4 days in Seoul: Your ultimate Seoul itinerary

4 days in Seoul itinerary

One of the fascinating things about Seoul, and South Korea in general, is the blend between the modern and the old.

On the one hand, Seoul is one of the most developed, high-tech global cities, with futuristic-looking skyscrapers dominating its skyline.

Yet, on the other hand, it is a city of living history, its medieval palaces, and traditional neighborhoods bustling with life.

This great and easy-to-follow 4 days in Seoul itinerary, will allow you to see all sides of the city: the old, the new, and the fun!

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4 days in Seoul: Your ultimate Seoul itinerary

Things to know when planning a trip to Seoul, South Korea

If this is your first trip to South Korea, there are a few things worth knowing beforehand. As with many other countries, Korea has its particularities and a certain way of doing things, thus having the right apps and information will make your vacation careless.

We recommend you read our comprehensive article packed with useful information for when you are planning a Seoul itinerary.


Depending on where you are traveling from, you will or won’t need a visa. Check your Visa requirements here!

Currently, South Korea has in place a visa-free online application process for certain eligible countries (you can check the list here) that you must obtain before your trip.

K-ETA or the Korean Electronic Travel Authorization must be obtained before boarding a flight or ship. Here is some useful information regarding the K-ETA visa:

  • The approval process takes more than 72 hours, thus it is useful to apply in advance;
  • You will need to have accommodation booked before applying for the K-ETA, the address is one of the required information.
  • The validity of the K-ETA visa is of 2 years from the date of approval;
  • With the K-ETA you can stay in South Korea for 30 to 90 days;
  • However, if you are visiting for travel purposes, and plan to return after your first visit, you will have to come back and update your visa with the new hotel address;
  • One person can apply for up to 30 persons and can pay for all at once;
  • K-ETA price: 10.000 won (around 9-10 USD)

How to get from the airport to Seoul

Communication and transportation

Getting around South Korea

Other useful tips & links

Where to stay in Seoul

No matter if you are visiting the city for the first time or you are returning after a while, these are the best areas to consider staying in.

We have visited the city as tourists and we have had the chance to live there for one year, and have used that experience to help you choose the best place to stay if you don’t want to waste time commuting.

Seoul is a huge metropolis and wasting time in traffic would mean having to skip some of the most important attractions. With only 4 days in Seoul on hand, you must make the best choice when it comes to accommodation location.

If you don’t have the time to read the full article, here are a few of our recommendations for where to stay in Seoul when you visit for the first time and for 4 days:

  • Namdaemunno – the area we chose to stay in during our first trip to Seoul, at Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Namdaemun. It was a nice hotel, with a view of the NSeoul tower and the Sungnyemun Gate, from where I could easily walk to many of the main attractions in town. Check it out here!
  • Insadong – maybe the most tourist area in town, mainly because it is so close to most of the popular spots. ibis Ambassador Insadong offers Seoul Tower views and a beautiful rooftop terrace, and it is located close to Insadong’s Main Street, which has most of its outlets open all night. Check it out here!
  • Myeongdong – Nine Tree Hotel Myeongdong – I must admit this was our first choice when it came to hotels in Seoul, but somehow we ended up with the Courtyard one (and I don’t regret it a bit). This one is perfectly located and offers a great quality vs price ratio. Check it out here!

Seoul money-saving tips

It is widely known that Seoul is one of the most expensive towns in Asia and the world, thus, if you are traveling on a budget, here are a few money-saving tips you should have in mind.

Consider booking your plane ticket at the right moment – not too soon or not too late, but at least 3 months in advance, depending on where you are traveling from. Use an aggregator such as Syscanner in order to find the best options and routes from your destination.

Get the Seoul City Pass when you want to see as much as you can – it will also help you forget about public transportation (it works as a TMoney) and it will offer you free access to a selection of 42 attractions. For a 4-day Seoul itinerary, I would suggest going for the 72-hour City Pass. See more here!

