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Welcome to Seoul

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a thriving metropolis that marches to the beat of millions of busy residents. Dominated by the towering peaks of Mt. Bukhansan and Mt. Namsan, the city boasts an impressive infrastructure that makes getting around the city by public transport easy. However, sightseeing tours provide added value with insightful commentary and off-the-beaten-track attractions. Discover UNESCO World Heritage–listed treasures such as Changdeokgung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae); take a day trip to the DMZ, the no-man’s-land between North and South Korea; or shop until you drop in the commercial zones of Dongdaemun, Myeongdong, and Gangnam—birthplace of the global hit, “Gangnam Style.” Sample hearty Korean cuisine and local craft beers on a food tour or during a cooking class; peruse the stalls at the markets in Gwangjang, Insadong, and Namdaemun; and watch the city lights dance across the Han River on an evening cruise. Plus, Seoul serves as a convenient launch pad for outdoor adventures. Pull on your hiking boots and join throngs of South Koreans exploring Seoraksan National Park, the UNESCO Biosphere Protected Site home to Mt. Seorak. Or practice your turns at the ski resorts of Elysian Gangchon or Yongpyong. If you’ve got a flexible itinerary and wish to explore more of South Korea, use Seoul as a gateway to Gongju, Buyeo, Suncheon, Yeosu, and Busan.

Top 10 attractions in Seoul

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DMZ

DMZ

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Nowhere is the tension between North and South Korea more palpable than in the no-man's-land known as the Korean Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ. As a divided nation, only 2.5 miles (4 km) separate the North from the South at what is the most heavily armed border on earth. The 150-mile (241-km) zone has served as a buffer since the 1953 cease-fire agreement between the United Nations and North Korea that put the Korean War on hold.More
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Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Arguably the most beautiful and easily the biggest of Seoul’s five main palaces, Gyeongbokgung (also known as the Northern Palace) is one of South Korea’s must-visit attractions. Built in the 14th century, this is the oldest Joseon Dynasty palace in the nation, and it’s right in the heart of Jongno-Gu, the most culturally happening part of Seoul. Come for 600 years of history—and one brilliant changing of guards ceremony.More
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Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower)

Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower)

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Head to the top of Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower) in hilly Namsan Park, the largest in Seoul, for some of the best panoramic views over the South Korean capital. The 777-foot (237-meter) tower offers three observation decks and half a dozen restaurants where you can soak in the views, day or night.More
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Korean Folk Village

Korean Folk Village

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Travelers to Korean Folk Village can explore 250 acres of natural landscape, dotted with 260 replica houses from the Joseon Dynasty. Learn about traditional foods, handicrafts, and clothing while visiting the workshops and open-air attractions; take in a live performance; or treat the kids to the rides and craft workshops in Play Village.More
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Han River (Hangang)

Han River (Hangang)

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Running through the Korean Peninsula for more than 310 miles (500 kilometers), the Han River (Hangang) is one of the most important rivers in South Korea. As it flows through the heart of Seoul, the river has become a gathering place complete with recreational paths and riverside parks with playgrounds and cafés.More
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Lotte World

Lotte World

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Lotte World ranks among the largest indoor amusement parks on the planet. Housed largely in glass to permit natural light, the complex offers country-themed districts, complete with full-scale parades, feature films, laser light shows, souvenir shops, rides, and an impressive array of international cuisine.More
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Joint Security Area (Panmunjom)

Joint Security Area (Panmunjom)

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The Joint Security Area (JSA), aka Panmunjom, offers a look at the still simmering tensions that remain from the Korean War. The North and South technically remain at war, and the JSA, located deep within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), is the only place where visitors can see the actual border and North Korean soldiers on the other side.Within the town at the Military Armistice Commission (MAC) Conference Room, visitors can even cross the border without a visa. The blue building is still used for face-to-face negotiation between the two sides and is bisected by the border, meaning travelers can technically cross into North Korea by walking to the other side of the room.More
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Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae)

Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae)

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Known for the blue tiles that cover its roof, Seoul’s Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae or Cheongwadae) sits at the foot of Mount Bugaksan and is the official residence of South Korea’s president. The house was built in the traditional Korean architectural style within a Joseon Dynasty–era royal garden.More
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Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village

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Flanked by Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace—two of Seoul’s Joseon Dynasty palaces—Bukchon Hanok Village comprises hundreds of traditionalhanok houses that today are home to restaurants, teahouses, cultural centers, art galleries, and B&Bs. It’s one of the best places to experience a taste of old Seoul.More
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Bukhansan National Park

