Places to visit in South Korea

South Korea has on offer numerous national parks enclosing beautiful mountain ranges, gorgeous ski slopes, remote islands and serve villages where you can visit rice paddy fields and sleep in traditional wooden houses as guests of the local in the area. And just when you thought that South Korea couldn't get possibly offer you anything else, you learn that the country has a packed social calendar filled with numerous festivals and events and realize that the locals are always celebrating something or the other. There are numerous things to do in South Korea, and there is always something for everyone.The three main cities of South Korea are Seoul (capital city of South Korea), Busan and Incheon.

Each one of them has many famous and historically significant monuments, temples and landmarks. Each city has a different food culture; for instance, you can travel to Incheon to have Chinese food, even though it's a Korean city. Busan has some truly international restaurant serving fancy French and Hawaiian cuisine among other popular cuisines. You can take ferry rides from Incheon to nearly remote islands and even to China. You can enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Seoul; the city is living breathing organism 27*7.

There are numerous places to visit in South Korea, many delicious dishes to eat, go on insane shopping sprees and of course soaking in the countries rich and vast cultural history. Although there is a lot of variation in the countries weather throughout the year, South Korea is a year-round destination, and there isn't any best time to visit the country. However, each season has its distinct character and travelers should decide based on what weather they prefer and what activates they want to do and places they want to visit. 

In addition to these South Korea celebrated numerous festivals each year and you can travel choose your travel based on festivals you may want to attend. Lastly, some season like spring and autumn are busy tourist season, hence its more expensive to travel then, than say as supposed to summers or winters. Each season has on offer different activities although all famous attractions can be visited round the year.

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Seoul is the capital city of South Korea with a total population of 9.9 million people. Seoul is a busy metropolitan with a constant hustle and bustle. The capital city of South Korea is Seoul and is located on the Han River and is currently the largest city in the world. The city is operational 24*7, and at every corner, you will find a taxi or subway station, cafes and restaurants and information booths. As a tourist its very unlikely that you will feel lost here.

 

Attraction: Seoullo 7017, Changdeokng, Deoksugung, Jogye-Sa, Gyeongbokgung, Olympic Park, National Museum of Korea and Wal Memorial of Korea. 

Activity: Visit the trick eye Museum, Visit Mount Namsan, visit a cat café, take a food tour

Food: Doramu, Jungsik,The Beastro

Shopping: Myeongdong (cosmetics), Lotte Department Store’s Main Branch, Ewha Woman’s University Shopping Street.

Busan is the second largest city in South Korea with a population of 3.5 million people. The city has many sun-kissed beached, magnificent mountains. Busan is a lively port town that has much to offer to tourists and locals alike. Busan has a wide range of chic cafes, tent bars and fish markets that sell every imaginable species of seafood. There is something to match everyone's taste here. The urban landscape of the city is defined by rocky mountain ranges and on the other hand events such as the International Film Festival of Busan make give it a global feel and appeal.

 

Attraction: Gamcheon Culture Village, Haeundae Beach, Gwangandaegyo Bridge, Beomeosa Temple, HaedongYonggung Temple

Activity: Skiing, Banquet Shows, KNN Diorama World, Cruising.

Food: Sharky’s Bar and Grill, Merciel, Ventanas, Yong Ggum

Shopping: Shinsegae Centum City, Gukje Market, Buejon Market.

Incheon is South Koreas thirds largest city and is an ever-expanding metropolis. The city mainly serves as an industrial port and is only 36km away from the capital city of Seoul. It is an Incheon that Korea first welcomed foreigners in the year 1883, before which the country was living in absolute isolation. The city played a significant part in the Korean War of 1950 and fragments of the ill dated war can still be seen there, specifically in the port areas and colorful Chinatown. Most places in the city can be accessed by the well designed and efficient subway system. Here you can enjoy delicious Chinese food, walks on the Wolmido Waterfront, and visit the Yeonan fish market. You can even catch ferries to the Islands in the West sea and China from here. If you fly into Incheon instead of Seoul, please note that the international airport of Incheon is located an hour outside the city.

 

Attraction: Muuido, Jeondeungsa, Baengnyeongdo, Jajangmyeon Museum, The Memorial Hall for Incheon Landing Operation, Incheon City Museum.

