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Time3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Overview

Visit top landmarks in Seoul on a morning sightseeing tour with an expert guide. Admire the architecture of Jogyesa Temple, a hub for Zen Buddhism, and explore Gyeongbokgung Palace before observing the changing of the guard ceremony at the palace. Learn about Korean history and cultural traditions at Cheongwadae Sarangchae, and hear about the Joseon dynasty’s long rule. Your local guide shares key facts and fascinating insights throughout your 3.5-hour coach tour, which includes hotel pickup and drop-off at either City Hall or Itaewon.
  • 3.5-hour morning tour of Seoul highlights
  • Travel by comfortable coach to important sites like Gyeongbokgung Palace with a professional guide
  • Visit Jogyesa Temple, Korea’s main Zen Buddhist temple
  • Learn about Korea’s presidents through an exhibit at Cheongwadae Sarangchae
  • See a Changing of the Guard ceremony and pass by the Presidential Blue House
  • Drop by an amethyst factory or a ginseng center
  • Hotel pickup included
Your morning starts with pickup from your hotel in Seoul. Enjoy a comfortable ride aboard an air-conditioned coach that first takes you to Jogyesa Temple, the leading Buddhist temple in Korea and an oasis of calm in the bustle of central Seoul.

Your guide leads you into the temple’s tree-lined entryway and shows you a seven-story pagoda. Then walk into the main temple structure to view an important Buddha statue. After strolling through the temple, return to your coach and head to Cheongwadae Sarangchae, an exhibition hall that features displays about Korea’s presidents, Korean cultural traditions and UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites in Korea. You'll have plenty of time there to peruse the exhibits and learn more about Seoul’s history.

Continue by coach to the Blue House (Cheongwadae), which serves as the Korean presidential home, akin to the White House in Washington DC. Then go to the majestic  Gyeongbokgung Palace, which was the primary royal residence for during the Joseon Dynasty. Built in 1394, Gyeongbokgung is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces and considered the most beautiful palace in Seoul. Your guide shows you the palace compound and stops at Gwanghwamun Gate for the changing of the guard ceremony.

(Please note: On Tuesdays when Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed, instead visit Deoksugung Palace, a traditional palace situated in a walled compound. The Seoul Museum of Art is also located on the grounds and can be visited).

Wrap up the morning with a stop at a ginseng center or amethyst factory before saying farewell to your guide. You will be dropped off at City Hall or Itaewon to end your tour, leaving the afternoon free to explore further on your own.

Reviews

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J
, Sep 2018
H
, Sep 2018

Good tour with small group of seven. Kept to a tight time schedule. Cheongwadae Tour center and presentation of recent Korean history (upstairs room) was highlight for us. Pickup at hotel was helpful.

S
, Jul 2018

Excellent guide and it was super fun! I enjoyed all the aspects of the tour and would totally go again.

C
, Apr 2018

Really knowledge able. Great tour!

T
, Apr 2018

It was extremely rushed for it to only be three sights. The guide had 40 people and didnt even allow us time to take pictures of what we were seeing. It was extremely frustrating. She would rush so fast people would get left behind and then she would have to go back and find them. We didnt even get to see the gin sing presentation so part of our tour was skipped due to her rushing. Poorly done. If you want a decent tour of the palace this isnt the tour for you.

h
, Apr 2018

wrong choice
everything was bad
When we arrived the guide almost finish her explanation
Two of the group got lost so we had to wait more then 20 minutes
We had no explanation during our visit to the store
dont reccomend

D
, Mar 2018

We had a charming guide for this tour, and she was full of enthusiasm and information. We got to see the changing of the guard ceremony at the palace, visit the temple, and learn about Korean ginseng from local experts I had no idea Korean ginseng differs from that produced elsewhere, and that's its distribution is controlled by the government!. I would recommend this tour from this company to give visitors a good opportunity to learn about Korean history and culture.

J
, Feb 2018

This was a great tour!

C
, Feb 2018

I booked this tour last September for my sister and me. We didn't get to tour the Gyeongbokgung Palace we end up driving past it. Our tour guide said that its close on Tuesdays. The tour is very good and our tour guide is very good and she's very helpful.

Y
, Feb 2018

very nice. pace was good


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