- Seoul historical tour with a knowledgeable guide
- Visit an exhibition center to learn about the past, present and future of Korea’s culture and politics
- Explore grand Gyeongbokgung Palace and discover Korean folk culture at the National Folk Museum
- Learn about the tradition of Buddhism at Jogyesa Temple and visit the National Ginseng Outlet
- Round-trip hotel transport by air-conditioned vehicle included
What You Can Expect
On the first floor, the Korea Exhibition Center, learn about Korean history, culture, historic figures and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Head to the second floor to visit the Presidential Center, whose photos display scenes from Korea’s major political events from 60 years ago to today. Gain insight into the country’s governmental developments and take home a photo souvenir of you posing with the current South Korean president, Lee Myung Bak!
Next, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395. Explore the grounds and marvel at the traditional architectural elements of each structure, such as the main residences of the Joseon Dynasty-era king and queen. You'll discover how Gyeongbokgung remains the most beautiful and grandest of the Five Grand Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty.
You’ll then head to central Seoul to visit the National Folk Museum of Korea, where you'll get a glimpse into how Koreans have lived throughout the centuries, from ancient times to the Joseon Dynasty to the 20th century. Browse interesting artifacts and gain insight into the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture.
Next, at Jogyesa Temple in Seoul’s Jongno-gu district, see where the administrative headquarters of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism is housed. This 500-year-old temple, an international tourist destination, played an important role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea, and will give you a sense of authentic cultural and religious traditions.
Your final stop is the National Ginseng Outlet, where you’ll learn about the important role this plant plays in Korean culture, medicine and cuisine. You’ll then be taken back to your hotel or Seoul’s shopping district, whichever you prefer.
This tour was exactly what we expected and what we were looking for. William was our tour guide and we really enjoyed his approach and the information and history he provided. This was a fast pace tour which was good for us as we really don't like to linger in once place for long periods of time. If you want to be able to walk around and take everything in and, read everything, this is not the tour for you as there's a lot of ground covered in the time allocated. The palace is worth seeing and we really enjoyed the museum. We are very happy we decided to do a tour.
I shall summarize the experiences in two sentences.
The guide William was punctual and is a friendly and knowledgeable guide who explain to us the history of the Palace and the temple.
Unfortunately the Presidential Center was under renovation. The guard changing at Gyeongbokgung Palace is an interesting sight.