9 Jun 2020
Posted by Mikaela
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This is a comprehensive Seoul itinerary and travel guide. It includes a pre-departure guide, places to visit, and a summary of expenses and itinerary.
South Korea has made its name famous for history and technology all over the world—no doubt many people love this country for their rich culture, technological advancements, and creative pursuits such as the mukbang, Dalgona coffee, and the entertainment industry. But the admiration doesn’t stop there as many people dream of an authentic Korean experience.
Visiting this country was the most spontaneous, yet life-changing decision I made! I had a spectacular travel experience, thanks to the awesome city of Seoul. As I write this travel guide and itinerary, I remembered the days when I used to go nuts about this country.
Pre-teen years is the time of self-discovery, emotional rollercoaster, and expression of interests. In my case, it was listening to Kpop songs, watching K-dramas on local television, memorizing lyrics, and singing the songs–as if I can relate to it (ack, flashbacks!).
Although this phase didn’t last long, it’s funny to think that ten-year-old Mikaela would be so happy that this country was my first international travel experience.
If you’re reading this post, it might be because of the Hallyu or Korean wave. Their domination has been overwhelming—in the most pleasant way.
I know you’re excited about this travel guide, so let’s jump right to it!
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul is the capital of South Korea or Hanguk (as the locals refer to their motherland). It is in the southern part of East Asia with its neighboring country: Japan and China. Historically, the city was used as a strategic center point of several ruling kingdoms such as Baekje, Joseon, and now the present Republic.
Now, it’s widely known for different reasons like culture, urban architecture, technology, artistic attractions, and food.
Besides, it’s comprise vast mountains and hills that flaunts alongside the skyscrapers of Seoul today. This wondrous view has left satisfaction among its people and foreign visitors. There’s also the Han river — which separates Seoul into two major areas: Gangbuk and Gangnam.
Gangbuk and Gangnam
To better appreciate the city, one must understand the difference between the two main areas. Gangbuk houses the five palaces and mainly historical sites in Seoul (Gwanghamun Gate as its border). The northern part is the old city because of its traditional state that many people visit for a cultural and historical experience.
On the other side, the southern part is Gangnam or the new city. The first thing I can associate with this is the Gangnam Style of PSY. The song is a good example of how the two main areas differ from each other. The flashy, complex, and edgy style of Gangnam is evident to its people, shopping malls, high-rise buildings, and other modern structures.
Both Gangbuk and Gangnam showcase distinct classes of pride: one is the pride of culture, history, and tradition, while the other is prominence, sophistication, and innovation. With the two areas, you can observe strong traditions, yet modernity and a mix of nature in an urban city. The perfect balance between old and new that brings out the charm of Seoul.
The following are important to settle and be familiar with for convenience and pleasant flow of your Seoul itinerary.
Online booking is very easy because of the availability of mobile apps and websites. If you’re from the Philippines, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia are your top choices. Another option is to contact a travel agency or visit their local offices.
If you’re not a Philippine passport holder, you may skip the next part (Visa processing).
Philippine passport holders must apply for a Korea visa. New travelers become discouraged about this part, but there’s a high possibility you’ll get it if you comply with the requirements.
The Korean Embassy has implemented an online application (you can download the form here) and the processing of visa through travel agencies. Meaning, you need not to do it manually except if you’re:
- Spouse or a child of a Korean National
- Government employee traveling for a business trip
- A person with immediate humanitarian reasons
- Someone with visa issuance number from Korea
Note: No one can guarantee your visa grant (travel agencies are limited to processing only). The proper mindset is to comply and increase your chances of getting it.
Travel agencies have different processing fees ranging from ₱500 up to ₱1,500. You’ll pay more if you opt to stay longer (60-90 days).
I went to Travel Pros Inc., a travel agency in Mandaluyong, Philippines. I recommend their services because of their excellent customer support and fast transactions (convenient and hassle-free). As a first-timer, I had a pleasant experience with them.
- Regular processing days – ₱700
- Express visa processing – additional ₱1,000
The set of requirements vary per case (employee, student, married to a Korean national, etc.) I was a university student when I applied and here are the documents I provided.
- Passport (at least 6 months of validity)
- Printed application form
- Passport-size photo
- Photocopy of your passport
- School Certificate (for students)
- Copy of birth certificate
- School ID
- Parents’ documents
Click this link for the complete list of the requirements based on your situation.
