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Seoul: Gyeongbok Palace with Gigibebe Hanbok Rental

1. Seoul: Gyeongbok Palace with Gigibebe Hanbok Rental

Discover the Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Seoul. Dress up like a Joseon-era nobleman or noblewoman and step back in time. Feel like you are the star of a drama set in Korean ancient as you walk through the palace grounds of Changdeokgung and Gyeongbokgung.  Check-in to receive your hanbok clothing and ticket-free entry to the Gyeongbok Palace at which you can visit at your own pace. Get hair-styling, Korean hairband, and a handbag to use during your rental. Pick from the most traditional hanbok to special and royal ones. With a full spectrum of optional add-ons get the best outfit to suit you. Store your street clothes in a provided locker.  Walk through the palace grounds like royalty and take some amazing photos to remember your trip. Choose from a rental that is for 2-hours, 4-hours, or a for the full-day. Return the rental by the time the shop closes at 7:00PM.

Seoul: Ancient Palaces and Scenic Points Walking Tour

2. Seoul: Ancient Palaces and Scenic Points Walking Tour

Discover the city highlights and secret alleys of Seoul with a professional guide. For the morning tour, meet at City Hall Station then walk to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Watch the changing ceremony of royal guards and learn the 500-year history of the Joseon Dynasty. Stop at the National Folk Museum of Korea, located within the palace. See over 98,000 artifacts and understand the daily lives of Koreans during the Joseon dynasty.   The next stop is Bukchon Hanok Village for walk through Samcheongdong Alley. Admire the traditional houses and see how old and new coexists within the city. The morning tour ends at the Insadong area, a perfect place to shop for souvenirs. You can ask your guide for recommendations. With the full-day option, lunch will be included, and the tour will continue afterwards.

Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

3. Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

Start the day with hotel pickup and meet your local guide to start exploring Seoul's best cultural highlights. The first stop on the itinerary is the Blue House, also known as 'Cheongwadae,' which serves as the official residence of the President of South Korea. Don't forget to capture a memorable souvenir photo in front of this iconic landmark. Gyeongbokgung palace is the oldest palace of the Joseon Dynasty, built in 1394 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty by its founder King Taejo, it's the most comprehensive and grandest of the five palaces of the period. 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. Admire the guards’ costumes with brilliant primary colors. (As Gyeongbokgung palace is closed on Tuesdays, it will be replaced with a tour of Deoksugung palace on Tuesdays.) The next stop is Cheongha Korea Ginseng. Ginseng is first mentioned in “Ji Jiu Zhang” during Han dynasty of China as herb used widely in the orient for so many diseases and ailments. It is a plant which had been regarded as a panacea, a cure all. In the studies, Korean ginseng shows best performances in adaptogenic properties. After great Bibimbab lunch, you will visit Changdeokgung Palace which was used as the main palace by many Joseon Kings and is very well preserved. The palace was registered with UNESCO in 1997. (You'll visit Jongmyo Royal Shrine instead on Mondays) Continue the cultural journey at Insadong Antique Shop Alley, a vibrant street lined with art galleries, traditional tea houses, and antique shops. Discover unique souvenirs and traditional crafts Namsangol Hanok Village stands out between tall buildings in the middle of the city with its five restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond, and a time capsule. (You will visit to Bukchon Hanok Village instead on Mondays) Now we will visit one of a symbol of Seoul's historical significance. Sungnyemun gate, also known as Namdaemun gate, is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul. Take memorable photos of one of the gates that surrounded the city. (Outside only on Mondays) And then let's enjoy the Namdaemun Market! It is one of the oldest and largest open-air traditional markets in Seoul. Explore a wide array of goods, including clothing, accessories, souvenirs, and delicious street food. *Three main meals of the photos are included only in 3 main meal option. Finally, the tour will conclude with a drop-off at either Myeongdong or City Hall, depending on your preference.

Seoul: Symbolic Half-Day Afternoon Tour

4. Seoul: Symbolic Half-Day Afternoon Tour

Your tour begins at Bukchon Hanok village which literally translates to "northern village," where many traditional houses operate as cultural centers, guesthouses and restaurants. Then, move to Changdeokgung palace, built in 1405 during the early Joseon Dynasty as the main residence for members of the royal family. Changdeokgung was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in February 1997.   Then, you will visit Seoul’s landmark N Seoul Tower, equipped with observatories and a revolving restaurant for a full 360° view. There is also a personal media play zone where you can check out the latest movie trailers and music videos, pavilion exhibition halls where various cultural events are held and a roof terrace where you can enjoy a scenic view of Seoul. You will also make a stop at Namdaemun market, located just a few minutes from Seoul’s ancient Namdaemun gate (Sungnyemun or South gate), an open-air market of the same name. It is close to the downtown area and deluxe hotels, and it boasts the 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. As the tour ends, you will be dropped off either at City hall or Seoul station.   Itinerary: Hotel → Bukchon Hanok village → Changdeokgung palace (※Gyeongbokgung palace & National folk museum on Monday) → N Seoul tower → Namdaemun market → Drop-off at City Hall subway station or Seoul station (* Lotte Mart - the best large discount store)

