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Walking Tour of K-pop, Shopping, and Fashion in Seoul (in English)


Dong-dae-mun Design Plaza (DDP) Design industry landmark designed by “Zaha Hadid” (world-leading architect) The most Instagram tagged location in Korea in 2019 K-drama spot for "You Who Came from the Stars," "Producer," and "She Was Pretty" * Recommend to eat: Sin-dang-dong “Tteok-bok-ki” (spicy rice cake) Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil Known as “artist street” with K-beauty make-up stores - Get makeup by cosmetic artists in flagship stores! Ap-gu-jeong Rodeo Street Leading trend area of fashion and youth culture (clothing stores, shoe shops, accessory shops, etc) - Visit “Galleria Department Store”, the most luxurious department store in Korea. Gangnam K-star Road - Let’s meet K-pop stars in artworks! COEX Mall World’s largest underground malls, convention centers, and exhibition halls in Gangnam area (famous for “Gangnam style”) - Visit “Starfield Library” (fantastically designed public library with foreign books). - Dance “Gangnam style” with the sculpture in the background! SM Town Artium Complex offers SM (largest K-pop company) holographic performances, artiste experience, and exhibitions



Make Your Own Photo-Trip Around Nami Island with a Tour Specialist!!


** This is a Customized Tour, which includes TOURGUIDING, DRIVING(van), and semiprofessional PHOTO service ** As listed bellow, there are many places you can choose to visit. Please feel free to name any of them, and we will go for it!! (This tour is designed to be 10 hours jounrney. After I get your priorities, I will provide you the best plan as possible. ) (1) Nami Island (2) Pettie France (3) Garden of Morning Calm(Light Festival from December to February) (4) Rail Bike (5) Strawberry Picking(November ~ May) (6) Elysian Ski Resort(December ~ February) : Ski with a licensed ski instructor or just see the snow briefly and take photos (7) Dumulmeori river view (8) Alpaca World($30 extra charge due to a long distance) (9) Jade Garden (10) Seoul City Tour : palaces, Insadong, Hanok Village, N-seoul Tower, DDP, so on



Let's sneak in the behind of Presidential house! (Bugaksan trekking)


Bugaksan Mountain is a 342-meter high granite mountain in the middle of Seoul and is home to Gyeongbokgung Palace and a Joseon Dynasty fortress. Its proximity to Cheongwadae, the presidential residence, saw the area closed to the public for 40 years due to security concerns. But nowadays, we can freely hike this mountain if you register your ID at the starting point. We will start from Changuimun course and will get to enjoy the spectacular view of Seoul from the top. But, there are more! Did you know that it was a route for North Korean spies? Something was done in the mountain during Japanese occupations? I would like to share all of these behind stories with you while enjoying the nature. Why don't you come and get different view of Seoul? *Notice* - Visitors must carry accepted form of identification (e.g. passport of Alien Registration Card issued from Republic of Korea) - Duration: Walking about 1.5 hrs, Hiking about 2 hrs - Difficulty : Intermediate * What to bring - Hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, bottle of water and adventures mind :)



The All New DMZ Tour


Currently the DMZ is closed, so we've discovered an alternate course for people who really want to see the DMZ. It's definitely becoming more and more one of the hottest places to see in Korea. It's been in hot demand ever since presidential summits taking place there. But since the JSA area is shut down there for renovation (or was that reunification?), we are introducing new place to see in replacement of that. The DMZ is always a fascinating place to see as it consistently transforms itself as a symbol of the Korean War to a beacon for peace and hope. The DMZ, or the Demilitarized Zone is a 247 KM border that divides the Korean peninsula into North and South Korea. That being said, where one section of the DMZ closes, another part is open for viewing into North Korea. We will trek all along the DMZ until we find an opening, so doing the tour one day could be totally different from then next. We will try to start out by going through the Military Checkpoint and go up to the Dorasan Observatory to look into the city of Kaesong in North Korea. It is also the ancient capital of Korea during the Goryeo Dynasty from 918AD to 1392AD. We will also go underneath the DMZ through a tunnel that was dug up by the North Koreans during the height of the tensions. It would have been used to plot another surprise attack on the South Korean had it not been told to us by a North Korean defector. When we discovered them, the North Koreans retreated and painted the walls black, saying they were looking for coal. The new additions to the tour in lieu of JSA are the trekking course up Gamak Mountain to see a view over a suspension bridge and take a ride on a traditional Korean boat called a Hangpo. This boat takes us along the Imjingak River which flows from North Korea and out into the Yellow Sea. Again, itinerary is subject to change due to actions taking place on the ground and with the UN. Should JSA open up, you will be sure that will be the first place we try.



