Guided tour

Seoul: Dark Side of the City and Ghost Stories Walking Tour

4.8 / 5

48 reviews

Activity provider: ZenKimchi Experiences

Seoul: Dark Side of the City and Ghost Stories Walking Tour

Activity provider: ZenKimchi Experiences

From US$ 35 per person

Discover Korea's dark history and ghosts. Explore the dark alleys, listen to stories from folklorists and historians. Learn what you will not hear anywhere else. What (or who) lies under the concrete?

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Duration 1.5 - 2.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Encounter spooky places where people had paranormal experiences
  • Listen to dark tales and true crime stories recorded in history
  • See some of Seoul's iconic landmarks in a different light
  • Meet new people on an enjoyable stroll through Seoul's winding alleys
  • Select "Premium Tour" to have an extended horror adventure through hidden alleys and secret spots
Full description
Prepare yourself for the creepiest, historically accurate, and frighteningly bone-chilling tales. Korea has a unique history that will suck you in. You will see places where bloody massacres occurred. You will walk under a bridge that carries a dark sinister secret. You will encounter three of Seoul's five palaces and learn the secrets about one of them that even Seoulites do not know. Your tour will be led by a historian who will tell you the dark side of Korean history including Prince Suyang's slaughter of his nephew's men and the massacre at the site where Korea's first Western hospital was at. Tales in Japanese Colonial times will be shared while walking in royal palaces. The itinerary extends to other parts of Seoul such as Nagwon-dong and Chenggyecheon Stream. Hear modern urban legends, true crime events, and quirky secrets of buildings that the local government would prefer you did not know. You might actually meet a ghost so do not be too surprised. You will get a basic orientation of Seoul’s layout and see many sites including the three of five palaces, the Cheonggyecheon Stream, Tapgol Park, the Insa-dong neighborhood, Seoul City Hall, and the iconic Gwanghwamun Square. Your guide is an invaluable source of information and full tips about other places to see and eat. There will be restroom breaks and opportunities to have beverages and snacks. If you want to explore the dark back alleys and secret spots filled with horror, take the "Premium Tour" for extended and exclusive story-sharing.
  • Guided tour
  • Pick up or drop-off at your accommodation
  • Food or drink, which is available to purchase
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • You must be at least 16 years old because some stories include violence and sexual content and are not suitable for children
  • The tour is wheelchair accessible but it is not recommended for those with serious walking difficulties
  • The tour schedule is tight because it must operate in accordance with the subway schedule
  • If you are running late, please inform the tour guide as soon as you can. Call, text, or use WhatsApp
  • It is recommended to travel to the meeting point by subway. Taxis almost always get stuck in traffic and make guests miss the tour
  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather as the tour takes place outdoors
  • Food and drink are not provided but they will be available to purchase during the tour. There are no open container laws in Seoul, so you can enjoy alcoholic beverages (within reason) during the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 48 reviews

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The location of the meeting was pretty easy to find. It was my first time ever using a subway and it was pretty easy! Just take the green line if your meeting location is in Anugk. If you stay in Lotte city Myeongdong, the ending location is only 16 minutes away. Not that many picturesque places, but it was really cool walking Seoul at night and going down alleys you wouldn’t really go through as a normal tourist.

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November 27, 2022

This was an incredible tour which was thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and informative. The tour guide, Shawn, was very engaging and he had clearly done huge amounts of research. The weather couldn’t have been better either - thunder and lightning right on cue for dramatic effect! I would also recommend staying on for the extended tour - well worth it. Really superb tour! Thanks so much Shawn! Cheers Ross

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November 19, 2022

This is a cute little spooky tour that will give you some fun, creepy stories to remember and will take you to a few of the less-advertised historical sites in and around the Myeongdong area. The guide is a very friendly and accommodating host who tries to make the experience interactive and, if you ask nicely, he might even give you tips about parts of the city to explore that you won't hear about on tourism sites.

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August 30, 2022

Product ID: 202042