planning on how to go around in Seoul (the sequences) is NOT difficult. but because you might be lazy, and I am nice, here’s a shortcut for you guys =D.

I would state where to go to on a daily basis and it doesn’t matter on where you should go first on the first day.

my favourite–

Samcheongdong area – start off your day from walking around in a palace, be it Gyeongbokgung or Changgyeongung. after that? Bukchon Hanok Village, then Samcheongdong and later on Insadong (don’t forget to check out Samziegil!). the palace would consume perhaps 3 hours if you wanna slowly enjoy your time and to be honest, Bukchon isn’t too wide spread so you’ll probably only spend 1-2 hours here. and at Samcheongdong? another 1-2 hours. head on to Insadong with my guide on the road linking Samcheongdong and Insadong (everything’s on the travel page =)). Insadong is awesome but very touristy but Samziegil is always my favourite part of Insadong. go all the way up to the building and you’d find a pretty sweet garden for the lovers =D. it would be perhaps sunset if you do not waste any time. at that time, you might want to visit King Sejongs Museum if you have free time (though not very in the way.. it’s right in front of Gyeongbokgung. so you might wanna drop by right after Gyeongbokgung if you think you can manage your time well. because it isn’t a must go place imo).

so just think of it this way, if you start your journey from Insadong, you can walk to Samcheongdong and then Gyeongbokgung -> King Sejong’s Museum -> Deoksugung. but the thing is. the palaces closes early. so you might wanna consider going the other way round. BUT, Samziegil looks best in daylight. so…… tough choice ey? if you have time, then split them in two days. but my favourite is the road linking Samcheongdong to Insadong =3. will take more pictures and blog about it more next time!

Everland – if you have time and ain’t as kiddy, always choose Everland over Lotte world. have tonnes of foreign and local friends telling me about how Everland’s much better.

Nami Island – be prepared to spend your WHOLE DAY there. and at night maybe head on to Itaewon =3.

Sinchon area – 4 famous universities, Ewha Univ, Yonsei Univ, Sogang Univ and Hongik Univ. Ewha? shopping heaven for the girls since Ewha’s a woman’s Univ. around Yonsei and Sogang’s Sinchon. Sinchon? place for all eateries and a lot of HOFs (house of beer in German). Hongik? the artsy fartsy area. filled with the most beautiful cafes. and a lot of Clubs to go to at night. so the best is to go to Edae (Ewha Univ) first, Sinchon and then Hongdae (Hongik Univ). go shopping around noon at Edae, grab a light lunch, get to Sinchon for early dinner (say 5-6) and some chicken and beer. then go to some cafe in Hongdae and hit the clubs right before it turn 12. just remember not to spend TOO MUCH TIME in every spot. or if you are not interested in clubs or alcohol skip chicken and beer in Sinchon and head over to Hongdae for the trick eye museum =D. pretty fun especially if you have a lot of friends with you =D.

Myeongdong area – talking about Myeongdong, you should know that there are a lot to shop for. and that Namsan Tower is right behind. and a Sinsaegae Departmental store (not compulsory). so just ask yourself if you would prefer the day or the night view of Namsan. but Myeongdong’s the best at night so, I’d prefer heading to Namsan Tower first, then head on to Sinsaegae and then shop at Myeongdong at night.

Yeouido area – whatever it is, GO TO NORYANGJIN MARKET! your trip will never be complete if you’ve not visited the heaven of seafood. it’s awesome. AWESOME. though you might spend say 50,000won and above for breakfast or lunch (depends on what you eat. if you only want sashimi 10,000won will settle the bill.) but then you will never get such cheap seafood anywhere. it’s so awesome. AWESOMEEEEEEEEE!! yum yum. after that you can either go to 63 building (which I heard is a total waste of time but acc to my Korean friends, very good international buffet there.) or COEX (for the aquarium. heard it’s better here compared to 63 building) OR, HANGANG!! it’s so relaxing there. =3. I can spend whole day there. if you know how to ride a bike, rent one.

Gangnam area – I am not familiar with this place at all. but the clubs here are amazing. did you know, Club Octagon in Gangnam is the hugest club in asia? just went there on Friday. I thought the clubbers in Hongdae were really funny but when I head to Octagon.. god, not only is that place beautiful, but their crowd is awesome. guys were sooooooo hot there. girls? mostly plastic but still eye candies =3. hot bods though. what’s near is Sinsa-dong and Apgujeong. Garuso-gil is a must go for those who wants to experience the elite life. the place is beautiful I head. but basically Gangnam is a higher end area and people here dress, look and behave better. if you wanna spot girls with plastic from top to toe, this is the place you should go to.

