There is a saying in Korean: “the beneath of the lamp is the darkest”. While one of the main spots on your Seoul list would probably be Gyongbok palace, the top destination for tourists, the gradeur of the palace usually makes you miss the less obvious gems of the local life - which are located right by the both sides of the palace. I will take you on a walk off the beaten track through Gyedong area of small charming cafes and work shops - a unique combination of traditional houses and the atmosphere of the 70s - all the way to the village of Seochon, which is famous for its long traditions and cultural significance, adorable blend of industrialization and tradition, and a local market. During the walk I will tell you about the history of Korea, about its people, their spiritual and economic struggles, about North Korea, about gender issues. I will explain why Korea has become the Mecca of plastic surgery, how "Gangnam Style" is really a witty critique of the new "Korean dream," and why you can never say you're going to see sakura blossom in Korea.
I am a Korean Studies specialist who first set foot in Incheon Airport in the fall of 2009. (Wow, it's been a while!) My biggest hobby and my lifestyle is simply Seoul. Because naturally, when you're abroad, you walk around endlessly exploring, wandering and wondering, and that pretty much all you do when you're new to town. It took me time, effort and many band-aids for my feet to accumulate knowledge about this country, find places where I can rest my mind and just let the city carry me away. I am super excited to share all I know with you! My goal is to provide a bit differentiated angle on Seoul for the travelers who wish to broaden their horizons, learn more about the history, and put things in perspective.
Apart from the standard tourist attractions, we will visit some less popular but not less amazing locations in the center of Seoul - traditional houses (like Baek In-je House), the streets of Gyedong, we will dive into the unique atmosphere of Seochon, have a full view of the Gyeongbokgung palace (that will depend on the dust level). * NOTE: Before booking Feb 29 Experience please send me a message first!
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In case of high dust level, guests might want to bring masks.
The tours are planned for weekends. !! Please note that the cut-off time is 15 minutes if you don’t let me know that you’re running late in advance!!
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