Nami Island & Petite France Tour


After a hotel pickup from your hotel, you will travel to Nami Island. It is situated 6.3km from Seoul in the middle of the Han River. Nami Island is a place for rest and relaxation. Human beings, animals and trees share peace, love and harmony far away from crowds and civilization. You can have a wide variety of different cuisines and dining experiences in this island. After Lunch, we then continue to travel to Petite France, a French Culture Village. Also you can mix and match Petite France with other tour sites in the area like Jade Garden, Garden of the Morning Calm or Gangchon Railbike. Also if you have time, ask your driving guide to take you to Dumulmeori, one of the most beautiful scenery of Korea. You have to take a different route and most drivers will want you to bypass it to save time. But for a 20 minute detour, it's worthwhile the breathtaking views.



Overnight in Beautiful Coastal City of Yeosu & Suncheon Bay Ecological Park


Experience Korea's first maritime cable car while enjoying the beautiful ocean scenery and numerous islands of Yeosu with our Yeosu Tour! Also enjoy the beauty of Suncheon and bay area with its ecological parks, traditional villages and temples! A great escapade in Suncheon Tour. 1 night and 2 days of touring also includes accommodations. •Have a refreshing walk amidst the Suncheon Bay reed fields •Discover the venue of the 2013 Suncheon Expo and its vast themed gardens •Experience the Korean way of life during the Joseon Dynasty at Nagan Folk Village •Visit the magnificent Songgwangsa Temple, one of ”The Three Jewels of Buddhism”



Uncovering the Underground Scenes of Hongdae


This is taking you through the indie rock scene of Hongdae. Tons of clubs that you would never notice and just walk by on your trip to the Hongdae area of Seoul. I'll take you to 3 cool places where some of my favorite indie bands play.



Seoul Shopping Tour


Showing around the most famous shopping area of Seoul. Best shopping places and will guide you to find anything you want to buy and to help in the right price and place by introducing unique local stores. I will take you to Myeongdong, Hongdae, Dongdaemun or wherever else you'd like to visit.


Korean Tour Guides are highly professional, licensed and go through a serious vetting process. They offer their own tours, but you can always ask them to customize it to your own interests.



