Seoul, South Korea Complete 4 Days 3 Nights Itinerary

Seoul, South Korea’s capital, is the largest, most populated city in South Korea and home to half of the South Korean population in the metropolitan area. With high rise buildings dominating the city’s skyline and untouched mountains, Seoul has the best mix of city and nature for the perfect getaway.

Recommended accommodation for Seoul: Signiel Seoul

Signiel Seoul

Signiel Seoul is operated by Korea’s biggest hotel group, Lotte Hotels and Resorts. Signiel is the first luxury landmark hotel opened in 2017 and represents Korea as a landmark. Signiel Seoul offers panoramic views of the cityscape from all 235 rooms, as well as the world’s highest hotel ballroom, giving the ultimate experience to top-class customers from all over the world.

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“Amazing views, large rooms”

“The most luxurious hotel in Seoul”

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Grand Deluxe Double Room
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Transport

Subway

Seoul Metropolitan Subway

The Seoul Metropolitan Subway is the railway system consisting of 22 rapid transit, light metro, commuter rail and people mover lines. It spans over most of the metropolitan area of Seoul, including Incheon and several cities in Gyeonggi-do. The CityMapper App is an easy way to route your journey from A to B and it even recommends the best exits in and out of the station. The colour-coded subway is very easy to use and is the main mode of transportation for locals and foreigners. 

  • Operating hours: 5:30 – 24:00, approximately every 2-3 minutes. Times may vary according to the respective lines.
  • Ticket prices: The basic fare is ₩1,050. The subway fares are calculated based on distance travelled.
  • Single ticket: Can be purchased at ticket vending machines inside the subway station. One ticket purchase requires a deposit of ₩500 which you get back when you return the ticket in the “Deposit Refund Device”
  • T-Money Card: A prepaid transit card. These can be purchased at ticket booths or convenience stores and can be reloaded at the ticket vending machines.
PassengerT-MoneyTicket
Regular (19 years and up)₩1,050₩1,150
Teen (13-18 years)₩720₩1,150
Child (6-12 years)₩450₩500
  • Airport Railroad Line and Sinbundang Line cost an additional fee
  • 10 – 40km: ₩100 for every 5km
  • After 40km: ₩100 for every 10km

Taxi

Regular Taxis (Ilban Taxi / 일반 택시)

  • Basic fare (first 2km): ₩3,800 during the day, ₩4,600 at night
  • Additional fee per 132 metres: ₩100
  • Additional fee if taxi is slower than 15km/hour: ₩100 every 31 seconds

Black/Deluxe Taxis (Mobeom Taxi / 모범택시)

  • Basic fare (first 3km): ₩6,500
  • Additional fee per 151 metres: ₩200
  • Additional fee if taxi is slower than 15km/hour: ₩200 every 36 seconds

Jumbo (Van) Taxis

  • For large groups or people with a lot of baggage
  • Same prices at black/deluxe taxis
  • Dispatch charge when calling: ₩1,000
  • Call number: 02-888-2000 (outside Korea +82-2-888-2000)

Out-of-Seoul Surcharge

  • There is a 20% surcharge from Seoul to adjacent cities.

Toll fees 

  • Toll fees to and from the airport are sometimes added to the meter charge – check with the driver beforehand to know if he is planning on charging you.

Payment 

  • Cash
  • Credit card
  • T-money
  • Be wary of drivers that say their card machine isn’t working as they could be illegal taxis.

4 Days 3 Nights Recommended Itinerary

Day 1:

Take airport bus service from Incheon airport to Signiel. Around ₩7,500 for adults and ₩5,000 for children

Go shopping in Myeongdong

Myeongdong is the best place to go for any first-timer’s trip to Seoul. On every street you will be overwhelmed with fashion, makeup and skincare stores. Don’t worry about getting hungry while you shop as the streets have street food stalls and restaurants in abundance.

Route: Signiel to Myeongdong

Migliore

  • Opening Hours: Everyday, 10:30 a.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Address: 24-1 Chungmuro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Migliore Myeongdong

Myeongdong Underground Shopping Centre

  • Opening Hours: Everyday, 10:30 a.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Address: 123 Toegye-ro, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Myeongdong Underground Shopping Centre

Myeongdong Shopping Street

  • Opening Hours: Generally closes around 21:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 83-9 Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Myeongdong Shopping Street
Route: Myeongdong to Namsan Tower

Namsan Tower

Experience panoramic views from the 360-degree N. Seoul Tower observatory deck. This landmark is also a hotspot for K-drama’s to film including Boys Before Flowers. The romantic aura gives the perfect vibe for a K-drama.

