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Seoul: Lotte Tower Seoul Sky Observatory E-Ticket

1. Seoul: Lotte Tower Seoul Sky Observatory E-Ticket

Visit the observatory in Lotte World Tower, one of Korea's architectural jewels and a landmark in Seoul's skyline. Climb to the top of the tallest building in Korea, and the fifth tallest in the world, to see incredible views of Seoul at any time of the day.  Present your voucher at the ticket booth to redeem and get in the line for the sky shuttle, an elevator that operates at a speed of 600 meters per minute. Enjoy the exhibitions in basement levels 1-2, where you'll learn about the history and culture of Korea. Ride the elevator to floor 123 and admire the 360-degree panoramic view, or look below through the glass floors.  Lotte Tower is filled with great restaurants and shops that you can explore at your leisure. Or choose to enhance your visit with entrance to Lotte World, the most popular indoor theme park in Korea. If colorful marine life interests you, select the ultimate package with entrance to the observatory, Lotte World theme park, and Lotte World Aquarium included.

Namiseom, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm, & Railbike

2. Namiseom, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm, & Railbike

Meet your friendly coordinator at your preferred meeting point in Seoul and hop onto the comfortable tour bus with other travelers as you head to Gapyeong City. During the ride, be briefed on the details of the tour by your knowledgeable coordinator.  If you select one of the options including the railbike experience, drive to the railbike station and take a breathtaking ride through the serene countryside along an old train track that has been converted into a railbike track. Continue to The Garden of Morning Calm, a stunning garden that attracts families, friends, couples, and photographers with a variety of festivals held there throughout the year. Try some local food at the restaurants nearby. Next, set off for Nami Island, a beautiful, well-known destination in South Korea. Explore the half-moon-shaped island, which has very attractive landscapes and was used as the filming location for the famous Korean drama, Winter Sonata. Stroll around at your own pace to discover the island. Then, head to Petite France to see the vibrant French village that stands out with its brightly colored buildings. The French village consists of exhibition halls, restaurants, and cafes for you to explore and also many photo-worthy sites that feature many famous Korean dramas and variety shows. After your journey, enjoy a hassle-free and comfortable ride back to Seoul.

Seoul: Evening Deoksugung Palace Walking Tour

3. Seoul: Evening Deoksugung Palace Walking Tour

Cease this unique opportunity to take a walk inside a historical palace at night and learn the history of the Daehan Korean Empire. The palace served as the royal quarters for 13 years, until the first and last Emperor Gojong struggled to get back sovereignty over the palace under the Japanese Occupation.  Explore the important milestones of modern Korean history in the middle of a beautiful night, surrounded by an architectural mix of Oriental and Western styles. Meet your guide at City Hall station and go through the main gate of the palace, Daehanmun Gate.  Follow your guide through Junghwajeon, the main throne hall, Seokeodang, the most beloved building of King Gojong, Hamnyeongjeon, the King's bed chamber, and Jungkwanheon Hall, the cafeteria where the emperor enjoyed his coffees. Feel free to stay behind after the tour to explore at your own pace and take some photos.

Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walk

4. Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walk

Meet your guide at Gyeongbokgung station and head to Gyeongbukgung Palace's main gate. Enter the National Palace Museum to learn about the history of Joseon dynasty and see the artifacts which have been housed at the palace for hundreds of years. Walk through the main throne hall, the King’s office space, the King’s bed-chamber, and the Queen’s bed-chamber.  Learn about the history and hidden stories of the largest palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Take photos of the locations where kings and queens once stood. Discover the influence the dynasty had on Korean society during its five centuries in power. End the tour at Gyeonghoiru pavilion, the event hall of the palace. Enjoy some time to explore the palace at your own pace after the tour.

From Seoul: Day Trip To DMZ, Cable Car & Battle Ship Park

5. From Seoul: Day Trip To DMZ, Cable Car & Battle Ship Park

Witness the Demilitarized Zone, one of the most powerful symbols of the 20th century. Learn the history of the conflict as you tour the important sights, including seeing North Korean territory. Start your tour at Imjingak, 7 km from the Military Demarcation Line, a park that is dedicated to remembering the war and the division of Korea. It was built in 1972 with the hope that someday unification would be possible. The 3-storied Imjingak is surrounded by several monuments, the Unification Park, and a North Korea Center. Next, try the new Paju Imjingak Peace Gondola. During the cable car ride, you will get a bird’s eye view of the DMZ and even get a glance at Imjin River and Camp Greaves, a site used for many war-themed TV shows and movies. The next stop is Mount Odu Unification Observatory, which allows visitors a view of North Korean territory. On the way back to Seoul you’ll visit Seoul Battleship Park. 3 authentic warships are preserved in their original state and provide an extraordinary space for exhibitions and experiences, offering visitors another way to learn more about the war. Your tour ends with a drop-off at City Hall.

