While some people enjoy the convenience of tour packages, I’m for doing it yourself. The hours, weeks and even months of planning a trip can be incredibly exciting, and it feels so satisfying when you look at your itinerary and you’ve figured it all out yourself. You can avoid sites you don’t want to see, save money, and manage your own time.
What to prepare:
- Download Korea Subway App
- Buy T-money at any convenience store and top up 20, 000 won
- Comfortable Shoes
1st stop, Gyeongbokgung Palace
- Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 5.
- Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 1.
- Take Bus No. 1020, 7025,109, 171, 172, 601 or 606 and get off at Gyeongbokgung Palace Bus Stop.
I think the easiest way is Gyeongbokgung Station, when you get out of Exit 5, you can see the palace entrance right away. There’s an entrance fee of 5 000 WON for tourists. But if you’re wearing a Hanbok, you’re free of charge. You can rent a Hanbok just around outside the palace it will cost you 20 000-30 000 won it depends on the Hanbok you choose.
2nd stop, Bukchon Hanok Village
- Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 1 or 2. – Go straight for about 300m to arrive at Bukchon Hanok Village.
- Get off at Bukchon Hanok Village Bus Stop.
But you can check out google maps, and walk to Bukchon Village from Gyeongbokgung palace. You can wear that rented Hanbok for a fun experience and pictures if you want. It’s a long walk but worth it, you can take pictures on every corner and enjoy and feel real Seoul experience.
- Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) and Exit 7 or 8 and wait here for the free shuttle that will take you to the cable car station.
- Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) and Exit 3. Walk for about 15 minutes following the street on the right side of the Pacific Hotel
4th stop, Myeongdong
From Namsan tower, ride the free shuttle and drop off back to Myeongdong subway station. From there you can just walk around the area for shopping. You can see it everywhere.
5th stop, Dongdaemun
- Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 ,5) and Exit 1
Once you get out the exit, you will see the Design plaza right away. Enjoy your time roaming around and taking pictures. This is the main reason why I really prefer DIY because I’ll be the one to control my own time. Also there’s a lot of buildings around Dongdaemun for shopping clothes. You may want to check it out.
So tell me about your DIY Seoul trip?