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Seoul: Dark Side of the City and Ghost Stories Walking Tour

Seoul: Dark Side of the City and Ghost Stories Walking Tour

Prepare yourself for the creepiest, historically accurate, and frighteningly bone-chilling tales. Korea has a unique history that will suck you in. You will see places where bloody massacres occurred. You will walk under a bridge that carries a dark sinister secret. You will encounter three of Seoul's five palaces and learn the secrets about one of them that even Seoulites do not know. Your tour will be led by a historian who will tell you the dark side of Korean history including Prince Suyang's slaughter of his nephew's men and the massacre at the site where Korea's first Western hospital was at. Tales in Japanese Colonial times will be shared while walking in royal palaces. The itinerary extends to other parts of Seoul such as Nagwon-dong and Chenggyecheon Stream. Hear modern urban legends, true crime events, and quirky secrets of buildings that the local government would prefer you did not know. You might actually meet a ghost so do not be too surprised. Some tales may be too violent or sexual for minors. Parents please be advised. You will get a basic orientation of Seoul’s layout and see many sites including the three of five palaces, the Cheonggyecheon Stream, Tapgol Park, the Insa-dong neighborhood, Seoul City Hall, and the iconic Gwanghwamun Square. Your guide is an invaluable source of information and full tips about other places to see and eat. There will be restroom breaks and opportunities to have beverages and snacks. If you want to explore the dark back alleys and secret spots filled with horror, take the "Premium Tour" for extended and exclusive story-sharing.

Seoul: Gyeongbok Palace, Bukchon Village, and Gwangjang Tour

Seoul: Gyeongbok Palace, Bukchon Village, and Gwangjang Tour

Your day will start with a tour guide to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the most beautiful and remains the largest of all five palaces. (Tuesday: visit Changdeokgung place) Then, move to Bukchon Hanok village which literally translates to "northern village," where many traditional houses operate as cultural centers, guesthouses and restaurants. After exploring Bukchon Hanok Village, we'll board a comfortable vehicle for a scenic drive to Bugak Skyway. During the vehicle you will pass by Cheongwadae, the blue house where previous presidents of South Korea worked until 2022. Arriving at Bugak Palgakjeong, also known as the Bugak Pavilion, you'll be captivated by the stunning panoramic views of Seoul. This tranquil pavilion is nestled on the slopes of Bugaksan Mountain, offering a peaceful retreat from the bustling city below. Take some time to absorb the beauty of the landscape and capture some incredible photographs. In addition, you will visit Cheongha Korea Ginseng. Ginseng is first mentioned in “Ji Jiu Zhang” during Han dynasty of China as herb used widely in the orient for so many diseases and ailments. It is a plant which had been regarded as a panacea, a cure all. In the studies, Korean ginseng shows best performances in adaptogenic properties. Lastly, your trip will end at Gwangjang Market, the nation’s first market. Although the goods are not brand name products, the wide selection of high-quality goods at inexpensive prices will make it an enjoyable shopping experience. The market is famous for the delicious foods so have lunch or some snacks. Don't miss the chance to taste some of the market's famous dishes, such as bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes) and mayak gimbap (addictive seaweed rice rolls).

