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Gyeongbokgung,Bukchon,Gwangjang,N-SeoulTower,Hongdae

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Tour to Gyeongbokgung-authentic & biggest palace, attractive traditional village, traditional street food, panoramic view of whole Seoul, young & vibrant street of Hongdae. Tour feature highlight of beautiful, cultural, vibrant places at Gyeongbokgung, Bukchon Hanok Village, Gwangjang market, N-Seoul Tower, Hongdae steet. Guide shares brief cultural history that enables guest to figure out the authentic beauty and value of traditional Korean culture as well as palace architecture.


Seoul Tour Guide - Paul K.
Paul K.
5.00 / 5
(7 reviews)
09:00 AM

Meeting Point

Gwanghwamun square

09:00 AM

Gwagnhwamun square

Meeting and greeting and sharing of brief context about Korean traditional culture & history.

11:30 AM

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Geyongbokgung is highlight and essence to showcase the authentic palace architecture of Confucianism.

12:00 PM

National Folk Museum

Folk Museum features Korean Folk culture of four seasonal customs and traditional life passsge.

12:40 PM

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village is unique and attractive destination that shows traditional landscape in the middle of highly urbanized metropolitan environment.

01:30 PM

Gwangjang market

Gwangjang market is the oldest traditional Korean market, where we can experience traditional Korean food at food stands.

03:30 PM

N-Seoul Tower or National Museum of Korea

N Seoul Tower, which seats on the top of Namsan mt., provides panoramic view of Seoul. Fortress wall from N Seoul Tower to South Gate can be included as an option.

National Museum of Korea is largest and most prestigious museum with attractive huge outdoor garden, exhibiting about 10,000 pieces on display.

05:00 PM

Hongdae steet

Hongdae is vibrant and trendy area featuring young & modern culture & atmosphere of Korea

05:00 PM

End of tour

Tour ends at Hongdae street

Ending Point

Hongdae

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What‘s included

guide fee

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meal/lunch, entrance fee for N Seoul Tower, transportation

Tour Important Information

==During tour, tourist can experience and appreciate the essence of traditional and modern Korean culture & K-Pop culture, by travelling to Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Village, Gwangjang market, N-Seoul Tower, Hongdae street. Guide shares brief context that enables guest to figure out the authentic beauty and value of traditional Korean culture as well as palace architecture.

==Gyeongbokgung Palace was built as main palace of Joseon dynasty, intended to present Ideal of Confucianism and its national goal. Geyongbokgung is highlight and essence to showcase the authentic palace architecture of Confucianism. It is largest and grandest palace among all 5 palaces of Joseon Dynasty.

Guide shares the cultural context that enables guest to figure out the authentic beauty and value of not only Gyeongbokgung but also all traditional architectures they will witness during their tour in Korea. Architectural style reflects the spirit of times. Confucianism is the spirit of Joseon Dynasty. Palace architecture embodies Confucianism through its structure, style and decoration.

==Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village in Seoul with a long history, Changdeok Palace. Bukchon Hanok Village is unique and attractive destination that shows traditional landscape in the middle of highly urbanized metropolitan environment. Bukchon is one of the most beautiful places in Seoul that well blend traditional landscape with modern landscape.

==Gwangjang market is the oldest traditional Korean market, where we can experience traditional Korean food at food stands, and there we can experience marinated beef at slice Michelin guide restaurant and live octopus, mung bean pancake and Ttokbokgi, glass noodles, etc, etc.

==Namsan mountain is situated in the center of Seoul, and N Seoul Tower, which seats on the top of Namsan mt., provides panoramic view of Seoul. Visitors can see the beautiful scenery of Seoul at the observation deck of N-Seoul Tower. N Seoul Tower was selected as one of the world's top 500 tourist destinations in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List. Fortress wall from N Seoul Tower to South Gate can be included as an option. It takes 30 min. by walk tracking.

==As alternative destination of N-Seoul Tower, National Museum of Korea is the largest and most prestigious museum with attractive huge outdoor garden, preserving about 1.5 million pieces relics and about 10,000 pieces on display. Especially, there exhibit big scale collection of jade green color Goryeo Celadon embodying aristocratic Buddhism culture and Joseon Baekja-pure white porcelain without any decorative elements reflecting Confucianism culture, that represent the epitome and essence of Korean cultural art.

