Saturday, June 22, 2024

ULTIMATE 3-7 Days Information (2023)

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

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

(Nearest subway station: Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit #4) You need to by no means go away the town with out making an attempt on the elegant Korean conventional clothes known as ‘hanbok’! Very like how Japan has kimono rental outlets, South Korea has hanbok rental outlets for vacationers. By way of 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 pictures.

That is definitely a MUST-do exercise in your Seoul itinerary as a result of except for 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 Ok-drama, the expertise itself can also be supported by the Koreans as part of selling their historical past (so sure, it’s a method of immersing your self with their vibrant tradition too). And if these causes will not be sufficient, sporting a hanbok grants you FREE entry to the palaces within the metropolis!

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

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

As you’ll 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 Go (irrespective of if it’s the 24H or 48H possibility), it’s preferable that you simply do NOT activate it on this present day 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 doubtless replenish your complete day, so it’s greatest to activate the go the subsequent day.
Except after all, you propose to avail the FREE hanbok rental use as a substitute that’s below the Uncover Seoul Go’ perks. Personally, I feel it’s greatest that you simply avail a hanbok rental individually for longer hours as a result of the free hanbok rental below the go 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 buildings are thought of 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 will probably be optimum).
    • ★ Gyeongbokgung: That is the closest palace to Seohwa Hanbok (it’s only a few 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 principal royal palace and in addition the most important of the 5 (even usually known as as probably the most stunning too).
      • The Altering of the Royal Guard (Sumunjang) ceremony is held for FREE every day, besides Tuesdays, at 10:00AM and a couple of:00PM in entrance of Gwanghwamun or the principle gate of Gyeongbokgung. Should you can’t make it to those time slots, you may as well witness a Guard-on-Obligation 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.
      • Should you’ve received time, you may take a look at the large golden King Sejong Statue on the close by Gwanghwamun Sq.. (King Sejong is greatest 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 function of this place is its ‘Secret Backyard’ as a result of there are solely a restricted variety of admission slots per day which might be given out. Should you’re fortunate, you will get the possibility to go in if you wish to!
    • Deoksugung: This palace is legendary for its picturesque stone-walled street (which is commonly featured in Ok-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 every day, besides on Mondays.
    • Changgyeonggung: This was once the residential quarters for queens and concubines of the king, and it later grew to become a park with a zoo and a botanical backyard throughout the Japanese colonial rule (right now although, the zoo and backyard are relocated to Seoul Land).
    • Gyeonghuigung: Positioned 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 dimension however most of its main buildings have lengthy been disassembled and moved to different components of Seoul.
  • Go to Bukchon Hanok Village:(Nearest subway station: Anguk Station, Exit #2) Not too distant from Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces is that this village that’s residence to a whole lot of conventional Korean homes or ‘hanok’ that date again to the Joseon Dynasty. With this in thoughts, this makes for an excellent place to go to together with your hanbok apparel throughout your Seoul itinerary.
    • To get right here, search for Bukchon-ro road. It will likely be exhausting to overlook as a result of the tourism board had just lately appointed employees there in crimson clothes to assist vacationers and distribute maps. Mainly, there are 8 main viewpoints to see in Bukchon Hanok Village and people who you will need to NOT miss are the Gaehoe-dong areas which might be usually appointed as Views #3 to #7. Should you’re coming with aged companions, take be aware that there are a number of uphill climbs on this space.
    • Not like different hanok villages (like Namsangol Hanok Village), Bukchon was not constructed for vacationers as it’s quite a residential village inhabited by Seoulites. Subsequently, make sure 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 like Bukchon, it’s one of many oldest hanok villages in Seoul; however in case you wish to escape the crowds, it could be an excellent thought to discover this hidden gem!
  • Lunch: You possibly can both have it at Bukchon Hanok Village or at Insa-dong. There are quite a lot of cafes and eating places in these areas so that you received’t have a tough time choosing a spot; although if I’ll put in my two cents, do take a look at 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 “Further Days” tab on prime of this part — or go to this hyperlink to see an inventory of eating places that you could ebook on-line at particular offers.
  • Drop by Insa-dong: (Nearest subway station: Anguk Station, Exit #6)As you make your method to the final cease of this route, you will need to not skip on the neighborhood of Insa-dong within the Jongno-gu district of Seoul. In spite of everything, its streets are the most effective 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)Positioned on the foot of Namsan, this village was constructed to function 5 conventional homes of various social courses from the Joseon period, all relocated to this spot from totally different places in Seoul to ensure that friends to know the every 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 find out about Korea’s tea tradition. Should you’re , you could possibly be a part of the tea ceremony program for under ₩7,000. (For an inventory of different actions on this village, see this hyperlink).

