South Korea Seoul 5 Days Itinerary Sample DIY

Here is the sample South Korea itinerary for 5 days and 4 nights for first-time travelers. This will give you an idea of the things that you can do and places you can visit during your 5-day trip to Seoul.

South Korea is probably one of the best countries in East Asia that Filipinos should visit once every 2 years to experience the 4 amazing seasons. At the same time marvel at the skyscrapers, high technology infrastructure, super-fast internet, and a very clean environment.

I was able to visit South Korea for 5 days and 4 nights during the Winter Season. Though we plan to go back to this beautiful country during the Autumn, and Spring Seasons to experience the country when most of the trees have leaves and fascinating colors.

This trip is memorable for me because it is also the first time I travel by air with my parents. We stayed in Hotel Kuretakeso in Insadong for 4 nights and 5 days.
seoul south korea 5 days itineraryI will share with you our South Korea 5 days itinerary. You can make it your reference. Just make some adjustments depending on the season or month that you will visit South Korea.

Day 1: Fly to Korea and Enjoy the Walking Tour at N Seoul Tower

  • 7:00 am – Fly from NAIA terminal 3 to South Korea
  • 12:00 NN – Arrival at Incheon International Airport Seoul South Korea
  • 12 to 3 pm – Travel to Insadong to Check in at the Hotel
  • 3 to 5 pm – Rest, the reason this is long because I have with me my parents who are already 60 years old
  • 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Visit the N Seoul Tower by Namsan Cable Car
  • 8:00 – 9:00 pm – Dinner

Day 2: Explore the Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Myeongdong

  • 9:30 to 10:00 am – Visit a rental shop to rent a Hanbok
  • 10:00 to 12:00 Noon – Gyeongbokgung Palace Tour
  • 12:00 to 2:00 pm – Lunch
  • 2:00 to 3:30 pm – Walking tour to Bukchon Hanok Village
  • 4:00 to 7:00 pm – Go back to the hotel to take a sleep and rest
  • 7:00 to 9:00 pm Myeongdong walking tour and try some street food
  • 9:00 to 10:00 pm Go back to the hotel by walking from Myeongdong to Insadong

Day 3: Go to Gangnam District, ride the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, and walk at K Star Road

  • 9:00 to 10:00 am – Travel to Gangnam
  • 10:30 to 12:00 noon – Avail the hop on hop off bus tour to Gangnam
  • 12:30 to 1:30 pm – Lunch at a nearby fast-food restaurant
  • 1:30 to 5:00 pm – Continue the hop on hop off bus tour and visit K-Star Road by walking
  • 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Go back to Insadong
  • 6:30 to 7:30 pm – Lite dinner
  • 7:30 to 9:00 pm – Walking tour to Cheonggyecheon stream until we reach Gwanghwamun Plaza
  • 9:00 to 9:30 pm – Go back to the hotel in Insadong by walking

Day 4: Travel to Nami Island

  • 9:00 to 11:00 am – Travel from Seoul to Nami Island by public transportation
  • 11:00 am to 3:00 pm – Nami Island Tour
  • 3:00 to 6:00 pm – Go back to Insadong
  • 6:00 to 7:00 pm – Buy some souvenirs from nearby stores in Insadong
  • 7:00 to 8:30 pm – Tried some authentic Korean barbeque
  • 8:30 to 9:00 pm – Go back to the hotel in Insadong

Day 5: Fly back to Manila Philippines

  • 7:00 to 8:00 am – Breakfast in the hotel
  • 8:00 to 8:30 am – Checkout at the hotel
  • 8:30 to 10:00 am – Travel from Insadong to Incheon International Airport
  • 12:50 pm – Fly back to the Philippines

Is a 5-Day Itinerary enough to enjoy Seoul South Korea?

Based on our experience, a 5-day itinerary to Seoul South Korea is not enough to enjoy the whole city. Probably, when we go back, I will a lot an additional 5 days to make it a 10-day trip. In this way, we will just be in chill mode.

What are the 5 things that I like in South Korea?

First, are its people, particularly those persons that I’ve talked to for directions. They have tried their best to explain to me the way in English.

Second, the heritage sites. They are so captivating. It is amazing, how their people were able to preserve century-old buildings.

Third, the food especially those sold by food carts on the streets of Insadong and Myeong-dong. The 7-Eleven also has massive offerings of affordable yet ready-to-eat food on sticks and meals hahaha.

Fourth is the city as a whole, the main roads are very wide around 6 lanes. the sidewalks to are wide and clean.

Fifth, the transportation system is very efficient. From the city, there are buses that go directly to Incheon International Airport and vice versa. They have high-speed trains called the Intercity Train Express (ITX) and Korea Train Express (KTX) that runs at a top speed of 180km/h, and 305km/h, respectively.

I hope this helps guys!

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