If you're visiting Seoul, it's worth taking the time to journey further north to visit the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea. Be part of the ongoing history that divides the country, not just by barbed wire fences and armed guards, but by ideology.
There's more to see than the 4km expanse that divides north and south at the DMZ. The methods of North Korean spies are made evident in the Third Tunnel, which stretches 1.4km and measures a tiny 2m x 2m, and the hopes of peace can be felt as you cross the Freedom Bridge and see relics in the Imjingak park.
After seeing a country divided, return to Seoul and see the magnificence of what a unified Korea accomplished during the Joseon dynasty. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, the residence of the kings and government of Korea.
On your return to Seoul, you'll enjoy an authentic Korean lunch before visiting the city's paramount palace. Built in the late 14th century, Gyeongbokgung was the center of the nation's politics. The palace was restored in the 19th century, and provides a glimpse into the splendor of the past.