Insadong

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Insadong is Seoul’s cultural and artistic hub—the place to shop for local crafts, visit a traditional Korean tea shop, or catch an impromptu street performance. The neighborhood, located in the Jongno-gu district, offers one of the largest antiques and craft markets in the country, with many shops and cafés housed in historic buildings.More
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Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower)

Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower)

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Head to the top of Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower) in hilly Namsan Park, the largest in Seoul, for some of the best panoramic views over the South Korean capital. The 777-foot (237-meter) tower offers three observation decks and half a dozen restaurants where you can soak in the views, day or night.More
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Myeongdong Shopping Street

Myeongdong Shopping Street

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Seoul’s answer to Fifth Avenue in New York, Myeongdong Shopping Street teems with affordable brand name shops and department stores selling all varieties of clothing, shoes, and accessories. This retail mecca stretches from Myeongdong Subway Station to the Lotte Department Store and encompasses many of the surrounding streets and alleyways as well. For shoppers who’ve worked up an appetite, the area’s restaurants specialize in Korean pork cutlet (dongaseu) and noodle soup (kalguksu).More
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Namdaemun Market

Namdaemun Market

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Whether you’re looking for street food, ginseng, jewelry, housewares, clothes, or souvenirs, you’ll find these (and just about everything else under the sun) in the stalls of Namdaemun Market. South Korea’s largest market is busy around the clock as locals and tourists rub elbows in search of the best deals.More
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Deoksugung Palace

Deoksugung Palace

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Situated along an old stone road and tucked among a handful of Western-style buildings, Deoksugung Palace is the only one of Seoul’s five traditional Joseon palaces in the bustling neighborhood of Jung-gu. It’s also the only one open in the evening, when the grounds and buildings are illuminated.More

Trip ideas

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How to Spend 3 Days in Seoul

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Must-See Palaces in Seoul

How to Choose a DMZ Tour

How to Choose a DMZ Tour

Recent reviews from experiences in Seoul

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Super food and a tour guide that ROCKS!
Marie, Nov 2020
The 10 Tastings of Seoul With Locals: Private Street Food Tour
She spoke very well English, was very informative and gave us lots of information on Seoul, the culture and of course the local food!
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Superb activity
Roam49242666568, Dec 2019
Seoul Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Palace Course
Great experience to visiting famous sightseeing activity particularly the palaces.
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Great Tour
Athin S, Dec 2019
Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour
Covered most of the important attractions.
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A must for any visitor to Seoul
cournioni, Nov 2019
Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour
We were allowed ample time to see what needed to be seen without eating into our time at the other attractions.
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Nice tour
OnAir751732, Oct 2019
Seoul City Private Full-Day Tour Including Lunch
It was a very nice tour, the guide was very good, made sure we were at the palace to see the changing of the guards, the native village and the Buddhist temple were very nice, and the view from the Seoul tour was amazing.
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Julie was really nice and took gd care of us
Voyager23728378222, Oct 2019
Seoul by Night with fantastic view
I not been to Seoul so it was good to see the city from the Seoul Tower & from the river
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Day at Nami Island
Voyager23728378222, Oct 2019
Full Day Nami Island and Petite France Tour from Seoul
The tree's leaves changing their fall colors were beautiful
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Great tour!
saadusmani2019, Oct 2019
Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul
Unfortunately the main DMZ area was closed at the time but we managed to see some very good alternatives around the area.
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Excellent tour!!
alexiadesau, Aug 2019
No Shopping DMZ Half Day Tour from Seoul
The guide spoke excellent English and told us so many interesting stories about Korea.
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Fantastic day tour
1ndrtwn, Aug 2019
Seoul City Private Full-Day Tour Including Lunch
He was knowledgeable, informative and his English was great.
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A very typical HOHO bus tour
Flyer35379886815, Aug 2019
Downtown and Panorama 2-Day Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour in Seoul
If you want to see Seoul quickly and safely then the HOHO is a great option.
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E-bike Seoul Tour
Mobile35699719587, Jun 2019
Seoul E-Bike Riding Tour
We spent our first day in Seoul on the E-Bike tour and it was a great way to see historical sites, try local food, and experience views not normally included in other tours.
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A day trip in Seoul, Korea
NorthStar22559552839, Apr 2019
Alpaca World & Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Tour
Really enjoy the attractions in Seoul with the Animals, Scenery and the Mother Nature like the Flowers and Trees.
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Kpop tour
myronkam, Jul 2018
K-Fan K-Pop Tour With Lunch Option
As we are fans of Kpop, it was especially interesting to see what area of Seoul artists work in.
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Great experience to see many of the...
Sabrina W, Jun 2017
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Great experience to see many of the temples in Seoul.
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Erica was a wonderful guide and our...
Munah A, Mar 2018
Day Trip to Nami Island and Gangchon Elysian Ski Resort from Seoul
We hope to see Erica again if we visit Seoul in the future.
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My Seorak 2 hours from...
Cleo, Nov 2017
Mount Seorak and Nami Island Day Trip from Seoul
Hiked to the Falls.
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Our tour guide was super friendly...
Rosa C, Feb 2018
DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory
The tour itself is great for a half day if you don’t have heaps of time in Seoul and a must do to see the DMZ!
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A wonderful taster of Seoul
missjasminr, Oct 2019
Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour
Would recommend for first time travellers as the day was packed full of the quintessential sites to see when you first visit Seoul!
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Great to see the temple, changing of...
Zackary S, Nov 2017
Best of Seoul Tour in the Morning
Great to see the temple, changing of the guard, and the palace.

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