7 Days Itinerary in South Korea (Seoul & Busan)

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WhereSeoul
Before You Go: Tips & Discount Vouchers
SeoulSeoulSeoulSeoulBusanBusan/Seoul
Morning-Arrival 6.15 a.m.
(Seoul Transportation Guide)
-Breakfast @ Lotteria
-Cheonggyecheon Stream
-Deoksugung Palace
(changing of guard ceremony, 11 a.m.)
-Gyeongbokgung
Palace
-Gwanghwamun
-Tapgol Park
-Nami Island
-Changdeokgung + Huwon Tour- Ewha Women University

- Shopping @ Sinchon Area
-6 a.m. KTX train to Busan
-Busan Station
-Taejongdae Recreational Park
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
LunchLotte Mart, Seoul StationSamgyetang (Chic Ginseng Soup)@TosokchonNami IslandMyeongdong GyozaChuncheon Dak Galbi @ Chuncheonjip, SinchonJagalchi Fish MarketKTX Lunch Bento
AfternoonShopping @ Myeongdong-Cheongwadae (President's House)
-Samcheongdong
-Bukchon Hanok Village
-Nami IslandShopping @ MyeongdongShopping @ Hongik AreaCherry Blossom @ Dalmaji Hill=)
TeaMyeongdong Street FoodWaffle + Coffee @ Samcheongdong=)=)=)Angel in Us Cafe, Dalmaji Hill=)
EveningNanta Cookin' Show @ Myeongdong Nanta Theatre-Patbingsu @ Cafe Bene
-Insadong Tea House
-Mid Night Shopping @ Dongdaemun

-Insadong + Ssamziegil
FREE Hanbok Experience @ Myeongdong Tourist Information CentreN Seoul Tower
-Haeunde Beach
-Gwangali Beach & Diamond Bridge
-Hangang Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival
-Shopping @ Lotte Mart, Seoul Station
DinnerBongchu Jjimdak @ MyeongdongBBQ @ Wangbijib, MyeongdongExperience Local Food @ Gwangjang MarketBibimbap @ Jeonju Jungang Hoekwan, MyeongdongBonjuk @ Myeongdong
Kukbap Alley
Lotte Mart, Seoul Station
StayS.A. Seoul StationS.A. Seoul StationToyoko Inn DongdaemunToyoko Inn DongdaemunToyoko Inn DongdaemunToyoko Inn Busan IToyoko Inn Dongdaemun

Can’t wait for our Seoul itinerary and Busan Itinerary? It was a very fruitful and challenging trip. We did a lot more research beforehand as KampungBoy’s parents were tagging along. We can neither make the elderlies walk too much nor to have a hectic schedule. There were also some minor changes to our planned itinerary due to the “adverse” weather condition in South Korea. It snowed in Seoul two days before we were there (yes, in April!) so the cherry blossom schedule was delayed by a week. We also canceled our trip to Jinhae (supposingly the BEST place to go for cherry blossom in South Korea) as it was raining heavily that particular morning.

Nonetheless, we had great fun exploring Seoul and Busan. Koreans are generally nice and friendly; they have been very helpful in giving us directions using a combination of Korean words and sign languages. iPhone apps like i Tour Seoul & Jihachulhave proven to be very useful (must download!). We have also tried most of the restaurants which falls under a “Best Eats” list provided by my Korean friend. The list is here -seoul’s best eat by kampungboycitygal. Click to download.

Day 1

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From the airport, we took bus 6050 as it stops right in front of our service apartment at Seoul Station (fare: 15000 won per person). There are two types of airport buses: deluxe and standard. Deluxe buses are KAL limousines that go straight to major hotels in Seoul. These buses make less stops and have more spacious seats. Standard limousine buses stop at more locations along their route. We’ll be elaborating more in our subsequent posts. There’s also a 1000 won discount voucher for airport buses.


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Our first meal in Seoul – Lotteria Burgers
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T-Money Card : 2500 won deposit (non refundable). You may buy a T-Money Card at any of the following convenience stores (GS 25, Family Mart, Mini Stop, Buy The Way) or subway stations.
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Cheongyecheon Stream

Getting Here:

City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 4. Walk 250 m north to Cheonggye Plaza.
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Cheongyecheon has been restored from a road into a 5.8 km stream flowing in the heart of Seoul. We were only at the beginning of the stream, just look out for Chongye Plaza or an upside down ice cream cone sculpture.
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Deoksugung. The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a highly recommended event for tourists. It is held three times a day (11:00 / 14:00 / 15:30) in front of Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace.