If you haven’t heard about Klook, you’re missing out on great discounts. They provide top activities, day trips, tours, and other services at a discounted price. As a low-maintenance traveler, I recommend using it, especially for convenience. Many travel bloggers recommend it also for the same reason.
We used Klook for the following activities and attractions in Seoul. You can click the links to get great deals and discounts for your next visit in Seoul.
- Day trip to Nami Island and Petite France–₱1, 293 ($26)
- Namsan Seoul Tower–₱241 ($5)
- Hanbok Experience–₱328 ($7)
- Discover Seoul Pass–₱1,933 ($39)
Note: Activate your Discover Seoul Pass on Wednesday onwards (preferably) because many attractions are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Don’t forget to cross-check the schedules with their official websites.
Discover Seoul Pass
The Discover Seoul Pass will allow you to visit many landmarks. They offer 105 attractions and activities (they increased it from 63 to 105 last October 2019) that you can choose from based on your liking. It’s easy to use, plus you can use it as a T-money (you will save 3,000 won) and have a free AREX one single-journey train ride from Incheon airport to Seoul. Another part of its feature is discounts and benefits for activities and destinations from participating parties.
AREX one single journey train ride from Incheon Airport to Seoul, Seoul Bike (one day, one bike), Seoul City Tour Bus, and Yellow Balloon Tour Bus.
N Seoul Tower Observatory, Sodaemun Prison and History Hall, MBC World, 63 Building, Trickeye Museum, COEX Aquarium, SMTOWN Museum, Lotte World, and more!
Runningman Thematic Experience, Namsan Tower Hanbok Experience, Skylift (Seoul Grand Park), some cooking class, and more!
Sim Card and Internet Access
Whether you’re traveling solo or with companions, it’s important to have internet access. Gaining an international sim card will allow you to message, call, and stay online in a foreign country. You can avail of this inside the airport or buy it before.
To avoid mishaps, contact your local mobile carrier regarding the international sim card. This happened to me when I ASSUMED that my phone is eligible for such use. Luckily, my friend brought an extra mobile phone to use.
Another thing, Seoul has public WiFi. It’s always available and fast! Just in case you have consumed your data caps, you can still access the internet in public places.
Renting WiFi devices is also an option, although I find it inconvenient and stressful since you are responsible for damages and in case it got lost.
The currency in South Korea is Korean Won (₩). It’s recommended to exchange your money before going to South Korea.
Tip: Exchange only a portion of your money on the airport and exchange the rest in Myeongdong (best place for money exchange).
Learn Basic Hangul
You can learn basic Hangul (Korean language) before your visit. It’s easy and will become handy during your trip. With this, you’ll also get to see the beautiful smiles of the locals once you interact with them. For our trip, whenever we greet them in Hangul, they gave us a warm smile and starts a conversation (in English).
These phrases will be helpful:
|Nice to meet you||ban-gap-sum-ni-da|
|Where is the __?||o-di-ye-yo|
|How much is it?||ul-ma-ye-yo|
|Please sell a lot||mane-e-pa-se-yo|
Where to Stay
There are five famous neighborhoods to choose from in deciding where to stay. It’s best to consider your travel preferences first, then settle on a location.
Myeongdong–for shoppers, foodies, and those who want to stay in the center of Seoul. There are many hotels that you can stay in.
Jongno–for culture and history junkies; old souls. Hanok guesthouses are available. This location is perfect if you’ll only spend a few days and wish to visit famous landmarks on foot. You can read more about the Jongno District on the following links below.
Hongdae–for those who love nightlife and parties; mostly famous among young adults. Guesthouses, dorms, and Airbnb are available here.
Gangnam–for tourists and business trip attendees. Known for its high-rise buildings, parties, malls, and luxurious lifestyle.
Itaewon–for global trotters, Westerners, or those who want to stay in a multi-cultural environment.
READ MORE: WHERE TO STAY IN SEOUL? 5 BEST NEIGHBORHOODS FOR FIRST-TIME VISITORS
We stayed in an Airbnb in Hongdae—perfect for students and young adults. We made the best decision as we walk the streets past midnight and everything is still open! A true neighborhood that never sleeps!
How long should you stay in Seoul?
Your trip duration will depend on your travel concept. You can visit the top attractions in Seoul within three days of stay, but four to seven days is ideal if you’re looking for an in-depth experience. The city is alluring; every day we find extra activities to add in our itinerary; the main reason we swore to go back soon.
