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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. 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: Half/Full-Day Private Car Charter Service

2. Seoul: Half/Full-Day Private Car Charter Service

Embark on a personalized journey through Seoul or the enchanting landscapes of Gangwon-do with our exclusive full or half-day private charter service. Dive into the heart of the city or escape to the serene countryside at your own pace, reveling in the flexibility to craft an itinerary tailored to your interests. Please be aware that our private charter service provides only transportation; it does not include a guide. This ensures you have the freedom to explore independently while enjoying the convenience of a dedicated driver. If you desire a more guided experience, you have the option to enhance your trip by adding a tour guide who can provide insights and enrich your exploration. Possible locations to visit in each area: Seoul City: Explore the vibrant city of Seoul with visits to Gyeongbokgung Palace, Myeongdong, Dongdaemun, Cheonggyecheon, N Seoul Tower, Gangnam, Lotte World, Bukchon Hanok Village, Yeouido, Hangang Park, Hongdae, Ewha Woman's University, Sinchon, and other exciting locations. Seoul Suburbs: Venture into the charming Seoul suburbs with visits to Incheon City, Woongjin Playdoci, Everland, Seoul Park, One Mount, Swiss Village, Korean Folk Village, Paju Outlets, Imjingak Nuri Peace Park, The Garden of Morning Calm, Petite France, Nami Island, Chuncheon City, Gangchon Rail Bike, Herb Garden, Heyri Art Village, and other delightful locations surrounding Seoul. Gangwon-do: Discover the natural beauty of Gangwon-do with visits to Alpaca World, Seoraksan National Park, Sokcho City, Chuncheon City, Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch, Pyeongchang, Yongpyong, Phoenix Park, Alpensia Resort, High One Resort, Donghae City, and other captivating places in Gangwon-do. ★ Additional special offer: The Painters Show - R seat ticket (Valid for the same day or other days) ★ Additional option for Airport pickup/drop-off service: The duration of this service is included in the total 5/10 hours for the half or full-day private charter. ★ Additional option for professional tour guide

Seoul: Nighttime Tour of Palace, Market, Naksan Park & More

3. Seoul: Nighttime Tour of Palace, Market, Naksan Park & More

Shop like a local at the largest local market at Gwangjang Market, relax with a walk by the Cheonggyecheon River, and feel like a king in the Changyeonggung Royal Palace on this guided night tour in Seoul. Choose the group tour option with accessible meeting points or the private option with hotel transfers and flexible departure times. Hop aboard a comfortable vehicle and sit back and unwind with your driver. First to the largest Korean traditional market at Gwangjang Market (a.k.a Dongdaemun Market previously) where you can taste an authentic Korean dinner, and yummy street snacks, and buy some stunning Korean items. Continue to the beautiful Cheonggyecheon River nearby, and unwind in this local's favorite resting area in the main downtown area of this bustling city. Step inside the enchanting Changyeonggung Royal Palace, especially famous for the night with the inside lighting, and discover its stories from the famous Sejong the Great to modern time. Next, stroll along the city wall under the moonlight while enjoying night views of the city in Naksan Park with hilltop green space near the Seoul City Wall. Capture some breathtaking pictures of Seoul City before returning to the meeting point for the group option or where you stay for the private option. 

Seoul: City Highlights Private Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

