This article will explore the history of South Korea, its culture and economy. It will also provide information about how to get around on foot in Seoul, including walking routes, transportation options and important landmarks.
The korea travel is a blog that documents the author’s journey to explore South Korea on foot. It includes 181.9 KM, 287,068 steps and 527 floors of walking.
We have two weeks to explore all South Korea, the Land of Morning Calm, has to offer.
We had an amazing experience watching how a new season develops while visiting new locations since Spring arrived late in South Korea this year.
On our first day, we are met by single digit temperatures and a subzero wind chill as we exit Incheon Airport.
However, after a few days in Seoul, the gloomy sky gave way to a bright blue sky. The clouds parted and the sun shone through. The cold, clean air grew warmer and more humid.
Early flowers were pushing through the ground, and trees were blooming.
Without a doubt, it’s lovely, romantic, and wonderful.
It’s a wonderful time to go out in nature, go for a long walk, breathe fresh air, learn about local culture, try new things, and see the cherry blossoms.
That’s how I set a new record by walking 181.9 kilometers, 287,068 steps, and 527 floors in Seoul, Busan, and Gyeongju.
Do you need a vacation? Join me on a 10-minute journey!
Resources that are helpful:
- On your mobile phone, get this Location/Walking Direction Map: Naver
- Here’s where you can order pocket wifi and pick it up in Korea for less money and greater convenience.
- Get a T-Money card and use it on buses and subways. It’s available at convenience shops and may be used everywhere in Korea, including Busan, Gyeongju, and Jeju.
We only got a few hours of sleep on the midnight flight, but our enthusiasm has given us enough energy to survive at least half the day.
In South Korea, most hotels have a stringent policy of not allowing guests to check in after 3 p.m. We had no option but to leave our baggage at the hotel and pass the time while we awaited our flight.
Here’s my review of the hotel, but I can’t say enough good things about the location. The location is ideal, since it is just next to Jongno-3 station.
Having portable wifi makes traveling throughout South Korea much more convenient and cheap.
Can you guess what we did? We went for a stroll.
We took a 10-minute walk from the hotel to Jongmyo Shrine (UNESCO World Heritage), a magnificent Confucian shrine that dates back to the Joseon Dynasty. Tuesdays are unfortunately closed.
It’s nevertheless a nice visit, with some elderly guys playing Chinese chess in the park and appreciating the royal shrine from the outside.
We resumed our trek to Ihwa Mural Village, following the Naver map.
Walking through the downtown streets, passed by many coffee shops, up a few flights of stairs, and eventually being welcomed with some spectacular mural and street art sceneries. It’s a fantastic spot for getting lost in the maze of laneways and snapping some Instagram-worthy photos.
After a 10-minute stroll, you’ll arrive at the Naksan Park entrance. Hiking uphill, particularly after a long trip, may be exhausting.
However, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and Seoul in no time.
A section of the Seoul Fortress Wall runs through the park, and it’s also where all the K-Drama takes place.
We arrived a little early. A few days later, the park’s trees began to bloom, making it a lovely spot for a springtime walk.
Before boarding a bus back to our hotel, we spent a few of hours here, appreciating the grandeur of bare and leafless trees and taking in the bird’s-eye views of the city.
We fell on the bed and slept for hours after checking in and having a short shower.
It’s been a really long day.
We’ve awoken refreshed and re-energized, and we’re ready to take on Seoul.
There is no set schedule for the day. We let ourselves get lost and explore what the city is made of since everything is practically within walking distance.
Hanok Street in Ikseon
This charming Ikseon-dong Hanok Alley is just a 2-minute walk from our hotel.
Restaurants, cafés, women boutiques, and accessory stores offer handcrafted goods and excellent local food throughout the maze-like streets.
Seeing Hanoks (traditional Korean houses) converted into stores and cafés is a once-in-a-lifetime event. In addition, the ambience is fantastic.
Here we eat breakfast and sample a variety of dumplings. It’s delectable.
Insadong, a well-known traditional Korean street, is just a 5-minute walk away.
Along the route, you’ll pass through Tagpol Park, which is very beautiful. A historical monument featuring a well-preserved 10-story Pagoda enclosed in glass from the 15th century. A memorial commemorating the Korean Declaration of Independence from Japan was also located in the park.
Insadong’s main street, as well as the small alleyways on each side, are lined with traditional eateries, teahouses, art galleries, and handicraft stores.