Activity: Ferry rides to nearby islands, visit china town.

Food: BuamGalbi, Liquor Burger, IlmiHwapyeongdongNaengmyeon, Gonghwachun

Shopping: Bupyeong station underground shopping mall, Sinpo International Market,NC Cube Canal Walk, Square 1. 

The museum is an iconic attraction in Seoul. The museum has on display 10 Hanok aka traditional Korean houses and 2,000 plus traditional Korean furniture pieces. The museum itself is a beautiful and significant architectural wonder in Seoul. It an ideal tourist attraction for the whole family and you can take home some inspiration for your home interiors.

 

Location: 330-577 Seongbuk-dong, Seongbuk-gu

Known for: The museum is an iconic attraction in Seoul. The museum has on display 10 Hanok aka traditional Korean houses and 2,000 plus traditional Korean furniture pieces

How to reach: The nearest subway Station is the Hansang University Station, the museum is a 5 minutes taxi ride from there.

Approximate Cost: approx. INR 2000/- per person. 

Operating hours: 11 am to 6 pm 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your cameras, water bottles, translation guides, and weather appropriate clothing.

Type: Museum

Bukchon is without a doubt an iconic historical district in Seoul. Visitors here can stroll at leisure in tiny streets lined with brick walls and traditional Korean houses that vary in shape and sizes. Unlike the Korea furniture museum, the village has a livelier feel, and there are even an outdoor museum and several tea houses that you can visit.

 

Location: Bukchon Culture Center, 105 Gye-dong, Jongro-gu

Known for: Visitors here can stroll at leisure in tiny streets lined with brick walls and traditional Korean houses that vary in shape and sizes.

How to reach: The nearest subway station is Anguk Station and the village is just 300 meters from there.  

Approximate Cost: Free entry

Operating hours: 9 am to 5 pm 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your cameras, water bottles, translation guides, and weather appropriate clothing.

Type: Culture Centre

You must be wondering what's so iconic about a subway station, well if you want to visit three of Seoul's most popular tourists' spots, i.e., King Sejong statue, The Cheonggyecheon stream, Gyeongbokgung Palace, you must first make your way here. Everything else is a stone throw away from the station. In addition to many popular tourist attraction, you can enjoy open views of the cities and spot mountain ranges in the far distance. There are many places to eat, shop, especially if you want to but stationery and designer products.

 

Location: 83 Doryeon-dong, Jongro-gu

Known for: The station is an iconic landmark and situated close to King Sejong statue, The Cheonggyecheon stream, Gyeongbokgung Palace. 

How to reach: Take the subway to Gwanghwamun Station, from there you can walk to all the nearest attractions. 

Approximate Cost: Entry fees are applicable at different attractions. 

Operating hours: Vary from place to place

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your cameras, water bottles, translation guides and weather appropriate clothing

Type: Landmark

In the recent years, Insadong has made its transition from a traditional Seoul district to a modern, artsy hot spot. There are many art galleries, tea shops, artsy spots, souvenir shops to visit. You can get portraits made here, but cool paintings and traditional handicrafts as well as enjoy tasty teas and scrumptious food.

 

Location: Insadong, Jongro-gu

Known for: There are many art galleries, tea shops, artsy spots, souvenir shops to visit. You can get portraits made here, but cool paintings and traditional handicrafts as well as enjoy tasty teas and scrumptious food.

How to reach: The nearest station is Anguk Station from where Insadong is 100 meters away.

Approximate Cost: Entry fees are applicable at different attractions. 

Operating hours: 12 pm to 11 pm 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your cameras, water bottles, translation guides and weather appropriate clothing

Type: Landmark

Incheon park covers a staggering area equivalent to 727 acres making it the largest park in the city. On either side of the park are two iconic monuments, Sangassan Mountain and Gwanmosan Mountain. You can visit these monuments and go hiking and hill sledding. A fun activity for kids. In addition to these great monuments, there are many other attractions such as playing grounds, children's zoo, botanical gardens and beautiful lakes in the park for tourists to enjoy. One can easily spend an entire day here without getting bored or running out of things to do.

