Here is the sample South Korea 5 days and 4 nights itinerary (5D4N) for first-time travelers and the 5 best places you can visit for the duration of your travel.
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 with the skyscrapers, high technology infrastructure, super-fast internet, and a very clean environment.
I was able to visit South Korea for 5 days 4 nights during the winter holiday season of 2019. We plan to go back to this beautiful travel destination probably during autumn or spring to experience the country when most of the trees have leaves and have fascinating colors.
South Korea or Korea as a whole has a very rich history and culture. It has 14 world heritage sites. There are several landmarks that are well preserved/restored even though it is in the center of the vibrant city such as Seoul.
Judging from its numerous historical drama TV series, it seems that the country has a well-documented history. They love their past that even up to the present time they still air shows about their ancient history.
Thanks to Jumong and several other historical drama series that came after. I began to have an interest in Korea. It helps me to learn more about the country by simply having a tv series marathon hahaha.
Also, after watching Winter Sonata, Jewel in the Palace, and Gangnam Style of Psy on youtube, I decided to put South Korea to my travel bucket list.
In December of 2020, this dream turns to reality. I was able to visit South Korea with my family. This 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.
I will share with you the things we have done and the best places we have visited with this Seoul South Korea 5 days Itinerary. You can make it as your reference. Just make some adjustments depending on the season or month that you will visit South Korea.
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Top 5 Best Places to visit in Seoul South Korea for 5 Days and 4 Nights Itinerary
N Seoul Tower or Namsan Tower
This is a romantic place to visit in Seoul especially together with your loved ones. This is located at Namsan mountain at the heart of Seoul. The place is an observation deck 236 meters above sea level. This is considered to be the second-highest peak in Seoul. You will be able to have 360-degree view of the city.
Do some selfies, fix a love padlock to make it more memorable. I actually prepared a padlock for my parents and have them fix it in one of the fences.
As the saying goes, your visit to South Korea is not complete, if you haven’t gone to Gyeongbokgung Palace. According to https://english.visitkorea.or.kr/, there are around 5 palaces in Seoul alone, but Gyeongbokgung is the biggest and the most beautiful. You can roam around the heritage site with your usual travel clothes or you can rent a hanbok – Koreas traditional dress, to enter the place for free. Plus, you can at least have a memorable experience of wearing the dress. We’ve tried this one, and for me, this is a must, hahaha.
Hanbok rental is pretty affordable, the cost is around 13000 to 15000 won for the usual commoner clothes. If you want to wear the high-ranking officer version of the hanbok, then you need to shell out a little more. For ladies, there are free hairband that comes with the Hanboks, but if you have long hair and you want it fixed, you have to shell out an extra fee.
You can also watch the royal guards changing ceremony at the palace. This happens twice a day at 10 am and 2 pm. Every ceremony lasts for about 20 minutes.
Bukchon Hanok Village
You need to visit this place if you want to see the traditional ancient houses of Korea during the time of the Joseon Dynasty.
This is a walking tour on sloping roads. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes when you visit the place. As much as possible maintain silence or keep your tone down when you walk pass its street as the location is still part of the residential area. Some of the hanoks serve as a guesthouse. You can book a night or two to have a glimpse of how the ancient people of the Joseon Dynasty live during its time.
Do a leisure walking tour at this lively stream at the center of the city. I was amazed when we follow this stream as it looks very clean and vibrant even at night time. We tried to cross to the opposite side of the stream by stepping on large rocks placed on the riverbed. It’s unbelievable, we were not able to notice the noise coming from roads even though this tourist spot is located in the downtown area of the city. For me the best time to visit this place is during night time. Take a selfie in front of the small ‘I Seoul U’ sign on the bridge.
Myeong-dong Shopping Street
Walking tour along the streets of Myeong-dong. We went to the place only for food tripping. However, the location is a good place for those who want to shop for Korean and international luxury brand beauty products. You will find shops for skin care, makeup store, and lots of fashion boutiques in this place.
After visiting this jam-packed street, we took a photo of the popular Myeong-dong cathedral. This gothic style church is a century-old structure and is considered to be the birthplace of the catholic religion in South Korea.
We visited this place because we want to see the K-Star road and to have a selfie with the GangnamDol and the life-size bears bearing the prints of popular K-Pop groups.
If I am not mistaken, this like the Hollywood walk of fame in Los Angeles California. We spend the whole day at this location. We availed the hop on hop off bus during our visit.
This is outside of Seoul but this is a must-visit location if you are a fan of ‘Winter Sonata’ drama series and also want to experience nature in general. You can Get around Nami Island by just walking or renting a bike.
This is roughly 1 hour 30 minutes by train from Seoul but we just can’t miss visiting this place so we included it to our 5 days 4 nights itinerary. We spend 1 whole day at this location. Based on our experience, 5 days and 4 nights travel 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 on chill mode.
Seoul South Korea 5 Days Itinerary DIY Sample
Day 1: Fly to Korea and N Seoul Tower Tour
- 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: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Myeongdong Walking Tour
- 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: Gangnam Hop on Hop off and K Star Road Tour
- 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 hotel in Insadong by walking
Day 4: Nami Island Tour
- 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 in the hotel
- 8:30 to 10:00 am – Travel from Insadong to Incheon International Airport
- 12:50 pm – Fly back to the Philippines
5 Things that I like in South Korea?
First, are its people, particularly those persons that I’ve talked to for direction. They have tried their best to explain it to me in English. Thanks again!
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. The 7-Eleven also have 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 the 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!