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Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

Activity provider: I LOVE SEOUL TOUR Lctd

Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

Activity provider: I LOVE SEOUL TOUR Lctd

From US$ 130 per person

This tour allows you to experience both the historic and modern aspects of Seoul with shopping and sightseeing.

About this activity

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Chinese, English, Japanese
Pickup included
Hotel pick-up is only available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your hotel/guesthouse is difficult to access or not centrally-located, your guide will meet you in front of the nearest central hotel or subway station.


  • Step back in time on this historical tour
  • Inclusive of all entrance fees, service fees and lunch
  • Learn from a local guide
Full description
• [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. Cheongwadae Saranchae is a Korean presidential exhibition center, newly opened as of January 2010. (Mondays: only outside of the building) • [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. The guards’ splendid costumes, with their brilliant primary colors, are a real pleasure to see. • [Gyeongbokgung Palace] built in 1394 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) by its founder King Taejo, is the most comprehensive and grandest of the 5 palaces of the period. Gyeongbokgung, the oldest palace of the Joseon Dynasty, is located at the northern end of Seojong-ro Street. On its grounds stand the National Folk Museum of Korea, where visitors can browse the unique cultural and historical traits of Korea and the lifestyle of bygone days. • [Jogyesa] is located in 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. 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". • [Changdeokgung Palace (Mondays: Jongmyo Royal Shrine)] was used as the main palace by many Joseon Kings and is very well preserved. The palace was registered with UNESCO in 1997. • [Insadong] Experience art galleries, traditional craft stores, antique art dealers, traditional tea houses and restaurants. The perfect place in Seoul for visitors wanting to experience the traditional aspects of Korea. • [Namsangol Hanok Village (Mondays: Bukchon Hanok Village) ] is located between the tall buildings in the middle of a normal city with 5 restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule. • [Sungnyemun Gate (Mondays: only outside of the gate)] normally known as the Namdaemun, is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, South Korea, which surrounded the city in the Joseon dynasty. • [Namdaemun Market] Just a few minutes from Seoul’s ancient Sungnyemun Gate is an open-air market of the same name. It is close to the downtown area and deluxe hotels, and it boasts the very best selection of merchandise in the nation. 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
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Admission ticket
  • Local guide
  • Hotel Pick-up from centrally-located Seoul hotels
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses and beverages
  • Hotel drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Intoxication
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received within 48-hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum 2 persons. This tour will be apply when there are at least 2 in your group.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • A pick-up and drop off service is available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your accommodation isn't in Seoul (for example, Incheon), you can choose whether to make your own way to Seoul or to pay the extra charge based on the distance traveled, on the day of your tour.
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very nice!

Nice tour and places. Short of time in some places.

October 18, 2016

Value for money

Good introduction to Seoul, especially if you have limited time. Visited all the historical places and shopping at Namdaemon market.Jeanie was very knowledgable about the places we visited and gave us ample time to wonder around.We really enjoyed our lunch at a Grilled Fish restaurant. Highly recommended.

June 29, 2017

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