The app gives departure and arrival schedules, travel time, and fare. It even suggests which car you should be in for faster transfer and which door you should be near for faster exit.
Gangnam to Myeongdong
South Korea Itinerary and Expenses for Budget 2019
|South Korea Itinerary for 3 Days|
|Conversion: KRW1000 ~ Php50|
|Time Zone: GMT + 9 (Korean Time is 1 hour advanced compared to Philippine Time, e.g. 7 am in KR is 6 am in PH)|
|12:00:00 PM||Heavy Lunch. Take out snacks. Php250|
|03:10:00 PM||ETD to Incheon from NAIA 3|
|09:10:00 PM||ETA at Incheon Airport (21:10 Korea Time)|
|Buy T-money card for easy transpo transfers. Get free maps at the airport.|
|Take AREX commuter train to Seoul station (12 stops, Last trip: 11:30 pm). Transfer to Blue line from Seoul to Myeongdong station (2 stops, Last trip: 12:40 am). Travel time: 1 hr 25 minutes, Discounted total fare on T-money Card: KRW4950 ~ Php250|
|11:00:00 PM||Check in at Namsan Gil House. Take Myeongdong station exit 3, go right at the intersection uphill|
|Dinner at Myeongdong where stores close very late. (Estimated Dinner: KRW10k each)|
|Estimated Expenses: Php1,000|
|06:30:00 AM||Visit Heo Joon Jae’s house exterior near Airbnb House. Turn right after passing Pacific Hotel from Myeongdong Station exit 3 and walk straight up to Sogong-ro 4 Gil St. Door is near the passage way to the Namsan Tower.|
|07:15:00 AM||Go back to Airbnb house to eat breakfast.|
|07:45:00 AM||Visit Han Gang Park and Han River. Take train to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park station (2 stops), transfer to Purple line for Yeouinaru station Exit 2 or 3 (9 stops, Total Fare: KRW1250, Travel time: 30 minutes), and just walk towards Han Gang Park. KRW1250 (Legend of the Blue Sea filming site).|
|09:00:00 AM||Go back to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park (DHCP) Exit 10 (9 stops, KRW1250, 17 minutes) to wait for the bus for Klook Tour Package (Nami Island, Petite France, Gapyeong Railbike, Garden of the Morning Calm) (P4200 each).|
|09:45:00 AM||Wait for bus at Dongdaemun H and CP station exit 10 in front of APM Place. Bus departs at 10:10 am.|
|11:20:00 AM||Arrive at Petite France|
|12:10:00 PM||Leave for Nami Island|
|12:20:00 PM||Arrive Nami Island. Lunch. Stroll around. You can rent a bike for one hour (KRW8k)|
|03:20:00 PM||Leave for Railbike Station|
|03:50:00 PM||Arrive at Railbike station|
|05:30:00 PM||Leave for Garden of the Morning Calm|
|06:10:00 PM||Arrive at Garden of the Morning Calm|
|07:40:00 PM||Leave for Seoul|
|08:40:00 PM||Arrive at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park. Dinner (KRW10k). Walk around Dongdaemun Market and stores.|
|10:00:00 PM||Visit Hakrim Coffee. Take Hyehwa station exit 2 (one station from Dongdaemun, Travel time: 2 minutes, KRW1250). Cross the traffic light and Hakrim should be in front. Open til 12mn. (My Love from the Star’s Do Min Joon tea house filming site) – Closed when we arrived at past 11 pm so we just visited its neighbor cafe. 🙂|
|Go back to Myeongdong from Hyehwa Station (4 stations, KRW1250, Travel time: 8 minutes)|
|Estimated Expenses: Php5400.00|
|07:30:00 AM||Eat free breakfast|
|08:00:00 AM||Leave Myeongdong for Everland. Klook Entrance Fee: ~P1500|
|Myeongdong to Chungmuro (1 stop). Transfer to Orange line for Seoul University station (9 stops). Transfer to Green line for Gangnam station (1 stop). Travel time: 32 min. KRW1350. Take Exit 10 and go to the bus stop for the shuttle to Everland at KRW3200 each. Board Bus # 5002.|
Enjoy Everland. Make sure to ride the T-Express, Hurricane, Columbus Adventure, and Double Rock Spin.
