Annyeonghaseyo! Enough streaming K-dramas, it’s time to visit South Korea for real! If this is your first time in the land of K-pop, kimchi and bibimbap, we highly recommend visiting Seoul, Busan and Jeju first. These three cities are the perfect starting point if you want to explore the country. If you’re planning for your trip this winter, you’ve come to the right place! Here is a comprehensive 10D9N itinerary that brings you to the best attractions of Seoul, Busan and Jeju. All you have to do now is to pack your luggage and take the next flight out ✈️Psst... Check out Klook's 8th Birthday Sale to save up more!
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Before we start, here are a few things you need to know before your trip to South Korea. We’ve compiled all the information that will help you have a hassle-free trip!
Seoul can be visited all year round, making it the perfect destination for any season. But, some seasons are better than others especially if you’re not a fan of hot and humid summers. November to February is a low season in Seoul, which means fewer crowds and lower accommodation costs. It’s a great time to visit Seoul, especially around Christmas time when the city lights up!
Stay connected with pocket WiFi
- Enjoy high-speed internet access in South Korea on a pay-per-day basis with a reliable 4G WiFi device while you travel wherever your itinerary takes you
- Make your trip easier with the Data Unlimited pocket WiFi from Klook
- You can pick it up at the Incheon International Airport upon your arrival and connect up to three devices with just one pocket WiFi with up to eight hours of battery life, so it’s perfect if you’re travelling in a group!
Travelling from Incheon Airport to Seoul
It can get quite nerve-racking when travelling in a new city especially if it’s your first time and you don’t speak the local language. But worry not, Seoul is a tourist-friendly city. It’s pretty easy to get from Incheon airport to Seoul. If you’re travelling light, the subway is your best friend.
- We recommend getting the AREX Incheon Airport Express Train on Klook. You can even redeem free banana-flavoured milk that you can enjoy during your journey to Seoul city centre.
- It’s the fastest, safest, and most direct way between Incheon Airport and Seoul Station - no stopovers! The journey takes 1h 1m.
- The cosy seats come with free Wifi and USB charging service.
- It’s easy to redeem the voucher too, just scan either printed or mobile voucher at the Express Train Vending Machine and you’re good to go!
Get the Discover Seoul Pass
To make your trip hassle-free, we recommend getting the Discover Seoul Pass from Klook as the pass doubles as an admission ticket to top attractions and a T-Money transit card! You’ll get:
- Free access to a selection of 50 tourist attractions with the Discover Seoul Pass
- Enjoy a discount ticket of 100 tourist attractions within 24/48/72 hours
- Equip yourself with T-Money that can be used on public buses and subways
Or, book a private car charter for a relaxing trip
- A private car charter is best if you’re travelling with elderly or young children as you don’t need to navigate the public transportation system
- You can discover the best of Seoul city or suburbs using your own itinerary with a private car charter!
- Let the friendly chauffeur drive you around as you learn about the culture and heritage of Seoul
- Book a private car charter on Klook and enjoy a relaxing journey!
Day 1 - Visit famous Seoul landmarks
Pose for a photo at the famous Starfield Library (2-3 hours)
- A must-visit at the shopping mall is the Starfield Library, which has over 50,000 reading materials arranged on 13-metre-high bookshelves. It’s an Insta-worthy spot, for sure!
- The book store is located in Starfield COEX Mall, which has over 300 brands, ranging from fashion and beauty to electronics and entertainment. Even if you’re not a shopaholic, you’ll still enjoy the wide variety of brands that you may not find in your home country.
Address: 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 10.30am -10pm (Daily)
Lunch at Busanjib (1 hour)
- Feeling hungry? Then drop by Busanjib or their yummy grilled mackerel, stews and even asam pedas fish and sambal squid!
- Halal status: The restaurant used halal-certified ingredients and no alcohol is used in the dishes. However, they sell canned alcoholic beverages so we recommend you dine at your own discretion.
Address: 11-4 Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (Daily)
Visit the iconic N Seoul Tower (2 hours)
- Skip the cable car and hike up Namsan to head to N Seoul Tower or take a public bus.