2-3 days: top attractions & shopping districts
4-7 days: day trips, shopping districts, hiking, cultural exploration and lots of time for neighborhood discovery
7 days or more: includes living experience and a visit to other provinces
Seoul’s notable feature is its advanced transportation system. The metropolis is very accessible to any transportation methods like subways, bus stations, taxis, or walking!
You need a T-money card to pay for the subway and bus fares. It’s an excellent investment since you can use it for subway networks, metros, buses, and even as lieu of cash in convenience stores and other businesses.
The card has no expiry. You can use it for countless times and only need to recharge it on convenience stores or designated recharging machines. The remaining balance will remain untouched, and you can refund your unused balanced in convenience stores too.
Where to buy?
You can purchase and recharge a T money card at the Incheon airport, CU stores, and convenience stores. There are self-service recharge machines in Seoul metro stations, too.
Note: If you avail the Discover Seoul Pass, you can use it as your T-money card (you’ll save 3,000 won because of this)
Navigation apps are important when traveling. If you’re thinking of Google maps, hate to break it, but it’s not functioning well in South Korea. Try using Naver Maps and Kakao Maps for directions around the metropolis.
We used Google maps for subways and bus stations, BUT it doesn’t provide an accurate direction for our inquiries all the time. We used the GPS feature for walking and short-distance navigation.
For subways, we also used Kakao Metro and free subway maps available in Android and iOS.
Google Translate will make your life easy if you’re not familiar with Hangul. We used it for restaurant menus and other materials without English translations. Most local restaurants and public places have their menus written in English and they use pictures and signages often.
Note: Don’t forget to download the Discover Seoul Pass on your mobile phone.
Places to Visit
The following are the famous attractions in Seoul with their nearest subway station.
Gyeongbokgung Palace (main palace) is the largest out of the five palaces in Seoul.
Nearest subway station: Gyeongbokgung Station (subway line 3) exit 5
Note: Palaces and other cultural sites offer free admission if you’re wearing a traditional Hanbok.
The well-preserved palace served as the favorite residence of many kings during the Joseon dynasty. It’s made for recreational use of the royal figures—housing a Huwon or Secret garden that features the natural beauty of Korean gardens back in the old days. I was completely enamored with the architecture, details, and elegance of this place.
Nearest subway station: Jongno 3-ga station, (Line 1, 3 or 5, exit 6)
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
DDP is an epitome of future architecture. The great landmark reveals itself in the heart of Dongdaemun.
Nearest subway station: Seoul Subway Line 2, 4, 5, Exit 1
N Seoul Tower
It is considered as the second-highest point in Seoul where tourists can enjoy a stunning view of the Seoul skyline. And not to forget the Namsan Park (perfect for people who want to unwind.)
Nearest subway station: Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3
READ MORE: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU VISIT THE N SEOUL TOWER (NAMSAN TOWER)
Nami Island (Namiseom) is well-known for its enchanting features that will surely comfort your wanderlust.
Read more: Nami Island (Naminara Republic) Travel Guide
Petite France is a French culture village (theme park) that will let you experience Europe while in the countryside of South Korea. Visit The Little Prince inspired village when you’re in Chuncheon and Gangwon Province, or when you’re visiting the Nami Island.
READ MORE: PETITE FRANCE IN KOREA TRAVEL GUIDE
Han River Park
When visiting the Hanggang (Han River), choose the nearest park around your location. There are 11 parks that you can choose from, but the famous one is the Yeouido park. For us, we went to Ttukseom park before visiting the Namsan Seoul Tower.
Nearest subway station: Yeouido Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 3
Seoul Grand Park
Visit Gyeonggi-do and have fun with the Seoul Skylift and Seoul Zoo.
Nearest subway station: Seoul Grand Park Station (subway line 4) exit 2
READ MORE: SEOUL GRANDPARK: ECOLOGICAL PARK IN GWACHEON CITY, GYEONGGI-DO
Walk around the campus of a famous women’s university and discover unique coffee shops nearby.
Nearest subway station: Ewha Women University Station Subway Line 2, exit 3
Running Man Thematic Experience
Let’s rejoice, Running Man fans! This place is for you to enjoy a Running Man experience. Let’s hope they’ll have a surprise visit during your travel.
Nearest subway station: Jonggak Station (Line 1), Exit 3
Insadong– Perfect for traditional souvenirs, arts, and cheap art pieces.
Myeongdong– Shop til you drop in Myeongdong shopping street.
Dongdaemun and Namdaemun– Wholesales, retails, and many products at an affordable price.
