LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT SOUTH KOREA ITINERARY 10 DAYS?
Olivia here, your go-to travel confidante, and today, I’ve got the inside scoop on a destination that has my heart – the vibrant South Korea. I’ve crafted the perfect South Korea itinerary – 10 days.
In October of 2023, I travelled solo through the buzzing streets of Seoul and the coastal charms of Busan. And let me tell you, it was nothing short of magical.
Now, I’m beyond thrilled to spill all the tea on my personal adventures and share the secrets of crafting the ultimate 10-day itinerary in Korea.
So buckle up, because we’re about to dive deep into the soul-stirring beauty, mouthwatering flavours, and unbeatable energy of South Korea.
- South Korea Itinerary 10 Days Overview
- South Korea Travel Essentials
- South Korea Itinerary 10 Days
- Day 1: Arrive in Seoul and Explore Hongdae
- Where to Stay in Seoul
- Day 2: Bukchon Hanok Village, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwangjang Markets
- Day 3: Gangnam & Korean BBQ
- Day 4: DMZ Tour
- Day 5: KTX to Busan & Shop in Seomyeon
- Where to Stay in Busan
- Day 6: Gamcheon Culture Village & Nampodong
- Day 7: Haeundae Beach & Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
- Day 8: Travel to Jeju Island & Manjanggul Cave
- Where to Stay in Jeju Island
- Day 9: Hike Seongsan Ilchulbong & Jungmun Saekdal Beach
- Day 10: Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, Hallasan National Park & Hamdeok Beach
- FAQs: 10 Days in South Korea Itinerary
- The Wrap-Up: South Korea Itinerary 10 Days
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South Korea Itinerary 10 Days Overview
Let’s start off with an overview of this South Korea itinerary for 10 days, don’t worry we’re delving into the nitty gritty later on in this post, this will just give you a good idea of what to expect.
|Arrive in Seoul and Explore Hongdae
|Bukchon Hanok Village, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwangjang Markets
|Gangnam & Korean BBQ
|KTX to Busan & Shop in Seomyeon
|Gamcheon Culture Village & Nampodong
|Haeundae Beach & Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
|Travel to Jeju Island & Manjanggul Cave
|Hike Seongsan Ilchulbong & Jungmun Saekdal Beach
|Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, Hallasan National Park & Hamdeok Beach
South Korea Travel Essentials
- Now, staying connected is a must, right? Pick up a 4G SIM card with unlimited data (KT) or 4G SIM (SKT) at Seoul or Busan airport. But if you prefer to connect multiple devices, rent a 4G Pocket WiFi. Reserve in advance to save time!
- Grab your T Money Card from the airport to make getting around South Korea a breeze. Your T Money card is your ticket to Korea’s subways, buses and taxis. Easily top up your card at the subway station machines.
- Buy a discounted KTX pass for unlimited high-speed train rides. It’ll whisk you from Seoul to Busan in under 2.5 hours. Now, that’s the way to travel!
- Book your airport pickup in advance for a more cost-effective journey. Gimhae Airport is far from the city centre and Uber’s aren’t available, plus a taxi will cost you big bucks.
- Google Maps, Rome 2 Rio and Kakao Maps will be your best friends for getting around South Korea
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South Korea Itinerary 10 Days
Now for what you’ve been waiting for, my detailed 10 days in South Korea itinerary.
Day 1: Arrive in Seoul and Explore Hongdae
Starting off with the first day of our 10 days in South Korea itinerary that budgets time for arriving and getting the lay of the land.
Morning: Arrive in Seoul
As you step off the plane, you’ll instantly feel the pulse of this incredible city, just like I did.
You’ll likely be arriving at Incheon International Airport which is about an hour from Seoul’s city centre.
For a smooth transition, hop on the convenient and efficient Airport Railroad Express (AREX) to reach the city centre.
I highly recommend staying in Hongdae (where I stayed) but more on that later. The AREX goes directly to Hongik University station making getting to your accommodation in Hongdae a breeze. Once you get there, drop your bags at your hotel or guesthouse cause it’s time to explore!
Afternoon: Greem Cafe and Explore Hongdae
Once you’ve settled in, kick off your Seoul adventure at Greem Cafe, a cozy spot in Hongdae.
