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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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

In addition to seeing Seoul's top sights, you'll visit Insadong for the chance to shop for unique souvenirs like traditional Korean paper, pottery, and other crafts.

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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

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

Hannah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent overview of Seoul's major attractions. Tour guide, Sunny was very excellent and imparted lots of knowledge and side notes to add to the memory of each place. Her English was excellent. We had many different tour guides during our two week stay in Asia and Sunny was one of our favorite!

Emilie M Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Jenny L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Jim P New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful trip. Our tour guide, Hanna, was very pleasant and friendly and very knowledgeable. Our tour covered quite a few places in Seoul but was not rushed.

Neil Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A day well spent with a good mixture of sites and a very bubbly and friendly guide,Sunny, who spoke good english and was happy to answer our many questions.

Hoda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We were fortunate to have Jay and Winnie as our tour guides. They were both knowledgeable, friendly and very sociable. They never missed a beat and the tour itself was worth it. Hotel pick-up and drop-off was very accommodating as well. We plan on signing up for their other tour packages when we come back to visit again. Thank you for the wonderful experience.

Terrance M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

great introduction to Seoul well worth price

Sharon G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Wonderful tour

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