I was able to venture to a country I had never expected to visit in my lifetime…South Korea. This guide provides a short but sweet itinerary for spending 48 hours in Seoul. I stayed just outside Seoul in a place called Incheon which took about 1hr 45mins by train to the centre. Unfortunately, because of this I wasn’t able to fit in everything I had planned (if you are centrally located, this would be easier). This is therefore a mix of what I did and what I recommend to do in 48 hours.
The Gyeongbokgung Palace was built in 1395 and is one of the largest palaces in South Korea. It was destroyed by the Japanese in the early 20thcentury and has been gradually reconstructed since then.
Gyeongbokgung Palace is a huge collection of Traditional Korean style buildings behind the Gwanghwham Gate, with architecture that is reminiscent of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Just behind the Palace sits the beautiful Bukasan Mountain.
Gwanghwham Gate & Changing of the Guards
Bukchon Hanok Village
A mix between old and new. Explore the streets of Bukchon with traditional Korean neighbourhoods overlooking a modern city.
Myeong-dong Shopping District
Myeong-Dong is a lively shopping district in the heart of Seoul. If you’re into your Korean beauty trends, this is right up your street. Filled to the brim with food stalls and local street sellers there is something everyone will enjoy. You will also find your favourite western shops eg. Zara, H&M etc. Continue walking up and you’ll find the road ventures off into little streets just as lively and colourful. If crowds aren’t your thing, this won’t be for you. Myeong-dong attracts over 1 million people daily…just bear that in mind.
Eat: Korean BBQ
Meat. BBQ. What’s not to love? Simply order off a menu and cook it yourself on grills built into the dining table. Do not pass on the opportunity to experience this authentic Korean Cuisine .
My other recommendations:
- Cheonggyechon Stream
- Dongdaemoon Market
- Namdaemun Market
- Gangnam…Yes do it Gangnam Style
- Seoul Tower
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