There is no definite way to explore the city. Seoul is widely stretched-out, so it’s better to plan your Seoul itinerary by district or neighborhood. It’s better to maximize your time by choosing a location with many nearby attractions.
Disclaimer: Ours was so jam-packed (we wanted to make the most out of our trip) and involves LOTS of walking (we love lengthy walks too!)
Tweak and use the alternative activities and itinerary below and match it with your preference or travel style.
Day 1: Han River and Seoul City Skyline
|7:00 AM||Flight Departure|
|Noon||Arrival at Incheon Airport|
|3:00 PM||Arrive at Airbnb in Hongdae|
|4:00 PM||Myeongdong Cathedral|
|5:00 PM||Han River Park|
|8:30 PM||N Seoul Tower|
Alternative activity: Itaewon District
Day 2: Seoul Day Trips and Urban Seoul
|8:20 AM||Depart from Hongik Univ. Exit 4|
|9:30 AM||Arrive at Petite France|
|10:30 AM||Leave for Nami Island|
|11:00 AM||Arrive at Nami Island|
|11:00 – 11:40 AM||Lunch|
|2:30 PM||Leave for Seoul|
|4:00 PM||Myeongdong Station|
|4:20 PM||Itaewon District|
|6:00 PM||Dongdaemun Design Plaza|
|7:40 PM||Dongdaemun Market|
|9:00 PM||Cheonggyecheon Stream|
|11:00 PM||Avenue of Youth|
Street food and night exploration
|8:20 AM||Depart from Hongik Univ. Exit 4|
|9:30 AM||Arrive at Petite France|
|10:30 AM||Leave for Nami Island|
|11:00 AM||Arrive at Nami Island|
|11:00 – 11:40 AM||Lunch|
|2:30 PM||Leave for Seoul|
|4:00 PM||Dongdaemun Culture and History Park|
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
|7:40 PM||Dongdaemun Market|
|9:00 PM||Cheonggyecheon Stream|
Day 3: Culture, History, and Shopping
|9:00 AM||Changdeokgung Palace|
|3:30 PM||Local Coffee Shop|
|6:30 PM||Jonggak Underground Market|
|7:40 PM||Myeongdong Shopping Street|
Alternative Activity: Bukchon Hanok Village, Gwanghwamun Plaza
We used our Discover Seoul Pass (48 H) for days four and five. We planned to visit museums, Yeouido, and the Gangnam area initially, but we went back to Hongdae earlier because of unforeseen circumstances. Luckily, the Stranger Things Pop-up in Hongdae opened that day and we went there instead. We had a memorable experience and explored the streets of Hongdae til past midnight.
Day 4: Museums and Recreational Experience
|8:00 AM||Ewha University|
|10:00 AM||Running Man Thematic Experience|
|12:00 PM||Sodeamun Prison Hall|
|3:00 PM||National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art|
|4:30 PM||Gyeongbokgung Palace|
|6:00 PM||Gwanghwamun Plaza|
|7:00 PM||Myeongdong Shopping Street|
Alternative Activities: Seoul Forest, Starfield Library, SM Coex Museum, Yeouido Park, 63 Building
Day 5: Recreational and Nightlife
|9:00 AM||National Museum of Korea|
|11:00 AM||Seoul Grand Park|
|7:00 PM||Stranger Things Pop-up Hongdae|
|8:30 PM||Hongdae Street|
Korean BBQ experience
Alternative Activities: Seoul Forest and Seoul bike, Gangnam, COEX Aquarium, 63 Building, Lotte World, Everland
Day 6: Last Day
|1:00 PM||Kakao Cafe |
Hongdae Shopping Street
|3:00 PM||Depart for Incheon|
|Depart from Incheon Airport|
|Arrive at Manila|
Summary of Expenses
We traveled as a group (6) giving us an edge to spend less on our Airbnb, food, and tickets. This summary applies if you’ll follow our itinerary and travel style. This is just to give you an idea of how to budget your money.
*Not included: Flight ticket, food, and pocket money
Airbnb (6 days)–₱3,200 ($65)
Klook & Discover Seoul pass–₱3,795 ($78)
- Daytrip to Nami Island and Petite France–₱1, 293
- Namsan Seoul Tower–₱241
- Hanbok Experience–₱328
- Discover Seoul Pass–₱1,933
Secret Garden (Huwon) – Young adults (ages 19-24) ₩5,000 (₱220/$5)
T-money (recharge)–approximately ₩30,000 (₱1,320/$28)
TOTAL: ₱8,535 ($175)
*₩60,000 is my maximum budget per day, BUT it’s way too much for me.
