11D10N South Korea travel guide: itinerary & tips

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South Korea, one of my top bucket list to discover and travel, mainly because of the influence of k-pop and k-drama.
The moment when I decided and bought the flight ticket, I was so excited, thinking about so many plan, place and thing I would like to do in South Korea.
One of the main barrier I worried so much will be the language, which almost stop me from planning for the trip itinerary.  I’m glad that I have the courage to step out and plan the trip to South Korea by myself, without following the tour package.
I chose to travel to South Korea during summer, a long 11D10N trip to 3 main cities in South Korea- Seoul, Busan and Jeju Island.
In this post, I'm going to share my itinerary in South Korea and some basic spending and tips.

1. Flight
For all my travel, the most important thing is to grab the Cheapest Flight ticket. With cheap flight ticket, I can spend money on other aspect, such as food, better accommodation and things to buy. For this trip, I purchased the return flight ticket to Incheon International Airport, depart from Kuala Lumpur at RM758 per person (without check-in baggage) with Air Asia.  Air Asia Ticket Price is always very competitive and budget, especially during the off-peak season.

Good news to most of traveller who like to go Jeju island, Air Asia will be commencing the direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jeju Island, starting from December 2017.  There are more options in arranging your South Korea itinerary.
Anyway, I used AIR BUSAN, a domestic flight in South Korea to Jeju Island. It’s very sudden and last minutes decision to add in Jeju island in my South Korea trip. The price of domestic flight ticket can be cheaper if I can purchase in advance, and avoid the weekend peak period.
Here’s my spending on my flight ticket (per person):
Air Asia return ticket (Kuala Lumpur- Incheon International Airport)
RM 758.00
AIR BUSAN one way ticket( Busan- Jeju Island )
RM 122.40
AIR BUSAN one way ticket( Jeju Island – Seoul )
RM 180.45

2. Accommodation
Basically, I don’t have much request on my accommodation, as long the room is clean, comfortable and with private bathroom. This is mainly because I don’t spend much time in hotel room during my travel. To choose a good hotel, you will need to take some time to search and read the review from other travellers. Another thing I will consider when I choose the accommodation will be the location. Normally I chose the accommodation that is accessible to public transport, and near to city centre.
Here’s my spending on my accommodation (per person):
Accommodation in Busan- near Seomyeon  (3nights)
RM 414.11/2 = RM 207.10
Accommodation in Jeju Island- near Seogwipo (3nights)
RM 317.55/2 = RM 158.80
Accommodation in Seoul- near Dongdaemun (4nights)
RM 544.44/2 = RM 272.20

3. Stay alert with the promotion with Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Malaysia.
Before depart to South Korea, remember to check out any promotion or discount booklet give away by Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Malaysia. For those who going to travel before 31st March 2018, do check out this DKYW2017 discount booklet. Here’s the website link:
It’s free to redeem from Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Malaysia, as long as you are Malaysian. Just show them your IC and flight itinerary. I really save a lot by using the discount booklet from KTO.

4. 11D10N itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival at Incheon International Airport à Brunch at Food on Air (in airport) à KTX to Busan à Check in Hotel à Bujeon Market à Seomyeon Shopping and Food Street

Day 2 : Gamcheon Culture Village à Jagalchi Fish Marketà Yeongdodaegyo BridgeàYongdusan ParkàBusan Towerà40-step Culture & Tourism Theme StreetàNampodong Shoppingà Taejongdae Recreation Area

Day 3: Dongbeak ParkàHaeundae beach àHaeundae Marketà Haedong Yongunsa templeàLotte Outlet Mall à Shinsegae Centum City

Day 4: United Nations Memorial Parkà Busan Museum (Cultural Experience Hall ) à Pork Rice Soup à Depart to Jeju Island à Arrival at Jeju Island International Airport à Check in Hotel à Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market

Day 5: Cheonjeyeon Waterfall à Jusangjeollidae à Teddy Bear Musuem à Halim Park à Hyeopjae Beach

Day 6: Follow one day Jeju World Natural Heritage Bus Tour (East) with Hana Tour (Gimnyeong Beachà Manjanggul Lava tube à Seongsan Sunrise Peak à Daheeyeon Green Tea Foot Spa à Saryeoni Forest Path)

Day 7: Depart to Seoulà Arrival at Seoul Gimpo Airportà Check in Hotel à  Dongdaemun’s food alley à Jongmyo Royal Shrine à Arko Art Center à Ihwa Mural Village àFortress Wall of Seoulà Dongdaemun history & culture park, Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Day 8: Gyeongbukgung Palace à  Bukchon Hanok Village à Insa-dong à Unhyeongung à Myeong dong Shopping

Day 9: Nami Island à Petite France

Day 10: Ewha Universityà Ewha University Shopping Street àDeoksugung Palace àDongdaemun Shopping

Day 11: National Museum of Korea à Check out Hotel à Depart from Airport

Stay Tune for more post and my experience of South Korea Trip!!

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Disclaimer: My South Korea vacation is NOT a sponsored trip. I paid for all expense of trip. 

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