6 Days visiting South Korea

We decided to do 4 days in Seoul and 2 days in Busan. Below are the places we went during our 6 days trip to South Korea! I’m a big fan of Korean dramas so I was excited to visit South Korea 😀

SEOUL

Namsangol Hanok Village

Namsangol Hanok Village
House interior at Namsangol Hanok Village

Traditional houses depicted from the Joseon era. We were able to see how the citizens of the Joseon era live during that time.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace front door

The Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. We wore hanboks while visiting the palace, which makes it more fun! It’s free admission if you wear one into the palace. A lot of people do it so we didn’t feel out of place at all lol. There’s also a Folk Museum inside that you can visit as well.

Door lock at Gyeongbokgung
Person in Hanbok clothing

Bokchon Village

Bokchon village

A traditional korean village, it’s a neat little place to explore around the neighborhood.

The National Museum of Korea & the National Hangeul Museum

Learn the history and art of Korea as well as the history of the Korean language.

Korean Spa – Dragon Hill

Definitely visit a spa in Korea! That’s the place you see all the time in Korean dramas lol. Relax and eat some eggs there lol.

Street food vendor

We had late night food at a street food vendor under a tent, something you see in Korean dramas too! The lady that cooked the food was so laid back and the food was good 🙂

Samgyetang at Tosokchon

We had Samgyetang (Korean ginseng chicken soup) at Tosokchon, which is located nearby Gyeongbokgung Palace. The traditional seating was cool and the soup was good!

Namdaemon market

The oldest and largest market in Korea. We went shopping around the market for cheap stuff lol.

Myeong-dong 

Shopping street with lots of stores. We bought soo much makeup stuff here.

Accommodation: Hotel 8 Hours
Places visited: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Namsangol Hanok Village, Bokchon village, National Museum of Korea & the National Hangeul Museum, Korean Spa, Namdaemon market, Myeong-dong


BUSAN

Haedong Yonggungsa temple

Haedong Yonggungsa temple

Buddhist temple by the sea, a really nice place to visit in Busan!

Candles in the dark

Haeundae Beach

Heart structure at Haeundae Beach

A nice beach to visit, there happened to be sand art display event going on when we were there so it was cool to see all the amazing sand arts.

forest sand art
Iron Man sand art
Sand art Haeundae Beach

Jagalchi market

The market was closed by the time we got there, but we were still able to eat at one of the small restaurants nearby which provided great seafood and also live octopus to eat! My friend tried the raw still-moving octopus fingers 🙂

Seomyeon Underground Shopping Center

South Korea has a lot of underground shopping centers, which is really neat I think. They’re making use of the underground train space lol.

Accommodation: Hotel Chowon
Places visited: Haedong Yonggungsa temple, Haeundae Beach, Jagalchi market, Seomyeon.


COST OF TRIP

Here’s a breakdown of the cost of our 6 day South Korea trip per person in USD (excluding the international flight). It is based on a 4-person share.

Accommodation: $148
Transportation: $63
Activities & Food: $80
Shopping: $430

Total Cost: $721

See my photos at Seoul & Busan, South Korea.

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