I Took A Solo Trip To Seoul - And Here Are The Useful Tips I Learnt (2023)

In December 2019 I crossed something off my bucket list and finally made a solo trip to Seoul! ? As someone who's wary of travelling in winter, this trip meant a lot to me as a sort of personal challenge too. From staying in a shared guesthouse dormitory to trying to travelling light with a backpack, the trip was full of many travel 'firsts' and although it was challenging at times I ended up loving the city even more by the end!


That being said, I definitely had to think on my feet at times and I even learnt some things I wish I'd known while planning my trip. ? If you're thinking of travelling solo to Seoul (for a 'Seoul-o' experience ?) keep reading for some useful tips on how to navigate the public transport, which halal eateries youhaveto visit, and how to survive the Korean winter!

1. Is it safe for a Muslim (woman) to travel solo in Seoul?

Safety is definitely the most important consideration when you're solo travelling. I've been to Seoul twice since 2018 (once with friends and once on my own), and both times I felt safe going out in the day and after sunset while walking alone. I did get cat-called once in 2018 but I never had any hostile encounters on the street. It's common to see some drunk people on the streets at night (especially on a Friday or Saturday) as South Korea has a strong drinking culture, but they won't get aggressive towards you and it's best to just leave them alone.

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It's also more common to see hijabis in Seoul now particularly at Myeongdong, Hongdae, Itaewon, and at the major attractions. ? One of our writers even got to try on a traditional hanbok during her previous trip to Seoul that complemented her hijab! I saw quite a few hijabis wearing similar outfits around Bukchon Hanok Village and Gyeongbokgung Palace during my trip, and no one bothered or stared at them. ☺️ There were a few staying in the same guesthouse as me, and I also saw some solo hijabi travellers in the halal restaurants I visited. Overall I did feel very safe even though I was a bit nervous going back to my guesthouse at night just because it was dark, late, and cold.

Here are some tips to help you feel more secure:

  • Remember to bring your passport around. This isn't just for getting tourist tax-free discounts (more on that below ?) but to ensure you have identification if you run into any issues. Make sure to keep it in a safe place in your bag!
  • Do stay alert if you're walking outside after sunset (in winter the sun even sets before 6PM!) especially in Myeongdong, Hongdae, and Itaewon. Myeongdong and Hongdae get super crowded every evening, and Itaewon is home to several bars so you might see some rowdy patrons.
  • Keep an eye on your bags and purses in crowds or during rush hours, and stay off your phone so you can be more aware of your surroundings. The subway trains can get very packed at the end of the day and you don't want to drop your belongings or risk getting pickpocketed!
  • Before you leave your room or venture to a new place, calm your heart by reciting an appropriate du'a. My guesthouse was next to the mosque, and being able to walk past it at the start and end of each day also helped me feel more at ease. ? You can also bookmark these prayer rooms next to major attractions to plan out a break to recharge in the middle of the day.
2. Which is the best neighbourhood to stay in?

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The view from the Baek In-Je House Museum in Bukchon Hanok Village showcasing a traditional hanok family house. Some of the hanok houses in the area were even converted into hostels or guesthouses for an authentic traditional Korean experience!

Seoul definitely has no shortage of accommodation options, with plenty of hostels and guesthouses having popped up in the last 10 years to accommodate the humongous tourist growth. With some research you can even book a stay in a hanok- definitely a unique experience you won't get anywhere else! ? You can look athanokvillages such as Bukchon and Namsangol for options like these. There are also temple stays if you want to experience the tranquillity and zen of a traditional Korean Buddhist temple (temple food is also usually vegan-friendly with no alcohol used in cooking!).

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Hongdae's streets at night are full of small shops selling everything you could dream of. ?

If you're deciding between the most popular choices of Myeongdong, Hongdae, or Itaewon I think it boils down to what your main goals are for the trip. Serious shoppers who want to be close to major attractions will love Myeongdong's accessibility. Hongdae is good for bargain hunters or if you prefer the vibrancy of a college town - night owls will also love the buskers and performers who dazzle in the streets after sundown! ??

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Major advantage of staying near the mosque? Being near delicious halal food like the odeng (fishcake) and tteokbokki from Manis Kitchen! ?

