This is one service that has becoming very popular as most of the major cities in the world has it including our very own city, Kuala Lumpur. The Seoul City Bus Tour links most of the city`s major sightseeing and shopping areas, including the Gyeongbokgung and Changgyeonggung palaces, the Namdaemun and Dongdaemun markets and Seoul Tower.
This tour bus is highly recommended to those who doesn’t want to go through the hassles of taking the subways & getting themselves lost in a quest for the tourist sites. Also, to those who doesnt have the luxury of having a few days to tour the city, this tour bus is an absolute answer !
The bus stops at 26 different locations of which most of them are the tourist attraction places like palaces, museums, galleries & shopping centres. For that kind of service, you only have to pay 10,000 Won for a day trip. You may hop on & off the bus as to where & when you like it. All you need to do is to wait at the designated bus stop where the bus will be available every 30 minutes or so. Hence making it easier for you to plan your visit at each place.
The journey starts at the Dongwhamun station @ 9 am every morning. If you’re taking the subway, once you alight from the train, take Exit No. 5. Upon emerging out from the station, you can see the Tourist Information centre to your right where tickets for the bus are sold here.
To be honest, I dont think one could finish all the destinations in one day. Therefore, if you only have one day for the tour, be selective. My advise is to finish up all the museums & palaces first as these places will be closed by 5 pm. I got a little bit carried away in Insadong that I missed out the Changgyeoggung Palace & Cheongwadae i.e. the President’s office. Well, what can I say……. any women would get carried away while in Insadong – there are too many sights to see & too many things to buy !
Besides the palaces & museums, the Seoul Tower is also a nice place to be at. You can even ride the cable car at the top of the tower if you have the time. Otherwise, you could always enjoy the beautiful view & scenery of Seoul from up on the hill.
I’m not a museum kindof person, so I just strike out all of them from my list. My main purpose of the tour is to visit the palaces. Was a bit disappointed for not having enuff time to visit the last palace though. Anyway, there’s always a next time. At least I now have a reason to go back to Seoul next time.
For more information on this tour bus, please refer here.