5 Days in Seoul: The Good Itinerary

Seoul is a large metropolis. It has probably the most populated metropolitan areas on the earth. There’s rather a lot to see and do in Seoul however fortunately, the town has an environment friendly and intensive metro system that makes sightseeing a breeze.

Like Tokyo, first-time guests may have their fingers full navigating the town’s myriad sights so I’ve give you this 5-day Seoul itinerary that can assist you maximize your keep.

Like several journey, it’s all the time higher to remain longer however 5 days provides you with sufficient time to discover the town’s high vacationer sights at a reasonable tempo.

Listed under are Seoul’s high vacationer sights together with just a few advisable eating places. You possibly can leap to the placement map to see precisely the place they’re within the metropolis.

NOTE: We often use Google Maps to navigate however it doesn’t work as properly in Korea. In Seoul, it’s greatest to navigate utilizing the Naver Map, Navigation app (iOS | Android).

QUICK GLANCE

DAY ONE

 

• Gyeongbokgung Palace / Gwanghwamun Gate
• Tosokchon (lunch)
• Bukchon Hanok Village
• Changdeokgung Palace / Huwon
• Changgyeonggung Palace
• Jongmyo Shrine
• Ikseondong Hanok Village
• Insadong
• Jogyesa Temple
• Imun Seolleongtang (dinner)

DAY TWO

 

• Gyeonghuigung Palace
• Deoksugung Palace
• Jeonju Yuhalmeoni Bibimbap (lunch)
• Namdaemun Market
• N Seoul Tower
• Myeongdong
• Myeongdong Kyoja (dinner)

DAY THREE

 

• Noryangjin Fish Market
• Hongdae
• BBQ Olive Hen Cafe (lunch)
• Bongeunsa Temple
• COEX Mall
• Starfield Library
• Gangnam Procuring Road
• Wonjo Masan Halmae Agujjim (dinner)

DAY FOUR

 

• Cheonggyecheon Stream
• Gwangjang Market
• Woo Lae Oak (lunch)
• Ihwa Mural Village
• Dongdaemun Market
• Dongdaemun Design Plaza
• Itaewon
• Sigol Bapsang (appetizer)
• Woosung Galbi (dinner)

DAY FIVE

 

• Day Journey

DAY 1

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung is the oldest and largest amongst Seoul’s 5 Grand Palaces. In-built 1395, it served as the principle palace of the Joseon Dynasty and at present homes the Nationwide Palace Museum of Korea and the Nationwide Folks Museum of Korea.

Gyeongbokgung is the most important palace and regarded by many to be essentially the most stunning so it is smart to go there first. Pictured under is Gwanghwamun Gate. It’s the principle gate to the palace and the place you’ll be able to watch the altering of the Royal Guard.

Entrance to Gyeongbokgung is KRW 3,000 however you may get an built-in palace ticket for KRW 10,000 that provides you entry to Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung (together with Huwon), Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, and Jongmyo Shrine.
Gwanghwamun Gate

You possibly can witness the ceremonial altering of the Royal Guard at Gwanghwamun Gate at 10AM and 2PM on a regular basis besides Tuesday. It’s probably the most fascinating occasions to go to Gyeongbokgung so it’s greatest to reach earlier than 10AM. Apart from Gyeongbokgung, the one different palace the place you’ll be able to watch the altering of the guard is Deoksugung.

We visited Gyeongbokgung on our personal however in case you’d want to go on a guided tour, then there are just a few palace excursions you’ll be able to select from on Klook or Get Your Information. Many vacationers who go to Gyeongbokgung will lease a hanbok first for extra memorable photos (Klook | Get Your Information).
Changing of the guard at Gwanghwamun Gate

Working Hours: 9AM-6PM, Wed-Mon (closed Tuesdays)
Admission: KRW 3,000
Closest Subway Station: Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3, Exit 5) or Anguk Station (Line 3, Exit 1)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 1-2 hrs

Tosokchon

After exploring Gyeongbokgung, head over to Tosokchon for lunch. It’s a couple of 5-minute stroll west of the palace. Tosokchon has been open for over 30 years and is thought for serving a number of the greatest samgyetang in Seoul.

Samgyetang is a hearty Korean soup dish made out of an entire younger hen filled with glutinous rice and boiled in a broth of Korean ginseng, jujube fruits, garlic, ginger, and different components. It’s believed to have a cooling impact on the physique and is thus particularly standard in summer time.