For me, being near delicious halal food was my topmost priority which is why I ended up in Itaewon! ? Seoul Central Mosque is located there and the area is full of Muslim-owned eateries, shops, and even supermarkets selling any ingredients you need to whip up a meal of your own. Itaewon does have one major drawback which is that the mosque is located on top of a hill and you need to climb allthe way up to reach any of the eateries or mosque. Having stayed in another part of Itaewon last year I thought I knew how hilly it could get, but I was really unprepared for how steep the climb was! I joked to my friend that every night was 'leg day' for me, and I could really feel the burn in my knees after a long day out. ?

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Going solo was a big advantage here - I could walk and explore the city at my own pace, and pick where I wanted to stay without having to bear in mind who I was travelling with. If I was travelling with my parents I definitely wouldn't have stayed in the same guesthouse, and I don't know if we would have visited Itaewon more than once because going up and down the hill just to grab a bite would have been too tiring for them.

3. How can I ensure my accommodation is safe/secure?

In the last few years, there have been several scandals where hidden cameras or spy cams were found in accommodations both in South Korea and around the world. ? Worse still, some of these were left behind by previous guests and not the staff. It was a concern my parents had when I told them I was planning to travel to Seoul on a smaller budget, and while there are lots of tips online on looking for spycams in your room you'll also have to research for trusty accommodation options and have some faith in your fellow guests or accommodation staff.

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I chose a women-only dormitory in a Muslim-friendly guesthouse as I felt it was the safest choice for me that was still within my budget. It wasn't the most comfortable or luxurious place, but I felt secure there and it was also just 5 minutes from the mosque. My advice would be to check your room (even if you're staying in a more expensive hotel) the moment you check-in and immediately raise any concerns you may have to the staff. If you feel that something seems off, report it to them immediately and ask them to check the room themselves.

4. How do I navigate public transport in Seoul?

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First, start by getting yourself a reloadable T-money or Cashbee card. You can use it across South Korea (not just in Seoul!) and even at some convenience stores or shops. A subway ride using the card costs KRW1,250 (base fare) and a bus ride costs between KRW900 - KRW2,300 depending on the service. There are also some transfer discounts if you transfer within 30 minutes. I topped up my card with KRW50,000 on the first day of my trip and that lasted me about 6 days, including taking the Airport Railway Express (AREX), subway and bus fares, and some small purchases. If you're in South Korea for 3 days or less you can also consider buying a tourist pass that includes free entry to popular attractions such as COEX Aquarium, Lotte World, and the Running Man Thematic Experience Center.

P.S. There are also refund machines in subway stations, so you can refund your balance at the end of your trip. ? Just avoid having to refund more than KRW50,000 as the process can take a long time.

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Left: Part of the Seoul subway map in the Subway Korea app. Right: Subway Korea app showing how to get from Itaewon to Myeongdong (transfer station in orange).

Moving on, Seoul is actually one of the cities where I've had the most convenient public transport experience! The subway map is super extensive and you're never too far away from a station. The Subway Korea app (Download it on Android | iOS) saved my life having to navigate the different lines too. It lets you pick your start and endpoints, and suggests the best route to take to get there. The station signs all have English on them, but do take note that the subway stations are HUGE! Walking from one line to another to transfer can even take 5 minutes so try to plan some extra travel time into your itinerary. ?

One downside is that there aren't a lot of signs on the ground level indicating where the nearest subway station is. You have to use a map or navigational app to find it, which might take some time. Which brings me to my next tip:

5. How do I travel around Seoul on foot?

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Left: Kakao Map app showing how to get to a destination via bus. Right: Same directions but via subway train instead.

I used the Kakao Maps app (Download it on Android | iOS) which was a lot more trustworthy than Google Maps. Kakao and Naver are the 2 most popular platforms in South Korea, but Kakao Maps has an interface that's partially in English and you can even bookmark key locations. It also tells you the estimated cost, how long till the next bus or train arrives (the red text in the image above), and if you click on an option that uses the subway it'll even suggest which door to enter for the shortest transfer time! You don't need to know Korean to fully use the app, but I think it takes about 1-2 days for you to get used to it.

6. Do I need to know Korean to communicate with locals? Are the locals friendly?

Many signs and even menus have English text, so you can generally get around the city quite easily. Knowing some basic Korean phrases will help you feel more secure or confident especially if you need to ask for help or directions. Many websites such as this one have listings of useful phrases for travellers who are unfamiliar with Korean. Most locals can communicate in simple English but they will look quite happy if you're able to thank them or ask a question in Korean. The shop owners, staff, and locals I interacted with were all very friendly, and when I boarded the wrong train late at night one woman even yelled out to me to let me know I was on the wrong train and gently explained which train I should have boarded. ?

