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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 stops at some of the best traditional markets and major shopping districts. Among other courses available, 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.

Downtown/Palace Course (high-decker open-top bus, trolley bus, single-level bus)

– Course itinerary:

Gwanghwamun Gate (departure) → Deoksugung Palace → Namdaemun Market → Seoul Station → The War Memorial of Korea → Yongsan Station → The National Museum of Korea → Itaewon → Myeong-dong → Namsangol Hanok Village → Ambassador Hotel →  The Shilla Seoul, Jangchungdan Park → Namsan Seoul Tower →  Grand Hyatt Seoul → Dongdaemun Shopping Complex (Dongdaemun Design Plaza) → Daehangno Street (University Street) → Changgyeonggung Palace → Changdeokgung Palace → Insa-dong → Front of Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House) → Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum of Korea, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul → Sejong Center →  Gwanghwamun Gate (arrival)

  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-18:00 (Gwanghwamun Bus Stop departure basis)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour:Weekdays every 30 min, weekends & national holidays every 25 min / Approx. 2 hours
  • Departure point:Gwanghwamun Gate, next to Koreana Hotel/Chosun Ilbo Headquarters (Gwanghwamun Station, Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 6)

Seoul Panorama Course (double-decker bus, high-decker open-top bus, trolley bus)

Course itinerary:

Gwanghwamun Gate (departure) → Myeong-dong → Seoul Animation Center → Namsan Cable Car entrance → Millennium Seoul Hilton → Namsan Library → Grand Hyatt Seoul→ Gangnam Station → Some Sevit → 63 Square, Hangang River Ferry Cruise → Yeouinaru Station → Hongdae (Hongik University Street) entrance → Hongik Univ. Station (AREX) → Ehwa Womans Univ. entrance → Agricultural Museum → Seoul Museum of History → Gwanghwamun Gate (arrival)

  • Operating hours:Tuesday-Sunday 09:30-17:00 (Gwanghwamun Bus Stop departure basis)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour:35-45 min / Approx. 1 hour 50 min
  • Departure point:Gwanghwamun Gate, next to Koreana Hotel/Chosun Ilbo Headquarters (Gwanghwamun Station, Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 6)
    ※ The bus does not stop at Some Sevit on weekends or public holidays.
    ※ Bus does not stop at Gangnam Station after 17:30.

Night Course (double-decker bus, high-decker open-top bus, trolley bus)

Course itinerary:

Single-level bus: Gwanghwamun Gate (departure) → Mapodaegyo Bridge → Seogangdaegyo Bridge → Gangbyeonbuk-ro Road → Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain → Some Sevit → Dongjakdaegyo Bridge → Seongsudaegyo Bridge → Hannam Bridge → Namsan Seoul Tower → Namdaemun Market entrance → Cheonggye Plaza (arrival)

  • Operating hours:Tuesday-Sunday, 19:30 departure (July-August 20:00 departure)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour:Once a day / Approx. 1 hour 30 min
  • Departure point:Gwanghwamun Gate, next to Koreana Hotel/Chosun Ilbo Headquarters (Gwanghwamun Station, Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 6)
    ※ Night Course is a non-stop route (Excluding 30-minute photo times at Some Sevit, Namsan Seoul Tower, and Dongjakdaegyo Bridge); bus only operates with 10 or more passengers.
    ※ Photo times are subject to change depending on weather and traffic conditions.

Around Gangnam City Tour Course (trolley bus)

Course itinerary:

Gangnam Station (departure) → Le Méridien Seoul, Novotel Ambassador Gangnam → Hotel Samjeong → Seolleung & Jeongneung, Ramada Seoul → Bongeunsa Temple, Seven Luck Casino → COEX Mall → Lotte World → Lotte World Tower & Mall → Olympic Park → Seoul Sports Complex → Samseong Station → K-POP Entertainment Company → Hallyu K-Star Road → Apgujeong Rodeo Street → Gangnam Tourist Information Center, Hyundai Department Store→ Garosu-gil Street → Some Sevit → Seoul Express Bus Terminal, Shinsegae Department Store → Seorae Village→ Courthouse, Seoul National Univ. of Education Station → Gangnam Station Samsung D’Light (arrival)

  • Operating hours:Tuesday-Sunday 10:30-17:30 (Gangnam Station Bus Stop departure basis)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour:60-70 min / Approx. 1 hour 25-30 min
  • Departure point:Ticket booth approx. 150m from Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 11 (In front of Megabox Cinema)

