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Incheon Airport: Traveler SIM & T-money Transportation Card

1. Incheon Airport: Traveler SIM & T-money 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.

Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

2. 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 on 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. Look out at the 2.4-mile (4 km) stretch of the DMZ that has divided Korea since 1953 before you return to Seoul. Half-Day Tour 5:30-6:40 AM hotel pick up & Meeting point → Imjingak Park → Freedom Bridge → DMZ Theater/Exhibition Hall → 3rd Infiltration Tunnel → Dorasan Observatory → Unification Village → Imjingak Park (pass by) → Drop-off around 1:00 PM Half-Day Tour and Shooting Experience 5:30-6:30 AM hotel pick up → Imjingak Park → Freedom Bridge → DMZ Theater/Exhibition Hall → 3rd Infiltration Tunnel → Dorasan Observatory → Unification Village → Imjingak Park (pass by) → Arrive Seoul around 1:00 PM → Lunch (Bibimbap) → Indoor shooting range in Myeongdong → Ends around 3:00 PM Full-Day Tour - DMZ and City Tour 5:30-6:30 AM hotel pick up → Imjingak Park → Freedom Bridge → DMZ Theater/Exhibition Hall → 3rd Infiltration Tunnel → Dorasan Observatory → Unification Village → Imjingak Park (pass by) → Arrive Seoul around 1:00 PM → Lunch (Bibimbap) → Gyeongbokgung → Insadong Street→ Ends around 5:00 PM

From Seoul: DMZ Half or Full-Day Guided Day Trip

3. From Seoul: DMZ Half or Full-Day Guided Day Trip

Join a day trip from Seoul for a guided tour of the Demilitarized Zone on the border of North Korea and South Korea. See the world's most heavily fortified border and gain insight into the Korean War. Visit landmarks including the 3rd Tunnel and the Dora Observatory. Begin the tour with a pickup in Central Seoul and travel to Imjingak Park. Upon arrival at Imjingak Park, see the Freedom Bridge and the old steam locomotive, which shows the tragedy of the Korean War. Pay your respects at a memorial for the soldiers who died in the Korean War. Enter the real DMZ to discover the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and DMZ Exhibition Hall to learn about South and North Korea's conflict. Visit the Dora observatory to see North Korea through telescopes and to get a peek at North Korea's propaganda village. At the end of the trip, relax as you travel back to Seoul, passing by Unification Village, and get dropped off at City Hall.  If you choose the full-day tour, you can enjoy an included lunch and a visit to the War Memorial of Korea.

From Seoul: DMZ, 3rd Tunnel, and Gamaksan Bridge Guided Tour

4. From Seoul: DMZ, 3rd Tunnel, and Gamaksan 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. Drop by 3 stops at Imjingak - 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 four 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. Then arrive at Dorasan Station, which is the northernmost station in South Korea, connected to Pyeongyang Station. You’ll also have a chance to visit some Unification Villages during your tour of the DMZ. Finally, visit the suspension bridge at Gamaksan, 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. For a private tour, you can select 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 longest suspension bridge in South Korea, where you can walk the 256-meter bridge.

Jeju Island: Customizable Private Day Tour with Driver

5. Jeju Island: Customizable Private Day Tour with Driver

Enjoy a 1-day private car charter service and explore Jeju island at your own pace. Customize your own itinerary and travel in comfort and style with a private car and driver-guide. Visit multiple destinations in 1 day, without having to worry about transportation or navigation. Get a suggested itinerary and recommendations from your driver. As you travel your driver will provide insights and information about the various destinations. Head to the East and see attractions including Manjang-gul Lave Cave, the scenic Seongsan Sunrise Peak, Seongeup Folk Village, and Seopjikoji Hill with ocean views. Visit the Jeju Tangerine Farm and get a dose of vitamin C with the tangerine picking experience (peak season October to February). Explore the West and head out on a road trip along the Aewal Seaside Road, see the Dragon Head Rock and Ihotewoo Beach and Horse. Be amazed by the optical illusion of the Mysterious Road, and the Trickeye 3D illusion museum. Or choose to visit the Teseum, a teddy bear museum perfect for the family. Experience the South of Jeju and take in views at the Daepo Jusangjeolli Columnar-joint Cliff and the wide coastal waterfall, Jeongbang. Admire some of the 6000 camellia trees at the Camellia Hill Garden. Try a tea-making masterclass and savor green tea at the O'Sulloc Tea Museum.

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

6. 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.

