Seoul – Seven Days Itinerary

Seoul is the beautiful capital of South Korea. When I was planning my Seoul trip, I was a little taken aback by the numerous attractions here. Therefore, I decided to create this clear and concise Seven-Day Itinerary to help other travelers plan their trip.

Map of Seoul

Above is a simple map of Seoul to give you a rough idea of the various areas in Seoul.

 

Day 1: Samcheong-dong, Insa-dong, Namdaemun

Aerial View of Samcheong-dong Samcheong-dong

third floor of Ssamziegil InsadongInsa-dong

On the first day, we checked into our pretty Airbnb located near Seoul Station. If you are planning to stay at an Airbnb too, click here to get a $50 Airbnb coupon.

We started our first day in Seoul at Samcheong-dong, an area that is famous for its eclectic mix of majestic palaces, artisan cafes, art galleries, and Korean traditional houses.

Read more: 5 Things to Do in Samcheong-dong

Afterwards, we made our way to Insa-dong, an area with many Korean art galleries showcasing traditional Korean art. There are also many charming teahouses, restaurants, and fashion shops here. If you are planning to stay in this area, you can consider staying at CenterMark Hotel, a decent hotel located near the popular attractions.

Read more: 4 Things to Do in Insa-dong

Finally, we went to Namdaemun Market, which has over a thousand shops selling a huge variety of items such as clothes, art, ginseng, fishing equipment, etc. The famous Shinsegae Department Store is located nearby. In the large department store you will find luxury boutique shops (Ferragamo, Hermes, etc), a classy Food Market, and a large Food Court. The mall opens from 10.30am to 8pm.

Read more: Namdaemun Market (Seoul)

Day 2: Nami Island, Myeongdong

Evan and Raevian at Grass Field on Nami IslandNami Island

Myeongdong

Nami Island is where the classic Korean drama “Winter Sonata” was filmed. Other than the Winter Sonata tributes around the island, we also loved this picturesque island for its lush green fields and majestic redwood trees.

Read more:
How to Get to Nami Island and back to Seoul
8 Things to do on Nami Island

Afterwards, we made our way to the vibrant enclave of Myeongdong, famous for being a food and shopping haven. I am seriously missing all the good food we ate here! If you want to stay in Myeongdong, I would highly recommend staying at the Aloft Seoul Myeongdong, a new and modern hotel located conveniently near Myeongdong shopping street.

Read more: 6 Things to Eat in Myeongdong

Day 3: National Museum of Korea, Itaewon, Dongdaemun

National Museum of KoreaNational Museum of Seoul

JR Southern Style BBQ at ItaewonItaewon

Migliore Dongdaemun FacadeDongdaemun

We had an educational morning learning about the fascinating history of Korea at the National Museum of Seoul. This is the largest museum in South Korea and has many interesting exhibitions and well-preserved historical artifacts.

Read more: National Museum of Korea – A Short Review

Afterwards, we went to Itaewon, a culturally diverse district with shops and restaurants from all over the world. The area developed as such because of the presence of American soldiers here during the Korean War. We also visited N Seoul Tower, where we got an awesome view of Seoul’s skyline. A convenient hotel to stay at in this area is the Hamilton Hotel. It is located in an ideal location to enjoy the bars, clubs and eateries of Itaewon.

Read more: 8 Things to Do in Itaewon

After dinner, it was time for shopping and we spent a few hours at Dongdaemun Market. This is a famous shopping district in Seoul with lots of large shopping malls. The malls open till very late, so it is very vibrant and lively at night.

Read more:
4 Things to Do at Dongdaemun
“Okrumong” – Authentic Korean Bingsu at Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Day 4: University Quarter

Ewha Womans University

Caffe Bene WafflesCaffe Bene

On day 4, we moved to a charming boutique hotel, The Plaza Seoul. Remember to check out the best hotel prices in Seoul first before booking your room.