Book your activities online in advanceKlook or Trazy are your go-to places for activities in Seoul and South Korea. They cover all of the most important attractions, day trips, guided tours, and more. And they also help you save on your trip!

Eat local food – if you are traveling on a budget and want to save money, choose to eat street food, eat at the local markets, or choose the most local-looking restaurants. Cafes, barbeque places, and well-known restaurants (local or Western) will always be more expensive.

How to get from Seoul to Incheon Airport

Getting from the airport to the city center or at your hotel couldn’t be simpler in Seoul.

We have personally used all options and can compare from experience.

Book a private transfer when you want to have a driver waiting for you at the airport. The price is comparable to the one of taking a taxi, but the driver will already have your final destination address. On top of that, you won’t have to worry about finding a car after a long flight.

Go by AREX (Airport Railroad Express) – the fast train conveniently links the Seoul Central Station to both Gimpo and Incheon International Airports. Upon arrival, follow the directions that will take you to the train tracks.

From Seoul Station, you can make your way further to your hotel or final destination.

While convenient, traveling by train and subway could prove to be challenging when you have large luggage or when you don’t stay in a hotel close to the subway station. For those times, you can choose to leave your bags at the luggage storage at Incheon or Gimpo – on top of keeping your luggage for up to one day, they can also transport them to and from your hotel. See all the options here!

The advantage is that you will be able to pay with your T-Money card, and the train is really fast – between 43 and 51 minutes depending on your terminal. Order the card or Seoul City Pass before you arrive in order to make the trip carefree.

Get a taxi from the airport – at Incheon airport as soon as you exit arrivals you will find a designated desk for booking taxis and transfers. The people there speak English and will be able to assist you in choosing the best car option for you.

Having the address of the hotel written down in Korean will always come in handy.

Airport shuttle bus – a budget option worth taking into consideration when you don’t want to leave your luggage in storage, or don’t want to spend too much on transportation.

In Terminal 2 there’s a Bus terminal, while if you arrive in Terminal 1 you can ask at the ticket booth for the location of the bus stops.

Whenever you choose to travel by car or bus, bear in mind the fact that traffic in Seoul can get crazily crowded – something worth keeping in mind, especially on your way out of South Korea.

Read the complete guide here!

What is the best time to spend 4 days in Seoul?

Seoul in Spring

With a temperate climate, South Korea has 4 seasons – some more appropriate than others.

Spring and fall would be the best possible times for your visit to South Korea’s capital city. With mild temperatures, beautiful sights, and moderate precipitation, the shoulder season will always offer you great days for exploration.

Understanding Seoul

An impressive metropolis, Seoul is split by the Han River into two parts. The north of the river is more traditional and has the most important historical sights and attractions. The south of the river holds its hip neighborhoods and modern hang-out spots.

On both sides, along the river, you will find parks and bike lanes offering some of the best city skylines.

Seoul is split into districts (gu) and neighborhoods (dong), with the river passing below Mapo-gu, Yongsan-gu, and Seongdong-gu.

By 안우석 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Getting around town on your 4 days in Seoul

As already mentioned, Seoul is a big metropolis, but its public transportation system is amongst the best in the world.

Getting around Seoul will be effortless by subway, taxi, or bus. You can pay cash on the bus, but it is highly recommended to have a rechargeable T-Money card.

There are 9 subway lines in Seoul that will get you also to the metropolitan area.

Also, there are different types of buses depending on their itinerary:

  • Blue buses – for long distances within Seoul – basic fare 1300 won
  • Green buses – for transportation between blue bus stops and subway stops – basic fare 1300 won
  • Yellow buses – downtown Seoul – basic fare 1200 won
  • Red bus – inter-city express transit – basic fare 2400 won

Your 4 day in Seoul itinerary overview

Day 1 – Visit central Seoul, its historical area, and the Palaces

Day 2 – Go south of the river and explore Gangnam

Day 3 – Climb to Namsan Tower, visit a cafe in Itaewon

Day 4 – Day trip to DMZ

Day 1 of your 4 days in Seoul: Palaces and history

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Today will be a day of exploration and stepping back in time, learning a little bit about Korea’s history, and feeling like a princess or prince.

