Explore Seoul historic and modern sights on this walking tour. From Cheonggyecheon stream and The Blue House to Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea. Watch a royal guard changing ceremony all in one morning tour.
Be picked up from your hotel for this small-group Seoul tour. On your way to see the first attraction from your itinerary you will pass by Deoksugung Palace. This tour starts at Cheonggyecheon stream, an 11-kilometr (7-mile) long, modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul. In July 2003, then-Seoul mayor, Lee Myung-bak initiated a project to remove the elevated highway and restore the stream.
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. On your way to royal guard changing ceremony you will stop by Cheongwadae Saranchae, a Korean presidential exhibition center, newly opened as of January 2010. The term Sarangchae refers to a place designated to receive guests in a traditional Korean home. Normally, 'Sarangchae' stands as a separate building from Anchae where owners of the house stay. As the name 'Cheongwadae Saranchae' indicates, it is a separate building located in front of Cheongwadae, Korea's "White House". One of the highlights of this tour is a royal guard changing ceremony. It is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea. Be sure to bring a camera to take pictures.
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.
Later visit Jogyesa is 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.
Last but not least, at the end of this tour you will get dropped-off at Myeongdong Lotte hotel or Namdaemun market.