Getting Here:

City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 2. Go straight 100m to arrive at Daehanmun Gate on the right.
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5 minutes walk from Cheongyecheon Stream.
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Lunch at Lotte Mart’s Food Court.
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We also did some groceries shopping at Lotte Mart as our service apartment does not provide breakfast. Korean strawberries is <3!

Getting Here:

Seoul Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Exit 1.
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Our loft unit for the first two nights. It costs us about USD 150 per night (4 pax, peak season rate). It has great location, MUJI style interior but we are not very happy with the toilet. Will elaborate more in our subsequent reviews.

S.A. Seoul Station
Poong-Lim I-One ,Seoul Station 219-17 Segea Dong,Young-San Gu ,Seoul
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Getting Here:

Seoul Station (Seoul Subway Line 1,4), Exit 1. Directly opposite Lotte Mart Seoul Station.
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Myeongdong for shopping & street food! From top left, clock wise: bun with egg on top (2000 won), flat bread (1000 won), tteokboki (3000 won), sausages and ham with rice cake (2000 won).

Getting Here:

Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 6.
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First things first – change for won as we were running low on cash. There are many such kinds of money changer in Myeongdong area, just look out for the logo above. The rates here were so much better as these bureaus usually mark to market their rates instead of earning a wider spread. However, they’ll only accept major currencies such as RMB, USD, Yen but not RM. So we changed for USD in Malaysia and when in Seoul, we traded in USD for won. All in all, we saved about 5%.
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Dinner at my favourite restaurant – Bongchu Jjimdak.

Bongchu Jjimdak, Myeongdong
Address: 25-2, 2-ga Myeong-dong, Chung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel: 02-318-6891
Website: http://www.bongchu.co.kr
Operating Hours: opens daily from 1100 to 2300

Getting Here:

Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 8. Walk the one-way road on the left side, go for 150meters and you will see it on your left.
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Cookin’ Nanta Show – ticket price from 40,000 – 60,000 won. It was a great show; hilarious with a lot of action! Ticket booking – http://www.nanta.co.kr/

Myeongdong Theatre

Getting Here:

Euljiro 1 Ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 4). Go out exit 6 and walk for about 10 min.
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Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4). Go out exit 6 and walk for about 10 min.

Day 2:

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Breakfast at S.A. Seoul Station – my favourite Korean strawberries and banana milk (must try!)
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Gyeongbukgung Palace
Admission Fee:
Adults (ages 19-64) 3,000 won / Youths (ages 7-18) 1,500 won
Operating Hours:
March to October 09:00-18:00 / November to February 09:00-17:00, closed on Tuesday
Interpretation Services (1 hour):
* English: 11:00, 13:30, 15:30
* Japanese: 10:00, 12:30, 14:30
* Chinese: 10:30, 13:00, 15:00

Getting Here:

Gyeongbokgung Station (Subway Line 3), exit 5.
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Ganghwamun Station (Subway Line 5), exit 2 and walk 400 meters.
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Samgyetang (chicken ginseng soup) @ Tosokchon. It is a very popular restaurant amongst the locals and tourists; so be prepare to queue.

Tosokchon
Address: 85-1 Chebu-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
Tel: 02-737-7444
Operating Hours: opens daily from 1000 to 2200.

Getting Here:

Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), exit 2/from Gyeongbokgung Yeongchumun Gate
Go 120 meters towards Hyoja-dong direction. You will past “popoyes”, then look for GS25 convenience store, turn into the small lane at the corner of this store. Turn left onto Jihamun-ro 5-gil and go straight for 10m.
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Cheongwadae (Blue House). The signature markings of the Presidential Residence of Cheong Wa Dae are these blue tiles.

Getting Here:

Gyeongbokgung Palace Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), exit 5 and walk 10 minutes.
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Exit from the back door of Gyeongbukgong.
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From Cheongwadae, we walked to Bukchon Hanok Village. Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses called ‘hanok’ that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. Today, these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses.

Getting Here:

Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), exit 2. Go straight for about 300m to arrive at Bukchon Hanok Village.
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Look out for these photo spots at Bukchon Hanok Village. There’s 8 in total!
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The downhill of Bukchon Hanok Village is Samcheongdong; a very artsy area with a lot of unique cafes and boutiques. If you realise, day 2 is all about walking. We walked from Gyeongbokgung to Tosokchon to Cheongwadae to Bukchon to Samcheongdong!

