Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces And Villages Of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We provide hotel pick up only in Seoul area.
    If you put your hotel information, the tour operator will give the pick up time with exact meeting time. You MUST get the.. read more
  • 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 immersive experience in Seoul will give you an in-depth look at traditional Korean culture. With your knowledgeable guide, wander through grand palaces, learn about the history of Korea from ancient times to today and witness age-old customs come to life at a folk village. A Korean lunch and comfortable coach transport is included.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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Begin your morning with pickup from your Seoul hotel and then drive by air-conditioned coach past Blue House, the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea. Your guide will remark on the traditional Korean architectural style of this stately residence.

Your first stop is Gyeongbokgung palace, a royal palace constructed in 1395. Because much of it was destroyed during the Japanese occupation, there has been a large effort to restore it to its original condition. With your guide, marvel at the grandeur of the preserved portions and the restorations.

Here, visit the National Folklore Museum, which uses replicas to illustrate the history of traditional life of Korean people. Browse the numerous exhibitions more than 90,000 artifacts conveying what life has been like for Koreans from ancient times to the 20th century. Youll also learn about the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture.

(Please note that Gyeongbokgung palace is closed on Tuesdays, in which case youll visit Deoksugung palace instead. This walled compound with traditional palace buildings, forested gardens and a Statue of king sejong the Great is home to the Seoul museum of history, where you'll discover Seoul's traditional culture as you navigate the exhibits with your guide.)

Next, tour Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Outside, admire the lovely locust and baeksong trees lining the entrance. Enter the Daeungjeon, the main temple building dating back 500 years, and see the statue of Seokgamoni, the historic Buddha at the moment of enlightenment.

Then, you'll get a chance to take a look at the Korean Ginseng Center beforeenjoying a tasty Korean lunch at a local restaurant. Youll then spend your afternoon exploring the Korean Folk Village, a living museum that displays elements of traditional Korean life and folk culture. You'll get the unique opportunity to watch well-preserved customs such as pottery making, basket weaving and the hand-making of winnows, musical instruments, embroidery and bamboo, wood and brass wares.

After this incredible immersive experience, youll be taken back to your Seoul hotel.

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Professional guide

Air-conditioned vehicle

Lunch

Entry/Admission - Gyeongbokgung Palace

Entry/Admission - The National Folk Museum of Korea

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Traveler Reviews

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  • 03-Oct-2017

    This was a really great tour with very knowledgeable tour guides. The only portions which I didn't care for was the Ginseng Center and Red Pine presentations.

  • 05-May-2017

    I joined the tour ith two lovely tourist guides Sunny and Winnie, who are both excellent at English. I got a lot of useful information regarding Korean culture thanks to them. I was lucky to have Winnie in two tours, this one and Nami island one. She is so cute and lovely. I travelled alone, Winnie knew it, so she took a good care of me, accompanying me and taking photos for me. Her knowledge of Korean history and culture is excellent and she is well capable of delivering it to us. My Korean trip was memorable thanks to her. I would have no hesitation to recommend Winnie and the tour.

    Lovely Winnie, if you can read it, just know that I really love you. :D
    From your Vietnamese girl

  • 25-Feb-2017

    great way to start discovering Korean culture and tradition! we loved everything on this tour. lunch at Korean traditional restaurant was great experience!

  • 30-Oct-2016

    This was a two-part tour with the morning City tour with one guide and the afternoon Korean Folk Village tour with another.
    The morning tour and guide were OK, although far from outstanding. A rather rushed affair literally sprinting after the guide.
    There was, however, PLENTY of time for the compulsory Ginseng outlet stop for purchasing everything ginseng.

    The guide for the afternoon Folk Village was simply awful. I finally told him that he should get off his smart phone and pay attention to his guests. There were only 5 of us on the tour, and the guide seemed far more interested in his cell phone than in his paying customers. Really insulting to us.

  • 28-Aug-2016

    great

  • 28-Aug-2016

    great

  • 25-Jul-2016

    We thought this a very good tour to give an overall view of Seoul both present and past. We were lucky that the rain held off until after the changing of the guard which is a do not miss. Our guide was very informative and easy to follow.

  • 20-Jul-2016

    I signed up for a full-day tour of Seoul, and received less than 3 hours of actual guided touring, some of which was in very limited/poor English.

    I was picked up at 8:40 from my hotel, and the tour bus made it to the first site at 9:30. My morning tour guide was very knowledgeable, so you could get information if you asked a lot of questions, but information wasn't just provided automatically. In the cultural museum, we stopped so she could give us a quick overview of the history of Korea, and then sped through the rest of the exhibit didn't stop walking fairly quickly again until we hit a mandatory bathroom stop. It was raining, so I would have thought we could spend a little more time in the museum to make up for moving more quickly through the outdoor parts of the tour, but we only went to one exhibit, and spend about 15 minutes in the museum.
    By 11:00 we were at the amethyst factory - my advice is to stop at the cute little local cafe next to the amethyst shop and get some coffee and chat with the barista rather than do some forced shopping no one on our tour bought anything. We made it to lunch by 11:30 and they quickly banged out some basic Korean food - it was decent.
    After lunch things got much worse. Two of my fellow tourists and I got into a van with ?Brian? to go to the villages. We started driving at 1 and made it to the villages at 2. From about 2:15 - 2:45 I pestered Brian with constant questions that he often didn't understand due to limited English. After that half hour, he told us the tour part was over and to meet up at 3:30 to leave. I was stunned. I'm a curious person, so I'd been very excited to have someone to answer my questions so that I didn't have to puzzle over the signs - but the signs actually knew more than Brian.
    Finally, I was dropped back at my hotel around 5:30 traffic, except...it wasn't my hotel. Brian had confused which location was my hotel, and before I could correct him, he was gone and I was stuck.

  • 17-Jul-2016

    The tour was what I expected, it was very interesting and the guide was very knowledgeable. We had a good lunch in a picturesque Korean restaurant.

  • 14-Jul-2016

    The first guide was soft and couldn't hear. She needed that speaker thing on their neck. The 2nd one was good. Rushed us but stayed at a Ginseng place for 45 minutes. Wasted our time.

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