Hello, Now if you’ve seen the last post and am pretty much drawn by the beauty of Seoul and wants a piece of it, you can fly there, walk around on your own without joining any tour. Of course bear in mind, it means alot (and really ALOT) of walking because there is no tour bus to drive you around. But most places are quite near, except for Nami Island and Everland Amusement Park. It’s definitely not a problem to take the subway and move around in Seoul.
Here is our itinerary. (will update link to it as I put up new blog posts)
Day 1 (May 18)
Arrival and check into hotel. If you’re taking AirAsia X, you are most likely to reach at night at about 9ish local time.
Day 2 (May 19)
Paris Baguette Breakfast
Everland Amusement Park <–highly recommended, MUST ride T-Express
Shopping & eating at Gangnam area
Day 3 (May 20)
Nami Island & Zipwire <– highly recommended for beautiful photos
Shopping & dinner at Myeongdong
Nanta Show (non verbal performance)
Day 4 (May 21)
Hollys Coffee Breakfast
Tosokchon for lunch
Shopping at Insadong
Namsan Park & Seoul N Tower
Dinner at Hongdae area
Day 5 (May 22)
Shopping at Ehwa Women’s University Street <– highly recommended for shopping
Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain
Day 6 (May 23)
Apgujeong Rodeo Street or you can go COEX for more shopping
Myeongdong <— highly recommeded for shopping
Day 7 (May 24)
If you’re taking Air Asia X, you’re most likely to reach at 5am in the morning the next day.
Ok so this was our roughly planned, some impromptu detours in between itinerary. Wait actually not roughly plan. Planning a trip is very hard when you have so many places to go and you want to keep everything within the same route so you don’t waste too much time travelling on the subway.
For accommodations, we book for one of Benikea‘s chain hotel; Hotel Astoria. It is in Chungmuro and it’s located in Subway Line 3 and 4 (exit 4 will be the nearest to the hotel), making it more convenient to travel around without changing much subways. It is also just 5 mins walk away from Myeongdong, Namsangol Hanok Village and a 24hr Korean Restaurant with yummy shin ramyun with cheese and from Airport shuttle bus station (which is right infront of Hotel Sejong) and just 2 mins walk from a FamilyMart (like 7-eleven) and Paris Baguette (Korean chain bakery store) and Cafe Nescafe. So if you’re worried about not being able to find breakfast or supper, rest assured you’ll be able to find one, if not, more
I think we came out from Exit 7 or 8 of the station and ended up the opposite road, but there was a lift for our luggages. Hotel Astoria was just next to the brown building behind me. If you’re just walking,go out from Exit 4 of the station and you’re just another 50m away from the hotel.
Emmm, that’s how it looks like, on paper.
I will explain more about the Subway lines and how to buy the T-money in the next post. For now, about the hotel, it looks clean and the receptionist tried very hard to speak English with us but made an effort. They were ok though and we could understand each other. The only downside of this hotel is that if you intend to stay there, make sure you get rooms at higher level. The hotel has 7 stories, try to get 5, 6 or 7 as there’s a club at level 2 and if there are other late night activities that may be noisy, it won’t disrupt your sleep. Ours were at level 6 and 7, we didn’t hear any loud music from the club so we’re safe. *phew*
We got 2 double beds, to fit 4. The room was tidy and the toilet was clean too. But it was a bit stuffy cause the aircon wasn’t working like how we wanted it. So we slept with the window open for some cool air.
You can book for the rooms either in the hotel’s website or through Agoda. Each of us paid about RM500-600 for 5 nights per person.
Ok that’s it for now, expect probably about 10 more posts about my Korea Trip 😉 Next will be A-rex and T-Money.