1. South Korea
  2. Seoul
  3. Gyeongbokgung

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

Product ID: 158028
Explore the Gyeongbok Palace & Temple with a knowledge guide. Get a taste of Korean heritage in this morning tour as you discover these beautiful, historic buildings.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup included

You will be picked up from your hotel within Seoul area. Please advise the name of your hotel and address.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Feel the history of Korea by visiting the oldest palace in Seoul
  • Travel by comfortable coach with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Enjoy a free pick-up service from most hotels in Seoul area
  • Visit Jogyesa, a quiet Buddhist temple in central Seoul with more than 600 years of history
Full description
Begin your tour from the hotel in Seoul between 8:00AM and 9:20AM. 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.
  • Hotel pick-up (Seoul area only)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop off
  • Meals

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Gyeongbok Palace will be replaced to Deoksu Palace on Tuesdays only
• Cheongwadae Sarangchae is closed every Monday
• Pick-up times depends on hotel location, but will take place between 8:00 AM – 9:20 AM
• You can choose to be dropped off at City Hall (near The Plaza hotel) or Itaewon (near the Hamilton hotel)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 80 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.4 / 5
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It was a well timed punctual tour. Enough time at every place. The local tour guide, Grace, has clear spoken English and knows a lot about the history. The taxi driver was also very welcoming, and was downstairs in my hotel ready to open the hotel door for me at pickup time.

28 January 2020

Great Guide and Most Stops were excellent

Gabby was an excellent guide and really good with the group. She kept us together and shared insightful information. My only complaint was one of the stops was a sales stops. The Korean Ginsing Factory where supposedly we were going to learn about the farming and harvesting of Ginsing but was a front to sell Ginsing products. The Palace, Temple and Blue House stops were great.

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28 October 2018

Everything was amazing

I really appreciate how they communicated with us to confirm the details, pick up service from the hotel, amazing and friendly staff and our guidance gave a lot of historical information.. she know how to control a large group of people all and all love the experience and would highly recommend it to my friends and family.. thank you

14 October 2018

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Product ID: 158028