17 Popular & Unique Day Trips from Seoul under 3 hours

KoreaToDo collection with a mix of popular, less travelled (but worthy) and easily accessible day trips by public transport from Seoul under 3 hours.

From the popular Everland Theme Park, Nami Island to cultural experiences like the Korean Folk Village or off the beaten track Seoul Day Trips to Gwangmyeong Cave, Alpaca World Animal Farm and many more.

 

Explore New Destinations or visit your Favourite Places again on your holiday to Korea, easily with our Seoul Day Trips Guide:

Our guide includes where to go, how to go, location maps, bus/train routes, travel time required, useful tips and other attractions to explore around the area.

Take your picks and be the first to share your Korea's travel discoveries and favourites with your friends!

1

Nami Island / Petite France / The Garden of Morning Calm / Gapyeong Rail Park (Gangwon & Gyeonggi Provinces)

Nami Island / Petite France / The Garden of Morning Calm / Gapyeong Rail Park (Gangwon & Gyeonggi Provinces)
Nami Island / Petite France / The Garden of Morning Calm / Gapyeong Rail Park (Gangwon & Gyeonggi Provinces)
Nami Island / Petite France / The Garden of Morning Calm / Gapyeong Rail Park (Gangwon & Gyeonggi Provinces)

Nami Island, beautiful in all seasons is probably the most popular and must-visit day trip for many visitors to Korea.

Nami Island is normally visited with Petite France, The Garden of Morning Calm and/or Gapyeong Rail Park. This can be done on a free and easy day trip by hopping on Gapyeong City Tour Bus at Gapyeong or join a local day tour from Seoul.

Directions Overview:

108 mins on Seoul Subway (or 40 mins on ITX Train), followed by short shuttle bus/taxi ride to destination.

2

Gangchon Rail Bike Park +ATV (Chuncheon, Gangwon)

Gangchon Rail Bike Park +ATV (Chuncheon, Gangwon)
Gangchon Rail Bike Park +ATV (Chuncheon, Gangwon)
Gangchon Rail Bike Park +ATV (Chuncheon, Gangwon)

Built on the discontinued train line, Gangchon Rail Bike is the largest rail bike course in Korea. This will be a fun day trip from Seoul for all ages!

Pedal on the two or four-seater rail bike and enjoy breathtaking countryside scenery of farmland, mountains and flowing rivers. During the rail bike course, you will pass through different interesting themed tunnels of disco lights and music. At the end of the course, you can walk to nearby town for their local delights or rent an ATV for another exciting course. Alternatively, you can do this day trip together with Nami Island or The Garden of Morning Calm.

Directions Overview:

2 hrs on Seoul Subway (from Seoul/Myeongdong Station), followed by 2 mins walk to Park.

3

Alpaca World (Hongcheon, Gangwon)

Alpaca World (Hongcheon, Gangwon)
Alpaca World (Hongcheon, Gangwon)
Alpaca World (Hongcheon, Gangwon)

Alpaca World is the largest forest experience farm in Korea. Come here to touch and walk with the strange-looking but adorable Alpacas!

Enjoy other activities like horse riding, alpaca & deer safari train and animals performances. How about grabbing the picnic basket for an outing in the woods?

Directions Overview:

1 hr on intercity bus from Seoul, followed by another hour local bus and 918m walk to Alpaca World.

4

LEGOLAND Korea Resort

LEGOLAND Korea Resort
LEGOLAND Korea Resort
LEGOLAND Korea Resort

Officially opened on 5 May 2022, LEGOLAND Korea is the largest Legoland theme park in Asia and World's second largest. It is also the first Legoland resort to be built on an island.

The theme park offers authentic Lego experience with over 40 rides, shows and attractions across 7 themes. They include Pirate Shores, Bricktopia, LEGO Castle, LEGO City, LEGO Ninjago World, Brick Street and Miniland.

Directions Overview:

1hr 15mins on ITX-Cheongchun Train from Yongsan Station in Seoul, followed by 15mins free shuttle to theme park entrance.

5

Dumulmeori / Semiwon Garden / Strawberry Farms / Bukhangang Railroad Bridge (Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi)

Dumulmeori / Semiwon Garden / Strawberry Farms / Bukhangang Railroad Bridge (Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi)
Dumulmeori / Semiwon Garden / Strawberry Farms / Bukhangang Railroad Bridge (Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi)
Dumulmeori / Semiwon Garden / Strawberry Farms / Bukhangang Railroad Bridge (Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi)

A highly recommended day trip from Seoul easily accessible on Seoul Subway. Rustic beauty of mountain and river presented the moment you step out of the train station. Semiwon Garden is famous for its lotus. Dumulmeori is a popular filming location. Strawberry picking is a highlight for visitors to Yangpyeong.

