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Seoul City Tour

Seoul, the capital of Korea, is arguably the most popular tourist destination in all of Korea. Packed with countless sights to see and places to visit, such as ancient palaces, traditional markets, and high-end shopping districts, Seoul is a city with so much to offer that you might not know where to start. To get the most out of your stay, visit some of Seoul's most famous attractions by taking a trip aboard the Seoul City Tour Bus, which offers various routes.

The Downtown/Palace Course travels to all the major tourist spots, while the City & Traditional Culture Course stops at some of the best traditional markets and major shopping districts. Among other courses available, the Night Course provides an opportunity to take in the city's spectacular nightscape. Travelers can pick the tour that is best suited to their interests. Language interpretation services are available in different languages on the buses, installed in each seat for tourists to learn about the places they are visiting.

Downtown/Palace Course (single-level bus)

Course itinerary:

Gwanghwamun Gate → Deoksugung Palace → Namdaemun Market → Seoul Station → The War Memorial of Korea → Yongsan Station → The National Museum of Korea → Itaewon → Myeong-dong → Namsangol Hanok Village → Ambassador Hotel →  The Shilla Hotel, Jangchungdan Park → N Seoul Tower →  Grand Hyatt Seoul → Dongdaemun Design Plaza → Daehangno Street (University Street) → Changgyeonggung Palace → Changdeokgung Palace → Insa-dong → Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House) → Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum of Korea, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul → Sejong Center →  Gwanghwamun Gate

  • Operating hours:  Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-20:00 (Last departure from Gwanghwamun Bus Stop at 18:00)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Weekdays every 30 min, weekends & national holidays every 25 min / Approx. 2 hours
  • Departure point: Gwanghwamun Gate, next to Koreana Hotel (Gwanghwamun Station, Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 6)s

Seoul Panorama Course (high-decker open-top bus + trolley bus)

Course itinerary:

Gwanghwamun Gate → Myeong-dong → Seoul Animation Center → Namsan Cable Car entrance → Millennium Seoul Hilton → Namsan Library → Grand Hyatt Seoul→ Gangnam Station → Some Sevit → 63 Square, Hangang River Ferry Cruise → Yeouinaru Station → Hongdae (Hongik University Street) entrance → Hongik Univ. Station (AREX) → Ehwa Womans Univ. entrance → Agricultural Museum → Seoul Museum of History, Gyeonghuigung Palace → Sejong CenterThe bus does not stop at Some Sevit on weekends or public holidays.

  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday 09:30-17:00 (Weekday standard), extended to 17:30 on weekends and public holidays
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 35-45 min / Approx. 1 hour 50 min
  • Departure point: Gwanghwamun Gate, next to Koreana Hotel (Gwanghwamun Station, Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 6)

Night Course (single-level bus, high-decker open-top bus)

Course itinerary:

Single-level bus: Gwanghwamun Gate → Deoksugung Palace → Mapo Holiday Inn (bypass) → The National Assembly Building (bypass) → Seogangdaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Gangbyeonbuk-ro Road (bypass) → Seongsudaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Hannamdaegyo Bridge (bypass) → N Seoul Tower → Cheonggye Plaza
High-decker bus: Gwanghwamun Gate → Mapodaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Seogangdaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Gangbyeonbuk-ro Road (bypass) → Hannamdaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Some Sevit → Dongjakdaegyo Bridge (byass) → Seongsudaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Namsan Mountain Circuit Road (bypass) → Namdaemun Market entrance → Cheonggye Plaza

  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 19:30 departure
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Once a day / Approx. 1 hour 30 min
  • Departure point: Gwanghwamun Gate, next to Koreana Hotel (Gwanghwamun Station, Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 6)

Around Gangnam Course (trolley bus)

Course itinerary:

Gangnam Station → The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul, Novotel Ambassador Gangnam → Samjeong Hotel → Seolleung & Jeongneung, Ramada Seoul → Bongeunsa Temple, Lotte Duty Free (COEX Branch), Seven Luck Casino → COEX Mall → Lotte World, Lotte Hotel World → Lotte World Tower & Mall → Olympic Park → Seoul Sports Complex → Korea Electric Power Corporation, Samseong Station → K-POP Entertainment Company → Hallyu K-Star Road, Cheongdam Luxury Street → Apgujeong Rodeo Street → Gangnam Tourist Information Center, Hyundai Department Store → Garosu-gil → Some Sevit → Seoul Express Bus Terminal, Shinsegae Department Store → Seorae Village → Courthouse, Seoul National Univ. of Education Station → Gangnam Station

  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:20-16:45 (Based on Gangnam Station departure)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 35 min / Approx. 1 hour 25 min
  • Departure point: Ticket booth approx. 130m from Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 11 (In front of Megabox Cinema).
More info
  • Fares: Prices Course Adults Teenagers & Children Downtown/Palace Course 12,000 won 10,000 won Panorama Course 15,000 won 10,000 won Around Gangnam Course 7 000 won 5,000 won Night Course single-level bus 6,000 won 4,000 won high-decker bus 12,000 won 7,000 won

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    • Downtown/Palace Course:
      Adults: 12,000 won
      Teenagers & Children: 10,000 won
    • Panorama Course :
      Adults: 15,000 won
      Teenagers & Children: 10,000 won
    • Around Gangnam Course:
      Adults: 7,000 won
      Teenagers & Children: 5,000 won
    • Night Course - single-level bus:
      Adults : 6,000 won
      Teenagers & Children : 4,000 won
    • Night Course - high-decker bus:
      Adults: 12,000 won
      Teenagers & Children: 7,000 won

    Passengers can freely get off and on at each stop along the course within the purchase date (excluding Night Course).

    Transfers between courses not permitted.

  • Purchasing tickets:
    Cash and credit card accepted at the ticket booth.
    Tickets can be purchased with cash or T-money card (credit cards not accepted) from the bus driver in the case of open seats remaining.
  • Language assistance: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese
  • Closed: Mondays (In the case of a public holiday falling on Monday, courses will operate as normal)
    Buses will operate daily during the summer vacation period (Fourth week of July – August 15).
  • Inquiries: Seoul City Tour +82-2-777-6090  (Korean, English, Japanese)
  • Website: www.seoulcitybus.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

City & Traditional Culture Course (double-decker bus – open top / half top)

Course itinerary:

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park, Dongdaemun Gate) → Bangsan Wholesale Market, Jungbu Market (Ojang-dong Naengmyeon Alley) → Euljiro 3-ga → Euljigo 1-ga (Deoksugung Palace, Seoul City Hall) → Tongin Market (Cheong Wa Dae, Seocheon Village, Dosirak Café, Suseongdong Valley) → Sejong Center (Gwanghwamun Gate, Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, Gwanghwamun Square) → Seoul Station (Culture Station Seoul 284, Sungnyemun Gate) → Namdaemun Market  (Bank of Korea Money Museum) → Myeong-dong (Myeong-dong Cathedral) → Jonggak (Jongno Avenue of Youth) → Insa-dong (Unhyeongung Royal Residence) → Jongmyo Shrine → Gwangjang Market → Dongmyo (Sungin-dong Dokkaebi Market) → Seoul Folk Flea Market → Seoul Medicine Market (Gyeongdong Market) → Majang Meat Market → Sindang-dong Jungang Market (Sindangdong Tteokbokki Town)Note: Buses stop irregularly at Seoul Medicine Market and Majang Meat Market so check the bus route when boarding!

  • Operating hours:
    Summer (April-October): Daily 09:30-19:00 (Last departure at 17:50)
    Winter (November-March): Daily 09:30-18:45 (Last departure at 17:10)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Weekdays every 50 min, weekends & public holidays 40 min / Approx. 1 hour 35 min
  • Departure point: In front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 & 5), Exit 1)

Highlight Course (double-decker bus – open top / half top)

Course itinerary:

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park) → Seoul Forest → Ttukseom Hangang Park → Lotte World, Lotte World Tower & Mall → Rose Plaza (K-POP performance hall) → Seoul Baekje Museum → Olympic Park (World Peace Gate) → Kunkuk University → Seongsu Station (Baking Street) → Hanyang University

  • Operating hours:
    Summer (April-October): Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00 (Departure time)
    Winter (November-March): Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-16:00 (Departure time)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 65 min / Approx. 1 hour 45 min
  • Departure point: In front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 & 5), Exit 1)

Night Course (double-decker bus – open top / half top)

Course itinerary:

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park) → Bangsan Wholesale Market, Jungbu Market (Ojang-dong Naengmyeon Alley) → Euljiro 3-ga → Euljigo 1-ga (Deoksugung Palace, Seoul City Hall) → Tongin Market → Sejong Center (Gwanghwamun Gate, Gyeongbokgung Palace) → Seoul Station (Platform 6) → Namdaemun Market (Bank of Korea Money Museum) → Myeong-dong → Jonggak, Jongno Avenue of Youth → Insa-dong, Unhyeongung Royal Residence, Tapgol Park → Jongmyo Shrine, Sewoon Electronics Mart → Gwangjang MarketBus will not operate in the case of fewer than 8 passengers so please check in advance!

  • Operating hours: Summer (May-August) 19:00 departure / Winter (September-April) 18:30 departure
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Once a day / Approx. 1 hour 10 min
  • Departure point: In front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 & 5), Exit 1)
More info
  • Fares:
    City & Traditional Culture Course / Highlight Course: Adults 15,000 won / Teenagers & Children 10,000 won
    Night Course: Adults 12,000 won / Teenagers & Children 8,000 won
    ※ 1,000 won discount when making online reservation in advance (not available for night course)
    ※ Transferring available between Traditional Culture and Highlight courses (must purchase ‘transfer’ ticket, additional fee charged / free until end of February 2017)
  • Purchasing tickets: Cash, credit card, or T-money card accepted at the ticket booth in front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza or when boarding
  • Language assistance: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese
  • Closed: Operating all year round (Exception: Highlight Course does not operate on Mondays)
  • Inquiries: Seoul City Tour: +82-1544-4239 (Korean, English, Chinese)
  • Website:  www.seoultrolley.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Schedules and courses are subject to change according to outside circumstances.

1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Major Tourist Attractions

Insa-dong LINK

  • Ssamzigil【 Photo: Ssamzigil 】
  • Insa-dong Street【 Photo: Insa-dong Street 】

Insa-dong, located in the heart of the capital city Seoul, is where old and new coexist. The main street of Insa-dong is lined with alleys both big and small full of interesting shops, galleries, traditional restaurants, teahouses, and cafes. Visitors to Insa-dong are recommended to stop at Ssamziegil, a unique structure resembling the Korean alphabet ‘ㅁ’ shape. This shopping complex is dubbed a hidden gem as it offers interesting antiques at affordable prices within the modern exterior of a shopping mall.

Gyeongbokgung Palace LINK

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace by day【 Photo: Gyeongbokgung Palace by day 】
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace by night 【 Photo: Gyeongbokgung Palace by night 】

Gyeongbokgung Palace is Korea’s most representative royal palace, showcasing the beautiful architectural traditions of Korea. The palace served as housing for the king as well as a spacious plaza for dealing with public affairs. It also presents a beautiful harmony with nature, including gardens and ponds which make a great backdrop for pictures to take home.

N Seoul Tower LINK

  • N Seoul Tower nightscape【 Photo: N Seoul Tower nightscape 】
  • Love locks【 Photo: Love locks 】

N Seoul Tower is an all-time favorite tourist attraction and has become a symbol of Seoul. Its view becomes even more spectacular when seen after sunset, as it sits atop Namsan Mountain, offering a panoramic view of the city. The tower not only has the best view in town but is also equipped with various subsidiary facilities where visitors can shop and dine, suited for a unique trip both day and night.

Bongeunsa Temple LINK

  • Bongunsa Temple landscape
  • Bongunsa Temple landscape
【 Photo: Bongunsa Temple landscape 】

Located in the center of the Gangnam area, Bongeunsa Temple has more than 1,200 years of history. This historic temple houses extensive records of Korea’s Buddhist culture, but visitors of all backgrounds and religions come to enjoy the view and serenity within the bustling city.

Tongin Market LINK

  • Inside Tongin Market【 Photo: Inside Tongin Market 】
  • eopjeon (brass coins) 【 Photo: Yeopjeon (brass coins) 】

Tongin Market is famous for street foods and dosirak café, which is a unique buffet-style lunch program offering visitors the opportunity to experience a wide variety of banchan (Korean side dishes) at affordable prices. The menu options are extensive, including rice cakes, healthy vegetables, fruits, street snacks, and more delicious foods! You can purchase these with yepjeon (brass coins) for just 500 won each.

Namsangol Hanok Village LINK

  • Namsangol Hanok Village landscape
  • Namsangol Hanok Village landscape
【 Photo: Namsangol Hanok Village landscape 】

Namsangol Hanok Village is a specially organized tourist destination recreating the traditional appearance of a Korean village from the past. The place displays residential houses, pavilions, a common area, promenade and more architectural structures altogether so that visitors can enjoy a quick travel back in time as well as a leisurely walk through this calm and soothing atmosphere. In addition, the village offers many programs featuring traditional games and performances as well as hands-on experiences where visitors can learn Korea’s folk culture.

This page was last updated on November 16, 2016, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

Busan City Tour

Busan is the country's largest port city and boasts an abundance of coastal tourist attractions, historical and cultural sites, and trendy shopping areas. The city has a well-developed public transportation system, but for a more convenient and all-inclusive tour, hop aboard a Busan City Tour Bus, running on a variety of one-day tours that cover the area's major attractions.

[Loop Course] Red Line (Busan Station ↔ Haeundae Beach)

Course itinerary

Busan Station → Busanhangdaegyo Bridge (bypass) → UN Memorial Cemetery → Busan Museum → Yonghoman Bay Sightseeing Boat Terminal → Gwangalli Beach → Busan Youth Hostel Arpina → Marine City → Haeundae Dongbaekseom Island → Haeundae Beach → Shinsegae Centum City → Busan Cinema Center → Busan Museum of Art, BEXCO → Gwangandaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Peace Park → Busanhangdaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Gwangbok-ro Road → Busan Station

  • Operating days: Tuesday-Sunday
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 15 times a day in 30 minute intervals / Approx. 2 hours 10min
  • Departure point & time (first bus): City Tour bus stop in front of Busan Station Plaza at 09:30

[Loop Course] Blue Line (Haeundae Beach ↔ Haedong Yonggungsa Temple)

Course itinerary

Haeundae Beach → Dalmaji-gil Road → Cheongsapo → Songjeong Beach → Fisheries Science Museum, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple → Osiria Tourism Complex (Formerly East Busan Tourism Complex) → Busan National Science Museum → Songjeong Station → Busan Museum of Art, BEXCO → Haeundae Beach

  • Operating days: Tuesday-Sunday
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 12 times a day in 20-50 minute intervals / Approx. 1 hour 20min
  • Departure point & time (first bus): City Tour bus stop in front of SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium at 10:20

[Loop Course] Green Line (Yonghoman ↔ Oryukdo Islands)

Course itinerary

Yonghoman Bay Sightseeing Boat Terminal → Oryukdo Island → Yonghoman Bay Sightseeing Boat Terminal

  • Operating days: Tuesday-Sunday
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 10 times a day in 40-60 minute intervals / Approx. 40min
  • Departure point & time (first bus): City Tour bus stop in front of Yonghoman Bay Sightseeing Boat Terminal at 10:00

[Themed Course] Double-decker Night View Tour

Course itinerary

Busan Station → Busandaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Busanhangdaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Gwangalli Beach (10min stop for photos) → Haeundae Beach (bypass) → Gwangandaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Geumnyeonsan Youth Training Institute (10min stop for photos) → Busan Station
※ Double-decker Night View Tour bus operates November-March / reservation required (available from 10 days in advance).

