My personal helpful guide for those travelling to Korea and spending 7 days there.
This was the full rundown of the schedule that we eventually ended up following. Note that we had to make a lot of adjustments along the way. Initially we wanted to go to Nami Island on Saturady but with the weather as cold as it was, it didn’t make that much sense. Instead, we ended up spreading out the schedule a bit more. Also note that we stayed with our friend Farrah’s place so we tried to accommodate our schedule as much as we could to hang out with her in the evenings after work.
The 7 Day Seoul Itinerary
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|Date||In-Flight||Day 1 – Seoul What’s Up?||Day 2 – Shopping Frenzy||Day 3 – The Touristy Stuff||Day 4 – Sleep In Day||Day 5 – More Touristy Stuff||Day 6 – Korean War, Jjimjilbang and Food Poisoning||Day 7 – DMZ||Day 8 – Bye Seoul!|
-Flight: AC063YVR -> ICN
|Morning||Sleep in||Sleep in||Sleep in||-Deoksugung for Guard Change @ 11AM|
-Walk towards Gyeongbokgung to see the two statues
|Sleep in||Koridoor DMZ Tour (11AM - 7PM)||Sleep in|
|Lunch||Chuncheon Dak Galbi (late)||To Sok Chon||Myeongdong Gyoja (late)||Late lunch at the bottom of Bokchon Hanok Village||Cafe @ Korean War Museum||Snacked on some food we brought||Fruits and snacks|
|Afternoon||-Ehwa University Neighborhood|
|Caffe Bene||-Bokchon Hanok Village|
-Lotte @ Seoul Station
|Korean War Museum||-Bus 6011 to airport
-Flight: AC102YVR -> YYZ
|Dinner||So Do Jeok||Jeonju Jungang Hoekwan||X2 in Hongdae||Warawara soju bar (late)||Bongchu Jjimdak||@ Dragonhill Spa||Dinner part of the tour near Dorasan Station|
|Evening||-Bus 6011 from airport|
-Settle into friend's place
|Walk around Myeongdong||-Clubbing at Harlem, nb1 and nb2 in Hongdae||-Shopping in Dongdaemun|
-Crazy spinning amusement ride
|-Cookin' Nanta Show|
|Dragonhill Spa||-Gangnam Underground|
|Accommodation||Friend's apartment||Friend's apartment||Friend's apartment||Friend's apartment||Friend's apartment||Friend's apartment||Friend's apartment|
Things to Know Before You Go
- Exchanging money – Don’t even bother changing money at home. Change a bit to last for a day at the airport and change the rest at another money changer in the city. Most of them can be found in Myeongdong. For example the rates we found at the airport were 1 USD = 1045 Won vs 1 USD = 1070 Won in Myeongdong
- Getting from the Airport to the City – The most economical method is to take a limousine bus. When you arrive you’ll find a big counter for busses right when you exit baggage. You can ask them for which bus to take depending on where you’re staying. Most likely it’ll be some 6000 series bus. Print out and use this coupon to save 1,000 Won:
- Getting Around – If you want to go to specific places make sure you have the name and address of the place in Korean characters
- Cabbing – We found that cabbing was sometimes just way more convenient to get around especially if you don’t live near a subway line. All cabs except for the black cabs start at 2400 and possibly up to 2800 late at night. Most of the times we were paying about 5000-10000 total depending on how far we needed to go.
- Subways – Know your exit number before getting out of the station. Once you get out you will definitely be more even more lost
- Tax Refund – Keep your eye out for stores that have tax refund. Typically if you spend more than 35,000 you should be able to get them to give you a receipt & envelope
- DMZ – After the flight and hotel this should be the next thing you need to book. Weekend slots go out really quick.
- Jjimjilbang – You should definitely check out one before you go
- Cookin’ Nanta Show – Worth the price. Book online as a member and save 10%
- Start brushing up on your Mandarin because it’ll be more useful than English
- For To Sok Chon try to go before 12 or after normal lunch hours to beat the line ups. This is the only place we went to that actually had long line ups
- Must Buy’s: Cheap soju, face masks, strawberries, pears, tangerines, red ginseng
- Bukchon Hanok Village
- Cookin’ Nanta
- Hanbok experience somewhere
- Gyeongbokgung Palace
- Korean War Museum
Must Have Apps
- Subway by Jihachul – Super powerful you’ll realize. If you click on one starting point and then an end point it’ll calculate the best way to get there. Play around with it.
- i Tour Seoul
- Learn Korean (or search up any Korean language app)
Top Food Places We Tried
- Myeongdong Gyoja
- To Sok Chon
- So Do Jeok
- Jeonju Jungang Hoekwan
- Chuncheon Dak Galbi
What We Missed
- Cheonggyecheon Stream
- N Tower on Namsan
- Hongkik University area
- Fish Market
- Dr. Fish
- Mr. Pizza
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- Thank You – Go Mah Samida
- And that was really the extent of my Korean in a week
- I have to give props to Kampung Boy City Gal for giving me literally ALL the information I needed to know. You guys rock!
- Try to not go during the winter or in the middle of summer. It was ridiculously cold this February
- For me to say that Seoul is 60% shopping wouldn’t be an overstatement so definitely a girl’s paradise for sure over a guys
- Certainly there are sights to see but the main few can be counted on your fingers. Next time I would really like to see more of the country side and cities to the east and south
- I had a great time minus the food poisoning
- Total Cost of Trip: $450 CAD (not including flight)