- If you're going on foot, enjoy the serene atmosphere at Namsan Park — it is really beautiful in spring and autumn!
- Head up the N Seoul Tower and get a bird's eye view of Seoul.
- Psst… skip the queue and get your ticket to go up the N Seoul Tower on Klook!
Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 10am - 11pm (Daily)
Try yummy halal Korean food in Itaewon (3 hours)
- Trek up the hill and visit the Seoul Central Masjid
- After burning some calories, visit a halal Korean eatery and try authentic halal Korean food!
- There are plenty of halal restaurants in Itaewon, so just take your pick!
Day 2 - Nami Island (whole day)
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- Enjoy a day out to Nami Island, a popular shooting location for the Korean drama Winter Sonata. The picturesque island has plenty of Insta-worthy spots, making it a must-visit when you’re in Seoul.
- We highly recommend booking the Alpaca Pasture, Nami Island, and The Garden of Morning Calm or Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour from Seoul available on Klook (and get 20% off your booking during their 8th Birthday Sale!) and you’ll have a chance to get up close and personal with the cute alpacas!
- You can also live out your K-drama dreams at the Garden of Morning calm, be sure to capture the thousands of blooming flowers.
- #HHWTTip: Need to do your prayers while at Nami Island? Check out the prayer room on the 2nd floor of the Baplex.
Day 3 - Experience traditional Seoul
Learn about Korean royalty at Gyeongbokgung Palace (2.5 hours)
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- Before visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, check out the changing of guards right in front of the palace. Remember to check the timings!
- Why not try on a hanbok, the traditional Korean dress that is usually worn during special occasions?
- #HHWTTip: Entrance to the Gyeongbokgung Palace is free if you wear a hanbok! ?
- Book your hanbok experience on Klook and enjoy picking out your favourite hanbok and you can even get your hair done!
- Sign up for the free walking tour around Gyeongbukgung (2 hours). Trust us, it will make your experience a whole lot better when you learn about the history behind each of the different buildings and palaces!
Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Insadong (2.5 hours)
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- Head to the traditional area of Seoul - Insadong
- Walk down the past-meets-modern street and shop for little trinkets.
- Take some time to visit the traditional teahouses and try a cup of Korean tea with rice cakes.
- Have lunch at Osegye Hyang, a Korean vegetarian eatery. Make sure to get their Jajjangmyeon (bean paste noodles).
- Halal status: It’s not halal-certified, but no alcohol is used in the restaurant and no alcohol is served. We recommend you dine at your own discretion.
Address: 14-5 Insadong 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 11:30am – 9pm (Monday, Wednesday - Thursday), 11:30am – 3:30pm, 5pm – 9pm (Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday)
Step into the past at Bukchon Hanok Village (2 hours)
- Go trigger happy with your camera at the various photo spots and pose for countless photos with your travel buddies.
- Walk down the streets of Samcheongdon
- Pop in the uniquely quaint shops and cafes in the traditional Korean houses
End your day with dinner at Itaewon OR Dongdaemun (2 hours / however long you think you can go)
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- If you've got the stamina to keep going, check out the grilled fish alley in Dongdaemun and grab dinner there! Do note that as none of the stalls there are halal-certified, we recommend you do your necessary checks and dine at your own discretion.
- Experience late-night shopping like never before as there are many shops and malls in Dongdaemun that operate 24h or open till late!
Day 4 - Enjoy winter activities at Vivaldi Park Ski World (whole day)
- Head to the famous Vivaldi Park Ski World in Gangwon-do, a first-class winter resort with cool activities!
- Pick which winter sport is best for you to try out, from sledging and skiing to even snowboarding!
- Get basic skiing or snowboarding lessons from professional instructors fluent in English, Chinese, or Cantonese
- These training sessions have a maximum of 20 people so you won't be left behind!
- Psst… Book your trip to the Vivaldi Park Ski World with Klook now and get 20% off!
- You don't need to worry about anything since transportation from Seoul and equipment are all included! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Address: 262, Hanchigol-gil, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening hours: 8am - 10.30pm (Daily)
Day 5 - Stroll around the Seoul universities area
Noryangjin Fish Market (1.5 hours)
- Experience the hustle and bustle of a Korean wet market at Noryangjin.
