Here's how to conquer Seoul's hotspots in four days
Apps to download before you travel:
Kakaomap (unfortunately, it’s all in Korean; but it‘s really useful as Google Maps don‘t show you walking routes)
Use Google Maps to show you which metro line to take, Kakaomap for walking routes and Subway Korea to show you the cost for metro journeys
Here’s a colour-coded map to help you plan your day to get the most out of your trip:
Arrival into Incheon International Airport
You can easily travel to Seoul city centre by train. There are two options: AREX express train or All-Stops-Train.
I purchased the AREX one-way express train ticket and T-money travel card (metro card) pre-loaded with KRW 5000 via Klook.
If you’re a first-time user, here’s my referral code for a discount! 5NQSL
Where to find the Klook kiosk on arrival into Incheon Airport:
Head to the departure level. The kiosk is located all the way at the end of section 6 or Gate 14. You will be able to collect your T- money travel card here.
The AREX single journey cards can be collected at the travel information counter at the basement level (I know, there’s so many places to go just to sort out transport but it ends here!)
There is a 500 Won deposit for each AREX card but once you arrive at Seoul train station, you’ll be able to get your deposit back using the vending machine.
N Seoul Tower
If the weather permits, try hiking to the top; or if you're not feeling it, take the cable car but the ride ends pretty quickly. You'll need a ticket to get to the observation tower, the highest point, for a spectacular view of the beautiful city.
Namsangol Hanok Village
This village of traditional houses in Namsan valley was a well-known recreation site back in the Joseon era. It's located in the heart of Seoul so do drop by if you have the time!
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
In the centre of Dongdaemun, this cultural hub is renowned for its 24-hour shopping and cafes. Don't miss out on this major urban development landmark whilst you're here.
Stylenanda 3CE Pink Hotel
This isn't actually a hotel. It's 6 floors of surprises - makeup products, fashion items and lots of photo opportunities!
In the Myeongdong district, start your shopping for beauty products early in the morning when the shops first open (at 11am) as it seems that the first few customers get better deals and freebies along with your purchases!
Ewha Woman's University
Next stop, Ewha Woman’s University! The fashion streets near the university is the place to shop for clothes; in some stores, you’d be able to bargain for lower prices if you’re interested in an item, so try your luck!
Situated on the highest part of the World Cup Park, Haneul Park was built to commemorate the 17th FIFA World Cup. Autumn is the best time to visit, specifically during October, as that’s when the silver grass is in full bloom.
Rent a Hanbok via Klook.
There are several stores to choose from, most in close vicinity to the palaces.
Entry to the palaces are free if you’re wearing a hanbok (except to the Secret Garden in Changdeokgung palace). Changdeokgung Palace is closed on Mondays and Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays. If you’re thinking of visiting both palaces on the same day, plan it on every other day besides these two days.
Remember to set an alarm/reminder to return the hanbok on time otherwise you’d get charged for returning it late! If you have time, drop by Bukchon Hanok Village to get a shot of you in your hanbok in one of the alleyways!
Bukchon Hanok Village
It is located on top of a hill between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. For a different experience, why not try staying overnight in a traditional wooden hanok house here?
Though Bongeunsa Temple is located in the heart of Seoul, it still has a quiet and pleasant atmosphere; a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Starfield Coex Mall Library
Even if you don’t have any shopping to do in the largest underground shopping mall in Asia, have a coffee/tea break here to visit the library - the highlight of Coex Mall.
Songpa Naru Park
Commonly referred to as Seokchon Lake Park, this is the best place to be if you’re hunting for cherry blossoms during Spring.
Notable restaurant mentions:
Sinseon Seolnongtang - oxtail bone soup, beef rib soup
Migabon - beef and mushroom porridge, chicken ginseng porridge
Owooga - Korean bbq
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