 

Location: Incheon Grand Park, 236, Munemi-ro, Namdong-gu, Incheon, South Korea

Known for: There are numerous activities you can do here as well visit some iconic monuments located nearby. 

How to reach: The park is centrally located in the city, you can easily hail a cab to here. 

Approximate Cost: Free Entry

Operating hours: 5 am to 11 pm 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your cameras, water bottles, translation guides and weather appropriate clothing

Type: Park

After you make your way through the extensive list of attractions in Incheon, you are bound to be tires and exhaust. So, what better way to relax than spending a couple of hours taking a relaxing bath. If that sounds like fun, then you must make your way to Spaces, the largest sauna and spa center in Incheon. The place has on offer many swimming pools, cave rooms, fitness room, movie theatre, restaurants, billiards and children's room.

 

Location: Spaces, 548-21, Dohwa-dong, Nam-gu, Incheon, South Korea

Known for: The place is a famous spa with many swimming pools, cave rooms, fitness room, movie theatre, restaurants, billiards and children’s room

How to reach: The nearest station is Dohwa station from there the place is a 10-minute walk.

Approximate Cost: Entry fees are applicable at different attractions

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Swim Wear and extra clothing

Type: Tourist attraction

This is a religious temple located within the Samrangseong Fortressbuilt nearly a thousand years ago. In the olden days, the temple was used as a shrine for the family ancestors. The temple is very grand with several grand structures and great buildings such as Yaksajeon, Yangheonsu Victory Monument, Beomjong Bell and Daeungbojeon. In addition to all this, the temple is surrounded by colorful trees and flowers.

 

Location: Jeondeungsa Temple, 37-41, Jeondeungsa-ro, Gilsang-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon, South Korea

Known for: This is a religious temple located within the Samrangseong Fortressbuilt nearly a thousand years ago. In the olden days, the temple was used as a shrine for the family ancestors.

How to reach: Distance from airport/ commutation facilities etc

Approximate Cost: Entry Fee approx. INR 180/- per person

Operating hours: 7:30 am to 6:30 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your cameras, water bottles, translation guides and weather appropriate clothing

Type: Temple a

This is a burial country for the soldiers in United Nations who were martyrs of the Korean War. It's the only remain burial grounds dedicated to UN soldiers with over 2300 graves. The cemetery is spread over several acres and consists of many monuments such as British Commonwealth monument, Australian monument, Greek monument and the Turkish monument.

 

Location: 93 UN pyeonghwa-ro, Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea

Known for: This is a burial country for the soldiers in United Nations who were martyrs of the Korean War. It's the only remain burial grounds dedicated to UN soldiers with over 2300 graves.

How to reach: Take bus #134 from Busan station, and it will take you straight to the museum.

Approximate Cost: Entry Fee

Operating hours: 9 am to 5 pm 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your cameras, water bottles, translation guides and weather appropriate clothing

Type: Historical Monument

This village is a testimony to the creative and artistic side of South Korea with an abundance of graffiti, artworks, and paintings that decorate every nook and corner of this beautiful village. The village sits atop a tall mountain, but once you make your way to the top, the scenic views are truly breathtaking. Make sure you grab a map on your way as the streets of the village can be hard to navigate.

 

Location: Gamcheon-dong, Saha-gu, Busan, South Korea

Known for: This village is a testimony to the creative and artistic side of South Korea with an abundance of graffiti, artworks, and paintings that decorate every nook and corner of this beautiful village

How to reach: Best way to travel to the village is to book a guided tour, and you can include a visit to the Eden Valley Ski Resort.

Approximate Cost: Entry is free, but tours can cost approx. INR 3000/- per person

Operating hours: 9 am to 5 pm 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your cameras, water bottles, translation guides and weather appropriate clothing

Type: Culture Centre

The temple is located along the coastline, was built by Naong a great Buddhist teacher. The temple was built under the reign of the Goryeo Dynasty and is a testimony to Koreas rich historical past.

 

Location: 416-3, Sirang-ri, Gijangeup, Gijang-gun, Busan, South Korea

Known for: The temple is a testimony to Koreas rich historical past. 

How to reach: Best way to visit the temple is to book a guided tour as it will include roundtrip transfers and an English guide.

Approximate Cost: Entry is free, but if you are driving you will have to pay for parking.