Seoul: National Museum of Korea Guided Tour

6. Seoul: National Museum of Korea Guided Tour

Enjoy a visit to the National Museum of Korea, home to a suite of major historical objects from ancient to contemporary Korea. It is recognized as one of the best organized and most informative museums in the world. The best way to get around is with a guided tour, during which you'll hear about the establishment's rich history and have the chance to ask questions. Meet your tour guide at the entrance to the museum and grab your audio receiver for better listening. Your tour guide will take you from the ancient through to the modern history of Korea. Feel free to ask any questions you may have along the way. In the history portion, your journey will begin with learning about the three ancient kingdoms of Korean territory. Continue on through rather modern history and learn about Korea's deep roots in Buddhism as you admire beautifully presented religious decors and statues. The next stops focus on sculptures and crafts in exhibitions consisting of national treasures made of gold, valuable stones, and porcelain. Take enough time to look around all permanent and special exhibitions at the museum at your own pace after the guided tour.

Seoul: Royal Palace Morning Walking Tour

7. Seoul: Royal Palace Morning Walking Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel for this small group Seoul tour. On your way to see the first attraction, you will pass by Deoksugung Palace. This tour starts at Cheonggyecheon stream, an 11km (7-mile) long, modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul. In July 2003, then Seoul mayor Lee Myung-bak initiated a project to remove the elevated highway and restore the stream. One of the goals of the project were to restore the history and culture of the region, which had been lost for 30 years, and to revitalize the economy of Seoul. Next, visit the site of the royal garden of the Joseon Dynasty, Cheongwadae (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. You will stop by Cheongwadae Saranchae, a Korean presidential exhibition center, newly opened as of January 2010. The term 'Sarangchae' refers to a place designated to receive guests in a traditional Korean home. Normally, ‘Sarangchae’ stands as a separate building from Anchae where owners of the house stay. As the name ‘Cheongwadae Saranchae’ indicates, it is a separate building located in front of Cheongwadae. 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. The National Folk Museum of Korea is a national museum of South Korea, located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace that uses replicas of historical objects to illustrate the history of traditional life of the Korean people. There are three permanent exhibition halls, two special exhibition halls, a shop and a reference room. Later visit Jogyesa, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It became this in 1936, thus playing 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. The name was changed to Taegosa during the period of Japanese rule, and then to the present name in 1954. Last but not least, at the end of this tour, you will be dropped-off at Myeongdong Lotte Hotel or Namdaemun market. Itinerary: • 08:30 Hotel Pick-up • The windows of tour ”Deoksugung, Sungnyemun, Seoul Station” (Tuesdays: no pass by Deoksugung) • Cheonggyecheon Stream • The main gate of the Blue House ‘Cheongwadae’ (Souvenir Photo) • Cheongwadae Saragchae (Mondays: only outside of the building) • Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum and The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony (Tuesdays: Deoksugung Palace and Royal Guard Changing) • Jogyesa Temple (Seoul Museum of History on Tuesdays) • 12:00 Drop off at Myeongdong Lotte Hotel or Namdaemun Market

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What people are saying about Seoul

It was more than I expected. The garden of morning calm was spectacular. I expected less from the petite france but it was rather large when including the board walk that lets you see the sunset in the mountains. The guide was so kind and considerate the whole time. He always made sure everyone was happy. At the end of the day he even helped me find a quicker way back to my lodging. Really superb. When there was some traffic coming back into Seoul he was so sweet and apologetic even as the old Korean lady kept bickering at him to take a different route. He was smiling and friendly.

Our tour guide Grace lives up to her name! Very approachable and super nice. We are a family of four including a one year old; she went above and beyond with the tour and even helped me with my baby. I am grateful to have met her. Thank you for the experience.

Finn is a great guide , patient, helpful and fluent in English. Had a great time at all planned destinations. Overall a 5 star experience and will book again.

Great tour! The activities were fun, guide was super friendly and helpful, would recommend 100%

Great leadership, everything went smoothly, nice staff!