==Hongdae is vibrant and trendy area featuring young & modern culture & atmosphere of Korea, where we can witness various busking of singers & performances at the street showcasing of K-Pop culture and also Hongdae is full of hundreds of boutique shops, trendy cafes and restaurants.

Tuesday is closed at Gyeongbok Palace

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My primary tourist destination is Seoul and metropolitan area, consisting of 5 palaces, Royal Ancestral Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village, National Museum of Korea, War Memorial of Korea and other museums & galleries and contemporary architectures, and Namsan Mt. with N-Seoul Tower, traditional & trendy market places such as Gwangjang market & Hondae street, and also Korean Folk Village & DMZ tour.

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Seoul Tour Reviews

An Amazing, Educational Visit through Seoul's History

My wife and I had the pleasure of exploring Gyeongbokgung, Bukchon, Gwangjang, N-Seoul Tower, and parts of Insadong with Paul and we had an incredible time! Paul's knowledge of Korean history, specifically the Confucian influence in architecture, government, and, well, all walks of life within both the modern Korean life as well as the Joseon dynasty was amazing context for our traveling. Sure, we could've wandered around Gyeongbokgung palace by ourselves or listened in on some of the wandering tour guides (who Paul was able to correct a few times), but having a private, guided tour around some of Seoul's most beautiful locals was worth the time and money. I'd definitely recommend seeing if Paul can help you enjoy Korea on your next visit!

Austin M.

The center of culture and center of tour is architecture. Culture is based on spirit of times. Architectural style represents the spirit of times. We can see as much as we know about the spirit of times. Confucianism was the spirit of Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongbokgung represents Confucianism. Without the knowledge about Confucianism, we are not able to fully appreciate authentic value and beauty of Gyeongbokgung. Gyeongbokgung is not only the essence and highlight of palace architecture of Joseon Dynasty, but alos the most beautiful architecture and place in whole Korea.

R

Rebecca H.

5 / 5
Apr 8, 2024

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We enjoyed our day with Paul who is very knowledgeable on Korean history. The tour did turn out to be quite long (11hours) as the DMZ tour took longer than expected and we got caught in a traffic jam getting back into Seoul. It was an interesting way to spend our last day in South Korea.

Rebecca H.

Guest and her children, Vida and Ruber were very patient despite of tough itinerary, that was started from 6:40 am to 6:00pm, and traffic jam of 2hour & 10min on way back to accommodation. Guests paid to Korean history and reality of diviede Korea. Guests enjoyed beautiful weather of spring season.

Seoul: Views of History and Culture

We had an excellent tour with Paul. We met at our hotel lobby, where he provided a detailed introduction to the sights we would be visiting. We saw a broad swath of Korean Culture: the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum, Bukchon Hanok neighborhood, the Seoul City Wall, Nansen Mountain and vast views of the city from N Seoul Tower. Paul is a scholar of Korean history and culture. He explained the concepts of Confucianism philosophy in the architecture of the palace and its continued influence in modern life. We marveled at the contrasts and continuity between the Joseon Dynesty and the city around us. Our tour route was planned efficiently: we saw a lot as we walked and rode the bus and subways. Paul answered questions thoroughly and was generous with his time. I highly recommend him to visitors yearning to know more about Korean history and culture.

Daralyn L.

Center of culture and tour is architecture. Architectural style represents spirit of times. We can see as much as we know about spirit of times. For example, ‘Romanesque’ and ‘Gothic’ are medieval European architectural styles. Without knowledge about Christianity, the spirit of medieval Europe, we cannot fully appreciate beauty and value of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Confucianism was the spirit of Joseon Dynasty. Architectural style of Gyeongbokgung presents Confucianism. Confucianism culture of Joseon Dynasty is unique characteristic of Korean culture, compared to Chinese, Japanese and European culture. With brief information about Confucianism culture, you can fully appreciate the beauty and value of Gyeongbokgung and traditional Korean culture, to make your whole trip excited and impressive in Korea.

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