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Hello everyone, back to the journey to Korea where I’ve just returned. I want to share my experience, so you can refer to make your own of Korea trip itinerary for 8 days 7 nights that traveling through 3 cities: Seoul, Busan and Jeju. Why is 8 days? Because you can explore Korea for a full week: The Saturday of this week departs, then the Sunday of next week return, a total of 8 days. You can combine public holidays and vacation days to make a travel plan for your trip. Why are 3 cities Seoul, Busan, Jeju? Because these are 3 major tourist destinations of South Korea, you can experience the cultural differences of each region in Korea. And the traveling is also considered convenient, so you can explore for yourself for the first time to the land of Kim Chi. Of course, based on this self-sufficient South Korea travel itinerary, you can adjust accordingly if you have been to Korea for 2 or more times. So, how many days in Korea is enough? Let’s check out my suggested South Korea itinerary 8 days (South Korea 8 days itinerary, Korea 8D7N itinerary) from where to go, where to stay, what to do on how to spend 8 days in Korea (8 days in South Korea, 8 days itinerary in Korea) to find out the | south korea 8 days itineraryanswer!

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Bukchon Hanok Village, must visit place in Seoul.
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Visitors wearing Korean traditional Hanbok at Gyeongbokgung
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Bustling street at Myeongdong neighborhood.
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The colorful houses in Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan | south korea itinerary 8 days
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Jeju island, also known as the “Hawaii of Korea”.
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Busan grilled seafood
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Black bork specialty in Jeju. | south korea itinerary 8 days

Things to do when arriving at Incheon Airport, Seoul (South Korea)

Incheon International Airport Hub
Incheon International Airport

Things to do when arriving at Incheon Airport in Seoul I will have a very detailed post later. But in this article I will say a few ideas for you to easily visualize and understand how is your schedule. There are 3 things you need to do when you arrive at the airport for convenient for your journey:

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Inside the airport. | south korea 8 days itinerary

1. Buy a 4G SIM Card or 4G wifi pocket at Incheon Airport

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4G Sim Card counter

Because at the airport you will be able to connect to the airport’s Free Wifi, but out of the airport, you will no longer be able to connect to the world. So, the first thing you need to do after landing at the airport is to buy a 4G SIM card to installs to your phone to use. I used 4G Sim of KT Telecom, counter number 31-32 at L1 floor, at the exit door of the airport. Because of the 8 days itinerary in Korea, I chose the 4G Sim service with a 10-day use term, unlimited data with 4G LTE speed. You can buy a 4G SIM Card in advance via Klook for less than $3 with 5-day and 10-day packages, when arrive you just need show the Voucher (that sent via your email) and get the Sim to use. Staff will show you how to register and active. You can also buy 4G Sim at convenient stores such as 7 Eleven at the Arrival Hall (1st floor), Terminal 2 of Incheon Airport. Also, you can buy 4G wifi and pick up at the airport here.

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4G Sim packages
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4G LTE Unlimited Data SIM Card | south korea 8 days itinerary

2. Send your luggage directly to the hotel to go out without checking in.

Arriving at the airport at 9am, you need to spend a minimum of 2 hours to return to the hotel to send your luggage, and also do not allow check in early (Seoul hotels allow Check-in time from 2pm or 3pm). So I used Safex Airport Luggage Services Seoul service. This is the best service and extremly wonderful that I ever experienced. Ie to the airport, you bring all the checked baggage for the service, they will take the luggage to the hotel where you stay, you from the airport can freely go out until the evening and then return to the hotel Check-in later with luggage available at the hotel. The price is also quite cheap, only $6, you will see how your money is used effectively, I guaranteed!Arriving at the airport at 9am, you need to spend a minimum of 2 hours to return to the hotel to send your luggage, and also do not allow check in early (Seoul hotels allow Check-in time from 2pm or 3pm). So I used Safex Airport Luggage Services Seoul service. This is the best service and extremly wonderful that I ever experienced. Ie to the airport, you bring all the checked baggage for the service, they will take the luggage to the hotel where you stay, you from the airport can freely go out until the evening and then return to the hotel Check-in later with luggage available at the hotel. The price is also quite cheap, only $6, you will see how your money is used effectively, I guaranteed!

