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Seoul: Evening Deoksugung Palace Walking Tour

1. Seoul: Evening Deoksugung Palace Walking Tour

Cease this unique opportunity to take a walk inside a historical palace at night and learn the history of the Daehan Korean Empire. The palace served as the royal quarters for 13 years, until the first and last Emperor Gojong struggled to get back sovereignty over the palace under the Japanese Occupation.  Explore the important milestones of modern Korean history in the middle of a beautiful night, surrounded by an architectural mix of Oriental and Western styles. Meet your guide at City Hall station and go through the main gate of the palace, Daehanmun Gate.  Follow your guide through Junghwajeon, the main throne hall, Seokeodang, the most beloved building of King Gojong, Hamnyeongjeon, the King's bed chamber, and Jungkwanheon Hall, the cafeteria where the emperor enjoyed his coffees. Feel free to stay behind after the tour to explore at your own pace and take some photos.

Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walk

2. Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walk

Meet your guide at Gyeongbokgung station and head to Gyeongbukgung Palace's main gate. Enter the National Palace Museum to learn about the history of Joseon dynasty and see the artifacts which have been housed at the palace for hundreds of years. Walk through the main throne hall, the King’s office space, the King’s bed-chamber, and the Queen’s bed-chamber.  Learn about the history and hidden stories of the largest palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Take photos of the locations where kings and queens once stood. Discover the influence the dynasty had on Korean society during its five centuries in power. End the tour at Gyeonghoiru pavilion, the event hall of the palace. Enjoy some time to explore the palace at your own pace after the tour.

Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, and Cheongwadae

3. Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, and Cheongwadae

Spend the day exploring the best of Seoul, with your experienced guide. Stroll through the Insadong area, known for traditional goods and cafes. Listen as your guide describes historical stories of Korea. Learn about Hanguel, the alphabetic system used for writing the Korean language. Start your tour from Jogyesa Temple, the head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, and discover the history of the temple. Continue to Gwanghwamun Square and see the statues of King Sejong the Great, and Admiral Yi Sun-sin.  Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, established in 1395 as the main palace in the Joseon Dynasty. Walk under Gwanghwamun, the main gates of the palace. Take some time to look around the palace and admire the architecture. See Cheongwadae, the home of the President of the Republic of Korea, also known as the Blue House. Relax in this hidden area with views of the mountains surrounding it, before visiting a museum to learn more about Korea. Lastly, head to Tongin Traditional Market and marvel at the traditional Hanok houses in Seochon Hanok Village. Call into a traditional medicine place in Hanok and taste Korean herbal tea in this hidden gem.

Seoul City 1-Day Tour & Nanta Or Korean Folk Village Option

4. Seoul City 1-Day Tour & Nanta Or Korean Folk Village Option

Explore Korean history and culture with a knowledgeable local guide. Begin your tour from your hotel in the Seoul area between 8:00 AM and 9:20 AM. Stop first at Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea famous for being located in the center of the city. Enjoy the peaceful air of the temple before moving on to Gyeongbok Palace. Observe the Changing of the Guard Ceremony and explore the palace itself. Built in 1395, Gyeongbok Palace is arguably the most beautiful palace in Korea and remains the grandest of all the five main palaces in Seoul. Following a tour of the palace with your guide learning the history and secrets of this beautiful building, pass by the Presidential Blue House and walk to Cheongwadae Sarangchae. This historic center gives visitors a chance to follow in the footsteps of the presidents of Korea and learn about the fascinating history of Seoul. It encompasses the past, present and even the future of Seoul as well as the entire nation. After lunch, head to the Changdeok Palace built after Gyeongbok Palace in 1405 and discover another beautiful palace steeped in Korean heritage, declared a UNESCO heritage site several years ago. Stop next at two famous markets in Seoul - Insadong and Namdaemun Market. Insadong is the most reliable place to purchase antiques in Seoul. Browse antique shops, art galleries and secondhand bookstores. Namdaemun is the largest traditional market where you can browse a multitude of goods for bargains and search for the perfect souvenir to take home. Have the option to see a non-verbal performance called 'Nanta'. Nanta is a hybrid artwork, the combination of a traditional Korean folk performance called 'Samulnori' and Western forms of performances. Be entertained by a lively performance where the stage is a giant kitchen and four cooks appear and start cooking dishes for a wedding reception. In the process, they perform Samulnori using the various cooking utensils, such as pots, pans, and plates, etc. The show ends at around 6:30 PM. For the Korean Folk Village Option, you will be able to see well preserved customs and lifestyles of the past generations. Set in a natural environment, visitors can experience this traditional atmosphere with over 260 houses reminiscent of the late Joseon dynasty. See where various handicrafts such as pottery and basket-making, are produced. You can also visit the folk museum as well as the art museum (scheduled to open) to learn about Korean culture and folk customs which are not suitable for display and in an open-air setting.

