City, Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage
Kid Friendly: Yes. if could be interested in a busy urban area with old buildings...
Maximum travelers: 10
Korean (basic), English (fluent)
A Historic Stroll through Downtown Seoul's Center
This 3. 5-hour tour will cover the most interesting historic sites found right in the middle of old Seoul, often overlooked by expat-residents.
We will visit Yeongnak Presbyterian Church, center of North Korean Christianity and one of the world's largest congregations. Then we will visit Myeong-dong Catholic Cathedral, learning about its architecture and 115 years of history. Walking through the busy Myeong-dong streets, famous for fashion-shopping; we'll pass the historic Theater and UNESCO Building, and hear their tales, and what they offer. The old site of the Chinese Embassy, Seoul's "chinatown" will be viewed, with more storytelling.
Crossing to the grand 1930 Bank of Korea Building, we'll take a brief look at the most interesting items in its Currency & Coin Museum. Strolling further up a surprisingly-pleasant back-alley up to Westin Chosun Hotel, we will view its 1897 Temple of Heaven while hearing an extensive historical explanation.
Yeongnak Presbyterian Church, center of North Korean Christianity and one of the world's largest congregations
Myeong-dong Catholic Cathedral, with 115 years of history
busy Myeong-dong streets, famous for fashion-shopping
historic Myeong-dong Theater
the UNESCO Building
old site of the Chinese Embassy, Seoul's "Chinatown"
the grand 1930 Bank of Korea Building, Currency & Coin Museum
the 1897 Temple of Heaven from Korea's brief "Empire" days
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel, or an easy-to-find downtown location
End location: anywhere you wish
Duration: 3 hours 30 min.
could be shorter or longer, as you wish; there's plenty in this area!
Just my guiding and explanations; there are no admission fees
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2000 KRW - just for incidentals; nothing required; no entrance fees.
meal, drinks, snacks, coffee
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.