Walking along the street, you’ll come across SSamziegil, a bright and unusual retail center. There are four levels, each with stores offering fashion, art, and souvenirs and linked by a spiral-like staircase.
Village of Buckhon Hanok
From Insadong, it’s another 15-minute nice stroll to Buchkon Hanok Village.
Buckhon Hanok Village is another excellent location to see traditional Korean homes. The mansions are beautiful and will transport you to another era.
Samcheong Park is a park in Samcheong, South Korea
A wonderful way to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
A peaceful forest with well-maintained paths is a 10-minute easy stroll from Hanok Village.
You may either climb to the top for an uninterrupted view of the city skyline or use the park’s workout facilities.
It’s another another lovely spot to view cherry blossoms… But, once again, it’s too early.
Korea’s National Folk Museum is a place where you may learn about the country’s
The National Folk Museum of Korea, housed inside Gyeongbokgung Palace, is well worth a visit.
There are many indoor exhibits as well as several outdoor locations in a park-like environment where you may learn about Korean cultural beliefs, lifestyles, traditions, and more. Furthermore, entrance is free for everyone.
Gwanghwamun Plaza is located in Seoul, South Korea.
Gwangwamun Gate, Gyeongbokgung Palace’s biggest and most important gate, is hard to overlook.
Admiral Yi Sun-Sin and King Sejong are commemorated with a massive statue at Gwanghwamun Plaza.
We’re startled to discover an entry to an underground museum dedicated to Admiral Yi and King Sejong just beneath the monument.
That was a long day of walking, to say the least.
Market in Gwangjang
For supper, let’s take the train to Gwangjang market. It is one of Korea’s biggest traditional marketplaces. You may dine like a native here by finding a variety of genuine Korean street cuisine at very low rates.
I must confess that the primary purpose for our trip to Korea was to attend a two-day seminar in Seoul.
However, my restlessness was so strong that we decided to prolong our stay in Korea so that we could spend more time traveling throughout the country.
It seemed ideal to Winson and me since none of us had ever seen cherry blossoms. This will be our first time!
Allow me to provide some context. Jangchung Arena hosts a conference called Deconomy. It brought together cryptocurrency entrepreneurs and financial professionals to discuss, debate, and explore the possibilities of bitcoin, blockchain technology, and the decentralized economy.
I won’t bore you with the specifics… If you’re new to Bitcoin and want to learn more, you should start here and here.
Jangchungdan Park is a park in Jangchungdan, South Korea
We did some exploring around the region while we were at the seminar for two full days.
Jangchungdan Park, which is just across the street from the stadium, is a wonderful location to unwind.
After being cooped up all day, Amber cautiously steps out into this lovely garden to get some fresh air.
We took a break halfway through the meeting to get some fresh air outdoors.
We came across this lovely Coffee Bean store while exploring the streets opposite Jangchung Arena. Its flavorful coffee, lightning-fast free WiFi, comfortable atmosphere, peaceful computer zone, and distinctive Hanok design are all reasons to visit. I can actually work for hours here and feel more productive than I have in the past.
There are three distinct areas in this contemporary Hanok coffee shop. This is the ideal location for a good cup of coffee, laptop-friendly cafés, or social meeting places.
Seoul’s Google Campus
After the conference, Andreas M. Antonopolous, a crypto entrepreneur and one of the major presenters at Deconomy, delivered a special presentation at Google Campus Seoul that evening.
After viewing hundreds of his fantastic YouTube videos, I was ecstatic to see him give a lecture at Google Campus Seoul to a tiny Bitcoin community.
The Gangnam Underground Shopping Center is located in Gangnam, South Korea.
From Google Campus Seoul, there was another 50-minute train journey back to our accommodation. Our tummies grumbled as we hurried to catch the train. We hadn’t eaten anything since noon. So we came to a halt at Gangnam Station and ordered a bowl of hot noodle soup to satisfy our stomachs.
A large subterranean retail complex connected to the railway station sells the newest fashion trends.
After succumbing to fatigue and purchasing some food, we returned to our hotel.
Bus, train, and aircraft are the three major modes of public transportation that you may use to travel to Busan, depending on your price, schedule, and personal preferences. More information may be found here.
I wanted to travel the train that was featured in the movie Train To Busan. As a result, we chose the ITX-Saemaeul train to Busan, which took 4 hours and 40 minutes.