Operating hours: 5 am to sunset 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your cameras, water bottles, translation guides and weather appropriate clothing

Type: Temple

The festival is celebrated in January in Hwacheon located in the Gangwon province. During the festival, you can enjoy the breath-taking views, crystal clear ice and white snow. There are also some activities you can enjoy such as making ice sculptures, snow sledding, ice fishing and other.

 

Why you should attend this: You can enjoy the beautiful winter views and activities such as making ice sculptures, snow sledding, ice fishing and other.  

Who should attend this: Couples, families and solo travelers.

This festival happens every year in the historically significant Hahoe Folk Village in Andong. The festival glorifies the rich and vast Korean traditions, and each year the festival has on display many different form and styles to mask dances from some countries in Asian and around the world. Although the most spectacular display is, of course, the Korean dances.

 

Why you should attend this: The festival glorifies the rich and vast Korean traditions, and each year the festival has on display many different form and styles to mask dances from some countries in Asian and around the world. Although the most spectacular display is, of course, the Korean dances.

Who should attend this: Couples, families and solo travelers.

This festival is a celebration of a beloved Korean folk character Chunhyang from the popular story Chunhyangjeon. The story tells the tale of how Chunhyang was devoted to her beloved despite the many troubles, and the festival is celebrated to honor her struggle and devotion. The festivals feature many activities such as love booths, lantern parades, wrestling and fan dancing.

 

Why you should attend this: The festival has a unique theme its nor religious or musical. Instead, it celebrates a beloved Korean folk character Chunhyang from the popular story Chunhyangjeon. The story tells the tale of how Chunhyang was devoted to her beloved despite the many troubles, and the festival is celebrated to honor her struggle and devotion. It's a remarkable festival and is must visit if you happen to be in South Korea at the time.

Who should attend this: Couples, families and solo travelers.

This festival is celebrated on the first Friday of November each year when the streets of Seoul light up with hundreds of grand illuminated lanterns. The festival attracts tourist from all over the world and lasts for a whole two weeks. Each year the festival has a new theme that ranges from traditional and modern aspects of the South Korean society.

 

Why you should attend this: Each year the festival has a new theme that ranges from traditional and modern aspects of the South Korean society. Who should attend this: Couples, families and solo travelers.

You must go on this tour have a unique experience of visiting one the few demilitarized zones in the world and also learn about the war that leads to the division of the former nation of Korea. You can also visit the Dora Observatory and catch a glimpse of North Korea. This will by far be the most unusual tourist attraction you would have visited. If history and culture isn't your thing, then you can book a beginner's tour for skiing.

Most tours include transfers from your hotels and include an English tour guide. The price includes entrance fees, roundtrip transfers, local English guide. You have to arrange your meals and beverages.

 

Location:  Demilitarization Zone of South Korea

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: Approx. INR 2800/- per person

Why you should do it: You must go on this tour have a unique experience of visiting one the few demilitarized zones in the world and also learn about the war that leads to the division of the former nation of Korea. 

Tips: Carry your cameras, water bottles, translation guides, and weather appropriate clothing.

This tour allow tourists to spend a whole day amidst beautiful snow-covered mountains. Tourists can also enjoy cable car rides and skiing here. There are skiing packages available that include basic training, and all skiing gear. All tours include round-trip hotel transfers, ski clothing, 60-minute ski lessons, ski equipment and even a meal of banana milk and toast. Since their tours are usually for the whole day, you must organize your meals. If you decide to go skiing, you will need to rent goggles and helmets at your own expense. The cost of the tour doesn't include cable car passes.

 

Location:  Ski slopes, Seoul 

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: Approx. INR 5000/- per person

Why you should do it: This tour allows tourists to spend a whole day amidst beautiful snow-covered mountains. Tourists can also enjoy cable car rides and skiing here. There are skiing packages available that include basic training, and all skiing gear. 

Tips: Carry your cameras, water bottles, translation guides and weather appropriate clothing.

