[Eye Plus] Conquering Seoul landmarks with hop-on/off tour buses

By Korea Herald
  • Published : May 12, 2017 - 15:42
  • Updated : May 12, 2017 - 15:42

Whether it’s basking in history and tradition at one of Seoul’s five palaces, or emptying one’s wallet in some of the city’s most popular shopping districts, Seoul has a handful of tour buses serving both local and international tourists.

Korea’s capital attracts more than 12 million tourists annually. Looking to offer visitors more variety and options, the city’s numerous tour bus lines include trolley buses, European-style double-decker buses and a panorama open-top bus. 

The Seoul City Tour Bus systems provides organized shuttle tours to nearly all of the city’s must-go hotspots including Gwanghwamun, Dongdaemun, Namdaemun, Myeongdong, Gyeongbokgung, Cheong Wa Dae and Insadong.

Ticket prices range from 5,000 won ($4.4) to 15,000 won. And with the cost of a single ticket, one can spend all day hopping on and off the circular routes. For first-time or short-stay visitors, it is arguably one of the best ways to discover as much of the city in a day.

Seoul also offers a special Gangnam district trolley bus that ushers tourists throughout the glitzy and posh areas of Gangnam, which became a household name after the K-pop’s resident “oppa” star Psy released his global smash hit single, “Gangnam Style.”

For those travelers looking for a bit more romance, both the single and double-decker buses offer nighttime tours.

Photo by Park Hyun-koo
Written by Julie Jackson