University Quarter consists of two main areas: Sinchon and Hongdae. We loved this area because there’s lots of good food and shopping places here. In addition, the prices are very affordable because the main consumers are the students from the various universities around. We spent an entire day here! If you love nightlife, you can consider staying at the Benikea Premier Marigold Hotel, located in the vibrant club district of Hongdae.

Read more:
6 Things to Do at University Quarter
5 Places to Eat at University Quarter




Day 5: Gangnam

Nike Store in Gangnam SeoulBananna Tree Garosu-GilGangnam is a prime estate district in Seoul where many wealthy South Koreans reside. It is the inspiration for the wildly-popular song by Psy: “Gangnam Style”. The main popular areas are Sinsa-dong, Apgujeong-dong, and Cheongdam-dong. In Sinsa-dong, we visited the beautiful Garosugil which is home to lots of awesome cafes. If you really love cafe-hopping, you may consider staying at Dormy Inn Premium Seoul Garosugil, a nice hotel conveniently located just minutes away from Garosugil. If you like shopping, make sure you visit Apgujeong Rodeo Street and Cheongdam Fashion Street. You will find many foreign and luxury brands at these two shopping districts.

Read more:
5 Things to Do at Gangnam
8 Best Cafes in Garosugil

Day 6: Yeouido Hangang Park, Gwangjang Market

Yeouido Park

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms Close up
Gwangjang Market

Busy Korean Food StallAfter breakfast, we headed to Yeouido Hangang Park, famous for its beautiful Cherry Blossoms. We were visiting in April so the gorgeous flowers were in full bloom.

Read more: Yeouido Hangang Park (Seoul) – More Than Just a Park!

Afterwards, we went to Gwangjang market. There are about 5000 shops here selling a variety of fabrics, Hanbok, clothes, shoes, bags and many more. However, our favourite section was the vibrant food market which had loads of stalls selling delicious Korean food.

Read more: 6 Must-Try Foods at Gwangjang Market (Seoul)!

Day 7: Home!

Seoul Express Train Ticket counterWe caught the early morning Express Train to the airport and flew back to Singapore. And that’s the end of our Seoul seven-day itinerary!

Below is a timetable of our itinerary for your easy reference. You can also view it as a picture file or customize it by downloading the excel version.

This article is part of our completely free and fantastic Ultimate Seoul Travel Guide. Why spend days researching when all your holiday information is simply a click away? 🙂

Time DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 DAY 5 DAY 6
9am Arrive at Incheon International Airport Nami Island:
Sightseeing
National Museum of Seoul Check in The Plaza Seoul Yeouido:
Sightseeing
10am Gangnam:
Shopping and Eating
11am Check in Bread’s Airbnb
12pm University Quarter (Sinchon):
Shopping and Eating
1pm Samcheong-dong:
Sightseeing and Eating
Gwangjang Market:
Shopping and Eating
2pm Itaewon:
Sightseeing, Shopping, Eating
3pm Petite France:
Sightseeing
Gangnam (Garosu-gil):
Cafehopping
4pm
5pm University Quarter (Hongdae):
Shopping and Eating
6pm Insa-dong:
Sightseeing, Shopping, Eating
Myeongdong:
Shopping and Eating
7pm Dongdaemun Market:
Shopping and Eating
8pm Namdaemun Market
Shopping and Eating
9pm
10pm

About Raevian

Raevian Lee is a travel addict who’s constantly craving for new experiences. She loves adventures and and her immediate goals are to try skydiving and bungee jumping. She is the co-founder of Eat and Travel With Us, a Food and Travel website based in Singapore. The philosophy is simple - to provide the best Food and Travel Guides!

3 Responses to Seoul – Seven Days Itinerary

  1. NF says:

    Thank you for your post. Means a lot to me 🙂

  2. ThamTF says:

    Hi,

    Any reason for checking out of Airbnb and checking in to The Plaza Seoul?

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