• Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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This full-day sightseeing tour of Seoul showcases the best of Korea’s history, culture and traditions. Led by a guide, see the city’s major landmarks, including Jogysea Temple and Gyeongbokgng Palace, National Folk Museum, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village. Watch the changing of the guards during a stop at Gwanghwamun Gate and enjoy a traditional Korean lunch with your fellow travelers in Insadong. Your full-day tour also includes stops at an amethyst factory, as well as a traditional ginseng center.

Highlights

  • Full-day guided tour of Seoul by coach
  • Take in the tranquil interior of Jogyesa Temple
  • Explore the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Learn about Korean culture at the National Folk Museum
  • Get a bird’s-eye view of the city from N Seoul Tower
  • See restored traditional homes at Namsangol Hanok Village
  • Lunch, admission fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included

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What You Can Expect

Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village

Seoul Tower

Meet your friendly local guide at your Seoul hotel and travel by comfortable coach through the capital city streets. Pay a visit to Jogyesa Temple, which is widely recognized as the top Buddhist temple in the nation. Once you’ve wandered the grounds head past the Blue house (Cheongwadae), where the current president resides. 

Your knowledgeable guide will then take you to Gyeongbokgung Palace, where the royal family lived during the Joseon Dynasty. Learn how this 14th century structure was built and gain a deeper understanding of its iconic status as you wander the grounds learning about its architecture and traditions. While at Gyeongbokgung Palace, you’ll visit the National Folk Museum and learn about the history and culture of Korean residents. Galleries include information about traditional farming, hunting, royalty and aristocracy. 

Next, you’ll venture to a traditional ginseng center, where you’ll learn about this medicinal staple. Enjoy a traditional Korean lunch in Insadong and relax while you tuck into a bowl of bibimbap (rice, vegetables and meat). Spend some time at your leisure wandering the shops and town streets before making your way to the North Seoul Tower.

Stationed atop Mt Namsan, this incredible city landmark offers up stunning views from its towering observation deck. Once you’ve snapped some photos, head to Namsangol Hanok Village, where your guide will take you through the model village streets that offer a look at the Joseon Dynasty life. Check out various housing styles and incredible gardens as you guide points out key features and shares a bit of Korean history.

Your tour ends with a stop at a local amethyst factory where you’ll learn about this precious stone before heading back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Mike D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We very much enjoyed this tour of the Deoksugung Palace as well as the N Seoul Tower. The village was great too. David was a great host. In spite of the cold, he made it interesting and covered a lot of ground.

RAMON M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great

gohils01

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

A MUST visit when is Seoul. Lovely guided and well explained.

Yung P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Had an amazing time! This was my first time back to Seoul since I was 8 years old. Our pretty tour guide Sonia, was friendly, fun, and knowledgeable. She spoke freely about any subject regarding Korea with surprisingly good English. Some may not like visiting any shops during the tour, but that's all part of the cultural experience. Learned a lot and so glad to have experienced it.

jvmilic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Our guide was very kind, friendly, and knowledgeable, we very much enjoyed the overall experience and would certainly strongly recommend it!

Kyle H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Mia was a great tour guide. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and was able to answer whatever questions we had, even if they weren't related to the tour. She also gave us great recommendations for food and entertainment for the rest of the trip. The ban ban chicken she recommended was amazing. You can't go wrong with her.

Grace

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

the tour was a very memorable one. we enjoyed it very much. thanks to our guide who can speak fluent English and very patient to narrate stories of the places visited. we had a good taste of the Korean food. its delicious.

d.kingl.king

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

it's wonderful Sunny our tour guide is very knowledgeable and speak very good English

Yves-Michel d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We've had this tour on feb 03: cold weather but fine and memorable day however, thanks to Sunny as she was a nice, helpful and informative guide all day long.
We were on a three days stop in Korea en route to Fiji and Wallis Island from Paris, so we could not expect comprehensive visits of each monument or museum but we aimed at getting first glances at several sites of interest in Seoul, that this tour allowed us to fulfil.

We could appreciate Jogyesa Temple and Gyeongbokgung Palace, including the National Folkloric Museum, in the morning, ending with the relief of the guard, a performance actually led by students in traditional military dressing.
After lunch we had time for walking and shopping in Insa-Dong before Namsangol Hanok Village and Namsan Seoul Tower.

We recommend this tour and warmly aknowledge Sunny for this enjoyable day.

clara c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very good tour for people like us to cover focal points. I am glad I booked this full day tour for my family

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