Korean Palace And Market Tour In Seoul Including Insadong And Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Key Details

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  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 8 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Seoul, South Korea
    Traveler pickup is offered
    If you cannot see your hotel information, please let your hotel information
    Then, the tour operator will arrange the meeting place.
  • 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

Spend a full day discovering the beautiful architecture and landscape of Seoul while learning about its history, culture and traditions. With your guide, visit two grand palaces, including UNESCO World Heritage-listed Changdeokgung Palace; learn about traditional lifestyles at a museum; and explore bustling local markets by foot.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach

Know More about this tour

After pickup from your Seoul hotel in the morning, travel by air-conditioned coach past the Blue House, the residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea.

Your first stop is Gyeongbokgung palace, constructed in 1395. Because much of this royal palace was destroyed during the Japanese occupation, there are many restoration projects underway. With your guide, marvel at the grandeur of the original and new portions.

Inside, visit the National Folklore Museum, whose historical replicas illustrate traditional Korea. Browse the extensive artifacts to learn 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 of traditional palace buildings, forested gardens and a Statue of king sejong the Great is home to the Seoul museum of history, where youll discover Seoul's traditional culture as you browse the exhibits with your guide.)

Next up is Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Admire the lovely locust and baeksong trees lining the entrance and enter the main temple, dating back 500 years, to see the statue of Seokgamoni, the historic Buddha at the moment of enlightenment before stopping by a Ginseng Center.

At midday, you'll enjoy a tasty Korean lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Changdeokgung palace, a perfectly preserved palace from the Joseon Dynasty. As you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, discover the grand pavilions, massive gate, several halls and the Geumcheongyo Bridge the oldest bridge in Seoul. At the Huwon (Rear Garden), marvel at the beautiful landscape of lotus ponds, lush lawns, trees and flowers.

(Please note that on Mondays, youll visit Changgyeonggung Palace instead. It is another one of the Five Grand Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty, featuring incredible ancient structures.)

Head next to the Insadong Antique Alley in central Seoul . With your guide, wander down alleys to browse traditional Korean restaurants, teahouses and galleries full of antique artifacts and local artwork. Afterward, stop by the Duty Free Shop before heading to Namdaemun.

Finish your tour at Namdaemun market, the largest traditional market in Korea, opened in 1964. with various goods in store. You can find great bargains here and snatch up the perfect souvenir to remind you of your trip to Korea! Youll then be taken back to your hotel.

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Professional guide

Air-conditioned vehicle

Lunch

Entry/Admission - Changdeokgung Palace

Entry/Admission - Gyeongbokgung Palace

Entry/Admission - Global Village Folklore Museum

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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  • 17-Feb-2020

    All the attractions and places we visited were incredible and our tour guide was so cute and sweet. Definitely recommend this tour.

  • 13-Sep-2018

    THe tour was really informative and well paced, no rushing at all, the food was ok, the guide was amazing and energetic

  • 26-Jun-2018

    Our tour guide Yoanni, or whatever her name was, was very overwhelming and always got upset if anyone stayed behind taking pictures. I personally felt rushed and didnt get as much from from the tour as I would have liked. Also, we visited TWO stores that were a HUGE waste of time! I didnt pay to go on this tour so I could have sellers trying to get more of my money, it was ridiculous. So much time wasted doing this! Ive done tours with all over the world and this one has to be the worst one. Waste of money!

  • 01-May-2018

    A good tour, well paced and covers a nice diversity of sites. Enough time to see things without being rushed but not so much that it feels like you are lingering when you could be moving on. The chance to wander the street markets was good too. Our guide spoke well and was informative.

  • 21-Mar-2018

    Average experience only ...

  • 13-Dec-2017

    good basic overview but the afternoon markets are a waste so I would find a different tour

  • 13-Dec-2017

    My husband and I are not fans of museums and places so we chose this tour for the obligatory been-there-done-that experience. It was surprisingly fun and interesting. Tour guide Sonia from Holiday Tours and Travel was fantastic.

    Highly recommend this tour - a great all-in-one!

  • 04-Dec-2017

    Great tour. Value for money. Excellent guides.

  • 11-Sep-2017

    This was a very pleasant tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide... most appreciated!

  • 04-Aug-2017

    loved it :

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