- Grab an early lunch at one of the many restaurants where you get to try fresh seafood.
- If you prefer to choose your own seafood, you could buy from the vendors and someone will guide you to the connected restaurant.
- The server will ask you how you want the seafood to be cooked but you can also let them make the choice so you’ll be surprised!
- Shellfish are usually steamed or grilled and scallops are best grilled in butter. Yum!
- Do note that as none of the restaurants here is halal-certified, we strongly recommend that you do your necessary checks and do note that the eateries may serve alcohol. We recommend that you dine at your own discretion.
Address: 674 Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
Opening hours: Open 24 hours
Ehwa Women’s University - Edae (4 hours)
- Visit one of the most famous (and prettiest) university campuses in Seoul.
- Shopaholics alert, it's time to head over to the Ewha Fashion Street and commence another round of intense shopping!
- The fashion street caters to university students and you’ll definitely find cheaper prices here compared to the rest of Myeongdong.
Hongik University - Hongdae (3 hours)
- Another bustling shopping area nearby is Hongdae! Like Edae, Hongdae also has an affordable range of fashion and accessories with an even wider variety.
- If you’re visiting on the weekends, head to the playground and check out the Hongdae Free Market for handcrafted artworks and trinkets, and passionate performances from local dancers, singers, and buskers!
- Take in the artsy atmosphere at Hongdae and look out for quirky art installations.
- Hongdae comes alive at night, so keep a lookout for live music performances along the streets!
Fill your tummy with New York's yummiest kebab (1 hour)
- Feeling hungry after all that shopping and walking in Hongdae? You definitely need to head over to The Halal Guys, a kebab store which originated from the streets of New York.
- Located right in front of the Hongik University subway station, their kebabs over rice platters, with tantalising red and white sauces, are to die for.
- Halal status: Halal ingredients used
Address: 159-5 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (Daily)
Day 6 - Leave for Busan
Travelling to Busan from Seoul (3 hours)
- Take a train to Busan (preferably one without zombies) from Seoul Station. The KTX (high-speed train) takes about 2.5 hours and the tickets start from KRW59,800 (about SGD$ 60).
Have dinner, check into your accommodation and rest
- From Busan station, take the subway to Seomyeon Station (Line 1 Metro - Orange) and transfer to Line 2 Metro (Green) to get to Haeundae Station (45 mins).
- We recommend staying around the Haeundae Beach area as you'll be near Busan's most popular beach, with a wide range of amenities and cafes in the area.
- Treat yourself to some delicious halal kebabs and hummus at Hello India Al-Waha!
- Serving an unusual combination of Indian and Lebanese cuisine, feast on their Lebanese menu loaded with lamb and chicken kebabs, barbecued meat platters, hummus and fresh salads.
- Halal status: The restaurant serves halal-certified ingredients but they serve alcoholic beverages. We recommend you dine at your own discretion.
Address: 23-1 Gunam-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
Opening hours: 11am - 11pm (Daily)
Day 7 - Walking tour and cable car ride
Have a self-guided walking tour at BIFF Square, Bujeon Market, Gukje Market (2-3 hours)
- You can’t leave Busan without experiencing their culture and street food at their street markets.
- The best thing is, all of these places are located within walking distance of each other! ?
- Hotteok is one of Korea’s famous street snacks, for a good reason! The hot and crispy pancake is filled with warm sugar syrup that oozes every bite. One taste will have you thinking of it even when you leave Korea, and it’s Muslim-friendly too!
- Busan’s hotteoks are extra special because they are topped up with seeds and nuts.
Address: 58-1 Gudeok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
Opening hours: Open daily; 6AM till late
Experience a healing time at Museum 1 (2-3 hours)
- The Technique of Healing Exhibit at Museum 1 is newly-renovated and one of the trendiest spots to visit ?
- The Technique of Healing is full of IG-worthy media art designed by local Korean artists, with exhibits that evoke a sense of healing from day-to-day life.
