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Seoul: Gyeongbok Palace with Gigibebe Hanbok Rental

1. Seoul: Gyeongbok Palace with Gigibebe Hanbok Rental

Discover the Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Seoul. Dress up like a Joseon-era nobleman or noblewoman and step back in time. Feel like you are the star of a drama set in Korean ancient as you walk through the palace grounds of Changdeokgung and Gyeongbokgung.  Check-in to receive your hanbok clothing and ticket-free entry to the Gyeongbok Palace at which you can visit at your own pace. Get hair-styling, Korean hairband, and a handbag to use during your rental. Pick from the most traditional hanbok to special and royal ones. With a full spectrum of optional add-ons get the best outfit to suit you. Store your street clothes in a provided locker.  Walk through the palace grounds like royalty and take some amazing photos to remember your trip. Choose from a rental that is for 2-hours, 4-hours, or a for the full-day. Return the rental by the time the shop closes at 7:00PM.

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

2. 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 City Pass & Transportation Card with 100+ Attractions

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

4. 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: Gyeongbokgung Palace Half Day Tour

5. Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace Half Day Tour

Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, established in 1395 as the main palace in the Joseon Dynasty, on a guided tour with tickets included. Stroll around the majestic Seoul landmark and immerse yourself in Korean history with the live commentary of an expert. Meet your guide at Gyeongbokgung station and head to Gyeongbukgung Palace's main gate. Take some time to look around the palace and admire the architecture. Learn about the history and hear the hidden stories of the largest palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Take photos of the locations where kings and queens once stood, and discover the influence the dynasty had on Korean society during its five centuries in power. End your tour at the Gyeonghoiru pavilion, the event hall of the palace. Enjoy some time to explore at your own pace after the tour.

Seoul: City Highlights Morning eBike Tour

6. 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: Private Transfer l Airport to/from Seoul

7. Seoul: Private Transfer l Airport to/from Seoul

The core value of the private mobility service MOVV is 'Safety'! → Venture company and tourism venture company certified by the Korean government → Driven by a professional 'chauffeur' systematically trained → Use safely with Insurance (Unlimited personal indemnification, Others up to KRW 150 million) Smart Chauffeur Service MOVV MOVV application provides convenient functions. - Checking real-time vehicle monitoring - Call the vehicle to your location - Automatic translation of chats with chauffeur - Register and modify schedule freely [Product Information] Incheon International Airport (ICN) ↔ Seoul You can go anywhere you want with the private mobility service MOVV! Travel comfortably and safely to your destination in a private car driven by professional chauffeur. Recommended Korea area attractions: Seoul ( Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gwanghwamun, N Seoul Tower, Myeongdong, Lotte World etc.) *Notice Please make reservation considering your arrival time, people and luggage.

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.

From Seoul: 5D4N All Over Korea, UNESCO, Culture & Nature

9. From Seoul: 5D4N All Over Korea, UNESCO, Culture & Nature

Embark on an unforgettable 5-day journey through Korea's rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking natural beauty. Departing from Seoul's Gwanghwamun, your adventure begins in Gongju, where you'll explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Tomb of King Muryeong and Gongsanseong Fortress. Then, immerse yourself in traditional Korean culture in Jeonju, staying near the charming Hanok Village. Day two takes you to Gwangju, the birthplace of Korea's modern democratic movement. Pay your respects at the May 18th National Cemetery before heading to Suncheon to visit the stunning Suncheon Bay Garden. The day concludes in the port city of Yeosu, where you'll walk the historic path of Admiral Yi Sun-sin. On the third day, you'll visit the Jinjuseong Fortress, historically linked to the Japanese invasion in 1592. Then, it's off to Busan, where you'll explore the city's largest seafood market, Jagalchi Fish Market, and take in the views at Haeundae Beach and Dongbaek Park. The day ends in Gyeongju, where you'll check into your hotel. Day four is filled with UNESCO sites. Start with the Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju, then head to Andong Hahoe Village, a living museum of Joseon Dynasty architecture and culture. The day concludes in Pyeongchang, where you'll check into your hotel for some leisure time. The final day of your tour takes you to Mt. Seorak National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Preservation District. Marvel at the jade-like water flowing through the valleys and the peaks breaking through the clouds. Optionally, take a cable car to Gwongeumseong fortress for an even more spectacular view. The tour concludes with a transfer back to Seoul. This tour is a perfect blend of history, culture, and nature, offering a comprehensive and immersive Korean experience. Book now and create memories that will last a lifetime! Full itinerary as below:Day1: Donghwa Duty-Free Shop Building, Gwanghwamun, Seoul→ Depart to Gongju / Visit The Tomb of King Muryeong (UNESCO)→ Gongsanseong Fortress (UNESCO)→ Depart to Jeonju→ Hotel check-in,close by Jeonju Hanok Village Hotel: Jeonju Ramada hotel or similar Day2: Breakfast at hotel → Transfer to Gwangju, birthplace of Korea's democratic movement→ Visit May 18th National Cemetery → Suncheon Bay Garden→ Yeosu and Historic Site of Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s Path→ Hotel check-in Hotel: Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Yeosu or similar Day3: Breakfast at hotel → Jinjuseong Fortress – Chokseoknu edifice→ Move to Busan→ Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan’s largest seafood market→ Haeundae Beach and Dongbaek Park Tour→ Gyeongju→ Hotel check-in Hotel: Gyeongju Commodore Hotel or similar Day4: Breakfast at hotel → Seokguram Grotto (UNESCO), visit the beautiful temple and heritage→ Bulguksa Temple(UNESCO) → Andong Hahoe Folk Village(UNESCO), preserved Joseon Dynasty's ancient housing (Visit by Queen Elizabeth II)→ Pyeongchang → Hotel check-in Hotel: Ramada Hotel PyeongChang or similar Day5: Breakfast at hotel → Pyeongchang→ Mt. Seorak National Park (UNESCO), Korea's most famous national park (Could be skipped in OCT)→ Biosphere Preservation District → Cable car to Gwongeumseong Fortress (Optional for Shinheungsa temple)→ Gwanghwamun, Seoul at 17:00 PM

Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, and Cheongwadae

10. Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, and Cheongwadae

Spend the day exploring the best of Seoul, with your experienced guide. Stroll through the Insadong area, known for traditional goods and cafes. Listen as your guide describes historical stories of Korea. Learn about Hanguel, the alphabetic system used for writing the Korean language. Start your tour from Jogyesa Temple, the head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, and discover the history of the temple. Continue to Gwanghwamun Square and see the statues of King Sejong the Great, and Admiral Yi Sun-sin.  Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, established in 1395 as the main palace in the Joseon Dynasty. Walk under Gwanghwamun, the main gates of the palace. Take some time to look around the palace and admire the architecture.  Lastly, head to Bukchon and marvel at the traditional Hanok houses in the village.

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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!!!

perfect service! Gorgeous and well-kept hanboks, the hairstyles were really beautiful and the girls were very kind! a huge round of applause to the lady who, despite having studied Italian about 20 years ago, still remembers it and speaks it very well! recommended activity!

I really recommend this tour. Tons of interesting folklore mixed with history and even some modern urban legends. Great storytelling - had a great time and was even a little spooked! We even got to see a few temples/ palaces which I was not expecting. :)

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