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Getting married soon and looking for the perfect honeymoon destination? Then South Korea is a great option. It has lots to offer for all kinds of couples and can be enjoyed on a low or high budget. Read on to find out more about going on a South Korea honeymoon.

Things To Know Before Going On A South Korea Honeymoon
  • When visit Korea: the best times of the year to visit South Korea are late spring or early autumn especially for a South Korea honeymoon. During those periods the temperatures are mild and there is little rainfall.
  • What to pack for Korea: this depends on the season you’ll be visiting Korea. Each season has its own specific weather conditions, but winters are rather cold and require thick clothes while summer is crazy hot and humid. Find more info on what to pack here.
  • Korea honeymoon package: very few websites offer South Korea honeymoon package deals as Korea is not a very popular holiday destinations yet. The best thing to do is buy individual day package trips from websites like Klook or Trazy.
  • Bus and subway transport card: the best way to get around the big cities is by using public transport like subway or bus. A transport card is needed to use public transport. Buy transport card here.
  • Data & WiFi: even though you can find WiFi in almost every coffee shop it is much easier to carry around your own WiFi device. These can be picked up and dropped off at the airport. Check more info here.
Jeju Island Honeymoon

Jeju Island is a great place to go to during a South Korea honeymoon. It has everything to offer a honeymoon should have, from beautiful beaches, stunning hotels, adventurous activities to delicious food. The island is a popular honeymoon destination among newly wed Koreans, looking to go to an exotic destination close to home. Read on below for the best things to do on a Jeju honeymoon. Apart from the top sights, the attractions listed below are typical things to do on a honeymoon.

TIP! When visiting Jeju, make sure to rent a car. The island is huge and public transport is good but takes up a lot of time. Especially when going on a honeymoon, you want things to go as smooth as possible. Renting a car and driving is so much easier.

It is recommended to stay at least 3 days in Jeju Island. This is enough to visit the main sights and do some extra romantic honeymoon activities.

1. Horseback Riding

Horseback riding in Jeju is both romantic and a great way to explore the island. The island has some of the most amazing views and is home to over 100 km of horseback riding trails. There are multiple horse riding schools and facilities available all of Jeju. The best ones to try out are Jeju Land Royal Riding Court, Steel Flower Horse Riding Ranch and Jejuland ATV & Horse Riding.

2. Visit The Jeju Waterfalls

Jeju Island is famous for its beautiful scenery, seaside and the waterfalls. There are quite a few waterfalls but the top 3 are Jeongbang Falls, Cheonjeyeon Falls and Cheonjiyeon Falls. These are all located in the south part of the island, Seogwipo. They are the biggest, most accessible and most impressive waterfalls of the island.

3. Wedding Photography & Video In Jeju

It is very popular among newly wed Korean couples to do a wedding photo shoot in Jeju Island. Most of these shoots include hotel pick-up & drop-off, suite and wedding dress rental, hair & make-up services and a professional photographer. This is the ultimate souvenir your South Korea honeymoon! Find more info here.

Pre-Wedding photography in Jeju island - YouTube
4. Yacht Sightseeing

Going on a yacht boat tour of Jeju Island is a great and romantic way to enjoy natural beauty of the island. The best area to go to on a cruise is the southern shore where the Jusangjeolli Cliff is located. Most cruises offer some light snack and beverages. If you are lucky, you might even see some curious wild dolphins. See more info here.

Seoul Honeymoon

Seoul, the capital of Korea is a mega city with so much to offer. It is not the most romantic city on earth, but combined with visiting Jeju Island it provides a great variety of activities. Check a 4 day, 5 day or 7 day Seoul itinerary for all the highlights. The most honeymoon worthy and romantic things to do in Seoul are listed below.

1. Namsan Tower

The N-Tower stands tall on top of Namsan mountain and is a great place to go, especially just before sunset. Take the cable car to the top, symbolize your love by hanging a heart lock on the love lock fences and have dinner at N.Grill. This restaurant provides a 360° view of Seoul as the whole restaurant rotates. Other things to do in N-Tower is a hanbok rental, eat at Owl’s Cutlet restaurant, night hiking tours and Hello Kitty Land.

2. Visit One Of The Many Parks

Seoul is filled with parks, which are great to escape the busy city vibes. Each park has its own specific characteristics but the most romantic parks to visit are Haneul park in autumn when the pink muhly grass is in full bloom, Yeouido Park when cherry blossoms are blooming in spring and Seoul Forest, to feed the deer. Check more info on the stunning Seoul parks here.

3. Handmade Ring Workshop

Couple rings are very popular in among Korean couples, it makes them feel more connected and it shows that they are together to others. There is a small workshop in Hongdae where you can make your own set of couple rings for you and your partner. Find more info here.

4. Traditional Korean Wedding Ceremony

A Korean traditional wedding is quite different from any western wedding ceremony. It is a rite that is based on Confucianism and is filled with symbolism related to marriages. This is not an official wedding ceremony but happens in traditional families after signing the papers.

Now you can have your own Korean wedding or Korean wedding photoshoot, which is will give you a wonderful souvenir and is a great way to experience a Korean wedding. Check more info here.

Other kinds of Korean wedding shoots are also available for booking like an outdoor photoshoot or a studio shoot.

5. Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon village literally translates to village of the North. It is located in the north of the historic Seoul and used to be home to the upper class working for the royal court. It is conveniently located between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palace.

The Korean government has pumped lots of money into reviving the village and help restore many of the traditional Korean houses. Now a fair share of these are turned into accommodations, galleries, boutiques or museums. The instagrammable village is a great place to visit during your Korea honeymoon.

Great things to do in the hanok village are renting a hanbok or

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Want to learn how to make makgeolli? Wondering where to buy makgeolli? Looking for the best makgeolli recipe? Longing for a great makgeolli coctail?Want to know the makgeolli alcohol content? Learn all about makgeolli rice wine on this Korea food blog.

Makgeolli is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks in Korea dating back to the Goguryo Dynasty. It used to be the most popular alcoholic drink in the 70’s but lost its popularity due to the foreign imported liquors and beers. It is quite different from soju but the distillation process and ingredients are rather similar. 

What Is Makgeolli

Makgeolli (makkeoli, makolli, 막걸리, Korean rice wine, Korean rice beer) is a very popular South Korean fermented rice drink. It looks milky white, has a sweet sparkling flavour and has an alcohol percentage of around 6-8 percent. This is a popular beverage to drink at night together with some Korean food like pajeon, fish, meat or even fruits and snacks. The Korean milky rice wine taste can be quite sweet and watery. On top of that it has a lot of health benefits. 

How To Make Makgeolli

Traditional Korean makgeolli rice wine has a very long history and almost every family used to make its own version of makgeolli. As this Korean rice wine makgeolli is widely available at convenience or liquor stores, people tend not to make their own anymore. 

We all know that the mass produced Korean rice liquor tastes nothing like a good homemade alcohol. It is an easy process, but does require some resting time for the fermentation process. This rice wine drink is a nice project for people who like making their own alcoholic beverages, especially as this rice wine calories are very low. 