Is it potential to only strive on a hanbok for FREE?
Sure. Should you maintain a Uncover Seoul Go, you may put on a hanbok of your selection outdoor for 90 minutes through HANBOKNAM, or take pictures with a hanbok within the indoor studio of Namsan Seoul Tower Hanbok Expertise Heart. Nonetheless, in case you would not have a Uncover Seoul Go, Korea Tourism Workplace’s Major HQ means that you can put on easy hanbok and take photographs of your self in it indoors.
Is there a service the place I can simply lease a hanbok indoors and have knowledgeable photographer take pictures of me?
In fact! You possibly can ebook this type 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 known 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 likely one of the most Instagrammed places in Korea.

Aside from having fun with its grand outer structure to your Seoul itinerary, you may as well stroll via DDP’s enormous 5 halls specifically, Artwork Corridor, Museum, Design Lab, Design Market, and Dongdaemun Historical past and Tradition Park — locations the place you may store and watch varied exhibitions, vogue reveals, 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 neglect to make a cease right here to not solely purchase a wide range of meals and items however to additionally benefit from the varied performances made obtainable throughout this occasion.
  • Ensure to drop by DDP’s LED Rose Backyard which is a everlasting exhibition of 25,550 roses that can 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 yr of independence. Therefore, the variety of 25,550 comes from one year multiplied by 70.

BONUS: Should 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 outlets. It’s no surprise that quite a lot of Ok-dramas and flicks have began to do their filming right here. You possibly can 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 via any of Seoul’s night time markets

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

  • Bamdokkaebi (Goblin) Evening Market: (Nearest subway station: *varied spots*) Like I’ve written above, this night time market opens from Might to October. It initially opened in Yeouido (Yeouinaru Station, Exit #3) however has since expanded to a number of places comparable to DDP. The opposite remaining locations can be Cheonggyecheon Stream (Jongno5(0)ga Station, Exit #7) and Banpo Hangang Park (Categorical Bus Terminal Station).
  • Dongdaemun Evening Market: (Nearest subway station: Dongdaemun Historical past & Tradition Park Station, Exit #4) Take be aware that that is totally different from the night time 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 varied attire, souvenirs, and objects at inexpensive costs ranging from 10:00PM as much as 5:00AM. Should you’re quite searching for 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 type of ‘conventional’ night time markets, it stays to be a well-liked vacation spot for vacationers as it’s set within the bustling procuring district of Myeongdong that holds among the largest shops like Lotte and Shinsegae in addition to beauty manufacturers of all types. Ranging from 5:00PM and onwards, you’ll begin to see meals stalls filling up the principle road with fares like gyerangbbang (Korean egg bread), dak-galbi (spicy stir-fried rooster), and many others.
  • ★ Namdaemun Evening Market: (Nearest subway station: Hoehyeon Station, Exit #5) Open from 11:00PM until 4:00AM, this conventional night time market is the most important in Seoul and it holds each potential 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 standard go-to place for a lot of Korean customers. You possibly can truly discover this shut by Dongdaemun and DDP so it’s potential to examine off a number of of these night time markets in the identical night time if you’ll it so! (TIP: This place is greatest in case you’re seeking 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 night time market. Should 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 could purchase some recent seafood after which have it cooked by a restaurant positioned on the 2nd flooring — and in case you’re courageous sufficient, possibly you may strive the notorious Korean exercise of consuming a LIVE octopus?

