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5-9 Days Trip Itinerary for First Timers to Seoul, Korea

KoreaToDo has put together a step-to-step detailed trip itinerary for first timers (or any busy travellers with little time for planning) to Seoul, Korea.

 

It offers ONE central page of information for all your key travel needs to Seoul. They include, where to stay, important mobile apps to use, how to get from Incheon International Airport to your hotel in Myeongdong (the most popular and central place to stay in Seoul), day-by-day itinerary with detailed transport/walking guides on getting from one attraction to another, recommended tours, shops and restaurants.

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The itinerary covers 8 of the Top 10 Most Searched Korean Attractions of 2018 as released by Korean Tourism Organisation in January 2019.

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Itinerary Highlights

N Seoul Tower
N Seoul Tower
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Myeongdong Shopping District
Myeongdong Shopping District
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Seoul Plaza
Seoul Plaza
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Cheonggyecheon Stream
Cheonggyecheon Stream
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Gwanghwamun Square
Gwanghwamun Square
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Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Tosokchon Samgyetang
Tosokchon Samgyetang
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Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon Hanok Village
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Insadong
Insadong
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Nami Island
Nami Island
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Everland
Everland
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Ewha Womans University
Ewha Womans University
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Sinchon & Ewha Womans Univ. Shopping
Sinchon & Ewha Womans Univ. Shopping
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Hongdae (Hongik University Street)
Hongdae (Hongik University Street)
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Seoul Trick Eye Museum
Seoul Trick Eye Museum
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Ice Museum
Ice Museum
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LOVE Museum
LOVE Museum
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Gwangjang Market
Gwangjang Market
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Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
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Dongdaemun Shopping Malls
Dongdaemun Shopping Malls
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Before Departure

1. Recommended Activities, Tours & Tickets to pre-purchase before trip (optional)

2. Recommended Hotel Location: anywhere near Myeongdong Station, preferably on the same side of the road as 'Nine Tree Hotel Myeongdong' (i.e. 2 mins walk to airport limousine bus drop off/pick up bus stop, near exit 8 of Myeongdong Station)

3. Download Mobile Apps

a) Korea Subway Info App - Metroid HD or KakaoMetro

b) Location/Walking Direction Map - KakaoMap or Naver Map

Day 1: Arrived Seoul / Check in / Siloam Sauna Jjimjilbang / Namsan Seoul Tower / Myeongdong

At Incheon Airport - Arrival Hall (public area after collecting luggage)

  • Pick up pre-purchased WIFI Router & SIM Card at Incheon Airport (where applicable).

  • Recommend to purchase T-money Card at the 24-hours CU Convenience store near Exit 5 (/11/14) on 1F (arrival hall) of Terminal 1 (T1) or CS25/7-Eleven on 1F (arrival hall) of Terminal 2 (T2). Card deposit is β‚©4,000. Suggest to top up at least β‚©20,000 to β‚©30,000 as the airport limousine fare is β‚©15,000.

(The card can be used on airport limousine bus to city, bus, taxi, subway and convenience stores. Top up at any downtown convenience stores or subway stations. More details...)

T Money Card
T Money Card
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CU Convenience Store at Incheon Airport
CU Convenience Store at Incheon Airport
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GS25 Convenience Store at Incheon
GS25 Convenience Store at Incheon
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7-Eleven Convenience Store at Incheon
7-Eleven Convenience Store at Incheon
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T-Money Usage in Taxi
T-Money Usage in Taxi
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Take Airport Limousine Bus from Incheon Airport (T1/T2) to City (i.e. Myeongdong Station Bus Stop)

Bus #: 6015

Interval: 4-6 departures per hour

Duration: 80 mins

Fare: β‚©15,000 (discount may apply when used with T-money Card)

No reservation required. Just join the queue and it is free seating on board.

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Airport Limousine Bus - 6015 | KoreaToDo

Departing from T1 to Myeongdong Station

First bus 05:45 | Last Bus 23:15

Walk outside of arrival hall (1F) at Gate 5, look for Bus #6015 to Myeongdong at bus platform 5B.

Incheon T1 - Airport Bus - 6015
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Incheon T1 - Airport Bus - 6015
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Airport Limousine Bus - Using T-money
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Airport Limousine Bus 6015
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Departing from T2 to Myeongdong Station:

First bus 05:25 | Last Bus 22:55

Go to Basement 1 for platform No. 28

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Tab the T-money Card on boarding.