7. Where should I visit solo? How do I plan out my days?

The beauty of travelling solo is that your days are completely up to you! If you want to spend a day visiting Seoul's iconic spots you can. And if you want to just sleep in and have a late start to the day you can too. I did a lot of research on where to go before my trip, but I ended up not completing everything by the end. An important planning tip is that many museums and some major attractions close on Mondays, and many cafés or eateries also close on Tuesdays so plan around these!

#HHWT Tip: If you're travelling during winter, I recommend not planning too much for the first 2 days as your body will need to get used to the cold. I wanted to visit Nami Island but the weather suddenly got much colder while I was there and I started to feel sick so I changed plans and stayed in Seoul for the day. ? There's still lots you can do within Seoul - like visit some photo-worthy spots!

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8. Is it awkward to eat alone in Seoul? Do restaurants allow single diners?

Many restaurants and cafés in Seoul are perfectly fine with single diners! There are some that only allow for 2 or more pax to dine-in, but these are usually more expensive places (e.g. Myeongdongjeong). Casual places are totally okay, although the portion sizes are a bit more generous than what I get in Singapore. ? I think there's a mental barrier to feeling comfortable eating alone, but in my experience, the way to get over that is to go out and eat what you want anyway. ? The other guests won't judge you for it, and neither will the staff.

Here are some of the eateries I visited and dishes I had that I would absolutely recommend:

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Makan 2 Chicken & Noodle is run by the same family behind Makan Halal Restaurant and specializes in jjajangmyeon (black bean noodles) anddalgangjeong(sweet and spicy fried chicken). Though their menu is small, their noodles are absolutely amazing. ? They have a simple home-cooked feel to them, and the black bean sauce isn't too salty. Their banchan here is just a slice of pickled radish, but the sour sweetness of the radish goes great with the noodles! They also offer takeaway boxes for their dalgangjeong which is perfect for a supper snack.

Halal Status: Muslim-owned.

Average Price:KRW10,000

Opening Hours: 11AM - 9.30PM (Wed-Sun), 11AM - 9.15PM (Mon), closed on Tuesdays

Address: 39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04405

Contact: +82 2-6406-2231


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If you like spicy food, you'll love the dishes atHajj Restaurant. Run by a Korean convert and cook Ms Mariam, it serves authentic Korean dishes as well as Malay/Indonesian dishes such as Mie Goreng. I ordered the Braised Spicy Chicken, but I still wasn't expecting it to be so spicy when it arrived. ?? The Korean standard of 'spiciness' is super high, and the chicken was tender with some onions and leeks adding a sweetness to the soup.

Halal Status: Muslim-owned.

Average Price: KRW15,000

Opening Hours: 10AM - 12AM

Address: 39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04405 (Located next to the mosque - there's a sign pointing in the direction of the restaurant)

Contact: +82 2-749-5185

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If you're a fan of good food you should definitely visitMakan Halal Restaurant. Theirsamgyetang(ginseng chicken soup) is hearty without feeling greasy or oily, and the chicken was tender and easy to remove from the bone. The soup didn't have that bitterness that some ginseng soups had, and I think it was easily the best ginseng chicken dish I've had in years. ? They're also super generous with theirbanchanwith 6 dishes served! Definitely value for money, and a good meal to warm you up during winter time.

Halal Status: Muslim-owned.

Average Price: KRW10,000

Opening Hours: 10.30AM - 10PM (Wed-Mon), closed on Tuesdays

Address: 52 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140911

Contact: +82 2-6012-2231


P.S. Check out more Seoul eateries serving Korean cuisine here!

9. What solo traveller-friendly activities are there?

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I visited Herb Lab Bomdong in Hongdae for a footbath café experience! Hongdae also has many other cafés including animal cafés but remember to do your research before visiting such places. ☺️

South Korea has a strong café culture, and there are many small independent cafés all over Gangnam and Hongdae perfect for some café-hopping. Many of these also serve only coffee and some cakes or sweet treats, so do dine at your own discretion. A new trend has also been cafés that offer a footbath service so you can enjoy soaking your feet in a warm herbal bath tailored for your skin, and then sip on a warm cup of tea after!

