Royal Palace Small Group Tour in the Morning

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  • No booking fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • Sightseeing tour
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
  • duration 4 hours
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 5+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Seoul, South Korea
  • Ends Seoul, South Korea
  • See Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the five grand palaces built by the Joseon dynast
  • Explore Cheongwadae (The Blue House), the official residence of the Head of State
  • Discover Cheonggyecheon stream, a restoration project by former Seoul mayor Lee Myungbak
  • See a royal guard changing ceremony
You will be picked up from your hotel for the 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. Stop by Cheongwadae Saranchae, a Korean presidential exhibition center, newly opened as of January 2010.

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, 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.

Lastly, you will be dropped-off at Myeongdong Lotte Hotel or Namdaemun market.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 8 reviews
  • Kettelene
  • From USA
  • On Jan 30 2019
5 - Excellent
Kettelene's review for another I Love Seoul Tour tour
“This tour was quiet and intimate and allowed us to ask plenty of questions to our tour guide Jioang. She provided answers and provided other places to check out.”
  • Christina
  • From USA
  • On Aug 08 2019
4 - Very Good
Christina's review for another I Love Seoul Tour tour
“Th dmz is important part of a trip to Korea to understand. We went with our 12ys
Year old child and she found it interesting too. The tunnel I dont recommend for taller people as you have to hunch over much of the way. But its evocotice experience.
My only suggestion would be to update the short film.”
  • Tobias
  • From Germany
  • On Jul 25 2019
4 - Very Good
Tobias' review for another I Love Seoul Tour tour
“Very Good”
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  • Hotel pickup in downtown Seoul only
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Other Practical InformationConfirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability Minimum numbers apply. The National Folk Museum is replaced with Deoksugung Palace on Tuesdays Namsangol Hanok Village is replaced with Seoul Museum of History on Tuesdays Cheongwadae Saranche is closed on Monday. Visit from outside only. Please advise of hotel name when booking this tour, so pickup can be planned for. This tour requires 2 people minimum to book Hotel pickup is only available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your hotel/guesthouse is behind alleys, our English guide will meet you in front of the nearest central hotel or nearest subway station.
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