Cynthia ArnoldUnited States
Chris was a fantastic guide! Even with the extremely cold weather, he still braved the cold while making sure that I was comfortable throughout the entire day. He is knowledgeable, honest and direct which is refreshing and is comfortable sharing information and insights to present the "real" Korea (a balanced view). I recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your rating and sorry about enormously cold weather(-10 c. Degree).
Donald WatrenUnited States
Very good tour guide. great day. Very good overview of Seoul and Korean culture.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I also enjoyed the day. Thanks for your cooperation and nice rating.
Elliott BaimUnited States
Destination too overwhelmed with tourists. More an amusement park than politically important site Guide was rude. Yelled instructions to people with other guides. Kept muttering complaints. Gave unsolicited political opinions. Made racial slurs against Japanese. He was all around obnoxious.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: 1. Nowadays DMZ here in Korea have been over crowded due to hot issues going on between North, Sout and US and furthermore it was Saturday morning, weekend. 2. Yes.... DMZ is also one of most favored tourist sites and also there is literally very small amusement park for kids. 3. I yelled Chinese tour guide whose group always late to tour bus 4. I explained about Korean peoples' sentiment toward Japanese people 5. complaints about your hotel Sorry for my being abnoxious.
Nannette ChanHong Kong
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank very much for your ratings. It was my pleasure to have a chance to serve you. Chris
Juan VelascoUnited States
He was a splendid guide. He provided us great insights and fantastic logistics. I highly recommend anyone who wants to better know Seoul.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Huan Grateful to have a wonderful rating and review. When you feel satisfied it's my pleasure .. Hopefully see you again. Chris
Robert BarnumUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you
Robert BarnumUnited States
Chris was excellent. His knowledge of Korea was excellent. His English was impeccable. His focus on client experience was appreciated
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Always good to find nice ratings and complement. These are driving force for me to enjoy my job. Thank you Bob!!
Girlie de ChavezUnited States
Chris was so nice, very informative and flexible. He is a good historian and an excellent tour guide. He made us feel comfortable even though we are in a different country. My 8 year old son never got board. If we get another chance to visit Korea, we'll book Chris again as our tour guide. We have so much fun. And he made our trip really memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Girlie Thanks for your nice rating and review.
Girlie de ChavezUnited States
Chris was so nice, very informative and flexible. He is a good historian. He made us feel comfortable even though we are in a different country. My 8 year old son never got board. If we get another chance to visit Korea, we'll book Chris again as our tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Girlie It was very nice opportunity for me to show our history of modern era and rich cultural background different from other eastern asian countries in our own view point. Sometimes it is fun to learn about other countries' history and daily routines right on that spots. It will be another pleasure to serve you when you book me again in near future. Thank you Chris
Marcos BianculliUnited States
We just finished the tour with Chris. I told Chris I wanted to see the "other side" of Korea... I didn't want to see buildings, and tourists. I wanted to see more rural areas, more nature, some farmers, etc. We went to a DMZ that tourists don't really go to (we were the only ones there). We also stopped at a local rural school, and we were lucky enough they let us in and gave us a tour of the school. Because I am a teacher I asked Chris for this, and we were able to get it. Overall, this was GREAT! Bookit
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marcos It's been my pleasure to move around this area with you. It was a sort of refresh to get out of hectic Seoul and crowds. Thank god..it was wonderful today.. Thanks for your review and rating. Chris
Jocelyne RoyUnited States
Hyosang or Chris, his anglo name, is an excellent guide; very knowledgeable, easy-going, and fluent in english. His fee includes being transported around the city in his very comfortable van which makes for a stress-free tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jocelyne, Thanks for your rating and review on my service. This is what I am working for.