  • Operating days: Tuesday-Sunday
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: once daily / Approx. 2 hours 30min
  • Departure point & time (first bus): City Tour bus stop in front of Busan Station Plaza at 19:30 (May-September) / 19:00 (October-April)
More info
  • Fares
    Loop Courses (Red/Blue/Green Line), Themed Course (Double-decker Night View Tour): Adults (ages 19 and up) 15,000 won / Children (ages 4-18) 8,000 won
    One-day Ticket (Loop Courses & Themed Course): Adults (ages 19 and up) 20,000 won / Children (ages 4-18) 10,000 won
    Two-day Ticket (Loop Courses & Themed Course; Night View Tour use limited to one time): Adults (ages 19 and up) 30,000 won / Children (ages 4-18) 18,000 won
    ※ Loop Course (Red/Blue/Green Line) ticket-holders can freely transfer among all three loop courses.
    ※ Loop Course (Red/Blue/Green Line) ticket-holders can transfer to Jumbo Bus bound for Taejongdae for an additional fee of 5,000 won (adult fare basis). Transferring to Themed Course or Mandi Bus is not allowed.
  • Purchasing tickets: Available from the bus driver when boarding (In the case of no seats, take the next bus)
    ※ Double-decker Night View Tour tickets must be reserved in advance from 10 days prior to 16:00 on the day before departure via phone (+82-51-464-9898 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)) or the official website in a first-come, first-served basis.
    ※ Availability of language assistance will vary by staff work schedule
  • Closed: Mondays (In the case of a public holiday falling on Monday, courses will operate as normal)
  • Website: www.citytourbusan.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    ※ Bus schedule and course are subject to change.

Jumbo Bus (Busan Station ↔ Taejongdae)

Course itinerary

Busan Station → Yeongdodaegyo Bridge → Huinnyeoul Culture Village → Sky Observatory → 75 Square → Taejongdae Recreation Area → National Maritime Museum → Busanhangdaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Oryukdo Island → Yonghoman Bay Sightseeing Boat Terminal → Peace Park → Songdo Beach → BIFF Square, Gukje Market → Jagalchi Market → Busan Station

  • Operating days : Tuesday-Sunday
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour : 19 times a day (Nov-Apr; 18 times a day) in 30 minute intervals / Approx. 2 hours 10min
  • Departure point & time (first bus) : City Tour bus stop in front of Busan Station Plaza at 09:00

Mandi Bus (Gamcheon Culture Village)

Course itinerary

Busan Station → Yeongdodaegyo Bridge (Jagalchi Market) → Huinnyeoul Culture Village → Songdo Beach → Songdo Skywalk → Gamcheon Culture Village → Ami Culture Learning Center (Hanmaeum Happiness Center/Railroad House Cafeteria) → Nuribaragi Observatory → Gukje Market / Bupyeong (Kkangtong) Market → Yongdusan Park → Bosu-dong Book Street → Seokdang Museum (Provisional Capital Memorial Hall) → Dakbatgol Happiness (Hanji) Village (Stairs of Hope) → Gum Soo-hyun’s Music Salon → Sanri Village Hall → Democracy Park → Ebagu Crafts Workshop /168 Stairs Monorail (Chang Kee-ryo Memorial Hall) → Yu Chi-hwan Postbox Observatory / Kkokkomak Cafe

  • Operating days : Tuesday-Sunday
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour : 19 times a day (Nov-Apr; 18 times a day) in 30 minute intervals / Approx. 1 hour 40min
  • Departure point & time (first bus) : City Tour bus stop in front of Busan Station Plaza at 09:00
Jumbo/Mandi/Nakdonggang Eco Bus Information
  • Fare
    Jumbo Bus: Adults (ages 19 and up) 15,000 won / Children (ages 5-18) 8,000 won
    Mandi Bus: Adults (ages 19 and up) 10,000 won / Teenagers 7,000 won / Children 5,000 won
    ※ Transfer to Loop Tour (Red/Blue/Green Line) for an additional fee of 5,000 won (adult fare basis). Transferring to/from Mandi Bus is not allowed.
  • Purchasing tickets: Available from the bus driver on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Closed: Mondays (In the case of a public holiday falling on Monday, courses will operate as normal)
  • Website: www.jumbocitytour.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    ※ Bus schedule and course are subject to change.

Major tourist attractions

UN Memorial Cemetery LINK

  • Photo: UN Memorial Cemetery【 Photo: UN Memorial Cemetery 】
  • Photo: Visitors to the UN Memorial Cemetery【 Photo: Visitors to the UN Memorial Cemetery 】

The UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea is the only UN cemetery to pay tribute to soldiers who fell during the Korean War. The cemetery was built in January of 1951 by the United Nations headquarters in order to bury those who perished during the war. In April of the same year, the cemetery was completed and all the fallen soldiers buried in temporary graves across the nation were moved here for their remains to be enshrined and remembered.

Busan Museum LINK

  • Photo: Exhibitions at Busan Musuem
  • Photo: Exhibitions at Busan Musuem
【 Photo: Exhibitions at Busan Musuem 】

Busan Museum tells the history of the Busan area from prehistoric times to the modern era through collections of local artifacts and documents. The museum also runs hands-on traditional culture programs and folk classes to share the proud legacy of traditional Korean culture with museum visitors.

Haeundae Dongbaekseom Island LINK

  • Photo: Dongbaekseom Island Vista【 Photo: Dongbaekseom Island Vista 】
  • Photo: Nurimaru APEC House【 Photo: Nurimaru APEC House 】

Located on the western end of Haeundae Beach, Dongbaekseom Island is also called “Iron Island” due to its shape resembling an iron floating on the sea. Due to continuous sediment build up, the island is now connected to the sandy shore of Haeundae Beach. The island’s name comes from the colony of camellia trees which used to grow on the island; currently, the island is home to a dense population of pine trees.

Haeundae Beach LINK

  • Photo: Day and night at Haeundae Beach
  • Photo: Day and night at Haeundae Beach
【 Photo: Day and night at Haeundae Beach 】

Sandwiched between Dalmaji-gil Road to the right and Dongbaekseom Island to the left, Haeundae Beach is an expansive, white-sand beach that is one of the most popular tourist sites in Busan. The beach is easily accessible via public transportation and is an ideal festival venue, hosting various events and celebrations throughout the year. In fall, the beach serves as one of the stages of the Busan International Film Festival, the largest film festival in Asia. This gorgeous stretch of sand is particularly alluring at night when the lights from nearby buildings sparkle off the black waves.

Shinsegae Centum City LINK

  • Photo: Shinsegae Centum City Exterior 【 Photo: Shinsegae Centum City Exterior 】
  • Photo: Shinsegae Centum City Interior【 Photo: Shinsegae Centum City Interior 】

An “oasis in the city,” Shinsegae Centum City is more than just a large shopping complex. In addition to shopping, visitors can also enjoy numerous entertainment options in the complex, such as a spa, ice rink, theater, art gallery, golfing and more. The exterior of this mega complex is equally mesmerizing both at day and night, designed with the theme of a golden ocean.

Busan Cinema Center LINK

  • Photo: Night view of Busan Cinema Center
  • Photo: Night view of Busan Cinema Center
【 Photo: Night view of Busan Cinema Center 】

The Busan Cinema Center was opened in 2011 as the main center for the Busan International Film Festival, the largest film festival in Asia. The facility houses three theaters, the BIFF executive office, a media center, and places to relax in the building. It is particularly known for its large roof structure, affectionately called “Big Roof,” which has been registered in the Guinness Book of Records.

Busan Museum of Art LINK

  • Photo: Exterior views of Busan Museum of Art
  • Photo: Exterior views of Busan Museum of Art
【 Photo: Exterior views of Busan Museum of Art 】

Along with Busan Cultural Center and Busan Museum, Busan Museum of Art is one of Busan's top cultural spaces. It is equipped with exhibit halls, special collections, a training and research center, offices, and an outdoor sculpture area. The museum runs educational programs and cultural events throughout the year for the general public to become more acquainted with the arts.

Dalmaji-gil Road LINK

  • Photo: Views of Dalmaji-gil Road
  • Photo: Views of Dalmaji-gil Road
【 Photo: Views of Dalmaji-gil Road 】

Sometimes called the Montmartre of Busan, this popular street wraps around a picturesque hill at the east end of Haeundae Beach. The street is lined with galleries, coffee shops and cozy restaurants, and has been featured in Korean TV dramas and films. If you follow the road up the hill, it offers a great place to view the moon at night, which is where this road gets its name; dalmaji literally means “viewing the moon.”

Cheongsapo

  • 【 Photo: Cheongsapo coastline (Credit: Haeundae-gu) 】
  • 【 Photo: Cheongsapo Skywalk
    (Credit: Haeundae-gu) 】

Cheongsapo is a small port located between Dalmaji-gil Road in Haeundae and Songjeong Beach. Cheongsapo gets its name from a romantic story of a fisherman’s wife, whose husband was lost at sea. Unable to believe he would not return, she spent days looking out over the ocean, waiting for her beloved. The dragon king wished to comfort the woman so he sent a blue snake (“cheongsa” in Hanja) to carry her so she could meet her husband again. Whether the story is true or not, no one knows, but an observation deck designed as the blue snake has been installed over the ocean here. Cheongsapo Skywalk is a romantic and refreshing way to take in the ocean and coastal views.

Songjeong Beach LINK

  • Photo: Views of Songjeong Beach
  • Photo: Views of Songjeong Beach
【 Photo: Views of Songjeong Beach 】

Songjeong Beach is shallow with smaller waves, making it a safe place for families with young children to come in the summer. Also, its location just outside of the main area of Busan makes it perfect for a quieter, more peaceful beach outing. There is a lighthouse next to the beach, with a park full of pine trees adding to the picturesque coastal scenery.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple LINK

  • Photo: Scenes at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
  • Photo: Scenes at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
【 Photo: Scenes at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple 】

Built in 1376, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is famous as a place where anyone can have their wish come true if they pray sincerely. The name literally means “dragon palace on the eastern sea,” and this is fitting with the path leading up to the temple, which, built atop the rocky coast, makes you feel like you are going into a dragon’s palace, with dark blue waves crashing below you. The temple grounds include an inner temple, three-story stone pagoda, 108-step staircase, stone statue of the ocean Buddha, and mineral water well.

Oryukdo Island LINK

  • Photo: Views of Oryukdo Island & Oryukdo Skywalk
  • Photo: Views of Oryukdo Island & Oryukdo Skywalk
【 Photo: Views of Oryukdo Island & Oryukdo Skywalk 】

Oryukdo Island is one of the symbols of Busan’s harbor, where dozens of large and small ships pass every day. It gets its name from two of the islands of the group, Bangpaeseom Island and Solseom Island, which are connected at low tide and separate at high tide. The difference between low and high tide causes the number of islands in Oryukdo to fluctuate between five and six, hence the literal name “five six island.”

Taejongdae Recreation Area LINK

  • Photo: Taejongdae view【 Photo: Taejongdae view 】
  • Photo: Danubi Train at Taejongdae【 Photo: Danubi Train at Taejongdae 】

A wide coastal hill takes up the southern side of Yeongdo Island in Busan. Previously the site of a military facility restricted to civilian access until 1969, it has now transformed into a recreation area that can be enjoyed through a circular road. Used as a banquet venue for servants during the Silla Dynasty, Taejongdae served as the location for giwoojae, a ritual for rain, during the Joseon Dynasty. The dense forest and the shear drop-offs at the peak provide an amazing vista of the shining south sea.

National Maritime Museum LINK

  • Photo: National Maritime Museum exterior【 Photo: National Maritime Museum exterior 】
  • Photo: National Maritime Museum interior【 Photo: National Maritime Museum interior 】

National Maritime Museum was established for the purpose of expanding marine culture infrastructure and presenting the future of the ocean through exhibitions, housing a collection of artifacts and carrying out preservation research. The main facilities consist of the exhibition hall, children's museum, maritime library, aquarium and a 4D theater. Permanent exhibitions include sailing ships, maritime history and characters, science, territory, biology and various artifacts related to the maritime industry.

Gwangalli Beach LINK

【 Photo: Views of Gwangalli Beach 】

Gwangalli Beach in Suyeong-gu is an urban beach shaped in a crescent. It is covered with fine powdery sand and is only a few meters away from a network of side streets lined with coffee shops and numerous restaurants selling raw fish, eonyang bulgogi, and bean sprout haejang-guk, or hangover soup. At night, the beach takes on an even more vibrant aura as the colorful lights from Gwangandaegyo Bridge flicker off the water and young visitors flock to the area for the delicious food and romantic beach scene.

This page was last updated on December 6, 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

Daegu City Tour

Daegu is one of Korea’s six major metropolitan cities and has many traditional tourist attractions such as Bullo-dong Ancient Tomb Park, the largest concentration of ancient tombs in all of Korea and Daegu Bangjja Brassware Museum, one of Korea's traditional cultural properties. Daegu’s City Tour Bus provides visitors with the perfect opportunity to see all the attractions Daegu has to offer, with a one-day pass allowing visitors to hop on and off the bus freely. During weekends and national holidays, there is also a special themed experience course.

City Circulation Course

Course itinerary

Dongdaegu Station → Dakddongjip Town in Pyeonghwa Market → Daegu Dongseongno Street → Gyeongsanggamnyeong Park·Jongno → Modern Culture Street → Seomun Market · Daegu Dalseong Park → Muchimhoe bangogae → E-World · Daegu Duryu Park → Anjirang Gopchang Town → Daegu Apsan Park (Apsan Obervatory) → Suseongmot Pond → Daegu Children’s Hall → Kim Gwangseok-gil Street → Gukchaebosang Memorial Park (formerly Dongin Park)

  • Operating time: Tuesdays-Sundays / 09:30-18:40
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 6 times per week / Approx. 40 minutes
    • Double-decker buses only operate on 2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th intervals
  • Departure point: In front of Dongdaegu Station
City Circulation Course Information
  • Fare: Adults 5,000 won / Teenagers 4,000 won / Children 3,000 won / Visitors with foreign nationalities (people with hotel, guesthouse, hanok stay voucher holders only) 4,000 won
    • City tour fee does not include attraction entrance fees or lunch.
  • Ticket purchase: Reservation required in advance.
    • On-site purchase is available for foreign tourists if there are available seats, from the bus driver (cash only).
  • Closed: Mondays, on the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving day)
  • Inquiries & Reservation: Daegu Infrastructure Management Corporation: +82-53-603-1800 (Korean, English)
  • Website: www.daegucitytour.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Palgongsan Mountain Course

Course itinerary

Banwoldang → Dongdaegu Station → Bullo-dong Ancient Tomb Park → Daegu Bangjja Brassware Museum → Donghwasa Temple (Daegu) → Daegu Safety Theme Park → Dongdaegu Station → Banwoldang

  • Operating time: 09:30-17:00 (Tuesday – Sunday)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 6 departures per week / Approx. 7hrs 30 mins
  • Departure point: In front of In front of Banwoldang Hyundai Department Store or Daegu City Tour Bus Stop in front of Dongdaegu Station (departs at 10:00)

Biseulsan Mountain Course

Course itinerary

Banwoldang → 12 Distinguished Hyeonpung Gwaks’ Shrine → Dodongseowon Confucian Academy → Biseulsan Recreational Forest → Memorial Hall of General Yu Chigon → Dalseong Reservoir → Banwoldang

  • Operating time: 10:00 –16:00 (Monday)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 1 departure per week / Approx. 6 hrs
  • Departure point: In front of Banwoldang Hyundai Department Store

Exploration History Tour Course

Course itinerary

Banwoldang → Daegu National Museum → Inheung Village → Daegu Modern History Museum → Daegu Yangnyeongsi Oriental Medicine Cultural Center → Banwoldang