- As this exhibition is for a limited time until May 2023, it should be on your must-visit list when in Busan! ?
Admission: From KRW14,400 (SGD$115) for adults
Address: Museum 1, 20 Centumseo-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
Opening hours: 11 AM-8 PM on weekdays, 11 AM -9 PM on weekends
Enjoy a scenic view of Busan with Busan Air Cruise Cable Car (2-3 hours)
- Complete your visit to Busan and add the Busan Air Cruise cable car ride to your things to do!
- Hop on one of the 39 cable cars of Busan Air Cruise and enjoy a thrilling ride across the stunning Songdo Beach
- Have an unforgettable trip and try the Crystal Cruise where you’ll savour a scenic journey onboard a crystal cabin
- Witness some of Busan’s landmarks from above including Namhang Bridge, Songo Coastal Dulle Road, and more!
- Book your Busan Air Cruise cable car ride on Klook for a hassle-free trip as you can simply redeem your ticket at the counter by showing your booking on the app! Super easy!
Day 8 - Enjoy thrilling rides at Lotte World (whole day)
Credit: Visit Busan on website
- Discover shows, exhibitions, and rides such as Giant Splash, Giant Swing, Galopping Goats, and more at Lotte World Busan!
- Stop by Wonder Woods, Joyful Meadow, Underland, Rainbow Springs and many other restaurants within the park to enjoy various Korean food!
- There are a prayer room and halal food in Lotte World. You can find the prayer room by the Jungle Adventure Boat exit door on the third floor of Adventure indoor park.
- There is also a halal Turkish restaurant, Pasha, which is located on the second floor of Adventure, so you don’t have to worry about going hungry here.
- Book your Lotte World 1 Day Pass on Klook and enjoy a worry-free day out!
Address: 42, Gijang-gun, Busan, South Korean
Opening hours: 10am - 9pm (Daily)
Day 9 - Fly your way to Jeju Island (55 Mins)
- It's time to catch your flight to Jeju from Busan's Gimhae International Airport ✈️
- Check into Yeha Guesthouse before crashing for the night. The guesthouse even provides utensils for Muslim guests! Check out our guide to Jeju accommodations for more ideas and useful tips!
- #HHWT Tip: With Jeju being 3 times the size of Seoul, we'd recommend renting a car as a means of transportation.
- You can easily book a car rental on Klook. The rental fee starts from as low as SGD$60/day and you can choose the car based on your travel style and passengers. Some of the car choices include Hyundai Avante (compact car), Kia Seltos (SUV), and Kia Grand Carnival (8-seater van).
- Do note that you need an international driving license to drive in South Korea.
Get your first taste of seafood at Bada Punggyeong (1h)
- Sipping on fresh seafood stews while admiring the stunning view of the sea? Count us in! Bada Punggyeong (바다풍경) specialises in a variety of fish stews and grilled fish.
- If there’s one thing you can’t miss here, it’s their Braised Mackerel Stew (from KRW29,000/SGD$29). But if stews aren’t your thing, get their Grilled Mackerel (KRW14,000/SGD$14) instead! The fish skin is grilled to a perfect crisp but the fish is still fresh and tasty!
- #HHWT Tip: If you need to do your prayers, inform the staff and they’ll bring you up to the third floor where you’ll be praying in a room with a lovely view of the sea.
Halal status: Only seafood dishes sold, no alcohol/meat used in the preparation of dishes. Alcohol is served in the establishment, so do dine at your own discretion. Prayer room in establishment.
Address: 654, 513-2 Yongdamsam-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
Opening hours: 10am - 11pm (daily)
P.S. Looking for more Muslim-friendly options in Jeju? We've rounded up 10 awesome restaurants in Jeju you need to try!
Spend time frolicking in the seas of Hyeopjae Beach (3-4 hours)
- One beach day isn't enough! Take a dip in the calm waters; watch as the water changes colour from different shades of turquoise to blue.
- Make a sand angel in the pristine sands of the beach or take a long therapeutic stroll along the shore.
- #HHWTTip: Be sure to watch out for the volcanic rocks!
