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Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) Tours

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Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae)
Known for the blue tiles that cover its roof, Seoul’s Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae or Cheongwadae) sits at the foot of Mount Bugaksan and is the official residence of South Korea’s president. The house was built in the traditional Korean architectural style within a Joseon Dynasty–era royal garden.

The Basics
The Blue House is an ideal spot to appreciate traditional Korean architecture and learn about South Korea’s tumultuous history. Seoul sightseeing tours often stop by the Blue House, allowing you to see the structure from the outside. City tours typically visit the Blue House along with other local attractions such as Gyeonbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, and the National Folk Museum. Small-group and private tour options are available, and it’s also possible to visit the Blue House independently on a hop-on, hop-off tour.

To see the interior, a formal application must be sent via mail or email at least three weeks in advance. If you gain permission, you can stroll through the gardens, visit the main building where the president lives and conducts business, and see the Main Office Hall (Bon-gwan), the State Reception House (Yeongbin-gwan), the Press Hall (Chunchu-gwan), and the Secretariat Buildings.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Blue House is a must-see for history buffs and architecture lovers. 
  • Bring a camera to capture the Blue House with Bugaksan Mountain in the background.
  • Tours of the grounds must be approved by a formal application sent via mail or email; applications must be submitted at least three weeks in advance.
  • A passport is required to tour the grounds.
 
How to Get There
The Blue House is located in the Jongno-gu area of Seoul, adjacent to the Gyeongbokgung Palace grounds. It is accessible by guided tour, taxi, and public transportation. To get there on the subway, take Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station and leave via Exit 5. Then, head to Gwanghwamun Gate parking lot (east gate).
 
When to Get There
You can see the house’s exterior year-round. Guided tours of the grounds take place Tuesday through Friday and every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Visit at 10am on Saturdays to see the Military Honor Guard and Band perform outside the Blue House. The presidential residence is closed on Saturday, Monday, and national holidays. 
 
The Blue House’s Auspicious Location
The Blue House was deliberately located at the foot of Mount Bukhansan. It is flanked by two other mountains—Naksan (symbolizing the azure dragon), and Inwangsan (symbolizing the white tiger). To the south is Namsan, said to be the capital’s protective mountain, while the Cheonggyecheon stream and Han River flow in front of the building.
Address: 1 Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour

Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour

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Experience the best of the South Korean capital and explore with ease on this full-day tour of Seoul. Visit Jogye Temple, The Blue House, Gyeongbok Palace, Insadong, Bugak Skyway, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Myeongdong. Your tour is limited to just 15 people for a personalized experience. Plus, hotel pickup and drop-off is included. If you choose, upgrade to include a second day tour to the DMZ.
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Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village

Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village

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This full-day sightseeing tour of Seoul showcases the best of Korea’s history, culture, and traditions. Led by a guide, see the city’s major landmarks, including Jogyesa Temple and Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village. Watch the changing of the guards during a stop at Gwanghwamun Gate and enjoy a traditional Korean lunch with your fellow travelers in Insadong. Your full-day tour also includes a stop at a traditional ginseng center.
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  • 8 hours
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Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace

Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Discover the history and cultural traditions of Korea on this full-day tour of Seoul’s palaces and markets. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace including its National Folklore Museum, and see Jogyesa Buddhist Temple and Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your informative guide accompanies you to Insadong and Namdaemun to explore these bustling local markets on foot. Enjoy a Korean lunch and convenient round-trip coach transport from your hotel.
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Korean Palace and Temple Tour in Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple

Korean Palace and Temple Tour in Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple

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Explore top Seoul attractions including Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple on this 3.5-hour Korean palace and temple tour in Seoul. Travel through Seoul by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle with your guide. Gain insight into Joseon-era history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, once home to the Korean royal family, and explore the palace compound on foot. Visit the National Folk Museum and learn how life used to be before Korea’s rapid modernization. Then, visit the Jogyesa Temple and enjoy an authentic insight into life as a Zen Buddhist in South Korea’s bustling capital.
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Morning E-bike Tour & Korean Lunch

