There is a lot of things to see and do in Seoul, especially if you are a fan of Kdrama or Kpop. An ideal itinerary if you want to take it easy is 7 days in Seoul but if you’re ambitious you can stretch it to 5 days and spend 2-3 days in Jeju or Busan and for super ideal you need to allocate at least 10 days to cover Seoul, Busan and Jeju.
What happen if you are really tight on timing and only have 4 days like me? Here comes the 4 days curated itinerary:
4 days Seoul Itinerary
Midnight fly Jakarta-Seoul (Direct)
Landed Seoul in the morning and early check-in to our Hotel in Gangnam area. Explore Gyeongbokgung Palace, Samcheong-dong street, Shopping in Myeongdong, Boungensa temple at night and Gangnam nightlife
Morning Half Day DMZ Tour (finished at 2.30pm) and visit Namsan Park and climb N Seoul Tower. See Coex mall (Seoul biggest shopping Mall) at night.
Full Day Tour to Petite France, Nami island and Gangchon Rail Bike. Back to Seoul at 8pm and continue to see nightlife in Hongdae.
Visit Bukchon Hanok village, Insadong and Ikseon-dong. Late check-out at Hotel and fly in the evening.
I have not converted into Kdrama Fans when I went for this trip. I already am now so on my next visit to South Korea I will add visit to some of the Kdrama shooting place and perhaps add fan meeting also.
Now if you are lucky and can spend 7 days in Seoul, here’s itinerary for you:
7 Days Seoul Itinerary for K-Pop/K-Drama fans
Landing in Seoul early morning. Drop luggage at Hotel in central Seoul. Go to Gangnam area – Take the subway to Gangnam station. Visit Boungensa Temple and the biggest Mall in Seoul (Starfield CoEx) and see their impressive library. Dinner in Banpo River where Banpo Bridge is located, over the Han River. If you come between April to October you will get to see the famous fountain show.
Spend your morning strolling thru Bukchon Hanok Village and shop for Korean gift in Insadong. In the evening/late afternoon watch SBS The Show Package where you can meet K-pop stars and enjoy their performance on the stage right in front of your eyes at ‘The Show’ – the famous live music TV Show broadcast by SBS MTV. This needs to be booked weeks in advance.
Rent Hanbok and enter free Gyeongbokgung Palace in your Hanbok. This is also a favourite spot in Seoul to have photoshoot which need to be booked in advance. In the Palace’s ground visit National Folk Museum and National Palace Museum of Korea. Have lunch in Samcheongdong, a stone throw from the Palace. Then take a subway to Myeongdong where you can board a shuttle bus to take you to Namsan Park Cable car. Ride up to see Namsan Seoul Tower and enjoy Seoul city light at night from the tower.
Go for DMZ Tour to see the border with North Korea and learn some history. You will return to Seoul around 2pm. Have lunch in Myeongdong and start your shopping frenzy in Myeongdong, known as the biggest skin care mecca in Korea.
Experience Korean Bath House or Jimjilbang and after lunch go to Seoul Hallyu K-Pop afternoon tour which starts at 2.30pm and finish at 8.30pm. In this tour you get to see K-Pop idols make their way to Music Bank at KBS Building and the tour takes you to the must-visit destination related to K-Pop culture in Seoul. If you are more into Kdrama you can take the one day tour to KDrama/Movie shooting spot.
Go for Half day tour to Korean Folk Village in Yongin. You should return to Seoul around 2pm where you can go to Itaewon to spend the rest of the afternoon and make your way to Hongdae to see its nightlife.
If your flight in late afternoon, you can catch up more shopping in Insadong or Namdaemun. Or go to one of the Themed Cafe in Myeongdong and Hong Dae. Check-out Hotel and be at the airport 2 hours before your flight.
If you have 10 days then spend the other 3 days either in Jeju Island or Busan.
When to Come
The best time to come is during Cherry Blossom season in spring, Autumn to see the beautiful yellow and red leaves and winter if you would like to see some snow. Summer is not the best time to come as South Korea gets very hot and humid in the month of June, July and August.
Can tourist enter Korea again?
Yes as long as you have a valid Visa! After-entry Covid test will not be required from 1st of October.
Day 1 PCR test will not be mandatory from people entering Korea from the 1st of October. Korean and foreigners who wish to get a Covid test, may visit the Public Health center of their resident area to get a test free of charge.
For more info on Where to stay and how to get around read our post here.