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Things to do in Bukchon Hanok Village

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Morning 3-Hour Intro to Seoul Tour (Palace, Temple & More)

1. Morning 3-Hour Intro to Seoul Tour (Palace, Temple & More)

Begin your tour from the hotel in Seoul between 8:00AM and 9:20AM. Stop first at the Jogyesa buddhist temple. Notice the locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon, a truly beautiful sight. Gaze in wonder at the Daeungjeon and the main temple building which are about 500 years old. Continue on to the Gyeongbok palace where you'll first observe the changing of the guard ceremony. Then, explore Gyeongbok Palace, built in 1395 and is arguably the most beautiful palace in Korea and remains the grandest of all the five main palaces in Seoul. Next visit Cheongwadae, the presidential blue house, known for its beautiful, blue tiles. These tiles and the smooth roof are in beautiful harmony with Mount Bugaksan behind it. Discover how the blue house with its blue tiles and the smooth curve of the roof represents the beauty of Korea. Here you'll have the chance to visit Cheongwadae Sarangchae, a history center that gives visitors a chance to follow in the footsteps of the presidents of Korea and learn about the fascinating history of Seoul before the tour ends at around 12:30PM.

Seoul: Half/Full-Day Private Car Charter Tour

2. Seoul: Half/Full-Day Private Car Charter Tour

Discover the Seoul or Gangwon-do areas with a full or half-day private charter tour. Plan your tour that caters to your interests and travel at your own pace. Book an optional guide to accompany you throughout the day. Book a private charter with an optional guide and see the best of Seoul or Gangwon-do. Create a more focused and personal tour experience tailored to your interests. Whether you're looking to learn more about K-pop, history, culture, or food, this experience can be designed to meet your needs. Possible locations to visit in each area: Seoul City Gyeongbokgung Palace, Myeongdong, Dongdaemun, Cheonggyecheon, N Seoul Tower, Gangnam, Lotte World, Bukchon Hanok Village, Yeouido, Hangang Park, Hongdae, Ewha Woman's University, Sinchon, and other locations in Seoul city. Seoul Suburbs Incheon City, Woongjin Playdoci, Everland, Seoul Park, one mount, Swiss Village, Korean Folk Village, Paju Outlets, Panmunjom, The Garden of Morning Calm, Little French Village, Nami Island, Chuncheon City, Gangchon Rail Bike, Herb Garden, Heyri Art Village, and other locations around Seoul. Gangwon-do Alpaca World, Seoraksan National Park, Sokcho City, Nami Island, Chuncheon City, Gangchon Rail Bike, Daegwallyeong sheep ranch, Pyeong Chang, Yongpyong, Phoenix Park, Alpensia Resort, HIGH ONE Resort, Donghae City, and other places in Gangwon-do.

Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

3. Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

Discover the palaces and shopping spots of Seoul on a multi-stop tour including a local guide, hotel pickup, lunch, and all entry fees and tickets. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to highlights like the Blue House, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Namdaemun Market, and the Jogyesa temple in Insadong. Following pickup, meet your local guide and start exploring the many cultural highlights and popular spots around Seoul, including shrines, markets, museums, palaces, neighborhoods, and hanok villages. Depending on your tour day, your itinerary may vary: Cheonggyecheon Stream is an 11-km-long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that was once there before during the Joseon Dynasty. Cheongwadae (The Blue House) is the presidential residence of the Republic of Korea and is regarded as the heart of the nation. While entering is not allowed, see this historic location from outside the main gate. Cheongwadae Saranchae is a Korean presidential exhibition center, newly opened in January 2010. Enter inside to learn more about Korean culture and history (Monday tours visit the outside of the building only). Saranchae is closed on Tuesdays. The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea. Be sure to bring a camera to take lots of pictures. Admire the guards’ costumes with brilliant primary colors. Gyeongbokgung Palace is the oldest palace of the Joseon Dynasty, located at the northern end of Seojong-ro Street. Built in 1394 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty by its founder King Taejo, it's the most comprehensive and grandest of the five palaces of the period. Stroll around the grounds to see the National Folk Museum of Korea, where visitors can browse the unique cultural and historical traits of Korea and the lifestyle of the bygone days. As Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea tour, and the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony will be replaced with a tour of Deoksugung Palace on Tuesdays. Jogyesa is located on one of the most popular cultural streets in Seoul, Insa-dong. Very close to the palace of Gyeongbokgung, it is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism (since 1936) and it plays a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea. Changdeokgung Palace was used as the main palace by many Joseon Kings and is very well preserved. The palace was registered with UNESCO in 1997. On Mondays, you'll visit Jongmyo Royal Shrine instead. Insadong is the perfect place in Seoul for visitors wanting to experience the traditional aspects of Korea. Discover art galleries, traditional craft stores, antique art dealers, traditional tea houses, and local-favorite restaurants. Namsangol Hanok Village stands out between tall buildings in the middle of the city with its five restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond, and a time capsule. On Mondays enjoy a similar visit to Bukchon Hanok Village instead. Sungnyemun Gate (Mondays: outside only), normally known as the Namdaemun, is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul. Take memorable photos of one of the gates that surrounded the city during the Joseon Dynasty. Namdaemun Market is an open-air market close to the downtown area and high-end hotels. Get the chance to shop some of the best selections of merchandise in the nation and interact with the locals. The market’s history traces back to the Joseon Dynasty and since then has become the main place to exchange daily products between urban and rural areas of Korea

