14 amazing Seoul day trips, day tours and weekend trips - Wapiti Travel

You can easily spend a week in Seoul without getting bored but by staying in Seoul you would miss some of the other highlights that South Korea has to offer. You can use Seoul as your base to discover several other outstanding parts of Korea.  That’s why we created this Seoul day trips guide full of fun and interesting day trips from Seoul.  Besides day trips we also share the best day tours from Seoul.

There’re also some beautiful places that require a 3-5 hour drive from Seoul.  Although a day trip is still a possibility it would only allow a superficial visit.  It would be much more convenient, and pleasant, to stay overnight. That’s why we included those as a weekend trip from Seoul.  

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Read on to discover the best trips from Seoul.


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Seoul travel tips

Let’s start this article with some Seoul travel tips. You can find these and more tips in more detail in our Seoul post. This is just a selection of the most important tips.

The best months to discover Seoul and its surroundings are May, September, and October. 

Seoul has a well-working and extended public transportation network.  Many of the trips we cover can be done with the subway,  bus or train.

For some others like Nami Island and the DMZ, we recommend you to take a guided tour as these tours are more comfortable and will save you time. 

We mention the different options with each tour.

Myeongdong is the best place to stay in Seoul if you plan on doing one or more day trips from Seoul. 

This district is close to the heart of Seoul.  You’re just 2 stops away from Seoul station, a major transportation hub for both the subway and train. 

Myeongdong is the shopping capital of Seoul, shopaholics better watch their budget. 

In addition to shops, you will also find many restaurants and each day starting at 4 pm various food stalls start to appear in the streets. 

Tourist attractions nearby are the iconic N Seoul Tower and the Deoksugung Palace.

Metro hotel Myendong South KoreaThe Metro hotelHotel icon lies in a perfect location. It lies within walking distance to shopping areas, street food, and public transportation. You will stay in a small clean room with a comfy bed. Very friendly and helpful staff. 

More information and booking:  BOOKING 
Here you can find our full guide about the best area to stay in Seoul. 

It’s always handy to be connected to the internet when using public transportation.   Especially since for a lot of day trips you could take public transport.

The Kakao apps for the bus (Google, Apple) and subway (Google, Apple) will help you navigate Seoul and 49 other cities in South Korea.

If you plan on renting a car to do these day trips from Seoul you must absolutely install Naver maps.

Google Maps and Waze are not working in Korea because the country is officially still at war with its northern neighbor. 

As long as this conflict continues the government does not allow to store maps on servers outside its borders. 

Since Naver is a Korean company their mapping services work without any problems.  We were very happy we discovered Naver maps. Their website is only in Korean but their app is available in English as well.

Available on: Google PlayApple
(This app is not getting much love for it’s Apple version.  We used the Android version which worked like a charm).

If you are looking for things to do in Seoul, take a look at this list.

 

Here you will find a Seoul 4 day itinerary. 

 

Seoul day tours 

One of the most comfortable and easiest ways to make a day trip from Seoul is by joining an organized day tour from Seoul. 

With organized tours, you usually save some time because you reach the sights faster. 

You don’t need to stress about finding the right train, subway or bus and buying the right ticket. (Which shouldn’t be too much of a problem in Seoul)

We think the biggest advantage is that your guide will give a thorough explanation of the sights you visit during your tour.

Here we share the best day tours from Seoul.

Nami Island Gapyeong, South Korea

Nami Island

Nami Island, Petite France, and the Garden of Morning Calm

Suggested by Jackie from Life Of Doing

Gapyeong is one of the best day trips that you can take from Seoul. Located 40 minutes away, it’s a great getaway to the serene area with beautiful mountains and landscapes. Gapyeong has four main attractions – Nami Island, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm, and Rail Park. Since we visited Gapyeong on our own versus a preorganized tour from Seoul, the day was packed seeing the first three attractions.

Nami Island (also known as Naminara Republic) is a dreamy place with colorful trees such as gingko and maple. It’s the perfect place to embrace nature during your walk or bike riding.

If you follow Korean dramas, Winter Sonata was filmed here, so you’ll see the snowmen theme throughout the island.