  • Opening hours: Monday-Friday/Sunday 10:00 – 23:00; Saturday 10:00 – 00:00
  • Entrance fee: Adult ₩10,000, Child ₩8,000
  • Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Namsan Tower

Day 2

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

Get a taste of Korea’s rich history by learning more about the North-South divide. Tour operators have their different itineraries so make sure you find one that interests you. They will arrange for their own pick up/drop off at or near the hotel.

Freedom Bridge
Dora Observatory
Third Tunnel of Aggression
Joint Security Area (JSA)

Jjimjilbang

A jjimjilbang is a 24-hour public gender-segregated bathhouse. In a jjimjilbang you will find: hot and cold soaking baths, bathing area, massage area, saunas, sleeping area and a communal area with a tuck shop selling Korean goodies. A favourite past-time amongst Koreans to de-stress.

Jimjilbang hot room
Jimjilbang communal area
Jimjilbang

Day 3

Route: Signiel to COMMON GROUND

COMMON GROUND

COMMON GROUND is a unique creatively design complex made out of 200 shipping containers The containers have been painted a bright blue colour with white writing making it the perfect place for people to take “that instagram picture.”

  • Opening Hours: Everyday, 11:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 200 Achasan-ro, Jayang 4(sa)-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
COMMON GROUND
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COMMON GROUND
Route: COMMON GROUND to Gyeongbokgung palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

It is amazing to see how Gyeongbokgung palace has been preserved over the years. As the palace is in the middle of the city, it is easy to get to via the metro.

  • Opening hours:
January-February9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
March-May9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
June-August9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
September-October9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
November-December9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

*Last entry one hour before closing and closed on Tuesdays

  • Entrance fee: Adults ₩3,000 Children (7-18) ₩1,500
  • Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Day vs. Night
Route: Gyeongbokgung palace to bukchon hanok village

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village has preserved the old Korea with the traditional architecture and furnishing. You can also rent Korean traditional dresses (hanboks) and pose in the streets.

  • Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 09:00 – 18:00; Saturday-Sunday, 09:00 – 17:00
  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Address: 37 Gyedong-gil (계동길), Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Bukchon Hanok Village
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Wear a traditional Korean dress, Hanbok
Route: Bukchon hanok to Dongdaemun

Dongdaemun Shopping

In addition to the shopping in Myeongdong, Dongdaemun is also a popular shopping area filled with malls and street vendors. Compared to Myeongdong, Dongdaemun has less makeup and skincare, instead selling more Korean fashion.

Doota

  • Opening hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:30 – 05:00; Sunday, 10:30 – 00:00
  • Address: 275 Jangchungdan-ro, Gwanghui-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

MIGLIORE DONGDAEMUN

  • Opening hours: Monday, closed; Tuesday-Sunday, 10:30 – 04:30
  • Address: 275 Jangchungdan-ro, Gwanghui-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Migliore Dongdaemun
Seven floors of men and women’s fashion

apM PLACE

  • Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 20:00 – 05:00; Saturday, closed; Sunday 20:00 – 00:00
  • Address: 276 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 7(chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Chic clothes at apM PLACE

DONGDAEMUN DESIGN PLAZA

  • Opening hours: Monday, closed; Tuesday-Thursday/Sunday, 10:00 – 19:00; Friday-Saturday, 10:00 – 21:00
  • Address: 281 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 7(chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
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Day 4

Sightseeing and more shopping

Route: Signiel to COEX

COEX

COEX shopping mall is one of the largest underground shopping centres in South Korea. Inside COEX, you will find: a concert hall, aquarium, movie theatre, arcade, kimchi museum and brand name stores.

  • Opening hours: Everyday, 10:30 – 22:00
  • Address: Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
COEX mall
Starfield Library inside COEX
COEX Aquarium
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Route: COEX to JYP Building. Fastest mode of transport – taxi.

Idol Spotting at JYP

In Gangnam, you will find the headquarters of many Korean entertainment companies. It is a popular place for people to go in hopes of spotting an idol. As well as visiting JYP, K-pop fanatics can go and see SM or CUBE headquarters nearby too.

  • Opening hours: 24 hours
  • Address:  205 Gangdong-daero, Seongnae-dong, Gangdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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JYP new building
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JYP Family at SBS Gayo Daejeon
Route: JYP Building to Seoul Olympic Park

Seoul Olympic Park

Seoul Olympic Park has ten cafés and restaurants, convenience stores, a K-pop museum, fitness centres, basketball courts and skating arenas. There are bikes, kites, balls and skates, for visitors to rent at a low price, meaning any day here is packed with activities. There’s so much to do that you could spend the whole day here!

  • Opening hours: Pedestrian and bicycle access: 05:00 – 22:00; Car access: 06:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 424 Olympic-ro, Oryun-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul Olympic Park
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Skating Rink

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