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Seoul History and Culture Small-Group Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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
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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Changdeokgung Palace
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Bukchon Hanok Village
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Kwangjang Market
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Seoul Urban Adventures
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Tteok and Kitchen Utensil Museum
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Bukchon Observatory
Admission Ticket Free

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The Lost Journey
Theresa C
, Jun 2019
The itinerary of this Tour was great. It covered history and culture. Unfortunately our guide was not up to it. She spoke bad English and wasnt oriented on directions. We had to walk one hour more to get to where we needed to be. The added time was straining considering this tour was already a ealking tour and we are seniors - 64 and 67 years old!
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Small Private Tour with Engaged Host
Cruiser26222847285
, Jun 2019
Sean was an amazing host! The tour was just our group and the guide, so we were very flexible and able to ask Sean a lot of questions about the historical sites we visited and the general culture. Sean was very knowledgable and open with us, and even sent me an email with an answer to question I had asked! Would definitely book this tour again. Thanks, Sean!
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This tour was great and really fun. Our...
MARIA TERESA G
, Jul 2018
This tour was great and really fun. Our guide was informative!
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Get ready to walk! We lucked out...
Carol A
, Oct 2017
Get ready to walk! We lucked out, VIP tour due to other people canceled so just my husband, me and Shane, our guide. Waited 30 min for local bus to Bokchon Hanok Village, beautiful houses. Informative tour of Changdeokgung Palace. Gwangjang Market was an experience! Thx Shane for the personal tour!
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A lot of walking. If you're not fit...
Cristina T
, Sep 2017
A lot of walking. If you're not fit to walk for long time, this trip is not suitable for you.
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Sook was an incredible guide. She...
Mark F
, Mar 2017
Sook was an incredible guide. She kept the pace of the tour, while taking ample time for questions. She's a high school English teacher. The tour hit several breathtaking spots. Sook was very knowledgeable. Great tour.
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small walking tour with lots of...
T
, Feb 2017
small walking tour with lots of information and impressive guide
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We me and wife took the tour on the...
Chinthaka I
, Oct 2016
We me and wife took the tour on the first day we landed in Seoul. We went by the recommendations by previous travelers to select this particular tour. We generally consider the walking tours to be more interactive and enjoyable than the driven ones. We took the Metro to the meeting place to meet our guide Sook who took us to the historic village on a shuttle bus 5 minute ride and we walked among the old houses and visited the Changdeokgung Palace before visiting the market. It was fascinating to see people walking in traditional costumes. The palace was in very good shape though without any furniture. We had a nice meal of local food in the market before returning to the hotel by Metro. The entire tour was about 3.5 hours. The guide was very friendly and informed. And, she pointed us the photo-ops on the way. However, the tour fee was too much compared with other tour we had the following day DMZ 6.5 hour tour, which cost us less than the much shorter walking tour.
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This walking tour is an absolute...
jrs320
, Jun 2016
This walking tour is an absolute must for those visiting Seoul! Junie was a wonderful guide, not only introducing us to the history of Seoul and Korea but also letting us in on present-day Seoul and answering any and all questions we had. Junie showed us around Bukchon Hanok Village and Changdeokgung Palace - it was like walking around with your good friend, the college history professor! And then we walked to Gwangjang Market with all its goods and foods. Those were the scheduled visits - unexpectedly we also saw a movie star, conversed with an artist, had some traditional throat-soothing candy Just had a wonderful day! Thanks Junie!
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This was a perfect introduction to...
samantha p
, May 2016
This was a perfect introduction to historical Seoul. I only had an afternoon and June was a perfect guide - interesting and knowledgeable, and able to take me to see textiles - which is my area of interest. I cannot recommend this highly enough - I would never have found these places on my own

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