South Korea Travel Guide: 25 Day Trips That You Can Do in South Korea

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor April 13th, 2019 Posted in Asia, Destination, Travel Blog No comments

South Korea is one of the most visited countries in East Asia and boasts some of the most fascinating history and culture in the continent, as well as breath-taking scenery. Not forgetting the delightful Korean people, who are sure to befriend those that are traveling! Providing a wonderful contrast of old and new, South Korea has plenty to explore, and below is a list of 25-day trips that must not be missed while visiting the country.

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Seoul Day Trips

1. Lotte World 1 Day Pass

Tour features

  • Enjoy great discounts on Lotte World tickets exclusively for foreign visitors
  • Skip the queues and enjoy a hassle-free visit by purchasing a Magic Pass!

The experience

Enjoy a fun-filled day in the world’s largest indoor theme park, LOTTE WORLD! Use a handy pass to go on over 40 rides or venture to the aquarium for an unforgettable day in Seoul.

Important information

  • Guests who booked Lotte World Aquarium + Lotte World ticket combo must enter both parks on the same date
  • Infants under 36 months can enter for free

Timing

  • Departure: Monday-Thursday: 9:30am-10:00pm

Cost starts from US$ 26.59

You can Book it here

2. N Seoul Tower Ticket Combos in Seoul

Tour features

  • A must-visit attraction for travelers visiting Seoul for the first time
  • Choose from flexible entry times to suit your schedule

The experience

No trip to Seoul is complete without ticking off Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower), an iconic landmark from which you can enjoy the best views of South Korea’s capital. Enhance your experience of the tower with a combo admission ticket that grants you access to the observatory and an exhibition space of your choice.

Important information

  • Free for infants 35 months old or below (please bring photo identification).
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Timing

  • Departure: 10:00am-11:00pm, daily

Cost starts from US$ 5.09

You can Book it here

3. Nanta Show Seoul

Tour features

  • Choose an early or late evening performance
  • Nanta Show ticket admission in Seoul

The experience

Enjoy a night of comic entertainment with the popular show Nanta, a hilarious farce about catering mishaps before a wedding feast. Executed with high-energy body language but without dialogue, this show provides a modern twist on ‘samulnori’ — a Korean tradition of percussion played with four instruments.

Important information

  • Please be at the theater at least 30 minutes before the show starts
  • Minimum age is 5 years

Timing

  • Departure: Monday to Thursday: 5:00pm and 8:00pm

Cost starts from US$ 23.85

You can Book it here

4. Nami Island & Petite France (Ktourstory)

Tour features

  • Small group tour ensures personal service
  • Explore each location at your own pace

The experience

Discover the region outside Seoul thanks to this 10-hour day trip to visit Nami Island and Petite France. Explore the half-moon shaped island of Nami at your own pace. You might choose to rent a bike or learn about ‘Winter Sonata,’ a Korean drama filmed on the island.

Important information

  • Please inform us if you will be bringing along a baby stroller or wheelchair
  • Children aged 0-2 can join the trip for free so long as they don’t require seats on the bus.

Timing

  • Departure: 7:30am

Cost starts from US$ 7:20 am

You can Book it here

5. Nami Island, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm, Gangchon Rail Bike Day Trip from Seoul (S.A Tour)

Tour features

  • Receive a briefing from tour guides on each location you visit
  • Don’t fuss over money as entrance fees to all attractions are included

The experience

Skip the stress of the Seoul subway rush hour and let a comfortable air-conditioned van transport your tour group to four of the city’s top attractions.  After pickup from your hotel, explore GangchonRailbike Park and Nami Island.

Important information

  • Please advise during booking if you have a language preference
  • Arrival time & schedule are subjected to weather and traffic conditions

Timing

  • Departure: 8:30am

Cost starts from US$ 52.25

You can Book it here

Jeju Day Trips

6. Jeju Teddy Bear Museum

Tour features

  • Watch Elvis Presley bear perform every 15 minutes
  • Cuddly toy fans will be in their element at a museum dedicated to handcrafted teddy bears!

The experience

Welcome to the first Teddy Bear Museum in Korea. Here you will find everything you want to know about Teddy Bears. Teddy Bears have been loved and cherished since they were first introduced over 100 years ago. Our Teddy Bear Museum opened, especially for the European collectors. The Teddy Bear Museum is more exciting than ever with “Teddy Bear” entertainment as never seen before.

