Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Gyeongju-South-Korea by Tour Guide David M. (Guide #6239)


Glenda Webster

United States
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Tour: #67915, Gyeongju, Korea's Ancient Capital for Webster, Gyeongju, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 11/19

Professor David lead us on an amazing 2 day tour of Buddhist temples & huge statues. along many other amazing sights in Gyeongju. We hiked up a mountain trails exploring all of these wonderful sites. He is an expert on many of these sights have written many books on these topics. We learned more in 2 days about, Buddhism, Confusion-ism, and the Mountain Spirits then would could in side a lecture hall. Getting out of Seoul experienced the beautiful red pine forest and clear mountain springs.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to guide such a nice family, Glenda! I hope Mark stays in-touch.

Jamie Hahn

United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- half-day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Sep 24/19

David was a great tour guide. We appreciated his knowledge of Korean history and culture, and we were very glad to have him as our guide to one of the major palaces and the Bukchon Hanok village. We learned and saw things we wouldn't have on our own.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Guiding your nice family that day was my pleasure, Jamie!

Jay Jorgensen

United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- half-day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Sep 12/19

David is incredibly knowledgeable and explains the history and culture of Korea in a clear, easy-to-understand manner. We recommend him wholeheartedly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Jay! You two were so eager to Learn it all, it was my pleasure! David M

Michele G.

United States
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Tour: #222803, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- 3/4 of a Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Sep 1/19

Dave was very informative and knowledgeable about all things Korean! He had a good pace, and gave us good background info. He selected a great lunch spot as well!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to guide your family! :-) D

Angelika Michelman

Canada
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Tour: #149639, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- Full Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Jul 29/19

Our tour guide David M did a fantastic job touring us around Seoul, Korea. He was passionate till the very end and the knowledge he has about the city and its history was truly remarkable. David clearly knows his information and it was never a dull moment listening to him. He was kind, funny, smart and my family and I had a wonderful day together with him. We genuinely hope the next time we visit Korea, we can get together with him again. We highly recommend asking for David when you're in Seoul!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to show your great family around, Angelika! :-)

Joce Sitorus

Indonesia
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Tour: #54319, Bongeun-sa, One of Seoul's Great Temples, for JS, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Jun 2/19

We did a 1hr tour with David - and we wished we had more time! David was very knowledgeable, passionate, communicative and helpful! You can simply ask him any question (about any topic) pertaining to Korea and I think he would know it! My family asked all the intelligent questions not just about Korea but other neighbouring countries and David, being a professor, knew all the answers! I highly recommend you to go with him the next time you come to Seoul!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, and it was great to spend that time with your family, however short! David

Jonathan A.

United States
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Tour: #222803, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- 3/4 of a Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: May 6/19

Very informative, full of energy, loves his subject and of course 'the mountains of Sth. Korea.

Violet Macdonald

Canada
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- half-day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Apr 25/19

I give David 5 out of 5 for the tour yesterday. He is such a scholar and relays the history of Seoul brilliantly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much.... It was my pleasure to guide you gals! Just wish we'd had better weather.... David

Barbara Koenemund

United States
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Tour: #99497, Seoul (Incheon port) Shore Excursion Tour by Express-Train & Walking, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Apr 22/19

Had a great day with David. He is very knowledgeable. He made our tour interesting and fun!

Mike Southard

United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- half-day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Mar 26/19

My guide David was really quite good. If you are a history or local minutiae fan, David is brimming with information and paints a coherent, clear, and fascinating portrait of Seoul. As a person who prefers only the high points and likes to cover a lot of ground, David was adaptable to my preferences and shifted gears as soon as I asked. That is a good quality to find in a guide, so many are locked into a script. Recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Mike! It was great to be your guide that chilly but fair morning.... David

Althea Oaminal

Philippines
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Tour: #149639, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- Full Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Nov 17/18

very interesting fellow. knowledgeable.

Steven Dietz

United States
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Tour: #149639, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- Full Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Nov 2/18

What a pleasure yesterday was. Very knowledgeable guide who understood the things we were interested in and was flexible in scheduling. We all had a great time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure too! Very nice family..... David

John Deese

United States
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Tour: #99497, Seoul (Incheon port) Shore Excursion Tour by Express-Train & Walking, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 29/18

David is an excellent tour guide and probably one of the most knowledgeable people on the history and culture of Korea. It was an enlightening day that was enjoyed by all 8 in our group. David is very engaging and personable with lots of personal stories which makes the tour even more interesting. We have done lots of tours and can honestly say this is probably the best one because of his expertise on Korea. Thanks David for a GREAT day and wonderful insight into Korea.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great, glad that you enjoyed, and t was my pleasure too! Yes, I will be more cautious about contemporary politics, it is so volatile.... :-) David

Susan Guest

United Kingdom
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Tour: #222803, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- 3/4 of a Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 25/18

Wow! This was a brilliant tour. David is a fascinating man and a brilliant speaker. We learned so much about South Korea and that was just on the train from the Port to Seoul! He combined the modern with the historic which gave the tour an extra dimension. I cannot believe that anyone could know more about South Korea or impart it so well. We often found strangers lurking beside us to listen to him. Since returning I have had mails from people saying it was their best tour of the entire trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your kind comments, Susan and the others!! I also enjoyed showing you around for the day, and am so glad that you got good education & entertainment from it.... :-) David

John Toby

United Kingdom
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Tour: #222803, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- 3/4 of a Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 21/18