1. Makgeolli Ingredients

Makgeolli can be made with different ingredients and in different ways. Below is a basic makgeolli recipe that is perfect for first times. Each of these ingredients can be bought induvidually or as a makgeolli making kit

  • 6 cups of rice, the best rice to use is maepssal (맵쌀) or haepssal (햅쌀). These are 2 types or rice commonly used for making makgeolli. 
  • 100 grams of wheat yeast (nuruk, 누룩). Check more info here. 
  • 1/4 – 2 cups of sugar (white sugar, honey or corn syrup). The amount depends on how sweet you want it. 
  • 1 teaspoon of dried yeast
  • 20 cups of water
2. Makgeolli Recipe

There are different ways to prepare makgeolli, but the recipe below is for the traditional drink. 

Preparations
  • The Korean traditional rice wine recipe starts off by washing the rice in cold water. Leave it to soak for at least 2 hours. 
  • Drain the rice and put it into a heavy pot (or you could even prepare it in a rice cooker and make steamed rice). Add around 4 cups of water and cook the rice like you would normally do. 15 minutes on a high fire and another 15 minutes on a low fire.  Don’t forget to still the rice once in a while when cooking. 
  • Optional: after cooking, leave the rice to dry. Put the rice in a basket and place it in a sunny place. 
How to Make Korean Rice Wine Makkoli at Home! [막걸리] - YouTube
Mixing & Fermentation
  • Add all the ingredients in your onggi (Korean pot) or alternatively any other pot will work.  Add the nuruk, teaspoon of dried yeast and 8 cups of water. Mix everything by hand or with a spoon. Traditionally makgeolli was mixed by hand, that’s why each Korean rice wine makgeolli had a slightly different flavour even when the same ingredients were used. 
  • If you are using an onggi then put a cloth over the pot and close the lid. If using any other pot or bottle, put the lid but don’t close it airtight. During the fermentation process gas is released, this needs to be able to escape the pot. 
  • Leave the lid on for a couple of hours and stir the mix twice a day with your hands or a wooden spoon. Keep doing this for a couple of days (around 3 to 5 days). The optimal temperature to let the makgeolli rest is between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. If the temperature is higher or lower the fermentation process will be faster or slower. 
  • During the first days the liquid will produce a lot of bubbles. On day 4 or 5 the bubbles will almost be non-existent and the mixture will have separated. The rice will sink to the bottom and a clear liquid to the top. When this happened, the makgeolli is ready to drink. 
  • Filter the makgeolli from the rice. This can be done by pouring the liquid into a bowl through a clean cloth (like a towel). Now you can choose to add sugar or water to make the mixture sweater or less strong. 
  • Pour the strained makgeolli into plastic beer bottles or glass jars. Keep it in the fridge and shake it well before drinking.

For more details on the fermentation process, the history or each ingredient. Check out this pdf created by RDA. 

3. Things To Know About Making Rice Wine

When making makgeolli it is recommended to use the traditional Korean equipment like a stoneware onggi or glass jars. This will give the Korean rice liquor so much more flavour. This can easily be bought online. Check more info here. 

For straining the makgeolli using a cheese cloth and strainer will do its job just fine. This can be found in any kitchen shop or online. Find more info here. 

4. Makgeolli Making Classes

In Seoul you’ll find many courses on how to make makgeolli. These include all the ingredients, equipment and information to make your own makgeolli in 2 hours. Perfect to take home and try a couple of days later. 

  • 2 hours course in central Seoul – learn to basics of making your own makgelli at the Susubori Academy. Check more info here. 
  • Making rice wine class – An introduction to makgeolli followed with a tasting session and a class on how to make makgeolli. Check more info here. 
5. Makgeolli Cocktail

Why not make a great makgeolli cocktail to mix it up a little. Below are some recipes ideas for mixing Korean rice wine with other ingredients to make the perfect makgeolli drink cocktail. 

  • Makgeolli and tonic – Blend the chopped cherries with a cup of makgeolli and two soup spoons of tonic water. Add a couple of ice cubes. Use different kinds of makgeolli to change the flavour. 
  • Makgeolli Mimosa – Add 1/3 of rice wine, 1/3 of orange juice and 1/3 of campagne. 
  • Daiquiri Makgeolli – Blend 5 strawberries, a glass of frozen makgeolli, 2 tablespoons of sugar, a shot of white rum and 25ml of lime juice. Add a couple of ice cubes. Try looking for a light and watery makgeolli for this cocktail and most of the others. 
Makgeolli Alcohol Content

The rice wine alcohol content is between 6 and 8 percent, especially for the commercial makgeolli. Some brands have a much small or higher alcohol content. During the fermentation process, makgeolli produces microorganisms, this makes it a probiotic product. 

It is known to be boost the metabolism, reduce tiredness and improve the overall health. This is because of the high vitamin, fiber, acids, lactic acid bacteria, inositol and choline. 

1. Makgeolli Calories

One bottle of makgeolli has an average of 350 calories. This is quite low compared to other beverages like wine (625 calories) or champagne (570 calories). 

2. Makgeolli Benefits

Drinking too much of any alcohol is never good, but it is proven that the makgeolli benefits on the body are quite good. Researches have found that the dealcoholized rice wine could have a positive effect on cancer. The size of body tumors reduce over a period of time. 

Another benefit is that makgeolli helps improve the immune system, due to all the antioxidants it contains. It also seems to have an anti-bacterial effect, helps improve the skin conditions, blood circulation and metabolism. 

How To Drink Makgeolli

Makgeolli is normally served in a plastic bottle, bowl with a wooden ladle or poured in a aluminum kettle.  It is always served cold. The makgeolli is scooped or poured into small bowls made out aluminum or ceramics. Not in a glass or cup like other alcohols. This is because the makgeolli tends to split quickly. Check where to buy these makgeolli bowls here

Makgeolli is best eaten together with Korean pancakes, like kimchi pajeon, seafood pajeon or other types of pajeon. It is also served with fruits or rice cakes.

Where To Buy Makgeolli

Where to buy makgeolli really depends on where you live. Do you live in Korea, then you can find makgeolli in any convenience store. When living abroad you will have to order this online.  

1. Buy Makgeolli Online

Some Korean or Asian supermarkets might sell Makgeolli, but buying it online is so much easier. Websites like Nanuko, Leiser’s, Geonbae sell different types of makgeolli in their webshop online. Buying rice wine in  Walmart is sometimes possible. 

If you know of any other places where to find rice wine please let me know in the comment section below.

2. Buy Makgeolli In Korea

Makgeolli can be bought in any convenience store, supermarket and ordered at any Korean restaurant. It is very affordable with the cheapest commercial bottles going for around 1200 krw. Home brew or artisan makgeolli can be bought at the breweries or liquor stores. These are much more expensive that the commercial ones. 

Makgeolli Brands

There are loads of different kinds of makgeolli brands from commercial products to home brew alcohols. Instead of learning how to make makgeolli you can just easily buy different brands and flavours. Below is a small list of our personal favourites which are widely available at convenience stores. Once opened the makgeolli needs to be stored in the fridge and has a shelf life of around 10 days (depends on the brand). Make sure to check the expiry date. 

1. Supermarket Makgeolli Brands
  • Seoul Makgeolli – This is the most popular Korean rice liquor that is sold in convenience stores and bars across the country, not only in Seoul. It has an alcohol percentage of 6% and is rather sweet. 
  • ★ Gyeongju Beopju – Our go to makgeolli, a bit more fizzy than other drinks and an alcohol percentage of 6%. This is also available abroad as it a pasteurized makgeolli. 
  • 옛날 (Old Days) – This thick Korean rice liquor is full of flavour, very smooth and fruity. The alcohol percentage is 7%. 
  • Gapyeong Pine Nut – A pine nut flavoured makgeolli that is very easy to drink. Similar to the others, the alcohol content is 6%. 
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Are you visiting South Korea during the Christmas season? Looking to celebrate Christmas in Korea? Want to learn Korean Christmas songs and traditions? Want to learn how to say Merry Christmas in Korea? Do they celebrate Christmas in Korea? Read on to find out more about Christmas in Korea on this Korea winter blog.

