Soul Searching in Seoul, South Korea

This is one of my most awaited travel for 2013! This is the closest that I can get to Japan (for now – I thought). I have always wanted to see the cherry blossoms and I thought this should be a good start. Let me share to you my 5-day itinerary to Seoul, South Korea, learnings, must do’s, etc. I will create a separate blog/link for each day as this will definitely be a long blog.

Just a few reminders before you leave:

1. Print a map of the subway station. Believe me, this will be your bible when you are in South Korea.

2. For a 5 day stay, I had with me 400,000 Korean won. You will need liquid cash to buy your tickets in the subway (reload your T-money), for street food, for some restaurants, and for shopping.

3. It will be helpful to download an application in your smartphone – Korean translator so that you can converse with them or at least ask basic questions like food, subway, thank you, hello, etc. There are many establishments that has no English translation (menu, name of establishment, subway station), and 50% of the people I have spoken are not able to speak in English. But don’t get me wrong, despite language barrier, Koreans are still very eager to help: they will speak in their language and you keep on speaking on your language.

4. Check the weather forecast for your entire stay. Ensure that you have appropriate clothing for your stay.

5. Book your hotel/hostel/guest house in advance. For budget travels, Namsan Guesthouse is recommended as the staff are friendly, helpful, and their guesthouse is very near Myeongdong Shopping district and Myeongdong subway station. They also offer 5% discount if you will pay them in cash.

ostrich and me at nami Island
ostrich and me at nami Island

Day 1:

War Memorial of Korea – see this link:

Gwanghwamun Square

National Palace Museum of Korea

Han River Cruise

Day 2:

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Bukchon Hanok Village

Shopping at Myeong Dong

Seoul Tower

Day 3:

DMZ Panmunjeon

Shopping at Lotte Hotel (Duty Free)

Lotte World & Lotte Mart

Day 4:

Changdeokgung Palace

Changgyeonggung Palace

Secret Garden

Deoksugung Palace

Gwangjang Market

Myeongdong Shopping

Day 5:

Nami Island

Hello Kitty Cafe


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