Korea is always one of the most attractive destinations in Asia. Referring to Korea, visitors often think of a modern and dynamic Seoul with bustling streets and night markets, many unique museums and ancient charm royal palaces, Busan or Jeonju, where traditional Korean culture values are well-preserved, a romantic and poetic Jeju island. South Korea has too many destinations to go. So, if you only want to visit Seoul then how many days in Seoul is enough? I think 4 days is enough, if you have more time you can make an itinerary for 6 days. So, how to spend 6 days in Seoul (6d5n Seoul itinerary, Seoul Korea itinerary 6 days)? Let’s check out our suggested Seoul itinerary 6 days in winter (Seoul itinerary 6 days winter) to find out the answer!
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Seoul itinerary 6 days: Before you go
I stayed in the Triple room (1 double bed, 1 single bed) of Ehwa Hotel in Myeongdong (Agoda.com or Booking.com). I booked on Agoda, right at the promotion programme so the room rates is quite cheap, calculated only about $21.32/person/day. This hotel is very new, with a restroom, elevator, enthusiastic, polite staff, and simple but delicious buffet. Especially, it is very close to Myeongdong – shopping street for cosmetics, clothes and many stores and shopping malls. The hotel is also close to the MRT station, so it will save travel costs for visitors. You can take AREX express train from Incheon Airport to Seoul station and then transfer to line 4 and exit at Exit 10, walk about 5 to go to the hotel, located right on the front.
Some budget hostels in central Seoul you can refer to here.
From Incheon Airport to the center of Seoul, you can choose AREX Express. This is a fast train, does not stop, it only takes 43 minutes to get to city center. Booking on Klook is only 6 USD, you will pay 12 USD for the round trip. After having the voucher via email, you can redeem your ticket to the hard pass but have to deposit of 500 KWR ($0.41), get out of the station there will be a refund. On the receipt, write clearly the seat position, so you can rest assured not to stand.
Getting around Seoul: After arriving at the airport, you can find and buy T-money card at convenient stores such as Emart, GS25 … for about 2.500 KWR. After that, top up right there or at all top up machines located at all MRT stations.
Remember to download the Subway Korea app (Android, iOS), extremely useful when traveling by MRT, you just need to select the departure point (Departs from) and destination (Arrives at) and it will display a guide line to save time and optimize your travel expenses.
If you traveling in a group like us (3 people or more), our advice to save money is to reserve Klook’s 4G pocket Wifi transmitter. Our trip last 6 days, so we paid 16.8 USD (for 1 day with less than $3), sharing for 3 people, each person only needs to pay $5.6 to unlimited access Wifi 4G, so cheap, can you use everywhere. The inconvenience of Wifi is not suitable for teams with him/her who wants to self-exploring, have to deposit (about 200.000 KWR) and must remember to return the device on time but in return, it will save a lot of money for eating and shopping. Recommend for you is a device with a capacity of about 8 hours when fully charged (connect one device) so when returning to the hotel or other places with free wifi, please disconnect it to take advantage of time to recharge it.
If you travel alone or need to use data without depending on others, please book and receive 4G SIM card at Incheon Airport of Klook too. This Korea tourist SIM card provides 3 packages: 5/10/30 days for convenient use. The greatest benefit of the SIM is fast, no need to charge as pocket wifi devices, when you returning home, it’s no need to return the SIM. The price is calculated to be much more expensive than pocket wifi devices, this is also considered a small disadvantage (reference price is $23.3/$32.6/$60.5 corresponding to 5/10/30 day packages).
Seoul itinerary 6 days — Day 1: Myeongdong Street and Namsan Tower
From Incheon airport, you take AREX Express to Seoul Station, then change to line 4 and exit at Exit 10 to reach Myeongdong shopping street. This area is literally the shopping street of cosmetics, full of snacks, street food as well as Korean restaurants. The recommended dishes are fish cake (odeng), Korean Tornado Potatoes, Pomegranate juice and strawberry red with bean mochi, teokbokki is not very good. When you passing by the cosmetics shop, there will be a staff giving a sample mask, if you buy it, they will give it away or they may be required return. Full of the Face Shop, Innisfree, Laneige, Missha … freely to choose. In during my trip have 50% sales promotion, so one mask is only about $0.43/sheet, you can grab and bring back to Vietnam to sell.
Tips: Note that here you get a direct tax refund, so remember to bring your passport and buy more, the higher the refund rate. There is a sample gift when buying more, so if the employee forgets, just ask for it, don’t hesitate.
Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
I purchased tickets via Klook, only $6/ticket. From Myeongdong Station (Line 4, Exit 3), walk for about 10 minutes to the cable car station. Walking along Toegye-ro 18-gil road, turn left at Pacific hotel, go along Toegye-ro 20 gil, meet Ministop then turn right, at the end of the road you will see the stairs leading to the cable car. This cable car is a big one, not the usual small one that I often see, with transparent glass, the maximum capacity of up to 48 people. If you go by cable, you should find a foothold outside, near the glass to see the scenery.
Cable car information
+ Operating hours: 10AM ~ 11PM
+ Ticket price:
- Round trip: Adults: 8,500 KWR/ticket; children (under 36 months) 5,500 KWR/ticket
- One way: Adults 6,000 KWR/ticket; children (under 36 months) 3,500 KWR/ticket.
In my opinion, basically, one-way tickets are not much cheaper, so unless you have a lot of time, want to see the scenery, take photos along the way, you should buy a one-way ticket or walk both up and down. As lazy as our team, simple choose the roundtrip tickets and go ahead.
Tips: After reaching the tower by cable car, you do not redeem tickets at the ticket counter at the entrance. You continue go to deep inside, stepping down on the stairs, there will be a souvenir shop there. To the right of this shop will be the ticket exchange.
6D5N Seoul itinerary — Day 2: Changdeokgung Palace – Bukchon Hanok Village
Address: 99 Yulgok-ro, Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Hours: 9AM–5PM / Monday: Closed
Getting there: You take the MRT to Anguk station (line 3, exit 3). Entrance fee is 3.000 KWR/adult.
Tips: Free entrance fee if you wearing hanbok (Korean traditional costume), when you come to the palace, let’s across the street, next to a ceramic shop there is a house of about 3-4 floors, the bottom has standee for hanbok rental (10,000 KWR/1 set/3 hours). The shop owner is very enthusiastic, likable, help me try each set hanbok and lend accessories. Please note that if it is snowy or rainy, they will not lease hanbok. On that day I had come, it was light rain, so I had to go around and come back, you can rent a hanbok.
Address: South Korea, Seoul, Jongno-gu, Gahoe-dong, 계동길 37
Bukchon Hanok Village is located between Changdeokgung and Gyeongbokgung Palace so it’s the most convenient you can go like me, it is to go to Changdeokgung first then walk about 7 minutes to reach Bukchon Hanok.
Tips: This area is quite a lot of visitors but there are many local living in houses around so you should not make noise and take photos quickly so anyone here has the opportunity to live virtual.
Korea itinerary 6 days 5 nights — Day 3: Digital Media City (DMC) – Haneul Park – Ewha Woman’s University
Address: 366 World cup buk-ro, Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Getting there: MRT Line 6, Exit 2
Tips: This is the technology city of Korea, there are many high-rise buildings and high-tech parks that you can freely live virtual when visiting.
Address: 487-48 Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Getting there: Take the MRT to World Cup Stadium Station (Line 6, Exit 1). From there, walk for about 15 minutes, cross the street, walk a little when you see the high stairs, this is the path to Hanuel Park.
Tips: Here there are many field of reeds, appearing in many Korean movies.
Ewha Woman’s University
Address: 52 Ewhayeodae-gil, Daehyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Getting there: Take MRT Line 2, Exit 2 or 3, walk about 300 meters to reach.
Tips: Along the way to this school there are many cosmetic shops, similar to Myeongdong but cheap and give more samples. The campus has an architecture quite similar to universities in the US, with both church and trees on both sides to live virtual.
6 days in Seoul — Day 4: Gangnam – YG Family – Kstar Road (SM Town, JYP Nation)
Getting there: Take the MRT to Sinsa Station (Line 3, Exit 8).
Tips: In this area, there is a very cute Line cafe, please remember to visit.
Address: 397-5 Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Getting there: You take the MRT, Line 6 to Hapjeong station, Exit 8. After crossing 2 SK gas stations, turn right until you see GS25 store, then turn left to see the YG building.
Kstar Road (SM Town, JYP Nation)
Getting there: You choose Line Bundang, go to Apgujeong Rodeo station and exit at Exit 2. From Exit 2, you go straight ahead, until you see the colorful road, you are already there. Follow K-star Road, you will see Citibank office, turn left and walking to Citibank until you see Baskin Robbins ice cream shop, look across to see JYP Entertainment immediately. Then keep going until you see the Sulbing Dessert Cafe, continue through Gallerie PICI, turn left at Dosan-daero 99-gil until you reach the last block of court # 42 CJ Villa. After turning right, you will pass through Egosposa and Chungdam Gallery. You go straight until the end of the road meets a parking lot, then turn right. After turning right, walk straight until you see SM’s name board.
