Seoul, South Korea
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Overview

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.
  • 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

This express tour covers all of Seoul’s highlights in just one day and includes all admission tickets.
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.

Reviews

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, Dec 2018

The tour guide chloe was very patient with my family especially my father who cant walk very fast. She also helped us took many photos and acceded to our request for hanbok rental at namsan tower. Overall a satisfactory tour on very cold days in December!

P
, Oct 2018

Great tour except our day the fog prevented us from much of a view of the city.

p
, Sep 2018

Yoon is a great tour guide same as the first tour guide that we had. We visited different places and had time to take some photos and check the different places. They explained everything clearly and Yoon even snapped some photos for us as well as explaining everything in detail. It is a highly recommended tour.

A
, Mar 2018

Very informative and a must to do in Korea.

j
, Mar 2018

Our guide Sonia did a very good job familiarizing us with Se

C
, Mar 2018

It was a great tour. Sonya our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history and current events of Korea. I enjoyed her fun personality and she does a great job with keeping her guests engaged and interactive. She even offered to help take photos which was very nice. The palace and changing guards ceremony was good to see, although would be better in warmer months of blooming season for better photo opportunities. Seoul Tower offered amazing in the sky views of the city and a martial arts performance show. Was lucky enough that the weather was clear. The Buddhist temple was our first stop, but unfortunately you cannot take photos inside out of respect as it is an active place of worship. You will like to walk around the village and folk museum to see how they lived in the past. And of course the food and lunch at Insadong was another highlight of the tour. So much to see and do, I ended up with a colored caricature portrait from a sweet street artist that cost about 18 USD. I think Insadong tends to be one of the more expensive markets, but that's not complaining. Enjoy the moment and make the most of your trip with this great sightseeing tour.

G
, Feb 2018

Overall this is a really good tour for people who want the highlights of Seoul in a short period of time. Rebecca speaks really good English and does a great job of explaining. She's also great at taking pictures for you. We had a nice balance of activities. The only thing I didn't like was the promotional activities. The one on ginseng was OK and we did feel like we learned a bit from that. However, we ended with a red pine oil sales pitch was seemed very gimmicky and scammy. It wasn't a great way to end what was otherwise a great day.

p
, Feb 2018

There was a lot of wasted time on this tour. They could have shown us all of the sights in less than 4 hours but stretched it out until 4:30. At each stop, they would give us 30-45 minutes of free time. However, there wasn't anything to do other than a quick photo opportunity and it was FREEZING. They took us to this Ginseng high pressured sales talk. It wasn't on the schedule and I don't like feeling pressured to buy things. DO NOT USE SEOUL CITY TOURS.

M
, Dec 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.

F
, Dec 2017

time spent at hot springs a total waste Should have spent more time at national museum, Need to eliminate hot springs visit.


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