Must See Seoul With a Local

Myeong-dong, Changdeokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace (it’s a real thing, promise).

  • Private &

  • 8 hours

  • From
    $53.75  USD per person based on 8 adults

  • Walking

  • Multiple languages available (including English)

What you’ll do

You’ll join one of our Seoul hosts to flit you way around some of the best the city has to offer, the unmissable if you will.

Obviously, we’d be lying and you’d be silly to believe us if we said you could see it all in a day, but you have a good go! If you’ve got a Seoul bucket list, now would be a good time to whip it out, or let your host share with you the spots which they think are unmissable for a unique spin on things.

From iconic attractions like the Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palaces to Cheonggyecheon park, ultra-sleek Gangnam with its upmarket malls to the rather more traditional (and a few hundred years older) Bukchon Hanok Village, there’s plenty to see.

You could go tea-sipping in Bukchon, gallery-hopping in Samcheong-dong or Korean barbeque feasting - or all three!

Your host can’t wait to share their city with you, drinking what there is to drink (try soju), eating what there is to eat and seeing what there is to see!

Experience highlights

  • Get to know an authentic side of Seoul with a host by your side

  • See the city’s most famous sights in one day - time is of the essence here!

  • Your host will design a bespoke route just for you that takes in the city’s highlights, sprinkled with a few hidden gems they have up their sleeve

  • Avoid those pesky tourist traps and ditch the guidebook - those things are heavy anyway

  • Eat and drink authentic, regional food at places that are loved by locals

  • Get tips from your host regarding more exciting places to visit during the rest of your stay

Good to know

What’s included

  • Private and personalised experience
  • 8 hours with a host
  • Walking experience ( if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options )
  • Hotel meet-up ( available on request for central location )

What’s not included

  • Food and drink
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)

Meet-up point

  • Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

Cancellation policy

  • Cancel 7 days before the experience for a full refund

How it works

  • Tell us your preferences and book

    See an experience you like and book it. We will ask a few questions to build the right experience with you.

  • Just right for you

    We’ll pair you with the right host based on your personality and interests. Trust us, we know all our hosts personally.

  • The fun bit

    Spend time in the city with your carefullyselected host. You have an itinerary but it’s unscripted so it’s up to you and your host where you go and what you do.

Hello curious traveler! If you’re unsure about what experience to book or would like more information on how it all works, just email me with any questions or plans you may have. I or someone from our Customer Experience Team will get in touch so we can suggest the perfect personalized experience for you.

If you prefer to speak to someone, feel free to send us your WhatsApp or cell number and we’ll give you a call back.

Reviews for this experience


5 average | 29 reviews

August 2019


My family and I had a wonderful day with Ben in Seoul. We saw so many places and had so many experiences, we could not possibly have done so well on our own or in a large group. Ben was fun, informative, helpful and obliging. What a great day!

Review by Robyn A


5 average | 29 reviews

June 2019

Seoul Food & Fun

We absolutely loved spending time with our host Ben during a recent trip to Seoul. We started with a night tour on our first evening because we wanted to get a quick intro to the Seoul food and drinking culture and Ben did not disappoint us. Before we knew it we were hanging in a cool vibrant local restaurants and bars in the University district of Hong-Dae, drinking soju and beer and toasting like locals while trying delicious pancakes and fried chicken, as Ben gave us the run down on the eating and drinking etiquette. In fact, by the end of the night it was more like being shown around by a local friend that we had known for years rather than a guide. The next day we elected for an all day tour with Ben who, after getting to know us and what we were looking for the night before, showed us around all the must-see areas in a fun and relaxed way and at the pace we were looking for. I must say we checked out some amazing street food and interesting cultural sights...the old town village is a must. We left Seoul feeling like we experienced it like locals with heaps of great photos (Ben is a prolific taker of pics :-) ). If you are looking for a fun and relaxed experience in Seoul and don't want to take things too seriously then Ben is your man.

Review by Nicole M


4.8 average | 8 reviews

February 2019

Fantastic day with an excellent local host

My local host Yujin is very friendly and helpful. She managed to cover all the places where I wanted to visit. Highly recommend!

Review by Mandy P


5 average | 1 reviews

May 2017

Very enjoyable experience!

Jeanne was an awesome tour guide! We had a lot of fun just walking around seeing the local area!

Review by Julie M


4.5 average | 2 reviews

April 2017

I can recomend her.

She always tried her very best. Her English is really good. She was a great help to me.

Review by Juergen J

Reviews for Seoul


August 2019

Great Experience with Great Food

Ben took us to a fantastic restaurant in Gangnam and ordered a huge meal for us. He showed us how to eat the meals and different combinations. He was very nice about taking pictures and showing us around different places and finally took us out to dessert which was amazing. Overall it was a unique experience that I wont forget.

Review by Munkhbayan T


August 2019

Great Experience

This was a wonderful experience. Our host Ben was excellent and very attentive to our needs. Before the trip the company asked us what we wanted to do and Ben tailored our tour to what we wanted to see. He took us to a local market with no tourists in sight. We had a very local meal which was really nice and then Ben showed us the different things sold at the food market. We then tried several teas and herbal drinks at the K-medicine institute. We finished our tour with a nice relaxing foot bath. It was great and definitely something I would not have been able to do myself. Thanks Ben.

Review by Nicolas G


August 2019

Excellent way to see Seoul

The customer service provided by this tour package really stood out. Before the tour, our guide, Giwon, contacted us to introduce herself and gain insights into our interests e.g. art, history, culture etc. She then developed a tour tailored to our preferences. Giwon was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about Seoul. The whole experience was a delight.

Review by Omar A

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