Day Trips in SeoulEdit This
While Seoul offers plenty of things to do to entertain any visitor, there are also numerous day trips that might be of interest. Here's a quick Seoul day trips intro that could prove useful to any who are visiting South Korea's capital city with a bit of extra time on their hands for exploring.
The Demilitarized Zone is a popular tourist destination for any who visit Seoul. There are plenty of tour companies offering half-day and full day trips into the DMZ from the city, with an average cost of about $ 50 USD. Tours have the option of visiting Panmunjeom, the Joint Security Area where negotiations occurred to end the Korean War. The Freedom Building was built to house meetings between families separated by the war, and you can also descend into the tunnels constructed beneath the border, allegedly to give North Korean soldiers entry into South Korea. Head to the observation towers to see the propaganda villages built on both sides of the border.
Icheon Ceramics Village
Icheon was the center for pottery and ceramics from the Joseon period to the Baekje period. Today there are about 300 kilns in operations, and you can visit any of them to watch wares being fired and you can purchase them on the spot. The ceramics and pottery made today are done in both traditional and modern styles, so there's something to suit everyone's taste. The wares are always of the highest quality. You can also visit the Haegang Ceramics Art Center and even take a class to make your own pottery.
Hop a train or a bus to travel the 20 miles south to Suwon, an city of some historical import in Korea. Suwon was once completely enclosed within city walls, but has since expanded beyond those boundaries. Still, the walls are a popular tourist destination today, along with Hwaseong Fortress and Haenggung Palace, located within the fortress. The fortress was built in the late 1790s and reconstructed in the late 1970s. If you can, don't miss out on watching the Suwon Bluewings Football Club, one of the best in the nation.
Korean Folk Village
Another highly popular tourist destination that is easily accessed from Seoul is the Korean Folk Village. This village was constructed in 1973 in an attempt to preserve traditional Korean ways. The area contains mountains, streams, rice paddies and the village, making it extremely peaceful and beautiful. You can watch skilled artisans demonstrate traditional crafts such as making baskets, pottery, musical instruments, paper and even traditional foods. There are dance and acrobatic demonstrations throughout the day, as well as reenactments of traditional Korean weddings and holiday ceremonies.