• Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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

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

Mary T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The tour guide Erica and the drivers were friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. We ended up doing these tour instead of the morning only tour. Lunch was delicious. Good vale for money overall.

Jennifer G USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was very informative and enjoyable. Our guide, Sharon Yi was exceptional, very friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this tour.

Mark W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The tour guide was pleasant and provided all the background information. She was pleasant and I highly recommend this tour.

Emily G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our Tour Guide Heyang is very good and cheerful. Love the way she explained each locations and history to us.

Jose G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Quick 3 hour tour of a Buddhist temple and the Royal Palace. Our guide was great. This was a great way to spend my first morning in Seoul. I wish I had more time to see other sites like the DMZ and other Seoul places of interest

anna n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We had a great time as a part of team Cindy. This was a good way to start our vacation, as it gave us an overview of the city, including a temple, a palace, and a museum. Cindy was very informative, providing us with pertinent details and history of the many things we saw. I liked that we had earphones, so we felt like we could wander a bit, but still hear the narrative. The changing of the guard ceremony was so interesting, probably because I like pageantry. Cindy also gave us tips on other things to do while we were here. Highly recommend as a first step tour

anna n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We had a great time as a part of team Cindy. This was a good way to start our vacation, as it gave us an overview of the city, including a temple, a palace, and a museum. Cindy was very informative, providing us with pertinent details and history of the many things we saw. I liked that we had earphones, so we felt like we could wander a bit, but still hear the narrative. The changing of the guard ceremony was so interesting, probably because I like pageantry. Cindy also gave us tips on other things to do while we were here. Highly recommend as a first step tour

Patricia A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

A very enjoyable and informative morning tour. Thank you!

Anna Grazia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Eevrything was great!

SUJEETH S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Excellent trip worth every penny and our guide was superb!!!

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