We’ve tried many scrumptious dishes in Korea and samgyetang is unquestionably probably the most fascinating. Pictured under is a model of the dish made with black hen.
Tosokchon

Deal with: 5 Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Sajik-dong, Jongno-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
Working Hours: 10AM-10PM, each day
Closest Subway Station: Gyeongbokgung Station (Exit 2)
What to Order: Samgyetang
What We Paid: Round KRW 15,000-20,000 per individual

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village is an atmospheric residential/business neighborhood positioned between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces. After lunch at Tosokchon, make your means there earlier than continuing to Changdeokgung.

Bukchon Hanok Village is residence to tons of of hanoks or conventional Korean homes that date again to the Joseon Dynasty. It’s probably the most standard locations in Seoul to lease a hanbok for photos.

Whereas most of the hanoks have been transformed into cultural facilities and teahouses, most are nonetheless residences so it’s vital to be respectful and maintain your voices down if you go to.

I’ve visited Bukchon Hanok Village just a few occasions, all the time by myself, however there’s a free strolling tour chances are you’ll wish to be a part of. You possibly can go to on a guided tour as properly.
Bukchon Hanok Village

Closest Subway Station: Anguk Station (Line 3, Exit 1 or 2)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 1 – 1.5 hrs

Changdeokgung Palace

From Bukchon Hanok Village, stroll 10-15 east to Changdeokgung Palace. It’s the second of the 5 Grand Palaces you’ll be visiting on this itinerary.

Changdeokgung was the second royal villa in-built Seoul, after Gyeongbokgung. It’s maybe essentially the most well-preserved of the 5 palaces and probably the most visited. In case you have been to go to simply two palaces, then it ought to most likely be Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung.
Changdeokgung Palace

Considered one of Changdeokgung’s most notable options is the rear secret backyard or Huwon. It was used as a resting place by the Joseon kings and regarded the most effective examples of Korean backyard design. It incorporates a small pond, a pavilion, and a big tree that’s over 300 years outdated.

Admission to the Huwon is separate from the palace however the built-in palace ticket provides you with entry to each. Like Gyeongbokgung and Bukchon Hanok Village, Changdeokgung is a superb place to lease a hanbok for photos. You may also go to on a guided tour.
Huwon

Working Hours: 9AM-6PM, Tue-Solar (closed Mondays)
Admission: KRW 3,000 (palace), KRW 8,000 (Huwon)
Closest Subway Station: Anguk Station (Line 3, Exit 3)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 2 hrs

Changgyeonggung Palace

Linked to Changdeokgung is Changgyeonggung, the following of the 5 Grand Palaces. It was in-built 1483 for the wives of the Joseon kings.

Changgyeonggung Palace is smaller and fewer spectacular than the earlier two however its proximity to Changdeokgung makes it a worthwhile cease on this itinerary. Plus, you’ll have free entry with the built-in palace ticket.

Jongmyo Shrine

Situated straight south of Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung palaces is Jongmyo, a royal shrine the place the ancestral rites for deceased Joseon kings and queens are carried out.

Jongmyo Shrine is the place you’ll discover the royal spirit tablets – placards used to designate the seat of a deity or previous ancestor. It’s a sacred place that’s extra solemn in ambiance than the royal palaces so it’s vital to be respectful if you go to. It’s the one non-palace included within the built-in palace ticket.

PHOTO: “Jongmyo Shrine” by whyyan, used below CC BY 2.0 / Processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
Jongmyo Shrine

Working Hours: 9AM-6PM, Wed-Mon (closed Tuesdays)
Admission: KRW 1,000
Closest Subway Station: Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Line 1, 3, 5 / Exit 8, 11)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 1 hr

Ikseondong Hanok Village

On to the west of Jongmyo Shrine is Ikseondong Hanok Village, maybe one among Seoul’s greatest stored secrets and techniques. A labyrinth of hanoks which have been transformed into cute cafes and boutiques, it’s like a trendier model of Bukchon Hanok Village.

