ULTIMATE 3-7 Days Information (2023)

DAY 1: Discover and luxuriate in Korean tradition in a hanbok!

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◘◘ Hire a hanbok and discover a few of Seoul’s cultural highlights

(Nearest subway station: Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit #4) You need to by no means depart the town with out attempting on the elegant Korean conventional clothes referred to as ‘hanbok’! Very similar to how Japan has kimono rental retailers, South Korea has hanbok rental retailers for vacationers. By these locations, you may borrow and put on hanbok for a day (or extra) while you enterprise out to the cultural spots in Seoul to snap fantastic photographs.

That is definitely a MUST-do exercise in your Seoul itinerary as a result of other than the truth that you may have the possibility to really feel as if you’ve been transported again to the Joseon interval or to a set of an previous Okay-drama, the expertise itself can be supported by the Koreans as part of selling their historical past (so sure, it’s a technique of immersing your self with their vibrant tradition too). And if these causes should not sufficient, sporting a hanbok grants you FREE entry to the palaces within the metropolis!

TRIVIA: The time period ‘hanbok’ actually means “Korean clothes” but it surely simply principally refers back to the conventional clothes for each women and men from the Joseon interval.

There are a LOT of hanbok rental retailers in Seoul however if you need the very best, I extremely suggest renting with Seohwa Hanbok. Other than its prime location, it has extra intricately-designed hanbok clothes which are set at an inexpensive value! For a extra complete information on this, learn my ‘Hanbok Rental‘ publish right here.

As you’d see on the on-line reserving platform, Seohwa Hanbok has 3 rental choices: 4 hours, 1 day, or 2 days.

NOTE: In case you have bought the Uncover Seoul Cross (regardless of if it’s the 24H or 48H possibility), it’s preferable that you just do NOT activate it on today since you’ll already be given FREE entry to 4 of the ‘5 Grand Palaces’ in case you’re sporting a hanbok. To not point out that this complete hanbok exercise will already seemingly replenish your complete day, so it’s finest to activate the cross the subsequent day.
Until after all, you propose to avail the FREE hanbok rental use as an alternative that’s underneath the Uncover Seoul Cross’ perks. Personally, I believe it’s finest that you just avail a hanbok rental individually for longer hours as a result of the free hanbok rental underneath the cross is just for 90 minutes).

As soon as you might be clad in a hanbok of your personal selecting, I like to recommend doing the next route:

