Step into Gyeongbokgung to feel how the lives of past Emperors were like before taking to the bustling streets of Insadong. Drop by Gwanghwamun Plaza to see well manicured landscaped gardens and statues of prominent historical figures. This Seoul shore excursion will bring you to experience the old and the new of Seoul!


Tour Code: KSS01
Duration: 8 hours
Start/End: Seoul Cruise Terminal/Seoul Cruise Terminal
Highlight: Gyeongbokung Palace, Bukchon Hanok village, Insadong Street, Gwanghwamun Plaza, Lotte World Tower
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Category: Seoul shore excursions

  • Full Itinerary
  • Inclusion & Exclusion

After pickup from the Incheon port by your private guide and driver, head to the heart of the city. Firstly, visit the Gyeongbokgung, the grandest of all Seoul’s palaces. Since most of Gyeongbokgung was destroyed during Japanese colonial rule, many restoration projects are being undertaken. Follow your guide to both original and new sections to reflect upon its splendor and history. Expect to see soldiers in Joseon-era uniforms and you may catch the regular changing of guard ceremonies.

Gyeongbokgung - Seoul shore excursions

Then, go inside the palace, get the village of Bukchon Hanok, home to hundreds of traditional houses. The village is a lively collection which dating back to the Joseon Dynasty with a lot of historical relics reflecting the traditional Korean culture. Don’t forget to add it in your must-see places in Korea.

National Folk Museum - Seoul shore excursionsAfter that, explore Insadong, one of Seoul’s most happening neighborhoods. See the narrow alleyways come to life with robust street performances, flocks of people browsing through the endless sprawl of shops. Expect to find fantastic deals for traditional Korean arts and craft products as the souvenirs to bring home for your friends and family.

Insadong Street - Seoul shore excursionsContinue the trip with a visit to Gwanghwamun Square, which features statues of highly respected kings and commanders. The highlight is the statue of King Sejong, together with displays of this invention including Hangeul (Korea’s alphabet) and scientific instruments such as rain gauges.

Gwanghwamun Square - Seoul shore excursions
We next spend 30 or 40 minutes to visit Lotte World Tower & Mall, enjoy time and take some picture before leaving it to the last destination, that is Seoul City Wall. The wall was built in 1396, which dating back to the reign of Joseon. End your tour in mid-afternoon with a return transfer to the port.

What’s included?

  • Round trip transfer from the ports in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee and port fee
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day

What’s excluded?

  • Pre & After accommodation
  • Other drinks
  • Tips
  • Other personal expenses