- Try to limit your food expenses by eating street foods and eating like a local. We only spend money on food thrice to experience Korean cuisines, but overall, we rely on hawkers, small local restaurants, and convenience store goodies.
- Bring an adapter. South Korea has Type C and F power plugs and sockets with 220 V standard voltage.
- It’s better to visit the attractions close to each other. The urban city is so large, and you’ll spend more time traveling from one place to another instead of enjoying the locations if not planned accordingly.
- Take advantage of Seoul’s walkability. Explore the streets and night markets.
- Interact with the locals and ask them for recommendations.
- Be a responsible traveler and respect their culture. Be aware of their customs and avoid taboos.
- Make the most out of your trip! Treat yourself with a memorable experience and enjoy South Korea.
- Don’t forget to cross-check the information to their official websites.
There’s no perfect way to visit South Korea. This Seoul itinerary and travel guide have in-depth general information regarding Seoul to help you plan that suits your style.
Are you planning your trip to Seoul, South Korea? I hope this will answer your questions and eliminates your concerns. If you have any suggestions or things I missed including here, comment below. I look forward to your travel stories soon!
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Love your post as always! This especially hits close to home because you were one of my travel buddies during this trip. Reading this immediately made me reminiscent of our beautiful trip! See you in the next. 🙂
Thank you, Mae! Let’s travel again soon 🙂
So much detail in here, looks like 4 plus days is a good idea so you can do day trips too?
totally! although you can also do it in 3 days if that’s the only time you got 🙂
Love this insightful and detailed post. South Korea is high on my list. I am slowly ticking off the countries within Asia, having travelled Thailand, Japan and Bali, next is South Korea. I will definitely be returning to this great guide. Especially love the itinerary.
Same here! altho you’ve been to many places than me (I’m planning to go to Bali or Japan next). If you want more places to cover in South Korea, hit me up and I’ll be glad to help! 🙂 Or you could follow the next post, I’ll be writing about it too 😊
Thanks for sharing such a detailed plan. It gives me an idea of how much ground could be covered in the amount of time I have.
Thank you, Beth! so glad I could help
Oh my goodness! What a fabulous, in-depth guide to Seoul. This will definitely be useful when we go! I can’t believe how cheap your Airbnb was!? Spending $175 for 5 days even as a group of 6 is just UNREAL. I need to go!!! Oh, and maybe find some friends 😂
We can’t believe it either! It’s a jackpot for us 😂 Can’t wait to hear your travel story soon! Oh by the way, we can be friends!! 😊
I loved South Korea! It was seriously such a fun country to visit. I loved visiting the different palaces, especially Gyeongbokgung Palace. The Cheonggyecheon Stream was a fun place to take a stroll as well. Myeondong was the best for food!
I agree! We spent our night walking alongside the Cheonggyecheon Stream and it’s one of the highlights of our trip.
Wow, what a detailed guide to Seoul and South Korea. I’ve been fascinated by SK since the olympics! I’d love to see Dongdaemun plaza – incredible architecture!
I love how detailed this post is. I remembered our Korea trip and I seriously got goosebumps. while reading this post, I felt a lot of emotions starting with frustration to sadness and joy. I felt quite frustrated because I want to go to Korea right now do this all over again. reminiscing our Korea trip gave me another chills with how fun it was and I remember it so vividly with your post!!! MORE PLEASEEE
Great guide, very detailed. I see you spent a lot of time and thank you for that!
That’s a comprehensive guide to south korea..covers pretty much all the required info is here. Thanks for sharing
I love that you included the ‘How long should you stay’ section.
I’ve been to Seoul twice. The first time, I stayed only for a week. I discovered mostly places within the city and went on a day trip to the DMZ. It was great.
The next time, I stayed in Seoul for a month and I cried when I had to leave. I stayed there to study the language and have the living experience and I couldn’t recommend it more. I totally enjoyed becoming a ‘regular customer’ at certain markets and convenience stores and then cooking for my landlord in a small communal kitchen. I also got to go on a weekend trip to Osaka and Jeju-do during that time.
I’d really wish to recreate this experience!
Wow! I hope I could stay that long too. We only had 6 days and sobbed when we had to go back. Maybe for my next visit, I could try the living experience and travel to Jeju-do. Thanks for sharing your travel story and inspiring me. Also for igniting my wanderlust!