We visited Ikseondong within the morning when most of the outlets have been nonetheless closed so it’s greatest to go later within the day. In case you’re searching for one thing rather less touristy in Seoul, then Ikseondong is a superb neighborhood to get misplaced in. Folks searching for a extra novel means of exploring Ikseondong could also be on this Segway tour.
Ikseondong Hanok Village

Closest Subway Station: Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Line 1, 3, 5 / Exit 6)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 2-Three hrs

Insadong

Make your approach to Insadong, this primary of 5 standard Seoul neighborhoods you’ll be exploring on this itinerary. It’s comprised of a major avenue – Insadong-gil – linked to a community of smaller alleyways stuffed with artwork galleries, conventional craft outlets, eating places, cafes, and avenue meals stalls.

At one level, Insadong was residence to the biggest market of antiques and paintings in Korea. In case you’re seeking to buy extra conventional objects in Seoul, then Insadong is the place to go.

It’s enjoyable to discover the realm by yourself however in case you’d wish to go along with a information, then chances are you’ll have an interest on this metropolis sightseeing tour that takes you thru the center of Insadong.
Insadong

Closest Subway Station: Jonggak Station (Line 1, Exit 11) or Anguk Station (Line 3, Exit 6)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 3-Four hrs

Jogyesa Temple

From Insadong-gil, proceed west to Jogyesa Temple, the top temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It’s probably the most vital Buddhist temples in Korea and serves as the principle venue for a lot of Buddhist occasions.
Jogyesa Temple

Working Hours: 24 hrs
Admission: FREE
Closest Subway Station: Jonggak Station (Line 1, Exit 2)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 30 minutes – 1 hr

Imun Seolleongtang

A brief stroll from Jogyesa Temple is Imun Seolleongtang, the oldest restaurant in Seoul. They’ve been serving seolnongtang or ox bone soup for near 120 years.

My sister-in-law is Korean and a former chef and one among her favourite dishes is seolnongtang. It’s a hearty soup dish made by boiling beef shank bones for a number of hours to extract the flavour from the bones.

As you’ll be able to see under, the method turns the broth cloudy and milky white. Brisket and different cuts of beef are added to the broth together with rice and mushy wheat noodles.

Seolnongtang is nice to have with makgeolli which is a sweet-sour alcoholic beverage made out of rice or wheat combined with nuruk, a Korean fermentation starter. What higher approach to finish a day of historic sightseeing than with dinner and drinks at Seoul’s oldest restaurant?
Imun Seolleongtang

Deal with: 38-13 Ujeongguk-ro, Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Working Hours: 8AM-9PM, each day
Closest Subway Station: Jonggak Station (Exit 3-1)
What to Order: Seolnongtang, makgeolli
What We Paid: Round KRW 10,000-15,000 per individual

DAY 2

Gyeonghuigung Palace

In case you haven’t had your fill of palaces but, then begin your second day in Seoul with a go to to Gyeonghuigung Palace, the fourth of the 5 Grand Palaces.

Throughout the latter half of the Joseon interval, Gyeonghuigung served because the king’s secondary palace. It was the place he moved to in occasions of emergency. At its peak, it was comprised of about 100 buildings however most have been destroyed through the Japanese occupation.

Admission to Gyeonghuigung Palace is free. It’s a couple of 10-minute stroll from Deoksugung Palace. In case you’d wish to catch the 11AM altering of the guard at Deoksugung, then it’s greatest to be at Gyeonghuigung by round 9:30AM.
Gyeonghuigung Palace

Working Hours: 9AM-6PM, Tue-Solar (closed Mondays)
Admission: FREE
Closest Subway Station: Seodaemun Station (Line 5, Exit 4)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 1 hr

Deoksugung Palace

Deoksugung is the final of Seoul’s 5 Grand Palaces. It grew to become the first royal palace after Gyeongbokgung was burned down through the Japanese invasion of Korea. It’s for that reason why it’s the one different palace in Seoul the place you’ll be able to witness the altering of the Royal Guard.

Deoksugung’s altering of the guard occurs thrice a day – at 11AM, 2PM, and three:30PM. It takes place in entrance of Daehanmun which is the palace’s major gate. Admission to Deoksugung is included within the built-in palace ticket.

