Seoul, the paradise for shopaholics, foodies and kpop fans. With excitement at every corner, there is honestly too many things to do here and with so little time. Here is our 5 days Seoul itinerary and travel guide, encompassing the top 15 things to eat, see and do in Seoul, Korea.

Day 1

Accommodation @Artravel

Located in the heart of the bustling streets of Myeongdong, Artravel is definitely the right place to stay at this trip. Not only is it a stone’s throw away from Myeongdong station, it is also surrounded by apparel and skincare shops, korean marts and street food carts, making it a very convenient location.

While the rooms may be a bit small as seen from the photos, there is more than sufficient space to lay out all three of our luggages and still have enough for us to just chill. The sanitary conditions there are also comparable to luxurious hotels despite it being a hostel-typed accommodation at the cost of S$80+ per night.

Artravel
31 Myeongdong 4-gil, 4th floor Jung-gu Seoul KR, South Korea

Breakfast @Migabon

Located a few streets away from Artravel lies this traditional porridge restaurant.

Their Ginseng Chicken Porridge was my favorite one, with a moderate intensity of the ginseng fragrance.

Their signature dish, Abalone Porridge, is also worth mentioning. There’s a slight sweetness to the porridge and there was a substantial amount of abalone.

Migabon
56 Myeongdong-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Shopping @Myeongdong

The streets of Myeongdong truly comes to live as the sun sets, the evening inviting lines of carts selling street food of different varieties, ranging from traditional Korean food such as japchae and tteokbokki to a more modern spin-offs like Oreo churros.

I really like how you can shop in higher end brands such as FILA and Adidas, and easily transit to the humble shopping carts once you start feeling the burn in your wallet.

Lunch @Nolboo- Seoul

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While it may not be the best army stew in Seoul, I would definitely award it as the most worth-it one. Costing about S$10 per person, you get a large pot of kimchi soup consisting of 4 different types of preserved meat. The noodles cost ₩2000 per packet and come in 5 different types to choose from, your classic instant ramyeon, raw noodles, udon etc.

For an additional ₩5000, you can also add on a side which includes a packet of noodle of your choice, 4 kinds of ham, sujebi (hand-torn dough), jaraengi tteok (bead-shaped rice cake) and boiled potato dumplings.

Nolboo- Seoul
Myeongdong 2(i)-ga. Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Bau House

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With only a low cost of ₩8000 (inclusive of a free drink), you get to spend a whole day with these cute little pups in Bau House. This is one of the better pet cafes that I have been to, not too crowded and with more than enough dogs to go around!

Bau House
64 Yanghwa-ro, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Dinner @Myeongdong Kyoja

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Myeongdong Kyoja proclaims to be the creater of Kalguksu noodles- noodles which are thinly sliced. With only 4 items on their menu, it really surprised me how all three levels of the restaurant were fully filled on a weekday.

Their menu includes Mandu dumplings, Kalguksu (‘chopped noodle’ soup), Bibimguksu (spicy noodle soup) and Kongguksu (noodles in cold soybean soup) which is only available during summer. All four items cost about S$10 each.

Myeongdong Kyoja
29 Myeongdong 10-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Day 2

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DMZ Tour

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There are numerous websites promoting their tours, most of them being a full day tour. Personally, I think that spending half a day there is more than enough unless you’re a history enthusiast.

I booked my half-day tour on Viator for S$54 which includes the Dora Observatory, Imjingak Park, Freedom Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and lastly the DMZ Exhibition Hall.

Although it only lasted 6 hours, I felt that the attractions covered by the tour guide was sufficient.

Lunch @Premium Jangin Dakgalbi

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Having the word ‘premium’ in the restaurant name, one would expect the prices here to be exorbitant. However, that word is only reflected in the quality of their dakgalbi.

A minimum of two portions- ₩9000 per portion- has to be ordered per table. So unless you’re bulking, you might want to bring a partner-in-crime for this sinful indulgence.

The menu is slightly confusing as the ₩9000 doesn’t include the cheese as shown in the menu. Instead, the cheese is sold separately at ₩4000 per person, ₩5000 for 3 and ₩6000 for 4.

