Our most recommended things to do in Gangwon-do Province

From Seoul: DMZ, 3rd Tunnel & Suspension Bridge Guided Tour

1. From Seoul: DMZ, 3rd Tunnel & Suspension Bridge Guided Tour

Choose options of pickup, private tour, or meet your guide before traveling together to the DMZ. See Freedom Bridge, Mangbaedan Altar, and a historical steam locomotive. Travel to a tunnel dug by North Korea, see observatories and visit the unification villages in the DMZ. Move to Imjingak and drop by 3 stops - Freedom Bridge, Mangbaedan Altar, and a steam locomotive that was destroyed during the Korean war. Board a bus with your guide (or group) and continue on to the DMZ. Visit three different places within the DMZ. First, arrive at The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel by walking (or monorail if private option is selected) and see a tunnel dug by North Koreans to invade South Korea. Next, explore Dorasan Observatory, the northernmost observatory of North Korean territory. And then visit Unfication village Enjoy a visit to the Mt. Gamaksan suspension bridge if you select that option. Gamaksan Suspension bridge is where the allied forces fought a fierce battle in the Korean War. Take a 15 to 20-minute hike and marvel at the stunning natural beauty at the top of the bridge. Choose the Majang Bridge option and get to visit the Majang Suspension Bridge at beautiful Majang lake which was the scene of a battle in the Korean War. It has now been turned into a scenic destination with the one of the longest suspension bridge in South Korea, where you can walk the 256-meter bridge.

Seoul: Palace, Temple and Market Guided Foodie Tour at Night

2. Seoul: Palace, Temple and Market Guided Foodie Tour at Night

✨Welcome to our incredible South Korean adventure under the stars! ✨ 😊Join us as we explore the enchanting night views of Changgyeonggung Palace and Jogyesa Temple, along with the mouthwatering flavors of Gwangjang Market's food section. Experience the magic of Seoul's night view at the captivating Changgyeonggung Palace, where the stunning architecture and tranquil gardens are illuminated in a mesmerizing glow. Lose yourself in the serene beauty of Jogyesa Temple as it comes to life after sunset, with vibrant lanterns casting a warm and welcoming light throughout the sacred grounds. Experience the explosive flavors of authentic Korean street food at the bustling Gwangjang Market. Be prepared to tantalize your taste buds as you navigate through this vibrant marketplace filled with an array of traditional delicacies. From sipping on the iconic Makgeolli (Korean rice wine) to savoring the delightful Jeon (savory pancakes), every moment spent here offers an extraordinary gastronomic adventure. If you're a daring foodie, try the raw octopus, a standout dish famously featured in the movie "Old Boy". Its unique texture and fresh taste create a culinary experience that is both exciting and memorable. And there's more. Get ready to taste four special types of traditional Korean street food, each one a crowd-pleaser at Gwangjang Market. These are not your typical fast food; each dish has a story, every bite is a piece of Korean culture. No visit to Gwangjang Market is complete without trying the popular Kkwabaegi (twisted Korean donuts). These sweet treats are so popular that people line up to get their hands on them. But with our insider tips, you can skip the line and dive straight into this sweet indulgence. This unforgettable journey through the tastes of Korea will have you yearning for more. From the lively market lights to the sensational flavors, Gwangjang Market offers a culinary adventure that leaves an indelible mark on your palate. It's not just about the food; it's an experience, a tradition, a taste of the true spirit of Korea. In addition to these enchanting nighttime experiences, our adventure also includes visits to the vibrant arts and culture hub of Daehangno, the picturesque Ikseon-dong Hanok Street with its beautifully preserved Hanok houses, and the treasure trove of art and culture in Insadong. Embark on this unforgettable journey to explore South Korea's captivating nightscapes, rich history, and exquisite cuisine. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to create lasting memories and immerse yourself in the wonders of this beautiful country under the enchanting night sky!

