Seoul sightseeing and history full-day tour
- We will visit the beautiful Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, the Presidential Blue House, Cheongwadae Sarangchae and Changdeok Palace!
- Witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Gyeongbok Palace
- Enjoy a traditional Korean lunch
- Find bargains and antiques at the Insadong Arts and Crafts Market and the Namdaemun Traditional Market
- Hotel collection and English-speaking tour-guide included
- Family friendly tour
All about the trip
Do you want to explore Seoul's beautiful history and culture? This bustling capital city has so much to offer visitors.
Our first stop will be the beautiful Jogyesa Buddhist Temple. The Jogyesa Temple is now the centre of Zen Buddhism in Korea and is famous for being located in the city of Seoul. One of the first things you will notice about the temple are its lovely surrounding trees. These locust and baeksong trees are located in front of the Daeungjeon (the main temple building) are said to be about 500 years old! They give a great backdrop to an already incredible location, which is just perfect for some photographs.
Next we will watch the 'Changing of the Guard Ceremony' at Gyeongbok Palace. Every day visitors to Gyeongbok Palace can watch a reenactment of the “Changing of the Royal Guards” ceremony, which takes place at the Gwanghwamun and Heungnyemun plazas. The royal guards of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910) were in charge of protecting the gates of the capital city and the royal palace.
Gyeongbok Palace itself was built in 1395, and is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because it is located more toward the north, compared to the neighbouring palaces of Changdeok (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghee (Western Palace). Gyeongbok Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all the five palaces.
After watching the Guards Ceremony at Gyeongbok, we will visit the Presidential Blue House. A true symbol of Cheongwadae (known to westerners as the Blue House or the presidential residence), is the blue tiles. The first thing that catches your eye when you arrive at Cheongwadae is the blue tiles of the main building. The blue tiles and the smooth roof are in beautiful harmony with Mt. Bugaksan behind it. As the Blue House represents Korea, the blue tiles and the smooth curve of the roof represents the beauty of Korea.
Following the Blue House we will visit Cheongwadae Sarangchae. The newly opened Cheongwadae Sarangchae, which opened to the public on January 5th, 2010, is a historical centre that gives visitors a chance to follow in the footsteps of presidents of Korea and gain insight into the history of Seoul. It encompasses the past, present and even the future of Seoul as well as the entire nation. It serves as a tourist information centre that offers detailed information on World Cultural Heritage sites and assets.
After Cheongwadae Sarangchae we will pay a quick visit to the Ginseng Centre to learn more about this fabulous food, herb, tea and medicine. Following the Ginseng Centre we will stop to enjoy a fabulous Korean lunch.
After lunch we will visit another palace, this time it's Changdeak Palace, which is one of the oldest Royal Palaces in Seoul as it was built in 1405. For the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) it served as the main palace for over 300 years.
After the palace we will visit Insadong Arts and Crafts Market. Insadong has been at the heart of nation’s capital for 600 years and it has been the centre of culture during the Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910). This is where the Ministry of Art was once situated. The notable features of Insadong are the countless alleys that branching out from the main street. Insadong has become known as ‘Merry’s Area,’ a favourite shopping spot among foreigners and is the most reliable place to purchase antiques in Seoul. Here we can browse antique shops, art galleries and secondhand book stores.
To finish up this exciting day of history and culture we will head over to the Namdaemun Traditional Market. Opened in 1964, Namdaemun Market was the first traditional market in Korea a huge variety of goods available. The site also functions as a wholesale market, so you can be assured of finding a bargain here. Most of the goods here are also produced directly from shopkeepers.
After a full day of exciting history and culture, your English-speaking tour-guide will then return you to your hotel in Seoul. A truly unforgettable way to see the Korean capital of Seoul.
What is included in the price
- Traditional Korean lunch
- English-speaking tour-guide
- Hotel transportation
- Entrance fees
What is not included in the price
- Additional refreshments or extra snacks
- Funds for souvenirs
This activity is organised by VIP Travel, Mapodaero 109, Mapo-Gu, Seoul, 04146, South Korea, +82 2 739 3501, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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