gWhat’s in Seoul that everyone loves, everyone likes? It may be that the scenery of four seasons are as beautiful as the paintings. Or with so many points of interest, beautiful and interesting tourist attractions from Gyeongbokgung Royal Palace, Namsan mountain, Everland Amusement Park, Bukchon Ancient Village to Nanta show, Chef show… Or the shopping malls with quality domestic brands and good prices as well as vast promotions. Or it could be film studios, museums of KPOP’s idols, Hallayu films and Oppa handsome guys. Now, let’s check it our Seoul travel blog (Seoul blog, Seoul trip blog) — The fullest Seoul travel guide blog for a wonderful budget trip to Seoul for the first time with Living Nomads below.
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Seoul travel blog: When is the best time to visit Seoul?
Like other regions of South Korea, the capital of Seoul has a temperate climate, with hot and humid in the summer and the rainy season lasting from June to September. In the summer, August is very hot, the weather is quite cold in the winter with temperatures range from -10 degrees Celsius to 1 degree Celsius. You can visit Seoul at any time of the year, but the best time to travel to Seoul is in the spring from early March to late May because this season is cherry blossoms season, the weather is pleasant, very beautiful and romance or from September to November, when the weather is mild.
Seoul travel blog: How to get to city center of Seoul from Incheon Airport
If you fly from Vietnam, the airport you will land in is Incheon. If you continue going to Jeju Island you will have to get to Gimpo Domestic Airport. From Incheon there are many ways to get to the city center of Seoul. The most popular and cheapest are the means of transport below.
AREX Train: The fastest and most efficient means of transport between Incheon International Airport and downtown Seoul. There are two types of AREX: The AREX Express running the whole route, no stop from the airport to the city in about 43 minutes and the Arex All Stop Train type which stop at every station, it takes about 56 minutes to an hour to reach Seoul center.
KAL Limousine bus: The bus takes you further into areas of the city of Seoul, with many different destinations spread across the center of Seoul. Be assured to sit in your chair and relax, and waiting for your stop point.
Airport Taxi: Recommended when traveling in groups of 3 or 7 people. The price is high but it is convenient in case you have lots of luggage and take you directly to the hotel.
In addition to the above options, you can also hire Klook’s private car charter service, which is convenient and saving a alot of time, and the travel cost is not too expensive if you go with a large group. You can refer to and book these services as follow:
- Private Incheon International Airport Transfers (ICN) for Seoul
- Private Incheon Airport Transfers (ICN) for Seoul
- Incheon International Airport (ICN) Limousine Bus Transfers for Seoul (Gangnam District)
Seoul travel blog: Where to stay?
Depending on budget you can choose a lot of areas to stay. Here are some areas:
Budget: Dorm rooms in Hongdae and Myeongdong areas.
Medium: Hotels in Bukchon Ancient Village, or hotels in Hongdae and Myeongdong areas.
Luxury: Hotels in Gangnam area.
Below are some best cheap, budget, mid-range and upscale hotels with good ratings and reviews you can refer to.
- GLAD Mapo (Address: 92 Mapo-daero, Dohwa-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea / Phone: +82 2-2197-5000), 4-star hotel with room rates from $88/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- L7 Hotel Myeongdong (Address: 137 Toegye-ro, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea / Phone: +82 2-6310-1000), 4-star hotel with room rates from $124/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Lotte Hotel Seoul (Address: 30 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea / Phone: +82 2-771-1000), 5-star hotel with room rates from $181/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Hotel Skypark Kingstown Dongdaemun (Address: 20 Jangchungdan-ro 13-gil, Gwanghui-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea / Phone: +82 2-6952-8991), 4-star hotel with room rates from $94/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Hotel PJ Myeongdong (Address: 71 Mareunnae-ro, Inhyeondong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea / Phone: +82 2-2280-7000), 4-star hotel with room rates from $71/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Nine Tree Hotel Myeong-dong (Address: South Korea, Seoul, Jung-gu, 10길 51 / Phone: +82 2-750-0999), 3-star hotel with room rates from $50/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- The Grand Hotel Myeongdong (Address: 38 Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea / Phone: +82 2-777-7900), 3-star hotel with room rates from $89/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Metro Hotel (Address: 14 Myeongdong 9ga-gil, Euljiro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea / Phone: +82 2-752-1112), 3-star hotel with room rates from $78/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Sunbee Hotel (Address: 26 Insadong 7-gil, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea / Phone: +82 2-730-3451), 3-star hotel with room rates from $92/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Ibis Ambassador Seoul Insadong (Address: 31 Samil-daero 30-gil, Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea / Phone: +82 2-6730-1101), 3-star hotel with room rates from $54/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Hotel Skypark Myeongdong III (Address: 139 Toegye-ro, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea / Phone: +82 2-756-9700), 3-star hotel with room rates from $87/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
Seoul travel blog: Top Seoul points of interest, top travel experiences, top things to do, best places to visit, and top activities in Seoul
Top sightseeings, best places to visit in Seoul
Everland: Everland is the first theme park in Korea with 5 main themes, an exciting travel destination that helps you explore the history, culture and festivals of five continents.