Look out for wild bunnies that roam around the grass and you may even spot some huge ostriches.

Petite France is a small and adorable cultural French theme park. Inspired by The Little Prince book, this park has pastel-colored houses with French architecture, foods, and performances.

Check out the scheduled marionette performances and the mini Eiffel Tower while you’re here.

The Garden of Morning Calm is one of our favorite gardens that we’ve been to. At 30,000㎡, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to witness the spectacular plants and flowers.

The highlights include walking along the suspension bridge, seeing the Millennium Juniper tree that is over 1000 years old, and enjoying the tranquility of the Japanese garden.

While we didn’t get the chance to visit the Rail Park it is something that we’re looking forward doing on a next visit.  During a visit to the park, you will pedal along an abandoned railroad track through a nice scenery consisting of rice fields, several tunnels, and bridges. There’re two types of rail carts, 2-seaters, and 4-seaters.

We highly recommend that you visit Gapyeong on a future visit.

How to get there: 

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Take the metro to Yongsan station on line 1. From here take the ITX-Cheongchun line to Gapyeong station.

We recommend visiting Nami Island first.  To get there take the Gapyeong City Tour bus, Intra-City bus or a taxi to Nami Island station. From the station, you can walk to the Gapyeong Wharf where you can buy a ferry ticket to Nami Island. When you are finished visiting Nami island you can take the ferry back to the mainland and board the Gapyeong City Tour Bus to visit the Garden of Morning Calm and Petite France. 

Make sure you arrive at Gapyeong station 30 minutes before the scheduled departure of the ITX train. We recommend buying your tickets for the ITX online to ensure that you have seats in your desired train. If you have made your booking online you will need your booking number, your passport and the credit card you used for the payment to collect your actual boarding pass. This is to prevent that there are no seats anymore available when you arrive at the station. 

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Another option is to take a shuttle bus. You can find more information about the shuttle bus here. 

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You could also rent a car. You can use the following address to start the guidance in Naver maps.  

Address Search: 1024, Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Name Search: Nami Island Ticket Office/Nami Island Dock

There is a parking fee of ₩4,000 to park your car at the Nami Island Ticket Office.

Here you can find more info about driving in Korea and renting a car. 

 

The most popular way to get to Nami Island is by joining an organized day tour. It is the quickest way to visit Nami Island, Petite France, and the Garden of Morning Calm as you can skip the queues for buying ferry and entrance tickets. 

A day tour is probably the most comfortable and relaxed way to visit Gapyeong.

More information and booking: Tickets  

The DMZ 

Suggested by Jaemye from Time zone travelers

When visiting Seoul, South Korea, make visiting the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea) a priority.  You can opt for a half-day option so you can see all the sites in minimal time, and they do all the planning for you. This leaves you with more time to spend in Seoul or other surrounding areas.

The DMZ tour starts often by a pick up at your hotel in Seoul. You’ll take a large comfortable bus to visit four different sites: Imjingak Park, Dora Observatory, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, and finally the Dorasan Station.

At Imjingak Park, you’ll be able to see the Freedom Bridge and a derailed and battered steam train from the Korean War. This park is dedicated to the millions of South Koreans who were separated from their families.

The Dora Observatory is where you can actually look through binoculars over to North Korea’s propaganda village. On a clear or semi-clear day, you can even see North Korea’s flag. You might even get a glimpse at some North Korean soldiers.

Probably the most exciting portion of the tour is the Third Infiltration Tunnel. You are issued a hard hat, and you can walk along 265 meters of the 1,635-meter long tunnel which is located 73 meters below ground.

Visiting the DMZ is a must-do while you are in Korea and an unforgettable experience.

 

Thinking about visiting the DMZ, this article explains the various sights in-depth and helps you choose the best tour.

How to get there: 

Read our guide about the DMZ to understand the differences between the different tours and to get detailed instructions on how to get there

More information and booking: DMZ Tour or read our full guide about the best DMZ tours.

The Boseong Tea Festival

Another interesting day tour brings us to the green Boseong tea fields listed by CNN on the 31 beautiful sights on our planet.