More info

  • Fares:
    • – Downtown/Palace Course: Adults 18,000 won / Teenagers & Children 12,000 won
    • – Seoul Panorama Course: Adults 18,000 won / Teenagers & Children 12,000 won
    • – Around Gangnam City Tour Course: Adults 12,000 won / Teenagers & Children 10,000 won
    • – Night Course: Adults 15,000 won / Teenagers & Children 9,000 won
  • Transfer Tickets
    • – Big 2 Silver (Panorama + Gangnam): Adults 22,000 won / Teenagers & Children 18,000 won
      * Use of two courses freely within same day
    • – Big 2 Gold (Downtown/Palace + Panorama): Adults 28,000 won / Teenagers & Children 20,000 won
      * Use of two courses freely within two days
    • – Big 3 Gold 3 (Downtown/Palace + Panorama + Gangnam): Adults 35,000 won / Teenagers & Children 22,000 won
      * Use of three courses freely within two days
    • ※ Passengers can freely get off and on at each stop along the course within the purchase date (excluding Night Course).
    • ※ Transfers between courses not permitted.
    • ※ All courses may be substituted with single level bus.
  • Purchasing tickets:
    • Cash and credit card accepted at the ticket booth at course departure point.
    • Tickets can be purchased with cash or Tmoney card (credit cards not accepted) from the bus driver in the case of open seats remaining. (Transfer tickets must be purchases with cash)
  • Language assistance: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, German, French, Spanish, Malay (Audio system installed within bus)
  • Closed: Mondays (In the case of a public holiday falling on Monday, courses will operate as normal)
    ※ Buses will operate daily during the summer vacation period (Fourth week of July – August 15).
  • Inquiries: Seoul City Tour +82-2-777-6090 (Korean, English)
  • Website: www.seoulcitybus.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

City & Traditional Culture Course (double-decker bus – open top / half top)

Course itinerary:

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park) (departure) → Bangsan Wholesale Market, Jungbu Market (Ojang-dong Naengmyeon Alley) → Euljiro 3-ga → Euljiro 1-ga (Deoksugung Palace, Seoul City Hall) → Tongin Market (Cheong Wa Dae) → Sejong Center (Gwanghwamun Gate, Gyeongbokgung Palace) → Seoul Station (Bus Transfer Center Platform 6) → Namdaemun Market (Bank of Korea Money Museum, Sungnyemun Gate) → Myeong-dong (Myeong-dong Cathedral) → Jonggak (Jongno Avenue of Youth) → Insa-dong (Unhyeongung Royal Residence, Tapgol Park) → Jongmyo Shrine → Sewoon Electronics Department Store → Gwangjang Market → Dongmyo (Sungin-dong Dokkaebi Market) → Seoul Folk Flea Market → Seoul Medicine Market → Majang Meat Market → Sindang-dong Jungang Market (Sindangdong Tteokbokki Town) → Dongdaemun Design Plaza (arrival)

  • Operating hours:Daily 09:30-18:45 (Last departure from Dongdaemun Design Plaza Bus Stop at 17:10)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour:40 min / Approx. 1 hour 35 min
  • Departure point:In front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 & 5), Exit 1)
    ※ Buses stop irregularly at Seoul Medicine Market and Majang Meat Market so check the bus route when boarding!
    ※ Route passing Gwanghwamun Gate, City Hall, and Seoul Station subject to change depending on traffic conditions.

Highlight Course (double-decker bus – open top / half top)

Course itinerary:

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park) (departure) → Seoul Forest → Ttukseom Hangang Park → Lotte World, Lotte World Tower & Mall → Rose Plaza (K-POP performance hall) → Seoul Baekje Museum → Olympic Park (World Peace Gate) → Konkuk University → Seongsu Station (Baking Street) → Hanyang University → Dongdaemun Design Plaza (arrival)

  • Operating hours:Daily 09:50-19:15 (Last departure from Dongdaemun Design Plaza Bus Stop at 17:30)
    ※ Bus may not operate in certain circumstances; please confirm with the ticket booth.
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 40 min / Approx. 1 hour 45 min
  • Departure point:In front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 & 5), Exit 1)
    ※ Route passing Gangbyeondaegyo Bridge, Jamsildaegyo Bridge, and Lotte World Tower & Mall subject to change depending on traffic conditions.

