Cities Outside Seoul Worth A Day Trip With Your Korail Pass!
Explore Seoul and beyond in South Korea
There’s so much more to the South Korean peninsula than just the capital Seoul! With bustling port cities like Busan and mountainous provinces like Gangwon-do, read on to find out some of the day trips out of Seoul you must take for the complete experience.
The best way to get to these cities at the best prices is with a Korail Pass. Find out how to use your Korail Pass below!
If you’re wondering how to get to these cities, the best way of getting around is by train! With your Korail Pass, you can travel between Seoul and Busan in just 2.5 hours.
The Korail Pass gives the holder unlimited rides on most Korail trains and even additional discounts on accommodation and tourist attractions.
Busan is a bustling port city, best known for its beaches, mountains and temples. This seaside town is the 2nd largest city after Seoul and you can expect some of the freshest seafood, majestic mountains, steaming hot springs and so much more! Read on to find out what you can do in Busan.
Plus, with your Korail Pass, you can arrive in Busan from Seoul in just 2.5 hours!
Klook Busan Highlights
When in Busan, you definitely cannot miss their beaches and views of the colorful shophouses from the top of the hills and of course seafood. Visit one of the local’s most loved beaches, the Songdo beach and take a stroll along the overhanging skywalk. You’ll definitely feel as if you’re walking on water!
After that, head to the Gadeoko Jeonggeo Wall Painting Village, a small fishing village that showcases beautifully painted murals that make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a fairy tale. Finally, end the day with views of colorful shophouses that make up Busan at the Gamcheon Culture Village.
Klook your tour of the Gadeoko Jeonggeo Wall Painting Village and enjoy the best of Busan in a morning! You won’t have to worry about getting lost or language barriers as your friendly local guide (English, Mandarin or Korean speaking) will take you to all the best spots.
Meet Up Point: 8:50am Subway line 1/2 Seomyeon Station, Exit 12 9:20am Subway line 1 Nampo Station, Exit 3
Watch the city illuminate on this panoramic tour of the city, showcasing Busan’s most impressive landmarks in all its glory! The Illumia Park is a must visit with their labyrinth of led lights, making it perfect for a photo op. The Gwangan suspension bridge is definitely one of the most romantic spots for a nightly stroll to end off the night.
Meet Up Location: Address: Subway Line 1, Busan Station Exit 4
The eastern side of the Busan is home to some of the most popular landmarks the city has the offer. Starting off with the Oryukdo Skywalk, walk across a transparent glass bridge and peer at the ocean beneath your feet. Head to the Gijang Traditional Market after for some of the freshest seafood produce to fill those bellies before heading to the famous Haeundae area where you can stroll along the beaches or grab a drink or two in the bars. You can also head to the Lotte premium outlets to get your fill of shopping before heading off!
If you’ve got a time crunched itinerary then this is East Busan Exploration tour is perfect for you! Choose either a half or full day tour and let the guide show you around the island.
Home to the famous tree lined avenues of Nami Island and the majestic Seoraksan, Gangwon-do is definitely worth a day trip out of Seoul. The KTX train will take you from Seoul to Gangwon-do in just 73 minutes so don’t forget to get your Korail pass for a hassle free trip!
Klook Gangwon-do highlights
There’s no better escape from the bustling cityscapes of Seoul than a day trip to Nami Island. This picturesque tree lined island is famous for being the filming spot for the hit Korean drama series Winter Sonata. Stroll along the beautiful avenues or pack a picnic and enjoy the views with your loved ones.
After that, peddle around the island on a old rail track and take in the views of this old countryside before heading to a French cultural village, Petite France. The buildings along this tiny village have been replicated so well there is even a mini Eiffel Tower that will leave you feel like you’ve been taken to a whole new city.
Klook yourselves the Nami Island tour and customize it according to whichever parts of Nami you would like to visit!
Visit the beautiful coastal city of Gangneung for a quick recharge from the buzzing city life. Stop by Gyeongpo Lake, (means “as clear as a mirror”) and take a stroll along the banks of the pond or if you’re up for it, grab a bicycle and cover more ground! After which, head to the Gangneung Jungang Market and shop for some souvenirs to take home and of course to fill your bellies with some delicious local produce.
After lunch, get ready for your adrenaline to start pumping up again with a zipline ride across the Soldaram Bridge! Finally round off the day with a visit to Youngjin beach, iconic for being the filming site of the hit Korean drama series Goblin. Recreate your favorite drama moments before heading to Sodol Adeulbawi Park where you’ll see many stunning natural rock formations, making for the perfect backdrop to photos.
If you’re up for some watersports, the Chuncheon Mulle-gil is the perfect place to try that out. Voted as one of the top 100 places to visit in South Korea, load up in a canoe and row along the beautiful rivers and lakes! While you’ll definitely be left with sore arms, the views you’re paddling for will definitely be worth it.
Klook your canoeing experience and you won’t have to worry about not having any experience.. The instructor will ensure that you’re well equipped with safety knowledge before setting off.
Home to the famous Everland theme park and some of South Korea’s most scenic paragliding spots, Gyeonggi-do is a must visit for adrenaline junkies! Just hop onto the KTX trains with your Korail pass and arrive in Gyeonggi-do in 36 minutes.
Klook Gyeonggi-do highlights
Probably one of the most popular theme parks in South Korea, you’ll find the biggest and most thrilling rides in Everland theme park! From screaming your lungs out on the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster to riding on a safari and getting up close with pandas, you’ll easily spend the whole day here.
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Fly through the skies with a paragliding experience in the beautiful Yang Pyeong County! Soar above stunning natural landscapes, mountains and valleys and see the city from an aerial point of view. You won’t have to worry about being up in the skies alone as you will be paragliding in tandem with a professional instructor.
Klook your paragliding experience and it even comes with a round trip shuttle service, giving you a hassle-free experience. You can also opt for the Aerial photography package to take home photos and videos to immortalize your flight.
Apart from being home to the massive Incheon International Airport, Incheon has so much more to offer! Best known for its beach-lined islands like Yeongjongdo, prepare your stomachs for a local food feast at the many markets and get exploring.
Klook Incheon highlights
Situated on Incheon’s western coast, pedal through the beautiful coast and take in the sprawling seaside views, the Incheon bridge and even catch glimpses of the Wolmido amusement park. There are also manmade waterfalls and rock formations specially created for the park, providing you with spectacular views the whole 5.6km ride.
First stop on the list is the Shingi Market, home to some of the most delicious Korean street food! Fill your bellies with freshly prepared fish cakes and rice cakes before heading to Songdo Central Park. This park of green juxtaposed against the urban skyscrapers will make for a great photo op! Lastly, shop till you drop at the Songdo Hyundai Premium Outlets and take home some gifts for your friends and family back home.
Of course you can’t visit South Korea without a trip to the capital of Seoul. Be sure to get your hanbok for free entrance into the palaces and also to capture beautiful photos in the palace gardens.
You’ll definitely be needing a WiFi device for all those instagrammable moments along the way as well as to navigate your way around the streets of Seoul.