Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower And Namsangol Hanok Village

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Overview

Get an excellent overview of Seoul on this full-day sightseeing tour of the city's top attractions. With a guide, you'll visit Jogyesa Temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum, N Seoul Tower and Namsangol Hanok Village; watch the changing of the guard at Gwanghwamun Gate; and drive by the Blue House (Cheongwadae). Enjoy a Korean lunch in Insadong, and stop at a ginseng center and amethyst factory. You'll gain an understanding of Koreas culture and history as you explore the highlights of this bustling capital city.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lunch included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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After morning pickup from your hotel, travel by comfortable coach to your first stop of the day, Jogyesa Temple, the chief Buddhist temple in Korea and a calm sanctuary from the busy streets of Seoul.

Next, drive by the Blue House (Cheongwadae), home to the South Korean president. Located at the foot of Mt Bugaksan, the presidential complex exemplifies traditional Korean architecture.

Continue to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the primary residence of the royal family during the Joseon Dynasty. Constructed in the 14th century and the largest of the Five Grand Palaces, Gyeongbokgung is considered the most beautiful palace in Seoul. Walk around the compound with your guide to see traditional Joseon architecture, and keep your camera handy for the changing of the guard ceremony at Gwanghwamun Gate.

Within the compound, visit the National Folk Museum to learn about how people have lived in Korea from ancient times to today. Your guide shows you displays that demonstrate daily life for members of the aristocracy and ordinary citizens, including traditional farming and hunting techniques, weaving, cooking and other tasks.

Stop at the ginseng center to learn about the reputed medicinal uses of the sought-after plant, and then take a break for lunch in Insadong, a neighborhood known for its traditional tea houses and antique galleries. Relax over a nutritious plate of bibimbap (rice with vegetables and meat) or bulgogi (grilled marinated beef) at a restaurant, and then enjoy some time to shop for authentic Korean souvenirs at the array of small stores.

After lunch, head over to N Seoul Tower, which stands on Mt Namsan in central Seoul, and take the elevator up to the observation deck to enjoy panoramic views over the city. Then visit Namsangol Hanok Village, where your guide leads you on a walk around this model village that features five hanok (traditional Korean homes) from the Joseon Dynasty. The restored houses illustrate various social classes, from peasants to royalty. You can also admire the site's traditional Korean-style garden with an elegant pavilion and stream.

Finally, stop at an amethyst factory before your day tour ends with hotel drop-off.

Inclusions for Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower And Namsangol Hanok Village

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Admission fees to attractions mentioned

Exclusions for Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower And Namsangol Hanok Village

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

A moderate amount of walking is involved; it is recommended that you wear good walking shoes

Please note: On Tuesdays, Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum and Namsangol Hanok Village may be closed; if this is the case, you will visit Deoksu Palace, the History Museum and Myeongdong instead

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • The sights were beautiful and the guides were skilled and friendly, but our overall feeling was one of disappointment since a lot of time was spent on things that didn't had our interest and weren't mentioned up front:

    The tour was splitted in a morning and afternoon part, since the rest of our groups had booked different excursions which could be combined with ours. But both parts weren't connected that well, so after lunch we had more than an hour waiting/ free time until the afternoon tour started.

    And both, the morning and afternoon tour, had an additional stop planned to the tourist shops of the ginseng shop and the red pine shop. Those stops weren't mentioned up front and resulted in a little hurry at the highlight spots to fit into the program. To our opinion those shops are considered as tourist traps and since both stops took about an hour, for us it gave the feeling of some more wasted time. It should have been better if we knew about these additional stops in front, so we could have booked somewhere else.

    Btw: we'd booked another tour DMZ by the same agency and also this tour had an unmentioned long additional stop at the ginseng shop.

  • The tour is divided into 2 parts, morning and afternoon. During the morning tour, our guide as Daria, and she is very nice. We went to Jogyesa Temple and took a lot of pictures. And then we went to Gyeongbokgung Palace including the National Folk Museum and Ghwanghamun Gate. The palace is good, but not great, maybe I was expecting something a bit more exotic. And then we have lunch at Insadong, which is a great place for pictures and traditional arts and crafts shopping.
    During lunch, we were transferred to a new guide, Katie, who took us to North Seoul Tower and the traditional village. The tower is just another tower, a so so experience. While the traditional village is a good place to take a few pictures. Unfortunately, we were not given the time to rent a traditional clothing to maximize the picture taking.
    All in all, the tour is fine, but not great. I also realized during the tour that there is another full day tour but replaces the Tower with a visit to another palace. Maybe that will give a better experience.
    Note: if you take the tour in November like us, wear warm clothing, because it is very cold.

  • Great

  • A MUST visit when is Seoul. Lovely guided and well explained.

  • Great tour, great guide, great attraction selection. However, too much time spent in a Gingko shop and a Red Pine Oil shop, while some sightseeing was extremely rushed. The tour suffers from the need to take the tourist to these shopping facilities, where sales representatives are very pushy.

  • Had an amazing time! This was my first time back to Seoul since I was 8 years old. Our pretty tour guide Sonia, was friendly, fun, and knowledgeable. She spoke freely about any subject regarding Korea with surprisingly good English. Some may not like visiting any shops during the tour, but that's all part of the cultural experience. Learned a lot and so glad to have experienced it.

  • Our guide was very kind, friendly, and knowledgeable, we very much enjoyed the overall experience and would certainly strongly recommend it!

  • Our tour guide was not very informative. He talked about how he's an undercover military employee. If you were you definitely would not share that with others. He was not informative of the sites. At the end, we had to wait for a van to be transported to our hotel. Didn't like this tour guide.

  • Bad Guide..........little information........I learnt more from my research than the little info he gave

  • Extensive trip around Seoul, very enjoyable

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