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Why Hiring A Private Tour Guide In South Korea Is Worth Every Won

Ajitsa Ashihundu

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Ajitsa Ashihundu

Last updated : Jun 27, 202417 min read

Travel Tips

South Korea Tour Guide


We all know the feeling that traveling to a new place can bring. There's a mix of excitement and wonder, and if we’re honest, a little bit of nervous energy, especially when you’re at the planning stage. Comfort, convenience, safety and quality are constantly on your mind. Even a trip to South Korea, with its rich past, world-renowned culture, and modern attractions, is no exception. 


You want to have a good trip, and hiring a South Korea tour guide can help ease these concerns, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey. This article aims to explain why hiring a skilled guide is an excellent choice for your South Korean adventure, and how you can do exactly that. 



What Are the Costs of Hiring A Private Guide In South Korea?


Hiring a private tour guide in South Korea generally costs between 120-345 USD (less than 3 hours) per group, with an average price of 255 USD, or 250-500 USD per group for a full day tour (more than 5 hours), with an average price of 493 USD, depending on the guide’s expertise and the complexity of the itinerary.


For example, a full-day guided tour of Seoul, including visits to Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village, might cost an average price of 430 USD. While this might initially seem pricey, it’s important to note that this fee typically covers the entire group, not per person. When considering the shared expense and the added value, hiring a tour guide often proves to be more economical. Here’s why.



The Benefits of Hiring a Private Tour Guide in South Korea


  • Deepen Your Experiences & Understanding


A seasoned guide can significantly enhance your visit by sharing insights into Korean culture, history, hidden gems and adventures off the beaten path. For instance, while many tourists visit the bustling Myeongdong shopping street, a local Seoul tour guide can take you to traditional markets like Gwangjang Market for an authentic taste of Korean street food, or teach you how to make your own Makgeolli (rice wine)! Private guided tours are customizable, so you focus only the places that interest you, creating a flexible, zoomed-in, personalized journey that deepens your understanding and enjoyment of South Korea. 


A woman wearing a traditional Korean dress known as Hanbok


  • Convenience and Efficiency


A skilled guide takes the hassle out of planning, ensuring you visit both iconic sites and your personal points of interest without the need to research every detail. A Seoul or Busan tour guide would handle logistics such as venue availability and accessibility, transport from one site to another, safety precautions, food arrangements (if needed), and they would organize the schedule to match your travel time restrictions. 


Guides also give valuable information and recommendations before your trip, saving you time and effort. For example, figuring out the complex subway system in Seoul or finding the best hiking trails in Bukhansan National Park can be daunting without local knowledge. Guides bridge the gap by revealing the tips and tricks not often found online that make navigating South Korea easier, saving you valuable time that can be spent exploring. 


Guides also bridge the gap in terms of language. Hiring an English-speaking tour guide in Korea creates a deeper level of interaction with locals, and allows for more intimate conversations whether you’re sampling tteokbokki, or learning how to properly wear a Hanbok. This allows you to enjoy a stress-free, efficient vacation without worrying about missing out on key experiences.


  • Prioritize Safety


While South Korea is generally known for its high safety and low crime index (24.8 out of 100), it’s natural to have concerns when traveling abroad. Having a knowledgeable guide by your side can provide an extra layer of security. They are familiar with the local area, and can steer you away from tourist traps and unsafe activities that take away from your time. This added assurance lets you dive into South Korea’s charming culture, without any worry or stress.



Addressing Common Misconceptions About Hiring A Private Tour Guide 


You may worry that hiring a guide would limit your interactions with locals, add high expenses to your travel budget, or make for an awkward day. However, you can overcome these valid concerns by choosing the right guide for you and your travel needs. How does one do that? By letting your guide know exactly what your trip to South Korea needs and doesn’t need beforehand. Then, your guide will create a tour plan that fits exactly that. This is where GoWithGuide excels.


By messaging a South Korea private tour guide before you book your tour, you’ll be able to explain your trip schedule, travel goals, preferences and limitations. You’ll also get a feel of the guide’s personality. A good guide will give suggestions that enhance your interactions with locals, give value for the money spent, and use your travel information to create a comfortable, accessible, and enjoyable tour. 


A three step infographics about how to hire a private tour guide in South Korea with GoWithGuide


For instance, in Busan, a guide can take you to quaint, sometimes odd, local cafés along Hanok village or Insadong, or enjoy local folk festivals at the Korean Folk Village as you engage with local performers, and discuss the evolution of Korean artistic expression.



