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.
From your hotel, you will start your travel in a comfortable vehicle. You’ll arrive at the Jogyesa temple, a quiet and calm place, located in Jongno. The irony is that the temple located in a very crowded street, but inside the temple is serene and beautiful.
Next, you will have the chance to visit 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 called “the northern palace.” It was a main palace and the most beautiful palace during the Joseon dynasty. After seeing the Gyeongbokgung Palace, you will visit the Korean Ginseng Center to look around before having a lunch of local food and move on to the Changdeokgung Palace.
The Changdeokgung Palace is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1997 for its beautiful appearance. It is a residence for the kings and queens with rear garden pavilion.
After seeing how the royals lived, you will move onward to Insadong to see and experience the traditional culture of Korea like a Korean tea house and maybe try buying something in this famous antique alley. Then, you can visit the Korean Amethyst shop or the Korean Cosmetic duty-free shop for some free time shopping.
For the last part of the tour, you will move to Namdaemun (also known as Soongryemun) which was built in 1396 by King Taejo’s reign. Now, Namdaemun is listed as Korea's most important National Treasure. You will also visit Namdaemun Market near Namdaemun and look around this famous traditional market.
After your long day, the tour will conclude at your hotel where you were picked up in the morning.
On Mondays, Changdeokgung Palace is closed, and you will go to Namsan Korean traditional Hanok Village instead.
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.