Grab a cup of Korean coffee and recharge your energy in the funky cafe setting. From there, let’s wander the streets of Hongdae, a place filled with art, fashion, and, of course, mouth-watering street food.
Evening: Drinks at SideNote Club and Dinner at Hongdae Dakgalbi
Time for a drink? Let’s keep the energy flowing at SideNote Club, a trendy spot offering some of the best views of the city. Sip on refreshing cocktails and watch as the sun sets.
Afterwards, let’s head to Hongdae Dakgalbi for a filling dinner. Trust me, you haven’t truly experienced Seoul until you’ve indulged in the savoury delights of Dakgalbi, a Korean dish of stir-fried marinated spicy chicken, veggies and… cheese!
Pro tip: Get there early or make a reservation – this place is a local favourite!
Where to Stay in Seoul
Before we continue on to day 2, let’s dive into where to stay in Seoul.
I recommend Hongdae which is a lively and safe spot for solo travellers where University students and other travellers hang out.
Hongdae is full of unique cafes, eclectic shops, market stalls, and indie boutiques.
And when it gets dark, Hongdae turns into a lively hub buzzing with live music, street performances, and options for late-night dining and shopping.
Speaking of nightlife – Hongdae doesn’t disappoint. There are countless bars, clubs, and karaoke rooms.
As if that’s not enough, Hongdae’s central location is a major plus, making it super easy to hop on public transport and explore the rest of Seoul.
BUDGET: BUNK GUESTHOUSE (WHERE I STAYED)
⭐ 9.1 out of 10 (821 reviews)
On my trip to Seoul, I stayed at Bunk Guesthouse and had a great experience.
Bunk Guesthouse throws you right into the heart of the action in a central location in Hongdae.
Enjoy cozy common areas that make connecting with other travellers easy. And here’s the cherry on top – they spoil you with free breakfast, an equipped kitchen, and a range of add-on tours to spice up your adventure.
Sure, the guesthouse might wear a few years on its sleeves (and yeah, there might be a quirky smell or two), but you can’t be the location, the price and the hospitality.
And for those who crave a bit more privacy (I totally get it), there are these private rooms with private bathrooms (yep, I went for one) – the best of both worlds, your own cozy space, and the chance to meet other travellers.
“I’ve already written about this hostel and why it’s the best I’ve ever been to in another review. So this one is only about the private room: The beds were comfy and clean, the bathroom spacious, the location quiet on the 2nd floor. There is even a common area in this part of the building to hang out, in addition to the other places (kitchen, rooftop, terrace). I really enjoyed this stay!” – Kim.
MID-RANGE: 9 BRICK HOTEL
⭐ 8.6 out of 10 (606 reviews)
9 Brick Hotel is the crème de la crème for an amazing mid-range stay right in Hongdae.
Tucked just a short 6-minute stroll away from Hongik University Subway Station, 9 Brick Hotel sets the bar high with a cool restaurant and a trendy bar.
As you step into your room, prepare for gorgeous city views. It’s all about comfort with a flat-screen TV, a handy desk, a plush sofa, a fridge to keep things cool, and air conditioning for that perfect temperature.
And oh, the private bathroom? Picture a spa-like retreat complete with a cozy bathrobe, slippers, complimentary toiletries, and a trusty hairdryer.
Now, let’s talk service. The 24-hour front desk at 9 Brick Hotel? They’re not just there; they go the extra mile. Free baggage storage? Check. Valet parking that won’t cost you a penny? Double-check. And if you need anything, the concierge is your go-to for a seamless stay.
“Spacious room, Amazing location, Clean, very good breakfast” – Liza.
Day 2: Bukchon Hanok Village, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwangjang Markets
Grab your comfy shoes and let’s hit the streets for day 2!
Morning: Bukchon Hanok Village and Gyeongbokgung Palace
Start your day with one of my favourite places in Seoul, Bukchon Hanok Village.
From Hongik University station, hop on the Gyeongui Jungang line to Oksu Station. Then change to subway Line 3 (Orange) to head to Anguk Station. From there it’s just a short walk.
As you wander through the streets of the village you’ll be transported to a bygone era, surrounded by traditional Korean houses (hanoks).
Tip! Get up nice and early to skip the crowds and take gorgeous photos of the empty streets.
