Top Day Trips From Seoul
Though South Korea’s capital has plenty of activities and attractions to keep you occupied, Seoul is within reach of some excellent day trip destinations. From theme parks to mountains and islands, here are some of our top picks.
Everland Resort – 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Seoul
Everland is South Korea’s largest theme park and resort. The massive complex of rides, shows, and entertainment is also home to Caribbean Bay, the largest water park in the country. Separate admission tickets are required for the two parks, though combo tickets are available. Plan to spend at least day here, or book a multi-day ticket and stay overnight at a themed hotel.
DMZ – 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Seoul
The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separates South Korea from North Korea. You can’t visit independently, so join a half- or full-day tour, some of which take you to the Joint Security Area (JSA) known as Panmunjom. Tours tend to cover Freedom Bridge, Imjingak Park, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, DMZ Exhibition Hall, Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station, and the Unification Village.
Namiseom (Nami) Island – 40 miles (63 kilometers) from Seoul
The setting of popular Korean television showWinter Sonata, Nami Island offers natural beauty, tree-lined roads, and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, boating, and ziplining. It’s also home to Petite France, a French-inspired cultural village. Visit Nami Island on a tour, which typically combine it with other destinations such as Mt. Seorak and the Garden of Morning Calm.
Mt. Seorak – 93 miles (150 kilometers) from Seoul
The third-highest mountain in the country, Mt. Seorak is located within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Hike up the mountain or take a cable car, and tick off park highlights such as Gwongeumseong Fortress and Sinheungsa Temple. Tours provide an easy way to explore Mt. Seorak, and typically also stop at Nami Island or East Sea.