4 Days Itinerary & Estimated Expense in Seoul South Korea

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Walk with Cham in Seoul South Korea for 4 days.

As I've mentioned in my previous posts, my first visit to South Korea was for work, so I wasn't able to maximize my time there. Hence, I was really eager to return to this country and spend the holidays with Mike in Seoul. Since I couldn't afford to take a longer leave we booked a flight and hotel good for 4 days. It was in its pre-spring season so the weather was pleasantly cold which we like. So if you're a couple like ChaMike and would like to have couples activities, below is our itinerary you might be interested to try.

Day 0 | Manila- Seoul
We flew via Cebu Pacific and arrived at Incheon Airport at 9:05 pm. Traveled via limousine bus from Incheon to Seoul for almost an hour. Then checked in at a hotel in Myeongdong.

Day 0

3:20 pm- 9:05 pm      Travel from Manila to Incheon Airport
11:00 pm                    Arrival to Myeongdong Seoul, check in at Hotel JHill
12:00 pm                    Dinner at Two Two Chicken Myeongdong
1:00 am                      Rest
Day 1 | Gyeongbokgung, Bukchon, Insadong & Dog Cafe
I always want to put all historical places on the first day so I could be able to understand the country's history and appreciate it more. It is also advisable to visit areas that are close to each other. So on our first day we went to the ancient royal palace, Gyeongbokgung. Just one station away is Bukchon Hanok Village which we were able to try on hanbok or traditional Korean costumes. Another station away is Insadong, here we visited the Wall of Love at Ssamzeigil. Then we went back to Myeongdong to visit a dog cafe. We stayed at Myeongdong for the rest of the night.

Day 1

8:30 am                      Breakfast at Hotel JHill Myeongdong
10:00 am- 12:00 nn   Gyeongbokgung Palace
12:30 pm- 1:30 pm    Bukchon Hanok Village
2:00 pm- 4:00 pm      Ssamziegil Insadong
4:30 pm- 6:00 pm      Dog Cafe Myeongdong
6:00 pm- 8:00 pm      Stroll along Myeongdong
8:00 pm- 9:00 pm      Dinner at Yoogane Myeondong 
10:00 pm                    Rest

Day 2 | Nami Island, Petite France & Cookin Nanta
On our second day we decided to go outside of Seoul and visit the famous Nami Island. We also visited another tourist attraction 20 minutes bus travel from the island- Petite France. It was a bit far from the city so it took much of our second day. It was already evening when we got back to Seoul so the only activity left for us was to watch the renowned Korean musical, Cookin Nanta which is also in Myeongdong.

Day 2

7:00 am                      Breakfast at Hotel JHill Myeongdong
9:00 am- 11:00 am    Travel from Myeongdong to Nami Island
11:00 am- 2:00 pm    Nami Island
3:00 pm- 3:40 pm      Petite France
4:00 pm- 6:00 pm      Travel from Petite France to Myeongdong
8:00 pm- 10:00 pm    Watch Cookin Nanta
10:00 pm- 11:00 pm  Dinner at Myeongdong
12:00 mn                    Rest

Day 3 | DMZ & NSeoul Tower
We woke up early to join a guided tour at the DMZ or Demilitarized Zone of North and South Korea. After that we joined other couples to profess their undying love at Locks of Love NSeoul Tower and watched the sunset at the observatory.

Day 3

7:00 am                     Breakfast at Hotel JHill Myeongdong
8:00 am - 9:30 am    Travel from Seoul to DMZ
9:30 am - 2:00 pm    DMZ Tour
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm    Lunch at Itaewon
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm    NSeoul Tower
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm  Dinner at Jung Sung Bon Shabu Shabu and Shopping at Myeongdong

Day 4 | Seokchon Lake & Hongae's Love Museum and Free Market
For our last day we were able to witness the Cherry Blossom trees at Seokchon Lake in the morning. We then got back at Myeongdong and checked out at JHill Hotel, left our luggage at the reception then spent the whole afternoon at Hongdae- went to the Love Museum and had a ChaMike watercolor Korean illustration at the Free Market. We decided to put this on our last day because the Free Market is only open every Saturday.  

Day 4

8:00 am                     Breakfast at Hotel JHill Myeongdong
9:00 am- 10:00 am   Cherry Blossoms at Seokchon Lake
12:00 nn                    Check out at Hotel JHill, then lunch at Isaac Toast
1:30 pm- 2:30 pm     Hongdae's Love Museum
2:45 pm- 4:15pm      Hongdae's Free Market
5:00 pm                     Back at Hotel JHill Myeongdong get our bags then ride the Airport Limousine bus
9:00 pm                     Incheon to Manila          

My Seoul Actual Individual Expense

Airfare expense can be lessened if you can wait for a discounted rate. Since we went to Seoul during Holy Week, round trip airfare to Seoul (and all destinations) are expensive.

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  1. thank you for creating this itinerary page, so detailed even with expenses. Well done! :D

  2. Hi Cha, your blog is very interesting and informative. Makes me feel to go to Korea now,as in now na.lol. =)

  3. Hi! I just want to ask where you rented your hanbok? :) Thanks!

    1. Check this post :)


  4. Hi,

    what dates did you go to Seoul? we're planning to go last week of March until April 3rd, do you think we can see cherry blossoms that time? :)

    1. I guess you can see Cherry Blossoms in some areas. Try going to Seokchon Lake, the cherry blossom trees bloom early there


  5. I so love this blog! Very detailed. Very helpful Cham. Can't wait to visit Korea this sep! 😘

  6. hi,
    sharing my sample itinerary for first time visitors and two weeks stay on the southern provinces of Korea. Happy planning and safe trip!

  7. Wow Cham, you're a blessing. What a helpful blog. Thank you. Bless you! :)

  8. The meals in korea are very cheap? I saw mostly your lunch and dinner were no more than 15000 won. What n where did you eat?

  9. Was all your expenses already good for 2?

  10. i'll be going in korea next week, and your blog is very helpful to create our DIY itinerary since we will be staying at myeongdong as well! Thanks!! :)

  11. hi, when is the date you went for the trip? thanks!

  12. Hi, we'll be in korea this coming April, is myeongdong the best place to stay? thank you..


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