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Full Day- Essential Seoul City Tour & Gourmet Tour(including Lunch and Dinner)

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    Stop At: Gyeongbokgung Palace, 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea

    Gyeongbokgung palace is the first palace built in 1395 out of five palaces in Seoul in Joseon dynasty. This palace was built byfenhshui which is a traditional geological theory, The name of Gyeongbokgung palace means new dynasty would have big blessing and prospered forever. This palace was burnt down completely by Japanese invasion in end of 16C, and it was restored almost end of Joseon dynasty. There was some removal of some buildings and damage in Japanese colonial era. But, full-scale and complete restoration has been done for 20 years since 1991, so the palace could have current buildings and form.

    Geunjeongjeon Hall and Gyeonghoeru Pavilionare are national treasures in the palace, Geunjeongjeon Hall is the main building of the palace, most of major event like king’s inauguration ceremony and reception of ambassadors from foreign countries were held at this building. Gyeonghoeru Pavilion was used for the purpose of banquet and entertainment. There is an artificial pond besides of Gyeonghoeru Pavilion. Gyeongbokgung palace usually open to public in daytime, but especially the palace open to public in the night in spring and fall, and you can enjoy a beautiful night tour then. While tour of Gyeongbokgung palace, we will watch the Changing ceremony of Royal guards.


    Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

    Stop At: Tongin Market, 3, Pirundae-ro 6-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea

    This area is very popular for traditional Korean foods. We will taste Jinseng chicken soup or pork belly for lunch at a popular Korean restaurant after Gyeongbokgung tour.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Bukchon Hanok Village, 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03059 South Korea

    Bukchon(buk means north, chon means village) is a traditional residential village forming with Korea’s traditional house, Hanok(Tiled roof house). As you see, because of rapid industrialization of Korea, most Korean live in apartment and modified western style house, so it is very hard to see the traditional Korean Hanok village nowadays. This Bukchon Hanok village is one of traditional villages maintaining traditional Hanok style. Because this Bukchon was near the palace, and located at a good place according to fengshui, a theory of divination based on topography, this was a good residential area for royal family and high officials for 500 years of Joseon dynasty. Nowadays, Bukchon is one of famous tourist attraction in Seoul. Tourist can enjoy and feel the history of Bukchon , various cultural experience like tea ceremony, calligraphy, handcrafts and etc. at Bukchon.


    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Insadong, Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea

    Insadong is a traditional cultural place where you can see old Seoul. Originally, the government office in charge of paintings on king and royal family in Joseon Dynasty was located at Insadong. The streets of Insadong are lined with craft workshops, antique shops, galleries, and restaurants, traditional hanok style’s teahouse. Seoul city designated Insadong as street of traditional culture in 1988, and the first cultural place in 2002, This area is car free zone every weekend, so you can enjoy walking with shopping, cultural experience like making some handcrafts. And you can enjoy various events like musical performance. Samjigil is one of the place which you can feel Korea’s traditional handcrafts. During the tour at Insadong, we can taste refreshment.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seoul South Korea

    Cheonggyecheon is a 11 km-long waterway flowing from south of Kwanghwamun Square to Dongdaemun. This waterway was natural stream until Joseon dynasty. After Korean war, many refugees made their houses at the surroundings of Cheonggyecheon and lived there, so Cheonggyecheon was a typical slum and very dirty area with bad smells there. So, later 1950, Cheonggyecheon was covered with cement structurers and automobile overpass was built over there, and many modern buildings were built at surrounding area, so this place became a successful symbol of Korea industrialization. But, after 40 years passed, the structures and overpass became obsolete and dangerous, and so city government decided to restore the place as eco-stream. After two years and three months’restoration construction from 2003 to 2005, this was changed to eco-waterway. Total length of restoration is 5.8km, there are 22 bridges, and 50,000 visitors a day. Cheonggyecheon became a major tour attraction place for foreigners nowadays, and we can enjoy walk and meet many events and performances there. It takes about 3 hours to in browsing Cheonggyecheon.