From there, head to the stunning Gyeongbokgung Palace. Take in the beauty of this historical gem, and be sure to catch the changing of the guard ceremony, which takes place every day at 10 am and 12 pm except on Tuesdays when the palace is closed.
For the ultimate experience, rent a traditional hanbok dress at one of the many rental shops, trust me you won’t be the only one!
Afternoon: Gwangjang Markets
Next, get ready for the ultimate taste of Korean culture and food at Gwangjang Markets. Jump in a 5-10 minute taxi to get to the markets. Don’t worry taxis in South Korea are pretty affordable.
When you arrive dive into the bustling market atmosphere where locals and tourists alike indulge in mouth-watering street food.
Kimbap, bindaetteok, kimchi dumplings and tteokbokki are just a few of the many dishes you can try.
Pro tip: Come hungry and try a bit of everything – you won’t be disappointed! And bring cash!!
Evening: Hongdae Shopping or Nightlife
After a pretty full-on day, let’s unwind in Hongdae so you’re close to your accomodation. If you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, Hongdae has loads of shops that stay open until around 10 pm.
For those feeling the night vibes, explore Hongdae’s nightlife scene. From indie clubs, and trendy bars to rooftop bars, there’s something fun for you tonight.
When you get hungry for dinner I recommend heading to Myth Jakbol to order perfectly cooked pork hock, spicy soup and kimchi.
Day 3: Gangnam & Korean BBQ
Day 2 in Seoul was a whirlwind of culture and flavours, and now, Day 3 is all about shopping and of course more food.
Morning: Starfield Library and COEX Mall in Gangnam
We’ll start the day by heading to Gangnam, known for its upscale and trendy reputation. Plus of course, the district is also known for the song “Gangnam Style” and the iconic dance move featured in the music video.
To get to Gangnam from Hongdae, jump on subway Line 2 from Hongik University Station and after around 50 minutes hop off at Samseong Station.
When you arrive, your first stop is the Gangnam Style Statue which is right outside the COEX Mall. It’s worth a quick stop to get a photo.
Next up, let’s explore the COEX Mall. From luxury brands to quirky boutiques, COEX has it all.
And of course, a visit to COEX Mall isn’t complete without a visit to the iconic Starfield Library a seriously cool library with towering shelves of books.
Just a word of warning, these days it’s more of a tourist attraction than an actual library.
Afternoon: Lunch at Mandujip and explore Kpop Street
Time for a pit stop! Jump back on the subway at Samseong Station and head to Apgujeongrodeo Station (you will need to catch 2 subways).
Alternatively, jump in a quick 5-minute taxi as we’re not going far!
Refuel for lunch at Mandujip, a Michelin-starred restaurant famed for its heavenly dumplings. This was my absolute favourite meal in Seoul, they do one main dish of soup dumplings and they do it well! Just be prepared to wait in line for 10-15mins this place is popular!
After filling your belly with dumplings and kimchi, venture down to K-Pop Street. Dive into the heart of Hallyu culture, surrounded by shops, cafes and statues dedicated to your favourite Korean idols.
Evening: Korean BBQ
What’s a trip to Korea without trying some mouth-watering Korean BBQ? Choose a cozy spot, grill your own meats, and enjoy the rich flavours.
The sizzle, the aroma and the atmosphere– it’s an experience itself.
There are Korean BBQ joints almost everywhere you look in Hongdae so I recommend you just go for a stroll and stop at a place that is packed with people (that means it’s good).
Day 4: DMZ Tour
Welcome to Day 4, where we explore the iconic Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
Morning & Afternoon: DMZ Tour
No trip to Seoul is complete without a visit to the DMZ, a strip of land that has separated North and South Korea for decades.
Join a DMZ tour and get a firsthand look at the Korean War’s history. On the tour, you’ll visit the 3rd Tunnel and the Dora Observatory all whilst learning all about the history of the war from your knowledgeable tour guide.
It’s a truly unique and sobering experience that gives you a glimpse into the ongoing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Make sure to book your tour in advance, as this is a popular and regulated attraction only accessible via a tour guide.
And don’t forget to bring your passport! Before you enter the zone an army officer needs to check your passport.
Evening: Fried Chicken and Beer
After an emotionally charged day, let’s lighten the mood with a classic Korean pairing – fried chicken and beer, also known as “chimaek.”
