Suggested Itinerary for Seoul, South Korea (with DMZ)

DAY 1

1. Cheonggyecheong Stream
Getting there:
– City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 4. Walk 250 m north to Cheonggye Plaza.

2. Deoksugung Palace
Getting there:
– City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 2.
– Go straight 100m to arrive at Daehanmun Gate on the right.
Or
– 5 minutes walk from Cheongyecheon Stream

3. Sejong Center
Getting there:
– Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 1 or 8.
Or
– City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 or 2), Exit 3.
– Walk 10min towards Gwanghwamun Station.
Or
– 10 minutes walk from Deoksugung

4. Gyeongbokgung Palace
Getting There:
– Gyeongbokgung Station (Subway Line 3), exit 5.
Or
– Ganghwamun Station (Subway Line 5), exit 2 and walk 400 meters.
– Exit gwangwamun
Or
– 5 minutes walk from Sejong Center

Admission Fee: Adults (ages 19-64) 3,000 won
Interpretation Services (1 hour):
* English: 11:00, 13:30, 15:30
Performance Times:
January 1-December 31 (Closed on Tuesdays)
10:00-15:00(6 times a day/on the hour)

5. Namdaemun Market
Getting There:
– Hoehyeon Station (Subway Line 4), Exit 5

DAY 2

1. Shinsegae Mall
Getting There:
– Hoehyeon Station (Subway Line 4), Exit 7.

Tips:
– Mall opens at 1030am
– Food Garden at 10th Floor

2. Korean War Memorial
Getting There:
– Samgakji Station (Subway Lines 4, 6), Exit 12.
– It is 5min away from the station

Admission Fee:
– Free

Tips:
– Closed on Mondays
– Opens at 9am

3. Bukchon Hanok Village
Getting There:
– Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2.
– Go straight for about 300m to arrive at Bukchon Hanok Village

Tip:- Drop by Tourist Information Center and get a copy of area map

4. Changdeokgung Palace
Getting there:
– Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 3.
– Go straight for 5min.
Or
– Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 1, 3 or 5), Exit 7.
– Go straight along Donhwamun-ro Street for 10min.
Or
– 10 minutes walk from Bukchon Hanok Village

5. Myeongdong Shopping Street
Gettting There:
– Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 5, 6, 7, or 8.
Or
– Euljiro Il-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 5

Things to buy:
Cosmetics – watch out for freebies (note:30,000 up=tax refund)

Things to try:
a. Sausage
b. tteokboki roll
c. Dried squids
d. Egg muffin
e. Korean bread/pan cake

DAY 3

1. DMZ
Tip:
– Book via a local tour agency

2. Lotte Mart
Getting there:
– Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2)
– Lotte Department Store (Main Branch) is directly connected to the station.

Things to buy:
a. scorched rice candy
b. tteokbokkic.
c. real brownie by orion
d. seaweed snacks
e. banana flavored milk by binggrae

DAY 4

1. Tapgol Park
Getting there:
– JJongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 1, 3, 5), Exit 1
– walk 5 minutes toward Jonggak.

2. Insa-dong / Ssamziegil mall
Getting there:
– Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
– Go 100m straight, then turn left
Or
– Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 3.
– Go straight 300m, and turn left at the 4-way Intersection
– Go straight 100m, and take the left road towards Insadong-gil Road
Or
– 5 minutes walk from Tapgol Park

Tip:
– Starbucks is only branch in Korea where outside signage is written in hangul

3. Jogyesa Temple
Getting There:
– Jonggak Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
– Go 70m forward, then cross the street.
– Go 100m more to arrive at a path to Jogyesa Temple.
Or
– Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
– Go 50m forward, then cross the street in front of Dongduk Gallery.
– Go 50m more to arrive at a path to Jogyesa Temple.
Or
– Gwanghwamun Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 2.
– Go 150m forward to arrive at a path to Jogyesa Temple between YTN Parking Tower and Hana Bank
Or
– 5 minutes walk from Ssamziegil mall

4. Gwangjang Market – dinner
Getting there:
– Jongno 5-ga station (subway line 1), exit 8
Or
– Eujiro 5-ga station (subway line 2,4), exit 4

Tips:
– Best place to buy silk, fabrics
– Shops close at 6pm then food stalls open up
– 12,000 per meal (can be shared)

Things to try
a. Bindaetteok
– pancake made from ground mung beans with various meats and vegetables
– 4000-5,000 each
b. makgeolli (traditional Korean rice wine)
c. mayak gimbap, literally “drug gimbap,” bite-sized rice and dried seaweedrolls
d. Sundae, or Korean-style black pudding (made of pig’s intestines stuffed with cellophane noodles, barley and pork blood)
– 5-6,000 per serving
e. Tteokboki (chewy rice cake) and fish paste in seaweed soup

DAY 5

1. Bank of Korea Museum
Getting There:
– Namdaemun Market

Admission Fee:
– Free

2. Shinsegae Mall
Getting there:
– Hoehyeon Station (Subway Line 4), Exit 7

Additional Places to See:

1. Dongdaemun – shopping/ street food tripping
Tips:
Zone 2 – recommended for shopping/ best to go after 10pm
Regular top – 20-30,000
APM mall and Migliore mall – cheaper clothes

Things to Try:
a. Giant sausage coated with fries
b. Oksusu Cha (roasted corn kernel tea)

2. Nami Island
Getting There:
a. BUS – recommended*
Shuttle Bus Schedule:
– Insa-dong, Jamsil Station → Namiseom Island: 09:30
– Namiseom Island → Insa-dong, Jamsil Station: 16:00*

Bus Stop:
1) Insa-dong (Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1, Exit 3): Next to Tapgol Park
2) Jamsil Station (Subway Line 2, Exit 4): In front of Lotte Mart
Round Trip:- 23000 won for round trip ticket + entrance visa to Nami Island + ferry ticket.
– 50 minutes from port to Gapyeong wharf

b. SUBWAY – too many transfers
– go to Sangbong Station (line no.7) and take Gyeongchun Line. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Gapyeong Station (1800 won one way).
– Get off at Gapyeong Station, take a taxi to Namiseom parking lot (travel time: 10-15min, 3000 won).
– Take the ferry from Namiseom Dock to Namiseom Island. (travel time: 5-6min)

3. Tongin Market
Getting there:
– From Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) take exit 2 and contniue straight for about 700m. The market will be on your left.

NOTA BENE: This itinerary has been scheduled this way to accommodate my elderly parents’ physical limitations and interests.

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~ by Happy Sole on April 13, 2014.

2 Responses to “Suggested Itinerary for Seoul, South Korea (with DMZ)”

  1. Nice to hear new updates from you… ‘hope you share your stories next.

  2. seol korea looks amazaing it’s on my travel list. I hope someday i could come here =) new post on my blog
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