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Seoul: Namdaemun Market Street Food Tour

1. Seoul: Namdaemun Market Street Food Tour

Namdaemun is the largest of Seoul’s traditional markets ! Namdaemun Market has become a particularly popular destination among foodies drawn to the sights, smells and flavours of its sprawling food streets. Among them, three are not to be missed: Foodie Alley, a stretch of vendors offering classic Korean staples and street-food favourites; Kalguksu Alley, a street comprised of restaurants specialising in hand-cut noodles and Galchi Jorim, a road dedicated to braised hairtail fish stew, a dish invented at the market. Korean food export tell you about street food also you can learn about Korean culture as well This tour no mandatory shopping shopping and Tipping Meet guide at exit5 Haehyeon St. street food tasting(Noodle Soup,Dumplings,twisted bread stick,Skewered fish cake) Food Alley story

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.

Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

3. 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 picturesque Cheonggyecheon Stream, a serene urban oasis in the heart of Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, it is a restoration of the stream that was once there before during the Joseon Dynasty. Next, you will visit the main gate of the Blue House, also known as 'Cheongwadae,' which serves as the official residence of the President of South Korea for souvenir photo. Don't forget to capture a memorable souvenir photo in front of this iconic landmark. Cheongwadae Saranchae is a Korean presidential exhibition center. Enter inside to learn more about Korean culture and history (*Since Cheongwadae Sarangchae is under renovation from Oct, 2023, we won't visit it during renovation). 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.) Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Jogyesa Temple, one of Seoul's most significant Buddhist temples. Admire the intricate architecture and serene atmosphere while learning about the temple's cultural and religious significance. 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. Finally, the tour will conclude with a drop-off at either Myeongdong or City Hall, depending on your preference.

Seoul: Ancient Palaces and Scenic Points Walking Tour

4. Seoul: Ancient Palaces and Scenic Points 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: Symbolic Half-Day Afternoon Tour

5. Seoul: Symbolic Half-Day Afternoon Tour

Your tour begins at Bukchon Hanok village which literally translates to "northern village," where many traditional houses operate as cultural centers, guesthouses and restaurants. Then, move to Changdeokgung palace, built in 1405 during the early Joseon Dynasty as the main residence for members of the royal family. Changdeokgung was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in February 1997.   Then, you will visit Seoul’s landmark N Seoul Tower, equipped with observatories and a revolving restaurant for a full 360° view. There is also a personal media play zone where you can check out the latest movie trailers and music videos, pavilion exhibition halls where various cultural events are held and a roof terrace where you can enjoy a scenic view of Seoul. You will also make a stop at Namdaemun market, located just a few minutes from Seoul’s ancient Namdaemun gate (Sungnyemun or South gate), an open-air market of the same name. It is close to the downtown area and deluxe hotels, and it boasts the best selection of merchandise in the nation. The market’s history traces back to the Joseon Dynasty, and since then, has become the main place to exchange daily products between urban and rural areas of Korea. As the tour ends, you will be dropped off either at City hall or Seoul station.   Itinerary: Hotel → Bukchon Hanok village → Changdeokgung palace (※Gyeongbokgung palace & National folk museum on Monday) → N Seoul tower → Namdaemun market → Drop-off at City Hall subway station or Seoul station (* Lotte Mart - the best large discount store)

Taste hidden street food in Seoul with a 2.5h food tour

6. Taste hidden street food in Seoul with a 2.5h food tour

Visit Seoul in an original way by joining our food tour. With the theme of Korean street food, we made a selection of places that you might not have found on your own or in guides. During the food tour, you will have 5-6 very qualitative and gourmet tastings. After the street food, the visit will go through a stopover in a typical Korean restaurant where we will offer an even more generous tasting. Our food tour was born from a meeting between a French tourist who has a food tour business and her apartment rental host. We had a real friendly crush and we wanted to work together on this project. Our goal is to show you Seoul as we experienced it together!

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What people are saying about Namdaemun Market

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 24 reviews

My tour guide was Grace and she was amazing!! She taught me how to use the subways to get around and where to get Korean won from an ATM. We went to Gyeongbokgung Palace and Grace talked me into renting a hanbok where they also did my hair. I felt so pretty and it made the experience more special! She also took a ton of beautiful pictures for me! Then we went to Gwangjang market to try street foods. It felt more like friends hanging out than a tour, she was so friendly and she taught me a lot about the history and culture, and afterwards she told me I could text her if I needed any more help getting around or anymore suggestions. She helped me get over my fear of getting around on my own, I really appreciate her and would recommend her to anymone! If I get to come back someday, I would book with her again!

Laura made us see the culture of Korea. Made us see the palaces of different kings. Explained us the history of the country. Introduced us to their cultural food. She is very knowledgeable and patient of answering questions. And of course thought us where to go for shopping.

I enjoyed my customized tour with my Korean buddy Ryan. He was very knowledgeable about the sites as we walked. Time well spent.