UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites Tour
TAGY Travel Korea
Join us on a fantastic tour of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Seoul. These amazing places of indisputable beauty carry a unique history and a very special charm. You will visit some of Seoul's UNESCO world cultural heritage sights and most important and historic sites on this unique World Heritage Sites Tour. Let our experienced guide share our unique story with you!
Donggureung Tombs in Guri, Gyeonggi-do are a perfect example of Royal Tombs during the Joseon Dynasty. Donggureung is a cluster of 17 King and Queen tombs’ including King Taejo the founder of the Joseon Dynasty, spread out in 9 tomb sites. Donggureung royal tombs and others were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in June 2009. All of the tombs at Donggureung are neung type tombs which house Kings and Queens. There are a few unique types of tombs located at this site.
Bukjeong Village, a hillside community of humble homes that’s something of a throwback to the Seoul of decades past. Picturesque Bukjeong Village spreads out beyond the Ammun (Secret Path), which is located on the Seoul city wall towards Seongbuk-dong, near Waryong Park. The village consists of a cluster of some 500 tiled-roofed houses built in the 1960-70s and is a well-known shooting location for TV dramas and films set in 1960-70s Seoul. This private tour is designed for people who want to experience different views of Seoul.
The Seoul city wall (HANYANGDOSEONG)
The wall, which follows the ridges of Baegak, Naksan, Namsan and Inwangsan, the four main mountains surrounding the center of Seoul, has been constantly managed since its initial construction in 1396. The wall measures between 5 and 8m high and are 18.6km long and it bears witness to the role played by a city wall in the life of a capital city, still sustained in modern day Seoul. You are going to walk down from waryong Park to Seoul science high school along the wall for about half an hour.
Jongmyo royal shrine
Jongmyo is the oldest and most authentic of the Confucian royal shrines to have been preserved. Dedicated to the forefathers of the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), the shrine has existed in its present form since the 16th century and houses tablets bearing the teachings of members of the former royal family. Ritual ceremonies linking music, song and dance still take place there, perpetuating a tradition that goes back to the 14th century.
Jongmyo Jerye or Jongmyo Daeje is a rite held for worshipping the late kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty in Jongmyo Shrine. It is held every year on the first Sunday of May. The Jongmyo rite is usually accompanied with the court music playing (Jerye-ak) and dance called Ilmu or line Dance. Jongmyo Jerye and Jeryeak were designated as the first of South Korea's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001.
A guard-changing ceremony at Deoksugung Palace
Deoksugung Palace has held a guard-changing ceremony since 1996 after thorough historical research by leading historians. The ceremony, which is held in front of the Daehanmun Gate of Deoksugung Palace, is a tradition similar to the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and offers a rare opportunity to experience royal culture. The royal gate is opened and closed at pre-determined times, and the gatekeepers in charge of guard duty and patrols hold a shift ceremony three times a day.
Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon Dynasty and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden. Known as a place of rest for the kings, the rear garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond and a pavilion. Though it has been treasured by Koreans for centuries, Changdeokgung Palace was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Committee in December of 1997.
Changdeokgung Palace and rear garden(secret garden)
- Changdeok Palace Closed : Every Tue.
- Jongmyo royal shrine Closed : Every Tue.
- Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking.
08:30 Pick you up at your place
09:00-10:00 Donggureung Tombs
11:00-12:00 Bukjeong village
12:00-13:00 Seoul city wall
14:00-15:00 Jeongmyo shrine
15:00-15:20 A guard-changing ceremony
15:30-17:30 Changdokgung Palace & rear garden
18:30 Drop off
- All admission fees to tourists sites
- Local English-speaking guide service
- Roundtrip transfer service with private vehicle
- Hotel Pick up & Drop off Service in Seoul
- Personal expenses
- Every Meal