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Morning 3-Hour Intro to Seoul Tour (Palace, Temple & More)

1. Morning 3-Hour Intro to Seoul Tour (Palace, Temple & More)

Begin your tour from the hotel in Seoul between 8:00AM and 9:20AM. Stop first at the Jogyesa buddhist temple. Notice the locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon, a truly beautiful sight. Gaze in wonder at the Daeungjeon and the main temple building which are about 500 years old. Continue on to the Gyeongbok palace where you'll first observe the changing of the guard ceremony. Then, explore Gyeongbok Palace, built in 1395 and is arguably the most beautiful palace in Korea and remains the grandest of all the five main palaces in Seoul. Next visit Cheongwadae, the presidential blue house, known for its beautiful, blue tiles. These tiles and the smooth roof are in beautiful harmony with Mount Bugaksan behind it. Discover how the blue house with its blue tiles and the smooth curve of the roof represents the beauty of Korea. Here you'll have the chance to visit Cheongwadae Sarangchae, a history center that gives visitors a chance to follow in the footsteps of the presidents of Korea and learn about the fascinating history of Seoul before the tour ends at around 12:30PM.

Seoul: Pub Crawl

2. Seoul: Pub Crawl

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 dance 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: Half/Full-Day Private Car Charter Tour

3. Seoul: Half/Full-Day Private Car Charter Tour

Discover the Seoul or Gangwon-do areas with a full or half-day private charter tour. Plan your tour that caters to your interests and travel at your own pace. Book an optional guide to accompany you throughout the day. Book a private charter with an optional guide and see the best of Seoul or Gangwon-do. Create a more focused and personal tour experience tailored to your interests. Whether you're looking to learn more about K-pop, history, culture, or food, this experience can be designed to meet your needs. Possible locations to visit in each area: Seoul City Gyeongbokgung Palace, Myeongdong, Dongdaemun, Cheonggyecheon, N Seoul Tower, Gangnam, Lotte World, Bukchon Hanok Village, Yeouido, Hangang Park, Hongdae, Ewha Woman's University, Sinchon, and other locations in Seoul city. Seoul Suburbs Incheon City, Woongjin Playdoci, Everland, Seoul Park, one mount, Swiss Village, Korean Folk Village, Paju Outlets, Panmunjom, The Garden of Morning Calm, Little French Village, Nami Island, Chuncheon City, Gangchon Rail Bike, Herb Garden, Heyri Art Village, and other locations around Seoul. Gangwon-do Alpaca World, Seoraksan National Park, Sokcho City, Nami Island, Chuncheon City, Gangchon Rail Bike, Daegwallyeong sheep ranch, Pyeong Chang, Yongpyong, Phoenix Park, Alpensia Resort, HIGH ONE Resort, Donghae City, and other places in Gangwon-do.

From Seoul: Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm & Rail Bike

4. From Seoul: Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm & Rail Bike

Nami Island is a half-moon-shaped isle, and on it is the grave of General Nami, who led a great victory against the rebels in the 13th year of the 7th king of the Joseon Dynasty - King Sejo, who reigned from 1455 to 1468. Nami Island also declared its cultural independence and was reborn as the Naminara Republic. It has its own national flag, anthem, currency, passport, phone cards, stamps, orthography, and even a certification of citizenship. The Garden of Morning Calm is a 300,000-meter garden that attracts an array of frequent families, friends, couples and photographers who come to explore the beautifully sculpted garden flowers, trees and pathways of this stunning garden paradise. If you choose the rail bike option, you will see an old train track in the beautiful countryside that has been converted into a serene rail bike track. With this option, visit the rail bike station in the morning before you visit Nami Island and The Garden of Morning Calm. You will have 2-3 hours at each venue and will be dropped off at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, Myeongdong Station, or Hongik University Station. On the non-rail bike option, you will be dropped off between 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM, and on the rail bike option you will return between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

Seoul: Nami Island, Petite France, & Italian Village Tour

5. Seoul: Nami Island, Petite France, & Italian Village Tour

Located just 63 kilometers away from Seoul, Nami Island is a popular getaway spot for both locals and tourists. The area is famous for its magnificent tree-lined roads. There are different activities available on the island or you can simply relax and enjoy the wonderful views in the area.  Petite France is a little vibrant French village that stands out with its brightly colored buildings. This village consists of many photo-worth spots that were featured on dramas and variety shows, such as “Beethoven Virus”, “Secret Garden”, “Running Man” and the most recent, “You Who Came From The Stars”. The Italian village Pinocchio and Da Vinci is a new attraction next to Petite France. It is the only theme park in Korea that has officially partnered with the Collodi Foundation. Through this, Italian author Carlo Collodi's fairy tale The Adventures of Pinocchio could be realized in the form of exhibitions and performances. If you choose the rail bike option, you will see an old train track in the beautiful countryside that has been converted into a serene rail bike track for you to spend some quality time in nature with your friends and family. With this option, you will visit the Rail Bike station in the morning before your visit to Nami Island and Petite France. 

Seoul: Pub Crawl with Skip-the-Line Club Access and Shots

6. Seoul: Pub Crawl with Skip-the-Line Club Access and Shots

Witness why Seoul is called party capital of Asia. Hongdae and Itaewon are the most well-known districts for international people and young locals for cafes, eating out, shopping, bar hopping and clubbing. Friendly and knowledgeable party guides will lead a group of 40-60 young travelers throughout the night. Enjoy a shooter at every bar (4 in total) as well as discount access while hopping each bar for an hour. Free entrance and skip-the-line to one of the most popular clubs in each district is included.

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What people are saying about Hongdae

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 354 reviews

Friendly and helpful guide. Everything went smoothly according to plan. It’s so much more convenient especially if you are planning to do some shopping as you can leave your purchased items in the car and hop on and off at the various places you want to go without the hassle of carrying all your shopping bags around.

The tour was great value - covering the temple, palace, modern history and ginseng tasting at the end for a really low price. Our guide Moon was also great - knowledgeable and friendly!

We had a great time and our tour guide Moon was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and was always open to questions.

Thank you, they were very responsive and kind. It was a lot of fun.

This tour is a perfect introduction to Seoul for first-timers!