Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour

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Duration: 8 hours

Departs: Seoul, Seoul

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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This small group journey will start with Jogyesa, the center of Buddhism in Seoul where you can see locust trees and baeksong trees in front of Jogyesa temple. Afterward, you will move to the presidential blue house that symbol of Cheongwadae with blue tiles and the Gwanghwamun Gate to see royal guard changing ceremony. After watching the ceremony, you can explore Gyeongbokgung Palace. Then you will see the National Folk Museum where you can see how people lived a few centuries ago, the Changdeokgung Palace that listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and Insadong, a famous antique alley that is popular with antique shops, handmade crafts. Finally after a long day, you will see Namdaemun, the main gate of a Seoul. This is a full day packed with a lot of information on Seoul and the Korean traditions.

What's Included

Bottled water


Hotel pickup and drop-off in Seoul

Local guide


What's Not Included


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 3
  • CHILD: Age: 4 - 10
  • ADULT: Age: 11 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • 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
  • Royal guard changing ceremony might be cancelled due to weather conditions
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • On Mondays, Changdeokgung Palace is closed and you will go to Bukchon traditional Hanok Village instead
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • This tour is proceeding with minimum 4 people and if the participants number is below it, the tour can be cancelled.
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

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

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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Insadong is a place of traditional culture near Gyeongbok palace. Insadong was famous since the Joseon dynasty for having lots of antique shops. Today Insadong is popular among tourists for having lots of traditional tea houses, antique shops, traditional handcraft shops, and lots of other shops.

Insa-dong is especially popular with foreign tourists. This is where they can experience and see traditional Korean culture firsthand, and also purchase pieces of fine art. On the street you can see many foreigners lost in all the joyous festivities of the street. Insadong is a place of traditional culture.

50 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Changdeokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbokgung Palace in 1405.
It was the principal palace for many of the Joseon kings and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces.
It is recorded as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1997 for having its beautiful appearance of that time.

The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden.

Known as a place of rest for the kings, the rear garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Namdaemun Market
Soongryemun (Namdaemun) is a main gate of former Seoul fortress in Joseon dynasty. It is commonly called as Namdaemun.

The gate was built in 1396, in King Taejo's reign. And it was reconstructed in 1447 by king Sejong and in 1479 by king Seongjong.

In 2006 the Seoul city opened the passage to the gate to public. The gate is now listed as Korea's national treasure #1. But in February 10th 2008, the gate was all burnt away by arsonist and the wooden gate was all burnt away by that accident.

The Cultural Heritage Administration has announced to rebuild the gate similarly to its original appearance. The rebuilding was done by early in 2013.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


It was a full-on day with so much to see and learn about.
scottandnoina, 08-01-2023
Crystal was a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide who crammed in as much as she could, for the day. (I assume to ensure we felt like we got our moneys worth) She even took us to a place where we could get photos in traditional clothing, cheaper than the normal tourist traps. It was great to get around so much in a day, but maybe it was a bit if a stretch, because we were having to move at a speed that was sometimes disappointing. Not really enough time to take it all in and get the photos we would like to have. The Ginseng museum was an 'interesting' addition but I am glad we didn't pay the massive markup on the products, as despite the museum's claims, you really can get genuine Korean Red Ginseng products everywhere in Seoul and 70%+ cheaper. It also ate up precious time, waiting in the foyer, to be allowed in. All in all, it was a great tour and I'd recommend it for others wanting an English tour of some of Seoul's historic locations. Thanks Crystal!
Fantastic Palace Tour
davidmccall, 24-12-2022
My family of four and I had a great time on the Seoul Palace tour. Our guides Sadie and Jenny were very knowledgeable about Korean history and the interesting stories about the palaces. They taught us about the Joseon dynasty and the interesting rulers during that period. We also really enjoyed the traditional lunch.
Great experience
Erick_R, 21-12-2022
Great attention by Saddie and all the team. Excelent explanations, perfect timming, All the places were awesome. Totally recomended.
Very wonderful trip
Tin_S, 20-12-2022
My favourite places where we visited during the Seoul Tour are Gyeongbokgung Royal Palace and Namdaemum traditional market.
Great time exploring Seoul
Dominic_S, 22-12-2022
The guide, Sadie and her assistants were very knowledgeable and they made the experience very enjoyable.

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