Seoul City Pass & Transportation Card with 100+ Attractions

Seoul City Pass & Transportation Card with 100+ Attractions

With just one card, you can visit 50+ attractions that have been carefully selected by Seoul City. With the pass you will also enjoy discounts on a further 100 attractions. Moreover, travelers can use the pass as a transit card, charge it as much as needed, and pay for the subway, bus, or taxi with convenience. About Discover Seoul Pass Free admission attractions: 50+ locations (free one-time admission while the pass is active) 1. Seoul History: Gyeongbokgung Palace Changdeokgung Palace Deoksugung Palace Changgyeonggung Palace Jongmyo (Royal Shrine) Seodaemun Prison History Hall 2. Seoul Culture: Leeum Samsung Museum of Art National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Museum Kimchikan (Pulmuone) Simone Handbag Museum Coreana Cosmetics Museum 3. Seoul Amusement: N Seoul Tower (Observatory) MBC World Trick Eye Museum Grévin Museum, Figure Museum W Alive Museum Hanboknam,SM TOWN@coexartium, Teseum Seoul, Seoul City Tour Double-Decker Bus (Dongdaemun) 4. New additional attractions –14 (added on April 30, 2018) - 63 Building: Observatory, aquarium - National Museum of Korea : Free admission to special exhibitions - Namsan Seoul Tower Hanbok Experience Center : 1-hour and half hanbok rental, use of self-studio - Thematic Experience Center - Seoul Zoo Sky Lift : Lift round trip ticket,, Elephant Train round trip ticket, Zoo entrance ticket - Seoul City Tour Bus (Gwanghwamun) : 1-day ticket - COEX Aquarium - Football Faentasium 1. Performances : Musical Chef (30%) Jump (20%) The Painters HERO (20%) Fanta-Stick Musical (30%) National Gugak Center (15%), Nanta 25% Jungdong Therater 30%, Fireman 30%, Pangshow 30%, Kung Festival 30% 2. Attractions : Hello Kitty Island in N Seoul Tower (30%) Kum Bak Yeon - Gold Leaf Imprinting Workshop & Studio (30%) Dynamic Maze (3,000 KRW) Poopoo Land (1,000 KRW), Lotte world 1day ticket 30%, Lotte Tower 10%, Seoul land 50%, Eland Cruise 10% 3. Shopping & Tourism Services : Doota Duty Free (discount coupons based on purchase amount) SAFEX 10%, Jongro SM duty free, Ganghwamun Donhwa Duty free, Lotte Duty Free, Yongsan Shilla i-park Duty Free etc How to use 1. Select the pick-up Location and date & time 2. Show your voucher (or mobile voucher) and get a real card 3. Visit each attraction in the card Pick-up Location 1. Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 - East Desk Location : Across from Exit 2, SK Roaming Center / 06:00 ~ 22:00 open - West Desk Location : Across from Exit 13, SK Roaming Center / 24 hours open 2. Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 Location : Passenger Terminal 2 - SK Roaming Center located between Gate 4-5 on Level 1 /24 hours open 3. Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center Location: 181 Eulji-ro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul (Euljiro 1-ga Station, Exit 5) / 09:00~18:00 (Closed on Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok) 4. Seoul Tourist Information and Souvenir Shop (Seoul Tourism Plaza) Location: 85, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea / 09:00~18:00 (Closed on Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok)

Seoul: Gyeongbok Palace and Bukchon Hanok Walking Tour

Seoul: Gyeongbok Palace and Bukchon Hanok Walking Tour

Discover the city highlights and secret alleys of Seoul with a professional guide. For the morning tour, meet at City Hall Station then walk to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Watch the changing ceremony of royal guards and learn the 500-year history of the Joseon Dynasty. Stop at the National Folk Museum of Korea, located within the palace. See over 98,000 artifacts and understand the daily lives of Koreans during the Joseon dynasty.   The next stop is Bukchon Hanok Village for walk through Samcheongdong Alley. Admire the traditional houses and see how old and new coexists within the city. The morning tour ends at the Insadong area, a perfect place to shop for souvenirs. You can ask your guide for recommendations. With the full-day option, lunch will be included, and the tour will continue afterwards.

Seoul: Changdeokgung Palace & Namsangol Hanok Village Tour

Seoul: Changdeokgung Palace & Namsangol Hanok Village Tour

To start your adventure, you will head to the Changdeokgung palace; the name itself meaning "to brighten virtue." Changdeokgung is Korea's most successfully preserved palace and a UNESCO world heritage site. *Changdeokgung Palace will be replaced to Jongmyo Shrine on Monday as it is closed on Monday. Explore the Insadong antique shop alley, to experience the traditional culture of Korea in the heart of the city. With art galleries, traditional craft stores, antique art dealers, traditional tea houses and restaurants, this street cannot be missed. Then make your way to Namsangol Hanok village located between the tall buildings in the middle of a normal city scene. This village has 5 restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule as well, making it a perfect spot to take a leisure walk. On the grounds you can try traditional games such as: neolttwigi (seesaw jumping), tuhonori (arrow throwing) and yutnori (traditional board game).  Afterwards you will visit Namdaemun gate (Sungnyemun or South gate) and walk in and admire the gate. Next, visit Namdaemun market, which dates back to the Joseon Dynasty. This open-air market is just a few minutes from Seoul’s ancient Namdaemun gate (Sungnyemun or South gate). It is close to the downtown area and a number of deluxe hotels, and boasts an impressive selection of merchandise.  At the end of the tour, you will visit Cheongha Korea Ginseng. Ginseng is first mentioned in “Ji Jiu Zhang” during Han dynasty of China as herb used widely in the orient for so many diseases and ailments. It is a plant which had been regarded as a panacea, a cure all. In the studies, Korean ginseng shows best performances in adaptogenic properties. After all the tour finished, you will be dropped off at Myeongdong or City hall subway station Itinerary: • 13:00 in front of the front desk (1 Floor) of Lotte Hotel Seoul (30 eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul) • [UNESCO] Changdeokgung Palace (Jongmyo Royal Shrine on Mondays) • Insadong antique shop alley • Namsangol hanok village (Monday: Bukchon hanok village) • Sungnyemun gate (outside of the Sungnyemun gate on Mondays) • Namdaemun market • Cheongha Korea Ginseng • 17:00 Drop off at Myeongdong or City hall subway station