Christianity is a rather new religion in South Korea as it only came to Korea in the 17th and for a very long time Christian missionaries were prosecuted because of their believe. It is only in the past years that celebrating Christmas became popular among Korean Christians and non-Christians in South Korea. The young generation is more open to the western traditions, while the elders still like to keep their Korean Christmas traditions. Christmas tends to be more of a couple holiday instead of a big family holiday. For non-religious people Christmas seems to be a popular shopping day. One thing is for sure, celebrating Christmas in South Korea is an interesting and unique experience.

Even though the 25th of December is an official public holiday, Christmas is by far not as possible as Chuseok and Seollal. Many Koreans and expats living in Korea do have to go back to work on the 24th and the 26th. The official winter break in Korea falls in a month or 2 later.

Korean Christmas Traditions

Depending on the religion and the family, Korea Christmas traditions might differ. Listed below are the most common traditions during the Christmas season. Some might celebrate is a family holiday and for others it is a couple thing. The answer is ‘yes’ to the question ‘do Koreans celebrate Christmas, but everyone has their won way.

1. Korean Christmas Food

The dinners in Korea are quite different than to western Christmas dinners as Korean traditions are still very present. The food on the Korean Christmas dinner menu is not typical Christmas food but is eaten at most important Korean holidays and this includes bulgogi, japchae, kimchi, rice cakes and fruits.

It is getting more and more popular to go eat out at buffet restaurants especially for couples. Many restaurants and even theme parks have special Christmas menus and events. If you’re looking to eat out at Christmas don’t forget to book in advance. The buffets can include anything from Sunday roast to sushi or even Hawaiian food.

Where To Have A Western Christmas Meal

Most restaurants that serve Christmas menus are not really focused on western food but more a Korean variation to it. There are a couple of restaurants, especially in Itaewon that serve proper Christmas meals. Check out the best ones below, prices may vary from year to year.

  • Dillingers Bar & Grill – This bar is famous for serving a great Christmas meal on the 25th of December. For 30 000 krw a ticket you can get the traditional mains with free drink and cheesecake for desserts.
  • Yaletown Burgers & Bar – This bar transforms in to a nice restaurant serving turkey, masked potatoes and stuffing for only 20 000 krw. No bookings in advance are accepted, so you might have to queue a bit.
  • La Marmite – This French bistro serves a 6 course menu with French specialties for 75 000 krw a person.
  • Bull and Barrel – Each year this restaurants holds a Christmas buffet on the 24th & 25th of December. The dinner includes roast turkey, stuffing and gravy, roast ham, potatoes and many more.
  • The Wolfhound – For fans of apple crumble, Yorkshire pudding, pigs in blankets and cranberry sauce than the Wolfhound is the place to be for your Christmas meal.

2. Korea Christmas Gifts

Gift giving is not that much of a Korean Christmas traditions, most people don’t give each other presents and if they do, it will mostly be money in a pretty envelope. This will always be given and received in the polite way, with both hands. If a present is given it will most likely be a Korean gift set like beauty products, a spam or jam box or red ginseng.

Korean Christmas Gifts

Are you one of the lucky ones going back home for Christmas and want to bring some amazing Korean Christmas gifts or do you want to shop online and have it delivered at your parents home, then read on.

  • Hangeul name stamp
  • Korean jewelry box
  • Starbucks Christmas merchandise
  • Cute Korean socks
  • Jeju green tea
  • Korean snacks
  • Character decoration – character shops like Kakao yearly release winter or Christmas themed merchandise. Check more info here.
  • Wooden ducks – these wooden ducks are used at traditional Korean wedding ceremonies. Check more info here

Most of these items can be bought in Insadong or Myeongdong. Ordering online is also possible. Check more info here.

3. Christmas Decorations In Korea

The next Christmas traditions in South Korea are the rather impressive Christmas decorations. Every big department store, cafes and shops are decorated with the most beautiful Christmas decorations in South Korea. The department stores tend to have a beautiful big Christmas tree out front and have the main facade decorated with lights or even moving animations and video screens. These decorations start to appear early or mid November.

Real Christmas trees is not that much of a thing and if you find a place that sells them, they will be quite pricey. Many shops including Daiso sell pretty and very affordable decoration.

Best Place To See Santa Clause And Christmas Decorations In Korea
  • Myeongdong Shinsegae Department Store – Each year there is a giant Christmas tree in front of the department store and the main facade has stunning video displays.
  • City Hall Seoul Plaza – The Seoul plaza in front of the city hall has an ice rink and Christmas tree during December and January.
  • Galleria Department Store – This luxury department store in Apgujeong area has moving Christmas lights decorations on the main facade.
  • Everland – During the Christmas and winter season Everland hosts a special winter festival. The whole park is decorated with the most beautiful lights and special Santa Claus performances and parades are happening. Check more info here.
  • Lotte World – Similar to Everland, Lotte World has a special program on during the Christmas season. Check more info here.
  • Time Square – This department store is located a little further from the touristic areas but has some of the most beautiful decorations in the inner courtyard. Special events and performances will take place each year during Christmas in Korea.
Korean Christmas Decorations

There are quite a few shops around that sell Korean Christmas decorations like ornaments or the Korean Santa Claus. The best place to start looking when abroad is Etsy or Amazon. Listed below are some examples of cool Korean decorations.

Ornaments with Korean words. Check more info here.
A figurine of the Korean Santa Claus. Check more info here.
4. Christmas Church Services

As 30% of the population in Korea is Christians, you’ll find an abundance of churches in Korean or even in English that offer special Christmas services and sometimes even events like a dinner or small get together. Most of the international or English speaking churches are located in Seoul, but you’ll find some in other major cities as well. Find more info on English speaking churches here.

At Myeongdong Cathedral, each year on Christmas eve a reenactment of the Christmas stall and baby Jesus will take place.

Korean Christmas Songs

The typical Christmas music is one of the highlights of the Christmas season and this is no different in South Korea.

1. Kpop Korean Christmas Music

Every year popular K pop bands are releasing new Christmas songs, some songs more popular than others. Most of these are typical K pop songs. When walking around the streets of Korea during the Christmas season instead of hear the typical Christmas songs we know from back home, you’ll hear happy and mellow Kpop Christmas songs instead. Groups that have released special Christmas singles in the past are listed below.

K-Mas Playlist ❆ (Korean Christmas songs) - YouTube
  • Lay – Goodbye Christmas
  • Monsta X –  Lonely Christmas
  • Starship Planet – Christmas Day
  • TWICE – Merry & Happy
  • Girls’ Generation – Dear Santa
  • EXO – Miracles in December
  • Teen Top – Snow Kiss
  • Cube United – Christmas Song
  • Fin.K.L – White
  • SMTOWN – Santa U Are the One
  • BTS – Last Christmas
2. Traditional Christmas Song Korean

Apart from Kpop songs there are Korean versions of the typical western Christmas songs. Check the Korean Christmas carols version of the following songs here: Santa Claus Is Coming To TownRudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells. The are especially famous Christmas song in Korea among children.

