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For a breath of fresh air and a refreshingly different perspective on Korea, day trips out of Seoul are essential. Some trips, like the DMZ, can only be accessed via a packaged tour while independent travel to other destinations is easy and comfortable on the well-organized and inexpensive intercity bus and rail system.

Day Trips from Seoul

DMZ

Bragging rights are the best thing about a trip to the world’s most heavily fortified border. Just don’t confess that you didn’t see a single tank, anti-aircraft gun or goose-stepping North Korean soldier. Booking a tour with the Seoul USO is recommended.

33 miles north of Seoul, 011-82-2-795-3028, www.uso.org/Korea
Tags: moderate | smart splurge | tour | day trip

DMZ

Bragging rights are the best thing about a trip to the world’s most heavily fortified border. Just don’t confess that you didn’t see a single tank, anti-aircraft gun or goose-stepping North Korean soldier. Booking a tour with the Seoul USO is recommended.

33 miles north of Seoul, 011-82-2-795-3028, www.uso.org/Korea
Tags: moderate | smart splurge | tour | day trip

Everland Resort

Everland Resort lives up to every kid’s dream with enough rides and junk food to last a lifetime. Although it has a separate entrance fee, the resort also encompasses Caribbean Bay, a water park with indoor and outdoor slides and pools.

28 miles southeast of Seoul, 011-82-2-759-1943, www.everland.com
Tags: family | moderate | day trip | amusement park

Everland Resort

Everland Resort lives up to every kid’s dream with enough rides and junk food to last a lifetime. Although it has a separate entrance fee, the resort also encompasses Caribbean Bay, a water park with indoor and outdoor slides and pools.

28 miles southeast of Seoul, 011-82-2-759-1943, www.everland.com
Tags: family | moderate | day trip | amusement park

Ganghwa International Lotus Lantern Meditation Center

Stay overnight at this Buddhist temple to learn meditation, the intricacies of Buddhist thought and how to sit cross-legged for extended periods of time.

44 miles northwest of Seoul, www.lotuslantern.net
Tags: budget | day trip

Ganghwa International Lotus Lantern Meditation Center

Stay overnight at this Buddhist temple to learn meditation, the intricacies of Buddhist thought and how to sit cross-legged for extended periods of time.

44 miles northwest of Seoul, www.lotuslantern.net
Tags: budget | day trip

Gosu Cave

Don’t know the different between a stalactite and stalagmite? You’ll see both in this 4,300-foot deep limestone cave in the North Chungcheong province.

44 miles southeast of Seoul, 011-82-43-1330 (Korean tourist information office)
Tags: family | budget | tour | day trip

Gosu Cave

Don’t know the different between a stalactite and stalagmite? You’ll see both in this 4,300-foot deep limestone cave in the North Chungcheong province.

44 miles southeast of Seoul, 011-82-43-1330 (Korean tourist information office)
Tags: family | budget | tour | day trip

Icheon Ceramics Village

Learn the celebrated history of Korean celadon ceramics and then get your hands dirty by turning, glazing and firing your own pot at this workshop.

35 miles southeast of Seoul, 011-82-031-631-3302, www.ichontour.com
Tags: family | budget | tour | day trip

Icheon Ceramics Village

Learn the celebrated history of Korean celadon ceramics and then get your hands dirty by turning, glazing and firing your own pot at this workshop.

35 miles southeast of Seoul, 011-82-031-631-3302, www.ichontour.com
Tags: family | budget | tour | day trip

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

This handsome, 18th-century fortress is magnificent in its scope (in its heyday its circumference topped 3.4 miles). Although it’s a must-see, don’t plan to spend more than an hour here—after a while walking the walls starts to feel tedious.

20 miles south of Seoul, www.lifeinkorea.com/Travel2/kyonggi/317
Tags: family | budget | culture | day trip

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

This handsome, 18th-century fortress is magnificent in its scope (in its heyday its circumference topped 3.4 miles). Although it’s a must-see, don’t plan to spend more than an hour here—after a while walking the walls starts to feel tedious.

20 miles south of Seoul, www.lifeinkorea.com/Travel2/kyonggi/317
Tags: family | budget | culture | day trip

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