An option would be to start your day by renting a hanbok (Korean traditional clothing), and you can read everything about our experience here.

However, if you don’t feel like wandering around the streets of Seoul in those clothes, don’t worry, start your day in Bukchon Hanok Village.

Bukchon Hanok Village

If you’d like to see what a 600 years-old traditional village would look like in the middle of a high-tech, global metropolis, you must visit Bukchon Hanok.

Bukchon, literally the North Village, was the residential area of the nobility and high-ranking government officials during the Joseon period; it was the Beverly Hills of its day, the playground of the rich and famous. As its name suggests, it consists of numerous hanoks, traditional Korean houses.

According to polls, it is one of the favorite areas of foreign tourists. However, it became wildly popular with the locals after it was featured in the South Korean reality show ‘1 Night 2 Days’ and the TV series ‘Personal Taste.’

The area hosts several museums, coffee shops, and restaurants. And it is also a good place to rent a hanbok from. So you can start the day with a coffee in Bukchon Hanok Village, then dress up and walk its history-filled streets under the admiring gaze of the passerby. Once you finish visiting Changdeokgung, Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung, and Jogyesa, you can return your outfit and enjoy a nice traditional dinner in Bukcheon. It’s worth it!

Address: Jongno-gu, 계동길 37

How to get to Bukchon Hanok Village: Take the subway or bus to Anguk Station. Read the complete guide here!

Changdeokgung Palace

The Palace of Prospering Virtue, known in Korean as Changdeokgung, was the favorite palace of many Joseon rulers. Moreover, it was the site of the royal court during two out of the three centuries that passed between Gyeongbukgung’s first destruction and its eventual reconstruction in 1868.

Changdeok stands out compared to Gyeongbukgung because its buildings blend in with the natural topography instead of dominating it; its construction style retains elements of the previous Three Kingdoms period of Korean history. Actually, the palace was built specifically to replace Gyeongbuk.

One note before going into the details: according to Joseon tradition, newly crowned kings changed their names similar to the practice of Catholic Popes (e.g., the current Pope Francis was Jorge Mario Bergoglio before he ascended to the Papacy; the first Joseon ruler, King Taejo was Yi-Seonggye before being crowned). Also, in Korean naming tradition, the first name is the family name (Yi is the family name of Yi Seonggye).

King Taejong (born Yi Bangwon), the third ruler of the Joseon dynasty, was reluctant to reside at Gyeongbuk because he had bad memories of the place.

Gyeongbuk was the brainchild of Jeong Dojeon, the first official to hold the Yeonguijeong position, a kind of Prime Minister of Joseon.

Jeong Dojeon envisaged a kingdom run by ministers, with the king having a ceremonial role. However, Prince Yi Bangwon, King Taejo’s fifth son and heir-apparent believed that the Monarch should have absolute power over state affairs.

Given their fundamentally diverging views, Jeong Dojeon convinced the founder of the Joseon dynasty, King Taejo, to appoint his eighth son, Yi Bangseok, as his successor instead of Yi Bangwon.

Enraged, Yi Bangwon raided Gyeongbuk palace, killing Jeong Dojeon and some of the other princes, his own half-brothers, in the process. Saddened by the events, King Taejo abdicated and, eventually, Yi Bangwon ascended to the throne as King Taejong.

Understandably, Taejong preferred constructing a new palace rather than living in the place he committed fratricide.

Today circa 30% of the pre-Japanese structure remains; the site has been a UNESCO World Heritage monument since 1997.

Apart from the impressive historical buildings, today’s main points of attraction are Changdeok’s gardens.

