Seoul Morning Heritage Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace

Seoul, South Korea
Seoul Morning Heritage Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace

From USD 74.00

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


Visit two of Seoul's UNESCO World Heritage sites—Jongmyo Shrine and the Changdeokgung Palace Complex—on this half-day tour. Learn from a guide about Korea's cultural heritage, starting with a tour of Bukchon Hanok Village, which features traditional homes dating back to the Joseon Dynasty of the 14th century. Finish your tour with drop-off in Myeongdong.
  • Explore Bukchon Hanok Village with an informative guide
  • Visit UNESCO-listed Jongmyo Shrine and Changdeokgung Palace
  • Includes minivan transport from centrally located hotels

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup in downtown Seoul only
  • Hotel pickup available outside downtown for an additional charge
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel Drop off (Dismissed at Myeong-dong area)
  • Meals or drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:20 am

Pickup details

Hotel pickup is only available for centrally located Seoul hotels (downtown); if your hotel or guesthouse is behind an alley, your guide will meet you in front of the nearest central hotel or nearest subway station. If your hotel is not listed, please let us know your hotel name and address. Return: Drop-off at Myeongdong

What To Expect

Bukchon Cultural Center

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Jongmyo Shrine

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Changdeokgung Palace

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Hotel pickup is only available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your hotel/guesthouse is behind alleys, our English guide will meet you in front of the nearest central hotel or nearest subway station.
  • This tour does not stop at any shopping centers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Wonderful tour with Sam
Melissa_Y, Aug 2023
Our guide Sam was incredibly enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable about Korean history. He shared interesting anecdotes about Jongmyo shrine, the kings and their histories, and answered our numerous questions. Sam also took great photos and made sure we documented the day. We would highly recommend touring Seoul with Sam!
Tour guide excellent. You’re itself, rushed.
Linda_K, June 2023
Our tour guide was 5 stars. Park was incredibly informed, engaging and made the experience of visiting the palace enriching. However, as other reviewers have commented, the tour is extremely rushed. It’s not to the fault of the guide, as she has to time it to get you to the next part of the tour when that starts. But there was no time, even a few minutes, to take in what you just learned about the palace.
Great tour
Erin_C, Mar 2023
Our tour guide, Sam, was amazing! He went out of his way to teach us and show us extra things. Turned out to be our favorite information. Sam gets 10 stars!
Educational and fun
sterrmanfred, Jan 2020
Very informative and detailed explanations of the visites sites history. Transport was punctual and comfortable. 10/10, would go again.
I booked this tour for me and my...
Hanh_T, Oct 2017
I booked this tour for me and my daughter, as Changdeokgung palace and Bukchon Hanok Village are famous attractions within South Korea. I would recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see Changdeokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village. We had a lovely and amazing tour guide named Jenny. She was very friendly and her English was well spoken, which was helpful as we do not understand Korean. Jenny explained things smoothly and you could tell she was very knowledgeable about the history of the palace and Bukchon Hanok Village. We had a really good time and found the Korean history very interesting. Personally, I would like to thank Jenny and recommend her to anyone who is looking to do this tour.
This was a wonderful tour with Jung...
Robert G, Mar 2017
This was a wonderful tour with Jung, our great guide. Jung arrived ahead of time for our hotel pickup with the driver and a minivan. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised that we would be the only ones going on the tour. The first stop was in Bukchon Hanok Village in downtown Seoul. This area is located between several old Palaces and is where nobles and wealthy have lived for over 600 years. The exteriors of the houses and now shops are maintained historically intact. The weather was perfect for a stroll around to view these old houses. Be forewarned that there is a bit of walking up and down some elevation involved with this part of the tour. Next stop was the Jongmyo Confucian shrine dedicated to the memorial services for deceased royalty of the Korean Joseon Dynasty 13921897. The original Jongmyo shrine was destroyed by fire in the Japanese invasions of Korea 1590's, then rebuilt in 1608. Unlike many other buildings damaged or destroyed during WWII these are not recent reconstructions. The Shrine is located in a very tranquil park like setting, again there is a fair bit of walking involved on mostly flat ground or stone paths. The onsite guide was very informative during the English tour. The last stop was at the Changdeokgung Palace. The palace was originally built in very early 1400's, but has been destroyed and rebuilt several times since then. This is one of five grand palaces in Seoul. Korea's last Emperor lived here until his death in 1926. The buildings were very ornate and it is possible to peak inside some of the residence buildings. Jung was a great guide and most helpful throughout the tour. This tour is a unique opportunity to visit two UNESCO sites in a morning.

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