PHOTO: “Deoksugung Palace, Seoul (59)” by Richard Mortel, used below CC BY 2.0 / Processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
Deoksugung Palace

Working Hours: 9AM-9PM, Tue-Solar (closed Mondays)
Admission: KRW 1,000
Closest Subway Station: Metropolis Corridor Station (Line 1, 2 / Exit 1, 2, 3)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 1 hr

Jeonju Yuhalmeoni Bibimbap

After exploring Deoksugung, stroll over to Jeonju Yuhalmeoni Bibimbap for lunch. Owned and operated by Grandma Yu, this humble restaurant has been serving Jeonju-style bibimbap for over 40 years.

Like bulgogi, galbi, or japchae, bibimbap is a beloved and well-known Korean dish. It refers to a bowl of white rice topped with sauteed and seasoned greens, gochujang (Korean chili paste), a uncooked or fried egg, and sliced meat. The contents are combined collectively totally earlier than being eaten.
Jeonju Yuhalmeoni Bibimbap

Deal with: 12-2, Bukchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Working Hours: 11AM-7PM, Thurs-Sat / 11AM-6PM, Solar-Wed
Closest Subway Station: Metropolis Corridor Station (Exit 8)
What to Order: Jeonju bibimbap
What We Paid: Round KRW 10,000 per individual

Namdaemun Market

After lunch, proceed south to Namdeamun Market. It’s Korea’s largest conventional market with over 10,000 outlets promoting quite a lot of items like garments, houseware, toys, equipment, and meals.

Spend as a lot time as you need exploring the market earlier than continuing to the following cease on this itinerary. Markets are the most effective locations to pattern a vacation spot’s avenue meals.

PHOTO: “Namdaemun Market” by Adrián Pérez, used below CC BY-SA 2.0 / Processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
Namdaemun Market

Working Hours: 24 hrs
Closest Subway Station: Hoehyeon Station (Line 4, Exit 5)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 1-2 hrs

N Seoul Tower

From Namdaemun Market, proceed south to N Seoul Tower. It’s somewhat below 2 km (1.2 miles) away, a part of which is uphill, so chances are you’ll wish to take the metro to Myeongdong station then stroll the remainder of the way in which.

Standing at virtually 480 meters (1,575 ft) above sea stage, N Seoul Tower is without doubt one of the tallest towers in Asia. It towers over Namsan Mountain and boasts an remark deck providing sweeping 360° views of the town.

The remark deck is the principle draw however there are different sights inside and across the tower as properly just like the Locks of Love, a recreation plaza, a VR leisure heart, and over a dozen eating places and cafes.

You may get to N Seoul Tower on foot, by taxi or bus, or by cable automobile. Most vacationers go by cable automobile. You should purchase tickets to the observatory on the gate or upfront via Klook or Get Your Information.
N Seoul Tower

Working Hours: 11AM-10PM, each day
Admission: KRW 11,000 (observatory), KRW 9,500 (cable automobile roundtrip)
Closest Subway Station: Myeong-dong Station (Line 4, Exit 3)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 1-2 hrs

Myeongdong

From N Seoul Tower, take the cable automobile again down then stroll to Myeongdong, one among Seoul’s hottest neighborhoods and buying districts. It boasts a neon-lit labyrinth of malls and boutiques promoting quite a lot of items like designer attire, cosmetics, luggage, baggage, and cell equipment.

In case you’re visiting Seoul primarily to buy, then that is most likely the place you’ll be spending most of your time.
Myeongdong

Except for designer boutiques, Myeongdong is residence to a wealth of eating places and cafes. It’s probably the most standard areas in Seoul to have avenue meals.

Numerous distributors arrange within the late afternoon to promote quite a lot of avenue meals like tteokbokki (rice muffins), skewered seafood, and most decadent of all – grilled lobster tails.
Grilled lobster tails

Working Hours: Dawn to sundown
Admission: FREE
Closest Subway Station: Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Line 2 / Exit 5, 6, 7) or Myeong-dong Station (Line 4 / Exit 5, 6, 7, 8)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 3-Four hrs

Myeongdong Kyoja

There are various eating places to select from in Myeongdong however a preferred alternative is Myeongdong Kyoja. They’ve been round for over 50 years and are recognized for serving a number of the greatest kalguksu or knife-cut noodles in Seoul.

Kalguksu consists of handmade, knife-cut wheat flour noodles served in a bowl with broth and different components. At Myeondong Kyoja, it’s usually loved with a aspect of steamed mandu or Korean-style dumplings.