Seoul: Royal Palace Morning Tour including Cheongwadae

5. Seoul: Royal Palace Morning Tour including Cheongwadae

You will meet your guide at designated point, Lotte Hotel Seoul for this small group Seoul tour. On your way to see the first attraction, you will pass by Deoksugung Palace. This tour starts at Next, The Blue House called as Cheongwadae and see into 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. 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. * Gyeongbokgung palace will replaced to Deoksugung palace on Tuesday, as Gyeongbokgung palace is closed on Tuesday. Later visit Cheongha Korea Ginseng. Ginseng is first mentioned in “Ji Jiu Zhang” during Han dynasty of China as herb used widely in the orient for so many diseases and ailments. It is a plant which had been regarded as a panacea, a cure all. In the studies, Korean ginseng shows best performances in adaptogenic properties. At the end of this tour, you will be dropped-off at Myeongdong Lotte Hotel or Namdaemun market finally. Itinerary: • The windows of tour ”Deoksugung, Sungnyemun, Seoul Station” (Tuesdays: no pass by Deoksugung) • Visiting the Blue House ‘Cheongwadae’. • Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum and The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony (Only Deoksugung Palace on Tuesday) • Cheongha Korea Ginseng • 12:00 Drop off at Myeongdong Lotte Hotel or Namdaemun Market

Seoul: Royal Palace and Korean Folk Village full day Tour

6. Seoul: Royal Palace and Korean Folk Village full day Tour

Start the day with hotel pickup and meet your local guide to start exploring Seoul's best cultural highlights. The first stop on the itinerary is the picturesque Cheonggyecheon Stream, a serene urban oasis in the heart of Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, it is a restoration of the stream that was once there before during the Joseon Dynasty. Next, you will visit the main gate of the Blue House, also known as 'Cheongwadae,' which serves as the official residence of the President of South Korea for souvenir photo. Don't forget to capture a memorable souvenir photo in front of this iconic landmark. Cheongwadae Saranchae is a Korean presidential exhibition center. Enter inside to learn more about Korean culture and history (Saranchae is closed on Tuesdays. Outside of the building only on Tuesdays). Gyeongbokgung palace is the oldest palace of the Joseon Dynasty, built in 1394 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty by its founder King Taejo, it's the most comprehensive and grandest of the five palaces of the period. 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. Admire the guards’ costumes with brilliant primary colors. (As Gyeongbokgung palace is closed on Tuesdays, it will be replaced with a tour of Deoksugung palace on Tuesdays.) Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Jogyesa Temple, one of Seoul's most significant Buddhist temples. Admire the intricate architecture and serene atmosphere while learning about the temple's cultural and religious significance. After great Bibimbab lunch, you will visit the Korea Folk village in Yongin. The Korea Folk Village is a living museum that portrays the lifestyle of Koreans several centuries ago. There are potters, weavers, blacksmiths and other artisans who practice their trades in a traditional fashion. There are also 270 traditional houses and a small amphitheater for folk music and dance performances. Finally, the tour will conclude with a drop-off at either Myeongdong or City Hall, depending on your preference.

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4.8 / 5

based on 9 reviews

My guide was very kind and happy to explain everything we passed. It was also great to get a better understanding of Korea's history. Jack was also really great about helping me pronounce different words and understand the meaning behind it. I had a wonderful tour with Jack, thank you so much for the great time!

Tour was amazing. Joe, our guide, is a retired teacher with lots of knowledge. His stories kept us fascinated during the whole trip. He gives the ‘extra’ touch to each monument he describes and overall this trip was one of the best 1 day tours I did in a long time.

It was an excellent tour with a varied itinerary. My guide turned out to be just with me (no one else spoke English). So I was lucky. The meal was good and the activities allowed enough time to see everything. It was a small group of seven.

I strongly recommend this tour. We really enjoyed it so much, and the tour guide was really funny and knowledgeable. Thanks

Heidi was a fantastic guide! She is fun and converse well in English. We enjoyed our trip with her.