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Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace

Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea
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Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Location: Seoul, South Korea

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$93.00

This immersive experience in Seoul will give you an in-depth look at traditional Korean culture. With your knowledgeable guide, wander through grand palaces, learn about the history of Korea – from ancient times to today – and witness age-old customs come to life at a folk village ... More info ›

This immersive experience in Seoul will give you an in-depth look at traditional Korean culture. With your knowledgeable guide, wander through grand palaces, learn about the history of Korea – from ancient times to today – and witness age-old customs come to life at a folk village. A Korean lunch and comfortable coach transport is included.

Begin your morning with pickup from your Seoul hotel and then drive by air-conditioned coach past Blue House, the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea. Your guide will remark on the traditional Korean architectural style of this stately residence.

Your first stop is Gyeongbokgung Palace, a royal palace constructed in 1395. Because much of it was destroyed during the Japanese occupation, there has been a large effort to restore it to its original condition. With your guide, marvel at the grandeur of the preserved portions and the restorations.

Here, visit the National Folklore Museum, which uses replicas to illustrate the history of traditional life of Korean people. Browse the numerous exhibitions’ more than 90,000 artifacts conveying what life has been like for Koreans from ancient times to the 20th century. You’ll also learn about the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture.

(Please note that Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, in which case you’ll visit Deoksugung Palace instead. This walled compound with traditional palace buildings, forested gardens and a statue of King Sejong the Great is home to the Seoul Museum of History, where you'll discover Seoul's traditional culture as you navigate the exhibits with your guide.)

Next, tour Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Outside, admire the lovely locust and baeksong trees lining the entrance. Enter the Daeungjeon, the main temple building dating back 500 years, and see the statue of Seokgamoni, the historic Buddha at the moment of enlightenment.

Then, you'll get a chance to take a look at the Korean Ginseng Center before enjoying a tasty Korean lunch at a local restaurant. You’ll then spend your afternoon exploring the Korean Folk Village, a living museum that displays elements of traditional Korean life and folk culture. You'll get the unique opportunity to watch well-preserved customs such as pottery making, basket weaving and the hand-making of winnows, musical instruments, embroidery and bamboo, wood and brass wares.

After this incredible immersive experience, you’ll be taken back to your Seoul hotel.

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Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace

Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea
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Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Location: Seoul, South Korea

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$82.00

Spend a full day discovering the beautiful architecture and landscape of Seoul while learning about its history, culture and traditions. With your guide, visit two grand palaces, including UNESCO World Heritage-listed Changdeokgung Palace; learn about traditional lifestyles at a museum; and explore bustling local markets by foot.

After pickup from your Seoul hotel in the morning, travel by air-conditioned coach past the Blue House, the residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea ... More info ›

Spend a full day discovering the beautiful architecture and landscape of Seoul while learning about its history, culture and traditions. With your guide, visit two grand palaces, including UNESCO World Heritage-listed Changdeokgung Palace; learn about traditional lifestyles at a museum; and explore bustling local markets by foot.

After pickup from your Seoul hotel in the morning, travel by air-conditioned coach past the Blue House, the residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea.

Your first stop is Gyeongbokgung Palace, constructed in 1395. Because much of this royal palace was destroyed during the Japanese occupation, there are many restoration projects underway. With your guide, marvel at the grandeur of the original and new portions.

Inside, visit the National Folklore Museum, whose historical replicas illustrate traditional Korea. Browse the extensive artifacts to learn what life has been like for Koreans from ancient times to the 20th century. You’ll also learn about the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture.

(Please note that Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, in which case you’ll visit Deoksugung Palace instead. This walled compound of traditional palace buildings, forested gardens and a statue of King Sejong the Great is home to the Seoul Museum of History, where you’ll discover Seoul's traditional culture as you browse the exhibits with your guide.)

Next up is Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Admire the lovely locust and baeksong trees lining the entrance and enter the main temple, dating back 500 years, to see the statue of Seokgamoni, the historic Buddha at the moment of enlightenment before stopping by a Ginseng Center.

At midday, you'll enjoy a tasty Korean lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Changdeokgung palace, a perfectly preserved palace from the Joseon Dynasty. As you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, discover the grand pavilions, massive gate, several halls and the Geumcheongyo Bridge – the oldest bridge in Seoul. At the Huwon (Rear Garden), marvel at the beautiful landscape of lotus ponds, lush lawns, trees and flowers.

(Please note that on Mondays, you’ll visit Changgyeonggung Palace instead. It is another one of the ‘Five Grand Palaces’ of the Joseon Dynasty, featuring incredible ancient structures.)