It’s simple, comfy, and soothing. There are no undead zombies aboard, so don’t worry.
As the train glided effortlessly down the track, I sat back and watched the world go by through the glass, studying the local passengers and witnessing life unfold. We had a great time on the train.
In the late evening, we arrived at our hotel in Busan Seomyeon. Our accommodation was beautiful; it was large, spotless, and equipped with a contemporary luxury bathtub.
It was nothing short of a delight to have a hot bath after a long day of traveling.
We’re going to eat and strolling around the downtown area, from Lotte World to Seomyeon Underground retail complex to Seomyoen night market, after getting some rest.
Jinhae Cherry Blossom Event is Korea’s finest and largest spring festival, attracting over 2 million people each year.
Join a day trip if you want to see Jinhae festival in a more comfortable manner.
We considered going on the trip. It can save us time and get us to some of the finest cherry blossom viewing locations quickly and easily.
However, we felt more at ease exploring, making errors, and discovering new locations at our own speed.
We went on the subway after a big breakfast and got out at Busan Sasang Bus Terminal (West Terminal).
Taking the local bus to Jinhae is simple and straightforward:
Purchase a ticket at the counter and board the next available bus, which will take you directly to Jinhae bus station in under an hour.
We’d seen blooms of pink and white flowers along both sides of the roadway as the bus neared the airport and pulled into the parking lot.
We were led to the Jinhae festival via cherry blossom-lined alleys. There are food stalls offering jigaes (stews), pajeon (Korean pancakes), pork, and dried fish, among other things.
A live music event was taking place in the center of this tiny town as we strolled through the flea market.
While strolling slowly towards Yeojwacheon Stream’s cherry blossom path, we tried some street cuisine.
Rows of cherry blossom trees lined every street and every corner.
It’s a beautiful sight to see.
We were pleasantly delighted by this beautiful picture of Yeojwacheon Stream, where we spent many hours walking among a sea of cherry blossoms.
The weather abruptly altered in the late afternoon. The temperature rapidly plummeted. The beautiful blue sky gradually became dark, with mild breezes and rain accompanying it.
“Look how fleeting and ephemeral life can be, but letting go can be so lovely and easy,” Mother Nature says as she watches the wispy flower petals drift away in the breeze.
We detoured from our initial intention of heading to Gyeonghwa Station (a famous cherry blossom-themed railway station) and arrived at Mt.Jehwang Park due to the unexpected rain.
Enjoy a panoramic view of Jinhae’s metropolis blanketed with cherry blossoms and the azure sea beyond from the Jehwangsan Observatory Deck.
We braved the cold and rain in the evening to return to Yeojwacheon Stream for the Starlight Festival. To witness how the stream, bridge, and trees were lit up with laser lights and illuminations.
To be honest, there’s nothing special about it… We hurried back to Jinhae station to catch the bus back to Busan after snapping a few photos.
Being surrounded by numerous cherry blossom trees at nearly every corner of the street was a really unique and beautiful experience for me.
It is unquestionably worthwhile to pay a visit. Do you want to come back for a second time? Most likely not.
Busan is South Korea’s most well-known seaport and second-largest metropolis (after Seoul).
There’s much to see and see here, including a lengthy stretch of white sand beach, natural reserves, a cultural town, coastal temples, hot springs, and delectable fresh seafood.
It is much too ambitious to visit all of the main sites in one day.
We took it easy this morning because of our late arrival the night before.
Shinsegae Centum City Department Store is a department store in Seoul, South Korea.
At Shinsegae Centum City Department Store, we have brunch. Before going to Haeundae Beach, I did some window shopping, explored the open-rooftop dinasours-themed garden, and took in the magnificent views of Busan from atop Shinsegae Centum City.
Haeundae Beach is a beach in Haeundae, South Korea
You can reach this lengthy stretch of beach with city views in less than 5 minutes from Haeundae station.
Soak in the sun, smell the sea breeze, and feel the wind in your hair as you walk down the 1.5-kilometer-long white sand beach.
This location reminds me of Bondi Beach in Sydney, where we spent a day in June walking the 6km Bondi to Congee Coastal Walk.
Dongbaek Island and Dongbaek Park
You’ll arrive to Dongbaek Island at the end of the beach.
Dongbaek Island, named for dongbaek trees, was once an island unto itself, but is now part of the mainland.
