Still have the shiversssss
Not only did he spook us with countless tales of woe and legend, many of the places or landmarks that he pointed out have been right there under my nose for years. Would highly recommend to anyone who isn’t afraid of walking and/or ghosts
I knew it would be good but didn’t expect it to be spectacular!
Being Korean-American, I also felt a sense of pride hearing some of the tales. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves folklore, history or scary stories!
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Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays 8 p.m. Start Locations: Anguk Station (Sat & Sun) or Seodaemun Station (Tues-Fri)
This is the side of Seoul that you won’t find in the tourism brochures. Take a walking tour down the dark alleys of the forgotten 600-year history of bloody massacres, seedy hideaways, and mourning ghosts.
Clairvoyants on the tour have reported that we also have a few vaporous guests who join us. Keep an eye out for them. Guests will receive a measure of protection from certain Japanese ghosts.
TWO FLAVORS OF WALKS
The original ghost walk (weekends).
Joe’s weekend tour shows what’s so exciting and intriguing about Korean history. Meeting outside Anguk Station exit 2 , he guides you through twisting alleys and weird landmarks. Highlights include the following:
- The site of a royal massacre
- The remains of a general’s home that had a bloody ending
- Unhyeongung Royal Residence and the notorious ruler who lived there
- The former red light district of Jongno 3-ga
- The sexual energy focused in Tapgol Park
- How Pimatgol Alley aided the 1987 democracy movement
- A surprising historic international landmark that Seoulites are unaware of
- Water related ghost stories while strolling down the Cheonggyecheon Stream
- A bridge that tells the story of revenge
- PLUS tales and warnings of ghosts sightings on the tour itself
The EXTENDED EDITION also includes
- The assassination of Queen Min
- Seoul’s most haunted intersection
- The building where the American ambassador got attacked
- Seoul City Hall’s funny mix up
- A wall that bodes ill luck for couples
- Seoul’s most haunted house
- The ghosts of Gyeonghuigung Palace
Start location: (Sat-Sun) Anguk Station, exit 2 Please check your confirmation email to make sure about the location. End locations: (Sat-Sun) Regular Edition: Between Gwanghwamun and Jonggak Stations Extended Edition: Near Seodaemun Station
Children under 18 should have adult supervision. It involves violent stories, sex jokes, and foul-mouthed tour guides.
Things to Bring
Comfortable walking shoes, bottled water, umbrella (depends), camera, change of underwear
Ghostlore & Urban Legends (Weekdays)
Shawn’s tour focuses on Korea’s ghostlore, folk beliefs, and urban legends, highlighting how these were – and sometimes still are – important to Korean culture. Meeting outside Seodaemun Station exit 4 , he weaves you through 600 years of hauntings. Highlights include the following:
- Spooky legends of Korea’s schools
- The dangers of wandering evil spirits
- The gods that dwell in wells
- Traditions of the dead
- Weird demons hiding in usual places
- Monsters that lurk the streets at night
- Supposed sightings of mythical creatures
- PLUS tales and warnings of ghost sightings on the tour itself
- The ghosts of the Westin Josun Hotel
- Creepy crawlies scurrying under your feet – and in your dreams
- Tales of murder, booze, and ghostly possession
- The power and lore of Namdaemun Gate
Weekday Meeting Location
Start location: (Tues-Fri) Seodaemun Station , exit 4 Please check your confirmation email to make sure about the location. End locations: (Tues-Fri) Regular Edition: Near Gwanghwamun Station Extended Edition: Namdaemun Gate
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Evening Ghost Walking Tour in Seoul
Korea's most popular ghost tour! One of the top things to do in Seoul. This is the side of Seoul that you won’t find in the tourism brochures. Take a tour down the dark alleys of Seoul's forgotten 600-year history of bloody massacres, seedy hideaways and mourning ghosts. Self-proclaimed clairvoyants on the tour have reported a few sightings, including a little girl who has been seen following the group around. This is not only a ghost tour, but a walk unearthing Seoul's murky and violent past, making the city much more interesting and intimate. Guests also receive an online map of all the haunts, murder sites, and torture chambers mentioned on the tour. IMPORTANT: The content of this tour is rated PG-13. There are some stories of sex and violence. Parents and those with sensitive ears take caution. STARTING POINTS (Mon-Fri) "Ghostlore & Legends" Seodaemun Station, exit 4 (Sat-Sun) "The Original Ghostwalk" Anguk Station, exit 2
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- Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
- Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
- Wheelchair accessible
- Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
- Service animals allowed
- Public transportation options are available nearby
- Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
- All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
- Suitable for all physical fitness levels
- Minimum age is 18 years without guardian
- A moderate amount of walking is involved, it is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Please check the tour start location, as it's different depending on the day of week.
