This 8.5-hour cultural tour'includes a visit to must-see attractions in Seoul, including Jogye Temple, the oldest royal palace, Gyeongbok Palace, the traditional Gwangjang Market and the antique street, Insadong. You will also enjoy a'tutorial on how to make one of the most popular Korean dishes and lunch favorites of locals, Gimbap.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Seoul between 8am to 9am. You will enjoy your'comfortable'mini-van ride to each attraction with a very informative professional tour guide. Your first destination is Jogye Temple. The beautiful lotus lanterns are hanging on the ceiling that contain lots of people's wishes and prayers. 'After Jogye Zen Buddhism Temple tour, you will go through the high-security area nearby to see the Cheongwadae Presidential Blue House.'
The King of the Joseon Dynasty used to stay at the main palace called the Gyeongbok Palace and at its main entrance is Gwanghwamun. There used to be guards protect the main entrance like the securities in front of the presidential Blue House. Take a slow walk around the royal palace, and listen to your guide's'commentary about the history behind each building'in the royal palace.'
For your lunch, you will visit the Gim Museum where you will be able to'make your own Gimbap, one of the most famous Korean lunch dishes. It's often described as a Korean-style California Roll. You can put anything you want in your roll, including veggies and pickled radish, even sliced ham'if you prefer. Also, you can try on the Korean traditional costume, Hanbok and take photos.
After your Korean lunch experience, your next destination is Gwangjang Market, a destination very popular among tourists because of its exotic street food vendors. You will not only find dishes like Ttteoppoki, noodles, Jeon (Korean pancake) but also live octopus and sushi! If you are a brave foodie, try a variety of foods at'Gwangjang Market. ' Finally you will visit Insadong, which is famous for antique stores, private galleries, and Korean restaurants. You can also visit the National Korea Souvenir shop which'offers many high quality of products for your family and friends.'
Please note:' Gyeongbok Palace will be replaced by Deoksu Palace on Tuesdays.'