Top 100 Must-Visit Places in Korea & How to Go Guide 

Discover the Top 100 Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Korea for 2019-2020 that includes famous attractions and some of the newly added places to visit across all regions of Korea from Seoul, Incheon, Busan to Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do. The top 100 must-visits list was announced by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea in early 2019.

To assist travellers to explore these popular and recommended places of interests on your holiday in Korea, KoreaToDo has put together the shortlisted tourist spots that are easily accessed in Seoul, within 3 hours from Seoul and in/from Busan with detailed guides on how to get there by public transport or join a local tour to get the most out of the travel time in-combined with other nearby attractions.

Five Royal Palaces

Five Royal Palaces

Gyeongbokgung & four other palaces of Joseon Dynasty.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

Iconic landmark of Korean design industry with LED Rose Garden.

Myeongdong

Myeongdong

Well-known shopping, dining & street food paradise.

Incheon Chinatown

Incheon Chinatown

Best Chinese food with nearby fairy tale inspired village & Jayu Park.

Gwangmyeong Cave

Gwangmyeong Cave

An abandoned mine for 40 years to the best Cave Theme Park in Korea.

Hwadam Botanic Garden

Hwadam Botanic Garden

An ecological park divided into 17 themes with forest walking path & monorail courses.

Paju DMZ

Paju DMZ

A border that divides the Korean Peninsula, a land of history & mystery.

Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan National Park

Beautiful mountain landscape, hiking courses & cable car rides to the top of the mountain.

Wondae-ri Birch Forest

Wondae-ri Birch Forest

A nature sanctuary with over 700,000 birch trees, paths & lookouts.

Taejongdae Recreation Area

Taejongdae Recreation Area

Offer magnificent view of the sea at Yeongdo Lighthouse on the cliff.

Gamcheon Culture Village

Gamcheon Culture Village

'The Santorini of Korea', known for its colourful mountainside houses.

Oedo-Botania

Oedo-Botania

Famous for its European atmosphere & marine botanical garden.

Hongdae

Hongdae

A university suburb with youthful streets of shops, cafes & clubs.

Lotte World

Lotte World

Include the World's largest Indoor theme park & an outdoor Magic Island.

Namsan Seoul Tower

Namsan Seoul Tower

Iconic landmark of Seoul with fantastic views of Seoul city.

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

UNESCO World Heritage with impressive structure from Joseon Dynasty.

Yangpyeong Dumulmeori

Yangpyeong Dumulmeori

A place of rustic nature beauty. Known for its over 400-years old Zelkova trees & filming site.

Pocheon Art Valley

Pocheon Art Valley

Experience the beauty of the quarry at this famous drama filming location.

Gangneung Coffee Street

Gangneung Coffee Street

Anything related to coffee at the 'city of coffee', located on the eastern coast of Korea.

Nami Island

Nami Island

Well-known as the filming location of 'Winter Sonata' Korean drama.

Jeonju Hanok Village

Jeonju Hanok Village

Referred as the 'Slow City' with over 800 traditional Korean hanok houses.

Jagalchi Market

Jagalchi Market

Korea's largest seafood market with indoor & outdoor sections, including restaurants.

Tongyeong Skyline Luge

Tongyeong Skyline Luge

Ride the Skyride to get on board the Luge cart for exhilarating ride downhill.

Seoullo7017

Seoullo7017

A highway, now a beautiful sky garden walkway for pedestrians.

Itaewon

Itaewon

The global village in Seoul, known for its restaurants & night life.

Wolmido Island

Wolmido Island

Cafes, seafood restaurants & theme park along the coast.

Everland

Everland

Korea's largest amusement park with many fun rides, zoo & themed festivals.

Namhansanseong Provincial Park

Namhansanseong Provincial Park

A UNESCO World Heritage with 12.4km fortress & different hiking trails.

The Garden of Morning Calm

The Garden of Morning Calm

A beautiful & artistic private garden to be enjoyed in all seasons.

Wonju Suspension Bridge

Wonju Suspension Bridge

Korea's longest suspension bridge across Mt. Segeum's 2 peaks.

High1 Ski Resort

High1 Ski Resort

One of the most popular ski resorts in Korea, known for its puffy snow.

Haeundae Beach

Haeundae Beach

The most beloved & famous beach of the country. It stretches 1.5km long & 30-50m wide.

Busan Songdo Beach

Busan Songdo Beach

A popular beach with Songdo Beach Cable Car & 365m long Skywalk over the blue ocean.

Windy Hill

Windy Hill

A hill overlooking the sea & the location of many famous Korean dramas.

KoreaToDo TOP PICKS - Tours, Activities & Discount Tickets to TOP 100 MUST-VISIT TOURIST SPOTS

Handpicked experiences by KoreaToDo for their uniqueness, value, popularity, price competitiveness and at times, tedious to reach by public transport.

Region: SEOUL
N Seoul Tower Ticket Combos in Seoul

N Seoul Tower Ticket Combos in Seoul

4.6★

enjoy breathtaking views

Seoul Zoo (incl. Sky Lift & Elephant Train) Combo Ticket

Seoul Zoo (incl. Sky Lift & Elephant Train) Combo Ticket

4.6★

Korea's largest zoo

Coex Aquarium in Seoul Admission Ticket

Coex Aquarium in Seoul Admission Ticket

4.6★

largest aquarium in Seoul

N.Grill @ N Seoul Tower

N.Grill @ N Seoul Tower

4.2★

dine on top of Mt. Namsan

Seoul Eland Hangang River Cruise

Seoul Eland Hangang River Cruise

4.4★

multiple departures per day

Palace & Temple Guide

Palace & Temple Guide

4.5★

Lotte World 1 Day Pass

Lotte World 1 Day Pass

4.5★

located in the heart of Seoul

Whoo SPA Nonhyeon

Whoo SPA Nonhyeon

4.4★

free product samples

History of Seoul Day Tour (palace, museum, temple, insadong & market)

