As the saying goes: “So much to do, so little time”. Planning can be a hassle, especially when it comes to long holidays and countries you know deep down that you have to spend a minimum of 5 days in Korea.
We’ve come up with a useful itinerary suitable for anyone to help you plan out which sights and attractions you shouldn’t miss!
DAY 1: Arriving at Jeju Island
Go off the beaten track and explore the beautiful island of Jeju, one of the natural World Heritage sites, and the paradise island in every heart of the locals. It is the biggest island in South Korea, abounding with natural wonders that steal your breath away.
Soak yourself in the Hawaiian-like atmosphere of Jeju island in a day. Enjoy a delicious dinner at Donsadon, which has earned the prestigious Michelin star for mouth-watering black pork. Yes, you deserve the treat! Afterward, don’t forget to check out the Yeon Dong. In this pedestrian-only shopping district you can find quirky boutiques and shopping brands in every variety.
DAY 2: Jeju Island – the Natural Wonders
Get a head start the next morning and see the sunrise as you hike Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. On top of the peak, you will see the sun rising from the sea surface, rendering dreamy colors to the sea. Explore the mysterious Manjanggul Cave and be awed by the force of nature.
Then, make the most of your day by taking a Day Tour of Western Jeju to see some of its top tourist attractions. Book now to secure your visit to breath-taking waterfalls, volcanic scenes, museums and more.
DAY 3: Seoul City – Pick a perfect hanbok
Head back to Seoul city and see the magnificent palaces of Imperial Korea, before heading down to the Bukchon Hanok Village to try on an authentic hanbok—a perfect Instagram opportunity! Strolling down the ancient streets in the charming garments will take you back to a different era.
A quick tip: Be a well-prepared traveler! Book your AREX Express Train Ticket taking you from Seoul Incheon Airport to the city fast and comfortably.
DAY 4: Seoul City – It’s Shopping Time!
Spend your fourth day in Korea exploring Seoul’s shopping scene. In Hongdae, you can see countless shops and boutiques where you can pick up some of your favorite Korean products. After lunch, explore the unique, novelty cafes in Itaewon. Then, maybe take a romantic detour and leave your own lock at Insadong.
DAY 5: Everland Theme Park
Block out at least a whole day to get your blood pumping on the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster, along with other thrilling attractions at Korea’s largest and most exciting theme park. Skip the lines when you book your ticket with KKday! A trip to Everland Theme Park makes for a perfect day for travelers of all ages.
Not having a clue about where to start in the theme park? Worry not, we have an ultimate guide for you right here.
DAY 6: Nami Island and Petite France
Enjoy a hearty breakfast of the famous Isaac Toast in Myeongdong, before taking a scenic day trip outside Seoul to Gangwon Province. Enjoy the fresh air and quirky sights of Nami Island and Petite France, where you can replay some of your favorite K-drama moments!
Nami Island shot to fame with the renowned romantic drama “Winter Sonata”, featuring the stunning redwood trees lining both sides of the road. Petite France, on the other hand, is a unique French theme park with French style houses. Wandering around this fairyland, you’ll notice some spots you have seen from several Korean TV shows and dramas.
DAY 7: Mt. Seorak, Naksansa Temple and Sauna
Don’t pass up the chance to see Korea’s incredible fall foliage from the peak of Mt. Seorak. Enjoy the cool, crisp weather as you hike through brightly colored trees, crystal clear ponds, and tranquil streams. The Naksansa Temple, not far from Mt. Seorak, is also a perfect place to enjoy some serenity and overlook the beautiful sea.
Wrap up your one day tour and relax after an afternoon of hiking at the Itaewon Land Sauna. It features traditional Korean sauna facilities and DVD theatre, comic book room, restaurant, and everything you need for entertainment as you unwind and let your daily worries go.
DAY 8: Pyeongchang Trout Festival
If you are traveling in the winter season, apart from great ski slopes, be sure to check out Korea’s one-of-a-kind Pyeongchang Trout Festival! Join hundreds of other travelers and families as they dig their own holes into the frozen lake to fish for their own lunch. After trying your luck in fish catching, head back to Seoul and enjoy dinner at Yoogane Chicken Galbi for its tasty and spicy stir-fried chicken.
DAY 9: Till next time, Korea!
Take it easy on your last day in Korea by exploring the stops and shops close to your hotel. Enjoy one last hearty meal in Korea and have a traditional Korean breakfast at Mugyodong Bugeokukjib. Head to the airport in comfort and ease with the AREX train for your flight back to your home.
9 whole days in Korea can seem like a long time, but we’re pretty sure you’ll be aching to head back. Korea has a lot to offer and you can never get tired of exploring it! Be sure to put these spots to your must-visit list. Your trip to Korea will thus be an unforgettable one.
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