Seoul, Korea – Travel Tips by Roy

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Gyeongbokgung Palace
What type(s) of travellers would you recommend to visit Seoul?

Seoul is ideal for families, those who love shopping and foodies.

How long would you recommend for one to spend in Seoul?

6 days 5 nights.

What are the top activities/must-sees in Seoul that you would recommend?
1. Explore Hongdae district
Busy street filled with Korean youths in Seoul
A street in Hongdae

– It’s the hipster district of Seoul, it’s a shopping and fashion haven for the youngsters!

– Visit the flea market at Hongjik University for the artsy lovers

– Food, food and more food!

– Party away as you will be spoilt for choice with the tons of bars around the area

2. Watch the Nanta Show
Unique entrance to Nanta Show in Seoul decorated with pots and pans around the door
Entrance to the Nanta Show

– Show costs around KRW40-50K (look out for online promotions)

– It was much better than expected, extremely entertaining, definitely worth watching!

3. Shopping at Myeongdong
A-land store signage in Myeongdong, Seoul
An A-land store in Myeongdong

– Spend a day here shopping, shopaholics might need 2 days, focus on these if you don’t have much time:

– Lotte department store
– Osulloc tea house
– A-land

What are the top food places/must-eats in Seoul that you would recommend?
1. Seafood at Noryanjin Fish Market
Two grilled prawns on a white plate
Grilled prawns at Noryanjin Fish Market

– Choose your seafood at the wet market and proceed to the restaurant to enjoy your seafood hotpot!

– One of the freshest seafood I’ve ever tasted without burning a hole in your pocket!

– You’ve got to try the live octopus (aka San-nakji)! (Disclaimer: not for the faint-hearted)

2. BBQ at Wangbijib
Hand with tongs barbecuing chunks of raw meat on a wire gauze
Barbecuing meat at Wangbijib

– High quality meat grilled to perfection

– Good ventilation so you wont smell like what you just ate

– The stews should not be missed too

– While not the cheapest BBQ joint in Seoul, the quality makes up for it!

Any recommendations on where to stay?
AirBnB.
When is a good time of the year to visit?
March to May.
How should one get around?

Take the Seoul Subway, get a Korea Tour card which can be used on public buses and subways.

Are there any local norms / cultures that a tourist should be aware of?
Tipping is not necessary, be prepared for minimal personal space.
What are the acceptable payment currencies and modes?

Cash (KRW) and credit cards accepted.

Any other tips/things to be aware of?
Watch out for your waistline!
How should one stay connected to the internet?

Book a wifi egg online (Pocket Wifi Seoul seems to be the cheapest) in advance and pick up the device at selected locations (incl. airport).

Cost of Trip

Airfare – Singapore to Seoul – Singapore Airlines $980.

Accommodation – AirBnB, 7 nights, 4 pax, total $300 per pax (Get SGD45 off your first trip of SGD100 and more here.)

Food – about SGD10 each for a cafe/ local restaurant meal

Transport – SGD1.50 per single journey on Seoul Subway.

Exploring, experiencing and meeting new sights, culture and people are what excite me about travelling. The desire to share these experiences motivated me to build a travel application with my team at Away Nation, to help travellers plan and book their trips based on recommendations from friends and locals.

Tell us a bit about yourself

Exploring, experiencing and meeting new sights, culture and people are what excite me about travelling. The desire to share these experiences motivated me to build a travel application with my team at Away Nation, to help travellers plan and book their trips based on recommendations from friends and locals.