Every year, at the beginning of May, a Tea Festival is organized where you will learn more about the tea-making process and the history and varieties of tea. Not everything is tea-related, the festival also consists of a Hanbok show and various music concerts.

Klook offers an organized excursion to this annual event. It’s a long day trip where you leave at 7 o’clock in the morning and get back to Seoul around 10 pm. 

The organized tour is a perfect solution if you are short on time and want to visit the rolling Boseong Tea fields to get a quick impression of this area.

More information and booking: Boseong Tea Festival Tickets 

If you have more time we would recommend you to have a look at our suggested weekend trip to Boseong further in this post.  This will give you more time to visit this scenic region with seemingly endless tea fields.

How to get there: 

It takes about 5 hours to reach Boseong from Seoul. 

Bus iconAt the Seoul Express Bus Terminal, you can take an intercity bus to Boseong or Gwangju.

Day trips from Seoul 

Visit a Theme Park 

Korea is home to some amazing Theme Parks. After a few days of visiting Seoul and its various cultural highlights, a day of fun in a theme park can be a nice change. 

Here are 3 of Korea’s most famous Theme Parks that are guaranteed to give you a day of endless fun.

Everland 

Everland, South Korea’s largest theme park is the perfect place to spend a day if you are looking for some fun thrills. 

The theme park has 5 themes: Global Fair, Zoo-Topia, European Adventure, Magic land, and American adventure.  The park’s attractions appeal to both adults and children.

The park has several roller coasters for thrill-seekers including the T-Express, South Korea’s first wooden roller coaster, and several high-tech VR rides. 

Don’t worry if that’s not your kind of thing.  The park has much more to offer. It also has water rides, a 4-d movie theater, and a Live Hologram theater. There is even a zoo and a safari theme park with tigers, lions, bears, sea lions, pandas, etc.

During the winter months, the park creates a special themed snow village. The village contains many temporary snow-related attractions, the most striking of which is the snow buster where you can sled down a big slope. 

We would recommend visiting Everland on a weekday since the park is sometimes super crowded during the weekends. The same applies to Public Holidays in South Korea

 

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Address:
Everland
199 Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, 
Korea
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Opening hours:
The opening hours vary depending on the season but the park is mostly open from 10 am-10pm. 
For the exact opening hours, click here.
Tickets
We would recommend you to avoid buying tickets at the door since they are more expensive. 
Everland Seoul, South Korea
More information and tickets: Everland Ticket + Shuttle

Everland 1 Day Ticket 

How to get there

The park is located 46 kilometers from Seoul.  There are different ways to go there.

If you want to reach Everland on your own, you could go by taking the subway and the bus.

The first option is to take a combination of subway and bus, this will take about 1 hour and 45 minutes:

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By subway from Myeongdong, Dongdaemun, and Hongdae. Take the subway to Gangnam station on line 2 (Green). Continue on bus 5002 for 9 stops where the bus will stop at a bus terminal. At this bus terminal, you can change buses for the Free Everland Shuttle Bus.

Alternatively, you can also take a combination of several subway lines so you don’t have to take the bus. This alternative is slightly longer and will take around 2 hours.

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Make your way to Wangsimni station. Take the Bundang Line to Giheung station.  Switch to the Yongin Everline to Jeondae Everland Station and take Exit 3.  Here you can take the Free Everland Shuttle Bus which will take you to the park.

A more hassle-free, quicker and comfortable way to get to Everland is with the park’s shuttle bus service. The shuttle bus has several pick-up locations in Seoul and then heads directly to the park entrance.  Depending on where you board the bus the journey takes between 40 and 70 minutes.

More information and tickets:
Everland Ticket + Shuttle
Everland 1 Day Ticket 

Lotte World

Another fun destination is Lotte World. Lotte World consists of 3 parks: Lotte World Adventure,  Lotte Magical Land, and the Lotte World Aquarium. 

Lotte World Adventure is the world’s largest indoor amusement park.  It’s a Korean version of Disneyland and a great place to go if you’re traveling with kids or on rainy days. 

Next door is Lotte World Magic Island where you find many outside attractions.  Centrally located on the island is the magic castle, a castle that has a striking resemblance with Disney’s castle. 