Morning E-bike Tour & Korean Lunch

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Let our E-bike whisk you up into the hills to visit the Ancient Seoul city wall and enjoy awesome views of the city, And then down into the heart of Ancient Seoul for a home cooked local lunch and a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village. See a side of Seoul that many don't get to experience and hit the top tourist spots too! So, what are the top attractions in Ancient Seoul? The fresh Cheonggyecheon river that flows through time, the majestic Gyungbok Palaces’ grand entrance Gwanghwamun and Gwanghwamun square, the Presidential Blue house, the traditional architecture of the Bukchon village area, and the tranquil Jogeysa Temple. The course is recommended for those who wish to visit many landmarks in Seoul in a short time yet still experience an intimate connection and understanding in context.
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2 Days Seoul Tour: DMZ and Essential Seoul Tour (Small Group and No Shopping)

2 Days Seoul Tour: DMZ and Essential Seoul Tour (Small Group and No Shopping)

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DMZ and Seoul City tour is 2 must-do tours when you visit Korea. With this tour, you can do both of the tours with one booking. On the 1st day, learn about the history of the must-see sites in Seoul with a professional guide. This Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour covers must-visit places you should not miss in Seoul. and on the 2nd day, Immerse yourself into the history of the Korean War and Learn about the extraordinary Korean Demilitarized Zone, which serves as a buffer zone between the two Koreas, slashing across the Korean Peninsula. This tour is small-group and no shopping tour. so unlike a group tour of 45 travelers, you can feel intimacy during this tour.
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The Best of Seoul - Private City Tour Including Nanta Show

The Best of Seoul - Private City Tour Including Nanta Show

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Discover the top attractions and hidden history of Seoul, and take in a performance of ‘Nanta’ — the play taking the city by storm — on this private 7-hour tour. Explore Seoul by private vehicle, beginning with lunch at the Gwangjang Market. Afterward, take in other sites of interest, including the Blue House and Bukchon Hanok Village. Watch the changing of the guard ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace, and listen as your private guide shines a light on the powerful Joseon dynasty. Then take your seat for a showing of ‘Nanta’.
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Full Day Seoul Royal Palace Tour Including Namdaemun Market

Full Day Seoul Royal Palace Tour Including Namdaemun Market

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Discover South Korea’s royal heritage on this full-day royal palace and shopping tour in Seoul. Follow the Cheonggyecheon Stream with your guide and gain insight into the days of the Joseon Dynasty. See the Blue House, the Republic of Korea’s presidential residence. Explore Gyeongbokgung Palace and watch the changing of the guard ceremony. Head to the National Folk Museum of Korea and behold unique artifacts from across Korea.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Seoul Tour in the Morning

Best of Seoul Tour in the Morning

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Visit top landmarks in Seoul on a morning sightseeing tour with an expert guide. Admire the architecture of Jogyesa Temple, a hub for Zen Buddhism, and explore Gyeongbokgung Palace before observing the changing of the guard ceremony at the palace. Learn about Korean history and cultural traditions at Cheongwadae Sarangchae, and hear about the Joseon dynasty’s long rule. Your local guide shares key facts and fascinating insights throughout your coach tour, which includes hotel pickup as well as drop-off at either City Hall or Itaewon.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Full Day Royal Palace and Korean Folk Village Tour

Full Day Royal Palace and Korean Folk Village Tour

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Delve into Korean traditional culture on a full-day tour from Seoul. Visit Jogyesa temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folklore Museum, and the Korean Folk Village, and see the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae), and the royal guard changing ceremony at Gwanghwamun Gate. Includes lunch, guide, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Favorite Full Day Tour (Seoul City-Nanta Show)

Favorite Full Day Tour (Seoul City-Nanta Show)

