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The Real Seoul

Seoul, South Korea
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About The Real Seoul
The Real Seoul offers custom, private, food and nightlife experiences for solo visitors and small groups (friends/couples). Maximum guest count is 6 people! This keeps the atmosphere small and flexible (easy to move around to restaurants as we wish). We can eat as little as you want, drink as much as you want, it's totally up to you! The Real Seoul is a local friend, not a big tour machine. Please drink responsibly. Visit the website for full details!
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Kkaplan wrote a review Nov 2019
Athens, Ga.40 contributions13 helpful votes
My husband and I went on this tour on our first night in Seoul. We had such a nice time and it was great to be able to experience amazing hole in the wall restaurants and Michael ordered perfect amounts of a variety of local delicacies for us to try! We really enjoyed speaking with him and hearing what life is like in Seoul. I would definitely recommend this to others! Michael was also very helpful recommending other things to do while we were vsiting! Thanks Michael!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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AyDee88 wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom20 contributions10 helpful votes
We had a terrific night on Michael’s food tour. It was our first time in Seoul and even before we arrived, Michael connected with us via WhatsApp and was super helpful in helping us navigating what to do and see. When it came to the tour itself, Michael was extremely flexible and was able to accommodate my dietary requirements of no meat (I thought it would be impossible in Seoul, but Michael took us to a delicious fish place)- while still ensuring my wife got to sample some amazing Korean bbq. He also made sure that our glasses of beer and Soju were never empty! It was great fun- eating and learning about life in Seoul. We asked Michael a ton of questions about living in the city, his personal journey and how he learnt the Korean language- he answered all of them with a smile of his face and was so very helpful and accommodating. At the end of the evening after two food stops and some additional drinks, Michael ensured that we got a taxi and were able to meet our friends. Overall a top notch evening with a highly warm and personable host- we would highly recommend this tour for some delicious food and a fun night in Seoul!
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Response from Michael H, Owner at The Real Seoul
Responded Aug 20, 2019
Thanks again, Alex, for such detail and kind words. Hopefully I can head your way soon and if I do, I'll be in touch!
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Caroline O wrote a review Aug 2019
Atlanta, Georgia32 contributions28 helpful votes
I am not one for organized tours, but as I was traveling to Seoul alone and only there for 36 hours, I wanted someone who knew the city who could show me the non-touristy Seoul. Michael was great and it felt like I was going out with a friend as opposed to a tour. There was great communication leading up to the tour and when we met up, he made sure to customize the experience to what I wanted and gave me multiple options of what we could do. As I'd already had BBQ, we started with chicken and beer, then went to a seafood restaurant and finally ended the night with Karaoke. In all places, there were only locals and as the menu in most places was all in Korean, even if I had found these places on my own, the experience would not have been the same without Michael. He's also a very skilled, experienced karaoke singer!! :) I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to see what a night in Seoul is like for locals!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Michael H, Owner at The Real Seoul
Responded Aug 12, 2019
Thanks Caroline for the kind review! You know I’ll be in touch back in Atlanta and I’ll send those Tokyo recs soon!!
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Okaymaee wrote a review Aug 2019
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My friend and I met up with Michael and we immediately felt comfortable and happy to be shown around Korea with such a cool and knowledgeable person. Over the different courses we had a very interesting and deep conversation and we learned a lot from him. It was such a relief to not feel lost and confused trying to read the menu and order. The food easily became one of our favorite and most memorable part of our trip to Korea.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Michael H, Owner at The Real Seoul
Responded Aug 5, 2019
Thanks Megan, glad you enjoyed! Glad you gals kept my old a** young and informed, really great conversation :-) . Do keep in touch if you ever head back this way!
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Roc-A-G wrote a review Jul 2019
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Can't say enough about Mike and his personalised tours. Ahead of an overseas familyholiday, I booked an evening with Mike for our Seoul stopover, hoping that some local knowledge would introduce kids to an authentic South Korean experience. He did not disappoint. Mike took us to a Korean BBQ followed by a Korean dessert restaurant. He was great fun and an entertaining storyteller. More than that, we really appreciated his personalised service - touching in via Messenger and email both before and after our night out and answering questions I had about visiting Seoul before we arrived. It was a pleasure meeting you Mike and we think you're on to a winner with these authentic food tours!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Michael H, Owner at The Real Seoul
Responded Jul 31, 2019
Rochelllllleee!!!! Thank you so much! I'm glad you had a great time with the family. Let me know when you connect through Korea on your next trip. And hopefully eventually some day I'll make it down to OZ and NZ :-) . Hope all is well!
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