Head next to the Insadong Antique Alley in central Seoul . With your guide, wander down alleys to browse traditional Korean restaurants, teahouses and galleries full of antique artifacts and local artwork. Afterward, stop by the Duty Free Shop before heading to Namdaemun.

Finish your tour at Namdaemun Market, the largest traditional market in Korea, opened in 1964. with various goods in store. You can find great bargains here and snatch up the perfect souvenir to remind you of your trip to Korea! You’ll then be taken back to your hotel.

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Contemporary Art Tour in Seoul

Contemporary Art Tour in Seoul - Seoul, South Korea
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Duration: 4 hours
Location: Seoul, South Korea

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$72.60

Visit two top Korean museums and galleries on this contemporary art tour in Seoul. At the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art and the Gana Art Gallery, you'll learn about Korean art culture from your expert guide as you browse traditional and contemporary artwork by both local and international artists ... More info ›

Visit two top Korean museums and galleries on this contemporary art tour in Seoul. At the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art and the Gana Art Gallery, you'll learn about Korean art culture from your expert guide as you browse traditional and contemporary artwork by both local and international artists. Your tour also includes a visit to the National Ginseng Outlet, where you'll learn about the importance of this plant in Korean cuisine and medicine.

You’ll be picked up from your Seoul hotel in the morning and taken by air-conditioned vehicle to the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art. You’ll notice that the building itself -- designed by the internationally renowned architects Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel and Rem Koolhaas -- is as fascinating as the art on display.

On the first level, you’ll see traditional Korean calligraphy, paintings, ceramics and metal crafts. Head up to the next level to browse exhibits of modern and contemporary art by Korean and international artists.

You’ll then head to the Gana Art Gallery, located on Bukhansan (Bukhan Mountain). This massive gallery was designed by world-renowned architect Jean Michel Wilmotte – who also designed the Incheon International Airport -- and reflects the best of modern, Western design.

Here, you’ll see modern and contemporary works including paintings, sculptures, video arts, 3D installations and photography by promising young artists.

Your last stop will be the National Ginseng Outlet, where you'll learn about this plant’s importance in Korean culture, medicine and cuisine. After your time here, you'll be driven back to your hotel.

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Full-Day Seoul Highlights City Tour

Full-Day Seoul Highlights City Tour - Seoul, South Korea
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Duration: 9 hours
Location: Seoul, South Korea

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$85.00

During this 9-hour Seoul highlights full-day city tour, you will get a great taste of what Seoul has to offer! On this tour you will have a chance to visit seven different focal points of Korea and enjoy a great Korean seasonal lunch. The tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off, starts at Gwanghwamun Gate (the main gate founded by the first king of the Joseon Dynasty), stops off at many more of Seoul's hot spots, and finishes with time spent visiting N Seoul Tower, offering panoramic views of Seoul and the surrounding areas.

During this Seoul highlights 1-day city tour, you will visit places in Seoul and learn things about Korea that you didn't know existed! Your pickup point will be at any hotel in Seoul and you will have to confirm this pickup spot with the tour operator upon receiving your confirmation email ... More info ›

During this 9-hour Seoul highlights full-day city tour, you will get a great taste of what Seoul has to offer! On this tour you will have a chance to visit seven different focal points of Korea and enjoy a great Korean seasonal lunch. The tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off, starts at Gwanghwamun Gate (the main gate founded by the first king of the Joseon Dynasty), stops off at many more of Seoul's hot spots, and finishes with time spent visiting N Seoul Tower, offering panoramic views of Seoul and the surrounding areas.

During this Seoul highlights 1-day city tour, you will visit places in Seoul and learn things about Korea that you didn't know existed! Your pickup point will be at any hotel in Seoul and you will have to confirm this pickup spot with the tour operator upon receiving your confirmation email. Please kindly wait at the hotel ground level lobby for the pickup service.

First meet up with tour guide at your hotel lobby between 9am to 9:30am, depending on your hotel location. Hop on a bus and head over to Gwanghwamun Gate, the main gate founded by the first king of the Joseon Dynasty and enjoy the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. Next, explore Gyeongbokgung Palace (or Changdeokgung Palace on Tuesdays), arguably the most beautiful and the grandest of all five palaces. Then, pass by The Presidential Blue House, also called Cheong Wa Dae, the presidential residence. Next you will visit Insadong-gil Street, which is one of the most memorable place in Seoul and represents Korean traditional culture and crafts with lots of modern galleries and tea houses. Lastly in morning tour, experience the Jogyesa Temple, which is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism.

