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Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour

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Seoul, South Korea
Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Spend a morning in Seoul visiting highlights including Jogyesa Temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and the National Folk Museum. You'll also stop for photo ops outside the Presindential Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) and Gwanghwamun Gate during the changing of the guards. Your 3.5-hour tour includes transportation, entrance fees, guide, and hotel pickup. You will be dropped off at either City Hall or Insadong. 
  • 3.5-hour Seoul royal palaces and highlights tour
  • Visit Jogyesa Temple for insight into Korean Buddhism
  • Get a look at palace life in Korea while touring Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Watch the royal guard changing ceremony at Gwanghwamun Gate
  • Includes entrance fees, guide, and hotel pickup
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Departure Point

55 Ujeongguk-ro, Susong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

If you don't want us to pick you up, you can meet us at 9 am at the front gate of Jogyesa temple where is the first attractive to visit.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

5-8 Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

After the tour, we will drop all customers off at the Exit 5 of City Hall station or Insadong.

After morning pickup from centrally located hotels in Seoul, travel in a climate-controlled vehicle to your first destination, Jogyesa Temple.

At the temple, hear about Zen Buddhism in Korea, and stroll through key parts of the colorful compound. Next, stop in Blue House Square for photo ops of the official residence of the President of the Republic of Korea, Blue House, and Mt Bukak in the background. 

Next, go to Gwanghwamun Gate to watch the ceremony of the changing of the royal guards. Then head to the northern palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace, for a tour that details how the royal families and their court attendants lived. 

Finally, visit the National Folk Museum of Korea to learn about daily life in Korea from the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) to the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910).

Stop by the Korean ginseng center on the way to your drop-off location (either City Hall or Insadong), where your tour ends after 3.5 hours.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Jogyesa Temple
Jogyesa Buddhist Temple is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea, and is famous for being located in the city. From the busy streets of Jongno, follow the road towards Anguk Subway Station, and you will see Jogyesa Temple. The first things you will notice at the temple are the lovely trees. These locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon, the main temple building, are about 500 years old.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gyeongbokgung Palace
After visiting Jogyesa temple, you will pass the presidential blue house is known by the symbolic blue tiles. The building shows the true beauty of Korea with Mt Bukak peeking behind it. Then, you will move onto the next place called Gwanghwamun to watch the royal guard changing ceremony. It is a ceremony to announce changing of the royal guards, as well as to clarify the guards' identities. Then, you will head toward Gyeongbokgung where was a main palace and the most beautiful palace during the Joseon dynasty. Please note: - On Tuesdays, the Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folklore museum are closed, and you will go to Deoksugung Palace and The Presidential Blue House Museum instead.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae)
Cheong Wa Dae is the Presidential House of Korea where has the Presidential office and residence. We called it Blue House as the roof is covered blue tiles. We can't visit inside but will pass through the front road.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems or heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note: On Mondays, Changdeokgung Palace is closed, and you will go to Bukchon traditional Hanok Village instead. On Tuesdays, the Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folklore museum are closed, and you will go to Deoksugung Palace and The Presidential Blue House Museum instead.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Seoul N 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 Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour?
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 Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour.

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star-5
Great introduction to korean culture and main sights!
Monse_F
, Jan. 2020
Peter was an exceptional tour guide. Knowledgeable, approachable, full of cultural insights and helped us to fully appreciate korean culture, society, religion and politics past and present. Highly recommended
star-5
Great korean city experience
Trail12774794613
, Apr. 2019
This is recommended for people who has an interest of knowing korean culture. Need to wear comfy shoes... we went on this tour in springtime and we’re sweating. It could be hotter during summertime as there is a lot of walking inside the temples. Overall it was magnificent. Thanks to Jake our k-pop tour guide for entertaining us.
star-4
Palace Tour
Rebecca_A
, Apr. 2019
Enjoyed the tour, nice walking tour with car service between locations. Disappointed the day we did the tour no changing of the guards at the palace. If I had known that in advance I would have booked something else. That was the main reason for the tour. The guide said the changing of the guards would take place at 2:00pm. We could not make it back for that time. Ms.Shiny was a very pleasant and knowledgeable guide. Clean comfortable car too. The ginseng tour is pretty much just trying to sell you items to take home. Interesting about how it grows but feel time could be used better elsewhere.
star-5
We only had a half of a day free...
Bridget R
, Aug. 2017
We only had a half of a day free during our trip to Seoul, so this tour was perfect for us. Our guide, Judy, was very personable, professional, and a lot of fun. We only had 4 people in our group so we did not have to waste time gathering people together at each point. Our driver was excellent and the pick ups/drop offs at each point were seamless. This was an excellent way to get to see at least some of the few treasures in Seoul.
star-5
Rebecca was my tour guide and I...
Salome A
, Jun. 2017
Rebecca was my tour guide and I cannot expression my gratitude for this amazing guide in 300 characters. I highly recommend this tour to anyone. I was sad that I didn't book more tours with her. Next time I visit Korea, I will book with her company. -- Thank you Rebecca, you rock!
star-5
Had Brian a the guide and he did a...
James H
, Jan. 2017
Had Brian a the guide and he did a great job. Service oriented.
star-4
This short tour was informative and...
Mary C
, Jul. 2016
This short tour was informative and had beautiful sites. The tour guide gave good historical and cultural contexts but spoke very quickly and moved from one place to the next very quickly. However she was very helpful and enthusiastic. Would recommend this tour if you want a quick half day tour!

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