Available from 1 October 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - All in One Full Day Tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Spend a full day discovering the beautiful architecture and landscape of Seoul while learning about its history, culture and traditions. With your guide, visit two grand palaces, including UNESCO World Heritage-listed Changdeokgung Palace; learn about traditional lifestyles at a museum; and explore bustling local markets by foot.
- Seoul palace and market tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide
- Marvel at the pavilions and gardens of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Changdeokgung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Buddhist Temple
- Peruse antique artifacts and local artwork at the Insadong Antique Market and Namdaemun Market
- Enjoy an authentic Korean lunch at a local restaurant
- World best Gingeng exhibition center or Amethyst exhibition shopping center.
After pickup from your Seoul hotel in the morning, travel by air-conditioned coach past the Blue House, the residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea. Your first stop is Jogyesa Buddhist temple, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Admire the lovely locust and baeksong trees lining the entrance and enter the main temple, dating back 500 years, to see the statue of Seokgamoni, the historic Buddha at the moment of enlightenment.
The next stop is Gyeongbokgung Palace, constructed in 1395. Because much of this royal palace was destroyed during the Japanese occupation, there are many restoration projects underway. With your guide, marvel at the grandeur of the original and new portions. Inside, visit the National Folklore Museum, whose historical replicas illustrate traditional Korea. Browse the extensive artifacts to learn what life has been like for Koreans from ancient times to the 20th century. You’ll also learn about the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture.
At midday, enjoy a tasty Korean lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Changdeokgung palace, a perfectly preserved palace from the Joseon Dynasty. As you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, discover the grand palace pavilions, massive gate, several halls and the Geumcheongyo Bridge-the oldest bridge in Seoul. At the Huwon (Rear Garden), marvel at the beautiful landscape of lotus ponds, lush lawns, trees and flowers. Head next to the Insadong Antique Alley in central Seoul . With your guide, wander down alleys to browse traditional Korean restaurants, teahouses and galleries full of antique artifacts and local artwork.
Finish your tour at Namdaemun Market, the largest traditional market in Korea, opened in 1964. with various goods in store. You can find great bargains here and snatch up the perfect souvenir to remind you of your trip to Korea! You’ll then be taken back to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotel in Seoul area.
Duration: 8.30 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
End/closing time: At 5.30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Please note that Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, in which case you’ll visit Deoksugung Palace instead.
Please note that on Mondays, you’ll visit NamsanHanok Village instead of Rear Garden.

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - Andong Hahoe folk village tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: You'll be picked up from your hotel in the morning and taken by air-conditioned coach through Andong. Driving through UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hahoe Folk Village, a traditional village from the Joseon Dynasty, and watch the Byelsingut Mask Dace designated as a Important Intangible Cultural Properties No. 69. The mask dance performance has been performed to wish for much happiness and a good harvest for the village.
Transfer to Buyongdae Cliff to see the Seonyujulbul Nori a Boat ride-Firework enjoyed by the nobility called Yangban. From the summit of Buyongdae Cliff, you can get an amazing bird's-eye view of Hahoe Folk Village; you'll learn how the name of this cliff, meaning 'lotus, ' is said to reflect the village's configuration of a lotus flower.
Your last stop will be the Hahoe Mask Museum. The museum not only displays Hahoe masks, but also other traditional masks from all over the world. Tour the museum with your guide and learn about what each different mask represents, as well as the history of mask dances.
After your time here, you'll be dropped off at your hotel or the shopping district, whichever you prefer.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up hotels within the Seoul area.
Duration: Thirteen hours.
Start/opening time: At 7am.
Languages: English.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - Everland Package Tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: The most popular attraction is T express wooden rollercoaster running down to 77-degree angle. Squeaking noise from wooden rollercoaster brings more thrills. Lost Valley safari offers tour through 2,000 of animals in an amphibious vehicle and also different theme parade in each season is one of the famous things too. The park is selected the fourth of world favored theme parks in 2006 to Forbes Magazine.
People think safari first when they heard ‘Everland’. This is brand new type of zoo that you can enter in the field and meet various wild lives, not like normal zoos with caged animals. Their safari since opening of Everland(as natural farm) in 1976 is run with both tiger and lion, and gives spectacle by adding rare white tigers You can apply the safari special tour to enjoy more live safari. Safari special tour that can look around in a jeep allows 6 people in one car, and it provides 25 minutes for tour. Additional facilities require separate charge.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up within Seoul Area.
Pick-up time: 8:50am.
Duration: 8 hours.
End/closing time: 5pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Included Everland All-day Pass.

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - Everland Theme Park and Dragon Hill Spa
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Everland is home to over 40 heart-pounding rides and attractions. In addition to ‘Safari World’ featuring white tigers, tigers, lions and bears, ‘Herbivore Safari’ opened in April 2010, letting visitors get up close and personal with the safari’s giraffes, elephants, and ostriches. Everland is one of the most popular places in Korea for families, friends, and couples. Dragon Hill Spa - Basically a glorified jjimjilbang -- the large bathhouse-cum-saunas beloved by Koreans -- the Dragon Hill offers everything from facials to rooms aerated with crystal salts to the most punishing massage this side of Bangkok. Saunas and baths are segregated, but some areas are co-ed.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels in the Seoul area.
Duration: Eight hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.

Available from 1 October 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - Fantastic Nami Island and Petite France
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Get to grips with Korean Wave culture with a full day tour to Nami Island and Petite France from Seoul. Tour the shooting locations of Korean TV dramas and revel in the romance of the landscape.
HIGHLIGHTS:
* See where popular Korean TV shows were filmed
* Soak up the seasonal beauty of Nami Island
* Step into a French cultural village in the Korean countryside
The popularity explosion of Korean pop culture has spread across Southeast Asia, and with this tour you get to experience it for yourself. Visit the major filming sites and live the ever-growing Korean Wave.
Nami Island is one of the most famous islands in South Korea for being the filming location of the TV drama “Winter Sonata”. A half-moon island in the middle of the North Han River, it’s also filled with ever-changing seasonal beauty. The road lined with metasequoia trees and snowy landscapes make Nami Island the perfect place to stroll amongst nature.
Continue on to Petite France in the heart of the South Korean countryside, where you might be mistaken for stepping into a French village. Enjoy experiencing a French cultural village where you can take beautiful photos before returning to Seoul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from hotels within Seoul area.
Duration: 10 hours.
Start/opening time: At 8am.
End/closing time: At 5pm.
Languages: English.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - Full Day Seoul City Tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Spend a full day discovering the beautiful architecture and landscape of Seoul while learning about its history, culture and traditions. With your guide, visit two grand palaces, including UNESCO World Heritage-listed Changdeokgung Palace; learn about traditional lifestyles at a museum; and explore bustling local markets by foot.
* Seoul palace and market tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide
*Marvel at the pavilions and gardens of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Changdeokgung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Buddhist Temple
*Peruse antique artifacts and local artwork at the Insadong Antique Market and Namdaemun Market
* Enjoy an authentic Korean lunch at a local restaurant
* World best Gingeng exhibition center or Amethyst exhibition shopping center.
After pickup from your Seoul hotel in the morning, travel by air-conditioned coach past the Blue House, the residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea. Your first stop is Jogyesa Buddhist temple, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Admire the lovely locust and baeksong trees lining the entrance and enter the main temple, dating back 500 years, to see the statue of Seokgamoni, the historic Buddha at the moment of enlightenment.
The next stop is Gyeongbokgung Palace, constructed in 1395. Because much of this royal palace was destroyed during the Japanese occupation, there are many restoration projects underway. With your guide, marvel at the grandeur of the original and new portions. Inside, visit the National Folklore Museum, whose historical replicas illustrate traditional Korea. Browse the extensive artifacts to learn what life has been like for Koreans from ancient times to the 20th century. You’ll also learn about the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture.
At midday, enjoy a tasty Korean lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Changdeokgung palace, a perfectly preserved palace from the Joseon Dynasty. As you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, discover the grand palace pavilions, massive gate, several halls and the Geumcheongyo Bridge-the oldest bridge in Seoul. At the Huwon (Rear Garden), marvel at the beautiful landscape of lotus ponds, lush lawns, trees and flowers.
Head next to the Insadong Antique Alley in central Seoul . With your guide, wander down alleys to browse traditional Korean restaurants, teahouses and galleries full of antique artifacts and local artwork. Finish your tour at Namdaemun Market, the largest traditional market in Korea, opened in 1964. with various goods in store. You can find great bargains here and snatch up the perfect souvenir to remind you of your trip to Korea! You’ll then be taken back to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels in the Seoul area.
Duration: Eight and a half hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am. Pick up at 8.30am.
Languages: English.
Others: Please note that Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, in which case you’ll visit Deoksugung Palace instead.
Please note that on Mondays, you’ll visit NamsanHanok Village instead of Rear Garden.