Laura LabnoUnited States
Fantastic, fun and amazing! We had a great time with Hyosang in Seoul, where we had a 12 hour layover. He picked us up and dropped us off at the airport, so our personalized tour started immediately. Hyosang was perceptive of our interests and desired pace, without asking. He also provided unique experiences for us, and was very engaging. His depth of knowledge of history and the Gyeongbok Palace was impressive and educational. I would highly recommend Hyosang to everyone, kids and adults !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Laura It is the amazing stellar compliment I have ever heard. I myself actually enjoyed the time shared with you. Wish you always well and happy in your days. Thank you for your rating and review. Chris
Susan GanadenUnited States
We could not have chosen a better guide in Chris. He is not your typical tourist guide. He made our trip exceptionally fun , comfortable and we have learned, experienced and saw the soul of Korea that no typical tourist could ever experience. Best of all we really enjoyed our culinary experience with him. We absolutely relished the authentic Korean food and local restaurants that Chris took us to. Chris, thank you for an amazing trip! You have raised the bar.The next guide has big shoes to fill in.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Susan The pleasure will be mine. I myself enjoyed a lot and appreciate you gave me a chance to move around wonderful places in this beautiful season. Thank you Chris
This tour really helped accelerate my understanding of Korea and it's culture. In a short space of time we covered the major sites but, more importantly, I was able to ask many questions about life in Korea and get highly intelligent and informed responses.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John It is unexpected rating and review. I have tried to customize tours that fit travelers' needs. Actually I had to study and prepare in advance to the tour day wishing my information on our country is helpful. Good to know that it was informative and helpful. Thanks for your review and rating. Chris
Diane KaplanUnited States
We had a limited amount of time. HyoSang (Chris) was the perfect guide for us. He was flexible, informative and funny. He had excellent suggestions of stores, restaurant, itinerary. He helped us with purchases, set up our photos in the perfect locations. The van was comfortable and immaculate. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Diane, Always grateful for your rating and kind words. I am confident that this job is growing with your compliment and nice rating. Thank you Diane!!
Gerald BurettaUnited States
Mr.Lee was outstanding in his tour duties. His English was excellent, his knowledge of the sights was exceptional, and it was a pleasure to be with him. He was well prepared with cold drinks a had a true concern for our welfare and enjoyment.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your rating and review. Hopefully I can serve again.
Firstly our tour guide is a very handsome guy. Highly recommended, he is friendly, attentive, funny, very informative. Handle our group with great care. An excellent driver and guide. Price of the tour is reasonable, worth the money. I definitely rate him 10 stars. #handsometourguide #veryinformative #funandfriendly #caring #10starservice #worththeprice
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Salina The greatest compliment I have ever heard from my customers. Thank you for nice rating.
Our family was very satisfied with the service provider by Chris. He was very knowledgable and was well acquainted with Korean history and gave us a good explanation of the DMZ. Chris was also attentive to our needs and we would strongly recommend him as competent and capable tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lawrence Thanks for your rating and review on my service to your family. Always my pleasure to serve family. It is grateful to see travelers enjoy themselves. I am just a part of your tour and trying facilitating your journey. Thank you Chris
Mee Foong AngSingapore
"Perfectly Done Seoul City Tour!" Chris was really amazing, for us, he is simply the best tour guide here in Korea! Another successful day & it was Perfectly done! Kamssahamnida to Chris! ("Thank You" in Korean Language) We were able to appreciate more the history and tradition of Seoul. In today's tour, he was not just a tour guide but he was our official professional photographer. He were able to pull off very nice photo compositions & angles!. We are definitely highly recommending him! Two thumbs up!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Eddie The weather for last 2 days was very nice to enjoy tour. Even though this is my job sometimes I also enjoy tour myself when weather and other surroundings are perfect. It's been my pleasure to spend wonderful time with you.
"A Great Experience! Thanks to our expert local guide, Chris" Chris is a very professional tour guide, friendly, informative and he speaks English fluently. I arranged this private tour for me & my wife for our honeymoon and it was a great experience with the help of our expert local guide, Chris. He always make sure that we are comfortable and the level of Customer Service Chris displayed was awesome. We could say that we are one of his many Highly Satisfied Customers! He is the best in Korea! no doubt!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nice to know that you enjoyed tour and satisfied with my service. Thank you very much for your nice rating.
David ZahniserUnited States
I just had the perfect tour of the historic part of Seoul with my tour guide, Chris. I not only learned a great deal about Korean history and culture, but I also appreciated Chris's insights into the cultural changes of Korea over the last decades. The pace of the tour was just right, and overall exceeded my expectations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your wonderful review. It's been my pleasure to serve awsome customers like you. It's been a perfect day today.
