Things to do in Seoul

Small group full-day old and new Seoul city tour


  • 8 hours in total

  • Entrance fees, transport included

  • Pick up at your hotel

What To Expect

Royal Guard Changing Ceremony

During the Joseon Dynasty, the royal guards performed the given task by guarding the Gwanghwamun Gate, the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace where the king ruled the country. Since 1469, the ceremony has taken place and its record has been consulted for the present reenactment ceremony.

The reenactment of the original ceremony began from 1996 and it catches the eyes of passersby, especially foreign tourists, when guardsmen perform the changing of guards in traditional costumes at the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace in downtown Seoul, so you can experience this traditional event in Seoul every day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. except Tuesday.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because its location is the furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the largest of all five palaces, with beautiful buildings such as Gyeonghoeru and Hyangwonjeong Pavilions which are both on top of ponds.

Presidential Blue House

The signature markings of the Presidential Residence of Cheong Wa Dae are its blue tiles, so it is the first thing that catches one's attention upon entering the premises. The blue tiles and the smooth roof blend beautifully with Mt. Bugaksan in the backdrop.

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village sits between the two palaces of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeongbokgung, and Changdeokgung, as well as the Jongmyo Shrine. Unlike other Hanok villages, Bukchon was not created for tourists but is actually a living village inhabited by Seoulites. The village is home to hundreds of traditional houses called 'Hanok' that date back to the Joseon dynasty. Today, many of these hanoks operate as either cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants or tea houses, providing an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse in Korean traditional culture.

Insadong

Insa-dong, located in the heart of the city, is an important place where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. There is one main road in Insa-dong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries, traditional restaurants, traditional tea houses, and cafes.

Yeouido Park

Yeouido Park is a large recreational area located on Yeouido Island in the central part of Seoul. It was originally covered with black asphalt, and people frequented the place for both bicycling and roller-skating. The construction began in 1997 and opened officially in February 1999, and since then, it is the place where many people in the city come to rest and enjoy strolling around, play sports, and cultural events.

63 Building

With 63 floors measuring a height of 264m, the 63 Building is one of Korea's tallest and most recognized building. It also boasts spectacular views of the Hangang River and the surrounding mountains of Bugaksan, Namsan, and Gwanaksan.

Jogyesa Temple

Have a relaxing and peaceful time at the Jogyesa Temple. It is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea and is also famous for being in the middle of the city. The first thing you will see at the temple are the trees since these locust trees and baeksong trees are about 500 years old.

It's stated that the main temple was built in 1938, and it is particularly beautiful with all the different colors painted on it, and inside the building is the statue of Seokgamoni.

N Seoul Tower

The N Tower, a complex culture space in Seoul, is where the clouds seem to meet with Namsan Mountain. The tower was built in 1969 on the highest point of Seoul so that visitors can enjoy the best panoramic views of the city. It was originally Korea's first radio wave tower but has then been opened to the public in 1980, becoming a popular tourist attraction and a resting place for citizens. Thousands of padlocks and love notes decorate the fence on one of the Roof Terraces, symbolizing the couples' strong love. Get your own love padlock too!

War Memorial of Korea

13,000 items are on display in its six halls under different themes: Memorial Hall, War History, Korean War, Expeditionary Forces Room, ROK Armed Forces Room, and Large Equipment Room, plus the outside exhibition area. Displayed are various weapons and equipment from prehistoric times, all the way to the modern period as well as paintings of battlefields and sculptures of notable warriors and An Jung-gun, who assassinated a former Resident-General in Manchuria in 1909. And also, about 100 large weapons are on display in the outside exhibition area on the lawns around the building.

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Itinerary

Pickup

Around 9:30 a.m., you will be picked up at your hotel.

Main activities

  • 10:00 The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony (Changdeokgung Palace on Tuesday / No ceremony during bad weather)
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace (Changdeokgung Palace on Tuesday)
  • Pass by the Presidential Blue House (Changdeokgung Palace on Tuesday)
  • Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Lunch
  • Insadong
  • Please choose one of the below
    • Jogyesa Temple + N Seoul tower
    • Jogyesa Temple + War Memorial of Korea (Closed on Monday)
    • Yeouido Park + 63 Building (Recommended on early April for Cherry blossom only)
  • Free time in N Seoul Tower
  • At the end of the journey, you will come back to your hotel around 5:00 p.m.

Notes

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace closes every Tuesday, we will visit Changdeokgung Palace instead.
  • The Royal guard changing ceremony may not available during bad weather.
  • The War Memorial of Korea closes every Monday (* If Monday is a holiday, it will be closed on the following day instead.), we will visit N Seoul Tower instead.
  • You can take the cable car to N Seoul Tower, but it depends on you. We usually take our car to the top of the tower instead of using the cable car or walking.
  • Cherry Blossom in Yeouido Park is only available in early April.

What's included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transportations
  • Entrance fees
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Plan your trip

Children under 3 are free of charge.
Small group tour
  • Join a small group of maximum 6 people
  • Instant confirmation
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  • Free cancellation - 48 hrs notice
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US$59 per person

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