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - Full Day Seoul City Tour - Old & New
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Your tour of Seoul begins with hotel pickup and then you will head to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, located in the northern part of Seoul. After it burned and was abandoned for almost three centuries, it was reconstructed in 1867. It is the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty. Afterwards, we'll proceed to the National Folk Museum, which is located inside the palace. The museum presents over 4,000 historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of the local people.
Afterwards, we will head to N Seoul Tower which sits atop Namsan Mountain. The letter "N" stands for the tower's "new look" since it was remodeled in December of 2005. Ride the elevator up to the observation deck, a major attraction that opened to the public in 1980. You’ll have about an hour to take in the 360-degree night views of Seoul and the surrounding area from the 774-foot-high (236-meter) tower, which includes an outdoor terrace. The tower, standing at 236.7 meters, offers breathtaking panoramic views of Seoul and its surrounding areas. You can enjoy a budget food court at the ground floor or try Western cuisine at the revolving N Grill Restaurant.
We will then continue to the traditional village of Namsan Hanok where you'll see five restored Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule among others. Take a leisurely stroll around the area and see antique items and furniture.
After that we will go to Tongin market. Tongin Market dates back to June 1941 when it was a public market set up for Japanese residents near the Hyoja-dong neighborhood when Korea was still under Japanese rule. After the Korean War, the nation experienced swift rise in population, which led to a natural increase in consumption and demand. As a result the area’s street vendors and stores used the former Tongin Market area as their marketplace. Now, Tongin Market consists of 75 stores, most of which are restaurants and grocery stores. There are also some shops selling manufactured goods like underwear and shoes.
Next we will visit Seoul Trick Eye Museum. The name Trick Eye comes from the shortened form of the term Trick of the eye and refers to an art technique that turns two-dimensional paintings into Three-dimensional images. Through the use of optical illusions, three-dimensional paintings on the surfaces of the museum walls, floors and ceilings come alive. The museum offers various themed galleries where visitors are invited to take part and are more than welcome to explore with their eyes, hands and cameras too.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels in the Seoul area.
Duration: Eight hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
Languages: English.
Others: Gyeongbokgung Palace & Namsan Traditional Village are closed on Tuesday, in which case you'll visit other places instead. INCLUSION: Gyeongbokgung & Trick Eye Museum entrance fee. EXCLUSION: Seoul N tower & Cable car fare, Lunch.

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - Gyeongju city tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Today, you are treated to one of the world's ten most historically significant sites with numerous relics from the Silla dynasty. Temple site with weathered stone pagodas, royal tombs, and the oldest Observatory are scattered throughout this ancient city. After hotel pickup, you will begin to explore two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Bulguk-sa Temple and Seokguram grotto which were both built during the glorious period of the Silla kingdom (BC57-AD935).
Disembark the coach when you reach Bulguksa Temple, meaning 'Temple of the Buddha Land. ' Built during the 8th century on the slope of Mt. Toham, this World Heritage site is considered one of Korea's most renowned Buddhist temples. Discover important Silla relics, including two stone pagodas, as you explore the main complex with your guide.
After taking a twisting ride up around eastern side of Tohamsan and about 10 minute walk through a lovely wood brings you to Seokguram Grotto, the home of the serene stone Buddha of the 8th century. Gaze at a stone Buddha statue looking serenely at the East Sea.
You can further explore Silla traditions at the Gyeongju National Museum, via its many archaeological and historical artifacts on display.
Make a stop at an Anap-ji Pond, a pleasure garden built to commemorate the victory of Silla, and later used as the recreational area for the Silla's royal family. Then, followed by a trip to Cheomseongdae, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. You'll learn how it was used to forecast the weather by observing the constellations.
The final stop is Tumuli Park which has more than 20 large and small tombs from the Shilla period and has been designated Historic site No. 175. During the excavations of Cheonmachong (Heavenly Horse Tomb), numerous artifacts (including a gold crown, gold girdles, gold and silver personal ornaments, horse fittings, and weapons) were uncovered, all of which attest to the advanced culture of Shilla. Learn from your guide about this grave of an unknown Silla king who was buried with a gold crown and other royal ornaments.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels within the Seoul area.
Duration: Twelve and a half hours.
Start/opening time: At 7.30am.
Languages: English.

