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

1. 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. 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.

Private Customized Seoul Tour with Your Korean Buddy

2. Private Customized Seoul Tour with Your Korean Buddy

Take this private 4-hour walking tour to explore Seoul at your own pace with a customized itinerary. Select where you want to go and plan your route with your guide. Scope out the best places to visit during your stay, learn how to get into top restaurants and learn how to navigate the transport system. For history lovers, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Samcheongdong, and Insadong. If you are more interested in the modern aspects of the city, go to Gangnam district, COEX, and relax by the Han River. For shoppers, visiting Myeongdong and Namdaemun Market is highly recommended.

Afternoon 4-Hour Seoul UNESCO & Traditional Markets Tour

3. Afternoon 4-Hour Seoul UNESCO & Traditional Markets Tour

Enjoy an afternoon outing that visits three main highlights of the city of Seoul! See the Changdeokgung Palace, the Insadong Arts and Crafts Market, and the Namdaemun Traditional market with the aid of a knowledgeable tour guide! The tour's first stop is Changdeokgung Palace, the second royal villa built after Gyeongbok Palace in 1405. Changdeok was the principal palace for many of the Joseon kings, and is the best preserved among the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. See the public palace area, a royal family residence building. Then visit the rear garden, a place of rest for the kings. The garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion. Next, the tour will travel to the Insadong Arts and Crafts Market. Insadong has been at the heart of nation’s capital for 600 years and it was a cultural center during the Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910). The Ministry of Art was once located at this market. Take time to explore the countless alleys that branch out from the main street, and see why this place has become known as "Merry’s Area" and a favorite shopping spot among foreigners. Finally, stop at Namdaemun Traditional Market, the largest traditional market in Korea with various goods in store such as children’s, men’s and women’s wear. The displayed goods are sold at reasonable prices, and most of the goods are produced directly by shopkeepers. Namdaemun Market is open at almost all hours of the day and is consistently crowded with retailers and shoppers from all over the country. At daybreak, the sight of busy Koreans creates a unique scene in the market, which is becoming a worldwide tourist attraction.

Seoul City 1-Day Tour & Nanta Or Korean Folk Village Option

4. Seoul City 1-Day Tour & Nanta Or Korean Folk Village Option

Explore Korean history and culture with a knowledgeable local guide. Begin your tour from your hotel in the Seoul area between 8:00 AM and 9:20 AM. Stop first at Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea famous for being located in the center of the city. Enjoy the peaceful air of the temple before moving on to Gyeongbok Palace. Observe the Changing of the Guard Ceremony and explore the palace itself. Built in 1395, Gyeongbok Palace is arguably the most beautiful palace in Korea and remains the grandest of all the five main palaces in Seoul. Following a tour of the palace with your guide learning the history and secrets of this beautiful building, pass by the Presidential Blue House and walk to Cheongwadae Sarangchae. This historic center gives visitors a chance to follow in the footsteps of the presidents of Korea and learn about the fascinating history of Seoul. It encompasses the past, present and even the future of Seoul as well as the entire nation. After lunch, head to the Changdeok Palace built after Gyeongbok Palace in 1405 and discover another beautiful palace steeped in Korean heritage, declared a UNESCO heritage site several years ago. Stop next at two famous markets in Seoul - Insadong and Namdaemun Market. Insadong is the most reliable place to purchase antiques in Seoul. Browse antique shops, art galleries and secondhand bookstores. Namdaemun is the largest traditional market where you can browse a multitude of goods for bargains and search for the perfect souvenir to take home. Have the option to see a non-verbal performance called 'Nanta'. Nanta is a hybrid artwork, the combination of a traditional Korean folk performance called 'Samulnori' and Western forms of performances. Be entertained by a lively performance where the stage is a giant kitchen and four cooks appear and start cooking dishes for a wedding reception. In the process, they perform Samulnori using the various cooking utensils, such as pots, pans, and plates, etc. The show ends at around 6:30 PM. For the Korean Folk Village Option, you will be able to see well preserved customs and lifestyles of the past generations. Set in a natural environment, visitors can experience this traditional atmosphere with over 260 houses reminiscent of the late Joseon dynasty. See where various handicrafts such as pottery and basket-making, are produced. You can also visit the folk museum as well as the art museum (scheduled to open) to learn about Korean culture and folk customs which are not suitable for display and in an open-air setting.

Seoul: Zombie & Royal Dynasty Game Quest & Self-Guide Tour

5. Seoul: Zombie & Royal Dynasty Game Quest & Self-Guide Tour

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.

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What people are saying about Changdeokgung Palace

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 118 reviews

It was an interesting experience and well worth the money. A great tour to do some last minute shopping for souvenirs, the guide I had was super friendly and spoke fluent English. She was able to deliver a informative history tour about the historical site and provided useful recommendations on where to find the best street food in the markets.

Shawn was the most engaging guide. Since I was the only person who signed up, I got a private extended tour. He had interesting stories about Korean folklore ghosts mixed in with contemporary ghosts. The tour was not physically demanding. I learned a lot from Shawn and the places he brought me were very picturesque and interesting.

We had a great experience with Shawn, he is very knowledgeable on Korean history and provides an in-depth and fun experience. Loved all the stories and history. Highly recommend. If you can go at the start of your trip, he makes excellent recommendations for things to do whilst in Seoul.

A good option to spend an entertaining couple of hours and listen to interesting stories walking around Seoul

Very knowledgeable guide. We visited several landmarks in Seoul, and had a very nice time.