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!
Our guide Ben met us promptly on time, it became a private tour, only the two of us.
He was very informative and took us to many places we would have missed. We experienced all forms of transport, getting up to Seoul Tower was very busy by bus, but it was worth it. Ben was very willing to talk about anything we asked him, and all the places that we visited were great. Lunch was lovely with a couple of beers, and then we walked it off. The archictecture between old and new is amazing. We finished the tour with a wonderful performance at the theatre, it was a very enjoyable tour. Be prepared, the all day option there is quite a lot of walking. Liz
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.
I had a wonderful day with Jessie who filled in for Ben. She was fantastic and knew a great deal about her amazing city of Seoul. She spent the entire day with me walking the city and pointing out key areas and talking about the rich culture and history of Seoul and South Korea. We had lunch at a local restaurant, visited a museum and ended the day with a wonderful performance at the Jeongdong Theater. I really felt like I had a great introduction to Seoul through the eyes of a native! I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Seoul. Thank you, Jessie!
Our guide was Ben who was wonderful. He made it fun and interesting and accommodated the different needs in the group. I enjoyed the Namsan Mountain section but found the shopping areas were not really for me. That was not a fault of the tour but rather of my own preferences. Worth doing though as I saw parts of the city that I probably would have missed if I had not gone with such a knowledgeable guide.