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Tour Guide - David a. M.

David a. M.

5.00 / 5
(3 reviews)
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Available Areas

Seoul (Living)

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Languages

English (Native), Korean

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3 hours on average

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Availability Updated

5 days ago

About Tour Guide David a. M.

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!

Important

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

Tours

Half-day Intro to Seoul and Korean Historycover image

Half-day Intro to Seoul and Korean History

Seoul
3 hours 30 min

This is my most popular standard tour, perfect for any visiting Korea for a serious first look. It walks us through the best sights of Seoul's historic central downtown area, very close to each-other, while I tell the relevant colorful stories at each brief stop. It is completely flexible on the timing and number / nature of the sites visited; all depends on where I pick you up and drop you off, and just what you want to see and do. On this system I also offer a full-day version of this tour.

FROM$395/ per group
Full-day Intro to Seoul and Korean Historycover image

Full-day Intro to Seoul and Korean History

Seoul
8 hours

This is my standard and very popular Itinerary for this ~8 hour tour: it can be adjusted for individual preferences. Its intention is to be a fascinating orientation & overview of Seoul "old & new", with introduction to who the Koreans are, and the key points of their history and customs. We can move faster and see more, or take our time and see a bit fewer sites; it's all up to your personal style. I will be telling colorful stories all along the way. You will learn so much, and in context!!

FROM$455/ per group
Tao Abundance Temple, Seoul's most-important Buddhist Sitecover image

Tao Abundance Temple, Seoul's most-important Buddhist Site

Seoul
4 hours

Doseon-sa was founded around 1100 years ago just beneath the three main peaks of the Triple-Horns Mtn, Seoul's sacred & prominent guardian (a National Park), by one of Korea's greatest Buddhist masters. It has remained the most religiously important monastery of the Seoul area ever since always crowded with sincere Buddhists. It has several unusual features that will be pointed out and explained to your group. There is a large ancient standing Buddha statue designated as a National Treasure.

FROM$395/ per group
Half-day Traditional Seoul Walking-Tourcover image

Half-day Traditional Seoul Walking-Tour

Seoul
4 hours

This tour is a fascinating orientation & overview of the older, more traditional parts of central downtown Seoul, with further/deeper introduction to who the Koreans are, and the key points of their history and religions/customs. There is a standard itinerary for this tour, but it is completely flexible on the number and nature of the sites visited. It is essentially the 2nd-half of my Full-day Intro Tour. We can move faster or slower, as you wish. I will be telling colorful stories!

FROM$395/ per group
Royal & Shamanic Shrines of Benevolent King Mountaincover image

Royal & Shamanic Shrines of Benevolent King Mountain

Seoul
4 hours

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!

FROM$445/ per group
Buam-dong, Seoul’s Hidden Charming North Park-neighborhoodcover image

Buam-dong, Seoul’s Hidden Charming North Park-neighborhood

Seoul
4 hours

This is a lovely neighborhood of “Gangbuk” Seoul behind famous Mt. Bugak, with a wide variety of offerings, scenic and fascinating, but only a few “insiders” know about its very charming character. We will visit the “Sword-Washing Pavilion”, then a beautiful waterfall with a colorful Buddhist temple right next to it! We will proceed into a hidden quiet peaceful area with late-Joseon-era ruins-relics amidst great trees. Then along a high ridge with great views, and some unique cafes & others.

FROM$335/ per group

David a. M. South Korea Tour Reviews

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Vasilios K.

5 / 5
Oct 10, 2023

Half-day Intro to Seoul and Korean History

Seoul
3 hours 30 min

knowledgeable and flexible

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

Vasilios K.

Thanks VK, it was great to host you guys!! D

Jeffery M.

Jeffery M.

5 / 5
Sep 10, 2023

Full-day Intro to Seoul and Korean History

Seoul
8 hours

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!