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Seoul: Dark Side of the City and Ghost Stories Walking Tour

1. Seoul: Dark Side of the City and Ghost Stories Walking Tour

Prepare yourself for the creepiest, historically accurate, and frighteningly bone-chilling tales. Korea has a unique history that will suck you in. You will see places where bloody massacres occurred. You will walk under a bridge that carries a dark sinister secret. You will encounter three of Seoul's five palaces and learn the secrets about one of them that even Seoulites do not know. Your tour will be led by a historian who will tell you the dark side of Korean history including Prince Suyang's slaughter of his nephew's men and the massacre at the site where Korea's first Western hospital was at. Tales in Japanese Colonial times will be shared while walking in royal palaces. The itinerary extends to other parts of Seoul such as Nagwon-dong and Chenggyecheon Stream. Hear modern urban legends, true crime events, and quirky secrets of buildings that the local government would prefer you did not know. You might actually meet a ghost so do not be too surprised. Some tales may be too violent or sexual for minors. Parents please be advised. You will get a basic orientation of Seoul’s layout and see many sites including the three of five palaces, the Cheonggyecheon Stream, Tapgol Park, the Insa-dong neighborhood, Seoul City Hall, and the iconic Gwanghwamun Square. Your guide is an invaluable source of information and full tips about other places to see and eat. There will be restroom breaks and opportunities to have beverages and snacks. If you want to explore the dark back alleys and secret spots filled with horror, take the "Premium Tour" for extended and exclusive story-sharing.

Seoul: Royal palace Afternoon Tour including Changdeokgung

2. Seoul: Royal palace Afternoon Tour including Changdeokgung

To start your adventure, a guide will meet you in front of the front desk (1 Floor) of Lotte Hotel Seoul. First, you will head to the Changdeokgung palace; the name itself meaning "to brighten virtue." Changdeokgung is Korea's most successfully preserved palace and a UNESCO world heritage site. Explore the Insadong antique shop alley, to experience the traditional culture of Korea in the heart of the city. With art galleries, traditional craft stores, antique art dealers, traditional tea houses and restaurants, this street cannot be missed. Then make your way to Namsangol Hanok village located between the tall buildings in the middle of a normal city scene. This village has 5 restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule as well, making it a perfect spot to take a leisure walk. On the grounds you can try traditional games such as: neolttwigi (seesaw jumping), tuhonori (arrow throwing) and yutnori (traditional board game).  Afterwards you will visit Namdaemun gate (Sungnyemun or South gate) and walk in and admire the gate. Next, visit Namdaemun market, which dates back to the Joseon Dynasty. This open-air market is just a few minutes from Seoul’s ancient Namdaemun gate (Sungnyemun or South gate). It is close to the downtown area and a number of deluxe hotels, and boasts an impressive selection of merchandise.  At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at Myeongdong or City hall subway station Itinerary: • 13:00 in front of the front desk (1 Floor) of Lotte Hotel Seoul (30 eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul) • [UNESCO] Changdeokgung Palace (Jongmyo Royal Shrine on Mondays) • Insadong antique shop alley • Namsangol hanok village (Monday: Bukchon hanok village) • Sungnyemun gate (outside of the Sungnyemun gate on Mondays) • Namdaemun market • 17:00 Drop off at Myeongdong or City hall subway station

Seoul: Market Food Tour & Evening Ebike Ride

3. Seoul: Market Food Tour & Evening Ebike Ride

Ride a secret route downtown to the Famous and Hidden Bukcheon Hanok Village, Changdeokgung Palace, and Gwanghwamun Square, and Gyungbokgung royal palace gate. Stop by the famous Gwangjang street food market and Ikseongdong village. You will love the food tasting at Gwangjang market! Receive an e-bike fitting in the heart of the city of Seoul. Go through a confidence-building practice ride on the bike lanes beside the Cheongyecheon river. Start your adventure by crisscrossing the river on exciting back streets and alleys used to avoid traffic as far back as the Joseon Kingdom. Stop by the trendy Hanok village of Ikseongdong to see what it's all about. Bike on to the world-famous Gwangjang market to sample Korean street food and maybe find a souvenir. There are a lot of foods you can taste of. Exploring Korean local food will let you understand Korean culture better. If a vegetarian/vegan option is required, please do let us know! Ride up to the Bukchon Hanok Village. Don't worry, the ride up the hill is effortless on your stylish e-bikes, the air will cool as you climb, and you will be able to see N-tower from the top of the Bukchon Hanok Village. Stop at every observation deck along the way for the epic panoramic views. Gwanghwamun Square and Gyungbokgung royal palace gate will give you a special city night view of Seoul and Joseon Kingdom.