What To Do During Christmas In South Korea

The best things to do during Christmas are quite similar to the best things to do in winter in Korea but focus more on the typical Christmas atmosphere.

1. Busan Christmas Tree Festival

Every year Busan city holds a Christmas tree festival in the city center.  Here you’ll find of the most impressive Christmas trees in Korea. Twinkling lights and holiday ornaments are draped around the major touristic areas like Busan station and Gwangbok-ro. The main highlight is a 1,2 kilometer promenade running all the way from Gukje Market to Gwangbok-ro.

2. Seongsan Sunrise Festival

This festival is held each year at the Sunrise Peak in Jeju Island and is the most famous place in Korea to see the sunrise. During the Sunrise Festival (end of December) a the peak attracts a giant flock of people who come to see the first sunrise of the year, which is a sign of good luck.

3. Ice Fishing Festival

Many ice fishing festivals can be found in Korea with the most famous ones being the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival and the Pyeongchang Trout Festival. These happen each year in the winter season and are the perfect

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Seoul is a great city to visit during a long weekend city trip in Asia. It is a vibrant capital with lots to offer for foreign travelers visiting Korea and Seoul. Everything from history, cultural events, nightlife and much more. Read on for the best Seoul Itinerary 4 Days.

When staying 4 days in Seoul it is recommended to spend at 3 days visiting the city center and other areas in Seoul. The other day can be used for doing a one day trip outside Seoul.

Things To Know When Planning A Trip To Seoul, South Korea
  • How much to bring to Seoul for 4 days – Your packing list will depend on what season you’ll be visiting Seoul. Each season has different temperatures and weather conditions, make sure to be prepared by checking what to pack for Seoul here.
  • Seoul Hop-on Hop-off – Make the most of your time in Seoul by booking the hop-on hop-off tour bus going past the major tourist attractions. Check more info here.
  • Travel Converters – Bring the right adapter on your trip to South Korea. The outlets in Korea are the same as the ones in mainland Europe.  Find out more about travel converters here.
  • Money Transportation Card – When using public transport to get around Seoul, it is recommended to purchase a T Money transport card. Buy card here.
  • Seoul Visitors Pass – Use this 24/48/72 hours pass to get in the major attractions of Seoul including the palaces, Jongmyo shrine, N Tower and many other attractions around the city. The Seoul Pass needs to be purchased online. Check more info here.
  • Online Foreigner Discounts – The major attractions in Seoul offer exclusive foreigner discount tickets up to 70%. These entrance tickets need to be purchased online. Check Trazy or Klook for the best discounts.
Where To Stay In Seoul

When only 4 days in Seoul it is recommended to stay in the Myeongdong, Jongno or Itaewon area. This is an area well connected to the airport and other areas in Seoul. The following hotels and accommodations are located in these areas.

  • Lotte City Hotel – $$$ – Located on the main street of Myeongdong, this hotel is a comfortable base to explore the city from. This is one of the most booked hotels in the city and is a good choice for travelers looking for luxury.
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  • G Guesthouse – $ – The best hostel guesthouse to stay at for your travelers on a budget. This Guesthouse is a 5 minute walk away from the Itaewon subway station and the bar/clubbing street.
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  • The Cube Hotel – $ – A very high rated cube style hostel. In each dormitory, there are small cube beds with curtains all around, for optimal privacy.
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  • Creto Hotel Myeongdong – $$ – Spacious rooms for up to 4 people. A great breakfast is available for a small extra fee. A quiet hotel is the busy shopping and restaurant area.
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Seoul Itinerary 4 Days: Day One

Use the first day of the Seoul Itinerary 4 days to explore the historic center of Seoul. This is the original center of when Seoul was first established in the Joseon Dynasty almost 1000 years ago.

The must see places in down town Seoul are Gwanghwamun and Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon village, Insadong, Jongno and Myeongdong area. All these areas lie withing walking distance, there is no need to get around by taxi, bus or subway.

1. Visit Gyeongbokgung or Changdeokgung Palace

Even though there are five palaces in central Seoul, stick to visiting one of the two main ones. These palaces are extremely grand and a great example of Korean traditional architecture in Seoul. Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first constructed in Seoul and is known for having a special changing of the guard ceremony twice a day. Changdeokgung Palace is the second palace built in Seoul. It is famous for it’s secret Korean garden that can only be visited with a guide.

If you would be in Seoul longer, you could definitely visit one of the other 3 palaces. The names are Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace and Gyeonghuigung Palace.

There is a small entrance fee for the palaces (3000 krw each). But it is free to enter which a Seoul pass or when wearing a Korean hanbok.

  • ★ Changdeokgung Palace – The was the 2nd palace built in Seoul, as the first one was destroyed multiple times during fires and wars. It is only 500 meters away from the first palace, Gyeongbokgung. This palace is rather special as it is considered as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO since 1997. Open daily 9 AM – 5 PM, except Mondays.
    Check more info here.
  • ★ Gyeongbokgung Palace – This stunning palace was constructed over 700 years ago and is the oldest and biggest palace in the city. The main gate is facing South towards the statue of King Sejeong, whom invented the Korean alphabet back in the days. Open daily 9 AM – 6 PM, except Tuesdays. Changing of the guard ceremony is at 11 AM and 1 PM.
    Check more info here.
    TIP! National Palace Museum and the ★ National Folk Museum(free) are located on the palace grounds.
2. A Temple, A Shrine And A Cathedral

Korea has quite an interesting story when it comes to religion and this can still be seen today. The main society in Korea is considered Confucian, which is not really a religion but more of a lifestyle. The Jongmyo Shrine is a result of the Confusion society. It was built during the Joseon Dynasty and was use to perform ceremonies by the Royal Family.

Then there are the other two main religions, Buddhism and Christianity. Both the religions are of a similar size and both had a hard time at some point during the Joseon Dynasty.

Buddhism has two different orders in Korea, the Jogye and Taego order with the Jogye order being the main one. The main temple of this order is Jogyesa Temple in central Seoul. This is a rather small temple but has a great atmosphere and changes decoration all year around. Other temples in Korea that belong to this temple are Bulguksa and Golgulsa Temple. The cool thing about Jogyesa is that it has a cool temple stay program and offers free craft activities at the other side of the street in the Buddhist information center.

The Myeongdong Cathedral is a roman catholic church in the center of Myeongdong. The stairs leading up to the church make the church even more impressive.

Visiting each of these 3 religious institutions will help you better understand the different religions in Korea and the struggles each of these had.

3. Where To Eat For Lunch And Dinner

The best areas to have dinner at in Seoul are Insadong and Myeongdong. These areas are filled with different kinds of restaurants, dessert cafes and street food vendors. All kinds of food can be found here from the best Korean dishes like SamgyetangGomtang and Kalguksu to lots of foreign food and halal restaurants. During evening time or weekend these restaurants can get pretty busy, so it is recommended to make a reservation online for the most popular restaurants in the area.

Other areas that are nice to eat at are listed below

  • Ikseondong – If you are looking for a hipster area where many young Korean people hang out, then Ikseongdong is the place to go. This is one of the oldest areas in Seoul and became very popular during the past year for its great restaurants and cute bars.
    Check more info here. 
  • ★ Gwangjang Market – This market is the best place to try some delicious local street food. The market used to be part of Dongdaemun but is now its own food and textile market. It is the oldest one remaining in Seoul and has more than 2000 shops in the building. It is recommended to take a food tour in this market as it allows you to sample different kinds of dishes in the market.
  • Namdaemun Market – Namdaemun Market is located close to Seoul station and sells all kinds of stuff from food, clothing, toys, suitcases, shoes and much more. The market is huge and feels like a giant maze.

