[KOREA] ITINERARY TRAVEL GUIDE – Best Places to Visit/ Go in Seoul

Finally the long awaited blogpost is up, Seoul, South Korea Itinerary Guide, a complete guide on best/ recommended places to visit and things to do in Seoul. AnakJajan are going to show you where to go and what to do in Seoul, South Korea.


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Seoul is the capital of South Korea and it is a charming city with both modern and traditional culture. The city has a lot to offer with tons of interesting shopping destinations, touristy spots, park, etc. It’s also a great culinary destination for food lovers.

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For complete KOREA FOOD GUIDE, check the following link https://anakjajan.com/2016/01/07/korea-food-guide-what-to-eat-in-seoul/

https://anakjajan.com/2016/01/07/korea-food-guide-what-to-eat-in-seoul/
https://anakjajan.com/2016/01/07/korea-food-guide-what-to-eat-in-seoul/


Visiting South Korea, some of you prefer to join group tour and while the rest of you including us prefer to go by ourselves so we can arrange the trip 100% according to our interest. On 2015, AnakJajan visited South Korea for the first time and it was a memorable trip, we simply cannot wait to be back.

The #AnakJajanKOREA trip on 2015 was our first time, the travel planning process was quite confusing for me since I didn’t know much about Seoul, I didn’t know where the hell is Gangnam, what the hell is Cheonggyecheon, which place is interesting enough for us to visit. It took me extra effort to do a research for recommended places to visit in Seoul.

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So now based on our experiences, it’s our turn to share with you and help you on your Seoul itinerary travel planning. AnakJajan are going to guide you and share with you famous places/ spots to visit in Seoul.

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Basically from the list below, you can choose the places that appeal to you and combine it into one itinerary. I categorize the spots per region, so you can visit those places perhaps in one day since it’s located close to each other.


JUNG-GU REGION

Myeong-dong (명동)
Myeong-dong is one of the main shopping districts in Seoul filled with tons of exciting shops, cafe and restaurants. You can simply find almost EVERYTHING HERE!! Most of the huge brands have at least one outlet in Myeong-dong.

Every shopaholic is going to be very happy here with all the fashion, make up, cosmetic, snacks shops. This area is huge and very crowded, there are lots of things to explore AnakJajan personally recommend you to visit this place at least two days 😀



For a place to stay, AnakJajan also highly recommend you to stay in this area since it’s very convenient to get anything here.


As for the food, there are so many cafes and restaurants here, the street food carts also offer tasty looking creations, don’t forget to visit Myeong-dong Kyoza and Ossuloc Green Tea Specialist, both places are a MUST HAVE.

Mandu KRW 10.000
Greentea Latte Hot KRW 5.500
Roasted Greentea Caramel Latte Hot KRW 6.000
Greentea Roll Cake KRW 5.000

Address:
Myeong-dong (명동)
Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 명동길 (명동1가)
Station:
Myeong-dong Station
Euljiro 3-ga Station
Map:

Cheonggyecheon Stream (청계천)
For a relaxing walk accompanied by the sound of water, you can try visiting the iconic Cheonggyecheon Stream, a 11 km long modern public recreation space. This area often hold events or festivals for example food festival, lantern festival, etc.



Address:
Cheonggyecheon Stream (청계천)
Taepyeong-ro 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 태평로1가 ~성동구 신답철교
Station:
City Hall Station (Line 1) Exit 4

Map:

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (동대문디자인플라자 (DDP))
DDP or Dongdaemun Design Plaza is a spacious space that holds various events like conferences, exhibition, show, etc both international and domestic.

This place has a marvellous and inspiring architectural feature both interior and exterior making it one of a great photo spots in town.


Address:
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (동대문디자인플라자 (DDP))
281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 을지로 281 (을지로7가)
Station:
Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) Exit 1
Map:

Dongdaemun Market (동대문시장)
For fashion items, you can try visiting Dongdaemun Market. It’s like the ITC of Seoul with all the cheap clothes both in retail and wholesale.

Address:
Dongdaemun Market (동대문시장)
Euljiro 6(yuk)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Station:
Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) Exit 14
Map:

Gwangjang Market (광장시장)
A popular tourist destination where you can find wide range of fabric items as well as interesting market food.

