5 DAY KOREA ITINERARY

 

Planning on visiting Korea this holiday season? Deciding where to stay is pretty important, depending on your budget and prospective itinerary. You’ll easily find hotels and Airbnbs and here’s what you need to know before choosing where to stay:

  • Myeongdong: This district is full of shops and restaurants for every budget, and makes for an easy dinner stop right after a day of adventure. Did we mention they have really good food at

its popular night market too? But as a highly commercial area, it’s noisy and expensive.

  • Hongdae: This university town is known for its urban arts and indie music culture. You’ll find lots of quirky (and affordable) cafes and restaurants. Definitely instagrammable too!
  • Gangnam: One of Seoul’s most glam neighborhoods. It is home to gleaming skyscrapers, designer brands, and stylish night clubs.If you’re into K-Pop and Korean Dramas, you

might see some of your favorite stars strolling by! Hmm exciting, right?

 

  • Itaewon: AKA the ‘Party District’ of Seoul. Love cosmopolitan dining and the night

life? You’ve got a lot of choice when it comes to bars and clubs here!

 

  • Jamsil: Traveling with the family? The Jamsil district is a quieter neighborhood right by Lotte World Adventure, the world’s largest indoor theme park. Perfect if you’ve got kids or seniors with you on the trip!

 

 

Morning: Arrive at Incheon Airport

Before leaving the airport, make sure you pick-up a pocket Wi-Fi device or local SIM and a T-money train card. You can find these at certain stalls in the airport! Then, head ver to downtown Seoul via the AREX Airport Express and check in to your accommodation.

 

Lunch
Everything is a good meal wherever you are in Seoul. Whether you’re eating at the market or just across the street, you can easily explore your way to the best of Seoul’s street food and affordable meals.

 

1:30 pm : Hanbok Experience

We mean, who doesn’t want to experience life as an aristocrat from the Joseon Dynasty by donning on a beautiful Korean hanbok. There are many rental places, but we recommend renting with Seowha Hanbok for its wide selection, affordable price, and prime location to other Seoul city attractions.

And yes, tourists can rent for as long as the entire day, and take photos in their hanboks by the nearby palaces, tea houses, and Bukchon Hanok Village.

 

2:00 pm: Gyeongbokgung Palace

This is the grandest of Korea’s Five Grand Palaces, and served as the main palace for the Joseon family and their court. Stroll through the palace grounds and gardens, and step back in time. We promise, it will be fun!

 

3:15 pm: Bukchon Hanok Village

Just a few walks away is the Bukchon Hanok Village, a quaint but very picturesque neighborhood of well-preserved hanok-style homes. The streets are also full of all unique and interesting stores. You can try and enjoy an afternoon tea at the Korean Tea House before leaving too.

 

6:00 pm: Dinner at Namdaemun Market

By now you’ve probably worked up quite an appetite. Head over the Namdaemun Market, the city’s largest open marketplace. The place is full of great shopping options and delicious street food! Don’t forget to look and try Korea’s king crabs too!

 

 

 

Get an early start on your second day with this easy  and chill day tour from Seoul, out to Gangwon Province. For a hassle-free adventure, opt for the convenient bus day tour options (available at some accommodation or travel agencies) that departs and drops you off in Myeongdong.

 

9:00 am – 11:00 am: Petite FrancePetite France will be greatly enjoyed by all the Francophiles out there, it is a quaint French cultural village with lots of picturesque corners. Tuck into any of the French-style buildings and experience French cuisine,

enjoy a traditional European puppet show, and listen to a 200-year-old-music box, all in just one place!  

 

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Gangchon Rail ParkChoose from the 2, 3, or 4-person seater Railbike and experience the beautiful Gangwon-do countryside. Pedal along the now-defunct train lines and enjoy the fresh air, clear skies, lush landscapes, and relaxing view of the Bukhangan River.

 

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Picnic Lunch and Nami IslandEnjoy a sumptuous lunch of authentic spicy chicken galbi at the scenic Nami Island. Every inch of Nami Island is picturesque—riverside pathways, colorful forests (that differs depends on the season), and KDrama filming sites!

You’re given the freedom to explore Nami Island on your own, but with so much to see, we definitely recommend that you take advantage of the bike rentals (3,000 KRW for 30 minutes, 5,000 KRW for 1 hour) or hop on the electric tour car!

 

4:30 pm – Head back to SeoulEnjoy the scenic bus ride back to Seoul.

 

5:30 pm – Seoul Night LifeHead on to dinner before grabbing a few drinks! You can head to the Itaewon District for the best clubs and pubs, or maybe head to any of Hongdae’s many event venues for some live music and beers.

 

Who says amusement parks are just for kids? Not us! Your whole third day is specially for theme park fun! Everland, Korea’s biggest and most popular theme park, and a definite must-see on your next trip. Everland is divided into 5 theme park zones, each with their own signature rides and attractions. There are also some seasonal shows, night parades, and fireworks! Some people actually takes 2-3 days to explore the whole park!  We’ve rounded up the basic guide to everything you need to know. Enjoy, travelers!

 

  • Operating Hours: Daily, from 10:00am to 10:00pm
  • Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • Official Website: everland.com

 

Tickets from Everland Theme Park (Regular Price)

  • One-day Ticket for Adults: KRW 54,000 (or US$ 50.20)
  • One-day Ticket for Children: KRW 43,000 (or US$ 40.00)

 

Special Passes: Q Pass

  • This add-on ticket to your park entrance ticket lets you skip the lines to the park’s top 5 rides and attractions.

 

 

 

Take a day to experience Korea’s history and culture. We guarantee, it will be truly unforgettable! Go and try it for yourself, travelers!

 

8:00 am – 3:00 pm : Half-day DMZ Tour

A trip to the Koreas’ Demilitarized Zone (or DMZ) will give you an up-close look into the elusive North Korea and a better understanding of one of the world’s longest cold wars. This tour includes an entry to the most tensed military zone in the world, tour guides who are designated and certified by Korean Army, shuttle bus, and entrance fees to venue that help you explore and understand the history of war and the current situations between these two countries.

 

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Traditional Royal Cuisine Restaurant

Who doesn’t love Korean food? By now you’ve probably had a lot of the usual Korean delicacies. Level up your culinary experience, and feast like royalty. After eating, you would describe that meal as an “ancient, dynastic, delicious Korean experience.”

 

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm: N Seoul Tower

Enjoy and take lots of photos at  the spectacular panoramic view of Seoul City from the N Seoul Tower.

Spend your day visiting the Garden of the Morning Calm for a quiet relaxation then spend your night exploring the city of Myeongdong, trying all the streetfood that you can see! Maybe you could do a mukbang too!

 

9:00 pm – 12:00 pm: Garden of the Morning Calm

Don’t let the cold get you down. Take a walk at this popular garden. Smell the scent of fresh flowers and see the snow dust the manicured gardens and lined pathways at Korea’s largest private garden since it’s the winter season. Definitely a majestic view!

 

3:00 -8:00 pm- Explore Myeongdong

On your last day in Seoul, take it easy and explore the city like a local. There’s really no wrong way to go about this, especially with Seoul’s world-class public transportation system

 

 

   Credits to kkday for itinerary info