From Seoul: Seoraksan, Nami, and Garden of Morning Calm Tour

3. From Seoul: Seoraksan, Nami, and Garden of Morning Calm Tour

Experience the breathtaking natural beauty of Korea in a single day with our comprehensive tour. Departing from Seoul, our first stop is the majestic UNESCO-listed Seoraksan Mountain. Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of unique rock formations and lush trees, and visit the historic Shinheungsa Temple nestled within. If the weather permits, a cable car ride will take you to the summit, offering a panoramic view of the landscape. Seoraksan offers a variety of trails to suit all levels of hikers. During the autumn leaves season, we'll guide you through the Osaek (Jujeongol) course, a beginner-friendly trail that showcases the vibrant colors of the season. After a brief orientation, you'll have free time to explore at your own pace. Next, we'll whisk you away to Nami Island, a haven of natural beauty and countless photo opportunities. This tranquil island boasts a variety of scenic walkways, each offering a unique perspective of the surroundings. Our final destination is the meticulously curated Garden of Morning Calm, which is a testament to the natural beauty of Korea, its oriental mystique, and the spirit of the Korean people. Its design emphasizes curves, spaces, and asymmetric balance, expressing classic elegance and charm. This place is popular among tourists for its natural beauty and light festival during winter, as well as other seasons. The tour concludes with a drop-off at either Dongdaemun History & Culture Park station or Myeongdong station for Group Tours or dedicated hotel transfers for Private Tours, offering you the flexibility to continue your evening as you wish.

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

4. 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.

From Seoul: Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm & Rail Bike

5. From Seoul: Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm & Rail Bike

Nami Island is a half-moon-shaped isle, and on it is the grave of General Nami, who led a great victory against the rebels in the 13th year of the 7th king of the Joseon Dynasty - King Sejo, who reigned from 1455 to 1468. Nami Island also declared its cultural independence and was reborn as the Naminara Republic. It has its own national flag, anthem, currency, passport, phone cards, stamps, orthography, and even a certification of citizenship. The Garden of Morning Calm is a 300,000-meter garden that attracts an array of frequent families, friends, couples and photographers who come to explore the beautifully sculpted garden flowers, trees and pathways of this stunning garden paradise. ** From 1st Dec- 10th Mar 2024, winter schedule will applied with a late departure in order to enjoy the light festival in the Garden of Morning Calm** If you choose the rail bike option, you will see an old train track in the beautiful countryside that has been converted into a serene rail bike track. With this option, visit the rail bike station in the morning before you visit Nami Island and The Garden of Morning Calm. You will have 2-3 hours at each venue and will be dropped off at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, Myeongdong Station, or Hongik University Station. On the non-rail bike option, you will be dropped off between 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM, and on the rail bike option you will return between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

Seoul: City Hightlights, Palace Tour, and Optional Hanbok

6. Seoul: City Hightlights, Palace Tour, and Optional Hanbok

Experience the best of Seoul's cultural attractions on an immersive tour, perfect for travelers seeking an authentic Korean adventure. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace for a Hanbok experience, stroll through the picturesque Bukchon Hanok Village, explore the elegant Baek In-je's House, find inner peace at Jogyesa Temple, and dive into the lively Insadong district. Begin at the stunning Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the Five Grand Palaces, where you'll don a traditional Hanbok and learn about the Joseon Dynasty. Next, wander through the charming alleys of Bukchon Hanok Village, admiring the well-preserved traditional Korean houses and capturing Instagram-worthy moments. Visit Baek In-je's House, a magnificent aristocratic mansion, to discover the opulent lifestyle of Korea's early 20th-century upper class. Continue your journey at the serene Jogyesa Temple, the center of Korean Buddhism, and soak in its calming atmosphere, vibrant lanterns, and ancient trees. Finally, explore the bustling Insadong neighborhood, a hub of art galleries, antique shops, traditional teahouses, and street vendors, showcasing Seoul's unique blend of modernity and tradition. Embark on this unforgettable cultural adventure in Seoul, experiencing the best of Korea's rich history, architecture, and artistic spirit. Book your tour today for an unparalleled journey through the captivating sights and sounds of this incredible city.

Seoul: Private Transfer To/From Incheon Airport

7. Seoul: Private Transfer To/From Incheon Airport

Ensure your journey to or from Incheon Airport is relaxing and stress-free by pre-booking a one-way private transfer. Sit back and relax in an air-conditioned vehicle driven by a licensed driver as you get in or out of the airport in style. For transfers from the airport, step off your plane and find your driver at the arrival gate, holding a sign with your name on it. Avoid the need to navigate stressful public transportation with heavy luggage and simply get in the van or minibus for a relaxing journey to the city. For transfers from the city, benefit from a meet and greet service at your place of accommodation. Get straight in the vehicle and head to the airport. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that you don't need to rely on unreliable taxis, trains, or buses, as you get to the terminal on time.