The entrance to Lotte World Magic Island is included in your ticket for Lotte World Adventure

On the opposite side of the road is the Lotte World Mall which houses the Lotte World Aquarium.

We recommend to visit Lotte World during weekdays and avoid public holidays and weekends if you can.  It can get very busy on weekends and public holidays and there can be long waiting times for popular attractions.

You can buy a combi-ticket to visit all three parks on the same day but in Lotte World Adventure and Magic Island you can easily spend a day. Lotte World Adventure and the Aquarium are great destinations for rainy days. 

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Address:
Everland
199 Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, 
Korea
Event icon
Opening hours:
The opening hours vary depending on the season must the park is mostly open from 10 am-10pm. 
For the exact opening hours, click here.
Tickets
We would recommend you to avoid buying tickets at the door since they are more expensive. 
Lotte World, Magic Island, Seoul, South Korea
More information and tickets:Lotte World 1 Day Ticket

How to get there:

Lotte World Adventure lies in Jamsil, just outside Gangnam.

Bus iconJamsil (Green Line 2, Pink Line 8) Exit 4

 

More information and tickets: Lotte 1 Day Ticket 
Seoul Land, Seoul, South Korea

Seoul Land

Seoul Land

Seoul Land is one of the oldest theme parks in Korea. It has a good mix of rides, there is something for the whole family. You will find the classic roller coaster rides but there are also many attractions catered to younger children making it the perfect park to visit with them. 

Although the attractions are a bit outdated it’s still a good place to go since it’s less crowded compared to Everland and Lotte world. It is also an inexpensive park compared to the other two theme parks. 

There is a science museum opposite the park.   If that is something that interests you, you can easily combine it during your visit.

Some of the attractions might be closed during the offseason.  In winter time the park creates a snow slope for children and adults.  The hill is decorated with igloos and fire pots.  It is a most fun ride and it makes it worth visiting the park in the winter months.

 

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Address:
Seoul Land
181, Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Korea
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Opening hours:
The opening hours vary depending on the season must the park is mostly open from 9.30 am- 9 pm. During the weekend: 9.30 am-10 pm
For the exact opening hours, click here.
Tickets
Seoul Land, Seoul, South Korea
More Information and tickets: Seoul Land and Seoul Zoo Tickets

How to get there
Bus iconTake subway Line 4 (blue) to Seoul grand park station.  Exit the station at exit number 2. From here you can walk to the park’s entrance or you can take the elephant train which stops at the Park’s entrance, Grand Park and the Art Museum. The fee for the Elephant train is ₩ 1000 for adults,  ₩ 800 for adolescents and ₩ 700 for children.

More information and tickets: Seoul Land and Seoul Zoo Tickets 

Korean Folk Village, South KoreaStroll around the Korean Folk Village

Suggested by James from Travel Collecting

The Korean Folk Village in Minsok Village is the perfect day trip in Seoul. 

Buildings, including a mix of mansions and regular houses from all over the country, have been moved here and fully restored to recreate a village from the Joseon period (1392 to 1897). 

I have been to many other historic villages around the world, and this is not uncommon. 

However, although it is great to see these historic homes, of course, the Korean Folk Village is much more experiential than that.  What makes it especially interesting is that throughout the village, artisans use traditional techniques to make handicrafts. 

There are workshops in making bamboo products such as baskets and furniture; wood products like tables and rollers; pottery using traditional glazing methods; bronzeware; blacksmithing; and natural tie-dyed cloth.   

Other handicrafts include making masks, straw shoes, pipes, and drawing on wood or paper with hot tools (pyrography).  In addition to the workshops, there are other experiences you can have such as riding a traditional boat and horses. 

There are also performances throughout the day, including a reenactment of a wedding, horseback martial arts, tightrope walk-in, and dancing. 

I was totally entranced by male dancers spinning and leaping and twirling ribbons on their hats.  It was incredible. 

This is a great day trip from Seoul for everyone.

We would recommend you to avoid buying tickets at the door since they are more expensive. 