Where to Find the Ideal Guide?


Ready to explore the sights and sounds of South Korea? Let's start by figuring out where you want to go. Our team has handpicked a diverse group of skilled tour guides who know the ins and outs of Seoul, Busan, and more. Whether you're into art & cultural exploration, food, or the great outdoors, our guides are ready to make your trip a memorable one. 


Looking for a flexible schedule? GoWithGuide offers a wide range of tours led by carefully vetted guides. Explore their profiles, watch intro videos, and read reviews to find the perfect fit. You can build from one of these tours, or create your own unique itinerary by messaging a local South Korea guide


A sample itinerary for a South Korea tour


Looking for a pre-set itinerary with ideal highlights and accessible sites? Our highly rated South Korea private tours are a great place to start planning your adventure today! And for added convenience, check out our private car tour services to travel in style, comfort and convenience. 


Need some itinerary inspiration? Here are our area recommendations:


Sightseeing In The City With Seoul Private Tours

Seaside Beauty On A Busan Private Tour


Good reviews of South Korea tours taken with GoWithGuide


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Ultimately, deciding to hire a private tour guide in South Korea through GoWithGuide is entirely up to you, and it can significantly boost your travel with benefits like cost efficiency, tailor-made itineraries, comfort, and time saved. If you're intrigued, feel free to explore our platform to discover South Korea tour guides, and kick off your adventure today!

Written by Ajitsa Ashihundu

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Ajitsa Ashihundu is an editor, blog writer and Marketing team member at GoWithGuide, helping readers understand travel, one post at a time. She fell head over heels for writing back in high school, thanks to Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and countless poetry analyses that extended way beyond English Literature class. This led her to study journalism and Communications in university, where she discovered a greater passion for fictional tales. Born in Kenya, raised in the U.S., and now back in Kenya, she balances life bilingually in Swahili and English. Her three-year stint as a professional outdoor instructor and guide, leading hikes and outdoor adventures across Kenya, taught her the magic of nature in bringing people together. In 2021, she began freelancing, weaving words into blog content and video scripts while juggling personal writing projects. When not writing, Ajitsa can be found watching TV shows, reading, sipping coffee, or dreaming about her ultimate destination—Monteverde, Costa Rica. Her current goal? Writing her very own novel.

Seoul Tour Guide - David a. M.

David a. M.

5.00 / 5
(3 reviews)
South Korea

I have been a Professor of Korean Cultural Tourism in Seoul, and a Tour-guide, Lecturer and Author on Traditional Cultural Sites, especially religious ones, on the high-end, for 25 years. Wrote the 1996-7 edition of Lonely Planet's KOREA guidebook!                                                                                                                                 

Seoul Tour Guide - Kane K.

Kane K.

South Korea

Hi there~ My name is Kane and I am a licensed tour guide here in Korea. I've got the license in 2016 and started working as a tour guide for many years and previously with having a career in oversea sales for over 15years. Now I really love this job and I think it's a calling. Whenever I meet a group of new people, I become an energetic man and enjoy sharing all information that I have on my country, history and living with visitors. Please be my guest and you will miss me when you get back home after the tour with me.                                                                                                                                  

Seoul Tour Guide - Paul K.

Paul K.

5.00 / 5
(11 reviews)
South Korea

Hello everyone, I am Paul, a tour guide in Seoul. Seoul is a fascinating destination that seamlessly blends the old with the new. I'm excited to show you some of the best things to make your trip fun and excited, through my deep knowledge about culture and history of Korea and exuberant experiences as tour guide. My primary tourist destination is Seoul and metropolitan area, consisting of 5 palaces, Royal Ancestral Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village, National museum of Korea, War Memorial of Korea and other museums & galleries and contemporary architectures, and Namsan Mt. with N-Seoul Tower, traditional & trendy market places such as Gwangjang market & Hondae street, and also Korean Folk Village & DMZ tour. Center of culture and tour is architecture. Architectural style represents spirit of times. We can see as much as we know about spirit of times. For example, without knowledge about Christianity, the spirit of medieval Europe, we cannot fully appreciate beauty and value of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Confucianism was the spirit of Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongbokgung represents Confucianism. Confucianism culture of Joseon Dynasty is unique characteristic of Korean culture, compared to Chinese, Japanese and European culture. Hence, my tourist information is based on Confucianism. Thank you for your interest! As your guide, I hope to see you soon in Seoul.                                                                                                                                  

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