SOUTH KOREA – The Ultimate Travel Guide to Seoul, Danyang, Busan, Jeju: 11D10N Itinerary and Budget

Before setting my foot in South Korea, I had already foreseen going there with my friend from high school, Mon, because both of us have been caught by its wave, also known as Hallyu. Hallyu, translated as “Flow of Korea” in English, describes the international popularity of South Korean culture and is exceptionally accounted for the growth of tourism in the country. Its effect has taken the world by storm since the 1990s through Korean music, drama, food, skincare, cosmetics, and fashion.

South Korea is located on the southern part of the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. It is undeniably an economic powerhouse and has made a name for itself in technology and innovation. Its climate is temperate with four distinct seasons: winter (December to February), spring (March to May), summer (June to August), and autumn (September to November). If you are visiting around early to mid September like we did, I suggest wearing a short sleeve shirt during the day when the weather is mild, and then layering a jacket over it at night when it gets fairly cold.

Below is our suggested itinerary for 4 days in Seoul, 1 day in Danyang, 2 days in Busan, 2 days in Jeju, and 2 day trips to Gyeonggi-do: Paju/ Anyang, and Gapyeong for a budget of approximately USD 1000 (including airfares and accommodations).

ITINERARY:

DAY ITINERARY
Day 1: Seoul Incheon International Airport
Sieoso Hotel
Myeongdong Cathedral
Myeongdong
N Seoul Tower
Day 2: Seoul/ Danyang Rio 127 Guesthouse in Danyang
Traditional Market
Coffee Myungga
Day 3: Danyang/ Busan Paragliding in Danyang
First Guesthouse in Busan
Shinsegae Centum City
Jagalchi Market
Day 4: Busan/ Jeju Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Haeundae Beach
Gamcheon Culture Village
Jeju International Airport
Mido Hostel in Jeju
Day 5: Jeju Teddy Bear Museum
Cheonjeyeon Falls
PLAY K-POP
Day 6: Jeju Gimnyeong Maze Park
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Day 7: Jeju/ Seoul Jeju International Airport
Gimpo International Airport
Back to Sieoso Hotel in Seoul
Ewha Womans University
Hongdae
Thanks Nature Café
Day 8: Seoul Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace
Bukchon Hanok Village
Myeongdong Nanta Theatre
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Day 9: Paju and Anyang in Gyeonggi-do/ Yongsan in Seoul Heyri Art Village in Paju
Anyang Art Park
Jjimjilbang at Dragon Hill Spa in Yongsan
Day 10: Gapyeong in Gyeonggi-do Nami Island
Petite France
The Garden of Morning Calm
Dongdaemun in Seoul
Day 11: Seoul Hanbok experience at Sieoso Hotel
I’Park Mall
Hongdae

HOW TO GET THERE:

DAY 1: SEOUL

(We booked a flight from Manila to Incheon via AirAsia.)

