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Morning 3-Hour Intro to Seoul Tour (Palace, Temple & More)

1. Morning 3-Hour Intro to Seoul Tour (Palace, Temple & More)

Begin your tour from the hotel in Seoul between 8:00AM and 9:20AM. Stop first at the Jogyesa buddhist temple. Notice the locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon, a truly beautiful sight. Gaze in wonder at the Daeungjeon and the main temple building which are about 500 years old. Continue on to the Gyeongbok palace where you'll first observe the changing of the guard ceremony. Then, explore Gyeongbok Palace, built in 1395 and is arguably the most beautiful palace in Korea and remains the grandest of all the five main palaces in Seoul. Next visit Cheongwadae, the presidential blue house, known for its beautiful, blue tiles. These tiles and the smooth roof are in beautiful harmony with Mount Bugaksan behind it. Discover how the blue house with its blue tiles and the smooth curve of the roof represents the beauty of Korea. Here you'll have the chance to visit Cheongwadae Sarangchae, a history center that gives visitors a chance to follow in the footsteps of the presidents of Korea and learn about the fascinating history of Seoul before the tour ends at around 12:30PM.

Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walk

2. Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walk

Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, established in 1395 as the main palace in the Joseon Dynasty. Meet your guide at Gyeongbokgung station and head to Gyeongbukgung Palace's main gate. Tap into your English-speaking guide's in depth knowledge of Korean history. Take some time to look around the palace and admire the architecture. Learn about the history and hidden stories of the largest palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Take photos of the locations where kings and queens once stood. Discover the influence the dynasty had on Korean society during its five centuries in power. End the tour at Gyeonghoiru pavilion, the event hall of the palace. Enjoy some time to explore the palace at your own pace after the tour.

Seoul: Northern Sides of Seoul / Gwangjang Market

3. Seoul: Northern Sides of Seoul / Gwangjang Market

Your day will start with a pick-up from your hotel to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the most beautiful and remains the largest of all five palaces. (Tuesday: visit Changdeokgung place) Then, move to Bukchon Hanok village which literally translates to "northern village," where many traditional houses operate as cultural centers, guesthouses and restaurants. Walk to Samcheongdong lined with cafes, museums, antique shops and galleries where you can enjoy the art and shopping. Next, go to Ihwha Mural Village, located less than a 10 minute walk uphill from the buzzing Daehakno area. As you head up the slopes of Mount Naksan, the noise and crowds will give way to fresh air and gorgeous, expansive views of the city but also to something unexpected - street art. Lastly, your trip will end at Gwangjang Market, the nation’s first market. Although the goods are not brand name products, the wide selection of high-quality goods at inexpensive prices will make it an enjoyable shopping experience. The market is famous for the delicious foods so have lunch or some snacks.

Seoul: City Highlights Morning E-bike Tour

4. Seoul: City Highlights Morning E-bike Tour

Glide effortlessly through the ancient city of Seoul by E-Bike. Starting from the K Style tourist information hub, you'll cruise over to the royal palace, before visiting the quaint west village and cruising up the west mountain on an e-bike to see the city wall. From the tops, you can overlook the city to enjoy Seoul's natural beauty and epic skyline all in one. Next up, visit Baum village, nestled in the mountains, the film location of the famous movie "parasite", before visiting the oldest original Joseon dynasty gate to the city. You'll then have a thrilling downhill ride back into the city. You'll effortlessly cycle past the presidential Blue House and over to the traditional Bukcheon Hanok village for a look at the traditional homes there. Your comfortable e-bike will then whisk you to the tranquil Jogyesa temple for a temple tour and finally back to the starting point on Cheonggyecheon river for the final tour story on Gwangtong bridge and tips on where to go next and how to get there.

Seoul: Half/Full-Day Private Car Charter Tour

5. Seoul: Half/Full-Day Private Car Charter Tour

Discover the Seoul or Gangwon-do areas with a full or half-day private charter tour. Plan your tour that caters to your interests and travel at your own pace. Book an optional guide to accompany you throughout the day. Book a private charter with an optional guide and see the best of Seoul or Gangwon-do. Create a more focused and personal tour experience tailored to your interests. Whether you're looking to learn more about K-pop, history, culture, or food, this experience can be designed to meet your needs. Possible locations to visit in each area: Seoul City Gyeongbokgung Palace, Myeongdong, Dongdaemun, Cheonggyecheon, N Seoul Tower, Gangnam, Lotte World, Bukchon Hanok Village, Yeouido, Hangang Park, Hongdae, Ewha Woman's University, Sinchon, and other locations in Seoul city. Seoul Suburbs Incheon City, Woongjin Playdoci, Everland, Seoul Park, one mount, Swiss Village, Korean Folk Village, Paju Outlets, Panmunjom, The Garden of Morning Calm, Little French Village, Nami Island, Chuncheon City, Gangchon Rail Bike, Herb Garden, Heyri Art Village, and other locations around Seoul. Gangwon-do Alpaca World, Seoraksan National Park, Sokcho City, Nami Island, Chuncheon City, Gangchon Rail Bike, Daegwallyeong sheep ranch, Pyeong Chang, Yongpyong, Phoenix Park, Alpensia Resort, HIGH ONE Resort, Donghae City, and other places in Gangwon-do.