  • Go to one (1) of the ‘5 Grand Palaces’: The next 5 constructions are thought-about exemplary works from the previous Joseon interval and every of those magnificent palaces is really a sight to be seen. Nonetheless, in case you ask me, Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung are the very best of the 5 — so, you may select from both of those two to your Seoul itinerary go to (or in case you are quick and may squeeze in a while, then doing each might be optimum).
    • ★ Gyeongbokgung: That is the closest palace to Seohwa Hanbok (it’s just some steps away) and in case you can solely go to at least one palace throughout your Seoul journey, I suggest going right here as a result of it’s the foremost royal palace and in addition the most important of the 5 (even typically referred to as as essentially the most stunning too).
      • The Altering of the Royal Guard (Sumunjang) ceremony is held for FREE day by day, besides Tuesdays, at 10:00AM and a pair of:00PM in entrance of Gwanghwamun or the primary gate of Gyeongbokgung. In case you can’t make it to those time slots, you too can witness a Guard-on-Responsibility Efficiency at Gwanghwamun gate at 11:00AM and 1:00PM or a Sumungun (Gatekeeper) Navy Coaching in Hyeopsaengmun Gate at 09:35AM and 1:35PM.
      • In case you’ve obtained time, you may try the large golden King Sejong Statue on the close by Gwanghwamun Sq.. (King Sejong is finest remembered because the inventor of ‘Hangeul’ or the Korean alphabet.)
    • ★ Changdeokgung: This was the 2nd palace that was constructed after Gyeongbokgung and it has since been acknowledged as a World Cultural Heritage web site by UNESCO in 1997. An attention-grabbing characteristic of this place is its ‘Secret Backyard’ as a result of there are solely a restricted variety of admission slots per day which are given out. In case you’re fortunate, you will get the possibility to go in if you wish to!
    • Deoksugung: This palace is known for its picturesque stone-walled highway (which is commonly featured in Okay-dramas like Goblin). And very like Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung Palace has a Altering of the Royal Guards Ceremony and it’s held at 11:00AM, 2:00PM, and three:30PM day by day, besides on Mondays.
    • Changgyeonggung: This was the residential quarters for queens and concubines of the king, and it later turned a park with a zoo and a botanical backyard in the course of the Japanese colonial rule (at the moment although, the zoo and backyard are relocated to Seoul Land).
    • Gyeonghuigung: Situated close to Deoksugung Palace, this web site served because the secondary palace for the king within the latter half of the Joseon interval. For a time, Gyeonghuigung was of appreciable measurement however most of its main constructions have lengthy been disassembled and moved to different elements of Seoul.
  • Go to Bukchon Hanok Village:(Nearest subway station: Anguk Station, Exit #2) Not too far-off from Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces is that this village that’s house to tons of of conventional Korean homes or ‘hanok’ that date again to the Joseon Dynasty. With this in thoughts, this makes for a terrific place to go to along with your hanbok apparel throughout your Seoul itinerary.
    • To get right here, search for Bukchon-ro road. Will probably be laborious to overlook as a result of the tourism board had not too long ago appointed workers there in purple clothes to assist vacationers and distribute maps. Principally, there are 8 main viewpoints to see in Bukchon Hanok Village and people who you could NOT miss are the Gaehoe-dong areas which are usually appointed as Views #3 to #7. In case you’re coming with aged companions, take be aware that there are a couple of uphill climbs on this space.
    • Not like different hanok villages (like Namsangol Hanok Village), Bukchon was not constructed for vacationers as it’s slightly a residential village inhabited by Seoulites. Subsequently, be certain that to maintain quiet in order to not disturb the locals.
    • As you permit Bukchon, drop by the close by neighborhood of Ikseon-dong. Very similar to Bukchon, it’s one of many oldest hanok villages in Seoul; however in case you need to escape the crowds, it will be a terrific thought to discover this hidden gem!
  • Lunch: You’ll be able to both have it at Bukchon Hanok Village or at Insa-dong. There are loads of cafes and eating places in these areas so that you gained’t have a tough time choosing a spot; although if I’ll put in my two cents, do try Jokagbo at Bukchon (throughout the road close to the doorway to the village) or Gogung at Insa-dong for his or her bibimbap (combined rice bowl). For different meals or restaurant choices, click on the “Additional Days” tab on prime of this part — or go to this hyperlink to see a listing of eating places that you may e book on-line at particular offers.
  • Drop by Insa-dong: (Nearest subway station: Anguk Station, Exit #6)As you make your solution to the final cease of this route, you could not skip on the neighborhood of Insa-dong within the Jongno-gu district of Seoul. In spite of everything, its streets are probably the greatest locations in Seoul in terms of tradition and crafts (good for souvenirs!). If I may share one other tip, attempt to cease by Ssamziegil which is a singular constructing whereby every of its ranges is linked within the type of a spiraling walkway!
  • (OPTIONAL) Go to Namsangol Hanok Village: (Nearest subway station: Chungmuro Station, Exit #3)Situated on the foot of Namsan, this village was constructed to characteristic 5 conventional homes of various social lessons from the Joseon period, all relocated to this spot from completely different places in Seoul to ensure that friends to grasp the day by day lives of its previous folks. Of all these 5 homes or hanok, just one is open to the general public which is the home of Yoon-ssi of Okin-dong. It has been reworked into ‘Yoon’s Tearoom’ the place guests can study Korea’s tea tradition. In case you’re , you would be part of the tea ceremony program for less than ₩7,000. (For a listing of different actions on this village, see this hyperlink).

Is it attainable to only attempt on a hanbok for FREE?
Sure. In case you maintain a Uncover Seoul Cross, you may put on a hanbok of your selection outside for 90 minutes through HANBOKNAM, or take photographs with a hanbok within the indoor studio of Namsan Seoul Tower Hanbok Expertise Middle. Nonetheless, in case you would not have a Uncover Seoul Cross, Korea Tourism Workplace’s Essential HQ lets you put on easy hanbok and take photographs of your self in it indoors.
Is there a service the place I can simply hire a hanbok indoors and have knowledgeable photographer take photographs of me?
In fact! You’ll be able to e book this sort of expertise on-line for simply ₩15,000~ (or USD$14~ / Php 730~). It even has the choice of doing out of doors photographs.

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◘◘ Go to the awe-inspiring construction of Dongdaemun Design Plaza

(Nearest subway station: Dongdaemun Historical past & Tradition Park Station, Exit #2)

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Additionally referred to as “DDP”, this construction is a brand new main city landmark within the coronary heart of Seoul which has a distinctly futuristic design made by world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid. As such, it’s not unusual that it is among the most Instagrammed places in Korea.

Aside from having fun with its grand outer structure to your Seoul itinerary, you too can stroll by DDP’s enormous 5 halls particularly, Artwork Corridor, Museum, Design Lab, Design Market, and Dongdaemun Historical past and Tradition Park — locations the place you may store and watch numerous exhibitions, vogue exhibits, and performances amongst many others.

  • From late Might to late October yearly, Seoul Bamdokkaebi (Goblin) Evening Market will open in DDP from 6:00PM to 11:00PM, so don’t overlook to make a cease right here to not solely purchase quite a lot of meals and items however to additionally benefit from the numerous performances made obtainable throughout this occasion.
  • Make sure that to drop by DDP’s LED Rose Backyard which is a everlasting exhibition of 25,550 roses that may mild up mechanically as soon as the solar units. To get there, simply go to the facet of Yigansumun Exhibition Corridor or just ask the DDP guards or attendants for instructions.
    • TRIVIA: This show was first put up on Nationwide Liberation Day in 2015 which is in celebration of Korea’s seventieth 12 months of independence. Therefore, the variety of 25,550 comes from one year multiplied by 70.