    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Tourist Information Center of Korea Tourism Organization, 40, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu Korea Tourism Organization, Seoul 04521 South Korea

    This is a Seoul center of Korea Tourism Organization, and is a K-Style Hub. You can experience Korean foods, kimchi and etc.. Also, you can take a picture with K-POP stars through AR technology, and making Korean craft and Hanbok(Korean Traditional Clothes) wearing experience are available

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Kwangjang Market, 88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03195 South Korea

    Gwangjang market is Korea’s first commercial market. This market opened in 1905. Originally, Namdaemun market was the biggest traditional market until early 1900s, but Japanese occupied Namdaemun market by Japanese’s invasion to Korea, so Korean merchants opened Kwangjang market for Koreans in 1905 to compete Japanese Namdaemun market. In the early of this market, major products were agricultural products, but nowadays, there are many kinds of products including fashion items, especially Gwangjang market has become famous as eating place to taste various street foods at cheap price. From about 10 years ago, many foreigners began to visit this market and became famous. This market is one of the famous tourist attractions in Seoul. The typical street foods are Kimbap, Soondae, Nokduejeon(Korean pancake made with mung beans), Yukwhe(beef sashimi)and etc.. we will taste various kinds of street foods for dinner here.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Gyeongbokgung Station, Sajik-dong, Seoul, South Korea

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up customers at any hotel in downtown Seoul. Or, we can meet customers at Gyeongbokgung station if customers prefer.
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Gwangjang Traditional Market, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Seoul, South Korea
    Inclusions
    • Lunch - We will taste Jinseng Chicken Soup(Michelin Restaurant) or Pork Belly for lunch. We will visit not a group tourist restaurants but a popular local restaurants.
    • Snacks - During the tour, we will taste traditional Korean snacks or teas.
    • Dinner - We will have a dinner at Gwangjang market with various traditional street foods, and Korean rice wine( makkŏlli) will be served together.
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Licensed English speaking guide
    • Transprtation fares
    • Entry/Admission - Gyeongbokgung Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Tongin Market
    • Entry/Admission - Tourist Information Center of Korea Tourism Organization
    • Entry/Admission - Kwangjang Market
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities(optional)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    My experience with Bergen Park, Full Day- Essential Seoul City Tour & Gourmet Tour was really great! I visited museum, local restaurants, temples and had the best tea ever! The transportation is very convenient, comfortable and informative. I had a good time and met new...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Fernanda Lie M
    Resort826799, General Manager at Bergen travel, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Dear Fernanda, I also enjoyed a tour with you. If you come to Korea again, I hope to see you then again. Best regards, Bergen Park

    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    I booked this tour for our family of 6. We wanted to see Seoul with a local tour guide to understand its culture and heritage and visit all important places. As soon as I booked the tour, Bergen contacted me through email confirming the tour....More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank savijay1
    Resort826799, General Manager at Bergen travel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

    Dear Savy, It was a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed my tour very much. I hope to see your family in Korea again, and I hope visit your town which my second hometown in NJ. I am so happy to hear your daughter joined...More

    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    Mr.Park was very professional, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. He made my trip to Korea feel like home. He took us to some amazing locations and knew all of the history. He is the number 1 tour guide in Seoul. Book him for your tours and...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank 414tia
    Resort826799, General Manager at Bergen travel, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Thank you for your warm review. It was my pleasure for me to have such nice tour with you. Thank you again, Bergen Park

    Reviewed 3 days ago

    We had a fabulous time eating our way through Seoul and seeing some amazing sights! Bergen Park, our personal tour guide for the day, took us to lunch at a Michelin-recommend restaurant that served chicken stuffed with ginseng and rice. It was absolutely delicious. Next...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank SteveInSac
    Resort826799, General Manager at Bergen travel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Dear Steve, Thank you so much for your warm review. It was also a pleasure for me to enjoy the tour with your group a lot. I hope you to see you someday later again in Korea. Best regards, Bergen Park

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    Mr. Park is the most accommodating tour guide. His hospitality is most appreciated. He did everything we asked and more. His schedule was very flexible. We were able to rearrange the destinations around if needed. My wife is buddhist and she asked if one of...More

    Thank 556rickyy
    Resort826799, General Manager at Bergen travel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Dear Mr. Ricky, The tour with your couple was my pleasure too. I was so nice being with your happy couple. You were so gentle and kind, and your wife were also kind and beautiful woman. I hope to see your couple again someday later....More

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    stopoverqueen
    31 March 2019|
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    Response from Resort826799 | Property representative |
    Sorry for late reply. We pick you at your hotels in Seoul and drop off the hotel after tour.
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    12 February 2019|
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    Hello, I am English tour guide certified by Korean National Tourism Organization. Through my 20 years’ overseas business career at Samsung including six years’ working at Samsung Electronics America located in USA, I have a... More
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