Private Customized Seoul Tour with Your Korean Buddy

5. Private Customized Seoul Tour with Your Korean Buddy

Take this private 4-hour walking tour to explore Seoul at your own pace with a customized itinerary. Select where you want to go and plan your route with your guide. Scope out the best places to visit during your stay, learn how to get into top restaurants and learn how to navigate the transport system. For history lovers, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Samcheongdong, and Insadong. If you are more interested in the modern aspects of the city, go to Gangnam district, COEX, and relax by the Han River. For shoppers, visiting Myeongdong and Namdaemun Market is highly recommended.

Seoul: Night Tour to Deoksugungpalace and Seoul Fortress

6. Seoul: Night Tour to Deoksugungpalace and Seoul Fortress

Explore the wonderful night lights of Seoul with a professional guide and visit Deoksugungpalace which has a great view. Take in this unique experience and look at this ancient palace at night with beautiful lights.  Head to Han River and from Banpo Bridge, watch the beautiful rainbow fountain show which is available from April until October. From November until March you will visit Noeul Cafe at the Dongjak Bridge instead of the fountain.  Go to the man-made floating Island Sevit Seom with fancy lights. Find some great restaurants and bars to enjoy. Stop at the Naksan park where you can enjoy the night view of Seoul and fortress walls, which is famous for its great view and featured in many k-dramas and k-movies.  Have a calm walk looking down at the city's night view and listen to the history behind the walls. After enjoying the night views of Seoul, the tour takes you back to the Myeongdong area.

From Seoul: Evening Tour to Hwaseong Fortress UNESCO Site

7. From Seoul: Evening Tour to Hwaseong Fortress UNESCO Site

Explore a piece of Korean history in a unique light on this night tour of the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Discover one of the most well-known and loved UNESCO sites in Korea. Depart from Seoul and head to Suwon, the only completely walled city in South Korea. Enjoy some free time at a traditional market in Suwon or visit Hwaseong Haenggung Palace. 'Haenggung' stands for a temporary place where royal families stayed. Suwon Haenggung palace is the biggest of those. Enjoy the night views of this palace and take some great pictures.  Marvel at the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress which was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Designed by the most inspiring ancient architect named Jeong Yak-Yong, the fortress is a fusion of science and industry and incorporates Chinese ingenuity into its plans. The whole fortress is beautifully lit up at night.  Learn about the Joseon dynasty's history including the fact that Suwon could've been the new capital of ancient Korea and that the king built the fortress to be closer with his dead father. You will be dropped off at the Myeongdong area, near the Lotte Hotel Seoul.