Seoul: Gyeongbok Palace, Bukchon, Village and Gwangjang

4. Seoul: Gyeongbok Palace, Bukchon, Village and Gwangjang

Your day will start with a tour guide to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the most beautiful and remains the largest of all five palaces. (Tuesday: visit Changdeokgung place) Then, move to Bukchon Hanok village which literally translates to "northern village," where many traditional houses operate as cultural centers, guesthouses and restaurants. After exploring Bukchon Hanok Village, we'll board a comfortable vehicle for a scenic drive to Bugak Skyway. Arriving at Bugak Palgakjeong, also known as the Bugak Pavilion, you'll be captivated by the stunning panoramic views of Seoul. This tranquil pavilion is nestled on the slopes of Bugaksan Mountain, offering a peaceful retreat from the bustling city below. Take some time to absorb the beauty of the landscape and capture some incredible photographs. Lastly, your trip will end at Gwangjang Market, the nation’s first market. Although the goods are not brand name products, the wide selection of high-quality goods at inexpensive prices will make it an enjoyable shopping experience. The market is famous for the delicious foods so have lunch or some snacks. Don't miss the chance to taste some of the market's famous dishes, such as bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes) and mayak gimbap (addictive seaweed rice rolls).

Seoul: Ancient Palaces and Scenic Points Walking Tour

5. Seoul: Ancient Palaces and Scenic Points Walking Tour

Discover the city highlights and secret alleys of Seoul with a professional guide. For the morning tour, meet at City Hall Station then walk to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Watch the changing ceremony of royal guards and learn the 500-year history of the Joseon Dynasty. Stop at the National Folk Museum of Korea, located within the palace. See over 98,000 artifacts and understand the daily lives of Koreans during the Joseon dynasty.   The next stop is Bukchon Hanok Village for walk through Samcheongdong Alley. Admire the traditional houses and see how old and new coexists within the city. The morning tour ends at the Insadong area, a perfect place to shop for souvenirs. You can ask your guide for recommendations. With the full-day option, lunch will be included, and the tour will continue afterwards.

Private Customized Seoul Tour with Your Korean Buddy

6. Private Customized Seoul Tour with Your Korean Buddy

Take this private 4-hour walking tour to explore Seoul at your own pace with a customized itinerary. Select where you want to go and plan your route with your guide. Scope out the best places to visit during your stay, learn how to get into top restaurants and learn how to navigate the transport system. For history lovers, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Samcheongdong, and Insadong. If you are more interested in the modern aspects of the city, go to Gangnam district, COEX, and relax by the Han River. For shoppers, visiting Myeongdong and Namdaemun Market is highly recommended.