More information and tickets: Korean Folk Village Tickets 

How to get there:

There are several ways to get to the Korean Folk Village

By subway and bus:

Bus icon Take the Seoul S-subway Line 2 to Gangnam Station. Take exit 10 and take bus 5001-1 or 1560 to the Korean Folk Village.

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Take Seoul Subway Line 1 to Jonggak Station. Take exit 3-1. and take bus 5500-1 to the Korean Folk Village.

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Take the DX Subway Line to Sinnonhyeon Station. Take exit 6. and take bus 5001-1 or 1560 to the Korean Folk Village. 

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Take the Bundang Subway Line to Sanggal Station. Take exit 3 and take bus 37, 10-5 or 5001-1 to Korean Folk Village or Nagok Village. 

Bus iconTake the Seoul Subway Line 1 to Suwon Station. Take exit 5 and take bus 10-5 or 37 to the Korean Folk Village.

By subway and free shuttle bus:

Another option is to take the Seoul Subway Line 1 to Suwin station. Take exit 4 and take the free shuttle bus.

Suwon Station → Korean Folk Village: 10:30, 12:30, 14:30
Korean Folk Village → Suwon Station: 14:00, 15:30, 16:30

You can find more information about the different possibilities to go to the Korean Folk Village here.

Suwon Hwaesong Fortress, South KoreaGo back in time in Suwon Hwaesong Fortress

Suggested by Elaine & David from Show Them The Globe

Surrounding the center of the city of Suwon, the impressive Suwon Hwaesong Fortress is a great option for a day trip from Seoul.

The fortress walls stretch for over 5km and the wall and its four majestic gates have been well preserved and beautifully restored.

The fortress is fascinating to explore and, once inside, it feels like a step back in time. 

The Suwon Hwaesong Fortress was built in the late 18th Century in the Joseon Dynasty and has a dramatic history: it was commissioned by King Jeongjo in honor of his father, Prince Sado. After rumors emerged that the Prince was planning to kill his father, King Jeongjo, the King ordered him to be locked inside a rice chest in which he later died.

The Suwon Hwaesong Fortress is one of South Korea’s 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and definitely worth a visit. 

How to get there:

Located 34 kilometers south of Seoul, the Suwon Hwasesong Fortress is an easy day trip and is accessible by public transport.

Bus iconThe fastest way to travel between Seoul and Suwon is via the KTX trains which take around 30 minutes to reach Suwon.

Bus iconThe Seoul subway also services Suwon and the journey time is around 50 minutes from Insadong.

Car iconAnother option is to hire a rental car. We traveled by rental car and the drive took just over 30 minutes.

Go hiking in Bukhansan National Park

If you are like us and you like nature you should definitely spend a day at Bukhansan National Park. Bukhansan National Park borders Seoul in the North. It’s the perfect place to unwind after some busy days in the city.

Depending on the time you want to spend, there are several trails.

We hiked up Munsubong peak to the Bogungmun gate. The climb is strenuous and demanding but the view from the top is awesome.

I dare to say this might have been the best view on Seoul we had.

Once at the top you can either follow the old city enclosures further to the North or to the South.  We continued our way south following the ramparts to get one beautiful vista after another on the skyline of Seoul bellow us.

Once we got to the Daeseongmun gate we descended back towards the entrance of the park. 

This loop took us approximately 2.5 hours with the occasional stop to take pictures and enjoy the magnificent views.

This is just one of the many hikes that you can do.  On the National Park’s website, you will find much more hikes along with their start locations and their difficulty grade.

You can get a map that shows all trails at the visitor centers.

How to get there: 

The park is quite large and has 10 different entrances.  We started our hike at the Jeongneung Visitor Center as we came by car and this is one of few entrances with a parking lot. 

It may not be the best entrance if you use public transportation. 

In that case, you might opt for the Weondobong entrance further north at the Bukhansan National Park Dobong office

The Dobongson metro station (Line 1 or 7, exit 1) is just 10 minutes walking from this entrance.

You should be able to follow the colorfully clothed Koreans to the entrance, hiking is very popular in Korea.

Directions to all entrances are very well explained on the National Park’s website.

Seongnam Wall, South KoreaGo hiking in Namhansanseong 

Suggested by Jim from Tripologist

Without a doubt, one of my favorite day trips from Seoul is to Namhansanseong in Seongnam.

