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Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour

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$76.93

This small group journey will start with Jogyesa, the center of Buddhism in Seoul where you can see locust trees and baeksong trees in front of Jogyesa temple. Afterward, you will move to the presidential blue house that symbol of Cheongwadae with blue tiles and the Gwanghwamun Gate to see royal guard changing ceremony. After watching the ceremony, you can explore Gyeongbokgung Palace. Then you will see the National Folk Museum where you can see how people lived a few centuries ago, the Changdeokgung Palace that listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and Insadong, a famous antique alley that is popular with antique shops, handmade crafts. Finally after a long day, you will see Namdaemun, the main gate of a Seoul. This is a full day packed with a lot of information on Seoul and the Korean traditions.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Royal guard changing ceremony might be cancelled due to weather conditions
- On Mondays, Changdeokgung Palace is closed and you will go to Bukchon traditional Hanok Village instead
- On Tuesdays, the Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folklore museum are closed and you will go to Deoksugung Palace and The Presidential Blue House Museum instead
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

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

From your hotel or subway station, you will start your travel in a comfortable vehicle.

You’ll arrive at the Jogyesa temple, a quiet and calm place, located in Jongno. The irony is that the temple located in a very crowded street, but inside the temple is serene and beautiful.

 

Next, you will have the chance to visit the presidential blue house is known by the symbolic blue tiles. The building shows the true beauty of Korea with Mt Bukak peeking behind it.

Then, you will move onto the next place called Gwanghwamun to watch the royal guard changing ceremony. It is a ceremony to announce changing of the royal guards, as well as to clarify the guards' identities.

Then, you will head toward Gyeongbokgung where was a main palace and the most beautiful palace during the Joseon dynasty.

After seeing the Gyeongbokgung Palace, you will visit the Korean Ginseng Center to look around before having a lunch of local food and move on to the Changdeokgung Palace.

The Changdeokgung Palace is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1997 for its beautiful appearance. It is a residence for the kings and queens with rear garden pavilion.

After seeing how the royals lived, you will move onward to Insadong to see and experience the traditional culture of Korea like a Korean tea house and maybe try buying something in this famous antique alley.

For the last part of the tour, you will move to Namdaemun (also known as Soongryemun) which was built in 1396 by King Taejo’s reign. Now, Namdaemun is listed as Korea's most important National Treasure.

You will also visit Namdaemun Market near Namdaemun and look around this famous traditional market. 

After your long day, the tour will conclude at your hotel where you were picked up in the morning. 

Please note:

1. On Mondays, Changdeokgung Palace is closed, and you will go to Bukchon traditional Hanok Village instead.

2. On Tuesdays, the Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folklore museum are closed, and you will go to Deoksugung Palace and The Presidential Blue House Museum instead.

Duration: 2 hours

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

Insadong is a place of traditional culture near Gyeongbok palace. Insadong was famous since the Joseon dynasty for having lots of antique shops. Today Insadong is popular among tourists for having lots of traditional tea houses, antique shops, traditional handcraft shops, and lots of other shops.

Insa-dong is especially popular with foreign tourists. This is where they can experience and see traditional Korean culture firsthand, and also purchase pieces of fine art. On the street you can see many foreigners lost in all the joyous festivities of the street. Insadong is a place of traditional culture.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Changdeokgung Palace, 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03072 South Korea

It is famous for its beautiful feature. It is recorded as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1997 for having its beautiful appearance of that time.

Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbokgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many of the Joseon kings and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces.

The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden.

Known as a place of rest for the kings, the rear garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Jogyesa Temple, 45 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-170 South Korea

Jogyesa Buddhist Temple is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea, and is famous for being located in the city.

From the busy streets of Jongno, follow the road towards Anguk Subway Station, and you will see Jogyesa Temple.

The first things you will notice at the temple are the lovely trees. These locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon, the main temple building, are about 500 years old.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Namdaemun Market, 21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04529 South Korea

Soongryemun (Namdaemun) is a main gate of former Seoul fortress in Joseon dynasty. It is commonly called as Namdaemun.