BONUS: In case you nonetheless have a while, drop by Ihwa Mural Village, a picturesque neighborhood in Seoul that’s well-known for its wonderful murals — in addition to for its fascinating cafes and retailers. It’s no surprise that loads of Okay-dramas and flicks have began to do their filming right here. You’ll be able to principally discover this close to Naksan Park (which additionally yet one more hidden gem that gives nice views of the cityscape).

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◘◘ Eat and store by any of Seoul’s evening markets

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Like the remainder of Asia, Seoul has no scarcity of vibrant evening markets, so for dinner, go and drop by any of the next spots (it’s finest to decide on just one!)

  • Bamdokkaebi (Goblin) Evening Market: (Nearest subway station: *numerous spots*) Like I’ve written above, this evening market opens from Might to October. It initially opened in Yeouido (Yeouinaru Station, Exit #3) however has since expanded to a number of places equivalent to DDP. The opposite remaining locations can be Cheonggyecheon Stream (Jongno5(0)ga Station, Exit #7) and Banpo Hangang Park (Specific Bus Terminal Station).
  • Dongdaemun Evening Market: (Nearest subway station: Dongdaemun Historical past & Tradition Park Station, Exit #4) Take be aware that that is completely different from the evening market present in DDP. Other than the retail haven discovered on this neighborhood, additionally, you will discover the ‘Open market’ with its brilliant yellow tents, all promoting numerous attire, souvenirs, and objects at inexpensive costs ranging from 10:00PM as much as 5:00AM. In case you’re slightly in search of scrumptious Korean eats throughout your Seoul itinerary, drop by Mukja Golmok (“Let’s Eat Alley” at exit #8 of Dongdaemun Station) to feast on snacks like tteokbokki (rice rolls).
  • ★ Myeongdong Evening Market: (Nearest subway station: Myeongdong Station, Exit #7)Even when this isn’t a kind of ‘conventional’ evening markets, it stays to be a well-liked vacation spot for vacationers as it’s set within the bustling purchasing district of Myeongdong that holds a few of the largest shops like Lotte and Shinsegae in addition to beauty manufacturers of every kind. Ranging from 5:00PM and onwards, you’ll begin to see meals stalls filling up the primary road with fares like gyerangbbang (Korean egg bread), dak-galbi (spicy stir-fried rooster), and so forth.
  • ★ Namdaemun Evening Market: (Nearest subway station: Hoehyeon Station, Exit #5) Open from 11:00PM until 4:00AM, this conventional evening market is the most important in Seoul and it holds each attainable factor that you can imagine — from meals to clothes, they’ve all of it!
  • Gwangjang Market: (Nearest subway station: Jongno 5(o)-ga Station, Exit #8) If Namdaemun is the most important, then Gwangjang can be the oldest in Seoul, making it a typical go-to place for a lot of Korean consumers. You’ll be able to truly discover this shut by Dongdaemun and DDP so it’s attainable to examine off a number of of these evening markets in the identical evening if you’ll it so! (TIP: This place is finest in case you’re trying to purchase a hanbok for your self).
  • ★ Noryangjin Fish Market: (Nearest subway station: Noryangjin Station, Exit #1) Working 24 hours a day, this place is greater than only a evening market. In case you come within the early morning, you may witness a bustling fish public sale (harking back to Japan’s Tsukiji Fish Market). Anyhow, the enjoyable half about this place is that you may purchase some recent seafood after which have it cooked by a restaurant situated on the 2nd ground — and in case you’re courageous sufficient, possibly you may attempt the notorious Korean exercise of consuming a LIVE octopus?

TIP: Desire a hassle-free foodie expertise? With the assistance of a neighborhood information, you may be part of a Korean Meals Strolling Tour or a Korean Evening Eating Tour.

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◘◘ Watch the well-known Nanta Present

If there’s one present that you must NOT miss to your Seoul itinerary, will probably be witnessing the award-winning long-running NANTA Present at Myeongdong Theatre. That is principally a non-verbal comedy present (so it’s advantageous even in case you don’t know Korean) that includes conventional ‘samul nori‘ rhythm (which is a style of percussion music distinct to Korea) as they do a slapstick play that mimes the story of cooks who’re getting ready for a marriage.

I’ve seen this present myself and it was fairly entertaining as I noticed knives fly and hearth blasting from pots — however don’t fear, it’s all secure! However I need to say that it did have a definite humorousness which will or might not give you the results you want. Both means, it’s an brisk efficiency that has garnered distinctions and awards from Edinburg Fringe Competition and on New York’s Broadway, so I say: give it a attempt!

NEAREST SUBWAY: Myeongdong Station, Exit #7
BOOK: On-line to get 30% off on tickets

DAY 2: “Uncover” extra of Seoul!

NOTE: In case you have bought the Uncover Seoul Cross (regardless of if it’s the 24H or 48H possibility), this is able to be day to start out its activation.

◘◘ Discover and store in Myeongdong and Hongdae

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Myeongdong: (Nearest subway station: Myeongdong Station) That is is arguably the purchasing mecca of Seoul and its 2 foremost streets meet within the heart — the primary spanning from Myeongdong Subway Station and the second from Lotte Division Retailer at Euljiro.

