Seoul and Busan are two of the most popular destinations in South Korea, offering visitors a unique blend of ancient history and modern urbanism. Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a bustling metropolis with a rich cultural heritage, while Busan, located on the southeastern coast of the country, boasts stunning beaches and scenic landscapes. In this blog, we’ll provide a suggested 4-day itinerary for exploring Seoul and a 3-day itinerary for exploring Busan.


Seoul 4-Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Historical and Cultural Sites

Start your day by visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest and most famous palace in Seoul. You can catch the changing of the guard ceremony at the palace gate. Don’t forget to stop by Gwanghwamun Square and Cheonggyecheon Stream as well!

[Top Things to Do at Gyeongbokgung Palace]

 

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In the afternoon, head to Bukchon Hanok Village, a traditional Korean neighborhood with well-preserved houses from the Joseon Dynasty. The village is located in the heart of Seoul and offers a glimpse into traditional Korean life.

[Top Things to Do at Bukchon Hanok Village]

Next, explore Insadong, Samcheongdong, and Ikseondong, three historic neighborhoods in Seoul, each with its own unique character and charm.

Insadong is located in the heart of Seoul and is known for its traditional Korean arts and crafts. The neighborhood is lined with galleries, antique shops, and tea houses, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

[Top Things to Do in Insadong]

Samcheongdong is a quaint and charming neighborhood, known for its traditional architecture, narrow alleys, and boutique shops. Visiting the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) is highly recommended to art lovers.

Ikseondong is a hidden gem in Seoul, located just north of Insadong. It’s a historic neighborhood that has recently been revitalized with trendy cafes, restaurants, and shops. The neighborhood’s traditional Korean houses (hanok) have been beautifully restored, making it a popular destination for photographers and Instagrammers. Ikseondong is also known for its nightlife, with many bars and street foods opening up in the area in recent years.

[Top Things to Do in Ikseondong]

Day 2: Modern Seoul

Start your day at Lotte World, an amusement park that features indoor and outdoor rides and attractions. You can also stop by Lotte World Aquarium, which is inside the Lotte Mall. In the evening, head to the Lotte World Tower, the tallest building in South Korea, for stunning views of the city at night. Don’t forget to walk around Seokchon Lake Park and enjoy cafe hopping at Songnidan-gil Street!

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Then visit COEX Mall, one of the largest underground shopping malls in Asia, spanning over 85,000 square meters and featuring over 300 stores, restaurants, and entertainment facilities. It’s also adjacent to the COEX Aquarium, which is a popular tourist attraction. The Starfield Library, a famous Instagrammable library located in the COEX Mall, is a must-visit destination for book lovers and architecture enthusiasts alike.

[Top Things to Do in Samseongdong]

End your day by exploring the Gangnam district, the heart of modern Seoul with high-end fashion shops, restaurants, and nightlife.

[Top Things to Do in Gangnam]

Day 3: Food and Culture

 

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Begin your day with a traditional Korean breakfast at Gwangjang Market, one of the oldest and largest traditional markets in Korea, with a history dating back to the early 20th century. The market is particularly famous for its bindaetteok, a type of savory Korean pancake made with ground mung beans, meat, and vegetables, which is often considered a quintessential Seoul street food.

[Best Ways to Explore Gwangjang Market]

 

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Next, visit the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), a futuristic landmark designed by the world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. You can stop by Dongdaemun Market, which is famous for its wide selection of clothing, accessories, and textiles at affordable prices.

[Best Ways to Explore Dongdaemun]

In the evening, head to Myeongdong, a bustling shopping district that is famous for its street food and shopping. You can try some Korean delicacies like tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) and hotteok (sweet pancakes). Also, visit N Seoul Tower, the landmark of Seoul, and admire a panoramic view of the city.

[Top Things to Do in Myeongdong] 

[Best Ways to Enjoy N Seoul Tower]

Day 4: Day trip to the DMZ

 

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On the last day, take a day trip to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which is the border between North and South Korea. The DMZ is a heavily guarded and fortified area that serves as a buffer zone between the two countries. You can take a guided tour of the area and learn about the history of the Korean War.

[Best Ways to Visit DMZ]

After your day trip to DMZ, visit one of the Han River Parks, which are located along the banks of the Han River, which flows through the heart of the city. These parks provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and offer a variety of activities and attractions for locals and tourists alike.

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Celebrate your last night in Hongdae, a neighborhood known for its youthful energy, creative atmosphere, and lively nightlife. The area is particularly popular among young people, artists, and musicians, and is a hub for the local indie music scene.

[Top Things to Do in Hongdae]

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Busan 3-Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Beaches and Temples

 

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Start your first day in Busan by visiting the Beomeosa Temple, a beautiful Buddhist temple located in the foothills of Mount Geumjeongsan. The temple is famous for its beautiful architecture and tranquil surroundings. Take some time to explore the temple grounds, which include several buildings and shrines.

 

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Enjoy your afternoon at Haeundae Beach, one of the most famous beaches in Korea. This beautiful beach is over 1.5 kilometers long and is a great place to relax, sunbathe, and take a dip in the ocean. After spending some time at the beach, head to the nearby Sea Life Busan Aquarium, which is home to over 35,000 sea creatures, including sharks, rays, and dolphins.

If you need some time to relax, visit Centum City Spaland, an upscale spa located within Shinsegae Centum City, officially the world’s largest department store. It offers 22 spas, 13 uniquely themed jjimjilbang and saunas, and an open-air foot spa.

BUSAN X the SKY is another attraction that you must visit in Haeundae. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Busan’s landmark, BUSAN X the SKY, atop the Haeundae LCT Landmark Tower, Korea’s second tallest at 411.6 meters. It’s located on the 98th, 99th, and 100th floors of Haeundae LCT and features a cafe, restaurant, art gallery, and souvenir shop.

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In the evening, head to Gwangalli Beach, known for its stunning night views of the Gwangan Bridge. The beach is also famous for its fine sand and clear blue water, making it a great spot for swimming and water sports like paddleboarding, kayaking, and jet skiing.

[Must-do Activities & Tours at Gwangalli Beach]

Day 2: Markets and Landmarks

 

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Begin your day by exploring Jagalchi Market, the largest seafood market in Korea. Jagalchi Market is known for its wide variety of fresh seafood, including fish, squid, octopus, clams, and more. It is located near other popular attractions in Busan, such as Gukje Market and BIFF Square.

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Next, visit the Busan Tower, a symbol of Busan’s urban development. The tower is located in Yongdusan Park, which also features an observatory, a museum, and a cultural center. You can witness a jaw-dropping panoramic view of the city.

 

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Finally, explore the Gamcheon Culture Village, a colorful village built on a hillside. Known as the “Manchu Picchu of Busan”, the village was originally a shantytown, but in recent years it has been transformed into a popular tourist destination and a hub for the local arts scene.

[Best Ways to Explore Gamcheon Culture Village]

Day 3: Nature and Relaxation

 

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In the morning, take a scenic walk along the Taejongdae cliffs, a beautiful natural landmark overlooking the ocean. The park features several hiking trails, a lighthouse, and a beautiful beach.

 

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Then head to Oryukdo Sunrise Park and Oryukdo Skywalk, two popular attractions located in the Nam-gu district of Busan. Oryukdo Sunrise Park is located on a cliff overlooking the ocean and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. Oryukdo Skywalk is a glass-bottomed walkway that extends out from a cliff and offers visitors stunning views of the ocean and surrounding coastline.

End your trip in Busan at the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a seaside temple with stunning views of the ocean. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture, which combines traditional Korean temple design with elements of the natural surroundings, such as the rocky cliffs and the sea.


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