Important information

  • Food and drink are strictly prohibited inside the museum
  • Free admission for infants 36 months old and below

Timing

  • Departure: 9:00am-7:00pm, daily (except during summer season).

Cost starts from US$ 7.45

You can Book it here

7. Eastern Jeju Discovery

Tour features

  • Tuck into a delicious choice of Jeju Black Pork BBQ or vegetarian food for lunch
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery of yellow canola flower in full bloom from 19 Mar-20 Apr

The experience

Explore Jeju’s Eastern side from beautiful peak views to underground lava tunnels and every bit of culture and heritage in between. This multi-award winning tour operator has specialized in excursions around Jeju since 2008 with a particular focus on independent travelers so you won’t be getting any of that ‘follow the flag’ tour group stuff.

Important information

  • Children aged 0-1 are free of charge
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing for the short trek

Timing

  • Departure: 8:20am

Cost starts from US$ 77.19

You can Book it here

8. Western Island Exploration

Tour features

  • Tuck into a delicious Korean buffet lunch
  • See Jeju’s beautifully tended gardens of Hallim Park and Spirited Garden

The experience

Jeju’s western side is just brimming with natural and man-made countryside for you to enjoy, from curated gardens to volcanic mountains to godly waterfall. Uncover the spectacular natural charm and local culture of Jeju’s west. Begin by visiting Hallim Park to roam the beautifully landscaped gardens.

Important information

  • If the road condition of pick up site is complicated, the shuttle will wait at the nearest subway station
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for the short trek

Timing

  • Departure: 8:30am

Cost starts from US$ 77.19

You can Book it here

9. Seogwipo Submarine

Tour features

  • Feel secure with the safest submarine tour, professional staff and 20 years experience
  • Discover Jeju’s underwater world by submarine

The experience

Seogwipo Submarine was the first of its kind in Asia and the third in the world. Seogwipo Submarine offers safe undersea tours in its recently acquired state of the art submarine from Finland. Munseom, where the submarine travels, is home to outstanding coral reefs, colorful schools of fish, and rich seaweed.

Important information

  • Adult ticket: Age 13+
  • Infants under 36 months are free with passport verification

Timing

  • Departure: 10:00am-4:00pm, daily

Cost starts from US$ 41.45

You can Book it here

10. Jeju Play K-Pop Museum

Tour features

  • Enjoy a glamorous virtual makeover with the help of amazing computer animations
  • Watch a LIVE HOLOGRAM CONCERT, as if you were in a real K-Pop concert!

The experience

Play K-POP is an indoor facility, so it is a nice choice of visit regardless of rainy seasons or the uncertain weather in Jeju~ This Museum can be found inside the Jungmun Tourism Complex! It is popular with foreigners who love K-POP and are into the Korean Wave, as well as young middle and high school students.

Important information

  • Free admission for infants aged 0-3 (passport proof required)
  • Youth ticket: Age 14-19

Timing

  • Departure: 9:00am-7:00pm, daily

Cost starts from US$ 12.39

You can Book it here

Busan day trip

11. Busan SEA LIFE Aquarium Admission Ticket

Tour features

  • Don’t forget feeding time with the penguins and the cheeky otters!
  • Learn more about 250 marine species in this educational and engaging experience

The experience

Busan Aquarium is top of the list of Busan attractions and one of the leading visitor attractions in Korea. A unique edutainment (education + entertainment)-based aquarium on Haeundae Beach in Busan with a lot of state-of-the-art facilities.

Important information

  • One adult can bring one child under age
  • Children aged 0-3 are free of charge

Timing

  • Departure: 10:20am and 2:20pm, daily

Cost starts from US$  16.39

You can Book it here

12. Busan Tower Ticket

Tour features

  • High-tech devices such as media art and VR are available to add more variety and entertainment!
  • Climb Busan Tower Observatory to have your Busan memory and knowledge totally refreshed

The experience

Busan Tower stands 120 m tall from the center of the city’s Yongdusan Park. Built-in 1973 and modeled on Bulguksa Temple’s Dabotap Pagoda, the tower is a popular visit day and night. Head to the viewing deck via high-speed elevator, and enjoy panoramic views of Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city.

