They said when you decided to travel you’re already halfway there. If you are planning a trip to Seoul, this blog post might help.
After a while of research, reading of various travel blogs about Seoul, hunting of affordable-but-livable-and-accessible guesthouses on booking.com, I’ve managed to complete our itinerary plan few months before our travel. It’s a lot of work but oh so worth it. Who wouldn’t want to wake up knowing you wouldn’t need to scurry searching the web for tourist sites, where and how to go? Men, I loved being prepared. We never got lost, not even once. 🙂
Here’s a printable PDF version. You’re welcome! 🙂 (Disclaimer: this is just a 12 days itinerary that has been stretched out to 15 days. We’ve spent our last 3 days going back to the places we loved most.)
My main boo while preparing our itinerary was the Official Korea Tourism Organization. It has all the information you will need for planning your trip, a comprehensive list of all the tourist sites in Seoul, admission fees, operating hours and most importantly directions via public transportation.
You have to consider few things when looking for a place to stay in Seoul, is it accessible? Does the staff speaks english? Is it near Seoul Subway main lines? Are there many Oppas around? LOL. Here are the areas I can recommend;
- Hongdae – accessible via three major subway lines: Hongik University Subway Station – Line 2, AREX – Airport Railroad and Gyeongui/Jungang Line. You want a youthful vibe rowdy-at-night-artsy-in-the-morning area? Go for exit 8-9, you want a discreet-neighborhood-with-scattered-coffee-shops area? Go for exit 3-4.
- Ehwa – accessible via Ewha Womans University Station (Subway Line 2) exits 2-3. Not-so-silent-but-not-too-rowdy with reasonable amount of good cafés and affordable buys.
- Myeongdong – Myeong-dong Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 4) choice area of most tourist since its one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul.
During our 15 days visit, we’ve stayed in YA Korea Hostel (which is more of a guesthouse than a hostel) in the discreet neighborhood of Hongdae. The beds are huuuggeee, it has it’s own kitchen, private bath, english speaking staff, and no this is not a paid advertisement. It is 45 mins away from the airport and 5 mins walk from Exit 4 of Hongik University Station. This place is a winner.(rates: AED215/night for Twin Room – double occupancy, approx: AED1500/person for 14 nights stay) and again this is not an advertisement. LOL.
(photograb from booking.com)
It is quite easy to get around Seoul.
Seoul Subway, probably the most favored means of public transpo by tourists, is very efficient and very convenient. We never had a hard time going from point A to point B.
First purchase and recharge T-money card from a convenience store, it’s the South Korean version of Dubai’s NOL card. This card together with a mobile app called Seoul Mapway will be your BFF’s in your entire trip. The card costs KRW 2,500 (around AED 8) store an appropriate amount of cash (we’ve stored KRW 50,000 approx. AED 160 – good for 15 days). Using the subway is pretty cheap, the Basic Fare for 10 km is only KRW 1,250 (around AED 4). Affordable isn’t it?
You may download the Seoul Metro Map here.
My sister and I spent approximately around AED 3,600 per person that includes Flight Tickets (We’ve found a cheap flight thru wego.ae), Accommodation, and Transportation. Now food and shopping is a different story. Haha! Annyeong!