8:00am - 5:00pm
Want to know how Koreans lived in the past, commoners and kings included? Take a full-day journey into the history and cultures of the past at the capital city of Seoul. Cover the most culturally-relevant places including UNESCO World Heritage sites like Changdeokgung Palace, Jongmyo Royal Shrine and Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.
Enjoy the beauty of the quaint Bukchon Hanok Village, recreated to exhibit the traditional Korean lifestyle to its visitors. You also get to visit Sejong Center - the largest multicultural art center in Seoul and the war-time residential palace of King Jeongjo – Hwaseong Haenggung Palace.
This tour gets even more pleasing with a Korean-style Hanjeongsik lunch, and expert guided services.
Begin this tour with a hassle-free hotel pick-up in the morning. Meet your friendly guide who will take you across Seoul to explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other culturally-relevant landmarks.
Enjoy your day in the following order:
Bukchon: Before visiting the actual Bukchon Hanok Village, gather some information about this recreated village from long ago at the Bukchon Cultural Center. Witness the exhibits and films relating to the history of Bukchon and learn about the traditional Korean lifestyle. Then, reach the village to see the beautiful traditional Korean wooden houses called ‘hanoks’ that date back to the Joseon Dynasty and serve as present-day cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses.
Jongmyo Royal Shrine: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage site, which is a Confucian shrine dedicated to the upholding of memorial services for the deceased kings and queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty. (If this tour is on a Tuesday, you shall be visiting the bustling streets of ‘Insadong’ instead, filled with art galleries, traditional craft stores, antique art dealers, traditional tea houses and restaurants.
Changdeokgung Palace: Move further to this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site that is known to be the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. Walk around its beautiful garden and marvel at the splendid architecture of this palace that represents the beauty of Korea. (If this tour is on a Monday, you shall be visiting the Gyeongbokgung Palace instead.)
Sejong Center: Enjoy a visit to the largest multicultural art center in Seoul that is one of the world’s best performance venues. Check out the brilliant architecture that blends traditional Korean and modern design and admire the outdoor fountain and beautiful garden. (If your tour is on a Monday, prepare to visit the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History instead, Korea's first museum that recorded the nation’s comprehensive history from the late 19th century to the present time.)
Take a lunch break and indulge in Hanjeongsik - a traditional Korean-style full course meal with an array of savoury side dishes.
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress: Enjoy a walking tour around this 18th century structure and witness its unique architecture. The official fortress of Suwon-si - Suwon Hwaseong Fortress was built from 1794 to 1796 by King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty to house and honour the remains of his executed father and has been designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and even as Historical Monument No. 3!
Hwaseong Haenggung Palace: This is another must-visit historical monument in South Korea, located within the walls of the Hwaseong Fortress. This ornate residential palace of King Jeongjo was used when he travelled during war times or when he visited tombs.
This tour ends in the evening with a drop-off to your Seoul hotel.
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.
This itinerary is subject to change. 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 and drop-off. Charges are based on the distance on the tour day.
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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