4. Seoul: City Highlights Private Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

By car, explore Seoul in-depth, visiting sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, Cheongwadae (Blue House), Bukchon Hanok Village, and Gwangjang Market. Our guided car tour will allow you to discover Seoul's top attractions with the utmost efficiency and convenience. Tours last 4 hours in the morning. (If requested separately, afternoon tours can also be arranged.) [Tour Course] - Gyeongbokgung (Palace) : Gyeongbok Palace, the inaugural and grandest among the royal palaces constructed during the Joseon Dynasty, encapsulates 500 years of historical tales from Seoul. Immerse yourself in the narratives of the city's past and step into the role of the main character at Gyeongbok Palace. - Cheongwadae (Blue house): Explore the Blue House, the former office and residence of South Korean presidents, gaining a glimpse into its interior. - Bukchon Hanok Village : During the Joseon Dynasty, Bukchon was situated in the upper neighborhood of Cheonggyecheon and Jongno. The alley on the hill is adorned with hanoks on both sides, forming a serene and vintage panorama that evokes Seoul's rich historical past. - Gwangjang Market : Established as Korea's initial permanent market, Gwangjang Market remains a vibrant tourist hotspot to this day. The term "Gwangjang" translates to "to gather from afar and keep altogether," reflecting its enduring appeal and tradition. For any specific scheduling requirements or special requests, kindly reach out to us prior to making your booking. Our tours can be personalized to cover various regions across Korea, extending beyond Seoul.

Seoul: City Highlights Morning eBike Tour

5. Seoul: City Highlights Morning eBike Tour

Enjoy a memorable experience in Korea with an e-bike tour. Enjoy an expert guide and award-winning curation take you to the right place at the right time. Our service goes beyond a 5-star tour, it's more of a VIP concierge service! Share with us epic views and hidden places, fascinating tales in back allies steeped in history. Travel at human pace with time to stop and taste local food, meet local people and truly be in Korea! Afterward, contact us anytime for help or advice, and revisit the moment through your photo album courtesy of our photo service. I’m confident you will agree this is the “Must do tour” in Seoul! Tour outline: * Starting at our KTO office location with a 5-10 min safety check, helmet & e-bike fitting with a short test ride. * From Cheongycheon River we ride to Gyungbokgung Palace and loosely explore the neighborhoods around the palace. * On route we visit Gwanghwamun Square, briefly enter the royal palace, then explore the romantic West village visiting a hidden community, and trying some local delights at a traditional market. A brief stop at the presidential Blue House and on to Bukcheon Hanok Village before riding through Insadong to Joggeysa Temple. Finish with a Cheonggyecheon river bike path ride. *Don't worry your awesome e-bike will help every ride together and get you around comfortably and in style.

Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

6. 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.

Private Customized Seoul Tour with Your Korean Buddy

7. 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.

Seoul: Market Food Tour & Evening Ebike Ride

8. Seoul: Market Food Tour & Evening Ebike Ride

Ride a secret route downtown to the Famous and Hidden Bukcheon Hanok Village, Changdeokgung Palace, and Gwanghwamun Square, and Gyungbokgung royal palace gate. Stop by the famous Gwangjang street food market and Ikseongdong village. You will love the food tasting at Gwangjang market! Receive an e-bike fitting in the heart of the city of Seoul. Go through a confidence-building practice ride on the bike lanes beside the Cheongyecheon river. Start your adventure by crisscrossing the river on exciting back streets and alleys used to avoid traffic as far back as the Joseon Kingdom. Stop by the trendy Hanok village of Ikseongdong to see what it's all about. Bike on to the world-famous Gwangjang market to sample Korean street food and maybe find a souvenir. There are a lot of foods you can taste of. Exploring Korean local food will let you understand Korean culture better. If a vegetarian/vegan option is required, please do let us know! Ride up to the Bukchon Hanok Village. Don't worry, the ride up the hill is effortless on your stylish e-bikes. Gwanghwamun Square and Gyungbokgung royal palace gate will give you a special city night view of Seoul and the Joseon Kingdom.