Bukhansan National Park

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Bukhansan National Park is an urban oasis within the boundaries of Seoul. The park covers nearly 50 square miles (129 square kilometers) and contains hiking trails, sweeping mountaintop views, and streams rushing between gorges and granite peaks. Bukhansanseong Fortress and many Buddhist temples are also set here.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Seoul

How to Spend 3 Days in Seoul

How to Choose a DMZ Tour

How to Choose a DMZ Tour

Top activities in Seoul

JSA & DMZ Tour(Tue-Fri)

JSA & DMZ Tour(Tue-Fri)

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Recent reviews from experiences in Seoul

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Awesome Tour!!
80soohwan, Nov 2021
Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of Seoul with Lunch
We booked this tour to see the main tourist attractions of Seoul on our first visit to Seoul.
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Superb activity
Roam49242666568, Dec 2019
Seoul Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Palace Course
Great experience to visiting famous sightseeing activity particularly the palaces.
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Nice tour
OnAir751732, Oct 2019
Seoul City Private Full-Day Tour Including Lunch
It was a very nice tour, the guide was very good, made sure we were at the palace to see the changing of the guards, the native village and the Buddhist temple were very nice, and the view from the Seoul tour was amazing.
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Julie was really nice and took gd care of us
Voyager23728378222, Oct 2019
Seoul by Night with fantastic view
I not been to Seoul so it was good to see the city from the Seoul Tower & from the river
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Day at Nami Island
Voyager23728378222, Oct 2019
Full Day Nami Island and Petite France Tour from Seoul
The tree's leaves changing their fall colors were beautiful
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Great tour!
Saad_U, Oct 2019
No shopping Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul
Unfortunately the main DMZ area was closed at the time but we managed to see some very good alternatives around the area.
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Excellent tour!!
Alexia_D, Aug 2019
Best Half Day DMZ Tour (No Forced Shopping)
The guide spoke excellent English and told us so many interesting stories about Korea.
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Fantastic day tour
Raul_G, Aug 2019
Seoul City Private Full-Day Tour Including Lunch
He was knowledgeable, informative and his English was great.
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A day trip in Seoul, Korea
TAYSOCK_M, Apr 2019
Alpaca World & Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Tour
Really enjoy the attractions in Seoul with the Animals, Scenery and the Mother Nature like the Flowers and Trees.
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Night shopping tour
myron_k, Jul 2018
Night Shopping Tour in Seoul
It was especially helpful to see what areas of Seoul to shop at as this was our first time here.
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Great experience to see many of the...
Sabrina W, Jun 2017
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Great experience to see many of the temples in Seoul.
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Quick 3 hour tour of a Buddhist...
Jose G, Oct 2017
Best of Seoul Tour in the Morning
I wish I had more time to see other sites like the DMZ and other Seoul places of interest
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My Seorak 2 hours from...
Cleo, Nov 2017
Mount Seorak and Nami Island Day Trip from Seoul
Hiked to the Falls.
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Great to see the temple, changing of...
Zackary S, Nov 2017
Best of Seoul Tour in the Morning
Great to see the temple, changing of the guard, and the palace.
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Our tour guide was super friendly...
Rosa C, Feb 2018
DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory
The tour itself is great for a half day if you don’t have heaps of time in Seoul and a must do to see the DMZ!
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Our tour guide, Chloe was super nice...
Khoua L, Sep 2016
Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village
The tour is worth doing because you get to see all the top attractions in Seoul.
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It was a good tour, had a glimpse of...
Josephine_I, May 2017
Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village
David our tour guide was very accommodating and speaks very good english.
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This tour is a good introduction for...
nanirosas, Mar 2016
Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
This tour is a good introduction for some of the main attractions Seoul has to offer.
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Great tour guide and I was the only...
Donna M, Apr 2015
Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace
Was able to see plenty of Seoul in just one day and even managed to purchase some souvenirs.
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My daughter and I had a wonderful...
MARISSA L, Feb 2016
Seoul Symbolic Afternoon Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace
We are looking forward to visit Korea again.

All about Seoul

When to visit

Spring in Seoul sees thousands of cherry blossoms burst into bloom (late March to mid-April), while the fall months of October and November turn Bukhansan National Park shades of burnt orange and bright red. These shoulder seasons also boast moderate temperatures and lower travel costs.

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