Incheon Shore Excursion to Seoul

On this shore excursion from Incheon, you'll see all of most beloved attractions in Seoul. According to the available time of your cruise ship the itinerary, you will visit top ranking destinations in Seoul.

 

We will pick you up at the seaport of you cruise ship and then drop you off back to the port after the shore excursion. Let us help you explore and enjoy the Seoul most from Incheon seaport. Visiting attractions of this excursion is "must go" in Seoul, South Korea, e.g. Gyeongbok palace (Changdeok palace on Tuesdays), Insa-dong Korean culture street, Bukchon Hanok village, traditional market sightseeing to the various foods and clothing (Gwangjang market or Namdaemun market accodring to the daily situaions). Cheonggyeochon stream if time available. 

Tour Description

 

Gwanghwamun Gate

Gwanghwamun Square

Change of the Royal Guards Ceremony

Gwanghwamun Gate & square is main entrance to Gyeongbok palace. There is the changing of royal palace guards ceremony every day except Tuesdays. The ceremony will last for about 15 minutes. You will watch the ceremony with first impression about the Gyeongbok palace and then continue the tour in the palace. Taking a picture with the  guard after ceremony is also funny to enjoy. Please don't touch the guard or costume while taking a picture.  

During the Joseon Dynasty (CE 1392 - 1910), the royal guards were responsible for guarding and patrolling the gates of the capital city and the royal palaces. This ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea, as the ceremony is reenacted exactly as it used to be, with guards wearing royal uniforms, carrying traditional weapons and playing traditional instruments. 

{The Change of the Royal Guards Ceremony is taking place 10:00am and 14:00Pm, so it is extra enjoyment if the cruise docking time is good for meeting the ceremony.}

Gyeongbok Palace

After watching the ceremony, you will be guided inside the Gyeongbok Palace. 'Gyeongbok' means 'felicitous blessing'. It is the first palace that was built in 1395 on the foundation of the Joseon Dynasty (CE 1392-1910).

As it is the most important palace in the history of the dynasty, it is also quite enormous. Perhaps due to the luck by the name 'Gyeongbok' this new dynasty was able to last 600 years long with glory and shame. 

{No  tour to Gyeongbok palace, National Folk museum of Korea and Changing Guards Ceremony are close on Tuesdays. Visit Changdeok palace instead of them}

 

​Cheonggyeocheon Stream

The Cheongyeocheon stream in this area was restored in 2005. Cheonggyecheon Stream had been existed only as a neglected waterway hidden by an overpass before 2005. Today, it has been transformed into a haven of natural beauty amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life. You can walk along this stream like many Koreans do in the heart of Seoul. 

{visiting Cheonggyeocheon stream is depends on the cruise time, we visit seldom} 

Cheongwadae (Blue House) - pass by

Cheongwadae is the executive office and official residence of the President of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), located behind of Gyeongbok palace. It used to be a section of the Gyeongbok palace. Just outside of the North Sinmumun gate of Gyeongbok palace, you can see the Korean presidential house, simply speaking "Korean White House".

 

The main building has a hipped-and-gabled beautiful green roof covered with Korean style blue tiles from which Blue House takes its name. Actually it looks like green some times. You will have a quick photo time in front of the Blue House. 

National Folk Museum of Korea

You will see the Korean Life Passage (from birth to death) in the National Folk Museum of Korea to understand how Koran life was and is in the permanent exhibition hall. The National Folk Museum is celebrating the first full moon of the Lunar new year, Jeongwol Daeboreum. Its name is museum but it is more like exhibition of 'Korean Lifestyle". There are 12 zodiac animals in front of the Folk Museum, why don't you find out which zodiac is yours. 

Insadong Culture Street

Insadong is the place to look around lots of galleries, restaurants, ceramics, handy crafts and souvenir for reasonable price. Restaurants in this area are mainly specializing in traditional authentic food. Insadong was once a residential area for palace officials, royal families, and noble classes. 

Stroll along Insadong street, you will be able to bumper into "Dragon Beard" - kind of high quality cotton candy for King. The making process from dough to 16,384 strings those looks like fine beards. 