I recommend getting the fried rice afterwards which costs ₩2000 and the bongbong drink (₩2000), a refreshing mandarin orange drink. It really helped to counter the heat of the dakgalbi.

Shopping @Hongdae Shopping Street

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A similar shopping experience to Myeongdong, so it’s okay to leave this out of your itinerary. But if you want to maximise your haul then a few hour have to be set aside for this place.

If you have to choose between the two though, there are more restaurants and cafes here compared to Myeongdong. So it ultimately boils down to whether you prefer shopping or eating. My verdict? Go to both!

Note: the phone cases here are slightly cheaper ₩7000 compared to Myeongdong’s which cost ₩10,000.

Dessert @Sul-bing

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Sulbing is a chain dessert cafe that is spotted all over downtown Seoul. The origins of the craze over bingsus can be credited to this cafe, selling a range of traditional Korean desserts such as bingsu and injeolmi.

Their signature dish includes their Injeolmi Snowflakes (₩7000) which has a nutty bean powder, chewy rice cake, cream cheese over a milk-flavored shaved ice.

My personal favorite is their Injeolmi Honey Butter Bread (₩6000). It’s a toast coated with a nutty bean powder and mildly sweet honey, paired with a mochi stuffed between the two slices of bread.

Sul-bing
15 Hongik-ro 6-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Day 3

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

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An icon of Seoul, this place cannot be left out of your itinerary. In order to get the full experience, renting a hanbok is highly recommended. Moreover, wearing a hanbok exempts you from the entry fee which costs ₩10,000.

We rented our hanbok slightly further away from the palace at Oneday Hanbok. Due to its location, the prices here are cheaper than the ones located opposite the palace. The hanboks cost ₩18,000 for 4 hours and ₩28,000 for the whole day.

Gyeongbokgung Palace
161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Lunch @Tosokchon Samgyetang

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After a tiring and freezing photoshoot at Gyeongbokgung Palace, walk down a few streets to Tosokchon Samgyetang to warm yourself up with their signature ginseng chicken soup.

Their most affordable bowl costs ₩20,000. Though being rather pricey, it was really filling and most importantly, a blessing in the cold weather. It includes a whole chicken with glutinous rice stuffed inside, and of course the ginseng soup itself.

Toksokchon Samgyetang
5 Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Chebu-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Day 4

Everland

If you’re considering between Everland and Lotte World, heed my advice and come onto #TeamEverland. Not only is it the home of the steepest rollercoaster in the world, there are other heart thumping rides available!

For the animal lovers, you’ll be surprised to hear that there is a zoo in the amusement park. You’ll definitely have an experience of your lifetime as you come in close contact with white tigers, lions and bears.

Purchase your tickets now at Klook!

Dessert @O’sulloc Tea House

For the best green tea dessert in Seoul, head down to O’sulloc Tea House. Order a creamy Green Tea Double Cheesecake for ₩6,500 and sip on a warm cup of Hot Green Tea Latte for ₩6,500 after a tiring day.

Aside from food, O’sulloc has a range of their unique tea leaves for sale. In individual packagings, their Moon Walk, Jeju Orchid Green Tea and Red Papaya Black Tea make perfect souvenirs. My personal favorite is the Moon Walk, which is a fermented tea with a sweet pear aroma.

O’sulloc Tea House
12, Myeongdong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

Day 5

Nami Island

Nami Island, although located 1.5 hours away from downtown Seoul, is a popular tourist destination that must not be excluded from this list. Beautiful scenery, romantic ambiance and packed with exciting activities, it is recommended to reserve an entire day for this attraction.

There are many tour packages online and I recommend getting the one which includes Nami Island, Gangchon Railbike, Garden of Morning Calm and Petite France.

Coming from personal experience, my friends and I didn’t want to follow a day tour to Nami Island due to the lack of time and not only was it an inefficient trip, we missed out many famous attractions. However, if you’re already familiar with the itinerary, you can purchase your tickets from Trazy which includes transport to and from Nami Island Ferry Terminal, as well as the ferry tickets.

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