We make use of the long weekend to firm up on our year-end holiday. Our criteria is simple – it must have SNOW! ☃ In fact, it was Edison’s idea because he enjoyed his first snowy winter vacation so much last year that he wants to see snow again this year. So, we decided to go to Korea and stay in a ski resort. And now, it’s time to plan our Korea free and easy itinerary.
Why Korea, you may wonder. I know, it doesn’t snow that much in Seoul and their ski resorts are mainly artificial snow. We spent 9 days in Korea three years ago during summer and we enjoyed our time there. We joined a package tour so we got a chance to visit many places including Jeju (my favourite part of the trip). However, the time spent in Everland and Lotte World were too short. Therefore, I always think that if we could visit Korea again, I would definitely do it free and easy in winter. 😀
Before deciding on Korea, we had several other places in consideration including Club Med Beidahu, Nagoya and Tokyo. I was thrilled to find out that there are several ski resorts near Tokyo and we can visit Disneyland too. But at the end, Japan was dropped as V is not keen to go to Japan three times in a row. I also read that Jilin, China has extreme cold weather of about -20 degrees, and I was so paranoid of how cold it will get.
In the end, we decided on Korea and booked our flight tickets to Seoul (YES!). Last year, when we were transiting in Incheon airport to Sapporo, it was snowing beautifully. I hope that this year, we will be as lucky as last year to see real snow in Seoul.
Now, I’m going to share my preliminary 9D8N Korea free and easy itinerary with you.
Day 1: Singapore -> Incheon
We will be taking a day flight and arrive Incheon at 8pm. Getting to Seoul is very convenient with KAL Limousine Bus or Incheon Airport Limousine Bus that costs ~$16 per person. I bet all of us will be tired after the flight, hence it’s better to book a Private Incheon International Airport Transfers for Seoul that costs just $80 per car.
Now, I can even buy Klook T-Money card before my trip and collect from Incheon airport upon arrival. This is certainly ease our journey into Seoul and have I mentioned this – the card is super cute too LOL!
Day 2: Seoul Theme Parks
Dinner and shopping in Myeongdong (my cosmetics paradise!)
Day 3: From Seoul to Gangwon-do
Join the Klook tour to Gangwon-do and visit Nami Island, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm as well as Gangchon Rail Park. This tour has several pick-up points at Hongdae, Seoul Station, Myeongdong and Dongdaemun. Interestingly, lunch is also provided.
Day 4: Seoul City Sight-Seeing
Explore Namsan Cable Car, N Seoul Tower, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Insa-dong and Hongdae.
N Seoul Tower sits atop Namsan Mountain (243m). The observatory offers panoramic views of Seoul and the surrounding areas. Remember to lock in our love! 💞 Place a love lock there and secure our eternal love (bring our own lock!).
Gyeongbokgung Palace is the most beautiful palace in the city. Watch the Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony and visit the Underground Museum.
Changdeokgung Palace is one of the filming locations of popular K-drama Moonlight Drawn by Clouds. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also the most well-preserved palace with a rear garden that has a giant 300-year-old tree, pavilion and pond. I heard that you can rent a traditional hanbok from a nearly shop and get free entrance!
Day 5: Seoul to Everland
We are going to spend the entire day in Everland this time YAY!
Day 6: Seoul to Vivaldi Park
I’ve looked into various ski resorts in Korea – read my earlier post, if you haven’t. Since we’ve been to Alpensia and Yongpyong, most likely we will be staying at Vivaldi Park this time. I’ve heard rave reviews from my friends and I like it because it’s so near to Seoul. The resort even provides free shuttle bus to foreigners!
Day 7: Full day at Vivaldi Park
Have fun at Ski World, Snowyland and Ocean World
Day 8: Vivaldi Park back to Seoul
Seoul Land Theme Park
Day 9: Incheon -> Singapore
As of now, I’ve shortlisted the following two hotels for this trip:
This hotel is highly recommended by parents in a forum. It has an excellent location in Myeongdong – 3 mins walk to Euljiro 1-ga Subway Station and 8 mins walk to Myeongdong Station. Additionally, it’s also within 5 mins walk to Lotte Hotel Seoul where the free shuttle bus pick-up point to Vivaldi Park is located.
What I love most is their Family Flex Room that comes with 3 beds. It’s so affordable you can’t believe it! Nightly rate is approx. KRW 198,000 ($228) for 3 person including breakfast.
Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemum Hotels & Residences
This is an upscale Accor Hotel located in Dongdaemun. Opened in July 2018, this hotel is fairly new. It’s just 4 mins walk from Exit 12 of Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station. I’m eyeing at the Residence Deluxe 1 Bedroom with 1 king-size bed that comes with washer, dryer and kitchen.
More to come soon! Be sure to bookmark this post as I will be updating my Korea free and easy itinerary from time to time. If you have any suggestions, please please drop me a comment below. I’d really appreciate it! 😀