15 Must Visit Seoul Attractions & Travel Guide

Comprehensive Seoul Travel Guide – 15 Must Visit Seoul Attractions by TommyOoi.com. Check out Sightseeing Places to visit in Seoul.

1. Gyeongbokgung

Gyeongbokgung Palace arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all five palaces is also called “Northern Palace” because it is the furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace).

The name of the palace, Gyeongbokgung, translates in English as “Palace of Shining Happiness.” The premises were destroyed by fire at the time of Japanese occupation from 1592-1598. However, all of the palace’s 7,700 rooms were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong.

The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is located east within Hyangwonjeong.

Admission Fees

Adults (ages 19-64) 3,000 won / Group 2,400 won (10 or more people)
Youths (ages 7-18) 1,500 won / Group 1,200 won (10 or more people)
Age 6 and under – FREE.

Opening Hours

March to October 09:00-18:00 / November to February 09:00-17:00.

Closed on Tuesday

Getting there

By Subway

Exit 5 – Gyeongbokgung Station Line 3

2. Myeongdong

It is all about fashion, fashion & fashion in Myeongdong, Seoul’s primary & most famous shopping district. If it’s variety that you’re after, there’s no better place to shop than Myeong-dong where you’ll find everything from internationally-recognized name brands to unique items.

Myeongdong also houses a variety of family restaurants, fast food, plus Korean, Western and Japanese dining options. Many restaurants in Myeongdong specialize in pork cutlet (donkas) and kalguksu (thick noodles).

Not to forget, Myeongdong is the place where everyone shops for famous Korean Cosmetic brands such as Etude House, Skin Food, Laneige, The Face Shop, Missha!

Opening Hours

10am to 10pm everyday

Getting there

By Subway

Exit 5, 6, 7, or 8 – Myeongdong Station Line 4

Read My Blog Post : Myeongdong

3. N Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower located on Mt. Namsan offers great panoramic views of the city, and has been a symbol of Seoul since it first opened to the public in 1980.

Not only the tower was recently undergone a major remodeling, but also a new name following a complete makeover. It is now a true cultural space with various performances, movies, exhibitions as well as upscale restaurants and snack bars.

Admission Fees

Opening Hours

Observatory: 10:00-23:00
Restaurant: 11:00-23:00
Teddy Bear Museum: 10:00-22:00 (Last entry: 21:00)

Observatory: 10:00-24:00
Restaurants (n.GRILL/Hancook): 11:00-23:00
The place dining: 11:00-24:00 (Last seating: 23:00)
Teddy Bear Museum: 10:00-22:00

Getting there

By Subway & Bus

Exit 2 – Chungmuro Station Line 3 or 4. Then take Bus 2 (08:00-24:00/5min intervals) or Bus 5 (07:30-23:50/15min intervals) to N Seoul Tower.

Exit 4 – Itaewon Station Line 6. Then take Bus 3 (08:00-23:00/10min intervals) to N Seoul Tower.

By Subway & Cable Car

Exit 3 – Myeongdong Station Line 4. Take the wide road next to 7 Eleven convenience store, then walk straight to the left of Pacific Hotel & keep walking up in the direction of Mt. Namsan where the cable car platform is situated.

Fare: Round-trip – 6,300 won / One-way – 4,800 won

Cable Car Opening Hours: 10:00~22:30

4. Dongdaemun

Dongdaemun is Korea’s largest wholesale and retail shopping district has 26 shopping malls, 30,000 specialty shops, and 50,000 manufacturers. Opening from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. except Monday & some public holidays, you can literally shop all night !!

The fabric and clothing here are of the latest fashion trends in the world. Inventory is imported and exported in real time, making Dongdaemun a must-visit for fashion enthusiastic.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday – 10.30am to 5.00am

Sunday – 10.30am to 11.00pm

Closed on Monday & some public holidays.

Getting there

By Subway

Exit 8 or 9 – Dongdaemun Station Line 1 or Line 4

5. Cheong Wa Dae

Cheongwadae is the executive office and official residence of the President of the Republic of Korea. The Korean name literally translates to “pavilion of blue tiles.”