3. Buy AREX train tickets to Seoul Station

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All Stop Train | 8 days itinerary in korea

After buying a 4G SIM card, you should buy the AREX fast train tickets to moving from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station, the travel time is very fast, only 43 minutes at an unbelievably cheap price: $6 (You can also buy in advance via Klook for convenience, it’s cheaper than $1). In Korea with $6, it is only equivalent to a very normal meal (about 7.000 won).

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Inside AREX train. | 8 days itinerary in korea

8 days in Korea — Day 1: Wandering around Seoul for the first day in traditional Hanbok costume

There is an interesting thing that if you wear a Hanbok – The traditional Korean costume, you will get free admission to the palaces or attractions. You can go to Oneday Hanbok (Address: 4 Bukchon-ro 5-gil, Jae-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea / Hours: 9AM–7PM / Phone: +82 70-4202-4310) – near Anguk Station subway station to rent a Hanbok for 4 hours or 24 hours to strolling round Seoul.

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Oneday Hanbok shop
Oneday Hanbok shop
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1PM – You can lunch after traveling by AREX train from the airport to Seoul Station, then go to Oneday Hanbok at 1pm, try and rent Hanbok for 4 hours, finish at 5pm, then return to the hotel to check-in (the check-in hours for hotels in Korea are from 2pm to 3pm). Then, preparing for the evening at N Seoul Tower (Namsan Tower) is both suitable and healthy. The 4 hour of Hanbok hiring schedule here you can visit some main tourist attractions in Seoul, because Oneday Hanbok is very close to the main attractions such as Bukchon Hanok Village (must go); Gyeongbokgung Royal Palace (should go); Cheonggyecheon Stream (may visit later, but it near the Gyeongbokgung palace); National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (this place is also very virtual photography spot, next to the stone wall of Gyeongbokgung); Changgyeonggung Palace.. You should take taxi to move beetween these places to save energy, each time get on and get off the taxi is only 3.000 won.

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Hanbok, the traditional costume of South Korea | 8 days in korea

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Visitors wearing Korean traditional Hanbok costume at Gyeongbokgung
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Hanbok and stone wall of Gyeongbokgung

Gyeongbokgung palace hanbok

Dinner at N Seoul Tower

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N Seoul Tower seen from a far

7PM – After completing a walk around the city with Hanbok, check in hotel, take a bath, you go to N Seoul Tower at 7pm for dinner. Stop at Myeong-dong Subway Station, then walk for about 15 minutes to the cable car ticket counter, buy roundtrip tickets for 8.500 won. That day I bought Combo N Seoul Tower: Observatory + N Burger (the big Buger and the delicious fries). If you buy Combo, it will be more economical than retail buy from outside, if you like you can choose the Combo N Seoul Tower from Klook.

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Namsan Tower, the symbol of Seoul
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8 days in South Korea — Day 2: Everland

The first day I had to be traveled from 2am when flying from Vietnam to South Korea, operating continuously until the late night so I knew I would be tired, so the second day in Seoul, I wanted to sleep a little more to recover. So I chose my journey to explore Everland Theme Park. Simply, because Everland is open at 10am, so you can sleep comfortably until 9:30am and start departing to Everland also OK.

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Everland

10AM – You can buy the Everland ticket in advance here to get discount from $48 to $31/day. I see Korean friends who also bought tickets in advance for cheaper than buying directly and not having to queue. There are four activities in Everland that you should play: T-Express – this is a roller coaster, very exciting, has appeared on Running Man before. I recommend you queue to play this game; Lost Valley – this activity allows you to ride on land and underwater to see wildlife living on Everland’s campus; Safari World – you also sit in a wire mesh wrapped vehicle to see the natural life of wild animals like the tigers, lions, bears hunting.. quite interesting. And the last one I have not tried, because Everland is too large, that is Amazon Express – You can explore it and let me know.