Seoul: DMZ, Gyeongbokgung Palace & City Tour

6. Seoul: DMZ, Gyeongbokgung Palace & City Tour

Since 1950, Korea has been divided into the North and South. North Korea has become more closed off, while South Korea continues to develop as a democracy and leading economy, sharing its culture with the rest of the world. The DMZ area is the only place that you can see the reality of the most divided nation in the world. This tour includes a military tourist guide, shuttle vehicle, and entrance fees to a venue that helps to explain the history of war. Your tour guides are professional security specialists, allowing you to learn about North and South Korean relations. Visit the Third Tunnel Experience, which was designed to invade South Korea by tanks, the observatory where you can view North Korean residents, the War History Pavilion, and Imjingak. Experience every aspect of the DMZ area.    You will also visit Gyeongbok Palace, where the king, his family and 2000 others previously lived as they ruled the nation. Be fascinated as you hear how the palace was run more like a modern day business - with employees and advisers - rather than as the royal-only complex that you might expect. 

Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, and Cheongwadae

7. Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, and Cheongwadae

Spend the day exploring the best of Seoul, with your experienced guide. Stroll through the Insadong area, known for traditional goods and cafes. Listen as your guide describes historical stories of Korea. Learn about Hanguel, the alphabetic system used for writing the Korean language. Start your tour from Jogyesa Temple, the head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, and discover the history of the temple. Continue to Gwanghwamun Square and see the statues of King Sejong the Great, and Admiral Yi Sun-sin.  Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, established in 1395 as the main palace in the Joseon Dynasty. Walk under Gwanghwamun, the main gates of the palace. Take some time to look around the palace and admire the architecture. See Cheongwadae, the home of the President of the Republic of Korea, also known as the Blue House. Relax in this hidden area with views of the mountains surrounding it, before visiting a museum to learn more about Korea. Lastly, head to Tongin Traditional Market and marvel at the traditional Hanok houses in Seochon Hanok Village. Call into a traditional medicine place in Hanok and taste Korean herbal tea in this hidden gem.

Seoul: Royal Palace and Folk Village Tour with Lunch

8. Seoul: Royal Palace and Folk Village Tour with Lunch

Learn about the folk culture and history of Seoul, while also exploring the city's highlights. visit the National Folk Museum, and wander the streets of Jogyesa. Visit temples and try local food. After a morning pick-up from your hotel, head to the cleanest stream in Seoul, the Cheonggyecheon Stream, a 11 km long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that has been there since the Joseon Dynasty. It's hard to imagine that this beautiful stream used to be a ditch. The next stop will be the Korean presidential office, The Blue House where you'll also visit Cheongwadae Saranchae is a Korean presidential exhibition center, newly opened as of January 2010. The next stop on the tour will be the National Folk Museum and Gyeongbokgung Palace. Built in 1394, it was the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) by its founder King Taejo, it is the most comprehensive and grandest of the 5 palace of the period. On its grounds, you'll also visit the National Folk Museum of Korea where you'll see displays of about 4,000 items on Korea’s traditional way of life. There are 3 permanent exhibition halls, two special exhibition halls, a shop and a reference room. Later visit Jogyesa, located in one of the most popular cultural streets in Seoul, Insa-dong, very close to the palace of Gyeongbokgung. It is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism (since 1936) and it plays a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea. The temple was first established in 1395, at the dawn of the Joseon Dynasty; the modern temple was founded in 1910 and initially called Hwanggaksa. The name was changed to Taegosa during the period of Japanese rule, and then to the present name in 1954. After visiting here, you'll continue on to the Korea Folk village. The Korea Folk Village is a living museum that portrays the lifestyle of Koreans several centuries ago. There are potters, weavers, blacksmiths and other artisans who practice their trades in a traditional fashion. There are also 270 traditional houses and a small amphitheater for folk music and dance performances. Itinerary • Hotel pick-up 08:40 • Pass by Deoksugung, Sungnyemun, Seoul Station (Tuesdays: no Pass by to Deoksugung) • Cheonggyecheon Stream • The main gate of the Blue House ‘Cheongwadae’ (Souvenir Photo) • Cheongwadae Saragchae (Mondays: outside of the building) • Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum and The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony (Tuesdays: Deoksugung Palace and Royal Guard Changing Ceremony • Jogyesa Temple • Lunch (Menu: Dolsot Bibimbap) • Korean Folk Village • Hotel drop off 17:00

