As we locals in Itaewon, we tend to postpone being a tourist in our own hood. But today this changed, I took on the challenge to discover Itaewon as a local, even booked a guesthouse for the full experience.
2PM: Meet up in Cafe Nodle
This cafe located in Ichon is built at both sides of the bridge crossing the Han River. The cafe in itself is not that special but the view is really amazing.
The Ice Latte costed me 5500won, which is a little higher than normal coffee shops, but then again, when do you have a view like this?
Wanna come here?
한강대교전망카페, Ichon 2(i)-dong, Seoul
A short walk away from Sinyongsan Subway/KTX Station
3.30PM Check-In in Itaewon Yacht Guesthouse
We found Yacht Guesthouse on the Safe Stay website, a new campaign organised by KTO to provide safe and honest accommodation, so we decided to try it out
The owner was extremely friendly, so it was a great first impression. You can pay per bed (approx 20000won) or book a whole room (double, triple, family room). Make sure you’ll check out the rooftop as the view is amazing. I would say this guesthouse is similar to other guesthouses in Korea. Clean rooms and comfortable beds.
Want to visit?
Itaewon Yacht Guesthouse
23 Itaewon-ro 23-gil, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
5 minutes walk uphill (be careful when you’re heavily packed) from Itaewon station.
Want to get a discount? Click here and get a 20000won discount on booking.com.
5pm Dinner at Buddha’s Belly
Whenever I walk past Buddha’s Belly it’s always fully booked or packed, so this time to prevent being stuck in a noise restaurant we decided to go at 5pm. A perfect table with a great view.
I had a Pad Thai (yes yes I know predictable, I always choose Pad Thai, just because it’s my favourite dish EVER) and an amazing Sangria. As a person that can not handle any spice I am pleased to say that their “spice indicators” are very accurate. I ended up paying 24000 won, which I think is very reasonable for a big dish AND alcohol ><
Want to eat here?
48 Noksapyeong-daero 40-gil, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
2 minutes walk from Noksapyeong Station
6.30pm Duck Boats at Han River
I’ve never tried the duck boats for one main reason. I always see cute Korean couples, dressed in the same outfit going on their Sunday Uber Romantic date being all super cute in the duck boats. But today was the day I got over this prejudice and enjoyed a duck boat experience myself. And was it that bad, I hear you ask? No it was kinda fun, but I won’t do it again anytime soon. 15000 won per hour (life jacket included)
Wanna do this?
330 Yeouidong-ro, Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
5 minutes walk from Yoeuinari Subway Station
7.30pm Eland Han River Cruise
There are many different river cruises but from doing in dept research Eland Cruise leaving from Yeouido Hangang Park. We opted for the special Jazz and Rainbow Show river cruise (sadly enough the rainbow show was cancelled due to a small drizzle). It’s a 130 min boat ride and a 30 min Jazz performance. The performance was really amazing. Apparently the saxophonist won a Guinness record. River Cruise 25000 won (one free drink included). Ice Cream 3000 won. Sausage 3000 won.
Want to do this?
290 Yeouidong-ro, Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
5 minutes from Yoeuinari Subway Station
9pm Thursday Party Itaewon
Everyone who is a local to Itaewon knows Thursday Party. But for the tourists out there, looking for a good place to party, Thursday Party is a good place to start. They have a wide variety of cocktails and beers, great music and party games.
Eland Cruise 25000won