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - Half Day Seoul City Tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: After pickup from your Seoul hotel in the morning, travel by coach past the Blue House, the executive office and official residence of the South Korean president.
You will visit Gyeongbokgung Palace as your first stop. Gyeongbokgung was built in 1395 and is considered one of Korea's oldest and most magnificent palaces. The buildings within Gyeongbokgung are more than 600 years old, however many of the buildings were destroyed in a fire during the wars. Later, the government and the nation as a whole worked hard to restore Gyeongbokgung, and so now it has become a beautiful place where both foreigners and Koreans alike seek out to enjoy.
Inside Gyeongbokgung Palace, visit the National Folk Museum. It displays by region and by dynasty many different kinds of artifacts so that we can discover the lifestyles of our ancestors, including their food, clothing and shelter. It's a place where one can see at a glance how the people once lived.
Lastly visit Insadong Shopping Street, which is an important place where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. With experienced guide, walk around alleys to browse to korean traditional teahouse and galleries full of antique artifacts and local artwork.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from hotels in the Seoul area.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
End/closing time: 12:30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Gyeongbokgung Palace with National Folk Museum is closed on Tuesday, in which case you'll visit another palace instead.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - Half Day The Soul Of Seoul
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Experience Seoul's unique blend of old and new on this complete morning tour. Discover two royal palaces, historic sites and witness the changing of the guards. Take in unique local experiences and get to know the city like a local.
HIGHLIGHTS:
* Visit the main historical highlights
* Get an overview of the city’s history at the Seoul Museum of History
* Witness the royal changing of the guard
Start the day in the heart of Seoul at Gwanghwamun Gate and walk along to the Seoul Museum of History for a unique interactive exhibition of local history at the Seoul City Panoramic Theatre. Continue to Gyeonghuigung Palace, one of the five royal palaces in Seoul, and then to Daehamun for the royal changing of the guards ceremony. After a brief stop at Seoul City Hall, we stroll over to Cheonggyecheon Plaza, with its picturesque stream, historic stone bridges and uniquely decorated walls, on to Jongno, one of central Seoul's oldest areas.
Walk to the Bosingak Bell Pavilion where you might be lucky to catch its mighty toll at noon before the end of the tour. Your guide can then recommend the best places to try local delicacies such as Bibimbap or Jeon as Korean food is one of the world’s best kept secrets.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Gwanghwamun Station – Seoul Metro Subway Line 5, Exit 6 (Outside).
Duration: 3 hours.
Start or opening time: 9:30am.
End or closing time: 12:30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Drop off location: Bosingak Bell Pavilion / Jonggak Station – Seoul Metro Subway Line 1.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - Half Day The Street Museum In The Urban Core
Seoul Excursions & Tours: An intriguing city of modern, urban delight with historic traces, discover the essence of Seoul with this fascinating city tour. Find out how it is evolving and growing in the modern day and remember its traditional roots that can still be seen in amongst the glittering skyscrapers.
HIGHLIGHTS:
* Explore Seoul’s past with an expert local guide
* See historical sites and favourite local hangouts
* Learn about traditional Seoul at Changdeokgung Palace
The first stop on our tour is the charming Bukchon Hanok village area, dating back to the Joseon Dynasty with countless hanoks (traditional Korean houses) and other historic sites. Nowadays it's considered one of the leading (and most loved) cultural places in Seoul.
After a quick break, we stroll over the Changdeokgung Palace, one of Seoul's Unesco World Cultural Heritage sites. The palace is famous for its unique, traditional Korean-style architecture and design which you will learn all about from your expert local guide.
Walk along Jongmyo (Royal Shrine) and meet local people at Kwang Jang Market, one of Seoul's best and most traditional markets. You can easily spend hours exploring the market, so our tour ends here so that you can wander and watch to your heart’s content. Your guide will of course give you tips on where to go in the market or if you are heading back into the city.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Gwanghwamun Station – Seoul Metro Subway Line 5, Exit 6 (outside).
Duration: 3.5 hours.
Start or opening time: 2pm.
End or closing time: 5:30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Drop off location: Jongno 5 –ga subway station or Kwang Jang Market.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - Joint Security Area (JSA) Tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Joint Security Area (JSA) is the only portion of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), where South and North Korean soldiers stand face-to-face.
HIGHLIGHTS :
* Visit famous landmarks such as the Conference Room of MAC (Military Armistice Commission), the UN Guard Post Three (GP 3) or the Bridge of No Return
* Let yourself be surprised by the best quality Jinseng Center or Amethyst Factory Outlet
* Relax on-board our air-conditioned vehicles
You can feel the heightened tension of the most hostile area in the world. Technically speaking, two Koreas are still at the state of war. JSA, or Panmunjeom in Korean, is the official conference area between the two parties. It has been renowned since an armistice agreement was signed there in 1953.
More than sixty years ago, the armistice was signed after the three year Korean War. It was intended to serve as a temporary ceasefire agreement, soon to be replaced by a permanent peace treaty, which has not yet been realised.
Can you imagine how much time it took to try to negotiate the armistice amidst the three year war? It took two years with 765 meetings! However, the signing of the armistice took only twelve minutes with no handshake, no saluting, and no ceremony. The representatives of the North Korea and the UNC (United Nations Command) were stone-faced and indignant with each other. They walked into the room from the opposite doors and withdrew using the same door respectively as soon as they signed the paperwork.
The resentfulness was just a prelude of all the shouting matches and countless fistfights at an official conference room between the representatives of two sides. Don’t you want to visit the conference row and enter the central room of the seven conference buildings? You can even step over the division line which is marked in the middle of the room.
At the UNC Guard Post Three outside of the conference room, you will find yourself surrounded by North Korea at your three sides. There you can take photos of the North Mountains and villages from the closest possible point.
You will eventually cross over what is known as the “Bridge of No Return” which was the focal point of the most brutal incident of JSA, which is called the “Axe Murder Incident of 1976”. Two US Army officers were axed to death under a huge tree. The tree had to be pruned because it was in-between two UNC guard posts, blocking the line of view between the two points. The officers were carrying shot guns on their waist belts but these were not even used. They were then brutally murdered with the axes that were intended for the tree trimming job. This is only one episode of the sixty year old tragedy of JSA.
You will have the opportunity to walk around Camp Bonifas, a United Nations Command military post; which took its name from one of the soldiers brutally murdered in 1976. This camp houses what was possibly the most dangerous gold course of all time.
Visit “Freedom House” where all negotiations between North and South Korea are still carried out, this is situated in Panmunjom “the truce village”. This is quite possibly the closest that a tourist will ever be able to get to North Korea.
Visit JSA and face in person the longest and most bitter confrontation of world history.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels in the Seoul area.
Drop-off location: Variable according to tour date.
Duration: Seven hours.
Start/opening time: Variable (according to military situation). JSA Tour is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
End/closing time: At 7pm.
Languages: English.
Required documentation: Passport is required.
Others: If there's an unannounced military training or official event in JSA the tour may be canceled on the day of the tour with short notice. Anyone who suffers from a weak heart, claustrophobia, or asthmatic symptoms is not allowed to enter into the tunnel.
The restricted countries for Panmunjeom Tour:
- Asia - Malaysia North Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Burma, Singapore
-Northeast Asia - Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Oman, Qatar' Syria, Turkmenistan
-Europe - Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
-Africa - Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia
-Arab - Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
-Latin America - Cuba

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - Jongmyo Shrine, Secret Garden and Unhyungung Palace
Seoul Excursions & Tours: After picked up from your Seoul hotel, you're taken to Jongmyo Shrine, one of the most important cultural sites in the country. It was built to hold the ancestral tablets of the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. Jongmyo was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1995 based on its well-preserved and authentic Confucian architecture.
On the first Sunday of May, Jongmyo hosts a memorial service called Jongmyo Jaerye, a rite lasting around six hours and thought to be the oldest ceremony in the world. No matter when you come, touring the world’s oldest Confucian sanctuary offers insight not only into Korean history, but into Confucianism as well.
Your next stop is Changdeokgung's Rear Garden. It was constructed during the reign of King Taejong and served as a resting place for the royal family members. The garden was kept as natural as possible and was touched by human hands only when absolutely necessary. Enjoy beautiful scenery in the secret garden and experience a resting place for the royal family members.
Lastly, visit Unhyungung Royal Residence, home of young Gojong, who later became Emperor during the Joseon Dynasty. Damaged during the Japanese colonial period and the Korean War, The Unhyungung Royal Residence was renovated in 1990s, and it is a much smaller version of the majestic structure that it used to be.
After sightseeing in Unhyungung, return to your hotel, where your half-day tour ends.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from hotels in the Seoul area.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: At 2pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Jongmyo Shrine is closed on Tuesday, and Changdeokgung Palace with Secret Garden is closed on Monday.