|04:00:00 PM||Leave Everland to make it in time for the Nanta Show in Myeongdong. Queue at the free shuttle from Everland to parking lot. Board Bus number 5002 to Gangnam(KRW3200). Take train back to Myeongdong (Gangnam to Seoul University to Chungmuro to Myeongdong, KRW1350, Travel time: 32 minutes)|
|06:30:00 PM||Dinner at Myeongdong Kyoja (Best kalguksu and mandu in the city). Take exit 8 at Myeongdong station, turn left immediately at first alley and walk for 5 minutes, Myeongdong Kyoja is at the right side. KRW7500 each.|
|07:30:00 PM||Head to Myeongdong Nanta Theatre. Take Myeongdong Station Exit 6. Go straight for 300m along Myeongdong 8 gil St. Turn left in front of Woori Bank, the theatre is 100m ahead on the left. (Klook entrance fee: ~P1200)|
|10:00:00 PM||Visit Shinsegae Mall. Take Myeongdong Station exit 4 and walk straight for 5 minutes. (Also filming site for Legend of the Blue Sea). Stroll around Myeongdong/Dongdaemun.|
|Estimated Expenses: Php4000.00|
|07:30:00 AM||Eat free breakfast|
|08:00:00 AM||Check out and leave things at Airbnb house.|
|08:30:00 AM||Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace. Don’t forget to take a photo wearing the Guard’s Costume for free. (Entrance: KRW3,000). Myeongdong station to Chungmuro station (1 stop). Transfer to the Orange line to Gyeongbokgung station, take Exit 5 and walk straight. (4 stops). Travel time: 15 minutes, Fare: KRW1250|
|09:45:00 AM||Witness and never miss the Changing of the Guards at 10 am. Be at the Gwanghamun gate by 9:45 am.|
|11:00:00 AM||Visit the traditional houses at Bukchon Hanok Village near the palaces. Walk from the palace. It’s near exit 3 of Anguk Station. KRW1250|
|12:00:00 PM||Lunch at Mukshidonna at Bukchon Hanok Village (KRW15k each). Walk and ask around. It’s near Anguk Station exit 1. Go right towards Olive Young. At the end of the street, take right to the next street next to Pungmoon Girls’ School. Go straight up the street and before CU convenience store at the end of the small alley is Mukshidonna.|
|12:30:00 PM||Visit Chonggyecheon Stream.|
Take the train from Gyeongbokgung Station (2 stops) or Anguk Station (1 stop) to Jongno 3(sam)-ga station.
|You can stroll around Dongdaemun Market (walk through Ogansugyo Bridge to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park from Chonggyecheon stream for 5 min) and Myeongdong before going back to Airbnb house for N Seoul Tower|
Visit N Seoul Tower / Namsan Tower.
Take the train from Gwanghamun station to Jongno 3(sam)-ga station (1 stop). Transfer to the Orange Line for Chungmuro station. (2 stops). Transfer to the Blue line to Myeongdong station (1 stop). Travel time: 19 minutes, Total Fare: KRW1250 ~ Php57.
Take Myeongdong station Exit 3 and turn right after passing Pacific Hotel and walk straight up to Sogong-ro 4 Gil St. for the passage way to the Namsan Tower Cable Car (Roundtrip: KRW9500).
Leave for Incheon Airport. Dinner after check-in.
Take train from Myeongdong station to Seoul sation (2 stops). Transfer to AREX commuter train to Incheon Airport station (12 stops). Travel time: 1 hr 25 minutes, Discounted total fare on T-money Card: KRW4150 ~ Php200
ETD to Cebu Mactan Airport. ETA Cebu Next Day 1:40 AM
|Estimated Expenses: P2,000.00|
Estimated Expenses for 3 Days: Php12,400
South Korea Trip Notes
Navigate easily around South Korea using their subway by downloading the Subway Korea app.
We already paid for our air fare, accommodation, tour package and admission tickets before we traveled for this trip. See complete list below. Click each highlighted item to book or know the details.
3 nights in Myeongdong, Seoul at Namsan Gil House
Tour Package on Day 2
Theater Show on Day 2
Manila to Incheon via Cebu Pacific
Incheon to Cebu via Cebu Pacific
The following will also be essential for your DIY itinerary.
- Google Maps for real time navigation would be very useful.
- You’ll be surprised how easy it is to learn Hangeul (a self-study will do!). No frills, one character – one pronunciation (just like Tagalog and so unlike English). The exciting part is familiarizing the characters and their matching pronunciations.
- That said, it would be more helpful if you at least know how to read Hangeul to be able to read the signs. Well, even if you don’t, you’ll still surely enjoy South Korea. 🙂
Travel Tips From Yours Truly
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