- Subway is the best way to arrive at the meeting point. Taxis tend to get stuck in traffic.
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
- Cut-off times are based on the experience's local time.
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Walk On The Dark Side: Tour Seoul's Ghosts, Ghouls, & Urban Legends
Spinning spine-tingling tales with a rich infusion of history, Seoul's only ghost tour takes you on a journey of the city's eerie spooks.
Overview: tips & tricks when taking the dark side of seoul tours, booking and cost of the dark side of seoul, there's always more where that came from.
Seoul is Korea's millennia-old capital city, and today, that history is reflected in the many museums, archeological dig sites, and historical palaces in and around the city's limits. Home to a dizzying amount of history walking tours and activities that will fill your day with tales of kings, queens, and warriors, there really is only one tour that fills your night with tales of ghosts, ghouls, and red masks (more on that later).
A history walking tour at heart, The Dark Side of Seoul tour features dark history, ghostlore, and urban legends infamous throughout Korea. Though particularly appropriate for spending Spooky Season in Seoul, regardless of the time of year, be prepared to have your heart race. Operated by dedicated researchers and folklorists, The Dark Side of Seoul is a truly unique walking tour around Seoul's oldest and most haunted sites. You may experience an eerie feeling of paranormal unease, or you may get a thrill from the chills, but more importantly, you'll walk away with a renewed appreciation for Korean history and the folklorists that keep it alive.
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Dark Side of Seoul tours run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays , and depending on which day you select, the tour's content shifts to focus on different tales. Weekend tours are branded "The Original Ghost Walk" and feature gruesome ghost stories and the even more gruesome historical events on which they're based. Weekday tours, dubbed "Ghostlore & Urban Legends," highlight the spooky legends that haunt modern Korea, threading the needle from the past to ghostly happenings in the modern day.
There are also extended versions of both tours, so if you're tight on time, be sure to pay attention to which route you've chosen when booking. If you do have the ability to go on the extended tour, though, you won't be sorry! The added tales of ghosts and ghouls are great thrillers to discuss for your nighttime walk or train ride back to your accommodations.
Different tours on varying days do leave from different starting locations, so be sure to pay attention to the particular subway station your confirmation says. While the tour guides are pleasant and will wait within reason, you run the risk of missing parts or all of these fabulously spooky tales.
A word of warning, tours will go on rain or shine (unless it's a monsoon, which is fair), so be prepared for whatever weather you may face, including rain, heat, or buggy mugginess. Though it's a manageable walk through the relatively even streets of Seoul, it still is a couple of hours of being on your feet, so decent walking shoes and some water may be recommended. The tour company does recommend bringing a change of underwear...the choice is yours.
Furthermore, this is a solo-friendly activity, so travelers sojourning through Seoul alone will find this to be an excellent option that doesn't necessitate an already built-in group. In fact, you may make friends! However, after hearing the tale of the Red Mask Lady--a vain, grotesquely butchered woman who hides her wounds under a mask red with blood and corners unsuspecting victims in the dark alleyways of Seoul, asking whether they think she's pretty--you may want to have a friend on the phone while you walk home through said dark alleyways!
Regardless of the kind of tour you choose or when, Dark Side of Seoul tours cost $35 for adults, $25 for teenagers, and $10 for children . Teenagers and children must be accompanied by an adult, and the company provides a full warning that some ghost stories feature sexual or violent themes. Prices for adults scale down dependent on the number of tickets you purchase as well.
The easiest way to book a tour is through the company's booking website . Here you can see real-time availability and confirm which tour you would like to go on, whether it's the bread and butter Seoul Ghost Walk or the entertaining Ghostlore & Urban Legends tour. If you'd prefer to book through a third party, then Viator is a user-friendly way to grab your spot. Both the company's website and third parties like Viator have clear cancelation policies in case you need to be flexible in your planning.
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Couldn't get enough while you were on the tour? Well, you're in luck! (or maybe cursed because, you know, spooky?) Dark Side of Seoul has so many offerings beyond the tour that'll leave you entertained for hours beyond the guided walk and maybe even days after if you choose to join the company's other adventures.