Namhansanseong translates to South Han Mountain Fortress, and while it gets overshadowed by several other nearby fortresses, it is actually one of the oldest in all of the country, dating back to the 16th century.

In 1636, Korean King Injo fled to this fortress when his kingdom was being attacked by the Chinese. While it held out for 45 days, the fortress eventually fell to the attackers.

Today, Namhansanseong is mostly restored and features a fantastic 12-kilometer hike that encircles the mountaintops.

In 2014, it was added as a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

 

Inside the fortress walls, there are many old buildings and shrines, some that date back to the 17th century.

There is also a village with several restaurants to quell your appetite after a long hike.

However, without a doubt, the highlight of Namhansanseong is the large gates that have been beautifully restored.

Not only does a visit to Namhansanseong allows you to go for a fantastic hike through the mountains of South Korea, but it also provides a chance to learn more about some of the little-known history of this beautiful country. Therefore it’s the perfect day trip from Seoul if you are looking for a combination of culture and hiking. 

How to get here:

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Take subway line 8 to Sanseong Station, go out exit 2, and take bus number 9 for approximately 20 minutes until you reach the town inside the fortress walls.

If you are a trained hiker and you prefer a more challenging walk. 

Bus iconTake subway line 8 to Namhansanseong Station and take exit 2.  Walk for 20-25 minutes uphill the road. At a certain moment, you will see a series of hiking trails. Follow the signs uphill for the south gate. They will bring you in around 45 minutes to the fortress walls and south gate.

Because it is a pretty tough walk that mainly goes up, we recommend that you wear good walking shoes.

Jeonju Hanok village, South KoreaWander through Jeonju Hanok Village 

Suggested by Linda from Linda Goes east

Jeonju is one of the most beautiful places in all of South Korea. With more than 800 Korean traditional hanok houses, some of the best food in the country and a slow travel atmosphere – what’s not to love?

Jeonju is the perfect day trip from Seoul because of the stark contrast between the two cities. Seoul is an exciting place to live in but sometimes you just want to escape the hustle and bustle for a little while – Jeonju does exactly that!

Besides the pretty hanok houses, Jeonju also has a number of notable attractions. These include Pungnam Gate, Nambu Market and Gyeonggijeon, a historic shrine from 1410 that now acts as a royal portrait museum.

However, what Jeonju is truly famous for is its food. It’s exactly because of Jeonju’s distinctive food culture, that the city was designated a UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2012.

The most important dishes to try in Jeonju include makgeolli, choco pie, and bibimbap. While it’s true that you can get Bibimbap everywhere in South Korea, Jeonju is actually the birthplace of the simple but scrumptious rice bowl with veggies.

The city even holds an annual Bibimbap festival around the end of October to prove this fact. Needless to say, the bibimbap I have had in Jeonju truly were the best in all of Korea.

How to get there:

Getting to Jeonju from Seoul is incredibly easy!

Bus iconJust take the KTX straight into Jeonju. This only takes about 1.5 hours.

 

Bus iconAnother slower, alternative would be to take the express bus down to Jeonju.

 

Since this takes longer, I recommend staying overnight in Jeonju. This gives you the opportunity to also sleep in a traditional hanok house, something to experience when in South Korea!

Where to stay in Jeonju

Here we share the best Jeonju accommodation. 

Hotel iconGaeunchae Hanok 

 

Gaeunchae Jeonju Korea

Traditional Hanok house

This traditional hanok is located in the middle of the Hanok village.  It is close to cafés and restaurants. You will stay in a simple traditional room and sleep on a traditional futon.  The host speaks English fluently and is very helpful.

 

 

More information and booking: BOOKING AGODA 

 

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Ramada Jeonju Hotel

 

Ramada Jeonju Hotel KoreaThe Ramada Jeonju lies within walking distance ( about 1 km) of the Hanok Village and nearby a modern shopping center. The rooms aren’t too big but very well appointed and have comfy beds. The staff speaks good English. 

This is a good alternative if you don’t want to stay in a traditional hanok house. 