For the shopaholics, there may be a variety of branded retailers and department shops that line Myeongdong’s streets and alleys (e.g. Lotte Division Retailer, Shinsegae Division Retailer, Midday Sq., and so forth.), and they’re typically set comparatively cheaper than the opposite purchasing areas within the metropolis like Cheongdam-dong.

In fact, let’s not overlook that Myeongdong is a magnificence lover’s dream too given the variety of Korean beauty shops that frequently maintain insane gross sales for his or her high-quality merchandise.

For example, I went right here to buy face masks and one piece averaged at solely USD$0.40~ or Php 20~! A few of the prime shops it is advisable to examine are: Innisfree, Nature Republic, Holika Holika, Tony Moly, Nature Republic, and Laneige. (In case you have heard of the Instagram-famous place referred to as as Model Nanda Pink Resort, you’ll find it right here on this neighborhood or ‘dong’).

TIP: Attempt to NOT purchase from the primary store that you just set foot into as a result of more often than not, they’ll hand out free samples and masks, which might be fairly a deal with! In reality, I do know that some folks would hop from retailer to retailer simply to gather samples, haha. Anyhow, in case you need to try different locations since you’ve obtained a while, retailers in Hyehwa and Sincheon neighborhoods can have cheaper beauty merchandise too. And oh, after all, do NOT ever overlook claiming your tax refund!

Hongdae: (Nearest subway station: Hongik College Station, Exit #9) It’s no shock that this space is commonly in comparison with Japan’s Harajuku due to its hip and youthful ambiance — with a touch of distinctive cafes and indie vogue retailers right here and there. Except for strolling by ‘Hongdae Strolling Road’,Picasso’s Road‘ and ‘Membership Road’, under are a few of the locations in and round Hongdae that you must take into account stopping by to your Seoul itinerary:

  • Hongdae Free Market: Open on Saturdays from March to November at Hongik Youngsters’s Park. You can find right here an array of native artist works.
  • Trickeye and Ice Museum: TrickEye museum is an interactive 3D area that provides off spectacular optical illusions; whereas Ice Museum, because the identify implies, is an area the place you may get pleasure from a cool icy atmosphere (e.g. a front room with a TV and sofa product of ice and extra). Getting into these locations is free in case you maintain a Uncover Seoul Cross, however in case you don’t have the cross, you may reserve your tickets on-line.
  • In case you’re trying to spend a while in cute cafes, go to ‘Chuu‘ or ‘Zapangi’.

BONUS: Ewha Lady’s College is an academic institute with picturesque grounds, however greater than this, it’s truly smacked in a purchasing space that sells quite a lot of inexpensive and trendy garments for younger folks; due to this fact, that is additionally place to buy.

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◘◘ Get lunch

It’s time to feast on a scrumptious Korean BBQ meal! When you’re already in Hongdae, check out both of those locations: Gogigo or Outdated Home Charcoal Meat Restaurant.

For different meals or restaurant choices, click on the “Additional Days” tab on prime of this part — or go to this hyperlink to see a listing of eating places that you may e book on-line at particular offers.

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◘◘ Make full use of your Uncover Seoul Cross

In case you’ve adopted my recommendation and obtained your self a Uncover Seoul Cross, you may enter any of the institutions under for FREE throughout your Seoul itinerary! Take your choose from any of the next to replenish the remainder of your day (finest to choose 2 at most).

For an entire checklist of FREE admissions underneath the Uncover Seoul Cross, you too can go to this web page.

