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Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

1. 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 2:00 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) → Around 2:00 PM indoor shooting range in Myeongdong → Drop-off 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) → Around 2:00 PM lunch (Bibimbap) → Gyeongbokgung → Insadong Street→ Drop-off around 5:00 PM

Seoul: The Painters Live Art Show

2. Seoul: The Painters Live Art Show

New [The painters] show, a world-renowned art performance! [The painters], a new concept art performance that combines colorful live drawings with cutting-edge media art, has been remodeled and reopened. Actors resembling idols, numbering from 4 to 8, express world-famous paintings such as Michelangelo's 'Creation of Heaven,' Vincent Van Gohee's 'Self-Portrait,' and Gustav Klimt's 'Kiss' with splendid choreography and live drawings. Their super luxurious stereoscopic images and live performances createa a new impression of painting. [The painters] show is the only art performance in the world that provides both entertainment and emotion by dramatically directing the process of creating works of art through media art, sensuous urban dances, and witty performances. They had world tours performing in 133 cities in 19 countries, creating a sensation across Asia including Japan, Taiwan, and China. [The painters] show is Korea's representative performance, having met over 1 million audiences from around the world in their four dedicated theatres in Korea each year.

Private Customized Seoul Tour with Your Korean Buddy

3. Private Customized Seoul Tour with Your Korean Buddy

Take this private 4-hour walking tour to explore Seoul at your own pace with a customized itinerary. Select where you want to go and plan your route with your guide. Scope out the best places to visit during your stay, learn how to get into top restaurants and learn how to navigate the transport system. For history lovers, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Samcheongdong, and Insadong. If you are more interested in the modern aspects of the city, go to Gangnam district, COEX, and relax by the Han River. For shoppers, visiting Myeongdong and Namdaemun Market is highly recommended.

Seoul: Dark Side of the City and Ghost Stories Walking Tour

4. Seoul: Dark Side of the City and Ghost Stories Walking Tour

Prepare yourself for the creepiest, historically accurate, and frighteningly bone-chilling tales. Korea has a unique history that will suck you in. You will see places where bloody massacres occurred. You will walk under a bridge that carries a dark sinister secret. You will encounter three of Seoul's five palaces and learn the secrets about one of them that even Seoulites do not know. Your tour will be led by a historian who will tell you the dark side of Korean history including Prince Suyang's slaughter of his nephew's men and the massacre at the site where Korea's first Western hospital was at. Tales in Japanese Colonial times will be shared while walking in royal palaces. The itinerary extends to other parts of Seoul such as Nagwon-dong and Chenggyecheon Stream. Hear modern urban legends, true crime events, and quirky secrets of buildings that the local government would prefer you did not know. You might actually meet a ghost so do not be too surprised. You will get a basic orientation of Seoul’s layout and see many sites including the three of five palaces, the Cheonggyecheon Stream, Tapgol Park, the Insa-dong neighborhood, Seoul City Hall, and the iconic Gwanghwamun Square. Your guide is an invaluable source of information and full tips about other places to see and eat. There will be restroom breaks and opportunities to have beverages and snacks. If you want to explore the dark back alleys and secret spots filled with horror, take the "Premium Tour" for extended and exclusive story-sharing.

Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

5. Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

Discover the palaces and shopping spots of Seoul on a multi-stop tour including a local guide, hotel pickup, lunch, and all entry fees and tickets. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to highlights like the Blue House, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Namdaemun Market, and the Jogyesa temple in Insadong. Following pickup, meet your local guide and start exploring the many cultural highlights and popular spots around Seoul, including shrines, markets, museums, palaces, neighborhoods, and hanok villages. Depending on your tour day, your itinerary may vary: Cheonggyecheon Stream is an 11-km-long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that was once there before during the Joseon Dynasty. Cheongwadae (The Blue House) is the presidential residence of the Republic of Korea and is regarded as the heart of the nation. While entering is not allowed, see this historic location from outside the main gate. Cheongwadae Saranchae is a Korean presidential exhibition center, newly opened in January 2010. Enter inside to learn more about Korean culture and history (Monday tours visit the outside of the building only). Saranchae is closed on Tuesdays. The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea. Be sure to bring a camera to take lots of pictures. Admire the guards’ costumes with brilliant primary colors. Gyeongbokgung Palace is the oldest palace of the Joseon Dynasty, located at the northern end of Seojong-ro Street. Built in 1394 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty by its founder King Taejo, it's the most comprehensive and grandest of the five palaces of the period. Stroll around the grounds to see the National Folk Museum of Korea, where visitors can browse the unique cultural and historical traits of Korea and the lifestyle of the bygone days. As Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea tour, and the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony will be replaced with a tour of Deoksugung Palace on Tuesdays. Jogyesa is located on one of the most popular cultural streets in Seoul, Insa-dong. Very close to the palace of Gyeongbokgung, it is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism (since 1936) and it plays a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea. Changdeokgung Palace was used as the main palace by many Joseon Kings and is very well preserved. The palace was registered with UNESCO in 1997. On Mondays, you'll visit Jongmyo Royal Shrine instead. Insadong is the perfect place in Seoul for visitors wanting to experience the traditional aspects of Korea. Discover art galleries, traditional craft stores, antique art dealers, traditional tea houses, and local-favorite restaurants. Namsangol Hanok Village stands out between tall buildings in the middle of the city with its five restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond, and a time capsule. On Mondays enjoy a similar visit to Bukchon Hanok Village instead. Sungnyemun Gate (Mondays: outside only), normally known as the Namdaemun, is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul. Take memorable photos of one of the gates that surrounded the city during the Joseon Dynasty. Namdaemun Market is an open-air market close to the downtown area and high-end hotels. Get the chance to shop some of the best selections of merchandise in the nation and interact with the locals. The market’s history traces back to the Joseon Dynasty and since then has become the main place to exchange daily products between urban and rural areas of Korea

