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Hotel → Suwon Hwaseong Fortress → Suwon Hwaseong Train → Hwaseong Temporary Palace (Hwaseong Haenggung) → Lunch(Bibimbap) → Changdeok Palace → Jongmyo Royal Shrine → Amethyst or Ginseng Center → Hotel
Why Kdream Tour
Welcome to Kdream Tour. Thanks for your interest and support for our service.
Kdream Tour travel has run Seoul daily city tour for more than 15 years. We developed the most attractive tour packages for visitors and will continue to create new programs to meet international traveler’s need.
We help you to plan your own Seoul city tour with well-prepared theme and organized time table. You will find the most convenient way to enjoy Seoul with Kdream Tour.
We hire the best tour guides with good service experience especially for foreigners and they all get great feedbacks from the customers. They are all proud of what they do for visitors to make your every corner of visits memorable and meaningful.
Transportation is another important things define travel quality. We provides brand new and clean cars with reasonable price for various tour packages.
There is Korean saying “Even a chance meeting is due to the Karma in a previous life.” We will serve you as our family and friend as we want you to remember the time with us as a great memory. There are so much fun in Seoul and we cannot wait to introduce all of them. It does not matter morning, afternoon or late night. You will be surprised what you can enjoy in every second. We look forward to meeting you soon. You will enjoy guided tour with interesting secret and meanimeaningful.
There is Korean saying “Even a chance meeting is due to the Karma in a previous life.” We will serve you as our family and friend as we want you to remember the time with us as a great memory. There are so much fun in Seoul and we cannot wait to introduce all of them. It does not matter morning, afternoon or late night. You will be surprised what you can enjoy in every second. We look forward to meeting you soon. You will enjoy guided tour with interesting secret and meaningful information that you cannot find elsewhere. Aren’t you excited about the best guide, the best customer, the best place and the best tour course?
Most people thinking of Korea think of K-pop and a strong IT Industry. But have you noticed that Korea is a country with thousands of years of history and a racially homogeneous citizenship?
If you are international traveler, you might know that Seoul is one of rare cities with hundreds of years of history. You will see high-tech right next to thousand-year-old tradition. A palace is the one of the most popular historical locations. The Chosun Empire ended in 1910, although Seoul was the capital of the Josun dynasty for some 500 years. There are 5 important palaces you don’t want to miss and they are the most popular destinations for visitors.
What is your first impression of the word “palace?” Is it a place just for kings and noble families? That’s only partly true. You will visit the area where kings and families lived and ruled the whole nation with 2000 people. Only parts of palaces remain which makes many people find they are only for king and family. Palace was the place for discussion how to rule the country. The palace was like a huge company runs a big organization, nation where 2000 people are working together. Most people now think the palace was only for the king and his family since the development of the modern city.
After the second world war, the family of the Korean empire became normal average people and there is no more empire. All the palaces belongs to the Republic of Korea. Does your country have king and family? Do you still have the palace for them? There is no more king and family in Korean society, but most Koreans still remember them and their history as they are a very important part of our history although the ending was very unhappy.
There were 2 very important functions of palace. “Kweol” is where all governors, ministers, scholars and king got together for important discussions and decisions. “Koong”is located in the center of the palace where the king and king’s family lived. You’ll enjoy it more if you understand that the whole palace was designed for efficient communication with everyone who visited or stayed there. There were places for politics, the living area for the king and family, and gardens. Take a close look and imagine how all the functions and locations were designed and connected. There are 5 palaces in Seoul. Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changkyeong-gung, Gyeongungung(Deoksu Palace), and Gyeongheegung.
The common characteristics in design of Eastern Asian palaces are “naturalism” and “humanism” but the philosophy behind them and the representative style of the elements differed between each country.
What You Can Expect
It’s not easy to find a tour package that will let you visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day. Cosmojin’s Seoul daily city tour package can make it happen. Be a king and experience the life of the Chosun Dynasty. Cosmojin helps you to travel back in time in Seoul.
When King Jeongjo decided to build Suwon Hwaseong, Jeongjo wanted to focus on glamour and beauty. One of the king’s subjects wondered why beauty was as important as fortification and the King answered “beauty wins battle too” for he believed in the power and dignity of beauty. Suwonseong is considered as the most beautifully designed fortress with great functions in history.
