6-Days Itinerary in Seoul, South Korea
For summer 2017, I spent a week in Seoul, South Korea with my family. Overall, my experience is Seoul was unexpectedly great. Koreans are very nice and Seoul is a tourist-friendly city. I had no problem navigating around the city with limited wifi connection. For those 7 days in Seoul, those are the places/attractions that I went.
Day 1: Namdaemun Food Market
Namdaemun Market is one of the oldest yet largest market in Korea. It has alot of shops and street stalls that sell local food, clothes, and household items. The market is huge and consist of many small alleys with hidden authentic Korean food stores (although you need to know some basic Korean- as most menus are in Korean) The market is within 3 mins walking distance from the Subway Line 4: Hoehyeon station. As we were exploring Namdaemun market, we stopped by the Sungnyemun Gate. The gate marked the southern entrance of the Seoul City Wall. Sungnyemun Gate is magnificent.
Day 2: Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace was one of the first royal palace built in the Joseon Dynasty. You can catch the Changing of the Royal Guards at around 10AM. The ceremony lasted about 20mins and it’s an eye-opening experience. Read more about it on their official page: Here. In the afternoon, we spent it in the National Palace Museum of Korea where there are free wifi and AC (Just FYI)
Day 3: Insa-dong + Jogyesa Temple
Insadong Street showcases traditional Korean culture arts and crafts. You can find many Korean souvenirs there. We happen to stop by the SSamzigil mall where they sell hand-made Korean arts and craft. That place has many hidden gems. In the afternoon, we went to the Jogyesa Temple. It’s one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Seoul. It’s very colorful there. If you have time, be sure to visit the N Seoul Tower. We didn’t have time to visit that. But it’s ok.
Day 4: Bukhansan National Park + Gwangjang Market
Bukhansan National Park is a free hiking attraction in Seoul. To get there, you will have to take a subway to Anguk Station, then take the blue bus to the hiking trails. To hike to the peak, it took us about 4-5 hours since we couldn’t understand trail maps or any Korean. But we manage to hike to the peak. In the afternoon, we went to the Gwangjang Market for dinner. The market is full of stalls that sell Korean dishes like dumplings, pancakes, pig intestines, gimbap, Korean rice cake, etc.
Day 5: Changdeokgung Palace + Noryangjin Fish Market
We were first initially planning to go see the Bukchon Hanok Village, where there are Korean traditional houses. We saw some but not much and we happen to walk into Changdeokgung Palace. Changdeokgung Palace is located near Bukchon Hanok Village and is another famous palace in Seoul. It is considered the most well-preserved royal palace from the Joseon period. In the afternoon, we went to the Noryangjin Fish Market, the largest live seafood market in Seoul.
Day 6: Myeong-dong (Shopping District)
Myeong-dong shopping district is the largest shopping district in Seoul with name-brand fashion. There is a street food place near the shopping mall. It was crowded especially on a Sunday afternoon. We ate some authentic Korean street food. It was so yummy!
If you want to read about Korean food, stay tuned for my next post 🙂