If you're looking for more spook, then you can listen in on the Dark Side of Seoul's podcast , where company folklorist Shawn and historian Joe explore the world of Korea's dark history-- stories that the hosts liken to the "Game of Thrones" of Asia.
Got your fill of spook on the Original Ghost Tour? Then join the same company for a variety of other cultural experiences, like the Korean Food Tour , which curates the best foods Korea is famous for while giving you some cultural context to your tasting.
And lastly, don't forget to keep an eye out in the near future for a slew of new tours the company plans on launching. From one-of-a-kind tours of Paju (the city near the DMZ) to van trips to the forgotten grave sites of Korea, there is plenty to get excited (or scared!) about.
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- Seodaemun Station (Line 5): Tue~Fri
- Anguk Station (Line 3): Sat~Sun
- English speaking tour staff
- Souvenir map of haunted places in Korea
- Other personal expenses
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Evening Ghost Walking Tour in Seoul
Step into a world of the supernatural and embark on an unforgettable evening ghost walking tour in Seoul. Led by knowledgeable guides, this thrilling adventure takes you through haunted streets and mysterious alleyways, exploring the dark side of Korean history and folklore.
With spine-chilling ghost stories and intriguing urban legends, this tour offers a captivating mix of history and the supernatural. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or seeking a unique experience, this personalized and immersive journey is a must-add to your itinerary.
Good To Know
- The Evening Ghost Walking Tour in Seoul offers a unique experience to explore haunted places and hidden secrets in the city.
- The tour starts at different locations depending on the day of the week.
- The cancellation policy allows for a full refund if canceled at least 24 hours in advance, but no refund if canceled less than 24 hours before the start time.
- The tour has received positive reviews from Viator travelers, with a total of 374 reviews and an overall rating of 5.0.
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Tour Details: Price, Locations, and Highlights
The tour offers a variety of price options based on group size and includes visits to Gyeonghuigung Palace, Pimatgol Alley , and Tapgol Park. The cost of the tour varies depending on the number of people in the group. The larger the group, the lower the price per person. This allows for flexibility in planning and accommodating different budgets.
Meeting points for the tour are conveniently located in central areas of Seoul. Depending on the day of the week, the tour starts at different locations, making it easily accessible for participants. These meeting points are easy to find and provide a convenient starting point for the tour.
Cancellation Policy: Refund and Change Guidelines
Offering flexibility and peace of mind, the cancellation policy for the evening ghost walking tour in Seoul allows for refunds and changes based on specific guidelines.
If you need to cancel your tour, you can receive a full refund as long as it’s done at least 24 hours in advance of the start time. However, if you cancel less than 24 hours before the tour begins, no refund will be given. It’s important to note that changes made less than 24 hours before the start time won’t be accepted.
The cancellation policy is based on the local time of the experience, so make sure to consider the time difference if you’re traveling from a different time zone. Plus, in case of weather-related cancellations, you’re eligible for a different date or a full refund.
It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before your tour and contact the tour operator if you have any concerns. The cancellation policy ensures that you can plan your evening ghost walking tour in Seoul with confidence, knowing that you have options if your plans change.
Traveler Tips: Walking Duration and Recommendations
Travelers should consider the walking duration and recommendations for the evening ghost walking tour in Seoul. The weekend extended tour involves approximately 2.5 hours of walking, so participants should be prepared for a lot of walking.
It’s highly recommended to add this tour to your itinerary if you’re interested in learning about the darker side of history in Seoul. To make the most of the tour, it’s important to wear comfortable footwear that can handle walking for an extended period of time.
Sneakers or walking shoes are recommended to provide adequate support and cushioning. By wearing the right footwear, travelers can ensure a more enjoyable and comfortable experience while exploring the haunted sites and listening to the scary and funny stories shared by the knowledgeable and entertaining guides.
Reviews: Overall Rating and Viator Traveler Experiences
With an overall rating of 5.0, Viator travelers have had exceptional experiences on the evening ghost walking tour in Seoul. The positive reviews and feedback from travelers highlight the tour’s ability to provide a well-paced mix of history and ghost lore.
The knowledgeable and entertaining guides have been praised for their ability to share scary and funny stories, making the tour both informative and enjoyable. Many travelers have commended the tour guide’s passion for Korean folklore and their ability to explain interesting stories about Korean history.
