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The Seoul City Tour Bus Guide: What To See & Do When You Hop On Hop Off

If you’ve never joined a City Tour Bus, Seoul is the place to do it. City Tour Buses are a great way to see a city and not have to worry about transportation. See the hot spots of Seoul from the upper level of a bright red bus. I rode my first City Tour Bus in New York City and absolutely loved the experience. It’s just something that is so touristic and fun.

Don’t waste money on taxi fares and buses. Don’t get confused in the subway. For your first trip to Seoul, take the time to ride this bus and get views of the city while getting a lay of the land. 

seoul city tour bus (red bus)

PS, if it’s your first trip to Seoul, check out this guide to Seoul for first-timers . It’s epic and will ensure you don’t miss anything.

The Seoul City Tour Bus, though, will not only show you the biggest must see places in Seoul, but it’ll give you a good idea of how Seoul is laid out and how to get around easier when you want to go off on your own. This is the fastest and cheapest way to get around to the Seoul tourist sites including Namsan Tower/N Seoul Tower, Gangnam, Lotte Sky Tower, a Seoul palace and so much more. Use it if you don’t have a ton of time and don’t want to waste the time you do have figuring out transportation.

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What To Know

Basic information, route a: downtown palace namsan course, route b: panorama course, route c: around gangnam course, route d: night course, package routes.

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The Seoul City Tour Bus is a government run system launched in 2000 to help visitors to get around Seoul and see the attractions with ease. The buses are super comfortable and clean and really convenient for everyone. There are twelve language audio guide options including English, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, German, French, Spanish, Indonesian, and Malay.

Buses depart from a central location in Seoul every 30 minutes to an hour depending on the route and passengers can choose from the single-level and double-decker buses. You can choose just one route, or there are package options where you can combine two different routes. This is a great otpion since there are day and night bus routes.

The city tour bus is a great way to get around but if you want to hop off and back on again, it’s important to know what is really feasible within a day and that’s where this guide comes in. There are plenty of areas that you can just drive through and you don’t really need to get off to get the picture BUT there are some spots I would recommend getting off to see. At the same time, some spots you could easily spend a whole day seeing and that’s important to know too.

With that in mind, I’ve included the admission, departure points and route info and recommendations for where to get off on each route. Buses come to each stop in 30 minute intervals so you could get off for just 30 minutes and get on the next arrival or stay at a spot for an hour and a half and hop back on again later. If you want to make the most of the day, get that first bus at 9:00am!

seoul city tour bus (red bus)

Hours: 9:00am ~ 5:30pm for day routes. Different time for night tours listed with that route.

Days: Route A is open all year round. Route B & C is closed on Mondays.

Routes: There are four different routes: Downtown Palace Namsan Course, Panorama Course, Night Course, Around Gangnam City Tour Course

Bus Options: There are three different bus options to choose from for the routes and they include the standard 1-story bus, a double-decker open top bus, and a trolley bus.

Where To Purchase Ticket:  There are various ways to get tickets for this trip so read through them all and check out what works best for you. Also of note, ticket purchase can also depend on your departure point. They recommend that you book in advance if you’ll be riding during vacation season or on a weekend as the routes can have higher demand at those times.

  • Gwanghwamun has a City Tour Bus booth specifically for ticket purchase if you want to rock up on the day and get them then. To note though, you can also rock up to any stop on the route and purchase a ticket directly from a bus driver with cash. I have not tried getting the ticket mid-route and have only done it from start to finish but have read from other reviews that they did it and it worked out fine so that’s something to be aware of if you want to start someplace closer to your hotel/home. If you are starting from a different location rather than the departure point, note that the first bus won’t get to you until it’s regularly scheduled time though and those will be listed on the bus stand.
  • Pre-Purchase: You can pre-purchase tickets on Klook . The Night Course can fill up and on the flip side won’t run until at least 10 people buy tickets so you should book this one in advance if you want it. OR you could pre-purchase your tickets using Trazy . Both services will allow you to pre-purchase. I’d just choose whichever site you’re booking other various tours/experiences on. Pre-purchasing on those sites will also get you discounts so look into the best option for you.

Discounts: There are some possible discounts that you can get on tickets. Note that Klook and Trazy mentioned above already offer discounted tickets, but here are some other discounts you can look out for. Choose whichever one is best for you.

  • You can get 1 free pass for a child under 5 that is accompanying an adult.
  • There is a 10% discount available for parties of 10 or more.
  • For foreigners with a KR Pass , you can get a 15% discount.

Guides & Attendants: There are tour guides on each bus. They do not get off the buses but stay on to help you as you get on and off. If you’re unsure about the stops, let them know where you want to get off and they can remind you when it’s time.

Seating: The seats are unassigned so sit anywhere you want… as long as no one is in the seat.

Seoul City Tour Bus Routes

This route has 22 stops and starts and ends at Gwanghwamun Square just south of Gyeongbokgung Palace in central Seoul. It takes visitors past some of the city’s historical highlights and some of the must-see Seoul tourist spots. Some things to note about this route though: the bus will NOT stop at Deoksugung Palace on Saturdays and national holidays. This course is run on a single-decker bus.

  • Departure   Point:  Gwanghwamun Subway Station, exit 6 near Koreana Hotel.
  • Admission: Adults: W18,000; Children 5- 17: W12,000
  • Stops:  Gwanghwamun -> Deoksugung Palace -> Namdaemun Market -> Seoul Street -> The War Memorial of Korea -> Yongsan Station -> National Museum of Korea -> Itaewon -> Myeongdong -> Namsangol Korean Town/ House of Korea -> Sofitel Ambassador Hotel -> Shilla Hotel -> Namsan Tower Hotel -> Hyatt Hotel -> Dongdaemun Market -> Daehakro -> Changgyeonggung Palace -> Changdeokgung Palace -> Insadong -> Cheongwadae (The Blue House) -> The National Folk Museum of Korea -> Sejong Center for the Performing Arts -> Gwanghwamun

Deoksugung Palace, Seoul, Korea: Hallie Bradley and family

Where To Get Off:  There are a lot of good stops on this route and some that I’d recommend just driving on by as well as some that you should see, but can probably and will probably see at another time so let’s dig on. If I don’t mention it below, it’s because I think you should just drive by. Some I’ll mention just so you know WHY I think you can forgo the stop though.

