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Seoul: City Highlights and Historic Palace Tour with Hanbok

1. Seoul: City Highlights and Historic Palace Tour with Hanbok

Experience the best of Seoul's cultural attractions on an immersive tour, perfect for travelers seeking an authentic Korean adventure. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace for a Hanbok experience, stroll through the picturesque Bukchon Hanok Village, explore the elegant Baek In-je's House, find inner peace at Jogyesa Temple, and dive into the lively Insadong district. Begin at the stunning Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the Five Grand Palaces, where you'll don a traditional Hanbok and learn about the Joseon Dynasty. Next, wander through the charming alleys of Bukchon Hanok Village, admiring the well-preserved traditional Korean houses and capturing Instagram-worthy moments. Visit Baek In-je's House, a magnificent aristocratic mansion, to discover the opulent lifestyle of Korea's early 20th-century upper class. Continue your journey at the serene Jogyesa Temple, the center of Korean Buddhism, and soak in its calming atmosphere, vibrant lanterns, and ancient trees. Finally, explore the bustling Insadong neighborhood, a hub of art galleries, antique shops, traditional teahouses, and street vendors, showcasing Seoul's unique blend of modernity and tradition. Embark on this unforgettable cultural adventure in Seoul, experiencing the best of Korea's rich history, architecture, and artistic spirit. Book your tour today for an unparalleled journey through the captivating sights and sounds of this incredible city.

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

2. 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: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walking Tour

3. Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walking Tour

Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, established in 1395 as the main palace in the Joseon Dynasty, on a guided tour with tickets included. Stroll around the majestic Seoul landmark and immerse yourself in Korean history with the live commentary of an expert. Meet your guide at Gyeongbokgung station and head to Gyeongbukgung Palace's main gate. Take some time to look around the palace and admire the architecture. Learn about the history and hear the hidden stories of the largest palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Take photos of the locations where kings and queens once stood, and discover the influence the dynasty had on Korean society during its five centuries in power. End your tour at the Gyeonghoiru pavilion, the event hall of the palace. Enjoy some time to explore at your own pace after the tour.

Seoul: Half/Full-Day Private Car Charter Tour

4. 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. ★ Additional special offer - The Painters Show: R seat ticket (Can be used on the same day or the other days) ★ Additional option - Airport pick up service (pickup duration included, service time in total 10hrs)

Seoul: City Highlights Guided Tour with Hotel Transfers

5. Seoul: City Highlights Guided Tour with Hotel Transfers

Experience a comprehensive Seoul city tour by car, exploring the hottest spots like Gangnam, Namsan, Myeongdong, and Namdaemun all in one go. Discover the best of Seoul's attractions with our convenient and efficient car tour. Experience the electric energy of Gangnam Style at the iconic horse dance stage and explore Hallyu Star Street, where K-pop dreams come true. Discover the hidden treasures of traditional Korean markets and browse through children's clothing stores, diverse clothing boutiques, stationery havens, and bustling wholesale markets in Namdaemun and Myeong-dong. Treat your taste buds to culinary delights at local recommended restaurants along the way. Indulge in shopping extravaganzas at Starfield Coex Mall and Myeong-dong, and lose yourself in the vast collection of books at the heavenly Starfield Library. Finally, reach new heights at N Seoul Tower, gazing upon breathtaking city views. Join us on this lively and enriching tour, creating unforgettable memories of Seoul's cultural wonders. Tour Course 1. Bongeunsa Temple: Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of Bongeunsa Temple, one of Seoul's most prominent Buddhist temples, and explore its stunning architecture and peaceful surroundings. 2. Gangnam Style Horse Dance Stage: Experience the vibrant energy of Gangnam Style as you visit the iconic horse dance stage, where Psy's famous music video was filmed, and learn the iconic dance moves. 3. Starfield COEX Mall: Indulge in a shopping extravaganza at the sprawling Starfield Coex Mall, home to numerous luxury brands, trendy boutiques, entertainment facilities, and a wide range of culinary delights. 4. Starfield Library: Marvel at the magnificent Starfield Library, a heavenly sanctuary for book lovers located within Starfield Coex Mall. Lose yourself in the vast collection of books and enjoy a peaceful reading environment. 5. K-Star Street: Cruise through Hallyu Star Street, a vibrant stretch known for its K-pop culture and entertainment industry. Catch glimpses of famous entertainment agencies, trendy shops, and the possibility of encountering your favorite K-pop idols. 6. Namdaemun Market: Dive into the bustling atmosphere of Namdaemun Market, one of Korea's oldest and largest traditional markets. Explore a wide variety of shops, bargain for unique souvenirs, and savor delicious street food. 7. Myeong-dong: Pass through the bustling streets of Myeong-dong, a shopper's paradise known for its trendy fashion boutiques, cosmetics shops, street food stalls, and vibrant nightlife. 8. N Seoul Tower: Reach new heights at N Seoul Tower, an iconic landmark atop Namsan Mountain. Enjoy panoramic views of Seoul, visit the observatory, and create lasting memories in this romantic setting.