TIP: Need a hassle-free foodie expertise? With the assistance of an area information, you may be a 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 it’s best to NOT miss to your Seoul itinerary, it will likely be witnessing the award-winning long-running NANTA Present at Myeongdong Theatre. That is principally a non-verbal comedy present (so it’s positive 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 making ready for a marriage.

I’ve seen this present myself and it was fairly entertaining as I noticed knives fly and fireplace blasting from pots — however don’t fear, it’s all secure! However I have to say that it did have a definite humorousness that will or might not be just right for you. Both means, it’s an lively efficiency that has garnered distinctions and awards from Edinburg Fringe Pageant and on New York’s Broadway, so I say: give it a strive!

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 Go (irrespective of if it’s the 24H or 48H possibility), this could 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 procuring mecca of Seoul and its 2 principal streets meet within the middle — 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 outlets and malls that line Myeongdong’s streets and alleys (e.g. Lotte Division Retailer, Shinsegae Division Retailer, Midday Sq., and many others.), and they’re usually set comparatively cheaper than the opposite procuring areas within the metropolis like Cheongdam-dong.

In fact, let’s not neglect that Myeongdong is a magnificence lover’s dream too given the variety of Korean beauty shops that often 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~! Among the prime shops you could examine are: Innisfree, Nature Republic, Holika Holika, Tony Moly, Nature Republic, and Laneige. (In case you have heard of the Instagram-famous place known as as Model Nanda Pink Lodge, you will discover it right here on this neighborhood or ‘dong’).

TIP: Attempt to NOT purchase from the primary store that you simply set foot into as a result of more often than not, they’ll hand out free samples and masks, which may very well be fairly a deal with! In actual fact, I do know that some folks would hop from retailer to retailer simply to gather samples, haha. Anyhow, in case you wish to take a look at different locations since you’ve received a while, outlets in Hyehwa and Sincheon neighborhoods can have cheaper beauty merchandise too. And oh, after all, do NOT ever neglect 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 outlets right here and there. Other than strolling via ‘Hongdae Strolling Road’,Picasso’s Road‘ and ‘Membership Road’, under are among the locations in and round Hongdae that it’s best to take into account stopping by to your Seoul itinerary:

  • Hongdae Free Market: Open on Saturdays from March to November at Hongik Kids’s Park. You will discover 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 title implies, is an area the place you may take pleasure in a cool icy surroundings (e.g. a lounge with a TV and sofa fabricated from ice and extra). Getting into these locations is free in case you maintain a Uncover Seoul Go, however in case you don’t have the go, you may reserve your tickets on-line.
  • Should you’re seeking to spend a while in cute cafes, go to ‘Chuu‘ or ‘Zapangi’.

BONUS: Ewha Girl’s College is an academic institute with picturesque grounds, however greater than this, it’s truly smacked in a procuring space that sells a wide range of inexpensive and classy garments for younger folks; subsequently, 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 “Further Days” tab on prime of this part — or go to this hyperlink to see an inventory of eating places that you could ebook on-line at particular offers.

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◘◘ Make full use of your Uncover Seoul Go

Should you’ve adopted my recommendation and received your self a Uncover Seoul Go, 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 (greatest to select 2 at most).

For an entire checklist of FREE admissions below the Uncover Seoul Go, you may as well go to this web page.