Seoul: Go City All-Inclusive Pass for 25+ Attractions

Seoul: Go City All-Inclusive Pass for 25+ Attractions

Get free admission to the top things to do in Seoul with Go City's All-Inclusive Pass. Choose a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 day pass, pay one low price and save up to 50%* compared to buying separate attraction tickets. Soar to the top of N Seoul Tower, visit the border on a Demilitarized Zone Tour, have fun at Lotte World, and enjoy a cruise along the Han River. All these and more are included! Download the handy Go City app for useful attraction information and reservation instructions. Use it to help you decide what to do, where to go, and how to get there. Activities, attractions, and tours included with the Seoul All-Inclusive Pass: • Lotte World and Folk Village • Traditional Korean Costume Rental (Gyeongbokgung Palace) • Everland Theme Park 1-Day Pass • N Seoul Tower • Cookin' Nanta Musical Comedy Show • Everland Shuttle Bus • DMZ Tour • Seoul Land Combo Pass • Dynamic Maze • Alive Museum • Yellow Balloon City Tour Bus • 63 Art Observatory Tower & Aqua Planet Combo Ticket • Han River Cruise • Piece of Time: Seasons by Naturelabs • Seoul Pub Crawl (Hongdae) • Korean Life Time Tour • Korean Street Food Walking Tour • Nami Island, Petite France and Italian Village - 1 Day Tour • Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Tour • Classic Naejangsan National Park One Day Tour (Seasonal end-October to mid-November) • Shuttle Bus to Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort • Elysian Gangchon Ski snowboard package • COEX Aquarium • WOWPASS Cashless Prepaid Card • and more! Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check the digital guide or Go City app for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservation instructions. *Savings based on sample itineraries on Go City website.

Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

Start the day with hotel pickup and meet your local guide to start exploring Seoul's best cultural highlights. The first stop on the itinerary is the Blue House, also known as 'Cheongwadae,' which serves as the official residence of the President of South Korea. Don't forget to capture a memorable souvenir photo in front of this iconic landmark. Gyeongbokgung palace is the oldest palace of the Joseon Dynasty, built in 1394 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty by its founder King Taejo, it's the most comprehensive and grandest of the five palaces of the period. The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea. Be sure to bring a camera to take lots of pictures. Admire the guards’ costumes with brilliant primary colors. (As Gyeongbokgung palace is closed on Tuesdays, it will be replaced with a tour of Deoksugung palace on Tuesdays.) The next stop is Cheongha Korea Ginseng. Ginseng is first mentioned in “Ji Jiu Zhang” during Han dynasty of China as herb used widely in the orient for so many diseases and ailments. It is a plant which had been regarded as a panacea, a cure all. In the studies, Korean ginseng shows best performances in adaptogenic properties. After great Bibimbab lunch, you will visit Changdeokgung Palace which was used as the main palace by many Joseon Kings and is very well preserved. The palace was registered with UNESCO in 1997. (You'll visit Jongmyo Royal Shrine instead on Mondays) Continue the cultural journey at Insadong Antique Shop Alley, a vibrant street lined with art galleries, traditional tea houses, and antique shops. Discover unique souvenirs and traditional crafts Namsangol Hanok Village stands out between tall buildings in the middle of the city with its five restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond, and a time capsule. (You will visit to Bukchon Hanok Village instead on Mondays) Now we will visit one of a symbol of Seoul's historical significance. Sungnyemun gate, also known as Namdaemun gate, is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul. Take memorable photos of one of the gates that surrounded the city. (Outside only on Mondays) And then let's enjoy the Namdaemun Market! It is one of the oldest and largest open-air traditional markets in Seoul. Explore a wide array of goods, including clothing, accessories, souvenirs, and delicious street food. *Three main meals of the photos are included only in 3 main meal option. Finally, the tour will conclude with a drop-off at either Myeongdong or City Hall, depending on your preference.