  • Deoksugung Palace: This is a gorgeous palace area that is actually not as large as others and contains a variety of different architectural styles. Deoksugung Palace very unique in that it has some more modern structures. If you’re not interested in a more modern look of a palace, stay on the bus here and stop at another palace. The thing with this route though is that you actually have three palaces on the route and I wouldn’t recommend seeing them all in the same day. So if you choose this one, then pass the other two. But do note, that Changgyeonggung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace are also on this route.
  • Seoul Street: This is where Seoul Station is and where the Seoullo Walkway is. This one you could get off and check out Old Seoul Station and Seoullo, but I think I’d pass this one because most likely you’ll be at Seoul Station at some other point in your trip. This where the KTX Train Station is and the train to get back out to the airport as well so there may be a variety of reasons you’d stop here at another point in your itinerary. If you won’t be back around Seoul Station later in your itinerary, then definitely check out the old station which often has an exhibition and Malli-dong at the end of Seoullo.
  • The War Memorial of Korea: This is a fascinating museum that houses a substantial number of war related relics including planes and military machines outside as well as a ton of memorabilia indoors as well. You could get off here, but do note that you could potentially spend  hours here if you’re a history buff or interested in the wars that ravaged Korea. Thirty minutes to an hour wouldn’t really be enough time to see everything here so if you’re REALLY interested in this, go another day when you can spend more time there. Here’s more information about what can be found at the War Memorial of Korea so you can decide.
  • National Museum of Korea: The National Museum of Korea is another spot that is REALLY HUGE and isn’t feasible to see in just 30 minutes to an hour. There’s a beautiful outdoor park and lake here as well as a children’s museum and the Hangul Museum (Korean language) here too. You could spend the entire day seeing everything that is here. Or get off and just check out the Hangul Museum which is in a separate building from the National Museum of Korea or check out the museum and choose one section to focus on.
  • Myeongdong: This is a shopper’s paradise and has a lot in terms of restaurants and cafes too. Stop in for a bite to eat whether it’s in a restaurant OR make multiple street vendor stops because some of the best street food is found here in Myeongdong.
  • Namsangol Korean Town/House of Korea: If you want to walk into a historic Korean village and take a look at some of the old hanok style houses, this is the place to do it. It’s a beautiful place to visit and they often host activities and experiences for visitors.
  • Changgyeonggung Palace: This is one of the lesser visited palaces in Seoul so if you want to walk through the beautiful grounds of a palace with less people, then head here. Another great thing about this palace is that it features a beautiful greenhouse that was added during the Japanese colonization period in Korea. It’s just something unique and different to see. Learn more about Changgyeonggung Palace here.
  • Changdeokgung Palace:  This palace is famous for featuring the secret garden. What’s important to note, however, is that you need to be there at a very specific time in order to enter the secret garden. This palace usually requires you to get there and get tickets in advance and you can’t just rock up because of the tour situation there so that’s important to note if you want to see Changdeokgung Palace.
  • Insadong: Insadong is the most popular district for tourists as it houses a substantial number of traditional tea cafes, restaurants, and lots of traditional souvenirs as well. Take a walk in the area and enjoy a rest at one of my favorite cafes in Insadong . It’s not a big area so you can get in and out pretty quickly.
  • Cheongwadae (The Blue House):  This is the president’s house in Korea and you can’t just rock up and go in so I mention it so you know to get a seat on the top of the bus and just take a picture as you pass. That’s about all you can do anyway.

seoul city tour bus (red bus)

This route has 16 stops but do note that on weekends and holidays, the bus doesn’t stop at Saebit Island. This route takes visitors to some of the best spots to get views of the city and you can see from city center to Han Riverside in one route. This course is run using the double-decker buses and trolley buses.

  • Stops: Gwanghwamun -> Myeongdong -> Seoul Animation Center -> Namsan Cable Car -> Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel -> Namsan Public Library -> Grand Hyatt Hotel -> Gangnam Station -> Sebitseom* -> 63 City/Hangang Cruise -> Yeouinaru Station -> Hongik University -> Airport Railroad Hongik University Station -> Sinchon Station/ Ewha Woman’s University -> Museum of Agriculture -> Seoul Museum of History -> Gwanghwamun

ELand Cruise, Han River, Seoul, Korea

Where To Get Off: This route gets you all around the city and includes some spots that are pretty difficult to get to on public transportation or require a separate trip to get out of the way a bit so it’s good to get to some of those spots that require separate taxis. Spots to check out include:

  • Myeongdong:  This is a shopper’s paradise and has a lot in terms of restaurants and cafes too. Stop in for a bite to eat whether it’s in a restaurant OR make multiple street vendor stops because some of the best street food is found here in Myeongdong.
  • Seoul Animation Center : This stop is fun if you’re interested in the domestic cartoon and animation industry. If you have kids, they’ll definitely enjoy the stop.
  • Namsan Cable Car: Since this is the panorama course, you definitely need to get that panoramic shot! Take the cable car up and take in the view from Namsan Tower/N Seoul Tower . It’s a pretty romantic spot in the city and provides just gorgeous views.
  • Gangnam Station: Gangnam became super famous after Psy’s world-famous song. The area is home to a ton of business buildings so if you’re heading there, make sure you check out my guide to Gangnam so you know what to see.
  • Sebitseom: This is one of those spots that is a bit more difficult to get to on your own, so if you are interested in the view of the three glowing islands that brighten the Han River, definitely get off here. Their architecture is cool and there are cafes, restaurants, and some cool things to be found on them. This wouldn’t need to be a super long stop, but it is cool for photos.
  • 63 City/Hangang Cruise: Though the 63 building isn’t my personal favorite for views, the Hangang Cruise stop is an awesome way to enjoy the Han River . Take a walk in the Yeouido Han River Park and then take a little ride on the water before heading back to the bus stop.
  • Hongik University:  Hongdae is one of the most popular areas for cafes , restaurants, and fun. There are Kpop dancers, bands playing live, street art, and really just all manner of fun in the artsy district of Hongdae. Check out this guide to things to do in Hongdae .

seoul city tour bus (red bus)

This route has 21 stops and takes visitors to the historical highlights of Gangnam as well as the KPop and KBeauty must sees. It’s a mixture of new and old which is exactly what Gangnam is.

  • Departure Point:  Gangnam Station
  • Admission: Adults: W15,000; Children 5- 17: W12,000
  • Stops:  Gangnam Station -> Le Meridien Seoul, Novotel Hotel -> Samjung Hotel -> Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tomb, Ramada Seoul Hotel -> Bongeunsa Temple, Casino, Lotte Duty Free -> COEX/SMTOWN -> Lotte World -> Lotte World Tower -> Olympic Park -> Jamsil Sports Complex -> Samseong Station -> K-POP Entertainment Company -> Korean Wave Star Street -> Apgujeong Rodeo Street -> Gangnam Tourist Information Center/Hyundai Department Store -> Garosu-gil Road -> Some Sevit -> Express Bus Terminal/Shinsegae Department Store -> Seorae Village -> Seoul National University of Education -> Gangnam Station

Sulwhasoo Flagship Store, Gangnam, Seoul, Korea

Where To Get Off:  So you want to see all there is to see and do in Gangnam. There is a lot on this route and it will get you all over the district. If you want to add some specific cafes and spots on your route, check out this guide to Gangnam for some ideas.

  • Bongeunsa Temple, Casino, Lotte Duty Free: Get off here if you want to check out one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Seoul, Bongeunsa Temple . Or head into the casino, but be careful because you can lose all track of time in there.
  • COEX: If you’ve heard about the world’s largest underground mall and want to see it for yourself, check out COEX . It’s easy to get twisted, and turned around inside though, so head in for a bit and then find your way out again. There are plenty of places to eat here and an aquarium too.
  • Lotte World Tower: This tower features the BEST and HIGHEST views of the city of Seoul. It is absolutely stunning and as the tallest building and observatory in Korea, it’s really a must-see. Definitely get off here! Additionally, if you hope off here, you’re also right outside of Lotte World if a theme park is on your destination list.
  • Olympic Park:  This park is gigantic and beautiful and one of the best things to do in Jamsil . There are flower fields and paths, and a lot to see if you want to get out and just enjoy a bit of a walk on your day out in the area.
  • Garosu-gil:  This road is really popular for cafes, restaurants, and shopping. It can be more expensive in this area than others though, so keep that in mind. It’s popular for good reason though. A lot of hot places in one area.
  • Some Sevit: This is one of those spots that is a bit more difficult to get to on your own, so if you are interested in the view of the three glowing islands that brighten the Han River, definitely get off here. Their architecture is cool and there are cafes, restaurants, and some cool things to be found on them. This wouldn’t need to be a super long stop, but it is cool for photos. You might also make this a later stop in the day to see the  Banpo Bridge Moonlight Rainbow Show .
  • Express Bus Terminal: While I wouldn’t usually recommend this spot unless you’re headed somewhere, the Express Terminal actually has a hidden rooftop that people don’t often visit and it is great for some epic photos if you can find it !

seoul city tour bus (red bus)

This route has 12 stops and is a great way to get the gorgeous view of the massive city of Seoul in the sparkling night lights. There must be at least ten people that sign up for this tour to go ahead. Also note that the bus only stops at Some Sevit on the weekends. This route stops at vistas high above the city as well as sightseeing spots right on the Han River. Get lights and action from every vantage point on this route.

