Ancient Times Full Day Tour by VIP Travel
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* Tour Itinerary *
Hotel Pick up - Jogyesa Buddhist Temple - Exterior view of Presidential Blue House - Changing of the Guard Ceremony - Gyeongbok Palace - The National Folklore Museum - Ginseng Center - Lunch - Korean Folk Village (Traditional Houses, Farm Music) - Arrive at Hotel
* Tour Condition *
- English speaking tour guide, transportation, lunch and entrance fees included.
- Amethyst & Ginseng center will be included in this tour.
- If we are stuck in a traffic jam, the pick-up service will be delayed.
- Children under 10 years old receive 30% discount.
- We will not be responsible for your personal incidents and loss during the tour.
- If you cancel your reservation on the tour day, we will apply 100% cancellation fee to you.
- Payment by different currency or credit card is possible.
* Tour Details *
- Jogyesa Temple
Jogyesa Temple is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea, and is famous for being located in the city. From the busy streets of Jongno, follow the road towards Anguk Subway Station, and you will see Jogyesa Temple. The first things you will notice at the temple are the lovely trees. These locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon, the main temple building, are about 500 years old.
- Presidential Blue House
The symbol of Cheongwadae (known to westerners as the Blue House or the presidential residence), is the blue tiles. The first thing that catches your eye when you arrive at Cheongwadae is the blue tiles of the main building. The blue tiles and the smooth roof are in beautiful harmony with Mt. Bugaksan behind it. As the Blue House represents Korea, the blue tiles and the smooth curve of the roof represents the beauty of Korea.
- Changing of the Guard Ceremony
Every day visitors to Gyeongbok palace can watch a reenactment of the ��Changing of the Royal Guards�� ceremony, which takes place at the Gwanghwamun and Heungnyemun plazas. The royal guards of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910) were in charge of protecting the gates of the capital city and the royal palace.
- Gyeongbok Palace
Built in 1395, Gyeongbok Palace is also commonly referred to as the ��Northern Palace�� because it is located more toward the north, compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeok (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghee (Western Palace). Gyeongbok Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all the five palaces.
- The National Folklore Museum
The National Folk Museum displays the lifestyle of ancient Koreans. There are 20,000 vestiges, with a total of 4000 folk relics. In the Center Hall there is traditional culture or folk related exhibits. The ��Hall of Korean Lifestyle�� shows the lifestyles of Koreans from pre-historic times to the Joseon Period (1392~1910). You can compare the cultural characteristic and vestiges by period and you can see the development of pottery, agricultural implements and prints.
- Korean Folk Village
Set in a natural environment occupying approximately 243 acres, visitors can experience the natural atmosphere with over 260 traditional houses reminiscent of the late Joseon Dynasty, including various household goods from different regions. All these features have been relocated and restored to provide visitors with a broad understanding of Korean food, clothing, and housing style of the past. About twenty workshops, various handicrafts such as pottery, baskets, winnows, bamboo wares, wooden wares, paper, brass wares, knots, fans, musical instruments, iron wares and embroidery are practiced. In the Korean Folk Village, where the customs and lifestyles of the past generations have been carefully preserved, various lifestyles prevalent during the Joseon Dynasty can be seen. You can visit the Folk Museum as well as the Art Museum (scheduled to open) to see and learn about the essence of Korean culture and folk customs, which are not suitable for display and re-creating in the open-air setting. Korean Folk Village is also the filming location for the famous movie Scandal as well as the TV miniseries Daejanggeum.
* Tour Note *
- Deoksu Palace instead of Gyeongbok Palace on Tuesday.
- The Performances inside the Korean Folk Village can be cancelled depends on the weather.
* Reservation Information *
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- In the event of cacellation the deposit paid is non refundable.
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