Seoul City Pass & Transportation Card with 100+ Attractions

7. Seoul City Pass & Transportation Card with 100+ Attractions

With just one card, you can visit 50+ attractions that have been carefully selected by Seoul City. With the pass you will also enjoy discounts on a further 100 attractions. Moreover, travelers can use the pass as a transit card, charge it as much as needed, and pay for the subway, bus, or taxi with convenience. About Discover Seoul Pass Free admission attractions: 50+ locations (free one-time admission while the pass is active) 1. Seoul History: Gyeongbokgung Palace Changdeokgung Palace Deoksugung Palace Changgyeonggung Palace Jongmyo (Royal Shrine) Seodaemun Prison History Hall 2. Seoul Culture: Leeum Samsung Museum of Art National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Museum Kimchikan (Pulmuone) Simone Handbag Museum Coreana Cosmetics Museum 3. Seoul Amusement: N Seoul Tower (Observatory) MBC World Trick Eye Museum Grévin Museum, Figure Museum W Alive Museum Hanboknam,SM TOWN@coexartium, Teseum Seoul, Seoul City Tour Double-Decker Bus (Dongdaemun) 4. New additional attractions –14 (added on April 30, 2018) - 63 Building: Observatory, aquarium - National Museum of Korea : Free admission to special exhibitions - Namsan Seoul Tower Hanbok Experience Center : 1-hour and half hanbok rental, use of self-studio - Thematic Experience Center - Seoul Zoo Sky Lift : Lift round trip ticket,, Elephant Train round trip ticket, Zoo entrance ticket - Seoul City Tour Bus (Gwanghwamun) : 1-day ticket - COEX Aquarium - Football Faentasium 1. Performances : Musical Chef (30%) Jump (20%) The Painters HERO (20%) Fanta-Stick Musical (30%) National Gugak Center (15%), Nanta 25% Jungdong Therater 30%, Fireman 30%, Pangshow 30%, Kung Festival 30% 2. Attractions : Hello Kitty Island in N Seoul Tower (30%) Kum Bak Yeon - Gold Leaf Imprinting Workshop & Studio (30%) Dynamic Maze (3,000 KRW) Poopoo Land (1,000 KRW), Lotte world 1day ticket 30%, Lotte Tower 10%, Seoul land 50%, Eland Cruise 10% 3. Shopping & Tourism Services : Doota Duty Free (discount coupons based on purchase amount) SAFEX 10%, Jongro SM duty free, Ganghwamun Donhwa Duty free, Lotte Duty Free, Yongsan Shilla i-park Duty Free etc How to use 1. Select the pick-up Location and date & time 2. Show your voucher (or mobile voucher) and get a real card 3. Visit each attraction in the card Pick-up Location 1. Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 Location : SK Roaming Center located between Gate 9-10 on Level 1 / 24 hours open 2. Incheon Airport 2nd passenger Terminal Location : Passenger Terminal 2 - SK Roaming Center located between Gate 4-5 on Level 1 /24 hours open 3. Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center Location: 181 Eulji-ro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul (Euljiro 1-ga Station, Exit 5) / 09:00~18:00 (Closed on Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok[Korean Thanksgiving Day]) 4. Seoul Tourist Information and Souvenir Shop (Seoul Tourism Plaza) Location: 85, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea / 09:00~18:00 (Closed on Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok[Korean Thanksgiving Day])

Seoul: Go City All-Inclusive Pass - Access 25+ Attractions

8. Seoul: Go City All-Inclusive Pass - Access 25+ Attractions

Get free admission to the top things to do in Seoul with Go City's All-Inclusive Pass. Choose a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 day pass, pay one low price and save up to 50%* compared to buying separate attraction tickets. Soar to the top of N Seoul Tower, visit the border on a Demilitarized Zone Tour, have fun at Lotte World, and enjoy a cruise along the Han River. All these and more are included! Download the handy Go City app or use the PDF digital guide for useful attraction information and reservation instructions. Use it to help you decide what to do, where to go, and how to get there. Activities, attractions, and tours included with the Seoul All-Inclusive Pass: • Lotte World and Folk Village • Traditional Korean Costume Rental (Gyeongbokgung Palace) • Everland Theme Park 1-Day Pass • N Seoul Tower • Cookin' Nanta Musical Comedy Show • Everland Shuttle Bus • DMZ Tour • Seoul Land Combo Pass • Dynamic Maze • Alive Museum • Yellow Balloon City Tour Bus • 63 Art Observatory Tower & Aqua Planet Combo Ticket • Han River Cruise • Piece of Time: Seasons by Naturelabs • Seoul Pub Crawl (Hongdae) • Korean Life Time Tour • Korean Street Food Walking Tour • Nami Island, Petite France and Italian Village - 1 Day Tour • Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Tour • and more! Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check the digital guide or Go City app for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservation instructions. *Savings based on sample itineraries on Go City website.

Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

9. Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

Start the day with hotel pickup and meet your local guide to start exploring Seoul's best cultural highlights. The first stop on the itinerary is the picturesque Cheonggyecheon Stream, a serene urban oasis in the heart of Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, it is a restoration of the stream that was once there before during the Joseon Dynasty. Next, you will visit the main gate of the Blue House, also known as 'Cheongwadae,' which serves as the official residence of the President of South Korea for souvenir photo. Don't forget to capture a memorable souvenir photo in front of this iconic landmark. Cheongwadae Saranchae is a Korean presidential exhibition center. Enter inside to learn more about Korean culture and history (Saranchae is closed on Tuesdays. Outside of the building only on Tuesdays). Gyeongbokgung palace is the oldest palace of the Joseon Dynasty, built in 1394 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty by its founder King Taejo, it's the most comprehensive and grandest of the five palaces of the period. The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea. Be sure to bring a camera to take lots of pictures. Admire the guards’ costumes with brilliant primary colors. (As Gyeongbokgung palace is closed on Tuesdays, it will be replaced with a tour of Deoksugung palace on Tuesdays.) Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Jogyesa Temple, one of Seoul's most significant Buddhist temples. Admire the intricate architecture and serene atmosphere while learning about the temple's cultural and religious significance. After great Bibimbab lunch, you will visit Changdeokgung Palace which was used as the main palace by many Joseon Kings and is very well preserved. The palace was registered with UNESCO in 1997. (You'll visit Jongmyo Royal Shrine instead on Mondays) Continue the cultural journey at Insadong Antique Shop Alley, a vibrant street lined with art galleries, traditional tea houses, and antique shops. Discover unique souvenirs and traditional crafts Namsangol Hanok Village stands out between tall buildings in the middle of the city with its five restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond, and a time capsule. (You will visit to Bukchon Hanok Village instead on Mondays) Now we will visit one of a symbol of Seoul's historical significance. Sungnyemun gate, also known as Namdaemun gate, is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul. Take memorable photos of one of the gates that surrounded the city. (Outside only on Mondays) And then let's enjoy the Namdaemun Market! It is one of the oldest and largest open-air traditional markets in Seoul. Explore a wide array of goods, including clothing, accessories, souvenirs, and delicious street food. Finally, the tour will conclude with a drop-off at either Myeongdong or City Hall, depending on your preference.

Seoul: 4-Hour UNESCO Heritage Palace, Shrine, and More Tour

10. Seoul: 4-Hour UNESCO Heritage Palace, Shrine, and More Tour

Start your day with a convenient hotel pickup and head to Bukchon Hanok Village. See traditional Korean-style buildings which have been transformed into café and various cultural centers. Take out your camera and capture beautiful photos of these unique buildings. Receive an introduction to the rest of the day's itinerary from your guide. Next, make your way to the Jongmyo Royal Shrine, constructed nearly 600 years ago. This shrine served as a religious memorial for the royal family and kings used to visit the place to pay their respect to ancient royal families. Marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this site occasionally demonstrates ancient customs such as memorial services and traditional music performances.  Visit the nearby Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which served as a royal residence in centuries past. Admire the traditional Korean architecture and vibrant gardens surrounding the palace. Lastly, visit the Sejong Center which was built to commemorate King Sejong, who is considered as the greatest king of the Josen Dynasty. Learn about this historic figure who is thought to have formalized much of the Korean language and contributed to the development of science, art, and military affairs. In the center, learn about the glorious days of Joseon Dynasty. You will be dropped off at Myeongdong, where numerous restaurants and shopping malls await you.

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based on 82 reviews

My family had a great time at MBC Dae Jang Geum Park. We were fortunate to visit it on the day it started to snow. The whole Park was white and we had wonderful pictures taken. Our guide was excellent in explaining to us which Korean serial was shot at which location. After this, we visited the Falk Village wearing hanbok. Our guide was wonderful in making our trip a memorable one. Highly recommends her. Our visit to these 2 places will not have been excellent if not for her. My kids love her. Thank you.

The location of the meeting was pretty easy to find. It was my first time ever using a subway and it was pretty easy! Just take the green line if your meeting location is in Anugk. If you stay in Lotte city Myeongdong, the ending location is only 16 minutes away. Not that many picturesque places, but it was really cool walking Seoul at night and going down alleys you wouldn’t really go through as a normal tourist.

This was an incredible tour which was thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and informative. The tour guide, Shawn, was very engaging and he had clearly done huge amounts of research. The weather couldn’t have been better either - thunder and lightning right on cue for dramatic effect! I would also recommend staying on for the extended tour - well worth it. Really superb tour! Thanks so much Shawn! Cheers Ross

Laura made us see the culture of Korea. Made us see the palaces of different kings. Explained us the history of the country. Introduced us to their cultural food. She is very knowledgeable and patient of answering questions. And of course thought us where to go for shopping.

Our guide Sam was very helpful and he gave us a lot of information about the different places. He also help us taking photos and answered all our questions.