  • Departure Point:  Gwanghwamun Station, exit 6 in front of the Koreana Hotel.
  • Departure Time: Once a day at 7:30pm; 8:00pm in July and August. The entire route takes 1.5 hours.
  • Admission:  Adults: W15,000; Children: W9,000
  • Stops:  Gwanghwamun -> Mapo Bridge -> Seogang Bridge -> Gangbyeon Expressway -> Banpo Bridge -> Somesevit -> Dongjak Bridge -> Seongsu Bridge -> Hannam Bridge -> N Seoul Tower -> Namdaemun Market -> Cheongye Plaza
  • What To Know: The night course is a bit different in that you get all around the city but don’t stop as much as the day trip ones. It’s more about getting across the numerous bridges on the Han River and seeing the lights dazzle. The bus will stop at either Some Sevit OR at Dongjak Bridge depending on the day. You can also get off for 15 minutes at Namsan Tower/N Seoul Tower. This route is run with the double-decker open top buses and trolleys.

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Route E: 1 Day 2 Courses

  • This course is a combination of Route B and Route C.
  • Admission:  Adult: W24,000; Child: W18,000

Route F: 2 Days 2 Courses

  • This course is a combination of Route A and Route B.
  • Admission: Adult: W28,000; Child: W20,000

Route G: 2 Days 3 Courses

  • This course is a combination of Route A, Route B, and Route C.
  • Admission:  Adult: W35,000; Children: W22,000

The hop on hop off bus is a great way to get your bearings in the massive city of Seoul, Korea. Take a seat and see what you can see. I’ve taken the bus with multiple family members while they’ve visited and whether you just want a relaxing trip around the city or if you want a fun way to get from spot to spot, it’s definitely a great option to have here.

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The Seoul City Tour Bus Guide: What To See & Do When You Hop On Hop Off: From Gangnam to Lotte Sky Tower or Namsan Tower to Changdeokgung Palace and everything in between, the Seoul City Tour Bus will get you around with ease and comfort. This is the best way to see the hot spots in Seoul on your next visit. Here is your guide to the Seoul City Tour Bus. Don't waste your trip!

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15 comments, ray hedstrom.

Are any of the hop-on hop-off buses wheelchair accessible

Hallie Bradley

Hi Ray, I believe they are. But to be sure, please get in touch with Danurim ( https://www.seouldanurim.net/en/index ). Seoul started an initiative for accessible travel and has a lot of services including airport pick up and transportation information. They would definitely know.

Daniel Barker

I just had to drop a comment after reading your Seoul City Tour Bus Guide. What an informative and well-organized post! I’ve been planning a trip to Seoul for a while now, and this guide couldn’t have come at a better time.

Samsung D’Light is closed for good. You might replace it with T.Um

Thank you for the info!

Bahia vinci

Where exactly do you embark at the National Museum stop please?

Muy bien explicado! Consulta, puedo cambiar en el día de la ruta A a la C por ejemplo? Y si es así en un solo lugar?

Thanks for the information. Unfortunately there is no panorama and gangbam course. They are gone. Just the Palace and night course. We did you use some the information on your panorama course. We went to some of the places by subway.

Christelle Reyes

Thank you for this! Just 1 question can I use a night course and a day course for my 48hr pass? or is the pass entitled to only 1 free ride for the whole validity?

If you’re trying to use the Discover Seoul Pass, you can choose one course to use with it.

Thanks for your great information! It really points us in the right direction.

A question: Can I pay with my T-Money card for the hop on hop off bus ? Many thanks.🙂

Richard F Jackson

Are you operating all of the bus tours during the last week of June 2022?

The bus tours do seem to be operating so you should be able to catch one then.

Jamie-lee Holmes

Want to book 2 adults for 27/12 a, b, c, d hop-on hop-off. Can we book online for all 4 trips? Can all trips be done in 1 day?

If you’re just going to stay on the buses and not disembark to see anything, you could probably do them all in one day, but they are set up to allow you to get off and see things and then get back on again so you then wouldn’t have time to do all 4 in one day.

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About the Seoul City Tour Bus

The Seoul City Tour Bus provides organized shuttle tours to the city's most popular attractions. For the price of just a single ticket, you can spend all day hopping on and hopping off the bus* as it follows a circular route connecting Seoul's top sightseeing destinations.For first-time visitors, there is no better way to discover the city. *Night Courses run without stops.

The company offers audio guides of Seoul in 11 different languages. At first, the audio guide was only available in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese. Service has since expanded to include French, German, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian,andMalaysian. The Seoul City Tour Bus company is currently working on adding more languages for the convenience of visitors and Italian, Arabic, Hindi, and Portuguese will be available in the future.   Single-use headphones are provided for each passenger upon boarding the bus. The open-air double-decker buses have rain and snow covers to keep passengers dry and warm even in inclement weather.

Seoul City Tour Buses follow a variety of routes, divided by theme.

Downtown Palace Namsan Course

This 22-stop course takes you past not only Seoul's historic royal palaces, but also to popular tourist destinations such as Namsan Seoul Tower, Myeong-dong, Itaewon, Namdaemun Market and the National Museum of Korea.

Panorama Course

Get some sweeping views of Seoul from this 14-stop tour that takes you to Namsan, Cheonggyecheon Stream, the Hangang River and other scenic spots.

Night Course

Spend a romantic evening cruising around the city. This course lets you enjoy Seoul's electrifying nighttime vistas, both from above (Namsan Seoul Tower) and below (along the Hangang River).

Around Gangnam Course

Enjoy the sights of Gangnam riding a comfortable trolley bus. This course will take you to all the major sites and attractions like Seonjeongneung Royal Tomb, COEX, Lotte World Tower, Sebitseom Island, Seorae Village, and more. 

Open Top Bus

Double Decker Bus

Trolley Bus

※The Seoul City Tour Bus is a transportation service popular among tourists for their upgraded buses and tour routes to Seoul's major attractions. 

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Traditional Culture Course

Ride the open top double decker bus through lively traditional markets like Gwangjang Market and Tongin Market, wear hanbok and try out Korean food, and visit Jongmyo Shrine, Deoksugung Palace, and many other traditional attractions.

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Hangang/Jamsil Course

Visit Hangang River cutting through central Seoul, the highest building Lotte World Tower, and the modernized district of Gangnam.

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Night View Course

View the beautiful night scenery atop the double decker bus.

