[UPDATED] Discover Seoul This Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Seoul is amazing place to visit if you want to escape the heat in Malaysia while indulging in your love for everything Korean. With a population of 9.8 million people, the capital city of South Korea is bustling constantly bustling with people going about their daily business. The city is packed with skyscrapers, palaces, street markets, cosy restaurants, and plenty of picturesque locations.
Seoul is also a food haven. Although most restaurants predominantly serve beef, there are also chicken and halal options for those with dietary restrictions.
Getting around in Seoul is seamless – the subways are well connected throughout the city and it’s safe to walk about. The temperature in June will range about 18° to 27° Celsius – which means you can mostly get by with whatever you usually wear in Malaysia, but maybe bring jackets in case it gets too cold at night.
Accommodation can be a little pricey, so it’s best to travel in a group and split the costs.
Here’s how much a trip to Seoul for five days will roughly cost you:
|Flight tickets (roundtrip with 20kg luggage)||RM1,500|
|Accommodation (four nights)||Twins Guesthouse @ RM1,200
Sam House Hongdae @ RM1,600
Nine Tree Premier Hotel Myeongdong 2 @ RM1,600
|Food & Shopping||RM600 (if you're planning to shop a lot, then allocate more funds here)|
|Transport (including metro card)||RM350|
Let’s look at some of the things you can squeeze into your five day trip to Seoul.
Seoul in five days
Gyeongbokgung Palace Definitely a must-visit if you’re in Seoul. The palace dates back to 1395 and is commonly referred to as the Northern Palace. This beautiful palace is always packed with tourists who love admiring its beautiful architecture. It’s the perfect location for all your Instagram photos!
Myeongdong If ‘shopping’ is on your to-do list when in Seoul, then Myeongdong is your mecca. This popular district is jam-packed with malls and stores for all your beauty and fashion needs. You can find Laneige, Skinfood, IOPE, Innisfree, Stylenanda 3CE, Olive Young, Boots, Aritaum, Nature Republic, Primera, Etude House, Tony Moly, and other premium Korean brands here.
Note: The face masks there all come in bulk and they’re cheap – so they make great souvenirs.
Insa-dong You can spend up to a whole day just exploring the happening Insadong neighbourhood. It has everything to cater to the tourist in you. Delicious street food, museums, vintage tea houses, and bazaars that sell traditional Korean mementos can all be found here.
You’ll also spot tourists walking around in hanboks – traditional Korean attire from the Joseon era – and you should do it too!
Dongdaemun Design Plaza This building is well-known for its grandiose, futuristic design. The Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) also supposedly stands for Dream, Design, and Play. It usually plays host to exhibitions, conferences, fashion shows, and other events.
National Museum of Korea If you love history, don’t forget to drop by the National Museum of Korea. The building itself is a sight to behold. It houses an extensive collection of historical artifacts and relics; with a sculpture garden, open plaza, and an outdoor exhibition area to explore.
Itaewon If you’re looking for vibrant nightlife, Itaewon is the place to be. The rows of bars and eateries will satiate all your food and alcohol cravings. Chill, let loose, meet some new people, and dance the night away!
SMTown Coex If you’re a big fan of K-Pop, you definitely want to visit the SMTown Coex Artium. From the moment you step in, you’ll be drowned in K-Pop madness. You’ll feel closer to your favourite stars with their awards and posters displayed on just about every floor, complete with a museum and photobooth for fans.
Apart from that, you can also get your hands on exclusive merchandise, albums, or just chill at their in-house cafe while indulging in your fandom.
Han River The perfect place to wind down at the end of your trip. The Han River is also commonly referred to as the Hangang, and it is the fourth longest river in the Korean peninsula. People enjoy talking long walks, camping, and eating delicious BBQ chicken. It’s also great spot for a romantic date or for kids to run around and play.