  • Operating time: 10:00–16:00 (Tuesday / Friday)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 2 departures per week, operating once a day / Approx. 6 hrs
  • Departure point: In front of Banwoldang Hyundai Department Store

Science & Environment Course 2

Course itinerary

Banwoldang → Daegu Science Hall → Daegu Arboretum → Gangjeong Goryeong Reservoir for Irrigation & The ARC → Banwoldang

  • Operating time: 10:00–16:00 (Saturday)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 21 departure per week / Approx. 6 hrs
    • Operated simultaneously with Themed Course on Saturdays.
  • Departure point: In front of Banwoldang Hyundai Department Store

Themed Course

Course itinerary

  • Making kimchi and kal-guksu experience: Banwoldang → Banjja Brassware Museum → Guam Farm Stay Village → Lunch → Admiral Sin Sung-gyeom Historic Site → Banwoldang
  • Traditional 5-Day Market: Banwoldang → Dalseong Dodongseowon Confucian Academy → Hundred Year Dokkebi Market → Hari Village → Dalseong Reservoir → Banwoldang
  • Tofu-making and tasting exprience: Banwoldang → Banjja Brassware Museum → Guam Farm Stay Village → Lunch → Program participation → Otgolmauel Village; Visit Head House of Choi Clan → Banwoldang
  • Making yeot (taffy) experience: Banwoldang → Goryeong Jangiri (Yangjeon-dong) Rock Art → Ureuk Museum → Taffy making at Gaesil Village → Gaesil Village Sightseeing; Visit Head House of Kim Jong-jik → Banwoldang
  • Police Experience: Banwoldang → Police History Experience Hall → Daegu Modern History Museum → Gyeongsanggamnyeong Park → Daegu National Museum → Banwoldang
    As the themed course may differ every month, please check the schedule at the official website.
  • Operating time: 10:00–16:00 (Saturday-Sunday/ Public holidays and tour group bookings)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 2 departures per week / Approx. 6 hrs
  • Departure point: In front of Banwoldang Hyundai Department Store
Daegu City Tour Information
  • Fare: Adults 5,000 won / Teenagers 4,000 won/ Children 3,000 won
    • Fees for admission, hands-on programs and meals are excluded (Tour participants must bring their own lunch for the Themed Courses)
  • Ticket purchase: Reservation required in advance by phone.
  • Closed on: Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving day) holidays
    • Excluding Themed Course
  • Reservations and inquiries: Samsung Plus Tour Agency: +82-53-627-8900 (Korean, Chinese [Weekdays only])
  • Website: daegucitytour.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Operating hours, travel time and bus routes are subject to change.
- 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Major Tourist Attractions

Dalseong Dodongseowon Confucian Academy LINK

  • Dalseong Dodongseowon Confucian Academy
  • Dalseong Dodongseowon Confucian Academy

Dalseong Dodongseowon Confucian Academy is a private educational institution that was established during the mid-Joseon Period (1392-1910). It is one of the five major seowon (Confucian academies) in Korea along with Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy, Oksanseowon Confucian Academy, Sosuseowon Confucian Academy, and Dosanseowon Confucian Academy. The most noted features of Dodongseowon include its lecture hall, a shrine, and a 400-year-old gingko tree that thrives in the yard outside. The beautiful earthen wall decorated with roof tiles at the academy was designated a national treasure (National Treasure No. 350) along with the lecture hall and the shrine.

Nokdongseowon Confucian Academy LINK

  • Nokdongseowon Confucian Academy
  • Nokdongseowon Confucian Academy

Nokdongseowon Confucian Academy was built to commemorate Mohadang Kim Chung-Seon (1571-1642), a Japanese general who became naturalized as a Korean citizen during the Imjin War (1592-1598). Located on the academy grounds are a shrine, the Korea-Japan Cultural Exchange Center, and a monument dedicated to General Kim.

Daegu Yangnyeongsi Oriental Medicine Cultural Center LINK

  • Nokdongseowon Confucian Academy
  • Nokdongseowon Confucian Academy

Daegu Yangnyeongsi Oriental Medicine Cultural Center offers visitor an all-inclusive look into the world of Oriental medicine. The herbal medicine wholesale market (1F) is open on the 1st, 6th, 11th, 16th, 21st and 26th every month, and sells herbal medicine from all across the country. At the oriental medicine experience hall on the second floor, visitors can take part in hands-on programs such as trying on hanbok, wrapping herb medicine, making oriental medicinal soap, and taking an oriental medicinal foot bath. The oriental medicine history hall is located on the third floor with other exhibits including a recreation of the 1910s-era Yangjeon Medicine Alley.

Bullo-dong Ancient Tomb Park LINK

  • Bullo-dong Ancient Tomb Park
  • Bullo-dong Ancient Tomb Park

Bullo-dong Ancient Tomb Park boasts over 200 tombs dating back to the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BC – 668 AD). The tombs in this particular park are recognized as having the most well-preserved mounds among all the surviving ancient tombs of Daegu. The tombs are concentrated within a relatively small area of land and provide visitors with a rare (and convenient) glimpse into ancient society.

Daegu Bangjja Brassware Museum LINK

  • Daegu Bangjja Brassware Museum
  • Daegu Bangjja Brassware Museum

Located at the foot of Palgongsan Mountain, Daegu Bangjja Brassware Museum is the first museum in Korea to specialize in brassware. The museum was founded with the goal of preserving the delicate art of Bangjja Yugi (Korean brassware) and to educate future generations on the meticulous crafting process. The museum houses three exhibition rooms (Yugi Room, Donated Items Room, and Reproduction Room), a video education room, an outdoor performance stage, and a temporary exhibition room.

Daegu National Museum LINK

  • Daegu National Museum
  • Daegu National Museum

The Daegu National Museum proudly displays items related to the distinctive cultural heritage of Daegu City and Gyeongsangbuk-do. Museum exhibits detail various aspects of the local culture such as the history of the region throughout the prehistoric age and the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BC – 668 AD), Buddhist culture, Confucian culture and local housing culture. Hands-on experience programs such as making earthenware and playing folk games are available for guests as well as a variety of culture and arts classes, events, and performances.

This page was last updated on December 8, 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

Daejeon City Tour

Located in central South Korea about an hour south of Seoul by KTX, Daejeon offers a convenient transportation network with access to every region in the country. For this reason, it has grown to be the most advanced commercial and industrial city in the Chungcheong-do region.

The Daejeon City Tour offers a variety of themed courses, including science, history, and ecological tours that allow travelers to enjoy tours tailored to their own interests.

Science Tour

view the history and development of science in Korea at a glance.

Course itinerary:

Daejeon Station → Daejeon Convention Center (DCC) → National Science Museum / Daejeon Observatory → Geological Museum / Currency Museum of Korea / Invention Education Center → KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology) → DCC → Daejeon Jungang Market / Daejeon Station

  • The tour's course (one or two stops) may change depending on peak and off periods, accordingly.
  • The routes listed above is applicable for the first half of a year, and stops made are different for morning and afternoon tours.
  • Operating schedule: Course details and times slightly differ for peak-season (April-October) and off-season (February-March/November-December).
  • Departure time: Peak season (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 09:30-13:00, 14:00-17:30 / off-season (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 13:00-16:40
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Two tours per week, departing once or twice a day depending on the number of tourists. / approx. 3.5 hours
  • Departure point: Daejeon Station (Daejeon Subway Line 1), Exit 4

History Tour

The History Tour covers the Museum of Daejeon History, which displays various cultural assets and relics from ancient times.

Course itinerary:

[For morning tours during peak season & afternoon tours during off season]
Daejeon Station → Carillon Hall of Daejeon Institute of Science And Technology → Jinjamhyanggyo Confucian School → Daejeon History Museum → Daejeon Modern Histroy Exhibition Hall (Former, Chungnam Provincial Government Building) → Daejeon Jungang Market / Daejeon Station

[For afternoon tours during off-season]
Daejeon Station → Daejeon Terminal Complex (bypass) → Dongchundang Park → Uamsajeok Park → Hyo (Filial Piety) World (Genealogy Museum/Ppuri Park) → Daejeon Jungang Market / Daejeon Station The tour's course (one or two stops) may change depending on peak and off periods, accordingly (applicable to morning tour only).

  • Operating schedule: Course details and times slightly differ for peak-season (April-October) and off-season (February-March/November-December).
  • Departure time: Peak-season (Fridays) 09:30-13:00, 14:00-17:30 / Off-season (Fridays) 13:00-16:30
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Two tours per week, departing once or twice a day depending on the number of tourists. / approx. 3.5 hours
  • Departure point: Daejeon Station (Daejeon Subway Line 1), Exit 4

Ecological Tour

The Ecological Tour covers arboretums, botanical gardens, and other ecology-related museums in Daejeon. Also included is a red clay trail for walking barefoot, which is believed in Korea to have health benefits for the body.

Course itinerary:

Daejeon Station → Daejeon Terminal Complex (bypass) → Gyejoksan Mountain Red Clay Trail → Hanbat Arboretum / National Heritage Center → Daejeon Jungang Market / Daejeon Station

  • Operating schedule: Course details and times slightly differ for peak-season (April-October) and off-season (February-March/November-December).
  • Departure time: : Peak-season (Thursdays·Saturdays) 09:40-13:10, 14:10-17:40 / Off-season (Wednesdays) 13:00-16:30
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Two tours per week, departing once or twice a day depending on the number of tourists. / approx. 3.5 hours
  • Departure point: Daejeon Station (Daejeon Subway Line 1), Exit 4

Daecheongho Lake Obaeng(500)ni-gil Tour

The Daecheongho Lake Obaengni-gil Tour takes visitors to the ecology and natural sites of the six sections in the Daecheongho Lake Obaengni-gil Trail in the vicinity of Daejeon. The Daecheongho Lake Obaengni-gil Trail consists of 27 trekking course sections around the lake.

Course itinerary:

[For morning tours during peak season]
Daejeon Station → Subyeon Park → Solbat-gil of Daecheongho Natural Ecology Center → Daecheongho Lake Ecological Park → Daejeon Jungang Market / Daejeon Station

[For afternoon tours during peak season & morning tours during off season]
Daejeon Station → Daejeon Terminal Complex (bypass) → Trekking Road Section 21: Daecheongho Obaengni (500-ri) Road (Rock Garden, Geumgang Lohas Trail, Daecheong Dam Water Culture Center) → Daecheongho Lake Ecological Park → Daejeon Jungang Market / Daejeon Station

  • Operating schedule: Course details and times slightly differ for peak-season (April-October) and off-season (February-March/November-December).
  • Departure time: Peak-season (Fridays·Sudays) 09:40-13:10, 14:10-17:40 / Off-season (Sundays) 13:00-16:40
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Two tours per week, departing once or twice a day depending on the number of tourists. / approx. 3.5 hours
  • Departure point: Daejeon Station (Daejeon Subway Line 1), Exit 4

Healing Tour

The Healing Tour provides tourists with a chance to take a rest while also showcasing Daejeon's famous recreational parks.

Course itinerary:

[For morning tours during peak season]
Daejeon Station → Daejeon Terminal Complex (bypass) → Maninsan Natural Recreation Forest (Taejotaesil Courtroom/Daejeon Stream Riverhead/Maninsan Mountain Ecology Learning Center) → Daejeon Jungang Market / Daejeon Station

[For afternoon tours during peak season & morning tours during off season]
Daejeon Station → Jangtaesan Recreational Forest (Observatory Deck/Hyeongjebawi Rock/Sky Walk/Sky Tower) → Daejeon Jungang Market / Daejeon Station

  • Operating schedule: Course details and times slightly differ for peak-season (April-October) and off-season (February-March/November-December).
  • Departure time: Peak-season (Wednesdays·Sudays) 09:30-13:00, 14:00-17:30 / Off-season (Saturdays) 13:00-16:30
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Two tours per week, departing once or twice a day depending on the number of tourists. / approx. 3.5 hours
  • Departure point: Daejeon Station (Daejeon Subway Line 1), Exit 4
More Info
  • Prices: Adults 4,000 won / Children (age 12 and under) 3,000 won
  • Purchasing tickets: Make an online or phone reservation and bank transfer by 4p.m. one day before departure (visitors can purchase tickets on site if seats are still available).
  • Language assistant: Korean only (course information is given in English, Japanese, and Chinese using a pre-recorded CD for foreign visitors).
  • Closed: Mondays, Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving), Seollal (Lunar New Year), Days appointed for temporary holidays.
  • Inquiries and reservations: ToToTour +82-42-252-7725 (Korean, English)
  • Website: www.daejeontour.or.kr (Korean only)

1 Day Integrated Tour of Daejeon & Chungcheong Regions

This tour covers attractions located in Deajeon as well as nearby Chungcheong region's major tourist destinations. The tour will be offered only when reservations of 10 people or more are made and the program is designed to cover various parts of the routes depending on the weeks of every month.

Course itinerary:

[Week 1 (Daejeon·Gongju)] Daejeon Station → Seodaejeon Station (bypass) → Daejeon History Museum → Seokjangni Museum → Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress (Lunch) → Royal Tomb of King Muryeong → Yuseong Hot Spring Foot Bath Experience Plaza → Seodaejeon Station (bypass) → Daejeon Jungang Market / Daejeon Station

[Week 2 (Daejeon·Buyeo)] Daejeon Station → Seodaejeon Station (bypass) → Jangtaesan Recreational Forest → Busosanseong Fortress (Lunch) → Buyeo National Museum → Gungnamji Pond → Yuseong Hot Spring Foot Bath Experience Plaza → Seodaejeon Station (bypass) → Daejeon Jungang Market / Daejeon Station

[Week 3 (Daejeon·Cheongju)] Daejeon Station → Seodaejeon Station (bypass) → Daecheong Dam → Munui Cultural Properties Site (Lunch) → Cheongnamdae Presidential Villa → Yuseong Hot Spring Foot Bath Experience Plaza → Seodaejeon Station (bypass) → Daejeon Jungang Market / Daejeon Station

[Week 4 (Daejeon·Guemsan)] Daejeon Station → Seodaejeon Station (bypass) → Maninsan Natural Recreation Forest → Geumsan Ginseng Market (Lunch) → Gaesamteo Park → Boseoksa Temple (Geumsan) → Chilbaek Cemetery of Righteous Fighters (Geuman) → Sangso-dong Forest Park [Week 5 (Daejeon·Okcheon)]

Park [Week 5 (Daejeon·Okcheon)] Daejeon Station → Seodaejeon Station (bypass) → Narae Daejeon Traditional Art Exhibition Hall → Jeong Jiyong Literature Gallery (Lunch) → Birthplace of Yuk Young-soo (Okcheon) → Janggye National Tourist Site → Daecheongho Lake Ecological Park → Seodaejeon Station (bypass) → Daejeon Jungang Market / Daejeon Station

  • Operating schedule: Runs on peak-season (April-October) only.
  • Departure time: Saturdays 09:30-17:30
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: One tour per week, departing once a day. / approx. 8 hours
  • Departure point: Daejeon Station (Daejeon Subway Line 1), Exit 4
More Info
  • Prices: Adults 8,000 won / Children (age 12 and under) 5,000 won
  • Purchasing tickets: Make an online or phone reservation and bank transfer by 4p.m. one day before departure (visitors can purchase tickets on site if seats are still available).
  • Language assistant: Korean only (course information is given in English, Japanese, and Chinese using a pre-recorded CD for foreign visitors).
  • Closed: Mondays, Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving), Seolla (Lunar New Year)l, temporarily appointed public holidays.
  • Inquiries and reservations: ToToTour +82-42-252-7725 (Korean, English)
  • Website: www.daejeontour.or.kr (Korean only)

Major Tourist Attractions

Hanbat Arboretum LINK

  • Hanbat Arboretum
  • Hanbat Arboretum
  • Hanbat Arboretum

Located inside Dunsan Grand Park, Hanbat Arboretum, an artificial arboretum, is comprised of a range of cultural and leisure facilities constructed to preserve a variety of plant seeds and genes. The arboretum consists of about 20 individually-themed gardens, including the Magnolia Garden, Medicinal Garden, Rock Garden, and Fruit Tree Garden. Hanbat Arboretum gives visitors the opportunity to appreciate its variety of plants and gardens with a professional arboretum guide (Korean language) every day except for Mondays and Tuesdays.

