+82 (0) 707 571 1811



USD 44.00
USD @children-price@



view cancellation policy
Physical rating:
rating definitions
Culture shock rating:
rating definitions
 The Soul of Seoul, Seoul tour

The Soul of Seoul

General Info | Photo Gallery | Traveller Feedback
Review rating: from 5 reviews


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

Tour style:Walking & Orientation, Local life & Culture, History & Heritage
Inclusions:

Local English-speaking guide


Exclusions:

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


Group size:Maximum 12
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.


Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:

    Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

  • 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.

  • Child policy:

    This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour.

  • Language: English

Itinerary:

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.


Photo Gallery:

 The Soul of Seoul, Seoul tour The Soul of Seoul, Seoul tour The Soul of Seoul, Seoul tour The Soul of Seoul, Seoul tour The Soul of Seoul, Seoul tour The Soul of Seoul, Seoul tour The Soul of Seoul, Seoul tour The Soul of Seoul, Seoul tour


Traveller Feedback:

Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback. 

The Soul of Seoul has an average customer care rating of 4.64 (out of a possible 5). The scores for each parameter are:
  • Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.80
  • Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.60
  • The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
    with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.60
  • The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
    Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.60
  • Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.60

Mr. Joel N.
Canada ~ 04 Oct 2014
[back to top]

Excellent tour. Great guide,

 

Mr. HARRY G.
United Kingdom ~ 03 May 2014
[back to top]

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.
USA ~ 26 Feb 2014
[back to top]

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.
New Zealand ~ 22 Jan 2013
[back to top]

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

 

Mrs. Dana B.
USA ~ 20 Nov 2012
[back to top]

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.

 

Your trip:

For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

Tipping:

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.

  • Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
  • Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.

Sign up now and get $10 off your next tour!


Responsible Travel with Urban Adventures

 

Wherever we go in the world, we take a responsible attitude with us. That means travelling in a way which both respects and benefits local people, their culture, their economy, and their environment. Please read on for more information on our Responsible Travel policy and how you can be a responsible traveller for your entire journey.


more ...