5-Day Seoul Adventure: A  Family Itinerary with Transportation Guide

national-palace-museum-korea-gyeongbokgung-palaceA 5-day Seoul Adventure. [Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of the most popular historical sites in South Korea.]

5-Day Seoul Adventure

Welcome to your personalized 5-Day Seoul adventure! We've put together the perfect itinerary to ensure your trip is unforgettable. Our carefully curated guide is free and designed to enhance your visit to this vibrant city. 

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Day 1: Arrival & Introduction to Seoul

Morning: Arrival in Seoul

Hotel Check-in Options:

Cheap: Philstay Myeongdong - Convenient and affordable. Best area to witness and enjoy the vibrant Seoul life. See or book here

Budget: Ibis Ambassador Seoul Insadong - Comfortable and centrally located. Enjoy the traditional 'hanok' houses and food. See or book here

Medium: Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong - Great amenities. It is located at the heart of the vibrant Seoul's soul. See, reserve or book here.

High-end: JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul - Luxurious with excellent services. Check out JW Marriott here

Luxury: The Shilla Seoul - Top-notch luxury and very convenient to explore, enjoy, and do business at Seoul's soul. See or book here

Afternoon:

Namsan Seoul Tower:

  • Transport: Subway Line 4 to Myeongdong Station, Exit 3. Take the Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus No. 05 to N Seoul Tower.
  • Fare: Subway ₩1,250, Bus ₩1,200 (one-way)
  • Ticket Price: Adults ₩11,000, Children ₩9,000
  • Option: N Seoul Tower, Petit France Village Package rate

Dinner:

Myeongdong: Enjoy street food like tteokbokki, hotteok, and kimbap. Enjoy the food while moving around. If you prefer, restaurants are also available nearby.


Day 2: Historic & Cultural Seoul

Morning:

Gyeongbokgung Palace:

  • Transport: Subway Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit 5.
  • Fare: Approximately ₩1,250 (one-way)
  • Ticket Price: Adults ₩3,000, Children (7-18) ₩1,500

Lunch:

Insadong: Try traditional Korean dishes at local restaurants, such as Sanchon (vegetarian temple food).

  • Transport: Walk from Gyeongbokgung Palace or take Bus No. 6011 to Insadong.
  • Fare: Subway ₩1,250, Bus ₩1,250 (one-way)

Afternoon:

Bukchon Hanok Village: Stroll through this traditional Korean village with beautiful hanoks.

  • Transport: Walk from Insadong (about 10-15 minutes)

Evening:

Cheonggyecheon Stream: A relaxing walk along downtown Seoul's modern public recreation space.

  • Transport: Walk from Bukchon Hanok Village to Anguk Station (Line 3), take the subway to Euljiro 1-ga Station (Line 2), and walk to Cheonggyecheon Stream.
  • Fare: Approximately ₩1,250 (one-way)

Dinner:

Itaewon: Enjoy international cuisine. Itaewon is in Yongsan District, formerly a US military base area. Experience international culture, food, and entertainment.

  • Transport: Subway Line 6 to Itaewon Station.
  • Fare: Approximately ₩1,350 (one-way)

Day 3: Modern Attractions & Family Fun

Morning:

Lotte World Theme Park: An indoor theme park with rides, an ice rink, and an aquarium.

  • Transport: Subway Line 2 or Line 8 to Jamsil Station, Exit 4.
  • Fare: Approximately ₩1,350 (one-way)
  • Ticket Price: Adults ₩59,000, Children ₩52,000 - Reserve here.

Lunch:

Lotte World Mall: The mall offers various dining options, from Korean cuisine to international dishes. Of course, you can explore its myriad of goods and merchandise.

Afternoon:

COEX Aquarium: One of the largest aquariums in Korea, located in the COEX Mall.

  • Transport: Subway Line 2 to Samseong Station, Exit 5 or 6.
  • Fare: Approximately ₩1,250 (one-way)
  • Ticket Price: Adults ₩28,000, Children ₩24,000

Evening:

Gangnam District: Explore the vibrant nightlife and dining options.

  • Transport: Subway Line 2 to Gangnam Station.
  • Fare: Approximately ₩1,350 (one-way)

Day 4: Day Trip to Everland Theme Park

Morning to Evening:

Everland Theme Park: A large amusement park with various rides, a zoo, and seasonal festivals.

  • Transport: Take a shuttle bus from various locations in Seoul or Subway Line 2 to Jamsil Station. Then, transfer to Everline (Line 3) to Jeondae-Everland Station. Then, take the free shuttle bus to Everland.
  • Fare: Subway approximately ₩2,000 (one-way), Shuttle bus ₩12,000 round trip
  • Ticket Price: Adults ₩56,000, Children ₩44,000

Dinner:

Return to Seoul: Dinner at a local restaurant near the hotel.


Day 5: Shopping & Departure

Morning:

Changdeokgung Palace and Secret Garden: A UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Transport: Subway Line 3 to Anguk Station, Exit 3.
  • Fare: Approximately ₩1,250 (one-way)
  • Ticket Price: Adults ₩8,000, Children ₩4,000

Lunch:

Hongdae: A vibrant area known for its youthful atmosphere and trendy cafes. Also, enjoy the restaurants, shops, and entertainments. 

  • Transport: Take Subway Line 3 from Anguk Station to Euljiro 3-ga Station, transfer to Line 2, and travel to Hongik University Station.
  • Fare: Approximately ₩1,350 (one-way)

Afternoon:

Hongdae Street Art and Performances: Enjoy street performances and explore the indie art scene.

Late Afternoon:

Shopping in Myeongdong: A prime shopping district with a mix of international brands, Korean cosmetics, and street food.

  • Transport: Subway Line 2 from Hongik University Station to Euljiro 1-ga Station.
  • Fare: Approximately ₩1,350 (one-way)

Dinner:

Noryangjin Fish Market: You can select fresh seafood and have it prepared on-site at one of the market's restaurants.

  • Transport: Subway Line 1 from Seoul Station to Noryangjin Station.
  • Fare: Approximately ₩1,350 (one-way)

Evening:

Han River Cruise: End your trip with a relaxing cruise along the Han River, enjoying the city lights and skyline.

  • Ticket Price: Adults ₩15,000, Children ₩7,500
  • Transport: Subway Line 9 to Yeouinaru Station, Exit 3. Walk to the cruise terminal.
  • Fare: Approximately ₩1,350 (one-way)

Additional Tips:

  • T-money + SIM Card: This card is recommended for convenience. It offers discounts on public transport fares and can be used on buses, subways, and some taxis.
  • Seoul Pass Card: Offers various transportation access and 100s of attractions. Explore and enjoy with ease and comfort (available here)
  • Fares: The listed fares are approximate and may vary slightly. A T-money card generally provides a slight discount compared to purchasing single-journey tickets.
  • Language: Basic English is widely understood in tourist areas, but learning a few basic Korean phrases can enhance your experience.
  • Cultural Etiquette: Be respectful at historic sites and follow local customs, especially in temples and palaces.

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