2018 World Conference
on Timber Engineering

Aug. 20-23, 2018 Seoul, Rep. of Korea
Optional Guided Tours

How to Apply for Optional Guided Tours

WCTE 2018 Secretariat provides a variety of Optional Guided Tours where you can feel and experience Korean cultures first-hand. As long as your partner person(s) registered as WCTE 2018 Participant, You are eligible to apply for the Optional Guided Tours .



    Visit N Seoul Tower (Photo Stop - No entrance), one of the representative landmarks and multi-cultural venues in Seoul. It was the first tower-type tourist destination in Korea. The top of the tower is at almost 480m above sea level, including Namsan Mountain (243m) and the tower's own height (236.7m), making it one of the tallest towers in the Orient.

    In ancient times, the royal guards of Joseon Dynasty performed the given task by guarding the Gwanghwamun Gate, the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace where the king ruled the country. Since 1469, the ceremony has taken place and its record has been consulted for the present reenactment ceremony.

    Visitors will stop by a local products store where you can see and buy representative Korean health products including ginseng, Korean herbs, and multivitamins. To provide the best shopping experience for visitors, the ginseng outlet offers the finest interior and product packaging as well as Korean ginseng specialty stores filled with Korean atmosphere.

    The culture of the country is concentrated in its food and history. Cooking and learning the history and culture of Korea will be a chance to understand Korean food and Korea. This will provide a special opportunity to learn recipes, cook together, and experience making Kimchi. You will also have the chance to take pictures in the traditional Korean clothes, Hanbok.

    The Gingko tree-lined street (Sinsadong Garosu-gil) that runs from Sinsa Station (Subway Line 3) to Hyeondae High School is a popular, upscale street in Seoul. The street (also known as "artists' street") has an eccentric flair thanks to its variety of charmingly decorated coffee shops and designer stores. Garosu-gil is particularly popular in autumn when the golden Gingko leaves begin to fall.


    NANTA is one of Korea's top performances, a show about four chefs who must prepare a wedding banquet in just one hour. The plot is depicted through various genres of performances, including percussion that uses kitchen utensils to make beats based on traditional rhythms of samulnori (traditional percussion quartet). The entire show has no spoken dialogue, yet plenty of comedy and romance, too.


    The most popular attraction is T express wooden roller-coaster running down to a 77-degree angle. The squeaking noise from the wooden roller-coaster brings more thrills. Lost Valley safari offers a tour through 2,000 animals in an amphibious vehicle and also a different themed parade in each season is one of the famous events, too. The park was rated fourth of world-favored theme parks in 2006 by Forbes Magazine.

    People think safari first when they heard 'Everland.' This is brand new type of zoo that you can enter in the field and meet a variety of wildlife, unlike normal zoos with caged animals. Their safari since the opening of Everland (as a nature farm) in 1976 is run with both tigers and lions, and created a spectacle by adding rare white tigers.


    The northern part of the Unification Bridge (Tongildaegyo) is a civilian control zone and the gateway to the DMZ. Everyone, regardless of nationality, should receive a permit to cross the bridge. Traversing the bridge requires identification documents, a passport for foreigners and an ID card for Koreans. This bridge is also well-known for being crossed by Ju-Yeong Jung, founder of Hyundai Group, to visit North Korea with a herd of 500 cows in 1998.

    DMZ showroom and video room are a rare museum within the civilian control line. The museum, built on the spending of 44.5 billion Korean won of the nation and the county, opened on August 14, 2009. DMZ Showroom displays the flyers used during the Korean War, bayonets, empty cartridges, military letters, pottery found in DMZ, taxidermied birds and etc. DMZ Video room features three-dimensional moving pictures that explain how Korea got divided.

    The 3rd Tunnel was discovered on 17 October 1978. It is located 52km from Seoul. It was estimated that it took approximately an hour for 10,000 soldiers to move through the tunnel. When this tunnel was first discovered, North Koreans insisted it was made by South Koreans in a plot to invade North Korea. However, this theory proved eventually to be false.

    Dorasan Observatory is located nearby the 3rd Tunnel. It is the place you have the best view of the North since it is located on the southern border of the DMZ, that is, in the northernmost part of South Korea. Here, you can see with the naked eye, the barbed wire fence put along the MDL, and during a clear day, you can see the North Korean villages and Gaesung Industrial Park of the North. Looking at North Korea close enough to reach, again, you get aware of the divided Korean Peninsula.

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