Seoul: Insadong Walking Tour

6. Seoul: Insadong Walking Tour

Dive deep into the bustling Insadong Street in Seoul with a guided walking tour. Experience its culture and lifestyle through visits to charming stores, and food stands. Learn the history behind the famous street and taste delicious Korean food. Meet your local guide for an insightful stroll along Seoul's most vibrant street. As you explore, enjoy the chance to try out unique food creations. Allow your guide to introduce you to the area's biggest restaurants and taste traditional dishes, as well as 3 desserts.

Seoul: City Highlights Tour with Gyeongbokgung Palace

7. Seoul: City Highlights Tour with Gyeongbokgung Palace

The tour begins at Gyeongbokgung Ticket Place, where a historical guide will explain the history of Gyeongbokgung Palace. (Including the ceremony of changing the guards) On this tour, we will visit Hanok Street, a location that has been used in numerous dramas and movies. Your beautiful photos will be taken by a professional photographer! In the observatory cafe, you will also be able to enjoy Korean traditional tea. An example of a modern hanok is Baek In-je House in Gahoe-dong, located in Bukchon Hanok Village during the Japanese administration period. A main room with a good view of the whole village, spacious bedrooms, a large garden, and annex buildings make up the structure. Keeping the beauty of the traditional hanok while incorporating the modern trend of its time, Baek In-je House represents the Bukchon Hanok Village together with Yun Bo-seon House as an important example of both architecture and history. Jogyesa Temple is both Seoul's main temple and the district head temple of the Jogye order. During the Goryeo period, the temple was built in the late 14th century but was destroyed by fire in the late 15th century. Gakwangsa Temple was rebuilt in 1910 by Han Yong-un and Lee Hee-gwang, two respected monks. As part of Korea's Buddhist tradition, the temple was renamed Tegosa Temple in 1936. During the 1954 purification drive, Japanese influence was eliminated and traditional Buddhism was revived, resulting in the current Jogyesa Temple. (Including traditional Korean bread called kukhwapang) A street in Insa-dong that appears frequently in Korean dramas! There will be lots of handmade gifts and delicious food!

Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, and Cheongwadae

8. Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, and Cheongwadae

Spend the day exploring the best of Seoul, with your experienced guide. Stroll through the Insadong area, known for traditional goods and cafes. Listen as your guide describes historical stories of Korea. Learn about Hanguel, the alphabetic system used for writing the Korean language. Start your tour from Jogyesa Temple, the head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, and discover the history of the temple. Continue to Gwanghwamun Square and see the statues of King Sejong the Great, and Admiral Yi Sun-sin.  Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, established in 1395 as the main palace in the Joseon Dynasty. Walk under Gwanghwamun, the main gates of the palace. Take some time to look around the palace and admire the architecture. See Cheongwadae, the home of the President of the Republic of Korea, also known as the Blue House. Relax in this hidden area with views of the mountains surrounding it, before visiting a museum to learn more about Korea. Lastly, head to Tongin Traditional Market and marvel at the traditional Hanok houses in Seochon Hanok Village. Call into a traditional medicine place in Hanok and taste Korean herbal tea in this hidden gem.

Seoul: Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House)

9. Seoul: Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House)

After we met the guide, we will take a walk to Cheonggyecheon stream and Gwanghuamun square which is a great place to take a break in the busy city. Cheonggyecheon is an 10.9 km (6.8 mi) stream flowing west to east through downtown Seoul. It was covered with concrete for roads. In 1968, an elevated highway was built over it. It is a transformed ecological park of natural beauty after 3 years of restoration project to complete in 2005. Gwanghuamun area was once Yukjo-geori (Avenue of Six Ministries), the center of Hanyang which was the capital city during the Joseon Dynasty. Nowadays, it is home to the Government's major administrative departments. It was opened on 1 August 2009 by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and is part of the City's plans for environmentally friendly renovation projects. And we will visit the Korean Royal Palace known as Gyeongbokgung Palace. (Deoksugung palace on Tuesday) After we admire the beauty of the Joseon dynasty, we will reach the main gate of The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) and see into The Blue House at the main gate. (Not allowed to get inside now) Located with Bugaksan Mountain in the background, Cheong Wa Dae (or Blue House) is the official office and residence for Korean Presidents from 1948 to 2022. Itinerary • Pick-up • Meet at Koreana hotel • Cheonggyecheon stream / Gwanghuamun square • Gyeongboukgung palace (Replaced as Deoksugung palace on Tuesday) • Seeing into Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House) at the main gate of it • Dismiss at Gyeongboukgung subway station

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Well organised tour. Very insightful and our guide was extremely friendly and answered all our questions. Would recommend to anyone wanting to visit DMZ.

Lovely tour guide, great explanations and very helpful! Would recommend!

An amazing display of art in multiple forms. Truly spectacular

Amazing guide with good jokes but also very informative!

Very nice Tour. The Guide was very kind and funny.