4. Shop Till You Drop In Insadong And Myeongdong

Shopping in Korea is very popular. Many travelers from other Asian countries come to Korea just for shopping. There are no better areas to go to then Myeongdong and Insadong. Both areas are quite different from each other, but they are a must include in the Seoul itinerary 4 days.

The Insadong area used to be an antique shop area towards the end of the Joseon Dynasty. Now Insadong is filled with art galleries, souvenir shops, tea houses and coffee shops, restaurants and craft supply stores. The area houses over 100 different galleries, which feature all sorts of Korean art.

Myeongdong area is a newer and trendier area with many department stores, street food vendors, K-POP merchandise shops, an underground shopping mall, cosmetic stores and much more.

If you don’t know what to do in Seoul for 4 days then check out some of the best museums that are worth paying a visit to, especially on a rainy day, are the Grevin Wax museumAlive MuseumKimchi Museum, and Beautiful Tea Museum.

6. The Traditional Bukchon Village 

The most stunning and instagrammable area in Seoul. This village lies in the north of the city, between the 2 main palaces, Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palace. It was home to the upper class of Seoul, mainly very wealthy families that were working for the royal court. The wealth of the people during those days can clearly be seen in the architecture of the buildings and the whole village. This is something you must include in the Seoul itinerary 4 days! Check more info here.

Other attractions or sites in the area that are worth visiting.

  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art –  A the biggest modern art museum in Korea that has temporary exhibitions featuring local Korean and international artists.
    Check more info here. 
  • Unhyeong Palace – This is not one of the five palaces as it was more of a residential home to family members of the royal family. The last King of the Joseon dynasty grew up in this palace until he was old enough to take the throne. This palace is free to enter and is unique in the way it is decorated.
    Check more info here. 
Liked this post about things to do in Seoul for 4 days in this Seoul travel guide? Why not ? Are you planning on staying 4 days in Seoul? Do you have any questions about this recommended Seoul itinerary 4 days? Have any suggestions on things to add to this itinerary for Seoul 4 days ? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Jeju is the pride of South Korea. A beautiful volcanic island located of the South Coast. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations among Koreans as is has so much to offer, including stunning beaches, coastal walking trails, an abundance of museums and delicious food. Read on to find out more about this Jeju Itinerary 3 Days on this Jeju travel blog.
This itinerary assumes visitors arrive at Jeju International Airport or Jeju Port and are staying for 3 days and 2 nights (3d2n). If staying shorter or longer extra days can be added or removed. The 3 day Jeju itinerary is focused towards visitors renting a car. If traveling by bus, choices will have to be made for the different activities.
Things To Know When Planning A Jeju Itinerary 3 Days
  • Getting Around – The easiest way to get around Jeju is by car, these can be booked online and picked up at the airport. More info here. If renting a car is not an option then traveling by bus is also possible. Jeju’s bus system is quite good, but takes longer than by car.
  • How much to bring to Jeju Island for 3 days – In general Jeju Island is slightly warmer than mainland Korea, but it still has 4 different seasons. Check what to pack for Jeju here.
  • Bus Transportation Card – When traveling by bus the T Money card can be used. Get card here.
  • Travel Adapters – Jeju has the same power outlets as most countries in Europe. Travelers from South East Asia, Japan, US should bring the right adapter. Find out more about travel adapters here.
  • Foreigner Discounts – Jeju is not cheap, as most attractions require buying entrance tickets. Luckily for foreigners there are extra discounts when purchasing tickets online. Check out Trazy or Klook for the best discounts.
  • Where To Stay – When in 3 days in Jeju Island, it is recommended to stay in Jeju city. Check my blog posts about the best accommodations in Jeju.
  • What To Eat – There are many restaurants across the island, and reservations online is possible for the best restaurants. Check more info here.

Tours Around Jeju

When not travelling around Jeju by car, it is advised to book bus tours. These take you to the best tourist sites without wasting time waiting for the bus.

1. One Day Tours Jeju Itinerary 3 Days: Day 1 

On the first day of the 3 days itinerary focus on visiting Jeju city and sights on the North East coast.

Make the most of your time in Jeju! Join a one day eastern Jeju day tour leaving from your hotel in Jeju city or Seogwipo. The tour includes the top sights and a yummy Jeju BBQ meal (vegetarian option also available). Check more info here.
1. Jeju City

Jeju city is the capital of Jeju Island, and also the biggest city on the island. There are lots of things to do in the city itself. The best way to explore the city is by taking the hop-on hop-off tour bus. The best sites and attractions are listed below.

  • Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum
  • Black Pork Restaurant Street
  • Sarabong Peak
  • Dongmun Market
  • Gwandeokjeong Pavilion
  • Yongyeon Pond
  • Dodubong Peak
  • Iho Tewoo Beach
  • Five Day Folk Market
  • Halla Arboretum
2. Hamdeok Beach

This stunning beach is located 15 kilometers east from Jeju city. It is world famous for its clear sky blue water, making this a popular destination during the summer months. The combination of the black basalt stones, a picturesque arching bridge and the white sand is just amazing! A must go on Jeju Island, don’t leave this out of your Jeju Island itinerary 3 days.

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Times: Always
Address: Sinbuk-ro, Jochon-eup, Cheju, Jeju-do

3. Manjanggul Cave

A bit further from Hamdeok Beach lies the Mangjaggul cave, the world largest known lava cave. It is around 5 meters wide, and 13 000 meters in length. Visitors can walk about 1 kilometer into the cave and come out at the same exit. It is regarded as UNESCO world heritage site since 2007.

The cave is a 20 minute walk away from the bus stop, if you are lucky, you can get a taxi. If limited on time when traveling by bus, consider skipping this site.

Entrance Fee: 2000 krw
Opening Times: 09 AM – 6 PM
Address: 182 Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Cheju, Jeju-do

4. Haenyeo Museum

The Haenyeo Museum is dedicated to the female divers that go out early every day to collect shellfish, fish and seaweed. The divers are known to no use any diving equipment except for a pair of goggles, a diving suit, weights, an orange boye and a basket. This is extremely hard work and these woman started this job when being a teenager and will continue until their bodies can’t handle the hard work anymore.

Different exhibitions in the museum showcase the culture, their daily life and routines.

Entrance Fee: 1100 krw
Opening Times: 09 AM – 6 PM
Address: 26, Haenyeobangmulgwan-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

6. Seongsan Ilchulbong

This sunrise peak rose from under the sea during the volcanic eruptions 100 000 years ago. It is a huge crater which rises up to 182 meters above sea level. The top of the crater looks like a giant bowl and is definitely worth the small hike to enjoy the stunning view.

Entrance Fee: 2000 krw
Opening Times: 07 AM – 7 PM
Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

7. Seopjikoji
Not far from the sunrise peak, lies Seopjikoji. This small hill is well known for its beautiful scenery and was featured in various movies and dramas including Gingko Bed, The Uprising, One Thousand and One Nights.
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Times: Always
Address: 107, Seopjikoji-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
8. Hanwha Aqua Planet Jeju
The aquarium in Jeju is the biggest among the East Asian countries. It has more than 5000 ocean animals from Korea and abroad. What’s special about this Aqua Planet is the special program where the visitors see the female divers in action.
Entrance Fee: Special foreigner discounts available online
Opening Times: 10 AM – 7 PM
Address: 95, Seopjikoji-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Jeju Itinerary 3 Days: Day 2

On your second day in Jeju, go west and enjoy the beautiful beaches, scenery and delicious food. This Jeju 3d2n itinerary is filled with beaches and museums, especially on the 2nd day!