The Suwon Hwaseong tour is followed by lunch back in Seoul. Then the Changdeokgung tour awaits you. Changdeokgung is the palace that was loved and stayed at the most by the kings. Confucianism was the fundamental of Chosun society that emphasized form of manner. Kings would host the ancestor worship ceremonies based on Confucianism when they became king for the first time. Jongmyo is where the ancestor worship ceremony was held and it was designed for a grave ceremony, giving you a tranquil and simple feeling. Chosun society believed ancestor ceremonies were important for prosperity. Experience the atmosphere of those important ceremonies from this beautiful architecture and wish your own prosperity.
- Suwon Hwaseong, UNESCO World Heritage Site, only an hour away from Seoul
- Changdeokgung, The palace loved the most by the kings
- World’s best Ginseng exhibition center or Amethyst exhibition shopping center
- Jongmyo, Confucian shrine of memorial services for kings and queens
Hotel pickup and drop-off included
* Korea has 10 sites that are designated by UNESCO as World Heritage, and we will take you to 3. Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine in Seoul. This full-day tour is full of beauty and history.
* Suwon Hwaseong Fortress
King Jeongjo planned to move the capital to Suwon to be near the tomb of his murdered father, Crown Prince Sado. In his honor, Jeongjo ordered the construction of this walled city and detached palace.
Guide, Transportation, Admission Fee, Lunch, Hotel Pick up & Drop off Service (in Seoul)
Pick-up & Sending Service
1. Pick-up and drop-off service may be delayed due to traffic.
Payment / Cancelation
1. Cancel by 18:00 one day before the scheduled tour: 100% REFUND
2. Cancel after 18:00 one day before the tour date: cancellation fee of 70% of the tour cost.
3. Cancel at or after the tour begins or no-show: NO REFUND
1. Changdeok Palace will be replaced with Namsan Hanok Village on Mondays.
2. Jongmyo will be replaced with Insadong on Tuesdays.
3. Hwaseong Trolley may be cancelled due to bad weather conditions.
4. In case some sites of the tours are closed, a visit to alternative places will apply.
5. For your safety, stay with the group and follow the directions of the guide during a group tour.
6. Cosmojin cannot take responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred while on tour.
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress
The Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon is a fortress city built in the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Along with Changdeokgung Palace, the fortress was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in December 1997. The total perimeter of the fortress spans 5.52 kilometers, with 50 or so structures along the walls. Among those, seven were destroyed as a result of wars or natural disasters, but the remaining ones are well preserved. Some of the major structures are the south gate Paldalmun (Treasure no. 402), the west gate Hwaseomun (Treasure no. 403), the north gate Janganmun, and the east gate Changnyongmun. Between these gates are gongsimdon, sentry towers built to keep an eye on enemy’s activities outside the walls. Suwon Stream flows through the interior of Hwaseong Fortress. The Hwahongmun Gate is built above seven arched aqueducts that allow the water to flow through. Together with nearby Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion and Yongyeon Pond, Hwahongmun Gate is considered the most beautiful of the Hwaseong Fortress structures. With that in mind, we started our tour at Paldalmun Gate, near HwaseongHaenggung. At a leisurely pace, it takes about two hours to see the sights from Paldalmun, Seojangdae, Hwaseomun, Janganmun, and Hwahongmun.
Suwon Hwaseong Train
Hwaseong train is a tourist train which is operated between Paldalsan Mountain and Yeonmudae. The head of train is made as sculpted dragon which symbols King Jungjo’s energetic feature, and chairs are embodied King’s palanquin. Total distance is 3.2 kilometers and it takes about 30 minutes. Short, but it is enough to feel the charm of Hwaseong.