The gate was built in 1396, in King Taejo's reign. And it was reconstructed in 1447 by king Sejong and in 1479 by king Seongjong.

In 2006 the Seoul city opened the passage to the gate to public. The gate is now listed as Korea's national treasure #1. But in February 10th 2008, the gate was all burnt away by arsonist and the wooden gate was all burnt away by that accident.

The Cultural Heritage Administration has announced to rebuild the gate similarly to its original appearance. The rebuilding was done by early in 2013.

Duration: 1 minute

Departure:

Departure point:

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up is provided at most hotels in Central Seoul and subway stations.

Please provide us with the name & full address of your accommodation in Seoul.

Departure time:

9:00 AM

Duration:

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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PEPPER

Mr Kim was a excellent guide, leant a lot about the history of South Korea.
The palaces were beautiful and the the market was amazing!
Would highly recommend this tour,good value for the money.

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Whitney J

Fantastic tour with Jake visiting the royal palace, several markets, temples and a delicious lunch. We only had two days in the city and this tour was worth it!

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Kristie B

This was a fast-paced, educational tour. Our guide Kim was very knowledgeable with a good sense of humor! We pretty much stayed on schedule with the detailed itinerary listed on the website. The driver was nice enough to pick us up at our Airbnb in the morning and dropped us off in the late afternoon. Only difference was we had the choice of going to the Bukchon Hanok Village instead of the Changdeokgoong Palace. Good traditional Korean meal for lunch. This is a great way to see and learn about key historical sites in Seoul if you don’t have a lot of days to fully explore Seoul.

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Noah G

Erin is a wonderful tour guide. She was very informative and friendly with us. We lucked out as a family when we found out that it’d just be us on tour. It was already suppose to be a small tour, but this worked out even better. They had lots of room in the van, it had great climate control to deal with the weather and they had room for our packable stroller and baby bag. This was the first tour we’ve done with our baby and it was a success! It’s all thanks to Erin making it plausible, comfortable, and fun. I’d recommend this for any family looking to see some must see sites in Seoul.

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Nicholas D

Jake was our guide, and we were lucky enough to be the only 2 participants. He ensured we had a great experience, and tailored the day to us and our interests.

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aidamalacca

Erin our tour guide made our trip enjoyable with information about the places of interest. She was very helpful and sweet. It was lovely

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Howard G

The tour was good. Our guide, Jake, was well informed. However, once he was through with his spiel, there was silence. The conversation was between the quests and not the guide and the guest. We felt rushed during lunch so that we could get to Insadong-gil St and the shopping. Overall, the tour was informative and well worth the value paid.

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John K

We were a little disappointed in the tour. The visit to the palace and temple in the morning was interesting enough but then we were taken off to a ginseng shop (not on itinerary) where there was quite a hard sell. We did not purchase! Afternoon visit much like the morning. Half day would have sufficed.

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Akua N

This was a good tour. The guide was knowledgeable and helpful in understanding the history and various sites; it was a little difficult to understand his English at times but he was happy to repeat or rephrase. The sites themselves were fine; honestly if you have seen one palace before they don't really vary too much in construction.The history and tidbits he provided were great but there wasn't really anything truly spectacular on the tour however we knew the itinerary ahead of time so not much of a surprise.

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Possum

Small group tour. Unfortunately the weather wasn't kind for our day tour but got to see all thevsceduked sights


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Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Overview:

This small group journey will start with Jogyesa, the center of Buddhism in Seoul where you can see locust trees and baeksong trees in front of Jogyesa temple. Afterward, you will move to the presidential blue house that symbol of Cheongwadae with blue tiles and the Gwanghwamun Gate to see royal guard changing ceremony. After watching the ceremony, you can explore Gyeongbokgung Palace. Then you will see the National Folk Museum where you can see how people lived a few centuries ago, the Changdeokgung Palace that listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and Insadong, a famous antique alley that is popular with antique shops, handmade crafts. Finally after a long day, you will see Namdaemun, the main gate of a Seoul. This is a full day packed with a lot of information on Seoul and the Korean traditions.

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$76.93

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