The tour has also been praised for providing insights into Korean culture and for being a highly recommended addition to any itinerary. The exceptional overall rating and positive Viator traveler feedback indicate that the evening ghost walking tour in Seoul is a must-do experience for those interested in the darker side of history and Korean folklore.
Positive Reviews and Interesting Ghost Stories
The guide’s captivating ghost stories kept the tour participants engaged and intrigued throughout the evening. With their personable and knowledgeable approach, the guide shared a variety of interesting stories about Korean history, especially focusing on haunted encounters and historical legends .
Travelers highly recommended this tour, praising the guide’s passion for Korean folklore and their ability to provide insights into Korean history and culture. The tour was described as a ghost story/urban legend-themed night walking tour, where the guide skillfully weaved together scary and funny stories to create an entertaining and informative experience.
Participants appreciated the guide’s professionalism and humor, making the tour both educational and enjoyable. The positive reviews highlighted the guide’s ability to bring Korean history to life through captivating ghost stories.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the evening ghost walking tour in seoul last.
The duration of the evening ghost walking tour in Seoul varies depending on the group size, but it typically lasts around 2.5 hours. It offers a fascinating exploration of haunted places and hidden secrets in the city.
Are There Any Age Restrictions for the Tour?
There are no age restrictions for the tour, but it’s important to note that it involves 2.5 hours of walking. Travelers with accessibility concerns should take this into consideration before joining.
Can I Join the Tour if I Have Mobility Issues?
Yes, individuals with mobility issues may have accessibility concerns on the tour. It is recommended to consider alternative tour options that are more accommodating to their needs.
Is Transportation Provided During the Tour?
Transportation logistics are not provided during the tour. It’s important to note that the tour involves walking and may not be suitable for individuals with accessibility concerns or mobility issues.
Are There Any Additional Costs or Fees Not Mentioned in the Article?
There are no hidden fees or extra charges mentioned in the article. The tour pricing varies by group size, but no additional costs or fees beyond the stated price are mentioned.
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To sum it up, the evening ghost walking tour in Seoul offers a unique and thrilling experience for those interested in history, culture, and the supernatural.
With knowledgeable guides and a maximum of 25 travelers per tour, you can expect a personalized and immersive journey into the dark side of Korean history and folklore.
From spine-chilling ghost stories to intriguing urban legends, this tour is sure to leave you captivated and filled with a sense of wonder.
Don’t miss out on this unforgettable adventure in Seoul.
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12 Fun Things To Do At Night In Seoul, South Korea
Seoul is constantly buzzing with parties, thriving night markets, laidback street eateries, and world-class panoramic city views. If you plan to hang out after dark, check out my list of epic things to do at night in Seoul below!
Take a food tour
No trip to Seoul is complete without discovering Seoul’s best flavors on a culinary tour .
Some highlight tours with culinary adventures promise to bring an elegant mixture of sweet and spicy dishes.
Kimchi, Hotteok, and Soju are also must-try Korean food . If you are on the go, consider ending your night trip with eye-popping and savory street food.
Watch NANTA show
Discover the culinary art with rhythms and comedian-style performances at the NANTA show . In this show, you will see how four chefs prepare ten banquets in just one hour.
The challenge becomes more complicated when they must teach their ill-tempered nephew how to cook impossible orders.
The thrilling sound, excellent utilization of pots and pans, and vibrant energy will give you a fun time. Be mindful that cameras are forbidden from the show.
Join the evening ghost-walking tour
If you are a fan of Korean urban ghost legend-themed stories, the evening ghost-walking tour is for you.
The tour is led by a historian, providing observation of forgotten Seoul’s dark alleys and spooky places, which are often reported to have paranormal stories.
Moreover, you can get some quirky secrets of hidden buildings. I suggest listening to true crime stories and watching torture chambers to understand the Korean dark side.
Note : You must be at least 16 years old to attend the tour due to the violence and sexual content.
Go on a pub crawl
Night owls or party lovers can not ignore Seoul pub crawl . It takes you to bars and clubs in Hongdae, Gangnam, and Itaewon, which are South Korea’s youth centers.
You’ll get drinks, lots of fun, and a chance to make new friends. However, all these activities are age limited and only accept 19+ years old travelers.
Take a cooking class
Learning how to cook authentic Korean food is a can’t-miss experience.
