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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What will we visit on this tour?

  • 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.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Start of tour. Learn about Seoul's main palace and its history

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Jogyesa Temple

    Buddhist temple in the heart of Seoul

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Bukchon Hanok Village

    Explore the village of traditional homes and try some street food if you want.

  • 4
    Outside visit

    A quiet road of cafes and dessert shops

  • 5
    Outside visit

    Seoul's "secret" palace.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Ikseondong Hanok Village

    Hip, trendy neighborhood that has been revitalized in the last few years.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Tapgol Park

    Home of the independence movement and end of our tour.

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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Jessica 21 Mar 2024

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
This was a great walking tour and it covered a lot of the older sites on the north side of Seoul. Steve was great at communicating beforehand and was very kind about helping me connect with the group when I couldn’t find the initial meet up point. I learned a lot of interesting facts and saw some great views of the city. I definitely recommend Steve and this tour to anyone visiting Seoul!
Juliana 17 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Souni 08 Mar 2024

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Travelled in group - Mar 2024
Steve was fantastic. Really knowledgeable, interesting stories, great stops including tasting street food and taking photos for us. He was kind and considerate to everyone’s requests and needs. Thanks Steve we had a great time.
Anna 21 Feb 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
It was the first tour I did in Korea and Steve gave a great historic introduction. Very good tour
Elina 16 Feb 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
I highly recommend this tour, especially within the first few days in Seoul. Steve is very personable. He shares an excellent mix of historical events and his own years long living is Seoul experiences and observations.
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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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