Soul of Seoul Small-Group Walking Tour

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3 hours
Departs from
Seoul Railway Station
Returns to
Concludes at Insa-dong (a traditional Korean market)
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Discover the history, culture and food of Seoul on a walking tour of this bustling metropolis. Journey back to the past and visit Buddhist temples, historic landmarks, art markets and traditional tea shops. See the city’s modern side as you visit Cheonggyecheon Plaza, a public recreation space. Finish your tour savoring mouthwatering Korean delicacies.

Experience Seoul’s unique fusion of ancient traditions and rapid modernization as you amble down the streets and see the numerous markets, high rises, temples and tea shops! Your local guide will show you the best of Seoul, revealing hidden treasures, favorite local hangouts and iconic landmarks.

Meet your guide at the Gwanghwamum Metro Station in Seoul, and begin your tour by walking through Cheonggyecheon Plaza. This beautiful, 5-mile-long (8-kilometer) public recreation space flows from west to east through downtown Seoul and is a popular gathering place for locals to relax. Admire the picturesque stream, historic stone bridges and uniquely decorated walls, with modern high rises in the backdrop.

Continue your walk to Jongno, one of the oldest areas running through central Seoul and an important financial and cultural center. Walk over and visit Jogyesa, one of the main temples of Korean Buddhism in Seoul. Admire one of Korea’s national monuments, the 500-year-old ancient white pine tree within the temple grounds.

Stroll over to Insa-dong, Seoul’s center for traditional Korean culture, art and cuisine. Visit an authentic Korean tea shop and sample aromatic and soothing teas. Browse through the markets for traditional paintings, calligraphy, pottery and folk crafts at unbeatable prices. Finish your adventure by indulging in tasty Korean cuisine. Try popular dishes like bibimbap, meaning “mixed rice” in Korean. Bibimbap is served in a clay steam bowl of warm white rice topped with sautéed and seasoned vegetables, beef, a fried egg and chili pepper paste. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly prior to eating.

This three-hour walking tour will give you a good overview of Seoul so you can explore the rest of the city on your own, discovering new neighborhoods or returning to your favorite spots for a more in-depth look.

What's included

  • Public bus ticket
  • English-speaking guide

What isn't included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)