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - K-WAVE tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: After hotel pick up, we will first visit MBC Dramia where Korea's traditional living spaces were reproduced in the land. MBC's memorable costume dramas such as "Moon Embracing the Sun", "The Great Queen Seondeok" and many more were shot here and more dramas are currently on production. You can walk through the alley of traditional market places, stroll in the palace, and become Joseon Dynasty's kings and queens yourself by trying out the royal costumes.
After that we will move to Odarizip for lunch where you can enjoy both Korean food and K-POP, also see autographs of popular entertainers in Korea. Then, head to N Seoul Tower which is the landmark of Seoul as well as a shooting place for many dramas. Afterwards, visit K-story which is a K-POP cafe run by Kim Hee Chul (Super Junior member)'s sister. Then move to Gangnam and finally reach SM Town Artium in COEX, where you can buy souvenirs, see hologram concert and the recording studio of SM Singers.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels within the Seoul area.
Duration: Eight hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
Languages: English.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - Korea Food Making
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Culture of the country is concentrated in its food and the history. Cooking and learning the history and the culture of Korea will be a chance to naturally understand Korean food and Korea. This will be a special time to learn recipes, cook together with others, and experience cooking Korean food.
You will also have the chance to take pictures wearing the traditional Korean Gown, Hanbok. You can enjoy the taste and flavor of Korea, Cook Korean food for yourself and wear Korean traditional gown, Hanbok.
The course gives experience to wear a Hanbok in various colors and design with accessories and shoes. The course will take you to the Tongin traditional market. You can Compare this market to markets in your country and find the color of Korea. Guide will tell you about freebie custom.
The tour that will allow you to feel the fresh culture of Korea! This is for those who loves the taste and flavor of Korea.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel within Seoul area.
Pick-up time: Morning tour at 8:30am. Afternoon tour at 12:30pm.
Duration: Morning tour 3 hours. Afternoon tour 4 hours.
Start/opening time: Morning tour at 9am. Afternoon tour at 1pm.
End/closing time: Morning tour at 12:30pm. Afternoon tour at 5pm.
Drop-off location: Itaewon.
Languages: English.
Others: Depending on traffic the order of the tour schedule may be changed.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
Seoul Excursions & Tours: DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) is a buffer zone between two Koreas, bisecting the Korean Peninsula.
DMZ has been the most popular tourist spot of Korea for foreigners since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The purpose of the zone is to prevent the recurrence of war between North & South Korea.
The zone ranges 2 km north and south respectively from the ceasefire line of 1953. The land stretches across the Korean Peninsula 155 miles from the mouth of Han River to the East Coast.
It’s one of the most well-preserved wild-life refuges where peace and tension coexist. The President of Korea, Park Geun-hye, is pushing to build a “peace park” in the DMZ as a new symbol of political reconciliation and ecological conservation.
In essence, any DMZ tour is to experience the reality of division and to find the hope of future. The highlight of the tour is to explore a tunnel dug by North Korea. The tunnel was discovered by South Army as the third one among four tunnels, hence the name “The Third Tunnel”. It is a surreal experience to find a 1,635 meter tunnel at the depth of 73 meters underground. The infiltration tunnel was made by dangerous manual excavation work with dynamites, shovels and pick axes. The tunnel is located only four kilometers away from JSA, where the representatives of North Korea repeat their version of peace and reunification.
The other tourism spots include an observatory and a train station. The observatory sits on the top of a hill, from which you can observe the north area including the “Gaesung Industrial Complex”, the “Propaganda Village”, a huge statue of North Leader Kim Il-sung, etc. The train station is the northern most one of South Korea and it is physically connected to the North railway system, which again is linked to the Trans Eurasian Railway Network. Regardless of the frustrating diplomacy surrounding the Korean Peninsula, here you can find a hope to go to Europe by TRS (Trans-Siberian Railway).
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels within the Seoul area.
Pick-up time: Morning tour at 7:30am. Afternoon tour at 10:30pm.
Drop-off location: Itaewon.
Duration: Morning tour: 6.5 hours. Afternoon tour: 6 hours.
Languages: English.
Others: If there's an unannounced military training or official event in JSA the tour may be cancelled on the day of the tour with short notice. Anyone who suffers from a weak heart, claustrophobia, or asthmatic symptoms is not allowed to enter the tunnel. Restricted nationalities for this tour: Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, South Korea, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA) Tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Joint Security Area (JSA) is the only portion of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), where South and North Korean soldiers stand face-to-face.
HIGHLIGHTS :
* Visit famous landmarks such as the Conference Room of MAC (Military Armistice Commission), the UN Guard Post Three (GP 3) or the Bridge of No Return
* Let yourself be surprised by the best quality Jinseng Center or Amethyst Factory Outlet
* Relax on-board our air-conditioned vehicles
You can feel the heightened tension of the most hostile area in the world. Technically speaking, two Koreas are still at the state of war. JSA, or Panmunjeom in Korean, is the official conference area between the two parties. It has been renowned since an armistice agreement was signed there in 1953.
More than sixty years ago, the armistice was signed after the three year Korean War. It was intended to serve as a temporary ceasefire agreement, soon to be replaced by a permanent peace treaty, which has not yet been realised.
Can you imagine how much time it took to try to negotiate the armistice amidst the three year war? It took two years with 765 meetings! However, the signing of the armistice took only twelve minutes with no handshake, no saluting, and no ceremony. The representatives of the North Korea and the UNC (United Nations Command) were stone-faced and indignant with each other. They walked into the room from the opposite doors and withdrew using the same door respectively as soon as they signed the paperwork.
The resentfulness was just a prelude of all the shouting matches and countless fistfights at an official conference room between the representatives of two sides. Don’t you want to visit the conference row and enter the central room of the seven conference buildings? You can even step over the division line which is marked in the middle of the room.
At the UNC Guard Post Three outside of the conference room, you will find yourself surrounded by North Korea at your three sides. There you can take photos of the North Mountains and villages from the closest possible point.
You will eventually cross over what is known as the “Bridge of No Return” which was the focal point of the most brutal incident of JSA, which is called the “Axe Murder Incident of 1976”. Two US Army officers were axed to death under a huge tree. The tree had to be pruned because it was in-between two UNC guard posts, blocking the line of view between the two points. The officers were carrying shot guns on their waist belts but these were not even used. They were then brutally murdered with the axes that were intended for the tree trimming job. This is only one episode of the sixty year old tragedy of JSA.
You will have the opportunity to walk around Camp Bonifas, a United Nations Command military post; which took its name from one of the soldiers brutally murdered in 1976. This camp houses what was possibly the most dangerous gold course of all time.
Visit “Freedom House” where all negotiations between North and South Korea are still carried out, this is situated in Panmunjom “the truce village”. This is quite possibly the closest that a tourist will ever be able to get to North Korea.
Visit JSA and face in person the longest and most bitter confrontation of world history.
DMZ includes JSA as a small portion of its territory. The two areas are inseparable because the whole DMZ was created under the armistice agreement signed at JSA in 1953. Logically, the DMZ tour should include a visit to the JSA. However, the JSA tour has been operated as a separate one just for the convenience of travelers who are not available for a whole day tour. So, you are recommended to have the combined package of DMZ tour and JSA tour.
The combined tour gives you the overall picture of the Korean War. The DMZ tour shows you relics of the battle fields, while the JSA tour concentrates on the political confrontation between the two sides for the armistice arrangement. The combined tour can provide you a complete insight of the North and South relations in just one day. br />
The highlight of the DMZ tour is to explore a tunnel dug by North Korea. The tunnel was discovered by South Army as the third one among four tunnels, hence the name “The Third Tunnel”. It is a surreal experience to find a 1,635 meter tunnel at the depth of 73 meters underground. The infiltration tunnel was made by dangerous manual excavation work with dynamites, shovels and pick axes. The tunnel is located only four kilometers away from JSA, where the representatives of North Korea repeat their version of peace and reunification. What can you expect from the tour? Real stories of Korean War, an objective perspective on the political showdown of Communism and Capitalism, and a new paradigm of the North/South Korean relationship.
If you are going to check the actual confrontation of two Koreas, visit the conference row of JSA and enter the central room of the seven conference buildings. You can even step over the division line which is marked in the middle of the room.
At the UNC Guard Post Three (GP 3) outside of the conference room, you would find yourself surrounded by North Korea at your three sides. There you can take photos of the North Mountains and villages at the nearest distance. You will eventually pass by the focal point of the most brutal incident of JSA, which is called the “Axe Murder Incident” of 1976. Two officers of US army were axed to death under a huge popular tree. Visit JSA and face in person the longest bitter confrontation of the world history, still going on in the conference hall.
You shall visit Imjingak Park which has many war monuments. There is also a restaurant, an observation deck, a pool in the shape of the Korean peninsula and more. You shall also go to Dora Observatory which is the closest you can get to North Korea without going in to the DMZ zone. You can take a look around the last train station in South Korea “Dorasan Station” if the two Korea´s ever reunite this will connect the two of the countries by train once more.
The tour allows you to get a comprehensive understanding of the historical and cultural aspects of Seoul. Take a trip up Seoul Tower to get a 360 view of the city which looks even better at night. Korea´s Amethyst and Ginseng are known to be the highest quality and you will have the chance to buy them directly from exhibition centres.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotel in Seoul area.
Duration: 9 hours.
Pick-up time: Variable time according to military situation.
Start/opening time: At 8am.
Drop-off location: Variable according to tour date.
End/closing time: At 5pm.
Opening days/period: JSA Tour is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Languages: English.
Required documentation: Passport is required.
Medical restrictions: Anyone who suffers from a weak heart, claustrophobia, or asthmatic symptoms is not allowed to enter the tunnel.
Others: If there's an unannounced military training or official event in JSA the tour may be cancelled on the day of the tour with short notice.
Restricted nationalities for this tour: Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, South Korea, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - Korean culture experience
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Even for Seoul residents or natives, Bukchon Korean traditional house town makes them wonder if it still exists and part of Seoul. As you may know, Seoul is full with hi tech and modern and no one expects old traditional town in the middle of the city.
Bukchon Hanok village is the old town located between Gyeongbokgung palace and Jongmyo shrine and named as North village. It also has lower land in the south than in the north. This characteristic provides a great view point where you can enjoy the landscape of Mt. Namsan and a forest of skyscrapers. This is the reason why noble families and high-ranking officials of Josun dynasty lived in North village.
Bukchon is also hanok (traditional house) concentrated area and its alleys wind and twist houses. The traditional houses stand close together roof by roof. Everyday life in Hanok takes place not only within the houses but also outside of houses in the alleys. In alleys, adults have friendly conversation and the elderly take rest and coverse among themselves.
There used to be only 30 traditional houses with black tile roof left but people and government have tried to keep this town as original form as possible so you can see the how people used to live together for 600 years in Chosun dynasty.
Bukchon is called "the street museum in the urban core having many historical spots and cultural heritage sites of 600 years long history of Seoul. For visitors, the alleys of Bukchon are an interesting window which exist the ordinary lives of ordinary Koreans. We’ve traveled life at high speed so far, so it’s time to give your soul a moment of rest with slow and peaceful step in Bukchon Hanok Village.
There are 8 photo spots where you can take pictures from the 8 best photo angles of Bukchon. And you don’t want to miss the Choongang High School which is well known for Korean drama Winter Sonata that Yong Jun Bae and Jiwoo Choi played.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel within Seoul area.
Duration: Three and half hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
End/closing time: At 12.30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Changdeok Palace is closed on Mondays and will be replaced by another tourist attraction, Gyeongbok Palace.