Many of the attractions are within walking distance or you can rent a bike and cycle to Bukhangang Railroad Bridge. Check out the cafes and restaurants in town too.

Directions Overview:

70 mins on Seoul Subway (from Seoul Station). 12 mins walk to Semiwon Garden and onwards to Dumulmeori or Strawberry Farm.

6

Chinatown / Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village / Jayu Park / Wolmido Island (Incheon)

Chinatown / Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village / Jayu Park / Wolmido Island (Incheon)
Chinatown / Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village / Jayu Park / Wolmido Island (Incheon)
Chinatown / Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village / Jayu Park / Wolmido Island (Incheon)

Enjoy delicious Chinese cuisine especially jajangmyeon (black bean sauce noodles) at Incheon Chinatown. Photo-taking at Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village and enjoy the view from the top of Jayu Park.

Next, hop on the bus to Wolmido Island nearby. Enjoy the beautiful sea views, feed the seagulls, fun rides at Wolmi Theme Park or dine at its many cafes or fresh seafood restaurants.

Directions Overview:

67 mins on Seoul Subway (from Seoul Station). Incheon Chinatown is directly across the road from train station.

7

Gwangmyeong Cave (Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi)

Gwangmyeong Cave (Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi)
Gwangmyeong Cave (Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi)
Gwangmyeong Cave (Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi)

An abandoned mine (for gold, silver) transformed into the best Cave Theme Park in Korea.

In-cave attractions include underground passage, underground lake, lights tunnel, etc.In addition, there is a 194m long Wine Cave where 170 types of wine from around South Korea are sold.

Directions Overview:

40 mins on Seoul Subway (from Seoul Station), followed by 45 mins bus ride to Cave.

8

Provence Village / Heyri Art Village / Paju Premium Outlets / SkinAnniversary Beauty Town (Paju, Gyeonggi)

Provence Village / Heyri Art Village / Paju Premium Outlets / SkinAnniversary Beauty Town (Paju, Gyeonggi)
Provence Village / Heyri Art Village / Paju Premium Outlets / SkinAnniversary Beauty Town (Paju, Gyeonggi)
Provence Village / Heyri Art Village / Paju Premium Outlets / SkinAnniversary Beauty Town (Paju, Gyeonggi)

Get close to the Korean city, Paju located beside the west end of DMZ, the world's most militarised border.

Explore Provence Village, a French culture town with beautiful pastel-like buildings. Next, walk to nearby Heyri Art Village to discover your favourite art works. Complete your day trip stopping by Paju Premium Outlets or facial at Asia's largest beauty complex, SkinAnniversary Beauty Town.

Directions Overview:

20 mins on Seoul Subway (from Seoul Station), followed by 50 mins bus ride to both villages.

9

DMZ Train

DMZ Train
DMZ Train
DMZ Train

Journey into the land of history and mystery from the comfort of DMZ Train by KORAIL.

You can get to train terminals closest to the DMZ and join your preferred tour to visit the key DMZ attractions from there before departing back to Seoul.

Directions Overview:

per train shedule.

10

Namhansanseong Fortress, UNESCO World Heritage (Gwangju, Gyeonggi)

Namhansanseong Fortress, UNESCO World Heritage (Gwangju, Gyeonggi)
Namhansanseong Fortress, UNESCO World Heritage (Gwangju, Gyeonggi)
Namhansanseong Fortress, UNESCO World Heritage (Gwangju, Gyeonggi)

An UNESCO World Heritage with rich history as the emergency capital during Joseon dynasty. Namhansanseong Provincial Park is surrounded in natural mountainous setting with numerous hiking trails along its fortress.

Its pine forest is the largest in the metropolitan area and do check out the Namhansansung Palace on this day trip as well.

Directions Overview:

55 mins on Seoul Subway (from Seoul Station), followed by 17 mins bus ride to Park.

11

Seoraksan National Park (Sokcho, Gangwon)

Seoraksan National Park (Sokcho, Gangwon)
Seoraksan National Park (Sokcho, Gangwon)
Seoraksan National Park (Sokcho, Gangwon)

Seoraksan National Park is a very popular park with the locals and foreign visitors to Korea. There are many scenic hiking courses and visitors can take the cable car to the mountain top.

At Sokcho Town, the must-visits include its 'Best Traditional Markets for Foreign Tourists' and Sokcho Beach. Overnight stay is highly recommended.