National Science Museum LINK

  • National Science Museum
  • National Science Museum
  • National Science Museum
【 Photo Credit: ToToTour 】

The National Science Museum is an ideal location for experiencing the technology of the past, present, and future. It has a permanent exhibition hall, space experience hall, celestial gallery hall, biology research gallery hall, advanced technology & science center, and more. Outside of the museum, there is a giant exhibit that includes a plane, propeller and an airboat, and the museum itself also offers a number of hands-on activities. Visitors can hop on a magnetic levitation train that connects the National Science Museum to the Expo Park.

Yuseong Hot Spring LINK

  • Yuseong Hot Spring
  • Yuseong Hot Spring
  • Yuseong Hot Spring
【 Photo Credit: ToToTour 】

Yuseong Hot Spring, located in West Daejeon's Yuseong-gu, is a large-scale hot spring tourism village. The spring water originates from over 200 meters below the surface, giving it its slightly hot temperatures of 26-56 °C.

Gyejoksan Mountain Red Clay Trail LINK

  • Gyejoksan Mountain Red Clay Trail
  • Gyejoksan Mountain Red Clay Trail
  • Gyejoksan Mountain Red Clay Trail
【 Photo Credit: ToToTour 】

This red clay trail is well organized and open in the spring, summer, and fall. The clay path is popular among Korean visitors, as red clay is well-known for its positive health benefits.

This column was last updated on September 1, 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

Incheon City Tour

Incheon is the second largest port city in Korea and was the first city in Korea to truly begin modernizing. Wolmido Island and Yeonan Pier are top tourist attractions of Incheon and Incheon International Airport, Incheon Bridge and Incheon Songdo International City, a free economic zone, have recently emerged to show a new side of Incheon. Once getting on the Incheon City Tour bus, you will have a chance to see all of Incheon's tourist attractions!

Downtown Course (Themed Course)

The Downtown Course circulates Incheon's major tourist attractions showing most of the city.

Course itinerary:

Incheon Station → Museum of Korea Emigration History → Incheon Port Floodgate → Incheon Compact∙Smart City → Incheon Bridge → Eurwangni Beach → Ara Waterway → Incheon Station

  • Departure time: Tuesday–Sunday (11:00)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 6 times per week in summer, 5 times per week in winter / approx. 4-5 hours.
  • Departure point: Incheon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1)

Ganghwa Course (Themed Course)

The Ganghwa Course is a weekend course that allows passengers to experience Incheon's history, culture and nature.

Course itinerary:

Course A: Incheon Station → Goryeogung Palace Site → Yongheunggung Palace → Ganghwa Peace Observatory → Ganghwa Dolmen Site (Ganghwa History Museum → Ganghwa Ginseng Center → Incheon Station

Course B: Incheon Station → Chojijin Fortress → Gwangseongbo Fortress → Jeondeungsa Temple → Ganghwagun Agricultural Center → Ganghwa Ginseng Center → Incheon Station

More Info
  • Fare: Adults 10,000 won / Children (age 2-12) 8,000 won Admission to tourist attractions and meals are not included in the price.
  • Purchasing tickets: On-site purchase only at Tourist Information Center located in front of Incheon Station (card payment accepted).
  • Language assistance: Korean only
  • Closed: Mondays (Ganghwa Course will operate following its schedule)
  • Inquiries: Incheon City Tour +82-32-772-4000 (Korean only)
  • Website: english.visitincheon.org (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

The bus schedule and time are subject to change without notice. Please check the website in advance to confirm the information.

Major Tourist Attractions

Eurwangni Beach LINK

  • Eurwangni Beach
  • Eurwangni Beach
  • Eurwangni Beach
  • Eurwangni Beach

Eurwangni Beach has a 700 meter-long white sand beach along a crescent-shaped coastline. Surrounded by a charming grove of pine trees and unique rock formations, the beach is one of the most beautiful spots to watch the sunset in Korea. The beach is crowded with visitors all year round as it has many leisure and convenience facilities, making it a prime location for a variety of activities like swimming, water sports and fishing.

Museum of Korea Emigration History

  • Museum of Korea Emigration His
  • Museum of Korea Emigration His
  • Museum of Korea Emigration His
  • Museum of Korea Emigration His

The Museum of Korea Emigration History covers Korea's emigration history, which began with the first official emigration of Koreans in 1902. The museum displays exhibits related to the early emigrants such as a passport that was issued a hundred years ago. Admission to the museum is free of charge.

Incheon Bridge (bypass)

  • Incheon Bridge (bypass)
  • Incheon Bridge (bypass)
  • Incheon Bridge (bypass)
  • Incheon Bridge (bypass)

Incheon Bridge links Incheon International Airport and Incheon Songdo International City. At 21.38km in total length, it is the longest bridge in Korea. The Incheon Bridge Observatory in Songdo International City offers one of the best views of the bridge as well as a great spot to witness the setting sun off the west coast.

Incheon Landing Operation Memorial Hall LINK

  • Incheon Landing Operation Memorial Hall
  • Incheon Landing Operation Memorial Hall
  • Incheon Landing Operation Memorial Hall
  • Incheon Landing Operation Memorial Hall

The Incheon Landing Operation Memorial Hall is a war memorial hall built to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the opening of Incheon Port in 1984. Inside the building, there are photos of military armaments used by the South and North Korean military as well as photos showing what life was like back then.

Incheon Compact·Smart City LINK

  • Incheon Compact∙Smart City
  • Incheon Compact∙Smart City
  • Incheon Compact∙Smart City
  • Incheon Compact∙Smart City

Compact Smart City, located inside Songdo International City, is a gallery of Incheon's urban planning and architecture presented through elaborate miniature recreations. The city's past is showcased on the first floor, the present on the second floor, and the future on the third floor.

This page was last updated on December 21, 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

Mokpo City Tour

Located at the tip of Korea's southwestern coastal region, Mokpo is a small yet important trade port city, and connects the peninsula to Jeju-do Island. The Mokpo City Tour takes visitors all over town, stopping at points of interest to allow visitors to explore the areas on foot. The old town area around Yudalsan Mountain is of particular interest, featuring architecture that dates back to the industrialization period of the early 1900s. On Culture Street, popular attractions include Gatbawi Rock, a prominent natural monument, as well as a number of cultural experiences offered at the National Maritime Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Ceramic Livingware Museum, and the Culture Arts Center.

Day City Tour Course

Course itinerary:

Mokpo Station → Mokpo Modern History Museum → Hall 2 of Mokpo Modern History Museum (Old Oriental Development Company) → National Roads 1 and 2 Starting Points Monument → Hall 1 of Mokpo Modern History Museum (Old Consulate of Japan) → Yudalsan Mountain → Lunch → Gatbawi Bohaenggyo Bridge → Mokpo Gatbawi Rock Culture Town (National Maritime Museum or Natural History Museum) → Samhakdo Island → Seanam Seafood Distribution Center → Mokpo Station

  • Operating time: Tuesday- Sunday 09:30-15:40
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 6 tours per week, operating once a day / Approx. 5 hrs 10 min
  • Departure point: City tour platform in front of Mokpo Station

Night City Tour Course

Course itinerary:

Mokpo Station → Bukhang Port hoe Raw fish center → Street of lights → Yudalsan Mountain → Yudalsan Resort → Samhakdo Island → Mokpo Gatbawi Rock Culture Town → Gatbawi Bohaenggyo Bridge → Dancing Ocean Water Foundation → Water Fall and Meeting Space → Mokpo Station

  • Operating schedule : April 11, 2015- October 31, 2015
  • Operating schedule April – June, September – October (Friday, Saturday) 19:00-22:10 / July- August (Tuesday – Saturday) 19:30-22:40
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 6 tours per week, operating once a day / Approx. 5 hrs 10 min
  • Departure point: City tour platform in front of Mokpo Station
Mokpo City Tour Information
  • Fare: Adults 5,000 won / Youth (ages 7-18) 2,000 won
    • Admission fees and meals not included.
    • Foreigners can make reservations by phone and pay the fare on-site, on the day of the tour.
  • Reservations and Inquiries: Chowon Travel +82-61-245-3088 (Korean) / Mokpo TIC +82-61-270-8599 (Korean, English, Chinese)

Operating hours, travel time and bus routes are subject to change.

1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Major Tourist Attractions

Mokpo Modern History Museum LINK

  • Mokpo Modern History Museum01
  • Mokpo Modern History Museum02

During Japanese colonial rule, one of the most difficult times in recent history, the museum was built by the Japanese, historically containing artifacts from a tragic time period in Korea's history. It was officially designated a cultural asset in 1999 due to the citizens' efforts after liberation. Now, it exhibits photos from the Japanese colonial era starting in 1897, when Mokpo Port opened.

The Start of National Roads 1 & 2 Monume

Mokpo also marks the center of the starting point of the two major national roads of the nation and has a monument to commemorate it. National Road 1 stretches north of Mokpo through Seoul and up to Sinuiju, while National Road 2 originates in Shinan and Mokpo before heading east to Busan.

Yudalsan Mountain LINK

  • Yudalsan Mountain01
  • Yudalsan Mountain02

Located in the heart of the city, Yudalsan Mountain (228 meters above sea level) offers expansive views of downtown Mokpo, nestled in the mountain valleys and along the coast. While hiking, visitors can rest at the gazebo near the top of the mountain and survey the sprawling cityscape. The surrounding cliffs rise like a folding screen in harmony with the trees.

Mokpo Gatbawi Rock Bohaenggyo Bridge LINK

  • Mokpo Gatbawi Rock Bohaenggyo Bridge01
  • Mokpo Gatbawi Rock Bohaenggyo Bridge02

The tour continues with a walk over Bohaenggyo, a pedestrian bridge that leads out over the sea to Gatbawi Rock, a rock appropriately named for its resemblance to a man wearing a gat (a cylindrical, traditional Korean hat). Gatbawi Rock is a natural occurrence, resulting from years of erosion by waves and currents. Because of its geological value, the formation was designated as a natural monument. Previously accessible only by ferry, visitors can now visit Gatbawi Rock by taking Boyaenggyo Bridge, which was built in 2008. From Gatbawi Rock, take a stroll along the coastal road and head to Culture Town for a visit to one of the area's many museums.

National Maritime Museum LINK

  • National Maritime Museum01
  • National Maritime Museum02

On the way from Mokpo Gatbawi Rock, Culture Town shows up where Mokpo Culture & Arts Center, Mokpo Natural History Museum and Mokpo Ceramic Livingware Museum are situated. Located on the oceanfront, the National Maritime Museum houses a relic museum and the Maritime Cultural Asset Research Institute, located on Culture Street, which is the nation's only institute for underwater archaeology. The museum recovers relics that were lost underwater hundreds of years ago for the purpose of preservation and exhibition. In the exhibits, which are organized into four themes, guests learn about the exploration of a trade ship that sank off the coast of Korea between the 11th and 14th century and the Goryeo celadon relics that were recovered during the exploration. In addition to the indoor pieces, an exhibit of full-sized Korean traditional ships is on display on the waterfront outside the museum.

This column was last updated on September 1, 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

Ulsan City Tour

Ulsan, a city located at the south-east end of Korea, is described to be one of the most beautiful coastal regions, as well as strong in building heavy-duty industrial goods. Its three major ports (Ulsan Port, Onsan Port and Bangeojin Port) gave Ulsan the ability to perform as the hub of Korean shipbuilding and a major trade gate for East Asia. Putting the industrial business aside, Ulsan is additionally known for its natural beauty and abundant tourist resources. Therefore, visitors to Ulsan can learn all about Korea’s past and the city that brought the nation much economic development, as well as enjoy blue oceans, beautiful landscapes, and historical attractions scattered along its coastal lines. Continue reading for an in-depth look into Ulsan City Tour courses!

Loop Course – Taehwagang River

Course itinerary:

Taehwagang Station → Lotte Plaza → Ulsan Museum → Ulsan Grand Park (South Gate) → Taehwagang River Migratory Bird Park → Taehwagang Grand Park (In front of Donggang Hospital) → Taehwaru Pavilion → Jung-gu Culture Street → Ulsan Culture Art Center → ShillaStay Hotel∙Lotte City Hotel → Intersection in front of Lotte City Hotel → Taehwagang Station

  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:10 (based on departure from Taehwagang Station) / Approx. 1 hour 20min
  • Intervals: 7 times a day, 10:00 and ten after the hour 11:10-17:10 (excluding 12:10)
  • Departure point: City Tour Bus Stop at Taehwagang Station & Ulsan Tourist Information Center in front of Lotte Plaza
    ※ Free transfer to Daewangam Course available at Taehwagang Station & Lotte Plaza bus stops.

Loop Course - Daewangam

Course itinerary:

Taehwagang Station → Lotte Plaza → Sinhwa Village → Jangsaengpo Whale Museum (Whale Life Experience Museum) → Ulsandaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Ulsandaegyo Bridge Observatory (In front of Dong-gu District Office) → Hyundae Hotel → Ilsan Beach → Daewangam Park → Taehwagang Station

  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday 09:30-16:30 (based on departure from Taehwagang Station) / Approx. 1 hour 20min
  • Intervals: 7 times a day, every hour at half past the hour (excluding 12:30)
  • Departure point: City Tour Bus Stop at Taehwagang Station & Ulsan Tourist Information Center in front of Lotte Plaza
    ※ Free transfer to Taehwagang Course available at Taehwagang Station & Lotte Plaza bus stops.

Theme Course – Historical Exploration

Course itinerary:

Lotte Plaza → Ulsan Station → Ulsan Petroglyph Museum, Bangudae Petroglyphs → Lunch → Petroglyphs of Cheonjeon-ri → Daegok Museum → Ulsan Station → Lotte Plaza

  • Operating hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 09:45-16:50 / Approx. 7 hours
  • Intervals: Once a day
  • Departure point: Ulsan Tourist Information Center in front of Lotte Plaza

Theme Course – Coast Tour

Course itinerary:

Ulsan Station → Lotte Plaza → Ulsan Museum → Oegosan Onggi Village → Lunch → Ganjeolgot Cape → Hanju Salt (Wednesday/Friday tours) / Seosaengpo Waeseong Fortress (Sunday tours) → Lotte Plaza → Ulsan Station

  • Operating hours: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 09:30-16:50
  • Intervals: Once a day
  • Departure point: Ulsan Station (KTX), Exit 3

Theme Course – Explore Industry Fields

Course itinerary:

Ulsan Station → Lotte Plaza → Automobile Parts Technology Research Institute / Motorwell Co. → Hanguk Mold Co. → Lunch → Hyundai Motors Ulsan Plant → Ulsan Hyundai Heavy Industries → Lotte Plaza → Ulsan Station

  • Operating hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 09:30-17:20 / Approx. 8 hours
  • Intervals: Once a day
  • Departure point: Ulsan Tourist Information Center in front of Lotte Plaza
    ※ For security reasons, international visitors to industrial facilities must make advanced reservations before visiting.
    ※ No tours available on public holidays and official days implemented by the respective companies. Please make an inquiry prior to visiting.

