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 in Seoul

N Seoul Tower Ticket in Seoul

4.6★

enjoy breathtaking views

Songpa L Pass (Lotte World Adventure, Aquarium & Seoul Sky)

Songpa L Pass (Lotte World Adventure, Aquarium & Seoul Sky)

4.9★

great savings combo!

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

Seoul Eland Hangang River Cruise

Seoul Eland Hangang River Cruise

4.4★

multiple departures per day

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

Hanbok Experience  (Hanboknam Gyeongbokgung Store)

Hanbok Experience (Hanboknam Gyeongbokgung Store)

4.5★

incl. Korean hairstyling

Discover Seoul Pass

Discover Seoul Pass

4.7★

incl. access to 42 attractions

Lotte World Aquarium Admission Ticket

Lotte World Aquarium Admission Ticket

4.6★

Korea's largest ocean tank

Alive Museum & Dynamic Maze

Alive Museum & Dynamic Maze

4.5★

interactive artworks!

⬇ Tours departing from Seoul

Region: GYEONGGI-DO
Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

4.5★

bird’s eye view of North Korea

Yongin Korea Folk Village Half Day Tour

Yongin Korea Folk Village Half Day Tour

new

flexible am/pm departures

Yongin Korean Folk Village & Han River Night Music Cruise Day Tour

Yongin Korean Folk Village & Han River Night Music Cruise Day Tour

new

Shuttle Bus Transfers between Seoul & Everland

Shuttle Bus Transfers between Seoul & Everland

4.7★

⬇ Tours departing from Seoul

Region: GANGWON-DO
Nami Island (Admission, Activities, Restaurant & Cafe)

Nami Island (Admission, Activities, Restaurant & Cafe)

4.7★

bicycle, story bus, charity train...

Nami Island, Rail Bike & Garden of Morning Calm Private Tour

Nami Island, Rail Bike & Garden of Morning Calm Private Tour

4.7★

Hotel Pickup / ENG or CH speaking driver

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

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

4.7★

Alpaca World & Nami Island Day Tour

Alpaca World & Nami Island Day Tour

new

don’t miss the cute alpacas!

Nami Island & Petite France Day Tour

Nami Island & Petite France Day Tour

4.7★

relaxing day in the countryside

Alpaca World, Nami Island & Rail Bike Day Tour

Alpaca World, Nami Island & Rail Bike Day Tour

new

enjoy the best of Gangwon!

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

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

4.7★

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
Ganghwa Island Day Tour (Railway Bike, Ginseng Market & Luge Racing Car)

Ganghwa Island Day Tour (Railway Bike, Ginseng Market & Luge Racing Car)

4.6★

lunch & hanbok experience

Region: BUSAN
Busan SEA LIFE Aquarium Admission Ticket

Busan SEA LIFE Aquarium Admission Ticket

4.6★

incl. photo shoot service

Busan Night Tour (Western Course)

Busan Night Tour (Western Course)

4.7★

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

Museum DAH Ticket

Museum DAH Ticket

5.0

a day of artistic fun!

2 Skywalks, Gamcheon Village & Temple Day Tour

2 Skywalks, Gamcheon Village & Temple Day Tour

4.7★

lunch (pork soup & rice) ✚ popular Songdo Beach 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...

Busan Sparkling Night Small Group Photography Tour

Busan Sparkling Night Small Group Photography Tour

5.0★

Hocheon Village, Dongbaek Island & Mountain

Busan East Coast Cultural Day Tour

Busan East Coast Cultural Day Tour

4.7★

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

Nampo & Bupyeong Market Night Tour

Nampo & Bupyeong Market Night Tour

new

incl. Korean Food Tasting Experience @ JunoTrip Cooking Class Studio

⬇ Tours departing from Busan

Region: GYEONGSANGNAM-DO
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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🌸 SPRING PICKS 🌸 Handpicked Experiences from Seoul

Hwadam Forest, Gwangmyeong Cave, Ranch & Ice-Cream Making Day Tour

Hwadam Forest, Gwangmyeong Cave, Ranch & Ice-Cream Making Day Tour

₩82,400

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

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

₩75,000

Jebu Island Cable Car, Uiwang Railbike & Starlight Village Day Tour

Jebu Island Cable Car, Uiwang Railbike & Starlight Village Day Tour

₩87,500

Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm & Strawberry Picking Day Trip

Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm & Strawberry Picking Day Trip

till 28 May 2022

₩86,300

pick the sweetest strawberries!

Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

₩62,000

Yongmunsa, Dumulmeori, Dreamy Camera Cafe & River Cruise Day Tour

Yongmunsa, Dumulmeori, Dreamy Camera Cafe & River Cruise Day Tour

₩80,000