 

Jogyeosa Buddhist Temple

Jogyeosa Buddhist temple is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea and is famous for being located in the center of the big city and it was the first one which was located inside of Seoul City Wall in the past. Jogyeosa Temple is an oasis of spiritual peace in the heart of the Seoul metropolis.  
Along the street near Jogyeosa, there are Buddhist specialty shops and some colorful facilities
related to the Buddhism. You can get a genuine feeling of Korean traditions of Zen Buddhism. 

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon is noblemen's house conservation area. It is located in the north of Cheongyeocheon stream so it is called 'Bukchon' which means 'Northern Village'. It is near by Gyeongbok palace so was good place for the people who want to live near king. 

There are hundreds of Korean traditional house those are protected by Seoul city regional government. Those houses are still residential house for citizens. You will enjoy walking "from present to past" in Bukchon Hanok Village. We appreciate that you are whispering in Bukchon, because it is residential area. It is pleasent experience to see the modern N Seoul Tower over the traditional roofs those look like 'Surf'. 

Hanok houses are generally divided into two sections, 'Anchae' and 'Sarangchae'. Anchae is situated inside the house so that it is secretive and quiet. Sarangchae is located outside, generally. Sarangchae is where the men dwell and is referred to as the Seonbi room. Seonbi is well educated scholar. 

Another trait of Hanok is that all the houses are heated with "Ondol" heating system, a unique sub-floor heating system. Since Koreans enjoy sitting, eating and sleeping on the special floor heating system.  

Gwangjang Traditional Market

Gwangjang Market was the first permanent market in Korea and continues to thrive as a popular tourist destination today. It is celebrating 100 years old market as modern system. Actually its history date back to the Joseon dynasty, about 600 years ago. You can see the various traditional food as well as hundreds of Hanbok tailor-made shops in this traditional market.

Many of the stores in the area have their own factories supplying fabrics to the Namdaemun Market, Pyoung Hwa Market and even to some department stores. Even though the goods are not brand-name products, the wide selection of high quality goods at inexpensive prices makes it an enjoyable WINDOW shopping experience. 

Major things to see in this market is sightseeing to various market foods like Mung bean pancake, Gimbap, Beef tartare, Ddeokbbokgi, pig knuckle, chicken feet, Bibimbap, etc. Of course you can taste them. 

N Seoul Tower (Namsan Tower) - pass by if you have time to visit here.

The final stop of this tour is Namsan Park and Seoul N tower, that offering an astonishing 360-degree panorama over the Seoul city. You also have a chance to see  "Love Locks", thousands of padlocks attached to the fence. The site is used for filming location such as "My love from the star", "We got married" and many Korean soap operas those are very popular in the world. 

 
Tour Itinerary

{duration : 8 hours form port to port}

00:00             Pick up at Incheon sea port

                     {We will decide the time according to the ship docking time}

1.5 hours        Transfer 

20 minutes     Cheonggyeocheon Stream

1.5 hours        Palace

1.5 hours        Insadong, Jogyeosa

20  minutes     Bukchon 

30  minutes     Gwangjang Market 

1.5 hours        Transfer 

 

00:00             Drop off at the seaport 

{Gyeongbok palace, Changing Guards Ceremony and Folk Village close on Tuesdays} 

{Visit Changdeok palace instead of them on Tuesdays}

{This tour is 8 hours duration based tour, so your visiting places will depend on the cruise time table. You will finish early for the same price if the cruise ship time table is very short}

 
Tour Pricing

Tour Rate (price per person)  

Inclusions

  • All admission fees to tourists sites

  • Local English-speaking guide service

  • Round trip transfer service with private vehicle

  • Cruise ship port pick-up and drop-off

Exclusions

  • Personal expenses

  • Cable car to N Seoul tower (not taking cable car) 

  • N Seoul Tower Observatory Ticket when we go to the tower (not going up, because the bottom is also beautiful)

  • Meals and beverages

Remarks

  • Gyeongbook Palace Closed on Every Tuesday (replace with Changdeokgung Palace without ceremony ) 

  • If you want to start/finish at Incheon airport, extra $60 per one way transfer 

  • Maximum passengers 6 people with small to medium sized luggage (No large size luggage) 

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