Guided tour

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

4.8 / 5

17 reviews

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

Activity provider: ZenKimchi Experiences
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From US$ 35 per person

Discover Korea's dark history and ghosts. Explore the dark alleys, listen to stories from folklorists and historians. Learn what you will not hear anywhere else. What (or who) lies under the concrete?

About this activity

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Duration 1.5 - 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Encounter spooky places where people had paranormal experiences
  • Listen to dark tales and true crime stories recorded in history
  • See some of Seoul's iconic landmarks in a different light
  • Meet new people on an enjoyable stroll through Seoul's winding alleys
  • Select "Premium Tour" to have an extended horror adventure through hidden alleys and secret spots
Full description
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.
  • Guided tour
  • Pick up or drop-off at your accommodation
  • Food or drink, which is available to purchase
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • You must be at least 16 years old because some stories include violence and sex and are not suitable for children
  • The tour is wheelchair accessible but it is not recommended for those with serious walking difficulties
  • The tour schedule is tight because it must operate in accordance with the subway schedule
  • If you are running late, please inform the tour guide as soon as you can. Call, text, or use WhatsApp
  • We recommend using the SUBWAY to go to the meeting point. TAXIS almost always get stuck in traffic and make guests miss the tour
  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather as the tour takes place outdoors
  •  Food and drink are not provided but it will be available to purchase during the tour. There are no open container laws in Seoul, so you can enjoy alcoholic beverages (within reason) during the tour.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 17 reviews

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This was a blast! Joe was a great tour guide and incredibly knowledgeable on Korean history. So you can learn a to And get the chills at the same time!! The only thing I recommend is that everyone needs to buy the extended tour the 1.5 hours is not enough.

May 8, 2022

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.

December 9, 2021

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.

February 8, 2020

Product ID: 202042