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Seoul is also full of art museums and galleries both big and small. If you don't typically visit museums I encourage you to try to visit at least one, many of which show off Korean artists based locally and internationally. The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) is one of the biggest art galleries in Seoul, and their main gallery next to Gyeongbokgung Palace has a mix of physical installations and video films for a multimedia experience. Smaller galleries such as the Daelim Museum are also good for spending maybe an hour or two, and the museum shops often have lots of adorable merchandise you can get as a souvenir too. ?

P.S. Museums and galleries usually charge an entrance fee of KRW8,000 to KRW15,000. If you're keeping your budget tight but still want to visit, I recommend visiting the bigger galleries to get more bang for your buck.

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K-Pop fans can also look forward to permanent and temporary exhibitions throughout the city. The temporary pop-up for BTS was definitely on my list, as well as several pop-up café birthday events for K-idols and even a visit the permanent SMTOWN Coex Artium that I loved. ? Honestly, I felt self-conscious at first, but no one will bat an eye at you for being a K-Pop fan or lugging bags of merchandise around. ? You can also find birthday banner ads for your idols in many train stations - I even saw one for Taylor Swift put up by Korean fans! If you're travelling to Seoul for K-Pop, rest assured you'll have plenty of things to do to fill your days with - or you can check out our 5D4N Muslim-friendly itinerary especially for K-Pop fans!

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10. How do I shop tax-free as a tourist?

Tourists can receive an immediate tax refund after shopping with a minimum purchase of KRW30,000 (capped at KRW300,000 including tax), or receive their refund at the airport before their flight back. Here are some easy steps for claiming your refund:

  1. Shop at stores that include tax refund services. These can be seen in logos displayed by the store, and some companies offering these include Global Tax Free, Global Blue Tax Free, or Easy Tax Refund.
  2. Present your passport during purchase to receive your VAT refund receipt.
  3. Option 1: Some stores may have a booth in-store where you can immediately get a cash refund, or apply for a cashback into your credit card. Bring your receipt to the booth and follow the instructions in English to receive your refund.
  4. Option 2: Upon arriving at the airport for your flight home, get your boarding pass but do not check in your luggage yet. Show your purchased goods and VAT refund receipt to the officer at the booth, and get a stamp or indication of approval.
  5. Check-in your luggage at the oversized baggage counter or carry it onto your flight.

I used an in-store kiosk in Myeongdong to receive an immediate cash refund, which was very convenient! At Incheon Airport, I only had to scan my passport at their kiosk and was given the go-ahead by the officers that my refund had been properly processed. ?

P.S. You can also shop duty-free at specific malls such as Lotte Duty-Free, The Shilla Duty-Free, and Shinsegae Duty-Free. Just remember to bring along your passport for confirmation of your tourist status!

11. Where are the best places to shop in Seoul?

I didn't go to Seoul intending to shop a lot (I only had a backpack and duffel bag with me!) but by the end of my trip, I was regretting not bringing more duffel bags to hold my purchases. ? I was surprised to find out that so many popular brands from apparel to cosmetics to skincare are cheaper in Seoul compared to Singapore.

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The area between Ewha Womens University and Hongik University (Hongdae) is full of shops selling all kinds of apparel, accessories, and jewellery. ? The jewellery, in particular, was more affordable compared to the same items in Singapore! Many cosmetic and skincare shops also offered special box deals or packages for tourists which can be up to 40% cheaper than what you'll find at home. Just take note that if you visit during autumn/winter you'll find thicker clothing that may not be the best fit for hot and humid Southeast Asia - but perfect for your next autumn/winter holiday. ?

Best for buying: bargains, accessories, and independent brands you won't be able to find back home.

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If you're looking for K-beauty such as cosmetics or skincare you can find lots of shops throughout the city - but I recommend visiting Myeongdong so you can hunt through the different brands at once! Some shops even sell a range of brands, and I managed to find a shop selling the halal-certified range from Talent Cosmetics! Even popular brands such as Innisfree, Laneige, or Mamonde were at least 5-10% cheaper than what you'd find in Singapore. ? If you're looking for sheet masks, some of the stores even offer them for less than KRW1,000 per piece!

Best for buying: international and Korean brands at a discounted price than what you'll find back home.

12. How do I deal with the Korean winter?

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This was the week that was 'supposed' to not go below 0 degrees - but it ended up having the coldest day on record in 2019! It also started snowing this week, which was a happy surprise. ?

