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Seoul City Tour

Seoul City Tour

Seoul, the capital of Korea, is arguably the most popular tourist destination in all of Korea. Packed with countless sights to see and places to visit, such as ancient palaces, traditional markets, and high-end shopping districts, Seoul is a city with so much to offer that you might not know where to start. To get the most out of your stay, visit some of Seoul's most famous attractions by taking a trip aboard the Seoul City Tour Bus, which offers various routes.

The Downtown/Palace Course travels to all the major tourist spots, while the City & Traditional Culture Course, along with the Seoul Panorama Course, stops at some of the best traditional markets and major shopping districts. Also, the Night Course provides an opportunity to take in the city's spectacular nightscape. Travelers can pick the tour that is best suited to their interests. Language interpretation services are available in different languages on the buses, installed in each seat for tourists to learn about the places they are visiting.

☞ The Downtown/Palace Course (single-decker bus)
Course itinerary:
Gwanghwamun GateDeoksugung PalaceNamdaemun MarketSeoul StationThe War Memorial of KoreaYongsan StationThe National Museum of KoreaItaewon Special Tourist ZoneMyeong-dongNamsangol Hanok VillageGrand Ambassador SeoulHotel ShillaJangchungdan ParkN Seoul TowerGrand Hyatt SeoulDongdaemun Design PlazaDaehangno (University Street)Changgyeonggung PalaceChangdeokgung PalaceInsa-dongThe Street in front of the CheongwadaeGyeongbokgung PalaceNational Folk Museum of Korea
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, SeoulSejong CenterGwanghwamun Gate
Departure time: Tuesdays–Sundays (09:00-20:00) (The last bus leaves at 18:00 from Gwanghwamun Bus Stop.)
Intervals / Duration of the tour: Every 30 minutes for weekdays, every 25 minutes for weekends and public holidays / approx. 2 hours
Departure point: Gwanghwamun Gate, next to Koreana Hotel (Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 6)

☞ The Seoul Panorama Course (double-decker bus) + Trolley Bus Course
Course itinerary:
Gwanghwamun GateCheonggyecheon Stream & Cheonggye PlazaMyeong-dongSeoul Animation CenterNamsan Cable CarMillennium Seoul HiltonNamsan LibraryGrand Hyatt SeoulSome SevitSeoul 63 SquareHangang River Ferry Cruise → Yeouinaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5) → Hongdae (Hongik University Street) → Hongik Univ. Station (AREX Line) → Sinchon Station∙Ewha Womans Univ. → Sejong Center
※ The bus will not stop at Some Sevit on weekends and public holidays.
Departure time: Tuesdays–Sundays (09:30-17:00) (*The tour finishes at 17:30 on weekends and public holidays)
Duration of the tour: approx. 1 hours and 30-40 minutes.
Departure point: Gwanghwamun Gate, next to Koreana Hotel (Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 6)

☞ Gwanghwamun Gate Course (single and double-decker buses)
Course itinerary:
Single-Decker Bus: Gwanghwamun GateMapo Bridge (bypass) → Yeouido (bypass) → Seogangdaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Seongsudaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Hannamdaegyo Bridge (bypass) → N Seoul TowerNamdaemun MarketCheonggyecheon Stream & Cheonggye Plaza
Double-Decker Bus: Gwanghwamun Gate → Mapo Bridge (bypass) → Seogangdaegyo Bridge (bypass) → 강변북로(bypass) → Hannamdaegyo Bridge (bypass) → 세빛섬(970052) → 동작대교 (bypass) → Seongsudaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Namsan Mountain Circuit Road (bypass) → Namdaemun MarketCheonggyecheon Stream & Cheonggye Plaza
Departure time: Tuesdays-Sundays at 19:30 (*From July to September, the bus leaves at 20:00)
Intervals / Duration of the tour: once a day / approx. 1.5 hours
Departure point: Gwanghwamun Gate, next to Koreana Hotel (Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 6)

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Prices:

Prices
Course Adults Children∙Teens
(age 18 and under)
The Downtown/Palace Course (single-decker bus) 12,000 won 10,000 won
The Seoul Panorama Course (double-decker bus) + Trolley Bus Course 15,000 won 10,000 won
Gwanghwamun Gate Course single-decker bus 6,000 won 4,000 won
double-decker bus 12,000 won 7,000 won

※ Passengers can get off during the tour and board again (except the Gwanghwamun Gate Course), however, cannot make transfers to buses of other courses.
Purchasing tickets: Payments in cash, credit card and T-money accepted.
※ On-site purchase is available if seats are left. Only cash payment accepted by the bus tour guide.
Language assistant: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese
Closed:
Mondays (If Monday falls on public holidays, the tour will operate on a normal schedule)
The tour will be offered on a regular schedule during Summer vacation season (fourth week of July-August, 15th).
Inquiries: Seoul City Tour +82-2-777-6090 (Korean)
Website: www.seoulcitybus.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

☞ City & Traditional Culture courses (double-decker bus)
Course itinerary:
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, Dongdaemun Gate) → Bangsan Market∙Jungbu Market (Ojang-dong Cold Buckwheat Noodle Street) → Euljiro 3-ga Street → Euljiro 1(il)-ga Street (Deoksugung Palace, City  Hall) → Tongin Market (Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House), Seochon, Dosirak Café, Suseongdong Valley) → Sejong Center (Gwanghwamun Gate, Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, Gwanghwamun Square) → Seoul Station (Sungnyemun Gate) → Namdaemun Market (Bank of Korea Money Museum) → Myeong-dong Myeong-dong Cathedral) → Jonggak (Jongno Youth Street) → Insa-dong (Unhyeongung Royal Residence) → Jongmyo Shrine  → Gwangjang Market  → Dongmyo Shrine (Sungin-dong Dokkaebi Market) → Seoul Folk Flea MarketSeoul Medicine MarketMajang Meat Market → Sindang-dong Jungang Market (Sindangdong Tteokbokki Town)
※ Note: Bus Course 16 and 17 run on an irregular time, please check the availability before purchasing the ticket.
Departure time:
Winter (November-March): Everyday 09:30-18:20 (The last bus at 17:10)
Summer (April-October): Everyday 09:30-19:00 (The last bus at 17:50)
Intervals / Duration of the tour: Every 40 minutes on weekdays, 25 to 30 minutes on weekends and public holidays. / Approx. 1.5 hours
Departure point: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4, 5), Exit 1. In front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

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Prices:
Adults 15,000 won / Children∙Teens (age 18 and under) 10,000 won / Free of charge for children under age 5.
※ 10% off from regular ticket price when purchased from online.
Purchasing tickets:
At the boarding point located in front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). Payments in cash, credit card and T-money accepted.
Language assistant: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese
Closed: N/A (open all year round)
Inquiries: Seoul City Tour +82-1544-4239 (Korean)
Website: www.seoultrolley.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

☞ Gangnam City Tour
PINK LINE
Course itinerary:
Gangnam Tourist Information Center → Sinsadong Garosu-gil Road (North) → Gangnam Station → Yeongdong Market → Sinsa Station → Sinsadong Garosu-gil Road (South) → Gangnam Tourist Information Center
Intervals / Duration of the tour: Tuesdays-Sundays at 10:00-16:30
Intervals / Duration of the tour: Every hour (afternoon schedule resumes at 13:30) / approx. 40 minutes
Departure point: Opposite to the parking Lots of Gangnam Tourist Information Center (Apgujeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Walk for 100m after exiting from the gate.)

BLUE LINE
Course itinerary:
Gangnam Tourist Information Center → Apgujeong Rodeo StreetCheongdam Fashion Street → Cheongdam Fourway Intersection → Bongeunsa TempleCOEX Mall → Samseong Station → Seven Luck CasinoCheongdam Fashion Street → Gangnam Tourist Information Center
Intervals / Duration of the tour: Tuesdays-Sundays at 10:00-16:30
Intervals / Duration of the tour: Every hour (afternoon schedule resumes at 13:30) / approx. 50 minutes
Departure point: In front of Gukdong Sport Center (Apgujeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5. Walk for 300m after exiting from the gate.)