The signature markings of the Presidential Residence of Cheong Wa Dae are its blue tiles. It is the first thing that catched one’s attention upon entering the premises. The blue tiles and the smooth roof blend beautifully with Mt. Bugaksan in the backdrop.

The unique buildings Cheong Wa Dae are comprised of the Main Office, Yeongbingwan (Guest House), Chunchugwan (Spring and Autumn Pavilion), Nokjiwon (Green grass), the Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon) Valley, and the Seven Palaces.

There is also a weekly Military Drill Demonstration & Parade by the honor guards every Saturday 10am.

Opening Hours

Tours start at 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, and 15:00

Summer season (Jul. 1-Sep. 16): 10:00, 11:00, 15:00, 16:00

Closed on Sunday, Monday & Holidays.

** Reservation must be made by email minimum 10 days earlier. Please bring your Passport & ID card. Time may change, please check the official website.

More info of the tour : Cheong Wa Dae Official Site

Getting there

By Subway

Exit 5 –  Gyeongbokgung Palace Station Line 3. Walk 10 minutes.

6. Bukchon Hanok Village

Situated between by two palaces, Gyeongbokgung to the west and Changdeokgung to the east, this village has the largest cluster of privately owned traditional Korean wooden homes or hanok in Seoul.

The Bukchon area is a traditional residential area in Seoul that boasts 600 years of history. Its location reflects the views of neo-Confucianism, regarding the world and nature, during the Joseon Dynasty.

Hanok architecture places great emphasis on the topographical features of the land on which it is built. Structural arrangements, layouts, and other spatial aesthetics are major concerns here, as are the styles of the buildings themselves.

Opening Hours for Bukchon Traditional Culture Center

Mon~Fri (9:00 ~ 18:00)
Sat~Sun (9:00 ~ 17:00)

Getting there

By Subway

Exit 2 – Anguk Station Line 3. Walk straight for about 300m.

7. Changdeokgung

Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. The buildings have remained largely intact over six centuries and served as a backdrop for the last chapters of the Joseon period (1392-1910).

Korea’s last emperor Sunjong passed away on these grounds in 1926, and it’s commonly known that members of royal descendants lived in Nakseonjae, a cluster of unpainted palace buildings well into the late ‘80s.

The palace had a great influence on the development of Korean architecture, garden and landscape planning, and related arts, for many centuries. It reflects sophisticated architectural values, harmonized with beautiful surroundings.

Admission Fees

Regular Tour (Changdeokgung Palace)

Individuals: Adults (ages 19-64) 3,000 won/Children (ages 7-18) 1,500 won

Groups (10 or more people): Adults 2,400 won/Children 1,200 won

Huwon Tour (Secret Garden area)

Adults (ages 19 and over) 5,000 won/Children (ages 7-18) 2,500 won

Opening Hours for Bukchon Traditional Culture Center

Regular Tour (Changdeokgung Palace)

April–October: 09:00-18:30 / March & November: 09:00-17:30 / December–February: 09:00-17:00

Huwon Course (Guided Tour only)

April–October: 09:00-16:30 / March & November: 09:00-15:30 / December–February: 09:00-15:00

Getting there

By Subway

Exit 3 – Anguk Station Line 3. Walk straight for 5min.


Exit 7 – Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station Line 1, 3 or 5. Go straight along Donhwamun-ro Street for 10min.

Read My Blog Post : Changdeokgong

8. Insadong

One of the most memorable Seoul attractions and represents the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts. Stores in Insa-dong specialize in a wide variety of goods that can only be purchased or appreciated in Korea: hanbok (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), traditional teas, pottery, and folk crafts.

There are about 100 galleries in the area and you can see every example of traditional Korean fine art from paintings to sculptures. The teahouses and restaurants are the perfect compliment to the galleries.

Every Sunday from 10:00 – 22:00, some streets are blocked off from traffic and it becomes a cultural space. Stores set up booths outside and others set up shop (Korean candy merchants and fortune tellers.) There are traditional performances and exhibits as well.

