Historic Seoul: Explore Bukchon Hanok Village

Hanoks, secret courtyards and Changdeokgung Palace.

  • Private &

  • 6 hours

  • From
    $47.50  USD per person based on 8 adults

  • Walking

  • Multiple languages available (including English)

What you’ll do

You’ll travel back to an age of craftsmanship with one of our Seoul hosts as you head north and explore the quaint Bukchon Hanok Village. Not literally travelling back in time, obviously, but it will feel a lot like you have.

Vastly different from the modern interior if Seoul, the hanoks, or small houses, are built in the traditional Korean style.

With elegantly tiled roofs and tiny courtyard gardens, you’ll be utterly transported to another time in whimsical alleyways, popping into cafes, art galleries and craft shops as you navigate the crisscrossing lanes.

Your host will treat you by taking you to the oldest market in the city, where you can browse exquisite silks and sample yummy sweet treats.

As if all of that weren’t enough, the iconic Changdeokgung Palace is just a stone’s throw away, so while you’re in the neighbourhood why not swing by there, too?

Experience highlights

  • Join your host and explore Bukchon Hanok Village, a historic enclave to the north of Seoul

  • Enjoy the surreal pleasure of exploring a village preserved within the city itself

  • Discover iconic attractions like Changdeokgung Palace, with the added benefit of your host’s local knowledge and insight

  • Get recommendations from your host regarding other historic areas of the city to explore

  • Learn a bit about South Korea’s history and culture as you explore the quaint alleyways and cobbled streets

Good to know

What’s included

  • Private and personalised experience
  • 6 hours in the city 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

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  • 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.

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Reviews for this experience


5 average | 3 reviews

April 2018


kindness flexibility everything

Review by Stefanos M

Reviews for Seoul


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


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

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