Kalguksu is nice however in case you’d like extra restaurant recommendations within the Myeongdong space, then try our listing of must-try eating places in Seoul.
Myeongdong Kyoja

Deal with: 29 Myeongdong 10-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
Working Hours: 10:30AM-9:30PM, each day
Closest Subway Station: Myeongdong Station (Exit 8)
What to Order: Kalguksu, mandu
What We Paid: Round KRW 10,000-15,000 per individual

DAY 3

Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market

Noryangjin Market is without doubt one of the greatest and most well-known seafood markets in Seoul. We visited Noryangjin on our very first journey to Seoul to attempt sannakji, Korea’s notorious dish of “dwell” octopus sashimi.

Elements of Noryangjin keep open for 24 hours however probably the most fascinating occasions to go to is at 3AM through the dwell fish public sale. As much as 300 tons of marine merchandise are traded on the market on a regular basis.

What makes the market much more fascinating are the various eating places on the second flooring that may put together and cook dinner your seafood for you. Simply carry your contemporary seafood to them, negotiate a value, and revel in a seafood feast.
Noryangjin Fish Market

Working Hours: 24 hrs (high-class fish market)
Closest Subway Station: Noryangjin Station (Line 1, Exit 1)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 1-2 hrs

Hongdae

After your seafood feast, hop again into the metro and head over to Hongdae, one among our favourite neighborhoods in Seoul.

Hongdae refers back to the space round Hongik College. It’s a full of life and youthful neighborhood with loads of cafes, eating places, cute boutiques, and avenue performers.

As a result of Hongdae is populated with college students, it has a enjoyable faculty city ambiance that’s not like every other in Seoul. You could possibly simply spend the entire day right here exploring its myriad outlets and cafes.
Hongdae

Closest Subway Station: Hongik College Station (Line 2, Exit 9)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 3-Four hrs

BBQ Olive Hen Cafe

In case you’re a fan of Korean tv dramas, then chances are you’ll acknowledge this place. It was featured prominently within the vastly profitable Goblin collection.

BBQ Olive Hen Cafe is a well-liked chimaek restaurant with a number of shops within the metropolis. Chimaek refers back to the standard mixture of Korean fried hen and beer, the most effective duos you’ll be able to take pleasure in in Seoul!

Two BBQ Olive Hen Cafe shops have been featured within the Goblin television collection – one by Cheonggyecheon Stream and one other in Gangnam. The previous is extra standard however this itinerary takes you to Gangnam subsequent so I’m suggesting you go to the latter.
BBQ Olive Chicken Cafe

Deal with: 687-2 Ilwon-dong, Gangnam District, Seoul, Korea
Working Hours: 11:30AM-2AM, each day
Closest Subway Station: Daecheong Station (Exit 4)
What to Order: Golden Olive Hen, candy potato fries
What We Paid: Round KRW 15,000 per individual

Bongeunsa Temple

After lunch, take the metro to Bongeunsa Temple, a Buddhist temple positioned straight north of COEX Mall. It’s a very good place to make a fast cease earlier than visiting the mall’s Instagram-famous Starfield Library.

PHOTO: “Bongeunsa temple, Seoul” by mia!, used below CC BY-SA 2.0 / Processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
Bongeunsa Temple

Working Hours: 24 hrs
Admission: FREE
Closest Subway Station: Bongeunsa Temple Station (Line 9, Exit 1)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 1 hr

COEX Mall Starfield Library

Starfield Library is an open-air public library positioned in the course of COEX Mall. It options tons of of books and magazines, even iPads that you need to use to learn E-books. It’s a shocking library that’s develop into probably the most standard picture-taking spots in Seoul.
COEX Mall Starfield Library

Working Hours: 10:30AM-10PM, each day
Admission: FREE
Closest Subway Station: Samseong Station (Line 2 / Exit 5, 6), Bongeunsa Station (Line 9 / Exit 1, 6, 7), or Cheongdam Station (Line 7, Exit 2)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 2-Three hrs

Gangnam Procuring Road

The Gangnam district is without doubt one of the most prosperous neighborhoods in Seoul. It’s drawn comparability to Beverly Hills, CA and options a number of the costliest actual property within the metropolis. The district gained world recognition because of Korean singer Psy’s smash hit “Gangnam Fashion”.

