5-Day South Korea Itinerary

Updated June 10, 2019
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My South Korea trip was sort of a really long layover before I went to Japan. I designed my trip that way so I could fit as many destinations into my 17-day vacation. I wanted to include Taiwan as well but the time was just not enough, so I went there separately later that year (click here for my Taiwan itinerary). I was in South Korea for about 5 nights and 5 days. The first night was my arrival at Busan and the 5th Day was my flight to Osaka.

This itinerary had a really strict budget, I only ate at legit Korean restaurants about once or twice a day. Mostly, I had my breakfast at fast-food joints or 7-Eleven.

First night in Busan

First night in Busan

Day 0

  • Flight 5J184 from Manila to Busan
  • Check in at Busan Party Guesthouse
  • Explore Nampodong Area
Exiting the subway escalator

Exiting the subway escalator

Day 1

  • Ride the metro to Centum City Station
  • Walk to Busan Cinema Center
  • Buy a ticket to any movie available for Busan International Film Festival
  • Walk around the area while waiting for the scheduled movie
  • Watch the movie (I got a ticket to The Together Project)
  • Ride the metro to Toseong Station
  • Take Bus 2 or 2-2
  • Arrive at Gamcheon Cultural Village
  • Explore the village
  • Take the bus back to Toseong Station then metro to Jagalchi Station
  • Explore the Gwangbok-ro area
  • Yongdusan Park
Panoramic view of Gamcheon Cultural Village

Panoramic view of Gamcheon Cultural Village

Yongdusan Park at night

Yongdusan Park at night

Day 2

  • Check out of guesthouse
  • Take metro to Nopo Station and walk to Busan Central Bus Terminal
  • Ride a bus to Seoul
  • Arrive at Seoul Express Bus Terminal
  • Take metro to Jongno 5-ga Station
  • Walk and check-in to Seoul Guesthouse
  • Walk to Myeongdong
  • Exchange money
  • Try street-food
  • Window shopping
Shopping street at Myeongdong

Shopping street at Myeongdong

Cheap Korean/Japanese/Chinese Eatery at Myeongdong

Cheap Korean/Japanese/Chinese Eatery at Myeongdong

Day 3

  • Bukchon Hanok
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Take the metro to Hyehwa Station
  • Walk to Ihwa Mural Village
  • Explore the hilltop village
  • Gwangjang Market
Me at Bukchon Hanok Village

Me at Bukchon Hanok Village

Gate of Gyeongbokgung

Gate of Gyeongbokgung

Day 4

  • Take the metro to Myeongdong Station
  • Cable car to namsan tower
  • Explore Namsan Park
  • Watch a cultural performance at the park
  • Explore Myeongdong again for souvenirs
  • Explore Gwancheol-dong area
Cable car to Namsan Park, with the N Seoul Tower at the back

Cable car to Namsan Park, with the N Seoul Tower at the back

Day 5

  • Check out early
  • Ride the first bus to Incheon International Airport
  • Take flight MM12 from Incheon to Osaka
Gwancheol-dong area

Gwancheol-dong area

Breakdown of Expenses

Manila to Busan FlightPHP 2,699.00Cebu Pacific
Busan Party GuesthousePHP 1,097.242 Nights
Dorm
Busan to Seoul BusPHP 1,200Estimated cost
Seoul GuesthousePHP 1,400.003 Nights
Dorm
Seoul to Osaka FlightPHP 3,605.38Peach Aviation
Pocket MoneyPHP 8,800.00Estimate
TOTALPHP 18,800.00Estimate total budget

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