Getting Here:

Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), exit 2. Walk straight for approx. 700 m.
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Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), exit 5. Walk 10-15 min along the stone wall of Gyeongbokgung Palace to the starting point of Samcheongdong Walkway.
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Waffle and coffee at some random cafe in Samcheongdong. It was so delicious!
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Dinner was galbi at Wangbijib, Myeongdong. It is a very popular restaurant amongst the local.

Wangbijib
Address: 26-2, 8-ga Myeong-dong, Chung-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
Tel: 02-3789-1945
Website: http://www.wangbijib.com/

Getting Here:

Myeongdong Station (Subway Line #4), exit #8.
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my lovely Korean friends
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Patbingsu (Korean Red Bean Ice Dessert) at Cafe Bene, everywhere in Korea.
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After dinner drinks at a beautiful tea house in Insadong.

Day 3:

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Tapgol Park. The park is of great historical value and national spirit as it was the starting point of the March 1, 1919 Independence Protest.

Getting Here:

Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 1, 3, 5), Exit 1. Walk 5 minutes toward Jonggak. IMG_0487-001
Shuttle Bus to Nami Island (23.000 won per person, inclusive of return bus ticket, entry visa and ferry ticket)

Getting Here:

Shuttle Bus (From Seoul to Namiseom Island)
* Bus Stop
1) Insa-dong (Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1, Exit 3): Next to Tapgol Park
2) Jamsil Station (Subway Line 2, Exit 4): In front of Lotte Mart

* Shuttle Bus Schedule:
Insa-dong, Jamsil Station → Namiseom Island: 09:30
Namiseom Island → Insa-dong, Jamsil Station: 16:00
※ Advanced reservation required. (Inquiries +82-2-753-1247)
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It is a perfect tourist spot for Winter Sonata fanatics.
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One of the most important photo spot here; though not as beautiful as winter and autumn.
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Ssamziegil Mall, Insadong. Just walk along those spiral-like stairway and do some window shopping.

Getting Here:

Anguk Station (Seoul Subway line 3),  Exit 6 (towards Jongno Police Station). Enter the Insa-dong one-way street of Crown Bakery & GS25, and go staright 100m
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Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway line 1), Exit 3. Go towards Jogyesagil (pass 2 signals) and enter the alley next to the 7th Day Sabbath Church
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Gwangjang Market, where the local have their daily dose of bindaettok (mung bean pancake), sundae (pork blood sausage) and kimbap (korean sushi).

Getting Here:

Jongno 5(oh)-ga Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 10. Make a U-turn and enter through the North 2nd Gate.
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Euljiro 4(sa)-ga Station (Subway Line 2, 5)– take a bus and get off at Euljiro 5(oh)-ga Station
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Mid night shopping at Dongdaemun, stocking up for The Patbingsu. There’s Doota Mall (most expensive), Hello APM (cheapest) , Migliore (medium pricing) and many other malls which open till wee hours.

Getting Here:

Dongdaemun Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 8. Cross the street, and walk 130m forward to arrive at Doota.
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Toyoko Inn Dongdaemun, where we stayed for the next three nights. It is a no frills Japanese chain hotel (~RM200 per night with member card). Will highly recommend it to anyone who’s heading to Seoul.

Toyoko Inn Dongdaemun
Address: 73, 2Ga Gwanghui-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, 100-412 South Korea
Tel: +82-(0)2-2267-1045 FAX: +82-(0)2-2267-1046
Website: http://www.toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00208/index.html

Getting Here:

1 minute walk from exit No.3 or 4 of Dongdaemun History & Culture Park (formally known as Dongdaemun Stadium Station) on the No.2,4 or 5 Subway Lines.
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No. 6001 airport limousine bus stops right in front of the lobby too.

Day 4:

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Changdeokgung Palace
Admission Fee:
Regular Tour (Changdeokgung Palace)-Adults 3,000 won/Children 1,500 won
Huwon Tour (Secret Garden area)
-Adults 5,000 won/Children 2,500 won
Interpretation Services-Changdeokgung Palace:
Korean: 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30
English: 10:30, 14:30/Japanese: 12:30/Chinese: 16:00

Interpretation Services-Huwon:
Korean: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30
English: 11:30, 14:30/Japanese: 10:30, 13:30/Chinese: 12:30

Getting Here:

Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Go straight for 5min.
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Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 1, 3 or 5), Exit 7. Go straight along Donhwamun-ro Street for 10min.
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It’s spring time!
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Lunch @ Myeongdong Gyoza. There’s only three items available in the menu: mandu dumplings, bibimguksu, and kongguksu.

