Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour

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Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour
from USD $104.50
Visit some of Seoul's most famous attractions during this 8.5-hour guided tour. Visit Jogye Temple, pass by The Blue House, Gyeongbok Palace, Insadong, Bukchon Hanok Village, Bugak Skyway, and Myeongdong with no more than 15 people for a personalized, small-group experience.
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In Brief

Seoul, South Korea
South Korea
7 to 8 hours
Daily basis Mondays - Sundays

On Tuesdays, Gyeongbok Palace will be replaced to Deoksu Palace
Small-group tour by minibus
Lunch included
All entrance fees included
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Gyeongbokgung Palace, 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea

Start off your journey at Gyeongbokgung Palace (on Tuesdays it is replaced by Deoksugung Palace or Changdeokgung Palace). the Changing of the Royal Guard Ceremony will welcome you at the main entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Observe the ceremony and then, explore the Palace! Your knowledgeable tour guide will take you to major parts of the Palace with secret stories about the Palace and Joseon Dynasty that you would have never heard of before. If the weather allows you will enter the Palace, wearing Korean traditional costume, Hanbok and take life shots.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Jogyesa, 55 Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

begin your tour with a visit to Jogye Temple, famous for its beautiful lotus lanterns hanging from the ceilings. Jogye-sa is one of the largest and most important temples in Seoul. Here you will see how locals pray in front of Buddha and meditate.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Insadong, Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea

Stop at Insadong to enjoy lunch, an area filled with old streets and shops. Walk through the beautiful alleys lined with handicrafts shops and street food stalls. This is the best place to purchase souvenirs and gifts. If the weather is raining your guide will take you to one of the most famous hanbok shops in Seoul, where you can try on hanbok and take pictures in the studio

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Bukchon Hanok Village, 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03059 South Korea

Bukchon Hanok Village maybe South Korea's best kept secret. Bukchon has become a favorite attraction of Korea's trend-conscious youth and tourists. The real charm of Bukchon lies in its tiny alley, which wind and twist between its age-old, still-lived in hanoks.

Duration: 50 minutes

Pass By: The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae), 1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-820 South Korea

Cheongwadae, also known as the Blue House is the Korean Presidential residence. On the way up to the Bugak Skyway, you will pass by this Presidential Blue House with your guide's explanation.

Stop At: Bugak Skyway, San 6-94, Pyeongchang-dong, Jongno-gu,, Seoul South Korea

Then, admire panoramic views over Seoul from Palgakjeong, a huge gazebo on Bugak Mountain. Bugak Skyway has been known as the beautiful driving route in Korea. Palgakjeong is located at an elevation of 342m, allowing visitors to appreciate not only the beauty of mother nature but also a panoramic view of the whole city of Seoul.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Myeongdong Shopping Street, Jung-gu, Seoul South Korea

our day will end with free time at Myeongdong shopping area. This bustling district is packed with people at all hours enjoying shopping, street food and nightlife. You can buy trendy beauty products and try local street food such as hotteok (sweet pancakes with honey), skewered fish cakes, gimbap (a seaweed rice roll), and more. Choose to stay at Myeongdong or enjoy the drop off back at your hotel. 

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: DMZ, Munsan-eup, Majeong-ri Imjingak Tourist information center, Paju, Gyeonggi-do South Korea

If you select a tour option of Afternoon DMZ tour, please leave a message on your booking or email when you want to have this tour.

Your tour starts with pick-up at your hotel in downtown Seoul. Firstly, your driver will take you to Imjigak Park in comfort, which is located one-hour distance from Seoul. After the visit of Imjingak Park, you will pass through the Unification Bridge, which is the first door to DMZ. Don't forget to bring your passport because you need to gain a license to cross this Bridge. The highlight of this DMZ tour is the 3rd infiltration tunnel. Discovered in 1978, this tunnel was dug by the Northern army to invade the South. You will be stunned at how hostile the relations between the two Koreas were and witness the prime example of the South – North confrontation. On the Dora Observatory deck, do not miss on the chance to get a glimpse of North Korean village life. There is no where else in the South Korea where you can look at so close to the North Korea Then, head towards the Dorasan Station, a zone that strictly restrict general civilian access. This station has got international attention since the previous Korean President Kim Daejung and the American President George H.W. Bush visited.

