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Korea Trip – Seoul & Busan – 8 Days Itinerary

Want to have a wonderful experience in a 8 days Korea trip? Here is my 8 days 7 nights itinerary for my 2019 Korea trip. I went to Korea in April and it is colder than I expected and the rain made me feel even colder. Please be prepared for the weather and plan your trip ahead!

Korea 8 Days Itinerary

Day 1 · Seoul 서울 首爾
Day 2 · Seoul 서울 首爾 ↔ DMZ
Day 3 · Seoul 서울 首爾
Day 4 · Seoul 서울 首爾 → Busan 부산 釜山
Day 5 · Busan 부산 釜山 ↔ Gyeongju 경주 慶
Day 6 · Busan 부산 釜山
Day 7 · Busan 부산 釜山 → Incheon Songdo 인천 송도 仁川 松島
Day 8 · Incheon Songdo 인천 송도 仁川 松島
My Review on this 8D7N trip

Day 1 of 8 – Seoul 서울 首爾

Incheon Airport → Seoul KTX Station → Seoul R Guesthouse → Seoullo 7017
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On day 1, I took a flight to Incheon Airport. Then I took AREX airport express to the R Guesthouse near Seoul Station. The sky turned dark after settling down, and because of the rainy and cold weather, I decide to look for convenient restaurant in Seoul KTX station. After that I went to Seoullo 7017 and walk around Seoul Station under the rain. Finally, I went to Lotte Mart in Seoul Station to buy my breakfast (which is a cup rice) for tomorrow and some snack for the next few days of the trip.

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Day 2 of 8 – Seoul 서울 首爾 ↔ DMZ

DMZ Day Tour (Imjingak → The 3rd Tunnel → Dora Observatory → Dorasan Station → Provence Village) → LoL Park → Star Avenue → DDP → Cheonggyecheon Stream → Seoul Plaza
See kakao map for location
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On the morning of Day 2, I joined a day tour to DMZ (Demilitarised Zone). (DMZ_tour) Due to limited time, my breakfast today is the cup rice I bought from Lotte Mart last night. Similar to cup noodle, just put in hot water and wait for few minutes then you can enjoy the rice. The rain stopped today but the weather is still sold so it is nice to take in some warm rice before the busy schedule. The tour ends before the sunset. Then I wen to LoL Park and Star Avenue to see my stars. Then I have dinner and reached Dongdaemung Design Plaza to catch the LED flower sea before the sky turned dark. After that, I take a walk along Cheonggyecheon Stream and reached Seoul Plaza at the end. Before the day ends, I also went to Lotteria to try the local fastfood. The taste is better than McDonald!

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Korea Trip – DMZ Day tour
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Day 3 of 8 – Seoul 서울 首爾

Bugaksan Mountain → Bukchon Hanok Village → Gyeongbokgung Palace → Gwanghwamun Plaza → Mapo Bridge → Yeouido Hangang Park → Banpo Bridge
See kakao map for location
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The theme of day time today is the Seoul heritage walk so I had a lot of walk on day 3. First I went for a little hike to Bugaksan Mountain to see the Seoul city wall. Then I went to the popular Bukchon Hanok Viallge but there are just too many people. Then I try to go to the Samgyetang recommended by my friends but the queue was very long so I give up and went eating Jjiampong instead. After that I visit Gyeongbokgung and incidentally saw the end of the guard switch ceremony. When I went out of Gyeongbokung, I saw protest across Gwanghwamun Plaza.

The theme of night time is the Hangang River. First I visit the Mapo Bridge which is famous for high suicide rate. Then I joined the local teenagers and took some rest in Yeouido Hangang Park. After sunset, I rent a bike and ride to Banpo Bridge to see the water and firework show.

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Korea Trip – Heritage in Seoul
Korea Trip – Travel to Seoul
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Day 4 of 8 – Seoul 서울 首爾 → Busan 부산 釜山

Hongdae → KTX to Busan → Busan Tower → BIFF Square
See kakao map for location
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On morning of day 4, I went to Hongdae to have a quick walk. Then I took KTX to Busan and settle down in Almond Hotel. At night, I went to Busan tower and wandering around BIFF Square.

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Korea Trip – Planning Korea Trip
Korea Trip – Travel to Seoul
Korea Trip – Travel to Busan

Day 5 of 8 – Busan 부산 釜山 ↔ Gyeongju 경주 慶州

Gyeongju Day Tour (Yangdong Folk Village → Seokguram Grotto → Bulguksa Temple → Anapji Pond)
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On Day 5, I joined a day tour to Gyeongju. It was a rainy day so I cannot take good photo but I enjoyed the trip a lot and the tour guide is funny. After the tour, I tried one of the most popular dishes in Busan – Pork Soup.

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Korea Trip – Gyeongju Day Tour
Korea Trip – Travel to Busan

Day 6 of 8 – Busan 부산 釜山

Busan Day Tour (Haedong Yonggungsa Temple → Taejongdae → Songdo Skywalk → Gamcheon Culture Village)
See kakao map for location
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On Day 6, I joined a Busan day tour. I found that I have tried most of the popular Korea dishes except Samgyetang so I went to eat that at night.

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Korea Trip – Busan Day Tour
Korea Trip – Travel to Busan

Day 7 of 8 – Busan 부산 釜山 → Incheon Songdo 인천 송도 仁川 松島

KTX to Incheon Songdo → Songdo Central Park → Songdo Hanok Village
See kakao map for location
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On Day 7, I travelled from Busan to Incheon Songdo after taking my breakfast in Paris Baguette. The Orakai Hotel in Songdo is very nice and I can see the Songdo Central Park from my room. After settling down, I have a walk in the Park and go to the Incheon Bridge observatory to see the sunset.

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Korea Trip – Planning Korea Trip
Korea Trip – Travel to Songdo, Incheon

Day 8 of 8 – Incheon Songdo 인천 송도 仁川 松島

Songdo Central Park → Incheon Airport
See kakao map for location
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On the final day of the trip, I visited the deer in Songdo park, which I was not able to do the previous night. Then I went to Lotte mart to buy snacks back.

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Korea Trip – Planning Korea Trip
Korea Trip – Travel to Songdo, Incheon

My Review on the trip

It was a nice trip overall although it is a bit rush.

One pity thing is I don’t have time to visit the Seoul Tower when I was there.

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