In case you’d wish to discover the Gangnam District, then a very good space to begin is Gangnam-daero or Gangnam Procuring Road. Situated between Gangnam and Sinnonhyeon stations, this stretch of highway is the most well-liked buying and eating space in Gangnam.

PHOTO: “Gangnam-gu, Seoul” by Kan Wu, used below CC BY 2.0 / Processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
Gangnam

Closest Subway Station: Gangnam Station (Line 2 / Exit 10, 11) or Sinnonhyeon Station (Line 9 / Exit 5, 6)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 2-Three hrs

Wonjo Masan Halmae Agujjim

In case you stroll north on Gangnam-daero, then you definately’ll finally end up at a cluster of eating places specializing in ganjang gejang. It’s a dish of uncooked crab marinated in soy sauce.

To organize, contemporary uncooked crabs are cleaned then put in an earthenware crock the place they’re salted for about six hours. A mix of soy sauce and different components is boiled briefly then poured over the salted crabs.

After an hour, the sauce is eliminated and reboiled earlier than once more being poured over the crabs. This course of is repeated a number of occasions earlier than the dish is chilled and consumed.

I like crabs however I’ve by no means had it ready on this means. It’s completely scrumptious and one among my favourite issues to eat in Korea. In case you take pleasure in exploring the world via meals, then you could attempt ganjang gejang.

There are just a few ganjang gejang eating places on this space however we went to Wonjo Masan Halmae Agujjim primarily based on the energy of its evaluations.
Wonjo Masan Halmae Agujjim

Deal with: 10 Gangnam-daero 99-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Closest Subway Station: Sinsa Station (Exit 4)
What to Order: Ganjang gejang
What We Paid: Round KRW 30,000-40,000 per individual

DAY 4

Cheonggyecheon Stream

Begin your fourth day in Seoul at Cheonggyecheon, an 11 km lengthy city stream that runs via the center of central Seoul. It begins at Cheonggye Plaza and passes below 22 bridges earlier than flowing out into the Han River.

Cheonggyecheon Stream is a favourite picture backdrop for each locals and vacationers. Throughout the hotter months, you’ll usually discover folks sitting on the stream’s edge with their toes submerged within the water.

It’s straightforward to stroll the size of Cheonggyecheon Stream by yourself, however in case you’d wish to be taught in regards to the many vacationer sights alongside the way in which, then chances are you’ll be thinking about becoming a member of this free strolling tour.
Cheonggyecheon Stream

Closest Subway Station: Metropolis Corridor Station (Line 1, Exit 4)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 30 minutes – 1 hr

Gwangjang Market

Stroll east alongside the stream to Gwangjang Market, one among Seoul’s oldest and most well-known conventional markets. Open since 1905, it’s well-known for its classic clothes arcade and its abundance of avenue meals.

Gwangjang Market is a superb place to have a Korean breakfast. We have been there early within the morning when the stalls have been full of locals having fun with dishes like eomuk (fish muffins), tteokbokki, bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes), and kimbap (Korean sushi rolls). A couple of stalls have been even providing sannakji.
Gwangjang Market

Working Hours: 8:30AM-11PM, each day
Closest Subway Station: Jongno 5-ga Station (Line 1 / Exit 7, 8)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 1-2 hrs

Woo Lae Oak

A brief stroll from Gwangjang Market is Woo Lae Oak, one among Seoul’s oldest eating places. They’re recognized for his or her bulgogi and different barbecue dishes however they’re additionally well-known for his or her naengmyeon.

Naengmyeon is a dish of chilled buckwheat noodles usually served in an iced broth made out of beef, hen, or dongchimi (watery brine made out of kimchi). It’s initially a North Korean dish that grew to become standard all through the peninsula after the Korean Conflict.

once we had lunch at Woo Lae Oak, everybody else was having barbecue however I recommend attempting the naengmyeon. It’s an fascinating dish and Woo Lae Oak is alleged to be the most effective locations to attempt it in Seoul.
Woo Lae Oak

Deal with: 62-29, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Working Hours: 11:30AM-9:30PM, each day
Closest Subway Station: Euljiro 4-ga Station (Exit 4)
What to Order: Naengmyeon, bulgogi
What We Paid: Round KRW 15,000-20,000 per individual

Ihwa Mural Village

From Woo Lae Oak, make your means north to Ihwa Mural Village. We haven’t been there however it’s a preferred vacation spot for folks eager to take photos for his or her Instagram.