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  • 예약확인을 위해 도보관광 사무국(02-6925-0777)에서 확인 연락이 진행됩니다. (최소 5일~한달 전)3회 이상 전화통화가 이뤄지지 않을 시 예약이 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 경복궁, 창덕궁, 창경궁, 덕수궁 35인 이상 관람 시, 해당 궁궐 사이트에서 15일 전 단체 입장신청이 필요합니다. (2014.1.1.부터 시행)
  • 해설 진행 시 발생하는 안전사고에 대해서 도보관광 사무국과 서울문화관광해설사는 책임을 지지 않습니다.
  • 예약은 관광일 기준 최소 1주일 전까지 가능합니다.
  • 덕수궁의 경우 복지카드를 지참한 관광객에 한하여 무료입장이 가능합니다. ※ 중증(1~3급) 동반인 포함 2명 무료※ 경증(4~6급) 장애인 본인 1인만 무료
  • 보호자 또는 보조자가 동반하지 않을 경우 이용이 불가능 합니다.※ 별도의 보조자가 없는 경우 사무국으로 문의 바랍니다. (02-6925-0777)
  • 예약확인을 위해 도보관광 사무국(02-6925-0777)에서 확인 연락이 진행됩니다.(최소 5일~한달 전)3회 이상 전화통화가 이뤄지지 않을 시 예약이 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 덕수궁의 경우 복지카드를 지참한 관광객에 한하여 무료입장이 가능합니다. ※ 중증(1~3급) 동반인 포함 2명 무료 ※ 경증(4~6급) 장애인 본인 1인만 무료
  • 본 프로그램은 수화해설 중심으로 진행되며, 수화가 불가능한 경우 이용이 불가합니다.
  • 본 코스는 보행약자(거동이 불편한 고령자, 장애인, 유모차 이용자 등)를 위한 코스입니다.
  • 보호자를 동반하지 않을 시 이용이 불가능 합니다.※ 보행약자 1명당 보호자 최소 1인 이상 동반 ※ 전동보장구(전동휠체어, 전동스쿠터 등) 사용자의 경우 보호자 1인당 보행약자 최대 4인까지 동반 가능 희망하시는 날짜 및 코스에 활동가능한 해설사가 없는 경우 예약은 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 미세먼지 비상저감조치 발령 및 기타 기상악화(폭염, 태풍, 폭우 등)로 인해 도보관광 운영이 어려운 경우 모든 예약은 일괄 취소됩니다. (관광일 전날 기준)
  • Reservations must be made at least three days prior to the tour date.
  • Additional reservations, one or two days before the tour starts, are only allowed for the tour that is already fixed.
  • In the case of group tour, more than 10people, please contact us by e-mail.
  • Reservations for the following month are available from the 15th of the current month.
  • Please refrain from participating in any tour programs should you be experiencing any symptoms, including fever, coughing, congestion, muscle pain, stuffy nose, and/or sore throat.
  • Reservations for tourists 14 years & under without an accompanying adult or guardian shall be canceled on site.
  • All reservations will be canceled in the event of a weather warning being issued. (e.g. heatwave, typhoon, heavy rain, fine dust, etc.) (Cancellation will be processed immediately upon implementation) ※ Please always check the weather warning on the day of the reservation on the site below. (https://www.accuweather.com/en/kr/seoul/226081/weather-forecast/226081)
  • The Seoul Guided Walking Tour administration office and tour guide affiliates are not responsible for any accidents that happen to occur during the tour program.
  • Reservation shall be made at least 1 week before the tour day.
  • The course is for tourists with mobility problems (Senior, people with disability, stroller user).
  • Reservation may be canceled when a guide is unavailable on the desired date and course.
  • Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office (02-6925-0777) will contact you to confirm reservation. (At least 5 days~1 month before tour day) Reservation may be canceled when Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office cannot reach you for more than 3 times.
  • Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office and Seoul culture and tourism guide are not liable for the safety accidents during the Seoul Guided Walking Tour.
  • 予約は観光予定日を基準に3日前までとさせて頂きます。
  • 個人予約:最大10名 ※京福級、昌徳宮、昌慶宮は20名様までご予約頂けます。
  • 既にご予約されたコースの中で、グループ別の定員を超えない予約に限り、観光予定日の1日前の17まで追加での予約が可能です。
  • 翌月のご予約は前月の15日から可能です。
  • 発熱または呼吸症状(熱、咳、痰、筋肉痛、鼻づまり、喉の痛みなど)がある場合は、解説プログラムへのご参加はお控えください。
  • 保護者を同伴しない14歳未満の児童観光客は、現場でキャンセルとなります。
  • 気象特報(猛暑、台風、豪雨、PM2.5)によりウォーキングツアーの運営が難しいと判断された場合、全ての予約は中止とさせて頂きます。 (発効後直ちにキャンセルを行う) ※ 下記のリンクにてご予約当日の気象特報をご確認ください。 (https://www.accuweather.com/ja/kr/seoul/226081/weather-forecast/226081)
  • 観光中に発生する安全事故について、ソウル徒歩解説観光事務局とソウル文化観光解説士は責任を負いません。
  • 予約は観光日を基準として少なくとも1週間前まで可能です。
  • 本コースは、 移動弱者(移動が不自由な高齢者、障害者、ベビーカー利用者など) のためのコースです。
  • 補助人(或いは同行人)を伴わない場合は利用できません。   ※歩行弱者1人当たり少なくとも1人以上の補助人を伴う   ※電動補助具(電動車椅子、電動スクーターなど)使用者の場合、補助人1当たり歩行弱者最大4人まで同伴可能
  • ご希望の日付及びコースに活動可能な解説士がいない場合、予約はキャンセルされることがあります。
  • 予約を確認するため、徒歩観光事務局(02-6925-0777)で確認のための連絡が行われます。 (少なくとも5日~1ヶ月前)3回以上電話が通じない場合、予約が取り消されることがあります。
  • 解説を進行する時に発生する安全事故に対し、徒歩観光事務局とソウル文化観光解説士は 責任を負いません。
  • 观光日基准最少3日前方可进行预约。
  • 最多可申请10人。 (※ 景福宫, 昌德宫, 昌庆宫是例外 最多可申请20人)
  • 在已登记的预约团体中,只接待不超过预约人数的团体,可在前一天17时前追加预约。
  • 下个月的预约可从前一月15日开始。
  • 如有发热或呼吸道症状(发烧、咳嗽、痰液、肌肉痛、鼻塞、咽喉痛等),请避免参与解说活动。
  • 无保护者随同的未满14岁儿童游客,会在现场取消解说活动。
  • 气象特报(酷暑、台风、暴雨 、雾霾 等)导致徒步观光项目暂停时,所有预约将一律被取消。 (发布紧急措施时立即取消) ※ 请在以下网站上随时确认预约当天的气象特报。 (https://www.accuweather.com/zh/kr/seoul/226081/weather-forecast/226081)
  • 对于解说活动中发生的安全事故,首尔徒步解说旅游事务局和首尔文化观光解说社不予负责。
  • 观光日基准最少1日前方可进行预约。
  • 本线路是为了行动不便者(行动不便的高龄者、残疾人、婴儿车利用者等)的路线。
  • 无辅助人员(或同行人)伴随时,不可利用。 ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的辅助人员陪同。 ※ 电动辅助器具(电动轮椅、电动独轮车等)使用者时,每一位辅助人员最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望观光的日期及线路上无解说员时,预约有可能被取消。
  • 为了确认预约,徒步观光事务局(02-6925-0777)会致电进行确认。 (最少5日~一个月前) 3次以上无法连接时,预约将被取消。
  • 进行解说时,对于有可能发生的安全事故,徒步观光事务局和首尔文化观光解说员概不负责。
  • 最晚請於預約日期3天前完成預約。
  • 最多可申請10人。 (※ 景福宮, 昌德宮, 昌慶宮是例外 最多可申請20人)
  • 已完成預約的團體若人數超過限制,可於前一天下午5點前追加預約。
  • 每月15日將開放下個月的預約。
  • 若有發燒或呼吸道症狀(發燒、咳嗽、咳痰、肌肉酸痛、鼻塞、喉嚨痛),請避免參與本活動。
  • 未有保護者同行的未滿14歲兒童遊客,會在現場取消參與資格。
  • 氣象特報(酷暑、颱風、暴雨 、霧霾 等)而導致徒步觀光無法進行時,將一律取消所有預約。 (發布限令時將立即取消) ※ 請在以下網站上隨時確認預約當天的氣象特報。 (https://www.accuweather.com/zh/kr/seoul/226081/weather-forecast/226081)
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,首爾徒步解說觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光解說員概不負責。
  • 觀光日基準最少1日前方可進行預約。
  • 本線路是為了行動不便者(行動不便的高齡者、殘疾人、嬰兒車利用者等)的路線。
  • 無輔助人員(或同行人)伴隨時,不可利用。 ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的輔助人員陪同。 ※ 電動輔助器具(電動輪椅、電動獨輪車等)使用者時,每壹位輔助人員最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望觀光的日期及線路上無解說員時,預約有可能被取消。
  • 為了確認預約,徒步觀光事務局(02-6925-0777)會致電進行確認。 (最少5日~壹個月前) 3次以上無法連接時,預約將被取消。
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,徒步觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光 解說員概不負責。

