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Seoul: Royal Palace Morning Walking Tour

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Seoul: Royal Palace Morning Walking Tour

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Explore Seoul's historic and modern sights on this walking tour with visits to Cheonggyecheon stream and the Blue House to Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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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.

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Cheongwadae (The Blue House)- the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state
  • See Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the five grand palaces built by the Joseon dynasty
  • Discover Cheonggyecheon stream, a restoration project by former Seoul mayor Lee Myung-bak
Full description
You will be picked up from your hotel for this small group Seoul tour. On your way to see the first attraction, you will pass by Deoksugung Palace. This tour starts at Cheonggyecheon stream, an 11km (7-mile) long, modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul. In July 2003, then Seoul mayor Lee Myung-bak initiated a project to remove the elevated highway and restore the stream. One of the goals of the project were to restore the history and culture of the region, which had been lost for 30 years, and to revitalize the economy of Seoul. Next, visit the site of the royal garden of the Joseon Dynasty, Cheongwadae (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. You will stop by Cheongwadae Saranchae, a Korean presidential exhibition center, newly opened as of January 2010. The term 'Sarangchae' refers to a place designated to receive guests in a traditional Korean home. Normally, ‘Sarangchae’ stands as a separate building from Anchae where owners of the house stay. As the name ‘Cheongwadae Saranchae’ indicates, it is a separate building located in front of Cheongwadae. 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. The National Folk Museum of Korea is a national museum of South Korea, located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace that uses replicas of historical objects to illustrate the history of traditional life of the Korean people. There are three permanent exhibition halls, two special exhibition halls, a shop and a reference room. Later visit Jogyesa, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It became this in 1936, thus playing 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. Last but not least, at the end of this tour, you will be dropped-off at Myeongdong Lotte Hotel or Namdaemun market. Itinerary: • 08:30 Hotel Pick-up • The windows of tour ”Deoksugung, Sungnyemun, Seoul Station” (Tuesdays: no pass by Deoksugung) • Cheonggyecheon Stream • The main gate of the Blue House ‘Cheongwadae’ (Souvenir Photo) • Cheongwadae Saragchae (Mondays: only outside of the building) • Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum and The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony (Tuesdays: Deoksugung Palace and Royal Guard Changing) • Jogyesa Temple (Seoul Museum of History on Tuesdays) • 12:00 Drop off at Myeongdong Lotte Hotel or Namdaemun Market
Includes
  • Admission ticket
  • Professional guide
  • Local guide
  • Pick-up from centrally-located Seoul hotels
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Not allowed

  • Smoking in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • Minimum of 2 persons. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • National Folk Museum is replaced with Deoksugung Palace on Tuesdays
  • Cheongwadae Saranche is closed on Mondays (visit from outside only)
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
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January 2, 2018

Great!!

Jinny was our tour guide and she was on time to pick us up. She was energetic and very knowledgeable. She was also kind and empathetic. My husband and I were very satisfied with her. I would recommend this tour to all my family and friends!!

April 10, 2018

Product ID: 63103