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Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour

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Visit some of Seoul's most famous attractions during this 8.5-hour guided tour. Visit Jogye Temple, pass by The Blue House, Gyeongbok Palace, Insadong, Bukchon Hanok Village, Bugak Skyway, and Myeongdong with no more than 15 people for a personalized, small-group experience.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Infants must sit on laps
- On Tuesdays, Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed and will be replaced to Deoksu Palace or Changdeokgung Palace.
- On Sundays, Bukchon Hanok Village is replaced to Namsan Hanok Village.
- This tour requires a lot of walking. and some places have uneven surfaces for wheelchair users.
- The tour schedule can be adjusted depending on the circumstance of tour site, weather, and traffic
- The sequence of attractions in the itinerary can be changed without prior notice
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- DMZ admission fee is included only for the Tour Option 2
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers


This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Gyeongbokgung Palace, 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea

Start off your journey at Gyeongbokgung Palace (on Tuesdays it is replaced by Deoksugung Palace or Changdeokgung Palace). the Changing of the Royal Guard Ceremony will welcome you at the main entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Observe the ceremony and then, explore the Palace! Your knowledgeable tour guide will take you to major parts of the Palace with secret stories about the Palace and Joseon Dynasty that you would have never heard of before. If the weather allows you will enter the Palace, wearing Korean traditional costume, Hanbok and take life shots.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Jogyesa, 55 Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

begin your tour with a visit to Jogye Temple, famous for its beautiful lotus lanterns hanging from the ceilings. Jogye-sa is one of the largest and most important temples in Seoul. Here you will see how locals pray in front of Buddha and meditate.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Insadong, Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea

Stop at Insadong to enjoy lunch, an area filled with old streets and shops. Walk through the beautiful alleys lined with handicrafts shops and street food stalls. This is the best place to purchase souvenirs and gifts. If the weather is raining your guide will take you to one of the most famous hanbok shops in Seoul, where you can try on hanbok and take pictures in the studio

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Bukchon Hanok Village, 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03059 South Korea

Bukchon Hanok Village maybe South Korea's best kept secret. Bukchon has become a favorite attraction of Korea's trend-conscious youth and tourists. The real charm of Bukchon lies in its tiny alley, which wind and twist between its age-old, still-lived in hanoks.

Duration: 50 minutes

Pass By: The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae), 1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-820 South Korea

Cheongwadae, also known as the Blue House is the Korean Presidential residence. On the way up to the Bugak Skyway, you will pass by this Presidential Blue House with your guide's explanation.

Stop At: Bugak Skyway, San 6-94, Pyeongchang-dong, Jongno-gu,, Seoul South Korea

Then, admire panoramic views over Seoul from Palgakjeong, a huge gazebo on Bugak Mountain. Bugak Skyway has been known as the beautiful driving route in Korea. Palgakjeong is located at an elevation of 342m, allowing visitors to appreciate not only the beauty of mother nature but also a panoramic view of the whole city of Seoul.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Myeongdong Shopping Street, Jung-gu, Seoul South Korea

our day will end with free time at Myeongdong shopping area. This bustling district is packed with people at all hours enjoying shopping, street food and nightlife. You can buy trendy beauty products and try local street food such as hotteok (sweet pancakes with honey), skewered fish cakes, gimbap (a seaweed rice roll), and more. Choose to stay at Myeongdong or enjoy the drop off back at your hotel. 

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: DMZ, Munsan-eup, Majeong-ri Imjingak Tourist information center, Paju, Gyeonggi-do South Korea

If you select a tour option of Afternoon DMZ tour, please leave a message on your booking or email when you want to have this tour.

