Tour code: 5355KRUA
Experience Seoul’s fusion of ancient traditions and rapid modernization as you amble down city streets on this 3-hour walking tour of the bustling metropolis. A local guide reveals hidden treasures and favorite local hangouts, from temples to teashops. Visit historical landmarks including Gyeonghuigung Palace and the Bosingak Bell Pavilion. Numbers are limited to 12 participants for a small-group experience.

Highlights

  • Discover the soul of Seoul on this comprehensive walking tour
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 participants for an intimate experience
  • Visit Gyeonghuigung Palace, 1 of 5 royal palaces in Seoul
  • Witness the changing of the guard at Daehamun
  • Visit Cheonggyecheon Plaza, a peaceful open space where locals relax
  • Walk through Jongno, the major financial and cultural center of Seoul

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What You Can Expect

Soul of Seoul Small-Group Walking Tour

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Meet your guide at the Gwanghwamun metro station in the morning and start your 3-hour walking tour with a stroll to the Seoul Museum of History. Tour the interactive exhibit at the museum’s Seoul City Panoramic Theatre, including miniature models of the Seoul cityscape.

From here, continue on foot to Gyeonghuigung Palace, one of Seoul’s five royal palaces. Your guide points out the highlights before escorting your small group to Daehamun Gate at Deoksugung Palace to watch the stately Royal Guard Rotation Ceremony.

After a quick stop at Seoul City Hall, you’ll walk through a section of the 5-mile-long (8-km) Cheonggyecheon Plaza in downtown Seoul — a popular gathering place for locals to relax. Meander along the placid stream traversed by stone bridges against a backdrop of modern skyscrapers.

The financial and cultural center of Jongno in central Seoul is your final destination. Conclude your tour at the Bosingak Bell Pavilion, a 14th-century bell tower. After this overview of Seoul, bid farewell to your guide and continue exploring the city on your own; discover new neighborhoods or perhaps return here for a more in-depth look.

Customer Reviews

Tuvia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I had a great time with Grace despite the rain. She was very kind and very knowledgeable and I learnt a lot about Seoul and Korea in a short time. She went out of her way to get me brochures about Korea culture after I mentioned it. Warmly recommended!

Caroline D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent walking tour with our guide Lillie Park in Seoul
Lillie was very knowledgeable about the city, its history and traditions
Would highly recommend - a great way to start your visit and to get to know about this amazing city!
Thank you
Charlie and Caroline

shienjin+trips

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Had a fantastic time with my guide, Junie. She is knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend this tour.

Thomas F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Really enjoyed this walking tour with guide Jesse and trainee Junie.
Gained a lot of knowledge and insights to Seoul. Would suggest doing this walking tour at the start of your travels as you can pick up a lot of suggestions on places to visit on your own.

Arturo A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

The tour was excellent , the best way to have a quick view of Seoul , Kang Myong Shin the guide was the best , she really know her history. Do not doubt about takeing it.

Lindsay L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Ren is a very knowledgeable guide. I came away from the tour feeling much more educated about the culture and history of Seoul.

travelman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

Jiny, my guide, was top-notch. A young lady with a vast knowledge of her city, and is good at conveying it to others. She taught me a few phrases in Korean that I used the rest of my trip.

Franolic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed our morning with Mr Kim - parents and teenage kids alike. We saw parts of Seoul we would totally have missed on our own. Mr Kim obviously loves his city and it was wonderful to see his enthusiasm, energy and pride as he showed us his city. Thank you.

David B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

A very enjoyable day.

euniceg USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

The tour itself was very lax; we had a general route but we could stop where we wanted to, which was perfect for my family of five. The sites themselves were interesting and well rounded. Our guides, Jong and Mr. Kim, dipped into a bit of every aspect of South Korean culture, from its vast history to interesting little factoids to modern myths. The guides were very welcoming and hospitable. They not only knew their stuff, but they also made lunch recommendations and guided us over to our next stop! The tour was a wonderful three or so hours and (believe me, I've done my research) the prices can't be beat!

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