Alternative: Try Go-Karting at 981 PARK (2-3 hours)
- Are you ready for an adrenaline rush? Check out Jeju's No.1 Go-Kart attraction, 981 PARK for an exhilarating journey!
- Enjoy the refreshing view of the Jeju seas as you motor downhill at the speed of gravity!
- After the race, the alluring view of Jeju’s nature and Halla mountain will take your breath away as you get transported uphill by auto-recovery!
- Drive vehicles developed with 9.81 park’s exclusive technology and become a pro Gravity Racer!
- Furthermore, you can enjoy various indoor attractions such as laser tag and bumper cars.
- Book your tickets for 981 PARK on Klook to enjoy a worry-free trip!
Address: 880-24 Cheondeok-ro, Aewol-eup, Jeju
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (Monday - Friday), 9am - 10pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Day 10 - Last day in Jeju
Make a worthwhile trip to Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff (2-3 hours)
- Marvel at unique, volcanic rock formations along the Daepo Jusangjeolli Coastline.
- Be hypnotized by the sights and sounds of crystal clear waves crashing below you.
- Maybe snap some Instagram-worthy shots while you're at it!
ALTERNATIVE: Pose among the flowers at Hueree Park (2-3 hours)
- Visit and explore Hueree Park in Jeju, a scenic and serene location with a variety of flora
- Stroll around and take plenty of romantic photos in a sea of flowers. Make sure your camera is fully-charged!
- Discover some photoshoot locations of famous K-dramas such as The Return of Superman
- Enjoy a day of natural beauty and fresh air in Jeju when you book this ticket via Klook!
Address: 256 Sillyedong-ro, Namwon-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju, South Korea
Opening hours: 9am - 4.30pm (Daily)
Hang out with the Peanuts crew at Snoopy Garden (2-3 hours)
- This next attraction is for both fans and non-fans of Peanuts!
- Tranquil and full of photo spots that are too cute to resist, it’s made up of an indoor portion (Garden House) and an outdoor portion (Outdoor Garden)
- Some must-visit include the Outdoor Garden which featured classic Peanuts scenes, such as Charlie Brown’s baseball field and Linus’ blanket forest.
- Be sure to keep an eye out fun for the various characters doing quirky things during your walk! ?
- There’s also a cafe and gift shop at the end of the trail for you to purchase unique souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
Address: 930 Geumbaekjo-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
Opening hours: 9am- 7pm (daily)
Have a seafood hotpot as your last meal in Jeju (1-2 hours)
- Wrap up your last day in Jeju with haemul ttukbaegi (seafood hotpot) at Daewonga (대원가)! Get ready to feast on a pot full of piping hot abalone, mussels and crab stew, yum!
- Although the price of the seafood steamboat is quite steep, each pot serves around 3 to 4 people, so you can definitely split the cost!
- If you'd like something more affordable, get their small abalone hotpot and other seafood soups. They also serve grilled mackerel fish, a speciality in this area!
- Halal status: Only seafood dishes are sold, and no alcohol/meat is used in the preparation of dishes. Alcohol is served in the establishment, so do dine at your own discretion.
- #HHWT Tip: Daewonga is in the list of Muslim-friendly eateries in Jeju, endorsed by the Jeju Tourism Organisation. So, you can even request to do your prayers here!
- Halal Status: Only seafood dishes are sold, no alcohol/meat is used in the preparation of food. Alcoholic drinks served in the establishment, so do dine at your own discretion
Address: 15, Donam-ro 16-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (Korean: 제주특별자치도 제주시 도남로16길 15 재영)
Opening hours: Open daily; 9AM - 9PM (Closed on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month)
Fly back to Seoul (1hr 10 min)
- You can return the rental car at the Jeju International Airport before taking your flight back to Seoul to return to your home country.
- If you want to save time, there are also direct flights from Jeju to Singapore with Singapore Airlines or Scoot.
10 days truly isn't enough to cover everything these three amazing Korean cities have to offer, so we hope our consolidated itinerary will suffice! Time to start planning your trip and uncover more things to do in South Korea on Klook!
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