Pamela EspositoUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your rating.
My family and I travelled to South Korea for the first time & had Chris as our incredible tour guide. He was extremely knowledgable about the city and the tourist spots, answered all our questions we had, he made the tour exceptionally personable, had such a great sense of humour, made all of us laugh, really took care of us and catered to our needs. He took us to a local restraunt and local trendy spots which we thouroughly enjoyed. I would recommend Chris to anyone travelling to South Korea
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rochelle Always amusing to serve family tourists. Hopefully your staying here is nice memories and have another chance to enjoy next time. Chris
David PerrottUnited States
To best use my time, I engaged Hyosang for a private tour of Seoul. I was not disappointed. He was open to my thoughts and interest and developed an agenda following an email exchange. We went to places in the city and markets that only locals know about. I was impressed with his knowledge of Korean history, Seoul landmarks and points of interest, current affairs and English language skills. Some may consider the tour expensive, but I found it to be the best use of time and a very comprehensive tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David Thanks for your compliments and a nice rating. It's been always my pleasure to talk about guest's interest and thought. I'd like to thank you especially for the juice you bought me at the market. It was one of the best ones in my life. Chris
Charles YangUnited States
Chris was very knowledgeable and willing to share his views on Korean and international politics as they relate to the situation at the DMZ. He was facile in addressing the information needs of the adults and child in our group. The logistics of the tour (needing to follow the set schedule at each stop without any flexibility due to transit by DMZ bus) make this half-day excursion from Seoul a difficult tour to lead. Chris's English language fluency is exceptional and nuanced.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Charles, I am grateful for your rating. Since every stops at DMZ is set by military authority it could be felt busy. Nevertheless I hope that this will be remembered as a worthwhile journey. Thank you Chris
Not very interesting and didn't seem to be very knowledgeable about the theme
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am sorry about that.
Edward StrackeUnited States
Chris did a good job taking care of us on the DMZ tour and was very attentive to making sure we got good seats and everything was very well described and explained to us. This was one of our better tours. If there are admission fees to be paid by the participants, please make sure all parties understand who should be paying the admission fee for the tour guide.
Pradyumna TummalaUnited States
Chris did a great job customizing the tour for our family of 5. This tour included a live martial arts show at the Hwaseong Fortress and a musical performance, tightrope performance, and an equestrian show at the Folk Village. These kept my teenage sons entertained. Chris also goes out of his way to keep us comfortable with weather changes, itinerary changes based on weather and our interests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Prad Apprecciated your nice rating. I've tried to tailor itinerary to accommodate travelers' needs. Very glad to know that you enjoyed it..Hopefully I can serve you with more pleasure next time. Regards Chris
Pradyumna TummalaUnited States
Chris did a wonderful job taking around our family of five to major areas of interest tailored to our family's interests. He took us to a traditional Korean restaurant, where he was very helpful in explaining on of my sons' nut allergy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Prad You're welcome..it's my job to care about my customers. Thanks for your nice rating. Chris
Debra ShearwaterUnited States
Absolutely incredible guide! We hired Chris to drive us around Incheon Island for half a day to visit locations for BIRDWATCHING! He has never dealt with birdwatchers, or birders, as we call ourselves. Chris scouted out areas and even searched the internet about birding areas near the airport. He helped us by asking a man who was using a weed wacker to turn the machine off so that we could hear the birds. In so many ways, big and small, he was helpful. Chris speaks perfect English, wonderful personality!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Debi, Jim and Jeff, I am a little bit surprised to know that you've just finished your birdwatching. when I recall your tour I think that I could do more and better if I should have prepared more in details. maybe next time I believe that I can arrange and organize everything in more sophisticated manner to facilitate your birdwatching. I was clumsy and you taught me a lot. It was amazing and fun event for me too and hopefully I can serve you again in near future. Best regards Chris H. Lee
Excellent guide, very professional and went out of his way to ensure we had a great day. Would have no hesitation in recommending Chris as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brian It was my pleasure to serve you and grateful to know that you were satisfied with my service. Thanks for your rating. Regards Chris
I wasn't expecting much from the tour...but Chris made the tour very interesting and enjoyable right from the "get go"! My wife and kids had a great time from start to finish.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John I am very happy to know that I could help you enjoy your quality family time more. I feel more great when I serve family. Thanks for rating Chris
Informative and we seen some great sights
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating Chris
What a great character Chris was, made our visit an absolute pleasure and such a different experience than doing an organized cruise tour option. You don't wait for anyone, you develop a tour suited to your wishes and best of all you get to see the town from a Local's level. Chris' knowledge with over 20 years guiding experience was exceptional and his English was excellent. I would highly recommend him and if you use Chris make sure you ask for the best Korean BBQ experience. Thank you Chris.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kurt I am privileged to serve you. We enjoyed wonderful weather today. Local food at local restaurants ..it is my motto.. Thanks for your rating Chris
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Olga Thanks for good rating. Chris
Chimes ChinUnited States
Fun, quirky, and professional! My family and myself spent a lovely time getting to know Seoul with Chris. It was a wonderful start to our trip!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chimes Thanks for your rating..
