5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

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  • Location:Seoul, South Korea
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Seoul History and Culture Small-Group Tour

Uncover Seoul's fascinating history on this 3-hour walking tour of the dynamic city. See old-style Korean houses at the traditional Bukchon Hanok Village, discover the history of rice cake making at the Tteok Museum, tour the UNESCO-listed Changdeokgung Palace and visit Gwangjang Market. Numbers are limited to 12 participants for a small-group experience with your informative guide.

Highlights

  • Half-day walking tour of Seoul's historical and cultural landmarks
  • Visit the Bukchon Hanok village area and see traditional Korean houses
  • Score great deals at the Gwangjang Market
  • Learn about the culinary history and preparation of tteok, the popular Korean rice cake
  • Admire the beautiful traditional Korean architecture of Changdeokgung Palace
  • Small-group tour, limited to 12 participants, ensures a unique experience

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What You Can Expect

Seoul History and Culture Small-Group Tour

Kwang Jang Market

Meet your guide at Seoul Station in the afternoon and start your historical overview of Seoul at Bukchon Hanok Village. Lined with hanok (traditional Korean houses), this residential neighborhood dates back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). You’ll be immersed in traditional Korean culture as you stroll the quiet lanes past hanok that today function as teahouses and quaint local eateries. 

When you reach the Tteok Museum, gain insight into the process of preparing the ubiquitous Korean rice cake called tteok. See some 180 varieties with exhibits that detail its history and uses in Korean society. 

Continue on to the Changdeokgung Palace for a guided tour of the royal grounds and traditional architecture. The World Heritage site is one of the Five Grand Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty! 

Next, browse for high-quality silks and satins at Gwangjang Market. Your guide can help you choose a delectable snack, such as sweet Korean rice balls or pumpkin porridge, from among the market’s 200 street-food vendors. Your tour concludes here, but you can continue exploring further on your own using your newfound knowledge of Seoul. 

Customer Reviews

Catherine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent. OUr tour guide excellent. Would definitely recommend this tour.

traceyc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a small group walking tour, however we did take a local mini bus to our first destination. I found our tour guide Junie to be informative, caring and enthusiastic. She seemed more like a good friend that was taking us around her city than a tour guide. It was fun and I would recommend this to anyone who wants a more personal experience touring around Seoul. Make sure you wear good comfortable walking shoes as there can be a lot of walking and climbing of stairs, but Junie stopped often informing us of the surrounding history and interesting facts making the climbing and walking less strenuous. If you're lucky and you book this tour, you might get Junie to show you her home town!

kadavidson92

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Our guide Ben was very informative and let us take the tour at our own pace (my mother is a slower walker but Ben didn't rush us at all!). One of the things Ben did was take us through the Bukchon Hanok village the opposite way to many larger tour groups so we didn't have to walk with another large group but instead could pass by them in the opposite direction. It was great hearing and seeing so much history and culture. Our guide even walked us back to the train station so we didn't get lost on our way back to our hotel.

michael p m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Mostly positive with only downside finding meeting place and guide at McDonalds as I asked several people until our guide Ben showed up. My wife and us waited 10 minutes for the other client to show up and he didn't so we had a private tour. Ben spoke English well and gave us but an historical as well as modern perspective on Seoul. We took a local bus to the historical district. Then we took a taxi to the palace and he gave us so many details. At the local market he did not try and push any merchandise and even offed to find a dinner place for us. Very good tour and I highly recommend

Rebecca G USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Excellent tour and extraordinarily great guide

Nicole A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Sunny was awesome! She picked me up on time and took me where I wanted to go. Very knowledgeable and had strong English! She even shared a local snack with me at the market. Very kind- highly recommend :)

Phillip R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

We really enjoyed this walking tour headed up by our guide Grace. She was very knowledgeable, articulate and had a pleasant personality. We never would have seen the old part of Seoul, the homes were interesting, the Palace was beautiful, and the market exciting. Overall a great experience and well worth the $44!

Matthew M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

If at all possible, request Ms. YeonJu Lee for your tour leader - she was fantastic.

waferworld USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Incredible, walking through the city and its culture, its well work taking

Joyce W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This is a great tour option to start off with for first time visitors to Seoul. My tour guide, Sunny, spoke fluent English and provided a lot of useful information. You get to move at your own walking pace so there was ample opportunity for photo stops and exploring. The tour ends at Gwangjang Market, which is a must visit for all foodies. Highly recommended!

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