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  3. Jongmyo Shrine

World Cultural Heritage Tour in Seoul and Suwon (Optional)

Product ID: 63105
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Enjoy a half-day tour exploring World Heritage sites in Seoul including Bukchon Hanok Village, Jongmyo Shrine, and Changdeokgung Palace or Gyeongbokgung Palace. The optional full day tour visits the UNESCO Heritage site at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.
About this activity
Duration 4 - 9 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Chinese, English, Japanese

Pickup included

Hotel pick-up is only available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your hotel/guesthouse is difficult to access or not centrally-located, your guide will meet you in front of the nearest central hotel or subway station.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the historical heritage of Seoul by visiting Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Visit Jongmyo Royal Shrine built by Lee Seong Gye (1335-1408), the first king and founding father of the Joseon Dynasty
  • Walk through the streets of Insadong and get a taste of Korean culture
Full description
First, after being picked up at your hotel, you will visit the Buckchon Cultural Center which provides information about Bukchon Hanok Village. The center shows exhibits and films relating to the history of Bukchon. It is a perfect starting place for visitors to get a cultural idea of Bukchon and its traditional Korean atmosphere.

Then, make your way to Jongmyo Royal Shrine built by Lee Seong Gye (1335-1408), the first king and founding father of the Joseon Dynasty. This was a primary place of worship for kings throughout the Joseon Dynasty and has been registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site for its well-preserved ancient customs such as memorial services and traditional music. 

Next you will visit Changdeokgung Palace which virtually means means 'to brighten virtue. It is one of the historic attractions that represent the beauty of Korea. It has been called the 2nd most beautiful palace in Seoul.

The Story of King Sejong Exhibition Hall comprises of 9 different sections with a total area of 3,200 m2. Throughout the museum are a variety of displays detailing Sejong’s invention of Hangeul and his scientific, artistic, military, and political contributions (including the theory of Minbon, which recognized the people as the base of politics).
For the full-day tour, after lunch you will visit Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, an impressive structure from the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and the official fortress of Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do. The fortress (constructed from 1794 to 1796) was built as a show of the King’s filial piety towards his father Jangheonseja and to build a new pioneer city with its own economic power. 
Finally, the Hwaseong Hanengung Palace is the biggest palace that was used by Kings since the Jeongjo King period. This is the temporary palace where King Jeongjo stayed at the time of Wonhaeng (long journey) and also where he held a splendid feast on Hyegyeonggung Hong, his mother's 60th birthday and other events.

Itinerary (Half-Day):
• Hotel pick-up
• Bukchon Cultural Center
• Bukchon Scenic Spots 4, 5 and 6
• Jongmyo Royal Shrine (Tuesdays: Insadong)
• Changdeokgung Palace (Mondays: Gyeongbokgung Palace)
• Sejong Center (Mondays: National Museum of Korean Contemporary History)
• Drop off at Myeongdong (for Half-day Tour only)

For Full Day Tour only:
• Lunch (Hanjeongsik: set meal. Hanjeongsik is a full-course Korean meal with an array of savory side dishes)
• Suwon Hwaseong Fortress
• Hwaseong Haenggung Palace
• Drop off in Myeongdong
Includes
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Pick-up from centrally-located Seoul hotels
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop-off

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
• This tour does not stop at any shopping centers
• Once the tour has begun, there will be no full refund due to heavy rain, snow, strike or etc.
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 11 reviews
Review summary
Service
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Organization
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Value for money
4.3/5
Safety
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Product ID: 63105