Seoul Trip 3-Day Sample Itinerary In South Korea

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Planning your itinerary for your trip to Seoul can sometimes be a hassle especially if it’s your first time going here. Don’t worry! I have a solution for you.

I was inspired to write this article because I am so excited that my family is planning to go to South Korea this year! Yay! I haven’t seen them for more than 1000 days and I just can’t wait!

Seoul is the 6th most expensive city in the world according to Economist Intelligence Unit’s twice-yearly “Worldwide Cost of Living” survey. But you don’t have to break the bank just to have a wonderful vacation in Seoul. Here is a sample 3-day Seoul Itinerary.


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Upon arrival at Incheon International Airport, there is a lot of transportation mode to reach Seoul. In this post, we will use Myeong-dong as our sample destination.

Mode Fare *
Taxi 55,000 won and up
Arex subway train Express/Non-Stop  8,000 won
Subway train all-stop 4,150 won
KTX train 12,500 won
Standard Bus 9,000 – 10,000 won
Deluxe Bus 14,000 – 16,000 won

* Prices may change without prior notice

The most economical way to reach Seoul is using the all-stop subway so we will use that in our budget. Before you go to the subway, look for a T-money card vending machine or look for a convenience store (like GS25, CU or 7-11) in the airport and buy a T-money card which would cost about 2,500 won and have it loaded with 10,000 won.
* Prices may change without prior notice

t-money vending machine

This card is what you will use in riding subways, buses or taxis. Keep it always with you and do not lose it. You can now proceed to the subway tracks. It would take 77 minutes from Incheon Airport to Myeong-dong.


One important thing to note is the check-in time in your hotel which is usually 3 pm. If you arrive before that time, you can ask the hotel staff if it’s possible to check-in early (with no extra cost). If not, then ask if they can stow your luggage in the storage until check-in time.

Day One

  • Once you are settled, you can now begin your journey to explore the city. Seoul is a massive city and one of the best ways to explore it is through a sightseeing tour. For 15,000 won, you can roam around the whole city of Seoul on a hop-on-hop-off double-decker bus. Just proceed to Dongdaemun Design Plaza subway station exit 1 and look for the buses with the Seoul Sightseeing Tour bus sign.
“I can buy you, your friends and this bus!”

2. After or during your tour, have a sumptuous lunch at a local Korean restaurant. Highly recommended are Korean barbeque, samgyupsal, kalbi or samgyetang. Typical budget is 5,000 to 15,000 won per person (estimate) of course depending on where and what you will eat.

3. Time to burn those calories! Go to Namsan Tower for a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city.

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Click here to Feel The Power of Namsan Tower…

Ride the cable car to make your way to the plaza. The fare is 8,500 won for a two-way ticket. Tickets for the observatory is 10,000 won. Don’t forget to buy souvenirs.

4. Let’s go to the south of the river! Fulfill your Kpop craze and go to SM Town! Take the subway to Samseong Station Green line 2 exit 5. There is no entrance fee to enter the establishment. Souvenir shops and k-pop merchandise abound the area.

In the same location is the COEX Underground Mall, the largest underground mall in the world. So big it even has a library!

….. and COEX Aquarium!

5. And if you have time, you can still go to Lotte World or Lotte Tower. Go to Jamsil Station exit 4 and Lotte World is directly connected to the station. Lotte Word is the largest indoor amusement park in South Korea and also has a connecting outdoor park for bigger amusement park attractions.

Lotte Tower is the 5th tallest building in the world and you can also go to the Sky Lounge for a magnificent view of Gangnam and Seoul.

6. Head back to your hotel for a little rest and dinner and for our last stop, shopping at Myeongdong! Use the subway to go to Myeongdong station line 4, exit 5.

Day Two

Begin the day traveling to one of the most popular tourist sites in South Korea, Nami Island. The earlier, the better. Depending on which mode of transportation you would use, it takes about 2 hours to Gapyeong from Seoul. Gapyeong is very touristy so expect crowds when you go there. We highly recommend taking advantage of a tour which is about $70 per person instead of doing it on your own. Take a look at this trip from Klook…
Tip: Try to manage your time so you can still go to other places like Petite France (My Love From The Star filming location)…
and Garden of Morning Calm, where Love in the Moonlight and I’m Not a Robot k-dramas were filmed.
This is a whole day tour activity and you have an alternative which is Everland Theme Park if you have kids or kids-at-heart who likes themes parks instead. Take a look at this Klook tour for Everland: 

Party! Party!

If you want to party at night, Itaewon is the place to go. Hang out with locals and other foreigners in numerous bars and clubs surrounding the area. If you’re looking for a more youthful vibe, then check out Hongdae. It is a university area where you can find a lot of stores and bars/clubs.
“party party! amoy kimchi!” Source:
Tip: drinks might be a little pricey so what locals do is drink before going to clubs.
Btw, did you know that it is perfectly legal to drink just anywhere in Seoul? Partey!

Day Three

Free and easy day!
Ease yourself to a smooth transition from your vacation back to reality with a serene itinerary.
You can start the day by going to one of the most popular tourist destinations in Seoul, the Gyeongbukgung Palace.
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Before you go there, rent a Hanbok for a much authentic experience. Rental rates may vary, most would start at 10,000 won for 2 hours.
“Nilalamig ako. Magsunog ng alipin. Char.”
Head to the Palace and watch the changing of the guards’ ceremony.
Note: if you are wearing a Hanbok, you get to enter the palace for free!
Gyeungbukgung Palace is located in Gwanghamun Square where you can also find the statue of King Sejong, the founder of Hangeul, so might as well drop by and have a photo op.

And don’t forget to snap your iconic “I Seoul U” photos!

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For last minute souvenir shopping, you can go to Insadong or Dongdaemun market.

Each trip to Seoul is different. A reflection of a super-fast changing society and whatever you choose to do in your stay at Seoul, surely this place will leave you an unforgettable experience to last a lifetime.

Final Word:

Whenever I plan to go to a foreign country, I always want to create an itinerary so that I would have a guide on how I would spend my day and the places and activities that I would want to do (I even think about what I would wear for each day! is that weird?). Anyway, we are all different in this aspect of traveling since some may want to go to a place and explore everything as is. I still believe though that a little planning can be very helpful especially if it’s your first time to visit that country.

To help you plan your trip to Seoul, here’s a simple 3-day sample itinerary:
Day 1
1. Seoul Sightseeing Tour bus
2. Lunch at a local Korean restaurant
3. Namsan Tower
4. Sm Town, Coex Underground Mall, Coex Aquarium
5. Lotte World or Lotte Tower
6. Dinner
7. Shopping in Myeongdong
Day 2
1. Nami Island
2. Petite France
3. Garden of the Morning Calm
4. Party in Itaewon or Hongdae
Day 3
1. Rent a Hanbok
2. Gyeungbukgung Palace
3. Gwanghamun Square
4. Buy souvenirs at Insadong or Dongdaemun
I hope that you find this itinerary useful and please share your thoughts in the comment section: Which tourist attraction would you want to visit and why?

Also check my 50 Best Things To Do in Seoul, South Korea


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