Full-Day Customized Private Tour in Seoul with Hotel Pick Up

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Departs: Seoul, Seoul

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Make your own customized private tour and use your time efficiently in limited time in Seoul! Our Seoul local tour guide will take you to some places that you want to visit! There are many places though, you can discuss where to go and how much you want to spend time at the site! Itinerary is flexible! Plus you will have authentic local food in Suwon or Seoul like locals! Tour guide will introduce good local restaurants !
In this tour program, you will visit major a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site Suwong Hwaseong Fortress or Namhansanseong Fortress ! Furthermore visit other tour destination like Hwahongmun Gate, Janganmun Gate in Suwon or Seolleung and Jeongneung Royal Tomb of the Joseon dynasty etc. But this is just a suggestion plan for you. If there's other place you want to visit, you can change the itinerary! Since it is a private tour only for your group. Lunch is included which can be Bulgogi Set Menu or Korean home style table or Baeksuk(whole chicken soup with rice)etc.

What's Included

Air conditioned Private transportation : a van or a mini bus

All Fees and Taxes

Customized private tour program

English speaking guide

Entrance fees on the itinerary only


Pickup & Dropoff at hotel in Seoul

What's Not Included


Food and drinks(unless specified)


Personal Expenses

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 1 - 3
  • CHILD: Age: 4 - 8
  • ADULT: Age: 9 - 99

Additional Info

  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Please add country code to your phone number at time of booking
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • You don't have to follow suggested Itinerary above. Just let me know where you want to visit and explore.
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.

What To Expect

Hwaseong Fortress is an impressive structure from the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and the official fortress of Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do. The fortress, constructed from 1794 to 1796, was built as a display of King Jeongjo’s filial piety towards his father and to build a new pioneer city with its own economic power.

The fortress wall stretches for a total of 5.52km and has a great variety of military facilities that are hard to find anywhere else. Four gates face each of the cardinal directions—Janganmun (north), Paldalmun (south), Changnyongmun (east), and Hwaseomun (west)—and the seven-arch style Sumun gates straddle the point where the nearby stream reaches the palace. Above the Sumun gates is a pavilion called Hwahongmun.

Hwaseong Fortress was constructed under the guidance of Yu Hyeong-Won (1622-1673) and Jeong Yak-Yong (1762-1836), and is believed to have been constructed very scientifically. The fortress wall was built using Seokjae and Jeondol (bricks) and the holes between the bricks are just big enough to fire guns, arrows, or long spears through in case of an attack.

During construction of the fortress Jeong Yak-Yong invented ‘Geojunggi,’ which uses a ‘hwalcha’ (lever) to lift up heavy stones, greatly reducing construction time.

The fortress was designated as Historic Site No. 3 in January 1963, and in December 1997, it was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. A variety of performances and events are held at the fortress every day and Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival takes place here in autumn.

4 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Hwahongmun Gate
Hwahongmun Gate refers to the northern gate of Hwaseong Fortress among the two main gates installed to control the flow of Suwoncheon Stream that cuts through the fortress. Hwahongmun Gate consists of seven arched watergates, each watergate constructed in a varying size. The watergate at the center is larger than others to control the water flow effectively.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Janganmun Gate
Janganmun Gate is the main gate of Hwaseong Fortress at the northern wall. Jangan means capital, implying that Hwaseong Fortress is the secondary capital. Janganmun Gate served as the main gate because the king would pass from this gate when arriving from Hanyang, the capital city, now modern-day Seoul. It is interesting to note that this gate is larger than Sungryemun Gate in Seoul.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Namhansanseong Fortress
Other Optional Tour : If you don't want tour of Suwon Hwaseong, other option tour is visit to Namhansanseong Provincial Park. Surrounds Namhansanseong Fortress, one of four forts built to protect Hanyang (the former name of Seoul). Gaeseong, Suwon, Ganghwa and Gwangju are located in the north, south, west, and east direction respectively. Namhansanseong Fortress is located to the east in Gwangju. The park is situated on Namhansan Mountain, 24km southeast from Seoul and 6km northeast from Seongnam. The length of trails is a total of approximately 12.4 km

The fortress is alternately recorded as being the royal fortress of King Onjo of the Baekje Kingdom, whose father was King Dongmyeong during Goguryeo period or a fortress built in 673 during the reign of King Munmu (the 13th year) of Silla period during the heat of the Silla and Tang War. The old site was rebuilt several times, with its current style of construction being built in 1621 during King Gwanghae’s reign.

Namhansanseong’s circumference is approximately 12km, stacking small natural stones over big stones. The fortress includes Sueocheong (Namhansan Mountain Fortress Defense Command), Gwana (government office), storage, and a haenggung (temporary palace), as well as 80 wells and 45 springs. Also, administration was moved from Gwangju-eup to inside of the fortress, clearly showing the importance of Namhansanseong Fortress in that period. 12,700 people participated in a field exercise carried out for the first time after building the fortress by command of King Injo (17th year, 1639). These days, only a few buildings remain inside of the fortress including East and South Gate, Seojangdae, Hyeonjeolsa Temple, Yeonmu Hall, Janggyeongsa Temple, Jisudang, Yeongwoljeong, and Chimgwaejeong. Among these remaining buildings, four gates, Sueojangdae, and some parts of the fortress in the middle of West Gate still maintain their original forms. Namhansanseong Fortress is designated as Historical Site No. 57 and a provincial park.
This is filled with a lot of traditional restaurants, cafe. you can look around here and will have lunch in this traditional restaurant .

At the end of the tour, eating a delicious meal at Baeksuk Street is a must. Located at the entrance of Namhansanseong Provincial Park near the haenggung, many restaurants in Baeksuk Street offer baeksuk (whole chicken soup with rice), dak doritang (spicy chicken stew), and hunje ori (smoked duck). Side orders like dotorimuk (acorn jelly salad) and gamja jeon (potato pancakes) go perfectly with the meal.

4 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tomb
After tour of Namhansanseong, next will visit to
Seonjeongneung is comprised of Seolleung Royal Tomb and Jeongneung Royal Tomb ( Closed : Mondays) . Located in downtown Seoul, this place offers tranquil and pleasant promenades for couples and office workers. Seonjeongneung houses the burial mounds of King Seongjong (1469-1494), his wife Queen Jeonghyeon, and King Jungjong (1506-1544) of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910).

Seonjeongneung has a lush forest, and benches on the promenade provide an ideal place to relax. There are numerous small hills with clusters of trees that create a border between the mystery and serenity of the royal tombs and the hustle and bustle of downtown Seoul.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Layover Tour customed to our schedule
joy_espn, 08-01-2023
Highly recommended!
We had a long layover at the Incheon airport, so we decided to have a private tour so that we can customized to our trip, take our time to places that interests us. Vincent was awesome, he took us to the heart of Seoul. He took us to places and recommended what to do and what not to do. Short trip was trip was short and tiring but it was awesome. Will definitely go back for longer stay and will hire Vincent again!

Tips if you have a long layover:
Before your trip, you'll need to get K-ETA fillout online and be approved 72 hours before your arrival.

Once you arrive, you will need to talk to your airline crew or the ticketing office (located at transfer area near gate 26) to get your boarding pass stamped. Then walked to the security area, where you will show the security personnel your boading pass and passport. After security, they'll show you the way to the immigration. Once approved, you are free to go out. (By the way, don't forget to fill out the arrival declaration form. This is given by the airlines before plane arrival)

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