Myeongdong night market
Ihwa Mural Village
Ihwa Mural Village
Naksan Park seoul
Naksan Park | south korea 10 day itinerary
Cheonggyecheon Artificial Stream
Cheonggyecheon stream
One of the mus visit places in Seoul

Cheonggyecheon stream

DDP Night Market
DDP Night Market
DDP Night Market, Korea
DDP Night Market, Korea | south korea travel itinerary
Food stall at DDP, Seoul, Korea
Food stall at DDP
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| korea 10 days trip

Korea trip itinerary — Day 6: Seoul

In the morning, go up to the rooftop of the residence to have breakfast and then check out. Send luggage at Seoul Station and then hang out in Myeongdong for a while, then catch subway to Gangnam area, visit some attractions in this area, shopping.

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Gangnam
Gangnam seoul
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gangnam
Gangnam at night

In the afternoon, visit Seoul Forest, stroll around the park and the Common Ground container neighborhood. Then traveling to Itaewon for a walk and visit some ice cream and coffee shops here.

Seoul Forest park
Seoul Forest Park
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Common Ground | korea 10 days trip
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Concept mall in Seoul | south korea travel itinerary

food paradise-common ground-best concept mall in seoul-korea5

Read more: Explore Common Ground Seoul — The concept mall you should visit when traveling to Seoul.

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Itaewon street, Seoul
Itaewon area, Itaewon street
Itaewon was dubbed the Western street of Seoul

itaewon

itaewon street food
Itaewon street food | south korea itinerary 10 days

Itaewon area, Itaewon street

In the evening, go to Han River to see the light show at Banpo Bridge, then return to Seoul Station to catch the night train to Busan, overnight on the train because this train is a slow train, it takes 6 hours to get to Busan.

Banpo Hangang Park and the bridge.
Banpo Hangang Park and the bridge.
Fountains at Banpo bridge.
Fountains and light show at Banpo bridge. | south korea 10 days itinerary

10 days in South Korea — Day 7: Seoul

Around 3:30 am the train arrives at Busan station, only 2 minutes to walk to the hostel right there. Fortunately, there are 2 guests in the hostel open the door when they just return, I sleep at the hostel guest room until 7:00 am to check-in.

Busan self-planned itinerary
Busan city

I have breakfast at the hostel, then to the subway station, buy a daily ticket at KRW 4.500 and then explore the tourist destinations in the West. Started with the large Lotte store area with a rooftop overlooking the panoramic coastal city of Busan. Then walk to the bustling neighborhood of Biff Square, Yongdusan Park and Busan Tower, and hang out around Gukje Market.

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Lotte Department Store
Lotte Department Store rooftop2
The rooftop of Lotte Department Store looking down

Lotte Department Store rooftop

BIFF Square in Nampo-dong
BIFF Square in Nampo-dong, Busan
BIFF Square busan food
Delicious street food at BIFF Square | south korea 10 day itinerary
Historical picture Yongdusan Park
Historical picture Yongdusan Park
Yongdusan Park in Busan
Yongdusan Park in Busan
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Romantic Autumn in Yongdusan Park | korea itinerary 10 days
Busan-Tower observatory
Busan Tower observatory
Busan-Tower
Busan city view from Busan Tower
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Gukje Market, the kitchen of Busan
Gukje Market busan
Street food outside Gukje Market | 10 days in korea
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Picked vegetables

In the noon, eat Sashimi at Jagalchi fish market, delicious! This fish market is full of fresh seafood, oh, I feel exciting when just looking them!

Greysuitcase Busan Series - Jagalchi Market
Jagalchi market
Jagalchi Fish Market
Full of fresh seafood
Steamed abalone
Fresh octopus at Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan
Fresh octopus at Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan. | korea itinerary 10 days
Jagalchi market
Sashimi, grilled seafood

In the afternoon, continue to take a subway to the village dubbed the Santorini of Asia, which is the colorful of Gamcheon Cultural Village. The houses here are built with layers of layers with lots of different colors on the cliffs.

Gamcheon Culture Village 3
Gamcheon Culture Village
Gamcheon Culture Village
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Gamcheon Culture Village Busans Hidden Gem
Gamcheon Culture Village: Busan’s Hidden Gem
Gamcheon Culture Village Busans Hidden Gem
Beautiful colorful houses in Gamcheon Village

In the evening, return to Biff Square for dinner, then go to the top of Lotte Store to see Busan at night.