Seoul: Go City Explorer Pass - Visit 3 to 7 Attractions

Seoul: Go City Explorer Pass - Visit 3 to 7 Attractions

Save up to 50%* whilst exploring Seoul with Go City. The Explorer Pass lets you access 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 must-see attractions, tours and activities over 60 days, all on one easy-to-use digital pass. With over 25 options to choose from, there's something for everyone - from exhilarating theme parks and interactive museum experiences to bus tours and river cruises. The choice is yours! Pick your pass, browse the included digital guide to plan your itinerary, make reservations where required and get exploring! Scanning your pass at the gate or ticket office of an attraction (or tour) for the first time will activate it. You then have 60 days to use the remaining number of choices purchased. The Seoul attractions you can choose from include: • Lotte World and Folk Village • Everland Theme Park 1-Day Pass • N Seoul Tower • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Round-Trip Tour from Seoul • Cookin' Nanta Musical Comedy Show • Everland Shuttle Bus • Han River Cruise • Seoul Land Combo Pass • Dynamic Maze • Alive Museum • Ring-making Class • Yellow Balloon City Tour Bus • Traditional Korean Costume Rental (Gyeongbokgung or Changdeokgung Palace) • Incheon Airport Express Train (One Way) • Korean Life Time Tour • Korean Street Food Walking Tour • Nami Island, Petite France and Italian Village - 1 Day Tour • Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Tour • COEX Aquarium and more! *Savings based on itineraries on Go City website

Seoul Outdoor Escape Games: Zombie Royals

Seoul Outdoor Escape Games: Zombie Royals

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Hanyang, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seoul while playing a zombie-themed mobile quest with your friends and family. Solve clues, see beautiful palaces, and learn about the city’s fascinating royal dynasty history. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Avoid the zombies and follow clues as you walk past popular city sites displaying a mix of ancient and modern in the heart of Seoul. Unlock secrets about the places you visit as you solve puzzles and guess the answers. Explore the Bukchon Hanok Village and admire traditional Korean architecture. Learn about how Joseon opened up to the outside world and began to modernize. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

Seoul: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Seoul: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the Seoul Self-Guided Audio Tour, where your exploration of South Korea's vibrant capital city begins with the touch of a button. Designed with your preferences, freedom, and flexibility in mind, this audio tour offers an immersive journey through Seoul's rich history, diverse culture, captivating myths, and stunning architecture. Embark on an adventure at your own pace, allowing you to linger at places that intrigue you most while bypassing those that may not pique your interest. With the freedom to tailor your itinerary to suit your desires, you'll uncover the soul of Seoul in a way that resonates with you personally. As you traverse the bustling streets and tranquil parks of Seoul, each stop on this audio tour promises an opportunity to delve deeper into the city's fascinating tapestry. Whether you're drawn to the ancient traditions of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the modern marvels of Dongdaemun Design Plaza, or the serene beauty of Bukchon Hanok Village, you'll find yourself immersed in a world where history meets contemporary life. But this tour isn't just about sightseeing – it's about learning. With insightful commentary, you'll gain valuable insights into the historical significance, cultural nuances, and enduring myths surrounding each landmark. Discover the stories behind Seoul's most iconic sites, from the ancient origins of Namsan Tower to the symbolic importance of Jogyesa Temple. Immerse yourself in the architectural wonders that define Seoul's skyline, from the traditional hanok houses to the futuristic skyscrapers that dominate the cityscape. Each building tells a story, reflecting the evolution of Seoul through the ages and offering a glimpse into its vibrant future. Learn more about the top 16 tourist attractions in Seoul. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central location and then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Gyeongbokgung Palace 2. Bukchon Hanok Village 3. Changdeokgung Palace 4. Jogyesa Temple 5. Cheonggyecheon Stream 6. Dongdaemun Design Plaza 7. Myeongdong Cathedral 8. Namsan Mountain Park 9. N Seoul Tower 10. Leeum Samsung Museum of Art 11. The War Memorial of Korea 12. National Museum of Korea 13. Jamsil Hangang Park 14. Bongeunsa Temple 15. Starfield Library 16. Seoul Sky With the Seoul Self-Guided Audio Tour, the possibilities are endless. Whether you're a history buff, a culture enthusiast, or simply a curious traveler, this tour invites you to experience Seoul on your own terms, empowering you to forge your own path and uncover the hidden gems that make this city so unique. So grab your headphones, hit play, and let the adventure begin!

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I had an excellent tour with Stella as my guide. It was just the two of us on the tour but she made me feel very much at ease and was extremely knowledgable about Korean history. I had a great time and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about Korean history. Big thank you to again to Stella - I couldn’t have asked for a better guide

Starting from what you usually see when walking through the streets of seoul - hills, hotels, palaces,... you get a glimpse of "the dark side", the deeply rooted belief in ghosts and mystic creatures that is inseperable with the korean soul, but if that is not what you're looking for: you'll hear some scary ghost stories.

The tour was great. We walked a bit over two hours visiting some temples and city spots, our guide even gave us several recommendations for the day. At some other day I found my self talking with a couple Koreans who corroborated the information. Fully recommend this tour

Our guide Shawn made the tour as fun as it was interesting. We took the extended 2.5-hour version, and the time flew by. We heard about both ancient and modern ghost stories. We highly recommend it.

This was a super tour. The best guide I had guiding me maybe across 7/8 countries was this gentleman. Patient, knowledgeable and polite. I strongly recommend this tour.