Myeongdong Gyoza
Address: 25-2, 2-ga Myoung-dong, Chung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel: 02-776-5348
Operating Hours: opens daily from 1030 to 2130

Getting Here:

Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 7. It is located near Watson.
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Shopping @ Myeongdong
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FREE hanbok experience @ Korea Tourism Info Center in M Plaza, Myeongdong. M Plaza houses Forever 21, Zara and Kosney so it’s hard to miss it. Take a lift to level 5, registered yourself at the counter (English/Chinese/Japanese language options available) and wait for your time slot. Awesome right? There’s also FREE wifi and locker services available.
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Superb bibimbap at Jeonju Jungang Hoekwan, a very old and traditional restaurant with long history.

Jeonju Jungang Hoekwan
Address: 24-11 Chungmuro 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

Getting Here:

Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 6. Look for Uniqlo, there’s a smoothie king next to it. Walk into the alley.

Day 5:

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Ewha Women University

Getting Here:

Ewha Woman’s Univ. Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 2 or 3.
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Ewha Shopping Area
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Authentic chuncheon dak galbi at Sinchon area. So much better compared to Uncle Jang’s!

Chuncheonjip
Address: 57-8 Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu Seoul South Korea.
Operating hours: Opens from 10am to 6am the next day.

Getting Here:

Sinchon Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 1. Turn right onto the first side street (Hyundai Department Store). Go straight for 130m and cross the street. The restaurant is next to Changcheon Children’s Park.
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Hongik University
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Hongik Shopping Area

Getting here:

Hongik Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 5.
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N Seoul Tower
N Seoul Tower Observatory Admission fee:

Children (Ages 4-12): 3,000 won/ Teens and Adults (Ages 13-64): 8,000 won / Senior (Ages 65+): 5,000 won

Getting Here:

(1) By Cable Car
Subway Line 4, Myeongdong Station, Exit 3. Take road to right of Pacific Hotel and walk 10 minutes.
Fare: Round-trip: 6,300 won, One-way: 4,800 won
Hours: 10:00~22:30
At hoehyeon intersectiom between Myeongdong and Hoehyeon stations on subway line 4, walk towards Namsan Tunnel #3 and take the Namsan Oreumi.

(2) By Bus
“Take Subway Line 3 or 4 at Chungmuro Station, and go out of Exit 2 to the right of Daehan Multiplex entrance -Take the yellow bus 2 at the bus stop in front of the subway station- Get off at the N Seoul Tower bus stop
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Day View
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Night View
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Dinner @ Bonjuk, everywhere in Seoul.

Day 6:

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Took KTX to Busan, South Korea’s second largest metropolis after Seoul (journey 2 hour 45 minutes, fare ~RM200 return)
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Busan station and our hotel Toyoko Inn Busan I is located right next to it.
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Breakfast @ Paris Baguette, everywhere in South Korea.
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Taejongdae, a natural park with magnificent cliffs facing the open sea on the southernmost tip of island of Yeongdo-gu.

Getting Here:

From Busan Station, take city bus # 88 or 101 and get off at Taejongdae Park (10 min interval / 40 min ride).
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Jagalchi Fish Market

Getting Here:

Jagalchi Station (Busan subway line 1), Exit 10. Turn right onto Jagalchi 3(sam)-gil Street. Walk for 5min, then turn left to arrive at Jagalchi Market.
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We had nakji (dancing octopus), jeonbok (abalone), gwangor (some flat fish) and some other seafood here.
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Cherry Blossom @ Dalmaji Hills. It boasts beautiful cherry blossoms and pine trees, which are located just beyond Haeundae Beach, on the slope of Mt.Wausan.

Getting Here:

From Busan Station, take city bus No. 139 or 140 / city experss bus (jwaseok bus) No. 239 or 240 and get off at Mido Apt. Then walk 10-15 min along the sign (totally takes 1 hour).
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In front of exit 1 of Haeundae station (Busan Subway Line 2), take city bus No. 100 and get of at Yeongnam Apt. Then walk 10-15 min along the sign (totally takes 50 min).
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So beautiful!
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Afternoon tea @ Angel in Us Cafe, everywhere in South Korea.