Important information

  • Children 0-2 years old may enter for free with passport
  • This voucher is for non-Korean passport holders only

Timing

  • Departure: 10:00am-11:00pm

Cost starts from US$ 6.05

You can Book it here

13. East Busan Exploration

Tour features

  • Uninterrupted views over Mt. Hwangnyeong and Oryukdo Island
  • See the best of Busan in one comprehensive private tour

The experience

Busan is a place where rich history and beautiful coastal scenery combine, but many of the top sites of interest are spread across the city and shoreline. On this tour, explore Busan and surrounds in comfort by private vehicle, and reach attractions including the HaedongYonggungsa temple, Haeundae Beach, and Nurimaru APEC House with ease.

Important information

  • Please be patient should there be an unexpected delay due to traffic jams
  • Participants bringing baby/child seats must declare it upon checkout

Timing

  • Departure: 8:50 am

Cost starts from US$ 26.49

You can Book it here

14. Busan Night Tour

Tour features

  • Round-trip hotel transport included
  • Stand under the lit up Big Roof at the Busan Cinema Center

The experience

Travel aboard a comfortable coach to catch the sparkling highlights of Busan on a 3-hour evening tour. You’ll see the best of the city after dark, starting at a lookout on Mt Hwangryeong, then heading to the popular nightlife scene around Gwangalli Beach, which glows below Gwangan Bridge.

Important information

  • Participants bringing baby/child seats must declare it upon checkout
  • Food or drinks are allowed on the bus except for those too smelly

Timing

  • Departure: 6:50pm

Cost starts from US$ 26.49

You can Book it here

15. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Tour from Busan

Tour features

  • Unrivaled views over the blossoming cherry trees
  • Visit the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival from Seoul

The experience

When the cherry blossom blooms across South Korea, the country is blanketed in beautiful pink petals. On this tour, visit the annual Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival and experience this natural marvel for yourself. With round-trip travel from central Seoul included, reach the festival with ease by air-conditioned minivan.

Important information

  • The maximum number of people for each tour is 80
  • The rates for adult and children aged 3+ are the same

Timing

  • Departure: 8:20am

Cost starts from US$ 26.25

You can Book it here

Gangwon-do day trip

16. Mt. Seorak + Naksansa Temple Tour by KTOURSTORY

Tour features

  • Visit Naksansa Temple with entrance fees included
  • Hike rugged hiking trails to the summit of Mt. Seorak

The experience

On this full-day tour, head to Mt. Seorak by air-conditioned vehicle and follow hiking trails to the summit. Visit the historic Naksansa Temple and enjoy sweeping views over the native forests, with round-trip travel from Seoul and entrance fees included.

Important information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Timing

  • Departure: 7:20am

Cost starts from US$ 66.00

You can Book it here

17. Wonju Rail Bike & Mt. Sogeum Suspension Bridge Day Tour

Tour features

  • Walk through three natural gardens of Museum SAN while appreciating a collection of artworks
  • Explore the beautiful scenery of Wonju, Korea by a sightseeing train and a family-friendly rail bike as well!

The experience

Begin the tour with a taste of Gangwon’s natural beauty, starting with a sightseeing train around Wonju, to be followed by a pedal-it-yourself rail bike, Mt. Sogeum’s Suspension Bridge, a newly built 200-meter long suspension bridge. This is so far Korea’s longest suspension bridge constructed around mountains and has been used for a number of TV filmings.

Important information

  • Please note that you need to climb some steps while visiting the Mt. Sogeum Suspension Bridge
  • A minimum of 2 participants is required for each booking

Timing

  • Departure: 7:30am

Cost starts from US$ 99.39

You can Book it here

18. Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World Tickets (with Round-trip Transfers)

Tour features

  • Upgrade for an optional rental ski jacket, pants, and gloves
  • Make use of skis, boots, and poles fitted by experts

The experience

Enjoy a day on the snow in South Korea on this Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World day trip from Seoul. Hop aboard your shuttle bus and head to Daemyung Vivaldi Park ski resort. Collect your rental ski equipment on arrival, then hit the slopes at your leisure. Ride the resort’s 10 ski lifts, explore the terrain at your leisure and enjoy fine views over the soaring peaks.

Important information

  • Participants will have to purchase their own insurance for this activity
  • The schedule of Ski Resort use may be subject to change depending on its opening time

Timing

  • Departure: 7:30am

Cost starts from US$ 72.45

You can Book it here

19. Nami Island & Mt. Seorak Day Tour by KTOURSTORY

Tour features

  • Free time to follow hiking trails and walking routes along the way
  • Escape Seoul and see a more natural side to South Korea

The experience

UNESCO–listed Mt. Seorak and Nami Island attract visitors keen to enjoy an up-close brush with nature in South Korea. On this full-day tour with round-trip travel from Seoul included, travel by air-conditioned minivan and ferry with your guide and hit the sites in comfort.

