Seoul City Hall Tours

Seoul City Hall
Towering over the former city hall building, Seoul's sleek, 13‐story City Hall, the current residence of city government, is an architectural wonder that only opened for business in 2012. A wander through the wave‐shaped building leads past a seven‐story vertical garden, down a spiral staircase and into the basement where an exhibition hall showcases Gungisi artifacts such as arrowheads unearthed during the construction of the new City Hall. Back on the first floor, an art installation representing modern and past Seoul, bubbles up along the building’s glass‐paned front. Several gift shops and cafés also pepper the property.

The building’s unusual shape, with geometric window panels and curvaceous front wall, was designed by architects and planners to reflect the Korean Hanok houses, and their traditional concepts of horizon and deep shadow. The older City Hall building is also worth a gander, and now houses the Seoul Metropolitan Public Library with more than 70,000 regional and global works. The oval‐shaped grassy plaza fronting the building is also a popular gathering space that hosts regular evening events in the summer and a skating rink in winter.

Practical Info

Seoul City Hall is a functioning government building, but visitors can wander through its basement, first, eighth and ninth floors between 7:30am and 6pm. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. til 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays. There is no admission, and a number of guided city tours incorporate stops. Subway lines 1 and 2 service the area and can be taken to City Hall, exit 5, in addition to a number of buses such as 172, 700, 101 and 405. Self‐guided city hall tour brochures are available within the building.
Address: 110 Sejong-daero, Taepyeongno 1, Seoul, South Korea
Hours: 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. til 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
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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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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 Unhyeongung, a small palace once occupied by the Chosun dynasty’s vilest ruler, and discover hidden secrets in Pimatgol Alley.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Duration: 2 to 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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US$70.00
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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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US$75.00
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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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US$47.00
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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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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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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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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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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 hrs
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hrs
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US$119.00
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Private DMZ tour from Seoul or Gyeonggi-do

Hassle-free as based in private group, you don't need to arrive a designated place and catch meeting time as joining seat in coach tour, easy start and finish at your hotel.See North Korea through the border and get into 3rd tunnel which found in 1970th to prepare attacking South Korea. Learn about Korean war and feel the tension between south and north Korea. Through our tour guide, you will get known what happened in the past decades in Korean peninsula, and how difference between the fast growing country - South Korea and the most mysterious country-North Korea nowadays.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$90.00
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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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