Super comprehensive, this is a great Seoul itinerary and travel guide even for second and third time visitors! There’s so much to see there, and I would love to go back to check out some of your recommendations.
Thank you for such an extensive post on Seoul. You cover pretty much everything someone needs to know, and more, like Seoul having fast WiFi – that is something everyone wants and needs nowadays.
I love all the info you gave! I really want to visit South Korea and Seoul one day and you gave me a great taste of it!
This is so detailed and comprehensive, I especially love the basic Hangul phrases! Definitely keeping this handy for my next trip to Seoul 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!
That’s a detailed article on South Korea. I haven’t been there, but this post will be my go to guide when I travel. Pinning it for my future use.
thank you, Anuradha! Looking forward to your travel story and safe travels!
South Korea has always been on the list for me, so I am definitely pinning this one 🙂 Special thanks for basic phrases, that will be useful for sure.
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Thanks for this super comprehensive guide! I have always wanted to visit Korea, but wasn’t sure what there really was to do in Seoul. This has me itching to visit when we are able to travel again 🙂
Thanks for dropping by, Kelly! Can’t wait to hear your travel stories soon 🙂
I’m almost ashamed to say I haven’t been to Asia yet, but I definitely want to travel there! Seoul is definitely on my list and this post was extremely helpful. I’ll come back here once we can travel again!
What a very detailed comprehensive guide. Loved it! Pinned it so as to not forget this. The idea of going to Korea has been growing on me. This gives it an extra nudge.
Very thorough details of visiting Seoul, hoping to go there in March 2021, will be leaning on this post
Wow, what an extensive post. I’ve always wanted to visited S. Korea and Japan at the same time. Your guide is so detailed, I love it! Thanks so much. I’m going to pin it for future reference.
I have always wanted to visit Seoul. Slowly making my way across Asia. I love how you included some helpful phrases. It’s always polite to attempt the language wherever you are. Great post. Pinning so I have this for when I visit.
What an excellent and comprehensive guide on visiting Seoul! I’ve always wanted to visit and even more so now. Although I’d want to see all areas of the city, I think I’d enjoy the old parts more as I’m fascinated with history and how things used to be. So many helpful tips that I’ll be sure to use when I get the chance to go one day!
I bet you’ll love it there, Vanessa! I hope you get to travel to Seoul soon 🙂
I’ve never been to Korea but it’s on my travel bucket list! :] It looks like you managed to squeeze in a lot! Will be saving this for when I plan my itinerary in the future!
Thank you, Farrah! 🙂
This is such a great, well organized guide!
Korea was an incredible trip and I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. Reding this made me want to travel there again.
Great guide! I love your detail, and that you included some basic phrases!
Love this user-friendly guide to visiting South Korea for the first time! I hope to visit this amazing country one day!
Thank you, Lisa! I hope you get to see Seoul soon 🙂
I hope I can travel to South Korea one day! This country looks fascinating and I am sure Seoul is really awesome!
Seoul has been so high on my list for a very long time! This guide is very comprehensive and helpful. Definitely pinning for when I’m able to visit!
Thanks for dropping by, Devin! 🙂
This is super detailed! I love how you covered everything. This makes me wanna go back to Seoul!
Thank you, Karla! I hope we both could visit Seoul again 🙂
I love this post. It felt like a mini tour of Seoul just reading it and makes me want to go so badly! Thank you for sharing
Love all the detail in this post! Especially love that you shared the prices so we can have an idea of the budget needed to travel!
I like how much information you managed to compile in this post. It’s great that you even added basic hangul phrases, too. Thanks for sharing!
South Korea literally fascinates me as an outsider. I’m ready for the culture shock that I’m about to experience!
One of my friends has moved to South Korea to work as an English teacher and she loves it! I’m hopefully going to be planning at trip to visit her in the next year or so, and your post will really come in handy for when I visit Seoul!
South Korea has been on our “post covid” travel list and this post is SUCH a great resource with tons of details. Thank you for breaking down the trip by day and giving an idea of how much you can cover based on the days we plan on spending in the city.
I know this post is a few years old, but still incredibly helpful! Thank you so much for taking us through many options, I plan to visit for the first time next Autumn!
Hi, Tara! I’m glad you find this blog helpful. I am planning to update some information later on. Hope you get to enjoy Korea in autumn and I look forward to your travel stories as well! 🙂