It was my second time visiting Seoul so some of the major tourist attractions like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village have been scratched off the list already. I actually stayed in Korea for a week, but I wanted to exclude the days I depart and arrive in the country since the process of boarding the plane, passing through immigration and all that jazz was quite time-consuming (and not to mention, energy-draining) hence I’m only doing Seoul for 5 days.
KOREA DAY 1: MYEONGDONG + NAMSAN SEOUL TOWER + GANGNAM DISTRICT
SEOUL TRAVEL GUIDE: Namsan Tower and the Locks of Love now up on the blog!
- I stayed in Namsan Gil House in Myeongdong to be close to food and shopping areas in Seoul
- Checked out Myeongdong Cathedral – the very first Roman Catholic parish church in Korea
- Made my way to Namsan Seoul Tower via Shuttle Bus No. 5 later in the afternoon
- Got an admission ticket to the observatory and went to the Roof Terrace to see the love locks
- Headed to Gangnam station to see the popular Underground Shopping Center
KOREA DAY 2: LOTTE WORLD SEOUL + MYEONGDONG SHOPPING STREET
SEOUL TRAVEL GUIDE: Myeongdong Shopping Street now up on the blog!
- Took the train from Myeongdong to Jamsil station for Lotte World – the world’s second biggest indoor theme park
- Bought a Daily Pass Ticket for 52,000 KRW (44 USD) and got a discount code from the brochure my hostel owners gave
- Queued in line for hours just so I can the ride SOME of the popular attractions inside Adventure and Magic Island
- Spent a few hours at the Lotte Supermarket in Jamsil station looking for pasalubongs for my family and friends
- Headed back for a late night dinner at Myeongdong Shopping Street (I pigged out big time on street food)
KOREA DAY 3: NAMISEOM ISLAND + ELYSIAN SKI RESORT (GUIDED TOUR)
SEOUL TRAVEL GUIDE: Nami Island + Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort now up on the blog!
- Booked a guided tour with KTourStory in Korea with the help and recommendation of my hostel owners 🙂
- Picked up by tour guide David at Myeongdong station for a 70-90 minute road trip to Nami Island
- Got an “Entry Visa” and finally boarded the ferry to Nami Island. We were given 3 hours to wander around the island.
- Had lunch at a nearby Dakgalbi restaurant since Gapyeong town is famous for their Korean spicy chicken stir-fry
- Went to Elysian Ski Resort and spent 3 hours eating at the food court and playing in the snow
KOREA DAY 4: GWANGJANG MARKET + EHWA WOMENS UNIVERSITY + DONGDAEMUN
- Had Juk and Gimbap for breakfast at Gwangjang market – the oldest and largest traditional market in South Korea
- Took the train to Ehwa station to see one of the most beautiful universities in Seoul designed by Dominique Perrault
- Made my way to Dongdaemun station for the thousands of LED roses lit at night outside the Dongdaemun Design Plaza
- Quick shopping spree in Migliore and Good Morning City malls in Dongdaemun (Korea’s version of Divisoria malls)
KOREA DAY 5: INSADONG + ITAEWON + HONGDAE DISTRICT
- Took the train to Jonggak station (exit 11) from Myeongdong to see the famous Ssamzie-gil Road
- Tried the popular Poop bread filled with sweet red bean paste in Ssamziegil mall
- Went to Itaewon, the unique multicultural district of Seoul and saw a lot of foreign establishments and people there
- Spent the night walking around Hongdae checking out the shopping and food scene (cool, artsy cafes) in the area
I’ll do a separate post on some of the places mentioned. It will be more detailed and of course, there will be more pictures included. I hope this simple guide helped you fill some missing spots in your own Seoul itinerary. You can also check out other posts I did about Korea here.