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Things to do in South Korea

With such a multifaceted culture and complex history, South Korea provides a wealth of experiences that offer a better understanding of its people and its past. Our specialists have carefully chosen a range of activities that offer a deeper insight into the country and can team you up with expert local guides to help you get to the heart of Korean culture.

You may want to take a trip to the North Korean border zone to learn about its history and the legacy of the Korean War. You could tour Seoul’s street markets for an authentic taste of the city, learn about the Shilla Dynasty and their lasting influence in Gyeongju or tour the volcanic landscapes and rugged coastline of Jeju Island. Whatever you decide to do, we’ll tailor your holiday [vacation] to Korea to include activities that reflect your interests and get you closer to understanding the country and its people.

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Ideas for experiencing South Korea

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know South Korea, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Street food in Seoul

    Street food tour of Seoul


    Eat like a local as you discover Korean foods with a local guide. This tour takes in Seoul’s markets as you try classic dishes, learn about local ingredients, side dishes and sauces, and understand the importance of food in Korean culture.

  • Yangdong folk village

    Highlights of Gyeongju tour


    The imperial capital for almost a millennium, Gyeongju is home to South Korea’s richest collection of historical buildings. Royal tombs and palaces, temples and pagodas dot the area and offer an insight into the enduring success of the Shilla Dynasty.

  • DMZ

    Tour to the North Korean border zone


    A buffer zone between North and South Korea, the Demilitarized Zone can only be visited on a guided tour which offers the chance to see its observation posts and tunnels and learn about the history of the Korean War.

  • Udo island cliffs

    Tour of Eastern Jeju island

    Jeju island

    Explore the volcanic cones, crater rims and lava tubes of east Jeju on a private guided tour to learn about the region’s geological history. See languid Udo Island and take in some of Jeju Island’s best views.

  • Busan port

    Highlights of Busan tour


    Korea’s second-largest city has an unusual, captivating history. Accompanied by a local guide who can explain the city’s character, culture and history, you’ll visit its most interesting sights and explore some of the country’s largest markets.