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The Royal Seoul Sightseeing Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace Visit, Royal Guard Changing Ceremony and more!

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    • Adults (3+)
    • Infants (0-2)
  • KEY HIGHLIGHTS
    • Take a 4-hour tour to witness the royal residences and historically-relevant sites of Seoul
    • Visit Cheongwadae Saranchae, the Korean presidential exhibition center
    • Explore the largest palace built by the Joseon Dynasty - Gyeongbokgung Palace!
    • Learn about the history of Korean traditional life at the National Folk Museum
    • Witness the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony and click memorable pictures
    • Visit one of Korea’s major Buddhist temples - Jogseya Temple
    • Check out amazing old and modern structural wonders with plenty of photo ops on the way
    • Enjoy hotel pick-up with guided services and easy transport throughout the tour
    • No need to print- Smartphone voucher accepted!
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    4 hours

    Start Time

    8am to 12pm

    Meeting Point

    Pick-up from your hotel (centrally located) in Seoul only.
    (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Drop off at either the Myeongdong Lotte Hotel or Namdaemun market.

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview

    Seoul has been the capital of Korea (now South Korea) for about 600 years and is home to the most historically relevant sites and beautiful imperial homes. Embark on a morning tour around Seoul to explore its landmarks that have continued to signify its tradition and culture since time immemorial. From visits to the prime palace of Joseon Dynasty - Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogseya Temple to witnessing the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony and exhibits on Korea’s way of life at the National Folk Museum, there’s so much to experience on this 4-hour journey!

    Enjoy comfortable transport and hotel pick-up alongwith expert guided services on this tour.

    Itinerary

    Begin this morning tour with a hassle-free pick up from your Seoul hotel. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to several royal residences in the booming capital city of Seoul, that holds a prominent historical relevance. Drive past the Deoksugung Palace, one of the five grand palaces built by the kings of Joseon Dynasty known for its distinctive western-style garden and fountain. Drive further by the Seoul Station and Sungnyemun - one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoulwhich surrounded the city in the Joseon dynasty.

    Check out the 11-km long Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Now a public recreation space, Cheonggyecheon is a massive urban renewal project at a site of a river that once flowed freely during the Joseon Dynasty! Stop next at the main gate of the Blue House or Cheongwadae for a souvenir photo opportunity. Then, witness Cheongwadae Saranchae, a Korean presidential exhibition center.

    Prepare for another highlight of this tour –Gyeongbokgung Palace, built by the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) as its mainpalace, that served asa representation of sovereign rule during that period. You will also explore the National Folk Museum of Korea, located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palacethat houses 4000 items on Korea’s traditional way of life. Walk around the three permanent exhibition halls, two special exhibition halls, a shop and a reference room to gain an insight on Korea’s history and culture.

    Enjoy another special part of this day by observing The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony, a rare traditional scene in Korea. Don’t forget to click some memorable pictures of the guards in their impressive costumes. Finally, visit the Jogseya Temple, the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea.

    This tour comes to an end with a drop-off at Myeongdong Lotte Hotel or or Namdaemun market.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pick-up
    • Tour guide
    • Transportation
    • Gyeongbokgung Palace admission fee
    • Royal Guard Changing Ceremony
    Exclusions
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Beverage
    • Personal expenses
    • Lunch
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Voucher Information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your barcoded e-ticket on your device for this activity.

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details.

    In case of traffic jams, your pick-up & drop-off service can be delayed.

    This itinerary is just a schedule and may be changed. For your detailed itinerary, please ask the person in charge before departure.

    Minimum 2 persons will be needed for this tour to operate.

    If your accommodation isn't in Seoul (for example, Incheon), you have to pay extra for the hotel pick-up. Charges are based on the distance on the tour day. . 

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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