Take a leisurely stroll down the well-kept promenade with rocky beaches, enjoy the breathtaking views, pose for a photo with a stone mermaid statue, and cross a suspension pedestrian bridge to see the lighthouse on the opposite side of the island.
Take a trip up to the gazebo to take in the breathtaking views of Gwangali Bridge and Haeundae Beach.
Tip: To see the sunrise, get up early in the morning before dawn. Alternatively, go in the evening to see the sky change color.
Haeundae Market is a market in Haeundae, South Korea
Haeundae Market, conveniently situated near Haeundae Beach, is a well-known Korean traditional market with several seafood eateries and local street cuisine.
We strolled along the street for a bit before catching a bus to Cheongsapo at the market’s conclusion.
Dalmaji-gil Road is a major thoroughfare in Dalmaji-gil
We weren’t sure whether we were at the right bus stop, but after a half-hour wait, the bus arrived.
We gladly climbed aboard, settling down and taking in the vista from the window.
As the bus approached Haeundae Dalmaji-gil Road, my gaze was drawn to the window by the lovely sight of cherry blossom trees along the roadway. It’s also a popular location to see cherry blossoms in the spring.
Cheongsapo Daritol Observatory and Cheongsapo Grilled Clam Village are both located in Cheongsapo.
We got off at the final stop, hoping to enjoy a lovely sunset before dining by the sea at one of Cheongsapo Grilled Clam Village’s eateries.
Something didn’t seem right; the area appeared to be deserted, and we couldn’t see anybody.
Nonetheless, we made our way to the lighthouse, where we had the whole area to ourselves.
Also, I walked 5 minutes to the Cheongsapo Daritol Observatory.
We’re 30 minutes late, much to our dismay… It is now closed. It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The sky darkened quickly, and the gale-force winds almost swept us away. We raced back to the bus station from whence we had come, desperate to get out of this place.
Traveling isn’t always a walk in the park. We’ve arrived at the incorrect time and in terrible weather this time.
Gyeongju, I just learned, is another excellent location to see cherry blossoms. So, we’re in Gyeongju for two nights on way to Seoul.
Lotte Department Store is a Korean department store.
We went to the neighboring Lotte Department Store after checking out.
We decided to try something new for breakfast after a few days of eating kimchee, pancakes, bibimbap, hotpots, and dumplings.
We were drawn to this little Japanese restaurant located inside a retail center and ordered ramen. It was delectable! It’s also served with simple rice.
We boarded the metro to Busan Central Bus Terminal after carrying some food. We boarded an express bus to Gyeongju from there.
It’s the quickest and most cost-effective method to go from Busan to Gyeongju and back.
Gyeongju’s Red Light District
We arrived at Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal after a 1-hour bus trip. Our accommodation was just a 5-minute walk from the bus station, which was very handy.
I was amazed to find so many motels/hotels with intriguing names along the road to our accommodation, such as Soulmate Hotel, Sky Hotel, Mate Hotel… Sugar Hotel was the place where we stayed.
Without a doubt, this was a red light area. On the street, there was even a lingerie vending machine.
When I first walked inside the room, it was far nicer than I had anticipated. The accommodation was clean and well-lit, with all of the expected facilities. They also provided freebies such as canned beverages (orange juice, coffee) and a free face mask.
Tumuli Park is a park in Tumuli, Tanzania (Daereungwon Tomb Complex)
Gyeongju, unlike Seoul and Busan, is an old city with historical sites and ruins.
Tumuli Park, the location of ancient tombs from the Silla era (57 BC – AD 935), was our first visit.
If you’re staying in Central Gyeongjug like us, the main entrance is probably no more than a 20-minute walk away.
Over two dozen graves, which seemed to be tiny grassy hills strewn across the tree-filled park, are housed inside this walled-off park. These are not regular people’s graves, but those of Silla era kings, queens, royal families, and the upper class.
Cheonmachong Tomb, the most precious and biggest tomb of all, is located inside Daereungwon. It’s also the only tomb in Korea where you may go inside.
Thousands of items were discovered in this tomb during excavation in 1973, including a gold crown, bracelets, and other relics.
You’ll arrive at the Tomb of King Michu, the first monarch of the Kim clan and the 13th king of the Silla era, who fought numerous wars to resist invasions from neighboring Baekje and promote agriculture as you go down the route.
It’s an incredible experience to walk along a route between these old graves.
