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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, Gyeongbok Palace is closed and will be replaced to Deoksu 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 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

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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:

Departure point:

Traveler pickup is offered
* 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 staton.
* The exact pick-up time will be informed by 19:00 p.m. a day before your tour date.

Departure time:

9:00 AM

Duration:

7 to 8 hours

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Terms and Conditions:

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


Reviews:

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MARIA M

Our tour guide Annie is very knowledgeable, helpful and organized. I recommend this tour. I love it bec. she included the part of Korean traditional clothes dress up in Insandong for us and we she took a group picture for us. Thank you, Annie . You made our Seoul experience worthwhile.

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Desiree M

We found our tour guide to be very nice and very knowledgeable. We were very happy we had chosen this tour as we had a short stay and this covered many attractions.

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Dr Mary M

Quite unexpectedly we were first taken to a Korean costume shop where all of us chose what Korean outfit we wanted to wear and then the staff helped us into the outfits and did our hair. We then went to the Palace all dressed up and many people took our photo. I would never have done this type of activity normally but it was such great fun. The whole day was wonderful and I strongly suggest everyone considers this type of tour

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Vanessa C

Such a good intro tour to learning about the what Seoul has to offer! Seoul is so big and can get overwhelming looking for places but this shows you the highlights. Our tour guide was great.

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Marzia C

Very nice and organised tour. You can get a lot from the culture and traditions. I would absolutely suggest it. The guide was very nice and competent

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Drew B

We had a fantastic day with Jessica, from the moment she picked us up in the hotel lobby (early and with a smile) to when she dropped us off! Her English was great, she clearly explained everything we were doing, set an agenda, and told us every detail throughout the tour. Dressing up in the traditional Hanbok outfits sounds silly, but what a highlight of the trip! She is a 5 star tour guide and highly recommend this tour for anyone. We had a small group of 13 people, all English speakers.

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Mel B

This tour was terrific. June, our tour guide, was wonderful and not only extremely knowledgeable about the places we visited on the tour but was also able to provide a lot of insight and information that came in handy for the rest of my stay in Seoul. I highly recommend taking this tour on the first full day you have in Seoul as it is a great way to get your bearings in the city as well as giving you a framework for the other things you'd like to see whilst staying there. Definitely money well spent. If you do end up having June as your guide make sure she tells you her chocolate story, gives you some tips on what K Beauty products to buy and tell her that Mel from New Zealand says "Annyeonghaseyo". :D

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Saba

The tour was very interesting and the guide, Cindy, was very nice to all the participants, taking care to all the needs!

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Abhi S

Great host, comfortable logistics and very friendly group. All popular locations visited, enough time for photos too.

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ROGER T

It was chucking it down with rain so it was never going to be easy. Started badly when I received a call 45 mins after pick up asking where I was. Guide was at a different Lotte hotel. If there was more than one why didn’t you check? How was I suppose to know? Guide contacted me night before but that was only to sell me lunch which turned out to be the most important aspect of the trip. Should have checked hotel then. Was finally picked up 1 hour 45 mins late and missed the first place visited. That said, Cindy was a very nice lady, eager to please and took trouble to take and send on photos. The costume dressing up was quite entertaining but not the best use of one day to see Seoul. There were plenty of good places we could have
gone to. So very bad start which could easily have been avoided. Not the greatest city tour and I’ve been on a few.


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Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour
Overview:

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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$95

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