Getting there

By Subway

Exit 6 – Anguk Station Line 3. Walk straight 100m & turn left.

Exit 3 – Jonggak Station Line 1. Walk 300m straight, turn left. then 100m straight & veer left into Insa-dong alleyway.

Read My Blog Post : Insadong

9. Hongdae

The area surrounding Hongdae as it’s affectionately called, is the center of Korea’s youthful nightlife. Many of Seoul’s idiosyncratic clubs that draw the younger set are clustered in the area.

With Hongik University nearby, a prestigious school known for its leading arts and design programs, the area attracts students and visitors alike to shop & club. The highest concentration of clothing stalls and vintage shops can be found along the main passageway, Eo Ulmadang-gil, minutes away from the subway station.

And if you are a Hello Kitty Fan, there is more reasons for you to enjoy Hongdae as there is a Hello Kitty Cafe nearby the subway station where you can sip Hello Kitty Latte & indulge in Hello Kitty cakes & pastry. Definitely a must visit for Hello Kitty fans !!

For more Hello Kitty Cafe photos : Hello Kitty Cafe

Opening Hours

Every evening till late night

Getting there

By Subway

Exit 6 – Hongik Univ. Station Line 2

Read My Blog Post : Hello Kity Cafe Seoul

10. Itaewon

Itaewon is choc-a-block with trendy bars, clubs, restaurants and shops selling everything from reproduction Korean furniture and tailored suits to jewelry and Korean pottery.

Seoul even designated Itaewon as its first ‘Special Tourism District,’ to highlight it as a destination for internationals to enjoy a diversity of culture, shopping, and entertainment experiences.

Every foreigner who comes to Seoul gravitates to this gritty expat-friendly neighborhood near the main U.S. Army base.

Opening Hours

Daily 10am to late at night

Getting there

By Subway

Exit 1 –  Itaewon Station Line 6

11. Jongmyo Shrine

Jongmyo is the term used for a place where memorial services are performed for deceased kings, and Sajik is the term for a place where services for the Gods of Earth and Crops are performed.

The Shrine is the oldest and most authentic of the Confucian royal shrines to have been preserved. Dedicated to the forefathers of the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), the shrine has existed in its present form since the 16th century and houses tablets bearing the teachings of members of the former royal family.

Ritual ceremonies linking music, song and dance still take place there, perpetuating a tradition that goes back to the 14th century. It enshrines the memorial tablets of greatly honored kings and their queens, today containing 19 memorial tablets of kings and 30 tablets of their queens in 19 spirit chambers.

Admission Fees

Adults (ages 19 and over): KRW 1,000

Youths (ages 7-18): KRW 500

No group discounts. Free admission for children (ages 6 and under)

Opening Hours

Guided Tours

Korean – 9 times a day / 09:20 – 16:20 (every hour), 17:00 (Mar. to Sep. only)

English – 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00

Japanese – 09:00, 09:40, 10:40, 11:40, 12:40, 13:40, 14:40, 15:40, 16:40 (Mar. to Sep. only)

Chinese – 11:00, 15:00

Getting there

By Subway

Exit 11 – Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station Line 1.Walk for 7 mins from station.

Exit 8 – Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station Line 3 or 5. Walk for 7 mins from station.

12. Namiseom Island ( Winter Sonata )

For Korean Drama lovers, Nami Island is a place which does not requires further introduction as this is the birth place of all the Korean Craze. This is one of the place where the famous international Korean Drama Winter Sonata was filmed. Hence to put it short, it is a must visit for all Asian tourists!

Namiseom Island was formed as a result of the construction of the Cheongpyeong Dam. It is a half moon shaped (462,809㎡) isle, and on it is the grave of General Nami, who led a great victory against the rebels in the 13th year of the 7th king of the Joseon Dynasty, King Sejo (reign 1455 ~ 1468).