Directions Overview:

2.5 hrs intercity bus from Seoul, followed by 30 mins bus ride to Park.

12

Everland Theme Park (Yongin, Gyeonggi)

Everland Theme Park (Yongin, Gyeonggi)
Everland Theme Park (Yongin, Gyeonggi)
Everland Theme Park (Yongin, Gyeonggi)

Korea's largest amusement park for all ages and a popular day trip option for many visitors to Seoul!

Ride on the World's top 10 fastest wooden roller coaster, T-Express with a steep drop at 77 degree! Get up close to the animals on the bus cum boat ride at Zootopia. Enjoy a fun and exciting day at Everland.

Directions Overview:

40-50 mins bus ride from Gangnam Station, followed by Everland shuttle service to Park's entrance.

13

Korean Folk Village (Yongin, Gyeonggi)

Korean Folk Village (Yongin, Gyeonggi)
Korean Folk Village (Yongin, Gyeonggi)
Korean Folk Village (Yongin, Gyeonggi)

A large village enacting the daily life culture of a typical village during Joseon dynasty.

Korean Folk Village is a popular film site for many well-known historical dramas including My Love from the Star (2013), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), Dong Yi (2010), etc. This is a great place to journey into the past to experience the wisdom and wits of Joseon dynasty.

Directions Overview:

55 mins bus ride from Gangnam Station, followed by 5 mins walk to entrance.

14

Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm (Pyeongchang, Gangwon)

Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm (Pyeongchang, Gangwon)
Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm (Pyeongchang, Gangwon)
Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm (Pyeongchang, Gangwon)

Korea’s first sheep farm, located in the Alps of Pyeongchang. Over 300 sheep graze on the vast field in nature at Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm.

Visitors can walk on the 1.2km trail to feed and touch the sheep, bring back beautiful memories.

Directions Overview:

2.5 hrs on intercity bus from Seoul, followed by a short local shuttle bus or 8 mins taxi ride to Farm.

15

Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch (Pyeongchang, Gangwon)

Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch (Pyeongchang, Gangwon)
Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch (Pyeongchang, Gangwon)
Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch (Pyeongchang, Gangwon)

A huge ranch of over 400 cows, 100 sheep, 40 horses and goats.

There are tractor carriages that bring visitors on a 5km course around the ranch and to the observation deck. Wanna try horseback riding at this vast natural grassland?

Directions Overview:

2.5 hrs intercity bus from Seoul, followed by 12 mins taxi ride to Ranch.

16

Wondaeri Birch Forest (Inje, Gangwon)

Wondaeri Birch Forest (Inje, Gangwon)
Wondaeri Birch Forest (Inje, Gangwon)
Wondaeri Birch Forest (Inje, Gangwon)

For something different from the mainstream day trips from Seoul, check out Wondaeri Birch Forest.

This is a beautiful nature sanctuary with over 700,000 birch trees, scenic hiking paths and stunning lookout spots.

Directions Overview:

1.5 hrs on intercity bus from Seoul, followed by 20 mins local bus ride to Forest.

17

Shuttle Bus Services for Foreigners only

Shuttle Bus Services for Foreigners only
Shuttle Bus Services for Foreigners only
Shuttle Bus Services for Foreigners only

Pick your day trips from Seoul at attractive low prices (from US$10) on Shuttle Bus Services for Foreigners.

The service, jointly organised by local provinces and Tourism Organisations brings you to Top 100 Must-Visit Tourist spots like Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, Hwadam Botanic Garden, DMZ and Jeonju Hanok Village.

Directions Overview:

per shuttle bus service schedule.

KoreaToDo TOP PICKS - Tours, Activities & Discount Tickets

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

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

4.5★

bird’s eye view of North Korea

Everland Full Day Trip with Admission & Transfers

Everland Full Day Trip with Admission & Transfers

4.7★

spectacular nightly fireworks

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

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

5.0★

Nami Island, Petite France & The Morning Calm Day Tour

Nami Island, Petite France & The Morning Calm Day Tour

4.7★

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

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

4.5★

Alpaca World, Nami Island & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

Alpaca World, Nami Island & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

4.6★

enjoy the best of Gangwon!

Gwangmyeong Cave & Uiwang Rail Bike Half Day Tour

Gwangmyeong Cave & Uiwang Rail Bike Half Day Tour

5.0★

in-cave: 194m long wine cave

Seoul & Gangwon-do Private Car Charter with Tour Guide (1-6 pax/car)

Seoul & Gangwon-do Private Car Charter with Tour Guide (1-6 pax/car)

4.7★

incl. recommended itineraries

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