In order to recuperate, lunch will be provided which typically is seasonal local food. Due to Korea's dramatic weather change and 4-different seasons, the lunch changes by the month!

For the next stop, head to Myeongdong district, one of the busiest places in Seoul and among Korea's premier shopping destinations. Then explore Namsangol Hanok Village where there are five restored traditional Korean houses and a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule (or Bukchon Hanok Village or Insadong on Monday). Then you will visit N Seoul Tower, offering panoramic views of Seoul and the surrounding areas. Finally, you'll transfer back to your hotel around 6pm.

The tour does not include any compulsory visits to shopping centers.

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Full-Day Gangnam City Highlights Tour with Lunch

Full-Day Gangnam City Highlights Tour with Lunch - Seoul, South Korea
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Duration: 1 day
Location: Seoul, South Korea

From USD
$90.00

On this full day tour, visit the richest area in South Korea, Gangnam, which also is famous for Psy’s song “Gangnam Style." Gangnam-gu is a district within the city of Seoul which literally means “south of the river." It has many well-developed streets with unique and modern characteristics, and so many high-rise buildings with bright neon signs that it will be hard for you to know whether it’s day or night! During this 9-hour Gangnam highlights day tour, you will visit six different must visit places within Gangnam-gu: Seolleung, Jeongneung Royal Tombs, Bongeunsa Temple, Coex Aquarium, Lotte Duty Free shop and Garosu-gill Road.

Meet tour guide at hotel lobby. First place will be Seolleung and Jeongneung Royal Tombs, where the burial site of two Joseon kings and one Joseon queen ... More info ›

On this full day tour, visit the richest area in South Korea, Gangnam, which also is famous for Psy’s song “Gangnam Style." Gangnam-gu is a district within the city of Seoul which literally means “south of the river." It has many well-developed streets with unique and modern characteristics, and so many high-rise buildings with bright neon signs that it will be hard for you to know whether it’s day or night! During this 9-hour Gangnam highlights day tour, you will visit six different must visit places within Gangnam-gu: Seolleung, Jeongneung Royal Tombs, Bongeunsa Temple, Coex Aquarium, Lotte Duty Free shop and Garosu-gill Road.

Meet tour guide at hotel lobby. First place will be Seolleung and Jeongneung Royal Tombs, where the burial site of two Joseon kings and one Joseon queen. Next, visit Bongeunsa Temple which is a Buddhist temple and constructed in the 10th year of Shilla king Weongseong's reign (794). After the Lunch at local restaurant, visit COEX Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in Korea and located in Gangnam district. After then, visit SMTOWN COEX Artium where is SM entertainment famous star's goods & cafeteria. Last visit will be Garosu-gil Street, upscale street in Seoul where located in Shinsa-dong area. After the tour, you will return back to your hotel.

 

(*) The tour does not include any compulsory visits to shopping centers.

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Full-Day Tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gangnam City

Full-Day Tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gangnam City - Seoul, South Korea

Duration: 9 hours
Location: Seoul, South Korea

From USD
$90.00

This exciting day tour combines the old and the new! Gyeongbokgung Palace originally built in 1395 was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty located in northern Seoul, South Korea. Gyeongbokgung served as the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty, the Kings' households, as well as the government of Joseon, and it is the largest of the 5 Grand Palaces built by the Josseon dynasty ... More info ›

This exciting day tour combines the old and the new! Gyeongbokgung Palace originally built in 1395 was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty located in northern Seoul, South Korea. Gyeongbokgung served as the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty, the Kings' households, as well as the government of Joseon, and it is the largest of the 5 Grand Palaces built by the Josseon dynasty. During this day tour, you will also have a chance to visit several famous places in the Gangnam city area such as the COEX Aquairum, Garosu-gill Street and take a glance at the Blue House.

You will meet your guide the guide at your hotel lobby in the morning.
The first visit is Jogyesa Temple, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, becoming so in 1936. It thus plays a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea. Next visit is the Gyeongbokgung Palace, arguably the most beautiful and the grandest of all five palaces and then explore The National Folk Museum of Korea and enjoy The Changing of the Royal Guard Ceremony. Continue to Pass by Blue House, known as Cheong Wa Dae, the Presidential Residence. Afterward, enjoy lunch at Insadong traditional restaurant. After lunch, move on to Gangnam area, visit COEX Aquarium, one of the biggest aquariums in Korea and SMTOWN COEX Artium where is SM entertainment famous star's goods & cafeteria. Last visit is Garosu-gil Street, upscale street in Seoul.
Return back to your hotel.

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