Address:
Gwangjang Market (광장시장)
88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로 88 (예지동)
Station:

Map:

Namdaemun Market (남대문시장)
Located between Myeong-dong and Seoul Station, Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional wholesale market in South Korea.

Address:
Namdaemun Market (남대문시장)
21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 남대문시장4길 21 (남창동)
Station:
Hoehyeon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) Exit 5
Map:


JONGNO-GU REGION

Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)
Another popular thing to in Seoul is to visit palace and out of five palaces in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung is the largest, most beautiful and most famous palace, it is also one of the most touristy spots in Seoul. Not very far from this palace, there’s a super famous yet delicious ginseng chicken or Samgyetang that you simply MUST TRY!

Admission Fees: KRW 3,000 Adults (19-64 years old)/ KRW 1,500 Children (7-18 years old), FREE if you wear Hanbok.

Address:
Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)
161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161 (세종로)
Station:
Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) Exit 5
Map:

Samcheongdong-gil Road (삼청동길)
Samcheongdong-gil Road is an exciting area especially for me and Mr. Jajan, it’s a street filled with lots of interesting cafes, antique shops, boutiques etc with peaceful and calm vibes.

Walking along the street is an enjoyable experience since most of the shops have unique and quirky architectural design. FYI, it’s located in a walking distance from Gyeongbokgung Palace or Bukchon Hanok Village.



Address:
Samcheongdong-gil Road (삼청동길)
Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu ~ Seongbuk-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
서울 종로구 삼청동 ~ 성북구 성북동
Station:
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) Exit 1
Map:

Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)
In this area you can find hundreds of hanok or Korean traditional houses being well preserved. Besides walking and taking picture in this area, you can also find many restaurant and tea houses too.


Address:
Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)
37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 계동길 37 (계동)
Station:
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) Exit 1 or 2
Map:

Insa-dong (인사동)
Still in a walking distance from Gyeongbokgung Palace and Samcheongdong-gil Road, Insa-dong is an interesting area that represent Korean traditional culture. Strolling around Insa-dong is an entertaining experience since each shop is unique. Other than tea houses, restaurants, cafes, galleries, in this area you can also find many traditional Korean souvenirs.

Address:
Insa-dong (인사동)
62, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 인사동길 62 (관훈동) 일대
Station:
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) Exit 6


GANGNAM-GU AREA

Sinsadong Garosu-gil Road (신사동 가로수길)
Charming upscale area filled with cafes and designer stores. Visiting this area during autumn season is such a great experience since the street is lined with gingko tree that will turn into golden yellow on autumn.


There’s one shop that you simply CAN’T MISS when in this area, that is LINE Store and Cafe, the first flagship and largest LINE Friends store in the world.

https://anakjajan.com/2015/12/21/korea-line-friends-store-cafe-seoul/
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Address:
Sinsadong Garosu-gil Road (신사동 가로수길)
Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 강남구 신사동 일대
Station:
Sinsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) Exit 8
Map:

Gangnam (강남)
Still remember the famous Oppa Gangnam Style song by Psy?? 😀
Located within walking distance from Garosu-gil Road, this area has the same upscale atmosphere, here you can find tons of plastic surgery clinics.

Address:
Gangnam (강남)
Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 강남구 테헤란로 (역삼동)
Station:
Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) Exit 10 or 11
Map:

Gangnam Station Underground Shopping Center (강남역 지하도상가)
This is where oppas got their gangnam style!! (please excuse my stupid joke 😀 )
The shopping mall is located inside Gangnam Station, in this mall you can find stylish fashion items from the latest trends especially for young generation. For comparison, it’s like the ITC version of Seoul, therefore you can find a great bargain of things here.

Address:
Gangnam Station Underground Shopping Center (강남역 지하도상가)
Underground, 396, Gangnam-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울시 강남구 강남대로 지하 396
Station:
(Seoul Subway Line 2, Sinbundang Line) Exit 1 or 12
Map:

Apgujeong Rodeo Street (압구정 로데오 거리)
The shopping street is said to have a various fashion shops and luxury brand, but to be honest the area isn’t too impressive for us.

mall across apgujeong rodeo street

Address:
Apgujeong Rodeo Street (압구정 로데오 거리)
Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul-si
서울특별시 강남구 압구정동 일대
Station:
Apgujeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) Exit 2.
Map:

COEX Mall (코엑스몰)
The huge shopping mall is filled with various global brands for fashion, beauty, lifestyle, etc. Besides shopping, you can also find interesting entertainment like large movie theater, aquarium and museum.