More information and booking: BOOKING AGODA
If you aren’t convinced of these hotels, you will find a lot of other hotels in Jeonju on Booking.com: BOOKING 
Busan Tower, South Korea

Busan Tower

Make a Day trip to Busan from Seoul

Busan is South Korea’s second largest city. It’s well-connected with Seoul and can be reached in under one hour by plane. The train takes 3 hours to reach Busan, with your car or by bus you would be between 4 to 6 hours on the road.  

Although it’s possible to get an impression of the town in one day, we wouldn’t recommend doing so. We spend 2 full days in Busan and that wasn’t even enough time to see everything. 

We would recommend staying at least 2 to 3 days to explore this city. 

 

Busan is a perfect destination for a weekend trip from Seoul.

Weekend trips from Seoul

Here we share the best Seoul weekend trips. 

Discover Busan

Busan is the perfect city for a relaxing weekend trip. If you have 2 days, you could book a city tour for the first day to get an impression of this beautiful town.

The next day, you can spend on your own depending on your personal interests.

GetYourGuide offers several interesting tours depending on your personal interest. 

 

Busan Full day city tour

This full day city tour brings you along a lot of the city’s highlights. You will be visiting Taejongdae, the Songdo skywalk, Gamcheong village, and Haedong Yonggungsa temple. You will get lots of insight information about the history of the places you will visit.

Recommended for first-time visitors or if you are short on time in Busan.

 

Check reviews and book: Busan City Tour

Busan Private Tour with a Local

Lotte Department Store Seomyeon Busan South KoreaIf you are like us and you don’t like group tours, this private tour might be something for you. With this tour, you will have the chance to explore Busan with a local guide who will customize your tour in accordance with your personal interests.

Perfect if you want to learn more about Busan but you don’t like group tours.

 

Check reviews and book: Busan Private Tour
Busan Night City Tour 

Busan by night, South KoreaBusan is well known for its amazing night views. This tour is for you if you want to discover the city at night and take some awesome night pictures.
2 tours are offered:

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday you will see the Illuminia Park, Gamcheon village and the Busan city observatory.
On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday you will visit the 168 staircase where you get a nice overview of the city.  Next you go to Busan port viewing point, Yeongdo seaside park and Igidae Park which both are really popular among locals.

More information and bookings: Busan Night Tour

Take a look at this Busan blog post to get some more ideas about what you could do in Busan. If you are looking for the best place to stay in Busan for your weekend trip, take a look here. 

Go hiking in Seoraksan national park 

Seoraksan National Park lies in the Northeast of Korea. It offers some of the most beautiful sceneries of Korea, especially during fall. 

You can choose from a whole selection of hikes, the shortest take just a few hours the longest treks take 3 days. 

It’s possible to visit the park in one (long) day. 

A day trip is sufficient to get an impression of the park but does not offer enough time to do one of the many impressive hikes. 

All of these hikes lead uphill to the top of rocks or mountains and will require at least 4 hours. 

That’s why we recommend spending the night in Sokcho so that you don’t need to rush and instead enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the park.

You can find more information about a day trip from Seoul to Seoraksan here: Seoraksan

If you’re spending the night in Sokcho and want to combine your visit to the park with some other nearby activities you may find some inspiration and reviews on Tripadvisor.

Where to stay in Seoraksan

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Ramada Gangwon Sokcho Hotel

 

We stayed in the Ramada Sokcho hotel. It was a 30 minutes drive to the park.  We had a big comfortable room with a balcony where we could see how the boats sailed in and out of the harbor. We liked the extensive breakfast buffet although the restaurant isn’t really cozy.

A great place to stay if you like seafood.  It’s right next to the harbor. Boats arriving at the port drop their catch at one of the many seafood restaurants along the pier.

Check prices and availability on Booking.com or Agoda: BOOKING AGODA
If you aren’t convinced of this hotel, you will find a lot of other hotels in Sokcho on booking.com.  Check prices and availability here: BOOKING

Visit the Boseong Tea Plantation & Festival

Suggested by Marie from Be Marie Korea

The tea of South Korea is famous all over the world, especially all the green tea related products like ice cream, skin care products and chocolate.