Another highlight of the trip is a stroll along the Daereungwon Stonewall on the way to Cheomseongdae. The ancient stone wall pathway is flanked with rows of cherry blossom bushes, making for a lovely promenade.
Stone Wall Path in Daereungwon
Cheomseongdae is located next to Tumuli Park.
The oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia is Cheomseongdae, which means “star-gazing platform.” This cylinder-shaped tower was formerly used for weather forecasting by observing stars.
I was awestruck from afar, observing the magnificent building with precisely matched stones.
Cheomseongdae Flower Garden is located in Cheomseongdae, South Korea.
In Gyeongju, you can view not only cherry blossoms, but also tulips and canola blooms in the Cheomseongdae fields.
Spring transforms the fields into a huge golden sea of canola blooms every April-May. Consider yourself surrounded by a vast field of bright canola flowers. It’s like though I’m in a dream.
National Museum of Gyeongju
We wished we had more time to go around the Cheomseongdae Flower Garden. However, because to the inclement weather, we hastened our progress toward the Gyeongju National Museum.
Surprisingly, it’s a decent historical museum. It is easy to lose track of time while exploring the collections, exhibits, and galleries, learning more about the Silla Dynasty and appreciating the historical importance of this old city.
We were able to walk to all of the aforementioned attractions since we were in the heart of town.
The following day, after a hearty hotel breakfast, we boarded Bus No. 10 to Bomun Lake, which is just a 30-minute bus trip from Gyeongju Station or Bus Terminal.
You may spend hours walking along the lake’s promenade, which is lined with gorgeous pink-white petals of cherry blossoms.
With its flowers, trees, gardens, and magnificent lake vista, the surrounding region will certainly transport you away from the rush and bustle.
Many hotels, resorts, tourism complexes, and amusement parks, such as Gyeongju World and Aqua World, will be seen along the route.
Gyeongju Tower is located in Gyeongju, South Korea.
Following that, we walked 20 minutes to the Gyeongju World Culture Expo.
As we approached, we were instantly drawn to an amazing tower. Gyeongju Tower, a 30-story structure in the heart of the Gyeongju World Culture Expo.
As we got closer and examined the structure more carefully, we saw a massive pagoda carved out of the center of the tower.
Gyeongju Tower is a replica of Hwangryongsa Temple’s nine-story wooden pagoda, which was destroyed during the Mongol invasion in 1238.
You may also climb to the top of the tower’s observation platform for a panoramic view of the surrounding region.
Before going on to Bulguksa Temple is a Buddhist temple in Bulguksa, South, we had a stop here and got some wonderful pictures.
Bulguksa Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Korea’s most well-known temples.
Bulguksa Temple was constructed with the intention of demonstrating Buddhist teachings and values via architecture.
Bus routes 10 and 11 make it simple to get here.
Follow the winding uphill route adorned with cherry blossom trees to the main entrance, which is located at the foot of Tohamsan Mountain.
Our attention was attracted to the massive stone bridges with steep stairs as soon as we entered the temple complex. Cheongungyo Bridge and Baegungyo Bridge are two bridges that link to Jahamun Gate, which leads to the main hall. Surprisingly, it represents a link between the secular world below and the Buddha’s universe above.
While wandering around this holy site, take in the landscape, see the magnificent architecture, and experience the serenity.
Mount Tohamsan & Seokguram Grotto
Another popular tourist attraction in Korea is the Seokguram Grotto.
Seokguram, located atop Mount Tohamsan, is a man-made round-shaped cave shrine with a large Buddha statue in the middle. It’s one of the most impressive Asian Buddhist works of art.
Gyeongju’s Seokguram Grotto main entrance
We’re going to Seokguram Grotto after having a short bite to eat at a local eatery.
Taking bus no. 12 from Bulguksa Temple to Seokguram Grotto is the most convenient method to get there.
We chose the road less frequented and hiked all the way to Seokguram Grotto and Mount Tohamsan’s summit.
Mount Tohamsan is a half-day climb on the outskirts of Gyeongju City that is both difficult and rewarding.
You’ll feel at one with nature while learning about Buddhism at the Unesco World Heritage sites Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, as well as some almost frighteningly tame squirrels.
Our trek is being hampered by rain. We began our walk with an umbrella in hand. The path is broad, well-groomed, and simple in the beginning.