The Huwon, or Rear Garden, was originally constructed for the use of the royal family and palace women. The lotus pond is surrounded by hundreds of different trees and plant species; some trees are more than 300 years old. The Jade Stream area contains a U-shaped water channel initially used for floating wine cups; there is a small waterfall above it.

The Gemuwon, or Forbidden Garden, was destined for the exclusive use of the king. Today, many Koreans call it Biwon, or Secret Garden.

One popular historical K-drama, ‘The Jewel in the Palace,’ was mostly filmed at Changdeokgung.

Admission Fees
[Changdeokgung Palace]
Adults (ages 25-64): 3,000 won / Group (over 10 people): 2,400 won / Youth ( ages 7-18): 1500 won
Students (ages 24 and under): Free (* Except for foreign visitors)

On the last Wednesday of the month, and when wearing a hanbok dress, the entrance is free.

Address: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Subway: Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Unlike the Cantonese Chinese names that I easily memorized when we lived in Hong Kong, I had difficulties learning the Korean ones after moving to Seoul. And inevitably, Gyeongbokgung was one of the first place names I came across. However, once I realized that the names are a combination of words, things got a lot easier.

‘Gyeong’ can mean Brilliance, Honor, Respect. In Sino-Korean could also mean ‘Capital City. ‘Bok’ usually means Fortune, while ‘Gung’ means Palace. So by naming it Gyeongbok, the government expressed its desire for a bright future.

Constructed in 1395 AD by the first Joseon king, Taejo, its name was devised by an influential minister called Jeong Dojeon. It was the kingdom’s main palace complex, housing the royal household and most of the government.

Unfortunately, the palace was destroyed during the 1592 – 1598 Japanese invasion of Korea. There are conflicting accounts of the events.

Some sources state that Gyeongbokgung was set ablaze by locals, enraged by the King’s actions: he fled the capital to escape the advancing Japanese, leaving its inhabitants to the conquerers’ mercy.

Other sources seem to indicate Japanese responsibility for the destruction. Ozeki, one of the Japanese commanders, described arriving at the now-abandoned palace in his diary and noted its amazing beauty. Ozeki’s account implies that Gyeongbok wasn’t damaged when the Japanese entered the city.

Irrespective of who was to blame for the disaster, the palace complex was left in ruins for the following three centuries.

Eventually, the palace was rebuilt and expanded in 1867, regaining its status as a symbol of Korean national identity. However, after Japanese agents assassinated Empress Myeongseong in 1895, her husband, Emperor Gojong, left the palace; the Royal family never returned.

The complex was destroyed yet again; the responsibility clearly rests on the Japanese shoulders this time. Japan finally conquered Korea in 1910, annexing it to the Japanese Empire by force. During the period, the conquerors attempted an aggressive Japanization of the peninsula; erasing national symbols was part of these efforts.

In 1915, under the pretext of organizing an Industrial Exhibition at the site, the Japanese government systematically demolished 90% of Gyeongbokgung. Furthermore, they built the Japanese General Government Building at the site, trying to eradicate any vestiges of previous Korean independence.

Finally, in 1989, the Korean government initiated a 40 years plan of rebuilding hundreds of monuments and buildings destroyed during the Japanese occupation. As a result, in 1995, the Korean authorities demolished the former Japanese General Government Building, restoring and reconstructing circa 40% of the complex. The authorities plan to fully restore Gyeongbok to its pre-occupation levels in the following decade.

Walking through the complex today while admiring the many visitors dressed in traditional clothing, one wouldn’t guess the place’s violent history.

We loved visiting the palace’s Secret Garden; sitting by the pond can easily transport you to a world without worries. The majestic mountain in the background adds to the serene atmosphere. Furthermore, if you are lucky to visit during the cherry blossom season, you will have the chance of taking great Instragrammable pictures.

If you enjoy military history, there is a changing of the guard ceremony; it happens several times a day, at pre-determined hours – you should time your visit accordingly.