Lotte World: It will brings you to the world class entertainment with countless outdoor and indoor activities and spectacular parades and shows.
Hanwha Aqua Planet 63: An area of 5.630 square meters and aquariums that simulate ocean habitats from around the world.
63 Tower Observatory: Also known as Hanhwa 63 City, is a skyscraper on Yeouido Island, which has beautiful views of the Han River (Hangang river) and Seoul City.
N Seoul – Namsan Tower: With an high of 479.7 meters, the telecommunication and observation tower is located at the top of Namsan Mountain, is the highest point in the middle of Seoul.
MBC World is a Hallyu theme park that has 3 activity zones and is the only stopover for everything related to the Korean entertainment industry.
Dragon Hill Spa: includes outdoor swimming pool, with various different temperature bathrooms, sauna, massage and exfoliation, sleeping area, and many other services.
Gangchon Rail Bike Seoul: Cycling on the old train railways and experience a funny trip in the beautiful countryside of Gangwon-do.
Running Man Thematic Experience Center: Trying to become a Running Man and experience the game based the world-famous TV show.
Seoul travel guide blog: Museums, palaces, top cultural attractions in Seoul
Unique museums: Seoul has a system of museums “unlike any others” from the Love Museum, the 18+ non-children’s museum, to Poo Poo Land where you’ll see the art of “waste of people”; Teddy Bear Museum, Kimchi Museum, etc…
Grevin Living Waxwork Museum Seoul: With 88 wax sculptures of famous stars are loved around the world.
Trick Eye Museum: One of the first visual deception museums in Asia and one of the leading museums in Asia.
Hire and take pictures with Hanbok: Traditional Korean costumes’s Hanbook clothes are rented at affordable prices, which will be a great choice for capturing shimmering photos. Some Hanbok rental places such as: N Seoul Tower Cultural Hanbok, Oneday Bukchon Seoul, Gyeongbok-gung…
Five Palaces: Includes Gyeongbok, Changdeok, Changgyeong, Deoksu and Gyeonghui. Gyeongbok Palace is the largest palace and most visited. If you come here around 10am, you can be seen the exchange of guards ceremony with actors in the traditional costumes of the Joseon Dynasty.
Bukchon Ancient Village: Built more than 600 years ago with a unique architecture with a rustic but solid style and harmonious interior decoration.
Ikseon-dong Ancient Village: Where young contemporary artists together revamp hannok roofs, turning them into cafes, restaurants and cultural complexes.
Seochon Ancient Village: With its crooked houses and alleyways creating a labyrinth of fun, along with unique antique shops and souvenirs.
The live shows must definitely be seen in Seoul
Nanta show: Nanta comedy cooking show is well-known throughout the world, blending perfectly the music with the talent of transforming kitchen’s tools into the unique performance equipment.
Fireman show is the latest and most unique show in Seoul showing the strength, hard training and proud work of firefighters.
Chef show: a great journey into the kitchen with non-verbal performances that people can easily understand and participate in.
The Painters: Hero Show Seoul: A unique performance combining the soul-blowing skills of painters and the humorous mix of music, dance and comedy.
JUMP Show Seoul: 80 minutes amazing performances by artists with acrobatic skills, martial arts make a funny show for the whole family to enjoy together.
Pang Show: Enjoy the Pang show on E-LAND cruise, a perfect show combining with the view and experience of toast.
Seoul blog: Nightlife and shopping in Seoul
Hongdae: According to Seoul travel guide blog, Hongdae is the most worthy area, with bustling nightlife streets with bars, pubs, nightclubs, night restaurants and shopping at popular shopping outlets in the “college village” of Hongdae.
Dong Daemun Plaza (DDP): The complex shopping with all types of shops, cafes, … In addition, outside DDP there is the famous LED rose garden in “The star brings him to” will be light up every night.
Insadong: Insadong has alleys with beautiful houses, art and culture centers, street food, along with Ssamzigil – where you can buy souvenirs, pictures, pottery, etc.
Seoul blog: Seoul suggested itinerary for 5 days 4 nights
Flying a night flight to Incheon Airport, Korea. Arriving in Korea on the early morning, take the AREX train to the downtown Seoul. Check in your hotel, rest.
Day 1: Visit Gyeongbok-gung Palace, The Green House, Hanok Bukchon Ancient Village
Morning: Visit Gyeongbok-Gung – watching the ceremony of change guards. Getting to the Blue House for taking some photos. Lunch. Take the MRT train to Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), down to Exit 1 or Exit 2, walking about 300 meters to Bukchon Hanok Village.