Night Course (double-decker bus – open top / half top)

Course itinerary:

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park) (departure) → Bangsan Wholesale Market, Jungbu Market (Ojang-dong Naengmyeon Alley) → Euljiro 3-ga → Euljigo 1-ga (Deoksugung Palace, Seoul City Hall) → Tongin Market → Sejong Center (Gwanghwamun Gate, Gyeongbokgung Palace) → Seoul Station (Bus Transfer Center Platform 6) → Namdaemun Market (Bank of Korea Money Museum, Sungnyemun Gate) → Myeong-dong → Jonggak, Jongno Avenue of Youth → Insa-dong, Unhyeongung Royal Residence, Tapgol Park → Jongmyo Shrine, Sewoon Electronics Department Store → Gwangjang Market → Seoul Folk Flea Market → Sindang-dong Jungang Market → Dongdaemun Design Plaza (arrival)

  • Operating hours:Daily, May-August 19:00 departure / Daily, September-October 18:30 departure
    ※ Bus does not operate November-April
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour:Once a day / Approx. 1 hour 10 min
  • Departure point:In front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 & 5), Exit 1)
    ※ Night Course is a non-stop route; bus only operates with 8 or more passengers.

More info

  • Fares:
    City & Traditional Culture Course / Highlight Course: Adults 15,000 won / Teenagers & Children 10,000 won
    Night Course: Adults 12,000 won / Teenagers & Children 8,000 won
    ※ Passengers can freely get off and on at each stop along the course within the purchase date (excluding Night Course).
    ※ Transferring available between City & Traditional Culture and Highlight courses with the purchase of an additional transfer ticket (Adults 5,000 won / Teenagers & Children 3,000 won) (must purchase ‘transfer’ ticket, additional fee charged / free until end of February 2017)
    ※ 20% discount available on City & Traditional Culture and Highlight Courses for passengers holding: Asiana Airlines tickets (within 7 days of arrival), AIR BUSAN tickets (within 31 days of arrival) (Must show flight ticket when making tour bus ticket purchase)
  • Purchasing tickets: Cash, credit card, or Tmoney card accepted at the ticket booth in front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza or when boarding
  • Language assistance: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese (Audio system installed within bus)
  • Closed: Operating all year round
  • Inquiries: Seoul City Tour +82-1544-4239 (Korean only)
  • Website:  www.seoultrolley.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Schedules and courses are subject to change according to outside circumstances.

1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

Major Tourist Attractions

Insa-dong

Insa-dong, located in the heart of the capital city Seoul, is where old and new coexist. The main street of Insa-dong is lined with alleys both big and small full of interesting shops, galleries, traditional restaurants, teahouses, and cafes. Visitors to Insa-dong are recommended to stop at Ssamziegil, a unique structure resembling the Korean alphabet ‘ㅁ’ shape. This shopping complex is dubbed a hidden gem as it offers interesting antiques at affordable prices within the modern exterior of a shopping mall.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is Korea’s most representative royal palace, showcasing the beautiful architectural traditions of Korea. The palace served as housing for the king as well as a venue for dealing with public affairs. It also presents a beautiful harmony with nature, including gardens and ponds which make a great backdrop for pictures to take home.

Namsan Seoul Tower

Namsan Seoul Tower is an all-time favorite tourist attraction and has become a symbol of Seoul. Its view becomes even more spectacular when seen after sunset, as it sits atop Namsan Mountain, offering a panoramic view of the city. The tower not only has the best view in town but is also equipped with various subsidiary facilities where visitors can shop and dine, suited for a unique trip both day and night. It is particularly popular among couples, who come on dates and hang locks on the deck railing as a sign of their promise to love each other.

Gangnam Station

The area around Gangnam Station is a hotspot for young Koreans, filled with a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The station’s underground shopping mall sells everything from brand name clothing to jewelry, accessories, and makeup for all your fashion needs. The PSY Gangnam Style photo zone by Exit 11 is a must-visit spot.

Lotte World Tower & Mall

Standing at 555 meters tall with 123 floors, Lotte World Tower is home to a hotel, theater, offices, a shopping mall, and more. The highlight is the observatory, Seoul Sky, offering beautiful 360-views of the surrounding cityscape. In addition, the mall is connected with Lotte World, making this an all-in-one attraction.

Ttukseom Hangang Park

Ttukseom Hangang Park is just one of many citizens’ parks lining the Hangang River as it winds its way through the city. Ttukseom in particular has a large grassy field perfect for picnics as well as an eco-center, children’s playground, rock-climbing wall and more leisure facilities. The observation and culture complex also offers a chance to see many different exhibitions. Being located near Kunkuk University, there are also plenty of shops and restaurants to check out.

Bongeunsa Temple

Located in the center of the Gangnam area, Bongeunsa Temple has more than 1,200 years of history. This historic temple houses extensive records of Korea’s Buddhist culture, but visitors of all backgrounds and religions come to enjoy the view and serenity within the bustling city.

Tongin Market

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

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