New Ways To Discover Seoul's Well-Trodden Tourist Sites

The National Folk Museum of Korea in Seoul
The National Folk Museum of Korea in Seoul | © YOORAN PARK / Alamy Stock Photo

There are many sides to Seoul, and even more ways to discover them. Here are nine tours with a fresh take on the well-worn tourist sites.

Seoul is a treasure trove of a city. If you drink, you’ll discover soju – Korea’s unofficial national drink. If you’re a foodie, there’s no end to the banchan (accompanying side dishes), bibimbap and bulgogi delights the city will send your way. If you’re a culture vulture, the city is home to over 100 Korean National Treasures – museums, monuments and memorials that are protected for their historical importance.

No matter how many times you’ve been before, there’s always something new to be discovered – even on the well-trodden tourist trails. Here are nine tours that will help you find whatever side of Seoul you’re looking for.

ToursSmall-Group Korean Night Food Tour
From $107 per person
3 to 4 hours
4.732852 (277)

Experience the fascinating culture of South Korea in one of the most authentic ways possible – through its local cuisine! On this 3.5-hour food tour, learn all about Korea’s culinary customs from your guide, an expert in local Korean food and culture, as you journey through the streets of Seoul. Explore the bustling district of Jongno-gu and visit three different food stalls and restaurants, as well as a traditional village, to try a variety of Korean foods such as Korean pork barbecue and try mixed Soju bomb drinks and savory and crispy Kimchi pancakes with traditional rice wine at an authentic Korean old-school bar. You’ll also taste one of the most popular Korean street food, Tteokbokkim which is spicy rice cake stew. Additionally, you’ll encounter hidden gems only frequented by Seoulites and off the typical tourist spots. Our fun and knowledgeable guides will give you insights into Korean culture and teach you eating and drinking customs.

AdmissionSmall-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour
From $33 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
4.5 (7)

On this tour, you will visit the Buddhist temple in the city, the Presidential Blue House Square and Gyeongbokgung Palace for 3.5 hours with a small group. First, you will visit Jogyesa temple that represents Buddhism in Seoul and pass by the Cheongwadae, the Presidential Blue House, that symbol with blue tiles, and move on to Gwanghwamun Gate to see the royal guard changing ceremony. After the ceremony, you will explore Gyeongbokgung Palace that is also referred to as the northern palace. Also you will visit a museum called the National Folk Museum, where you can see how Koreans from a few centuries ago lived.

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