Ben Kim Private tour guide in Seoul, Busan, Jeju - Korea (South)

Ben Kim

Guide profile:

Tours designed by Ben Kim are tailor-made to fit each client, reflecting that tour group or individual's unique interests and expectations. I am dedicated to designing an exceptional tour for every group and individuals. I offer 10passenger seater luxury mini van for airport transfer service.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars JC H.

Ben made our trip memorable. He brought us to many nice place for meals. We had a great time.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Sample Itinerary for Day Tour of Seoul

09:00 Pick up from your hotel

10:00 Yoeido Island(Manhattan of Seoul) tour(Nonstoping)

National Parliament, Broadcasting stations,

Financial complex, Yoeido park,

10:30 63city Observatory

12:00 Lunch

13:30 Seoul History Museum

15:00 Changdeokgung Palace

16:30 Bukchon Hanok Village

17:30 Insadong souvenir street market

18:00 Dinner

19:00 Myeongdong Night street

20:00 End of tour

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Busan Cruise Shore Excursion Full Package Tour Price Per Group 580.00 USD
Busan tour from Seoul by KTX bullet train Price Per Person 360.00 USD
DMZ Tour with private vehicle from Seoul Price Per Person 90.00 USD
Seoul City Tour - Top Tourist Attractions Price Per Person 55.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

Seoul sightseeing tours

Seoul city tours personalized

Seoul travel tours for your needs

Seoul tour guide general services

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars JC H. 04 Nov 2018

Ben made our trip memorable. He brought us to many nice place for meals. We had a great time.

5 stars Don M. 30 Sep 2018

BEN was excellent! I would highly recommend him to anyone visiting Seoul. I spent the whole day with him and learned a lot, as his English was proficient and he was very personable. I have a much greater knowledge of the Korean War, the conflict as it exists 67 years later, and how it all relates to today’s talks between the leaders of the major 3 countries involved. I will hope and pray for a final resolution to this difficult but extremely important situation for all 3 countries.

5 stars Hans-Joachim H. 12 Aug 2017

Ben is an excellent guide showing us around in Seoul for 4 days. Beside showing us the attractions of Seoul, he also gave us a lot of information on Korean history and culture. Ben is very friendly, flexibly adapting to our wishes and got along very well also with our 2 daughters. Ben made the four days in Seoul unforgettable for us.

5 stars Amy T. 01 Apr 2017

Ben is a great guy. He planned the full 8-day itinerary, covering Seoul, Jeju and Sokcho. He took care of our interest in history, culture, adventure and good authentic Korean cuisine. He accommodated to our pace and interest very well. He is conversant in English. He drives safely and responsibly. We felt like we have become friends after spending 8 days together!

5 stars Yung K. 18 Mar 2017

We highly recommend Ben. As a family of 7, we had a fantastic time. We gave Ben a list of sites and left the final itinerary to him. He served as our guide/driver for nearly a week and had great punctuality, affability, knowledge of tradition and history, and flexibility. He took us to unexpected places that even locals were not familiar with, was able to secure a large vehicle upon request, as a great driver, and was highly accommodating when our plans changed unexpectedly. We give him an A+

5 stars JOSEPH K. 05 Jan 2017

Ben escorted us to the DMZ, the War Museum and the Gyeongbok Palace on a chilly one-day tour in Seoul. Ben drove us everywhere and was extremely well informed and helpful. He briefed us on Seoul’s history and made suggestions about where to get the best deal on a new Samsung cellphone. One of the best private guides we have found on Viator. Highly recommend him!

5 stars Monica L. 03 Jan 2017

Our party of 4 had a great one day trip with Ben to Pyeongchang ice fishing festival and Yongpyung ski resort on 2nd Jan.

Ben is a nice pleasant guide, friendly and a good and careful driver. Very informative and good English.

He arranged a very interesting local korean lunch and went out to meet our request to go see the Pyeongchang ice fishing festival.

Thank you, Ben, we will definitely recommend you to our friends when they visit Seoul.