  • MBC World: (Nearest subway station: Digital Media Metropolis Station, Exit #9)Are you a fan of Okay-pop, Okay-dramas, or Korean stars — or simply ‘hallyu‘ (Korean Wave) normally? Then MBC World is a superb vacation spot to your Seoul itinerary, because it gives you the possibility to expertise hologram Okay-pop concert events, digital actuality drama units, and extra. (In case you don’t have the Uncover Seoul Cross and need to individually e book a ticket, go right here).
  • SM City Museum: (Nearest subway station: Samseong Station, Exit #6) Nonetheless in step with the ‘hallyu’ fever, this place is devoted to well-known Okay-pop artists underneath the powerhouse of SM Leisure in South Korea. Avid followers can tour by their coaching rooms, recording rooms, and a lot extra. (In case you don’t have the cross and need to individually e book a ticket for this, go right here).
  • Grévin Museum: (Nearest subway station: Euljiro 1-ga Station, Exit #1) That is like Korea’s model of Madam Tussauds. Yow will discover about 80 wax figures of Korean and worldwide celebrities, in addition to a number of thematic interactive experiences. (In case you don’t have the cross and need to individually e book a ticket, go right here).
  • 63 Sq.: (Nearest subway station: Yeouinaru Station, Exit #4)Aside from getting access to panoramic views of Seoul, you too can enter in 63 Sq. the primary aquarium in Korea referred to as Aqua Planet 63. In case you’re a Okay-drama fan, that is truly the aquarium utilized in ‘Legend of the Blue Sea’ and the place a Mermaid Present is frequently held. (In case you don’t have the cross and need to individually e book a ticket, go right here for mixture tickets or right here for the aquarium solely.
  • COEX Aquarium: (Nearest subway station: Bongeunsa Station, Exit #7) This place has the most important assortment of marine life in Korea and you’ll watch feeding exhibits and interactive reveals right here too. (In case you don’t have the cross and need to individually e book a ticket, go right here).
  • Seoul Metropolis Tour Double-Decker Bus: Go on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour by the middle of Seoul to get a glimpse of all of its previous and current glory. (In case you don’t have the cross and need to individually e book a ticket, go right here).
  • Alive Museum: (Nearest subway station: Euljiro 3(sam) Station, Exit #1) This place is much like TrickEye Museum however it’s arguably bigger with a number of different reveals such because the ‘Dynamic Maze’ (the place individuals should work collectively to beat challenges) and the ‘Black Wonderland’ (the place fairy tales like Alice in Wonderland, Frozen, Cinderella and Aladdin might be skilled at midnight). In case you don’t have the cross and need to individually e book a ticket, go right here.
  • Seoul Zoo and Skylift: (Nearest subway station: Seoul Grand Park Station, Exit #2) Seoul Zoo is South Korea’s largest zoo with over 330 species of animals, inclusive of a botanical backyard and a forest park. The icing on the cake? You’ll be able to even experience the Sky Carry which might transport you to a number of locations such because the Seoul Land theme park and extra. (In case you don’t have the cross and need to individually e book a ticket to your Seoul itinerary, go right here).
  • Working Man: (Nearest subway station: Euljiro 1-ga Station, Exit #3)Do you need to be part of Korea’s standard selection present, Working Man? Effectively with this thematic expertise, you are able to do so! This may absolutely be a hilarious and enjoyable journey for you and your journey companions as you make your means by 6 zones, together with Maze Battle. (In case you don’t have the cross and need to individually e book a ticket, go right here).

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◘◘ Go to Namsan Park and N Seoul Tower

(Take Namsan Shuttle Bus, Circulation Bus No. 2, 3, or 5)

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Mt. Namsan’s Namsan Park is a symbolic place within the heart of Seoul. To rise up right here, you may experience a cable automotive, a bus, or simply merely stroll up its stairway path. Most guests come to this place to get pleasure from nature, to see the town skyline, or to do a few of the climbing trails — however a majority makes a cease on the well-known N Seoul Tower which is the primary tower-type tourism spot in South Korea.

Rising at virtually 480m above sea stage, it’s definitely one of many tallest towers in Asia. When you set foot on its premises throughout your Seoul itinerary, you may discover its different points of interest such because the LED tunnel, Hey Kitty Island, Ssentoy Museum & Showroom, and extra.

  • BOOK: On-line to get a reduced ticket to the tower’s observatory in addition to seize nice combo offers.
  • TIP: Aside from N Seoul Tower, you too can discover Palgakjeong Pavillion (octagonal corridor) and Bonghwadae (beacon mounds that had been used to sign incoming enemy invasions up to now).

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◘◘ Seize dinner

I’ve two choices for you, relying on what you fancy:

  • A standard royal Korean delicacies dinner: Feast on recent and high-quality Korean delicacies set in a traditionally-styled restaurant referred to as Myongdongjeong. What’s extra? You may also hire their hanbok at no cost whereas consuming to essentially really feel as if you’ve been transported to a royal palace.
  • A cruise buffet dinner by Hangang River: Hangang or Han River is a significant river in South Korea, and it’s best loved in the course of the evening with Eland Cruise as you glide by the waters and style a tasty meals buffet. Earlier than the tip of your cruise, you may even witness a firework present and a front-row view on the colourful Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain Present. To order your spot, go right here.

For different meals or restaurant choices, click on the “Additional Days” tab on prime of this part — or go to this hyperlink to see a listing of eating places that you may e book on-line at particular offers to your Seoul itinerary.

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◘◘ Stroll by Cheonggyecheon Stream

(Nearest subway station: Jongno5(0)ga Station, Exit #7 )

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Cheonggyecheon is a picturesque 11 km-long fashionable stream that runs by a complete of twenty-two bridges earlier than flowing into the Hangang or Han River. Some examples of the gorgeous bridges that it has are the Narae Bridge (which represents a butterfly) and Gwanggyo Bridge (depicting the concord of the previous and the long run).

Lots of Seoulites wind right down to this spot to relax and bask underneath the town lights, the plush ambiance, and the encircling man-made waterfalls, if not partake within the Bamdokkaebi (Goblin) Evening Market from Might to October — so why not do the identical throughout your Seoul itinerary?

DAY 3: A chill type of day

◘◘ Do a “Uncover Seoul Cross” or “Additional Days” exercise

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I like to recommend that you just choose up an exercise that you just want from any of the beforehand listed issues to try this I’ve written underneath Day #2’s ‘Uncover Seoul Cross’ choices of this Seoul itinerary. If not, you too can flick thru the “Additional Days” tab above.

In case you ask me, doing a cooking class, a kimchi class or a Okay-pop dance class might be a LOT of enjoyable! (Learn extra about my Kpop dance class expertise right here).

