first-timers in South Korea

9-Day Itinerary for First-Time Visitors in South Korea

Annyeong, chingu!

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

DAY 1

 Tapgol Park
 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.

DAY 2

 

 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
 Myeongdong Cathedral
 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.

DAY 3

 

 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.

DAY 4

 

 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.

DAY 5

 

 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

DAY 6

 

 Cheonggyecheon Stream
 Dongdaemun Design Plaza
 Ehwa Woman’s University – This is the oldest all-female university in SoKor.

DAY 7

 

 Haneul Park (Another IG-worthy spot!)
 Digital Media City

DAY 8

 Hwaseong Fortress (UNESCO)
 Korean Folk Village (Quite expensive but worth the visit)

DAY 9

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 Every Nation Church Korea
 Last-minute shopping
 Incheon Airport

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!

SML,
Patchicha

4-Day Itinerary in San Vicente, Palawan

Palawan is known for housing one of the seven wonders of the world (The Underwater River), for having some of the best diving spots across the globe, and for having the most serene lagoons in the country.

In case you’ve already visited El Nido, Puerto Princesa, and Coron, and you thought you’re done with Palawan, I’m here to tell you otherwise. San Vicente, a town located about four hours away from Puerto Princesa, is another hidden gem in this province. If you’re a lover of white sand and the sun, you should definitely explore this place. For four days, the average all-in amount you’ll spend with this itinerary is between P11,000 and 15,000, depending on your food choices.

Here’s my four-day itinerary when I visited San Vicente, Palawan last July 2017 with my family and friends.

Airline: Philippine Airlines

Lodging: Turubien Resort

Day 1

 Dinner at Ka Inato
 Four-hour travel time from Puerto Princesa to San Vicente
 Arrival at Turubien Resort, Long Beach

Long Beach, the 14-kilometer shoreline in San Vicente, is probably the next big thing in Palawan. It’s actually three times longer than the shoreline in Boracay; hence the name Long Beach. I guess it could be one of the most visited beaches in Palawan a few years from now — or it could become the next Boracay although if you would ask me, I want it to remain the same. Peaceful. Relaxing. Flawless.


Day 2 (Island Hopping)

 Maxima Island
 Inaladelan/German Island (Turtle watching + Lunch)
 Twin Reef (Snorkeling venue)
 Sand Bar
 Dinner at Long Beach


Day 3 (Island Hopping 2)

 Tandan Beach (highly Instagrammable virgin beach)
 Palawan Camping (perfect for team building, family camping, honeymooners)
 Nao Nao Island
 Port Barton
 Bigaho Falls (It’s a gem!!!! The photos can’t justify its beauty)

The most beautiful secrets of San Vicente were revealed on our second island hopping. My favorite parts of day 3 were (1) being able to enjoy the beauty of Tandan Beach all to ourselves, (2) being able to explore Palawan Camping for free, and being able to privately swim at the breathtaking Bigaho Falls. I definitely want to repeat this tour when I come back to San Vicente.


Day 4 (Side trip: Puerto Princesa)

 Crocodile Farm
 Baker’s Hill (Home of the best hopia)
 Balinsasayaw

To kill time while waiting for our flight, we dropped by the Crocodile Farm, Bakers’ Hill and Balinsasayaw in Puerto Princesa.

 

Feel free to message me via Facebook or Instagram if you have questions about this San Vicente, Palawan itinerary. Have a great day ahead! 🙂

 

SML,

Patchicha

What Made Me Blog

Hi!

I’m Patricia Hisugan, a 24-year-old writer, traveler, and entrepreneur. I  founded Scriptonym, a provider of outsourced writing and proofreading services based in the Philippines.

I’ve started this blog last 2015, but I deleted my previous entries probably because I thought it would’t work. I had the wrong motives back then. I badly wanted to make a profession out of blogging to the point that I became so depressed that nothing seemed to work.

Now, I’m blogging simply because I love to write; I want to document my travels, share my thoughts and honor God through writing. After all, blogging doesn’t have to be filled with pressure. It’s about expressing oneself and sharing your learnings and experiences to also help, inspire, and bless others.

Expect more posts coming. God bless! <3

SML,

Patchicha