But if you have the chance, nothing beats visiting Gyeongbok (and the other Seoul palaces and Buchan Hanok village) while dressed in traditional hanbok. Not only can you enter for free at Gyeongbok while wearing it, but you might be requested to pose for pictures by the local ladies. For some reason, Koreans love to take photos of foreigners dressed in traditional Korean clothing; I never felt like a superstar before this experience.

Admission Fees
Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won / Groups (10 people or more): 2,400 won
Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won / Groups (10 people or more): 1,200 won

Free on the last Wednesday of the month and while wearing a hanbok.

Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul


Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 5.
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 1.

Deoksugung Palace

Deoksugung Palace

Deoksugung Palace, also known as GyeongungungDeoksugung Palace, or Deoksu Palace, is one of my favorite palatial complexes built by Joseon in Seoul; maybe because we spent a pleasant afternoon on its grounds, wearing the hanboks, immersing ourselves in Korea’s rich history.

The blend of traditional Korean and European architecture makes it unique among the Joseon-era compounds.

In a bid to modernize the country, one of the last Joseon rulers installed electricity in Deoksugung in 1900 and erected a modern pavilion combining both Western and Korean elements, the Jaeonggwanheong. However, during the Japanese occupation, it was transformed into a cafeteria.

Moreover, a European-style, stone palatial building was commissioned, the Seokjojeon. The building was designed by the British architect John Reginald Harding in the Neo-Renaissance style. A typical European garden complements the Seokjojeon. Today, it houses the Korean Empire History Hall.

The Seokjojeon West Building is a later addition; it was opened in 1938 as the House of Yi Art Museum. It continues to serve as the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

A word of caution, though: it is said that any couple who walks the Deoksugung Stonewall walkway is fated to break up. You have been warned!

Entrance ticket fee: Adult: 1,000 won ; Children: 500 won

Address: 100-120  99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul

Subway: City Hall Station (subway line 1) exit 2

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Jogyesa Temple

Jogyesa is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism.

The Jogye Order is the representative order of traditional Korean Seon Buddhism. Its roots are over 1200 years old when the Latter Silla Master Doui brought Seon from China (‘Seon’ is what we call ‘Zen’ in the West).

The Buddhist Orders were persecuted during the Joseon period. Instead, the new rulers favored Neo-Confucianism as the basis of their society; its strong influences still permeate modern Korean culture, although most religious South Koreans are Christians. According to government statistics from 2015, almost half of the population is irreligious, nearly 30% are Christian, 22% are Buddhists, and less than 1% are Confucianists. You’ll surely notice the numerous churches once you arrive in Seoul.

Although Seon Masters raised troops and protected the country during the first Japanese invasion of 1592-1598, Buddhist monks were not allowed into the cities until 1895.

The Jogyesa temple dates back to the dawn of Joseon in the late XIV century, and it became the center of the Jogye Order in 1936. Initially called Gakhwangsa Temple, it changed its name in 1954 to reflect its central position in the Jogye Order.

Apart from the temple itself, the courtyard hosts a couple of unique trees over 500 years old: a White Pine tree, brought by Chinese missionaries, and a Chinese Scholar tree. Can you imagine that these trees were already hundreds of years old at the time of the American Revolutionary War?

More recently, the Temple grounds witnessed events we usually don’t associate with Zen living. For example, in the 1990s, two different Buddhist factions came to blows, and hundreds of monks engaged in violence using makeshift weaponry. Everyone has a breaking point, it seems.

Guided tours in English, are held daily except Saturdays from 10 AM, 12 AM, 14 PM, and 16 PM. The only day when you can see the temple whenever you want, without a guided tour, is on Saturdays.

Admission Fee: Adults 1000 won; Children: 500 won

Address: 55, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Subway: Jonggak Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 2; Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 6; Gwanghwamun Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 2.