Jinny Kim


Hello ! I am a licensed tour guide with fluent English and great knowledge about Korean culture and history. I obtained this license in 1998 and since then, I have worked on and off as a part-time and a full-time tour guide for travel agencies and Korean governmental agencies. I majored in English and literature in university and a graduate school and also studied in Australia. I chose to become a tour guide as I love being with people and I am a great people person. I am also a non-stop chatterbox who tells you about Korean culture and history that is not written in the travelers' guide book. You will be all ears when I tell you behind-the-scenes stories of Korean history. Magical things can happen when you are with me as I will do my best to make your wishes to come true just like Genie in a bottle in the story of Aladdin. (^-^) Traveling all over the places with my valuable clients is the biggest happiness to me. I think I am a born traveler and a tour guide. I never get tired from any type of tours. As a licensed tour guide, I design tours for foreigners who want to visit Korea. I offer tour guiding service anywhere in Korea for a number of days on request. I am also available for medical tours and plant tours around Korea. I have been to many places all over Korea as a tour guide for foreigners and all over the world as a tour leader for Korean tourists. I have traveled about 50 countries so far including 10 countries in Africa, America, Canada, England, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Turkey, France, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, Portugal, Monaco, Czech, Austria, Swiss,Hungry, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippine, Laos, Vietnam, China and Japan. So I have lots of interesting tour episodes to share with you. I am very lucky because my job does not keep me in one place. As for my previous career, I worked as an English teacher for 9 years and worked as an interpreter for 7 years for an American auto parts manufacturing company that supplied to Hyundai and Kia Motors. I still work as an English interpreter for international events whenever chances are given. I would like to have the great luck to see you walking beside me with a face full of curiosity about Korea. * Some of the Outstanding Experience as a Tour Guide & Interpreter for International events May 2018 = Interpreter and a tour guide for graduate school students of Oxford university April 2018 = Tour guide for vice-ministers of national defense of 17 different countries June 2017 = Tour guide for international congress of lawyers Feb. 2016 = Tour guide for a group of visiting IVY league professors from USA Sept. 2015 = Interpreter and a tour guide for the International Medical Exposition April 2015 = The 7th World Water Forum : Sightseeing tours for VIP guests in Busan and Kyungju April 2012 = Volunteer interpreter for Seoul International Wheelchair Marathon Competition Sept. 2010 = Interpreter and a tour guide for IAPMA Congress for 10 days (International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artist) * Other Work Experience 2012 ~ 2018 = Enthusiastic tour guide for international tourists in Korea 2004 ~ 2011 = Interpreter for a global American company named Gibbs- Diecasting that supplied its products to Hyundae and Kia Motors. 1995 ~ 2003 = English teacher * Training Programs that I completed. March 2016 - Intensive Premium Tour Guide Training program organized by Korea Tourism Organization Sept. 2015 - Premium Tour Guide Training Program Specializing in Tours for Muslims ★★★ Some comments I got from my beloved clients from all over the world. At the tend of the tour I always see my clients put their thumbs up for me which is the sign of being satisfied with my tour. ★★★ ★ Best tour guide ever. We are a group with children (15, 11 and even 1 year old baby). Jinny manage to find something interesting for every one of us. Her devotion and qualified explanation made our Seoul tour a beautiful experience. We had a profound touch of what Korean spirit means. Thank you very, very much. Highly recommended guide!!! = Written by Dana Ivan from Romania ★ Jinny Kim is a great tour guide! One of the best decisions I've made during my trip to Seoul! Not only was she prompt with our schedule and able to squeeze in EVERYTHING that we asked to see but she was also very kind, generous, and funny. She stayed with us past the time we were scheduled and made sure we got home to our original stop. She really does love spending time with people and you can tell she really enjoys being a tour guide. I definitely recommend her to be your choice in Seoul! = Written by Leilani Allen from America ★ I cannot praise Jinny enough! We booked a private tour of Seoul by van and got to see many of the highlights and also hidden gems. Her explanations and personal insights made all the difference. Her English is superb and she is just so much fun to be with! She even worked overtime to make sure we got to see everything we wanted to see and didn't even charge us the full amount she was entitled to for all her extra time We really feel like we have a friend in Seoul and hope to see her again! = Written by Carol noonan from America ★ I am happy to say that Jinny Kim was outstanding. She was prompt and had worked out several options to meet my preferred interests of Seoul. Jinny is a fun person and is so committed to ensuring she achieves her clients tour wishes. I cannot recommend her highly enough. A sincere big thank you. =Written by Ian King from England ★ In spite of her funny soul and smiley face, Jinny Is a very professional guide with the area and place she knows. She took me to many places and during that also she is looking for something new. She has many photos of the places she visited before. As for me I highly recommend her for any group like to enjoy and visit nice, historical, shopping and entertainment places, also I wish I can meet her again in my new trip. = Written by Saher Hanosh from Israel