Head to a local spot, I recommend Chicken in The Kitchen, order a crispy batch of fried chicken and wash it down with a cold beer.
This beloved Korean tradition is the perfect way to unwind and reflect on the day.
Day 5: KTX to Busan & Shop in Seomyeon
Today you’re leaving Seeoul behind and heading to the gorgeous coastal town of Korea, Busan!
Morning: Take a KTX to Busan.
Rise and shine, this morning you’re off to one of my favourite places in South Korea.
The KTX bullet train is the absolute best way to get to Busan from Seoul, taking less than 2 hrs 30 minutes.
I recommend you purchase your tickets online in advance to save having to queue for tickets at the station.
Make sure to arrive at least 20 minutes before your boarding time and bring a good book, headphones and some snacks for the ride!
The KTX train will drop you off at Busan Station. From there jump on Subway Line 1 to get to Seomyeon Station.
Afternoon: Shop in Seomyeon, and explore Coffee Street.
Now that you’ve arrived in Busan, drop your bags at your accommodation and get the lay of the land by strolling through the streets of Seomyeon, where I recommend you stay.
This was the first thing I did on my trip to Busan and it gave me the perfect first glimpse of this trendy city.
Take your time wandering through the streets, exploring hidden gems, and perhaps indulging in some window shopping.
If you’re in need of some caffeine, head to Jeonpo Cafe Street for some hip coffee roasters & arty-themed cafes.
Evening: Visit Wild Cat Brewery.
Tonight, you’re eating some of the tastiest fried chicken and washing it down with a delicious beer.
Head to Wild Cat Brewery, a trendy pub known for its craft beers, beer snacks and pub meals. Trust me the food is delicious here.
Where to Stay in Busan
Choosing where to stay in Busan had me torn between beachy Haeundae and the hip Seomyeon city centre. I went for Seomyeon – right in the heart of all the action and super convenient.
Seomyeon is a transport hub connecting Lines 1 and 2, making getting around a breeze.
As you will only be in Busan for a few days and there is so much to explore, I recommend you also choose to stay in Seomyeon.
Plus trendy vibes are an absolute bonus!
Affordable Hotel in Seomyeon: Shire Hotel (Where I Stayed!)
⭐ 8.2 out of 10 (82 reviews)
Let’s talk about where I stayed in Busan – the Shire Hotel in Seomyeon.
Staying here was excellent value for money. This mid-range hotel is comfortable, convenient, and very affordable, making it an ideal choice for travellers who want to make the most of their Busan journey without spending too much money.
A private room and bathroom for AUD 50 per night, yes, please!
The Shire Hotel is centrally located in Seomyeon with plenty of shops, convenience stores and restaurants within walking distance. Seomyeon station is also around a 10-minute walk from the hotel which is a major plus.
The hotel amenities included bath robes, slippers, toiletries and 2 free coffee vouchers which was a nice treat.
Just a note, the hotel building is on the older side which you will start to notice the more you look, for example, cracks in the tiles etc.
“Great location, friendly staff, super easy check in & check out.” – Samuel.
Luxury Hotel in Seomyeon: Lotte Hotel Busan
⭐ 8.6 out of 10 (1287 reviews)
Get ready for a taste of the high life at the glamorous Lotte Hotel Busan, where it’s all about celebrity treatment and excellent service.
Lotte Hotel is a mere 5-minute stroll from the Seomyeon Subway Station and here’s the kicker – you can step directly into the hotel through an underground shopping arcade from Seomyeon Subway Station.
What’s on the menu for your stay? How about an on-site duty-free store boasting over 200 luxury brands, a department store, and even a movie theatre for your entertainment pleasure?
If that’s not enough, dive into the indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, and fitness centre at the Fitness Club.
The rooms at Busan Lotte Hotel are spacious, air-conditioned, and decked out with modern comforts. You’ll also find free WiFi, goose-down blankets, and complimentary toiletries.
Hungry for more? La Seine serves up a buffet breakfast, while the hotel’s various restaurants cater to your cravings with Japanese, Chinese, and Korean cuisines.
And swing by The Lounge on the ground floor for some desserts and cocktails.