Coming from Southeast Asia, it can be a bit difficult to adjust to winter overseas at first. If you're not sure about travelling during winter, I wouldnotrecommend Seoul during late December as your first foray into the cold. ? The temperature was predicted to be between 2 degrees Celsius and 10 degrees Celsius while I was there - but during my trip itself, it dropped to as cold as -11 degrees! ❄️ Many stores are heat

Here are some essential tips to survive without getting frostbite:

  1. Buy suitable clothing! I used Uniqlo's Ultra Warm Heat Tech and Heat Tech Lined Pants and they really seemed to work! Some evenings (when it was around 2-5 degrees Celsius) I went out wearing just a Heat Tech turtleneck, Heat Tech pants, a denim jacket, and my coat. It definitely varies from person to person, and if you're not sure how good your 'cold tolerance' is you can always pack light and buy more layers once you reach Seoul. (There will be winter discounts on too!)
  2. Get a fabric or padded face mask to protect against the wind. Scarves are useful too, but if you want better coverage for your face you can pop into any cosmetics store to buy a face mask. I found a face mask to be more convenient than a scarf, and the padded one I got helped keep the heat in to keep me warm too!
  3. Wear a good pair of shoes. The roads in Seoul can be quite uneven, and paired with (potential) snow it's important to have shoes that have a good grip and are made from thick windproof material. Sneakers can actually be okay if they have material such as leather or suede on them. However if it's snowing heavily make sure not to wear any converse or fabric which will get soaked by the snow!
  4. Drink lots of water and take breaks to keep yourself warm. Shops and stores will be insulated, and if you're feeling cold stop and buy a hot drink to warm yourself up!
  5. Plan around each part of the day. The early morning and late afternoon usually felt the least cold, because there would be less wind. Conversely, the middle of the day was actually the coldest for me (despite being the sun being out) because the wind was so strong!
13. Finally ... is it worth it to travel solo in Seoul?

This is only my 2nd trip travelling solo (and I did spend part of it hanging out with a friend who was travelling to Seoul at the same time as me) but I enjoyed it! Personally, I really enjoy solo travel because it lets me go at my own pace and as an introvert, it felt like a way to refresh myself after a long year and look forward to the start of 2020. ? Seoul was also quite easy to navigate, which definitely made the experience more positive.

However, I think it's important to know that a solo trip is not just fun and games throughout. There were 1 or 2 days where I felt too tired to go out or that I was missing my friends and family - and these are normal experiences that more seasoned solo travellers experience too! ? Solo travel is meant to push you out of your comfort zone, and I think Seoul is a great place to help ease you into that. Overall, I think travelling solo to Seoul is worth it if you want to challenge yourself and discover a new side to this fast-paced city!


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What to do on a solo trip to Seoul? ›

Things to do alone in Seoul
  1. Big Yellow Bus Tour.
  2. Palaces.
  3. Museums.
  4. Evening walking tours.
  5. Pub Crawl.
  6. DMZ Tour.
  7. K-Pop Hollywood Tour.

Is Korea good for solo travel? ›

But excellent public transport, high levels of safety and the reliable kindness of Korean people make it easy to navigate the country as a solo traveller.

What solo travel teaches you? ›

Solo travel allows you to be more independent and pushes you out of your comfort zone. There's less of a need to be on the go all of the time. Traveling alone also gives you confidence and teaches you to be happy in your company.

Is Seoul easy to travel alone? ›

There are no parts of the country that you should feel deterred from going to just because you are a woman traveling alone in Korea. Koreans are very friendly and even when you find yourself in rural areas where English is not widely spoken, locals will do their best to help you.

What is the legal age to travel alone in Korea? ›

Children under the age of 5 cannot travel alone. Children ages 12-17 may also use the Unaccompanied Minor service on international flights.

What to do in Seoul without money? ›

Free Things To Do in Seoul!
  • Jeongdong Observatory.
  • Namsan Park to Seoul Tower Walk.
  • Tongin Market Street Food.
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace.
  • Bukchon Hanok Village.
  • Changdeokgung Palace Gardens.
  • Insadong Shopping Street.
  • Jogyesa Temple.

Which month is best to visit South Korea? ›

The best time to visit South Korea is between March and May if you want to see the vibrant pink of the cherry blossoms in bloom. If you want to see the landscapes come alive as the leaves change in the cooler weathers, then we'd recommend visiting between September and November.

How many days do I need in Seoul? ›

3-5 days is a great start. That gives you enough time to explore the highlights of the city, plus a day or two to get out and explore the surrounding areas. It's a city of endless surprises, so you'll only be scratching the surface, but it's enough time to get a feel for Seoul.