  1. Incheon International Airport
    1. Airport Railroad Express (AREX)
      1. Purchase single-use transportation cards at Airport Transportation Center on the B1 level; T-Money Card at convenience stores; M-Pass (20 rides/ day) at Seoul Tourist Information Centers in front of Gates 5 and 10 on Level 1.
    2. Airport Limousine Bus
      1. The ticket booth for the Airport Bus is located next to Gates 4 and 9 inside the arrival floor (1F) and outside next to Gates 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13 and 9C.
  2. Sieoso Hotel (#320, Euljiro-3ga, Jung-Gu, Seoul)
    1. AREX
      1. Transfer at Hongik University. Get off at Euljiro-3(sam)ga (Green or Orange Line). Exit at Gate No. 11. Go straight about 30 meters and turn to the right alley.
    2. Airport Limousine Bus
      1. Bus 6001: 1st Floor, 6A 12A. Get off at Royal Hotel or Korean Exchange Bank.
      2. Bus 6015: 1st Floor, 5B, 12A. Get off at Royal Hotel or Korean Exchange Bank.
  3. Myeongdong Cathedral (74, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
    1. Myeongdong Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line 4, Exit 8)
      1. Walk along Toegyero-gil st. for about 300m and turn right at the intersection. Walk along Myeongdong-gil St. for 100m to the Catholic Center. Walk up along the center.
    2. Euljiro Ipgu Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 2, Exit 5)
      1. Turn right and walk along Myeongdong3-gil St. for 400m. Turn left and walk along Myeongdong-gil St. for 400m to the Catholic Center. Walk up along the center.
  4. Myeongdong (30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul-si)
    1. Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 5, 6, 7, or 8.
    2. Euljiro Il-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 5.
  5. N Seoul Tower (105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu)
    1. Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus
      1. Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus No. 02
        1. Take the bus from the closest subway station: Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema) or Dongguk University Station (Seoul Subway Line), Exit 6. Interval: every 15 mins. Operating hours: 07:00 – 24:00
      2. Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus No. 03
        1. Take the bus from the closest subway station: Seoul Station, Seoul Square (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Exit 9 or Itaewon Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 4 or / Hangangjin Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 2. Interval: every 20 mins. Operating hours: 07:30 – 23:30
      3. Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus No. 05
        1. Take the bus from the closest subway station: Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3 or Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema). Interval: every 15 mins. Operating hours: 07:30 – 23:30
    2. Seoul City Tour Bus
      1. Boarding point: In front of Gwanghwamun Donghwa Duty Free Shop (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 6.
        1. Yellow bus (City Circular bus)
          Operating hours: 09:00 – 21:00 (every 30 mins.) Travel time: 2 hrs.
        2. Royal Palace bus
          Operating hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (every 30 mins.) Travel time: 1 hr.
        3. Night Panorama bus
          Operating hours: 19:50, 20:00 (runs 2x/ day). Travel time: 2 hrs.
    3. Cable Car
      1. Boarding point: Upon getting off from Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit, walk for about 15 minutes to reach the street laying next to Pacific Hotel. Operating hours: 10:00 – 23:00

DAY 2: SEOUL/ DANYANG

  1. Rio 127 Guesthouse/ Coffee Myungga (127, Subyeon-ro, Danyang-eup, Danyang-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do), Traditional Market
    1. From Seoul: Take an intercity bus at Dong-Seoul Bus Terminal (07:00-18:00, 12x/ day) located in Gangbyeon Subway Station (Green Line, Line No. 2, Station No. 214, Exit 4).

DAY 3: DANYANG/ BUSAN

  1. Paragliding in Danyang
    1. Inquire at Guesthouse Rio 127 for details and booking inquiries or visit Danyang Paragliding’s site here.
  2. Busan
    1. From Seoul:
      1. KTX Gyeongbu Line: Depart from Seoul Station (Subway Line 1 or 4, Exit 1) and descend at Busan Station
      2. KTX Gyeongbu Line: Depart from Seoul Station (Subway Line 1 or 4, Exit 1) and descend at Busan Station
    2. From Danyang:
      1. Go to Danyang Bus Terminal and purchase a bus ticket en route to Busan.
  3. First Guesthouse (4, Jungdong 1-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan)
    1. Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2)
  4. Shinsegae Centum City (35, Senteomnam-daero, Haeun Daegu, Busan)
    1. Centum City Station (Busan Subway Line 2). The subway station is connected to the complex.
  5. Jagalchi Market (52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu)
    1. Jagalchi Station (Busan subway line 1), Exit 10. Turn right onto Jagalchi 3(sam)-gil Street. Walk for 5 minutes then turn left.

DAY 4: BUSAN/ JEJU

  1. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (86, Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun)
    1. Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 7. Take Bus 181 and get off at Yonggungsa Temple (용궁사).
  2. Haeundae Beach (264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu)
    1. Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 5 or 7.
  3. Gamcheon Cultural Village (177-11, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu)
    1. Goejeong Station (Busan Subway Line), Exit 6. Get on local bus Sakha 1 or Sakha 1-1.
    2. Toseongdong Station (Busan Subway Line), Exit 6. Get on local bus Saha 1-1, Seogu 2 or Seogu 2-2.
  4. Jeju International Airport (2 Gonghang-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)
    1. Book a flight from Busan to Jeju via Jeju Air.
  5. Mido Hostel (258-2, Seogwi-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do)
    1. Limousine Bus No. 600 to Seogwipo. Bus stop is on the left when you exit from the airport.