We were travelling with young kids (6 & 4 yrs old), and Chris was such a wonderful person to them keeping at their pace and needs. I fully recommend this day tour for those with young kids like ours as the venues are great for kids and the family. Lots to do at Nami Island that time will run it fast. Chris was very knowledgeable, the vehicle was very comfortable and Chris' driving was also excellent for our young kids. Overall we had a superb day. Go with Chris as he was a genuinely great person.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Huy I believe that children are angels on the ground. It was my pleasure and joy to be with them. I am also father of two daughters and I know how you feel about your ones. Have a nice trip back home and be well with your family. Chris
Jason BurelleUnited States
What can I say about Chris? He is an absolutely rockstar! Not only is he informative but he's also immensely entertaining. You are in good hands with Chris, he will expertly escort you to some of the most iconic and lesser known hot spots in Seoul all the while add in his own brand of humor and insights. I could not be happier with my selection in guide. Thank you, Chris, from your biggest fans - Jason, Megan, Ryan, and Sara. Hopefully we'll see you again soon!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jason.. Actually I enjoyed a whole day with you. Terribly sorry but the pleasure was mine I enjoyed more than you did. If I have another chance the day will be mine. Chris
Naudja ThreadgillUnited States
Chris was a great guide. We had a very early morning pickup at Incheon airport and, in spite of the poor weather, we managed to cover a lot of ground. In addition to being knowledgeable, he has a great sense of humor and he's good with the elderly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Naudja, It's been my pleasure to serve you. With rain and chilly weather condition you cooperated me well and ended up with nice tour. have a nice trip back to US and wish your days full of joys and happiness with your mother. Thank you Chris
Spencer SchwartzbachUnited States
Very personable, excellent English and really took care of us especially with our special eating requirements.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Spencer, thanks for your nice rating and glad to hear that you enjoyed tour with me. regards Chris
Heidi CanarelliHenderson, NV, United States
Very much enjoyed our tour. Chris was very helpful and went out of his way to accommodate us when his van was not big enough for all our luggage. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Heidi Its been my pleasure to serve you and hope to see you again for more joys. Chris
Heidi CanarelliHenderson, NV, United States
Very pleasant gentleman. Enjoyed our tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Heidi Thank you for your rating. Chris
Elizabeth B.United States
We spent a delightful day with Hyosang (Chris) in late March 2017. A native Korean, who speaks English fluently, he has an in-depth knowledge of the country's history and culture. He showed us many parts of the city that we would not have known to visit on our own. When the day ended, we felt we were saying goodbye to a familiar friend and not just someone we met that day. I highly recommend Chris to everyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elizabeth, I appreciate your review on my service. I am glad to know that you had a chance to know about Korea and its history. Hopefully I can serve you again when you visit Korea again. Chris
Chris was friendly and knowledgeable about the places we went. He also was engaging in conversation throughput the day. The dmz was very interesting and with the clouds you really got the effect. Only drawback was that it was a lot to fit into one day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joyce I was also very pleased to share time with you. Thanks for your nice rating and your cooperation during the tour. Regards Chris
Chris was extremely efficient and so easy to deal with. Took us on an amazing tour and was very helpful in recommending places for us to visit and eat while in Seoul. Took us to other places of interest to us that weren't normally on the designated tour. Would highly recommend him as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your rating.It was amusing to me too and I felt lucky to serve you matched well with me. See you again.