Make your back towards Bukchon Hanok Village passing through Insadong. A mix of old and new, Insadong concentrates the most art and antique shops in Seoul.

Stop to buy some valuable souvenirs, grab a bite at one of the traditional restaurants hidden on the narrow streets, or grab a cup of tea at Osulloc Tea House.

Day 2 – Explore Gangnam

Southern Seoul, or the south of the river as for the direct translation, is the new and vibrant area in town.

While you will find it hard to see it all in one day alone, I have tried to help you scratch the surface and see its highlights.

Famous because of Psy’s song “Gangnam Style”, Gangnam is a neighborhood and a way of living. Seoul’s most expensive area, and the home to some of the nicest parks and shopping malls in town.

Stroll through Sinsa and Garosu

Take the bus or the subway and cross over to the southern part of Seoul. Hannam Bridge links Yognsan to Gangnam and is one of the most picturesque places along the river.

You can even start your day with a stroll along the river, heading towards the street of Sinsa-dong and Garosu. Home to some of the most famous and luxurious brands, packed with small cafes or perfume and cosmetics stores, you might be shocked to find a horse inside.

Another thing that will surprise and impress is the number of cosmetic surgery clinics crowded in this area – around Tehran-ro (street).

From Sinsa, don’t walk on Dosan-daero (Boulevard) but step on the smaller streets and allow yourself to get lost on your way to Dosan Park.

Have a coffee and brunch at a fancy place or enjoy a SPA treatment

In the area of Dosan Park, you will find plenty of cafes and coffee shops, but also flagship stores for some of the most famous Korean cosmetic brands.

Most offer an experience and some also have SPA facilities.

South Korea is home to some of the most popular and qualitative cosmetics, and you cannot leave without pampering yourself for at least one hour.

Sulwhasoo Flagship Store is hosted in an impressive building right next to Dosan Park. On the ground floor, they host a small museum showcasing the brand’s history and some facts about Korea’s beauty history.

On the second floor, they have a small shop where you can also try most of their products and choose your favorites.

Also, they have a SPA where you can enjoy luxurious treatments with their lush cosmetics, infused with Korean ginseng.

On top of the building, they host a nice rooftop terrace, from where you can enjoy the surrounding area.

Next door, have brunch at Dear Dahlia’s Flagship Store with its girly interior, or reward yourself with a coffee at the Dior Cafe.

Bongeunsa Buddhist Temple

One of the few Buddhist Temples you will find in the city, it is home to 13 smaller temples each with its history and particularities.

The temple holds a long history (over 1200 years), having been built in 794, the temple is home to 3,479 Buddhist scriptures of 13 types.

Perched on a hill, in between greens, the temple offers temple stays during which you can learn more about Buddhism, sample tea, and learn more about the temple itself.

Before Buddha’s Day in late summer and around the Lunar New Year, the temple is decorated with colorful lanterns. They are actually a symbol of Buddha’s enlightenment and can be admired along with listening to chanting and other processions that take place during this time.

The temple also has a tea house in one of the smaller houses, open since 2018, where you can take a break and savor a cup of delicious tea.

COEX Mall and Starfield Library

Next door to the temple you’ll find the famous Starfield Library hosted inside the COEX Mall.

Follow the signs, walk between Korean and international brands, and get to the photogenic library. The place has been thought of as a place for relaxation and socializing. Even if you would be able to read in Korean, you wouldn’t be permitted to borrow books and magazines, but you can read them inside the library.

Starfield Library Coex Mall Seoul

Apart from the library, COEX Mall hosts an impressive indoor aquarium where you can enjoy a unique “mermaid performance”. The place is also known for having the highest number of sharks in South Korea.

Lotte World Tower

Hop on the subway and head to Jamsil for South Korea’s tallest building. Try to make it just in time for sunset, and you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the city.

The Sky Tower is Korea’s tallest building, and the Lotte World Tower is hosted on 117 – 123 floors. Apart from the stunning views, you can experience one of the world’s fastest elevators.

