How I spent 72 hours in Seoul

Seoul was the 2nd city I visited in Asia. After spending 5 days in Tokyo, I was looking forward to South Korea. Seoul is a big city, and it had a different feel and speed compared to Tokyo. With only a few days in Seoul, I was determined to make the most of my stay.

I stayed at Golden Tulip M Hotel which was affordable, and the location was perfect. It is located in Jung-gu which is a great neighborhood for tourists. The room was clean, and the whole room was controlled by a remote control which I thought was really cool. I did not want to leave!

The reason why I chose Seoul was because I had a specific list of things I wanted to do in the city. I wanted to ski (it was my first time), and watching their famous comedic theatrical show JUMP. Here are the things I did in Seoul in 72 hours:

Coex Mall and Aquarium

I read up so much about Coex mall before visiting Seoul. I was aware it had an aquarium and decided to pay the aquarium a visit on my first day. Coex mall has a variety of stores and it is located in the Gangnam district of Seoul. I like aquariums because of the colorful display of fish and I was impressed with Coex aquarium. The aquarium displays a variety of fish, eels, crabs, jelly fish and other sea creatures. The Coex mall is big and boasts a number of stores. It was close to Christmas when I visited so, some stored had sales which I took advantage of.

The fish look so much colorful with flash

Colorful fish at Coex Aquarium

Fun fact: In 2010, the G20 Seoul summit was held in Gangnam.

Myeong-Dong 

Busy street at Myeong-dong

Myeong-dong is a shopping district located in Jung-gu. It is a commercial area which attracts a lot of tourists and locals on a daily basis. South Korea is known as a major cosmetic hub therefore, a large number of South Korea’s most popular cosmetics can be found in this popular district.

Day trip to Vivaldi Ski Park

 

I booked a day trip to Vivaldi Ski park to experience skiing in South Korea. I bought the ticket for the day trip to Vivaldi on klook. The bus left from Seoul around 8AM and it took about 2 hours to get to Vivaldi from Seoul.

I should have probably taken some classes prior to taking a cable car to the top of the mountain and trying to ski down the slopes. Skiing looked so easy on TV and I felt I could get by easily. I was in for such a surprise because I was so bad at skiing. After falling several times, I was afraid I would roll all the way down to the base of the mountain. The paramedic helped me get to the bottom of the mountain by dragging me with his sled. It was both funny and embarrassing.

Tickets to sled

I ended up spending the rest of the day sledding instead since skiing just was not working out. I had a blast sledding down the slopes at Vivaldi.

Mount Namsan

Cable car to the peak of the mountain

The visit to Mount Namsan was so much fun. Mount Namsan is a very popular attraction in Seoul and it must not be missed. A cable car took me from the base of the mountain to observatory at the mountain peak. The observatory is very similar to Tokyo SkyTree as they both offer panoramic views of the city.

The observatory at the peak of Mount Namsan

There is an option for hiking up and down the mountain for those who are up for the challenge. Additionally, at the base of the mountain, there are people who rent out traditional Korean attire (Hanbok) for a small fee and visitors are able to take pictures in the attire.

Streets of Seoul

Namdaemun

The streets of Seoul also have a lot of historical monuments which pose for great pictures. Namdaemun is one of the Eight gates in the fortress wall of Seoul. It is also the largest among all 8 gates.

The streets of Seoul have so much to offer including food, clothes and also underground shopping malls. The underground malls are below the city, and Seoul has a lot of them. There are a multitude of restaurants in the streets of Seoul, including restaurants that offer the famous Korean barbecue.

Handmade ties

Underground shopping mall

Jump Theater

Jump is a comedic Korean show which stars a grandfather and his family. The show featured comedic skits and Korean martial arts. The show was hilarious and I will definitely go back to jump theater next time I visit Seoul. Pictures are not allowed in the theater during the show, however, I was able to take a picture of the stage at the end of the show.

There was a break in the middle of the show which was interactive and the show kept me at the edge of my seat throughout. Jump theater should definitely not be missed in Seoul and the theater offers great seats regardless of the price spent on the ticket. I advise purchasing the cheaper tickets since they are farther up in the venue, and provide a great view.

Insights

1) Compared to Tokyo, some locals speak English in Seoul.

2) Seoul also has a bakery shop in every corner, the most popular being Paris Baguette or Tous les Jours.

3) Seoul has a very vibrant lifestyle. South Koreans are known to enjoy a drink or two in their down time so the night life in Seoul was interesting to say the least. I tried Korean whiskey and much to my surprise; it had a light body and went down smoothly.

4) Mount Namsan was cheaper than Tokyo SkyTree and I was able to buy the ticket in advance on klook.

5) Three days is nearly not enough time to enjoy this city and I plan to go back to spend more time in Seoul and hopefully visit Busan and Jeju Island.

Do you plan to visit Seoul soon?

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Fred Anyonareply
March 28, 2017 at 7:38 pm

Love this post.
All I can say is that you utilized your 72 hours in Seoul amazingly.
Definitely added to my must-visit places.
I can only imagine the culture and incorporation of that in the daily life .
Awesome blog post.

Victoriareply
March 28, 2017 at 7:46 pm
– In reply to: Fred Anyona

Thank you Fred!!

Alexandrareply
March 28, 2017 at 11:44 pm

What a great tour post. I laughed (sorry) about the trip on the paramedic’s sled. I like sledding better than skiing too.

CJ from Thirty30Courtneyreply
March 29, 2017 at 3:47 am

I know you touched upon it, but I want even more comparison notes between Seoul and Tokyo! You know I’m dying to get to Japan but I wonder what other Asian city I would visit. Keep the posts coming!