Candee Sijing TanSingapore
Chris is great! My family enjoyed the tour around Seoul City, he is very knowledgeable, patient, very friendly and he love kids. His services was impeccable, Chris went the extra miles during the tour. We will definitely recommend Chris to all our friends and family.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Candee I wish you and your family full of joy and happiness. Thank you for nice review. Chris
Myself and tre teenagers daughter We stopped over in seoul for one morning only Chris has been of great company and a very informative tour guide Great with my girls and flexible in rearranging the tour according to our preference and very short time Price in line with market He made us love Seoul in 4 hours
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your rating and have a nice trip back home. See you soon Chris
Lev FinkelsteinUnited States
Our tour guide was great - very welcoming, flexible, had great suggestions based on our desired activities and interests, on time and well spoken. He was very nice to our child and gave her a great gift of experiencing the Korean culture and local dress. We would definitely recommend our tour guide again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your wonderful review.
Thomas MoriartyUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Thomas Thanks for your rating..
Great tour with Chris. Covered all the key spots as well as the history and events. Chris added personal insights which large tour group would never replicated
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for rating. I will do my best.
Chris was very knowledgeable about the history and little known facts of Seoul as well as very friendly and accomodating to personal requests. Very highly recommened. Along with having a great sense of humour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Andrew, Thanks for nice review. It's been my pleasure to enjoy tour with your family. Hope to see you again. regards Chris Lee
Nicole NgNew Zealand
This was our first day in Korea and the tour was a perfect way to start off our trip. Chris is a great tour guide, he is friendly and very knowledgeable about Korean history. The royal palace was the highlight. I would highly recommend this tour or any of Chris' tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks for nice review.. Chris
Norman GoldsmithUnited States
Our guide "Chris" (Hyosang) had perfect command of colloquial English. Because my wife had difficulty walking, he carefully adapted the tour to minimize climbing and walking long distances. All four of us really appreciated the detail descriptions he provided on the history of Korea going back about 3,000 years. We all enjoyed our tour enormously.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Norman, Since today was the coldest day in this fall I was worried about you when I woke up in the morning. I feel grateful that you enjoyed tour with me. I don't know how to thank you for the praise, I only did my best to make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable and this is my job. Thanks for your 'star' rating and wish to see you again in cherry blossom season. Chris
Ronald HiragaUnited States
We are a group of 9 from California. We enjoyed our day tour of Seoul led by Hyosang (Chris) very much. Chris is very knowlegeable and able to communicate important facts and history. He was also very flexible in working with a large group and facing inclement weather. Add his ability to interact successfully with each person in our group made for an enjoyable experience. We highly recommend Chris.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ronald, Much appreciate your rating. It's been pleasure and fun to serve you. I will try my best to maintain my quality of service top and I will make your next trip more enjoyable and memorable. Thanks for your comments again. Chris
Michael SlomakUnited States
Chris was an excellent guide and a pleasure to spend time with. He took us to places we would not have experienced and he paid attention to our interests and enhanced them with his own creative ideas. He made our day together special and exciting. His fluency with English and American humor was a pleasure. We wish all our guides rose to his level of professionalism.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Slomak, It's been my pleasure to serve you and make your trip more memorable. I don't know how express my gratitude to your compliments on my job. If I can have another chance to serve you in the future I will do my best to meet your satisfaction. Once again, it was fun to have quality time with you and appreciate 'star' rating. Chris,,
Nathanael RingerUnited States
He was great...funny and knowledgable and really knows his stuff. This tour was the highlight of our stay in Seoul. We saw so much yet never felt rushed. Highly recommend to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nathanael, I am very glad to know that you were satisfied with my service and I appreciate your good rating. It's been my pleasure to serve you and show you the essence of tours in Korea. I am confident that I will serve you better next time. Thank you and have great days. Chris