City Bus Tour, Seoul

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    Seoul City Tour Bus

    by qaminari Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I took this tour, starting from Yongsan where I was staying, on the day I arrived, as it gives you a fantastic overview of the city, helping you to understand its layout and decide where to go back to later. You can of course use it for transport to the different places you want to visit although in my case I didn't as I was only free on mornings or afternoons.
    There are several different "courses", as I was in Yongsan I chose the "downtown" tour which covers: Gwanghwamun → Deoksugung Palace → Namdaemun Market → Seoul Station → USO → Yongsan Station → National Museum of Korea → War Memorial → U.S Army Post → Itaewon → Crown Hotel → Myeong-dong → Namsangol Hanok (traditional Korean house) Village → Sofitel Ambassador Hotel → National Theater of Korea → Namsan Seoul Tower → Grand Hyatt Hotel → Tower Hotel → Shilla Hotel → Dongdaemun Market → Daehangno → Changgyeonggung Palace → Changdeokgung Palace → Insa-dong → Cheongwadae (The Blue House) → National Folk Museum → Gyeongbokgung Palace → Gwanghwamun
    A single ride ticket costs 5000 won, a day ticket double that, but you can use this for both the Downtown and the Palace Tour course.

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    Seoul City Bus Tour

    by petermax Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the georgeous palaces

    Everyone who lands at Incheon airport should get a Seoul City Bus Tour ticket shoved into their passport at immigration! It only costs 10,000 won and is the best intro to Seoul imagineable. It's a typical hop-on hop-off city tour bus with the most friendly and helpfull attendants who all speak good English and will pop a realy nice map of the route into your hands when you get on and will make sure you get off at the right stops.

    It tracks through downtown Seoul through some of the nicest areas of the city past many culutural and historic landmarks - remember not to take photographs of the Blue House (allthough everyone in the street was while the whole bus dutyfully hid theirs from sight)!!

    You can also get off at the Namsan tower and take a ride to the top to have a look around and is a great way to get your bearings in this hustle-bustle-always-on-the-go metropolis. Make sure to start early as it will be a busy day. Best place to start is at the bus stop in front of Seoul Station, ask an attendant where it stops. Along the route the stops are marked with big blue posts.

    Highlights were the War Memorial, the many beautiful palaces, Namsam mountain and getting off at Kyobo Bookshop - man, thats a huge bookshop - and then slumping exhausted into a chair at the Coffea Bean opposite Kyobo for a cappucino and Chicago cheese cake and recovery......

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    Guided Tour of City Highlights

    by travelchica7 Written May 5, 2009

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    If you've got a very brief time in Seoul, like we did (13 hour layover), a great way to see the city is by guided bus tour. We bought our tickets at a counter in the Incheon International Airport for about $50 pp. I'm sure we could have spent a lot less by DIYing it, but for such a short time, this tour was well worth its money. There were several to choose from, but be aware that the tours sell out quite early in the morning (like 7am), so get there as soon as you decide what you want to do. Also be aware that Palaces and museums are closed Tuesdays, so that's not the best day for some of these tours.

    Our tour guide was very sweet and fun, and we learned 3 Korean phrases! ;) We toured around the city, had 3 guided stops, and then went for lunch at a traditional Korean food restaurant. A very nice day before arriving back at the airport at 3pm or so.

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    Seoul City Bus Tour

    by amambaw Written Apr 22, 2005

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    First, just a quick thanks to iwys for his suggestion on this tour. The tour was great, and I would recommend it to anyone visiting Seoul!

    The tour is basically a hop-on/hop-off bus that runs a loop through downtown Seoul. There are just under thirty stops on the main route, and about fifteen spots on the palace route. There is also an evening tour that takes you across the Han River to Youido.

    The tour takes you to all the major sites throughout Seoul: Each of the five palaces; Insa-dong; Itaewon; Seoul Tower; The War Museum; and several others. It also stops at some of the larger hotels, so it accessible to you even if you are staying at these places.

    The bus costs 10,000 W for a full day ticket (running from 9 am to 7 pm), or 5,000 W for a single stop ride.

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    Specifically designed for the...

    by kgurl Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Specifically designed for the city tour, expert tour guides who can speak Korean, English, Japanese, or Chinese accompany the tour. The bus stops by all the 'must see' places such as Insadong, Dongdaemun, Itaewon, Deoksugung Palace, and even Cheongwadae(Green House).
    The tickets can be purchased with cash on the bus.

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    Seoul City Tour Bus

    by Sarah97 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Seoul City Tour Bus
    Since October, Seoul City Tour Bus is operating. It covers most of major attractions of Seoul therefore I think it is an excellent way to see Seoul for short-term visitors! Places it covers are Toksu-gung(Palace), Namdaemun Market, Itaewon, Namsangol Hanok(Korean traditional house) Maul(village), Dongdaemun Market, Changkyung-gung(palace), Changduk-gung, Unhyun-gung, Chongwadae (Blue House, where President lives), National Folk Museum, Kyungbok-gung and several Hotels as well.

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