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    “THE RIDE” is a theater bus that combines theater content with a bus tour in New York, United States. THE RIDE is a unique tourist product that offers the perspective of the whole city as a stage while watching aboard the bus. This program was introduced in a popular entertainment program in Korea and became a mandatory course for people travelling to New York.

    This fall, Seoul will also introduce a new tour bus, “Performance, City Tour Bus,” that combines a city tour with performances. Seoul will offer special performances of Seoul’s contents for Korean and foreign passengers on partial lines of the Seoul City Tour Bus and the Yellow Balloon City Bus for eight weeks, from September 25 to November 17, 2019.

    At the bus stop on Daehak-ro, a Mecca for performers, a magician will board the bus for a magic show that will unfold before passengers’ eyes, and a traditional Taekwondo performance will take place outside their windows when passing by Gyeongbokgung Palace. Seoul Plaza, with its harmony of modern buildings and traditional architecture, will host a performance combining breakdancing with traditional dance, showcasing Seoul’s charms where tradition merges with the present. The light beats of dance sport performances staged for passengers while they pass by the Seoul Station Bus Transfer Center will allow them to feel the vastness of fast-paced Seoul.

    On lines with additional performances, guides will board the buses and introduce each performance at every stopping point in addition to help out with passenger-participatory content. Seoul City Tour Bus, Course A (City Gogung-Namsan Course) will operate twice (12:30, 15:00) on Wednesdays and Thursdays and twice (12:20, 14:50) on Saturdays. Course A passes by the Grand Hyatt Seoul and goes around the Gwanghwamun Ticket Office, allowing passengers to board and watch performances midway through the route or freely board and get off during performances at the stop of their choice. The traditional culture course of the Yellow Balloon City Bus circles around DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza) twice (11:00, 13:00) on Fridays and three times (10:00, 12:00, 14:00) on Sundays. This course will operate as performance-exclusive buses. After boarding at DDP, passengers will watch all performances without getting off until the bus makes its round back to DDP.

    Various performances and things to see that depict the charms of each attraction, in addition to the convenience that the City Tour Bus offers in terms of easy sightseeing of Seoul’s main tourist attractions, are expected to be added to further the enjoyment of local and overseas tourists in Seoul as new tourism content.

    Watch Performances on the Seoul City Tour Bus
    Operation Seoul City Tour Bus Yellow Balloon City Bus
    Performance Organization Instrumental performances, magic show, breakdancing, K-POP dance, Sangmo performance, miming, Taekwondo, etc.
    Performance Period 09/25 (Wed.) – 11/16 (Sat.) 09/27 (Fri.) – 11/17 (Sun.)
    Performance Date and Time Wed./Thurs. 12:30, 15:00 (twice a day)
    Sat. 12:20, 14:50 (twice a day)
    Fri. 11:00, 13:00 (twice a day)
    Sun. 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 (three times a day)
    Performance Route Course A_City Gogung-Namsan Course
    (Grand Hyatt Seoul – Gwanghwamun Ticket Office)
    Traditional Culture Course
    (DDP rotation)
    Departure Point Gwanghwamun Ticket Office
    Exit 6 of Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5)
    (In direction of Koreana Hotel)
    Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) West Ticket Office
    (200-m walk from Exit 1 of Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station Lines 2, 4, 5)
    Main Details Free boarding and getting off at each stop

    – Performance guides board to explain performances of each stop and invite passenger participation

    – Performance-exclusive bus with no getting off after boarding at the departure point

    – Performance guides board to explain performances of each stop and invite passenger participation

    Performance Points 6 Designated Stops
    (Grand Hyatt Seoul, DDP, Daehak-ro, Gyeongbokgung East Gate, in front of the Folk Museum, Gwanghwamun Ticket Office)
    6 Designated Stops
    (DDP, in front of SK Telecom, Seoul City Hall, Seoul Station, Gyeongbokgung Palace, YBM Jongno Center)
    Performance Contents 7 Performances
    (Breakdancing, Sangmo performance, magic, djembe performance, miming, Taekwondo, traditional instrument performance)
    7 Performances
    (Sangmo performance, Taekwondo, breakdancing, miming, dance sport, magic, K-POP dance)
    Bus Images
    Performance Inquiries 82-2-6203-1007
    Route Inquiries 82-2-777-6090

    As a limited program scheduled to end on November 17, 2019, all are encouraged to ride the unique performance buses this fall during the most suitable season for travel.