Hwaseong Temporary Palace (Hwaseong Haenggung)
Hwaseong Temporary Palace is the biggest temporary palace in Korea and also well-known as beautiful as Gyongbokgung Palace. The 478th historical site Hwaseong Temporary Palace was built on the foot of Padalsan Mt. after building Suwon Sineupchi was finished in 1789(the year 13 of the reign of King Jungjo). It was used as a government office of Suwon and completed through expanded construction for 2 years during the construction of Hwaseong. King Jungjo who was very loyal enough to visit Yungneung Shrine(a mausoleum of the crown king who was the father of Jungjo) 13 times stayed in Hwaseong Temporary Palace during visit. The palace has a shape of King’s palace with 567 rooms and it is the biggest size among temporary palaces in Korea. But most facilities except Nangnamheon Hall were deconstructed by the policy to obliterate the Korean culture and history of nation during Japanese colonial era. And thanks for local residents who organized the restoration project committee and lead the drive to revival of the palace, it reopened to the public in October 2003 after the restoration since 1996. Hwaseong Temporary Palace is became the famous shooting set for Korean historical dramas in these days, provides demonstration performance of Muye 24ki, change ceremony of gate guards, court robes and traditional crafts experience.
Bibimbap (Korean pronunciation: [bibimbap], sometimes anglicized bi bim bap or bi bim bop) is a signature Korean dish. The word literally means “mixed rice”. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang, a salty soybean paste. A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The hot dish is stirred together thoroughly just before eating. In South Korea, Jeonju, Jinju, and Tongyeong are especially famous for their versions of bibimbap. In 2011, it was listed at number 40 on the World’s 50 most delicious foods readers’ poll compiled by CNN Travel
Changdoekgook Palace is the only place that is designated as a World Heritage site within Korean palaces.
Changdeokgoong palace receives a lot of praises for its beauty and is well remained as its original state.
Especially the back garden, which occupies over half of the palace, shows the beauty of the Korean traditional garden the most well.
This place is where the kings of Joseon Dynasty had relived their stressed and spirits from state affairs in the past.
Let us become like a king of the past during the Joseon times and take a stroll and rest around the backyard of the Changdoekgook Palace.
Jongmyo Royal Shrine
Jongmyo is a royal shrine dedicated to the performance of ancestral rites for the deceased kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty. Being the place where the royal ancestral tablets are enshrined, Jongmyo’s atmosphere is solemn and sacred rather than splendid like the royal palaces. The simple and elegant buildings of this shrine have faithfully kept their original forms since the 16th century. Jongmyo’s main hall, Jeongjeon is where the royal ancestral rites are performed. The main hall is an outstanding example of traditional Korean architecture. Jongmyo was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site together with JongmyoJerye and JongmyoJeryeak. JongmyoJerye is the royal ancestral ritual and has been performed for 600 years. The court music performed during the ritual is the JongmyoJeryeak. JongmyoJeongjeon (Hall), a place steeped in royal history Jongmyo is made up of Jeongjeon (the main hall), Yeongnyeongjeon (the hall of eternal peace), and auxiliary buildings such as Jeonsacheong, Eosuksil, Hyangdaecheong and Sindang. Jeongjeon, the main hall of Jongmyo, is a place steeped in royal history and is highly esteemed for its outstanding architecture. It is said to be the world’s longest single wooden structure and its length measures 109 meters. The reason for the building’s great length is that new chambers were added to the ends as necessary in order to hold more memorial tablets. Unlike other Korean buildings, Jeongjeon has a gabled roof rather than the traditional eaves. This gives the architecture of the main hall a beautiful and uniquely solemn aspect.
Amethyst or Ginseng Center
The colour of Amethyst is as unique as it is seductive, though in fact this gemstone of all gemstones is said to protect its wearer against seduction. Korean Amethyst is extravagance in violet since it has been formed from granite stone base since 5000 years. Moses described it as a symbol of the Spirit of God in the official robes of the High Priest of the Jews, and the Russian Empress Catherine the Great sent thousands of miners into the Urals to look for it. It was said to protect crops against tempests and locusts, bring good fortune in war and in the hunt, drive out evil spirits and inspire the intellect.
Ginseng is renowned for its effectiveness as a great healer for living ever so young.
Especially if you eat ginseng when you lose your energy, it really helps to regain energy.
Korea is acknowledged by the world because of the quality of ginseng as if it is the birthplace of ginseng.
You can experience various kinds of ginseng products like gingersnap, extract, ginseng preserved in honey, and other great quality of products made in Korea.