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Haeunde Beach, probably the most famous beach in the country.

Getting Here:

From Busan station walk 172m straight and take bus(# 1003) (31 min travel time). Get off at Haeundae Beach stop and walk 169m to Haeundae Beach
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Dinner @ Gukbap Alley, near Haeunde Beach.
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Gwangali Beach and Diamond Bridge view.

Getting Here:

From Busan Station, take city bus No. 41, 42, 140, 239, 240, 139 and get off at Gwanganlli Beach (runs frequently)
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From Express Bus Terminal, take city bus No. 131, 131-1
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Take subway line no. 1 from Busan Subway Station and transfer from subway line no. 1 to Seomyeon Station. Get off at Gwangan Station(subway line no. 2, exit 3 or 5) and walk 5 minutes.
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Nampodong (shopping area) & PIFF Square

Getting Here:

Nampo-dong Station (Busan Subway Line 1).

Day 7:

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Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Getting Here:

Take bus 181 from exit 7 of Haeundae Station. Get off at the Yonggungsa Temple stop.
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So beautiful!
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KTX Bento (10,000 won)
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Back to Seoul, just in time for Hangang Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival’s opening ceremony!

Getting Here:

National Assembly Station Exit 1
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Yeouido Station Exit 4
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Yeouinaru Station exit 2/3
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A perfect ending to our trip!

Stay tune to our detailed Seoul Itinerary and Busan Itinerary!

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Comments

  1. farouk says:

    nice posting.

    quick question, is it better if i travel with travel agency package or on my own to south korea. planning to bring my wife and 5 yr old son this november for a short holiday

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    it’s better to go on your own. so easy to move around with subway

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    kampungboy Reply:

    the cab fee is cheap too :D Just that communication wise might be slightly difficult.

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  2. cutebun says:

    Very cool! I would love to go to Korea one day!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    yes dear, its fun!

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  3. Michelle says:

    So you guys went without a tour eh? I was planning to do this but my parents are not convinced. Generally, I am super adventurous but my dad, less so…

    Reading this helps give me the confidence. :D

    Maybe the fact that my sister speaks Korean can help?

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    never follow a tour! you’ll miss out alot! I don’t think they will take you to all these good food places. Plus tourism korea has done a very good job, there are a lot of informations and discounts for tourists.

    kb’s parents were quite sporting fortunately. they did walk alot eventually, and they also bear with us while we lost our way. its a GREAT plus point that your sis can speak korean, so much easier!!!!

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  4. kewl…
    i always love korean strawberry..
    does it taste sweeter compare to those korean strawberry sell in JJ?
    Cherry Blossom .. i have not seen yet…

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    It was cheap and taste great! Much fresher and cheaper than the korean straberries sell here for sure.

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    jaja Reply:

    May I know how much is the strawberry price there? How about other fruits?

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    It’s about 15000 won for one kg. cheaper one is about 8000 won, depending on size

  5. Lin Young says:

    Love your post. What great timing!! My husband and I will be going to Seoul this Friday. Would appreciate if you could email me your Best Eats list.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    sure thing! have fun in seoul, rmb to eat more

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  6. jean says:

    Great post. Ur previous Bali itinerary are very useful too, I refer them for my two times visit to bali.=)
    Will definitely follow ur Korean post and plan mine soon!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    thx for ur support jean. glad that we are able to help :D

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  7. evonne39 says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing! I will fly off to seoul on 2May. Still planning the itinerary. It is 5 FULL DAYS. do you think should we go Busan? Is it worth to visit there?

    may i have the best food list?

    Thanks and looking forward to more details post from you!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi evonne, you can try to do a day trip but it will be very tiring. plan for busan & jeju for ur second visit :)

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  8. Winnie says:

    Hi, great post. Can you please email me the food list? Thank you.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    will do winnie :)

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  9. Cingchubby says:

    Hi..always love ur travel blog :D i’m planning to korea with my friends on nov
    can i have a copy of “best eats” reastaurants at korea for my reference?
    and what mobile network operator did you use for iphone when u’re in korea?
    looking forward for your reply :)

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    thanks cing! will email to you. I’m just using my iphone without roaming, there’s free wifi everywhere. and for jihachul app, you can use it offline.

