Royal Palace And Folk Village: Full Day Guided Tour From Seoul


The United States' presidential office is called The White House, and the Korean presidential office is called The Blue House. The easiest way to understand this country is to walk around its presidential office, the great palace, its famous river and museums. This 8-hour tour will show you all these famous places alongside a knowledgeable guide. Enjoy a delicious tradition Korean meal for lunch and make the best of your stay in Seoul.

After a morning pickup from your hotel, you'll visit the cleanest stream in Seoul, the Cheonggyecheon Stream, a 11km long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that has been there since the Joseon Dynasty. It's hard to imagine that this beautiful stream used to be a ditch.

Next, visit, built upon the site of the royal garden of the Joseon Dynasty, Cheongwadae (The Blue House) - the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state, the President of the Republic of Korea. The Blue House is in fact a complex of buildings, built largely in the traditional Korean architectural style with some modern elements.

After, you will continue to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the five grand palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. The government ministry district and main buildings of Gyeongbokgung Palace formed the heart of the capital city of Seoul and represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. The architectural principles of ancient China were harmoniously incorporated into both the tradition and the appearance of the Joseon royal court. National Folk Museum of Korea is a national museum of South Korea, located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace that uses replicas of historical objects to illustrate the history of traditional life of the Korean people. There are three permanent exhibition halls, two special exhibition halls, a shop and a reference room.

Then it's onward to Jogyesa, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, becoming so in 1936. It thus plays a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea. The temple was first established in 1395, at the dawn of the Joseon Dynasty; the modern temple was founded in 1910 and initially called "Hwanggaksa." The name was changed to "Taegosa" during the period of Japanese rule, and then to the present name in 1954.

The Korea Folk Village is a living museum that portrays the lifestyle of Koreans several centuries ago. There are potters, weavers, blacksmiths and other artisans who practice their trades in a traditional fashion. There are also 270 traditional houses and a small amphitheater for folk music and dance performances.

Itinerary:

  • 8:40am hotel pickup
  • Pass by Sungnyemun, Seoul Station, Deoksugung Palace{except on Tuesdays)
  • Cheonggyecheon Stream
  • The main gate of the Blue House, 'Cheongwadae', for a souvenir Photo
  • Cheongwadae Saragchae (only the outside on Mondays)
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum, and The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony'(Deoksugung Palace and The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony on Tuesdays)
  • Jogyesa Temple
  • Lunch, including dolsot bibimbap (stone pot mixed rice)
  • Korean Folk Village
  • 5:00pm hotel drop-off
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