The tourist attractions included in this itinerary

Why Kimchiman recommends:

Embark on a cultural odyssey, exploring the treasures of the National Museum of Korea, strolling through the picturesque Yeouido Park, indulging in the vibrant atmosphere of Itaewon, and savoring the freshest catches at the renowned Noryangjin Fish Market.

The Route

National Museum of Korea
National Museum of Korea

1. National Museum of Korea

Immerse yourself in the rich history and artistry of Korea at the National Museum of Korea, where captivating exhibits showcase the country’s cultural heritage and ancient treasures.

National Museum of Korea
National Museum of Korea

2. National Hangeul Museum

Discover the fascinating origins and evolution of the Korean alphabet, Hangeul, at the National Hangeul Museum, a testament to the beauty and significance of the written language.

National Hangeul Museum
National Hangeul Museum
  • Subway: Take exit 2 of Ichon Station, Line 4 (sky blue line) and Gyeongui Jungang Line (aqua blue line), then proceed straight for 400m. The museum will be on your left.
  • Address: 139, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04383, Republic of Korea
  • Opening Hours:
    • Tuesday to Friday, Sunday & Holidays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Saturday & Culture Day: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Closed on Mondays and Lunar New Year. If Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be closed on the following Tuesday.
    • Admission: Free of Charge
  • Free Language Guide Service:
    • English: Wednesday at 13:00
    • Chinese: Thursday at 13:00
    • Japanese: Friday at 13:00
    • For guided tour reservations, please call:
    • English: 02-2124-6294
    • Chinese: 02-2124-6295
    • Japanese: 02-2124-6296
  • Digital Exhibition Guide (Mobile Exhibition Guide Application: Search for “National Hangeul Museum” at the Play Store or App Store and install the application. Use the application to scan QR codes and NFC tags in the exhibitions for specific information on designated objects.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

3. War Memorial of Korea

Pay homage to the heroes and learn about Korea’s tumultuous past at the War Memorial of Korea, a poignant tribute to the country’s struggles and resilience.

War Memorial of Korea
War Memorial of Korea
  • Subway: Take exit 12 of Samgakji Station, Line 4 (sky blue line) and Line 6 (brown line).
  • Address: 29, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04353, Republic of Korea
  • Opening Hours:
    • 09:00-18:00 (Entrance closes at 17:30)
    • Closed every Monday. If Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be closed on the following Tuesday.
  • Admission: Free of Charge
  • Free Language Guide Service: English – 10:00-11:00 & 14:00-15:00
  • Tip: After your visit to the museum, take a leisurely walk to Nosapyeong Station on the brown line. Along the way, you can explore the picturesque Gyeongnidan-gil street, known for its international cuisine. This street leads all the way to Itaewon, offering a diverse dining experience.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 2 hours

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Itaewon Area
Itaewon Area

4. Gyeongnidan-gil

Wander through the charming streets of Gyeongnidan-gil, a trendy neighborhood adorned with hip cafes, boutique shops, and a vibrant atmosphere.

  • Subway: Take exit 1 of Noksapyeong Station, Line 6 (brown line), and cross the overpass to reach the street. Alternatively, you can use exit 2 of the same station and take the underpass to the other end.
  • Info: In this area, you’ll find a diverse range of international cuisines prepared by talented chefs from their respective countries. Additionally, Korean individuals who have studied or worked abroad have opened their own restaurants here, adding to the multicultural dining scene.
  • Explore: Escape the bustle of Itaewon by visiting this area. With its relaxed and serene ambiance, it’s perfect for some quiet time.
  • Tip: Take a leisurely 10-minute walk to Itaewon, as Noksapyeong and Itaewon are conveniently located right next to each other.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour.

5. Itaewon

Immerse yourself in the diverse and cosmopolitan ambiance of Itaewon, a melting pot of cultures offering international cuisine, trendy boutiques, and bustling nightlife.

  • Subway: Take exit 1, 2, 3, or 4 of Itaewon Station, Line 6 (brown line).
  • Info: In Itaewon, you’ll find a vibrant multicultural atmosphere with signs and staff members fluent in English and other languages. It’s renowned for its diverse dining options, including popular brunch spots, exotic restaurants, and a wide range of international goods from around the world.
  • Experience: Embark on a shopping spree along Itaewon Shopping Street, and dive into the lively Itaewon Market. Savour a mix of Korean and international cuisines, while keeping in mind that dining here can be pricier than other parts of Korea.
  • Tip: For another exciting adventure, consider exploring Antique Street as part of your itinerary. If you’re looking for an authentic Korean experience, Itaewon may not be the top choice, but it offers a unique and multicultural ambiance.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

6. Itaewon Antique Furniture Street

Step back in time at Itaewon Antique Furniture Street, where you can explore a treasure trove of vintage furniture and unique home decor pieces.

  • Subway: Take exit 4 or 5 of Itaewon Station, Line 6 (brown line).
  • Info: In the past, many of the antique furniture shops in this area were owned by expatriates living in Korea. Nowadays, most of the shops specialize in Chinese antiques, but you can also find European antique furniture among the diverse selection available. Explore the shops to discover unique pieces with a touch of history.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 30 minutes.

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Yeouido Area Map
Yeouido Area Map

7. Yeouido Park

Find tranquility amidst the city at Yeouido Park, a sprawling green oasis perfect for leisurely walks, picnics, and enjoying the picturesque Han River views.

