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4 hrs - 9 hrs

Get whisked away to a land of temples, Seoul, and enjoy the stunning sights along the way. Be it the palaces of Deoksugung and Gyeongbokgung, the divine temple of Jogyesa, or the bustling shopping centres of Insadong and Namdaemun, you’re sure to be stunned by the diversity of it all.

highlights

  • On your way to the Royal Palace, take in the splendid views of Seoul including the Deoksugung Palace, the Cheonggyecheon stream, the Blue House otherwise known as “Cheongwadae”, and the historic exhibit, Cheongwadae Sarangchae.
  • The Royal Palace of Gyeongbokgung (or Deoksugung on Tuesdays) signifies Korean culture and values in a unique fashion. Don’t miss the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony and make sure to wander around at the National Folk Museum to soak up the amazing Korean culture.
  • Head on out to the Jogyesa Temple and be stunned by its beauty. Take a lunch break and give the Dolsot Bibimbab a go, an authentic Korean rice dish.
  • Gear up to shop till you drop at the renowned Namdaemun market, one of the main shopping hubs of Seoul.

inclusions

  • Hotel transfers (with locations specific to Downtown)
  • Free admissions into all sites
  • Tour guide

exclusions

  • Personal expenses
  • Refreshments

super flexible cancellation policy

You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

your experience

On Your Way to the Royal Palace

Embark upon this historical journey through Seoul that has a lot of stunning sights in store for you. Start your day by boarding an air-conditioned minivan and settling in as your tour guide commences the tour. First off, you will pass by the Deoksugung Palace. This palace is famous for its western-styled garden and modern aura.

Take in the luxury of it all before heading on to The Royal Palace, and pay attention to all the sights along the way. Cheonggyecheon stream, the Blue House otherwise known as “Cheongwadae”, and the historic exhibit of Cheongwadae Sarangchae are some of them. Make sure to listen closely to your tour guide for interesting facts and information about each.

At the Royal Palace

Once at The Royal Palace of Gyeongbokgung, make sure to see the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony, which is a rare traditional scene in Korea. The National Folk Museum stands on the grounds of the Palace and is a great way for visitors to trace historical traits and cultural relevance of the Korean lifestyle.

Note that on Tuesdays, you will be taken to the Deoksugung Palace instead of the Gyeongbokgung Palace. With sights equally stunning, the Royal Changing Guard Ceremony takes place at this palace as well. The splash of colors involved during the ceremony is worth a thousand words, so make sure to bring your cameras along.

Korean-Styled Luncheon

After the Royal Palace tour, you will be taken to the Jogyesa Temple, which plays a significant role in the current state of Seon Buddhism. Take a short break for lunch and tickle your palate with the Korean flavours of the Dolsot Bibimbab, a traditional Korean rice dish.

On Your Way to the Shopper’s Stop

Make your way to the bustling shopping hub of Seoul, the Namdaemun Market. These lanes are filled with traditional craft stores with plenty of antiques and souvenirs to be bought. With the Namdaemun market being close to the downtown area, right after this pitstop, visitors will be dropped off at the City Hall Subway Station (or the Myeongdong Lotte Hotel), bringing the tour to an end.

Ticket Information

Royal Palace Morning Tour Itinerary
- Hotel pickup from a hotel in Downtown, Seoul
- Drive by Deoksugung Palace, Sungnyemun
- Pass by Cheonggyecheon stream, Cheongwadae, and the historic exhibit, Cheongwadae Sarangchae
- The Royal Palace of Gyeongbokgung (or Deoksugung on Tuesdays) + Royal Guard Changing Ceremony
- Jogyesa Temple
- Drop-off either at Namdaemun market or Myeongdong Lotte Hotel

Royal Palace Afternoon Tour Itinerary
- Hotel pickup from a hotel in Downtown, Seoul
- Visit the Changdeokgung Palace
- Shop at the Insadong Antique Shop Alley
- Get off at the Namsangol Hanok Village
- See the Sungnyemun Gate
- Shop at the Namdaemun Market. Drop off happens here

Royal Palace & Shopping Full-Day Tour Itinerary
- Hotel pickup from a hotel in Downtown, Seoul
- Drive by Deoksugung Palace, Sungnyemun
- Pass by Cheonggyecheon stream, Cheongwadae, and the historic exhibit, Cheongwadae Sarangchae
- The Royal Palace of Gyeongbokgung (or Deoksugung on Tuesdays) + Royal Guard Changing Ceremony
- Touring through the National Folk Museum
- Visiting the Jogyesa Buddhist Temple
- Lunch (menu: Dolsot Bibimbab) - Visiting the Changdeok Palace (or Bukchon Hanok Village on Mondays)
- Strolling through the Insadong Antique shop alley - Visiting Sungnyemun Gate (Outside the Sungnyemun Gate on Mondays) - Shopping at Namdaemun market. Drop-off happens here or Myeongdong Lotte Hotel

know before you go

Important Information

  • All tours are conducted in English, Chinese, and Japanese.
  • All tours have free transportation and covered admission fee.
  • The Pickup and drop-off services are for hotels centrally located in Seoul alone (downtown). However, if the visitor’s accommodation is out of Seoul (for instance, Incheon), then they can still book this service at an extra charge

Timings

• Royal Palace and Shopping Full Day Tour is from 8:30 AM to 5 PM
• Royal Palace Morning Tour is from 8:30 AM to 12 PM
• Royal Palace Afternoon Tour is from 1 PM to 5 PM

Pro Tip:

There is a fair amount of walking involved in this tour. Wearing comfortable footwear would be recommended.

my tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your guide while boarding the minivan.
  • Kindly ensure that you arrive 20 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Information

  • Hotel pickups are done from hotel in Downtown, Seoul alone. Pick-ups from hotels outside Downtown, Seoul is available at an additional charge.
  • Drop-offs will be at the City Hall Subway Station, or the Myeongdong Lotte Hotel.

Validity

This ticket is valid for the date selected at the time of booking.

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