What is a good age to solo travel? ›

The best age to start traveling is between 9-12 years old.

How do I get a successful solo travel experience? ›

6 Tips for Traveling Alone
  1. Share Your Travel Plans With Trusted Family or Friends and Stay Connected. ...
  2. Make an Emergency Plan. ...
  3. Secure Your Valuables. ...
  4. Avoid Reckless Behaviors and Use Common Sense. ...
  5. Do Your Safety Research and Choose Wisely. ...
  6. Get Travel Insurance.

Does solo travel change you? ›

Solo travel creates a strong bond with yourself and your independence, and that bond can change your life.

Can you get around Seoul without speaking Korean? ›

Download the Seoul Metro Subway app for iPhone or Android, and you'll find the entire process quite straightforward. Each station has English-language signs, and stops are announced in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese.

Can you live in Seoul without speaking Korean? ›

yes. Of course, there's a lot more to it than that. Living in Korea as an expat and not knowing the language is definitely possible, but there are times when you'll be left speechless and struggling.

How much does a solo trip to Seoul cost? ›

The average price of a 7-day trip to Seoul is $1,705 for a solo traveler, $3,062 for a couple, and $5,741 for a family of 4. Seoul hotels range from $47 to $201 per night with an average of $58, while most vacation rentals will cost $130 to $340 per night for the entire home.

Can you drive at 15 in Korea? ›

Driving licenses in South Korea may be attained at age 18 for cars and motorcycles. South Korea is one of the few nations that issue International Driving Permits (IDP) to sixteen-year-olds.

Do you have to be the same age to be friends in Korea? ›

Age Matters

Strictly speaking, in Korean society you can only be friends with someone who is within the same age group. A hyung (형; a term used by a guy for an older brother) can't be friends with a dongsaeng (동생, a younger person), but this doesn't mean that they can't have a deep and close relationship.

Can a minor fly alone to Korea? ›

For a child traveling alone without an adult guardian, enter the personal information (name, date of birth, nationality and passport number) of a local guardian in the “Adult Companion” field. In addition, please present a copy of your local guardian's identification card.

Can you walk everywhere in Seoul? ›

Because Seoul is simply one of the best cities in Asia to walk around, explore and just get lost for a few hours wandering around quiet alleyways and major thoroughfares. Seoul Plaza, the cities streets are wide with plenty of pedestrian walkways… Seoul's pedestrian sidewalks are wide, open and well paved.

Can you live in Seoul without a car? ›

The country is well connected by road and rail networks. It's even possible to travel between major cities on cheap domestic flights. For most expats, especially those living in major cities, owning a car and driving in South Korea is unnecessary since getting around with public transport is generally easy.

What do South Koreans do in their free time? ›

They hang out with their friends, online or in person. They go shopping or visit coffee shops, watch Korean movies at home. Eating great food is a popular activity in South Korea, which is something travelers to this fascinating country can look forward to doing too!

What should I wear in Seoul now? ›

South Korea experiences a wide range of temperatures, from hot summers to freezing winters. Pack accordingly: breathable fabrics for summer, warm layers for winter, and don't forget a good quality raincoat or umbrella for the monsoon season. Koreans are known for their unique sense of style.

What month is the cheapest to fly to Korea? ›

High season is considered to be January, November and December. The cheapest month to fly from the United States is April. Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest South Korea flight deals.

How many days is ideal for Korea? ›

For first timers, 6 days and 5 nights are enough to enjoy Seoul and the attractions located in nearby cities such as Everland and Nami Island. But if you have a limited time and budget or just going for a re-visit, a 3-day / 2-night trip to Korea is also quite good.

What are the don'ts in Korea? ›

Avoid drawing parallels between the Korean culture or language to Japan. Korea should be acknowledged for its distinctiveness and difference from other East Asian cultures. Avoid exhibiting anger or distress in heated displays or outbursts of emotion.