Yeouido Park
Yeouido Park
  • Subway: Take exit 3 of Yeouido Station, Line 5 (purple line).
  • Discover: Enjoy a laid-back walk, rent a bike, or play basketball in the picturesque Yeouido Park. Bask in the serenity among lush trees and a peaceful pond, and grab a bowl of ramyun with Kimchi from a convenience store for an impromptu picnic.
  • Info: The name “Yeouido” translates to “an island” in Korean. This area was once an airport and has since transformed into a bustling financial district, housing towering skyscrapers and international companies. Yeouido is also renowned for attractions such as the IFC Mall, the iconic 63 Building, and its proximity to the picturesque Han River. The park in the heart of Seoul adds to the area’s charm.
  • Tip: After exploring the park, take a pleasant 15-minute walk to reach the picturesque riverbank of the Han River. It’s a perfect way to continue your journey and enjoy the scenic beauty of the river.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

8. Yeouido Hangang Park

Unwind and soak up the sun at Yeouido Hangang Park, a riverside retreat offering various recreational activities, bike paths, and stunning waterfront vistas.

Yeouido Hangang Park
Yeouido Hangang Park
  • Subway: Take exits 1, 2, 3, or 4 of Yeouinaru Station, Line 5 (purple line).
  • Overview: Yeouinaru is a lively area in the summer, with music performances and street food markets, and is especially beautiful during the mid-April cherry blossom festival.
  • Experience: Have a picnic like a K-drama star, savoring ramyun, gimbap, and beer from a local convenience store. Don’t forget to visit the swimming pool during the summer months, and consider renting a bike to explore the area.
  • Hangang Cruise: Use these websites for more information Eland Cruise and Klook
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 3 hours.

9. 63 Building

Marvel at the iconic 63 Building, a towering landmark that offers breathtaking views of Seoul’s skyline, exciting attractions, and a world-class observatory.

63 Building
63 Building
  • Subway: Take exit 4 of Yeouinaru Station, Line 5 (purple line), and enjoy a 15-minute walk.
  • Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
  • Admission
  •    63 Art:
         Adults: 13,000 won
         Teens: 12,000 won
         Children and elderly: 11,000 won
  •   Aqua Planet 63:
        Adults: 23,000 won
        Teens: 21,000 won
        Children and elderly: 19,000 won
  • Info: The iconic 63 Building was once the tallest building in Korea, proudly standing tall until the Lotte Building surpassed its height.
  • Experience: Get a ticket to explore the multifaceted attractions in the 63 Building, from the gallery to the museum and Aqua Planet Aquarium. Marvel at the breathtaking night view of Seoul from the 63 Art gallery, and follow it with a leisurely stroll along the scenic Han River.
  • Tip: If your next destination is Noryangjin Fish Market, it is not recommended to walk there as there is no dedicated walking path. Instead, consider taking a bus if you are familiar with the routes. Alternatively, walk to Saetgang Station, Line 9, which is nearby, and take the subway for just one stop to reach your destination.

Directions: Taking a taxi is the best option to reach the next venue. It will cost you less than 5€.

10. Norayngjin Fish Market

Dive into the vibrant culinary scene of Seoul at Noryangjin Fish Market, where you can experience the bustling atmosphere and indulge in an array of fresh seafood delights.

Norayngjin Fish Market
Norayngjin Fish Market
  • Subway: Take exit 2 of Noryangjin Station, Line 9.
  • Discover: Soak in the lively atmosphere of Noryangjin Fish Market. Choose your preferred seafood from the vast variety on offer, and have it cooked at a nearby restaurant. Pair your meal with a glass of soju for a complete Korean culinary experience.Would you keep FYI / things to do  change to something else
  • Warning: Please be aware that the market showcases live seafood, and the strong aroma of the sea may be overwhelming for those who are sensitive to it. However, if you’re a seafood enthusiast, this is a culinary experience you won’t want to miss!
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 2 hours.

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FAQ about Itaewon

What is Itaewon in Korea famous for?

Itaewon in Korea is famous for its vibrant international atmosphere and diverse culture. It is known as a popular destination for expatriates and tourists alike. It is also home to a lot of foreigners in South Korea and is a popular residential area in Seoul for tourists, expats, and U.S. personnel. Itaewon offers a wide range of international cuisine, trendy shops, and vibrant nightlife. The area is also known for its fashion boutiques, art galleries, and unique cafes. Additionally, Itaewon is home to the annual Itaewon Global Village Festival, which celebrates multiculturalism and showcases various cultural performances and activities.

What happened at Itaewon in Korea?

There was a deadly crowd crush in Itaewon on Halloween 2021. At least 153 people died in a crush as huge Halloween crowds surged into a narrow street in South Korea’s capital, Seoul. Itaewon has been declared a “special disaster zone” since then.

Is Itaewon far from Seoul?

No, Itaewon is located in the heart of Seoul and is easily accessible from various parts of the city. It is centrally located and well-connected by public transportation, making it convenient for both locals and tourists to visit. The exact distance from specific locations in Seoul may vary, but generally, Itaewon is considered a relatively close and easily reachable area within the city.

How long does it take to get from Seoul to Itaewon?

The travel time from different parts of Seoul to Itaewon may vary depending on the mode of transportation and the specific starting point. However, as Itaewon is centrally located, it is typically easily accessible within the city. By subway, it usually takes around 10 to 20 minutes to reach Itaewon from most central areas of Seoul. By taxi or private car, travel time may vary depending on traffic conditions but generally ranges from 10 to 30 minutes. It is always recommended to check the most up-to-date transportation schedules and plan your journey accordingly.

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