Tips for travelling in South Korea

Hi friends, I’m here to share some tips after my minimoon to Korea (Seoul and Jeju). Hope this is useful for you too!

Driving

We rented a car in Jeju because we love road trips. We enjoy planning our itinerary and the liberty to change as and when we like so tour groups are a big no-no for us. Except maybe day tours.

1. Ask for English speaking GPS and ask them how to change the language in case you accidentally switched it to Korean. It’s no big deal because you can guess from the road signs and highway codes but it’s more convenient in English.

2. Find out the telephone number, full English name, full Korean name, and address of the places you intend to visit. You will need the telephone number to search for places using the GPS.

We rented our car with Lotte.

MRT in Seoul

Keep a copy of the MRT map with you at all times so you know how to get from one station to another. There are many lines so check to see which is the fastest. If you use the T-money card, each journey costs KRW 1,250 no matter where you go, except if you take the AREX line.

This interactive MRT map is super useful for checking the distance and time taken between any stops. I also read that Subway Korea app is very useful. You may try it out!

Where to get T-money card?

You can get them from C2U stores for KRW 2,500 for an empty card. Go to the nearest train station (or at the airport) to top up. You can estimate how much to top up easily because journeys are flat rate of KRW 1,250.

Budget

Approx S$1 = KRW800

Transport ($1,023.20)

Car rental and petrol is for both of us. The other items are for 1 pax.

  • Car rental: $149.40
  • Petrol: $41.30
  • T-money card: $3.10
  • T-money top-up (for 3 days): $21.30
  • Air tickets (international): $662.90
  • Air tickets (domestic): $111.30
  • Ferry to Udo island (human): $6.90
  • Ferry to Udo island (small car): $27
Accomodation ($678.20 for 5 nights for 2 pax)
  • Jeju I’ve Resort: $448.20 (3 nights)
  • Savoy Hotel, Seoul: $230 (2 nights)
Communication ($30 for 1 device)
  • Changi Recommends Overseas Wifi Router: $30
Food ($320 for 6 days for 1 pax)
  • $320 for 6 days (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Shopping
  • $440 for skincare, make-up, snacks, souvenirs
Sightseeing (admission fees)

All prices are for individual admission.

  • Waterfall: $2.50
  • Sunrise peak: $2.50
  • Cave: $2.50
  • Palace: $3.80
  • Speed boat: $12.50

I spent about $2,515.20 for this trip! πŸ™‚

Communication

Data/ 3G/ 4G/ Wifi

I’ve used the Changi Recommends Overseas Wifi Router in my trip to Bangkok and decided it was super convenient. Plus, there was a promo when we rented the router for our Korea trip so it was a big plus point!

Basic Hangul

I also recommend that you learn some basic words as locals don’t really understand English. Some know a little bit of Chinese but all of them converse in Korean.

  • κ°μ‚¬ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€ (kam-sa-ham-ni-da) – Thank you
  • μ–΄λ””μ˜ˆμš” (o-di-ye-yo) – Where is it
  • μ–Όλ§ˆμ˜ˆμš”(ol-ma-ye-yo) – How much is it
  • μŠˆνΌλ§ˆμΌ“ (syu-peo-ma-ket) – Supermarket
  • μ•½κ΅­ (yak-guk) – Pharmacy
  • ν™”μž₯μ‹€ (hwa-jang-shil) – Toilet
  • μ˜μ—…μ‹œκ°„ (yeon-geob-shi-gan) – Opening hours

If you have time, you can learn how to read Korean. This proved especially useful for us when using the GPS.

Okay that’s all for now! If I think of anything else I will update this post! πŸ™‚

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