Make the most of your time in Jeju! Join a one day western Jeju day tour leaving from your hotel in Jeju city or Seogwipo. The tour includes the top sights and a yummy Jeju BBQ meal (vegetarian option also available). Check more info here.
1. Mysterious Road

The Mysterious Road in Jeju island is a magnetic hill, which is a downhill slope, but it looks like an uphill road. When putting objects on the road, the optical illusion makes it look like the object are rolling uphill.

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Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Times: Always
Address: 2894-63 1100(Cheonbaek)-ro, Nohyeong-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do

2. Hyeopjae Beach

A stunning beach on the west side of the island. The white sand, black lava formations and beautiful views make this a great strolling and relaxing beach. This stunning beach is a must visit and not to be forgotten in your Jeju Island 3 days itinerary.

Sites and activities closes to the beach are the Hallim Park, which is a subtropical arboretum. Hyeopjaegul and Ssangyonggul Cave are smaller lava tube caves.

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Times: Always
Address: Hallim-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

3. Wollyeongri Cactus Village

Jeju is full of wanders, and this tiny village is another one. Thousands of cacti are growing on the black lava rocks along the shore. These plants are not native from Korea and are expected to have drifted here from Mexico through the Kuroshio stream.

A couple of cozy coffee shops and accommodations are located in the village.

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Times: Always
Address: 440 Wolryeong-ri, Hallim-eub, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea

4. Seogwang Tea Garden & Museum

The Seogwang Tea Garden or O’Sulloc Green Tea Plantation is the largest tea plantation in Korea. It is known all over the world and the tea produced from this farm is of very high quality.

On the ground of the garden is the O’Sulloc Tea Museum, the first tea museum in Korea. The museum aims to introduce the Korean tea culture, history and culture.

If you love cosmetics than you’ll be excited about the Innisfree Jeju House. Here visitors can experience everything about this famous Korean brand. Cosmetics and food sold here were made with high quality local ingredients.

This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jeju!

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Times: 9 AM – 6 PM
Address: 446, Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

5. Chocolate Museum

The 2nd largest chocolate museum in the world! It was built using the volcanic lava rocks which makes it look like an ancient fortress or castle. The museum itself has three floors, each focusing on a different aspect of the chocolate making process. At the various exhibition it is possible to sample some great chocolate and purchase it later in the gift shop.

Entrance Fee: 2500 krw
Opening Times: 9 AM – 7 PM
Address: 132, Cheonjeyeon-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Jeju Itinerary 3 Days: Day 3

On the last day of the Jeju 3 days 2 nights itinerary, visit the south of the island and Hallasan mountain.

1. Mt Halla

On your last day in Jeju, get up early and make your way to the Halla Mountain, ready to hike. Hallasan is an active volcano, considered as UNESCO heritage. There are different trails to reach the top of the mountain, each different distances and difficulties.

2. Cheonjeyeon Waterfall

In the south of the island are 3 major waterfalls, Cheonjeyeon falls is the largest of the three and is names after the pond of heaven. Legend says that fairies used to bathe in this waterfall.

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Where to eat in Myeongdong? What to eat in Myeongdong? Looking for the best restaurants in Myeongdong? Recommended Myeongdong restaurants? Find out more in this Myeongdong food guide. 

When thinking about Myeongdong, the first things popping to mind are street food, cosmetic stores and an abundance of restaurants and cafes. Myeongdong is the place to go for food after a long day of sightseeing. Read on to find what to eat in Myeongdong and the best restaurants in Myeongdong.

About Myeongdong

Myeongdong is an area in Seoul between Chungmu-ro, Eulji-ro, and Namdaemun-ro, 3 major stations in Seoul. It is known for being one of the main tourism districts especially when it comes to shopping, restaurants and accommodation. The main sites in the area are the Myeongdong Cathedral and the Nanta Theatre. Nanta is a famous Korean cooking performance that involves all kinds of acrobatics, magic tricks and a lot of humour.

Best Restaurants In Myeongdong

The central area, Myeongdong is filled with restaurants and food carts, serving foreign and Korean food. The quality differs quite a bit between the different Myeongdong food stalls and restaurants, so make sure to check in advance. Eating Myeongdong street food, as delicious as it might look, is not recommended in this area. A better market to eat Korean street food is Gwangjang Market.

Many hidden local Korean restaurants can be found in the area, serving traditional Seoul food. Including kalguksu, gomtang, seolleongtang, dumplings, bbq, chicken, etc. Many foreign food restaurants can also be found in Myeongdong. This food guide focuses on introducing recommended food in Myeongdong

What To Eat In Myeongdong: Korean Food

Many Korean food restaurants are located in the Myeongdong area. Read on for a list of the Myeongdong best food.

1. Myeongdong Kyoja

Myeongdong Kyoja has two branches of the same restaurant in the same street in Myeongdong. The Myeongdong restaurant is specialized in Korean knife cut noodles and dumplings. This family owned restaurant has been running since 1966 and was featured on multiple talk shows, including TvN Wednesday Food Talk.

This is one of the best Kalguksu in Myeongdong, make sure to try its signature dish, the kalguksu. Extra rice and noodles is free. This is honestly some of the best food in Myeongdong.

Rating: 9/10
Address:
 29 Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu
Opening Times: 10:30 – 21:30
Main menu: Kalguksu / 칼국수, Mandu / 만두, Bibimguksu / 비빔국수, Kongguksu / 콩국수
Trip Advisor Reviews: here

2. Halmeoni Kalguksu

A local Korean restaurant in a back alley of the vibrant Myeongdong. The small restaurant which is quite popular among locals is the perfect place to go for lunch or light dinner. Especially for travelers that are looking to try local ‘old’ restaurants.
Even though this restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes, the guksu is a must try. There are different types of guksu available, but the original or tofu guksu are by far the best.

Prices for the noodles go as low as 4500 won, which includes one main dish and two side dishes. Other dishes on the menu are jeons, all sorts of rice dishes and different stews.

Rating: 7/10
Address: 17-3, Myeongdong 9-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul / 서울 중구 명동9길 17-3
Opening Times: 06:00 – 21:00
Main menu: halmeoni guksu /할머니국수, kim mari /김말이, dubu guksu /두부국수, tteokboki /떡볶이, kimbap / 김밥

3. Hadongkwan

Hadong Kwan, open since 1939 is one of the oldest restaurants in Seoul. It is part of the Michelin Guide and is a popular restaurant in the Myeongdong area. 4 other branches across Seoul are open.

The restaurant specializes in serving Gomtang, which is a Korean style beef broth soup served with slices of the brisket and beef intestines.

Rating: 8,5/10
Address: 12 Myeongdong 9-gil, Jung-gu
Opening Times: 07:00 – 16:00 (Closed on holidays and 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month)
Main menu: Gomtang /곰탕, suyuk 수육

4. Gangnam Myeonok

A cozy and simple traditional Korean restaurant. A must go place for eating Galbi Jjim, which are braised short ribs. The meat is extremely tender and just falls of the bone. Another branch is located in Garosugil, Gangnam. Together with the galbi, order Naengmyeon, which is Korean cold noodles. The restaurant was featured in the Korean variety show ‘Return of Superman’.