DAY 5: JEJU

Get off at Yeomiji Botanical Garden in Jungmun sightseeing complex. (15-minute interval, 50-minute ride). Walk for 5 minutes:

  1. Teddy Bear Museum (31, Jungmungwangwang-ro110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si)
  2. Cheonjeyeon Falls (Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Seogwipo-si Saekdal-dong 3381-1)
  3. PLAY K-POP (15, Jungmungwangwang-ro 110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do)

DAY 6: JEJU

  1. Gimnyeong Maze Park (122, Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si)
    1. Take bus No. 100 and get off at the Intercity Bus Terminal (제주시외버스터미널). Take a bus for Manjanggul Cave (만장굴행) and get off at the parking lot by the cave entrance (만장굴 입구).
  2. Seongsan Ilchulbong (284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si)
    1. From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, take a Direct Bus (Dongilju bus bound for Seongsan) and get off at Seongsalliipgu bus stop. (Travel time: 2 hours). At Seongsalliipgu bus stop, you will see Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. Walk to the peak (1 km).
    2. At Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal, take a Direct Bus (Dongilju bus bound for Seongsan) and get off at Seongsalliipgu bus stop. (Travel time: 2 hours and 30 minutes). At Seongsalliipgu bus stop, you will see Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. Walk to the peak (1 km).

DAY 7: JEJU/ SEOUL

  1. Jeju International Airport (2, Gonghang-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)
    1. Local bus no. 36, 37, 100, 200, 300, 500, 600
    2.  Airport limousine no. 600
  2. Gimpo International Airport (150, Gonghang-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul)
    1. Book a flight from Jeju to Gimpo via Jeju Air.
  3. Ewha Womans University (52, Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul)
    1. 5-minute walk from Exits 2 and 3 of Ewha Womans University Station (Subway Line 2)
  4. Hongdae (Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu)
    1. Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 or Airport Railroad)
  5. Thanks Nature Cafe (Seogyo Prugio Apartment store B121) 121 B1, 486, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul-si)

DAY 8: SEOUL

  1. Gyeongbokgung Palace (161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu)
    1. Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5.
    2. Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2.
  2. Bukchon Hanok Village (37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu)
    1. Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2. Go straight for about 300 m to arrive at Bukchon Hanok Village.
  3. Changdeokgung Palace (99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul)
    1. Subway
      1. Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 1, 3 or 5) Exit 7. Go north from the exit along Donhwamun-ro Street for about 500 m.
      2. Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Go straight from the exit (east) for about 300 m.
    2. Bus
      1. Take bus to Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon: 7025, 109 , 151, 162, 171, 172, 272, 601. Get off from Changdeokgung Palaces bus stop.
  4. Myeongdong Nanta Theatre (26, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
    1. Euljiro 1-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 6.
      1. Go straight for 220m and turn left onto Myeongdong gil. The theatre (Unesco Building) is 120m ahead on the right.
    2. Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 6.
      1. Go straight for 300m along the Myeongdong 8 gil. Turn left in front of Woori Bank. The theatre is 100m ahead on the left.
  5. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (281 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul)
    1. Subway
      1. Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 ,5), Exit 1.
    2. Bus
      1. Blue bus: N13 , N16 , N30 , N62 , 105 , 144 , 152 , 261 , 301 , 420
      2. Green bus: 2012 , 2015 , 2233 , 7212
      3. Red bus: 9403
      4. City circular bus: 90S Tour
      5. Green bus: 2012

DAY 9: PAJU and ANYANG in Gyeonggi-do/ YONGSAN in Seoul

  1. Heyri Art Village in Paju, Gyeonggi-do (70-21, Heyrimaeul-gil, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do)
    1. Hapjeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2. Take Bus 2200. (07:00-23:20, every 15 minutes). Get off at the Heyri stop.
  2. Anyang Art Park in Anyang, Gyeonggi-do (131, Yesulgongwon-ro, Manan-gu, Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do)
    1. Take Exit 2 of Gwanak Station on Subway Line 1. Take bus 1, 51, 5624, 5625, 5626, 5530 or 5713. Get off at the Anyang Art Park intersection and walk for five minutes.
  3. Dragon Hill Spa in Yongsan, Seoul (40, Hangang-daero 21na-gil, Yongsan-gu)
    1. Yongsan Station (Subway Line 1 & Jungang Line), Exit 1.