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - Korean folk village tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: After morning pickup from your Seoul hotel, you'll travel to the Korean Folk Village, which showcases buildings and artifacts from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897).
See a wide assortment of residential structures from the straw-thatched cottages of commoners to the 99-room mansions of the noble class, preserving some of the country's rich traditional and cultural heritage. The buildings represent the dwellings of commoners, farmers, and noblemen from across Korea.
You can also get a close look at numerous workshops doing their jobs, demonstrating centuries-old craftsmanship in the art of pottery, blacksmith, bamboo craft, traditional Korean paper manufacturing, wooden craft, glazed pottery, straw craft, willow craft, handheld fans, paper craft, cotton looms, silk looms, straw shoes, smoke pipes, and brassware.
In addition, the village offers farmer's music and dance, acrobatics on a tightrope, and a traditional wedding ceremony on a daily basis. A traditional marketplace offers the exotic flavors of Korean cuisine from different regions. Shops stock a variety of traditional handicrafts and souvenirs. At the swing site you will take a ride on a high traditional swing. Get a fascinating insight into the unique Korean lifestyle of the days gone by.
At the end of your tour, guide will return you to your Seoul hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels in the Seoul area.
Duration: Four and a half hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
Languages: English.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - Lotte World
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Indoor Adventure is the world’s largest indoor theme park and hosts a dazzling variety of seasonal festivals and parades all year round including the Masquerade Festival, the Rio Samba Carnival, the Halloween Party and the Christmas Festival. With the theme of “Little World Village", Indoor Adventure features 22 different rides including the Conquistador, the French Revolution, the World Monorail, the Flume Ride and Camelot Carousel. Visitors can access Magic Island, the outdoor theme park of Lotte World through a connecting passageway on the 2nd floor and visit the Folk Museum on the 3rd floor.
Join us as we visit all things Lotte! Explore the perfect spot for entertainment and sightseeing at Lotte World, and shop at Lotte Mart and Department Store. Go on an all-Lotte tour as we visit the Lotte World, Mart and Department Store! Our first stop is the Lotte World, the largest indoor theme park as certified by the Guinness World Records. The park is filled with thrilling rides, different kinds of parades, an ice rink, a folk museum and so much more. It’s located in the heart of the city, which makes it the perfect spot for entertainment and sightseeing!
Next, we’ll proceed to Lotte Mart. A division of Lotte Co. , Ltd, the Mart is a South Korean hypermarket that sells a variety of clothing, toys, electronics and other goods. Afterwards, head to the Lotte Department Store. Established in 1979, the department store offers retail consumer goods and services.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel within Seoul Area.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
End/closing time: At 1pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Included: Big 5 Ticket (5 attractions).

