Walking Tour General Information
“Seoul City Walking Tours” is a free program offered by the Seoul for tourists who want to see Seoul’s top five tourist attractions on foot under the expert guidance of a multilingual tour guide. Reservations for this program can be made via the internet or mobile web at dobo.visitseoul.net.
Walking Tour Introduction
Traditional Culture Course
The traditional culture course takes tourists to old palaces, hanok (traditional Korean house) villages, and temples that were built during the 600-year Joseon Dynasty. The bus stops at six destinations packed with cultural heritage sites.
- Gyeongbokgung Palace/Hyoja-dong : This walking tour starts at Gyeongbok Palace, the first royal palace built by the Joseon Dynasty, to and ends at Cheongwadae Sarangchae.
- Changgyeonggung Palace : Take a peek into the live styles of Joseon kings and queens
- Changdeokgung Palace : Visit this great palace of the Joseon Dynasty – designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997
- Bukchon Hanok Village : A course that will provide you with insight on life in the Joseon Dynasty
- Seochon Hanok Village : Visit destinations that were frequented by commoners back in the Joseon Dynasty
- Seolleung –Bongeunsa Temple : A course that takes you around Bongeunsa Temple, including the artifacts of classical scholar Chusa Kim Jeong-hui
Modern Historical Culture Course
This course will take you to sites in downtown Seoul that were built from the late Joseon Dynasty to the Japanese Colonial Period, the most volatile period in Seoul’s history.
- Deoksugung Palace/Jeong-dong : Travel back in time to early modern Korea
- Seongbuk-dong : A course dedicated to classical scholars of the Late Joseon Dynasty
- Gyeonghuigung Palace /Seodaemun : The area that suffered the most changes during the Japanese Occupation
Weekend Thematic Course
The weekend theme course is set around the history of Changgyeonggung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Seonggyungwan and the surrounding area.
- Changgyeonggung Palace : Visitors on this Walking Tour course will learn about the historical and ecological background to the trees planted in Changgyunggung Palace.
- Changdeokgung Palace : Visitors on this course will learn about the historical and ecological background to the trees planted in Changdeokgung Palace.
- Seonggyungwan : Seonggyungwan was both a royal university of the Joseon Dynasty and a Confucian shrine.
Ecological Restoration Course
The ecological restoration course takes in areas in Seoul that have been restored with a contemporary twist. Explore these unique areas where old meets new.
Cheonggyecheon (Stream) 1
Cheonggyecheon (Stream) 2
Hangang (River) – Jeoldusan Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine
- Cheonggyecheon (Stream) 1 : Clean air and clear water, a beautiful rest area in the heart of the city
- Cheonggyecheon (Stream) 2 : Clean air and clear water, a beautiful rest area in the heart of the city
- Namsanseonggwak Fortress : Experience both traditional history and modern culture in downtown Seoul.
- Naksanseonggwak Fortress : Sites that have been featured on television shows and in movies
- Hangang (River) – Jeoldusan Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine : This course centered around the Hangang River revisits the culture and history of the Korean people.
Other Courses (Traditional Market/ Ancient Historical Culture/ Seoul Cultural Tourism Volunteer Guide Permanent Tours)
Visitors can enjoy touring the following places: Insa-dong, which is a traditional cultural art street in downtown Seoul; the Traditional Market Theme Course, which will offer visitors to experience a little of Korean tradition; and the Mongchontoseong Fortress Course, which is a place where visitors can go on a leisurely stroll as they see a historical trace of the Three Kingdoms Period.
- Insa-dong/Unhyeongung Palace : Visit traditional markets that have managed to maintain their old-world charm.
- Dongdaemun Market : A traditional market course that mainly features Korean medicine, antique furniture, and artwork.
- Mongchontoseong Fortress : Learn about the Samguk Era (Three Kingdoms Period) on the Mongchontoseong Tour.
- Permanent Tours : Namsangol Hanok Village, Cheongwadae Sarangchae, The War Memorial of Korea, Seoul City Hall