Afternoon 4-Hour Seoul UNESCO & Traditional Markets Tour

8. Afternoon 4-Hour Seoul UNESCO & Traditional Markets Tour

Enjoy an afternoon outing that visits three main highlights of the city of Seoul! See the Changdeokgung Palace, the Insadong Arts and Crafts Market, and the Namdaemun Traditional market with the aid of a knowledgeable tour guide! The tour's first stop is Changdeokgung Palace, the second royal villa built after Gyeongbok Palace in 1405. Changdeok was the principal palace for many of the Joseon kings, and is the best preserved among the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. See the public palace area, a royal family residence building. Then visit the rear garden, a place of rest for the kings. The garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion. Next, the tour will travel to the Insadong Arts and Crafts Market. Insadong has been at the heart of nation’s capital for 600 years and it was a cultural center during the Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910). The Ministry of Art was once located at this market. Take time to explore the countless alleys that branch out from the main street, and see why this place has become known as "Merry’s Area" and a favorite shopping spot among foreigners. Finally, stop at Namdaemun Traditional Market, the largest traditional market in Korea with various goods in store such as children’s, men’s and women’s wear. The displayed goods are sold at reasonable prices, and most of the goods are produced directly by shopkeepers. Namdaemun Market is open at almost all hours of the day and is consistently crowded with retailers and shoppers from all over the country. At daybreak, the sight of busy Koreans creates a unique scene in the market, which is becoming a worldwide tourist attraction.

Seoul: Royal Palace Morning Walking Tour

9. Seoul: Royal Palace Morning Walking Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel for this small group Seoul tour. On your way to see the first attraction, you will pass by Deoksugung Palace. This tour starts at Cheonggyecheon stream, an 11km (7-mile) long, modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul. In July 2003, then Seoul mayor Lee Myung-bak initiated a project to remove the elevated highway and restore the stream. One of the goals of the project were to restore the history and culture of the region, which had been lost for 30 years, and to revitalize the economy of Seoul. Next, visit the site of the royal garden of the Joseon Dynasty, Cheongwadae (The Blue House) - the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state, the President of the Republic of Korea. The Blue House is in fact a complex of buildings, built largely in the traditional Korean architectural style with some modern elements. You will stop by Cheongwadae Saranchae, a Korean presidential exhibition center, newly opened as of January 2010. The term 'Sarangchae' refers to a place designated to receive guests in a traditional Korean home. Normally, ‘Sarangchae’ stands as a separate building from Anchae where owners of the house stay. As the name ‘Cheongwadae Saranchae’ indicates, it is a separate building located in front of Cheongwadae. One of the highlights of this tour is a royal guard changing ceremony. It is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea. Be sure to bring a camera to take pictures. Afterwards, you will continue to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the 5 grand palaces built by the Joseon dynasty. The government ministry district and main buildings of Gyeongbokgung Palace formed the heart of the capital city of Seoul and represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. The architectural principles of ancient China were harmoniously incorporated into both the tradition and the appearance of the Joseon royal court. The National Folk Museum of Korea is a national museum of South Korea, located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace that uses replicas of historical objects to illustrate the history of traditional life of the Korean people. There are three permanent exhibition halls, two special exhibition halls, a shop and a reference room. Later visit Jogyesa, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It became this in 1936, thus playing a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea. The temple was first established in 1395, at the dawn of the Joseon Dynasty; the modern temple was founded in 1910 and initially called Hwanggaksa. The name was changed to Taegosa during the period of Japanese rule, and then to the present name in 1954. Last but not least, at the end of this tour, you will be dropped-off at Myeongdong Lotte Hotel or Namdaemun market. Itinerary: • 08:30 Hotel Pick-up • The windows of tour ”Deoksugung, Sungnyemun, Seoul Station” (Tuesdays: no pass by Deoksugung) • Cheonggyecheon Stream • The main gate of the Blue House ‘Cheongwadae’ (Souvenir Photo) • Cheongwadae Saragchae (Mondays: only outside of the building) • Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum and The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony (Tuesdays: Deoksugung Palace and Royal Guard Changing) • Jogyesa Temple (Seoul Museum of History on Tuesdays) • 12:00 Drop off at Myeongdong Lotte Hotel or Namdaemun Market

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 92 reviews

It was an interesting experience and well worth the money. A great tour to do some last minute shopping for souvenirs, the guide I had was super friendly and spoke fluent English. She was able to deliver a informative history tour about the historical site and provided useful recommendations on where to find the best street food in the markets.

Sharon was an amazing and funny guide. She explained everything thoroughly and made sure she answered any questions we’ve had. She also made sure to get me to the Nanta show on time.

Our guide Grace was so nice and informative. The heated coach was nice too. We did the full day tour with lunch, and loved it all.

Great way to see some top Seoul attractions with a very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly guide!

Very knowledgeable guide. We visited several landmarks in Seoul, and had a very nice time.