Meet your guide at Seoul Station in the afternoon and start your historical overview of Seoul at Bukchon Hanok Village. Lined with hanok (traditional Korean houses), this residential neighborhood dates back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). You’ll be immersed in traditional Korean culture as you stroll the quiet lanes past hanok that today function as teahouses and quaint local eateries.
When you reach the Tteok Museum, gain insight into the process of preparing the ubiquitous Korean rice cake called tteok. See some 180 varieties with exhibits that detail its history and uses in Korean society.
Continue on to the Changdeokgung Palace for a guided tour of the royal grounds and traditional architecture. The World Heritage site is one of the Five Grand Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty!
Next, browse for high-quality silks and satins at Gwangjang Market. Your guide can help you choose a delectable snack, such as sweet Korean rice balls or pumpkin porridge, from among the market’s 200 street-food vendors. Your tour concludes here, but you can continue exploring further on your own using your newfound knowledge of Seoul.