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - Mt Seorak tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Depart from your hotel and journey towards Mt Seoraksan, also known as Mt. Sorak, the highest amidst Taebaeksanmaek Mountain Range which boasts beautiful landscape and scenery all year round. The national park, designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, covers 154 square miles (398 sq km) and is home to more than 2,000 animal species and 1,400 rare plant species. As you follow your guide along a well-maintained path, keep an eye out for a variety of animals such as musk deer.
Next, we'll proceed to the Gwongeumseong Fortress by cable car. It is also called Gwon-Kim Castle as there was a legend that two generals named Gwon and Kim built the castle to avoid war. As you ascend, view the interesting rock formation of the Gwongeumseong region, including Ulsanbawi Rock, and watch the East Sea come into sight.
With your guide, visit the mountain's Shinheungsa Temple, with its giant bronze Buddha standing guard, before being transferred to Daepohang Port Fish Market, where eel, flounder, yellowtail and gourmet seafood are sold. See the lively stalls and restaurants surrounding the fish market, selling dishes featuring the local seafood.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels within the Seoul area.
Duration: Eleven hours.
Start/opening time: At 8.30am.
Languages: English.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - Mt.Seorak Daily Tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: The beautiful Seorak (Mt Sorak) makes your long journey glamorous with its mystic environment. The scenery made with the symphony of nature on the way to Seorak from Seoul will be the rehearsal of the genuine beauty of the mountain that is waiting for you over the curtain of rough roads and hills.
Points of interest/ itinerary:
-The magnificent scene of Seorak national park, the father of Korean mountains
-Wild vegetable bibimbap with various fresh vegetable in season
-The Kwon and Kim families constructed Sokcho city view in Gwongeumseong fortress in a single day
-Dynatic figure of the outer Soerak on Gwongeumseong fortress at an altitude of 600 meters
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel within Seoul Area.
Pick-up time: 7:30am.
Duration: 12 hours.
Languages: English.

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - N Seoul tower and traditional village tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Your tour of Seoul begins with hotel pickup and then you will head to N Seoul Tower, which sits atop Namsan Mountain. The letter "N" stands for the tower's "new look" since it was remodeled in December of 2005.
Ride the elevator up to the observation deck, a major attraction that opened to the public in 1980. You’ll have about an hour to take in the 360-degree views of Seoul and the surrounding area from the 774-foot-high (236-meter) tower, which includes an outdoor terrace. The tower, standing at 236.7 meters, offers breathtaking panoramic views of Seoul and its surrounding areas. You can enjoy a budget food court at the ground floor or try Western cuisine at the revolving N Grill Restaurant. Enjoy the evening breeze and the surrounding scenery.
We will then continue to the traditional village of Namsan Hanok where you'll see five restored Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule among others. Take a leisurely stroll around the area and see antique items and furniture.
Next, we will transfer to Insadong Street, located in the heart of the city. There is one main road in Insadong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries, traditional restaurants, traditional teahouses, and cafes.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels in downtown Seoul.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: At 2pm.
End/closing time: At 6pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Namsan Traditional Village is closed on Tuesday, in which case you'll visit other place instead.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - Palace Morning Tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Most people understand Korea for K-pop and strong IT Industry. But, have you noticed Korea is the country has thousands of history and a racially homogeneous nation? If you are international traveler, you might know Seoul is one of rare cities has hundreds years history footprints. You will see high-tech right next to thousand-year-old tradition. Palace is the one of popular historical places. Chosun Empire has ended in 1910 while Seoul has been the capital of Josun dynasty for the past 500 years. There are 5 important palaces you don’t want to miss and they are the most popular places for visitors.
What is first impression of the word "Palace"? Place for kings and noble families? It is true but only the part of it. You will see the area where kings and families lived with 2000 people ruled whole nation. There is only parts of palaces remain which makes many people find they are only for king and family. Palace was the place for discussion how to rule the country. The palace was like a huge company runs a big organization, nation where 2000 people are working together inside. Most people now understand the palace only for king and family after modern city development.
After the Second World War, family of Korean empire became normal average people and there is no more empire. All palaces belong to Republic of Korea. Does your country have king and family? Do you still have the palace for them? There is no more king and family in Korean society. But most of Korean all remembers them and their history as they are all important part of history although it was not happy ending.
There were 2 big important functions of palace. "Kweol" is where all governors, ministers, scholars and king got together and made important discussion and decision. "Koong" is located in the center of the palace where king and king’s family stay. You can enjoy more if you understand the whole palace was designed for efficiency of communication with people who visit or stay palace. There are places for politics, living area for king and family, and gardens. Take a close look and feel how all the functions and locations are designed and connected. There are 5 palaces in Seoul. Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changkyeong-gung, Gyeongungung(Deoksu Palace), and Gyeongheegung.
Eastern Asia palaces are noticed that the mainly common characteristics of the design are naturalism and humanism but the philosophy behind and representation style element are differed from the country.
Highlights
- Seoul historical , Cultural and heritage tour of Seoul
- Visit an exhibition center to learn about the past, present and future of Korea’s culture and politics
- Explore Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the Five Grand Palaces and arguably Seoul’s most beautiful
- Learn about life in Korea from ancient times to today at the National Folk Museum
- Witness the importance of Buddhism in Korean culture at Jogyesa Temple
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotel in Seoul area.
Duration: 3.30 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
End/closing time: At 12.30pm.
Drop-off location: Itaewon.
Languages: English.
Others: Gyeongbok Palace will be replaced by another tourist attraction when it is closed on Tuesdays. If it is below -5 or raining the Guard Changing Ceremony at Gyeongbok Palace will be canceled.

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - Samsung Innovation Museum and Everland Theme Park
Seoul Excursions & Tours: You'll be picked up from your hotel and driven to Samsung Innovation museum. The Museum exhibits the history and the future of such innovations brought by the electronics industry. That is also why it is named Innovation Museum. In three Halls - Era of Inventors, Era of Corporate Innovation, and Era of Creation - Samsung Innovation Museum shows not only the history of the electronics industry but the achievements that Samsung Electronics has made in the IT industry with its leading semi-conductor, display and mobile technologies.
Enjoy chicken for lunch in the street of Chickens in Suwon. You will have Jinmi chicken or Yongsung chicken. These chickens are Korea No. 1 Fried Chicken. They are usually seasoned with spices, sugar, and salt, prior to and after being fried.
Next we will visit Everland Resort, the world’s 7th-largest theme park located in the nearby city of Yongin. With your admission ticket, you can choose to enjoy Everland Resort's Everland theme park.
This massive theme park features five themed zones: Global Fair, Zoo-Topia, European Adventure, Magic Land and American Adventure.
At the entrance, you’ll walk through Global Fair for food, photos and souvenirs. Head to Zoo-Topia with the kids for the petting zoo, pony rides, animal shows and glimpses of polar bears, sea lions, elephants, penguins, tigers and primates. Take the Amazon Express raft ride or hop on the caged safari bus for a look at ligers and bears roaming in a contained habitat!
When met by the European Adventure, you’ll be greeted by European architecture, restaurants, a flower garden and the first wooden roller coaster in Korea. The American Adventure will take you back in time with Wild West rides, a rodeo and live bands, and in Magic Land, don’t miss the futuristic flying ride and robot ride!
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels in the Seoul area.
Duration: Eight hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
Languages: English.
Others: The free pass ticket entitles guests to all rides at the theme park. Guests will be free at their own leisure to explore the park and will not be limited to where the guide will be touring them.