Ihwa Mural Village was as soon as a decaying residential neighborhood set for demolition over a decade in the past. To avoid wasting the neighborhood, native artists have been commissioned to create murals and sculptures and switch the realm into a creative landmark. The initiative labored, with Ihwa Mural Village changing into a preferred vacationer attraction in Seoul.

Like Bukchon Hanok Village, Ihwa Mural Village is a residential neighborhood so that you’re reminded to maintain your voices down if you go to.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is without doubt one of the most placing buildings in Seoul. It was designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid and capabilities as the first venue for vital design-related exhibits, occasions, and conferences in Seoul.

DDP is comprised of 5 halls – the Artwork Corridor, Museum, Design Lab, Design Market, and Dongdaemun Historical past and Tradition Park. Some areas are free to enter however restricted time displays will usually cost for admission. In case you like artwork and design, then it is a excellent spot to discover and get misplaced in for a few hours.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Working Hours: 10AM-7PM, Tue-Solar (closed Mondays)
Admission: FREE
Closest Subway Station: Dongdaemun Historical past & Tradition Park Station (Line 2, 4 ,5 / Exit 1)
Estimated Time to Spend: About 2 hrs

Itaewon

Amongst Seoul’s standard neighborhoods, Itaewon is the one we’re least acquainted with. Itaewon is thought for being probably the most culturally various neighborhoods in Seoul.

Itaewon refers to a full of life business space in Yongsan-gu, near the place American troopers stayed after the Korean Conflict. Through the years, it’s developed into a global vacation spot with quite a few bars, golf equipment, and eating places providing a variety of worldwide cuisines.

Itaewon is a favourite hangout for expats and vacationers. In case you wish to occasion, then chances are you’ll have an interest on this pub crawl (Klook | Get Your Information) that takes you to a number of the greatest bars in Itaewon or Hongdae.

Sigol Bapsang

we’ve solely been to Itaewon as soon as, satirically, to have dinner at this tiny old school Korean restaurant recognized for serving over 20 several types of banchan.

Banchan refers to these little plates of meals served firstly of a Korean meal. They’re usually handled as simply aspect dishes however at Sigol Bapsang, they’re the star.

For lower than USD 15, you’ll be able to take pleasure in a banchan feast with rice and a steaming bowl of jjigae (fermented soybean paste stew). Banchan is obtainable at virtually each Korean restaurant however Sigol Bapsang is the one place we’ve been to that serves it like this.
Sigol Bapsang

Deal with: 235 Itaewon-ro, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Working Hours: 24 hrs
Closest Subway Station: Itaewon Station (Exit 2)
What to Order: Banchan
What We Paid: Round KRW 10,000-15,000 per individual

Woosung Galbi

In case you’re nonetheless hungry after Sigol Bapsang and don’t wish to hand around in Itaewon, then chances are you’ll be thinking about having a Korean barbecue dinner at Woosung Galbi. It’s just some stops away by metro at Yaksu Market.

Meat is dear in Korea. You usually must shell out fairly a bit of cash to take pleasure in Korean barbecue. Fortunately, we discovered Woosung Galbi. It’s a no frills barbecue restaurant that provides simply two issues on their menu – pork galbi and pork rinds.

I learn that Woosung Galbi is standard amongst locals and Korean meals bloggers. True sufficient, the place was full of no different foreigners in sight. It’s a very good place to take pleasure in easy however scrumptious pork barbecue at affordable costs.
Woosung Galbi

Deal with: 372-40 Sindang3-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Working Hours: 2PM-2AM, each day
Closest Subway Station: Yaksu Station (Exit 5)
What to Order: Pork galbi, pork rinds
What We Paid: Round KRW 15,000-20,000 per individual

DAY 5

Your first 4 days in Seoul will take you to the town’s high cultural sights and its hottest neighborhoods. In your fifth and closing day, I recommending exploring past the town and happening a day journey.

Nami Island (pictured under), the DMZ, and the Everland theme park are among the many hottest locations, however for extra recommendations, then try our article on a number of the greatest day journeys you may make from Seoul.
Nami Island

That can assist you perceive the place these sights are in relation to 1 one other, I’ve pinned all of them on a map. Click on on the hyperlink to open the interactive map in a brand new window.
Map with pins

 

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