The terrain grew steeper as we climbed higher, and we arrived at the Seokguram Grotto entrance in less than an hour.
Taking a much-needed break before continuing on to Mount Tohamsan’s summit.
Our breaths were stolen away as we reached the top, which seemed like entering a cloud forest, veiled in a sea of mist and clouds.
If the weather is nice, you may take in the magnificent views of the mountains and the city beyond.
Take a few deep breathes to enjoy the forest’s pure cold air, and just take in the sights, sounds, and scents of nature.
Then, following the same path, we hiked back to Bulguksa Temple and boarded the No. 10 bus back to our accommodation. The trek took us around 3 hours to accomplish in all (up and down).
Overall, it’s a fantastic journey. Hiking is the most fascinating method to discover Gyeongju’s natural, cultural, and historical riches. This is something you can’t afford to overlook!
This was the longest walk of the whole trip, covering 20.5 kilometers, 29,613 steps, and 150 floors in only one day!
Spending two nights in Gyeongju will allow you to explore all the city has to offer without feeling rushed.
You’ll have a few choices for returning to Seoul. We chose the cheapest form of transportation, the bus, since we were not in a rush (travel time 3.5hours).
We got a quick lunch at a neighboring McDonald’s while waiting for the bus.
And we spent the whole day on the bus, followed by a 1-hour metro ride from Seoul Bus Terminal to our hotel.
It was almost 5.ooPM when we got at our hotel.
That is all there is to it. We finished the day in Myeongdong Market, a popular tourist shopping destination.
Coming back to Seoul after a week allowed us to observe how quickly the temperature had changed in such a short time.
The strong light sent gold and orange colors over the sky and clouds. The city was awash in beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Seokchon Lake Park is one of the finest places in Seoul to see cherry blossoms.
Despite the fact that the Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is in its last days, people flocked to the park to snap the full blossoms.
The lakeshore was a bright pink hue.
In the warm weather and soft wind, the air was filled with bird singing and laughter from young and elderly.
It’s a lovely spot to lose yourself in the cherry blossoms, relax, and, for many, have a picnic.
We have our lunch at the adjacent Lotte Department Store while looking out the observation deck at the lake vistas, flowers, and people watching.
Seokchon Lake Park at night.
The area was lit with laser lights as nightfall approached, creating a distinct mood than during the day.
Kyunghee University is located in Seoul, South Korea.
See how cherry blossoms transform a university into a famous tourist destination in the spring.
You don’t need a student ID to access the building, thankfully.
It’s one of the most beautiful locations to see cherry blossoms in Seoul, with neo-classical architecture, a water fountain, green spaces, and cherry blossoms.
Enjoy a leisurely walk while admiring the beautiful cherry blossoms.
Stream of Cheonggyecheon
On a beautiful day, I went for a walk along the Cheonggyecheon Stream. It was a nice and peaceful walk.
Shopping complexes and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza
We didn’t finish the 11-kilometer contemporary stream of Cheonggyecheon, instead exiting halfway into Dongdaemun.
You will not only be able to view the building’s contemporary, cutting-edge architectural design, but you will also discover numerous retail centers offering clothes and trendy items.
Dongdaemun Design Plaze, designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, is a spacecraft-like structure that pulls the future into the present in a unique manner.
The LED roses in the yard will light up evenly at night, which is fantastic.
N Seoul Tower is a must-see for everyone visiting Seoul. It is Seoul’s most famous landmark.
At 350 meters above sea level, you can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding regions. For a charge, go up to the observation desks.
Rather of taking the cable car to the top of Namsan, we rode a bus to the tower, which was more convenient. We found a little-known hidden lane packed with long rows of cherry blossom trees while riding up the hill on the bus!
We’re really thrilled to go all the way down to the foot of N Seoul Tower after snapping some photos and visiting the Seoul Tower. Cherry blossom trees cover both sides of the road in what seems to be an endless line.
We walked from the base of Seoul Tower to our favorite coffee shop, which was just a 15-minute walk away.
Do you recall the coffee bean we saw on Day 4 at Jangchung Arena?
That’s where we’ll head after our lengthy stroll… However, the coffee was so busy this time, with families, young people on computers, and groups of the elderly enjoying this beautiful café on a Sunday.
Our hotel is in the heart of Seoul’s business district, and many of the attractions are readily accessible by foot.
We went to Tosokchon in quest of the finest Samgyetang (Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup) in Seoul.