“Beautiful hotel with a great location, very close to the subway station. Professional, polite, smiling staff helping you with everything and literally everywhere. Super clean, spacious, clean room with everything you need. Exceptional view! Breakfast at the club lounge was excellent. Luxury hotel, great hospitality, absolutely recommended.” – Katalin.
Day 6: Gamcheon Culture Village & Nampodong
I hope you had a good sleep the night before because today you’re getting a real taste of Busan.
This was my favourite day when I was in Busan and I think you will also love what’s in store.
Morning: Explore Gamcheon Culture Village
This morning you are heading on a colourful journey through the Gamcheon Culture Village, one of my favourite places in Busan!
From Seomyeon, take the Busan Metro Line 1 from Seomyeon Station to Toseong Station.
Take exit 6 which is signposted towards Gamcheon Culture Village and then turn right up the main road at the exit.
The road will take you up towards the Busan University Hospital and then you’ll see a bus stop, it’s the first one you come across on this road and you will likely see other tourists there.
Many buses leave from here but you need to get either Bus 2, Bus 2-2, or Bus 1-1 to Gamcheon Culture Village. The buses are little green minibuses.
Make sure to have your T Money Card ready as some buses won’t take catch.
Tip: Google Maps will tell you to walk 1km from the station to Gamechon Culture Village. I would not recommend it at all. The walk has very steep hills and is not worth wasting your energy.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi for a quicker ride straight up the hill.
When you arrive, take some photos from the main lookout before strolling the colourful alleys, and searching for gorgeous murals.
Afternoon: Visit Nampodong
Next up take bus 1-1 back to Toseong Station where you’ll explore Jaglachi Fish Market. Hop on Busan Metro Line 1 from Toseong Station to Jagalachi Station.
Now it’s time to dive into Busan’s maritime culture at the markets, savouring fresh seafood and absorbing the culturally rich atmosphere. Sample Busan’s freshest catches, from sashimi to grilled fish, and don’t miss the iconic hoe (raw fish) that the market is famous for.
Make sure to explore both the indoor and outdoor sections of the market and prepare to get your steps up, there is loads of market to cover.
From Jagalachi Fish Market, BIFF Square is within walking distance on our way to the next destination.
BIFF Square is a hub for shopping and entertainment. You can window shop, people watch and experience the film-themed attractions that the square is known for.
And finally, our lost stop in Nampo Dong is Busan Tower (walking distance from BIFF Square) for insane views of Busan.
I was hesitant as it is a little on the pricey side, but trust me the views are like no other. You will see the colourful cultural villages, the ocean and the uniform city buildings.
To return to Seomyeon, simply retrace your steps using the Busan Metro Line 1.
Evening: Enjoy a seafood dinner.
Since today’s been all about seafood, why not finish the day off strong with a delicious seafood feast?
Head to Gaemijip Seomyeon for a Busan seafood stew that’s jam-packed with flavour.
Day 7: Haeundae Beach & Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Day 3 of your Busan adventure is all about relaxation, culture, and nature as you explore Haeundae Beach and Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.
Here’s how to make the most of your day.
Morning: Relax on Haeundae Beach
First up we’re relaxing by Haeunde Beach. From Seomyeon Station take the Busan Metro Line 2 to Haeundae Station.
The journey typically takes around 30-40 minutes and once you exit the station, it’s a short walk to the beach.
Haeunde Beach is the perfect place to unwind, lay in the sun, or take a walk along the shore. You’ll also find beachfront cafes where you can grab a cup of coffee and some breakfast with a view of the sea.
Afternoon: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
When you’re done at the beach hop on bus 1001 to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
After 20 minutes, get off at Dongbusan Tourist complex and walk 750m uphill to the temple.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a unique coastal temple perched on the cliffs overlooking the sea. It’s so beautiful and there is quite a bit to explore so I do recommend you make the journey to visit it.
To return to Seomyeon, hop on bus 1001 at the bottom of the hill of the temple. Get off at Haunde Station and walk to the subway station. Then jump on Busan Line 2 to Seomyeon Station.
Evening: Enjoy a night in!
And that concludes week one of the 10 days in South Korea itinerary. By now you will likely be pretty exhausted and perhaps wanting to ease up on the spending.
Tonight, grab some takeaway and have a night in or perhaps explore local eateries. Or why not head to a convenience store to grab some instant noodles and kimchi for a cheap and cheerful meal?