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - Shopping and Gangnam District tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Your guide will pick you up from your Seoul hotel in the morning. The first place we will visit is Unhyungung Royal Residence which was the home of young Gojong, who later became Emperor during the Joseon Dynasty. The residence, under the orders of Queen Mother Jo was renovated into a grand, palace-like home. The Unhyungung, which means "small palace" is located right in the middle of the business district of Jongno-gu.
We then move to Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) which is a blend of traditional buildings, relics and cutting-edge modern multicultural facilities. Near we will navigate the thousands of shops in the immense Dongdaemun district with help from your guide.
Afterwards, we will visit Ginseng Center. Ginseng is a medicinal herb that has long been used in maintaining physical vitality throughout the far-eastern countries including Korea and China. For your information, Korean Ginseng is the best of its efficacy.
Next stop, Gwangjang Market, which is famous for its abundance of street food. Bindaetteok, Bibimbap and Hotteok are the market's specialties. You will also have special activity in this place.
We will then move on to Seoul Express Bus Terminal. Underground area of the terminal offers a wide variety of stores and businesses (retail & wholesale distributors specializing in clothing, wedding planning, window furnishings, and flowers). This place is also famous for shopping.
Garosugil street is our next stop. The Gingko tree-lined street is a popular, upscale street in Seoul. The street (also known as ‘artists' street’) has an eccentric flair thanks to its variety of charmingly decorated coffee shops, and designer stores.
Our last stop, we will visit Cheongdamdong Galleria Department Store –The Galleria Department Store is well known as the most popular luxury-brand fashion mall in Seoul. Located in the wealthy district of Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam. The Galleria Department Store plays a leading role in today’s fashion industry as it offers a wide variety of high-class brands.
Inside there we will have dinner at Gourmet 494 - a food boutique. It offers carefully selected, eco-friendly products and healthy trends in dietary culture. Food from around the world can be chosen at this food court.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels in the Seoul area.
Duration: Eight hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
Languages: English.
Others: Unhyungung Palace is closed on Monday, in which case you'll visit another palace instead.

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - Special Discount Offer: All in One Full Day Tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Spend a full day discovering the beautiful architecture and landscape of Seoul while learning about its history, culture and traditions. With your guide, visit two grand palaces, including UNESCO World Heritage-listed Changdeokgung Palace; learn about traditional lifestyles at a museum; and explore bustling local markets by foot.
- Seoul palace and market tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide
- Marvel at the pavilions and gardens of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Changdeokgung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Buddhist Temple
- Peruse antique artifacts and local artwork at the Insadong Antique Market and Namdaemun Market
- Enjoy an authentic Korean lunch at a local restaurant
- World best Gingeng exhibition center or Amethyst exhibition shopping center.
After pickup from your Seoul hotel in the morning, travel by air-conditioned coach past the Blue House, the residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea. Your first stop is Jogyesa Buddhist temple, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Admire the lovely locust and baeksong trees lining the entrance and enter the main temple, dating back 500 years, to see the statue of Seokgamoni, the historic Buddha at the moment of enlightenment.
The next stop is Gyeongbokgung Palace, constructed in 1395. Because much of this royal palace was destroyed during the Japanese occupation, there are many restoration projects underway. With your guide, marvel at the grandeur of the original and new portions. Inside, visit the National Folklore Museum, whose historical replicas illustrate traditional Korea. Browse the extensive artifacts to learn what life has been like for Koreans from ancient times to the 20th century. You’ll also learn about the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture.
At midday, enjoy a tasty Korean lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Changdeokgung palace, a perfectly preserved palace from the Joseon Dynasty. As you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, discover the grand palace pavilions, massive gate, several halls and the Geumcheongyo Bridge-the oldest bridge in Seoul. At the Huwon (Rear Garden), marvel at the beautiful landscape of lotus ponds, lush lawns, trees and flowers. Head next to the Insadong Antique Alley in central Seoul . With your guide, wander down alleys to browse traditional Korean restaurants, teahouses and galleries full of antique artifacts and local artwork.
Finish your tour at Namdaemun Market, the largest traditional market in Korea, opened in 1964. with various goods in store. You can find great bargains here and snatch up the perfect souvenir to remind you of your trip to Korea! You’ll then be taken back to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotel in Seoul area.
Duration: 8.30 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
End/closing time: At 5.30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Please note that Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, in which case you’ll visit Deoksugung Palace instead.
Please note that on Mondays, you’ll visit NamsanHanok Village instead of Rear Garden.

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - Special Discount Offer: Fantastic Nami Island and Petite France
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Get to grips with Korean Wave culture with a full day tour to Nami Island and Petite France from Seoul. Tour the shooting locations of Korean TV dramas and revel in the romance of the landscape.
HIGHLIGHTS:
* See where popular Korean TV shows were filmed
* Soak up the seasonal beauty of Nami Island
* Step into a French cultural village in the Korean countryside
The popularity explosion of Korean pop culture has spread across Southeast Asia, and with this tour you get to experience it for yourself. Visit the major filming sites and live the ever-growing Korean Wave.
Nami Island is one of the most famous islands in South Korea for being the filming location of the TV drama “Winter Sonata”. A half-moon island in the middle of the North Han River, it’s also filled with ever-changing seasonal beauty. The road lined with metasequoia trees and snowy landscapes make Nami Island the perfect place to stroll amongst nature.
Continue on to Petite France in the heart of the South Korean countryside, where you might be mistaken for stepping into a French village. Enjoy experiencing a French cultural village where you can take beautiful photos before returning to Seoul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from hotels within Seoul area.
Duration: 10 hours.
Start/opening time: At 8am.
End/closing time: At 5pm.
Languages: English.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - Suwon Hwaseong Unesco cultural heritage site
Seoul Excursions & Tours: The Suwon Hwaseong Fortress was the world’s first planned city. The Hwaseong Fortress is regarded as having been more thoroughly and systematically designed than comparable structures of its time, including those in Saint Petersburg, Russia or Washington, D. C. in the United States.
The Hwaseong Fortress, belonging to the Haenggung Palace of the Joseon Dynasty, was constructed for King Jeongjo in 1796. Haenggung is a subsidiary palace which accommodated the King’s temporary stays outside the main palace in the capital. The Hwaseong Fortress was constructed by King Jeongjo for his stays in the Haenggung when he made visits to the Suwon region to have memorial services for his father, Crown Prince Sadosaeja. Aside from subsidiary palace functions, the Hwasung Fortress was also constructed to serve more practical purposes as the second capital of the Joseon Dynasty. King Jeongjo had in fact planned to move into Haneggung of Hwaseong Fortress when he became the supreme King after passing on his throne to his successor. However, with young King Jeongjo’s sudden death in 1800, the Hwaseong Fortress was forgotten by Koreans.
The Hwaseong Fortress stands as a testament to the advancements in technical theories and applications made during the Joseon Dynasty. An enormous amount of money and manpower was used in the project, on a scale of unprecedented in magnitude in the history of the Joseon Dynasty. It was an immense civil engineering project which could not have been initiated and completed without King Jeongjo’s unique determination.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel within Seoul area.
pick-up time: 8:50am.
Duration: 8 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
Languages: English.
Others: Hwaseong Trolley may be canceled due to bad weather conditions.