  • MBC World: (Nearest subway station: Digital Media Metropolis Station, Exit #9)Are you a fan of Ok-pop, Ok-dramas, or Korean stars — or simply ‘hallyu‘ (Korean Wave) normally? Then MBC World is a superb vacation spot to your Seoul itinerary, because it provides you with the possibility to expertise hologram Ok-pop live shows, digital actuality drama units, and extra. (Should you don’t have the Uncover Seoul Go and wish to individually ebook a ticket, go right here).
  • SM City Museum: (Nearest subway station: Samseong Station, Exit #6) Nonetheless in keeping with the ‘hallyu’ fever, this place is devoted to well-known Ok-pop artists below the powerhouse of SM Leisure in South Korea. Avid followers can tour via their coaching rooms, recording rooms, and a lot extra. (Should you don’t have the go and wish to individually ebook 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. (Should you don’t have the go and wish to individually ebook a ticket, go right here).
  • 63 Sq.: (Nearest subway station: Yeouinaru Station, Exit #4)Aside from having access to panoramic views of Seoul, you may as well enter in 63 Sq. the primary aquarium in Korea known as Aqua Planet 63. Should you’re a Ok-drama fan, that is truly the aquarium utilized in ‘Legend of the Blue Sea’ and the place a Mermaid Present is often held. (Should you don’t have the go and wish to individually ebook 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 may watch feeding reveals and interactive displays right here too. (Should you don’t have the go and wish to individually ebook a ticket, go right here).
  • Seoul Metropolis Tour Double-Decker Bus: Go on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour via the middle of Seoul to get a glimpse of all of its previous and current glory. (Should you don’t have the go and wish to individually ebook 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 displays such because the ‘Dynamic Maze’ (the place members should work collectively to beat challenges) and the ‘Black Wonderland’ (the place fairy tales like Alice in Wonderland, Frozen, Cinderella and Aladdin could be skilled in the dead of night). Should you don’t have the go and wish to individually ebook 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 possibly can even experience the Sky Carry which may transport you to a number of locations such because the Seoul Land theme park and extra. (Should you don’t have the go and wish to individually ebook a ticket to your Seoul itinerary, go right here).
  • Operating Man: (Nearest subway station: Euljiro 1-ga Station, Exit #3)Do you wish to be part of Korea’s widespread selection present, Operating Man? Effectively with this thematic expertise, you are able to do so! This can certainly be a hilarious and enjoyable journey for you and your journey companions as you make your means via 6 zones, together with Maze Battle. (Should you don’t have the go and wish to individually ebook 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 middle 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 take pleasure in nature, to see the town skyline, or to do among the mountain 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 sights 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 may as well discover Palgakjeong Pavillion (octagonal corridor) and Bonghwadae (beacon mounds that have been used to sign incoming enemy invasions previously).

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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 known as Myongdongjeong. What’s extra? You can too lease their hanbok without spending a dime whereas consuming to actually really feel as if you’ve been transported to a royal palace.
  • A cruise buffet dinner via Hangang River: Hangang or Han River is a significant river in South Korea, and it’s best loved throughout the night time with Eland Cruise as you glide via the waters and style a tasty meals buffet. Earlier than the top 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 “Further Days” tab on prime of this part — or go to this hyperlink to see an inventory of eating places that you could ebook on-line at particular offers to your Seoul itinerary.

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◘◘ Stroll via 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 via a complete of twenty-two bridges earlier than flowing into the Hangang or Han River. Some examples of the attractive bridges that it has are the Narae Bridge (which represents a butterfly) and Gwanggyo Bridge (depicting the concord of the previous and the longer term).

Plenty of Seoulites wind all the way down to this spot to relax and bask below the town lights, the luxurious ambiance, and the encompassing 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 form of day

◘◘ Do a “Uncover Seoul Go” or “Further Days” exercise

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I like to recommend that you simply choose up an exercise that you simply desire from any of the beforehand listed issues to do this I’ve written below Day #2’s ‘Uncover Seoul Go’ choices of this Seoul itinerary. If not, you may as well flick through the “Further Days” tab above.

Should you ask me, doing a cooking class, a kimchi class or a Ok-pop dance class will probably be a LOT of enjoyable! (Learn extra about my Kpop dance class expertise right here).