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Prices:
PINK Line (One-day pass): Adults 7,000 won / Teens 6,000 won / Children 5,000 won
BLUE Line (One-day pass): Adults 7,000 won / Teens 6,000 won / Children 5,000 won
PINK+BLUE Lines (One-day pass): Adults 12,000 won / Teens 10,000 won / Chidlren 8,000 won
Purchasing tickets:
Purchase tickets form Gangnam TIC ticket booth or upon boarding from any of the bus stops.
* Tickets can be purchased with credit card or cash, including foreign currency (USD, CNY, YEN, and WON).
Language assistant: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese
Closed: Mondays, on the day of Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) and Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day)
Inquiries:
Gangnam City Tour: +82-2-3448-5519 (Korean)
Gangnam Tourist Information Center: +82-2-3445-0111 (Japanese, Chinese)
Website: gangnamtour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

※ The bus schedule and time are subject to change without notice. Please check the website in advance to confirm the up-to-date information.
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Major tourist attractions

Insa-dong

Street view of Insa-dong (left) / Ssamzie-gil Road, one of the main attractions of Insa-dong (right) Photo: Street view of Insa-dong (left) / Ssamzie-gil Road, one of the main attractions of Insa-dong (right)

Insa-dong, located in the heart of the capital city Seoul, is an important place where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. The streets of Insa-dong are aligned with big and small alleys on each side full of interesting shops, galleries, traditional restaurants, traditional teahouses, and cafes.

There is 'special Insa-dong within Insa-dong' called Ssamziegil, resembling a Korean alphabet ‘ㅁ’ shape, it is dubbed as hidden gem as it offers interesting antiques at affordable prices in modern exterior of shopping mall. Also offering many cultural performances and events, it has been attracting many foreign visitors and Koreans alike.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

 Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is the most representative royal palace that boasts beautiful architectural traditions of Korea, housing kings’ parlor as well as spacious plaza relating to public affairs. It also presents beautiful harmony with nature, including designs like gardens and ponds which make a great backdrop for pictures to visitors take home.

N Seoul Tower

 N Seoul Tower

After almost thirty years in operation since the first public opening in October 15, 1980, this 236.7 meter-tall tower is all time favorite tourist attraction visited by all tourists from local and abroad. Its view becomes even more spectacular when seen after sunset, as it sits atop of Namsan Mountain, offering panoramic view of Seoul city. The tower not only has best view in town but also equipped with various subsidiary facilities where visitors can dine, shop and look for exhibitions, suited for unique cityscape on day and night.

Bongeunsa Temple

 Bongeunsa Temple

in the center of the Seoul, Gangnam area, Bongeunsa Temple has more than 1,200 years of history. Originally founded in 10th year of Silla Period, the temple relocated to current place during Joseon Era. This historical artifact houses extensive record of Korea’s Buddhism, however, visitors of all background and religion comes to enjoy the view and serenity within the bustling city.

Tongin Market

 Inside view of Tongin Traditional Market (left) / Yeopjeon (brass coin) (right) Photo: Inside view of Tongin Traditional Market (left) / Yeopjeon (brass coin) (right)

Tongin Market is famous for street foods and dosirak café, which is a unique buffet style lunch program offering visitors the opportunity to experience wide variety of banchan (Korean side dishes) at affordable prices. Menus are extensive covering categories including rice cakes, healthy vegetables, fruits, street snacks, and all the more scrumptiousness! You can purchase these with yepjoen (brass coins) for just 500 won each.

Namsangol Hanok Village

Namsangol Hanok Village

Namsangol Hanok Village is specially organized tourist destination recreating the traditional looks of Korean village of the past. The place displays residential houses, common area, pavilions, promenade and more architectural items altogether so that visitors can enjoy a quick travel back in time as well as a leisurely walk along this calm and soothing atmosphere.

In addition, the village offers many programs featuring traditional games, performances as well as hands-on experience where visitors can have a chance to learn Korea’s folk culture.

* This column was last updated in September 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.

<Last updated on September 4, 2015>




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