Published Date : Sep 11, 2019 / Edited Date : Nov 13, 2021
Old But New
BTS RM recommends these cultural and traditional experiences shown in his "Old But New" video.
Come discover a traditional, yet modernized Seoul!
Tolling of the Bosingak
Located in Jongno-gu, the center of Seoul, Bosingak is a place with a lot of foot traffic. The bell is rung 33 times every year at midnight of New Year’s Eve (New Year's Eve Bosingak Bell-Ringing Ceremony) to welcome in the new year and rung 12 times every day at noon (tolling the Bosingak Bell). Be sure to make a wish as the sounds of the bell reverberate through the air.
Address 54, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Bosingak Pavilion)
Hours Open year round (Closed Mondays, Mar 1, Aug 15, Dec 31, & other SMG-designated dates)
Visitors who would like to participate in the daily bell ringing ceremony do not need to make reservations prior to visiting as long as they arrive on the 2nd floor of Bosingak Pavilion no later than 11:40 AM.
Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first and largest of the royal palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. At the palace, visitors can enjoy the hanbok experience or enjoy seeing the palace under the moonlight during its nighttime hours. Visitors should not miss out on the chance to enjoy the clear blue skies at the palace this fall!
Address 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Admission KRW 3000 (Free for seniors ages 65 & up, young adults ages 24 & under, the disabled, and hanbok wearers)
Literally meaning “north village” located north of Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno-gu, Bukchon is a traditional hanok village nestled between Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine. Walk through the alleyways packed with hanoks to feel the beauty of Korean tradition and culture.
Located in the heart of Namsan Mountain, Namsangol Hanok Village is made up of five hanok buildings, the Gugakdang (traditional theater), Traditional Garden, and Seoul Millennium Time Capsule Square. Featuring various events like Namsangol Night Picnic and Namsangol Vacance throughout the year, this place is designated as one of Seoul’s major cultural attractions. Visitors can also partake in other traditional experiences like falconry or traditional games like Yut Nori during their visit here.
Address 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Hours Apr - Oct 09:00 - 21:00 / Nov - Mar 09:00 - 20:00 (Closed Mondays)
Taekyun is a traditional Korean martial art requiring flexible, dance-like arm and leg movements and techniques to take down an opponent. Time will fly by for visitors as they view one of the oldest martial art form of Korea.
Reservations must be made at least 3 days prior to the tour date.
Individual: Up to 10 people ※ Gyeongbokgung/Changgyeonggung/Changdeokgung: 20 people (maximum)
Additional reservations are permitted for pre-existing reservations that do not exceed the limited number of the group by 5pm, one day prior to the tour date.
Other tourists may join your tour as long as it does not exceed the maximum number of the group.
Please be sure to select the date and time carefully as a tour guide is assigned immediately upon making a reservation.
Reservations for the following month are available from the 15th of the current month.
Masks are required for participation in all tour programs.
Please refrain from participating in any tour programs should you be experiencing any symptoms, including fever, coughing, congestion, muscle pain, stuffy nose, and/or sore throat.
Reservations for tourists under 14 years without an accompanying adult or guardian shall be canceled on site.
[As of one day prior to the tour date] All reservations shall be canceled in the event of emergency particulate matter reduction measures taken and/or inclement weather conditions (ex. excessive heat waves, typhoons, heavy rain, and more) that may impede Seoul Guided Walking Tour operations.
The Seoul Guided Walking Tour administration office and tour guide affiliates are not responsible for any accidents that happen to occur during the tour program.
If you are unable to go on a tour, please cancel the reservation at least 4 hours before the tour starts. If you cancel your reservation more than twice with less than 4 hours left, future reservations may be restricted.
Reservation shall be made at least 1 week before the tour day.
The course is for tourists with mobility problems (Senior, people with disability, stroller user).
You may not use the course without an assistant (or companion) ※ At least one assistant shall accompany a tourist with mobility problem ※ In case of electric assisting device users (electric wheelchair, electric scooter users), one assistant may accompany up to 4 tourists with mobility problem
Reservation may be canceled when a guide is unavailable on the desired date and course.
Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office (02-6925-0777) will contact you to confirm reservation. (At least 5 days~1 month before tour day) Reservation may be canceled when Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office cannot reach you for more than 3 times.
Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office and Seoul culture and tourism guide are not liable for the safety accidents during the Seoul Guided Walking Tour.
All reservations are canceled when Seoul Guided Walking Tour is unavailable due to Particulate Matter Reduction Measure or other weather conditions (heat wave, typhoon, heavy rain). (As of the date before the tour day)