Admission Fees

Adults : 8,000 won

Children (ages 3-13) : 4,000 won

Visitors coming after 18:00 (Dec – Mar), after 19:00 (Apr – Nov) : 4,000 won

※ Round-trip ferry fare & tax included

Opening Hours

Daily 7:30am to 9:30pm

Getting there

By Subway + Train + Taxi

Exit Sangbong Station Line 7. Transfer to Gyeongchun Line Train to Gapyeong Station. Take a taxi to Gapyeong Wharf (Just say Nami Island to Driver will do. Taxi cost KRW3,000 to KRW4,000 per way)

For More Info : Namiseom Official Website

13. Everland

Operated by Samsung Group, Everland is South Korea’s largest theme park at 100 hectares. With 8.6 million visitors, it is ranked as the 4th most visited theme park in the world by offering 5 main Festivals and exciting entertainments all year around.

The park is home to over 40 heart-pounding rides and attractions. In addition to ‘Safari World’ featuring white tigers, tigers, lions and bears, ‘Herbivore Safari’ opened in April 2010, letting visitors get up close and personal with the safari’s giraffes, elephants, and ostriches.

Everland is also known for its gorgeous flower arrangements and beautiful gardens, which have been year-round fixtures since the Rose Festival in 1985.

Admission Fees

Opening Hours

Sunday to Friday – 10am to 6pm

Saturday & Public Holidays – 10am to 7pm

Getting there

By Subway & Bus

1. Exit 10 – Gangnam Station Line 2. Take bus 5002 to Everland. (Travel time: 50 min)

2. Exit 1 – Gangbyeon Station Line 2. Take bus 5800 to Everland. (Travel time: 50min)

3. Exit 2 or 3 – Sadang Station Lines 2 & 4. Take bus 1500-2 to Everland. (Travel time: 80 min)

For More Info : Everland Official Website

14. Lotte World

Lotte World consists of the world’s largest indoor theme park (a Guinness World Record) which is open all year around, an outdoor amusement park called “Magic Island”, an artificial island inside a lake linked by monorail, shopping malls, a luxury hotel, a Korean folk museum, sports facilities, and movie theaters all in one place.

Opened on July 12, 1989, Lotte World a major theme park complex in Seoul, South Korea, receives over 8 million visitors each year and is considered along with Tokyo Disney Resort as one of the world-class theme parks in Asia.

One of the major reasons tourists are attracted to Lotte World is the amusement rides. The Gyro Drop and Gyro Swing are the top pleasers– a steep drop with an altitude of 70 meters, or taste the thrilling sensation of being inside a tornado.

The Flume Ride is a long boat with a high-altitude wave, and the Spanish Pirate Ship swings at an electrifying 75 degrees. Besides the excitement of these rides, Lotte World also contains a variety of parades and laser shows.

Admission Fees

Opening Hours

Getting there

By Subway

For More Info : Lotte World Official Website

15. Seoraksan (Mount Seorak)

Mount Seorakan

Seoraksan is the highest mountain in the Taebaek mountain range in the Gangwon province in eastern South Korea. It is located in a national park near the city of Sokcho. After the Hallasan volcano on Jeju Island and Jirisan in the south, Seoraksan is the third highest mountain in South Korea.

The Daechongbong Peak of Seoraksan reaches 1,708 metres (5,603 feet). The Taebaek mountain chain is often considered the backbone of the Korean peninsula.

Admission Fees

Free for the National Park

Camping (peak season /off season)
Adults (ages 19 and over) – 2,000 won / 1,600 won
Youth (ages 13- 18) – 1,500 won / 1,200 won
Children (ages under 13) – 1,000 won /800 won

Auto camping (peak season /off season)
Small cars – 11,000 won / 9,000 won
Large cars – 17,000 won / 14,000 won

Getting there

By Bus

1. Take intercity bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (Gangbyeon Station Line 2) to Sokcho every 30 minutes.From Sokcho or Sokcho Express Bus Terminal, take city bus No. 7 or 7-1 and get off at the entrance of Mt. Seoraksan (30 minute ride).

