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Visit top landmarks in Seoul on a morning sightseeing tour with an expert guide. Admire the architecture of Jogyesa Temple, a hub for Zen Buddhism, and explore Gyeongbokgung Palace before observing the changing of the guard ceremony at the palace. Learn about Korean history and cultural traditions at Cheongwadae Sarangchae, and hear about the Joseon dynasty’s long rule. Your local guide shares key facts and fascinating insights throughout your 3.5-hour coach tour, which includes hotel pickup and drop-off at either City Hall or Itaewon.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour morning tour of Seoul highlights
  • Travel by comfortable coach to important sites like Gyeongbokgung Palace with a professional guide
  • Visit Jogyesa Temple, Korea’s main Zen Buddhist temple
  • Learn about Korea’s presidents through an exhibit at Cheongwadae Sarangchae
  • See a Changing of the Guard ceremony and pass by the Presidential Blue House
  • Drop by an amethyst factory or a ginseng center
  • Hotel pickup included

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What You Can Expect

Best of Seoul Tour in the Morning

Best of Seoul Tour in the Morning

Your morning starts with pickup from your hotel in Seoul. Enjoy a comfortable ride aboard an air-conditioned coach that first takes you to Jogyesa Temple, the leading Buddhist temple in Korea and an oasis of calm in the bustle of central Seoul.

Your guide leads you into the temple’s tree-lined entryway and shows you a seven-story pagoda. Then walk into the main temple structure to view an important Buddha statue. After strolling through the temple, return to your coach and head to Cheongwadae Sarangchae, an exhibition hall that features displays about Korea’s presidents, Korean cultural traditions and UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites in Korea. You'll have plenty of time there to peruse the exhibits and learn more about Seoul’s history.

Continue by coach to the Blue House (Cheongwadae), which serves as the Korean presidential home, akin to the White House in Washington DC. Then go to the majestic  Gyeongbokgung Palace, which was the primary royal residence for during the Joseon Dynasty. Built in 1394, Gyeongbokgung is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces and considered the most beautiful palace in Seoul. Your guide shows you the palace compound and stops at Gwanghwamun Gate for the changing of the guard ceremony.

(Please note: On Tuesdays when Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed, instead visit Deoksugung Palace, a traditional palace situated in a walled compound. The Seoul Museum of Art is also located on the grounds and can be visited).

Wrap up the morning with a stop at a ginseng center or amethyst factory before saying farewell to your guide. You will be dropped off at City Hall or Itaewon to end your tour, leaving the afternoon free to explore further on your own.

Customer Reviews

travelman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour is a very good introduction to the highlights of the city , especially for the first time visitor. you get to see a Buddist temple, then go for a detailed walking tour of the palace there is a lot to see here!. On the way out, you get to see the Blue House, home to the President of South Korea. Then you stop by the ginsing factory, where you learn about this famous Korean product, with the opportunity to purchase if you wish.

Ed D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

ANNIE, WAS AN EXCELLENT GUIDE FOR THIS TOUR. SHE WALKS FAST SO SO HAVE TO KEEP UP !

Robert E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was one of the highlights of our Seoul holiday. I recommend it to anyone going to Seoul. We did it on the first day there and it gave us a good insight into Seoul. It was well organised and the guide was knowledgeable and pleasant.

Anny L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guide was great! She spoke fluent english and was quite informative about the history and culture! She was also able to answer any questions I had!!! It was great!

Angelgen26

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I enjoy the tour as i was locally picked and drop off close to my place of stay. Tourist guide is knowledgeable. The weather is scorching hot so it just made us tired easily and want to finish it soon. Overall, would recommend it to a friend.

Craig C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

R W W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Lots of walking but the day weather was fantastic! Our guide was pleasant, spoke great English and added a lot of humor to her descriptions.

dreadtread

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

If you only have a few hours to spend in Seoul but want to come away with a sampling of the cultural experience of South Korea, I recommend this tour highly. The only 'touristy' part was the last stop at the ginseng factory, however, it was only a small part of the tour. The tour guide was a delight and more than patient to answer questions.

Bianca H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The guide was fabulous. I turned out to be the only person on the English speaking guided tour and Cindy the guide was informative, helpful and just wonderful company. I highly recommend it - lots of fun!

patrick s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great visit of the palaces and enjoyed the tour guides knowledge

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