If you are visiting Incheon, then you must go on a half day city tour, because it covers all the popular and important tourist hot spots and is the best way to see this portside city. The tour lasts for about 2.5 hours and cover locations such as Incheon Station in Chinatown, Harbour park hotel, Incheon Inner Port, G-Tower, Canal Walk, Art Centre, Incheon Deagyo Bridge Observatory Ocean scope, Incheon Landing Operation Memorial Hall, Songdo Central Park, SongdoConvensia, Songdo Techno Park, Molchan Park, Gaehangjang Street (Art Platform), Wolmi Traditional Park and Wolmi Culture street. The tour is extremely high paced, so make sure you pace yourself, wear comfortable shoes and clothing. The tours run 16 times a day so that you can choose Operating Hourss depending on your schedule and convenience.

 

Location:  Incheon 

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: Approx. INR 300/- per person

Why you should do it: If you are visiting Incheon then you must go on a half day city tour, because it covers all the popular and important tourist hot spots and is the best way to see this portside city.

Tips: The tour is extremely high paced, so make sure you pace yourself, wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Carry your cameras, water bottles, translation guides and weather appropriate clothing.

This is a three-hour long night tour on the city of Busan and covers the cities popular tourist hotspots and landmarks. Since this is a nighttime tour, you can enjoy the cities brilliant illumination. You travel in comfortable buses and your English tour guide tells you all about the cities and countries rich culture, traditions and history. There are two preferred routes for the tours one, Western routes and Original route. Each has its unique inclusions, but both are equally fun and enjoyable.

 

Location:  Busan

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty level: Easy

Cost: Approx. INR 1800/- per person for the Original route and approx. INR 2100/- person for the Western route. 

Why you should do it: This is a three-hour long night tour on the city of Busan and covers the cities popular tourist hotspots and landmarks. Since this is a nighttime tour, you can enjoy the cities brilliant illumination.

Tips: The tour is extremely high paced, so make sure you pace yourself, wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Carry your cameras, water bottles, translation guides and weather appropriate clothing.

The tour starts from your hotel and continues to Eden Valley Ski Resort located 1.5 hours from Busan. The resort is located on top of the Sinbulsan Mountain. On your way to the resort, the tour makes a stop at the Gamcheon Culture Village, that is popular for its colorful houses and photogenic surroundings. You can enjoy skiing at the resort as well as snowboarding and sledding. At the village, you can spend time soaking up South Korean history and culture as well as shop for handicrafts and souvenirs.

 

Location:  Busan

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: Approx. INR 3200/- per person to approx. INR 5100/- person for various packages.

Why you should do it: the tour offers a unique opportunity for combines cultural and adventurous activities. Especially if you are traveling as a family with young kids, there is something for everyone on tour. Additionally, there are many places you can shop and enjoy the delicious local food.

Tips: The tour is extremely high paced, so make sure you pace yourself, wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Carry your cameras, water bottles, translation guides, and weather appropriate clothing.

This is a no muss no fuss kind of place; they have a simple menu with one main dish, i.e., their world-famous fish soup that they serve with rice and some additional side dishes like kimchi. Their menu may not be extensive, but the quality of their food is superb, and the service is fast.

 

Must Eat: Fish soup with rice and some side dishes. 

Approximate Approximate Cost for two: Average cost for one dish is approx. INR 400/-

Address: 320-3 Omok-ro, Yangcheon-gu

Contact: +82-2-2061-1292

Opening hours: 10:30 am onwards.

This is a fine dining two Michelin star restaurant. They some delicious local cuisine, in addition to other south-east Asian delicacies and many vegetarian dishes. They are known for their extensive menu, swift service, and consistency. If you happen to visit them make sure you try their five-course set menu. It's an absolute delight and very popular amongst locals and tourists alike.

 

Must Eat: Steak Tartar dish and five-course set menu  

Approximate Cost for two: Average cost for set menu is approx. INR 3500 for two people. 

Address: 11, Seolleung-ro 158-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06014, South Korea

Contact: +82 2-517-4654

Opening hours: 12 pm onwards.a

The restaurant has been around since 1978 and is famous for serving Korean Barbeque. The restaurant is frequented by locals, tourists, and even celebrities. They offer a unique dinningexperience where you can grill your pork belly on a grill present at your table.