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    Cingchubby Reply:

    Ohh i already have that apps on my iphone :D Btw nice photos u have :) ohh whats wrong with the toilet at ur service apartments?

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    the water pressure was really bad. and the water can seem to flow down at the shower area. however, the apartment was nice with modern design, just don’t ask for room 1507. normally top level rooms have this problem

  10. piggy says:

    Nice post, nice pictures, and definitely nice destination! more guides please!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    thx piggy. will do :D

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  11. Hcc says:

    Hi…your itinerary is great! However may I know how much have you spent for the trip exclude air fare? Thanks!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi we spent about 3k with shopping. 2300-2400 without ;)

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  12. coolcoolgirl says:

    saw both of u at the LCCT coz we are taking the same plane to seoul and return as well..i some more saw u at this m plaza..

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    haha i think i remember you. you are very tall right? ;)

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    coolcoolgirl Reply:

    haha….yes correct…

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    coolcoolgirl Reply:

    by the way,i like your post…so beautiful photos u have..

  13. coolcoolgirl says:

    so, where will be your next trip?

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    no $$$$ d. thanks for liking our post dear. hope you had great fun with your bf (i think) too :)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Lol…yes bf but I go with my family too….

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  14. kampungboy says:

    I miss Jjimdak!!!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    me too :)

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  15. tanes says:

    Great great great experience you have there~~ I am planning my trip too in 2nd May..mind sharing your must-eat list in korea for reference?? :)

    Anyway do you think it’s worth to join DMZ tour?

    Thank you and hope to see more makan update from you!!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    will do dear. i’m not too sure about the DMZ tour as we have never thought of joining one, somwhow. weird i know :)

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  16. Burger says:

    Thanks for sharing your experiences here on your blog.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    you are welcome dear

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  17. LCL says:

    Hallo, thanks so much for your really informative blog on Seoul, am planning a trip to Seoul and wondering what to do. Really appreciate your tips etc!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    no problem LCL :)

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  18. LCL says:

    Oh, could I please have a copy of your best-eats? Am going to Seoul this May. Thanks so much!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    sent to u :)

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  19. Yvonne says:

    Hi, can I have a copy of your best-eats? Hehe thanks:) like you post! I have referred your Bali and Taiwan itinerary! Very useful!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    sent to u dear. thanks for referring to our guides too :D

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  20. farouk says:

    thanks for the tip….ive decided…it’s going to be without package for us :)

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    great to hear that farouk!

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  21. velika says:

    Hello! your post is very helpful :D
    I’m planning to go to Seoul next year, could I have a copy of your best-eats and the accomodations? thanks a bunch!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    sent to u dear :)

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  22. Leslie says:

    Hi KampungBoyCityGal!
    I have been following your blog even since I stumbled upon it! I especially love your travel postings, so informative and such a good guide! Your itinerary to Korea comes at the right time as my friends and I are going to Seoul in September! Could you send me the best-eat list? I am a good lover! Thank you so very much!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi leslie, thanks for ur long time support. hope u’ll have fun at seoul :)

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  23. Sue says:

    hi, may i know how to apply for the member card for the japanese chain hotel pls? tq

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  24. Sue says:

    hi, may i know how to apply for the member card for the japanese hotel chain hotel pls? tq

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi sue first u need to make a room reservation at their website.for non members the rooms are opened 3 mths before, rmb to book right on the dot. no upfront payment required, then u can apply for ur member card while checking in. you are entitled for the member price immediately.

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  25. pinnpinn says:

    Hi! im leaving for korea tmr! can i have the makan list? thanks!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    sure dear. sent to u :)

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  26. Jennz says:

    Hi, I’ll be going Seoul and Busan real soon.. Can I have a copy of your food list? Thanks in advance!!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    sent to u dear
    kampungboycitygal´s last [type] ..Seoul Itinerary Day 1: Cheonggyecheon Stream & Deoksugung (The Royal Changing of Guards Ceremony)

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  27. Jennz says:

    Sorry for the repost.. Forgot about my mail address. Can I have a copy of your food list? Thanks in advance!!

