I spent nine days in South Korea last autumn (Sept. 29 to Oct. 8) – 6 days with my family and 3 days alone. It’s my first ever visit there so I’ve tried the most recommended travel spots in Seoul and Suwon for first-time visitors. It was a fun, a bit chilly, and colorful escape. I listed down my itinerary below just in case you’re planning to visit this East Asian nation anytime soon. Hope this helps!
Airlines: AirAsia & Jeju Air | Accommodation: Bong Stay Insadong
Bukchon Hanok Village – This was a normal village until it became a shooting location of the K-drama Personal Taste. Nowadays, you will see restaurants, clothing stores and other businesses in the village. People also love strolling around Bukchon Hanok while wearing Hanbok, the traditional Korean attire.
Insadong – This long alley is one of the cheapest shopping areas in Seoul, especially for crafts and art pieces.
Gyeongbokgung Palace – This is the most popular palace in Seoul probably because it’s one of the most visible palaces in Korean dramas. Don’t miss the royal guard changing ceremonies as it’s the major traditional highlight in this tourist spot. Many locals and visitor also tour around the palace wearing hanboks.
National Palace Museum
Changdeokgung Palace & Secret Garden
N Seoul Tower – This 237-meter tower became famous because of the Korean series Boys Over Flowers and Rooftop Prince. You may hang love locks on the railings of the view deck while appreciating the beautiful sceneries.
Everland – The Disneyland of Seoul!
Myeongdong – Foreigners are all over this popular shopping haven for cosmetics & skincare products. You’ll also find nice fashion finds for discounted prices. It’s the ultimate pasalubong area.
Grevin Seoul Museum – If you wanna see the wax version of oppas and other influential people, visit this place!
One Mount Snow Park – You can do numerous things in this indoor snow and water park. Aside from the ice skating rink and slides, I loved the dog sledding experience. The amount of entrance passes cost less than 20,000 won, depending on the day and time of your visit. You must also expect to pay for the rental of ice skating shoes.
Gwangjang Market – This is a must-visit for food enthusiasts who’d like to try authentic Korean food. As a large traditional market, it’s also known for hand-made goods and quality linen.
Nami Island – Do you remember this moon-shaped island in the K-drama series Winter Sonata? For me, it’s the most relaxing tourist spot in South Korea. The colorful trees, especially those of the ginkgo trees, the rides, and the peaceful ambiance are more than enough for a breather. You’ll understand whywhen you’re there already. 🙂
Petite France – As its name implies, this park is a smaller version of France.
Garden of the Morning Calm
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Ehwa Woman’s University – This is the oldest all-female university in SoKor.
Haneul Park (Another IG-worthy spot!)
Digital Media City
Hwaseong Fortress (UNESCO)
Korean Folk Village (Quite expensive but worth the visit)
Every Nation Church Korea
If you want to see my photos on this trip, view this Facebook album. Also, feel free to message me if you have questions and if you want some tips for first-time visitors in South Korea. Thanks!