2. From Sokcho Intercity Bus Terminal, taxi takes 15-20 minute to the entrance of Mt. Seoraksan.

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About Tommy Ooi
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51 Comments on 15 Must Visit Seoul Attractions & Travel Guide

  1. Francis Theo // 25/05/2012 at 12:51 PM // Reply

    Hi Tommy,
    Thank you for the Awesome Information.
    My wife and I went to Busan, Jeji and Seoul for 5D4N very rush tour on 2 – 6 May 2012.
    The tour guide only bring us to Expensive Shopping, not what we want.
    We are planning to visit Seoul again ( 6 – 12 July 2012 ) on our own Free & Easy style , photography and scenery ( rest and relax type ) maybe some shopping for my wife.
    Your blog is a great help, any good reasonable hotel to recommend ?
    Thank you in advance.


    • Dear Francis,

      Korea shopping is slightly expensive than China or Bangkok however the quality is better. However cosmetic and skin care are the cheapest in Korea especially concentrated in Myeongdong.

      Next 2 week there is hotel promo.. You can try Ibis Myeongdong with discount it should be a good choice..

  2. Hi Tommy,
    Read your blog & it really gave a better picture of those intend to travel & self explore.
    Am planning to visit Seoul for t 1st time on self travel basis coz thought it would be better since going wt kids (6&1 yr old) in dec12
    Would be easy to travel ard, communication & safe thr?
    Any hotel to recommend / near to plc of interest?



    • Dear Loh,

      Seoul or South Korea is very safe with English signage almost everywhere. And if you have difficulties officers in subway office are most willing to help you.

      As long as u stay near tube it is easy n cheap to get around. Most ppl prefer to stay in Myeongdong area for the ease of shopping. Enjoy

  3. Kelvin Lai // 02/09/2012 at 6:36 PM // Reply

    Hi Tommy,

    Thanks for sharing. It is really help me a lot. Based on your information and recommendation, I can save a lot time to do research.

    I am going to Seoul in earlier of November 2012 with my friends for 5D4N, whcih are the few attractions that we must visit and food that we must try….All of us are fresh seafood fans any fresh and good price seafood stall that we must try?

    Good job bro!!

    Kelvin Lai

  4. Hi Tommy…

    I’ll be back again…

    I’m yenni from Indonesia. I and my friends total 8 person will go to Nami Island and Mt.Sorak after back from Jeju Island.

    We will come from Jeju Island to Seoul on 17 Nov 2012 in the afternoon.

    1). What is your recommendation, is it possible if we go through to Nami Island on 17 Nov..?

    2). Otherwise, we stay in Seoul on 17 Nov, and then on 18 Nov go to Nami Island and Mt.Sorak..?

    3). How about the transportation, if we want to go to Mt.Sorak from Nami Island..? Should we back to Seoul or there is a transportation directly to Mt.Sorak from Nami Island..?

    4). Do you have a recommendation travel to arrange Nami Island and Mt.Sorak..?

    We thank you for your kind help.
    Hearing from you soon.

    Best regards,

  5. Hi Tommy,

    Thank for the information.
    I am going to Seoul on 5/1/2013-15/1/2013.Will it be very cold that most of the places and outdoor activity we cant do? Can you recommend any skiing places for me?

  6. Hi. My husband and i are going to seoul this dec1. I have some questions, and im lucky i found your blog.

    But i still would like to ask for suggestion, do u think it is ok to use the airport bus going to our hotel and going back to the airport? Our arrival is 8pm and departure is 11pm, so im not sure if the airport bus is still operating at these hours.. Or do u think it is wiser to book with a travel agent for the hotel with round trip airport hotel transfers?

    Thank you!

    Oh, by the way, is there snow already come dec1?

    Thanks again!

    • I think if you are booking for a tour in an agency, automatically a shuttle bus from airport to your hotel and vice versa is available. Maybe it is more practical if you ask your travel agency about that service.

      • Thx. We booked at ibis myeongdong and were taking the bus by ourselves. The reservations officer of hotels says airport bus stops in front of the hotel.

  7. this site is very helpful for tourists.

    anyways, I just wanna ask cuz me and my friends will be staying at a hotel in myeongdong and wanted to go to Lotte world the easiest and fastest way possible. if we would take a subway from myeongdong how many minutes would it take to get to lotte world?

    and from myeongdong, which is nearer? lotte world or everland resort?
    I just heard that you wouldnt appreciate lotte if you would go to everland first. is this true?