Warmest rgds,

M Chan and family. (Jan 2017)

5 stars Leong W. C. 29 Oct 2016

Tk u, Ben Kim for a lovely time in East Korea this Oct/Nov. We are very privileged to have u. You are accommodating, easy-going, cheerful and generous, a wonderful companion. Your suggestions of accommodation, places of interest and food choices were superb. If we were to travel to South Korea again, we will definitely seek u out n would not hesitate to recommend you to our friends.

Tk u, Ben for a pleasant time. Wishing u the best in your future endeavors.

June n Woon Chun

5 stars Stanley S. 27 Aug 2016

Ben is very good on planning our trip and guiding us. I spent 5 days with him in Seoul and Busan. He is a nice person and he speaks English well, so there is no problem on our communication. He drives very safely and that is very important especially for driving over 5 hours from Seoul to Busan.

And he knows the 2 cities well and can bring us to the places we want to go.

I can recommend Ben to any visitor coming to Seoul or Busan who is looking for a good tour guide.

5 stars Yin Y. K. 06 Jul 2016

Had one day tour with Ben in Seoul. He managed to bring us to all places of our interest with good time management. He is very nice and polite, very knowledgable and informative with regards to history of Korea. Furthermore, he speaks excellent English so communication is not a problem at all especially in Korea. Thanks to Ben!

5 stars Benedicta S. 05 Jul 2016

My family spent two days with Ben Kim in Jeju Island. It was such an amazing experience, thanks to Mr. Kim. He is such a nice person and fun to be with. He's very reliable and informative. Mr. Kim also gets along with all of us really well in a short time. Five stars for Ben Kim!

5 stars Rob P. 14 Jun 2016

Our full day with Ben Kim on Jeju Island was one of the highlights of our trip to Korea, due to Ben's meticulous planning and enjoyable demeanor. He was punctual in picking us up, eager to educate us on the history of the sites we visited, and friendly to adults and kids alike. Unlike many tour guides, Ben hiked the paths with us rather than just waiting at the base of the hike. We credit Ben with providing a wonderful tour of beautiful Jeju island and would highly recommend him! Thank you Ben!

5 stars basem A. 16 May 2016

5 stars Marie B. 07 Apr 2016

Late review. I've been very busy since I came back. Ben did a good job showing us around. He was very understanding to our needs. Thanks Ben.

5 stars Alice T. 27 Mar 2016

Thank you so much to Ben for his wonderful guiding and fellowship. We appreciate his patience and flexibility in dealings with our group. Where good Korean food is concerned, Ben knows where to eat. We now have an unforgettable tastes and experiences of Korean foods, market places and beautiful sights and sceneries, particularly the cherry blossoms and rapeseed field!

5 stars Djai 12 Mar 2016

Ben is great guide, a very nice person. I had a wonderful day in Seoul, learned more about the culture, history. Had good food and Ben also was a great help in shopping. I recommend Ben highly, he is knowledgeable and will help to make the itinerary according to your interests. I only had one day to do sightseeing, and thanks to Ben I saw a lot.

5 stars Isabell N. 02 Sep 2015

Ben did a great job of customizing a tour for me to see Seoul in a day. He was accommodating of my requests and I enjoyed my tour with him.

5 stars Tamara E. 19 May 2015

Ben Kim was simply outstanding in every regard: timely pickup at the hotel and punctual conclusion of our half-day tour to some destinations in Seoul which I had requested to see in advance of this private tout. Mr. Kim speaks excellent English, knows the history and culture of Korea very well, loves his heritage, and enjoys answering questions and engaging in discussions. Furthermore he proved to be sensitive to my own interests and enriched my experience at every step. First rate!

5 stars Gordon S. 27 Apr 2015

Ben did a great job of providing a customized walking tour of a few of the major highlights of Seoul during our limited stop-over there. He arranged an evening tour to show us the modern and cultural aspects of the city including a great Korean bbq supper at a local restaurant and then the next morning the tour was focused on the historical aspects of Korea. We came away with a great impression of Korea - it's culture, history and people.

