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Royal & Shamanic Shrines of Benevolent King Mountain

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Would you like to see some scenic sites that are "truly Korean" and yet quite unusual? This tour is really "off the beaten path" but is also right above downtown Seoul, on Mt. Inwang-san, Seoul's center of Shamanic practices, and a park with relics of the Joseon Dynasty's royal & spiritual-nationalist heritage. These are rarely-seen yet fascinating sites overlooking the busy modern power-centers. This unique walking-tour climbs a few steep slopes on paved paths, but it's worth it!

Seoul Tour Guide - David a. M.
David a. M.
5.00 / 5
(3 reviews)
09:30 AM

Meeting Point

Gyeongbok-gung Metro Subway Station, your Hotel lobby, or other.

09:30 AM

Sajik Royal Park

I will show you around Sajik Park, including the Joseon-Dynasty Royal Altars to the Earth and Harvest, and give orientation-intro to this highly sacred mountain.

10:00 AM

Founding-King Dangun Shrine

Then we will visit the large modern shrine for Korea's ethnic-founder King Dangun just up behind the Park, and learn about his myth and its continuing modern significance for uniting the spirits of all Koreans.

10:30 AM

Seoul's City Wall, with great views

Then we will proceed to stroll for about 30 minutes up along the old city fortress wall to the Shamanic complex of Inwang-san, the very rocky mountain just west of the main Palace -- stopping three times to enjoy the photogenic views.

11:00 AM

Inwang-sa the

We tour the "Benevolent King" temple/shrine complex of Inwang-san, the very rocky mountain just west of the Palace, which has been the most active site of Korean shamanism for thousands of years. We will see the mystic Seon-bawi rocks, the Guksa-dang National Spirit Shrine, several examples of active outdoor shamanic shrines, and stand on top of a giant boulder for one of the best views of Seoul there is. I will fully explain all, and tell several great stories from long-ago. We just might see some live-action Shamanism happening right in front of us - or we may not - you never know!

01:10 PM

Back Down to Dongnip-mun Metro Subway Station

At 3 hours 40 minutes in, we will start descending the west side of the mountain, finishing at 4 hours by the major highway there. I will get a taxi for you to your hotel or next destination, as you please.

Ending Point

Dongnip-mun Metro Subway Station, your Hotel lobby, or other.

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guiding fee only

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What‘s not included

transport to/from if-needed, snacks and drinks (there is a small supermarket halfway!)

Tour Important Information

I am a well-known expert on both Korean Buddhism, Shamanism and Korea's folk-religion traditions, and will give a fascinating tour! You will learn a lot about both Confucian & Shamanic beliefs & practices, and see some amazing photo-perfect sights!

Our walking-tour will conveniently meet and finish at Metro subway stations. As the shrines are built on a very steep slope, some uphill walking is necessary on cement stairways, roads and paths; but it's worth it! This tour can meet on any day at any time at the Station, or I can pick you up at your hotel.

Cannot be done on rainy days

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I do this full-time now, any day -- but only in Spring & Autumn.

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5 / 5
Oct 10, 2023

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knowledgeable and flexible

David is a fountain of information and was very accomodating in meeting our needs. Book with confidence.

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Jeffery M.

Jeffery M.

5 / 5
Sep 10, 2023

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Grab Your Walking Shoes & Spend The Day With David!

David is absolutely splendid! A human, walking encyclopedia of anything you could hope to know. If you enjoy learning and desire to truly grasp the history and culture of South Korea- he is your guy! There wasnt a question we asked that he didnt have a full, in-depth explanation for. He offers a variety of tours to cover most anything you'd be interested in- he truly knows it all and is an excellent storyteller and teacher. He went out of his way to accommodate our wishes. We even had a medical situation arise and he took the time to go with us to the hospital and ensure we got checked in since we only speak English. Highly, highly recommend!

Jeffery M.

I was so glad to guide you two for two days; you were great company and very attentive, curious listeners! DM

A delightful walking tour listening to fascinating stories about Korea’s history

David took us to the Jogye-sa where we learnt in details about the country’s history of religions that helped shape the Korean culture. Then we walked to the Seoul Plaza to see the historical monuments, listening to fascinating stories about the national heroes. I was in particular inspired by the stories of Yi Sun S

Tang C.

It was my pleasure to serve your first visit to Korea!

$445/ per group

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