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Rating: 8/10
Address: Seoul, Jung-gu, Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, 48-2
Opening Times: 11:00 – 22:00
Main menu: Galbitang /갈비탕, galbijjim / 갈비찜, manduguk / 만두국, naengmyeon /냉면
Trip Advisor Reviews: here

5. Juyubyeoljang Myeongdong

This Korean fusion pub restaurant is well known for its variety of fusion drinks available, including makgeolli, makgeolli slush and mojito soju. If you are looking to drink modern traditional Korean alcohol and have some pub food at the same time, this is the place to go! The modern interior give this restaurant an upscale feel.

Rating: 8/10
Address: 100 Toegye-ro, Hoehyeondong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Times: Weekday 11:30 – 23:30 (break time 15:00-17:30); Weekend 12:00 – 24:00
Main menu: 고추장닭불고기밥 / gochujang dalgbul gogi bap, gamjajeon / 감자전, 꽃게살양념비빔밥 / kkotgesal yangnyeom bibimbab, hangjeongsalgu-issam / 항정살구이쌈, 리코타 치즈 떡볶이 / ricotta cheese tteokboki, 전 / jeon, makgeolli / 막걸리

6. Miseongok

Hidden in the back alleys of Myeongdong, this Seollongtang restaurant is most popular among local Korean workers. The restaurant has been open since 1966 and still looks the same as when it just opened. An old style restaurant serving amazing Seolleongtang. This is perfect for breakfast or lunch as the soup is very light.

Rating: 8,5/10
Address: 54-5 Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul.
Opening Times: 06:00 – 22:00
Main menu: Seollongtang / 설렁탕, Suyuk / 수육
Trip Advisor Reviews: here

7. Yoogane Myeongdong

Yoogane Myeongdong serves yummy spicy stir fried chicken dishes. The dishes know as dakgalbi are served with vegetables, rice, rice cakes, gochujang and other ingredients. The restaurant is very cheap and filling.

There are two branches of the same restaurant located in the same street. The two restaurants are basically the same.

Rating: 8/10
Address: 7-4, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu Seoul
Opening Times: 10:30 – 23:00
Main menu: Dak galbi / 닭갈비, Dak galbi cheolpanbokk eumbab 닭갈비 철판볶음밥
Trip Advisor Reviews: here

8. Myeongdong Hamheung Myeonok

Naengmyeon is a very popular Korean dish during the summer months, especially the mul naengmyeong which has crushed ice in it. This restaurants serves different kinds of cold noodles. If you are visiting Seoul during summer and looking for a way to cool down, then this is the place to go! The buckwheat noodles are thin and the broth is really thick and tasty.

Rating: 8,5/10
Address: 35-19 Myeongdong 10-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Opening Times: 09:30 – 21:30
Main menu: hwi naengmyeon 회냉면, mul naengmyeon / 물냉면, bibim naengmyeon 비빔냉면
Trip Advisor Reviews: here

9. Chadol Bakhin Jjukkumi

This restaurant is especially for spicy food lovers. This restaurant serves stir fried beef brisket, baby octopus and some kind of cheese fondue. On most weekends there is a massive queue outside the restaurant.

The most popular item on the menu is Hajjoo flame grilled special (차쭈 스페셜 직화구이). Other dishes are baby octopus stir fry, fish cake stews and Myeongdong dumplings.

Rating: 8,5/10
Address: 7-3 Namsandong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Opening Times: 11:00 – 23:00
Main menu: Chajju bulgogi / 차쭈불고기, Chajju gui 차쭈 구이, Jjukkumi bibimbap / 쭈꾸미 비빔밥, muppyeodalkbal hanjeobsi / 무뼈닭발 한접시

What To Eat In Myeongdong: Foreign Food

Between all the Korean restaurants are many foreign food restaurants, this ranges from Taiwanese, Chinese to American style hamburgers or pizza.

1. The Sic-ddang

The Sic-Ddang restaurant serves all kinds of fusion food, including pizzas, lobster and a couple of Korean dishes like bulgogi and naenguksu. If you are travelling with your loved one, opt for the couple set, which lets visitors try different kinds of dishes;

Rating: 7,5/10
Address:  36 Myeongdong 10-gil, Myeong-dong
Opening Times: 11:00 – 23:00
Main menu: Lobster / 랍스타, Gorgonzola Pizza / 고르곤졸라 화덕피자, Bulgogi / 불고기, Naenguksu / 냉국수

2. Myeongdong Donkaseu

This Donkaseu restaurant is famous for its thick and very crunchy batter. Two kinds of cutlets are available: pork and seafood. This restaurant is very suitable for solo travelers, as they can be seated at the bar on the ground floor. The restaurant was founded in 1983 and has been featured in many TV shows. This is a must try restaurants in Myeongdong.

Rating: 9/10
Address: 59-13 Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Times: 11:00-21:30 ; Sunday 11:00 – 21:00
Main menu: Cordon bleu / 코돈부루, Rosukaseu / 로스가스, Hirekasu / 히레가스, Saengseonkasu / 생선가스, Saeuhurai / 새우후라이,

3. Battery Park

Battery Park is a fusion Korean – Italian restaurant. The somewhat unexpected dishes are extremely delicious. Main dishes on the menu are pizzas, burgers, pasta dishes and risotto. This is a good option when craving for Italian food.

Rating: 8,5/10
Address:
88, Hoehyeon-dong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea
Opening Times: 11:00 – 22:00 (Break time 15:00 – 17:00)
Main menu: Pasta / 파스타, Pizza / 파스타, Burger / 버거, Maekju (beer) 맥주, Risotto / 리조토

4. Din Tai Fung

The giant Din Tai Fung restaurant is a Taiwanese restaurant specializing in xiao long bao dumplings. The restaurant is located in the same building a the Hotel28 Myeongdong. Other dishes are soups, stir fried rice and spicy meat dishes. When visiting Din Tai Fung, ordering dumplings are a must.

Rating: 7,5/10
Address: 13 Myeongdong 7-gil, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul / 서울 중구 명동7길 13 /
Opening Times: 11:00 – 22:00
Main menu: Xiao long bao /샤오롱바오, mandu / 만두

5. Inaniwa Yosuke

Address: 6 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul / 서울 중구 을지로 6
Opening Times: Weekdays 11:00 – 14:00 & 17:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 – 14:00  & 17:00 – 23:00. Closed on Sundays
Main menu: Udon /우동, Yeoneo salad / 연어 샐러드, Karaage / 카라아게, ebi cream croquette / 에비크림 고로케, yasai tempura / 야사이 텐푸라

6. Haidilao

Address: 78 Namdaemun-ro, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, / 서울 중구 남대문로 78
Opening Times: 10:00 – 03:00
Main menu:  Shabu shabu – set menu with various vegetables, meat, noodles, etc.

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South Korea is a beautiful country with lots to offer. From stunning beaches to mega cities, traditional culture and amazing food. Below are several itineraries listed to help you plan your ultimate South Korea 7 days itinerary in this South Korea travel guide.

