Deoksugung Tours

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Situated along an old stone road and tucked between a handful of western-style buildings, Deoksugung is the only traditional palace in Seoul’s bustling neighborhood of Jung-gu. Visitors who enter the grounds must cross a picturesque bridge where the king’s carriage once traveled thousands of years ago. Tourists can explore the traditional palace buildings that dot the grounds, as well as venture into the ornate gardens and the National Museum of Art. Free guided tours are available for those interested in learning more about the history of Deoksugung, but visitors say the exquisite detail of the buildings’ interiors and vast grounds are still impressive without the back story.  The changing of the guards, which takes place daily, is one of the most popular attractions at Deoksugung. 

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Deoksugung is located at 99 Sejong-daero in Jung-gu, Seoul’s busiest downtown district. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. It is closed on Mondays. 
 
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Address: 99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
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Admission: Adults: ₩1000, Children: ₩500
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Private Tour of Korea's Modern History

Immerse in the fascinating history and cultural heritage of South Korea on a private tour of Seoul. A personal guide enlightens you about the city's significant landmarks on a visit to Deoksugung Palace, the mission school of Baejae Hakdang, and Seodaemun Prison History Hall. Walk the tree-lined alley of Jeongdong-gil and see the Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$118.75 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Seoul Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Palace Course

The royal palaces dotted around Seoul are widely considered among the South Korean capital’s most important sites of interest. With this hop-on hop-off  bus ticket, save time and effort reaching palaces including Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, and Gwangwhamun, and enjoy the freedom to jump on and off the service at your leisure. With buses every 25 to 30 minutes and on-board audio guide bringing Seoul’s history to life, you can visit all the grand palaces in one day in comfort.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Seoul Private Flexible Adventure Tour

See Seoul how you’d like to see it—with choices galore—during this private tour that allows you to customize your own day’s itinerary and choose your own lunch, too. Explore the center of Zen Buddhism, Jogyesa Temple, or see some of the unique food choices of South Korea's capital city at the Noryangjin Fish Market—or go to both. Pick four places to visit, and get ready for a great time with guides who know the quickest ways around Seoul, so you can fit more sightseeing into your trip.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$84.00 USD
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Royal Palace and Traditonal Market Shopping Tour

Discover the historic landmarks and lively markets of Seoul on this full-day tour. Visit the Blue House; watch the Changing of the Guards at Gyeongbokgung Palace; browse the stalls at the Jungbu, Mang-won, and Gwangjang markets; and tuck into a delicious Korean-style lunch and dinner. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$125.00 USD
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour

Spend a morning in Seoul visiting highlights including Jogyesa Temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and the National Folk Museum. You'll also stop for photo ops outside the Presindential Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) and Gwanghwamun Gate during the changing of the guards. Your 3.5-hour tour includes transportation, entrance fees, guide, and hotel pickup. You will be dropped off at either City Hall or Insadong. 
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Full Day Royal Palace and Korean Folk Village Tour

Delve into Korean traditional culture on a full-day tour from Seoul. Visit Jogyesa temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folklore Museum, and the Korean Folk Village, and see the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae), and the royal guard changing ceremony at Gwanghwamun Gate. Includes lunch, guide, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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$87.00 USD
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Hanbok Photoshoot in Seoul

Pose in traditional Korean dress, called ‘hanbok,’ and be photographed at your choice of locations such as  Gyeongbokgung Palace or Bukchon Hanok Village. This 4-hour professional photo shoot with a private party of 2–8 participants lets you experience Seoul in a unique way. Hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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History and Culture of Seoul Walking Tour

Discover top city attractions in the South Korean capital on this afternoon Seoul walking tour. Admire traditional Korean architecture at Deoksugung Palace with your guide. Explore the palace compound and enjoy panoramic views over Seoul’s high-rise skyline. Wander through the peaceful Jeongdong-gil to Deoksugung Palace and experience the tranquil side of buzzing Seoul. Visit Gyeonghuigung Palace and learn of the changes it underwent during Japanese occupation. Head to the Seoul Museum of History and learn of Seoul’s complex past, from the Joseon Dynasty to the modern day. Finish your tour at JeongDong theater with a viewing of a traditional Korean performance.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$169.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Seoul City Sightseeing by Bike and Foot

Experience Seoul on an intimate full-day tour by bike, with frequent stops for sightseeing and exploring on foot. Your expert guide shows you the highlights and hidden gems of Seoul as you visit the Seoul Museum of History, Gyeongbokgung Palace and the markets of Insadong and Dongdaemun. Roll past landmarks such as Deoksu Palace, Seoul City Hall and Hangang Park, dine at a Korean restaurant, have time for shopping and sample snacks along the way. This small-group tour is limited to six people to ensure a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$75.00 USD
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Soul of Seoul Small-Group Walking Tour

Experience Seoul’s fusion of ancient traditions and rapid modernization as you amble down city streets on this 3-hour walking tour of the bustling metropolis. A local guide reveals hidden treasures and favorite local hangouts, from temples to teashops. Visit historical landmarks including Gyeonghuigung Palace and the Bosingak Bell Pavilion. Numbers are limited to 12 participants for a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$47.00 USD
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Central Seoul Evening Tour including Deoksu Palace, Seoul Plaza and Dongdaemun Market

Experience the electric atmosphere of Seoul by night on this 4-hour evening tour. Visit the grand Deoksu Palace, admire the illuminated landmarks as you stroll around Seoul Plaza, and browse the stalls at Dongdaemun market. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$70.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half-Day Morning Tour of Seoul to Jogye Temple, Gyoengbok Palace and Insadong

Take in famous landmarks and top attractions around the South Korean capital on this half-day morning tour of Seoul. Explore Jogye Temple, where lotus lanterns hold Koreans’ prayers and a statue of Buddha smiles on all visitors. Pass the security area into Seoul’s presidential house — the capital’s seat of power. Visit Gwanghwamun Gate and Gyeongbok Palace with a guide, and gain insight into South Korea’s rich Joseon-era history and heritage. Finish your tour in the historic district of Insadong, where stylish art galleries and traditional restaurants line the ancient walkways.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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