The Best Ways to Explore Seoul by Foot | Trazy’s Guided Walking Tours

There is no better way to explore Seoul than on foot, and a guided walking tour is a great way to get a behind-the-scenes look at South Korea’s capital city of Seoul.

Here are well-curated and guided walking tours offered by Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop for you to unlock the city’s sights and stories.

Whether you are a culture vulture, history lover, adventurer or a globetrotter on budget Trazy’s got the one-of-a-kind walking tour for you!

1. Deoksugung Palace & Jeongdong History Tour

Take a walk through the centuries

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A passionate tour guide explaining about the history of Deoksugung Palace to the participants of the walking tour.

Tune into the modern Korean history at must-visit places of historical significance with a professional English speaking tour guide, a superb storyteller who will tell you dynamic stories of the transition period of Korea from the late 19th century to early 20th century.

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Participants peeping inside Deokhongjeon Hall where the king met foreign envoys and other diplomatic officials.

Starting at Deoksugung Palace, one of the five royal palaces in Seoul, the walk takes you along the Jeongdong-gil Road, a picturesque tree-lined cobblestone street of Jeong-dong district in downtown Seoul that runs along the stone wall of Deoksugung Palace.

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Entering Deoksugung Palace
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Walking along the picturesque Jeongdong-gil Road
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Making a stop at Chung Dong First Methodist Church

You will also have the chance to stop at lesser-known cultural and historical heritages such as Chung Dong First Methodist Church, Korea’s first Methodist church built in 1898, on this walking tour. Join in now and dive into the rich history of Seoul with Trazy!

  • Duration: 2 hours 30 mins

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“The tour was an enjoyable experience for me, especially since I’m a big fan of both walking and learning about history. The guides have excellent English and do a great job of talking about the stories in relation to the Palace and its surrounding area. I wouldn’t have known where to go and what to do on my own, so this is great for people who would like to know a little bit more about Korean history while taking pictures of beautiful architecture.” – Jasmine

2. Seoul City Wall & Ihwa Mural Village Walking Tour

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the walls of art and rich history

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The famous “Flower Staircase” in Ihwa Mural Village

Take in the best sights in Jongno district in Seoul with this walking tour that combines history, street art and murals and a pleasant night stroll.

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An artistic mural at Naksan Park

Starting from Dongdaemun Gate, one of the most iconic landmarks of Seoul, you will walk along the historic Seoul City Wall to Ihwa Mural Village, a charming neighborhood with alleys filled with the photogenic mural painted walls, and up to Naksan Park where you can admire the fascinating night views of Seoul on this walking tour.

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A pleasant night stroll at Naksan Park
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A stunning night view of Seoul from Naksan Park

※TIP: Seoul City Wall, or ‘Hanyangdoseong’ in Korean, is an 18km-long fortress wall with 600 years of history, which circles the four mountains in the heart of Seoul, Bugaksan, Naksan, Namsan and Inwangsan. You can find the restored remnants of Seoul City Wall at these mountains.

  • Duration: 2 hours 30 mins

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3. Seochon Village Walking Tour

Journey into the depths of an old, artistic village hidden in the concrete jungle

Explore the winding alleys of Seochon Village, a little-known neighborhood filled with traditional houses and dotted with trendy art galleries, situated on the west of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of five royal palaces in central Seoul.

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An alley of Seochon Village

While listening to the stories of Korean professional artists and writers who once worked for Gyeongbokgung Palace, you will make stops at an old house of a renowned Korean painter named Park No-soo, a famous traditional Tongin Market and stylish, hip cafes on this walking tour.

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A house of a famous Korean painter, Park No-soo, in Seochon Village
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A small cafe with unique design in Seochon Village
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A traditional Korean hanok -style restaurant in Seochon Village

If you are in favor of lesser-known and secretive discoveries, this is the perfect walking tour for you!

  • Duration: 3 hours

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“I’ve heard of Seochon village from my Korean friend and this tour was a great chance to hear some interesting history about the village walking through the hidden small alleys. Highly recommended especially if you are interested in art.” – Jessie

4. Namsan Park & N Seoul Tower Evening Hiking Tour

Soak up stupendous night views

This is a ‘best of Seoul’ evening walking tour that takes you to Namsangol Hanok Village, home to traditional Korean house, along the remnants of Seoul City Wall and up to N Seoul Tower, an iconic tower where you can take in spectacular nighttime views of Seoul.

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Namsangol Hanok Village
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A scenic walkway at Namsan Park
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A beautiful night view of Seoul from N Seoul Tower

The hiking trail up to N Seoul Tower is suitable for everyone, every skill level. So sign up for this evening hiking tour now and spend a great night out with Trazy!