Theme Course – Beautiful Moonlight Tour

Course itinerary:

- Friday: Taehwagang Station → Ulsan Bridge → Ulsan Bridge Observatory → Hamwollu Pavilion → Keunaegi Night Market (bypass) → Taehwagang Station

- Saturday & Sunday: Taehwagang Station → Ulsan Bridge Observatory → Daewangam Park → Ulsan Bridge → Taehwagang Station → Keunaegi Night Market (optional)

  • Operating hours:
    - Fridays, April-October 19:00-21:50 / Approx. 3 hours.
    - Saturdays & Sundays, April-October 19:00-22:20 / Approx. 3 hours 30min (4 hours including Keunaegi Night Market)
  • Intervals: Once a day
  • Departure point: City Tour Bus Stop at Taehwagang Station
    ※ Bus continues operations when raining but will be cancelled and refunded in the case of typhoon, flooding, or heavy rainfall warnings (Note: Passengers must prepare their own umbrellas and/or raincoats)

Theme Course – Yeongnam Alps Mountain

Course itinerary:

Lotte Plaza → Ulsan Station → Goblin Road (bypass) → Welcome Center Complex → Hongnyu Falls / Amethyst Cavern Park (Selection) → Lunch → Seongnamsa Temple → Boksoondoga → Welcome Center Complex → Ulsan Station → Lotte Plaza

  • Operating hours: Sundays, April-June/September-October 08:30-16:30 / Approx. 8 hours
  • Intervals: Once a day
  • Departure point: Ulsan Tourist Information Center in front of Lotte Plaza
    ※ Yeoungnam Alps Mountain course is divided into Hiking Route and Tour Route
More info
  • Fares (Loop∙Theme): Adults 10,000 won / Children (36 months – high school student) 8,000 won
    ※ Payment accepted in cash or by credit card
    ※ Fare does not include admission to tourists sites or meals
  • Purchasing tickets: On-site purchase is available for loop courses if seats are available. For theme courses, advanced reservation is required; please inquire for more information.
  • Reservations & Inquiries: 09:00-18:00, +82-52-700-0052 (Korean, English)
    (Not in operation during Seollal (Lunar New Year) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) holidays)
  • Website: www.ulsancitytour.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    ※ Bus schedule and course are subject to change. Please check the website in advance to confirm the information.
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Major Tourist Attractions

Hyundai Motors Ulsan Plant LINK

Hyundai Motors 蔚山 Plant01【 Photo: Night view of Ulsan Port 】

Hyundai Motor Company's plant in Ulsan is the world's largest automobile manufacturing site. Hyundai entered the car manufacturing industry in 1968 by partnering with Ford Motor Company to produce Britain's popular family car, the Cortina. Since launching its first Korean model, the Pony, in 1975, Hyundai has developed into a leading global auto manufacturer.

Daewangam Park LINK

  • Daewangam Park01
  • Daewangam Park02
【 Photo: Daewangam Park 】

Daewangam Park has a beautiful walking trail along a coastal cliff. The rock island off the coast can be reached by an iron bridge. There is a legend that King Munmu of the Silla Kingdom was buried under the island to guard the kingdom even after his death. The park's fantastic rock outcroppings and an estimated 15,000 pine trees over 100 years old provide a refreshing place to relax.

Jangsaengpo Whale Museum LINK

  • Jangsaengpo Whale Museum01【 Photo: Exterior of Jangsaengpo Whale Museum 】
  • Jangsaengpo Whale Museum02【 Photo: Exhibition inside Jangsaengpo Whale Museum 】

The Whale Museum is located in Jangsaengpo, which was previously a whaling outpost. The museum provides a range of information on whales, serving as an important venue for ocean ecology programs. The museum features a Children's Experience Hall, Whaling History Hall, Grey Whale Hall, and Whale Cross-Section Hall. A whaling boat is also on display outdoors. After touring the whale museum, visit the Whale Life Experience Museum for an opportunity to see live dolphins up close.

Ulsan Petroglyph Museum LINK

  • Ulsan Petroglyph Museum01 【 Photo: Museum exhibition 】
  • Ulsan Petroglyph Museum02 【 Photo: Petroglyph sample 】

Ulsan Petroglyph Museum was established on May 30, 2008 at the entrance to Petroglyphs of Bangudae Terrace, National Treasure No. 285, in Ulju-gun. The exhibition hall presents models for the petroglyphs of Bangudae and Cheonjeon-ri (National Treasure No. 147), video facilities for petroglyphs, photos and replicas of objects used in daily life by people during the prehistoric age, a children’s hall, and family experience facilities. Visitors can also take a look at models of petroglyphs famous from Korea and overseas in an outdoor space.

Oegosan Onggi Village LINK

  • Oegosan Onggi Village01
  • Oegosan Onggi Village02
【 Photo: Vistas of Oegosan Onggi Village 】

Oegosan Onggi Village is a top traditional folk onggi (pottery) village in Korea and showcases the conventional pottery manufacturing process. With pottery in every corner, and vast lines of pots standing one after the other, visitors can experience the peaceful atmosphere of an ancient village.

Ganjeolgot Cape LINK

  • Ganjeolgot Cape01【 Photo: Jinha Beach 】
  • Ganjeolgot Cape02【 Photo: Ganjeolgot Cape Drama House 】

Ganjeolgot Cape's name comes from its resemblance to a long, pointed ganjitdae (bamboo pole) when seen from far out at sea. With its location on the east coast, it provides one of the first views of the sunrise in Korea. Nearby attractions include a sculpture park featuring the New Millennium Monument, Jinha Beach, and Seosaengpo Waeseong Fortress.

This page was last updated on August 8, 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

Gyeongju City Tour

The City of Gyeongju has an important and rich history. For centuries, the city served as the capital of the Silla Dynasty (57 BC - AD 935), the longest period of reign in the history of Korea. Even today, you'll find ancient landmarks blanketing the city, standing as proud testaments to a bygone era. These ancient relics are such an integral part of the landscape that the whole city has been designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage (known collectively as the Gyeongju Historic Area) and the city is commonly known as the "museum without walls" thanks to the many artifacts found throughout the city. The Gyeongju City Tour program offers a variety of courses that allow riders to quickly and easily visit some of the area's top attractions including Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto and Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong).

Theme Park Course

Course itinerary

Singyeongju Station → Silla History Museum (Gyeongju Folk Craft Village) → Gyeongju Forest Research Institute (Gyeongju East Palace Garden during winter) → Tongiljeon Palace → Hwangyongsa Temple History and Culture Center → End of Tour (Singyeongju Station / Bomun Lake Resort / Bulguksa Temple)

  • Operating days: Tuesday, Thursday
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 2 times per week, operating once a day / Approx. 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Departure point & time: City Tour bus stop in front of Singyeongju Station, Exit 1 at 09:40

Night Tour Course

Course itinerary

Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal → Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond → Cheomseongdae Observatory → Gyerim Forest, Royal Tomb of King Naemul → Gyochon Traditional Village  →  Woljeonggyo Bridge → End of Tour (Bomun Lake Resort / Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal)

  • Operating days: Everyday (No operation in the case of fewer than 10 passengers)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 7 times per week, operating once a day / Approx. 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Departure point & time: In front of Cheonma Tour Agency building, next to Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal at 18:30
More info
  • East Sea / World Heritage / Theme Park / Yangdong Village Course: Adults 20,000 won / Children (ages 6-19) 18,000 won
    Night Tour Course: Adults 16,000 won / Children (ages 6-19) 14,000 won
    Admission fees & meals are not included. (Exception: Admission fees are included in night course only.)
  • Language assistance: English information is provided through central monitor within the bus / Guided tour is available in Korean only
  • Purchasing tickets: Phone or online reservation required at least one day before the desired departure date.
  • Reservations & Inquiries: Cheonma Tour Agency +82-54-743-6001 (Korean only) / Tourist Information Center (Terminal Branch) +82-54-772-9289 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    Availability of language assistance will vary by staff work schedule
  • Tourist Information Center (Terminal Branch): +82-54-772-9289 (Korean, English)
  • Website: cmtour.co.kr/tour (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) Operating hours and tour itinerary are subject to change.

Major Destinations

Bulguksa Temple LINK

  • Bulguksa Temple landscapes
  • Bulguksa Temple landscapes
【 Photo: Bulguksa Temple landscapes 】

Designated a World Heritage in 1995, Bulguksa Temple has a unique design that is believed to reflect the ideal world of Buddhism. Known as one of Korea's most cherished remnants of the Silla Dynasty (57-935 BC), the temple embodies the mysticism and beauty of Buddhism, which served as the spiritual and cultural backbone of the Silla Dynasty. Unlike most temples in Korea, Bulguksa sits upon a 100m-high stone platform. In addition to the architecture itself, the temple has gained acclamation for its national treasures, namely Dabotap and Seokgatap Pagodas located in front of Daeungjeon Hall.

Seokguram Grotto LINK

  • Interior views of Seokguram Grotto
  • Interior views of Seokguram Grotto
【 Photo: Interior views of Seokguram Grotto 】

Carved into the stone of the mountainside and covered with sod, the outside of Seokguram Grotto hides an impressive inside. In the middle of the granite sanctuary you'll find a seated Buddha statue, which is regarded as one of the greatest masterpieces of the latter part of the Silla Dynasty. A spirit of peace seems to come alive through the craftsmen's superior handling of the Buddha's peaceful facial expression and elegant posture. This 1200 year old sculpture is known to surpass event present day’s architecture, technology, geometry and art standards.

Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong) LINK

  • Scenery of Deaereungwon Tomb Complex
  • Scenery of Deaereungwon Tomb Complex
【 Photo: Scenery of Deaereungwon Tomb Complex 】

Of all the clusters of tumuli (burial mounds) scattered throughout Gyeongju, Daereungwon is the largest, with an impressive 23 burial mounds from the Silla Dynasty. Given the tombs' 1,000-year-old history, it is difficult to identify the occupants of each tomb. The only burial site that has been identified so far is Michuwangneung Tomb, the final resting place of King Michu, the 13th ruler of the Silla Dynasty (262-284). The most famous burial site in the complex, however, is a site called Cheonmachong Tomb, whose name comes from the painting Cheonmado (Painting of a Heavenly Horse) that was excavated from the tomb in 1973. The tomb also held the largest and most magnificent of the Silla gold crowns found to date, which has now come to be widely recognized as a symbol of the Silla Kingdom.

Gyeongju National Museum LINK

  • Exterior & interior of Gyeongju National Museum
  • Exterior & interior of Gyeongju National Museum
【 Photo: Exterior & interior of Gyeongju National Museum 】

The Gyeongju National Museum displays a collection of some of the Silla Kingdom's most valuable treasures. Divided into the Archeology Hall, Art Hall, Wolji Hall, and a permanent exhibition hall, the museum displays over 3,000 valuable artifacts. Some must-sees include The Divine Bell of King Seongdeok the Great (Seongdeokdaewangsinjong, National Treasure No. 29) and the second floor Art Hall, which contains Buddhist art from the Silla Period as well as an intricate model of the nine-story wooden pagoda of Hwangnyongsa Temple.

Golgulsa Temple LINK

  • Golgulsa Temple
  • Golgulsa Temple
【 Photo: Golgulsa Temple 】

Golgulsa Temple is prized for its Seated Rock-carved Buddha, a 4m-tall relief carving that graces the steep cliffs near the temple. Estimated to date back to the 9th century, the lower portion of the seated Buddha has weathered away, leaving only the upper half of this benevolent Buddha intact after nearly a thousand years of being exposed to the wind and rain. To prevent further damage to the Buddha carving, a glass roof has been installed above the rock face. Visitors can get a closer look at the sculpture by climbing the small staircase that winds along the rock face. Not only beloved for its relief carving, Golgulsa Temple is also popular for its temple stay program where participants can learn the practice of Seonmudo, a type of Zen martial arts.

Underwater Tomb of King Munmu LINK

Underwater Tomb of King Munmu【 Photo: Underwater Tomb of King Munmu (Credit: Cultural Heritage Administration) 】

Also referred to as Daewangam, the Underwater Tomb of King Munmu is located 200m away from land. The tomb is surrounded by four large rocks creating waterways in all four major directions. Legend goes that King Munmu was cremated and his ashes were scattered throughout the rocky area, in accordance with his will to be buried under the waters of the East Sea so that he may become a guardian dragon of the country. His descendents believed that the king reincarnated as a dragon and kept the country safe, referring to the rock as Munmudaewangneung, or the Tomb of King Munmu The Great. Bongil Beach located near this underwater tomb is a popular sunrise lookout spot, attracting crowds of tourists every New Year’s Eve.

Bunhwangsa Temple LINK

  • Stone Pagoda of Bunhwangsa
  • Stone Pagoda of Bunhwangsa
【 Photo: Stone Pagoda of Bunhwangsa 】

Bunhwangsa Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple built during the reign of the Korean Peninsula’s first female and 27th ruler of Silla Dynasty, Queen Seondeok (r. 632-647). It is also famous as a temple where the great Buddhist priest Wonhyo had stayed. Despite the loss and damage of the main temple and its related materials during the time of war, remains of Stone Pagoda of Bunhwangsa Temple, designated National Treasure No. 30, and Samryongbyeongeojeong Well still remain.

Yangdong Folk Village LINK

  • Scenery of Yangdong Folk Village
  • Scenery of Yangdong Folk Village
【 Photo: Scenery of Yangdong Folk Village 】

Visitors can take in the beautiful nature of Gyeongju and experience the traditions of the Joseon Dynasty at Yangdong Folk Village. The village consists of lived-in neighborhoods along with traditional hanok and ancient aristocrat houses from the Joseon Dynasty that are over 200 years old. Cultural experiences such as making traditional Korean food, play traditional games, a one-day experience living in an ancient house, and learning Korean etiquette in hanbok are available.

Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond LINK

  • Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond landscapes
  • Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond landscapes
【 Photo: Scenery of Yangdong Folk Village 】

Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond is the remains of a royal villa built for the Crown Prince. Large banquets and feasts for national events or important visitors were held here. The man-made pond was dug out during the Unified Silla Period and features three small islands in the middle. The northeastern bank was built-up into 12 small hills and planted with a variety of trees and flowers. After the fall of Silla, the name and history of this site was lost. People gave the pond the name Anapji, meaning “duck lake.” However, in the 1980’s, a nameplate displaying the name “Wolji” was discovered, allowing archeologists to deduce the pond was named “Pond Reflecting the Moon.” As the name implies, Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond is most beautiful at night.

This page was last updated on December 6, 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

Yeosu City Tour

Yeosu, meaning "good water in Korean," is a maritime city renowned for its pristine coastal scenery and a seemingly endless stretch of coastline. The city became a rising tourist destination since hosting the 2012 World Expo, which promoted the importance of marine resources worldwide.

In addition to its scenic seascape, Yeosu has an archipelago of over 300 picturesque islands surrounding it. The Yeosu City Tour offers various courses that take visitors to see some of the city’s major attractions. The Yeosu City Tours cover the famous Odongdo Island and Hyangiram Hermitage, a small temple perched high on a coastal cliff, along with the sights of downtown Yeosu. While the night course allows visitors to take in the magnificent night views of this beautiful port city, the Saturday history tour takes visitors through the city's historic sites. The double-decker City Tour Bus is waiting for you to hop on and discover the beauty of Yeosu!

