Seoul Free and Easy
"Seoul Free & Easy- Not that difficult at all!"
When I told my friends I'll be going for F&E Seoul with my husband, they usually ask me the same questions :"Do you know how to speak Korean?" "How can you find your way around??" "F&E Seoul will be difficult cos the Koreans don't speak much English"etc etc.
Well, with good preparation, I must say, Seoul F&E is not at all difficult!!! Especially if you know Chinese language, finding your way around Seoul or asking for product recommendations in most of the Korean retail shops is actually easy! Hence, I would like to hereby share with you my F&E Seoul tour and would still recommend F&E in Seoul.
Overall, my Seoul trip was only quite ok, not exactly fanstastic. This was due to serveral reasons. It was cold and so we were burdened with thick clothings. We covered only the Seoul city area and hence did not see extremely scenic locations. I didn't get to buy any clothes as all the shops sell only winter clothings (I'm from Singappore where Winter never visits). :D So, if I were to visit South Korea again (which I definitely WILL), I will visit Seoul mainly for the shopping but also plan to visit other more rural, scenic towns/provinces out of Seoul.
"My Itinerary (Seoul F&E) (17th Nov - 21st Nov)"
This is how my Itinerary looked like:
DAY 1: Airport - Hotel - Gyeongbokgung - Samcheongdong St - Isadong
Airport: Tourist Information Center - Location: beside Gate "A" and "F" . Hrs: 7:00 a.m. ~ 10:00 p.m.
Incheon Airport Information Center - Location: 1st floor, in front of Gate "F", or east and west of Gate "F" 3rd floor - at the center of the airport, or beside counters "C" and "F" or east and west of the departure platform (Get broucheres/ Maps)
Phone rental -S roaming Located between gate No.6 and No.7 / gate No.10 and No.11 on the 1st floor of the passenger terminal.
Transportation: No. 6015 limousine bus (10.000 won) to Sejong Hotel (Myeong-dong) from the airport. Boarding area at Gate 5B or 12A (1st floor) at the airport. Walk to Astoria Hotel (The hotel I stayed)
Astoria Hotel Seoul 13-2, Namhak-dong, Jung-gu
Look for GS25 convenience store- Buy T-Money cards (Their subway concession cards)
Gyeongbokgung: W3000 for adult
From Exit No. 5 of Gyeongbokgung Subway Station, walk 5 minutes.
Isadong: Nearest Subway - Exit 6 Anguk Station 328 (line 3). Shopping at Ssamziegil etc.
DAY 2: Mt Namsan N seoul Tower + Teddy bear Museum - Myeongdong
N Seoul Tower (Starts at 10 am) Belt-line Bus (Yellow Bus No. 2) outside Astoria Hotel.
Teddy bear Museum: N Lobby 8000won
Myeongdong - SHOPPING!!!
DAY 3:Lotte Duty Free shop - Namdaemum Market- Jijimbang
Lotte Duty Free shop (opens at 9.30am) located in Lotte Shopping Mall at Myeongdong.
Namdaemum Market: Exit 5 Hoehyeon Station. Major shopping mall: Shinsegae
Silloam Formentation Spa 9,000 won Seoul station at exit 5 across the street.
Dongdaemum: Doota, hello apM etc
Take number 2 line to Dongdaemun 421 Station and come out of exit #1. You will see the grand conglomeration of wholesalers known as Dongdaemun Market. The main street divides Dongdaemun Market into two sections. Section 1 is on the side where Doosan Tower is found, and Section 2 is on the side of Dongdaemun Stadium. Huge shopping malls in Section 1 basically sell wholesale and retail goods, but mostly deal with general customers and tourists at retail prices. Shopping malls in Section 2 sell goods both in wholesale and retail, but mainly sell in bulk.
DAY 4: Hongik Uni (Flea Market) - Dongdaemum
Hongik Uni (Flea Market)By subway - Hongik Univ. Station (Subway line No.2), Exit No.6. The Hope Market (Sundays) and Free Market (Saturdays) are open from about 1pm to 7pm on weekend afternoons.
Dongdaemum: Doota, hello apM etc
Take number 2 line to Dongdaemun 421 Station, exit #1.
21st Nov: Last minute shopping Airport