    I hope you would answer my questions asap cuz we only have 2 days to do the planning of our itinerary for seoul.

    Thanks a lot!

    • It should take about 1/2 hour to get to Jamsil from MyeongDong. Maybe you’ve been already and had some fun. :) I prefer Lotte World over Everland as well. Lotte World is basically in the city, it is best to take a bus down to Everland. Since it is chilly now Lotte World might be better since some of it is inside.

  8. Hai Tommy,

    Thanks to your very informative blog, i think i can get around seoul easier :)

    I will go to seoul in april this year, and i really know nothing about korean language, do u think language barrier will be a big problem for foreigner when comes to self travelling in korea?

    Hope to hear from you soon..


    • Dear Tika, when we were travelling around South Korea, we dont speak much Korean as well, only Ann Young Ha Se Yo & Kam Sa Ha Mi Tha.. Not a problem. Happy Travelling!

    • i live in korea . much of korean can understand english. and i recommend ‘ lotte world’ that is indoor amusement park. so even if rain, you can enjoy travel!

  9. roytkang // 14/01/2013 at 2:52 PM // Reply

    hi tommy

    thank you for your informative blog.
    i notice that both seoul & jeju has teddy museum. do you know which is better? :)

    • Hi Roy,

      I’ve only been to Teddy Museum in Jeju hence unable to compare which is better. However you can always visit the one where you have ample time.


  10. hi tommy,

    thanks for those useful information.
    i’m going to Seoul on 17-20th March this year with free and easy basis.
    how’s the weather at that time.. is it too cold? which is the best area for me to stay with easy halal food
    any suggestion for accommodation.. with small budget..?

    thank you

  11. Hi Tommy

    Please can you tell me if the theme parks lotte world and everland serve halal food



    • Hi Azas
      Itaewon is the best area to stay in Seoul for Halal food and if you are on a strict budget

  12. My girlfriends and I (5 of us) hv booked our tickets to SELL in a week’s time. As its a first time for all of us can u recommend an itinerary to visit as many of yr favourite sites. We will try to get a Htl in the myeongdong area as you suggested in your blog. We would like to do the sightseeing free & easy style so that we can also fit in our shopping days. We intend to put aside 3-4 days for sightseeing. I would really appreciate yr recommendation to make our holiday a fun & memorable one. Tks Tommy

  13. Tommy!
    Great recommendations, but question. My Imo is picking up my girlfriend at Seoul International in a couple weeks, when she returns from another part of Asia. Her layover is only about 8.5 hours, so what would you recommend for a whirlwind Tour of Seoul, for a 38YO female? Thx!!! :)

  14. Hi Tommy,

    Awesome recommendations however, we are looking forward for the “must-eat” version. My friend and I are planning to visit Seoul on October and we don’t have any idea on where to eat and where to stay. We have limited budget and it will be our first time in Korea. Can you also give us advice on what to do and don’t during our short stay? Thanks!

    Diane :)

  15. Dear Tommy,

    Appreciate advice on airport transfers pls. Thanks much.

  16. Hi Tommy

    Your blog is very useful. My wife and I plan to go to Busan this autumn to see red maple leaves. We were in Kyoto in mid Nov last year and the maple leaves were beautiful.

    Please advise if mid Nov is a good time to see red maple leaves in Busan.

    Thank you

  17. I am coming for a conference in south Korea i.e at Sancheong, Gyeongsangnamdo. I will be spending 7th september to 13 September at this place.. please suggest me anything what i can buy in the area around this places. and I would like to do shopping like cosmetics with cheaper one korean brand and some men cloth cheap although not so expensive.. where you would suggest me.. I want to know places around my conference venue or may be near by cities like Seoul or Pusan.. which city you would choose for shopping..
    any possibility of shopping nearby my conference venue…And how abt the daily fooding expenses in Korea.. normal life…? Thank you for the kind suggestion n help… Do you think US dollar 1000 is enough for accommadation n fooding for five days in korea? let me know ur view on that?