Cheonggyecheon – visit Cheonggyecheon at night. really, it’s beautiful. unless you wanna do a photoshoot then go in the day as it’ll probably look better hehe. but check out my day and night post to compare. the sequence of going to Namdaemun, Dongdaemun and Cheonggyecheon doesn’t matter too much but Namdaemun’s good at noon IMO. and Dongdaemun’s good at night. ALSO, I would like to note that Cheonggyecheon is walking distance from Gyeongbokgung. the stream actually starts from Gwanghwamun itself so it’s a good idea to come here after the Samcheongdong area tour as well =).

okay, this is as much as I can help you for now. I might’ve missed out some spots so any more questions I would try my best to help! =3. basically just run through all my travel posts and see where you would like to go to!

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Shazwina
Shazwina
8 years ago

Hi Jamie!

I’ve been reading your blog for some time and I just want to say that it’s a very informative blog and has helped me so much! Looking forward to your new posts every day =)

I also want to thank you for writing this post! XD Going to Seoul this September for a week and I have been thinking how to cram in Insadong-Gyeongbukgung-Samcheongdong-Bukchon hanok Village in a day lol. I want to go to Gyeongbukgung in the early morning and Cheonggyecheon at night so pening sikit want to start from where XD Went to Korea for 3 weeks last summer so this time around the itinerary is quite packed as there’s a lot to see but so little time! =)

Hope you’ll have the time of your life there! ^-^ I know I did hehe..

Thanks again Jamie and keep up the fantabulous work! =)

Warm regards,
Shazwina

Michelle
8 years ago

I can’t wait to check out gangnam. i’ve never been clubbing before so club octagon sounds interesting.

Oh winter 2013 as in feb 6-26 2013. 🙂

I’ll be staying at Seodaemungu. 10 minutes bus ride at yonsei. 🙂

neko-hime
neko-hime
8 years ago

actually i followed your suggestions the last time when i was in Seoul in may, i loved Ehwa area, Gangnam and wished i spent 7 days instead of 6 days there! Hope you are well!!

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i like your writing skill, wanna be my copy writer?

olivia
olivia
8 years ago

hi Jamie….i’m olivia, from indonesia
i really love your blog ^^ and been reading it for days….
do you speak bahasa?
apa Jamie pernah ke Kyunghee university? bagaimana cara kesana by MRT dan apa tempat ini bagus untuk dilihat waktu autumn?

terimakasih

Sylvanna
Sylvanna
8 years ago

I’m going Seoul tomorrow night! Just copied and pasted the entire itinerary onto my Evernote. Haha personally quite freaked out and paranoid cos I’ve no idea where I’m going in Seoul although I’ve got all the info written down..everything is so foreign and strange to me (funny how I’m totally OK travelling Europe but south Korea feels like a totally different ball game to me)

Ryan Angelo
Ryan Angelo
8 years ago

Hi Jamie,

Any suggestions on what to do in a 24 hour span. I have a layover in ICN for about 36 hours and would like to tour Seoul for at least a day. But I’m not sure how and where to start and what to see.

Thanks,
Ryan

Natasha
Natasha
8 years ago

Hi Jamie, hope ur doing well =). Just a quick question; is it safe for me to travel alone since a woman and all.. ^^

Lina
Lina
8 years ago

Hi Jamie,
It was indeed a great entry on Seoul…eventhough I’ve been there for couple of times, but every single time I will alwiz checked the travel book again and again.

Finally, there’s a quite an acceptable/useful entries on clubbiin in Seoul. My next question is…do you think it’s fine to go during weekdays? (Mon-Thurs) Well, u know, clubs alwiz fun on Friday nights or in d weekends. Since my next trip is only during the weekdays (yeah, kinda short trip)…so thought of tryin to hop in on eof the clubs there..jz for some lil experience.

Thanx for ur view:)

Trisha
Trisha
8 years ago

Hey Jamie! I love your blog! I will visit Seoul this April and I am having a hard time finalizing my itinerary.
I only have six days but I will arrive at 9 PM and I really want to visit a lot but I don’t think time will permit me 🙁

Trisha
Trisha
8 years ago

If I only have 6 days, is it advisable to go to both Everland and Lotte World? I also want to visit the palaces, and the shopping districts + the Eye Trick Museum

Trisha
Trisha
8 years ago

Hi Jamie! What do you think are the places we must visit when we only have four whole days? The other day we arrive at 9pm then the last day we leave at around 6 pm. We love shopping and sightseeing 😀

Sandra
Sandra
6 years ago

Hey Jamies,

Your blog about Seoul super informative . Thanks for sharing!! I’m heading to Seoul around December for my honeymoon!!! But winter … love hate emotion!! haha

Angie
Angie
6 years ago

Dear Jamie, thank you for the sharing of your nice experience in Korea. By the way, my family and myself will be going to Seoul in Mid Nov (11-19 Nov 14), i love to visit Haneul Park very much. Do you think those long grass fern (like some of your photos in Haneul Park) still exist during this period? Thank you very much for your advise ^-^

syuhadah
syuhadah
6 years ago

Hi jamie. I just want to know, from gyeongbokgung palace till insadong you’re going on foot or what? Tq

Cherry Castle
4 years ago

Thank you for the guide 😀 Going to the Seoul in October, I’ve already copied down in my notebook! Great article!