TRAVEL GUIDE CONTENTS
How to Get to Seoul, Korea from Manila
Getting Around the City of Seoul
Seoul is an easy city to navigate because of the extensive subway and bus connections to different parts of the metropolis. The size of the network can be quite imposing the first time, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to go from point A to B. Trains run from around 5:30AM until midnight. There are color coded lines to make it easy for passengers to determine which train they should be on. [Buy a Korea Railway Pass]
Tourist Attractions in Seoul
Seoul is an interesting city with plenty of things to do.
- War Memorial of Korea – for those interested in history, this is a good place to add to your itinerary. It’s free and has many exhibits.
|War Memorial of Korea | Photo by Glenn Forbes under CC license|
- Gyeongbokgung Palace – a huge complex which was the palace of the royal family during the Joseon Dynasty. Entrance fee is KRW3000; you can also buy the combo ticket which includes others places for KRW10000.
- Changdeokgung Palace – Entrance fee is KRW3000, if you want to go to the Secret Garden as well, you’d have to pay KRW8000. You can also buy the combo ticket which includes others places for KRW10000.
|Changdeokgung Palace | Photo by: redlegsfan21 under CC license|
- Changgyeonggung Palace – another palace to explore during your visit. The ticket costs about KRW1000; you can also pay KRW10000 for the combo ticket.
|Changgyeonggung Palace | Photo by : Kent Kanouse under CC license|
- Myeongdong – this is a vibrant district where you can shop for mid to high priced branded items. This is a good area to walk around in to get a feel of the city, and maybe even grab some street food.
- Hongdae – this is a cool district near Hongik University where there is an artist vibe. You’ll get to see some street performances during your visit.
- Jongmyo Shrine – this attraction is UNESCO listed and is a place where you’ll find the ancestral tablets of the royal family during the Joseon Dynasty. Entrance fee of KRW1000 or get the combo ticket for KRW10000.
- Nami Island – another famous destination for those who love nature; you can take scenic walks and take plenty of photos during your visit. The best time to go is during autumn; the entrance fee is around KRW8000. [Buy a Nami Island and Petite France Ticket]
|Nami Island | Photo by: eugenehuan under CC license|
- Garden of Morning Calm – for nature lovers this garden is a wonderful place to visit because of the flowers and plants. You’ll see different kinds depending on the season, making this attraction worth returning to. Entrance fee is KRW9500 for adults. [Buy a ticket now]
|Garden of Morning Calm | Photo by: Weli’mi’nakwan under CC license|
- Bukchon Hanok Village – Seoul is a bustling metropolis with an old soul; you’ll see remnants of its traditions when you visit Bukchon. As you explore, you’ll see tea houses, guesthouses and restaurants that provide you with a glimpse of the city’s vibrant past. There is no entrance fee for this attraction. [Bukchon Oneday Hanbok Rental Experience]
|Bukchon Hanok Village | Photo by: Mathieu Thouvenin under CC license|
Possible Day Trips from Seoul
- DMZ Tour – this takes you to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. A tour costs about KRW40000 to KRW135000, depending on the inclusions. You get to know more about the tension between the two countries with a visit here.
- Suwon Fortress – if you have an extra day or so to spare during your visit, add this fortress to your itinerary. It’s quite far from the city but is worth going to for those interested in history. The complex has an imposing wall and remnants of military facilities that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. Entrance fee is KRW1000 for adults.
Hotels in Seoul : Where to Stay in Seoul
Hongdae and Myeongdong are popular places to stay in because of the variety of accommodations available in or just outside these areas. You’ll find guesthouses, hotels and hostels in either district. If you’re on a budget, some hostels offer dorm beds for around KRW21000+++. If you want a private room you can get one starting at around KRW50000+++. Ideally, get a place to stay near popular areas such as the two mentioned or near metro stations to make it easy to go around the city. Below are some of the highly rated accommodations in Seoul in Agoda.
- Kimchee Sinchon Guesthouse. Less than Php500. Check availability and reviews.
- TIme Traveler Relax Seoul Guesthouse. Less than Php800. Check availability and reviews.
- Hostel HARU. Less than Php1,500. Check availability and reviews.
- Brownie Guesthouse. Less than Php1,000. Check availability and reviews.
- Naru Guesthouse. Less than Php1300. Check availability and reviews.
Sample Expenses in Seoul
KRW150000 (each whether private room or a dorm bed)
Entrance Fees and Tours
KRW27500 (add KRW40000, if you want to include the DMZ)
Total for 4 Days and 3 Nights