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With thousands of years of rich history and a vibrant cultural scene of music and theater, Seoul is a city which certainly packs a punch. On this tour, visit historic attractions including 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace and the Jogyesa temple—with round-trip travel from central Seoul included. Delve into Joseon-era history, then catch a performance of Nanta—the action-packed Korean comedy show capturing hearts across the world.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Seoul Combo: Cultural Heritage Tour with Kimchi Making and Traditional Dress Wearing

Seoul Combo: Cultural Heritage Tour with Kimchi Making and Traditional Dress Wearing

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Discover top Seoul attractions with ease, and bring Korea’s ancient culture and heritage to life on this full-day combo tour of Seoul. Enjoy a sightseeing coach trip through Seoul’s city streets and admire famous sites such as Jogyesa Temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace and the National Folk Museum. After lunch, put on your traditional clothing and learn formal greeting etiquette Korean-style. Play traditional board games enjoyed during centuries past and learn how to make traditional Korean kimchi. Then, visit a local amethyst factory and ginseng center on route back to Seoul.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Bike Tour in Seoul with Food Tasting

Half-Day Bike Tour in Seoul with Food Tasting

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With striking architecture and pretty riverside parks, Seoul is considered among South Korea’s must-see cities—but mastering the public transport network and exploring on foot takes time and effort. On this tour, hop into the saddle and see Seoul on two wheels on this cycling sightseeing tour. Spin to top attractions like Gwanghwamun Gate, Jogyesa Temple, and Tongin Market with your guide, and enjoy uninterrupted view along the pretty Cheonggyecheon Stream.
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Port shore Excursion Tour - Incheon to Seoul (8hours)

Port shore Excursion Tour - Incheon to Seoul (8hours)

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, the most experienced agencies specialized in shorex programs of Korea 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, Namsangol Hanok village, traditional market sightseeing to the various foods and clothing.
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Gyeongbok Palace and Korean Folk Village Tour

Gyeongbok Palace and Korean Folk Village Tour

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Home to the National Folk Museum, Gyeongbok Palace ranks among Seoul’s top city attractions—with a history dating back to the 14th-century Joseon Dynasty. On this full day tour, visit both sites of interest alongside other attractions including the Blue House, Jogyesa Temple, and the Korean Folk Village in Yongin. With all entrance fees, lunch, plus pickup and drop-off at your Seoul hotel included, delve into thousands of years of Korean culture and history.
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  • 8 hours
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Royal Palace Morning Small-Group Tour (No Shopping)

Royal Palace Morning Small-Group Tour (No Shopping)

See the historical and modern sights of Seoul on this half-day tour with a small group. Walk around Cheonggyecheon, stop for photos of the Blue House (Cheongwadae), visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and view cultural exhibits at the National Folk Museum of Korea—all in one morning. Hotel pickup is included, with drop-off at Lotte Hotel Seoul or Namdaemun Market.
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  • 7 hours
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Seoul Palace Morning Tour

Seoul Palace Morning Tour

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Discover Seoul’s royal residences and gain insight into South Korea’s heritage on this Seoul palace morning tour. Explore the Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, a center for Zen Buddhism, with your guide. See the Blue House — where the Prime Minister of South Korea lives and works. Visit Gyeongbok Palace, the city’s finest royal residence during the Joseon Dynasty. Admire the luxury living quarters and banquet suites, and gain insight into life here during the dynasty’s 5-century reign. Finish your tour at Gwanghwamun Gate and see the changing of the guard ceremony.
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  • 3 hours
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VIP Brompton Bike & Food Tour (with Car Pick Up Service)

VIP Brompton Bike & Food Tour (with Car Pick Up Service)

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Seoul is considered home to many of South Korea’s most impressive sites of interest, but covering the ground on foot takes time and effort. On this tour, spin through the city streets with ease by bike—with your guide to lead the way. Reach top attractions like the Blue House, Chunggyecheon stream, Gwanghwamun, and the Jogye Buddhist Temple, and see corners of the city the big tour busses miss.
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  • 6 hours
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Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace

Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace

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This full-day tour of Seoul offers an in-depth look at Korea’s rich cultural heritage. With your guide, tour the gates and pavilions of Gyeongbokgung Palace; browse historical exhibits at the National Folklore Museum; and visit the Korean Folk Village and Jogyesa Buddhist Temple. Enjoy a Korean lunch and comfortable round-trip coach transport from your hotel.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Seoul E-Bike Riding Tour

Seoul E-Bike Riding Tour

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Have you ever tried E-bike, electric bicycle? How about joining our tour program? You will rent and experience it by going around major tourists' spot and some places off the beaten path : Gwanghwamun square, Gyeongbokgung or changdeokgung palace, watching change of guard ceremony, going around the palace, seeing Blue House, presidential house by going behind the palace, Tongin Market where you can make your own lunch box, riding  upto Baekak mountain - there's paved road and this place has great view of Seoul and you can see Seoul Fortress, which will be the highlight of E-bike tour. It's going to be special experience that most of tourists never know and try. When you go up to the hill, you don't have to worry since E-motor will help your cycling. You will feel like riding on flat road not uphill. You will also stop by Seoul fortress and Gilsangsa buddhist temple for a moment.  - Experience of High performance E-Bike : Merida eSPRESSO 600 - Small Group Tour
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Royal Palace and Folk Village: Full Day Guided Tour from Seoul

Royal Palace and Folk Village: Full Day Guided Tour from Seoul

Take advantage of a photo op at the Blue House, home of the Korean presidential office in Seoul. This full-day tour shows you the city’s famous landmarks while you're accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Stroll around Cheonggyecheon, an urban renewal project alongside an centuries-old stream, and visit the National Folk Museum of Korea, the Korean Folk Village and Gyeongbokgung Palace. A traditional lunch and round-trip hotel transport are included.
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  • 7 hours
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Full-Day Palace Tour in Seoul

Full-Day Palace Tour in Seoul

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Seoul’s royal palaces and ancient temples are widely considered among the city’s top attractions, shining a light on thousands of years of royal and spiritual history. On this tour, visit sites including UNESCO–listed Changdeok Palace and the Jogyesa Temple in comfort by air-conditioned coach. With entry fees, lunch, and pickup and drop-off your Seoul hotel included, relax and delve into South Korean history.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small group DMZ tour + Seoul Essence {Private and Private-guided-seat-in-coach}

Small group DMZ tour + Seoul Essence {Private and Private-guided-seat-in-coach}

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★ Please don't waste your time for waiting long Pick-UP Time for DMZ. ★ Use your first time visit to Seoul most efficiently. Are you busy or want to maximize your time to visit to Seoul, South Korea? Let's enjoy the DMZ and Seoul Essence at once. { itinerary } Hotel → Imjingak Park → DMZ (3rd Tunnel + Dora Observatory + Dorasan Station + Unification Village → {Gyeongbok Palace without Changing Guard Ceremony, Pass By Blue House} or {Changdeok palace w/o the ceremony on Tuesdays} → Jogyesa Buddhist Temple → Insadong Culture Street → Hotel  * Sequence subject to change due to local conditions :)
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$171.09
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Cheonggyecheon Bicycle Tour: Twilight in Seoul

Cheonggyecheon Bicycle Tour: Twilight in Seoul

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Cheonggyecheon is considered among the prettiest corners of bustling Seoul, and under the darkness of twilight the stretch of stream takes on a whole new look and feel. On this tour, spin through Cheonggyecheon by bike with your guide to lead the way, and explore Seoul as the day comes to an end. Along the way, learn the secrets of top attractions like Dongdaemun Gate, Deoksugung Palace, and Jogyesa Temple.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes to 5 hours
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