This was my second day of two. Both days were planned to include my interests and were at the right pace for me. He had also been helpful with suggestions for planning my trip. David was very knowledgeable on a wide range of topics and communicated very clearly with a good sense of humour. I would strongly recommend him to anyone looking for a guide with an unusual depth of knowledge of the history and religions of Korea as well as contemporary life. A thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding two days.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks John; it was my pleasure to show you around for those two days.... David

John Toby

United Kingdom
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Tour: #222803, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- 3/4 of a Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 19/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks John; it was my pleasure to show you around for those two days.... Glad that you also enjoyed it, and that you got a lot out of it! David

John Haughn

United States
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Tour: #99497, Seoul (Incheon port) Shore Excursion Tour by train, taxis & walking, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 16/18

David is extremely knowledgeable about Seoul, its history religions etc. Learned more in one day than attending a semester at college He handled our group of 10 extremely well. Thanks again, Jack and Donna

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks much, John and all -- I really enjoyed showing you around! Great group, great day in a great city.... David

Jeanne Goulet

United States
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Tour: #67915, Gyeongju, Korea's Ancient Capital, Gyeongju, South Korea    view tour
Date: Sep 8/18

David is very knowledgeable and gives very interesting tours. He is very accommodating. I would highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jeanne, it was very nice to meet and guide you! D

Tamara Tormen

Switzerland
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Tour: #149639, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- Full Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Aug 31/18

Great guide. Knows a lot and has a professional way to explain Korean history and culture. I can only recommend David for your tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, it was a great time guiding you both! :-)

Florence H.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #149639, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- Full Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: May 6/18

David was truly excellent! Extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Korea. We had a great day!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind words. It was my pleasure! You are a great person to know... Stay in-touch! :-)

Elias Mizrachi

Panama
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Tour: #99497, Seoul (Incheon port) Shore Excursion Tour, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Apr 24/18

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Geoff Lee

United States
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Tour: Seoul Private half day Walking Tour (4 hours), Seoul, South Korea
Date: Feb 15/18

David was very engaging, knowledgeable, and this was the most attentive I have ever been on a tour! Thanks again, Geoff

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was also a pleasure for me! I love the curious & attentive.... David

Marc van der Schee

Netherlands
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- half-day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 23/17

Extremely knowledgeable and professional guide. Gave us a real insight into the Korean psyche and the way how past traditions and historic events interact with modern day Korean society. Highly recommended!

Teresa Hanson

United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- half-day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Jul 27/17

David was a fabulous guide. We had a 12 hour layover in Seoul and wanted to make the most of our brief time in Korea. David accommodated our early arrival (6:30 AM) and limited time in Seoul by rearranging his class lecture at the local university. David's knowledge of Korean history, architecture, folklore and religion even had the locals listening in on our talks. There wasn't a moment in our 4.5 hour tour that we weren't seeing or learning something fascinating. I would highly recommend David.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much, Teresa Hanson! It was a pleasure to show your family around; I was so glad that we made all the tight logistics work-out properly! DM

Sabrina Martinez

United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- half-day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Jun 6/17

David was an awesome tour guide. He is extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of Korea. We look forward to booking with him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to serve you today! Such a nice young couple... and you a fellow rooster!! :-)

Kelly Hardin

United States
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Tour: #222803, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- 3/4 of a Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: May 1/17

We can't thank David enough for such an enjoyable day. His insight into the country he loves gave us such a different perspective during our time in Seoul. Over 600 years of history is hard to fit into one day, but David was able to do it in a fun and timely manner. The lunch he shared with us was one of our favorite in Korea. I highly recommend spending time with David while in Seoul.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was really nice to meet you two and share that day seeing Seoul, Kelly! I hope that you will be able to visit Korea again someday... David M

Donald Kirkwood

Canada
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Tour: #99497, Seoul (Incheon port) Shore Excursion Tour, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Apr 11/17

David is incredibly knowledgeable on Korea and its relationships past and present to China and Japan. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure, Don -- great to meet such nice and interested people! David

Kelly G.

United States
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Tour: #222803, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- 3/4 of a Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Apr 1/17

We cannot recommend David enough. He's lived in South Korea for 30+ years. Out of passion and for his profession as a university professor, he knows an incredible amount about the history of Korea, as well as neighboring countries. He's also keenly observed the culture and shares the most interesting insights about the country, its people, and context of current events. We loved learning so much about this wonderful country. To have David as tour guide is to have a truly intellectual and fun experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Kelly! I really enjoyed guiding you around the best sites of Seoul, and it was a pleasure meeting you and your parents! Your keen interest in understanding about orea made it a pleasure for me... David

Jack Clark

United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- half-day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Mar 29/17

We had a four hour window to tour the city during a layover. David tailored his presentation to fit our schedule, including coordinating our return to ICN by the AREX express train. As a 30 year Korean resident, author of a number of books on Korean history and religion, college professor, and advisor to the South Korean government, David delivered a university semester's worth of knowledge and insight into the city and country's history, culture, and current political situation. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was great to serve your sightseeing is Seoul, Jack -- albeit all-too-briefly! :-) David

Jackie G.

United States
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Tour: #99497, Seoul (Incheon port) Shore Excursion Tour, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Mar 18/17

David is such a knowledgeable man! He brought Seoul and their ancestors alive. If you are a history buff he's your guy! We really enjoyed our day with him! His antidotes and stories were wonderful. There wasn't a question he couldn't answer. Delightful man and tour. He deserves his 5 stars!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jackie -- it was a great pleasure to serve your group as guide in Seoul, albeit too briefly..!!