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Tour Seoul’s Suburbs on City Tour Buses
Date 05-10-2019 13:44
Tour Seoul’s Suburbs on City Tour Buses


You can still get around Seoul’s sizable and charming suburbs without renting a car. Use City Tour Buses to make the most of your travel and visit only the proven and the best of destinations. These bus tours save you the hassle of having to plan where to go and what to do, as you will be directed by expert guides. There are three City Tour Bus companies operating in Seoul’s suburbs that also provide foreign language services.






Visit Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site:
Suwon City Tour Bus


Suwon is a major city easily accessible to and from Seoul by subway. You can use the City Tour Bus services by making your reservation online and hopping on the bus at the Suwon Station Plaza. Three different courses are available on different days of the week. From Tuesday to Sunday every week, you can tour the Hwaseong Course (three hours in duration). On Saturdays, you can tour the Gwanggyo Course (seven hours in duration). Sundays are for the Yunggeonneung Course (seven and a half hours in duration). The Hwaseong Course starts at Haewoojae Museum (“Mr. Toilet House”) in Suwon, an interesting museum dedicated to the culture and history of toilets. It then proceeds to the following: Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, the largest temporary royal palace of the Joseon period; Hwahongmun Gate, the northern floodgate of Suwoncheon River; Yeonmudae Post, where you can try traditional archery; and finally Suwon Hwaseong Museum. The first half or so of the Gwanggyo Course overlaps with the Hwaseong Course. After lunch at Jidong Market (lunch not included in the tour program), where tradition and modernity mingle, you can take a leisurely stroll at Gwanggyo Lake Park. If you want to explore Korean history and traditional aesthetics, the Yunggeonneung Course is for you. It takes you to the remains of Yungneung and Geonneung Royal Tombs of the Joseon royal family and also to Yongjusa Buddhist Temple, renowned as one of the most beautiful temples in Korea. Moreover, the course also offers audio guides in English, Japanese, and Chinese.




For booking and inquiries: +82-31-256-8300, www.suwoncitytour.co.kr
Fares: KRW 12,000 to KRW 14,900 for adults, KRW 8,000 to KRW 12,900 for underage minors (varies by course).
Departure/arrival platform: Suwon Station Plaza
Ticket pickup: Suwon Tourism Information Center, Exit Gate 4, Suwon Station




Try Different City Tour Courses on Different Days of the Week:
Goyang City Tour Bus


Goyang, a growing city situated immediately north of Seoul, is popular for its open views and vast natural landscapes. Goyang City Tour Bus is an affordable way to get around this city and has different courses offered on all six days of the week. Each course also offers tour guides fluent in English, Chinese, and Japanese, insofar as you book your trip two weeks before your scheduled participation. Tour courses can also be adjusted to include favorite destinations for international group tourists, so ask the tour company first. Every Tuesday, the Goyang History and Culture Course takes participants to Haengju Fortress, Seooreung, and Gawaji Rice Museum. It is the most popular course on offer. The Goyang Neighborhood Course Back into the Past Century takes participants to Haengju History Park and Haengju Fortress on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, the Origins of Location Names in Goyang Course takes guests to the royal tomb of King Gongyang of Goryeo and the Bamgashi Thatched Roof House. Friday is the day to take the Selfies at Hot Places in Goyang Course, which enables participants to take fun and memorable selfies on Wondang Horse Ranch and at Ilsan Lake Park. The course is especially recommended for families with young children, as it offers venues where children can run around and have fun. Saturday’s Goyang-Paju Course includes a visit to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Paju, providing a glimpse into the current state of tension and longing characterizing the relations between two Koreas. Sundays offer the Goyang-Seoul Course, which takes guests to Seooreung in Goyang first and then to Namsangol Hanok Village and Insa-dong in Seoul. No tour courses are available on Mondays.




For booking and inquiries: +82-10-5106-3158, goyangcitytour.modoo.at
Fares: KRW 6,000 for adults, KRW 4,000 for children (admission fees, activity fees and lunch not included)
Departure/arrival platform: City Tour Platform at Exit Gate 2, Jeongbalsan Station, Goyang




City Tour Buses Exclusively for International Tourists:
EG-Shuttles


EG Shuttles are tour buses that the Gyeonggi Provincial Government operates exclusively for international tourists. It takes guests across various towns and cities in Gyeonggi-do that surround Seoul, guiding them to only the proven and the best of available destinations. It also offers at least two tour guides, fluent in English, Japanese, and Chinese, for each bus tour to better accommodate international guests. Korean guests are also allowed on the buses insofar as they accompany international guests. The fares include all admission fees and meals as well. There are three courses. Course A tours the northwestern part of Gyeonggi-do, including Imjingak Pyeonghwa-Nuri Park, Dora Observatory and the Third Tunnel of Aggression in the DMZ, Shinsegae Paju Outlet for shopping, and the Provence Village. Course B tours the southern part of Gyeonggi-do and takes guests to the heart of Korean history and culture. Guests can walk along the Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and join the active energy and barter at Suwon Nammun Market. They will arrive at the Korea Folk Village in the afternoon to have lots of fun. Course C is filled with meaningful and creative exercises, including tours of Namhan Fortress and Hwadam Forest, and guests can even make their own mugs at Icheon Ceramics Village. This course is especially great if you want to taste Korean food in a full course, including steamed Icheon rice that used to be one of the royal tributes to the kings of Joseon. The bus tours are not available on public holidays in Korea. The three courses are available on different days of the week, so make sure to check ahead. You must make a reservation at least three days prior to your scheduled participation.




For booking and inquiries: +82-2-365-1500, www.eg-shuttle.com
Fares: KRW 40,000 for Course A or B (including admission fees and meals), KRW 65,000 for Course C (including admission fees and meals)
Departure/arrival platform: In front of SM Duty-Free Shopping at Insa-dong or in front of Hana Tour Building near the Hongik University Station.