Duration: 7 hours


  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions by air-conditioned minivan or van
  • Entry/Admission - Gyeongbokgung Palace


  • Lunch
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Infant meals
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Insadong

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
* We provide hotel pickup service only to customers who book by 4 p.m. a day before their tour dates. Customers who booked past 4 p.m. in Seoul time are kindly advised to come to Jogyesa temple by themselves and meet their tour guides right in front of entrance of the temple. (Hotel Drop off service will be provided)
* Hotel Pick-up service is provided only within Seoul area.
(If your hotel is located in Incheon, please contact us. we kindly advise to come to Central Seoul)
* If our customers are staying at airbnb or guesthouse, they may be picked up from the nearest subway station.
* pickup commences up to 1hour before the tour starting time. and exact pickup time will be emailed by 7:00 p.m. a day before tour date.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • On Tuesdays, Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed and will be replaced to Deoksu Palace or Changdeokgung Palace.
  • On Sundays, Bukchon Hanok Village is replaced to Namsan Hanok Village.
  • This tour requires a lot of walking. and some places have uneven surfaces for wheelchair users.
  • The tour schedule can be adjusted depending on the circumstance of tour site, weather, and traffic
  • The sequence of attractions in the itinerary can be changed without prior notice
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • DMZ admission fee is included only for the Tour Option 2
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This was an excellent tour. The sites were interesting and the guide super enthusiastic. The tour was well worth the money.
• Submitted 10 Jan 2020
Had a great time...Annie did a fantastic work of showing around Seoul in a day. Covered most of the important attractions. Highly recommend.
• Submitted 25 Dec 2019
I had just one day to explore Seoul and on a hindsight I could not have chosen a better tour. Cindy was a fantastic guide and made the tour quite fun. I enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to others. Value for money.
• Submitted 02 Dec 2019
Annie was a super knowledgeable and nice guide! The tour included so many highlights of Seoul at a good pace. We loved being able to dress in traditional Hanbok clothing and do a photo shoot! Little focus on shopping on this tour, which is why we selected it. We can do that ourselves. There are alot of options for Seoul city tours, but I'd highly recommend this one!!
• Submitted 29 Nov 2019
If you are in Seoul and you would like to see all of the essential sites then this is the tour for you. Not only was it informative thanks to our Jessica our guide but fun too. We were allowed ample time to see what needed to be seen without eating into our time at the other attractions. We were delighted with our tour.
• Submitted 05 Nov 2019
The guide was very friendly and helpful, and the tour provides a very nice overview of all the most important highlights of Seoul.
• Submitted 05 Nov 2019
Guide very good and tour covered the best part of Korea. Small group and everyone got along well. Would recommend this tour if you have just a very short time in Seoul.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
Our tour guide, Jessica, made the experience. She was knowledgeable and friendly. She explained the city and the sites and gave adequate time to explore them.
• Submitted 18 Oct 2019
A delightful day out with Cindy, who showed us the best places in Seoul and enlightened us with its fascinating history. Everything was timely and organised. Cindy was very organised, coordinated everything with the guests on WhatsApp in advance and also took photos of us, which were then sent to us straight after the tour. I highly recommend this tour and give my special thanks to Cindy and this your company!
• Submitted 16 Oct 2019
Our guide Cindy planned a great tour considering the weather. She was very friendly and informative and I highly recommend
• Submitted 09 Oct 2019
I really enjoyed this trip. It was a good introduction to some of the many highlights of Seoul. The palace visit was interesting and loved trying on the Hanbok. Sylvia was a great guide and gave us lots of information. It would be good at the lunch stop to have a place that serves vegetarian food pointed out as a suggestion. I now know of quite a few in the area but I spent a lot of time looking for somewhere
