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. Since I wanted to maximize my stay and minimize my expenses while in Korea, I looked for guides like TripHappy to help me decide which areas to visit and stay in the city.
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 shopping area in Seoul
- Visited 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 also went to see the love locks
- Headed to Gangnam station to see the popular Underground Shopping Center
- Took the train from Myeongdong to Jamsil station for Lotte World – the second biggest indoor theme park in the world
- Bought a Daily Pass Ticket for 52,000 KRW (44 USD) and got a discount code thanks to the brochure I took displayed at my hostel
- Queued in line for hours just so I can the ride some of the popular attractions inside Adventure and Magic Island
- Also spent a few good 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 and as usual, spent more than intended)
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 in Korea with the help of the staff at my hostel
- Got picked up by the tour guide at Myeongdong station for a 70-90 minute road trip
- Given 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. It’s a must-try!
- Went to Gangchon Elysian Ski Resort and there I spent 3 hours eating at the food court and playing in the snow
KOREA DAY 4: GWANGJANG + 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, Ehwa Womens University
- Made my way to Dongdaemun station to see the thousands of LED roses lit at night outside Dongdaemun Design Plaza for the last time (it’s going to be taken out by 2018).
- Quick shopping spree in Migliore and Good Morning City mall in Dongdaemun (Korea’s version of Divisoria malls)
KOREA DAY 5: INSADONG + ITAEWON + HONGDAE DISTRICT
- Took the train to Jonggak from Myeongdong station to see 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 as well as people there
- Spent the night walking around Hongdae checking out the shopping and food scene (cool, artsy cafes) in the area
You can also check out my other posts about my adventures in Korea.
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.