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Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Seoul, South Korea
Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

This full-day tour of Seoul offers an in-depth look at Korea’s rich cultural heritage. With your guide, tour the gates and pavilions of Gyeongbokgung Palace; browse historical exhibits at the National Folklore Museum; and visit the Korean Folk Village and Jogyesa Buddhist Temple. Enjoy a Korean lunch and comfortable round-trip coach transport from your hotel.
  • Guided Korean heritage tour in Seoul
  • Marvel at Korean architecture as you explore grand palaces by foot
  • Browse museum exhibits displaying the fascinating history of Korea, from ancient times to today
  • Immerse yourself in traditional Korean culture and at the Korean Folk Village
  • Enjoy a traditional Korean lunch
  • Round-trip hotel transport by air-conditioned coach included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We provide hotel pick up only in Seoul area.
If you put your hotel information, the tour operator will give the pick up time with exact meeting time. You MUST get the meeting time from the tour operator

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Start your heritage tour of Seoul with hotel pickup and meet your guide aboard the coach. Listen to informative narration as you journey past the stately Blue House — the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea.

Disembark to tour Gyeongbokgung Palace, the first royal palace built by the Joseon Dynasty and the largest of the Five Grand Palaces. Marvel at the grandeur of the gates, pavilions and royal halls as you stroll the grounds on a guided tour. At the on-site National Folklore Museum, learn about Korean life from ancient times to the 20th century via exhibitions of artifacts and model replicas.

Re-board the coach for Jogyesa Buddhist Temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, which depicts an enlightened Buddha inside its main hall dating back 500 years.

Around midday, you will stop by a Korean Ginseng Center prior to siting down for a Korean lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you’re accompanied to the Korean Folk Village, a living showcase for traditional Korean life and folk culture. Walk around here to witness pottery making, basket weaving and the hand-making of winnows, musical instruments, embroidery and bamboo, wood and brass wares.

After this immersive experience, you’re transported back to your Seoul hotel by coach.

Please note: Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, in which case you’ll visit Deoksugung Palace. This walled palace compound is home to the Seoul Museum of History, which you’ll also tour with your guide.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Seoul
Begin your morning with pickup from your Seoul hotel
Pass By:  
The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae)
Then drive by air-conditioned coach past Blue House, the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea.
Stop At:  
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Your first stop is Gyeongbokgung Palace, a royal palace constructed in 1395. Because much of it was destroyed during the Japanese occupation, there has been a large effort to restore it to its original condition. With your guide, marvel at the grandeur of the preserved portions and the restorations. (Please note that Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, in which case you’ll visit Deoksugung Palace instead. This walled compound with traditional palace buildings, forested gardens and a statue of King Sejong the Great is home to the Seoul Museum of History, where you'll discover Seoul's traditional culture as you navigate the exhibits with your guide.)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
National Folk Museum of Korea
Visit the National Folklore Museum, which uses replicas to illustrate the history of traditional life of Korean people. Browse the numerous exhibitions’ more than 90,000 artifacts conveying what life has been like for Koreans from ancient times to the 20th century. You’ll also learn about the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jogyesa Temple
, tour Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Outside, admire the lovely locust and baeksong trees lining the entrance. Enter the Daeungjeon, the main temple building dating back 500 years, and see the statue of Seokgamoni, the historic Buddha at the moment of enlightenment.
Duration: 2 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Seoul
Next, you will stop at a traditional Korean restaurant for lunch.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Seoul
Korea is one of the countries with the biggest Ginseng industry. We will drop by a Ginseng center to learn more about this health care product and you will have the opportunity to purchase some ginseng to take home with you.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Korean Folk Village
You’ll then spend your afternoon exploring the Korean Folk Village, a living museum that displays elements of traditional Korean life and folk culture. You'll get the unique opportunity to watch well-preserved customs such as pottery making, basket weaving and the hand-making of winnows, musical instruments, embroidery and bamboo, wood and brass wares.
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Seoul
After this incredible immersive experience, you’ll be taken back to your Seoul hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
  • OPERATED BY KOREA TOUR (DMZ TOUR)
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Reviews

