Korean Palace and Temple Tour in Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple

Seoul, South Korea
Korean Palace and Temple Tour in Seoul Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple

From USD 40.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore top Seoul attractions including Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple on this 3.5-hour Korean palace and temple tour in Seoul. Travel through Seoul by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle with your guide. Gain insight into Joseon-era history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, once home to the Korean royal family, and explore the palace compound on foot. Visit the National Folk Museum and learn how life used to be before Korea’s rapid modernization. Then, visit the Jogyesa Temple and enjoy an authentic insight into life as a Zen Buddhist in South Korea’s bustling capital.
  • Cultural and heritage tour of Seoul
  • 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
  • Hotel pickup and transport by air-conditioned vehicle included

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Admission Fee
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:30 am

Pickup details

We provide hotel pick up only in Seoul area. If you put your hotel information, the tour operator will give the pick up time with exact meeting time. You MUST get the meeting time from the tour operator

What To Expect

Seoul (Pass By)

The Blue House (Pass By)

Gyeongbokgung Palace

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

National Folk Museum of Korea

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Jogyesa Temple

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Seoul City Hall

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour included one shopping center (ginseng center)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.


20 reviews
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Part of a must see trilogy!
edward_b, Sept 2023
Helpful tour to discover essential Korean Culture and History! Add this tour to a DMZ tour and a tour of the War Memorial of Korea, and you will enjoy history and get a basic understanding of the Land of the Morning Calm.
Great experience.
Low_T, June 2023
Great! We really enjoy the experience. All the places of interest are wonderful. We are glad to be with the tour group. Thank you so much!
Amazing Experience
Ceci_D, May 2023
Our tour guide Jun was really good. He was polite and spoke English very well. He showed and told us everything we needed to know about the places we went and was very patient. It was great to see some history of this country and I would love to try other tours when I come back.
Seoul tour
SirTerence_H, July 2022
Very fun and so much to learn about the area and the history of Seoul. I highly recommend to go. You would not be disappointed.
Fantastic Tour!
madd2482, Nov 2019
Katie was a fantastic tour guide and knew her information. She was always accommodating towards taking pictures for guests and even recommending hidden gems to check out after the tour. We had a blast and got to see/understand a good amount of Korea's culture/historical background!
Response from Host, Dec 2019
This is Jennie from Korea Tour ! We are very glad to hear you enjoyed the tour well with our company ! We really appreciate your good review :) Hope to see you again !
Really enjoyed Well worth...
Mandy D, Sept 2017
Really enjoyed Well worth cost Best experience entering tunnel and walking 20 stories underground to touch walls dividing North and South Very safe no issues
Great tour. The tourguide Yeoni was...
Thomas B, May 2017
Great tour. The tourguide Yeoni was excellent, knowlegeable and fun. I would recomment this tour.
We can recommend this tour. Despite...
Andrea S, Apr 2017
We can recommend this tour. Despite the pouring rain our guide Rebecca was fun and entertained us with her jokes. :- We were first taken to Jogyesa Tempel and than to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Rebecca also took us to an interesting exhibition in the Korean Folk Museum and gave us some interesting information about life in ancient Korea. During the tour our guide was very helpful, answered all our questions and offered to take pictures of the three of us. All in all we liked the tour.
Great tour and David was excellent...
Arleen A, June 2016
Great tour and David was excellent. The temple was overwhelming and we were lucky enough to be there when a prayer leader was there and many people were participating. Enjoyed seeing the old housing.
A good way to visit the temple and...
Margaret D, Jan 2016
A good way to visit the temple and the palace as our guide gave us the history of these places.
Floral offerings in the garden made...
Bernie S, Nov 2014
Floral offerings in the garden made our Jogyesa temple visit very colorful. Guide was cordial starting palace tour at back. Fr. National folk museum,making our way to front of Gyeokbong on time to see the changing of the guard at front gate. But a waste of 1 hour going to Ginseng center.Out of way.
Even though the lady who guided the...
aliushajm, Sept 2014
Even though the lady who guided the tour was nice, I have not got a lot of information. It was almost the same if I took the public transport and enter the palace. Just much more cheaper,
Our guide changed the itinerary and...
Anne K, Nov 2013
Our guide changed the itinerary and had us go to the Zen Buddism temple first instead of last. This made the time left for the rest of the tour short and rushed since we needed to get through the rest of the tour in order to not miss the changing of the guards. It was to be a 3.5 hour tour that at best was squeezed into 2.5 hours
Good enjoyable and freindly emglish...
Michael A, July 2013
Good enjoyable and freindly emglish speaking guide
Notre visite n'a pas été faite. Nous avons attendu de 8h30 (heure du rdv. Personne n'est venu. Nous attendons le rembou)
Aucune information concernant l'annulation . Nous avons attendu en vain . Personne ne nous a contactés pour nous dire que c'était annulé
Der Halbtagesausflug war in der...
Udo Sennlaub S, July 2015
Der Halbtagesausflug war in der Hitze anstrengend, aber es hatte sich gelohnt. Den kaiserpalast Geyeungbokung anzusehen war phantastisch. Da ich eine Woche zuvor in der verbotenen Stadt der Kaiserpalast in Beijing sehen konnte, wurde die unterschiedliche Architektur und Ausgestaltung erkennbar. Wir haben natürlich auch das Touristenspektakel des Wachwechsels am Haupteingang erlebt, sehr touristisch aber dennoch nett. Der Jogyesa Tempel, ein buddhistische Tempel in Seoul sehr beeindruckend. Es ist ein aktiver Tempel, das man auch an den vielen Besuchern und den Betenden erkennen kann. Der buddhistische Tempel ist ähnlich anderer Tempel aufgebaut. Das grosse Eingangstor mit beeindruckenden Wächter , eine fantastische Schmiedekunst. Die Haupthalle mit dem Heiligtum des Buddhas, ein grosser heiliger Baum 500 Jahre alt, der Glockenturm, und anderen Gebäuden, die aber nicht erklärt wurden, wahrscheinlich das Sutrahaus Bibliothek und Gebäude für die Mönche z:B.Speisesäle usw. Das Hauptgebäude ist künstlerisch wundervoll gestalten. Typische koreanische Architektur mit schöner Malerei. Sollte man unbedingt ansehen.
De gids was vriendelijk en wist veel...
Sandra Z, Oct 2013
De gids was vriendelijk en wist veel te vertellen. Handig om met de tour te beginnen als je de stad nog niet goed kent. Wel erg weinig tijd om de verschillende locaties goed te verkennen. Jammer van de laatste onverwachte ingelaste stop die aandeed als een 'toeristenval' (ginseng centrum waarbij het overduidelijk de bedoeling was dat er ginseng producten werden aangeschaft, een commerciele deal tussen de tour-organisatie en het gingseng centrum leek me). Verder een leuke ochtend gehad!

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