Things To Know When 7 Days In Korea
  • How much to bring to Korea for 7 days – South Korea is a country with 4 seasons, make sure to pack appropriately. Check a 7 day Korea packing list here.
  • Travel Adapters – Korea uses a similar socket type than most of Europe. If you are coming from UK, USA, Japan, etc make sure to bring the right travel adapter. More info about Korea travel adapters here.
  • Foreigner rail pass – when going around the country, consider purchasing a foreigner rail pass. Which is much cheaper that buying individual tickets. Check more info here.
  • Discount attraction tickets – many discounted attraction packages are available for foreigners only. This has to be purchased in advance. Best websites to check out for discounted tickets are Trazy and GetYourGuide.
  • T Money Card – at the airport buy a T Money card. This is a transport card which can be used on any city bus or subway.
South Korea 7 Days Itinerary: Highlights

Is this your first time to South Korea? Then the highlight itinerary might be the best option to follow. This ‘Korea itinerary 7 days’ offers a combination of cities and history.

1. Day 1: Seoul

Spend your first two days in the capital of the country, Seoul. As most travelers arrive and leave at Incheon International Airport, Seoul it the best place to start and end your trip. This city can be a very overwhelming experience for first timers, make sure you have your itinerary ready before arriving.

The best sites to visit in those two days are all located in central Seoul and are within walking distance from each other. Start with visiting one of the 5 main palaces, Bukchon Hanok village, Insadong, Myeongdong and Jongyo on day one. Include one traditional market for lunch or even dinner. Find a recommended Seoul itinerary here.

Make the most of your time in Seoul! Book a hop-on hop-off shuttle bus that brings you to all the best historic sites in Seoul. Including the palaces, Myeongdong, Insadong, Jongyo and many more.
Where To Stay In Seoul 2. Day 2: DMZ And JSA

The DMZ and JSA are a must visit for any traveler. An easy Seoul day trip, located around an hour away up north and is the border which divides North and South Korea. This zone is only accessible for travelers which sign up for a group tour leaving from central Seoul. The tours leaves early in the morning and makes its way back to Seoul around 6 PM.

Different kinds of Demilitarized Zone and Joint Security Area tours are available, all offering similar packages. Others sites that are included on most tours are Imjingak Park, the Unification Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, and Dorasan Station.

TIP! When booking a tour, make sure that the JSA is included, as this is the most memorable and exciting part of the whole trip. Check tour info here. 

3. Day 3-4: Busan

Early morning on day 3 make your way to the South of the country, Busan. The best way to go from Seoul to Busan is by KTX or express bus. This will take around 2 – 4 hours.

Busan is the 3rd biggest city in the country, but has a completely different atmosphere than any other city as it is located at the South East coast. Make sure to check out Jagalchi fish market, Hongdae beach and one of the temples. Find a full Busan Itinerary 2 Days here.

Make the most of your time in Busan! Book a hop-on hop-off shuttle bus that brings you to all the best tourist sites in Busan. 2 different routes are available.
Where To Stay In Busan
  • Hotel Park Hyatt – $$ –  The Hyatt is the perfect luxurious stay in Busan. The rooms are overlooking the stunning Marina City and in the hotel is a spa, fitness center and excellent in-house dining facilities.
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  • Trave Light – $ – A cozy hostel close to the Busan KTX & subway station. The modern interior has a homey and for the ladies, a wide range of cosmetic products are available to use, free of charge. The fun part about this Hostel, is the point system, which long term staying guests can exchange for souvenirs.
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4. Day 5-6: Gyeongju

Make your way from Busan to Gyeongju on the morning of day 5. This is an easy one hour bus or train ride.

One of the most beautiful cities in South Korea. Gyeongju is famous for being the museum without walls as it is filled with historical landmarks, temples and stunning landscapes. It is filled with UNESCO world heritage sites and the mus see places are Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto, Cheomseongdae Observatory, Anapji Pond and the Tumuli Park. Find more things to do in Gyeongju here.

On the evening of day 6, make your way back to Seoul by bus or KTX.

Make the most of your time in Gyeongju! Book a hop-on hop-off shuttle bus that brings you to all the best historic sites in Seoul. Including Tumuli Park, Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto, the National Museum and more.
Where To Stay In Gyeongju 5. Day 7: Seoul

Depending on the time of your flight, spend your last day in Seoul discovering the DDP, Itaewon, Gangnam or Hongdae. There are newer and hot areas.

South Korea 7 Days Itinerary: North of Korea

Arriving in Seoul and don’t want to travel long distances? Then focus on visiting the north of the country when 7 days in Korea.

1. Day 1-2: Seoul

Similar to the other itineraries, spend your first two days in the capital, Seoul. In two days visit the main sites including one of the 5 palaces, Bukchon Hanok village, Insadong, Myeongdong and Jongyo. Find a detailed seoul itinerary here.

2. Day 3: DMZ And JSA

The Demilitarized Zone and Joint Security Area are intriguing sites to visit in South Korea. It is the closest you can get to North Korea from the South. On the tour, you will even be able to go into North Korea for 5 minutes!

Going to the JSA is only possible with a tour leaving from Seoul. Different tours are leaving daily around 8 AM and return by 6PM. Check tour info here. 

3. Day 4: Nami Island Or Other Day Trip

Nami Island in Gapyeong is a very popular day trip from Seoul among foreign travelers. It is located one hour by bus from Seoul and has lots of tourist attractions to offer. Other places to visit around Nami Island are the Garden of the Morning Calm, Petite France, the rail bikes.

Make the most of your time in Gapyeong! Book a package trip leaving from Seoul by bus. The tour stops at Nami Island, The Garden of the Morning Calm and the Gapyeong Rail Bikes. A hassle free trip for a perfect day.
4. Day 5-6: Sokcho And Seoraksan

Make your way to Sokcho and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze. Sokcho is most famous for its national park, Seoraksan. Hike or take the cable cart to the top and enjoy the beautiful scenery the mountain range has to offer. Other must go places are the beach, the fish market and the teddy bear farm.

In the evening of day 6 make your way back to Seoul and spend the night.

Where To Stay In Sokcho 5. Day 7: Incheon

On you last day in Korea, visit Incheon, the 2nd biggest city in Korea. Visit China Town, Fairy Tale Village, one of the many beaches and if time allows it, visit one of the many islands.

Muuido Island, which is not far from Incheon Airport might be a great place to go before catching a fight back home. Check things to do here.

South Korea 7 Days Itinerary: South Of Korea

Are you arriving in Busan and don’t want to travel long distances? Then consider staying in the South of the country with as Busan as being your main destination. Stick to this itinerary when 7 days in South Korea.

1. Day 1-2: Busan

If you arrive in Busan, Gimhae Airport will be the airport you are flying into. From the airport make your way to the city center and stay in a hotel in Hongdae or the train station area.

Busan is the 3rd biggest city in the country, but has a completely different atmosphere than any other city as it is located at the South East coast. Make sure to check out Jagalchi fish market, Hongdae beach and one of the temples. Find a full Busan Itinerary 2 Days here.

2. Day 3-4: Gyeongju

Make your way from Busan to Gyeongju on the morning of day 3. This is an easy one hour bus or train ride.

One of the most beautiful cities in South Korea. Gyeongju is famous for being the museum without walls as it is filled with historical landmarks, temples and stunning landscapes.

The must see sites are Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto, Cheomseongdae Observatory, Anapji Pond and the Tumuli Park. Find more things to do in Gyeongju here.

In the evening of day 4, take the bus or KTX to Suncheon and spend the night in the city center.

3. Day 5: Suncheon

Suncheon located in Jeollanamdo is famous for the Suncheon wetlands and Suncheon gardens. Other sites are the Suncheon Open Film Set, Naganeupseong Folk Village. Check more sites..

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