  18. Hi, I am planning to complete Nami Island and Petite France within a day and I will be going from Myeongdong. Would you suggest I take the ITX or the subway? How long would the journey for both mode of transport? Would you suggest visiting Petite France first then Nami island?

    • Hi Joey.. I got the same planning,will b visiting Seoul in 2 weeks time..can you please advice it share ur opinion?

  19. Going to busan/ seoul on Oct 2014, what are best locations to stay in busan and seoul which near to tourist attractions? Shld I choose myeongdong/namdaemun, Dongdaemun or i so done?

  20. Ace Sarmiento // 16/09/2014 at 4:10 PM // Reply

    HI Tommy

    thanks for the info. will visit seoul this nov 22. is it cold at that time? any sugestion for cheap hostel ?hotel? our return flight to manila will come from busan, any suggestion about transportation? how much is the train? how many hrs? sidetrip while on the way to busan? tnx

    • Hi Ace,

      Yes is close to winter by that period so make sure suitable wear is prepared. You can take bullet train to Busan, should be in 2 hours 20 mins approx

      • Ace Sarmiento // 18/09/2014 at 11:41 PM // Reply

        HI Tommy

        Can i book the train ticket online? how much is it cost for the train ticket? train hours? we will be staying 8 days in total in korea. how many days should we spend on seoul? any side trip aside from seoul? anywhere near seoul?


  21. Hi Tommy

    My wife and my daughter (4 yrs old) and I are travelling to Seoul from 27Oct to 3Nov 2014 (7D7N) on free and easy tour.

    Would be it a good idea to spend 3 days in Seoul and 1 day in Busan and another 2 days in Jeju? What is so special on Jeju island? Would it be too rush?

    Any good hotels you would recommend especially on Seoul and Busan. I believe Busan must be chilly by then?


    • Hi Ken,

      Yes it will be too rush for busan. Jeju will be rush as well if you dont have 2 full days or you can hire a taxi to save time.

      Do bring jacket, as it will be chilly especially in Jeju

  22. Hi Tommy

    Thanks for your advice.

    Any good hotels you wish to recommend?


  23. Thanks, this site is very useful.

  24. Ace Sarmiento // 17/10/2014 at 12:36 AM // Reply

    Hi tommy

    need help. i will arive 8pm local time in incheon. im just worried about travelling alone to seoul alone at night. Is the train still available? im afraid that i might be lost. first time to travel outside my country. One more, is the train going to seoul is easy to find?



    • hi tommy,
      we are planning to visit seoraksan and gangnueng with a 2 yr old kid. which month will be better to visit december or march

  25. felicia0131 // 05/12/2014 at 10:55 AM // Reply

    hi tommy,

    I will going to seoul on 6 jan 2015, how is the weather during jan? is it very cool? Any good hotels you would recommend especially on Seoul is nearby subway and myeongdong?

  26. felicia0131 // 05/12/2014 at 10:59 AM // Reply

    hi tommy,

    we are 7 people, and like to go nami island and mt seorak stay one night at mt seorak? any transport from seoul to nami island and mt seorak?

  27. Michelle // 15/12/2014 at 7:26 PM // Reply

    Hi Tommy,
    We are travelling to Seoul for the 1st time for 10 days and wanna try out the homestay or Hansok, and then stay in hotel for 2-3 days. Any recommendations? Is it too far/inconvenient to travel to Busan and Jeju? If we take up the local tours, it might be too expensive for us. Appreciate your advise!

    Thks & cheers,

  28. Going to seoul for 6d6n, planning for a 2d1n trip out of seoul, will jeju or busan a better choice?

    • Hi Rachel, both will need at least 3 days, so not a good choice as you waste too much travel time. Perhaps you can visit places near Seoul such as Suwon?

  29. Thank you very much Tommy…. is very helpful.

  30. Patricia Albelda // 23/03/2015 at 9:06 PM // Reply

    I am from the Philippines, my family would like to go to Korea on 16-21 June 2015. We would like to see Busan also. Can you recommend a travel agency for me? Also can you recommend a hotel too to stay? Thanks so much for your help.

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