Jeju Island: Canola and Cherry Blossoms Private Guided Tour

7. Jeju Island: Canola and Cherry Blossoms Private Guided Tour

Seek out the first signs of spring on a private guided tour on Jeju Island. Walk along Jeonnong Road, stop at Seongeup Folk Village, see the Jeju Windmill District, and more as you set out to discover the island's cherry blossoms and canola flowers. Begin your day with a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation and start your tour of some of the most popular spots on the island in springtime. Your first stop is Jeonnong-ro Road. Also known as cherry blossom street, this is possibly the most popular location on the island to view the springtime display. Wander along a pathway lined with trees and admire the pale pink and white blossoms. Then, hop back into your vehicle and take a drive along the scenic Noksan-ro Road. Marvel at the colorful landscape as you pass by canola fields and cherry blossom trees, all in full bloom. Stop to explore the Gasiri Canola Flower Plaza before continuing your journey through the Jeju Windmill District. Time to refuel with a break for lunch (cost not included). Your guide will recommend the best spot to grab a bite to eat. After lunch, continue your tour with a visit to Seongeup Folk Village. Spend around 1 hour here, exploring the ancient village and learning about the island’s history and culture, and how the islanders used to live. Next, head to the Jeju Canola Plantation Complex at Gwangchigi Beach and travel to the top of Seopjikoji hill to take in spectacular views of the ocean and the rugged, volcanic coastline. Your final stop of the day takes you to Seongsan Ilchulbong, also known as Sunrise Peak. Capture wonderful photos from this popular viewpoint before hopping back into your vehicle for the return journey to your accommodation.

Busan: Private Car Charter Customized City Tour

8. Busan: Private Car Charter Customized City Tour

Busan is a city with both a rich culture and great natural beauty. There are numerous historical, nature, and cultural sites spread all around the city. With this private vehicle, driver, and tour guide, you can craft a Busan experience that's perfect for you. Your driver and guide will pick you up at your accommodation and take you wherever you’d like to go on either a four-hour or six-hour private customized tour. Select either the guide-inclusive or driver-only option, depending on your preferences. If you are looking for great beach sites, try Haeundae and Gwangalli. For a history tour, the 14th-century seaside Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Gamcheon Culture Village, and Yongdusan Park are great places to visit. There are also a myriad scenic lookout points which provide sweeping views of the area, including the Busan Tower, Taejongdae Nature Park, and Oryukdo Skywalk. Your driver will take you anywhere you want to go, and, at the end of your perfect day, take you back to your accommodation.

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 of Chuncheon, explore the picturesque Nami Island with its scenic trails, and finally choose between a rail-bike ride through the countryside or a visit to the romantic Garden of Morning Calm. Choose a private or group tour option and begin your day at Chuncheon's Alpaca World. Feed the adorable alpacas, watch them graze together, and take selfies with them. Ask your guide any questions you may have about the region and the alpacas themselves. Continue to Nami Island, home to all things K-drama. Explore its leafy paths with tall trees where the legendary Korean drama "Winter Sonata" was shot and see memorabilia. Enjoy time to have lunch at this stop. Then, choose to go to Ganchon for a rail bike tour along the Bukhan River and admire the countryside, or visit the traditional Korean Garden of Morning Calm, one of the most romantic sites in the region. Here, stroll through the gardens 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.

Busan: Full-Day City Tour

10. Busan: Full-Day City Tour

Board a comfortable air-conditioned van or coach and head to the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple as you begin this full-day tour. After that you will go to the green landscapes of Taejongdae park. Follow your guide to the Danubi Train. Ride the Danubi Train which makes several stops for you to admire views of the magnificent rocky seaside cliffs. If the Taejongdae Danubi Train is not running go to the Busan Lotte Premium Outlet instead. Take a break for lunch in the Taejongdae area. Marvel at full views of Busan by walking along the gorgeous seacoast pathway in the Yeongdo Huinnyeoul Culture Village. Capture pictures of the beautiful coastline and the city skyline. Soak up the relaxed vibes of Busan as you walk. Afterwards, continue to the colorful and quirky Gamcheon Culture Village before heading back to your departure point.

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based on 4,737 reviews

Sujeong was an amazing guide. I was able to see sites i hadn't contemplated. Her personality was very warm making it easier to feel comfortable. Im glad i made a new friend and would recommend this tour to anyone who would love to see Korea but afraid to do so on their own. Highly recommend you take the 6 hour tour for fun and excitement.

Was so much fun We enjoyed the trip and strawberry farm Shine's first day as a tour guide yet she was great keep it up girl Shout out to Kelly as well

Super easy to receive at the airport and will last enough time to get a phone plan or to just return home. Highly reccomend.

Very well organised tour with caring, informative and sympathetic tour guide. We enjoyed it a lot!!

Easy to pick up and use. Good wifi. No further comments!