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