Seoul, South Korea
The perfect 5 days itinerary

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a sprawling metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways, and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces, and street markets. Notable attractions include the futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a convention hall with curving architecture and a rooftop park; Gyeongbokgung Palace, which once had more than 7,000 rooms; and Jogyesa Temple, site of ancient locust and pine trees. Seoul is also known for its delicious street food, vibrant nightlife, and shopping districts.

What to do in Seoul?

This 5 days itinerary is the perfect guide to the best things to do in Seoul. It includes day-by-day activities, travel tips, and the top places to visit.

Day 1: Historical Exploration

Morning

Start your day with a visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. Don't miss the changing of the guard ceremony. Next, visit the National Folk Museum of Korea, located within the palace grounds, to learn about Korean history and culture.

Afternoon

Head to Bukchon Hanok Village, a traditional Korean village with hundreds of hanok (traditional Korean houses). Take a stroll around the village and enjoy the panoramic view of Seoul from the observatory.

Evening

Visit Insadong, a neighborhood known for its traditional culture and crafts. Explore the art galleries, tea houses, and shops selling traditional Korean goods.


Day 2: Modern Seoul and Shopping

Morning

Visit the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a major urban development landmark in Seoul. Explore the exhibitions and creative spaces. Next, head to the Dongdaemun Market, Korea's largest wholesale and retail shopping district.

Afternoon

Visit Myeongdong, one of Seoul's main shopping districts. Try some street food, shop for cosmetics, and visit the Myeongdong Cathedral.

Evening

Head to N Seoul Tower, located on Namsan Mountain in the center of Seoul. Enjoy the panoramic views of the city from the observation deck.


Day 3: Cultural Experience

Morning

Visit the Jogyesa Temple, the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea. Participate in the temple's meditation program. Next, visit the Bongeunsa Temple, another important Buddhist temple in Seoul.

Afternoon

Visit the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, which houses traditional Korean art, as well as contemporary and modern art.

Evening

Explore the Itaewon neighborhood, known for its diverse culture, international cuisine, and vibrant nightlife.


Day 4: Nature and Relaxation

Morning

Visit the Seoul Forest, a large park in Seoul. Enjoy a leisurely walk, rent a bike, or visit the butterfly garden.

Afternoon

Visit the Banpo Hangang Park and enjoy a picnic by the Han River. Try some water sports or simply relax and enjoy the view.

Evening

Visit the Lotte World Tower, the tallest building in South Korea. Enjoy the view from the observation deck and visit the Lotte World Mall for shopping and dining.


Day 5: Exploring the Outskirts

Morning

Take a day trip to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea.

Afternoon

Continue your tour of the DMZ, visiting the Dora Observatory, where you can get a glimpse of North Korea, and the Third Infiltration Tunnel, discovered in 1978.

Evening

Return to Seoul and spend your last evening in Hongdae, a neighborhood known for its youthful and artistic ambiance, underground culture, and freedom of self-expression. Enjoy live music, street performances, and local food.


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