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Getting from Point A to Point B, we were told, was going to be a breeze thanks to the Seoul City Tour Bus. It offered a very flexible and no-fuss way of getting around Seoul during the first two days of our stay. And for 10,000 South Korean Won (~PhP400) per day, we figured the cost was quite reasonable too.

Seoul City Tour Bus

And so, armed with our trusty cameras and those light-weight, see-through umbrellas, we marched onto the rain and proceeded to the nearest bus stop which, our map indicated, should just be around the corner.

The Bus Stop that Played Hide-and-Seek

But then it decided to play hide-and-seek with us.

And then we got LOST.

And we could not find a single soul who can speak English.

And then Ms. J managed to bust her left shoe which was funny because it seemed like it was taunting us (it was yawning like a hippo!!!).

It seemed our luck ran out so early in the day.

Thankfully, we were able to find another bus stop after walking around like headless chickens for about an hour.  We found out the next day that we were walking on the other side of the road which made us feel all the more like dimwitted fools, lol.

Yet Another Bus Stop Marker

We bought our tickets upon boarding the bus from a pretty tour assistant who speaks fluent English and Japanese. Ms. J, who by this time had already recovered from an earlier wardrobe malfunction, engaged her in small talk. We found out that her grandparents have retired in the Philippines and that she had paid them a visit just recently.

The bus was very clean and there were only two passengers when we boarded. The bus driver made no effort to see that we were comfortably seated first before driving off and so I almost figured in an accident of some sort. Muntik na talaga!

It took me about three minutes to recover my bearings. And then I noticed that each seat in the bus comes with an individual headset (thankfully, all were in mint condition) which provides information about every stop of the tour bus. Directions to traditional palaces and shopping areas are provided in Korean, Japanese, English, Chinese and French.

Individual Headsets

The city tour buses arrive at each stop at approximately 20-30 minute intervals.

And so we were able to focus on the destinations and not the journey, lol.

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4 thoughts on “Seoul City Tour Bus

  1. getting lost in a new place is definitely an adventure, haha!
    but it’s twice the (fun) burden if almost all people in that new place barely speak english, lagot na!

    seriously, i like your last statement here. pabiro pero may lalim.

  2. Woot! Mukhang timely pagbisita ko dito. Thinking of embarking a trip to Korea soon hehe sana lang matuloy. *fingerscrossed*

    Nasubukan ko na rin ma-lost sa isang non-english speaking country at medyo katakot nga 0_0 buti na lang sinunod namin gutfeel namin kaya nakarating pa rin sa destination hehe

    • I wish I can go back to Korea during the winter season. Para maka-experience naman ako ng snow heheh. Korea lang yata pag-asa ko para ma-experience yun. Walang bayad ang visa at walang hassle kumpara sa bansa ni uncle sam.

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