Visit all the romantic places in Seoul that Juan Pablo Galavis took his leading ladies in the 2014 season of the ABC television show ‘The Bachelor.' This Viator Exclusive — that can’t be booked anywhere else — combines romance and history in South Korea. Splurge on yourself and a loved one for a romantic day of shopping in the high-end Myeongdong district; sightseeing at the Gyeongbokgung Palace and Korean Furniture Museum; and fine dining if you upgrade to dinner at the Korea House. Throughout the day, you learn more about South Korea's rich history from your knowledgeable guide, and maybe even recall memorable moments between Juan and his dates!
After pickup from your hotel, set out for an afternoon in Seoul visiting the romantic hot spots featured on the 2014 season of The Bachelor. Whether you’re a fan of the ABC show or simply enjoying Seoul with someone special, this Viator Exclusive gives you a glimpse into the most gorgeous attractions in Seoul — a tour that can’t be booked anywhere else! Your local guide shares insight into the history and culture of South Korea as you move around the city. And if you love Juan Pablo Galavis, you will enjoy the trivia about the filming locations where he wooed his dates!
First, depart for the stunning Gyeongbokgung Palace, established during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) — Korea’s last kingdom. As you walk through Gwanghwamun Gate, the main entrance to the royal palace, learn about the harmonious architectural principles of the buildings on the 98-acre (40-hectare) complex, which once constituted a small city. Destroyed during the Japanese invasion of 1592 and reconstructed in 1868, the royal living quarters and other areas have been restored to their original glory.
(Please note that on Tuesdays you’ll visit Changdeokgung Palace instead. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the best preserved of the ‘Five Grand Palaces’ of the Joseon Dynasty. Enter the massive gate to explore the grand pavilions, several halls and the Geumcheongyo Bridge — the oldest bridge in Seoul.)
Next is a trip to the Korea Furniture Museum, which showcases traditional Korean furniture design and production from the Joseon Dynasty. Inside this unique museum, situated atop a hill in Seongbuk-dong, cabinets, wardrobes, tables, and beds, among other artifacts, are arranged to resemble 10 traditional hanok structures.
You’ll gain insight into 500 years of Korean interior decoration and culture from the displays and your guide. Chat about what you learned over afternoon tea at the museum.
After this romantic respite from the bustle of urban life, arrive in Myeongdong, one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul. Luxury stores line the streets and alleys, where you’ll find everything imaginable on sale, including many designer brands not available at the nearby Namdaemun or Dongdaemun markets.
After sightseeing, shopping and splurging on your loved one, your guide will return you to your hotel. Or continue the romance on this Viator Exclusive tour with fine dining and a performance at the Korea House. (See description in Itinerary below.)