All you need is to sign up for one of the popular classes, such as Kimchi Making Day , Full Course Meal & Local Market Tour , and Korean Home-Style dishes , and follow the chef’s guide.
The activities include learning about herbs and spices, buying ingredients from the local markets, and hands-on cooking experience, including kimchi, bibimbap, and seafood pancakes.
Board Han river cruise
Taking a cruise on the Han River is perfect if you want a serene activity. It offers an unforgettable night to enjoy live jazz music with beautiful views.
I suggest choosing a window seat to admire the masterpiece view of the Han River after dark. The activity is only for foreign travelers, so remember to bring your ID to verify your nationality.
Stroll Seoul Night Fortress Wall
It is worth capturing shimmering photos of Seoul nightlife on a peaceful stroll. You can hike through three of Seoul’s spots, Naksan Park, Cheonggyecheon Stream, and Yongyangbong Peak.
Surrounded by Naksan mountain, Naksan Park is famous for its filming location of many iconic K-dramas.
A 2-kilometer walk from Hyehwamun to Heunginjimun Gate promises to take you back from the Joseon dynasty.
Take your time to enjoy an 11km-length walk along the Cheonggyecheon stream. At night, the steam illuminates the beauty of Seoul with street lights and the calming sound of water.
You can join the Seoul night walking tour that includes Cheonggyecheon Stream, Gwangjang Market, Changnyeong Royal Palace, and Naksan Park.
Nothing is better than exploring a small park with a view of Namsan Tower with your loved one!
View the city at night
I love how gorgeous Seoul is at night. Here are the best locations to fall in love with the city view from above.
N Seoul Tower
Located in the middle of the city, an observation deck in N Seoul Tower offers the best chance to view Seoul from any possible angle.
Lotte World Tower
With an impressive height of 555m, Lotte World Tower is the iconic and tallest building in South Korea.
You can see how vast Seoul is, with dozens of sleek skyscrapers, winding rivers, and a soaring skyline.
Hop on the Seoul night bus tour
The Seoul night bus tour is perfect for anyone seeking a joyful nighttime experience. On an open-air bus, you’ll see the famous attractions: N-Tower, Gwangjang Market, and Royal Palace.
Visit the night markets
Seoul night markets are the liveliest places in the city. They are teeming with many street food, goods, and shopaholics.
Bamdokkaebi night market is the best place to buy gifts. It also attracts thousands of visitors through international food trucks and convenience stores.
The Dongdaemun night market is depicted as a shopping paradise. It offers a wide range of goods, from cosmetics, clothes, and silks to souvenirs. Remember to try Mandu and Sundae here!
Open in 1414, Namdaemun Market is the oldest market in Korea. Many stalls are open 24/7 and sell all kinds of goods, specializing in furniture, silk, and pottery.
Watch Banpo Bridge Rainbow fountain
Located in downtown Seoul over the Han river, Banpo Bridge offers a magnificent view of two-tiered traffic with the stunning Moonlight Rainbow Fountain.
When night comes, the fountain is full of willow leave designed nozzles and jazz music in a kaleidoscope color.
The lighting show only lasts 20 minutes, usually from 8 pm to 8:30 pm. Therefore, I recommend coming here in time to take tons of dazzling photos.
Visit Korean Palaces at night
Visiting Royla Palaces at night is an unexpectedly fun experience in Seoul.
Deokgusung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace are the most visited destinations, offering an excellent opportunity to learn about the Korean Empire, dating back thousands of years.
These places also welcome you with the palatial beauty of intricate design and mesmerizing architecture.
FAQs about Seoul nightlife
What is the nightlife in seoul like.
Seoul is often known as “the city never sleeps”. Unlike the sense of hard-working during the day, nightlife here becomes vibrant and bustling with the crowd’s joyful energy.
Can you walk at night in Seoul? Is it safe to walk?
Walking at night in Seoul is relatively safe thanks to the busy and bright light streets. However, my advice is to avoid traveling alone and ensure your personal belongings in case of pickpocketing.
How many days in Seoul are enough?
I recommend spending at least three days exploring Seoul. This is enough time to visit top tourist spots, get a taste of traditional food and immerse in engaging activities.
I hope you find my list helpful and enjoy your time discovering Seoul at night.
Ha is an avid traveler and writer with a background in marketing & hospitality. She's lived in a few countries and traveled to more than 30. When she's not traveling or writing, Ha loves trying new recipes.
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