These 10 Fun Day Trips Worth Taking From Seoul

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Seoul is the capital of South Korea and is the main destination for most travelers visiting the country. However, beyond the bustling capital are exceptional natural areas, folk villages, gardens and rivers to explore. Embark on one of these exciting day trips from Seoul to get the most out of a short trip to South Korea.



ten Half Day DMZ Tour

Perhaps one of the most anticipated day trips from Seoul is visiting the DMZ (demilitarized zone) and technically set foot in North Korea. On this half-day tour, travelers enjoy comfortable round-trip transfer to the DMZ from Seoul. There is commentary from an English-speaking guide on the Imjingak Pyeonghwa-Nuri Park and Freedom Bridge tours. It’s a chance for travelers to check the country of North Korea off their to-do lists in a safe and convenient way. Learn about the differences and history between North and South Korea from a tour guide and gain insight into this little-known nation.

  • Round:
    Best Half Day DMZ Tour from Seoul (No Forced Shopping)

  • Duration:
    6 hours

  • Cost:
    From US$69.99 per adult

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9 Mount Seorak and Nami Island

This 14-hour day trip is a chance to truly escape the busy streets of Seoul to experience the country’s natural side. Round-trip transportation from Seoul includes an air-conditioned minivan and ferry with a driver and guide. Travelers will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Seorak, and have the opportunity to explore the hiking trails at their leisure.

  • Round:
    Mount Seorak + Nami Island + Morning Calm Garden Day Trip from Seoul

  • Duration:
    14 hours

  • Cost:
    From US$90 per adult

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8 Petite France And Calm Morning Garden

Another day trip option to Nami Island includes stops at Petite France and the Garden of Morning Calm. Nami Island was made famous by the Korean TV show Winter Sonata and is worth visiting for the natural beauty of the trees, which are particularly striking in autumn. La Petite France in Gapyeong County is an extremely popular tourist attraction and a French-themed amusement park where travelers can feel like stepping into a French town for a day in the Korean countryside.

  • Round:
    Nami Island Day Trip with Petite France and Morning Calm Garden

  • Duration:
    10 to 12 hours

  • Cost:
    From US$74 per adult

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seven Namhansanseong UNESCO Historic Sites and Korean Folk Village Private Tour

A trip to Seoul isn’t complete without a cultural experience, so why not leave the city for a day and check out the Korean Folk Village which retains elements of the Joseon Dynasty? This unique 8-9 hour day trip from Seoul begins with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Namhansanseong Fortress in the mountains, commented by a professional guide. Lunch is included, after which travelers arrive at the Korean Folk Village to watch traditional cultural performances, such as martial arts demonstrations.

  • Round:
    Namhansanseong UNESCO Historic Sites and Korean Folk Village Private Tour

  • Duration:
    8 to 9 a.m.

  • Cost:
    From US$176 per adult

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6 Lotte World

For a short 4-hour day trip from Seoul, visit the amazing theme park that is Lotte World. A package includes round-trip transportation, a ticket to the park’s top five attractions, and an English-speaking guide. Lotte World’s elaborate adventures include an indoor theme park, an outdoor amusement park, cinemas, an island and a shopping mall. It is an ideal excursion for the whole family.

  • Round:
    Lotte World Package

  • Duration:
    4 hours

  • Cost:
    From US$101.54 per adult

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5 Bukhansan Peak Hike with a Mountain Expert

Travelers can explore Bukhansan National Park on a day trip from Seoul with hiking tips and the attention of an experienced guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included in the tour price, and travelers also receive a box lunch and bottled water during the hike to enjoy on the mountain. This is a great opportunity to explore South Korea’s nature and mountains close to the city. Travelers will reach the iconic Baegundae Peak, which sits 836.5 meters above sea level.

  • Round:
    Hike Bukhansan Peak (Baegundae: 836.5m) with Mountain Expert

  • Duration:
    7 hours

  • Cost:
    From US$78 per adult

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4 Han River Yacht Tour

For a short day trip from Seoul, a one-hour yacht tour on the Han River is a great chance to see the city from a new perspective. The private tour can be customized based on the traveler’s ideal departure time. Choose between sunset, sunrise, or a midday cruise to soak up the sun.

  • Round:
    Private Han River Yacht Tour

  • Duration:
    1 hour

  • Cost:
    From US$60 per adult

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3 Pocheon Art Valley

Pocheon is a nice day trip from Seoul, taking about 9-10 hours. The Pocheon countryside is a beautiful part of the country and the tour includes three major attractions of the region. Travelers will visit an apple farm and a strawberry farm (and go strawberry picking) and enjoy an exhilarating toboggan ride.

  • Round:
    Four Seasons Pocheon Day Tour

  • Duration:
    9 to 10 a.m.

  • Cost:
    From US$78 per adult

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2 Seoraksan National Park and Ulsanbawi Hike

A 10-hour day trip to Seoraksan National Park is enough to embark on the adventurous Ulsanbawi trek. The tour includes round-trip hotel transfer in Seoul, as well as a visit to the Shinheungsa Buddhist Temple and the city of Sokcho. Travelers will sample local cuisine, visit a traditional fish market and more while learning about the nature of the area from a professional Korean tour guide.

  • Round:
    Seoraksan Ulsanbawi National Park Hike from Seoul

  • Duration:
    10 hours

  • Cost:
    From US$238 per adult

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1 Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival Day Trip

During the winter months, it is possible to enjoy a unique ice fishing experience on a 9-12 hour day trip from Seoul. Travelers will head to the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, where a professional guide will teach them the basics of ice fishing. Any fish travelers catch can be prepared (at their own expense) at a local restaurant for consumption. Other winter activities on this trip include sledding and skating.

  • Round:
    Ice Fishing Tour – Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival Day Trip from Seoul

  • Duration:
    9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Cost:
    From US$90 per adult

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