Planning your upcoming trip to Korea but don’t know which cities to cover? Well, the obvious answer would be Seoul, Busan and Jeju of course! Not only are these cities packed full of amazing cultural sights, but they’re also home to yummy, Muslim-friendly Korean cuisine! 😋
To make your planning easier, we’ve put together an awesome itinerary for you. All you have to do now is to pack your luggage and take the next flight out! ✈️
Planning your Seoul trip?
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Travelling from Incheon
It’s pretty easy to get from Incheon airport to Seoul! If you’re travelling light, the subway is really convenient but if you’re dragging your luggages, the airport limousine bus is a good alternative that’s not crazy expensive. Check out their website for the bus routes and timings or just head to the information counter after you land!
Take it easy on your first day and scope out the shopping scene at everyone’s favourite shopping area in Seoul – Myeongdong! Even if you’re not a shopaholic, it’s fun to experience the atmosphere.
Shop till you drop at Myeongdong (4 hours)
- Explore the main shopping area of Myeongdong
- Chill out with our favourite furballs at Cat’s Playground
- Grab a kebab or shawarma for lunch along the streets of Myeongdong if you want to shop some more
- Or sit and enjoy a Korean seafood lunch at Eomeoni Jib (You can find it and add it to your trip on our HHWT Travel Planner app for both iOS and Android!)
Visit the iconic N Seoul (Namsan) Tower (2 hours)
- Skip the cable car and hike up Namsan to head to N Seoul Tower or take a public bus.
- If you’re going on foot, enjoy the serene atmosphere at Namsan park – it is really beautiful in spring and autumn!
- Snap a shot at the iconic love locks
- Head up the N Seoul Tower and get a bird’s eye view of Seoul
Try yummy halal Korean food in Itaewon (3 hours)
- Trek up the hill and visit the Seoul Central Masjid
- After burning some calories, visit a halal Korean eatery and try authentic halal Korean food!
It’s time to put on your walking shoes and experience traditional Seoul (perhaps even try on a hanbok)!
Say hello to King Sejong (1 hour)
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- Head over to Gwanghwamun square and ‘meet’ the King who created the Korean alphabet (along with many other inventions), King Sejong the Great. (That’s his statue all the way in the background!)
- Learn more about Korean history in the exhibition hall below the square.
Learn about Korean royalty in Gyeongbukgung (2.5 hours)
- Before visiting Gyeongbukgung, check out the changing of guards right in front of the palace. Remember to check the timings.
- Sign up for the free walking tour around Gyeongbukgung (2 hours). Trust us, it will make your experience a whole lot better when you learn about the history behind each of the different buildings and palaces!
Insadong (2.5 hours)
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- Head to the traditional area of Seoul – Insadong and visit Ohsegyehyang, a Korean vegetarian eatery, for lunch. Make sure to get their Jajjangmyeon (bean paste noodles).
- Walk down the past-meets-modern street and shop for little trinkets
- Take some time to visit the traditional teahouses and try a cup of Korean tea with rice cakes
- Visit Ssamziegil and pop by the ‘poop café’ if you have time to spare 😉
Step into the past in Bukchon Village (2 hours)
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- Try on a hanbok at the Bukchon Hanok Homestay Information Center
- Go trigger happy with your camera at the various photo spots
Walk down the streets of Samcheongdong (2 hours)
- Pop in the uniquely quaint shops and cafes in the traditional Korean houses
- End your day with dinner at Itaewon OR
Dongdaemun (2 hours / however long you think you can go)
- If you’ve got the stamina to keep going, check out the grilled fish alley in Dongdaemun and grab dinner there
- Experience late-night shopping like never before
Experience Mother Nature in Nami Island (4 hours)
- Explore the island on a bike (it’ll take around an hour to cycle around the island) or hop on the electric tour car for a quick tour of Nami’s hidden gems
- Take a leisure stroll down the different walking paths lined with trees for all seasons
- Go animal spotting
- Take your iconic Korean drama photos at the famous Winter Sonata photo spot
- Have lunch at Dongmun and try their halal Korean food OR take a taxi and try halal dakgalbi (spicy stir-fried chicken) at Nami-Ok!
#HHWT Tip: There’s a prayer room on the 2nd floor of the Baplex.
Get a taste of Europe at Garosugil (3 hours)
- Spend the rest of your day exploring the trendy Garosugil
- Window shop at the quirky indie fashion shops in the area (Psst, for the shopaholics, there’s a gigantic Forever21 outlet right at the start of the street!)
Gangnam / Apgujeong (2 hours)
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- If you’re looking to get some luxury shopping done, check out Galleria Department store in Apgujeong
- Alternatively, you can visit Gangnam for your k-pop fix and some good quality shopping
- End your day with a super yummy Korean BBQ dinner at Yang Good!
Noryangjin Fish Market (1.5 hours)
- Experience the hustle and bustle of a Korean wet market at Noryangjin
- Grab an early lunch at one of the many restaurants where you get to try fresh seafood
Ehwa University – Edae (4 hours)
- Visit one of the most famous (and prettiest) university campuses in Seoul
- Shopaholics alert, it’s time to head over to the Ewha Fashion Street and commence another round of intense shopping!
Hongik University – Hongdae (3 hours)
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- If you’re visiting on the weekends, head to the playground and check out the Hongdae Free Market for handcrafted artworks and trinkets, and passionate performances from local dancers, singers, and buskers!
- Take in the artsy atmosphere at Hongdae and look out for quirky art installations
- Visit BoA Guesthouse for dinner – try their fried chicken and rabokki!