Important information

  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Cable car at Mt. Seorak may not be operated depending on the weather condition

Timing

  • Departure: 7:30am

Cost starts from US$ 66.25

You can Book it here

20. Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm and More by KTOURSTORY

Tour features

  • Visit Gangchon Rail-bike Park and the Garden of Morning Calm
  • Escape busy Seoul for a day in South Korea’s great outdoors

The experience

On this full-day tour, escape to nature with a spin through Gangchon Rail-bike Park, explore the scenic Garden of Morning Calm, and enjoy free time at your leisure on Nami Island—with entry fees and round-trip travel from central Seoul included.

Important information

  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Please inform beforehand if you will be bringing a stroller/wheelchair

Timing

  • Departure: 7:20am

Cost starts from US$ 44.60

You can Book it here

 Incheon day trip

21. Northern Limit Line Disputed Border Day Tour

Tour features

  • Visit the border around the areas of the Iron Fence Zone, Aegibong Peak, and Yeonmijeong Pavilion
  • Explore a fake North Korean village created for propaganda purposes

The experience

This full-day starts with pick-up at your hotel before heading to Imjingak Park. Located 7 kilometers (about 4.3 miles) from the Military Demarcation Line, it is now at the forefront of tourism related to the Korean War.

Important information

  • The minimum participant is 3 people

Timing

  • Departure: 7:00am-8:00am

Cost starts from US$ 97.15

You can Book it here

22. Ganghwa Island Historical and Cultural Tour from Seoul by TK Travel

Tour features

  • Peaceful atmosphere at the Jeondeung Temple
  • Day trip to Ganghwa Island, rich in culture & history

The experience

Escape the hustle and bustle of Seoul and travel to Ganghwa Island, rich in Korean history and culture. Visit the Ganghwa History Museum, marvel at the peaceful Jeondeung Temple, see fascinating dolmens, and stop at the Goryeogung Palace Site.

Important information

  • The maximum number for each group is 40
  • Adults and children aged 3 and above must pay the same price

Timing

  • Departure: 8:30am

Cost starts from US$ 79.49

You can Book it here

23. Yeongjongdo Seaside Rail Bike in Incheon

Tour features

  • Have the option to choose a 2-seater, 3-seater, and 4-seater rail bike
  • Enjoy all the stunning views you’ll be passing by, such as places like Wolmido and Incheon Bridge

The experience

Travel to Incheon, take a full journey of Yeongjongdo Rail Bike to pass along the picturesque scenery of Incheon Bridge. Visit the organic strawberry farm and pick some huge, sweet strawberries on your own. Then, watch seagulls at Wolmido on a ferry is an exciting experience as seagulls follow the ferry to get fed by you.

Important information

  • Participating children and seniors must be accompanied by a guardian
  • For your safety, please do not get off the rail bike or use the emergency braking during the experience

Timing

  • Departure: 9:00am-6:00pm

Cost starts from US$ 21.19

You can Book it here

24. CGV Incheon Mission Race Ticket

Tour features

  • Win a special gift when you score a hundred points!
  • Be the hero of your own film in the CGV Incheon Mission Race

The experience

Be the hero of your own movie at CGV Incheon’s immersive Mission Race! Enter various cinematic universes to solve fun puzzles and obstacles. Win hundred-star points to get that special prize! Book now and have this unique experience with your friends and family

Important information

  • Visiting on weekdays is more recommended to avoid long queues
  • Food, drinks, and baby strollers are not allowed inside the venue

Timing

  • Departure: 11:00am-10:00pm, daily,

Cost starts from US$ 8.49

You can Book it here

25. DMZ and NLL Day Tour

Tour features

  • Venture out to the maritime border between North and South Korea at the Northern Limit Line
  • See the world’s most militarized border and learn more about the history of the Korean War

The experience

Northern Limit Line (NNL) tour is one of the most unique sights seeing among foreigners! See the Gwangsungbo fortress, the Deokjinjin fortress, and the Pyeongwha observatory. These are popular with those looking at the DMZ or JSA Tour

Important information

  • The minimum participant number is 3 people
  • Please bring your passport to this activity

Timing

  • Departure: 7:00am-8:00am

Cost starts from US$ 106.00

You can Book it here

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