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Information as of 21 Feb, 2017

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

    2 hours

    Gyeongbokgung Palace/Hyoja-dong

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  • Changgyeonggung Palace

    2 hours

    Changgyeonggung Palace

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  • Changdeokgung Palace

    2 hours

    Changdeokgung Palace

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  • Bukchon Hanok Village

    3hours 30minutes

    Bukchon Hanok Village

  • Seochon Hanok Village

    2hours 30minutes

    Seochon Hanok Village

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  • Seolleung –Bongeunsa Temple

    2hours 30minutes

    Seolleung –Bongeunsa Temple

  • 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

    2 hours

    Deoksugung Palace/Jeong-dong

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  • Seongbuk-dong

    3 hours

    Seongbuk-dong

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  • Gyeonghuigung Palace /Seodaemun

    2 hours

    Gyeonghuigung Palace /Seodaemun

  • 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

    2 hours

    Changgyeonggung Palace

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  • Changdeokgung Palace

    3 hours

    Changdeokgung Palace

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  • Seonggyungwan

    2 hours

    Seonggyungwan

  • 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

    2 hours

    Cheonggyecheon (Stream) 1

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  • Cheonggyecheon (Stream) 2

    2hours 30minutes

    Cheonggyecheon (Stream) 2

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  • Namsanseonggwak Fortress

    3hours 30minutes

    Namsanseonggwak Fortress

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  • Naksanseonggwak Fortress

    3 hours

    Naksanseonggwak Fortress

  • Hangang (River) – Jeoldusan Catholic Martyrs' Shrine

    2hours 30minutes

    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

    3 hours

    Insa-dong/Unhyeongung Palace

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  • Dongdaemun Market

    2hours 30minutes

    Dongdaemun Market

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  • Mongchontoseong Fortress

    2hours 30minutes

    Mongchontoseong Fortress

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  • Permanent Tours

    Reservations are necessary

    Permanent Tours

  • 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