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Lonely Planet Experience: Highlights & Hidden Gems of Seoul provided by Private Tours in Seoul

Lonely Planet Experience: Highlights & Hidden Gems of Seoul

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 07/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Meet your host at the heart of Gwanghwamun Square and get the perfect introduction to the tour as you spot the statues of King Sejong and Admiral Yi. Enter the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest palace in Seoul, and explore its premises. Explore the Bukchon Hanok Village dating back almost 600 years. Go inside the Jogyesa Temple, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Korea and a symbol of Korean Buddhism, and take a walk through Insadong, a traditional street from the Joseon era that today is home to many lovely hotspots where the locals like to go. Discover a unique viewpoint at the Bukchon Hanok Village through a secret path that only a few know about. Go to one of the locals’ favorite areas, the Ikseon-dong, where your local host can give you recommendations on where to go. Every Lonely Planet Experience also comes with six months' free access to Lonely Planet's Guides app, which includes over 8,000 destination guides, and unbeatable discounts in the Lonely Planet store.
  • You'll start at
    169 Sejong-daero, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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  • 1
    Gwanghwamun Square
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 2
    Gyeongbokgung Palace
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 3
    Bukchon Hanok Village
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 4
    Sewoon Arcade (Makercity Sewoon)
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Sewoon Arcade (Makercity Sewoon)
    Jangsa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Important Information
Departure Point
169 Sejong-daero, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Return Details
Sewoon Arcade (Makercity Sewoon), Jangsa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Entrance tickets
  • Local guide
  • Driver
  • Local tasting
  • 1 non alcoholic drinks
  • Food and beverages not listed as inclusions
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Curated by Lonely Planet, powered by Withlocals
  • This experiences is carbon neutral
  • This experience is guided by local experts
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Maura L wrote a review Feb. 2020
San Diego12 contributions3 helpful votes
I was sitting in an airport hotel in Incheon, feeling like I was missing out on a chance to see Seoul. I was afraid I'd get lost on mass transit and miss my plane. Then Sanghee solved my problem. She showed me the city, old and new. I loved eating noodles in the open market on
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Date of experience: February 2020
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By: Private Tours in Seoul
Friendly and insightful tour
Julian is everything you could want from a tour guide; informative, insightful, enthusiastic, friendly and great co
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I did this experience with my kids! It is very interactive and of course easy to prepare for, all you need is paper
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Gangnam walking tour
Our guidw Julian has really good English.He was very friendly and easy to talk to, and he answered any questions we
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Local know-how! Highly recommended!
What a fabulous tour and experience! This was my first encounter with withlocals and would highly recommend it to a
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Sanghee is really friendly and a dynamic person, you won't get bored with her! She is open-minded and will answer t
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Such a great introduction to Seoul
We did a food tour with Williams and thoroughly enjoyed it. The heading of the tour mentioned 'tastings' but it was
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Great tour!
Ho Jin was a really good tourguide, showed me a lot of the city and reflected to what I wanted to do! I can really
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Find hiddenGgems!
I had a great time with Sanghee exploring the less obvious places of Seoul. Even booked very last minute, she was a
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Unexpectedly a great City Tour of Seoul
We didn't know what to expect and we were extremely please with Megane. She showed us the main highlights and took
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Best DMZ tour!
Ho Jin gave us the best possible DMZ tour possible. All three of us have travelled a lot but the DMZ tour and the w
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Kenzie W
Great Intro to Seoul
I had my tour with Yejin on my first day in Seoul and it really helped kickstart the rest of my time in Seoul. Asid
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What an amazing experience :-)
We had a fabulous day in Seoul with Dan . His local knowledge , sense of humour and communication of facts about Ko
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A personal visit to the North
We decided to enlist a private guide due to having our 8yo who doesn't speak English yet and we wanted to be able t
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Ho Jin is the best tour guide ever!
I've had many tour guides over the years, but Ho Jin is the best one ever. I really liked his accommodating our nee
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Food tasting tour with Sanghee was excellent!
The food tasting tour with Sanghee was absolutely great! Her enthusiasm and knowledge of Seoul and its food is infe
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