Course 2

Course itinerary:

Course itinerary: Yeosu Expo Station → Hyangiram Hermitage → Yi Sun-Sin Square → Jeollajwa Suyeong Turtle Ship → Lunch Break (meal not included) → Heungguksa Temple → Yisunsindaegyo Bridge Promotion Hall → Yeosu Seo Market → Yeosu Specialty Seafood Market (bypass) → Yeosu Expo Station

  • Operating schedule: Daily / No tour on the fourth Monday of each month
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 1 tour per day / Approx. 7 hours 30min
  • Departure point & time: In front of Yeosu Expo Station at 09:30

Night Course

Course itinerary:

Yeosu Expo Station → Yeosu Industrial Complex → Dolsan Park → Dolsan Leaf Mustard Kimchi Street → Yi Sun-Sin Square → Odongdo Island Night Fountain (Jongpo Maritime Park) → Yeosu Expo StationIn the event that Odongdo Island Night Fountain is not in operation, it will be replaced with a trip to Jongpo Maritime Park.

  • Operating schedule: Daily
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 1 tour per day / Approx. 2 hours 30min
  • Departure point & time: In front of Yeosu Expo Station at 19:30
Yeosu City Tour Bus Information
  • Fares: Adults 9,000 won / Children (elementary-high school students) 4,500 won
    ※ Separate fees apply for admission to tourist attractions and meals
  • Purchasing tickets: Prior-reservation required / On-site purchase available for foreigners (in the case of open seats)
  • Website: tour.yeosu.go.kr (Korean only)
    ※ Bus schedule and course are subject to change.
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Double-decker City Tour Bus (Day Course)

Course itinerary:

Yeosu Expo Station → Hanhwa Aqua Planet Yeosu → Cable Car Parking Lot Tower → Odongdo Island → The MVL Hotel Yeosu → Hamel Museum → Yi Sun-Sin Square → Yeosu Passenger Terminal → Dolsan Park entrance→ Yeosu Expo Station

  • Operating schedule: Daily / No tour on the first and third Mondays of each month
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 7 times a day in one hour intervals (No tour at 13:30) / Approx. 35min
  • Departure point & time (first bus): In front of Yeosu Expo Station at 10:30 Passengers may get on and off the bus at any of the city tour bus stops on the day course.

Double-decker City Tour Bus (Night Course)

Course itinerary:

Yeosu Expo Station → Dolsan Park entrance → Guk-dong Fishing Port Complex (Marinated Crab Street) → Yeulmaru Hall → Yeosu Seonso Historical Site → Soho Yachting Center → Yeosu City Hall → Yeomun Culture Street → Gyo-dong Market (Food Stand Street) → Yi Sun-Sin Square → Yeosu Expo Station

  • Operating schedule: Daily / No tour on the first and third Mondays of each month
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 1 tour per day / Approx. 2 hours 30min
  • Departure point & time: In front of Yeosu Expo Station at 19:30

Double-decker City Tour Bus (Time Travel Course)

Course itinerary:

Yi Sun-sin Square → Yeomun Culture Street → Soho Dongdong Bridge → Hilton Bay Hotel → Dolsandaegyo Bridge → Geobukseondaegyo Bridge →Yeosu Expo Station → Jongpo Maritime Park → Yi Sun-sin Square

  • Operating schedule: Fridays, Saturdays & public holidays (excluding Sundays) August 5 – December 31, 2017
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 1 tour per day / Approx. 2 hours
  • Departure point & time: In front of Yi Sun-sin Square at 19:30
Double-decker City Tour Bus Information
  • Fares
    - Day Course: Adults 5,000 won / Children (elementary-high school students) 4,000 won / Preschoolers 2,000 won
    - Night Course: Adults 10,000 won / Children (elementary-high school students) 7,000 won / Preschoolers 5,000 won
    - Time Travel Course
    August: Adults 10,000 won / Children (elementary-high school students) 7,500 won / Preschoolers 5,000 won
    September-December: Adults 20,000 won / Children (elementary-high school students) 15,000 won / Preschoolers 10,000 won
    Separate fees apply for admission to tourist attractions and meals.
  • Purchasing tickets: Available on-site from the bus driver when boarding.
    Day Course tickets only available on-site (Card and cash accepted)
  • Website: tour.yeosu.go.kr (Korean only)
    Bus schedule and course are subject to change.
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Major Tourist Attractions

Odongdo Island LINK

Photo: Odongdo Island Vista 【 Photo: Odongdo Island Vista 】

A top tourist destination in Yeosu, Odongdo Island is known by many as the "Island of Love." Visitors who choose to ride on the passenger ferry are met by cawing seagulls as they fly back and forth over the ferry's wake. The island is connected to the mainland by bridge and can be reached by the Dongbaek (Magnolia) Train or on foot. Odongdo Island's attractions include forested walking trails, a lighthouse observation deck, and a musical fountain.

Jinnamgwan Hall LINK

  • Photo: View from Jinnamgwan Hall【 Photo: View from Jinnamgwan Hall 】
  • Photo: Jinnamgwan Hall【 Photo: Jinnamgwan Hall 】

Jinnamgwan Hall is the oldest existing single-story wooden building in Korea and is a prized National Treasure. It was used as the headquarters for Admiral Yi Sun-Sin, who led the Korean forces to victory in a celebrated naval battle during the Imjin War, which lasted from 1592 to 1598.

Aqua Planet Yeosu LINK

【 Photo: Aqua Planet Yeosu (Credit: Yeosu-si) 】

Aqua Planet Yeosu is located at the venue of the previous Yeosu EXPO. The aquarium houses over 34,000 marine animals of some 300 species, including endangered beluga whales, Baikal seals, and seadragons. In addition to the popular underwater tunnel, visitors enjoy watching the variety of underwater performances taking place at Aqua Planet Yeosu.

Hyangiram Hermitage LINK

  • Photo: Hyangiram Hermitage【 Photo: Hyangiram Hermitage 】
  • Photo: Sunrise at Hyangiram Hermitage【 Photo: Sunrise at Hyangiram Hermitage 】

A popular spot for watching the sunrise and sunset, Hyangiram Hermitage is located at the southern end of Dolsando Island, which is connected to the mainland by Dolsandaegyo Bridge. The steep narrow road that leads up to Hyangiram has recently been made more accessible with the addition of stairs. After passing through a narrow rocky crevice, a stunning view of the ocean unfolds just beyond the temple. Explore the area to discover Daeungjeon Hall, Bawidonggul Cave, Beomjong Temple’s bell and a mineral spring.

Heungguksa Temple LINK

  • Photo: Heungguksa Temple【 Photo: Heungguksa Temple 】
  • Photo: Heungguksa Temple Rainbow Bridge【 Photo: Heungguksa Temple Rainbow Bridge 】

Located halfway up Yeongchwisan Mountain, Heungguksa Temple was built in the 12th century. The temple was established as a place for those praying for the country to flourish. The name Heungguksa means: "When the country prospers, so does the temple." Within the precincts of the temple are many cultural assets that have been designated as cultural treasures. In particular, the temple's main hall, Daeungjeon Hall is equipped with traditional Korean doors decorated in a detailed lattice-work pattern that can all be swung up to open up the interior of the structure. Yeongchwisan Mountain offers hikers a bird's-eye view of the city, and in April, visitors flock here to enjoy the colorful scenery created by pink azalea blossoms blooming all over the mountain.

Dolsan Park LINK

  • Photo: Dolsan Park Dolsandaegyo Bridge Construction Monument【 Photo: Dolsan Park Dolsandaegyo Bridge
    Construction Monument 】
  • Photo: Nightview from Dolsan Park【 Photo: Nightview from Dolsan Park
    (Credit: Yeosu-si) 】

Dolsan Park is the perfect place to enjoy the striking nightscapes of the beautiful port city of Yeosu. The park provides a panoramic view of the downtown area, Yeosuhang Port, and the lighthouse beam gleaming on the sea's surface. The park also offers a view of the 450-meter long Dolsandaegyo Bridge, which links downtown Yeosu with Dolsando Island. The view from here is one of the most popular nightscapes of Yeosu.

This page was last updated on August 11, 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

Suncheon City Tour

The city of Suncheon, well known as the ecological capital of Korea, offers dozens of attractions where people can immerse themselves in “eco tourism,” learning about a natural ecosystem that has remained almost completely untouched for years. Start off your eco tour with Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve, and explore the thousand-year-old heritages of Seonamsa Temple and Songgwangsa Temple. Checking out one of Suncheon’s popular city tour itineraries listed below will make your trip and time much more worthwhile as it is not just a regular city tour; it is an ecotourism experience!

Seonamsa Temple Course

Course itinerary:

Suncheon Station  → Seonamsa Temple → Suncheon Wild Tea House →  Naganeupseong Folk Village (Lunch)  → Suncheon Bay National Garden → Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve  → Suncheon Station

  • Operating schedule: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
  • Intervals / Duration of tour: Once a day, 3 days a week / Approx. 9 hours 20 min
  • Departure point & time: In front of Palma Gymnasium’s exit parking booth at 9:40

Songgwangsa Temple Course

Course itinerary:

Suncheon Station  → Yeonhyangdong Fashion Street  →  Suncheon Open Film Set  → Suncheon Bay National Garden (East Gate, local food)  → Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve  → Suncheonman Bay National Garden (East Gate, local food)  → Utjang (Medical clinic)  → Culture Street  → Suncheon Bus Terminal  → Suncheon Station

  • Operating schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Intervals / Duration of tour: Once a day, 3 days a week / Approx. 9 hours 20 min
  • Departure point & time: In front of Palma Gymnasium’s exit parking booth at 9:40

Downtown Circular Course

Course itinerary:

Suncheon Station  → Songgwangsa Temple  → Songgwang Doenjang Village  → Naganeupseong Folk Village (Lunch)  → Suncheonman Bay National Garden  → Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve  → Suncheon Station

  • Operating schedule: Tuesday-Sunday
  • Intervals / Duration of tour: 10 times a day, 6 days a week / Approx. 1 hour 25 min
  • Departure point & time (first bus): Suncheon Station at 9:00
More info
  • Fares: Fares Course Adults Teenagers Children Seonamsa Temple Course 15,700 won 12,200 won 6,800 won Songgwangsa Temple Course 16,500 won 12,500 won 7,500 won Downtown Circular Course 3,000 won 2,000 won 1,000 won
    • Seonamsa Temple Course: Adults 15,700 won / Teenagers 12,200 won / Children 6,800 won
    • Songgwangsa Temple Course: Adults 16,500 won / Teenagers 12,500 won / Children 7,500 won
    • Downtown Circular Course: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers 2,000 won / Children 1,000 won

    Admission to tourist attractions included in fare for Seonamsa and Songgwangsa Temple Courses (meal not included).

    Downtown Circular Course allows hop off-hop on system for the full day. Admission to tourist attractions charged separately.

  • Purchasing tickets: Reservations must be made in advance either online or via phone.
    Note: Tickets for Downtown Circular Course can be purchased onsite at Suncheon Station (cash and credit card accepted).
  • Reservations & Inquiries: Tourist Information Center +82-61-749-3107 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    Language assistance service may vary depending on the day of the week.
  • Online reservations: www.suncheon.go.kr/yeyak (Korean only)
    Other language options available on the Korean website (English, Japanese, Chinese).
  • Website: tour.suncheon.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    Operating hours and course are subject to change depending on outside circumstances
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Major Tourist Attractions

Suncheon Open Film Set LINK

  • 【 Photo: Suncheon Open Film Set (right; credit: Suncheon City Hall) 】
  • 【 Photo: Suncheon Open Film Set (right; credit: Suncheon City Hall) 】
【 Photo: Suncheon Open Film Set (right; credit: Suncheon City Hall) 】

The popular Korean dramas “Love and Ambition (2001)” and “East of Eden (2008),” as well as the Korean movie “Sunny (2011)” were filmed in Suncheon. The filming location includes over 200 buildings and streets built to recreate Korean life in the 1960-80s. Take a trip back in time with a stroll down the ‘60s-themed Downtown Suncheon or a walk around Seoul as it was in the 1980s.

Seonamsa Temple LINK

  • 【 Photo: Seonamsa Temple 】【 Photo: Seonamsa Temple 】
  • 【 Photo: Traditional wild tea experience 】【 Photo: Traditional wild tea experience 】

A historic temple built over a thousand year ago, Seonamsa Temple is treasured for its beautiful forest trail and rainbow-shaped Seungseongyo Bridge. In order to minimize impact on the environment and to blend in better with the trees, the temple was built in three separate sections of the forest instead of being integrated into one large area. The wooded path that weaves throughout the temple grounds is truly breathtaking, with rare pine trees planted over 200 year ago growing almost horizontally. Located just around the corner from the temple is Suncheon Wild Tea House, a hanok where visitors can learn traditional tea etiquette while tasting tea brewed from wild leaves.

Songgwangsa Temple LINK

  • 【 Photo: Songgwangsa Temple 】
  • 【 Photo: Songgwangsa Temple 】
【 Photo: Songgwangsa Temple 】

Songgwangsa Temple is one of the three most important temples in Korea. The temple contains all the facilities needed to train monks in the ways of Buddha and has produced 16 guksa (the highest rank in Buddhism, a title reserved only for the most highly esteemed monks). The sheer width of Daeungjeon Hall gives one the impression of grandeur, a feeling further enhanced by the many paintings illustrating the teachings of Buddha and highlighting his achievements. Uhwagak Pavilion at the entrance is considered particularly beautiful for the striking harmony between its arched bridge, columns, and the surrounding environment.

Naganeupseong Folk Village LINK

  • 【 Photo: Stone-walls and thatched-roof houses 】【 Photo: Stone-walls and thatched-roof houses 】
  • 【 Photo: Sunset at Naganeupseong Folk Village 】【 Photo: Sunset at Naganeupseong Folk Village 】

Dating from the Joseon Era (1392-1910), Naganeupseong Village boasts a fortress, a dongheon (central building in which local authorities conducted public affairs), a gaeksa (guesthouse for local and foreign public officials) and thatched-roof houses preserved in their original state. People still live here today and visitors are invited into several residences to experience hands-on programs including trying on traditional clothing, using traditional dying methods, playing traditional instruments, and hanji paper crafts. Naganeupseong Village is the last remaining walled-city in Korea. The entire fortress wall remains intact, giving visitors the unique opportunity to take a walk along the top and get a spectacular view of the village down below.

Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve LINK

  • 【 Photo: Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve 】【 Photo: Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve 】
  • 【 Photo: Yongsan Observatory 】【 Photo: Yongsan Observatory 】

Ranking among the world's top five wetlands, Suncheonman Bay stretches along a 40-kilometer coastline. In 2006, it became the first wetland in Korea to be included on the Ramsar List for worldwide recognition and ecological preservation. Its vast reed fields are unique in their beauty and mystique. At Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve, visitors can stop by the Natural Ecology Center to learn about the formation of the wetland and the rare birds that inhabit it, and take in the view of reed fields up close as they walk. An hour's walk to Yongsan Observatory will reveal the bay's beautiful waterways and the splendid golden fields of reeds.

What is the Ramsar Convention?

The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands and their resources. The full name of the convention is the "Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat." The convention was signed by 18 countries in the city of Ramsar in Iran in 1971. Today, 169 countries adhere to the convention.

Suncheonman Bay National Garden LINK

  • 【 Photo: Scenery of Suncheonman Bay Garden 】
  • 【 Photo: Scenery of Suncheonman Bay Garden 】
【 Photo: Scenery of Suncheonman Bay Garden 】

Suncheonman Bay Garden was the venue of the International Garden Exposition Suncheon Bay Korea 2013, an eco-friendly exhibition displaying various garden culture technologies. The garden comprises an arboretum, a wetland center, themed gardens, and a world garden zone displaying the gardening cultures of different countries including England, Italy and the Netherlands. The forest trail in the garden is the place to enjoy the changing seasons with strolls amongst royal azaleas in spring or autumn foliage in fall.