Did you ever need to attempt spending a day with a Korean ‘oppa’ (older brother)? Be part of this strolling tour that’s led by a neighborhood information!

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◘◘ Seize lunch

  • Hangaram: (Nearest subway station: Specific Bus Terminal Station) Hangaram is a superb selection if you wish to style a few of the beloved Korean staples like bibimbap (combined rice bowl), bulgogi (stir-fried beef), japchae (stir-fried glass noodles), kimchi (fermented greens), and so forth.
  • Tosokchon Samgyetang: (Nearest subway station: Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit #2)One other Korean dish that it is advisable to style is samgyetang or ginseng rooster soup, and this restaurant is commonly lauded because the BEST place to eat in.

For different meals or restaurant choices, click on the “Additional Days” tab on prime of this part — or go to this hyperlink to see a listing of eating places that you may e book on-line at particular offers to your Seoul itinerary.

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◘◘ Store for extremely discounted Korean meals and snacks at Lotte Mart!

(Nearest subway station: Seoul Station, Exit #4 ). Naturally, going by any of the evening markets I’ve listed underneath Day #1 will already grant you entry to the most cost effective meals and snacks attainable. Nonetheless, apart from these, I believe that you just must also go on a loopy chow purchasing spree at Lotte Mart’s Seoul Station Department! Why so? Effectively… as one of many main low cost retailer chains in South Korea, they promote ridiculously low-priced items.

I swear to you, I purchased solely USD$20-worth of snacks right here, but it was sufficient to present them to greater than 20 folks! (On prime of the discounted objects, you will get at most an 8% tax refund, and extra to that, additionally they present a free self-packing station with the intention to pack all of your bought objects in sealed packing containers).

  • For the must-buy snacks? It will be tteokbokki junk meals, Binggrae banana-flavored milk, choco pies, yogurt jelly, honey butter chips, hearth noodles (referred to as additionally Buldak Bokkeum Myeon), Lotte stick biscuits, and honey butter almond amongst many others!
  • TIP: When you’re right here, don’t miss dropping by the close by newly-opened sky backyard walkway referred to as Seoullo 7017!

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◘◘ Stroll round Gangnam

(Nearest subway station: Gangnam Station)

There’s most likely not a soul on this world who hasn’t heard of ‘Gangnam’ (and we now have PSY to thank for that).

On your data, Gangnam is Seoul’s upscale fashionable heart that’s house to excessive skyscrapers, designer manufacturers, high-end eating places, and pulsating nightclubs — so sure, it’s the house to many rich Koreans. In reality, you may consider it because the ‘Beverly Hills’ of Seoul. To profit from your go to right here throughout your Seoul itinerary, cease by the next (it’s finest to choose 3 at most).

  • Gangnam Terminal Underground Procuring Centre: You’ll discover this from the second that you just step foot in Gangnam Station’s subway. With an array of equipment, clothes, cosmetics, and sneakers, I’ve discovered loads of candy bargains right here myself!
  • Gangnam Sq.: Proper exterior Gangnam Station’s Exit #5 is the spacious Gangnam Sq. which has a small part constructed as a tribute to PSY’s ‘Gangnam Model’ hit music, in addition to the Gangnam-daero Street that’s speckled with numerous retailers.
  • Apgujeong Rodeo Road and Cheongdam Vogue Road: (Nearest subway station: Apgujeong Rodeo Station, Exit #1 and Exit #3 respectively.) In case you haven’t had sufficient of purchasing however are in search of extra upmarket retailers.
  • Hallyu Okay-Star Street: Okay-pop followers should not skip this! Discovered between Apgujeong Rodeo Station and Cheongdam Station are cute GangnamDols which are every autographed by Okay-pop teams like EXO, BTS, Tremendous Junior, and extra. For an in depth checklist, you may examine right here.
  • Garosu-gil Street: (Nearest subway station: Sinsa Station, Exit #8) This Gingko tree-lined road is a well-liked, stylish road within the metropolis of Seoul and it’s even typically referred to as an ‘artists road’ because of the variety of quaint cafes and designer shops. Some charming cafes that you may select from are Gingko Avenue, Line Buddies Cafe, Cafe de Paris, and IKOVOX.
  • Starfield COEX Mall: (Nearest subway station: Bongeunsa Station, Exit #7) This mall is a purchasing mecca, however greater than this, it has attention-grabbing facilities too that aren’t restricted to the COEX Aquarium and the Starfield Library. The latter is the most recent constructed facility on the premises and it options 50,000 books and magazines in a grand but relaxed setting.
  • SM City Museum: (Nearest subway station: Samseong Station, Exit #6) This place is devoted to well-known Okay-pop artists underneath the powerhouse of SM Leisure in South Korea. Avid followers can tour by their coaching rooms, recording rooms, and a lot extra. (In case you don’t have the cross and need to individually e book a ticket, go right here).
  • Lotte World: (Nearest subway station: Jamsil Station) As Seoul’s largest indoor and out of doors amusement theme park, you’ll really need a full day to get pleasure from this place — however I nonetheless felt like together with this right here, simply so that it’s situated on this Gangnam space. So when you have a spare day in your Seoul itinerary, it will be nice to go to Lotte World. One other theme park selection can be Everland, however if you need different choices, examine the “Additional Days” tab above.