 

Must Eat: Hanwoo (Native Cattle), Pork Belly and grilled meat with cabbage 

Approximate Cost for two: NA

Address: Ganseok 2-dong 130-12, Incheon, South Korea

Contact: +82-32-425-5538

Opening hours: 12 pm onwards Wed-Sun

This restaurant is famous for serving Korean inspired cold noodles but with a twist. They serve chewy noodles with a light yet sweet broth and people line up outside to try this delicacy. They are different from other noodle joints because they use watermelon instead of pear to add a cool, crunchy taste to the dish.

 

Must Eat: Chewy noodles in sweet broth. 

Approximate Cost for two: NA

Address: Hwapyeong-dong 288-4, Incheon, South Korea

Contact: +82-32-772-0040

Opening hours: 10:00 am onwards.

This is a 4-storey high restaurant located in Incheon's famous Chinatown. This is among one the most famous jjajangmyeon, i.e., noodle serving restaurant in Incheon. The most famous dish is the chewy noodles served with black bean sauce and its believed this dish was created in Incheon due to a high presence if Chinese immigrants here. In addition to Chinese inspired noodle dishes, the restaurant also severs a variety of buns, dumplings, and set meals.

 

Must Eat: Chewy noodles with black bean sauce

Approximate Cost for two: NA. 

Address: Bukseongdong 3-ga 5-6, Incheon, South Korea

Contact: +82-32-765-0571

Opening hours: 11 am onwards

The restaurant has an extensive menu and offers a variety of Korean, Asian, Vegetarian and International dishes. They are particularly famous for the buffet that has many dishes and there is something for everyone here.

 

Must Eat: Buffet and Korean style BBQ.  

Approximate Cost for two: Dinner for two costs approx. INR 2400/-

Address: 24, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro 298beon-gil, Haeundae-gu | B1, Pale De Cz, Busan

Contact: +82 51-744-7711

Opening hours: 11:30 am onwards.

By now you must be craving some Indian food, so what better places that the Punjab Indian Restaurant. It's a high rated Indian restaurant and frequents by many tourists from all over the world. Additionally, if you are a vegetarian, this place will be food heaven for you.

 

Must Eat: Samosas, Naan and chicken tikka masala.  

Approximate Cost for two: Dinner for two costs approx. INR 1500/-

Address: 31, Gundam-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan 48095, South Korea

Contact: +82 51-731-1947

Opening hours: 11:30 am onwards

Octagon is the most popular club in Gangnam and is the 5th best club in the world. It beat out clubs such as Berghain in Berlin and many popular spots in Ibiza and Las Vegas to gain the top spot in the world ranking. Although clubbing here is not cheap, you can expect to pay approx. INR 1700/- per person as cover charges here.

 

Opening hours: Open from 6 am onwards.  

Location:  Gangnam District.

This is a new club located in a posh neighborhood. Go here if you want to have a high-end clubbing experience. The club has stylish and classy interiors and is a great place to meet new people and locals alike. This is primarily a hip-hop club and served some truly fantastic drinks. The standard of music here is truly exceptional and famous DJ's like Al Rocco, Kingmck, Unity, and Shaun have performed here.

 

Opening hours: Open from 6 am onwards.  

Location: Cheongnam-dong

This western style bar located at the Incheon International Airport. It has on offer a great selection of beer, wines, and cocktails including some great grub food. It's a great place to duck in if you are waiting for a flight or have a long layover. Its quieter than the usual South Korean nightclubs but a great place if you want to have a quite informal night.

 

Opening hours: 5:30 pm to 2:00 am. 

Location: Unseo-dong, 2850-5, Incheon, South Korea.

If you are after a local nightlife experience then you must visit Vy Bar and Karaoke. The club is located in the Grand Hyatt Hotel so that you can experience a high standard of quality, food, and drinks. They have a state of the art Karaoke system, and you can hire separate karaoke rooms if you are shy or afraid of embarrassing yourself I front of huge crowds.

 

Opening hours: 6 pm to 3 am.  

Location: Yeongjonghaeannam-ro, 321 Beon-gil 208, Incheon, South Korea.

The bar is popular among tourist and expats. There are pool tables in the bar and occasionally live bands play here. The cover charges for the are approx. INR 900 per person.

 

Opening hours: 7 pm to 2 am

Location: Haeundae district.