This page was last updated on August 11, 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

Samcheok City Tour

Although Samcheok in Gangwon-do is not a big city like Seoul or Busan, it is a hidden tourist attraction preserving a 500 million year-old cave, beautiful valleys and striking views of the ocean. Samcheok City Tour Bus allows visitors to easily travel to Samcheok’s magnificent tourist attractions such as Daegeumgul Cave, Samcheok Ocean Railbike, Jukseoru Pavilion, Isabu Leo (Lion) Park, and Haesindang Park. Hop on the Samcheok City Tour Bus and enjoy a great tour course today.

Daegeumgul Cave Course

Ocean Railbike Course

Summer Course 2 (March to October)

Course itinerary

Jukseoru Pavilion → Expo Town → Samcheok Station → Jangmi (Rose) Park → Samcheokhang Port → Gungchon Station (railbike ticket purchase) → Samcheok Ocean Railbike → Samcheok Haesindang Park → Jukseoru Pavilion

  • The tour bus may not pass by Jangmi (Rose) Park depending on the blooming period of the roses.
  • The tour bus may not visit Saecheonnyeon Road if it is heavily congested during the summer vacation season.
  • Hours of operation : 10:10-16:20 (winter) / 10:10-17:30 (summer)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 1 tour per day / Approx. 6 hrs 50 min - 7 hours 30 min
  • Departure point: In front of Jukseoru Pavilion
Visitors Information
  • Fare
    Daegeumgul Cave Course
    Ocean Railbike Course
    Adults: 6,000 won
    Teenagers: 3,000 won
    Children (ages 7 and under): Free
    Admission to tourist sites and lunch not included. City Tour Bus riders are eligible for a 50% discount on admission to tour attractions.
  • Ticket purchase:Foreigners can make a reservation by phone and pay the fare on site the day of the tour.
  • Reservations and inquiries:
    Korean: +82-33-570-3545
    Japanese: +82-33-570-3546
    Chinese: +82-33-575-99756
  • Website : citytour.samcheok.go.kr (Korean only)

Operating hours, travel time and bus routes are subject to change.

1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Major Tour Sites

Jukseoru Pavilion LINK

  • Jukseoru Pavilion
  • Jukseoru Pavilion

The popular Korean dramas “Love and Ambition” and “East of Eden”, as well as the Korean movie “Sunny,” were filmed in Suncheon. The filming location spans an area Perched on the edge of a rocky cliff, Jukseoru Pavilion is a quaint 2-story pavilion surrounded by foliage. The natural bedrock of the mountain serves as a large part of the pavilion's base, giving the quiet mountain structure an added sense of grace and harmony with its surroundings. Poems written by prominent figures of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) are framed and hang from the rafters of the pavilion, adding even more historical value and atmosphere to this treasured landmark.approximately 39,600㎡ and includes over 200 buildings and streets built to recreate Korean life in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Take a trip back in time with a stroll down the 60s-themed 'downtown Suncheon' or a walk around 'Seoul' as it was in the 1980s.

Daegeumgul Cave LINK

  • Daegeumgul Cave
  • Daegeumgul Cave
【 Daegeumgul Cave Monorail and inside view of the cave 】

Estimated to have been formed around 500 million years ago, Daegeumgul Cave opened to the public in 2007. It is a well-preserved cave that has remained almost untouched since it was formed by the powerful forces of nature. Daegeumgul cave features limestone stalactites and other typical cave formations, as well as the unique feature of a series of large and small waterfalls that were formed naturally over time by the water that flows through the cave. For an even closer look at the cave’s wonderful formations, take the monorail 140m down into the depths of the cave.

Samcheok Ocean Railbike LINK

  • Busan Cinema Center
  • Busan Cinema Center

The Ocean Railbike is a unique leisure sport in which riders pedal along repurposed railroad tracks on a special, four-wheel bike. A creative way to tour the coastline, the railbike is also a safe and convenient option for the whole family to enjoy together. The approximately 10km round-trip course consists of stops at an observatory and a rest station, as well as a journey through a marine tunnel, which artfully combines a mini-lesson in marine ecology with a multi-colored laser light show.

Samcheok Haesindang Park LINK

  • Samcheok Haesindang Park
  • Samcheok Haesindang Park

Celebrating the age-old folk theme of phallic worship, Haesindang Park consists of an erotic sculpture park, Haesindang (shrine of the Sea God), and the Samcheok Fishing Village Folk Museum. On display at the sculpture park are 65 phallus-themed works of art that are set against the backdrop of the powerful East Sea. The Samcheok Fishing Village Folk Museum has a large theater aquarium with state-of-the-art facilities, an observatory, and five exhibition halls depicting the daily lives of the fishermen of the East Sea. While at the museum, be sure to check out the ship simulation corner for a fun experience!

This column was last updated on September 16, 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

Suwon City Tour

Hwaseong Fortress was built as part of a planned city constructed by King Jeongjo (1752-1800), the 22nd monarch of the Joseon Dynasty. Located in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, the area of Hwaseong Fortress served as a strategic site for military security as well as a key site for commerce.

Today, Hwaseong Fortress is surrounded by many roads both small and large, in addition to the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Building, giving an opportunity to view the scenic juxtaposition of traditional and modern architecture.

Course 1 – Suwon City Tour Course

Course itinerary

Suwon Station Tourist Information Center (TIC) →Haewoojae Museum → Hwaseomun Gate (bypass) → Hwaseong Haenggung Palace (24 Martial Arts Trial Performance) → Janganmun Gate (bypass) → Hwahongmun Gate (Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion) → Yeonmudae Post (Archery experience) → Suwon World Cup Stadium (bypass) → Suwon Hwaseong Museum → Suwon Station Tourist Information Center

  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Friday 09:50-13:00 / 13:50-17:00
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 4 days a week, operating twice a day / Approx. 3 hours
  • Departure point: Suwon Station Tourist Information Center (Seoul Subway Line 1)

Course 2 – Suwon & Gwangmyeong One-day Course

Course itinerary

Suwon Station Tourist Information Center (TIC) → Hwaseomun Gate (bypass) → Janganmun Gate (bypass) → Hwahongmun Gate (Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion) → Hwaseong Haenggung Palace (24 Martial Arts Trial Performance) → Yeonmudae Post (Archery experience) → Suwon World Cup Stadium (bypass) → Lunch (Jidong Market) → Paldalmun Gate (bypass) → Gwangmyeong Cave (Cave tour) → Suwon Station Tourist Information Center (TIC)

  • Operating hours: Saturday 09:30-16:30
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Operating once a week / Approx. 7 hours
  • Departure point: Suwon Station Tourist Information Center (Seoul Subway Line 1)

Course 3 – Suwon & Hwaseong One-day Course

Course itinerary

Suwon Station Tourist Information Center (TIC) → Hwaseomun Gate (bypass) → Janganmun Gate (bypass) → Hwahongmun Gate (Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion) → Hwaseong Haenggung Palace (24 Martial Arts Trial Performance) → Yeonmudae Post (Archery experience) → Suwon World Cup Stadium (bypass) → Lunch (Jidong Market) → Paldalmun Gate (bypass) →  Yungneung & Geolleung Royal Tombs → Yongjusa Temple → Mulhyanggi Arboretum → Suwon Station Tourist Information Center (TIC)

  • Operating hours: Sunday 09:30-16:30
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Operating once a week / Approx. 7 hours
  • Departure point: Suwon Station Tourist Information Center (Seoul Subway Line 1)
More info
  • Fares: Fares Course Adults Children (Ages 7-18) Preschoolers (Ages 6 and under) Suwon City Tour 11,000 won 8,000 won 4,000 won Suwon & Gwangmyeong One-day Course 16,900 won 14,900 won 10,900 won Suwon & Hwaseong One-day Course 14,900 won 12,900 won 8,900 won
    • Suwon City Tour Course: Adults 11,000 won / Children 8,000 won / Preschoolers 4,000 won
    • Suwon & Gwangmyeong One-day Course: Adults 16,900 won / Children 14,900 won / Preschoolers 10,900 won
    • Suwon & Hwaseong One-day Course: Adults 14,900 won / Children 12,900 won / Preschoolers 8,900 won
    • Adults (ages 19+), Children (ages 7-18), Preschoolers (ages 6 and under)
    ※ Fare includes admission to the following sites: Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, Suwon Hwaseong Museum, Yongjusa Temple, Yungneung & Geolleung Royal Tombs, Mulhyanggi Arboretum, Yeonmudae Post archery experience; Meals not included
  • Ticket purchase: Reservations must be made by 16:00 one day in advance via phone or online and paid for via online payment or wire transfer (on-site purchase available only in the case of open seats)
  • Ticket pick-up: Suwon Station Tourist Information Center (Seoul Subway Line 1)
  • Closed: Mondays
  • Phone reservations &inquiries: Gold Tour +82-31-256-8300 (Korean, English, Japanese)
    ※ Passengers will be contacted directly in the case of a tour being cancelled due to not enough participants (Suwon City Tour min. 5 passengers; Suwon & Gwangmyeong City Tour/Suwon & Hwaseong City Tour min. 10 passengers)
    ※ Reservations can be changed up to one time within the two-week period of your departure.
    ※ Prior to payment, reservations can be cancelled via internet or phone. After payment has been submitted, reservations can only be cancelled via phone; please be aware that a cancellation fee may be charged (Phone hours 09:00-16:00)
  • Suwon City Tour website: www.suwoncitytour.co.kr (Korean, English)
    ※ Operating hours and course itinerary are subject to change according to on-site conditions.
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Major Tourist Attractions

Hwaseomun Gate LINK

  • Hwaseomun Gate
  • Hwaseomun Gate
【 Photo: Hwaseomun Gate views 】

Hwaseomun Gate (National Treasure No. 403) is the western gate of the famous Hwaseong Fortress. The stately stone gate is topped with a single-story pavilion and is guarded by a protective semicircle stone wall, known as an ongseong wall.

Hwaseong Haenggung Palace LINK

  • Hwaseong Haenggung Palace
【 Photo: Performance event at Hwaseong Haenggung Palace 】

Haenggung Palaces refer to the temporary palaces built outside the capital city. Used by the royal family as a way to escape the dangers of war or to take a brief reprieve from the pressures of palace life, Hwaseong Haenggung Palace was also used occasionally by King Jeongjo during visits to his father's tomb. The palace is a magnificent display of architecture and is considered the most noteworthy of the Haenggung Palaces.

Janganmun Gate LINK

  • Janganmun Gate
【 Photo: Janganmun Gate 】

Janganmun Gate, on the northern side of Suwon's Hwaseong Fortress, is the main entrance to the fortress. "Jangan" means "capital city," and highlights the importance of the city of Suwon by giving it the same status as the capital city of Hanyang (modern-day Seoul) where the royal family lived during the Joseon Dynasty. This particular gate was the gate through which the king entered on visits to Suwon. It is so large that it exceeds in size that of Sungnyemun Gate (National Treasure No. 1), the main gate to Seoul.

Hwahongmun Gate LINK

  • Hwahongmun Gate
【 Photo: Hwahongmun Gate 】

Hwahongmun Gate, also known as Buksumun Gate (North Water Gate), is the northern floodgate of the fortress. The stone gate is topped with a single-story pavilion and is expertly designed with seven arches that allow the waters of Suwoncheon Stream to flow freely through the fortress to the south. The view of the water passing through the arches is so beautiful that is has been listed as one of the "Eight Scenic Beauties of Suwon."

Yeonmudae Post (Dongjangdae) LINK

  • Yeonmudae Post (Dongjangdae)
  • Yeonmudae Post (Dongjangdae)
【 Photo: Views of Yeonmudae Post 】

Located on a hill in the northeast section of Hwaseong Fortress, Yeonmudae Post is open on all sides and gives visitors an expansive view overlooking the fortress walls. In the past, soldiers gathered here for military training and exercises, and it is still used for archery practice today.

Suwon World Cup Stadium LINK

  • Suwon World Cup Stadium
【 Photo: Night view of Suwon World Cup Stadium 】
(Credit: Gyeonggi-do Suwon World Cup Stadium Foundation)

Suwon World Cup Stadium was built for the 2002 Korea-Japan FIFA World Cup. The stadium stands out due to the large white roof that covers the seats, bringing to mind the image of a bird’s outspread wings. The area surrounding the stadium has many artistic sculptures in place as well as World Cup memorabilia.

Paldalmun Gate LINK

  • Paldalmun Gate
【 Photo: Paldalmun Gate (Credit: Suwon City Hall) 】

Paldalmun gate is the southern gate of Hwaseong Fortress. This gate, as well as the northern gate, is very extravagant in size. Paldalmun Gate’s name comes from the meaning “opening roads going everywhere.” The original design of the gate has been preserved extremely well, leading the gate to be designated National Treasure No. 402.

Gwangmyeong Cave LINK

  • Gwangmyeong Cave
  • Gwangmyeong Cave
【 Photo: Exhibits within Gwangmyeong Cave (Credit: Gwangmyeong City Hall) 】

Gwangmyeong Cave was created in 1912 due to exploitation of nature during the Japanese colonial era. Despite the cave’s history, it has been converted into a theme park with various sculptures and stories. The total length of 7.8km is divided into 20 different areas, including Wine Cave, Golden Falls, Golden Palace, Horror Experience, and LED Lighted Space. The cave also has experience programs, such as wearing a miner’s helmet and excavating for gemstones and gold.

Suwon Hwaseong Museum LINK

  • Exterior of Suwon Hwaseong Museum【 Photo: Exterior of Suwon Hwaseong Museum 】
  • Museum exhibit【 Photo: Museum exhibit 】

Suwon Hwaseong Museum presents an organized and comprehensive look at the cultural prowess and history of Hwaseong Fortress, a designated UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Exhibition halls detail the construction of the fortress as well as the history of the city and how it changed and developed over time. At the library, which remains open year round, visitors can learn more about the many people who played important roles in the construction of the impressive fortress.

Yungneung & Geolleung Royal Tombs LINK

  • Yungneung Royal Tomb【 Photo: Yungneung Royal Tomb 】
  • Geolleung Royal Tomb【 Photo: Geolleung Royal Tomb 】

Yungneung is the joint tomb of crown prince Sado Seja (Jangjo, 1735-1762, second son of King Yeongjo) and Sado's wife Hyegyeonggung Hongssi. Geolleung is the joint tomb of King Jeongjo (son of Sado Seja) and his wife Queen Hyoui. The tombs are adorned with tombstones and a stone wall.

Yongjusa Temple LINK

  • Yongjusa Temple
  • Yongjusa Temple
【 Photo: Views around Yongjusa Temple 】

Yongjusa Temple was built in the Silla era, but was burned down during a war. It was rebuilt in 1790 by King Jeongjo to mourn the tragic death of his father, Sado Seja, and to pray for the eternal rest of his father's soul. The temple is home to a seven storied stone pagoda and a pavilion gate held aloft by two rows of six stone columns. Here, visitors will find traditional Buddhist architecture and a number of Buddhist relics.

Mulhyanggi Arboretum LINK

  • ulhyanggi Arboretum
【 Photo: Mulhyanggi Arboretum Maple Forest (Credit: Mulhyanggi Arboretum) 】

Mulhyanggi Arboretum is a lush arboretum located in downtown Osan, Gyeonggi-do. Spread out over a plot of land measuring 330,578.5 square meters, the arboretum has 16 themed areas with over 1,700 species of plants and a range of subsidiary facilities. The approximately two hour-long course through the entire arboretum is great for walks with family, friends, and loved ones.

