Last time, when I'm asking my Korean friend, is there any way to enjoy Seoul without well planned?? Their answer is simple just go free and easy via subway. That's seems easy as ABC! However if you were first time at Seoul, I think looking at those subway map will make you @_@!!ㅋㅋㅋ Well I have a same expression when I seen their subway routes for the first time!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ On my mind was "Owh My!!! How am I able to go around with these crazy subway routes?? There are so many!! 16 of it?? What if I ended somewhere far from Seoul?? O_o
After some research, I found out one of easiest way to mingle around Seoul!! I did ask my Korean friend about it. They knew about it too but since most of them were born and living in Seoul, they didn't bother about it much. 하 하 하 하 Of course if you were born and living at cities like Seoul, you won't bother about it much! Just like me! I was living in rural area, I knew that there is easiest way to mingle around Kuala Lumpur but I also haven't try it before until one day, when my adopted mother (she Singaporean) came over and ask me where should we go at Kuala Lumpur! :P
Lets back to our topic! ^^ What is the easiest way to mingle around Seoul then??? Have you guys ever heard about Seoul City Tour Bus??? Like any other metropolitan cities, normally there is a shuttle bus service where it will bring people to those attraction places around cities. Seoul city tour bus operate every day except on Monday. However if Monday falls on holiday, normal operation is provided or during the summer vacation (4th week of July- August 15) normal operation is provided too.
There are four courses for Seoul city tour bus. Every admission fees is different according to the courses. The courses are downtown tour, palace Cheonggye tour, night tour 1, and night tour 2. For downtown tour it may take around 2 hours course and Palace Cheonggye tour will normally take around 1 hour 30 minutes course. These two tours were during day. For night tour 1 and 2 it may take around 1 hour 30 minutes each and the routes are different. For more information about it, click here. We went to Namsan Tower using this city tour bus service. ^^ If you see the attraction places in downtown courses, you can plan your trip for whole day at Seoul without bothering so much for public transport. If you wanna plan your trip using this service visit here.
Seoul city bus tour guide pamphlet
We ride on this ^^
Another bus version
One of stop over
P/s: We really enjoy during this tour, we didn't stop at every attractions though as we start the tour quite late ㅠㅠ and at one point we kind of lost! :P Hahha! Due to miss-communication!! However we kindly suggest for any traveler to try this during your trip at Seoul! Fun and worth experience! ^^ The last picture, that little angel kept playing hide and seek with me even though she didn't know how to speak English neither I'm not knowing Hangeul well during that trip! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
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