Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace And Seoul Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    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.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This small group journey will start with Jogyesa, the center ofBuddhism 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 theGwanghwamun Gate to see royal guard changing ceremony. After watching the ceremony, you can explore Gyeongbokgung palace.Then you will see theNational Folk Museum where you cansee how people lived a few centuries ago,theChangdeokgung Palace that listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage andInsadong, a famous antique alley that is popular with antique shops, handmade crafts. Finally after a long day, you will seeNamdaemun, the main gate of a Seoul. This is a full day packed with a lot of information on Seoul and the Korean traditions.

Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Vegetarian meal option available

Know More about this tour

From your hotel, you will start your travel in a comfortable vehicle. Youll 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 called the northern palace. It 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.Then, you can visit the Korean Amethyst shop or the Korean Cosmetic duty-free shop for some free time shopping.

For the last part of the tour, you will move to Namdaemun (also known as Soongryemun) whichwas built in 1396 by King Taejos 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, thetour will conclude at your hotel where you were picked up in the morning.

Please note:

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

OnTuesdays, the Gyeongbokgung palace and National Folklore museum are closed, andyou will go to Deoksugung palace and The Presidential Blue House Museum instead.

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off in Seoul

Local guide

Lunch

Driver/Guide

Bottled water

Entry/Admission - Seoul N Tour - Day Tours

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 06-Feb-2020

    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.

  • 18-Nov-2019

    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!

  • 26-Jul-2019

    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.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    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.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    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.

  • 03-Jul-2019

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

  • 03-Jul-2019

    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.

  • 13-May-2019

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

  • 06-May-2019

    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.

  • 15-Apr-2019

    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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