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Biff Square at night.
ssiat hotteok
ssiat hotteok
BIFF Square food stalls
BIFF Square food stalls
ssiat hotteok
ssiat hotteok | south korea travel itinerary
Aerial night view of Busan

Hostel in Busan: Orange Guesthouse, priced at $40/2 nights for a single bed. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

orange guesthouse busan
Orange Guesthouse

South Korea itinerary 10 days — Day 8: Busan

Breakfast at the hostel, I spent the whole day to explore the eastern area of Busan, continued to buy daily subway tickets to save costs. In the morning visiting areas like Gwangalli Beach, The Bay 101 is like a version of Marina Bay in Singapore.

Gwangalli Beach
Gwangalli Beach
the bay 101 busan
The Bay 101. | south korea 10 day itinerary

the bay 101 busan2

Continue walking through Dongbaek Park area where has building for APEC 2005 conference, go to Haeundae Beach is a few steps away. In the afternoon, take the train to Centum City station to visit the Busan Cinema Center exhibition area, enter the Shinsegae mall, one of the largest shopping centers in the world.

APEC House at Dongbaek
APEC House at Dongbaek Park
Shinsegae Centum City Department Store
Shinsegae Centum City Department Store
Food court at Shinsegae Centum City 2
Food court at Shinsegae Centum City

Food court at Shinsegae Centum City 2

In the evening, return to Biff Square for dinner, go to a shop covered with nylon tarp and drink Shochu wine, order foods follow the Korean style.

Biff Square food stall
Biff Square food stall

South Korea 10 days itinerary — Day 9: Seoul

KTX train - comfortable ride
KTX train – comfortable ride

Early in the morning, I took a train to Seoul, traveling by a fast KTX train, so it was only 8am, I arrived at Seoul Station. Take a subway to Anguk station to check in the hotel.

Leave luggage at the hotel and visit Unhyeongung Palace just outside the lane of the guesthouse, free entrance. Take a subway to visit the ancient village of Namsangol Hanok, then walk to the Myeongdong area to find Jimjilbang bath but I can’t find it, so I went to Itaewon area to take Jimjilbang sauna and siesta in there.

Unhyeongung palace seoul
Unhyeongung Palace

Unhyeongung palace seoul

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Jimjilbang Seoul

In the afternoon, wandering around Itaewon, in the evening I go back to Anguk station near Bukchon village for dinner. Back to the guesthouse to packing for the next morning to the airport soon.

Itaewon area, Itaewon street
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itaewon Photo: seoul itinerary 5 days blog.
Itaewon

The 3rd hotel in Seoul: Moon Guesthouse, priced at $29/night/single room. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com).

Moon Guesthouse seoul
Moon Guesthouse

Korea itinerary 10 days — Day 10: Seoul – Hanoi

Check out the hotel and take the All Stop Train to Incheon airport. It took 1.5 hours to go from the guesthouse to the airport because of changing trains many times in the morning and very crowded people. The walking area to the Airport Railroad in Seoul Station is quite large.

the subway from incheon airport
Train from Seoul to Incheon Airport
commuter train of incheon airport
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Incheon International Airport Hub
Incheon International Airport Hub
Incheon International Airport Hub
Incheon International Airport Store.

Shopping some items at the airport because I have not bought it in Seoul, remember the goods at the airport is tax free, but there will not be as many promotions as in the city, so if you can buy it before and then get the tax refund at the airport seems to be better.

Overview of basic costs for 10 days in South Korea

I summed up the travel costs for one person

  • Visa fee (self–sufficiency): $21.54
  • Money for Hanoi – Seoul roundtrip airfares: $150.81
  • Seoul – Jeju roundtrip airfares: $43.09
  • Rent a car in Jeju (rent + refuel): 97k KRW / 2 days ~ $43.09
  • Train ticket from Seoul – Busan: $25.85
  • Tickets for fast train KTX Busan – Seoul: $51.71
  • The hotel for the whole trip: $284.41 for 8 nights, 1 free night sleeping on the train.
  • The average amount of money spent on traveling and eating is $30.16/day.

Total cost: ~$904.93/person for 10 days 9 nights trip in Korea.

the ginkgo road of Hyeonchungsa 3
Autumn in Korea | south korea 10 day itinerary

Are you looking for more Seoul travel guide and top things to do in Seoul: Tours, activities, attractions and other things? Read more: Seoul blog — The fullest Seoul travel guide blog for a wonderful budget trip to Seoul for the first time.

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