Seoul City Hall Tours

Seoul City Hall
Seoul's sleek 13‐story city hall looks like a wave of glass ready to crash over the former city hall from 1926. It’s worth stepping inside to see the 7-story Green Wall vertical garden and quirky Metaseosa Seobeol art installation. A glass elevator leads to the Sky Plaza Gallery, an art exhibition space on the eighth floor.

The Basics
Since its completion in 2012, Seoul City Hall has become one of the city’s most prominent architectural landmarks. Many city sightseeing tours of the Korean capital include a stop at the building, and travelers who wish to visit independently can pick up a self-guided tour brochure inside the building. Evening tours of the city often include city hall for a chance to see it (and the plaza) illuminated at night. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Seoul City Hall is a must-see for lovers of art and architecture.
  • Admission to the building and its gallery space is free of charge. 
  • Check the city calendar before your visit to see what might be going on at city hall.
  • How to Get There
  • Seoul City Hall is easy to get to by subway. Take line 1 or 3 to City Hall Station and leave through exit 5. 

When to Get There
City hall is open to visitors daily throughout the year, with longer hours on weekdays. There’s often something going on in the grassy plaza in front of city hall on summer weekends.

Old City Hall
The Renaissance-style Old City Hall building still stands in Seoul Plaza. Built in 1926, this historic structure now houses the Seoul Metropolitan Library, where visitors can take self-guided tours or check out rotating photography exhibitions related to Seoul and South Korean history.
Address: 110 Sejong-daero, Taepyeongno 1, Seoul, South Korea
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DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul

Travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone to see the border that divides North and South Korea on this guided adventure from Seoul. Learn about the troubled history of the country, from the time of the Korean War to modern day. Visit Imjingak Park, the Freedom Bridge, the Third Infiltration Tunnel and the DMZ Museum. Plus, look across the DMZ into North Korea from the Dora Observatory. Lunch (if option selected), all the necessary entrance fees and a hotel pickup are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private DMZ tour from Seoul or Gyeonggi-do

Experience the DMZ in style with your own personal guide and door-to-door round-trip private transfers to Imjingak Park. See the Freedom Bridge; look over North Korea from Dora Observatory; explore the Third Tunnel of Aggression, dug under the border by North Korean forces; visit Dorasan Station; and tour Unification Village. Ask your guide as many questions as you like along the way.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Half-day Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village

Admire South Korea’s palace architecture and learn of life in the country’s capital on this 3-hour Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village walking tour. Stroll to Gwanghwamun Gate and visit Gyeongbokgung Palace. Listen as your guide details Joseon Dynasty history and admire traditional construction techniques. Visit the National Folk Museum of Korea and discover over 98,000 artifacts detailing South Korea’s history. Head between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace to Bukchon Hanok Village. Peer inside traditional houses and learn about Korean lifestyles from the past to the prefect day.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Dark Side of Seoul Evening Ghost Tour

See a spirited side of the South Korean capital you won’t find in the tourism brochures on this evening ghost tour in Seoul. Follow your guide on a meandering walk through Seoul’s hidden alleyways and hear tales to send shivers down your spine! Explore the grounds of Korea's first western hospital, where horrific scenes have unfolded in years past. See where Prince Suyang slaughtered his nephew's soldiers. Visit Gyeonghuigung Palace, the most haunted place in South Korea, and discover hidden secrets in Pimatgol Alley.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Seoul City Sightseeing by Bike and Foot

Experience Seoul on an intimate full-day tour by bike, with frequent stops for sightseeing and exploring on foot. Your expert guide shows you the highlights and hidden gems of Seoul as you visit the Seoul Museum of History, Gyeongbokgung Palace and the markets of Insadong and Dongdaemun. Roll past landmarks such as Deoksu Palace, Seoul City Hall and Hangang Park, dine at a Korean restaurant, have time for shopping and sample snacks along the way. This small-group tour is limited to six people to ensure a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$75.00 USD
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Morning Walking Tour of Namdaemun Market, Namsan Mountain and Myeongdong Including Full-Day Option

Discover Seoul on this full or half-day walking tour, including Namdaemun Market, Mt Namsan and Myeongdong Street. Follow your guide to Namdaemun Gate, explore the traditional marketplace and gain insight into Joseon Dynasty history. Then travel by bus up Mt Namsan for panoramic views before strolling around Palgakjeong and riding the cable car down to Myeongdong Street. If you choose the full-day option, continue on for a Korean lunch and guided stops at Deoksugung Palace and Seoul Museum of History, concluding with a 75-minute performance at Jeongdong Theater.
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
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Morning Seoul City Bike Tour

Like many Asian capitals, Seoul is a city of traffic-filled streets—with traffic jams common along the busy roadways. On this cycling tour, escape the congestion on paved bike paths and explore Seoul in serenity on two wheels. Hop into the saddle and visit top attractions including the Bukchon Hanok Village, Changdeokgung Palace, and the vibrant Insa-dong neighborhood—with entrance fees, bike and helmet hire included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Korean Palace and Temple Tour in Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple

Explore top Seoul attractions including Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple on this 3.5-hour Korean palace and temple tour in Seoul. Travel through Seoul by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle with your guide. Gain insight into Joseon-era history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, once home to the Korean royal family, and explore the palace compound on foot. Visit the National Folk Museum and learn how life used to be before Korea’s rapid modernization. Then, visit the Jogyesa Temple and enjoy an authentic insight into life as a Zen Buddhist in South Korea’s bustling capital.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Soul of Seoul Small-Group Walking Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Seoul Palace Morning Tour

Discover Seoul’s royal residences and gain insight into South Korea’s heritage on this Seoul palace morning tour. Explore the Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, a center for Zen Buddhism, with your guide. See the Blue House — where the Prime Minister of South Korea lives and works. Visit Gyeongbok Palace, the city’s finest royal residence during the Joseon Dynasty. Admire the luxury living quarters and banquet suites, and gain insight into life here during the dynasty’s 5-century reign. Finish your tour at Gwanghwamun Gate and see the changing of the guard ceremony.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Central Seoul Evening Tour including Deoksu Palace, Seoul Plaza and Dongdaemun Market

Experience the electric atmosphere of Seoul by night on this 4-hour evening tour. Visit the grand Deoksu Palace, admire the illuminated landmarks as you stroll around Seoul Plaza, and browse the stalls at Dongdaemun market. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$70.00 USD
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Full-Day Ski Package with Transportation from Seoul

Seoul is close to some of South Korea’s most popular ski resorts, making it possible to hit the slopes on a day trip. This full-day ski package to Gangchon Elysian or Jisan ski resort includes a ski pass, equipment rental, and a 1-hour beginner lesson, plus hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Seoul.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$150.00 USD
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