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The Soul of Seoul

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Seoul, Korea

From USD 44

Office phone number: +82 (0) 707 571 1811

Minimum age
5 years
Language
English
Starting time
9.30 AM
Duration
3 hours
Culture shock
Low
Physicality
Medium
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    • The UA guide (Hune(?)) was first class.
      She was very clear in her explanations and answered Qs willingly.
      The 'Soul of Seoul' excursion was very interesting and worthwhile, and included a visit to the Seoul Museum, which I would not have made on my own.

      Mr. HARRY G., United Kingdom - 03 May 2014

    • Wonderful morning. Only had 1 day in Seoul and wanted to really get something out of it. Had two, yes two, young ladies; one guide and one trainee guide showing me around, making sure the white-haired lady didn't trip or fall, pointing out, explaining, and well, asking me about my life and telling me about theirs. Just a taste of Seoul but a very good taste.

      Ms. Judith G., USA - 26 Feb 2014

    • Excellent tour. Great guide,

      Mr. Joel N., Canada - 04 Oct 2014

  • Tour snapshot

    Locate the soul of Seoul in its traditional spaces and contemporary places, from the Joseon Dynasty to The Korean Wave. Uncover the hidden gems that reveals that yes, Seoul has a soul, and it’s a beautiful one at that!

  • Highlights

    • Walk the vibrant streets of Seoul, uncovering some of its local secrets and Gangnam style
    • Visit the Seoul Museum of History and interact with the cityscape at Seoul City Panoramic Theater
    • Wander Deoksugung-gil, the romantic stone wall road that surrounds the palace
    • Experience the traditional royal guard-changing ceremony and daily bell-tolling of a Seoul national treasure at Bosingak Belfry
  • Schedule details

    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Meeting point:

      Gwanghwamun Station – Seoul Metro Subway Line 5, Exit 5 (Outside).

    • Starting time: 9.30 AM
    • Ending point:

      Bosingak Bell Pavilion / Jonggak Station – Seoul Metro Subway Line 1.

  • Experience Seoul's unique blend of old and new on this Urban Adventure that takes in an interactive museum exhibit, two of Seoul’s five royal palaces, the changing of the guards ceremony, and the picturesque features of central Seoul’s historic sites. As one of Asia's up-and-coming cities, Seoul is an interesting city full of delights, yet still remains off the mass tourism radar. In our opinion, that makes Seoul ideal for discovering unique local experiences and getting to know the city like a local.

    Start the day in the heart of Seoul at Gwanghwamun Gate and walk along to the Seoul Museum of History for a unique interactive exhibition of local history at the Seoul City Panoramic Theatre. From there, we’ll continue into Gyeonghuigung Palace, one of the five royal palaces in Seoul.

    Next our Seoul walking tour heads to Daehamun for the royal changing of the guards ceremony. Then after a brief stop at Seoul City Hall, we’ll stroll over to Cheonggyecheon Plaza, with its picturesque stream, historic stone bridges, and uniquely decorated walls, and then head out for a walk through Jongno, one of central Seoul's oldest areas.

    Your Seoul city tour continues with a walk to the Bosingak Bell Pavilion, the belfry for a 3.18m tall bronze bell from the early Joseon period. If we’re lucky, we’ll catch the bell’s mighty toll at noon!  

    At the end of the tour, you're free to continue exploring Seoul. We highly recommend taking the opportunity to feast on some tasty Korean cuisine. Korean food is one of the world's best kept secrets, so don't miss the chance to try some. Your guide will let you know the best place to try local delicacies like Bibimbap or Jeon, and will be able to give you recommendations for where to continue your Seoul adventure, like the nearby Insa-dong flea market and Jogyesa Temple.

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide

    Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, food and drink, lunch, tips / gratuities for your guide. 

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    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

  • Local contact

    Office phone number: +82 (0) 707 571 1811
    Email address: info@seoulurbanadventures.com

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  • Mr. Joel N. from Canada travelled on 04 Oct 2014

    Excellent tour. Great guide,

  • Mr. HARRY G. from United Kingdom travelled on 03 May 2014

    The UA guide (Hune(?)) was first class.
    She was very clear in her explanations and answered Qs willingly.
    The 'Soul of Seoul' excursion was very interesting and worthwhile, and included a visit to the Seoul Museum, which I would not have made on my own.

  • Ms. Judith G. from USA travelled on 26 Feb 2014

    Wonderful morning. Only had 1 day in Seoul and wanted to really get something out of it. Had two, yes two, young ladies; one guide and one trainee guide showing me around, making sure the white-haired lady didn't trip or fall, pointing out, explaining, and well, asking me about my life and telling me about theirs. Just a taste of Seoul but a very good taste.

  • Mr. Daniel W. from New Zealand travelled on 22 Jan 2013

    Very good tour of the 'Soul of Seoul'. Weather was very cold but the guide was still very enthusiastic and helpful.

  • Mrs. Dana B. from USA travelled on 20 Nov 2012

    I enjoyed the tour. It was a little difficult to understand our guide. His English was excellent. He just had a strong accent. I will continue to seek out Urban Adventures tours as I travel.

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