Seoul: Nami and Petite France Trip with Rail Bike or Garden

8. Seoul: Nami and Petite France Trip with Rail Bike or Garden

A different experience while visiting Seoul. A day tour to explore the unknown countryside not far away from Seoul. Discover the otherside of Korea, by visiting Nami Island, Petite France, and the Gangchon ride bike or The Garden of Morning Calm. Visit the Nami Island, also known as Namiseom by taking a 5 mins ferry ride. The Island is famous for its breathtaking landscapes, with tree-lined pathways and riverside walking course. Explore the beauty of the waterfall, statues, lanes and animals in Nami Island by walk, rent a bike or taking the sky-bike. Discover Petite France, a unique French cultural village that is inspired by "The Little Prince". The village features colorful buildings with traditional French architecture, traditional crafts, antique furniture, and marionette performances, creating an extraordinary atmosphere that is reminiscent of the fairy tale. Option Explore the Gangchon Rail biking, a popular activity that allows you riding along the old railway tracks, through beautiful landscapes, such as countryside scenery, mountains, rivers, and tunnels, providing a close-up experience of nature's beauty. It allows you to pedal at your own pace, giving your own moment to enjoy the surroundings. Have fun and excitement!!! OR Visit The Garden of Morning Calm, renowned for its peaceful environment, an ideal place for relaxation and meditation. It features a variety of themed gardens that will change according to season, offering visitors a different experience throughout the year. From colorful spring blooms to vibrant autumn foliage, each season brings its own charm to the garden.

Seoul: Gangwon-do Day Trip with Alpaca World & Nami Island

9. Seoul: Gangwon-do Day Trip with Alpaca World & Nami Island

Experience the best of Gangwon-do on a full-day guided trip from Seoul. See the cute alpacas in the largest alpaca World in Korea, explore the picturesque Nami Island with its scenic trails, and finally choose between a rail-bike ride through the countryside and a visit to the Garden of Morning Calm. Choose between a private and a group tour to begin your day with feeding the adorable alpacas, watching them graze each other, and take selfies with them at Chuncheon's Alpaca World. Continue the trip to Nami Island, famous for its shooting location for K-dramas, along with its leafy paths with tall trees and attractive landscapes. Enjoy having lunch on Nami Island. Then, choose between Ganchon for a rail-bike tour along the Bukhan River and admire the countryside, OR visit the Garden of Morning Calm, one of the most romantic sites in the province. Here, stroll through each themed garden and take stunning photos. Finally, be dropped back to Hongdae only if you've chosen the group tour. If you've chosen the private option, you will be taken back to your accommodation in Seoul.

From Seoul: Nami Island, Korean Garden & Rail Bike Day Trip

10. From Seoul: Nami Island, Korean Garden & Rail Bike Day Trip

Option for private or group tour. Meet your guide and head off to discover the Korean-style Garden of Morning Calm, followed by a visit to Nami Island. End the experience with a scenic trip with the rail bike. (optional) The tour starts from convenient meeting points in Downtown Seoul or hotel pickup for the private tour. Start your day by traveling to Gangwon-do. Wander around the popular filming site featured in many shows, like "Running Man", “Beethoven Virus”, “Secret Garden”, and "You Who Came From the Stars". Snap some nice photos whether you are a K-Pop/Petite Prince fan or not. Visit the Korean-style Garden of Morning Calm, one of the most romantic locations in the region. Enjoy a lovely walk and take stunning photos. Next will be the K-Drama's paradise, Nami Island (Namiseom). This famous natural attraction is known for its tall tree paths and as the filming location for the legendary Korean drama "Winter Sonata". An option for you to end your travel with the Gangchon Railbike ride to make this trip even better! Riding along the old railway tracks, through beautiful landscapes, such as countryside scenery, mountains, rivers, and tunnels, providing a close-up experience of nature's beauty to complete your trip.

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The trip was wonderful with everything properly arranged and Tommy is a nice and friendly guy taking care of every need. But here we want to remind people that gratuity is not included in the tour price as strangely I didn’t see any in our group doing so to show their appreciation

The tour was great. Early start and a long day but it is worth it. Tommy was our host and he did a fantastic job of keeping us informed, taking photos for us and giving us lots of interesting information.

Hani? was so smart guide! She gave us a lof of information about many korea palaces. Thanks to this, it became an opportunity to learn the history of Korea. I definitely recommend this tour.

Sebastian was an incredible guide and helped answer all our questions. Very smooth and definitely a top highlight and must do

We had fun the whole day.. Charlie is a great guide and driver.. thank you so much..