Seoul: Royal Palace Morning Walking Tour

9. Seoul: Royal Palace Morning Walking Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel for this small group Seoul tour. On your way to see the first attraction, you will pass by Deoksugung Palace. This tour starts at Cheonggyecheon stream, an 11km (7-mile) long, modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul. In July 2003, then Seoul mayor Lee Myung-bak initiated a project to remove the elevated highway and restore the stream. One of the goals of the project were to restore the history and culture of the region, which had been lost for 30 years, and to revitalize the economy of Seoul. Next, visit the site of the royal garden of the Joseon Dynasty, Cheongwadae (The Blue House) - the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state, the President of the Republic of Korea. The Blue House is in fact a complex of buildings, built largely in the traditional Korean architectural style with some modern elements. You will stop by Cheongwadae Saranchae, a Korean presidential exhibition center, newly opened as of January 2010. The term 'Sarangchae' refers to a place designated to receive guests in a traditional Korean home. Normally, ‘Sarangchae’ stands as a separate building from Anchae where owners of the house stay. As the name ‘Cheongwadae Saranchae’ indicates, it is a separate building located in front of Cheongwadae. One of the highlights of this tour is a royal guard changing ceremony. It is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea. Be sure to bring a camera to take pictures. Afterwards, you will continue to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the 5 grand palaces built by the Joseon dynasty. The government ministry district and main buildings of Gyeongbokgung Palace formed the heart of the capital city of Seoul and represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. The architectural principles of ancient China were harmoniously incorporated into both the tradition and the appearance of the Joseon royal court. The National Folk Museum of Korea is a national museum of South Korea, located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace that uses replicas of historical objects to illustrate the history of traditional life of the Korean people. There are three permanent exhibition halls, two special exhibition halls, a shop and a reference room. Later visit Jogyesa, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It became this in 1936, thus playing a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea. The temple was first established in 1395, at the dawn of the Joseon Dynasty; the modern temple was founded in 1910 and initially called Hwanggaksa. The name was changed to Taegosa during the period of Japanese rule, and then to the present name in 1954. Last but not least, at the end of this tour, you will be dropped-off at Myeongdong Lotte Hotel or Namdaemun market. Itinerary: • 08:30 Hotel Pick-up • The windows of tour ”Deoksugung, Sungnyemun, Seoul Station” (Tuesdays: no pass by Deoksugung) • Cheonggyecheon Stream • The main gate of the Blue House ‘Cheongwadae’ (Souvenir Photo) • Cheongwadae Saragchae (Mondays: only outside of the building) • Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum and The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony (Tuesdays: Deoksugung Palace and Royal Guard Changing) • Jogyesa Temple (Seoul Museum of History on Tuesdays) • 12:00 Drop off at Myeongdong Lotte Hotel or Namdaemun Market

Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

10. Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

• [Cheonggyecheon Stream] is an 11 km long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that was once there before during the Joseon Dynasty. • [Cheongwadae (The Blue House)] is the presidential residence of the Republic of Korea and is regarded as the heart of the nation. Cheongwadae Saranchae is a Korean presidential exhibition center, newly opened as of January 2010. (Mondays: only outside of the building) • [The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony] is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea. Be sure to bring a camera to take lots of pictures. The guards’ splendid costumes, with their brilliant primary colors, are a real pleasure to see. • [Gyeongbokgung Palace] built in 1394 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) by its founder King Taejo, is the most comprehensive and grandest of the 5 palaces of the period. Gyeongbokgung, the oldest palace of the Joseon Dynasty, is located at the northern end of Seojong-ro Street. On its grounds stand the National Folk Museum of Korea, where visitors can browse the unique cultural and historical traits of Korea and the lifestyle of bygone days. • [Jogyesa] is located in one of the most popular cultural streets in Seoul, Insa-dong. Very close to the palace of Gyeongbokgung, it is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism (since 1936) and it plays a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea. The temple was first established in 1395, at the dawn of the Joseon Dynasty; the modern temple was founded in 1910 and initially called "Hwanggaksa". • [Changdeokgung Palace (Mondays: Jongmyo Royal Shrine)] was used as the main palace by many Joseon Kings and is very well preserved. The palace was registered with UNESCO in 1997. • [Insadong] Experience art galleries, traditional craft stores, antique art dealers, traditional tea houses and restaurants. The perfect place in Seoul for visitors wanting to experience the traditional aspects of Korea. • [Namsangol Hanok Village (Mondays: Bukchon Hanok Village) ] is located between the tall buildings in the middle of a normal city with 5 restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule. • [Sungnyemun Gate (Mondays: only outside of the gate)] normally known as the Namdaemun, is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, South Korea, which surrounded the city in the Joseon dynasty. • [Namdaemun Market] Just a few minutes from Seoul’s ancient Sungnyemun Gate is an open-air market of the same name. It is close to the downtown area and deluxe hotels, and it boasts the very best selection of merchandise in the nation. The market’s history traces back to the Joseon Dynasty and since then has become the main place to exchange daily products between urban and rural areas of Korea

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Our tour guide was the savior and goddess we needed in this cruel world. Her kindness has forever imprinted and left it's mark on my soul. We learned a special place in history of the landmarks showed to us throughout Seoul but Kay was the wistful spirit to take us on this journey. Thank you. 13/10 would do it again if Kay is our guide

Small group - excellent guide - was able to move us through the palace because of our small size Our guide was accommodating - knowledgeable and attentive!

My family had a great time on our tour with Emily. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and a joy to be around! We would definitely recommend this tour.

This is a really nice and informative tour. I would recommend to everyone.

Tour guide was so helpful and patient with our group. Thanks Kool!