We arrived at the restaurant after a 30-minute stroll. There’s a lengthy line… Lines moved quickly because to excellent service.
We were welcomed with a strong ginseng fragrance as we entered the Tosokchon.
The aroma of ginseng immediately heightened our senses.
As I drank the ginseng liquor (which comes with every Samgyetang), the liquid went from my lips to my stomach, where it entered my bloodstream, warming my whole body. It appeals to me much.
A whole chicken filled with glutinous rice, dates, and ginseng shreds is served in a bowl of delicious soup with pumpkin seeds on top of each Samgyetang.
Many individuals say the chicken has no flavor… That’s correct, and it makes sense since the chicken has been cooked for hours, if not overnight, to produce such a nutritious broth for you.
There’s a container of salt and pepper where you may assist yourself if you want to improve the flavor.
For an additional 6,000 won, you may add wild ginseng roots.
For an extra 6,000won, add this wild ginseng root.
Normally, I would avoid “too touristy” restaurants, but you must try this. I promised you wouldn’t be disappointed!
Island of Yeouido
We next rode the train to Yeouido Island, another famous cherry blossom viewing location.
However, it is not as wonderful as I had hoped. The once-a-year Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival has recently concluded, with fewer people and blossoms that continue to drop petals.
Having said that, the very long row of cherry blossom trees that flanked the main road still astounded me. It’s a big island, so if you’re planning on exploring it on foot like we did, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk a lot.
On the island, you may hire bicycles and scooters if you wish.
If you are weary of strolling, there is plenty of nice space and picnic tables where you may stop and relax.
Gangnam’s Starfield COEX mall
The COEX Mall is just a short Metro ride away. A renowned public library is located inside this retail center.
Instead of looking for excellent books, locals and international visitors alike are coming to Starfield COEX Mall to take stunning Instagram-worthy pictures. Isn’t it incredible?
With a 13-metre-high bookcase and tens of thousands of books and magazines, you’ll find volumes piled all the way to the roof.
I was in amazement as I sat on a seat, gazing at the books and appreciating the design…
This traditional market is a great location to meet locals and sample some of the local cuisine.
You’ll discover a large variety of clothing and fashion, genuine souvenirs, ginseng, kitchenware, phone accessories, toys, fine arts handmade artworks, imported products, and local cuisine as you wander around this open-air market.
We spent a wonderful Tuesday morning strolling around the market, taking in the colorful ambiance and getting a bite to eat.
Jeongdong Observatory is located in Jeongdong, South Korea.
Most visitors are unaware of Jeongdong Observatory, which is a fantastic location to visit.
Jeongdong Observatory, located on the 13th floor of the Seoul City Hall Seosomun building, provides a spectacular view of Deoksugung Palace, City Hall, and the surrounding region.
What’s the greatest part? It is completely free to participate.
Grabbing a cup of coffee from a tiny café at the observatory, taking in the entire view of Jeongdong, letting your mind wander, and just resting.
Korea’s National Museum
We spent a beautiful day visiting the National Museum of Korea learning about Korea’s history.
It contains antiques, paintings, and relics from the Paleolithic era through the Joseon dynasty and the subsequent Korean Empire on the first level.
On the second floor, admiring the beauty of Korean traditional art and calligraphy.
Outstanding Buddhist sculptures, crafts, and ceramic items from many Asian civilizations may be seen on the third level.
You should visit the War Memorial of Korea when you’re visiting the National Museum of Korea.
Both museums provide free admission.
Seoul was my starting point. Seoul was my last destination. Between Busan and Gyeongju, there are two stops.
If you’re curious, here’s a snapshot of my recorded data in terms of walking distance, steps, and flight ascended, sorted by date.
We walked a lot throughout the vacation, as you can see.
Walking is both inexpensive and beneficial to one’s health. It’s our preferred method of discovering new locations.
We spent 15 days in Seoul, Busan, and Gyeongju (excluding the first and final days) and hardly touched the surface of the experiences that South Korea has to offer.
But one thing is certain… This wonderful journey has given us greater stamina, stronger legs, more soulful hearts, allowing us to view life in a new light.
Do you have any experience with South Korea?
What is your favorite location in Korea to visit?
Do you have a favorite place or activity that I didn’t include in this article?
Also, here’s a link to my one-month trip to Australia.
Here’s how to locate a low-cost hotel stay.
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