Available until 31 December 2017
Seoul Excursions & Tours - Traditional market tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: After hotel pickup, visit the Gyeongdong Market, which is one of the largest herbal medicine and ginseng markets in South Korea. Supplying 70% the nation's herbal medicine ingredients, the market also sells agricultural products and fish. The market also has more than 1,000 related shops and oriental medical clinics in the area.
Your next stop would be at the oldest and largest wholesale market in Korea for marine and agricultural products. The Garak-dong Agricultural Market, which opened in 1985, is located at the Songpa-gu district of Seoul. The market offers independent sections for fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and fish in a large area spanning around 543,450 square metres.
Lastly, explore the vibrant Dongdaemun Market where you'll find an interesting mix of tradition and modernity. The market became the heart of the Korean textile industry in the 1970's and has further developed to become the center of Korea's wholesale and retail fashion industries. The Dongdaemun Shopping and Town Center Complex offers something for everyone. From materials such as burlap, faux furs, linen and silk, to beads and precious stones for making jewellery.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels in the Seoul area.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: At 2pm.
Languages: English.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - VIP morning tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: Most people understand Korea for K-pop and strong IT Industry. But, have you noticed Korea is the country that has tons of history and a racially homogeneous nation?
HIGHLIGHTS :
* Learn about the past, present and future of Korea’s culture and politics
* Explore Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the Five Grand Palaces
* Discover life in Korea from ancient times to today at the National Folk Museum
If you are an international traveler, you might know Seoul is a rare city that has hundreds of years of history footprints. You will see high-tech right next to thousand-year-old tradition. Chosun Empire ended in 1910 while Seoul has been the capital of Josun dynasty for the past 500 years. There are 5 important palaces you don’t want to miss and they are the most popular places for visitors.
What is your first impression of the word Palace? A place for kings and noble families? Well, that is somewhat true but that is not even the half of it. You will see the area where kings and families lived with 2000 people who ruled the whole nation. Only some parts of the palaces remain which makes many people think that they are only for royalty. The palace was the place for discussing how to rule the country. The palace was like a huge company runs a big organization, nation where 2000 people are working together inside. Most people now understand the palace only for king and family after modern city development.
After the Second World War, family of Korean empire became normal average people and there is no more empire. All palaces belong to Republic of Korea. Does your country have king and family? Do you still have the palace for them? There is no more king and family in Korean society. But most of Korean all remembers them and their history as they are all important part of history although it was not happy ending.
There were 2 big important functions of palace. Kweol is where all governors, ministers, scholars and king got together and made important discussion and decision. "Koong" is located in the center of the palace where king and king’s family stay. You can enjoy more if you understand the whole palace was designed for efficiency of communication with people who visit or stay palace. There are places for politics, living area for king and family, and gardens. Take a close look and feel how all the functions and locations are designed and connected. There are 5 palaces in Seoul. Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changkyeong-gung, Gyeongungung(Deoksu Palace), and Gyeongheegung.
Eastern Asia palaces are noticed that the mainly common characteristics of the design are naturalism and humanism but the philosophy behind and representation style element are differed from the country.
The tour allows you to get a comprehensive understanding of the historical and cultural aspects of Seoul. Take a trip up Seoul Tower to get a 360 view of the city which looks even better at night. Korea´s Amethyst and Ginseng are known to be the highest quality and you will have the chance to buy them directly from exhibition centres.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel within Seoul area.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
End/closing time: At 1pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Drop off at Insadong or Hotel. Gyeongbok Palace will be replaced by another tourist attraction when it is closed on Tuesdays.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - World cultural heritage site tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: The Suwon Hwaseong Fortress was the world’s first planned city. The Hwaseong Fortress is regarded as having been more thoroughly and systematically designed than comparable structures of its time, including those in Saint Petersburg, Russia or Washington, D. C. in the United States.
The Hwaseong Fortress, belonging to the Haenggung Palace of the Joseon Dynasty, was constructed for King Jeongjo in 1796. Haenggung is a subsidiary palace which accommodated the King’s temporary stays outside the main palace in the capital. The Hwaseong Fortress was constructed by King Jeongjo for his stays in the Haenggung when he made visits to the Suwon region to have memorial services for his father, Crown Prince Sadosaeja.
Aside from subsidiary palace functions, the Hwasung Fortress was also constructed to serve more practical purposes as the second capital of the Joseon Dynasty. King Jeongjo had in fact planned to move into Haneggung of Hwaseong Fortress when he became the supreme King after passing on his throne to his successor. However, with young King Jeongjo’s sudden death in 1800, the Hwaseong Fortress was forgotten by Koreans.
The Hwaseong Fortress stands as a testament to the advancements in technical theories and applications made during the Joseon Dynasty. An enormous amount of money and manpower was used in the project, on a scale of unprecedented in magnitude in the history of the Joseon Dynasty. It was an immense civil engineering project which could not have been initiated and completed without King Jeongjo’s unique determination.
Driving an hour to the south of Seoul, you can find a city named Suwon where have plenty of the sights. Cosmojin represents you the world heritage Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. King Jungjo of Joseon Dynasty emphasized splendor and beauty of structure during the fortress was built. When one of vassals asked why he is bothered about beauty, not the strength and solidity, he answered the fortress will surely win enemies by its beauty. Hwaseong Fortress is an unique castle that western and eastern theory of military facility was combined, particularly it is matchless in Korean history of castle construction.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel within Seoul area.
Duration: 4.5 hours.
Pick-up time: 8:20am.
Start/opening time: 8:30am.
Drop-off location: Itaewon.
Languages: English.
Others: Hwaseong Trolley may be canceled due to bad weather conditions.

Seoul Excursions & Tours - World heritages palace and fortress tour
Seoul Excursions & Tours: When the king Jeongjo decided to build Suwon Hwaseong, Jeongjo would like to focus on glamour and beauty. One of king’s subjects wondered why "beauty" is as important as defensive and the King answered "beauty wins battle too" as he believed in the power and dignity of beauty. Suwonseong is considered as the most beautifully designed fortress with great functions in history.
After Suwon Hwaseong tour followed by lunch back in Seoul, Changdeokgung tour is waiting for you. Changdeokgung is the palace that was loved and stayed by the most kings. Confucianism is the fundamental of Chosun society that emphasize form of manner. Kings should host the ancestor worship ceremonies based on Confucianism when they became the King for the first time. Jongmyo is where the ancestor worship ceremony was held and it is designed for a grave ceremony giving you a tranquil and simple feeling. Chosun society believed ancestor ceremonies are important for prosperity. Feel the atmosphere of those important ceremonies from this beautiful architecture and wish your own prosperity.
Highlights
- Suwon Hwaseong, Unesco World Heritage only an hour away from Seoul
- Changdeokgung, The palace loved by the most kings
- World best Gingeng exhibition center or Amethyst exhibition shopping center
- Jongmyo, Confucian shrine of memorial services for kings and queens
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel within Seoul Area.
Pick-up time: 8:20am.
Start/opening time: 8:30am.
Duration: 8.5 hours.
Languages: English.
Others: Changdeok Palace is closed on Mondays and will be replaced by Namsan Hanok Village.

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