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From Seoul: DMZ Half- or Full-Day Trip

1. From Seoul: DMZ Half- or Full-Day Trip

Begin the tour with a pickup from your accommodation in Central Seoul and travel to Imjingak Park which takes just over an hour. Upon arrival at Imjingak Park, see Freedom Bridge and the old steam train, which shows the tragedy of the Korean War. Visit a memorial monument for the soldiers who died in the Korean War. Enter real DMZ to discover The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and DMZ Exhibition Hall to learn about South and North Korea's conflict in the past 20 century. Visit the Dora observatory to see North Korea through telescopes and to get a peek at North Korea's propaganda village. Afterward, visit Dorasan station as the last station in the South area and receive a souvenir stamp from the station desk. Relax as you travel back to Seoul and get dropped off at City Hall.

Incheon Airport: Traveler SIM and Public Transportation Card

2. 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

3. 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.

Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

4. Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

Journey to one of the most meaningful tourist destinations in the world at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border of South and North Korea. Gain an understanding of Korean history and culture. First, visit Imjingak Park. See the Bridge of Freedom, used by prisoners of war who were repatriated from the North. Next, head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, an incomplete passage built by North Korea that runs under the Demilitarized Zone. Discovered in 1978, the tunnel passes through bedrock 240 feet (73 m) below ground. You can go inside the tunnel by foot. Once you're back on the surface, your guide will take you up the slopes of Mount Dora for a look across the country from the Dorasan Observatory. In good weather, you can see all the way to North Korea without using the observatory's telescope. Lookout at the 2.4-mile (4-km) stretch of the DMZ that has divided Korea since 1953 before you return to Seoul.

From Seoul: Half-Day Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

5. From Seoul: Half-Day Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

Head to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and see the strip of land between North and South Korea that symbolizes a decades-long conflict and an important chapter of world history. Start your tour at Imjingpak Park, situated only 7 km from the Demarcation Line, a tribute to the Korean War. Visit its observatory, monuments, and the Freedom Bridge, which was used to transport 13,000 prisoners home after the war. Continue to the Third Infiltration Tunnel, discovered in 1978, and witness an incomplete tunnel built by North Korea into the South that was denounced by the UN. Descend into history at the Dora Observatory and see into North Korea. Lastly, head to Dorasan Station, the last station before the DMZ and symbolic of the hope of reunification. Be dropped off at the City Hall in Seoul at the conclusion of the tour.

Seoul: Lotte Tower Seoul Sky Observatory E-Ticket

6. Seoul: Lotte Tower Seoul Sky Observatory E-Ticket

Visit the observatory in Lotte World Tower, one of Korea's architectural jewels and a landmark in Seoul's skyline. Climb to the top of the tallest building in Korea, and the fifth tallest in the world, to see incredible views of Seoul at any time of the day.  Present your voucher at the ticket booth to redeem and get in the line for the sky shuttle, an elevator that operates at a speed of 600 meters per minute. Enjoy the exhibitions in basement levels 1-2, where you'll learn about the history and culture of Korea. Ride the elevator to floor 123 and admire the 360-degree panoramic view, or look below through the glass floors.  Lotte Tower is filled with great restaurants and shops that you can explore at your leisure. Or choose to enhance your visit with entrance to Lotte World, the most popular indoor theme park in Korea. If colorful marine life interests you, select the ultimate package with entrance to the observatory, Lotte World theme park, and Lotte World Aquarium included.

Seoul: The Greatest Urban Aquarium COEX

7. Seoul: The Greatest Urban Aquarium COEX

At the heart of Seoul, explore the mysterious and exotic marine world filled with various marine lives and sea creatures! The COEX Aquarium is comprised of 183 display tanks and 90 breeding tanks with 3,500 tons of water volume, making it a large-scaled aquarium. It houses 40,000 sea creatures, which come from 650 different species divided into 16 themed zones. Stroll around the aquarium to watch and learn about not only local but international marine species and their living environment. You can also enjoy a Mermaid Performance, Feeding Program, Ecosystem Explanation Program, and many other exciting shows to entertain your eyes! Discover 14 themed exhibitions and learn more about marine life from across the globe. Watch stingrays and sharks glide overhead at the incredible underwater tunnel. Hop onto a moving walkway and be transported through the deep sea zone for a complete immersive experience. Finish your aquatic adventure at Penguin's Playground. There, witness the feeding program and watch hungry penguins launch after their food. 

Seoul: Pub Crawl and Party at City's Best Bars and Clubs

8. Seoul: Pub Crawl and Party at City's Best Bars and Clubs

Join your guide and a group of like-minded travelers and locals on this safe and exhilarating pub crawl through Seoul. Skip the line and visit 3 pubs or clubs and then one extra "top" location each night. Enjoy Seoul's nightlife with style and without breaking the bank. Join in every Friday (in Itaewon) and Thursday and Saturday (in Hongdae) for three nights of absolute fun. Experience three events in the two most popular areas of Seoul with over 50 people, like you, joining in at every party. Socializing, dancing, and drinking are only a few of the things that you should expect. Together with your guides, and party animals from Korea and all around the world, you'll visit 4 bars/clubs and have a blast while doing so.

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

9. 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

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,989 reviews

Judy our tour guide was cheerful, knowledgeable and very accommodating. Simply spectacular. Pickup was smooth. Eric was a pleasure to speak with and impressive English skills. Tour overall was good…I was expecting to be closer to the border (adrenaline junkie) tunnel experience was great…need to be fit to make it back up…bridge and observatory are both good. Overall it was good and would recommend you try it with this crew!

Brilliant tour and fantastic guide! Libby was knowledgeable and spoke great English, her commentary was engaging and the perfect mix of entertaining and informative. Definitely recommend!

This was by far my favorite trip I made in Korea. The tour guide Sadie was amazing and spoke English extremely well. It’s we’ll worth the money and time.

The tour was well organized, the tour guide was funny and informative, took us to multiple key areas along the DMZ.

Very amazing experience. Been there twice and worth it both times!!