Just a word of warning Korean instant noodles are insanely spicy so choose wisely!
Wanting to stay longer in Busan? Check out my 5 days in Busan itinerary.
Day 8: Travel to Jeju Island & Manjanggul Cave
Today, we’re jetting off to Jeju Island, where nature takes centre stage.
Catch that early flight to Jeju Island from Busan so you can spend the afternoon at Manjanggul Cave.
Morning: Fly to Jeju Island
Jump in a 10-minute taxi to Gimhae International Airport or ride subway Line 2 from Seomyeon Station to Sasang Station and transfer to the Light Rail line to Gimhae International Airport.
Yes, Gimhae services domestic flights!
The flight is only around 1 hr so you’ll be in Jeju before you know it.
As you will only be in Jeju for a few days and the attractions are quite spread out, I recommend you hire a car.
Rentalcars.com, a car rental aggregator is my go-to for securing the best car rental rates and the most comprehensive range of vehicles.
When you touch down, pick up your car, drive to your hotel, drop off your bags and put a change of clothes on.
Afternoon: Manjanggul Cave and Lava Tube Adventure
This afternoon we’re diving straight into the island’s underground wonders.
Drive around 50 minutes to the Manjanggul Cave and its Lava Tube. Wonder through the cool, dimly lit passages, taking in the intricate formations created by ancient lava flows.
It’s like stepping into another world – a natural masterpiece sculpted over centuries.
Pro tip: Wear comfortable shoes!
Evening: Unwind and Local Exploration
As the sun sets, it’s time to unwind and soak in the local vibes. Jeju is more than just stunning landscapes; it’s full of local life waiting to be discovered.
Wander through the charming streets, perhaps stumbling upon a quaint café or a hidden gem of a shop.
And here’s where Jeju truly shines – its local cuisine. Whether it’s a cozy seafood eatery or a tucked-away barbecue spot, see what jumps out at you as you wander around.
Pro tip: Ask locals for recommendations; they always know the best spots!
Where to Stay in Jeju Island
Let’s chat about why Seogwipo City is THE spot to soak in all the goodness of Jeju Island.
In Seogwipo rise and shine with a front-row seat to ocean views – yeah its coastal charm is perfect for ending your trip on a high.
You’re not just in any old spot; you’re right smack in the middle of nature, surrounded by loads of greenery and Jeju’s jaw-dropping wonders.
Plus, it’s not one of those places where you need to travel far to see the cool stuff – it’s all right there, practically at your doorstep.
Affordable Guesthouse Seogwipo: Good Day Pension
⭐ 9.1 out of 10 (313 reviews)
Good Day Pension is a fantastic pocket-friendly stay just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the dreamy southern shore of Jeju Island.
Imagine this: a cozy townhouse-style holiday home, just a breezy 10-minute drive from the iconic Cheonjiyeon Waterfall. And here’s the cherry on top – it won’t break the bank!
Now, let’s talk about your cozy abode. Each holiday home is complete with a private balcony for those morning coffees.
Cook up a storm in your own full kitchen, enjoy meals in a charming dining area, and catch your favourite shows on the flat-screen TV. It’s all about comfort and simplicity.
Feeling like a BBQ? Good news – you can rent barbecue facilities for a feast in the shared garden. And did I mention the complimentary continental breakfast? Yep, it’s served in the shared lounge on the ground floor.
There is on-site private parking too.
And let’s not forget the perks of the location – a mere 300 meters from the southern shore, a quick drive to Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, and, oh, did someone say beach time? Jungmun Beach is just a 30-minute drive away.
So, if you’re after a comfy stay without breaking the bank, Good Day Pension is waving hello.
“Location is absolutely amazing. Every room has a gorgeous view and the pension is just a short walk away from waves crashing along the cliffside. The owners were very sweet and helpful when my family missed our flight and needed last-minute date changes. Our room was equipped with AC and a dehumidifier which was perfect for the summer heat and humidity. There’s also a fun downtown area nearby with plenty of food options. It’s a bit of a walk (25min) but just a couple minutes by car or taxi.” – Ashley.
Luxury Villa Seogwipo: Bayhill Pool & Villa
⭐ 9 out of 10 (177 reviews)
Bayhill Pool & Villa is the ultimate luxury coastal stay. Book your own slice of paradise with rooms boasting private terraces and ocean views. And wait for it – some rooms even come with a private pool or a spa bath. I know, right?
