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How to Spend 3 Days in Seoul

How to Spend 3 Days in Seoul

With three days in Seoul, you have time to experience the city’s star attractions, from historical palaces to Buddhist temples and the Demilitarized Zone, along with modern shopping districts and trendy neighborhoods. Here’s how to get the most out of your three days in the South Korean capital.

Day 1: Ancient History

South Korea holds tight to its rich heritage, which is on display throughout Seoul. Take a step back in time with a guided tour of some of the city’s most notable historic sites. Visit traditional-style Korean houses at Bukchon Hanok Village, learn the historic art of making rice cakes at Tteok Museum, poke through the antique shops of Insadong, and tour one (or more) of Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces from the Joseon Dynasty. Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a palace highlight thanks to its many gardens and architectural details.

Escape the afternoon sun with a visit to one of Seoul’s museums or monuments. The Seoul Museum of History chronicles the evolution of the city, while the War Memorial of Korea houses some 33,000 artifacts from decades of conflict. Don’t miss a nighttime visit to the top of N Seoul Tower for views of the illuminated city.

Day 2: DMZ

To understand Korea, you must understand the conflict that has split the North and South since the 1950s. A trip to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) is an essential experience and a popular excursion from Seoul. Most guided tours to the DMZ and Joint Security Area (JSA) take you to the most important sites, including Imjingak Park, Freedom Bridge, the Third Infiltration Tunnel, and DMZ Museum. From Dora Observatory, it’s possible to look across the DMZ into North Korea.

Another day trip option takes active travelers on a hike to the top of Mount Bukhan, Seoul’s highest peak, often followed by a pampering spa treatment in a traditional Korean bathhouse or jjimjilbang.

Day 3: Modern Seoul

After learning about Korea’s past, it’s time to take in its ultramodern present. Spend the morning immersed in all things K-Pop on a music tour of the city. See a hologram concert, learn some moves from a professional K-Pop dance instructor, or watch a live show taping at one of Seoul’s top entertainment studios. Alternately, explore the filming locations from the country’s most famous TV shows and movies.

In the afternoon, indulge in retail therapy at one of Seoul’s numerous markets, from the traditional market at Namdaemun or the antiques of Insadong to the modern fashions of Myeongdong. Be sure to sample street food as you go, or sign up for a Korean cooking class to take some kitchen skills home with you.

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Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village

Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village

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This full-day sightseeing tour of Seoul showcases the best of Korea’s history, culture, and traditions. Led by a guide, see the city’s major landmarks, including Jogyesa Temple and Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village. Watch the changing of the guards during a stop at Gwanghwamun Gate and enjoy a traditional Korean lunch with your fellow travelers in Insadong. Your full-day tour also includes a stop at a traditional ginseng center.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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Mt Bukhan Hike with Korean Style Spa

Mt Bukhan Hike with Korean Style Spa

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Enjoy a day of hiking and nature on Seoul’s highest mountain followed by a rejuvenating spa treatment at a traditional Korean spa. Depending on your group’s skill level, your guide leads you on a vigorous hike on Mt. Bukhan, where you walk by crystal-clear streams and granite peaks. Have lunch after your exhilarating trek, then soak away any sore muscles at the  'jjimjilbang' — an authentic Korean spa. A hot bath is followed by a full-body scrub, oil massage, face mask and shampoo by an expert practitioner.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$128.00
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Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour

Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour

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Learn about Korea’s culinary culture on this tasting tour of Seoul. Stroll through the streets with an expert in local cuisine, stopping at local food stalls and eateries plus a food market or village. Sample a variety of foods like Korean barbecue, savory pancakes, and spicy rice cake stew. Wash it all down with alcoholic beverages such as Korean rice wine and soju (distilled liquor). Your guided small-group walking tour covers plenty of ground in the bustling district of Jongno-gu, with numbers limited to 12 people.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace

Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Discover the history and cultural traditions of Korea on this full-day tour of Seoul’s palaces and markets. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace including its National Folklore Museum, and see Jogyesa Buddhist Temple and Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your informative guide accompanies you to Insadong and Namdaemun to explore these bustling local markets on foot. Enjoy a Korean lunch and convenient round-trip coach transport from your hotel.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village

Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village

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Admire South Korea’s palace architecture and learn of life in the country’s capital on this 3-hour Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village walking tour. Stroll to Gwanghwamun Gate and visit Gyeongbokgung Palace. Listen as your guide details Joseon Dynasty history and admire traditional construction techniques. Visit the National Folk Museum of Korea and discover over 98,000 artifacts detailing South Korea’s history. Head between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace to Bukchon Hanok Village. Peer inside traditional houses and learn about Korean lifestyles from the past to the prefect day.
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  • 3 hours
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