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Morning 3-Hour Intro to Seoul Tour (Palace, Temple & More)

Morning 3-Hour Intro to Seoul Tour (Palace, Temple & More)

* Itinerary: Hotel Pick up (downtown area only) - Jogyesa Buddhist Temple - Changing of the Guard Ceremony - Gyeongbok Palace - Cheongwadae Sarangchae - Ginseng Center - Drop off at Myeongdong or City Hall area. Begin your tour from the hotel in Seoul downtown area between 8:00AM and 9:00AM. Stop first at the Jogyesa buddhist temple. Notice the locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon, a truly beautiful sight. Gaze in wonder at the Daeungjeon and the main temple building which are about 500 years old. Continue on to the Gyeongbok palace where you'll first observe the changing of the guard ceremony. Then, explore Gyeongbok Palace, built in 1395 and is arguably the most beautiful palace in Korea and remains the grandest of all the five main palaces in Seoul. Next visit Cheongwadae, the presidential blue house, known for its beautiful, blue tiles. These tiles and the smooth roof are in beautiful harmony with Mount Bugaksan behind it. Discover how the blue house with its blue tiles and the smooth curve of the roof represents the beauty of Korea. Here you'll have the chance to visit Cheongwadae Sarangchae, a history center that gives visitors a chance to follow in the footsteps of the presidents of Korea and learn about the fascinating history of Seoul before the tour ends at around 12:30pm.

Seoul: City Highlights Private Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

Seoul: City Highlights Private Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

By car, explore Seoul in-depth, visiting sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, Cheongwadae (Blue House), Bukchon Hanok Village, and Gwangjang Market. Our guided car tour will allow you to discover Seoul's top attractions with the utmost efficiency and convenience. Tours last 4 hours in the morning. (If requested separately, afternoon tours can also be arranged.) [Tour Course] - Gyeongbokgung (Palace) : Gyeongbok Palace, the inaugural and grandest among the royal palaces constructed during the Joseon Dynasty, encapsulates 500 years of historical tales from Seoul. Immerse yourself in the narratives of the city's past and step into the role of the main character at Gyeongbok Palace. - Cheongwadae (Blue house): Explore the Blue House, the former office and residence of South Korean presidents, gaining a glimpse into its interior. - Bukchon Hanok Village : During the Joseon Dynasty, Bukchon was situated in the upper neighborhood of Cheonggyecheon and Jongno. The alley on the hill is adorned with hanoks on both sides, forming a serene and vintage panorama that evokes Seoul's rich historical past. - Gwangjang Market : Established as Korea's initial permanent market, Gwangjang Market remains a vibrant tourist hotspot to this day. The term "Gwangjang" translates to "to gather from afar and keep altogether," reflecting its enduring appeal and tradition. For any specific scheduling requirements or special requests, kindly reach out to us prior to making your booking. Our tours can be personalized to cover various regions across Korea, extending beyond Seoul.

Seoul: City Highlights Morning eBike Tour

Seoul: City Highlights Morning eBike Tour

Enjoy a memorable experience in Korea with an e-bike tour. Enjoy an expert guide and award-winning curation take you to the right place at the right time. Our service goes beyond a 5-star tour, it's more of a VIP concierge service! Share with us epic views and hidden places, fascinating tales in back allies steeped in history. Travel at human pace with time to stop and taste local food, meet local people and truly be in Korea! Afterward, contact us anytime for help or advice, and revisit the moment through your photo album courtesy of our photo service. I’m confident you will agree this is the “Must do tour” in Seoul! Tour outline: * Starting at our KTO office location with a 5-10 min safety check, helmet & e-bike fitting with a short test ride. * From Cheongycheon River we ride to Gyungbokgung Palace and loosely explore the neighborhoods around the palace. * On route we visit Gwanghwamun Square, briefly enter the royal palace, then explore the romantic West village visiting a hidden community, and trying some local delights at a traditional market. A brief stop at the presidential Blue House and on to Bukcheon Hanok Village before riding through Insadong to Joggeysa Temple. Finish with a Cheonggyecheon river bike path ride. *Don't worry your awesome e-bike will help every ride together and get you around comfortably and in style.

Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

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: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, and Cheongwadae

Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, and Cheongwadae

Spend the day exploring the best of Seoul, with your experienced guide. Stroll through the Insadong area, known for traditional goods and cafes. Listen as your guide describes historical stories of Korea. Learn about Hanguel, the alphabetic system used for writing the Korean language. Start your tour from Jogyesa Temple, the head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, and discover the history of the temple. Continue to Gwanghwamun Square and see the statues of King Sejong the Great, and Admiral Yi Sun-sin.  Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, established in 1395 as the main palace in the Joseon Dynasty. Walk under Gwanghwamun, the main gates of the palace. Take some time to look around the palace and admire the architecture.  Lastly, head to Bukchon and marvel at the traditional Hanok houses in the village.

