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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.

ToursSecret Food Tours Seoul
From $92 per person
3 hours
Over the years, Seoul has developed into one of the most modern cities in the world. Through this change, Koreans have remained passionate about their work, food, and history. We'll show you some of the most loved foods and beautiful landscapes our city has to offer. We will take you through hidden alleyways and quaint backstreets home to secret foodie gems, and share little tips and tricks along the way that you'll be able to use on the rest of your trip.
ToursSmall-Group Korean Night Food Tour
From $107 per person
3 to 4 hours
5 (131)
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.
ToursExplore Korea's Traditional - Korean Folk Village and GwangMyeong Cave
From $37 per person
7 to 8 hours
Meet your friendly tour staff at your preferred meet-up point and hop onto the comfortable tour van/coach (maximum 43 pax) with other travelers as we head off to the Folk Village. You will be briefed on the details of the tour by our knowledgeable staff and feel free to ask any questions if any. Reach Korean Folk Village around 10am and explore the traditional Korea. Enjoy the plays and performance in the village. After that, will reach the GwangMyeong Cave, enjoy the time in the largest themed cave park with varied cultural and artistic things, created in a gold mine where gold, silver, and bronze were mined. Will head back to Seoul around 4:10pm.
AdmissionHiking to Bukhansan Peak(Baegundae: 836.5m) with Mountain Expert
From $142 per person
7 hours
5 (2)
National parks are very rarely within a city, and yet Bukhansan Mountain was designated as the 15th national park of Korea in 1983. Bukhansan National Park boasts of many gorges and granite peaks with crystal clear streams flowing between them. Hiking to the summit can be challenging and can take between 4-6 hours subject to individual pace. 

Highlights

• Whole day trekking in Bukhansan National Park with an experienced mountain expert. Extended or shortened trekking possible

• Visit Doseonsa Buddhist Temple and pass through beautiful valleys and ridges to Bukhansan summit of Baegundae

• Beautiful view and Seoul scenery from Baegundae peak

• Delicious Korean lunch-box
AdmissionSoul of Seoul Small-Group Walking Tour
From $47 per person
3 hours
4.5 (23)
Discover the history, culture and food of Seoul on a walking tour of this bustling metropolis. Journey back to the past and visit historic landmarks like Gyeonghuigung Palace and the Bosingak Bell Pavilion.
ActivitiesSeoul City Private Full-Day Tour Including Lunch
From $204 per person
8 hours
5 (29)
The country of the morning calm is full of history, and its capital, Seoul, abounds with authentic treasures. Join this 8-hour private tour to discover some of the most renowned gems of South Korean culture. From the great palaces to the N Tower, this tour will lead you through the ages to discover the old & the brand new capital.
AdmissionFull-Day Essential Seoul Tour
From $97 per person
7 to 8 hours
5 (146)
Visit some of Seoul's most famous attractions during this 8.5-hour guided tour. Visit Jogye Temple, pass by The Blue House, Gyeongbok Palace, Insadong, Bukchon Hanok Village, Bugak Skyway, and Myeongdong with no more than 15 people for a personalized, small-group experience.
AdmissionSmall-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour
From $33 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
5 (6)
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.