Seoul itinerary 6 days — Day 5: Lotte World – Pojongmacha (roadside tent)
How to get there: Take the MRT to Jamsil Station Exit 4 on line 2 and 8
Tips: You should buy tickets in advance at Klook to get discounted tickets. Lotte has 2 indoor and outdoor areas, there are many games, rides and shows so you should spend a whole day to explore. Please download the Lotte World Magicpass app (iOS, Android) and then scan your ticket will be exempted from the queue 3 times for quick access.
Getting there: Pojangmacha is like an affordable but fast food stall that makes it an ideal stop for not only Koreans but also tourists, it appears a lot in crowded places, such as Yongsan Station, Hyehwa Area, Jongno District or the 3-ga Jongno center in North Seoul and the area near the city’s universities.
Seoul Korea itinerary 6 days — Day 6: Checkout hotel – Go to the Airport to return Ho Chi Minh City
We fly early (9:30 AM) so 6:00 AM get up early and checkout. This property only has a receptionist at 7:00 AM so when you check out early, you only need to leave the key in the drawer at the reception desk. Extremely simple procedure, friendly staff, English speaking, clean room, delicious breakfast, strong wifi, that’s all you can expect at Ehwa Myeongdong Hotel. I will stop by this hotel on my next trip.
Go to airport
From the hotel, I walk about 5 minutes to MRT staton, Line 4, Exit 10. Then I go to Seoul Station and go to Incheon Airport by AREX Express train to Incheon Airport (train tickets have been booked in advance on Klook – see section 4 again). When I arrived at Incheon Airport, I found a service counter that for rent the Wifi device to return it and then check-in. In the airport there are many duty-free shops, which you can buy as gifts.
So the end of the self-sufficient travel journey for 5 days in Korea to explore many corners of Seoul in 6 days 5 nights. Thanks to Klook, I have saved a lot of money and time on the trip. See you in the next trips. Happy traveling!
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, 4-star hotel with room rates from $88/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- L7 Hotel Myeongdong, 4-star hotel with room rates from $124/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Lotte Hotel Seoul, 5-star hotel with room rates from $181/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Hotel Skypark Kingstown Dongdaemun, 4-star hotel with room rates from $94/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Hotel PJ Myeongdong, 4-star hotel with room rates from $71/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Nine Tree Hotel Myeong-dong, 3-star hotel with room rates from $50/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- The Grand Hotel Myeongdong, 3-star hotel with room rates from $89/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Metro Hotel, 3-star hotel with room rates from $78/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Sunbee Hotel, 3-star hotel with room rates from $92/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Ibis Ambassador Seoul Insadong, 3-star hotel with room rates from $54/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Hotel Skypark Myeongdong III, 3-star hotel with room rates from $87/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
In addition, you can refer to one of the best Airbnb in Seoul:
- With private terrace! @ Hongdae at $62/night.
- 1. HH’s house #Han river view #Mapo St. 1min #Cozy at $48/night.
- [Seoul Han river view] Great place! at $36/night.
- Sunshine * Studio at $53/night.
- [ Myeongdong] #1Jongno Nana’house(luggage storage) at $28/night.
- Kevin’s home 3 (For one person.) at $20/night.
- C1 New apartment right next to Gangnam Station at $48/night.
- 나무, 새, 고양이 [독채] at $84/night.
–> Use this link https://www.airbnb.com/c/anht5185, to register for an Airbnb account and book a room, you will get a discount up to $55 for the first booking.
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in and from Seoul you can refer to
- Private Incheon International Airport Transfers (ICN) for Seoul
- Discover Seoul Pass (BTS Edition Available)
- [SALE] Instant Ticket! Korea Rail Pass (KR PASS) 2/3/4/5 Days to travel around the cities in Korea
- KAL Limousine Bus Ticket for Seoul
- [Limited Offer] AREX Incheon Airport Express Train One Way Ticket in Seoul
- Bukchon Oneday Hanbok Rental Experience (4/24 Hrs)
- Nami Island, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm, and Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour from Seoul
- [Limited Offer] Incheon International Airport (ICN) Luggage Services (Between Airport and Hotel) by Safex
- 4G Prepaid SIM Card (SK Airports Pick Up) for South Korea
- [SALE] South Korea 4G Pocket WiFi (KR Airports Pick Up) from KT Olleh
- 4G Portable WiFi for South Korea from Uroaming (Unlimited Data)
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