Whether you are visiting Seoul for the first time or have visited before, the fact is that the country will never miss any chance to impress you with its myriad facets. When it comes to tourism in South Korea, it is indeed a fascinating country with a rich history, picturesque nature, beautiful culture, and incredible food. Talking about Seoul, the capital city is one of the must not miss locations in the country. There is a lot to explore and experience in the city. Not just this, the lovely and hospitable people take great care of tourists in order to provide them with an impeccable stay. Such is the charm of Seoul Itinerary 7 days to unveil all the aspects of the city.
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Day 1 – Seoul Itinerary
Visit a Palace
In total, there are five palaces in South Korea and all are worth visiting. However, it would be a good idea to visit them all, just not on a single day. Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) are the two main palaces in the city of Seoul. The other three are Gyeonghuigung, Deoksugung, and Changgyeonggung Palace. I would personally suggest you visit any of the Gyeongokgung and Changdeokgung palace, located in Jongno-gu. Changedeokgung palace is also a great place to see the beautiful cherry blossoms in Korea.
Jogyesa is one of the highly revered Buddhist shrines in Seoul. The temple is located in the heart of the city. Though the temple is not that big, yet, it is one of the most beautiful shrines in the city. The decoration of the temple changes according to the season so it’s beautiful all year round.
Jongmyo Shrine is one of the oldest temples in the city that dates back to the time of the Joseon Dynasty. It was once the shrine of royal families to worship their ancestors.
Shopping is a must-do activity when in Seoul. The neighborhoods of Insadong, Myeongdong, Gangnam and Hongdae are the main shopping hubs in Seoul. They tend to be open very late at night or not close at all. Here you can buy anything and everything from clothing to footwear to souvenirs to accessories. Not just this, you can also expect to buy different types of Korean goods including traditional tea, Korean hanji paper, and hanboks. If you are near Gangnam and Jamsil you can even rent a free bike in Seoul and ride around the city exploring these areas.
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Day 2 – Seoul Itinerary
Also known as N Seoul Tower, Namsan Tower is one of the top tourist attractions which has to be on your Seoul itinerary. It is Korea’s first integrated transmission tower. The attractions of this popular landmark include a digital observatory, multi-colored digital art projected onto the tower, HanCook restaurant, Haneul Restroom, and a roof terrace. It’s a nice place to see Seoul at night and have some drinks.
**If you’re not looking for expensive food options don’t worry they have cheap Korean food as well. Some of our favorites are Bibimbap and Chimaek. These dishes are truly woven into Korean food culture.**
Naksan Fortress Wall
Naksan Fortress Wall is undoubtedly the most beautiful tourist place in Seoul. The wall is slightly more than 100 meters high. Once you reach the top of the Naksan Mountain, one can relish the beautiful view of the entire city on a clear day.
While you are in Seoul, visiting a Karaoke room is a must thing to do. For a fact, Seoul houses a good number of Karaoke rooms. However, Su Noraebang, Pacific Room Club & Karaoke Kpop Music Town, Melody Fruits, and Rakhyu coin Karaoke are some of the highly rated and most recommended karaoke rooms in Seoul.
Day 3 and 4 – Seoul Itinerary
Reserve your day 3 and 4 for a day trip from Seoul. The most popular day trips from Seoul are to Everland, DMZ, and Nami Island.
DMZ and JSA
Located on the borders of South and North Korea, DMZ and JSA are one of the most talked-about attractions, located some 60 km from Seoul. Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) remains open all day. However, on some it remains closed for security reasons, hence, it is advisable to confirm it before visiting. Whereas, the Joint Security Area (JSA) is the part of the DMZ. This is the closest point accessible point to get to North Korea. Here you get a chance to step on the land of North Korea and that too without any visa.
Everland Theme Park
A fact to know is that Everland Theme Park is the biggest and most renowned theme park in South Korea. Whether you are a youngster or an elderly person, the park is ideal for people of all ages. The park not just includes enthralling rides, but many animals as well including the mischievous pandas.
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Located in Gapeyeong is one of the most sought-after tourist attractions in South Korea. If you want to spend some time far away from the city life of Seoul, then this is the best place to visit. Blessed with the abundance of nature, Nami Island is a beautiful place where you can also spot bunnies and squirrels roaming here and there.
Day 5 and 6 – Seoul Itinerary
On days 5 and 6, you can visit localities in Seoul. Hongdae, Dongdaemun, and Gangnam are some popular areas that you can explore on these two days.
Dongdaemun is one of those areas in Seoul that includes a mix of modern architecture, traditional clothing markets, and a number of stores. Some of the popular things to do while in Dongdaemun on your Seoul travel holidays are:
Dongmyo Vintage Clothes Market
Dongdaemun Traditional Clothing Market
Ihwa Art Mural Village
Remember the famous hit of Psy, ‘Gangnam Style’? Well, this is the area on which the entire song is dedicated. This locality is famous for beautiful department stores, K pop attractions, and beauty salons. Apart from beauty salons, one can also visit Bongeunsa Temple and COEX Shopping and Aquarium in Gangnam.
Do not dare to exclude Hongdae from your Korea trip itinerary. It is reckoned amongst the busiest areas in Seoul and is quite popular among students for food and partying. Along with themed coffee shops, you can also expect to see young Korean singers and dancers during evenings and weekends. Here are some of the best thing to do in Hongdae:
Day 7 – Seoul Itinerary
Korean War Memorial
For all history buffs, the Korean War Memorial is a not-to-miss attraction on the Seoul trip. The museum is pretty huge and houses exhibits depicting the history of the Korean war through multimedia exhibits, weapons, uniforms, black-and-white documentary footage, and maps. Not just this, there are also a number of tanks, planes, and helicopters on display.
Jimjibang is a gender-segregated bathhouse that includes relaxing bathing and massage areas, hot and cold-soaking pools, communal sleeping rooms, and entertainment lounges. There are plenty of Jimjilbang in Seoul to enjoy a soothing and luxurious experience. Itaewon Land, Spa Lei, Siloam Sauna, and Dragon Hill Spa are some top options if you are looking for Jimjilang in Seoul.
Your vacation to Seoul is incomplete without a shopping tour. Gwangjang, Noryangjin, Dongdaemun, Myeongdong, Seoul Folk Flea, Yongsan, and Yangjae Flower are the top markets in Seoul. You can choose to visit any of these markets on your last day. This will really show you the shopping and food culture here.
So, this was our recommended Korea travel itinerary. However, you can customize your own itinerary by removing and adding attractions. If you have any questions or queries, you can drop it in the comment section, we will be happy to answer. Besides, you can check out our blog section for more such amazing posts not just Korea but other countries as well.