The combination of hi-tech subways, futuristic skyscrapers and ancient traditional Palaces and Temples makes the city of Seoul a fascinating place to see on private sightseeing tours. There are unique experiences waiting for all travellers!
The largest city of South Korea also happens to be its capital, Seoul. Since the 1953 armistice, to end the Korean War, this city has thrived and blossomed. Stunning architecture, a thriving economy and its vibrant culture are just some of its characteristics.
However, even though it is not afraid to move forward with modern technology and innovative architecture Seoul still holds on proudly to its rich heritage. The ancient landmarks are admired and worshipped by all, this you can experience for yourself on private guided tours.
The people of Seoul have an excellent ‘can do’ attitude and are not afraid to work hard to achieve the best in whatever they do. They are very welcoming and friendly to all who visit.
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Feel on Top of the World on a Sightseeing Tour of N Seoul Tower
When you are on a sightseeing tour or city tour of Seoul, you are guaranteed to be brought to the spectacular N Seoul Tower. This tower is located in the city centre in Namsan Park, which in itself is worthy of a tour, The observation deck, cafes and Restaurants all offer the most fantastic views from 1,574 feet.
Other wonderful sights to see on custom tours include the Jongmyo Shrine, Gyeongbok Palace or Bukchon Hanok Village to name only a few.
The type of activities and adventure tours found in Seoul or areas close by include kayaking, trekking, biking tours during the months of Spring, Summer or Autumn and every ski activity, known to the world, in the winter months.
Top 10 Things to Do in Seoul
Due to its stunning architecture and long, storied history, Gyeongbok Palace is among the most iconic landmarks in all of Korea and a 'must see' place with a guided tour. At the start of the Joseon Dynasty in 1395, this Palace was completed when the reigning monarch was King Taejo. Its name translated means ‘palace greatly blessed by heaven’ and has Mount Bugaksan and Mount Namsan surrounding it.
N Seoul Tower
A proud and impressive landmark of Seoul is the N Seoul Tower which is located in the center of the city in Namsan Park. This is a place you can visit on a sightseeing tour or just for somewhere to go at night. Sit in the restaurant or cafes and look out onto the vibrant city below which looks amazing especially at night. From the observation deck, you can see the landscape stretching for miles, on a clear day!
Another palace which will be included on a custom tour of palaces is the Changdeokgung Palace. It is also known as the Eastern Palace due to it being situated to the east of Gyeongbok Palace. It was the favored residence for many of the kings of the Joseon Dynasty and for 270 years it was where the Joseon Government called home. It is the longest serving royal residential palace and compared to others it is exceptionally well preserved.
Take a guided tour to the Jongmyo Shrine which is a royal shrine dedicated to the deceased Joseon Dynasty kings and queens and their ancestral rites. The shrine’s building is elegant, simple and an example of traditional Korean architecture. Since the 16th century, it has kept its original form. The atmosphere when you enter here is sacred and solemn. It is also, not surprisingly, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
Deoksugung Palace is yet another amazing Palace to see on a guided tour when in Seoul. This one is located in the busiest part of downtown and it is most famous for the stonewall road which is described as elegant by many. Deoksugung Palace is situated alongside modern western buildings and therefore its splendour and culture shine through among them. A guided tour is delightful starting from the wide bridge you cross.
The War Memorial of Korea
A fascinating and worthwhile guided tour is the one of The War Memorial of Korea. Established in 1994, to commemorate the patriotic martyr's noble sacrifices, this museum has both indoor and outdoor displays and exhibits. There are many different halls and areas to explore which include some 33,000 artifacts although only about 10,000 are on open display. The outdoor exhibits include large sized weapons
63 Building Seoul
Overlooking the Hangang River along the banks of Yeouido Island, you will find the 63 Building or as some people call 63 City and Golden Tower. Surprisingly the name represents the number of floors in the building. When it was built in 1985, it was the tallest building in World not including North America. Nowadays it is not even in the top 100, but still, it is a great place to visit on a sightseeing tour.
The National Folk Museum of Korea
Combine a guided tour of Gyeongbok Palace with a very interesting guided tour the National Folk Museum of Korea as the museum is located in the Palace. This museum is a place where you learn about the cultural beliefs, agricultural and domestic lifestyles of the Korean people through the centuries. Also on display are many fascinating and intriguing artefacts which were used on a daily basis by the locals.
Bukhansan National Park
Take your pick of adventure tours when you visit the Bukhansan National Park. This national park is located in northern Seoul and it has beauty along with a rich history. Some of the historical areas are the Silla’s King Jionheung Sunsubi Monument on Bibong Peak or the Bukhansanseong Fortress. Your adventure tour can include hiking tours or climbing tours in the summer of fantastic skiing in the winter.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Bongeunsa Temple which was previously known as Gyeoneonasa Temple. During the 10th year of Silla King Weongseong’s rule, this building was contracted around 794. It was refurbished by Queen Jeonghyeon in 1498. There are 3,479 Buddhist Scriptures that include works from Kim Jeong-hee. Every September 9th there is a Buddhist Ceremony held where monks carry the scriptures above their heads.
Travel Tips for Seoul
Best Time To Visit Seoul
For weather better suited for sightseeing tours or activities that involve some form exertion and outdoors, then the best time to visit Seoul is during March to May and September, October and November. If you love skiing, then the best time is December, January and February when there is a good covering of snow. The months to avoid are the summer months, it is hot, humid, the monsoon season, busy and more expensive!
Typical Costs in Seoul
Seoul is not the cheapest place on the planet, but then it is nowhere near the most expensive either. You can get excellent bargains in accommodation and meals if you take the time to look around. The same goes for organizing private tours, the more you look, the better the chance of finding a cheaper one. On average a tourist will spend US$100 a day, this includes accommodation, all meals and local transport.
Know Before Visiting Seoul
When organizing to visit Seoul, the best prices are when you book early. There are bargains to be found in accommodation which could include sightseeing tours as a free extra when you book directly with the hotel. Do not be afraid to try the local cuisine, the Korean barbecue and Korean traditional ice sherbet are just some of the highlights. Make sure there is space in your case for all the shopping you will do there!
Weather in Seoul
The weather in Seoul is cool in the Winter, hot and wet in the Summer. April, May, September and October are warm and dry with temperatures averaging 24 degrees Celsius. The hottest months are on average July and August with temperatures in the mid 30’s. The most rainfall is from June to September while the dry months are December to February. The coldest month is January on average with temperatures below zero.