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

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◘◘ Seize lunch

  • Hangaram: (Nearest subway station: Categorical Bus Terminal Station) Hangaram is a superb selection if you wish to style among the beloved Korean staples like bibimbap (combined rice bowl), bulgogi (stir-fried beef), japchae (stir-fried glass noodles), kimchi (fermented greens), and many others.
  • Tosokchon Samgyetang: (Nearest subway station: Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit #2)One other Korean dish that you could 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 “Further Days” tab on prime of this part — or go to this hyperlink to see an inventory of eating places that you could ebook 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 via any of the night time markets I’ve listed below Day #1 will already grant you entry to the most affordable meals and snacks potential. Nonetheless, apart from these, I feel that you simply also needs to go on a loopy chow procuring 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 reward 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, in addition they present a free self-packing station to be able to pack all of your bought objects in sealed bins).

  • For the must-buy snacks? It could be tteokbokki junk meals, Binggrae banana-flavored milk, choco pies, yogurt jelly, honey butter chips, fireplace noodles (known 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 known as Seoullo 7017!

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◘◘ Stroll round Gangnam

(Nearest subway station: Gangnam Station)

There’s in all probability 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 middle that’s residence to excessive skyscrapers, designer manufacturers, high-end eating places, and pulsating nightclubs — so sure, it’s the house to many rich Koreans. In actual fact, you may consider it because the ‘Beverly Hills’ of Seoul. To benefit from your go to right here throughout your Seoul itinerary, cease by the next (it’s greatest to select 3 at most).

  • Gangnam Terminal Underground Procuring Centre: You’ll discover this from the second that you simply step foot in Gangnam Station’s subway. With an array of equipment, clothes, cosmetics, and sneakers, I’ve discovered quite a lot of candy bargains right here myself!
  • Gangnam Sq.: Proper outdoors 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 track, in addition to the Gangnam-daero Highway that’s speckled with varied outlets.
  • Apgujeong Rodeo Road and Cheongdam Style Road: (Nearest subway station: Apgujeong Rodeo Station, Exit #1 and Exit #3 respectively.) Should you haven’t had sufficient of procuring however are searching for extra upmarket outlets.
  • Hallyu Ok-Star Highway: Ok-pop followers should not skip this! Discovered between Apgujeong Rodeo Station and Cheongdam Station are cute GangnamDols which might be every autographed by Ok-pop teams like EXO, BTS, Tremendous Junior, and extra. For an in depth checklist, you may examine right here.
  • Garosu-gil Highway: (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 usually known as an ‘artists road’ because of the variety of quaint cafes and designer shops. Some charming cafes that you could select from are Gingko Avenue, Line Mates Cafe, Cafe de Paris, and IKOVOX.
  • Starfield COEX Mall: (Nearest subway station: Bongeunsa Station, Exit #7) This mall is a procuring 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 Ok-pop artists below the powerhouse of SM Leisure in South Korea. Avid followers can tour via their coaching rooms, recording rooms, and a lot extra. (Should you don’t have the go and wish to individually ebook 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 want a full day to take pleasure in this place — however I nonetheless felt like together with this right here, simply so that it’s positioned on this Gangnam space. So when you’ve got a spare day in your Seoul itinerary, it could be nice to go to Lotte World. One other theme park selection can be Everland, however if you need different choices, examine the “Further 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 the 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 simply 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 take pleasure in 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 ebook 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 feel it’s time to have a meal with the steering of an area throughout your Seoul itinerary, so why not strive a Seoul road meals tour as an example? Should you’re not recreation for that, you will discover different meals or restaurant choices below the “Further Days” tab on prime of this part — or go to this hyperlink to see an inventory of eating places that you could ebook 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 international locations: 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 probably the most closely guarded space on the planet with battle-ready armies, fences, landmines, and fences on each side — it’s completely one of many scariest locations on the planet! …And but, it continues to be a well-liked main vacationer attraction in South Korea that draws quite a lot of historical past buffs and curious people worldwide who’re in search of 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 probably 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 potential via an organized tour that’s permitted by the federal government and it’ll principally take the friends to the long-lasting blue UN constructing that’s smacked on the border — with each North and South Korean troopers going through each other (as in the event that they’re on a staring showdown).
  • Third Tunnel of Aggression Tour: This is likely one of the 4 recognized tunnels which have been eerily dug out by North Korea as a method to probably 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 have been even informed 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 potential
      • North Korea Heart of Unification Board: Exhibits over 100 pictures and paperwork displaying 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 Yr’s Day and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) to carry out ancestral rites to their residence and family members within the North.
      • Bridge of Freedom: The place South Koreans crossed once they have been launched from North Korea. You’ll witness quite a lot 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 could someday join North and South Korea when peace lastly prevails.