5 stars Jade K. 03 Apr 2015

Ben made our stay in seoul fun and enjoyable. He is polite, friendly and knowledgeable which made us appreciate the history and fast developments

in korea. My grandma was also happy and thankful to him. Highly recommended as a tour guide.

5 stars Josephine F. 13 Mar 2015

Ben is friendly and knowledgeable. He took us to the places that we wanted to go. He also brought us to eat good food. I will hire Ben again if i go Seoul.

5 stars kuysim N. 06 Jan 2015

I Enjoyed every Moment of my Tour with Ben. Definately recommend him to anyone considering a tour guide of Seoul. Reliable, trustworthy and informative. Thank you again for a great day out!

5 stars Chorh H. S. 10 Nov 2014

Ben was fantastic. Ben was very knowledgeable with Korea history. He was keen to show us local culture, places to visit and food. He was very polite and my parents were very please with him. I am happy to visit him again when I visit South Korea next.

5 stars James Z. 19 Oct 2014

Book with Ben - you will not regret it!!! My 16 year old daughter and I spent a great day with with Ben Kim in Seoul. He planned an excellent day and made sure we optimized our time to see so many key sights and areas. Highlights of the day - Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Insadong and we were even able to attend a church service at Ben's personal church with him on Sunday - amazing. Thanks Ben for an a great day that my daughter and I will not forget. Jim

5 stars Erik V. S. 08 Oct 2014

The DMZ tour although maybe tacky touristy is definitely a better tour when using a guide like Ben Kim

He led us expertly from place to place and answered question when asked

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much for your nice review. Emailed you with a link for the video which was taken during your tour. Hope you like the video and enjoy it!

5 stars Svetlana Z. 05 Oct 2014

We had a whole day Seoul tour with Ben on October 5, 2014. He was wonderful. He met us promptly in Seoul port and spend the whole day with us showing all Seoul highlights. He is very knowledgeable, he told us a lot about Korea’s history and current life. The tour’s highlight point was when Ben took us to enjoy the view of Seoul from the top of the one of the tallest building. I would give him AAA (triple A) rating as the best guide and would recommend his service to everyone. Chicago tourists

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much for the nice rating. Posted the video on Youtube. Sent you the link of course so pls check that out and get back to me as you find it.Many thanks again.

5 stars METE Y. 16 Jun 2014

Ben is very well-informed guide about too many subjects of Seoul also friendly. He took me very interesting places which are not only touristic. I have informed him before which places should i visit about my bussiness and He prepared before my coming and we didnt lose any time. Thank you Ben. I hope see you again. I enjoyed too much in Seoul.

5 stars Mari K. R. 30 May 2014

Ben was an absolute joy. He engaged everyone from my mother to my young children. Very knowledgable. Matched the pace of the tour to our energy level. Tailored the tour sites to match our personal interests. Had a wonderful time. Would highly recommend.

5 stars telidis M. 28 May 2014

I WAS IN SEOUL ON A BUSINESS TRIP AND URGENTLY NEEDED A GUIDE TO HELP ME.

I WAS EXTREMELY LUCKY , LAST MINUTE TO FIND BEN. HE MAKES THE DEFERENCE TO MAKE MY TRIP A SUCCESS !!!! HE WAS EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED AND DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB HELPING ME TO ACHIEVE ALL MY GOALS. THANKS BEN !!!! SEE YOU AGAIN SOON !!!!

5 stars Patricia T. 08 Apr 2014

Amazing tour! Would highly recommend and use again for future trips to South Korea. Used Ben to plan local walking tour and tours to other parts of S. Korea. I was extremely pleased with his guidance on each of them. I did not feel like just another customer. I felt like I was working with a friend who genuinely listened to my questions and concerns, and then quickly acted to arrange things as requested or improve upon my initial plans with his more expert knowledge. Thank you so much!!!!

4 stars John G. 10 Aug 2015

Ben was a good hike guide. He was flexible with a change to an easier mountain for our 9 year old. Pretty good English and very informative.

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