Seoul Oraegage Bukchon Hanok Walking Tour

9. Seoul Oraegage Bukchon Hanok Walking Tour

What is 'OraeGage'? 'OraeGage' refers to a store that has been carrying on Seoul's tradition and value for a long time. It conveys the meaning of an old store that people want it to last even longer. Seoul has identified and designated OraeGage stores for the past five years from 2017, with the distinctive atmosphere and stories of Seoul, in order to showcase numerous tourist attractions of Seoul to tourists at home and abroad. Bukchon : The Antique Beauty of Korean Traditional Houses Bukchon, located north of Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno, embodies the spirit of our Korean ancestors in its 600-year-old urban history. Hanok is a traditional Korean architectural style that has evolved and persisted through different eras, holding significant historical value to this day. During the tour, you will visit Hanok houses from various periods, learning about their unique features and transformations. The uniqueness of this area lies in the well-preserved traditional Hanok houses that have not been distorted by other cultures. Even now, you can experience the essence of Korea's unique culture and tradition by exploring these old traditional Hanok houses. The blending of these traditional buildings with the modern urban environment gives them a distinct beauty. As a result, Bukchon has become an attractive destination for many tourists, providing an excellent opportunity to learn about Korea's history and culture. Through this tour, you can observe the changes in the appearance of Hanok houses over time and experience the food and culture enjoyed by Korean nobles of that era. Such a tour will greatly contribute to your understanding of Korea's historical and cultural heritage. Furthermore, by experiencing the food and culture enjoyed by the nobles of the time, you can gain a deeper understanding of traditional Korean cuisine and culture. As you encounter traditional Korean cuisine, etiquette, art, and more, you'll be able to appreciate the lifestyle and values of the noble class back then. This tour offers a cultural link between the past and the present, allowing you to immerse yourself in Korea's beautiful history and culture more profoundly.

Seoul: Deoksugung Palace History Odyssey Walking Tour

10. Seoul: Deoksugung Palace History Odyssey Walking Tour

Experience the historical wonders of Seoul with the option of group or private tours, both expertly guided to bring the past to life. Your journey includes tickets to three captivating destinations - Deoksugung Palace, Gwanghwamun Square, and Jeongdong-gil - allowing you to immerse yourself in the rich heritage and stories that have shaped Korean history, as your expert guide provides live commentary. Begin the journey with a visit to Deoksugung Palace, a historic gem established in 1395 during the Joseon Dynasty. Delve into the legacy of the Joseon Dynasty's five-century reign, gaining insights into its profound impact on Korean society. Admire the grand architecture while absorbing fascinating stories that vividly depict the palace's historical significance. Continue the exploration at Gwanghwamun Square, a central hub of Seoul with immense cultural importance. Uncover the stories behind the grand statues and monuments, each representing pivotal moments in Korea's history. This part of the tour offers a deeper understanding of the country's progress and the cherished ideals that define its cultural landscape. As you progress, delve into authentic Korean culture and the societal changes that have shaped the nation's identity. Gain insights into the social systems and issues that have influenced Korea's evolution from ancient times to the present. This comprehensive tour not only showcases the urban landscapes of Seoul but also provides a nuanced understanding of the challenges and perspectives that have defined the Korean experience throughout history.

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My guide Joseph was extremely friendly, competent and had a wonderful sense of humor. I was not only informed about the sights, but also about life in South Korea, health policy, the economy and the future of his home country. He also showed me what else I could do in the following days and bought me a metro card. He also sent me cards and photos on WhatsApp and offered me help if I needed it. The best travel guide I've ever had and I've traveled a lot all over the world. Thank you very much and I wish him all the best from the bottom of my heart.

Team Kim was amazing! She was excellent in her job as a tour guide! She gave great information about the places we went. Gave the proper time for us to enjoy the places and took pictures of everyone. We were late in one of the meeting point but she waited and I truly believe she cared about everyone and loves her job! She is the best tour guide I have ever encountered and I have had tours even in other countries. Thank you!!!

I like that our guide/driver is very flexible and thinks quickly. Since it was raining in Nami, he offered option of strawberry picking instead. But the rain stopped, we were able to go to Nami, Alpaca world & strawberry picking, all for 11 hours.

Our guide Janice was excellent and very knowledgable, she spoke excellent English. I would definitely recommend her to any other travellers The driver was good but his car smelled of smoke and needs a good clean

Kim was amazing, a well planned and run trip, getting to see the highlights of Seoul at night- I would recommend to anyone!