Seoul City 1-Day Tour & Nanta Or Korean Folk Village Option

Product ID: 158771
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Discover top city attractions in Seoul with an optional Nanta Performance. Explore this bustling city which has so much to offer for first-time visitors. Learn the city's history and stories with a knowledgeable tour guide.
About this activity
Duration 8 - 9.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live guide
English, Korean

Pick-up service

Pick-up from your hotel in the Seoul area.
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the highlights of Seoul history and culture
  • Travel by comfortable coach and benefit from a knowledgeable local guide
  • Enjoy the pick-up and drop off service from most hotels in the Seoul area
  • Be entertained by the a wonderful non-verbal Nanta performance
Full description
Explore Korean history and culture with a knowledgeable local guide. Begin your tour from your hotel in the Seoul area between 8:00 AM and 9:20 AM. Stop first at Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea famous for being located in the center of the city. Enjoy the peaceful air of the temple before moving on to Gyeongbok Palace. Observe the Changing of the Guard Ceremony and explore the palace itself. Built in 1395, Gyeongbok Palace is arguably the most beautiful palace in Korea and remains the grandest of all the five main palaces in Seoul.

Following a tour of the palace with your guide learning the history and secrets of this beautiful building, pass by the Presidential Blue House and walk to Cheongwadae Sarangchae. This historic center gives visitors a chance to follow in the footsteps of the presidents of Korea and learn about the fascinating history of Seoul. It encompasses the past, present and even the future of Seoul as well as the entire nation.

After lunch, head to the Changdeok Palace built after Gyeongbok Palace in 1405 and discover another beautiful palace steeped in Korean heritage, declared a UNESCO heritage site several years ago. Stop next at two famous markets in Seoul - Insadong and Namdaemun Market. Insadong is the most reliable place to purchase antiques in Seoul. Browse antique shops, art galleries and secondhand bookstores. Namdaemun is the largest traditional market where you can browse a multitude of goods for bargains and search for the perfect souvenir to take home.

Have the option to see a non-verbal performance called 'Nanta'. Nanta is a hybrid artwork, the combination of a traditional Korean folk performance called 'Samulnori' and Western forms of performances. Be entertained by a lively performance where the stage is a giant kitchen and four cooks appear and start cooking dishes for a wedding reception. In the process, they perform Samulnori using the various cooking utensils, such as pots, pans, and plates, etc. The show ends at around 6:30 PM.

For the Korean Folk Village Option, you will be able to see well preserved customs and lifestyles of the past generations. Set in a natural environment, visitors can experience this traditional atmosphere with over 260 houses reminiscent of the late Joseon dynasty. See where various handicrafts such as pottery and basket-making, are produced. You can also visit the folk museum as well as the art museum (scheduled to open) to learn about Korean culture and folk customs which are not suitable for display and in an open-air setting.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off, Seoul area only
  • Transportation
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop off, after Nanta show

When you get there

Know before you go
• On Tuesdays, Gyeongbok Palace will be replaced by Deoksu Palace
• Cheongwadae Sarangchae is closed every Monday
• On Monday, Changdeok Palace will be replaced by N Seoul Tower, this will not include the observatory
• To include the Nanta Performance, select it as an add-on
• If all the seats are taken for the Nanta Performance, it will be replaced by another performance
• There will be no drop off after the performance, only after the tour
• The pick-up time will be between 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM, and will depend on the hotel location
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 34 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.6/5
Organization
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Value for money
4.4/5
Safety
4.9/5

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Product ID: 158771