Now, let’s talk spaces. The rooms are modern with floor-to-ceiling windows letting in the island sun. Feel free to raid the minibar because it’s on the house, and there’s a cute kitchenette to whip up some food.
Movie night, anyone?
The flat-screen TV and cozy seating area have got you covered.
And now, let’s talk food. Narnia Restaurant is the real deal. Start your day with an American or local breakfast. For lunch and dinner, they’re dishing out Western cuisine that’ll make you keep coming back for me.
And guess what?
The café is a cozy spot for warm drinks and the bar. Oh, it’s filled with wines and liquors.
There is also an outdoor pool and free parking which is great since you’ll be driving.
“The place is a wonderful, modern and friendly small-sized complex with very kind and helpful staff. The room is good with complimentary drinks in the fridge. The restaurant Narnia is an absolute must! We had dinner there twice because of the quality of food and wine. Bayhill and Pool is the place to be if you don’t want to go to the mega huge 4-5 star hotels in the Jungmun area, like Parnas and Marriot. We visited those to compare, but we were very with our choice of Bayhill.” – Pierter.
Day 9: Hike Seongsan Ilchulbong & Jungmun Saekdal Beach
On day 9 of this South Korea itinerary in 10 days, get ready for an early morning hike followed by an afternoon at Jungmun Saekdal Beach or an attraction of your choice.
Morning: Hike up Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak.
We’re kicking off the day with an energy boost – a hike up the legendary Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak.
Enjoy the journey to the top, there are loads of gorgeous views on the way.
Trust me, the summit is worth every step. The air, the views, the feeling of conquering that peak – it’s an epic start to the day.
Tip! Get up early to catch the sunrise of the summit for even more magical views.
Afternoon: Visit nearby attractions or relax on Jungmun Saekdal Beach
Post-hike, we’ve got options – because flexibility is the name of our game on Jeju Island.
For the explorers, nearby attractions await such as Yackshusan Temple and Gimnyeong Maze Park.
But if your inner beach bum is calling or you simply want to relax after the hike, Jungmun Saekdal Beach is the place to go. Feel the sand between your toes, go for a swim, and maybe even catch a nap under the Jeju sun.
It’s your afternoon, your way.
Evening: Explore local cuisine.
By now you’re probably pretty hungry so this evening you’re diving into some Jeju cuisine. From sizzling street food to hearty traditional meals, the local eateries are a flavour fiesta.
Think fresh seafood by the sea breeze, aromatic stews that warm the soul, and desserts that are pure sweetness.
Explore the vibrant food scene and maybe even try a dish you can’t pronounce – that’s the real Jeju experience!
Day 10: Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, Hallasan National Park & Hamdeok Beach
And finally, we’ve reached day 10 of this South Korea itinerary!
End your trip with a bang as you visit Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, Hallasan National Park, Hamdeok Beach and The Cliff Cafe and Bar.
Morning: Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls and Hallasan National Park
We’re starting our final day with a double dose of natural wonders.
First up, the Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls – a trio of cascading falls surrounded by the jungle. Cheonjeyeon is made up of three waterfall sections, expect the round-trip trail to the three waterfalls to be right around 1 mile / 1.6 km in length.
You can’t actually swim in the falls but don’t worry there is plenty of time for that later at Hamdeok beach.
From the falls, let’s drive to Hallasan National Park, one of the most popular attractions in Jeju Island. At its centre is South Korea’s highest peak, called Halla or Hallasan.
In the park, you can explore dense forests, alpine meadows, and volcanic formations. There are also trails for every explorer, leading to the summit.
Afternoon: Hamdeok Beach
Post-mountain, we’re heading to Hamdeok Beach to relax.
The beach is well known for its soft, golden sands and clear blue waters, creating a beautiful setting that attracts both locals and tourists alike.
The calm and shallow waters make Hamdeok Beach an ideal spot for swimming or simply relaxing on the shores.
Evening: Enjoy your last night at The Cliff Jeju
Tonight we’re wrapping up our Jeju adventure with some fun at The Cliff Jeju.