Another option would be to extend your time spent around the Lotte World Tower, especially when you don’t feel like walking so much.

The itinerary can easily be altered when you purchase the Songpa L-Pass. The pass included entrance to Lotte World Adventure, Lotte World Aquarium, and Seoul Sky. That would mean that you can spend the whole day here, without getting bored.

Lotte World Adventure is a major recreation complex, with the world’s largest indoor theme park, and an outdoor amusement park. No matter if you are traveling with kids or you simply want to have fun, this is the place for you!

Lotte World Seoul

Day 3 – Namsan Mountain and Itaewon

Today will be about hiking (or not), views, and one of the most iconic areas of Seoul: Itaewon.

Seullo 7017

Seullo translates to “towards Seoul” or “Seoul street” and is an elevated sky garden in the heart of the city. Get off at Seoul Central Station and take one of the elevators to the former highway overpass.

Especially during spring or summer, a walk on the suspended overpass will both delight and impress you. From here, you can see the beautiful building that hosts the central train station, with its blue cupola, one of Seoul’s gates, but also the wide boulevard and the crazy traffic.

Different types of flowers are cared for every day by workers and await you to discover them on your walk towards Namsan Mountain.

Read also the complete guide for how to get to Namsan Tower!

Namsan Mountain and N Seoul Tower

As you get close to the famous Namdaemun Market, on your right-hand side you will see one of the roads that lead to the park below N Seoul Tower.

Namsan Mountain is the highest peak in the center of Seoul, home to many plants and birds, but also one of the favorite recreation spots for South Korean people.

You can easily get to the top of the mountain by cable car or by bus (no. 02, 03, or 05), but hiking there is rewarding and an experience in itself. The hike is moderate and offers lots of viewpoints where you can stop along the way to catch your breath.

Hiking from either side of the mountain took us around one hour.

On the top of the mountain, the N Seoul Tower will welcome you with an observation deck and plenty of restaurants with an unforgettable view.

In the area surrounding the tower, you will find plenty of photography spots, but also a famous bridge and trees covered with thousands of lovers’ padlocks.

Descending from the mountain top towards Itaewon will take you through a forest where you will find it hard to believe you are still in the heart of this huge metropolis.


The area is well known for Koreans and not only as of the “ex-pat” district since this is where most expats and tourists choose as their base camp.

However, Itaewon is a colorful and vibrant area, packed with murals, trendy cafes, stunning views, and a Culture Trace Journey where you can learn about Seoul and this part of town.

One can easily spend half of the day walking up and down the hilly streets and enjoying a delicious meal.

Visit The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art; explore the Itaewon Mosque, shop on the antique street, or simply taste some international oriental cuisine.

End your day with a traditional dinner at the Korea House restaurant. The setting is impressive, the food is delicious, and they often have shows or wedding ceremonies you can admire.

Day 4 – go on a day trip outside of Seoul

While the city offers many more things to do and see, you might want to consider some of the most popular day trips outside of Seoul.

DMZ (the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea) is visited every year by hundreds of thousands of tourists, even though Koreans don’t think much of it. Read our complete guide for a day trip to DMZ here!

Nami Island, the Garden of Morning Calm, and Petite France are stunning in every season, but you shouldn’t think twice during spring or fall.

Paju, Incheon, Suwon, or Chuncheon are only a few other places easily reachable by public transportation, and worth visiting from Seoul.

Other things worth doing in Seoul

Foodies will enjoy a cooking class where they can learn how to make some of the most popular delicious Korean dishes. Prepare 3 main dishes and a stew and enjoy them afterward! See more here!

Go on a walking tour with a local guide and gain an insider’s perspective from a local.

If you are feeling more adventurous, Kayaking and Paddle Boarding on the Han River might spark your interest. Alternatively, you can book a sunset cruise on the river and enjoy the skyline while learning about the most important sights.



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