(alternatively, bus ticket can be purchased at arrival hall's counters or by cash to driver)

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Incheon International Airport - T2 - Platform 28 (6015 Bus to Myeongdong)

Note: If you wish to take the non-stop AREX Incheon Airport Express Train from Incheon Airport direct to Seoul Station (T1 - 43 mins / T2 - 51 mins) and transfer to subway line to Myeongdong Station, you may need to carry your luggage up/down the stairs on train transfer and at Myeongdong station.

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Check into accommodation booked after alighting from Airport Bus at Myeongdong Station Bus Stop.

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For early arrival into Seoul on red-eye flight

If you need to take a rest before starting the day, why not take a short taxi ride (10 mins, β‚©6,000) to Siloam, a Korean traditional spa located within walking distance from Seoul Station. β‚©11,000 per entry with access to sauna, bath-house, sleeping rooms, restaurant, luggage keeping room, etc.

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Siloam Sauna Jjimjilbang - Building
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Siloam Sauna Jjimjilbang - Rest Area
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Siloam Sauna Jjimjilbang - Sleeping Room
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Siloam Sauna Jjimjilbang - Giok Bath
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Namsan Seoul Tower - Cable Car
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4F - Ryan CHEEZZZBALL Adventure
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5F - Hello Kitty Island
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Tower 4F - A TWOSOME PLACE
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From N Seoul Tower, take the Namsan Shuttle Bus No. 05 back to Myeongdong.

Namsan Seoul Tower - Namsan Shuttle Bus
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Namsan Seoul Tower - In Autumn
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Myeongdong Shopping District
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Myeongdong Shopping District
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Myeongdong Shopping District
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Myeongdong Shopping District
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Myeongdong Kyoja - Kalguksu
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Loco Quan 401 Restaurant - BBQ
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Yoogane Myeongdong - Marinated Chic
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OSULLOCΒ TeaHouse - Myeongdong Branch
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Myeongdong Street Food
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Myeongdong Street Food
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Myeongdong Street Food
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Myeongdong Street Food
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Day 2: Seoul Plaza / Cheonggyecheon Stream / Gwanghwamun Square / Gyeongbokgung Palace / Tosokchon Samgyetang / Bukchon Hanok Village / Insadong

Depart 09.00 or earlier [ in time for the 10:00 changing of guard ceremony at palace]

Using KakaoMap or Naver Map, take an easy leisure walk from your accommodation to Seoul Plaza (15 mins), located right next to City Hall Station (line 1, exit 5) and facing The Plaza Seoul (hotel). The very popular Lotte Department Store (main branch) and the established Lotte Hotel Seoul that every taxi drivers know even in English are located nearby too.

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Seoul Plaza
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Seoul Plaza
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Seoul Plaza
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Walk along the straight road, Sejong-daero at the side of Seoul Plaza (passing by City Hall Station, line 1, exit 4/5) towards Gyeongbokgung Palace (20 mins), bypassing Cheonggyecheon Stream and Gwanghwamun Square along the way. This is a nice, spacious and modern area in Seoul.

Gwanghwamun Square
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Cheonggyecheon Stream
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Cheonggyecheon Stream
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Cheonggyecheon Stream
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Cheonggyecheon Stream
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Gwanghwamun Square
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Gwanghwamun Square
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Gwanghwamun Square
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Gwanghwamun Square
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Gyeongbokgung Palace 경볡ꢁ

To arrive before 10:00 for the Changing of the Royal Guard Ceremony (20 mins), followed by the optional Free English Guided Tour at 11:00 (1-1.5 hrs). No reservation required.

The next Changing of the Royal Guard Ceremony is at 14:00.

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For those who wish 'conserve' energy, you can take a taxi direct from Myeongdong to Gyeongbokgung Palace (20 mins, β‚©6,000) or subway to Gyeongbokgung Station with 1 transfer (20 mins, β‚©1,250). Use subway mobile app Metroid HD or KakaoMetro for the lines and transfer station.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Walk from Gyeongbokgung Palace to the popular Tosokchon Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup) Restaurant. 10 mins.