Seoul: City Highlights Tour with Gyeongbokgung Palace

4. Seoul: City Highlights Tour with Gyeongbokgung Palace

The tour begins at Gyeongbokgung Ticket Place, where a historical guide will explain the history of Gyeongbokgung Palace. (Including the ceremony of changing the guards) On this tour, we will visit Hanok Street, a location that has been used in numerous dramas and movies. Your beautiful photos will be taken by a professional photographer! In the observatory cafe, you will also be able to enjoy Korean traditional tea. An example of a modern hanok is Baek In-je House in Gahoe-dong, located in Bukchon Hanok Village during the Japanese administration period. A main room with a good view of the whole village, spacious bedrooms, a large garden, and annex buildings make up the structure. Keeping the beauty of the traditional hanok while incorporating the modern trend of its time, Baek In-je House represents the Bukchon Hanok Village together with Yun Bo-seon House as an important example of both architecture and history. Jogyesa Temple is both Seoul's main temple and the district head temple of the Jogye order. During the Goryeo period, the temple was built in the late 14th century but was destroyed by fire in the late 15th century. Gakwangsa Temple was rebuilt in 1910 by Han Yong-un and Lee Hee-gwang, two respected monks. As part of Korea's Buddhist tradition, the temple was renamed Tegosa Temple in 1936. During the 1954 purification drive, Japanese influence was eliminated and traditional Buddhism was revived, resulting in the current Jogyesa Temple. (Including traditional Korean bread called kukhwapang) A street in Insa-dong that appears frequently in Korean dramas! There will be lots of handmade gifts and delicious food!

Seoul: Northern Sides of Seoul / Gwangjang Market

5. Seoul: Northern Sides of Seoul / Gwangjang Market

Your day will start with a pick-up from your hotel to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the most beautiful and remains the largest of all five palaces. (Tuesday: visit Changdeokgung place) Then, move to Bukchon Hanok village which literally translates to "northern village," where many traditional houses operate as cultural centers, guesthouses and restaurants. Walk to Samcheongdong lined with cafes, museums, antique shops and galleries where you can enjoy the art and shopping. Next, go to Ihwha Mural Village, located less than a 10 minute walk uphill from the buzzing Daehakno area. As you head up the slopes of Mount Naksan, the noise and crowds will give way to fresh air and gorgeous, expansive views of the city but also to something unexpected - street art. Lastly, your trip will end at Gwangjang Market, the nation’s first market. Although the goods are not brand name products, the wide selection of high-quality goods at inexpensive prices will make it an enjoyable shopping experience. The market is famous for the delicious foods so have lunch or some snacks.

Seoul: Royal Dynasty City Exploration Game

6. Seoul: Royal Dynasty City Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Hanyang, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seoul while playing a zombie-themed mobile quest with your friends and family. Solve clues, see beautiful palaces, and learn about the city’s fascinating royal dynasty history. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Avoid the zombies and follow clues as you walk past popular city sites displaying a mix of ancient and modern in the heart of Seoul. Unlock secrets about the places you visit as you solve puzzles and guess the answers. Explore the Bukchon Hanok Village and admire traditional Korean architecture. Learn about how Joseon opened up to the outside world and began to modernize. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

Seoul : Itaewon Hannam-dong Korean wave Tour

7. Seoul : Itaewon Hannam-dong Korean wave Tour

Have you ever heard of Johnson Tang? This food is also called Sausage Stew. Those who like spicy soup will like it. Explore the unique Korean culture of Hannam-dong at the craft gallery and art museum. Listen to Hannam-dong and K-culture.

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What people are saying about Bukchon Hanok Village

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 141 reviews

Friendly and helpful guide. Everything went smoothly according to plan. It’s so much more convenient especially if you are planning to do some shopping as you can leave your purchased items in the car and hop on and off at the various places you want to go without the hassle of carrying all your shopping bags around.

Laura made us see the culture of Korea. Made us see the palaces of different kings. Explained us the history of the country. Introduced us to their cultural food. She is very knowledgeable and patient of answering questions. And of course thought us where to go for shopping.

The tour was great value - covering the temple, palace, modern history and ginseng tasting at the end for a really low price. Our guide Moon was also great - knowledgeable and friendly!

We had a great time and our tour guide Moon was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and was always open to questions.

This tour is a perfect introduction to Seoul for first-timers!