Your tour starts with pick-up at your hotel in downtown Seoul. Firstly, your driver will take you to Imjigak Park in comfort, which is located one-hour distance from Seoul. After the visit of Imjingak Park, you will pass through the Unification Bridge, which is the first door to DMZ. Don't forget to bring your passport because you need to gain a license to cross this Bridge. The highlight of this DMZ tour is the 3rd infiltration tunnel. Discovered in 1978, this tunnel was dug by the Northern army to invade the South. You will be stunned at how hostile the relations between the two Koreas were and witness the prime example of the South – North confrontation. On the Dora Observatory deck, do not miss on the chance to get a glimpse of North Korean village life. There is no where else in the South Korea where you can look at so close to the North Korea Then, head towards the Dorasan Station, a zone that strictly restrict general civilian access. This station has got international attention since the previous Korean President Kim Daejung and the American President George H.W. Bush visited.

Duration: 7 hours


Departure point:

Traveler pickup is offered
* We provide hotel pickup service only to customers who book by 4 p.m. a day before their tour dates. Customers who booked past 4 p.m. in Seoul time are kindly advised to come to Jogyesa temple by themselves and meet their tour guides right in front of entrance of the temple. (Hotel Drop off service will be provided)
* Hotel Pick-up service is provided only within Seoul area.
(If your hotel is located in Incheon, please contact us. we kindly advise to come to Central Seoul)
* If our customers are staying at airbnb or guesthouse, they may be picked up from the nearest subway station.
* pickup commences up to 1hour before the tour starting time. and exact pickup time will be emailed by 7:00 p.m. a day before tour date.

Departure time:

9:00 AM


7 to 8 hours



Terms and Conditions:

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Sandra K

I’ve been to Seoul before and I speak Korean because I am Korean but this was my boyfriend’s first time to Korea and I wanted to give him a tour that would include everything. He really liked this tour and had a great time seeing everything Seoul had to offer. Our guide was really good and thorough also.

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Bryan W

This was an excellent tour. The sites were interesting and the guide super enthusiastic. The tour was well worth the money.

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Athin S

Had a great time...Annie did a fantastic work of showing around Seoul in a day.
Covered most of the important attractions. Highly recommend.

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I had just one day to explore Seoul and on a hindsight I could not have chosen a better tour. Cindy was a fantastic guide and made the tour quite fun. I enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to others. Value for money.

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Annie was a super knowledgeable and nice guide! The tour included so many highlights of Seoul at a good pace. We loved being able to dress in traditional Hanbok clothing and do a photo shoot! Little focus on shopping on this tour, which is why we selected it. We can do that ourselves. There are alot of options for Seoul city tours, but I'd highly recommend this one!!

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Manuel H

The guide was very friendly and helpful, and the tour provides a very nice overview of all the most important highlights of Seoul.

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Colin C

If you are in Seoul and you would like to see all of the essential sites then this is the tour for you. Not only was it informative thanks to our Jessica our guide but fun too. We were allowed ample time to see what needed to be seen without eating into our time at the other attractions. We were delighted with our tour.

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Cara C

The tour was really good. It truly showed us the 'essentials' at a comfortable pace. Our guide was Suni, and she was lovely. I would have liked to hear even more history and stories from Suni -- I got the impression she had more to share. Comfortable bus, though we didn't spend too much time on it. I would recommend this tour to anyone who doesn't have a lot of time in Seoul. We only really had two days to explore the city, and I doubt we would have crammed as much in without this tour.

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Alan D

This tour takes you to/by many of Seoul's tourist highlights. We visited Jogye Temple; drove by the Blue House; walked through Gyeongbok Palace, Isadong and the Bukchon Hanok Village; and finished up Myeongdong.

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Tour was fine, guide was very enthusiastic and we saw a lot of stuff but her English was weak. Other then that tour was good


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Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour

Visit some of Seoul's most famous attractions during this 8.5-hour guided tour. Visit Jogye Temple, pass by The Blue House, Gyeongbok Palace, Insadong, Bukchon Hanok Village, Bugak Skyway, and Myeongdong with no more than 15 people for a personalized, small-group experience.

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