The club has been recently renovated and is located in the ambassador hotel. The club was formerly named Murphy's. They have a big dance floor and DJ performances. Sometimes they even have live performances by famous artists. You can also hire private rooms here if you want a nice quiet evening.

 

Opening hours: 6 pm to 2 am

Location:  Ambassador Hotel, Busan.

This is a tourist friendly late-night dancing club. It has a big dance floor, several private rooms and pool table for the patrons. Its located behind the Seacloud Hotel on the 4th floor.

 

Opening hours: 7 pm to 2 am

Location:  Behind the Seacloud Hotel on the 4th floor.

This is a huge marketplace located in Seoul and is have for Cosmetics and Skin Care products. This is without a doubt the biggest and most famous market in all of South Korea. Originally the market was a famous local hot spot, but with a recent boom in Korea tourism, the market has become equally famous among tourists. Each block has around 20 shops, and you can find every imaginable makeup brand here. Some of the brands you will find here are Too Cool for School, Innisfree, Nature Republic among others. You can try and compare all products before you make a final decision on what to buy.

 

Location:  Myeongdong-girl, Jung-gu, Seoul

Operating Hours: 10 am to 10 pm, Daily 

Known for: Cosmetics and Skin Care products. 

Bargaining: Not possible as most stores are branded, and cosmetics and skin care products are usually fixed price items.

This is a local shopping hot spot with a mix of many streets and branded stores. The market is famous for students and youngsters, so everything here is very trendy and youthful. South Korea is famous for its funky fashion clothing and accessories, so this is the places to go and get your hands on some of their trendy hipster style clothes. Among branded stores, you will Korean brands such as Skin food and Tony Moly here.

 

Location:  52, Ewhayeodae-girl, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

Operating Hours: 11 am to 10 pm, Daily 

Known for: Junk Jeweller, clothes, shoes and cosmetics 

Bargaining: This is a local shopping hot spot, and most products are already discounted. However, you may be able to bargain a little on some items.

This market has some Korean brands and a few stores selling popular international brands. It's a great place to but men's clothing. It also has a number of places to eat and you must try the fried pork served with cheese fondue.  Among the many stores, you must TERO. This is not a street market, it a high-end place with many boutique stores. There are no supermarkets here just stores, cafes, and restaurants.

 

Location:  87, Art center-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea

Operating Hours: 11 am to 10 pm, Daily 

Known for: Men clothing, high-end stores, boutique shops

Bargaining: This is a high-end upmarket place, so there is no chance of bargaining. The stores are all branded and steeply priced.

As the name suggests, this is a mile-long underground mall. There are hundreds of shops here selling everything from a pin to an elephant. If you are a fan of gadgets, then you have come to the right place. Make sure you bargain on everything as most goods have a huge markup. If you are interested in buying Samsung phones, there are at least a dozen shops here selling all models and every imaginable accessory for the brand.

 

Location:  Bupyeong-dong, Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, South Korea

Operating Hours: 11 am to 10 pm, Daily 

Known for: electronics, clothes, shoes, etc

Bargaining: Make sure you bargain on everything as most goods have a huge markup.

This is among on the largest market in South Korea. You can buy anything and everything here including food items, clothing, appliances, electronics, seafood, etc. The alleyways of the market connect to Kkangtong Market and Bupyeong Market on either side. Therefore, you can explore three markets in one place. The market is famous for locals and tourist alike, and you can bargain here as well. This is a very old market as it was set up post the Korean War. The market was established by refugees who fled from North Korea.

 

Location:  38 Sinchangdong 4(a)-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea

Operating Hours: 8:30 am to 8:30 pm, closed every 1st and 3rd Sunday. 

Known for: Clothing, appliances, electronics

Bargaining: Make sure you bargain on everything as most goods have a huge markup.

This is one the largest underground shopping markets in Busan. It has over 300 hundred shops that sell everything imaginable. The market is famous for its cheap but trendy fashion clothing. The market also sells, appliances, handicrafts, electronics, clothes, cosmetics among other things.

 

Location:  Bupyeong-dong, Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, South Korea

Operating Hours: closed every second Tuesday. 

Known for: Local brands, trendy fashion clothing, cosmetics, accessories, etc.

Bargaining: Make sure you bargain on everything as most goods have a huge mark-up

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