  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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5. Ingwangsan & Bugaksan Mountain Hiking Tour

Choose a hike and discover stunning landscapes and breathtaking vistas

Put on your hiking boots and tackle the two remarkable mountains in central Seoul, Inwangsan Mountain and Bugaksan Mountain, with a passionate English-speaking local guide on this urban hiking tour!

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A panoramic view of city of Seoul from Inwangsan Mountain

Check out the two trail options you can choose from:

  • Option 1. Ingwangsan Mountain: A 338m high mountain that features uniquely shaped rocks, massive granite peaks.
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Peering down the city of Seoul from Inwangsan Mountain
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Uniquely shaped granite rocks in Inwangsan Mountain
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Hiking up Inwangsan Mountain

※TIP: Though there are rocky sections, the trail is well-paved, making the hike relatively easy for everyone – highly recommended for amateurs!

  • Option 2. Bugaksan Mountain: A 342m high mountain which is the highest among four major mountains in central Seoul, Bugaksan, Naksan, Namsan and Inwangsan.
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Bugaksan Mountain
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Climbing up the wooden steps in Bugaksan Mountain
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A breathtaking view of Seoul from top of Bugaksan Mountain

※TIP: Expect some sections of dirt trail, wooden steps and steep inclines and declines, which make it a more challenging hike – highly recommended for avid hikers!

  • Duration: 3~3.5 hours

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“I had so much fun with my guide! After the hike he showed me around the neighborhood and I was really grateful to be shown around. I highly recommend this tour because the guide is great and the view is amazing!” – Maya

6. Secret Garden & Bukchon Hanok Village Walking Tour

Travel back in time to Joseon Dynasty and experience the lives of royal and noble families!

Changdeokgung Palace is the most beautiful palace among the 5 palaces in Seoul and Huwon (the Secret Garden) inside the palace is an absolute must-see feature that is only accessible through the guided tour.

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Changdeokgung Palace, the only Korean Palace designated as UNESCO World Heritage
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Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace, previously a leisure place exclusively for the royal family

Have a nice stroll in Changdeokgung palace and experience the beauty of Korean architecture at this unique Korean royal garden.

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Bukchon Hanok Village, the well-preserved neighborhood of Changdeokgung palace

While walking in and around Changdeokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village, you will visit places with historical backgrounds and get a glimpse of the life in the 19th century of Korea. Plus, the itinerary includes filming locations of K-drama “Goblin”, “Love in the Moonlight” and “Personal Taste”. Take photos here and be a K-drama hero/heroine.

  • Duration: 4 hours

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“The tour was informative and history of Korea history was valuable. it was also a beautiful tour. Highly recommended.” – Jackie

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An Insider’s Guide to Seochon Village: Seoul’s Hidden Gem

Seochon Village is one of the oldest neighborhoods of Seoul, associated with Joseon era (1392 ~ 1910) and Korean literature. Seochon Village stretches out from the western gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace to the feet of Mt. Inwangsan.

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The Western Gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace

Along with the historical places that long preserved the calm neighborhood, Seochon Village now invites new visitors with modern boutique shops, stores and restaurants that you cannot find elsewhere.

As you enter the street of the village, you’ll be surprised by how calm and quiet the neighborhood is especially during the day, unlike the busy and hectic areas.

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A house with a beautiful brick wall in Seochon Village. 

Along the path are boutique galleries that exhibit unique art pieces and works from various artists. Two major galleries that represent Seochon Village are: Daelim Museum & Jean Gallery.

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Daelim Gallery and its facade representing Korean traditional textile pattern-bojagi.

Jean Art Gallery

Opened since 1972, Jean Art Gallery exhibits modern contemporary art. 

You’ll also encounter quite a lot of “one-of-a-kind” coffee shops and restaurants here in this neighborhood. And in the middle of the village is a small market called ‘Tongin Market‘.

You can find all sort of local Korean food here and it’s especially known for “Fried rice cake” called “Gireum Tteokbokki.” It’s fried rice cake that comes with two flavors: red sauce (spicy) and white sauce (soy sauce). The owner fries the rice cake right in front of you. With 60 year of history, many Koreans come all the way here just to taste the original fried rice cake.

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Spicy fried rice cake place in Tongin Market.

Seochon village is a hidden treasure. You won’t regret opening it.

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Join us on a walking tour to explore Seoul’s best-kept secret, which will take you Seochon Village, one of the oldest and traditional neighborhoods of Seoul. Sign up now, discover the hidden gems you wouldn’t discover otherwise. Sign up for the tour here.

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