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Seoul City Tour Bus: An Ultimate Guide to Hop-On Hop-Off

In Seoul, there are two types of city tour buses running: the Tiger Bus and the Yellow Balloon Bus. Many foreign visitors are interested in taking one of these buses to either get an overview of the city or just hop between attractions.

In this article, I’ll guide you to these two types of Seoul City Tour Bus, detailing each feature, route, and thing you may want to know before trying them. However, before delving into it, I’ll assess whether this buses are worth both your time and money. Providing information will follow the evaluation.

Seoul City Tour Bus: Is it Worth it?

I’ll try to be very careful about sharing my own thoughts on the Seoul City Tour Bus, as they can possibly discourage you from taking the bus. I’ve noticed many reviews suggesting that these buses are underwhelming compared to city tour buses operated in other countries; after trying them myself, I tend to agree to some extent.

I found there were two major problems with the buses in Seoul. One issue is related to Seoul being too large a city to run the city tour bus. Accordingly, the distance covered by the bus is too lengthy, so it ends up creating quite uneventful time between stops with few attractions to see. Plus, this also leads to longer intervals between buses, making it difficult to use this bus for regular transportation around the city.

The other issue is also crucial and relates to technical aspects; the narration to deliver the information on each site is very poor. Every time the bus passes spots in the city, a recorded voice explains the site, but the narration is not only dull but also often doesn’t correspond to the location the bus is passing by.

However, there are benefits, too, such as the ability to sample the major destinations of the city in just 1.5 hours. Also, I personally think open-top seats are a special thing for this bus, allowing you to view the city’s scene unblocked by windows. So let me make it simple for you to decide. If you expect a high-quality guide tour and plan to use it to hop between various destinations, you may be disappointed. However, if you just want to briefly explore the major parts of the city in a comfortable ride, it is worth trying.

Two Types of City Tour Bus in Seoul

Very few tourists know there is more than one city tour bus in Seoul, but there is. In Seoul, two types of city tour buses run: the Tiger Bus(red color) and the Yellow Balloon Bus(yellow bus).

They are similar in that they run through the city in 1.5 hours but have more differences in many aspects. The major differences that tourists need to check before choosing which one to hop on are the starting points and the route. Tiger Bus’s starting point is Gwanghwamun, while Yellow Ballon Bus’s is Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Starting from different locations, both buses visit various spots, with a few overlaps.

Tiger Bus’s route mainly includes palaces and Namsan Tower. The stops at these locations are what make Tiger Bus distinct from Yellow Balloon Bus. With Tiger Bus, you can get near four major palaces in Seoul and go right up to the Namsan Tower. However, Tiger Bus misses Seoul station and some traditional markets, including Namdaemun Market and Gwangjang Market. These spots are covered by Yellow Balloon Bus. Details about these are in the below sections.

Tiger Bus: Tour of Palaces and Tower

Seoul City Tour Bus(Tiger Bus)

Let’s first look into Tiger Bus. In this and the next section, I’ll only focus on the daytime bus route to pursue a more efficient comparison between the two. Below are the major stops of Tiger Bus’s daytime bus, the course named ‘Downtown Palace Namsan Course.’

  • Gwanghwamun
  • Namsangol Hanok Village
  • Namsan Seoul Tower
  • Dongdaemun Design Plaza
  • Changgyeonggung Palace
  • Changdeokgung Palace
  • Insadong , Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Cheongwadae (Blue House)
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Gwanghwamun Square

Obviously, you can see it includes many palaces, with three palaces as a stop names, and one (Deoksugung Palace) very near the starting point of the bus. Particularly, Changdeokgung and Changgyeongung Palace are only included in Tiger Bus route. Additionally, the Tiger bus includes both Bukchon Hanok Village and Namsangol Hanok Village, while the Yellow Balloon only gets near Bukchon Hanok Village. This indicates that, in terms of visiting sites with historical or traditional structures, the Tiger Bus is more advantageous than the Yellow Balloon.

Another distinct feature of the Tiger Bus route is it travels all the way up to Namsan Tower. Based on my experience on both buses, this has a clear advantage and a disadvantage. If you have already planned to visit Namsan Tower, taking the bus that carries you up to the tower is a real convenience. However, as it takes up some time and covers some less interesting parts while going up and down Namsan Mountain, it can make you a little bored if you just wanted to see more cityscapes. So, I understand why Yellow Balloon Bus decided to skip Namsan from their route.

Website: Seoulcitybus.com

Yellow Balloon Bus: Tour of Markets and Central Streets

Seoul City Tour Bus(Yellow Balloon Bus)

Now it’s Yellow Balloon Bus. The name of the route is ‘Traditional culture course.’ Below is See the major stops below.

  • Bangsan, Jungbu Market
  • Euljiro 3-ga
  • Euljiro 1-ga (Near City Hall & Deoksugung Palace)
  • Seoul Station
  • Namdaemun Market
  • Namsan Orumi
  • Gwangjang Market

You can clearly see that it includes more markets than Tiger Bus, such as Namdaemun Market and Gwangjang Market. These are not accessible from Tiger Bus, so if you are interested in shopping or just strolling around the traditional markets, Yellow Balloon Bus may offer better options. Plus, Yellow seems to pass through more central districts of Seoul, such as Euljiro and Jongro. This indicates that the Yellow Balloon Bus will offer a more dynamic cityscape within the given travel time.

Although the Yellow Balloon Bus doesn’t go up to Namsan Tower, it does include Namsan Orumi in its route. Namsan Orumi is an elevator that allows people to go up to Namsan Cable Car station. This means you can hop off at the point where you can easily go up to Namsan Tower by taking the cable car. However, it entails a bit more hassle and, more importantly, it requires an extra cost to take the cable car. So, Yelloow Ballon is definitely at a disadvantage compared to Tiger Bus when it comes to visiting Namsan Tower.

Website: seoulcitytourbus.co.kr

Comparison of Other Factors

Although I think the most important factor in choosing the bus will be the stops of each bus, there are other factors that may affect your experience. Below is a comparison of the third factor.

Audio Guide

When it comes to audio guides, it’s hard to say which one is better than the other. Both are quite underwhelming, in my opinion, but they each have pros and cons.

In terms of language support diversity, Tiger Bus is better, with 12 languages available, while the Yellow Balloon Bus only supports three: English, Chinese, and Japanese. However, it is not easy to connect with the language guidance on the Tiger Bus because you need personal earphones to listen, whereas the Yellow Balloon Bus just plays the audio out loud so that you don’t bother to cover your ears with earphones.

