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
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! 💕