History of Seoul Day Tour (palace, museum, temple, insadong & market)

4.5★

Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky Admission

Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky Admission

4.7★

Korea's tallest building

Trickeye 3D Museum in Hongdae

Trickeye 3D Museum in Hongdae

4.5★

Discover Seoul Pass

Discover Seoul Pass

4.7★

incl. access to 42 attractions

⬇ Tours departing from Seoul

Region: GYEONGGI-DO
DMZ Tour ( Morning & Noon Dep: Hotel Pick Up / Full Day)

DMZ Tour ( Morning & Noon Dep: Hotel Pick Up / Full Day)

4.5★

Provence Village, Paju Book City, & Heyri Art Valley Day Tour

Provence Village, Paju Book City, & Heyri Art Valley Day Tour

4.8★

best of Paju!

Everland 1 Day Ticket (QR Code Direct Entry)

Everland 1 Day Ticket (QR Code Direct Entry)

4.7★

Shuttle Bus Transfers between Seoul & Everland

Shuttle Bus Transfers between Seoul & Everland

4.7★

⬇ Tours departing from Seoul

Region: GANGWON-DO
Seoraksan National Park + Nami Island (Garden of Morning Calm)

Seoraksan National Park + Nami Island (Garden of Morning Calm)

5.0★

Nami Island, Petite France & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Nami Island, Petite France & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

4.7★

Nami Island (Admission, Activities, Restaurant & Cafe)

Nami Island (Admission, Activities, Restaurant & Cafe)

4.7★

bicycle, story bus, charity train...

Nami Island, Petite France & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

Nami Island, Petite France & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

4.7★

Nami Island & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Nami Island & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

4.7★

Alpaca Pasture, Nami Island & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Alpaca Pasture, Nami Island & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

4.6★

walk with adorable alpacas

Nami Island, Gangchon Rail Bike & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Nami Island, Gangchon Rail Bike & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

4.7★

best experiences of nature!

Seoul & Gangwon-do Private Car Charter with Tour Guide

Seoul & Gangwon-do Private Car Charter with Tour Guide

4.7★

incl. recommended itineraries

⬇ Tours departing from Seoul

Region: INCHEON & JEOLLABUK-DO
Incheon Day Trip (Rail bike, Chinatown, Wolmido Island, etc)

Incheon Day Trip (Rail bike, Chinatown, Wolmido Island, etc)

4.6★

incl. seafood sliced noodles

Region: BUSAN
Busan SEA LIFE Aquarium Admission Ticket

Busan SEA LIFE Aquarium Admission Ticket

4.6★

skip-the-line lane access

Busan Night Tour (Western Course)

Busan Night Tour (Western Course)

4.7★

Songdo Cable Car+Skywalk, Gamcheon Culture Village & Cheonmasan Road View Space

Jagalchi Market & Korean Cooking Class Experience

Jagalchi Market & Korean Cooking Class Experience

4.9★

visit biggest fish market in Busan & cooking Korean traditional cuisine

3 Skywalks, Gamcheon Village & Temple Day Tour

3 Skywalks, Gamcheon Village & Temple Day Tour

4.7★

lunch✚popular Songdo Beach Skywalk, Oryukdo Skywalk & Cheongsapo Daritdol Skywalk

East Busan Exploration Full Day Tour

East Busan Exploration Full Day Tour

4.7★

all of 1/2 day tour✚Gijang Market, Cheongsapo Skywalk, Dongbaek Island & Haeundae...

Wall Painting Village Half Day Tour

Wall Painting Village Half Day Tour

4.5★

Songdo Beach & Skywalk & Gamcheon Village drop off

Busan East Coast Cultural Day Tour

Busan East Coast Cultural Day Tour

4.7★

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Taejongdae, Songdo Skywalk & Gamcheon Culture Village

Railbike, Wine Cave, Gukje Market & Gamcheon Village

Railbike, Wine Cave, Gukje Market & Gamcheon Village

4.5★

incl. Songdo Skywalk

⬇ Tours departing from Busan

Region: GYEONGSANGNAM-DO
Tongyeong Day Tour

Tongyeong Day Tour

4.6★

Tongyeong Market, Dongpirang Village, Cable Car & Luge

Oedo Island Day Tour

Oedo Island Day Tour

4.6★

Sightseeing Ferry, Oedo Island & Windy Hill

Busan & Gyeongju Private Customized Tour

Busan & Gyeongju Private Customized Tour

4.6★

Chinese/English speaking driver, 8hrs, vehicle, parking, toll fee, insurance, hotel pick-up

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🍁 AUTUMN PICKS 🍁 Handpicked Experiences from Seoul

N Seoul Tower Ticket Combos in Seoul

N Seoul Tower Ticket Combos in Seoul

₩7,700

enjoy breathtaking views

Nami Island (Admission, Activities, Restaurant & Cafe)

Nami Island (Admission, Activities, Restaurant & Cafe)

₩5,000

bicycle, story bus, charity train...

Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky Admission

Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky Admission

₩25,000

Korea's tallest building

Nami Island, Gangchon Rail Bike & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Nami Island, Gangchon Rail Bike & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

₩62,000

best experiences of nature!

Edelweiss Swiss, Dumulmeori, Herb Island Lighting Festival Day Tour

Edelweiss Swiss, Dumulmeori, Herb Island Lighting Festival Day Tour

₩74,800

Nami Island, Petite France & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

Nami Island, Petite France & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

₩61,000