South Korea has two famous tea plantations, one in the beautiful Jeju Island and another in Boseong. Boseong is a small town in the south of the country, close to the south coast.

It is a beautiful place that can be visited all year round, but once a year it draws exceptionally many tourists during the Boseong Tea Festival. 

The rolling tea fields in Boseong are very picturesque and remind us about the ones we saw in Munar in India. 

The 4-day Boseong Tea festival is held annually in early May. During these 4 days the place is the mecca for everybody who loves tea.

The festival takes place on the grounds of the Boseong tea plantation and during the festival, visitors can enjoy tasting various types of green tea.

Apart from tasting tea, other events take place, like green tea leave picking, an after-dark tea party, a treasure hunt and everybody can learn how to roast their own tea leaves.

Many of the tea tasting sessions are free of charge. 

 

Although it’s also possible to visit Boseong on your own as a day trip from Busan or Seoul we would recommend to stay overnight.  It’s a long journey, certainly, if you’re coming from Seoul, and you lose quite some time because you have to change trains or buses along the way. 

Here we share the best hotels in and around Boseong. 

Where to stay in Boseong

Hotel iconYongwook Lee’s Traditional House 

 

Yongwook Lee’s Traditional House Boseong Korea

Traditional house Boseong

This is a 200-year-old Hanok house. You stay in a traditional room and sleep on a futon. The bathroom is shared. It’s also quite remote, so you’ll need a car to get there, and dining options in the area are limited.

The very helpful host speaks a little bit of English. 

Payment is only in cash. 

A genuine Korean countryside experience far off the beaten track. 

 

More information and booking: BOOKING AGODA

If you don’t have a car you are better of staying in the  Boseung Nokcha Resort

Hotel iconNokcha Resort

 

Nokcha resort Boseong KoreaThis wooden pension lies within walking distance from the tea plantations and the bus stop. The room is basic but comfortable and includes a small kitchen. There is an outdoor BBQ available. Unfortunately, the staff speaks little English but you can use google translate to understand each other. 

Perfect for a night if you don’t have a car and you want to be nearby Bonseong’s attractions.

More information and booking: BOOKING  AGODA

How to get to Bonseong from Seoul:

By train or train + bus:

The fastest way to reach Bonseong is by taking the train or a combination of the train and bus.

You start by taking the KTX train from Yongsan Station to Gwangju-Songjeong station. At Gwangju-Songjeong station you can continue your way with either the bus or the train. 

If you opt for the bus: Take the local bus #30 outside the KTX station to U square Bus Terminal. At the U square Bus terminal, you will need to switch to another bus for the Boseong Bus Terminal. 

If you opt for the train:  There is a direct train from Gwangju-Songjeong to Boseong station.

The total travel time will be around 3h20 minutes with the train and slightly longer with the train+bus combination. 

The train is an easier and faster option than the combined train and bus option but you will need to plan your trip in advance. (and maybe also book tickets in advance)   There are only three daily trains from Gwangju-Songjeong to Boseong per day. 

By Bus:

There are several buses that connect Seoul with Bonseong.  Some of them offer a direct connection,  making this option perhaps the most convenient.

These are the various options:

Bus iconHourly there’re multiple buses leaving for Gwangju from the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal and the Seoul Central City Bus Terminal (Express Bus terminal).  In Gwangju you can change for a bus that heads to Boseong.

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There is 1 direct bus daily.  It leaves at 3 pm from the Seoul Central City Bus Terminal (Express Bus Terminal). The timing is unfortunate as you will arrive in Boseong in the evening but it is a good option if you will be spending multiple days in Bonseong. 

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If you are traveling during the weekend, you could also opt for a direct bus that leaves from Seoul’s Express Bus Terminal in Seoul at 8.10 am and arrives around 1 pm.

Conclusion

As you can see there’s not only much to see and do in Seoul.  There’s also a wide range of excursions that you can do from the country’s capital.  Some of the listed trips are classics, like the one to the DMZ, others are more off the beaten path like the one to the Boseong tea plantations.

Whatever you choose, we hope that these Seoul day trips, day tours, and weekend trips will inspire you to discover more from this beautiful country. 

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