This page was last updated on May 30, 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

Chuncheon City Tour

Chuncheon is a well-known location among Asian tourists because of its role as a filming site in the hugely popular Korean TV drama “Winter Sonata (2002).” Getting to Chuncheon is an easy journey via subway (Gyeongchun Line) or ITX-Cheongchun train from Yongsan Station or Cheongnyangni Station in Seoul. When taking the ITX-Cheongchun, it only takes about an hour to an hour and 20 minutes to reach Chuncheon Station. Some of the train cars have a second level to provide a fuller view of the passing scenery. The city offers Chuncheon Selective Tour, with courses that vary depending on the day of the week.
Service of Chuncheon Circular Tour ended September 30, 2017.

Selective Course

Selective Course City Tour Bus Information
  • Fare: Adults 6,000 won / Teenagers & Children 4,000 won Admission to tourist sites, experiences and meals not included (Discount applies to admission and experiences for city tour passengers)
  • Purchasing tickets: Phone reservation and on-site purchase available (Chuncheon Tourist Information Center) Seats are given in a first-come, first-served basis and therefore may be unavailable on-site. Advanced reservation is recommended.
    - Phone reservations & inquiries: Chuncheon City Hall +82-33-250-3089 (Korean, English) / Hanil Tour +82-33-241-5533 (Korean, English)
    - On-site inquiries: Chuncheon Station Tourist Information Center +82-33-250-4312, +82-33-250-3896 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    Availability of language assistance may vary depending on the day of the week.
  • Website: tour.chuncheon.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) Language assistance service may vary depending on the day of the week.
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Major Tourist Attractions

Statue of Soyanggang Maid LINK & Soyanggang Skywalk LINK

【 Photo: Statue of Soyanggang Maid 】

The Statue of Soyanggang Maid is a 7-meter-high statue that stands along the banks of the Soyanggang River, the setting of the popular Korean song "Soyanggang Cheonyeo" (Maid of Soyanggang). In front of the statue is a large monument inscribed with the song's lyrics. Press the button next to the monument to hear the song play. Also located nearby the statue is the popular Soyanggang Skywalk, with a glass floor that provides a feeling like walking on water.

Chuncheon Mulle-gil LINK & Uiamho Lake Skywalk LINK

  • Chuncheon Mulle-gil 【 Photo: Chuncheon Mulle-gil 】
  • Chuncheon Makguksu Museum 【 Photo: Uiamho Lake Skywalk 】

Chuncheon Mulle-gil is a water leisure sport experience course connecting Uiamho Lake and Soyanggang River. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Uiamho Lake from a canoe or larger boat, as well as by walking along trails. Those who choose to walk will be able to enjoy Uiamho Lake Skywalk.

Gangwon-do Provincial Flower Garden LINK

【 Photo: Exterior of greenhouse at Gangwon-do Provincial Flower Garden 】

Gangwon-do Provincial Flower Garden is home to the native flowering trees of Gangwon-do and is divided into several sections by theme. Nearby tourist sites include Gangchon Resort and Chuncheon Puppet Theater.

Chuncheon Makguksu Museum LINK

  • Chuncheon Makguksu Museum 【 Photo: Chuncheon Makguksu Museum 】
  • Chuncheon Makguksu Museum 【 Photo: Makguksu display 】

The Chuncheon Makguksu Museum showcases makguksu (buckwheat noodles), a local specialty of Chuncheon and Gangwon-do. Makguksu is eaten in a cold broth or mixed with a red chili dressing. Visitors can go upstairs to the museum's experience hall to try their hand at making the famous buckwheat noodles and put together a tasty makguksu dish for a small fee.

Animation Museum & Robot Studio LINK

  • nimation Museum & Robot Studio 【 Photo: Animation Museum 】
  • nimation Museum & Robot Studio【 Photo: Figurines on display 】

The Animation Museum displays materials and posters showing the origins and development of many types of animation from around the world. Facilities include an animation theater, a 3D cinema, and more.

Namiseom Island LINK

【 Photo: Namiseom Island 】

Namiseom Island is a small island that sits in the river separating Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do. Beloved for its lush green fields, towering trees, galleries, and quaint accommodations, Namiseom became particularly famous among local and international tourists especially from Japan, China, and Taiwan after appearing in the popular Korean drama “Winter Sonata (2002).”

Kim You-jeong House of Literature LINK

  • Kim You-jeong House of Literature 【 Photo: Kim You-jeong statue 】
  • Kim You-jeong House of Literature 【 Photo: Pavilion at Kim You-jeong House of Literature 】

Kim You-jeong (1908-1937) was a leading Korean novelist known for his short stories. His birthplace in Chuncheon was renovated into the Kim You-jeong House of Literature and now displays the biography and works of the celebrated author.

Gangchon Rail Park LINK

  • Gangchon Rail Park【 Photo: Gangchon Rail Park entrance 】
  • Gangchon Rail Park 【 Photo: Tourists preparing to depart 】

Gangchon Rail Park offers a unique opportunity to view the beautiful scenery of Chuncheon on a long track along mountains and river, and is especially known for its scenic views in spring and autumn season.

Chuncheon Romantic Market LINK

  • Chuncheon Romantic Market
  • Chuncheon Romantic Market
【 Photo: Chuncheon Romantic Market 】

Chuncheon Romantic Market is a traditional market in Chuncheon that sells hanbok, bags, shoes, clothes, electronic appliances, jewelry, and food. The market became even more famous among Asian tourists because of the Korean drama "Winter Sonata (2002)." In addition, Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street is only 5 minutes walking distance away from the entrance of the Romantic Market.

This page was last updated on September 21, 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

Gapyeong City Tour

The city of Gapyeong in Gyeonggi-do is an attractive vacation spot surrounded by mountains and a river. Visitors can get to Gapyeong from Seoul by using the subway through transferring to Gyeongchun Line (subway line connecting Seoul and Chuncheon) at Sangbong Station (Seoul Subway Line 7, Gyeongchun Line, and Jungang Line). You can also take an ITX Cheongchun Train from Cheongnyangni Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 and Gyeongui-Jungang Line), which only takes approximately 40 min, making Gapyeong a great destination for a day trip. If you want to spend a day getting the most out of your trip to Gapyeong, be sure take the Gapyeong City Tour Bus. One ticket is all you need for the day to discover and freely enjoy your desired attractions in Gapyeong!

Circulation Bus (Course B)
(Mokdong Intercity Bus Terminal ↔ The Garden of Morning Calm)

Course itinerary

Mokdong Intercity Bus Terminal → Gapyeong Hyunam Agricultural Heritage Museum → Gapyeong Rail Park →  Jaraseom Island∙ Ewhawon Camping Site → Gapyeong Station → Cheongpyeong Station → Jatyanggi Purunsup Resort →  Chiong Art Center → The Garden of Morning Calm

  • Operating schedule: Daily
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 7 times a week, 2 times per day with a 5 hr interval / takes approx. 1 hr 30 min
  • Departure point & time: In front of Mokdong Intercity Bus Terminal at 12:00
Gapyeong City Tour Shuttle Bus Information
  • Fares: Adults 6,000 won / Teenagers & Children 4,000 won (Free admission for children under age 3)
    The fare does not include meals and admissions to tourist sites.
  • Ticket purchase: Tickets can be purchased from the driver when boarding the bus.
    If the bus is full, please take the next bus.
  • Language assistance: Korean only
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    Operating hours, travel time and bus routes are subject to change.

Major Tourist Attractions

Jaraseom Island LINK

  • Photo: View of Jaraseom Island【 Photo: View of Jaraseom Island 】
  • Photo: Ewhawon【 Photo: Ewhawon 】

Jaraseom Island is nestled on the Bukhangang River and is accessible by a bridge. This natural tourist site features a riverside driving course around the island, Ewhawon Garden, and Jarasum Campground. The island becomes popular with visitors every fall with the host of Jarasum International Jazz Festival and gets even more exciting on winter with the Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival, offering a variety fun activities and experiences.

Namiseom Island LINK

  • Photo: Namiseom Island
  • Photo: Namiseom Island
【 Photo: Namiseom Island 】

Namiseom Island was used as a pivotal filming location of Korean drama “Winter Sonata (2002)” that was hugely popular abroad and a key driver of hallyu (the Korean cultural “wave” throughout large parts of Asia). The island can be accessed by a boat, which requires a separately fee apart from the City Tour Bus fare. On the island, visitors can walk along the exotic and tranquil Metasequoia Road, Ginkgo Road, and Birch Road. There are also various activities to enjoy, including bicycle riding, trains, and the Namiseom Zip Wire.

Interactive Art Museum

Photo: Trick Art Experience Hall (Credit: Interactive Art Museum) 【 Photo: Trick Art Experience Hall (Credit: Interactive Art Museum) 】

As an experience-oriented art museum, Interact Art Museum uses digital technology and illusions to provide an entertaining display of statues and artworks that urge the visitors to become one with art. Artworks that change appearance according to the viewer’s every move or specially made cube art activity allow visitors to be immersed in the world of art. In particular, the museum’s Trick Art Zone is a must-visit for art lovers as it features illusionistic artworks of world-famous masterpieces, such as the Mona Lisa or the Girl with a Pearl Earring, offering surreal experiences as well as opportunities to take memorable photos.

Petite France LINK

  • Photo: Sceneries of Petite France
  • Photo: Sceneries of Petite France
【 Photo: Sceneries of Petite France 】

Petite France is a theme park featuring small European-style buildings surrounded by mountains and a lake. The village has an exhibition of traditional French model house, as well as a memorial hall dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of the celebrated French novel Le Petit Prince. There are also various things to enjoy, including a traditional French hand puppet show, a traditional Czech puppet show, concerts, and magic shows. Petite France has become a must-see tourist destination in Gaypyeong as it served as a filming location of popular Korean dramas such as the “Secret Garden (2010)” and “Beethoven Virus (2008),” as well as TV variety program “Running Man.”

The Garden of Morning Calm LINK

Photo: Scenery of the colorful Lighting Festival (Credit: The Garden of Morning Calm) 【 Photo: Scenery of the colorful Lighting Festival (Credit: The Garden of Morning Calm) 】

The Garden of Morning Calm is beautiful anytime of the year, and has a distinctive charisma, which differs from that of China or Japan. With thousands of different flora throughout the area, the garden is most popular for its seasonal and special festivals that take place year round. Korean Peninsula Wild Flower Exhibition and Spring Festival takes place in spring, whereas in summer, the Iris Festival and the Rose of Sharon Festival feature sweet fragrances of over 1000 species of iris and roses, respectively. In fall, visitors can catch the beautiful sight of autumn leaves at the Garden of Morning Calm Autumn Foliage Festival and finally in winter, the Lighting Festival will fascinate visitors with dazzling lights after sunset.

This page was last updated on September 5, 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

Jeju City Tour

Located south of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju Island is a popular tourist destination for both domestic and international travelers alike for its beautiful and pristine natural sceneries. The island is home to a number of UNESCO designated World Natural Heritage sites such as Manjanggul Cave, and Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, as well as distinct tourist attractions like the numerous oreums (Jeju dialect for parasitic volcano). As major attractions are scattered across the island, joining a city tour bus is a great option to get around Jeju.

Jeju City Tour Bus

Course itinerary:

Jeju International Airport → Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal → Jeju City Hall → Jeju Folklore & Natural History Museum (Samseonghyeol) → Sarabong Peak → Jeju International Passenger Terminal → Jeju Coastal Passenger Terminal → Kim Man-deok Inn → Jeju Dongmun Traditional Market → Jeju Gwandeokjeong Pavilion → Tapgong Plaza (Jeju Coastal Performance Stage) → Yongyeon Cloud Bridge → Yongduam Rock → Eoyang Coastal Road → Dodubong Peak → Iho Tewoo Beach → Jeju Folk 5-day Market → Black Pork restaurant road → Halla Arboretum → Nohyeong Five-way Intersection → Maison Glad Hotel entrance (The Shilla Duty Free Shop) → Jaewon APT. →Jeju International Airport

  • Operating days: Everyday, excluding the third Monday of every month
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Nine times a day, seven days a week in one hour intervals / Approx. 2 hours
  • Departure point & time (first bus): Jeju City Tour Bus Bus at Gate 2, Jeju International Airport, 1F at 09:00 (Boarding available at all bus stops)
More info
Fares
  • Single-ride ticket: All passengers 3,000 won (Not accepted again after departing bus)
  • One-day ticket: Adults 12,000 won / Teenagers & Children 8,000 won
    ※ Infants under 48 months ride free
  • Purchasing tickets: Available upon boarding (free transfers not allowed) / Payment accepted via cash, credit card, and transportation card
  • Language assistance: Korean (Pamphlets available in English, Japanese, and Chinese)

☞ Website: www.jejugoldenbus.com (Korean only)
Engilsh, Japanese, and Chinese websites planned to open the second week of November (Subject to change)
※ Bus schedule and course are subject to change.

☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Major Tourist Attractions

Jeju Folklore & Natural History MuseumLINK

  • Jeju Folklore & Natural History Museum
  • Jeju Folklore & Natural History Museum
【 Photo: Jeju Folklore & Natural History Museum 】

Jeju Folklore & Natural History Museum presents a comprehensive display of Jeju Island's aboriginal culture and history. Inside and outside the museum, visitors can find exhibits showing the unique housing and living culture of Jeju. Samseonghyeol is also located nearby.

Jeju Gwandeokjeong PavilionLINK

  • Gwandeokjeong Pavilion
  • Gwandeokjeong Pavilion
【 Photo: Gwangdeokjeong Pavilion 】

Gwandeokjeong Pavilion, literally meaning an exercise of mind and virtue, is the oldest existing architectural structure on Jeju Island. This one-story building consisting of five compartments on the front and four compartments on the side was built as a training ground for soldiers.

Yongduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock) LINK

  • Yongduam Rock
  • Yongduam Rock
【 Photo: Yongduam Rock 】

Yongduam Rock is a dragon head-shaped rock located on a beach near Yongyeon Pond. Standing in harmony with the magnificent costal landscape of Jeju, Yongduam was created as the result of the solidification of flowing lava. Visitors can spot Jeju’s female divers, haenyeo, gathering seafood around this area. Iho Tewoo Beach is the closest beach to Jeju International Airport and downtown Jeju. The beach has dark, coarse sand, and the gentle slow and lack of waves make this beach great for families with young children. Many people enjoy fishing off the breakwater or watching the airplanes coming and going. The beach also has a well established camping facility, with many families and friends setting up tents in the summer. The Iho Tewoo Beach Festival takes place every year in July and August, providing experiences in the traditional fishing culture of Jeju.

Iho Tewoo Beach

  • Sunset at Iho Tewoo Beach
  • Sunset at Iho Tewoo Beach
【 Photo: Sunset at Iho Tewoo Beach 】

Iho Tewoo Beach is the closest beach to Jeju International Airport and downtown Jeju. The beach has dark, coarse sand, and the gentle slow and lack of waves make this beach great for families with young children. Many people enjoy fishing off the breakwater or watching the airplanes coming and going. The beach also has a well established camping facility, with many families and friends setting up tents in the summer. The Iho Tewoo Beach Festival takes place every year in July and August, providing experiences in the traditional fishing culture of Jeju. The beach is extremely popular for the photo opportunity provided by the twin horse-shaped lighthouses off to one end of the beach.

Yongyeon Cloud Bridge

  • Yongyeon Cloud Bridge at night
  • Yongyeon Cloud Bridge at night
【 Photo: Yongyeon Cloud Bridge at night 】

Yongyeon Pond was formed by fresh water collecting at the end of a mountain valley before meeting the salty sea water. Even during times of drought, the pond does not dry out. Legend has it that the pond was created by the water raining down off of a dragon that ascended to heaven. It is also said to have been used as a place of enjoyment by people in the past. Yongyeon Cloud Bridge crosses the pond and creates a pretty picture with the red pavilion and emerald waters. The bridge is even more fantastic in the evening, with many bright and colorful lights illuminating the bridge and reflecting off the waters below.

This page was last updated on November 2, 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

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