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Seoul 101: Discover the secrets of the old city with a free walking tour

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Steve
Registered on March 08, 2023

Hi. I've lived in Seoul for 12 years and love exploring new areas. I'm a bit of a history nerd and can show you the spots that aren't in most guidebooks (did you know Seoul has a sixth palace?). I like to keep my tours flexible to the travelers' needs. Hope you join me for a walk around Seoul!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

TGIF! In Korean, it's called 'bulgeum' meaning 'Fire Friday.' This tour is the perfect way to start your weekend. It also sometimes runs on a Tuesday.
This tour starts off in the old part of town, exploring the traditional hanok houses of the Bukchon north village. It then heads into the trendy Ikseondong neighbourhood and ends in Jongro, the perfect place for some dinner or drinks.
On the way, you'll see Jogyesa, the main Buddhist temple in Seoul; Unhyeongung, Seoul's less well-known 'sixth' palace; and Tapgol Park, the birthplace of Korean independence.
You'll see everything from traditional markets to street food, trendy cafes, and photo rooms.
The tour starts near Gyeongbokgung Palace (closed on Tuesday) which is easy to explore by yourself if you have a few hours spare before the tour.

Tour itinerary: 

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace gates
  • Jogyesa Buddhist temple
  • Bukchon Hanok village
  • Unhyeongung Palace
  • Ikseondong neighborhood
  • Tapgol Park
  • Jongro neighborhood
  • Bosingak Pavillion

Meeting point: Gyeongbokgung station exit 5. The exit is at the end of the long underground passage shownin the photos. If you are a little bit early, take some time to enjoy the art in the passage.

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  • Meeting point:
    77-9 Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Sout...
    77-9 Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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    Meet at Exit 5 of Gyeongbokgung station (subway line 3). I'll be in a red shirt.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Milena 05 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Steve is very nice and tour interesting!
Elza 08 Aug 2023
São Paulo

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Travelled alone - Aug 2023
His a native english speaker and that made the difference for me.
Rachel 07 Aug 2023
Panama City Beach

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Travelled alone - Aug 2023
This was a great couple of walking tour! All my questions were answered and I had a lot of fun!
Andy 04 Aug 2023

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Travelled in group - Aug 2023
I would recommend one to go on Steve's tour if you are in town as Steve shows you very picturesque areas of Seoul and have tons of recommendations on food, night life, things to do etc. I really enjoyed the tour which allows us to walk through different areas - it was really cool to see different sides of Seoul during the tour. Steve is friendly and informative. Very good tour indeed.
Marina 30 Apr 2023

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Travelled in group - Apr 2023
We really enjoyed our tour with Steve. As a local he was able to show us lots of interesting things and answer any questions we had about living in Seoul.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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