Cover the essential city highlights in a small group setting and end the day by taking in Korea's #1 non-verbal musical comedy show, Nanta. This full-day tour will cover some of the city's most popular highlights: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, N Seoul Tower, Gwangjang Market, and Nanta Show. Unlike many others, this tour is compulsory shopping-free so you will not have to worry about being taken to ginseng/amethyst centers.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel between the hours of 8:30am and 9:20am in an 11 passenger van. This group tour will be limited to a maximum of 6 passengers in order to ensure comfort.'
Your tour will start with start with the Royal Changing of Guards ceremony outside of Gyeongbokgung Palace. From there, you will make your way inside Gyeongbokgung Palace.'Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces.
Next, make the short walk to Bukchon Hanok Village.'Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon, which literally translates to "northern village," came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse in Korean traditional culture.
By this point you will have worked up quite an appetite. You will proceed to the famous Gwangjang Market Food Alley where you can chose from a dizzying array of traditional Korean street foods to eat. (street foods not included in tour price) Be sure to save room for lunch. You will have bibimbap (Korean mixed rice) for lunch inside the market. (included in the tour price)
After lunch, you will be taken to the city landmark that is known as N Seoul Tower. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the deck located at the base of the tower. This is where the wall of "love locks" are located. Couples write their names on locks and hang it on the chain link fence. You can choose to ride the cable car or take the elevator to the top of the observatory. (optional and not included in tour price)
End the day with the 5pm Nanta Show Performance at Myeongdong Theater. Nanta is a non-verbal show that combines rhythms from traditional Korean folk music with modern music to tell a story filled with both drama and comedy.'
At the end of the show, your guide will drop you back off at your place of lodging. You may choose to stay in Myeongdong and make your own way back if you wish.