Go around the city in a tour bus

Seoul Travel Guides / September 23, 2016
Go around the city in a tour bus Image credit: Minseong Kim

What
Seoul City Tour Bus is a government-run bus system that was launched in 2000 to help visitors get to know Seoul and its many attractions in a less time-consuming way.

The buses depart from the Gwanghwamun Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 6, near Koreana Hotel, every 30 minutes or 1 hour, depending on the routes. There are single-level and double-decker buses for visitors to choose from. These two different kinds of deck-marking buses follow different traveling paths. Ticket holders can get on and off at any stop along their routes.

Headphones are equipped in the buses for sightseers to listen to tour information in English, Korean, Japanese or Chinese. Day and night tours are available.

Why
One of the first things to do when arriving in a new destination is taking in the overall look of it. And these comfortable buses fulfil this need in the fastest and cheapest way. Go with them to get familiar to Seoul and reach many of the city’s main attractions with ease.

This service is perfect for those who do not have the luxury of time to cover a lot of Seoul’s must- sees at a more relaxing pace. Enjoy a whole day of sightseeing for a mere 12,000 won ($10.90) on single-decker or 15,000 won ($13.31) on double-deckers.

Highlights along the routes
The starting point Gwanghwamun Gate is the main gate of Gyeongbukgung Palace. You can stay and take pictures at this entirely made of concrete gate for free.

Deoksugung Palace is a historical complex located among modern buildings at Seoul’s busiest intersection. It was built during the Joseon Dynasty and officially became a palace in 1611. Enter the palace grounds through the Geumcheon Bridge, the same bridge where the king’s carriage passed each day in ancient times.

The National Museum of Korea is one of the largest museums in Asia. It houses Korea’s treasure in history, archaeology, and art. Go inside and see the precious pieces such as the Silla Gold Crown, the Pensive Bodhisattva statue, and the 12th century celadon incense burner.

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