The Cliff Cafe and Bar is a place where you can enjoy a variety of cocktails and beers, a selection of appetizers and food, and of course stunning views of the edge of Jeju.
The Cliff also often has live music, entertainment and DJs so if you stick around why not dance the night away? After all, it is the last day of your incredible adventure!
FAQs: 10 Days in South Korea Itinerary
Moving onto some commonly asked questions regarding this 10 days in South Korea itinerary.
Are 10 days enough for South Korea?
Absolutely! In 10 days, you’re in for a fantastic journey through the diverse landscapes and vibrant culture of South Korea.
You can kick off in the bustling heart of Seoul, explore the coastal wonders of Busan, and bask in the natural beauty of Jeju Island.
While you won’t see every nook and cranny, you’ll get a fantastic taste of what makes South Korea so extraordinary.
Should I go to Jeju or Busan?
Ah, the coastal showdown of Jeju and Busan!
Busan brings an excellent mix of city vibes with a side of beachy bliss, while Jeju is an island paradise with waterfalls and volcanic wonders.
In Busan, the city Seomyeon pulses with life – think loads of shops, modern architecture, and diverse food.
And then, just a hop, skip, and a jump away, you’ve got beaches, like Haeundae and Gwangalli, perfect for kicking back and soaking up the sun.
Jeju’s slower pace on the other hand lets you explore hidden gems like Gimnyeong Maze Park or unwind on picturesque beaches like Jungmun Saekdal. Nature truly takes centre stage on a trip to Jeju. It is also known as one of the safest places in South Korea.
Ultimately it depends on what you’re after – city adventures or island escapades.
Can’t really go wrong with either!
Should I go to Jeju or Seoul first?
It boils down to what you’re looking for. If you’re eager for a blend of tradition, modernity, and a city adventure, kick off your trip to Seoul.
On the other hand, if you’re leaning towards a trip with gorgeous landscapes, waterfalls, and a slower pace, Jeju Island is the way to go.
Still can’t decide, consider flipping a coin, or better yet, let your gut lead the way. Either choice is a win!
Should I spend more time in Seoul or Busan?
The million-dollar question!
Both Seoul and Busan bring their own unique flavor to the table and I loved visiting both. Seoul, with its bustling streets and rich history, is a sensory overload of culture and modernity.
Meanwhile, Busan offers coastal vibes, sandy beaches, and a more laid-back atmosphere.
Split your time between the two right in the middle.
That way, you get the best of both worlds – the dynamic city energy and the refreshing coastal breeze.
If you’ve got an uneven number of days to spend, I would suggest spending 1 more day in Seoul.
In the end, it’s all about finding that perfect balance in your South Korean adventure!
What month is the cheapest to fly to Korea?
The cheapest month to fly to Korea can vary based on several factors, including the time of year, holidays, and airline promotions. Generally speaking, you may find lower airfares during the shoulder seasons, which are the periods between the peak and off-peak seasons.
In South Korea, the peak seasons are typically during late spring (April to June) and fall (September to November) when the weather is good. The winter months (December to February) might also see increased travel due to winter sports.
If you’re looking for the most budget-friendly options, consider planning your trip during the off-peak seasons, such as late winter (February and March) or early fall (September).
Keep in mind that prices can also be influenced by factors like major holidays, special events, and current global travel conditions.
To get the best deals, I recommend you monitor airline prices, set fare alerts, and be flexible with your travel dates. Additionally, booking in advance or being open to mid-week flights can sometimes result in more affordable fares.
The Wrap-Up: South Korea Itinerary 10 Days
And there you have it, a whirlwind 10 days in South Korea! From the moment you touched down in Seoul to the serene shores of Jeju Island, we’ve covered it all.
Day 1 kicked off our adventure in Seoul which included Bukchon Hanok Village, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gangnam, and of course the DMZ.
Then, a swift KTX ride brought us to the coastal charms of Busan, where shopping in Seomyeon and the colourful Gamcheon Culture Village stole the show. We then visited Haeundae Beach and the stunning Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.
And finally, to end the trip we visited Jeju Island to explore Manjanggul Cave, hike up Seongsan Ilchulbong, explore Hallasan National Park, and relax by the gorgeous Hamdeok Beach.
Each day was packed with history, culture, food and natural beauty. I hope you enjoy South Korea as much as I did.
Until next time, safe travels!
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