Address:
COEX Mall (코엑스몰)
513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 강남구 영동대로 513 (삼성동)
Station:
Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) Exit 5 or 6
Map:


MAPO-GU REGION

Haneul Park – World Cup Park (월드컵공원)
World Cup Park consists of 5 parks, Pyeonghwa Park, Haneul Park, Noeul Park, Nanjicheon Park, and Nanji Hangang Park. One of the parks that AnakJajan have visited is Haneul Park, the spacious park has a vast grassland on the highest elevation.



Address:
World Cup Park (월드컵공원)
World Cup Stadium Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1
Map:

Hongdae (Hongik University Street) (홍대)
Hongdae is a hip and young area filled with many trendy hang-out spots and shops. The walking street in front of Hongik University is a must visit. Many young individuals show their talents in street performances here.






Address:
Hongdae (Hongik University Street) (홍대)
Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 마포구 어울마당로 일대
Station:
Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang, AREX) Exit 8 or 9
Map:


SEODAEMUN-GU REGION

Ewha Woman’s University & Sinchon
Located adjacent, Ewha and Sinchon is the home for two universities, Yonsei University and Ewha Woman’s University that explains the cheap shopping and affordable eats in this area.

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Address:
Ewha Woman’s University & Sinchon
52 Ewhayeodae-gil, Daehyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea


Station:
Ewha Woman’s Univ. Station (Subway Line 2) Exit 2 or 3
Sinchon Station (Subway Line 2) Exit 2 or 3
Map:


YONGSAN-GU REGION

N Seoul Tower (남산서울타워)
Namsan Seoul Tower is an iconic tourist spot as well as a landmark to the city. The famous tower in Namsan Mountain is surrounded by lush green park resulting a very picturesque view both from or to the tower.


Observatory Admission Ticket: KRW 10,000 Adult/ KRW 8,000 Children.

Address:
N Seoul Tower (남산서울타워)
105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가)
Opening Hours: 10:00-23:00
Direction:
Via Cable Car, from Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) Exit 3, walk for approximately 15 mins following the street on the right side of the Pacific Hotel and take the cable car to N Soul Tower.
Map:

Itaewon
Itaewon is filled with many international dining and shopping scene to cater foreigners.

Address:
Itaewon
Hannam-dong and Itaewon-dong in Seoul
서울특별시 용산구 이태원동 , 한남동 일대
Station:
Itaewon Station (Subway Line 6)
Map:


OUTSIDE SEOUL

Nami Island
https://anakjajan.com/2016/07/14/korea-nami-island-namiseom-travel-guide/

https://anakjajan.com/2016/07/14/korea-nami-island-namiseom-travel-guide/
https://anakjajan.com/2016/07/14/korea-nami-island-namiseom-travel-guide/
https://anakjajan.com/2016/07/14/korea-nami-island-namiseom-travel-guide/

Petite France
https://anakjajan.com/2016/05/17/korea-petite-france-gapyeong-travel-guide/

https://anakjajan.com/2016/05/17/korea-petite-france-gapyeong-travel-guide/

https://anakjajan.com/2016/05/17/korea-petite-france-gapyeong-travel-guide/

Fiuhhhh finally we reach the end of this long travel post. Hopefully it can help you to plan for your upcoming trip to Seoul. There are still more and more exciting places to explore, we’re going to update this post with new recommendation after returning from our 2nd trip to Korea soon. Stay tuned!!

Check link below for more travel post about Korea  https://anakjajan.com/category/location/south-korea/

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6 thoughts on “[KOREA] ITINERARY TRAVEL GUIDE – Best Places to Visit/ Go in Seoul”

  1. Hi Anak Jajan, such a comprehensive recap for Seoul itinerary! Just like both of you, SK is amazing country and I’m eager to go there again! Anyway, could you inform me the exact date of your 2015 and 2016 trip? I love those autumn vibes and you got the best peak autumn!

  2. hi Anakjajan, i’ll be having my first trip to Seoul on November. so happy to read all your post. it was very helpful on planning my trip. 🙂 may i ask where is the best location to stay? i’ve been planning to get accommodation thru airbnb… thank you in advance 🙂

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