2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 5 Reviews

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  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Get a glimpse of Korean culture and heritage on this tour of Seoul. Explore vast Gyeongbokgung Palace, learn about Korean history at the National Folk Museum, and discover Buddhist practices and traditions at Jogyesa Temple. At each place, your expert guide will tell you interesting facts and stories, especially about Korea’s notable Joseon Dynasty.

Highlights

  • Cultural and heritage tour of Seoul
  • Explore Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the Five Grand Palaces and arguably Seoul’s most beautiful
  • Learn about life in Korea from ancient times to today at the National Folk Museum
  • Witness the importance of Buddhism in Korean culture at Jogyesa Temple
  • Hotel pickup and transport by air-conditioned vehicle included

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What You Can Expect

Korean Palace and Temple Tour in Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple

Changing of the Guards at Gyeongbokgung Palace

You’ll be picked up at your Seoul hotel in the morning and driven by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle around the city. First, pass the Blue House (Cheongwadae), the executive office and residence of the South Korean head of state and president of the Republic of Korea.

Continue to Gyeongbokgung Palace, which was the primary residence of the royal family in the Joseon Dynasty. Arguably as the most beautiful palace in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung remains the largest and grandest of the Five Grand Palaces. With your guide, explore the palace compound on foot and learn about the traditional architecture typical of the Joseon Dynasty.

Inside the compound, visit the National Folk Museum to gain an understanding of how Koreans have lived from ancient times to today. Following your guide through the museum, learn about the customs of both the ordinary citizens and members of the aristocracy as you browse displays of traditional farming methods, hunting, weaving, cooking and other housekeeping chores.

Finally, head to Jogyesa Temple, the leading temple for Zen Buddhism in Korea. On your visit, you’ll get an authentic sense of Buddhism’s role during the Joseon Dynasty, and witness first-hand how this place provides a calm sanctuary for locals from the busy streets of Seoul. After your time here, you'll be dropped off at City Hall.

Customer Reviews

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

Floral offerings in the garden made our Jogyesa temple visit very colorful. Guide was cordial starting palace tour at back. Fr. National folk museum,making our way to front of Gyeokbong on time to see the changing of the guard at front gate. But a waste of 1 hour going to Ginseng center.Out of way.

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2013

Slow but informative

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2013

Good enjoyable and freindly emglish speaking guide

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2014

Even though the lady who guided the tour was nice, I have not got a lot of information. It was almost the same if I took the public transport and enter the palace. Just much more cheaper,

1 star rating: I do not recommend this November 2013

Our guide changed the itinerary and had us go to the Zen Buddism temple first instead of last. This made the time left for the rest of the tour short and rushed since we needed to get through the rest of the tour in order to not miss the changing of the guards. It was to be a 3.5 hour tour that at best was squeezed into 2.5 hours

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