Seoul: 4-Hour UNESCO Heritage Palace, Shrine, and More Tour

6. Seoul: 4-Hour UNESCO Heritage Palace, Shrine, and More Tour

Start your day with a convenient hotel pickup and head to Bukchon Hanok Village. See traditional Korean-style buildings which have been transformed into café and various cultural centers. Take out your camera and capture beautiful photos of these unique buildings. Receive an introduction to the rest of the day's itinerary from your guide. Next, make your way to the Jongmyo Royal Shrine, constructed nearly 600 years ago. This shrine served as a religious memorial for the royal family and kings used to visit the place to pay their respect to ancient royal families. Marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this site occasionally demonstrates ancient customs such as memorial services and traditional music performances.  Visit the nearby Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which served as a royal residence in centuries past. Admire the traditional Korean architecture and vibrant gardens surrounding the palace. Lastly, visit the Sejong Center which was built to commemorate King Sejong, who is considered as the greatest king of the Josen Dynasty. Learn about this historic figure who is thought to have formalized much of the Korean language and contributed to the development of science, art, and military affairs. In the center, learn about the glorious days of Joseon Dynasty. You will be dropped off at Myeongdong, where numerous restaurants and shopping malls await you.

Seoul: Nighttime Tour of Palace, Market, Naksan Park & More

7. Seoul: Nighttime Tour of Palace, Market, Naksan Park & More

Shop like a local at the largest local market at Gwangjang Market, relax with a walk by the Cheonggyecheon River, and feel like a king in the Changyeonggung Royal Palace on this guided night tour in Seoul. Choose the group tour option with accessible meeting points or the private option with hotel transfers and flexible departure times. Hop aboard a comfortable vehicle and sit back and unwind with your driver. First to the largest Korean traditional market at Gwangjang Market (a.k.a Dongdaemun Market previously) where you can taste an authentic Korean dinner, and yummy street snacks, and buy some stunning Korean items. Continue to the beautiful Cheonggyecheon River nearby, and unwind in this local's favorite resting area in the main downtown area of this bustling city. Step inside the enchanting Changyeonggung Royal Palace, especially famous for the night with the inside lighting, and discover its stories from the famous Sejong the Great to modern time. Next, stroll along the city wall under the moonlight while enjoying night views of the city in Naksan Park with hilltop green space near the Seoul City Wall. Capture some breathtaking pictures of Seoul City before returning to the meeting point for the group option or where you stay for the private option. 

Seoul: DMZ, Gyeongbokgung Palace & City Tour

8. Seoul: DMZ, Gyeongbokgung Palace & City Tour

Since 1950, Korea has been divided into the North and South. North Korea has become more closed off, while South Korea continues to develop as a democracy and leading economy, sharing its culture with the rest of the world. The DMZ area is the only place that you can see the reality of the most divided nation in the world. This tour includes a military tourist guide, shuttle vehicle, and entrance fees to a venue that helps to explain the history of war. Your tour guides are professional security specialists, allowing you to learn about North and South Korean relations. Visit the Third Tunnel Experience, which was designed to invade South Korea by tanks, the observatory where you can view North Korean residents, the War History Pavilion, and Imjingak. Experience every aspect of the DMZ area.    You will also visit Gyeongbok Palace, where the king, his family and 2000 others previously lived as they ruled the nation. Be fascinated as you hear how the palace was run more like a modern day business - with employees and advisers - rather than as the royal-only complex that you might expect. 

Seoul: Northern Sides of Seoul / Gwangjang Market

9. 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: City Highlights Morning E-bike Tour

10. Seoul: City Highlights Morning E-bike Tour

Enjoy a memorable experience in Korea with an e-bike tour. Enjoy an expert guide and award-winning curation take you to the right place at the right time. Our service goes beyond a 5-star tour, it's more of a VIP concierge service! Share with us epic views and hidden places, fascinating tales in back allies steeped in history. Travel at human pace with time to stop and taste local food, meet local people and truly be in Korea! Afterward, contact us anytime for help or advice, and revisit the moment through your photo album courtesy of our photo service. I’m confident you will agree this is the “Must do tour” in Seoul! Tour outline: * Starting at our KTO office location with a 5-10 min safety check, helmet & e-bike fitting with a short test ride. * From Cheongycheon River we ride to Gyungbokgung Palace and loosely explore the neighborhoods around the palace. * On route we visit Gwanghwamun Square, briefly enter the royal palace, then explore the romantic West village visiting a hidden community, and trying some local delights at a traditional market. A brief stop at the presidential Blue House and on to Bukcheon Hanok Village before riding through Insadong to Joggeysa Temple. Finish with a Cheonggyecheon river bike path ride. *Don't worry your awesome e-bike will help every ride together and get you around comfortably and in style.

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4.5 / 5

based on 204 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!

Soojin was a great tour person and very knowledgeable about the history of Korea.

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