Seoul tours and excursions
Seoul City Tour Bus is a 41-seat luxury hop-on, hop-off bus which takes in the city's major sites, attractions and shopping venues. The buses have personal LCD screens and audio systems with a recorded commentary on board, including in English, and are wheelchair accessible. They depart every 30 minutes from stops around Seoul.Tel: +82 2 777 6090.
Seoul Walking Tours offer various accompanied and self-guided walks. For an unusual, eco-friendly walk, join locals on portions of the Cheonggyecheon Stream, an 8km (5-mile) walkway to Seoul Forest which slices through the city just below street level. 'Transit Tours', which range from city tours to golf, casino, spa and the DMZ, are operated from the second floor of Incheon Airport by East-West Travel Service.Tel: +82 2 6925 0777.
Zen meditation, chanting, communal meals, community work and the traditional tea ceremony can be experienced in a Buddhist temple on the city's outskirts. Stays range from half a day to four days and can include learning traditional crafts or Buddhist martial arts. Shorter activities, such as lantern making, are possible at Jogyesa Temple.
Templestay Information Centre
56 Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Panmunjeom, 50km (31 miles) north of Seoul, is the joint security area in the heavily guarded Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a buffer between North and South Korea since 1953. Curious visitors walk through UN exhibitions, gaze at North Korean soldiers just paces away and even walk through the infiltration tunnel on this unique day-long bus tour.
Tours depart from the International Cultural Service Club
Floor 6, Lotte Hotel, 1 Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul