EXODUS DMC

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Seat In Coach

Afternoon Seoul 3 hours



Tour Highlights

  • Insadong Antique Shopping Street
  • Jogyesa Temple
  • Changdeokgung Palace



We book this tour through subcontracted out to other tour companies. Therefore the tour quality, conditions and prices by their nature may vary company to company.

Arrival complications
Sometimes the unexpected can happen; If you have missed your tour departure, first call the relevant emergency number and speak to our staff who will be happy to help you catchy up with the group. Please note that you are responsible for any extra travelling expenses incurred due to you missing your tour’s departure, so please be on time.

Seoul / The Best of Afternoon (- - -)
You will board a tour bus with other tourists to explore Korea's capital city that is full of rich heritage, culture, history and tourist attractions. Your exploration begins at Insa-dong, which was at one time the center of traditional Korean art and antiques. It features a mixture of historical and modern atmosphere representing the cultural glimpse of the nation. Clustered along the main street and alleys are lined with street vendors, wooden tea houses, restaurants and numerous galleries and shops dealing in antiques, oriental art supplies, and modern Korean art of all types and styles. Soak in the paintings, upscale artworks, antiques and potteries while you can. Get lucky and you just might meet the artist themselves. It can be plenty of fun walking on the main street, but you venture into the hidden alleys that do spring some unexpected surprises. While here, you may want to buy some souvenirs or simply wander and browse at leisure admiring cultural ambience..

Next up is Jogyesa. It is a head temple of Jogyejong, the principal sect of Buddhism in Korea emphasizing the Zen orthodox, meditation tradition and the purity of monastic celibacy. The temple does not give off the solemn and traditional air of the other temples located deep in the mountains, but when you enter the temple the frenzy of the city start disappearing. The Main Worship Hall, Daeungjeon, holds triad Buddhas, Sakyamuni, Amitabha and Bhaisajyaraja. The figure in the center is Sakyamuni Buddha who has overcome greed, hatred and delusion. While here it is worth noting the 500 year old lacebark pine and 400 year old locust tree that still grace the property.


Later, you also tour Changdeokgung palace or Palace of Prospering Virtue. Built in 1405, the palace was the home of royal families of the Joseon Dynasty. In 1592, the palace was totally burnt down by the Japanese invasion under Hideyoshi's leadership except the main gate Donhwamun, which naturally became the oldest surviving structure of the palace. The palace was rebuilt in 1610 with more color and with a slightly different style of architecture. From this date, 13 kings used it as their official residence until 1926, except for a limited period of time when the Gyeongbok palace was restored and used by King Gojong.

In the event of Changdeokgung palace being unavailable for any reason or closed (Mondays), the visit will be substituted with Namsan Hanokgol and Jongmyo shrine.

Namsangol Hanok Village
Located in the heart of Seoul, the village is made up of five aristocratic residences which sit at the foot of picturesque Mount Namsan, having been moved and then restored to their original state down to the smallest detail. In the Time Capsule Square, located in the innermost area of the village, is a capsule containing 600 items that best represent the lifestyle of the population of Seoul in the 20th century and is buried underground for opening in 2394. The village is a chance to play some of Korean folk games.

Jongmyo shrine
It is the most important ancestral shrine in Korea, dedicated to the spirits of Korea's royal ancestors. It was built by the first king of the Joseon dynasty in 1396, and has been added to expand ever since. Today ancestral ritual service is performed here by the Yi families every first Sunday of May. The ritual is usually from 11:00 to 15:00 accompanied by the royal procession from Gyeongbok palace to the shrine, just as it used to be in the past. At the ceremony of Jongmyo, reverence is paid to the spirits of
82 kings and queen consorts of the Joseon dynasty, along with music and dance performance. Jongmyo Jerye, or Royal Ancestral Rite, was one of the most important court events during the Joseon period. The Royal Ancestral Rite is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage. At the end of the tour you will be dropped at the Lotte Hotel Seoul.

 



Remarks
The tour is subject to operation with minimum two persons and will be conducted in English
Tour by taxi or van
Pick up service not available
Tour starts and ends at Lotte hotel Seoul (14:00-17:00)

Tour fare
48,000 Won (Approx. USD 48) per person

Payment
Full payment required at the time of booking

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation notice received one day prior to departure : 50%
No Show : 100%

Child discount
30% off for one child on two or more full paying persons signed up

Visits
On Monday, Changdeok palace to be substituted with Namsangol Hanok village and Jongmyo Shrine