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Dark Side of Seoul Evening Ghost Tour

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Fully narrated tour
Dark Side of Seoul Evening Ghost Tour
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Our most popular option. An intense walk through the back streets of old Seoul and its dark history.
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See a spirited side of the South Korean capital you won’t find in the tourism brochures on this evening ghost tour in Seoul. Follow your guide on a meandering walk through Seoul’s hidden alleyways and hear tales to send shivers down your spine! Explore the grounds of Korea's first western hospital, where horrific scenes have unfolded in years past. See where Prince Suyang slaughtered his nephew's soldiers. Visit Unhyeongung, a small palace once occupied by the Chosun dynasty’s vilest ruler, and discover hidden secrets in Pimatgol Alley.
What to Expect
After meeting at Anguk subway Station, your group is led by a historian on a meandering walking tour that winds through alleyways and places the tourism organization would rather you not see. Tales are told throughout the tour by the historian, and traditional tokens of protection will be given to ladies to protect them from Japanese ghosts.

After meeting, the tour heads straight to the site where Prince Suyang slaughtered so many of his king nephew's men that they had to burn area down to get rid of the stench. Then it's off to the grounds of Korea's first western hospital that had to be scrubbed down before use because the former occupants all got slaughtered inside.

After that, cross the street built by the Japanese colonials, that doubled as a means of psychological warfare, before going to Unhyeongung, a minor palace that was last occupied by one of the most vile powerful men in the late Chosun dynaysty.

You next enter the Nagwon-dong neighborhood, where a restaurant was documented as being haunted by the police in the 1920s, followed by the Nagwon Arcade, which has an odd history from its inception. You will then fork off to Jongno 3-ga, the location of Seoul's most popular red light district in the 1960s, and meander to Tapgol Park, which was a popular place for suicides.

After a break for some snacks, street beers and street cocktails (not included), you take a sidestep into Pimatgol, a hidden alley with hidden secrets. Finally it's the Cheonggyecheon Stream, a modern tourist attraction which just a hundred years ago had many corpses floating down its waterways.
Reviews (73)
1 - 5 of 52 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Learned a lot about my own country!

Didn’t see any ghosts (kinda glad though because Asian ghosts are scary af), but still got chills. Joe is a great story teller, super engaging and knowledgeable.

Thank soochainz
ZenKimchi, Manager at ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You may not have seen any ghosts, but they may have seen you. ;) Thank you for the kind review! We're happy you enjoyed the tour. Travel safe and all the best.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Fun Tour

This a cool little way to spend your evening. Wandering through Seoul’s streets and alleyways listening to ghost stories and the history of Korea. Joe was a wonderfully knowledgeable host. He also pointed out some cool spots to hang out after the tour with the...More

Thank geelongexpat
ZenKimchi, Owner at ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Awesome! We're happy you enjoyed the tour. Thank you for taking time to write a review. All the best.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Chilly Night Out

This was a wonderful beginning to my trip to Seoul— Joe is an engaging storyteller, with nuggets of Korean history I wouldn’t have even thought of looking up. The route we took built up to an eerie finale in the palace grounds, sitting and chatting...More

2  Thank bearhunts
ZenKimchi, Owner at ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We were happy to have you on the tour and very glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your review! Be in touch.

Reviewed November 10, 2018
Spooktacular tour of Seoul

This tour was a highlight during my time in Seoul. In a word - book this tour!! Tour guide Shawn delivered all the aspects of a stellar tour: 1. Content - spooky/scary/creepy and captivating stories about Seoul history in a walking tour that showcased many...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Dawn B
ZenKimchi, Owner at ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Dawn! That's a very flattering review. We're all so happy you enjoyed the Dark Side of Seoul tour. All the best!

Reviewed November 9, 2018
Spooky Fun

The ghost tour was a lot of fun. Our tour guide, Shawn, was very knowledgable about the history of Korea and had a lot of scary stories to share. He was also kind enough to email more details after the tour on the different stories...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank shibainugal
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September 24, 2018|
Response from rem96701 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the tour is in English. Our tour guide I think was originally from Florida.