Korean Palace and Temple Tour in Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple


3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket

Overview

Get a glimpse of Korean culture and heritage on this tour of Seoul. Explore vast Gyeongbokgung Palace, learn about Korean history at the National Folk Museum, and discover Buddhist practices and traditions at Jogyesa Temple. At each place, your expert guide will tell you interesting facts and stories, especially about Korea’s notable Joseon Dynasty.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Admission Fee
  • Entry/Admission - Gyeongbokgung Palace

What to expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Seoul, Seoul

You’ll be picked up at your Seoul hotel in the morning and driven by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle around the city.

Pass By: The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae), 1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-820 South Korea

First, pass the Blue House (Cheongwadae), the executive office and residence of the South Korean head of state and president of the Republic of Korea.

Stop At: Gyeongbokgung Palace, 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea

Continue to Gyeongbokgung Palace, which was the primary residence of the royal family in the Joseon Dynasty. Arguably as the most beautiful palace in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung remains the largest and grandest of the Five Grand Palaces. With your guide, explore the palace compound on foot and learn about the traditional architecture typical of the Joseon Dynasty.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: National Folk Museum of Korea, 37 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03045 South Korea

Inside the compound, visit the National Folk Museum to gain an understanding of how Koreans have lived from ancient times to today. Following your guide through the museum, learn about the customs of both the ordinary citizens and members of the aristocracy as you browse displays of traditional farming methods, hunting, weaving, cooking and other housekeeping chores.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Jogyesa Temple, 45 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-170 South Korea

Finally, head to Jogyesa Temple, the leading temple for Zen Buddhism in Korea. On your visit, you’ll get an authentic sense of Buddhism’s role during the Joseon Dynasty, and witness first-hand how this place provides a calm sanctuary for locals from the busy streets of Seoul.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Seoul, Seoul

We will visit one shopping center. (ginseng center)

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Seoul City Hall, 31 Taepyeongno 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul South Korea

After your time here, you'll be taken to the Ginseng Center before being dropped off at City Hall.

Duration: 30 minutes

Time of tour

08:30 AM

Meeting point

Traveler pickup is offered
We provide hotel pick up only in Seoul area.
If you put your hotel information, the tour operator will give the pick up time with exact meeting time. You MUST get the meeting time from the tour operator

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour included one shopping center (ginseng center)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel drop-off

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
madd2482
November 2019

Katie was a fantastic tour guide and knew her information. She was always accommodating towards taking pictures for guests and even recommending hidden gems to check out after the tour. We had a blast and got to see/understand a good amount of Korea's culture/historical background!

Introvert_nomad9
November 2019

The tour was wonderful. It was the very first time that I've visited Korea with my family. I was so surprised that there were huge palaces in the center of Seul, and our tour guide Claire explained everything I was curious about. She was so nice and very knowledgeable.. I wish we had more time to...

PrincessGilda90
October 2018

If you want to step in Korean history, then the palaces visits are the must!!! You can spend all one day at only Gyeongbokgung palace and even have not understand the time passing. The best time to visit is the 10 AM and 2 PM everyday (except Tuesdays), the time of changing guard of Gwanghwamun g...

Mandy D
September 2017

Really enjoyed
Well worth cost
Best experience entering tunnel and walking 20 stories underground to touch walls dividing North and South
Very safe no issues

Thomas B
May 2017

Great tour. The tourguide Yeoni was excellent, knowlegeable and fun. I would recomment this tour.

Andrea S
April 2017

We can recommend this tour. Despite the pouring rain our guide Rebecca was fun and entertained us with her jokes. :- We were first taken to Jogyesa Tempel and than to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Rebecca also took us to an interesting exhibition in the Korean Folk Museum and gave us some interesting...

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