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  • Location:Seoul, South Korea
  • Duration:8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace

This immersive experience in Seoul will give you an in-depth look at traditional Korean culture. With your knowledgeable guide, wander through grand palaces, learn about the history of Korea – from ancient times to today – and witness age-old customs come to life at a folk village. A Korean lunch and comfortable coach transport is included.


  • Korean heritage tour in Seoul with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Marvel at Korean architecture as you explore grand palaces by foot
  • Browse museum exhibits displaying the fascinating history of Korea, from ancient times to today
  • Immerse yourself in traditional Korean culture and at the Korean Folk Village
  • Enjoy a traditional Korean lunch
  • Round-trip hotel transport by air-conditioned coach included

What You Can Expect

Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace

Korean Folk Village

Begin your morning with pickup from your Seoul hotel and then drive by air-conditioned coach past Blue House, the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea. Your guide will remark on the traditional Korean architectural style of this stately residence.

Your first stop is Gyeongbokgung Palace, a royal palace constructed in 1395. Because much of it was destroyed during the Japanese occupation, there has been a large effort to restore it to its original condition. With your guide, marvel at the grandeur of the preserved portions and the restorations.

Here, visit the National Folklore Museum, which uses replicas to illustrate the history of traditional life of Korean people. Browse the numerous exhibitions’ more than 90,000 artifacts conveying what life has been like for Koreans from ancient times to the 20th century. You’ll also learn about the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture.

(Please note that Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, in which case you’ll visit Deoksugung Palace instead. This walled compound with traditional palace buildings, forested gardens and a statue of King Sejong the Great is home to the Seoul Museum of History, where you'll discover Seoul's traditional culture as you navigate the exhibits with your guide.)

Next, tour Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Outside, admire the lovely locust and baeksong trees lining the entrance. Enter the Daeungjeon, the main temple building dating back 500 years, and see the statue of Seokgamoni, the historic Buddha at the moment of enlightenment.

At midday, enjoy a tasty Korean lunch at a local restaurant. You’ll then spend your afternoon exploring the Korean Folk Village, a living museum that displays elements of traditional Korean life and folk culture. You'll get the unique opportunity to watch well-preserved customs such as pottery making, basket weaving and the hand-making of winnows, musical instruments, embroidery and bamboo, wood and brass wares.

After this incredible immersive experience, you’ll be taken back to your Seoul hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My wife loved it so much that she would do it again. Spectacular!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great tour guide and I was the only English speaking tourist so it was like a private tour. Was able to see plenty of Seoul in just one day and even managed to purchase some souvenirs. Highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Outstanding! On time and willing to explain all the details. Great, great way to learn and have a good time.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

The tour was very well organized.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

It was cool especially our guide who was very helpful and funny. Thanks Michelle.

we recommend this tour to all the people who like to walk and discover a lot.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

good tour

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

4 star rating: Recommended November 2014

Wish we had done this tour earlier in our stay. The Korean village tour was great and gave a good sense of how life operated in earlier years. The Palace was beautiful and wish we had more time at the museum. It was great to see the changing of the guard at the palace.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2013

The first half of the tour and lunch were awesome! It was a great introduction to Seoul, and the food was delicious. The second half of the tour, a visit to the Korean Folk Village, not so much. I wasn't expecting it to be a visit to a fake village/amusement park, but I probably should have looked into it further before I booked. The company offers the same morning tour with a different afternoon tour, which sounded better than the one I went on. I would recommend that tour instead, but overall I thought this tour was wonderful and had great tour guides (especially Dora!).

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