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star-4
This was a really great tour with...
JOHNNY_L
, Oct. 2017
This was a really great tour with very knowledgeable tour guides. The only portions which I didn't care for was the Ginseng Center and Red Pine presentations.
star-5
I joined the tour ith two lovely...
KhoaNXuan_T
, May 2017
I joined the tour ith two lovely tourist guides Sunny and Winnie, who are both excellent at English. I got a lot of useful information regarding Korean culture thanks to them. I was lucky to have Winnie in two tours, this one and Nami island one. She is so cute and lovely. I travelled alone, Winnie knew it, so she took a good care of me, accompanying me and taking photos for me. Her knowledge of Korean history and culture is excellent and she is well capable of delivering it to us. My Korean trip was memorable thanks to her. I would have no hesitation to recommend Winnie and the tour. Lovely Winnie, if you can read it, just know that I really love you. :D From your Vietnamese girl
star-5
great way to start discovering...
Tatjana_I
, Feb. 2017
great way to start discovering Korean culture and tradition! we loved everything on this tour. lunch at Korean traditional restaurant was great experience!
star-1
This was a two-part tour with the...
Richard A
, Oct. 2016
This was a two-part tour with the morning City tour with one guide and the afternoon Korean Folk Village tour with another. The morning tour and guide were OK, although far from outstanding. A rather rushed affair literally sprinting after the guide. There was, however, PLENTY of time for the compulsory Ginseng outlet stop for purchasing everything ginseng. The guide for the afternoon Folk Village was simply awful. I finally told him that he should get off his smart phone and pay attention to his guests. There were only 5 of us on the tour, and the guide seemed far more interested in his cell phone than in his paying customers. Really insulting to us.
star-5
We thought this a very good tour to...
Raymond_G
, Jul. 2016
We thought this a very good tour to give an overall view of Seoul both present and past. We were lucky that the rain held off until after the changing of the guard which is a do not miss. Our guide was very informative and easy to follow.
star-1
I signed up for a full-day tour of...
Ellen W
, Jul. 2016
I signed up for a full-day tour of Seoul, and received less than 3 hours of actual guided touring, some of which was in very limited/poor English. I was picked up at 8:40 from my hotel, and the tour bus made it to the first site at 9:30. My morning tour guide was very knowledgeable, so you could get information if you asked a lot of questions, but information wasn't just provided automatically. In the cultural museum, we stopped so she could give us a quick overview of the history of Korea, and then sped through the rest of the exhibit didn't stop walking fairly quickly again until we hit a mandatory bathroom stop. It was raining, so I would have thought we could spend a little more time in the museum to make up for moving more quickly through the outdoor parts of the tour, but we only went to one exhibit, and spend about 15 minutes in the museum. By 11:00 we were at the amethyst factory - my advice is to stop at the cute little local cafe next to the amethyst shop and get some coffee and chat with the barista rather than do some forced shopping no one on our tour bought anything. We made it to lunch by 11:30 and they quickly banged out some basic Korean food - it was decent. After lunch things got much worse. Two of my fellow tourists and I got into a van with ?Brian? to go to the villages. We started driving at 1 and made it to the villages at 2. From about 2:15 - 2:45 I pestered Brian with constant questions that he often didn't understand due to limited English. After that half hour, he told us the tour part was over and to meet up at 3:30 to leave. I was stunned. I'm a curious person, so I'd been very excited to have someone to answer my questions so that I didn't have to puzzle over the signs - but the signs actually knew more than Brian. Finally, I was dropped back at my hotel around 5:30 traffic, except...it wasn't my hotel. Brian had confused which location was my hotel, and before I could correct him, he was gone and I was stuck.
star-5
The tour was what I expected, it was...
Barbara B
, Jul. 2016
The tour was what I expected, it was very interesting and the guide was very knowledgeable. We had a good lunch in a picturesque Korean restaurant.
star-2
The first guide was soft and...
Bruce_K
, Jul. 2016
The first guide was soft and couldn't hear. She needed that speaker thing on their neck. The 2nd one was good. Rushed us but stayed at a Ginseng place for 45 minutes. Wasted our time.
star-3
Would have liked more information...
Kelvin H
, Jul. 2016
Would have liked more information during the tour. During the tour we went to a ginseng store which did not add to the Korean 'heritage'. We did feel pressured to purchase ginseng.
star-1
Tour guides were quite good but the...
John Q
, Apr. 2016
Tour guides were quite good but the stops to the Ginseng outlet and the amethyst factories were total wastes of time. Additionally, they weren't disclosed on the tour description. I would not have signed up for the tour if I had known these things were taking place. I understand these stops subsidize the tour price but I would rather pay more and see more!!! These two stops ruined the tour--very annoying as the stops make you feel like a prisoner. No one on the tour bought anything at the ginseng outlet and everyone was annoyed.

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