Regarding the content of the guidance, Tiger Bus touches more detail but sometimes comes off as a bit boringly lengthy. On the other hand, the Yellow Balloon Bus is very concise, only providing the necessary information, which also can be seen as unkind, as it leaves out detailed historical and cultural information. I think both tour buses need to improve their audio guidance by finding the middle point between the two.

The Vehicle

Vehicle-wise, the best is a double-decker open-top bus. Sitting in an elevated position and overlooking the city is a highlight of city tour buses, with the added benefit of fresh air.

In this regard, Yellow Balloon Bus is better than Tiger Bus. This is because Yellow Balloon Bus exclusively offers double-decker buses, regardless of reservation conditions, traffic, etc. On the other hand, Tiger Bus comes with several alternatives, like semi-open first-decker buses, and quite often replaces the double-decker bus.

It seems they use different buses depending on the number of riders. Personally, I was disappointed when I expected a double-decker experience but got something else. So, for a better city viewing experience, I recommend the Yellow Balloon Bus over the Tiger Bus.

Tiger vs Yellow Balloon: So Which One is Better?

As I mentioned, the first thing you may need to consider is the route of each bus. To make it very simple here, if you’re willing to visit the Naman Tower, the Tiger Bus is slightly more convenient than the Yellow Balloon Bus. That’s the single biggest advantage I think Tiger Bus has over Yellow Ballon Bus.

However, overall, I’d say Yellow Balloon Bus is a better choice than Tiger Bus. Especially if you just want to get a quick overview of the city in a double-decker ride, Yellow Balloon offers a more compact and enjoyable experience. This conclusion is based on my experience using both services several times.

Places City Tour Buses Don’t Cover

Despite its name, the city tour bus doesn’t cover the entire area of the city. Given that Seoul is comprised of Gangbuk (North of the river) and Gangnam (South of the river), the daytime city tour bus only covers the Gangbuk area.

It is true that the majority of tourist attractions in Seoul are concentrated in the Ganbuk area, but there are some charming spots in Gangnam as well, such as Lotte World, Yeouido Hangang Park, and Coex.

Additionally, there are also some great places in Gangbuk that are not covered by city tour buses. Typically, Hongdae and Seongsu are trendy streets filled with vibrant atmospheres and fun crowds. In Ichon, you can find the National Museum of Korea and War Memorial Hall, two of the popular museums in Seoul. So, if you want to explore these areas, you may need to hop off the city tour bus and use public transportation.

Seoul City Tour Bus FAQs

Seoul City Tour Bus Ticket Booth

1. What are the Operating Hours of Each Bus?

(For daytime bus) Both buses start at 9:30 at their respective starting point, the Tiger bus at Gwanghwamun and the Yellow Balloon Bus at Dongdaemun Design Plaza. On the weekends, Tiger Bus starts 10 minutes earlier, so it is 9:20. The last bus departs at 16:50 for Tiger Bus and 17:00 for Yellow Balloon Bus.

2. What is the Interval between Buses?

For both bus companies, buses run every 40 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends.

3. How Long does it Take to Finish One travel?

It takes 90 minutes to finish the entire course for each bus.

3. How much is the Ticket for the Buses?

(For daytime bus) Tiger bus cost 22,000 won for adults and 15,000 won for children(6-19). Yellow Balloon Bus is slightly cheaper, 20,000 won for adults and 15,000 won for children.

4. Where Can I Buy the Ticket?

You can buy tickets at the ticket booths, which are located at the starting point of each bus company. For Tiger Bus, it is Gwanghwamun (Location: Naver Map ), and for Yellow Balloon Bus it is in front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Location: Naver Map ). You can also get on the bus at any of the intermediate stops, and pay directly to the driver.

Reservations are not usually necessary, but if you do want to be completely safe, you can do it on their websites.

5. Can I pay with a T-money Card?

For both bus companies, cash or credit card payment is typically accepted. However, exceptionally for the Yellow Balloon Bus, you can only use a T-money card when you’re buying a ticket at the ticket booth (not at the intermediate stops).

6. Can I Choose the Seat?

Seats are unassigned and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

7. Can I use the Discover Seoul Pass to Ride the Bus?

Yes, you can use the Discover Seoul Pass to ride the city tour bus. Both bus companies accept Discover Seoul Pass, but you may need to go to the ticket booth at the starting point to use the pass to get on the bus.

Tips for Better Experience

#1 take the early bus.

With a ticket, you can use the bus the whole day, so getting on the bus as early as possible will maximize your value. If you buy the ticket in the afternoon, you may only be able to use the bus 1~2 times before the last bus runs around 17:00 pm.

Plus, it is better to arrive at the bus stop 10~15 minutes earlier than its departing time because the seats can run out if you arrive at the spot at the last minute. Remember, the seats are first-come, first-served.

#2 Avoid Rainy or Dusty Days

Rainy days or Dusty days are not ideal for taking the city tour bus, as they diminish the advantage of the open-top feature. You can still take the bus in bad weather, but sitting down on the windowed bus is not much different from using public transportation, in my opinion.

#3 Avoid Saturday

On Saturdays, there are often demonstrations going on around city hall, which is included in the route of both bus companies. This can cause traffic jams, and buses may change the route to avoid crowds, skipping a few spots that you could visit on other days.

#4 Consider the Bus Interval before Hopping Off

Remember the bus interval so that you can plan your sightseeing accordingly. For example, if you get off at a certain tourist attraction and you know the bus comes every 40 minutes, you can choose to stay there for 40, 80, or 120 minutes, depending on your preference, before hopping on the next bus. You should be aware of this interval if you want to avoid long waits at the bus stop.

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A Complete Guide to Seoul City Tour Bus

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Seoul City Tour Bus gives you an option to tour around the city and witness the most popular attractions by utilizing the hop-on hop-off facility.

A tour bus is the most convenient and great way of traveling the city for the first time to get introduced to the routes and spots and get familiarized with places of interest and itineraries. In South Korea, Seoul, you will get the facility to browse through the city, and the Seoul City Tour Bus provides you with the facility to tour around the city to witness the most popular attractions. 

Once you have purchased the ticket, you can hop on and off the bus at any given time and place. It follows a circular route connecting Seoul’s top sights and destinations. 

Seoul never has endings parks, museums , galleries , malls, restaurants , cafes, and scenic sweeping River Han. So, for the first-timers to know about their locations and to have a glimpse of them, taking a city bus tour is the best way out there. 

The targeted locations of the tour are covering all three of Seoul’s royal palaces in a single day. It stops at Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, and the Gwanghwamun. These busses stop at these locations every hour so that you can explore each location at your own pace. However, the night course runs without stops. Sightseeing in a new place might create new issues to your life, which is at ease, but to overcome such problems, tourists prefer pin through Gangnam in comforting and hit sites like the COEX Mall, Olympic Park, or Lotte World the 20-stop route.

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Some Tips for Using Seoul City Tour Bus

A little tip to be on the smarter side – In between each site, listen to the in-depth audio description of the city’s history and know about each site you are visiting. And to add that the company facilitates audio guides in 11 different languages. These audioguides start with the Korean language, followed by English, Japanese, Chinese. Due to the popularity and demand, the service has been expanded to include Spanish, Russian, German, French, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai. They are also thinking and planning to input more languages in the near future for the convenience of visitors who are accustomed to Italian, Arabic, Hindi, and Portuguese. Each passenger upon the boarding bus will get their single-use headphones.

Their routes are theme-based. And the following are the variety of theme-based courses. 

Downtown Palace Namsan Course

This is a 22-stop course that takes you to Seoul’s most amazing and historic royal palaces. Not only that, it takes you to popular destinations of varied niches like Namdaemun Market, Itaewon , National Museum of Korea, Myeong-dong .   