Victoriareply
March 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm
– In reply to: CJ from Thirty30Courtney

Thank you!! I will 😀

Abbyreply
March 29, 2017 at 8:18 am

It looks like you got to see a lot in just 72 hours! I am curious about Seoul – would love to travel it someday.

Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

Kemkemreply
March 29, 2017 at 7:09 pm

Haha! Loved the part about being dragged down to safety.. :-). That would be me. I tried skiing once on a day off to Big Bear and nope..won’t do it again. I’m too old for broken legs. You did splendidly on this getaway. Love it and l hope to visit Seoul someday. I absolutely loved Tokyo and would not mind living there :-).

Keishareply
March 30, 2017 at 6:11 am

Looks wonderful! I love the mountains and I love the architecture . I would like to visit Seoul soon ♥

Shane Pratherreply
March 30, 2017 at 2:36 pm

I didn’t know much about Seoul – or South Korea in general. I loved learning how vibrant the culture and nightlife are. Convinced I need to make a visit!

Felecia Moniquereply
March 30, 2017 at 9:50 pm

Loved the visuals and how amazing your trip was. I have yet to visit Asia but it’s on my list

Victoriareply
March 31, 2017 at 1:10 am

This looks like a great place to visit. I am so weak about your skiing experience, though. Skiing is on my bucket list and like you I thought it was easy based on what I have seen on tv. Thanks for the heads up. I will make sure to take some lessons before giving it a go.

Alberto C.reply
March 31, 2017 at 10:29 am

Great guide! I’m considering travelling to Korea in October and this will definitely be handy. Do you think 72h is enough to explore the main highlights of Seoul, or would you stay some additional days if you had the time?

Victoriareply
March 31, 2017 at 11:28 am
– In reply to: Alberto C.

If i had the time i will have stayed for 2 more days

Amireply
March 31, 2017 at 10:38 am

Nice set of things to do in 72 hours. The ski park and the aquarium really interest me. I know I would have maxed my time there.

Divyakshi Guptareply
March 31, 2017 at 2:12 pm

You have covered it all! From the mountain, to the skiing to the aquarium to the streets. Great tips! Really intrigued about the Jump Theatre. sounds super entertaining!

Taereply
March 31, 2017 at 2:48 pm

Geeze, you were BUSY during these three days! I got a bit exhausted just reading what you got up to 😀 My boyfriend is visiting Seoul next month and is an energetic person like you 😛 So I’ll have to forward him this post and highlight the ski area AND the whiskey!

Victoriareply
March 31, 2017 at 2:55 pm
– In reply to: Tae

Aw yess!! I hope he has a great time there

Tamshukreply
March 31, 2017 at 3:57 pm

I agree three days is not enough to enjoy Seoul to the fullest but you have explored quite a few spots across the city in 72 hours.
The mall looks interesting to me because of the aquarium. Myeong-Dong is where I would be as I love being in the middle of all the hustle bustle when in big cities

Tiffany Heardreply
March 31, 2017 at 9:09 pm

I’ve never really thought about going to Japan, but this trips seems like you had a blast. You are braver then me, Im so scared to get on skis but i would have tried the sledding. I love the aquarium so i would have made that one of my stops. I would have loved to try some Korean bar b que

Latoyareply
March 31, 2017 at 11:51 pm

Looks like you had a ball! I had a friend to go to Tokyo once. Seems like a lot of fun!

Christopher James Mitchellreply
April 1, 2017 at 7:53 am

I used to live in Seoul actually, it’s a fantastic place! I think you did a good job showcasing it!

Suzanne Spiegoskireply
April 2, 2017 at 12:19 am

Looks like you had a blast! I’ve been dying to visit, thanks for sharing! xo, Suzanne~ http://www.suzannespiegoski.com

Samantha Sparrowreply
April 2, 2017 at 4:32 am

It looks like you had a busy and fun filled 72 hours in Seoul! I cannot believe you could ski there (would not have expected a ski park, and for me, Mount Namsan looks fun. This is where I’d head as I’m a sucker for a panoramic view!

Ashleighreply
April 5, 2017 at 8:26 pm

Wait to make use of three days! I’m such a fan of short, adventure-packed trips and you definitely made an adventure out of your time. I have to put Seoul on my list now because you look like you had a great time!

Jonnareply
April 5, 2017 at 11:04 pm

I don’t know if I can handle the long flight. But this sounds like an amazing trip and there was some really fun activities in Seoul.

Michelle Thamesreply
April 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Looks so fun! Sounds like a really cool and amazing trip. This is somewhere I would have never thought to visit.

Sara Huntreply
April 10, 2017 at 7:47 pm

Wow. I have never considered going here. Lovely post. I was living vicariously through you and your experience.

Elizabeth Sealreply
April 11, 2017 at 4:38 pm

Aw it looks amazing, I’m longing to visit! Aquariums are my favourite to visit so I would definitely head there first 😀 xx

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Fabian Keresztfalvireply
April 16, 2017 at 8:53 am

Great info. Thanks!

Derek Casanaresreply
April 16, 2017 at 1:37 pm

Wonderful stay – after living in Bangkok for a year I spent a day in Seoul and was totally impressed with such a nice clean well organized Mega City. If you leave Seoul and fly into New York, Chicago or San Francisco which I did you will immediately see how Americans don’t take good care of are cities.

Victoriareply
April 16, 2017 at 7:50 pm
– In reply to: Derek Casanares

Yess i definitely agree! I am currently in Singapore and the city is SO beautiful and clean. American cities have nothing on it. It is definitely well taken care of compared to what I am used to

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