Last updated: May 2017.
Here’s a sample itinerary for a 5-day, 4-night tour in Seoul. This assumes the following:
- You are a group of two.
- You will be staying in a twin room at Fully Hong Hostel.
- You will be using a T-Money card (T-Card) when taking public transportation.
- Your meal allowance is limited to only ₩5000 for breakfast and ₩15000 for lunch and dinner. It’s actually too much for me considering that you will find a bowl of delicious bibimbap for only ₩5000. But I think it’s better to overestimate so let’s leave it at ₩15,000. I’m not a breakfast person, either. But fine, let’s still include breakfast for good measure.
Just make necessary adjustments to match your needs.
Hotel booking – ₩116,000 (₩58,000 x 4 nights divided by 2pax)
Day 1: ARRIVAL + GYEONGBOKGUNG
01:00pm – Airport to Jongno-3ga – ₩4150 + ₩1250
02:20pm – Check in at hostel
03:00pm – Gyeongbokgung Palace – ₩3000
06:30pm – Cheonggyecheon Stream
08:00pm – Gwangjang Market – ₩15,000 budget
10:30pm – Sleep!
Day 2: ANGUK AREA + MYEONGDONG
08:00am – Wake up
09:00am – Grab breakfast – ₩5000
09:30am – Bukchon Hanok Village
11:30am – Lunch – ₩15,000
01:00pm – Changdeokgung Palace – ₩3000
06:00pm – Subway to Myeongdong – ₩1250
06:20pm – Dinner – ₩15,000 budget
09:30pm – Back to Hotel
Day 3: NAMI ISLAND
07:00am – Wake up
08:00am – Grab breakfast – ₩5000
08:30am – Subway to Gapyeong Station – ₩2250
10:00am – Taxi to ferry wharf – ₩3000
10:20am – Buy ferry ticket – ₩8000
10:50pm – Explore Nami Island
01:30pm – Lunch – ₩15,000 budget
02:30pm – Continue exploring Nami Island
04:00pm – Ferry back
04:30pm – Taxi back to Gapyeong Station – ₩3000
05:00pm – Subway back to city – ₩2250
06:30pm – Dinner – ₩15,000 budget
09:00pm – Sleep
Day 4: HONGDAE & SINCHON
09:00am – Wake up
10:00am – Brunch + Insadong – ₩15,000 budget
01:00pm – Subway to Ewha Women’s University – ₩1250
01:30pm – Ewha Women’s University
02:30pm – Subway to Hongik University – ₩1250
02:45pm – Seoul Trick Eye Museum – ¥15,000
05:00pm – Explore Hongdae
08:00pm – Dinner – ₩15,000 budget
10:30pm – Back to hotel – ₩1250
Day 5: PACK UP + DEPARTURE
Train back to Airport – ₩5400
This itinerary will cost you ₩286,300 (USD 244, EUR 228, PHP 12,170) per person, excluding the airfare and travel tax.
You can still bring down the cost by staying in a dorm (and there are great options in the city), skipping the Trick Eye Museum (it’s not really unique to Seoul), or cutting down on your food budget (Please don’t. Korean food is awesome!)
If you’re coming from Manila and you’re able to snag PHP7700 fare, the total cost of this trip is PHP 19,870 per person (excluding travel tax).
For more budget travel tips, read: Seoul Travel Guide
Where to Book Tours and Tickets
Of course, you can add more to the above itinerary or replace some of the activities there. The links below will lead you to Klook, which offers passes and tickets often at discounted rates. You can also book tours (with transpo) if you don’t want to bother with the getting-there part.
||Everland + Transfers
||N Seoul Tower
|TeamLab World Seoul
||TrickEye 3D Museum + Ice Museum
|DMZ and Panmunjom Tours (and See North Korea)
Top Budget Hotels Under $60
Staz Hotel Myeongdong 2
HOTEL GS Jongno