It’s potential 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.

Should you’re a fan of Ok-dramas, you’ll in all probability be conversant in this as a result of it’s a standard place that Koreans frequent for spa providers. For this, you may go to Dragon Hill Spa (or in case you maintain a Uncover Seoul Go, it provides you free admission to Sealala jjimjilbang).

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

ALTERNATIVE: Should you quite wish to loosen up in nature throughout your Seoul itinerary, go over to the World Cup Park, a humongous area that was once a landfill however has now been become a park with 5 totally 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 best elevation of the 5 parks.

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◘◘ Seize dinner

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

TIP: You can too examine this hyperlink to see an inventory of eating places that you could ebook 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 sights is advisable to your Seoul itinerary!

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

  • Petite France: This can be a charming place that serves as each a cultural village and a youth coaching facility with over 16 French-styled buildings. Petite France can also be acknowledged as a prime filming location for Korean dramas like ‘Secret Backyard’ and ‘My Love from the Star’. With its European ambiance, it is usually considerably of a tribute to Saint-Exupery, the writer of the well-known French Novel: ‘Le Petit France’.
    ~Entrance price: ₩10,000 adults / ₩5,000 kids
  • Nami Island: A half-moon-shaped island nestling inside a man-made lake recognized for being the filming grounds of the well-known Ok-drama ‘Winter Sonata’. Nami Island is residence to rows of majestic bushes, roaming animals, and artwork displays, making it a sought-after vacation spot in each season! I extremely advocate that you simply lease a motorbike if you’re right here; in any other case, there are different actions you are able to do comparable to water sports activities, making an attempt on the curler skating rink, going to the taking pictures vary, and extra.
    ~Entrance price: ₩13,000
  • Backyard of Morning Calm: This grand 30,000 sqm backyard is open all yr spherical and it’s considered 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 a whole lot of multi-colored lights to create themed gardens, so be sure that that is in your Seoul itinerary!
    ~Entrance price: ₩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 via 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 strains are barely sloping downhill.
    ~Entrance price: ₩30,000 for a two-seater
  • Edelweiss Park: Edelweiss Park is much like Petite France, however as a substitute, it focuses extra on being a Swiss-based cultural village, so it’s crammed with Swiss structure, institutions, and sceneries.
    ~Entrance price: ₩10,000

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

If not, you may take the ‘Gapyeong Vacationer Bus’ which may carry you to all of those places for under ₩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 doubtless that the spots get crammed shortly. (That is why I recommend occurring a guided tour as a substitute.)

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◘◘ Seize dinner

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

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

TIP: You can too examine this hyperlink to see an inventory of eating places that you could ebook 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 the entire 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.

◘◘ Ok-Drama & Ok-Pop ◘◘

◘◘ Korean Performances ◘◘

◘◘ Magnificence ◘◘

◘◘ Workshops ◘◘

◘◘ Meals & Eating places ◘◘

Budae Jjigae
Attempt budae jjigae, the long-lasting Korean ‘Military Stew’.

◘◘ Day Journeys from Seoul ◘◘

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