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Tosokchon Samgyetang
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Tosokchon Samgyetang
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Tosokchon Samgyetang
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Tosokchon Samgyetang
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Walk 5 mins to Gyeongbokgung Station (line 3).

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Take the subway from Gyeongbokgung Station to the next stop, Anguk Station (line 3, exit 2). Walk to Bukchon Hanok Village (10 mins).

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Bukchon Hanok Village
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Bukchon Hanok Village
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Bukchon Hanok Village
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Bukchon Hanok Village
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Walk from Bukchon Hanok Village back towards Anguk Station to Insadong. 3 mins walk from exit 6.

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Insadong - Street
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Insadong - Souvenir Shop
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Insadong - Ssamziegil
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Insadong - Street food
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Dinner at one of the quaint restaurants at Insadong.

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After dinner, complete the walk along Insadong-gil to the main road, Jong-ro. Turn left at Jung-ro, walk straight forward until you reach Jongno-3 ga station (5 mins). Take the train with 1 transfer back to Myeongdong Station (12 mins, β‚©1,250). Use subway mobile app Metroid HD or KakaoMetro.

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Alternatively, at any point along Insadong, you can take a taxi back to Myeongdong (10 mins, β‚©5,000).

Day 3: Day Trip from Seoul

Day 4: Ewha Womans University / Sinchon Shopping District / Hongdae / Gwangjang Market / Dongdaemun

You can start the day any time you wish. Also, you can go to all the places recommended today or pick and choose your preferred. They are all on the same subway line (line 2), allowing you to travel from 1 place to another place easily. β˜Ί

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Take the subway from Myeongdong Station to Ewha Womans Univ. Station (line 2, exit 2/3, 18 mins). Use subway mobile app Metroid HD (search for "ehwa women's univ.") or KakaoMetro. Walk 5 mins to Ewha Womans University, by passing the shopping street along the way.

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Ewha Womans University
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Ewha Womans University - Autumn Foliage
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Ewha Womans University - Autumn Foliage
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Sinchon & Ewha Womans Univ. Shopping
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Sinchon & Ewha Womans Univ. Shopping
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Sinchon & Ewha Womans Univ. Shopping
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Sinchon & Ewha Womans Univ. Shopping
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Take the subway from Ewha Womans Univ. Station to Hongik Univ. Station (2 stops away on the same line, line 2).

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Hongdae (Hongik University Street)
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Seoul Trick Eye Museum
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Ice Museum
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LOVE Museum
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Love Museum

same day booking available

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Take the subway from Hongik Univ. Station to Euljiro 4-ga Station (8 stops away on the same line, line 2, 15 mins). Walk 5 mins to Gwangjang Market.

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Gwangjang Market
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Gwangjang Market
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Gwangjang Market
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Gwangjang Market
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Walk back to Euljiro 4-ga Station. Take the subway to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (next stop on the same line, line 2).

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Free admission to Rose Garden of 25,550 LED roses that light up at 19:00 (after sunset) to 00:00.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza
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Dongdaemun Design Plaza - Flowers
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Dongdaemun Design Plaza - Flowers
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Dongdaemun Design Plaza - Igansumun
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Dongdaemun Shopping Malls
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Dongdaemun Shopping Malls
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Dongdaemun Shopping Malls
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Dongdaemun Shopping Malls
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After shopping, take the subway from Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station to Myeongdong Station (line 4, 2 stops, β‚©1,250).

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Alternatively, you can take a short taxi back to Myeongdong (10 mins, β‚©5,000).

Day 5... : Self-explore based on your interest

Day before departure: Last Minute Shopping / Chilling Out

Last Day: Getting to Airport...

Take the Airport Limousine Bus, #6015 (or #6001) from the same drop off stop (Myeongdong Station) to Incheon Airport (T1/T2)

Bus stop location: near exit 8 of Myeongdong Station and right in front of KB Bank.

Interval: 4-6 departures per hour

Duration: 80 mins (T1) / 90 mins (T2)

Fare: β‚©15,000 (discount may apply when used with T-money Card)

No reservation required. Just join the queue and it is free seating on board.

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First bus 04:35 | Last Bus 20:15

Myeongdong Station Airport Bus Stop
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Myeongdong Station
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Myeongdong Station - Airport Bus
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Map of Airport Bus Stop @ Myeongdong
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Alternatively, you can book on a private car transfer to Airport as well.

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