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Private Tour of Korea's Modern History

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Paju, South Korea
Private Tour of Korea's Modern History

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Immerse in the fascinating history and cultural heritage of South Korea on a private tour of Seoul. A personal guide enlightens you about the city's significant landmarks on a visit to Deoksugung Palace, the mission school of Baejae Hakdang, and Seodaemun Prison History Hall. Walk the tree-lined alley of Jeongdong-gil and see the Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine.
  • Historical Seoul with a personal guide
  • Visit highlights such as Deoksugung Palace and Seodaemun Prison History Hall
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Local guide
Bottled water
Private transport

Departure Point

Your hotel in Seoul
9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Location Name: Your hotel in Seoul Location Address: Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel. Return Location: Returns to original departure point
Following hotel pickup in the morning by private vehicle, your personal guide accompanies you to Deoksugung Palace. Explore the walled complex, one of the Five Grand Palaces in Seoul established during the Joseon Dynasty. Here, you'll find both traditional Korean architecture and Western-style neoclassical structures.

Wander among the ponds and gardens before proceeding onto the tree-lined cobblestone path of Jeongdong-gil. Discover Seoul's storied history and cultural heritage on this picturesque street flanked by stately palace walls; it was officially named the first 'Beautiful Street for Walking' by the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

The next stop on your full-day itinerary is Baejae Hakdang, the first Methodist mission school established in Korea. Learn about the school’s focus on English language instruction and how it became a recognized institution since the 19th century.

After lunch at a local restaurant, it's on to the Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine. Literally translated as 'Beheading Hill,' Jeoldusan is the historic site of the Byeonin Persecution of 1866 when many Roman Catholics were brutally murdered. Following a visit to the Martyrs’ Museum and Memorial, get another sobering look at Seoul's tragic past at the Seodaemun Prison History Hall.

Used to incarcerate Korean independence activists during the time of Japanese colonial rule from 1910 until 1945, the museum stands as a reminder of human cruelty and oppression. See exhibitions including lifelike re-creations of torture scenes in the nightmarish interrogation cells in the basement.

Your private tour of Seoul concludes with the return to your hotel.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A maximum of 9 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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