Friday, May 26, 2017

Korea - Itinerary 9 Days 8 Nights (Seoul, Busan, Gyeongju, Sokcho)


This is my original planned itinerary. Quite a lot of misses this round. 
Day 1: Seoul: Namsan Tower and Lotte world shopping mart
Day 2: Seoul: Hanbok dress experience, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Yeouido Spring flower festival
Day 3: Seoul: Changdeokgung (UNESCO World Heritage), Jongmyo Shrine (UNESCO World Heritage) and Buchon Hanok Village
Day 4: Busan: Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, Jagalchi Market
Day 5: Bulguksa Temple and  Seokguram Grotto (UNESCO World Heritage)
Day 6:  Haedong Yonggungsa, Gijang Market and Haeundae Beach
Day 7: Gangchon rail park
Day 8: Seoraksan
Day 9: Shopping and hair salon at Ewha Womans University Station

Full details of itinerary and food below:


Upon returning, i am shocked to find that i spend nearly S$2,000. I was comforted by my facial therapist that she bought more like over $3,000. But still, i felt like i didn't get the best bang for my buck. Seoul itself is quite an expensive city. Shopping mainly for shoes, clothes, cosmetics and titbits. Here are the cosmetics and shoes. 

Here's a day by day for reference. More details in the coming posts. 

Day 3: 

  • Seoul: Changdeokgung (UNESCO World Heritage) and Buchon Hanok Village
  • Breakfast at Paris Baguette @ Myeong Dong,  Late lunch at random food place near Insadong, Tea at random hanok place at Buchon Hanok Village, Dinner at Tosokchon Samyetang at Jongno-gu
Day 4:

  • Busan: Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, Jagalchi Market
  • Bread on train to busan, Brunch at Gamcheon culture village, Lunch at Jagalchi Market, Dinner at Kyochon
  • Busan: Toyoko Inn Busan Station 1
Day 5:

  • Gyeongju: Bulguksa Temple and  Seokguram Grotto (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Breakfast at hotel, Tea break with Gyeonju red bean bread, Dinner at Bonjeon Dwaeji Gugbap near Busan station
Day 6:  

  • Haedong Yonggungsa, Gijang Market
  • Breakfast at Ops bakery near Haeundae, Lunch at Gijang Market
  • Return to Ibis Ambassador Seoul Myeong Dong
Day 7: 

  • Do nothing day, sleep late and slowly travel to Sokcho
  • Breakfast at Hobong at Myeong Dong, Lunch at random lunch place near bus station at Sokcho, Dinner at Kensington Hotel
  • Sokcho: Kensington Stars Hotel
Day 8:


  • Seoraksan
  • Breakfast at Seoraksan, late lunch at Lotteria, Dinner at Palsaik Korean BBQ
Day 9:

  • Shopping and  head to Juno hair salon at Ewha Womans University Station
  • Breakfast/lunch/dinner at Lotte shopping supermarket

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