Panorama Course

The 14-stop tour of Seoul gives you a sweeping tour that takes you to cool, scenic spots like Hangang River, Cheonggyecheon Stream, and Namsan. 

Night Course

At night if you wish to spend a romantic evening cruising around the city, then this night course will be worth it for you. This course will give you an enjoyable ride around Seoul’s electrifying nighttime vista, from below (along the Hangang River) and above (Namsan Seoul Tower). 

Around Gangnam Course

Lastly, the hyped and styled city of Gangnam can be a witness through a comfortable trolley bus to all the major sites and attractions like Seonnjeongneung Royal Tomb, Lotte World Tower, COEX, Sebitseom Island, Seorae Village, and more. 

Traditional Culture Course

The traditional culture course rides to open the top double-decker bus through lively traditional markets, such as Tongin Market and Gwangjang Market; you can try on a hanbok and enjoy Korean food, and visit conventional spiritual attractions like Jongmyo Shrine, Deoksugung Palace.

Hangang/Jamsil Course

This course will take you through Central Seoul to Hangang River, cutting the highest building like Lotte World Tower, and the modernized district of Gangnam can be viewed from there. 

Advantages of Using Seoul City Tour Bus

  • Two days of the hop-on and off ride with the purchase of only one ticket.  
  • The sights seeing of significant attractions of Seoul would otherwise be difficult with public transport, here your time and efforts are saved.
  • An audio guide of different languages is available.
  • The open-air double-decker buses have rain and snow covers to keep passengers dry and warm during unfavorable weather.

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Seoul Unveiled: An exciting adventure aboard the Seoul City Tour Bus

Reflecting on my Seoul City Tour Bus adventure, I am filled with awe and gratitude for the unforgettable journey I experienced. From the majestic palaces and bustling markets to the serene hanoks and lively landmarks, I had the freedom to explore Seoul’s iconic landmarks, immerse myself in its rich culture, and stumble upon hidden gems that made my visit truly special. The flexibility and convenience of the tour allowed me to delve into the heart of the city at my own pace, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. The Seoul City Tour Bus is a must-do for any traveler seeking an immersive and enriching exploration of this remarkable city.

I first experienced a “hop-on, hop-off” tour in Singapore and found it very convenient and cost-efficient. It has an itinerary so you don’t have to worry how to navigate through unfamiliar city streets. But you can plan what to skip and where to linger most, depending on your interest.

Watch out for the Seoul City Tour Bus red posts where the bus stops.

As a first-timer in Seoul, the city tour bus was indeed helpful, especially on a rainy day. With 26 stops, it took us practically around the city at W10,000 (about US$10). We started our day at Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Most of the tourist materials I got list Gyeongbokgung Palace on the top of must-see places in Seoul. For only W3,000, we were able to tour the palace grounds. Tours in various languages were available at the information center but we decided to explore the palace on our own.

The palace’s main gate was guarded by traditionally clothed guards in colorful garments. Due to the rainy weather, the customary changing of the guards was cancelled that day we visited.

Gyeongbokgung Palace reminded me of Beijing’s Forbidden City. It wasn’t a surprise because Gyeongbokgung’s architectural design has a lot of Chinese influence. There was also the main hall where the royal family entertain guests. There were separate halls for the king’s offices and quarters, the queen’s, the crown prince’s, and the dowager queen’s respective quarters. The palace was restored after it was burned during the Japanese invasion. But the government has done a good job in bringing back the olden glory of Gyeongbokgung.

Gyeongbokgung on a sunny day.

My favorite spot in Gyeongbokgung is the Hyanwonjeong Pond. A garden was also located at the back of the palace grounds. For tourists, it is not difficult to go around because there are markers placed in important spots. A coffee shop is also located inside the compound.

We took the Seoul City Tour Bus at the eastern gate. But because it was the last stop, the bus brought us to Gwanghwamun where the first stop is located.

Gwanghwamun in Seoul

Gwanghwamun is the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Across the gate is a huge plaza with the larger-than-life statues of King Sejon the Great and Korean hero Admiral Yi Sun-Shin. Streams flow at the sides of Gwanghwamun Square.

King Jeson's statue. Behind it is the entrance to a museum.

Underneath the square, at the base of King Sejon’s statue is an entryway leading to an underground museum featuring the inventions and discoveries of King Sejon, such as the sundial and the Korean alphabet, to name a few. The museum also showcases the naval prowess of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin. Admission is free.

From there, the bus proceeds to the Deoksugung Palace. A few blocks away is the Namdaemun Market. The bus stops right in front of Shinhan Bank and the underpass leading to the market.

Seoul food at Namdaemun Market

Namdaemun’s main attraction is the Namdaemun Gate. But it is the Shopping Center that is the main attraction to tourists. You’ll find electronics here, clothes, bags, shoes, ingredients, and souvenir items.

Various items are sold at Namdaemun Market.

Since it was lunchtime, we decided to try the food at Namdaemun Market. Through the tourism information volunteers, we were pointed to a food alley, a narrow street that has restaurants offering Korean food.

The Seoul City Tour Bus arrives every 30 minutes. We missed one of its schedules so we walked two blocks towards Seoul Station, the next stop, to catch the next bus. With rain continually pouring in, we stayed on the bus as it navigated towards the USO, the Yongsan Station, National Museum of Korea, The Korean War Memorial Hall, Army Base in Yeongsan, Itaewon, Crown Hotel, Myeondong, and Namsangol Korean Town.

Namsangol Korean Village

The village featured a cluster of traditional Korean houses, or hanok, which belonged to elite families during ancient times. The compound is huge and an ideal place for walking exercises. A stream runs around the area that leads to a pond.

Traditional Korean folk houses. Behind is the N Seoul Tower.

The houses had complete household items, with jars and storage places for their local food, such as kimchi. Traditional Korean games are also available in the village grounds. From the house roofs, one can see the N Seoul Tower as a backdrop.

The House of Korea is located in the same stop but we weren’t able to visit it. We also skipped Sofitel Ambassador Hotel and the National Theater of Korea so we could spend more time at N Seoul Tower.

N Seoul Tower

Located in Mt. Namsan, the N Seoul Tower is one of the modern landmarks of the city. It houses the observatory and the Teddy Bear Museum. There are entrance fees for each with a special package if you want to enter both. However, at that time, when Seoul has zero visibility because of the fog, we decided to hang out at the souvenir shops and the restaurants.

The N Seoul Tower covered in fog.

There is also a cable car going to and from N Seoul Tower. The other end is near the Pacific Hotel.

The Seoul City Tour Bus then proceeds to Hyatt Hotel, Shilla Hotel, Dongdaemun Market, Daehakro, Changgyeonggung Palace, and Changdeokgung Palace. Since the palaces were already closed at that time, we decide to visit Changdeokgung the day after.

Changdeokgung Palace

It is one of the five main palaces in Seoul. Changdeokgung is considered to be the most beautiful, and a UNESCO heritage site at that. Similar to other palaces, Changdeokgung features a main hall and several offices and residences for the royal family and his staff within the palace compound.

A secret garden is found at the farther end of Changdeokgung, which requires another entrance fee, apart from the one paid at the main gate, and can only be entered when you avail of a tour.

Around Changdeokgung Palace is the Bukchon Hanok Village, a cluster of traditional Korean houses wherein built in the area are modern houses, cafes, and shops. Farther up one of the streets is a school building that is being used as a shooting location for Korean soap operas, like “Winter Sonata”.

Setting of "Winter Sonata".