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◘◘ Go as much as Lotte World Tower

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Towering at 554 meters, this new 123-floor skyscraper simply opened final 2017 and it’s presently the tallest constructing in Seoul and the fifth tallest on this planet. It incorporates a number of cafes, galleries, a luxurious lodge, a skywalk, and an commentary deck.

Clearly, that is the very best place for viewing panoramic views of the cityscape and I extremely recommend that you just go as much as the observatory not solely to benefit from the view with a cup of espresso however to additionally expertise its glass flooring! Although it was nerve-wracking at first, it was actually cool to really feel as if I used to be floating up within the air like that! (One other factor you may get pleasure from close by is Lotte World Mall).

NEAREST SUBWAY: Jamsil Station, Exit #2
BOOK: ₩27,000 for adults and ₩24,000 for kids (Pay much less in case you e book on-line).

BONUS: From April to October, head over to the Han River’s Banpodaegyo Bridge by 8PM (performs each 20 minutes till 9PM) to observe their well-known Moonlight Rainbow Fountain present.

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◘◘ Seize dinner

I believe it’s time to have a meal with the steerage of a neighborhood throughout your Seoul itinerary, so why not attempt a Seoul road meals tour as an example? In case you’re not recreation for that, you’ll find different meals or restaurant choices underneath the “Additional Days” tab on prime of this part — or go to this hyperlink to see a listing of eating places that you may e book on-line at particular offers to your Seoul itinerary.

DAY 4: All About JSA

◘◘ Go to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

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It’s no information that the Korean peninsula has lengthy been divided into two nations: North Korea and South Korea. Sadly, it was in no way a peaceable separation given the notorious 250km-long buffer zone of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates the 2 since 1953.

As we speak, it’s known as essentially the most closely guarded space on this planet with battle-ready armies, fences, landmines, and fences on either side — it’s completely one of many scariest locations on this planet! …And but, it continues to be a well-liked main vacationer attraction in South Korea that pulls loads of historical past buffs and curious people worldwide who’re searching for to witness this surreal land for themselves (folks like me).

The obtainable excursions presently being held are as follows:

  • Panmunjom Joint Safety Space (JSA) Tour: That is essentially the most sought-after tour by vacationers to South Korea’s DMZ as a result of that is the closest place to North Korean soil that anybody can step into with out getting arrested or shot. A tour to JSA will solely be attainable by an organized tour that’s permitted by the federal government and it’ll principally take the friends to the enduring blue UN constructing that’s smacked on the border — with each North and South Korean troopers dealing with each other (as in the event that they’re on a staring showdown).
  • Third Tunnel of Aggression Tour: This is among the 4 identified tunnels which have been eerily dug out by North Korea as a solution to presumably invade South Korea — a passage that’s stated to have the capability to move 30,000 troopers per hour as a shock assault on Seoul. We had been even instructed by our information that there’s a chance of 10 or 20 different tunnels that haven’t been found but! North Korea defended itself by saying that it’s a part of a coal mine however proof on the tunnel’s partitions suggests in any other case. Since then, the tunnel has been blocked with 3 barricades after which become a vacationer web site (however after all, it’s nonetheless well-guarded). Touring to the Third Tunnel of Aggression additionally includes the next stops:
    • Imjingak Resort: This was constructed within the hopes that unification would sometime be attainable
      • North Korea Middle of Unification Board: Reveals over 100 photographs and paperwork exhibiting the stark actuality of North Korea.
      • Mangbaedan Alter: The spot the place Koreans separated from their households within the North. Koreans usually go to this place on New 12 months’s Day and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) to carry out ancestral rites to their house and family members within the North.
      • Bridge of Freedom: The place South Koreans crossed once they had been launched from North Korea. You’ll witness loads of ribbons tied to the fences that every include messages of hope, peace, and love.
      • Dora Observatory: From right here, guests can look nearer into North Korea with binoculars as they witness issues just like the North Korean propaganda village, Kaesong metropolis, and others.
      • Dorasan Station: That is the northernmost practice cease on South Korea’s railway line and locals hope that it will in the future join North and South Korea when peace lastly prevails.

It’s attainable to mix the 2 excursions above for a whole-day expertise throughout your Seoul itinerary (see right here).

BOOKING LINKS (use promo code AILEEN5OFF to get a 5% low cost) :

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◘◘ Go to a spa or a jjimjilbang

After your tense morning tour to DMZ, how about you loosen up and pamper your self with Korea’s well-liked spa providers? Other than getting a Korean therapeutic massage, I urge you to expertise jjimjilbang or a big gender-segregated public bathhouse full with scorching tubs, showers, conventional Korean kiln saunas, and therapeutic massage tables.

In case you’re a fan of Okay-dramas, you’ll most likely be acquainted with this as a result of it’s a typical place that Koreans frequent for spa providers. For this, you may go to Dragon Hill Spa (or in case you maintain a Uncover Seoul Cross, it provides you free admission to Sealala jjimjilbang).