• Submitted 04 Oct 2019
Our tour guide, Minh Ho, did a fantastic job with the tour. HE was knowledgeable, engaging and kept us on time to the various sites. Well organized tour and enjoyed all the sites. Definitely worth taking it!
• Submitted 30 Sep 2019
I was in Seoul for business and had a day over the weekend to enjoy this tour - I was alone but joined some lovely people for this great experience and would highly recommend. Annie the tour guide was lovely and the communication ahead of the trip was great too. Lots is covered and at a great pace too - thank you
• Submitted 21 Aug 2019
Our tour guide Annie is very knowledgeable, helpful and organized. I recommend this tour. I love it bec. she included the part of Korean traditional clothes dress up in Insandong for us and we she took a group picture for us. Thank you, Annie . You made our Seoul experience worthwhile.
• Submitted 16 Aug 2019
We found our tour guide to be very nice and very knowledgeable. We were very happy we had chosen this tour as we had a short stay and this covered many attractions.
• Submitted 08 Aug 2019
Quite unexpectedly we were first taken to a Korean costume shop where all of us chose what Korean outfit we wanted to wear and then the staff helped us into the outfits and did our hair. We then went to the Palace all dressed up and many people took our photo. I would never have done this type of activity normally but it was such great fun. The whole day was wonderful and I strongly suggest everyone considers this type of tour
• Submitted 07 Aug 2019
Such a good intro tour to learning about the what Seoul has to offer! Seoul is so big and can get overwhelming looking for places but this shows you the highlights. Our tour guide was great.
• Submitted 30 Jul 2019
Very nice and organised tour. You can get a lot from the culture and traditions. I would absolutely suggest it. The guide was very nice and competent
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019
We had a fantastic day with Jessica, from the moment she picked us up in the hotel lobby (early and with a smile) to when she dropped us off! Her English was great, she clearly explained everything we were doing, set an agenda, and told us every detail throughout the tour. Dressing up in the traditional Hanbok outfits sounds silly, but what a highlight of the trip! She is a 5 star tour guide and highly recommend this tour for anyone. We had a small group of 13 people, all English speakers.
• Submitted 23 Jul 2019
The tour was very interesting and the guide, Cindy, was very nice to all the participants, taking care to all the needs!
• Submitted 22 Jul 2019
This tour was terrific. June, our tour guide, was wonderful and not only extremely knowledgeable about the places we visited on the tour but was also able to provide a lot of insight and information that came in handy for the rest of my stay in Seoul. I highly recommend taking this tour on the first full day you have in Seoul as it is a great way to get your bearings in the city as well as giving you a framework for the other things you'd like to see whilst staying there. Definitely money well spent. If you do end up having June as your guide make sure she tells you her chocolate story, gives you some tips on what K Beauty products to buy and tell her that Mel from New Zealand says "Annyeonghaseyo". :D
• Submitted 22 Jul 2019
This was a fun and varied experience, especially with our tour guide Min-ho and our driver (whose name I don't know). There was a good balance between culture (Temple and Palace), experience (Traditional Village), fun (Traditional Costume photo-shoot) and free-time to look around and pick up a few souvenirs. Definitely worth doing, if you're in Seoul.
• Submitted 16 Jul 2019
Learned so much about Korean history. It’s a good option if you have just a day or two to sightseeing. Cindy was fun, friendly and dedicated guide.
• Submitted 15 Jul 2019
Cindy, our guide was very warm and explained everything clearly. Although lunch not included she showed us to a very reasonably priced restaurant. Overall a very relaxed and awesome experience.
• Submitted 15 Jul 2019

In Brief

Seoul, South Korea
South Korea
7 to 8 hours
Daily basis Mondays - Sundays

On Tuesdays, Gyeongbok Palace will be replaced to Deoksu Palace
Small-group tour by minibus
Lunch included
All entrance fees included