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Hwaseong Fortress to Itaewon Seoul City Tour - Jongmyo Shrine & more

The Hwaseong Fortress to Itaewon Seoul City Tour will give you a sense for Seoul's heritage, history, and distinct personality. You'll visit the famed Moon Gate in the Hwaseong Fortress, the dragon-headed Hwaseong Train, and many other incredible historical structures.
  • Departure: Seoul
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  • Duration: Approximately 8 hours for full day, 4 hours for half day
  • Meeting time: Approximately 9:00
  • Meeting point: Your hotel lobby
Highlights
  • Visit a Korean World Heritage Site
  • Breach the walls of the Hwaseong Fortress
  • Hop aboard the Hwaseong Train
  • Try bibimbap, a famous local dish
  • Feel like royalty at Changdeokgung Palace
  • Walk through the Jongmyo Royal Shrine
Tour Options
Notice
The pick-up time varies based on your hotel location and traffic conditions.Changdeokgung Palace will be replaced with Namsan Hanok Village on Mondays.Jongmyo Royal Shrine will be replaced with Insadong on Tuesdays.Hwaseong Trolley may be cancelled due to bad weather conditions.In the event any of the sites of the tour is closed, alternate sites will be visited.For your safety, stay with the group and follow the directions of the guide during the group tour.We cannot take any responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred while on the tour.Half-day tour ends at Itaewon. (Drop-off service back to your hotel is an additional charge of KRW 10,000 per person).Pick-up or drop-off service may be delayed due to traffic.
Includes
  • Driver
  • Gas
  • Vehicle
  • Entrance fee
  • Guide (English)
Excludes
  • Tips
  • Other expense

What are some interesting things to do in Seoul? Visit Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Itaewon Restaurants & more

Driving an hour to the south of Seoul, you can find a city named Suwon where there's a lot to see, including Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon is a fortress city built in the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The total perimeter of the fortress spans a little over five kilometers, with more than 50 towers, gates and platforms built along the walls. Some of the major structures are the south gate Paldalmun, the west gate Hwaseong, the north gate Jangan Moon, and the east gate Changnyongmun. Between these gates are sentry towers built to keep an eye on the enemy’s activities outside the walls. Suwon Stream flows through the interior of Hwaseong Fortress. You will begin your tour at Paldalmun Gate, near Hwaseong Haenggung Palace. At a leisurely pace, it takes about two hours to see the sights from Paldalmun, Seo Jang Dae, Hwa Seomun, Jangan Kan, and Hwahong Moon Gate, which is considered the most beautiful of the Hwaseong Fortress structures. Hwaseong train is a tourist train operated between Paldalmun Mountain and Yeon Mundae. The head of the train looks like a sculpted dragon, symbolizing King Jeongjo’s energetic features, and the chairs look like the king’s palanquin. The total distance traversed is about three kilometers and it takes around half an hour.Next it is time to check out a haenggung, which is a temporary palace where the king and royal family would hide out during a war. Hwaseong Haenggung Palace is the largest one of these in Korea and many locals think it is as beautiful as Gyeongbokgung Palace. Here you can see a traditional Korean dance performances, the changing of the guards ceremony, and watch the creation of traditional crafts. After this, it's time for a robust meal.Bibimbap is a signature Korean dish. It is a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat are common additions. In 2011, it was listed as number 40 on the World's 50 Most Delicious Foods list compiled by a CNN Travel poll. Bursting with bibimbap, you'll move on to Changdeokgung Palace, a famous World Heritage site. It is both lovely and well-preserved. The adventure continues on a tour of the Jongmyo Royal Shrine, which is dedicated to the performance of ancestral rites for the deceased kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty. The simple and elegant buildings of this shrine have been altered very little since the 16th century. The main hall is an outstanding example of Korean architecture.Learn about the cultivation of amethyst or ginseng during a tour of the factories. Amethyst is Korea's most beloved gem. Admire the quality of the stones and marvel at the delicate nature of the craft. You can also visit the Ginseng Center, where you will be able to sample several tasty ginseng products. Itaewon is the final stop on the tour. In this bustling international shopping district you'll find ample inspiration for Korean souvenirs to bring to your friends and family back home.