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Seoul City Private Full-Day Tour Including Lunch
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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Join this privately led tour of Seoul and discover some of South Korea's renowned cultural gems. See the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony and tour Gyeongbokgung Palace; stroll around Bukchon Hanok Village and Insadong; and visit Jogyesa Temple and N Seoul Tower. The full-day itinerary will lead you through the ages, from ancient city to modern-day capital.
  • Sightseeing tour of Seoul attractions
  • Visit highlights such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
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Private transport with hotel pick up & drop off
English speaking driver guide
Lunch (Korean food)
Fee for observatory of N Seoul tower (optional)
Cable car for N Seoul tower (optional)
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9:30 AM
We pick up from any hotel/Airbnb in Seoul. If you request pick up from Incheon airport, there will be an additional cost.
Following hotel pickup in the morning by private vehicle, your personal guide accompanies you to Gyeongbokgung Palace. At the palace entrance you'll see an impressive reenactment of the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony, performed at Gwanghwamun Gate during the Joseon Dynasty.

Gain admission to Gyeongbokgung, considered the most beautiful of the Five Grand Palaces in Seoul. Wander the pavilions and ponds with your guide and learn about its architectural features. (When the palace is closed on Tuesdays, you will visit Changdeokgung Palace instead.)

Next up is Bukchon Hanok Village, a traditional Korean village built nearby. Stroll among hundreds of homes called hanok, most dating to the Joseon Dynasty. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue into the heart of the capital and browse among the alleys of Insadong. You'll find antique items on display amid the galleries, eateries, traditional teahouses, and cafes.

Then pay a visit to Jogyesa, the main temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Located within the city, the stately complex is a religious site for practitioners of Seon (Zen) Buddhism. 

N Seoul Tower (Namsan Tower) is the final stop on your full-day itinerary. After a cable car ride or walk to the top of Namsan Mountain, you'll have unobstructed views of the city from this prominent landmark (entrance fees and cable car ride are your own expense). Afterward, you’re dropped off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Gwanghwamun Gate
The southern gate of Gyeongbokgung
Stop At:  
Gyeongbokgung Palace
See the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony and then visit the palace, this palace is filled with the smell of spring flowers, fresh phytoncide of green trees, yellow and orange autumn foliage and white snow depending on the season. (On Tuesday, we visit Changdeokgung Palace instead.)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Cheongwadae Sarangchae
Pass by The Blue House (President’s office and residence) just across the exit of the Palace North Gate.
Stop At:  
Bukchon Hanok Village
Walk down following Korean traditional architecture and the curves and straight lines of the roofs and walls from shuffled houses.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Insadong
After lunch, free time in Insadong, the art valley of Seoul
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jogyesa Temple
A small temple located at the central of Seoul city. This is the headquarter of over 2000 local temples in Korea.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
N Seoul Tower
Standing 479.7m high, at the top of the Namsan mountain, you will be able to enjoy a fantastic panorama of Seoul.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people is required for this tour
  • Infants and children must be accompanied by 2 adults
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace and Royal Guard Changing Ceremony is closed on every Tuesday. Instead, you will visit Changdeokgung Palace
  • Royal Guard Changing Ceremony may not available during rainy days or typhoons (Bad weather)
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • This tour provide hotel pick up and drop off; please let us know the hotel name and address during reservation
  • Tour duration can be adjust depends on weather, traffic or personal reasons
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY OnedayKorea
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.

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  • "Plus having lunch with a local makes it much easier if you want to try local food." See review
  • "Having the private tour was worth every penny because of the attention, flexibility, and ease of getting around." See review
  • "Highly recommend this tour especially if you get Rosi as your guide." See review

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Just book it!
Chelsea_W
, Apr 2022
We loved our tour with Dave! If you want to learn about the immense history and culture of Seoul, this is the tour for you. We saw so much in one day! Dave is super knowledgeable about the history and can speak English well. He took his time with us and customized any part of the tour we wanted. Part of the tour you will be walking and part will be in his van. We also felt comfortable going to a Korean restaurant during lunch time since he speaks Korean and helped us order. That’s not something we felt confident doing so it added so much to our trip! Book this tour!
star-5
Best Seoul Tour!
Brenna_V
, Oct 2021
This was an amazing private tour!! 10/10 would highly recommend! Our guide was very knowledgeable in the history of each place he took us, and my sister and I had a blast! Thanks so much for the tour of your wonderful city!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
I commend you for overcoming your long-term patience and challenging yourself to travel to Seoul. I hope that you will keep precious memories in Korea, I am glad that you had a good time, and thank you for choosing us!
star-5
Heart of Seoul
Cheryl_B
, Jan 2020
Our family had a chance to hear the history of Seoul from our driver and guide Justin. We learned and felt the pulse of the city even for a day. He explained all the historical sites we visited. it was a pleasant tour especially the supplementary photos he provided us from his own camera. Job well done Justin!
star-5
Private tour
Thomas_L
, Dec 2019
Jay was awesome, our son came in from the south by train after we had already toured one of our stops. Jay gladly took us back to the hotel to pick him up. Jay’s English and knowledge was great . Jay was also very flexible with the amount of time we spent at each stop.
star-5
Great day with a fantastic guide!
Jonathan_S
, Nov 2019
We enjoyed a wonderful tour with Brian! He met us right on time at our apartment and treated us to a day full of interesting information and great locations. Having the private tour was worth every penny because of the attention, flexibility, and ease of getting around. The mid-day lunch was very tasty as well. The tour was a perfect way to start off our first trip to Seoul and we highly recommend it, be sure to ask for Brian!
star-5
Best way to visit Seoul
JoseLuis_P
, Nov 2019
Henry, our guide was an excellent host with great knowledge of Korean history. I strongly recommend to take this tour.
star-5
Great full day private tour!
AliEvanston_Illinois
, Nov 2019
Brian is a great tour guide, with excellent English skills. He knows his city well and you can see he loves to show it. The pace felt right, no feeling rushed at all. Brian was flexible in making changes to suit our preferred lunch schedule. We had lunch at a Ginseng Chicken Soup place that was excellent, and that we would have been unlikely to find/try on our own. Since we were done early with the planned stops (we chose to spend less time than most people do in some of the stops), he added an one more place to visit: the Gwangjang market, which was fascinating!
star-5
AUTUMN TRIP
rophelmiguelmd
, Nov 2019
Great driver/tour guide! Mr Henry showed us genuine service and made sure we will enjoy Korea more. Highly recommend him for your future trip.
star-5
Nice tour
OnAir751732
, Oct 2019
It was a very nice tour, the guide was very good, made sure we were at the palace to see the changing of the guards, the native village and the Buddhist temple were very nice, and the view from the Seoul tour was amazing. Plus having lunch with a local makes it much easier if you want to try local food.
star-4
Informative Day!
jeanfleming517
, Oct 2019
Our guide was knowledgeable and helped us understand both the historical and cultural foundations of Seoul and South Korea, as well as current influences and perspectives. He accommodated several of our special requests. His English was fine - much better than our non-existent Korean! Would recommend this tour to anyone who wants a basic, quick overview of Seoul.
star-5
Great experience!
Ca Y
, Oct 2019
Justin, our tour guide was so accommodating and very knowledgeable when it comes to Korea history and culture. And yes, he speaks English fluently! He was kind and patient enough to adjust to our request of customizing the itinerary as to the places we want to go. We visited Gyeongbok-gung Palace, watched Royal Guards' Changing Ceremony (he patiently waited for us when it took us some time for our 4 year old kid in the restroom), passed by the Blue House, visited Bukchon, Insadong, Gwangjang Market and had some shopping time at Dongdaemun Market. During these times, he willingly took our pictures with his camera and guided us with good spots where to pose🤗. The weather was quite hot but we covered major tourist attractions downtown in Seoul. Good job Justin, you are a gem to the company!
star-5
Great Seoul experience
Jason_H
, Sep 2019
This was a fantastic tour! We were a family group of 6 aged from 12 to 75 and Brian did a fantastic job not only keeping the pace of the tour appropriate but was able to relate the history of the tour stops so all of us stayed interested and engaged. Brian is so easy to talk to and he really makes the history interesting . It was a great selection of tour stops and we felt we got the most out of our whole day in Seoul. Brian even made a special stop for us to buy a hanbok for my daughter from the traditional market! as a life long Seoul native, we really enjoyed getting to know Seoul with Brian. Definitely request Brian for a tour guide if you can!
star-5
Fantastic day tour
Raul_G
, Aug 2019
This tour was perfect to provide the highlights of Seoul and our guide Minho was terrific. He was knowledgeable, informative and his English was great. The place he chose for lunch had a good selection and was delicious. I would definitely use him again and recommend him to others.
star-4
One day Seoul tour
Niculae_O
, Jun 2019
Very nice and interesting tour. We have visited several interesting places in Seoul. The guide, who also was the driver, gave us a lot of interesting information. He was very nice and with a lot of knowledge about history.
star-5
Amazing Day Tour
Dwayne_B
, Jun 2019
Firstly our guide Rosi made the tour great. He was understanding with what we wanted to do and adjusted the tour as required. All the sites that we visited was what we were expecting and enhanced by Rosi's information that he provided us. Lunch also was great and we enjoyed experiencing the local food. Highly recommend this tour especially if you get Rosi as your guide.
star-5
A great way to visit Seoul
Alessandra F
, May 2019
Henry our guide was full of information and very prepared. The visit started at 9.30am with the Royal Palace. Because we were only me and my boyfriend again alone (I booked the small group tour) Henry gave me time to take as many photos as I wanted. Lunch was very good in a traditional restaurant. The full visit was taken care very well and also we managed to add a visit to a Seoul Market which was very interesting. Henry as a guide is excellent and the tour worse booking unless you feel yaking a lot of taxis or spending a lot of time dealing with the subway (which we know how to use but still easier to have someone taking you around and explaining all)
star-5
Seoul City Private Full-Day Tour Including Lunch
MARIELOU_O
, May 2019
We enjoyed the tour and was able to visit all the places we wanted to see. Our guide Brian was so accommodating and even took photos of the group with his own camera. He forwarded it to our e-mail. Would recommend this tour if you visit Seoul.
star-5
Fun Day
Sharon_C
, Jul 2018
We had Justin as our tour guide and he was great from the minute he picked us up to the moment he dropped us off at our hotel. He took time to take a ton of pictures and send them to us in only a days time. This is going above and beyond what a tour guide has to do. This is in his spare time at home so we very much appreciate his thoughtfulness. He showed us a good time and we loved every minute of it.
star-5
Me and my kids had a great and...
KARENMARIE_C
, Apr 2018
Me and my kids had a great and wonderful time with this private tour. The vehicle is very comfortable. The driver/tourist guide is very accomodating.. and very good in introducing or give a brief background in every destination we had.. Definitely the price is worth it and justifiable..
star-5
Our Seoul city tour was very...
Lynne M
, Apr 2018
Our Seoul city tour was very enjoyable and very good value. Our guide was informative and looked after our varied needs very well. The changing of the guard at the Palace was a highlight as were all the people in traditional dress. We were escorted to a great, authentic restaurant for lunch and given time to shop in Insadong. This tour is highly recommended if you only have a short time to see the sights in Seoul. A lot can be packed into a single day if it is planned well.

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