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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.
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
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 :)
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!
If at all possible, request Ms. YeonJu Lee for your tour leader - she was fantastic.
Incredible, walking through the city and its culture, its well work taking
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!
My friend and I would like to sincerely convey our utmost appreciation to our personal tour guide, Ms. Jessie. She had done a fantastic job in captivating us with so much vivid info during our time-limited mini tour. Her knowledge, friendliness and professionalism made our visit to Seoul more enjoyable. Through her narration and visiting specified areas of the tour, it enhanced our education and made us appreciate more this unique Asian culture. Both my friend and I will recommend this tour to our relatives, friends and others who plan to visit Korea in the future. Please be certain to bring both a bottle of water and camera plus wear good walking shoes. We also hope to have her as our guide again whenever we return especially with our families.
I had a little bit of trouble reconfirming my reservation via email since I didn't get a response from the company, but I had my hotel do that for me when I arrived in Seoul and so it was not a huge problem.
My group of 2 basically had a private tour because we were the only participants on this tour. My guide, Chung, was excellent. He brought us to the North Village, Cheongdekgong, and Gwangjang market. Along the way, he pointed out good photospots, provided interesting details to places we visited and recommended the best mung bean pancake shop in gwangjung market. It was a great tour if you want to get to know a little bit more about Korea from a local. However, note that this is walking tour that involves quite a lot of walking (you will be walking at least for 2.5 hours)
My husband and I were fortunate to have Kim, our tour guide all by ourselves that day. We had a great time knowing cultural history and the place we went were beautiful. We did lots of walking but the interesting information shared by Kim kept the tour fun!
My guide, Jeungeun, was welcoming and friendly. I'm a very inquisitive person, and Jeungeun took the time to answer all of my questions.
This tour is a great way to experience the cultural and historical aspects of Seoul. The tour guide Jane is a lovely person with good local knowledge and this insight is invaluable. We were fortunate enough to experience a traditional tea ceremony about half way through the tour which was truly memorable. A word of advice to those who have not been to Seoul before. The meeting place for the commencement of the tour was at McDonalds in Seoul Station. This is in a separate building to the Seoul Station subway stop. I did not realise this and could not find the McDonalds anywhere. Fortunately, I managed to contact the company and Jane rescued me - hence the happy ending! The walk through the market at the end of the tour was fascinating and it would have been nice to stop and experience some of the food there. I highly recommend this tour.
I was treated to a special experience, as I was lucky enough to be on the tour myself. My guide was amazing and had an incredible knowledge of Seoul and on top of that made sure that I had a great time on my trip. The personalised thank you at the end was totally unexpected and will be a great momento of my trip to Seoul.. Thank you!
The tour instructor was extremely knowledgeable of the subject matter, history and obscure details. The tour exceeded my expectations. It set the tone for the rest of my stay in Seoul. I highly recommend this tour.
This tour was a great way to kick off our trip! our guide Jiny met me and my friend at Seoul station on time. it was just the three of us, so it was easy to ask about anything we needed to know about the city.
It was a rainy cold day, but it was still worth the walk. We checked out the Palace, the folk village, and a local market. And Jiny even sat down with us in the palace and explained the history and culture of Korea. It was wonderful!!
Excellent guide and very knowledgeable about the Korean culture and history. Would highly recommend this tour.
I wish I can give a more detailed review, but quick summary.. our tour guide, Jane was amazing! She was VERY knowledgable on the history of Seoul and really spent the time letting us walk around and take pictures and answered all questions we had. Learned a lot on a short trip. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Absolutely fantastic. Our tour guide Jane was very knowledgeable and interactive. She ensured that everyone in our group knew what was going on at any time of the tour. Very professional and amicable. Will highly recommend this tour
It was a fun and enjoyable walkabout. Grace our host was ever so gracious. My daughters and I had a goodtime. Learnt some Korean culture and savored local food treats. Will definitely do a Viator walk tour again if all the hosts are like Grace!
Walking tour - not too bad, it was at a slow pace. The sights covered in this tour is adequate and our tour guide Sunny was fantastic :)
Our guide was not used to handling a big group and we were a group of 8 ladies and as such, he was not very communicative with us. We did not learn much on our walk and we had to ask questions as the information was not forthcoming. Perhaps the size of our group did intimidate our guide somewhat :)
Otherwise, the walk was interesting and fascinating, seeing a juxtaposition of the old with new. I would still recommend this walk and perhaps a smaller group would be more ideal for interaction.
Very friendly guide that knew a lot about Seoul. She told me that she did this work for fun!
The first part of the tour was conducted via city bus and I had no idea what the guide was pointing to or what we were meant to be seeing. The entire tour should have been conducted on foot for exercise and photo taking opportunities. The highlight of this tour was the traditional Korean village where we walked around and took many pictures. I enjoyed the other sights as well, however, I found the guide difficult to understand. She was completely fluent in English but she spoke very quickly and I often didn't understand her. I would have liked more context and history on what we were seeing.