Almost at the end of the tour, the next stop is Insadong where Korean crafts and souvenirs are sold. The bus then goes towards Cheongwadae, the National Folk Museum of Korea, and the final stop, Gyeongbokgung Palace.

We also passed by the stream, one of the attractions in Seoul.

It was interesting to see Seoul in a day. But, of course, you can also avail of night tours, which have different itineraries. It is ideal to visit the markets for the night tours.

Check out also my posts First-time in Seoul  and Spring in Seoul .

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For the night tours, many landmarks are already closed. So, the itinerary of the city bus tour would revolve mostly in the markets. To make the most of your visit, you can schedule palaces and museums in the morning while the markets at night. But, of course, you can always go to the markets any time of the day. 🙂

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Guide to Seoul City Tour Bus with maps, ticket offices, ticket prices, routes, stops, and night view tour. Explore Seoul on a hop-on-hop-off bus.

Seoul City Tour Bus Map and Stops by Course

The hop-on hop-off bus tour takes you all around Seoul, visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, Myeongdong, Insadong, Namsan Seoul Tower, and more. Get to see them all in a day. Check out the schedules and prices for each route to plan your Korea trip. Get there early if you want the best views. It's first come, first served.

Seoul City Tour Bus Ticket Office Location

  • It is closed on Mondays
  • If you book tickets online, you need to exchange them at the Gwanghwamun City Tour Bus Ticket Office.

📍 135-7 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul. You can get to the ticket office two ways:

  • Subway line 5, Gwanghwamun Station Exit 6 , 100m walk.
  • Subway lines 1 or 2, City Hall Station Exit 3 , 300m walk.

Seoul city tour bus ticket office

Seoul City Tour Bus Information

✅ Free Wifi

✅ There are audio guides in 12 languages: Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, German, French, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Malaysian. Use your own wired earphones to connect.

⚠️ Closed on Mondays. (If Monday is a national holiday, closed on Tuesday instead.) Click here to check the dates of Korean public holidays🔗

⚠️ All seats are unassigned. Boarding is first-come, first-served. You can board 40 minutes before departure.

⛔ Coffee, beverages, and food are not allowed on the bus.

The bus can be operated as an open-air double-decker, closed Glass Top double-decker, or semi-open double-decker.

Scenery from the Second Floor of Seoul City Tour Bus

Downtown Palace Namsan Course Map and Stops

It stops at 15 places in Seoul, including Namsan Mountain. You can take the one-day tour bus, then hop off to see the sights at your favorite stops, then hop on another bus. Don't lose the pass! You get unlimited rides all day long. Buses run every 40 minutes.

  • Estimated time: 1 hour and 30 minutes (if you don't make any stops).

🟡 Downtown Palace Namsan Course Route

Seoul City Tour Bus Downtown Palace Namsan Course map.

Gwanghwamun Station Ticket Office

  • Subway line 5, Gwanghwamun Station Exit 6, 100m walk.
  • Subway lines 1 or 2, City Hall Station Exit 3, 300m walk.

Myeong-dong

  • This is Seoul's central district with shops, restaurants, and nightlife.
  • The Myeongdong Cathedral, located in Myeongdong, represents Korean Catholicism and was visited by the Pope during his visit to Korea.

The exterior of Myeongdong Cathedral

Namsangol Hanok Village

  • A hanok (한옥) is a traditional Korean house.

Ambassador Seoul Pullman Hotel

Shilla Hotel, Jangchungdan Park

N Seoul Tower ⚠️ Admission ticket required

  • The 236m tall tower offers a 360-degree view of Seoul's skyline. Tickets are required for admission (16,000 KRW, around 11 USD). It's a famous landmark.

Hyatt Hotel

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Donadaemun Market

  • DDP is a multicultural complex designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. This is where many exhibitions and Seoul Fashion Week are held.

Seoul's landmark, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, designed by Zaha Hadid

  • Daehak (대학) in Korean means University. There are many cultural art spaces, restaurants and bars here.

Changgyeonggung Palace

  • Changgyeonggung Palace has the first Western-style greenhouse in Korea, and it has a sad history behind it.

Exterior view of the Grand Greenhouse at Changgyeonggung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace

  • It's where the last Korean Emperor lived and ascended.
  • It's the only palace complex in Seoul on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Tickets for Secret Garden are in high demand. You can reserve online or at the venue. you can reserve them online or at the venue. Check out this post for details on how to get tickets📌:

Juhapru at Changdeokgung Palace

Insa-dong, Bukchon

  • Insa-dong: There are traditional craft shops, art galleries, tea houses, restaurants, and cafes.
  • There's the Museum Kimchikan, which charges 5,000 KRW to enter (around 4 USD). But the space is small. If you want to find out more about the kimchi Koreans eat with every meal, click here📌:
  • Bukchon: A hanok conservation district.

Cheongwadae (or Blue House)

  • It was the president's office and residence from 1948 to 2022.
  • It is now fully open to both Koreans and foreigners. But ticketing process for foreigners differs from that for Koreans.

South Korea's Blue House

Gyeongbokgung Palace, Folk Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace: The main palace of the Joseon Dynasty.
  • Folk Museum: This museum depicts Koreans' everyday lives from the late Joseon period. The exterior is like a K-drama film set from the 1970s and 80s.

The National Folk Museum next to Gyeongbokgung Palace

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Gwanghwamun Square

  • Gwanghwamun Square: A large square in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace with historical statues.

The Statue of King Sejong the Great at Gwanghwamun Square

🟡 Downtown Palace Namsan Course Bus Schedule

Here's the bus schedule for Downtown Palace Namsan Course. You can click on the picture to go to its website.

Downtown Palace Namsan Course bus timetable.

Downtown Palace Namsan Course Tickets

🟡 Reserve Seoul City Tour Bus Tickets on the Official Site🔗

  • You can buy tickets online or on-site. Online reservations get you a discount, but you still have to take your e-ticket to the ticket office to get a physical pass .
  • Same-day online reservations are not available.
  • Night View Course may not be available for on-site purchase on the same day.

🟡 Ticket Price:

Seoul City Tour Bus Night View Course Map & Tickets

🔴 Night View Course Route

Seoul City Tour Bus Night View Course map.

  • Gwanghwamun Station
  • Gangbyeon North Road (Non-stop)
  • Banpo Bridge (Non-stop)
  • Seongsu Bridge (Non-stop)
  • Hannam Bridge (Non-stop)
  • N Seoul Tower (Photo time for 30 minutes)
  • Namdaemun Market (Non-stop)
  • Cheonggye Plaza (Last stop)

The night view of Seoul city seen from the Seoul City Tour Bus Night View Course.

The tour lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes, and you'll see Seoul at night along the Han River. Tickets are only available for online purchase, and online reservations are not available on the day of the tour.

  • The course is non-stop. Enjoy a 30-minute photo session at Namsan Seoul Tower.
  • This is an open seating arrangement without assigned seats. It's first-come, first-served, and you can start boarding 40 minutes before departure.

🔴 Reserve Seoul City Tour Bus Tickets on the Official Site🔗

🔴 Seoul City Tour Bus Night View Course Bus Schedule

  • Departs from the Gwanghwamun Ticket Office.

🔴 Ticket Price:

You can hop on and off all day long with the Seoul City Tour Bus day pass. The tour bus is super convenient for seeing all the top attractions without having to drive or pay for each one. Just drop by the ticket office at Gwanghwamun Station to exchange your e-tickets for physical ones. There's no hopping on and off the night tour, but you get 30 minutes to take photos at N Seoul Tower. Check out the mapped routes and tickets for each course.

The images featured in this post are courtesy of the Seoul City Tour Bus website .

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