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  28. oopiez says:

    Hihi, did you take a Double A or Double B at Toyoko Inn Seoul?
    Is it far from the shopping area? :D

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi there, i took the cheaper room – double a, everything is the same just that it’s smaller. rmb to apply for membercard upon check in. u can use it for any toyoko inn hotels in japan, korea n china

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    oopiez Reply:

    Have heard that a lot of the exits at the subway stations do NOT have escalators. For Toyoko Inn, could you advise which exit (#4 or #3) is better? :)

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    yes oopies, its true. those long flights of staircases are scary. exit 3 has escalator so we normally use exit 3

  29. Cindy says:

    Hi, chanced about your website and found it very useful for my upcoming F&E korea trip. Great trip! Could i have a copy of your food list?

    Thanks alot!!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    no problem cindy :)

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  30. Sue says:

    Harlow! I love it whenever you already reviewed the places I am going, because you guys are so detailed in explaining! Can I have a copy of the makan list too? Pwetty pleasee?

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi sue haha what a coincidence! sent to u d :)

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  31. Lita Tedja says:

    Hello, I am Lita from Indonesia. Could you please advise an email address of Toyoko Inn hotel – Seoul? I have tried to email that hotel but still got no reply. I just want to know the capacity of Toyoko Inn’s family room, since I plan to go to Seoul with 2 of my friends (It means 3 altogether).
    Is the regulation of max 2 persons in standard rooms strictly applied in that hotel? Please confirm, thanks.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi lita i think max of two in a double room as the room is very small.

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  32. wei says:

    Hi, do you mind to send the makan list to me. I will be heading to Seoul and jeju next week, and also not to forget the Yeosu :)
    Between we are the member of Toyoko Inn as well, and have been using it a lot when travelling in Japan.
    Nice blog you have.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi wei, no problem. thanks for reading our blog too

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  33. cows says:

    Hello,

    mind sharing your best-east makan places in seoul with me? As i will be heading over to seoul soon, it will be of a great help to me in planning our trip. please???

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi cows, sent to u :)

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  34. gem says:

    hello! may i ask how did you all purchase and pay for the KTX tickets? did you purchase it online (in English), like 1 mth in advance? thank you!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi ya we bought it online from the kto website. 3 day pass is 77000 won per pax. one month in advance

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  35. yan says:

    hi can i have your makan list too … thanks . you spent to 2400 for whole trip is per pax rite ???

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    sure yan. yep, exclude shopping o :S

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  36. Grace KL says:

    Where to sign-up for Toyoko Inn member for discount

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    just sign up when you check in. before that, u need to make a room reservation at their website, no upfront pmt required.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    just sign up when you check in. before that, u need to make a room reservation at their website, no upfront pmt required.

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  37. jardness says:

    This post is SOOOOOOOOOOO informative!!! Thumbs up!!!
    jardness´s last [type] ..Peluang melawat Gunung Bromo, Indonesia untuk anda!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    thanks for ur kind words :)

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  38. Cheisee says:

    Great post! Your guide is very informative and helpful! I’m going to Seoul at the end of this month and your guide is definitely a nice reference. Can you please email me the makan list too? Thank you :)

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    thanks :) . sent to u d

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  39. Fazie says:

    Hi,

    Your posting is very interesting. I and my friends are planning to go to Korea next year. We would like to go to Jeju as well. Do you have any information on Jeju and also halal restaurant?

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi faze I’ve been to jeju 5 years back. We charter a mini van to go around. For halal restaurant, there’s a booklet at the tourism office at menara Hap seng. They list down the mosque location too, go it it for free :)

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  40. Rin says:

    So love your travel posts!! I’m going korea in June. Can u send me your must-eat list? :D D

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Thx rin, sent to u:)

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  41. Beatrice says:

    Hi! Your website is really good! :D Do you have any must-go shopping places in mind? So far i only plan myeongdong and COEX Mall. And only any eating places to recommend in myeongdong? :) My friend told me to omit out dongdaemun as there is nothing there already. Thank you so much! ^^

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi beatrice, shopping at dongdaemun is good! there’s doota mall, apm, migliore, and they are open till mid night. places to eat i can email u our makan list :)

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    Beatrice Reply:

    How about namdaemun? :) omg ok thanks!! My email is bbeatricee@ymail.com. Thanks! And one more qns, is the express train from incheon airport to myeongdong convenient? Or the airport bus is better? Thanks!! ^____^

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi Beatrice, namdaemun is famous for jewellery and accessories wholesale but we have never been there hehe. The arex will stop at Seoul station then there’s a free shuttle bus to myeongdong. If your luggage is not a lot / heavy then it’s alright. Airport bus goes to myeongdong directly but it’s more expensive so it really depends :)

    Beatrice Reply:

    Hihi i haven’t received your makan list yet :)

  42. Juztina says:

    Hi, I love your post as it makes life easier for me while I am planning for my trip to Korea this July. However, I have some queries about using the KR Pass. Do you tap it while at the gandry, like the train stations in Singapore, or do you have to approach the ticketing staff?

