What you'll do
We'll meet a subway station in the heart of Seoul and head from the bustling city streets into the nearby daldongnae, or mountainside village. We walk through the theater district, up a path to a park and into the Ihwa Mural Village to see murals that have been added to the area in an effort to revitalize the area. We'll stop at a cafe for coffee and a snack to discuss the history of the area and why the "Art in City Project" to revitalize the area may have had unintended consequences. Finding the village can be a bit difficult and knowing exactly where to go can be confusing, but not when you're with me. The tour will continue up to where the village meets the Seoul Fortress Wall and we'll walk along the wall for just a bit to get a great view of Seoul from above that most people visiting the mural village completely miss and then head back to the mural village to continue seeing the murals before heading back down to the nearest subway station. Through this tour you will be able to learn about Seoul post-Korean War and see how the area was affected and grown. You'll see art and learn about how the locals feel about it. This is a visit into a part of Seoul that many visitors don't have, but should. It's not just a mural village, it's more than that.
I founded the site The Soul of Seoul in 2012 to share the sights and sounds of Seoul that most foreigners were missing out on. I have been featured on CNN, the BBC and Samantha Brown's "Places To Love" among other acclaimed outlets because I know the spots that you want to visit. Through my tours, I share personal experiences and insight into Korean culture via the perspective of an American that has lived in Korea for more than a decade. I hope to encourage and give my visitors the confidence to explore. I promote local businesses and community through my tours and hope more travelers will come to love Seoul as much as I do.
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Where you'll be
Most of the tour is outdoors and includes stops along the route in parks or alleys but there will also be a stop in Milk Gongbang, a cafe that is the idea of two Masterchef Korea chefs. The cafe is popular for their delectable ice creams which you can pour your espresso over. Other than this indoor stop, the rest of the tour will be outside so wear good walking shoes and bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 3 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. This walk does require walking up two steep flight of stairs. Other than that, most of the walk is flat but it is on the side of a small mountain so it's up…
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
This is a walk that goes uphill and downhill. While food isn't provided on the tour, I'll drop visitors at nearby restaurants or the subway should they want to find food.
Ihwa Mural Village Walk & Talk
$57 / person
$57 / person