City, Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage
Kid Friendly: Yes. if they would be interested in walking around an old neighborhood...
Wheelchairs can get through the streets fine, allowing a good scenic tour, but might not be able to get into some of the optional buildings (museums, etc).
Maximum travelers: 10
Korean (basic), English (fluent)
great walking tour through a downtown neighborhood with preserved Hanok buildings
Bukchon is a fascinating and photogenic neighborhood containing many traditional Korean wooden houses with tile roofs (called "hanok"), located between the major Palaces, north of the Anguk area and south of the mountains.
Throughout the 600-year history of the Joseon Dynasty its close proximity to the palaces, ideal geomantic (feng-shui) location, commanding views and clean waters made it a favorite residential area for high-ranking government officials and the Yangban nobility.
Today, it is several neighborhoods comprising an official "Hanok Conservation Zone". What remains is a charming though crowded mix of western-style buildings and hanoks, with some great museums and historical landmarks.
It's a great place to just walk around exploring - passing through the numerous small winding alleyways, one seems to be far away from hectic "Seoul" although it's right next to downtown!
We can see great views and architecture, and stop at as many small museums, craft-galleries or tea-houses as you wish!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Exit #2 of the Anguk-dong Metro Station (Orange Line #3) -- or I can pick you up at your hotel, and we easily get to Bukchon by taxi or subway.
End location: same as where we start, or wherever you wish to be.
Duration: 4 hours
This can be anywhere from 1 hour to 5 hours, as you wish; fee will be adjusted accordingly.
walking tour; we can get to the start or from the end by a taxi or public transportation.
just my guiding through the alleyways and explanations.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5000 KRW - just for incidentals; nothing required except local-transport there and back; no entrance fee.
Local transport if needed, and entrance fees if you want to visit any museums, tea-houses or such (small amounts, a few dollars).
I do not have a car in Korea, do not drive. I can arrange for a mini-bus or taxi if you wish, at extra expense. Otherwise we will use the cheap taxis that are easy to catch, and Korea's excellent and fast system of subway trains, and buses, together.