NEAREST SUBWAY STATION: Itaewon Station, Exit #3
BOOK: Go to this hyperlink to get a reduced price

ALTERNATIVE: In case you slightly need to loosen up in nature throughout your Seoul itinerary, go over to the World Cup Park, a humongous area that was a landfill however has now been become a park with 5 completely different sections: Pyeonghwa (Peace) Park, Haneul (Sky) Park, Noeul (Sundown) Park, Nanjicheon Park, and Nanji Hangang Park. A crowd favourite can be Haneul Park because it’s the very best elevation of the 5 parks.

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◘◘ Seize dinner

I’ve two choices for you, relying on what you like:

TIP: You may also examine this hyperlink to see a listing of eating places that you may e book on-line at particular offers.

DAY 5: Day tour to Gapyeong County

◘◘ Discover Gapyeong County’s wonders

It’s time to enterprise out of Seoul’s busy metropolis to get some recent air and tranquility. For this, a day journey to Gapyeong County’s prime points of interest is advisable to your Seoul itinerary!

READ: My detailed information on this tour by clicking [here].

  • Petite France: It is a charming place that serves as each a cultural village and a youth coaching facility with over 16 French-styled buildings. Petite France can be acknowledged as a prime filming location for Korean dramas like ‘Secret Backyard’ and ‘My Love from the Star’. With its European ambiance, additionally it is considerably of a tribute to Saint-Exupery, the writer of the well-known French Novel: ‘Le Petit France’.
    ~Entrance charge: ₩10,000 adults / ₩5,000 kids
  • Nami Island: A half-moon-shaped island nestling inside a synthetic lake identified for being the filming grounds of the well-known Okay-drama ‘Winter Sonata’. Nami Island is house to rows of majestic timber, roaming animals, and artwork reveals, making it a sought-after vacation spot in each season! I extremely suggest that you just hire a motorcycle whenever you’re right here; in any other case, there are different actions you are able to do equivalent to water sports activities, attempting on the curler skating rink, going to the capturing vary, and extra.
    ~Entrance charge: ₩13,000
  • Backyard of Morning Calm: This grand 30,000 sqm backyard is open all 12 months spherical and it’s thought to be the oldest personal backyard in Korea with an inventive area that’s positive to depart anybody in awe. The Backyard of Morning Calm turns into much more magical throughout winter (December to March) once they arrange tons of of multi-colored lights to create themed gardens, so guarantee that that is in your Seoul itinerary!
    ~Entrance charge: ₩9,500 adults / ₩6,000 kids
  • Gangchon Rail Bike: Constructed on a discontinued path line, Gangchon Rail Bike is a enjoyable attraction the place you may pedal by previous railroad tracks whereas taking within the wonderful Bukhangang River surroundings. Relaxation assured, it doesn’t require a lot effort to pedal the makeshift carts as a result of the rail traces are barely sloping downhill.
    ~Entrance charge: ₩30,000 for a two-seater
  • Edelweiss Park: Edelweiss Park is much like Petite France, however as an alternative, it focuses extra on being a Swiss-based cultural village, so it’s stuffed with Swiss structure, institutions, and sceneries.
    ~Entrance charge: ₩10,000

For a hassle-free expertise in your Seoul itinerary, it will be advisable to go on a guided tour. These days, there are completely different packages so be happy to take your choose from any of the combos under (they typically already embody a tasty dak-galbi lunch, however there may be additionally a halal possibility; don’t overlook to make use of promo code AILEEN5OFF to get a 5% low cost):

If not, you may take the ‘Gapyeong Vacationer Bus’ which might convey you to all of those places for less than ₩6,000 — the draw back although is that the buses run solely as soon as each hour, and with the crowds that go to all of those locations, it’s seemingly that the spots get stuffed shortly. (For this reason I recommend occurring a guided tour as an alternative.)

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◘◘ Seize dinner

I’ve two choices for you, relying on what you like:

  • Samgyeopsal: Style this hearty grilled pork stomach dish at Palsaik which may be very standard with locals.
  • Jokbal: Do that Korean dish consisting of soppy pig’s trotters cooked in soy sauce and spices at Manjok Ohyang Jokbal.

TIP: You may also examine this hyperlink to see a listing of eating places that you may e book on-line at particular offers to your Seoul itinerary. (Use promo code AILEEN5OFF to get a 5% low cost).

Discover different TOP locations in South Korea

Recognized for its colourful homes, mountains, and the most important fish market in Korea!

South Korea’s prime island vacation spot beloved by vacationers and locals alike.

TIP: Try all the prime Instagram spots in Busan to replenish your feed and Seoul itinerary!

◘◘ Household Enjoyable ◘◘

Poo Poo Land
Distinctive and enjoyable place for photo-ops and studying.

◘◘ Okay-Drama & Okay-Pop ◘◘

◘◘ Korean Performances ◘◘

◘◘ Magnificence ◘◘

◘◘ Workshops ◘◘

◘◘ Meals & Eating places ◘◘

Budae Jjigae
Strive budae jjigae, the enduring Korean ‘Military Stew’.

◘◘ Day Journeys from Seoul ◘◘

Expertise the very best of Busan.

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