Seoul: Royal Palace Morning Tour including Cheongwadae

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, 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: • Visiting the Blue House ‘Cheongwadae’. • Gyeongbokgung Palace, The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony (Only Deoksugung Palace on Tuesday) • Cheongha Korea Ginseng • 12:00 Drop off at Myeongdong Lotte Hotel or Namdaemun Market

Hiking Mt. Bugaksan X Inwangsan + Korean food & drink

Hiking Mt. Bugaksan X Inwangsan + Korean food & drink

Know before you go ❗ Sneakers/Trekking shoes are required as the road can be slippery ‍♂️ / ‍♂️ KTT's day trip is confirmed when a minimum of 5 people gather. Please leave your contact details and we will notify you of your reservation confirmation within 24 hours. Have you just arrived in Seoul? Do you want to learn about Korea’s charms in one day? How about hiking Mt. Bugaksan X Mt. Inwangsan, where you can overlook downtown Seoul and the Blue House? You can see traditional Korean hanoks at the bottom of the mountain and a panorama of Seoul from the top. Beginner hikers are also welcome! The food you taste after hiking is literally SUPER delicious! The charm of hiking of Korea is evident anytime, anywhere! [09:00] Meeting and people check at Anguk Station exit between 2-3 [09:30] Start hiking Mt. Bugaksan Blue House course Chunchugwan - Baekakjeong - Blue House Observatory - Manse Dongbang - Cheongundae (293m) - Cheongundae Information Center - ChangUimun Gate (rest) Approx. 2 hours / 4km / Difficulty: Moderate [11:30] Snack & Tea time [12:00] Hiking Mt. Inwangsan Changuimun - CheongUn Park - (along the city wall road) - Inwangsan Mountain (339.8m) - Beombawi - Suseongdong Valley - Gyeongbokgung Station Approx. 2 hours / 5.5km / Difficulty: Medium [14:00] Late Lunch [15:30] Taking a group photo & end of tour Hope you enjoyed the trip!

Private DMZ SPY Tour from Incheon Airport

Private DMZ SPY Tour from Incheon Airport

In the morning, grab your passport and enjoy a comfortable drive from Seoul to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that has separated North and South Korea since the Korean War. Visit the site where North Korean spy commandos were first discovered and fought with Korean and US combined Special Forces. Learn about the history of this site from your expert guide. Stop at Imjingak Peace Park to discover war artefacts, artillery and military bunkers, then follow your guide along the DMZ's barbed wire fence past soldiers on drill. Pause for a delicious lunch of North Korean specialities, including barbecued duck and a range of vegetarian options.   After lunch, visit the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel to experience firsthand North Korea’s frightening, yet unrealized military ambitions. The tunnel was designed and dug for a stealthy, underground invasion in 1978. Stop at Dora Observatory to catch a glimpse of a North Korean propaganda village and faraway Kaesong City through powerful binoculars. Then take a short trek to the Odusan observation point, where you can see a real North Korean village just across the river border, while your guide explains the traditions of North Korean farming life. At the end of the day, relax on a comfortable transfer back to Seoul.

V.I.P Morning Pedicab Tour

V.I.P Morning Pedicab Tour

Meet your guide and then hop aboard a brand-new e-rickshaw driven by a professional guide, or choose to take your own bike. Set off for a few hours of urban exploration through Seoul's Old Town. Begin with a ride toward the royal palace of Gyeongbokgung to get a look at its grand architecture. Pass by Gwanghwamun Gate to the West Village to enjoy the quiet streets and traditional market there. See the Presidential Blue House followed by a ride up the hills of Bukchon Hanok Village, where old Korean-style houses are preserved. Finally, stop at Jogyesa temple, where your guide will share the brief history of Buddhism in Korea and take in the calm! Enjoy this comfortable ride with Wi-Fi and a blanket in your V.I.P rickshaw with professional guide.

Gyeongbok-gung and Seochon walking tour with coin lunchbox

Gyeongbok-gung and Seochon walking tour with coin lunchbox

Meet at Gyeongbok-gung Station and venture to the Hanbok rental shop. Handpick your Hanbok or let the skilled staff assist in finding the perfect fit. Embark on a time-travel experience at the 'Palace of Great Blessing,' the foremost among Seoul's five royal palaces, established in 1395 as the primary palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the palace grounds with our knowledgeable guide that unravel the tales of this historical marvel, transporting you to a bygone era. Step into the enchanting world of Seochon after changing out of your Hanbok, where the neighborhood's rich history unfolds before you. Once a prestigious dwelling for the royal family, aristocracy, and the middle class during the illustrious Joseon Dynasty, Seochon beckons with its alluring glimpse into the past. Discover the heritage and unique character of this historic district, where each step is a journey through time. Our guide will lead you to hidden gems, from picturesque hanok houses to historic shops, culminating in the warm embrace of Seochon Hanok Village. The adventure doesn't end there – experience the lively atmosphere of Tongin Market, a culinary haven steeped in tradition since 1941. Armed with Yeopjeon (brass coins), delve into a delectable array of authentic Korean delights, from tteokbokki to gimbap, fish cakes to cold noodles. Your taste buds are in for a treat as you savor the flavors of the past. Wrap up your journey with a rich understanding of Korean history and a fully satisfied appetite.

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4.5
(171 reviews)

pick up was great. The tour guide Kelly was excellent. The 15 minutes watching the parade at the Kungbokgung was an awesome experience. I was hoping to see inside of Bluehouse but got to see only the ourside.. but overall enjoyed the tour.

Nancy was excellent. She was very informative and friendly. She kept the trip fun and pleasant. As a BIG kdrama fan I was even able to learn a few new things. She treated my family very well. Thank you!!

We absolutely enjoyed it! Great group, all ages, absolutely great guides!!!! Very helpful and knowledgeable!

Yuna, our tour guide, was awesome. She shared great stories at the palace.

It was a great tour and our tour guy did a great job explaining everything