Hilton Head Area

Suggested Itinerary : Seoul, Korea


 

Day 1  

From Incheon International Airport take the Airport Limousine Bus 6005. (Approx. $22 one-way; around 90min).

After checking into Hotel Aventree Jongno, enjoy a short walk to Insa-Dong, a great place to buy traditional Korean art, food, ceramics and souvenirs. There are plenty of antique shops, museums, art galleries and bookstores to see. Try out exotic Korean foods from one of many street vendors and wooden teahouses.

For a free history lesson and some great views, board the hop-on hop-off Seoul City Tour Bus ($10pp). Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace - one of the five grand palaces of the Joseon Dynasty (From $49pp).

If you enjoy bar hopping, Hongdae is the place to be in the evening with its many pubs and clubs. Experience the indie music culture, urban arts and electric atmosphere.

 

 

Day 2  

Take a walking tour and discover the history of Seoul. Visit the Museum of History and the awe inspiring Gyeongbokjung and Changdeokgung Palaces. At the Bosingak Bell Pavilion, see the royal changing of the guard ceremony.

Book a local guide to take you through a revelation of hidden treasures and iconic landmarks, giving you a good overview of Seoul so you can explore the rest of the city on your own. (Soul of Seoul Small-Group Walking Tour; daily departures from Gwanghwamun Metro Station at 9:30am; $70pp; duration 3 hours; www.viator.com).

Pick up how to make Kimchi, a traditional Korean food. Try on Korean traditional clothes for a photo. (Kimchi Academy House; from $30pp; classes 20-30 min; www.seoulkimchi.co.kr).

Complete the day at Insa-Dong with a traditional Korean BBQ at one of the many restaurants.

 

 

Day 3  

Visit Myeongdong, a shopper's paradise with over 300,000 square metres of high-end label stores, big chain retailers and beauty shops. It's only a short walk from the Hotel Aventree Jongno.

For a gastronomic experience, head to Seoul's Gwangjang Market where you'll find over 200 food vendors. A must try specialty is the golden fried nokdu bindaetteok (mung-bean pancake; $6pp) – perfectly paired with makgeolli (rice wine).

Come evening, have a laugh with the entertaining performance of the Nanta Show, a comedy about cooks messing up in the kitchen. (Myeong Dong NANT Theatre; from $40pp; duration 90mins; www.nanta.i-pmc.co.kr).

 

 

Day 4  

Soak up history with a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village. Located in between Gyeongbok and Changdeok Palaces, the village recreates the 600 year old urban environment with its narrow alleys, small courtyards, cafes, art galleries and traditional wooden houses.

In the afternoon head to the Museum of Korea, the largest museum in the country with a massive collection of over 15,000 artifacts. Learn about Korea's fascinating history, culture, ceramics and Buddhist paintings. (Admission is free to Main Exhibition Hall and Children's Museum; open every day except Monday; www.museum.go.kr).

Complete the day with a Hangang River Cruise. Choose from a variety of themed tours. (From $20pp; www.elandcruise.com).

 

 

Day 5  

Start the day by unwinding at the 'jjimjilbang' spa at Dragon Hill Spa. Relax in one of the heated jade, charcoal or clay rooms and complete your treatment in a hot tub or sauna. (From $120; www.dragonhillspa.com/en).

Next, visit Korea's largest seafood market, Noryangjin Fish Market. The fishmongers will turn your choice into a plate of sashimi (hwe) and escort you to a nearby restaurant for you to consume.

For the best views of Seoul, take the Namsan cabel car ($10pp return) to the iconic N Seoul Tower, perched atop Namsan, 480m above sea level ($12pp entry; www.nseoultower.com).

 

 

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