This was a tour that I would highly recommend to anyone. I had the fortune of being the only person that booked this tour for the day that I went so I had a private tour with my tour guide Ben. Ben was fantastic! He taught me so many things about Korean culture and history through this tour which made all of the sights so much better. For example, I had visited Gyeongbokgung before this tour and loved seeing the palace and its beauty, but visiting it again with Ben was even better because he taught me a lot of little details about the palace that I would never have learned on my own. This goes for all of the other places in the tour as well.
I chose the full-day option so my tour included an observatory where you can look out over the area around City Hall, Namdaemun Market, the area around Namsan Tower, Myeongdong, Gyeongbokgung, Bukchon Hanok Village, Jogyesa Temple, and then the Nanta cooking show. The full day option was definitely worth it because the places I visited after the morning only tour ended were some of my favorites. Ben took me to an area of Bukchon Hanok Village that was away from the more popular areas of the village, but it was amazing because you can look out over the city and see all the beautiful rooftops. The Nanta cooking show was very good and entertaining and I am glad I got to see it. You don't even need to know a word of Korean to enjoy it because they only say a very, very small amount of words and the context is very clear what they're saying.
I highly recommend this tour to anyone! It was a lot of walking, but I enjoyed that aspect more because you get to see the city in person rather than being underground in the subway or quickly flying by everything in a bus. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
My tour guide was Ben. It was my first time in Seoul so I very much appreciated his knowledge of the recent and past history of Korea. Ben's English is very good. The tour itself gives an excellent glimpse of Seoul's past blended with the new. Well thought out route and overall highly recommended.
We only had a short layover in Seoul on our way to Cambodia and thought a half day tour would give us a taste of the city. Our tour guide Sook did an outstanding job of showing us the highlights and even accommodated our request to try a lunch of ginseng chicken soup...yummy. Excellent tour. Highly recommended.
Wow! Is all I can say about this tour! After just completing a 2 week trip of Korea, Japan and Taiwan I would have to say this tour was the highlight. It ended up being a private tour so it really felt special! Amazing sites, great information and the show at the end is simply amazing. Thanks so much!
My tour guide was Ben Kim, and he was fantastic! He was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. I was the only one on this tour, so it was a unique and memorable experience. The last time I was in Korea was 30 years ago when I was very young, so I was really interested in reconnecting with my culture and learning more about Korean history. Ben accommodated my interest in practicing Korean, so he did the tour in both English and Korean. The tour moved at a great pace and I learned a lot of interesting things, both historic and current. The Namsan Mountain portion of the tour was my favorite. The elevated vantage point provided breathtaking views and an opportunity to learn more about Korea in terms of significant landmarks, buildings, and mountains.
This tour was more than worth the money! Ben was my guide and he was incredibly well informed. He taught me many interesting things about the country and was extremely open and personable. When I come back with friends I will without a doubt be doing this tour again. I did all day tour. Concert= :)
This tour was so much fun, we highly recommend it! Ben was our tour guide and he was fantastic! I have already recommended him to my friend who will be visiting Seoul in the Fall. His English was great and he was so enthusiastic and passionate about Seoul and it's history. Ben took us to the observatory deck in City Hall, shopping at both Namdaemun Market and Myeongdong, and Nansam Tower which also included riding the cable car. He even carried our bags for us after we went shopping! We were just a small group my daughter and I, plus another group of 2 so it was almost like a private tour, and that was on a Saturday! Per the recommendations of other people who have taken this tour, we did this on our first full day in Seoul so we could get to know the city before venturing out on our own....definitely a good idea! My only regret is taking the half day tour instead of the full day!
I thought this was a public group tour but I turned out to be a private tour. Not bad for the price, since it included everything plus lunch! I was also impresses that I didn't need a minimum 2 persons which almost all the other tours need. Very glad I booked this tour! My tour guide was very knowledgeable with Korean history and how it has shaped the Korea we see today. The language barrier is very real and many locals are very guarded when approached by foreigners, I'm glad I was accompanied by a local tour guide to smooth over my trip. I loved visiting Namsan Mountain. I also recommend getting as many souvenirs at Namdaemun Market! I regret not getting more since the remainder to my stay I spent it rushing from metro to metro with my friends trying to get to some place or another. Over all I completely recommended this tour!