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi juztina, no theres no barricade or ticket checks. It’s all based on trust. So you just But the ktx ticket and hop onto the train. I heard there’s random / occasional ticket check inside the train.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Oh sorry misunderstood ur question. So after u purchase the kr pass online right, print the receipt / Rmb your reservation number.bring it to the ktx station and show them the receipt.they will issue the kr pass. to purchase your single journey/return ticket anytime within the 3 days period ( if u buy 3 day pass), u need to show the ticketing office ur kr pass.

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  43. Eddie says:

    Daer KBCG, gr8 informative post on Korean travel. Could I get your good eats list please. Your exp does give us more confidence to DIY instead of doing the usual travel group thing. Did you prefer the service apartment or hotel? The toyoko inn look like good value was it clean ? How was the service? How does one go about getting the member card? Did you enjoy Nami island? How was the food?
    Thks for the advice : )

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi Eddie

    Sent to you. It depends on whether ur traveling in a group of 2 or 4. For a group of 4, the service apartment is a good choice as it offers more space. If you are traveling as a couple, then Toyota inn is perfect. Membership is applied as you check in, they will offer you the discounted rate straight away.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Oh nami island is boring. 1.5 hour is all you need. The food inside nami island is decent and cheap.

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    Eddie Reply:

    Dear KBCG,
    Thanks for the advise wrt Namiseom..guess you have to be a die hard Winter Sonata fan to enjoy the place haha. BTW have you been to Jeju island? Oedo Island looks interesting and is accessible from Busan by ferry.

    Did you manage to try their fried chicken? Any you would like to recommend?

    Best regards!

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  44. Sara says:

    Hiii~~ i really like ur Blog is very intersting and helpful^^, i wanna ask u something , and i hope that u’ll answer me. I’m from Spain and i’m going to Korea in June per a week… i have paid the hotel, only i wanna know, how much money i need to bring with me to spend there for a a week.

    I’ll be grateful if u give me an answer :)

    THNX

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi you will need about usd 50 per day for food and transport. If you are only staying at Seoul with no shopping I will recommend 500 usd. Bring a credit card just in case.

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  45. Leon says:

    This is real cool post! …Can I have ur great great great makan list …plzzzzzz

    ! I m going to Seoul NExt 2 weeks! Ur Post is fantabulous! now I find Korea is a great place ! Thanks a lot!

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  46. Maxine says:

    Hi, I’ll be going to Seoul in June for 4 days with my husband and 2 year old son, and I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog. This post is really interesting and informative! May I please have your best eats list? As my husband will be busy at a conference, you have given me lots of ideas to explore the city alone with my son. We were planning to hire a guide but with your detailed itinerary here I might just try to brave it on my own. Would you say that Seoul is a child-friendly place? Thanks a lot and keep up the good work!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi maxine, thanks :) . day tour is not necessary as it is so easy to move around Seoul. just bring a long an english guide book and ur good to go. yes its definitely child friendly, but not baby stroller friendly. not much escalator around the subway stations. hope it wont bother u

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  47. Agnes says:

    Hihi, I’m going to Seoul next year. Now start to read all stuffs abt it. Your itinerary really helps alot! Thanks for sharing. Could you also send me or post up the makan list? That would be much appreciated :)

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi agnes, thanks for dropping by. sent as per request :)

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi agnes, thanks for dropping by. sent as per request :)

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  48. L says:

    Can i have a copy of ur food list too:) love your blog!

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  49. Joanna says:

    Just stumbled on your blog while researching on Korea. What a lovely post! You’re lucky to be there during the cherry blossom season. It looks absolutely gorgeous!

    I’m planning a trip to Seoul and possibly Busan/Jeju in July. Would greatly appreciate if you can email me your best eats list. Thanks in advance!

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  50. Tinysand says:

    Interesting blog you all having…thumbs up! and can i have a copy of your makan list? hehe..going to seoul tomorrow!! :D thks

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