DAY 10: GAPYEONG in Gyeonggi-do

  1. Nami Island (1024, Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do)
    1. ITX train
      1. Gapyeong Station. Then take a Gapyeong tour bus.
    2. Shuttle bus
      1. Insa-dong (Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1, Exit 3): Next to Tapgol Park. Then take a Gapyeong tour bus.
      2. Namdaemun Gate (Sungnyemum square bus stop in front of Namdaemun Market). Then take a Gapyeong tour bus.
  2. Petite France (1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do)
    1. From Namiseom, ride a ferry back to Gapyeong Wharf and take a Gapyeong tour bus beside 7-11 to Petite France. (20-30 minutes)
  3. The Garden of Morning Calm (432, Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do)
    1. From Petite France, take a Gapyeong tour bus.

DAY 11: SEOUL

  1. I’Park Mall (55, Hangang-daero 23-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul)
    1. Yongsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 1)
  2. Hongdae (Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu)
    1. Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 or Airport Railroad)

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TIPS:

Getting lost in a foreign land is inevitable and nerve-wracking so here are a couple of tips you can follow to travel to the Land of the Morning Calm with ease.

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Using Subway Korea app made our travel via subway less complicated as it provides a timetable, subway map (Seoul, Busan, Daejeon, Gwangju, and Daegu), subway route (fastest, fewest, transfer, and exit information), and fare.

  • Use Google Maps.

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Google Maps was our lifesaver when commuting by bus because it displays various options of route, departure time, bus number, travel duration, and walking distance toward the terminal.

Well isn’t this the most adorable transportation card ever? T-Money is a transportation card that is used to pay for subway, bus and taxi fares, and convenience store transactions. Public transportation fees are KRW 100 cheaper when paying with T-Money than with cash. Purchase it from KRW 2,500 and up at convenience stores and card reload devices.

It is advantageous to carry a portable internet connection in case travel brochures, maps, and books have reached their capacity. You may rent the Egg WiFi router at KRW 8,000/ day (Get the discounted price at KRW 3,000/ day here!) at the Passenger Terminal of Incheon International Airport. Please note that its signal is weak in rural areas such as Danyang and Gyeonggi-do.

  • When all else fails, ride a cab or ask for directions. Hehe.

Language barrier is a struggle when conversing with a local so make sure to learn basic Korean words and phrases.

EXPENSES:

Below is an overview of our expenses including airfares, pocket money, and accommodations that amounted to around USD 1000. Download and print discount coupons here or here to save even further!

EXPENSESperson PHP KRW
AirAsia: Manila/ Incheon Roundtrip Airfare Promo 6,291
25kg Baggage + Seat Reservation (P1,980) 990
Travel Tax 1,620
Jeju Air: Busan/ Jeju Airfare 19,700
Jeju Air: Jeju/ Gimpo Airfare 35,700
Pocket money: Admission Fees, Food, Transportation, Shopping, Paragliding, etc. 800,000
Accommodation

(Double Occupancy)

Sieoso Hotel, Seoul for 5 nights (P8,682) 4,341
Rio 127, Danyang for 1 night (P1,906) 953
First Guesthouse, Busan for 1 night (P2,252) 1,126
Mido Hotel, Jeju for 3 nights (P6,824) 3,412
TOTAL ₱18,773
₩855,400

Mon and I thought that spending 11 days in South Korea would already suffice but there are still places to see, food to eat, and new friends to meet. My personal favorite destination is Jeju Island and I would certainly go back there in a heartbeat! Other destinations that left a lasting impression on me are Hongdae, Nanta Theatre, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Heyri Art Village, and The Garden of Morning Calm.

Read the other posts in my South Korea blog series to know what to do, see, and eat in each destination.

6 thoughts on “SOUTH KOREA – The Ultimate Travel Guide to Seoul, Danyang, Busan, Jeju: 11D10N Itinerary and Budget

  1. Hi, can i ask about your travel route from Danyang to Busan (like how long is the travel time, how much and the time table of the bus route)?
    I’d like to stop by Danyang after Seoul to try paragliding. Seems fun!!!
    Then, i’ll go to Busan after. Thank you!

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    • Hello! Our bus ride from Danyang to Busan worth approximately USD 21 took about 5 hours. We weren’t able to catch the last direct trip so our route was Danyang – Yeongju – Busan. Make sure to buy a ticket at least a day prior to your departure to Busan for a higher chance of catching a direct trip. I hope you’ll enjoy paragliding as much as we did! 🙂

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