- Hongdae comes alive at night, so keep a lookout for live music performances along the streets
Find The Best Halal Korean Food In Seoul!
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Get your last minute shopping fix at Myeongdong
- If you have some time left on your last day in Seoul, head to Myeongdong to get the stuff you’ve missed out on
- You can also get your last minute souvenirs here
- Try the street food along Myeongdong if you haven’t had the chance to do so! (The egg bread is the perfect snack for any time of the day 😛)
- Satisfied with your buys? Onwards to Busan!
Travelling to Busan from Seoul (3 hours)
- Take a train to Busan (preferably one without zombies 😜) from Seoul Station. The KTX (high-speed train) takes about 2.5 hours and the tickets are at 59,800 won.
- From Busan station, take the subway to Seomyeon Station (Line 1 Metro – Orange) and transfer to Line 2 Metro (Green) to get to Haeundae Station. (45 mins)
- Treat yourself to some delicious halal kebabs and hummus at Hello India Al-waha before checking into Indy House Hostel
Catch the sunrise at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (1-2 hours)
- Watch the sunrise at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
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- Check out the intricately designed Buddhist shrines and stone monuments
- Take a stroll around the temple and enjoy the calm, ocean breeze
Feast on seafood at Jagalchi Fish Market (1-2 hours)
- As Korea’s largest seafood market, you’ll find a wide selection of seafood such as mackerel, sea squirts (ascidians), giant squids, whale meat and dried seafood here
- Place your order and head inside to fill your rumbling tummies with some of the freshest seafood; straight from the tank!
Chill out at Haeundae Beach (3-4 hours)
- Unleash your inner child! Go for a quick swim, build towering sandcastles or even fly a kite.
- If you’re too tired from all the walking, just sit on the soft sand, relax and enjoy the cool sea breeze.
#HHWT Tip: The beach is open 24 hours, so swing by whenever you want.
Explore Yongdusan Park and the Busan Tower (2-3 hours)
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- Nature lovers, you’ll love the lush greenery, which is in sharp contrast with the colorful fauna
- Catch a wonderful aerial view of the city from the top of the tower
- Check out the small artist huts at the bottommost area of the garden, and maybe buy a kitschy souvenir or two!
Visit the Gamcheon cultural village (3-4 hours)
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- Wander along the streets of this colorful village and immerse yourself in its calm and peaceful atmosphere. Remember to wear comfy walking shoes!
- Take snapshots of the gorgeous, creatively drawn murals that fill the streets of Gamcheon
#HHWT Tip: Afraid of getting lost? Get yourself a map of the village for 2,000 won. You can even participate in the stamp scavenger hunt – visit the 9 listed locations, stamp your own card at each location, and return your card at any shop in the village to get a free postcard!
- Grab a bite at Star Kebab & Turkish Ice Cream back in Haeundae. Don’t forget to try the ice cream🍦
Fly your way to Jeju Island (55 Mins)
- Busan, you’ve been wonderful but it’s time to catch your late flight to Jeju from Busan’s Gimhae International Airport ✈️
- Check into Yeha Guesthouse before crashing for the night. The guesthouse even provides utensils for Muslim guests! Check out our guide to Jeju accommodations for more ideas and useful tips!
Wake up, sleepyheads! It’s time to venture out to the peaceful island of Jeju😌
#HHWT Tip: With Jeju being 3 times the size of Seoul, we’d recommend renting a car as a means of transportation or hiring a local driver. Read more about travel hacks in Jeju here!
Sit down for a Korean vegetarian brunch (1-2 hours)
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- Have a hearty vegetarian brunch at Mulmaegol; the restaurant is famous for its lotus leaf rice
Spend time frolicking in the seas of Hyeopjae Beach (3-4 hours)
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- One beach day isn’t enough! Take a dip in the calm waters; watch as the water changes colour from different shades of turquoise to blue
- Make a sand angel in the pristine sands of the beach or take a long therapeutic stroll along the shore
- Watch out for the volcanic rocks!
Visit Hallasan National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site
- You can’t miss a visit here, where the tallest mountain in South Korea is located. Known as the mountain that’s high enough to pull the galaxy, you’ll be amazed by the natural wonder of this place.
- Hike up Hallasan Mountain in the day before sunset! Make sure you’re well prepared before the hike 😆
Climb up the Seongsan Illchulbong Peak (2-3 hours)
- Go hiking on the east side of the island and enjoy the magnificent scenery
- Hitch a ride from a Jeju pony!
- If you’re there in Spring, you’ll find the whole area abloom with yellow, vibrant flowers
Make a worthwhile trip to Jungmun Daepo Coast Jusangjeolli Cliff (2-3 hours)
- Marvel at unique, volcanic rock formations along the Jungmun Daepo Coastline
- Be hypnotized by the sights and sounds of crystal clear waves crashing below you
- Maybe snap some Instagram-worthy shots while you’re at it😉📷
Have a seafood hotpot as your last meal in Jeju (1-2 hours)
- Wrap up your last night in Jeju with haemul ttukbaegi (seafood hotpot) at Uribong Sikdang! Get ready to feast on a pot full of piping hot mussels and crab stew, yum😋
- Take some time to digest your meal before flying back to Seoul (1h5mins) and catching your flight home
10 days truly isn’t enough to cover everything these 3 amazing Korean cities have to offer, so we hope our consolidated itinerary will suffice😊 For your Seoul stop, do check out the HHWT website for more yummy halal eateries, top attractions and nearby prayer spaces! We’d love to hear all about your travels, so leave a review and share your experiences with other Muslim travellers too 😀
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