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Seoul Winter Free and Easy Itinerary – Our Final Plan

I know many of you travel and cold country is always a favourite destination for us to escape the unpleasant heat and humidity. 😆 My skin will suffer when the temperature drops to single digit, but I don’t mind it. After experiencing my first winter vacation in Hokkaido last year, I’m better prepared this year for my upcoming Seoul winter vacation.

A few readers asked if I have finalized my itinerary. The answer is YES! Hotels and flights are booked. We don’t need to buy any new winter clothing or accessories this year – can save some money LOL! 😃 There are some changes I’ve made to my original itinerary. I’m going to share it now since some of you asked about it. If you’re heading to Seoul too, please share your itinerary in the comment section below. I’d love to hear from you too!

Seoul Winter Free and Easy Itinerary
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Seoul Winter Free and Easy Itinerary

Day 1: Singapore -> Incheon

Arrived in Seoul at 8pm
Accommodation: Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences

Day 2: Seoul Theme Parks

Visit Lotte World Theme Park, Lotte World Aquarium and Seoul Sky Lotte World Tower
Dinner and shopping in Myeongdong and Dongdaemun

Day 3: Vivaldi Park

Day trip to Vivaldi Park Ski Resort and visit Snowy Land
Snowy Land is expected to be opened from 15 Dec 2019. Tickets are available for sale on Klook now.

Day 4: Seoul City Sight-Seeing

Explore Namsan Cable Car, N Seoul Tower, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Insa-dong, Hongdae and Han River Cruise with buffet dinner at night.

Day 5: Everland

Visit Everland Theme Park and check-out the famous Snow Buster
Snow Buster opening date in Dec 2019 has not been announced. For the past 2 years, it was opened on 15 Dec 2017 (Fri) and 14 Dec 2018 (Fri).

Day 6 – 7: Alpensia Ski Resort

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia PyeongChang

Update on 5 Nov 2019: We changed our mind (again!) and will be staying at Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Park per our original plan.

Day 8: Back to Seoul

Free and easy shopping day in Seoul

Day 9: Incheon -> Singapore

I booked six nights at Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences (what a mouthful LOL!) Residence Deluxe 1 Bedroom with 1 king-size bed that comes with washer, dryer and kitchen. I was fortunate to snag a good price during AccorHotels Private Sales 40% off and free breakfast. A 570 sq. ft. room with washer + dryer in Dongdaemun for less than $200/night including breakfast. It’s a steal! 😊

In addition, the location of this hotel is just PERFECT. It’s walking distance to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station which is the pick-up location for Alpensia Resort Shuttle Bus and Everland Shuttle Bus.

Truth be told, we went back and forth between Vivaldi Park Ski Resort and Alpensia Ski Resort before we finally settled with the latter. I booked two nights stay at Holiday Inn Resort, which to my surprise is cheaper than Vivaldi Park. The main reason why I choose Alpensia is that it’s near the mountain – hence higher chance of seeing real snow (I hope so!). It’s also less crowded. Since Vivaldi Park is only 1.5 hour from Seoul, we plan to do a day trip to visit Snowyland. We might change our mind again.

OK! That’s all for now. Happy Friday everyone! 💕

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3 comments

Jessie October 4, 2019 at 2:04 AM

Hi Emily, thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading your blog. I am also planning to travel to Korea this dec, a bit late in planning and so thankful to read your write up. Just wonder how you travel from place to place, do you have a driver’s contact or you just going to use public tpt? For Vivaldi park n snowyland there is also ski world, will it be sufficient to just do 1 day tour with Klook? What are the attractions or activities at Alpensia Ski Resort, as I noticed you staying 2 nites there. Isn’t similar activities at Snowyland? This is our 1st family trip to Korea n we dont speak the Language, still hesitating to book a tour package or go free n easy.

thanks
Jessie

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Emily October 4, 2019 at 10:34 PM

Hi Jessie,
I went to Korea the first time in 2016 on a group tour. I had one free day to tour around using public transport. I found that it’s quite easy to do free & easy in Seoul. It has one of the best train systems. All the stations have English signages and easy-to-read directions. So don’t worry about that. I’ll also be using public transport this time.

Both Vivaldi Park and Alpensia have similar activities – ski, sled and water park. I know that Vivaldi is very crowded due to its proximity to Seoul, hence I chose Alpensia. I also plan to visit YongPyong during my stay – I heard that snow tubing is very fun there. I prefer the accommodation type in Alpensia (which is hotel type) rather than Vivaldi (condo type). Anyway, I might also change my mind last minute and go back to Vivaldi.

All the best to your itinerary planning! 🙂

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Jessie October 6, 2019 at 2:26 AM

Dear Emily, thanks for your prompt reply. Happy Holidays!

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