Dive into the unique and energetic nightlife of Busan and Seoul, two of Korea’s most thrilling cities. This tour focuses on an exploration of an authentic Korean night out, complete with cuisine, cocktails, and experiences. Split between the beach-laden Busan and bustling mega-city Seoul, you will get a taste a night life culture that is quintessentially Korean. Dine on kimchi and BBQ pork belly, belt out K-pop songs at a norebang (Korean karaoke), hop around the many pojangmachas (drinking tents) and discover the unique flavors of makgeolli and soju, staple Korean spirits. Top it off with access to upscale bars, electronic clubs and other hot spots on South Korea's list of premier venues.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Party Time: For lovers of Korean nightlife, this eight-day journey will see travelers singing in a VIP norebang, soju drinking in a suljib, and strolling Haeundae Beach’s impressive boardwalk.
• Seoul in Style: The hotels of Seoul are some of the finest in East Asia. Travelers can opt for the classic luxury of the Conrad Seoul or Four Seasons Seoul, or go to the newly-minted Signiel Seoul high rise for one of the best views in the city.
• Get a Little Gangnam Style: After exploring the lively destinations of Itaewon and Hongdae, travelers go to the electric downtown centers of Gangnam and Cheongdam for restaurants, bars, and clubs in the Korean urban jungle.
Begin your nightlife excursion at Busan’s humming Jagalchi Fish Market, an elaborate maze of fresh seafood. Offering top quality delicacies such as the freshest tuna and the largest king crabs, Jagalchi is distinctly a Korean gem. Select your desired catch and it will be delivered to a nearby restaurant where you will be served immediately in traditional Korean style complete with soju (a Korean rice whiskey). Afterwards, stroll Haeundae Beach’s impressive boardwalk, the liveliest section of the beach city. Saturated with tantalizing street food and exotic nightlife bars and clubs, there is never a shortage of entertainment in Haeundae.
On your second night, indulge yourself with two different types of dining experiences. Begin at an upscale locale with a feast of galbi (the famous Korean short rib), soups and and endless array of side dishes. Served family-style in large portions with abundant drinks, this sumptuous meal will effectively prepare your stomach for the pojangmachas (drinking tents). A staple of the Korean people, pojangmachas serve a variety of appetizers and Korean beverages. Stick to the standard soju or try the bokbunja raspberry wine for an especially sweet ending to the night.
Night three takes off with a trip to a sul-jib, which literally translates to “alcohol-house.” Don’t let the name fool you, food is served and your party will be provided a private room. Ordering is done through an electronic screen, where you can purchase a wide variety of spirits (including the famous kiwi-soju smoothies) and anju, or Korean-style pub food. After your sul-jib experience, visit a norebang, the Korean karaoke with a twist: a VIP room featuring waiter service. Stay for a half hour or the entire night singing, eating, and drinking.
Arrive in Seoul and take the night to relax and recuperate in your luxurious hotel-- we recommend either the Ritz-Carlton or the Conrad. Depending on your arrival time to Seoul, consider grabbing a bite in the exquisite hotel restaurant or going for a drink at a nearby venue.
Spend the night in Hongdae, Seoul’s college town. Dinner will consist of a Korean barbeque feast prepared before you on your table’s built-in grill. Do-it-yourself or allow the helpful wait staff to cook the top-shelf meat to perfection. Follow dinner with a walk through the animated streets of Hongdae. Live musicians, games of chance, a wide assortment of hofs (Korean-style bars), nightclubs, and street food await you in this neon-lit district.
Your sixth day will start with a journey through Itaewon, the epicenter of visitors in Seoul. A diverse blend of food and spirits, including many innovative fusion restaurants, is available in this bustling expat district. From there, cross the Han River to Apgujeong, one of Seoul’s preeminent cultural centers, for a taste of high-end Korean makgeolli, the unique rice wine Koreans claim contains numerous health benefits.
Go “Gangnam-style” on your final day in Seoul, embracing the electric downtown centers of Gangnam and Cheongdam. Seoul’s finest restaurants, bars, and clubs are located in this enthralling urban jungle. A specialty guide will be provided for your final night, advising you on the plethora of options available, ranging from renowned traditional Korean eateries to exclusive night clubs.
Transfer to your flight and return home after your week of nightlife fun.
Tucked along the coastline, Busan is the second largest city in South Korea. It is home to picturesque mountains, glimmering beaches, and the Paradise Busan, which is located right along the lively Haeundae Beach.This upscale hotel features rooms with fantastic views, its own on-site casino, and an expansive spa. The polished, modern rooms start at 377 square feet and include views of either the ocean or the city. Many come with private, seaward-facing balconies. The suites offer more space and a private sitting area, and the top suites are divided into four classes, of which the marble-coated Diamond Suite is the most luxurious. There is an array of dining options including styles such as buffet, Western-fusion, Chinese, Japanese, and even a charming English pub. The on-site fitness center is world class, and the spa boasts a number of treatments, scenic hot spring tubs, and wet-dry saunas.
The five-star Conrad Seoul is located in the Yeouido financial district with fantastic views overlooking the Han River and city. The hotel offers a huge year-round indoor swimming pool, spa, well-equipped gym, a rooftop garden and even a golf driving range. The spacious executive lounge outshines other five-star lounges with comfortable seating and a generous happy hour promotion. There are 434 spacious rooms with air-conditioning, a deep bathtub, rainfall showerhead, double sink, luxury aromatherapy toiletries, Apple entertainment systems, a Nespresso coffee machine and complimentary newspapers. The hotel is within 5 minutes walking distance from Yeouido Subway Station (Line 5) and reasonably close to Seoul's airports. There is a choice of restaurants including Zest offering international dishes, Atrio that plates up Italian cuisine, a bar and grill on the 37th floor with a 360-degree view of the city and Flames a lobby bar offering wines, cocktails, local and international beers. The hotel also has direct access to the large international-style IFC shopping mall.
Reflecting the unique city it sits in the center of, the Four Seasons in Seoul is a combination of traditional Korea and modern cool. Located in the central business district and yet within walking distance of the city’s historic sites, it’s the ideal choice for those traveling for work or pleasure. Fully equipped with a range of beautiful new facilities, guests may opt to stay in the hotel, making use of the pools, sauna and spa, not to mention state-of-the-art 3D golfing range. The rooms, studios and suites are decorated with chic design features and all the modern conveniences, providing a welcome retreat after a long day of leisure, meetings or sightseeing. Fine dining is available in the selection of on-site restaurants, serving delectable cuisine from Asia and beyond. Thanks to the expert chefs and the hotel’s stylish bars, the hotel is a nightlife destination in itself and a go-to hotspot in Seoul.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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