I’m sure you guys would like to know what’s my travel itinerary to South Korea for 10 days, along with the Budgeting. So, I’ve made the comparison between the planned itinerary & budgeting and the actual itinerary & budgeting.

Itinerary

  • The planned itinerary:

Day 1, Seoul — October 9th, 2016: Myeongdong, Dongdaemun, Insadong, Namdaemun
Day 2, Seoul — October 10th, 2016: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changyeongung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine, National Folk Museum, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Gwanghwamun Square
Day 3, Seoul — October 11th, 2016: Everland Theme Park
Day 4, Gapyeong — October 12th, 2016: Nami Island, Petite France, The Garden of Morning Calm
Day 5, Sokcho– October 13th, 2016: Mt. Seoraksan, Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain, Hongik University
Day 6 , Busan– October 14th, 2016: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Jagalchi Market, Beomeo-Sa (Beomeo Temple), Busan International Film Festival Square, Haeundae Beach, Haeundae Market
Day 7, Seoul — October 15th, 2016: Siloam Jjimbilbang, Explore Coffee Shop
Day 8, Seoul — October 16th, 2016: Free Hanbok Experience, N-Seoul Tower, Bukchon Hanok Village, Nande Village, Samcheongdong
Day 9, Seoul — October 17, 2016: Free Time
Day 10, Seoul — October 18th, 2016: Free Time

  • The actual itinerary:

Day 1, Seoul — October, 09th 2016: Myeongdong, Dongdaemun
Day 2, Seoul — October 10th, 2016: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gwanghwamun Square, Cheonggyecheon Stream
Day 3, Seoul — October 11th, 2016: Everland Theme Park
Day 4, Gapyeong — October 12th, 2016: Nami Island, Petite France, The Garden of Morning Calm
Day 5, Sokcho — October 13th, 2016: Mt. Seoraksan
Day 6, Seoul — October 14th, 2016: Hongik Univ, Insadong, LINE Friends Myeongdong, Namdaemun Market, Lotte Mart
Day 7, Seoul — October 15th, 2016: Bukchon Hanok Village, N-Seoul Tower, Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain
Day 8 — October 16th, 2016: Ehwa Womans University, Jogyesa Temple, Miss Lee Cafe, COEX Mall, Haneul Park
Day 9 — October 17th, 2016: Yeouido Hangang Park, Myeongdong, Hongdae
Day 10 — October 18th, 2016: Free Time

See the differences? Yes, we changed the itinerary quite a lot once we arrived in Korea. Because for me, travelling is more exciting when we can be flexible, no need to be strict to the planned itinerary. But we still have to make the itinerary, so we know where we want to go. Well, even though the planned and actual itinerary is quite different, but you can see almost all of the destinations we planned before, are the same with the actual one. And even we went to the additional destination that we didn’t planned before, such as COEX Mall, Haneul Park, and Hangang River.

At first on October 14th, 2016, we planned to go to Busan. But we must cancelled our plan due to the Chaba Typhoon in Busan a week before our departure. Then on October 16th, 2016, it’s actually a Free Time. At the free time, I went to Ehwa Woman’s Univ, Jogyesa Temple, Miss Lee Cafe, COEX Mall, and Haneul Park. While my other friends went to the other places. One friend went to the SM Town, the must-visit place for those of you who are K-Pop lovers. And the other friends went to shopping again in Insadong. In my opinion if we go travelling, we have to spare 1 day or 2 days for Free Time. Because our travel buddies have their own desire about where to go or what to do. There are some people who just want to stay at the hotel, or want to go shopping, or want to see the nature, or want to do the cultural activities, etc.

Budgeting

  • The planned budgeting:

  • The actual budgeting:

The total predict fee is quite the same with the actual fee, 13 million IDR (975.63 USD). If we look at the above total actual fee, it’s 14,711,255 IDR (1,104.06 USD), but it hasn’t been cut with the souvenirs. If it’s cut with the souvenirs, so the total actual fee is 13,385,755 IDR (1,004.59 USD). So, it’s really similar with the predict fee, isn’t it? 😉

So, the point is with 13 million IDR (975.63 USD), you can go to South Korea for 10 days (flashpacker’s version, not backpacker). It includes shopping and everything. One more tips from me, find the discount coupon for tourist attractions, restaurant, and for shopping. There are some websites that provide discount coupons. We just have to download it to our phone or print it. Once we’re at the destination, we can show it and if its valid we can get the discount. For example, we got the discount for Petite France, the normal price is 8000 won, then the discount price is 6000 won.

Below are the websites that provides discount coupons:

http://cn.konest.com/contents/coupon_list.html (Mandarin)
http://www.hanyouwang.com/coupon.html (Mandarin)
http://vkc.or.kr/en/special-offers/discount-coupons/ (English)

If you don’t have time to open those websites, you can also get the discount coupon once you arrived in Korea. It’s usually available at the subway station for free.

Or other alternative is purchase ticket online. There are so many websites that provide discounted attractions tickets if you book online. I’d recommend you to check this website.

That’s all for my itinerary and budgeting when I went to South Korea last October 2016 🙂

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