Still can’t get enough of Korea. This time I am sharing my itinerary plus some other things like a list of food you must try and top instagrammable spots based on my personal picks.
First of all, here are some tips for you:
1. Buy Korean Won (South Korea’s currency)
Although many shops accept payments thru credit card, you would still need some cash at some point. Not to mention, it could be a bit difficult to monitor your expenses if you always depend on your cards.
As of December 30, 2017:
1000 South Korean Won (KRW) = 0.93 to 0.94 US Dollars (USD)
1000 South Korean Won (KRW) = 46.7 Philippine Peso (PHP)
2. Purchase Discover Seoul Pass
I’m so happy I did. With this amazing card, you can visit 21 tourist attractions in Seoul. Now, what’s even more amazing about this card is its T-money capacity which you can use to avail different transportation services like trains, buses, and taxi.
Price: 39,900 won (24hr) / 55,000 won (48hr)
Here’s the list of attractions you can visit for free (discounted rates for some) if you use your Discover Seoul Pass. Please note that it has a validity of 24 hrs or 48 hrs depending which one you availed. After these periods, you can only use it for transportation purposes by loading it up with T-money.
|Cultural Attractions||Amusements of
|– Gyeongbokgung Palace
– Changdeokgung Palace
– Jongmyo Shrine
|– Samsung Museum of Art, Leeum
– National Museum of Modern and
– Museum Kimchikan
– Simone Handbag
– Coreana Cosmetics
|– Namsan Seoul
– MBC World
– Trick Eye Museum
– Grevin Museum
– Figure Museum W
– Alive Museum
– TESEUM SEOUL
Teddy Bear Theme Park
– Seoul City Tour Bus (Traditional Culture Course only)
– The Painters HERO
– Kum Bak Yeon
– Doota Duty Free
– Fanta-Stick Musical
– Musical Chef
– National Gugak
– Jeongdong Theater (LOTUS)
– ARTEE Riders Club
– Dynamic Maze
– Poopoo Land
– Hello Kitty Island
– Seoul City Tour Bus courses (courses
that depart from
If you’re just after the transportation services, there are T-money cards available like this one:
3. Rent a portable wifi device
This one is optional especially internet connection is fast and almost everywhere around the city. But of course, there are still few places where there is no wifi. You can reserve via Klook and prices are just below 5 USD.
4. Download “Subway Korea” mobile app
Some people find the train system of Korea very complicated. Although I always say that getting lost is part of the adventure, at some point you need to reach a certain destination at a specific time. This mobile app which can be downloaded in iOS and Android will definitely help your travel via train easier!
|Arrival at Incheon International Airport|
|Check-in at Rainbow hostel|
|Stroll and dinner at Namdaemun Market|
My suggestion is to get a cheap hostel room if you’re like me who just wanted a nice place to sleep. Besides, you will be spending most of the time outside. You can get as low as 120 USD or 6,000 PHP for 5 days. Yes, for 5 days! And that’s a shared room. So it’s now 60 USD or 3, 000 PHP each for you and your friend.
|Gyeongbukgong Palace vicinity|
|Bukchon Hanok Village|
|Alive 3d museum|
|N Seoul tower|
Gyeongbokgung Palace Entrance Fee: 8, 000 won
Alive 3D Museum Entrance Fee – 12, 000 won
Namsan Seoul Tower Entrance Fee: 10, 000 won
|Dongdaemun Design Plaza|
|Lotte world mall – Lotteria|
Oppa Gangnam Style!
Nami Island Entrance Fee: 8, 000 won
Petite France Entrance Fee:8, 000 won
|Myeong Dong Cathedral|
|Seodaemun Prison hall|
Seodaemun Prison History Hall Entrance Fee: 3, 000 won
FOOD GUIDE – WHAT TO EAT IN KOREA
Tteokbokkki (Spicy rice cake)
Gyeran-Bbang (Egg bread)
Yangnyeom Tongdak Korean Fried Chicken
Korean Blood Sausage – my friends didn’t like this. Surprisingly, I did.
Korean Spicy Chicken Skewers
Soft serve ice cream
You can find below a list of food to eat at Namdaemun Market. I took photos for quick reference and for you to have an idea of the prices/menu. (By the way, Namdaemun is the largest traditional market in Korea)
Instagrammable spots in Seoul
Myeongdong Cathedral – I don’t intend to disrespect the place but this right here is a divinely beautiful spot for some photo-taking session. We went here early morning and the sunlight was so cooperative. It was great. It added extra, yet natural effects. No filter needed!
Seodaemun Prison History Hall – Brown red bricks are a classic! I always thought it was made for Instagram.
Changgyeonggung Palace – The patterns though! I think all Korean Palaces, in general, are worth instagramming!
Seoul Fortress wall – I took this photo and I have no idea how I did. But one thing is sure, this place is one perfect spot!
Dongdaemun Design Plaza – This modern structure has that kind of out of this world beauty and I mean that in all best way possible.
To be honest though, you’ll find art and beauty in every corner of Korea. It’s like every place is instagrammable, as if Instagram was made for Korea.
And that’s it! thanks for dropping by! If you find this blog helpful, let me know by sharing this or by leaving a comment.