HOT promotion that I has just updated, guys, there is currently a Combo with up to 37% discount for Everland 1 Day with Bus Tickets departing from Seoul. That means you will have one more option to make your journey to Everland easier. When purchasing this Combo package on Klook, you will receive a voucher worth 5.000 KRW and T-express Q-pass when you redeem Everland tickets via Klook.

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T-Express
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Lost Valley
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Safari World

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Everland carnival
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Everland, South Korea. One of the best amusement parks in Asia.

Evening: Nanta Show

Nanta Show

8PM – This is the start time of the Nanta Show – A show that makes everyone laugh very comfortably when they come to Korea. Nanta Show, also known as Cooking Show – A show of chefs’s performance with knives, pots and pans … is a combination of the sound of kitchen appliances, food processing, music and the humor of actors … You can buy tickets at Nanta Show here for $7 off compared to buying tickets directly and definitely have a seat.

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Nanta Show cast
Nanta Show cast

8 days itinerary in Korea — Day 2: Explore Nami Island

9:30AM – Bus will waiting for you near Myeong-dong station at Shinsegae Duty Free Myeongdong. You can reserve tickets to getting to Nami Island with the shuttle bus service at Klook. Actually, I don’t know where to buy this tickets directly, I couldn’t find it, but when search on Google, I found the service on Klook very good, you can pre-order the Combo for both Nami Island entry tickets and the round trip shuttle bus. I just need to pay and then go to the bus stop and go. The service very punctual. You spend a day exploring Nami Island and catch the bus to return to Seoul at 4pm or 5 pm, there are 2 time options for you to choose from.

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Row of yellow ginkgo tree in Nami Island.
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Cycling around Nami Island

Evening: Take the KORAIL train to Busan

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Korail Pass or KRPass

8PM – Use the Korea Rail Pass (KR PASS or KORAIL) service to take KTX fast train from Seoul to Busan, the departure point is Seoul Station, and the stop is Busan Station. Very convenient with continue moving afterwards. I will have a guide for you to use this service in detail, but if you only need to travel from Seoul to Busan according to your Korea budget travel itinerary, you can buy 1–day ticket (1 Day Pass).

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KTX (Korea Train Express)
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Arrive at Busan Station around 10pm, you can move to the hotel to rest to prepare for the Busan journey early in the morning tomorrow.

Busan Station – right next door (outside) High Speed Station to Seoul.
Busan Station – right next door (outside) High Speed Station to Seoul.

South Korea itinerary 8 days — Day 4: Busan

This is a journey I have very satisfied in the South Korea itinerary 8 days and would like to introduce to you, actually, before I came to Busan, I did not know where to go because there was too little information on Google. By searching, I also found a one day tour to explore Busan on Klook. Of course, you will visit the most beautiful and worthwhile places in Busan. You can book this tour like me here or self traveling to the tourist attractions I will mention below.

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Skyline of Busan, South Korea at night.

8AM – First you will discover: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple – this is a temple located on the east coast of the city of Busan. Impressive with bell towers erected by placing many small stones stacked on each other, solid on the beach. This is also a temple for couples to beg their children when they touch the belly of the buddha statue on the way to the main gate.

 

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Stone zodiac statues
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Next, the journey will take you to: Taejongdae Resort Park. This is an area with many beautiful scenes in Busan, is a place not to be missed when you come to this bustling port city. From here, you can admiring the Korean War Monument of the countries when they send their soldiers to support Korea during the war. Going deeper you will see the Observation Deck to observe the spectacular view of the vertical cliffs on the coast. Don’t forget to climb Lighthouse or Taejongsa Temple in this place.

Taejongdae Park cruise

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Taejongdae Park rock cliffs
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Busan Taejongdae Park Rocky Cliff. Picture: busan food tour blog.
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