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Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour provided by Traesco

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Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 07/14/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/14/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Tour the buzzing metropolis of Seoul, South Korea's capital, without any hiccups. On this full-day sightseeing tour with entrance fees included, cross the city in air-conditioned comfort with your guide. Take in top attractions including Gyeongbok Palace, Gwanghwamun Gate, and Jogye Temple, and step back in time at the historic Bukchon Hanok Village. There is also an option to add a second day to tour the DMZ.
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Gyeongbokgung Palace
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 3
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 4
    Bukchon Hanok Village
    Stop: 50 minutes
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    Pass by
    The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae)
  • 5
    Bugak Skyway
    Stop: 40 minutes
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  • 6
    Myeongdong Shopping Street
    Stop: 50 minutes
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  • 7
    Stop: 7 hours
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  • Beat the crowds and travel through Seoul in your air-conditioned vehicle
  • Visit Gyeongbok Palace and Jogye Temple with entrance fees included
  • Panoramic city views from the top of Mt. Bugak
  • Hassle-free round-trip transport from your accommodation in Seoul
What to Expect
Your tour starts with morning pickup by air-conditioned vehicle at your Seoul hotel. First, visit top attractions including Gyeongbok Palace and Jogye Temple—with entrance fees included—and admire local landmarks such as the presidential Blue House and Gwanghwamun Gate. Your guide offers insight into centuries of Korean history. Next, delve into the creative Insadong neighborhood and browse the antique stores and galleries for which the district is famous. Visit a hanbok store to see traditional Korean clothing and try something on to wear to your visit to Bukchon Hanok Village—home to well-preserved traditional Korean buildings. Back in your clothing, admire sweeping views over Seoul from the Bugak Skyway atop Mt. Bugak—one of the city’s highest points. Finish your tour with a visit to the popular shopping district of Myeongdong Your tour ends with drop-off at your Seoul hotel. For a deeper look at Korean culture and modern history, opt to add a second day for a tour of the DMZ, which includes crossing the Unification Bridge and a look at the 3rd infiltration tunnel where Northern Korean forces tunneled to the South.
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Important Information
7–8 hours
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions by air-conditioned minivan or van
  • Entry/Admission - Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Lunch
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Infant meals
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Insadong
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • On Tuesdays, Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed and will be replaced to Deoksu Palace or Changdeokgung Palace.
  • On Sundays, Bukchon Hanok Village is replaced to Namsan Hanok Village.
  • This tour requires a lot of walking. and some places have uneven surfaces for wheelchair users.
  • The tour schedule can be adjusted depending on the circumstance of tour site, weather, and traffic
  • The sequence of attractions in the itinerary can be changed without prior notice
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • DMZ admission fee is included only for the Tour Option 2
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Nez D wrote a review Feb 2020
Huntington, New York842 contributions259 helpful votes
The tour was awesome. Suni was our guide and she was engaging, helpful, and very knowledgeable. It was a small group and I was picked up at my hotel. It was a Sunday and because of the Coronavirus, most of the sites were quite empty. I would highly recommend this tour as we saw
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Date of experience: February 2020
Ashley M. wrote a review Feb 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri20 contributions4 helpful votes
I believe this tour is a MUST for any first time travelers to Seoul. Especially if you're like me and are traveling alone. I booked this trip a couple week before I traveled because my initial plans changed last minute and I had no idea of what I would do while in Seoul. This
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Date of experience: September 2019
Angie H wrote a review Feb 2020
Seoul, South Korea2 contributions
Our tour guide Suni was the best. We had a quaint tour of just 4 people which was awesome. Suni was so resourceful and really enjoyed our full day with her. Highly recommend this tour
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Response from Traesco T, tour operator at Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour
Responded Feb 3, 2020
Hello Customer! This is a tour operator of Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour. Thank you for leaving this positive review. We are all happy to hear that you enjoyed this tour with Suni. Yes. Suni is a very informative and lovely tour guide. She will be also glad to see to see this review. Thanks again for your opinion and take care back at home. Have a good day!!
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Charles N wrote a review Jan 2020
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My tour guide was Sunni (hopefully I spelled her name correctly), and she was very informative about the major landmarks of Seoul. She even gave suggestions on what we should visit next after the tour. The driver (I believe is name was Bok?) was very accommodating when he
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from Traesco T, tour operator at Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour
Responded Jan 28, 2020
Hi Customer! This is a tour operator of Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour. Our tour team are all happy to hear that you enjoyed Seoul with this tour. Yes. Suni is the most beloved and lovely tour guide. We are also glad to see your review that you felt comfortable with our pick-up service. Your review makes me wonder who your driver was as we do not have a driver called Bok. But I think whoever provided the pick-up service in our driver team, they would've done the same service as he did. Take care back at home and once again thank you so much for your positive review.
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De Vaughn wrote a review Jan 2020
San Francisco, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
I had a 13 hour layover and wanted to make the most of my time in Seoul after learning free tours from Incheon airport were booked. I came across this day tour and made arraignments to meet. My flight landed at 7am, by 9:15am I was with the group. I'm more than happy I did with
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Traesco T, tour operator at Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour
Responded Jan 28, 2020
Hi De! This is Emily Park, a tour operator. Hope you remember me as we communicated by email several times before. It's really great and a relief to hear that you enjoyed this tour. Yes. Cindy is so lovable and knowledgeable guide and she also remembers you ^^. Thanks for leaving this positive review. Hope you come back to Korea again and take care back at home. Thanks! Have a good day! ^^
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Great Service
The drive was on time and waiting. very professional approach to the job and easy communication in English.
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Fast and convenient
Driver was already waiting for us . Sent us right to the door step of hotel. Easy handling of luggages
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Interesting Tour
This tour includes a hotel pick up and drop off, which is great when you are still getting to know your way around
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Great service!
The driver was there waiting with a sign displaying my last name. He greeted me, took my luggage, and accompanied m
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Great servuce
Driver was right there with our name on a sign when we entered the arrival hall and got us right to where we were s
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Melissa C
Traditional Korean Alcohol
This was so good. I highly recommend it. The brewmaster and the tour guide were so nice and I learned so much abo
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One day trip around Seoul
I love this tour because we got to see a lot around Seoul in one day. Our tour guide is Cindy, and she is the best
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Awesome service!
Our flight was delayed be 5 hours and we only landed at 9pm. When we got to arrivals the driver was waiting right o
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Great service
I booked with them transfer services to/from Incheon airport. Very efficient and friendly staff. Great service.
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Seoul in 1 day
This is was my second time in Seoul and the first time on a guided tour. Seoul is a huge city with extremly many at
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Emile G
Fantastic Tour with Ms June
Really enjoyed every minute of my tour to DMZ and our guide was wonderful. Learnt a lot and wished we could stay lo
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A great evening!
Myself and a friend went on this tour and we absolutely loved it. Our tour guide, June, was so lovely, very friendl
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A good day trip to the DMZ
A good day trip to the DMZ. Tour organisor contacted me a day before on what to expect, such as hotel pick up time,
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Check this box. One of the things to do that will hopefully not be here forever.
Not exciting but interesting. Being in a small group made it better. The views around the DMZ are a reminder of
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Well organized and comfortable tour
Small group, great host and comfortable arrangements. Great opportunity to get the see history and past.
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Key Details
  • Duration: 7–8 hours
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  • Languages Offered: English
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