If you are looking for short getaway in a nearby city out of Seoul, I would like to recommend Gyeonggi Province. If you check out Seoul map, Gyeonggi Province (knowns as Gyeonggi-do in Korean) is just right next to Seoul. There are some cities in Gyeonggi Province that is reachable by subway or buses from Seoul. It is really convenient!
During the Incheon Tourism Organization x Wow Korea trip, we visited some places in Gyeonggi Province such as Suwon, Gwangmyeong and Ansan. In this post, I will be introducing 2 days 1 night itinerary for Gyeonggi Province and Seoul whereby you will explore Gyeonggi Province in the first day, and some of the new trendy spots in Seoul on the second day.
2D1N Itinerary in Gyeonggi-do & Seoul :
– Day 1 :
- Suwon Hwaseong Fortress
- LUNCH @ Suwon Roasted Chicken Alley
- Gwangmyeong Cave
- Ansan Starlight Cave
- Accommodation @ Seongsu
– Day 2 :
- Seoul Forest
- Under Stand Avenue
- Seongsu-dong Cafes
- Seoullo 7017
DAY 1 @ Suwon / Gwangmyeong / Ansan
1) Suwon Hwaseong Fortress
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress is one of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site located in Suwon, about 1.5 hours from Seoul. There are 4 main gates – Janganmun (north), Paldalmun (south), Changnyongmun (east), and Hwaseomun (west). It is recommended that you take a walk along the fortress wall to enjoy panoramic view of Suwon city.
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18 Haenggung-ro, Yeonghwa-dong, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do
From Suwon Station Exit 4 (the North Squre), Take a City Bus (Bus No.: 11, 13 or 13-4),
Get off at ‘Hwaseong Haenggung, Suwon Seongji‘ Bus Stop
2) Lunch @ Suwon Roasted Chicken Alley
Suwon has a famous roasted chicken street (수원 통닭거리). It is located not far from Hwaseong Fortress / Hwaseong Haenggung Palace so you can actually walk to this street. Anyone who is in Suwon or visiting Hwaseong Fortress for the day, this chicken dish shall be your lunch or dinner!
- Tips: go for the original fried chicken.
Paldallo-1ga, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si
3) Gwangmyeong Cave (광명동굴)
Gwangmyeong Cave is one of the biggest cave themed park whereby visitors can experience wine at Wine Cave and visit other themes like Cave Aqua World, Gold Falls, Gold Road, Gold Palace, Horror Experience, Cave Basement World, Underground Lake, the largest dragon sculpture in the nation, LED lights, etc. This place is suitable for children too. We visited Gwangmyeong Cave on Sunday and it was very crowded with Koreans visiting with their family.
KRW 6,000 (adult)
(Weekdays) 09:00 ~ 18:00
(August-September) 09:00 ~ 21:00
142, Gahak-ro 85beon-gil, Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do
- Get off at Cheolsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 2. Cross the road to take Bus No. 17 and get off at Gwangmyeong Cave Bus Stop (last stop).
- Get off at Cheolsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 2. Take Bus No. 11-2 and get off at Gwangmyeong Cave
4) Ansan Starlight Cave
Ansan Starlight Village is a romantic place for couples or family. I would not recommend solo traveler to visit this place. The LED lights are really pretty. If you are a fan of lights, don’t miss out Ansan Starlight Village.
KRW 5,000 (Adult)
15:00 – 23:00
1723 Suin-ro, Bugok-dong, Sangnok-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do
From Jungang Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), take a taxi for approx. 9 min.
DAY 2 @ Seoul
1) Seoul Forest
This place is a good place for photo shooting in Autumn. Seoul Forest is a big park that is located in the center of the city. If you want to escape from stress and the crowd in city, come to Seoul Forest!
Seoul Forest Station (Bundang Line) Exit 3
2) Under Stand Avenue
Visit this new container area that is similar to Commonground in Konkuk university area. This is located right next to Seoul Forest. If you are visiting Seoul Forest, do come to Under Stand Avenue too!
Seoul Forest Station (Bundang Line) Exit 3
3) Seongsu-dong Cafes
Recently, there are many pretty cafes in Seongsu-dong area. I have been to 3 cafes in Seongsu-dong (hopefully I have the chance to blog about it later). The cafe that we visited is called Daerom Changgo (대림창고). You can see many art works display in the cafe. If you come here in the weekend, you have to pay KRW 10,000 for entrance fee (which includes a cup of coffee)
If you can read Korean, you can see their info on naver 대림창고.
11:00 – 23:00
78 Seongsui-ro, Seongsu 2(i)-ga 1(il)-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Seongsu Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 3.
4) Seoullo 7017
Seoullo 7017 is a pretty new attraction in Seoul that was opened in May 2017. Seoullo 7017 was an overpass (highway) built in 1970s. Then it was closed and they renovated this overpass into a sky garden in 2017. This is my second time to Seoullo 7017. The first time I brought my malaysian friend to visit this place, and stayed till sunset. You can see beautiful sunset from Seoullo 7017! Getting here is very easy as it is located just right outside Seoul Station.
Seoul Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4 & AREX), Exit 2.