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From Seoul: DMZ Half- or Full-Day Trip

1. From Seoul: DMZ Half- or Full-Day Trip

Join a day trip from Seoul for a guided tour of the Demilitarized Zone on the border of North Korea and South Korea. See the world's most heavily fortified border and gain insight into the Korean War. Visit landmarks including the 3rd Tunnel and the Dora Observatory. Begin the tour with a pickup in Central Seoul and travel to Imjingak Park. Upon arrival at Imjingak Park, see the Freedom Bridge and the old steam locomotive, which shows the tragedy of the Korean War. Pay your respects at a memorial for the soldiers who died in the Korean War. Enter the real DMZ to discover the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and DMZ Exhibition Hall to learn about South and North Korea's conflict. Visit the Dora observatory to see North Korea through telescopes and to get a peek at North Korea's propaganda village. At the end of the trip, relax as you travel back to Seoul, passing by Unification Village, and get dropped off at City Hall.  If you choose the full-day tour, you can enjoy an included lunch and a visit to the War Memorial of Korea.

Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walk

2. Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walk

Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, established in 1395 as the main palace in the Joseon Dynasty, on a guided tour with tickets included. Stroll around the majestic Seoul landmark and immerse yourself in Korean history with the live commentary of an expert. Meet your guide at Gyeongbokgung station and head to Gyeongbukgung Palace's main gate. Take some time to look around the palace and admire the architecture. Learn about the history and hear the hidden stories of the largest palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Take photos of the locations where kings and queens once stood, and discover the influence the dynasty had on Korean society during its five centuries in power. End your tour at the Gyeonghoiru pavilion, the event hall of the palace. Enjoy some time to explore at your own pace after the tour.

Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

3. Seoul: Full-Day Royal Palace and Shopping Tour

Discover the palaces and shopping spots of Seoul on a multi-stop tour including a local guide, hotel pickup, lunch, and all entry fees and tickets. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to highlights like the Blue House, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Namdaemun Market, and the Jogyesa temple in Insadong. Following pickup, meet your local guide and start exploring the many cultural highlights and popular spots around Seoul, including shrines, markets, museums, palaces, neighborhoods, and hanok villages. Depending on your tour day, your itinerary may vary: Cheonggyecheon Stream is an 11-km-long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that was once there before during the Joseon Dynasty. Cheongwadae (The Blue House) is the presidential residence of the Republic of Korea and is regarded as the heart of the nation. While entering is not allowed, see this historic location from outside the main gate. Cheongwadae Saranchae is a Korean presidential exhibition center, newly opened in January 2010. Enter inside to learn more about Korean culture and history (Monday tours visit the outside of the building only). Saranchae is closed on Tuesdays. 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. Gyeongbokgung Palace is the oldest palace of the Joseon Dynasty, located at the northern end of Seojong-ro Street. 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. Stroll around the grounds to see the National Folk Museum of Korea, where visitors can browse the unique cultural and historical traits of Korea and the lifestyle of the bygone days. As Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea tour, and the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony will be replaced with a tour of Deoksugung Palace on Tuesdays. Jogyesa is located on one of the most popular cultural streets in Seoul, Insa-dong. Very close to the palace of Gyeongbokgung, it is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism (since 1936) and it plays a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea. Changdeokgung Palace was used as the main palace by many Joseon Kings and is very well preserved. The palace was registered with UNESCO in 1997. On Mondays, you'll visit Jongmyo Royal Shrine instead. Insadong is the perfect place in Seoul for visitors wanting to experience the traditional aspects of Korea. Discover art galleries, traditional craft stores, antique art dealers, traditional tea houses, and local-favorite restaurants. 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. On Mondays enjoy a similar visit to Bukchon Hanok Village instead. Sungnyemun Gate (Mondays: outside only), normally known as the Namdaemun, is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul. Take memorable photos of one of the gates that surrounded the city during the Joseon Dynasty. Namdaemun Market is an open-air market close to the downtown area and high-end hotels. Get the chance to shop some of the best selections of merchandise in the nation and interact with the locals. The market’s history traces back to the Joseon Dynasty and since then has become the main place to exchange daily products between urban and rural areas of Korea

Seoul: Royal Palace and Folk Village Tour with Lunch

4. Seoul: Royal Palace and Folk Village Tour with Lunch

Learn about the folk culture and history of Seoul, while also exploring the city's highlights. visit the National Folk Museum, and wander the streets of Jogyesa. Visit temples and try local food. After a morning pick-up from your hotel, head to the cleanest stream in Seoul, the Cheonggyecheon Stream, a 11 km long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that has been there since the Joseon Dynasty. It's hard to imagine that this beautiful stream used to be a ditch. The next stop will be the Korean presidential office, The Blue House where you'll also visit Cheongwadae Saranchae is a Korean presidential exhibition center, newly opened as of January 2010. * Entering The Blue House is not allowed and tourists only can see into from main gate of The Blue House. Tourists can get into Cheongwadae Saranchae. (Except on Tuesday due to it is closed.) The next stop on the tour will be the National Folk Museum and Gyeongbokgung Palace. Built in 1394, it was the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) by its founder King Taejo, it is the most comprehensive and grandest of the 5 palace of the period. On its grounds, you'll also visit the National Folk Museum of Korea where you'll see displays of about 4,000 items on Korea’s traditional way of life. There are 3 permanent exhibition halls, two special exhibition halls, a shop and a reference room. *Gyeongbokgung Palace and the National Folk Museum are replaced to Deoksugung Palace on Tuesday. Later visit Jogyesa, located in one of the most popular cultural streets in Seoul, Insa-dong, very close to the palace of Gyeongbokgung. It is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism (since 1936) and it plays 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. After visiting here, you'll continue on to the Korea Folk village. The Korea Folk Village is a living museum that portrays the lifestyle of Koreans several centuries ago. There are potters, weavers, blacksmiths and other artisans who practice their trades in a traditional fashion. There are also 270 traditional houses and a small amphitheater for folk music and dance performances. Itinerary • Hotel pick-up 08:40 • Pass by Deoksugung, Sungnyemun, Seoul Station (Tuesdays: no Pass by to Deoksugung) • Cheonggyecheon Stream • The main gate of the Blue House ‘Cheongwadae’ (Only Souvenir Photo outside) (Entering into the Blue House is Not allowed) • Cheongwadae Saragchae (Tuesdays: only out of the building) • Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum and The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony (Tuesdays: only Deoksugung Palace) • Jogyesa Temple • Lunch (Menu: Dolsot Bibimbap) • Korean Folk Village • Hotel drop off 17:00

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What people are saying about Seoul

The GYG team helped me prior to the scheduled DMZ tour and organised a vehicle to pick us up from the hotel to go to the tour bus which was very convenient early morning in the freezing temperatures and it was our 3rd day in the country so didn’t know our way around too, thank you Team . Also as we went early morning we got to finish early two which gave us time back.

Half day tour. Our guides were helpful, hospitable, and had a strong understanding of the history. Their English was also excellent. We were picked up from our hotel in Gangnam-gu which was very convenient. My spouse and I felt safe and well cared for the entire time. As a history teacher, I would highly recommend this tour group.

Cool Park was a fantastic guide- he was so friendly, accomodating and helpful. The driver was also very kind. Sue was a great coordinator- excellent communication. Highly recommend this tour!

Soojin was a great tour person and very knowledgeable about the history of Korea.

We had the chance to know a lot about the korean war , thanks for this journey