How much money do you need for 5 days in Seoul? ›

The Cost of Transportation in South Korea
Adults (28+)Children (6-12)
Flexible 2-day pass121,000 ($108)61,000 ($54)
Flexible 4-day pass193,000 ($173)97,000 ($87)
Consecutive 3-day pass138,000 ($124)69,000 ($62)
Consecutive 5-day pass210,000 ($188)105,000 ($94)
Mar 16, 2023

What should I prepare for a trip to Korea? ›

Current Requirements To Travel To Korea In 2023
Self-Health CheckYes (on arrival)
MasksNo (except in hospitals)
K-ETA or Tourist VisaYes (mandatory – some exclusions)
Health InsuranceNo (optional)
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May 13, 2023

How much money do I need for 1 week in Korea? ›

The average price of a 7-day trip to South Korea is $1,452 for a solo traveler, $2,504 for a couple, and $1,084 for a family of 4. South Korea hotels range from $45 to $202 per night with an average of $67, while most vacation rentals will cost $110 to $440 per night for the entire home.

Is it awkward to travel alone? ›

Even the most experienced travelers can feel solo travel anxiety before packing their backpack and taking a flight alone. Yes, there are awkward moments and uncomfortable situations, but the benefits and thrills of solo travel far outweigh the fear of traveling alone.

Is 40 too old to travel? ›

You are NEVER too old to travel. Because getting old IS just a number. There are, however, plenty of other things that enter the equation that come hand in hand with age. It is THESE things that you should take into account before you buy that plane ticket.

Does travelling make you mature? ›

Because traveling increases global awareness, improves communication skills, increases maturity and confidence, and ultimately creates a more well-rounded young professional.

How do you socialize when solo traveling? ›

7 Ways to Make Friends While Traveling Solo
  1. Stay In a Hostel.
  2. Strike Up a Conversation.
  3. Go On a Walking Tour.
  4. Book a Small Group Tour.
  5. Apps, Meetup Groups, and Online Communities.
  6. Meet Friends of Friends.
  7. Take a Class.
Jul 20, 2022

What is the best thing about solo travel? ›

Solo travel helps you to know yourself more

This means that while you're travelling alone, you'll learn more about yourself; about what things you feel comfortable doing and what things don't, as well as what things you really find yourself wanting to do when the decision is completely up to you.

Is travelling alone good for Mental Health? ›

Not only does travelling alone benefit your mental health, but it helps you grow as an individual. It teaches you independence and self-reliance. When you travel alone, you can call all the shots. It helps you learn to make decisions based on your own self-interest, something that is often undervalued in our society.

How long is too long for solo travel? ›

How long should a solo trip be? Solo travel trends show that the most popular length for a solo trip is 10–12 days. Having a week and a half away gives you more time to unwind in each destination you visit and a chance to dive into the local culture.

What does solo travel say about you? ›

Solo travellers will usually be equipped with a degree of self-confidence. But this doesn't necessarily mean you have to be an outgoing, extrovert personality: many solo travellers enjoy the solitude of their own company without the need to make lifelong friends with everyone they meet.

What are the disadvantages of traveling alone? ›

Downsides of Solo Travel
  • Having to Pay for a Double Room.
  • Reassuring People at Home You're still OK.
  • Different Mindsets.
  • Too much Unwanted Attention.
  • Not Being Trusted as a Solo Male Traveller.
  • Missing Good Chats with Friends.
  • Dining Alone.
  • The Struggle to Get Great Photos.
May 9, 2019

Is it hard for Americans to learn Korean? ›

The FSI puts Korean as a Category V language. Which means, it's one of the hardest languages to master. They estimate 2200 hours of study before you can reach fluency in Korean.

Is Seoul English friendly? ›

While Seoul is the modern capital city of South Korea, many locals aren't fluent in English. It's generally not a very widely spoken language in South Korea. However, you'll have better luck finding a local who can speak English in main tourist neighborhoods, such as Myeongdong, Dongdaemun and Hongdae.

How much is a subway ride in Seoul? ›

All subway lines are color coded and stations display signs in Korean, English, and Chinese. To ride the subway, you must use a single or multiple journey pass.
Subway Routes & Map.
PassengerTmoney (KRW)Ticket (KRW)
Regular (19 years & up)1,2501,350
Teenagers (13-18 years)7201,350
Children (6-12 years)450450

Can I use my credit card in South Korea? ›

CREDIT CARDS ISSUED OVERSEAS can be used in Korea with most merchants, although Korean credit cards are often required for online purchases. You must continue to make payments on your overseas credit card to your own country's card issuer. Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted networks in South Korea.

Is it hard to live in Korea as a foreigner? ›

In general, moving to South Korea is easy as long as you are prepared before your arrival. Although the country has a long history of not preferring foreign migration, those sentiments have changed as Korea has started to welcome more and more international companies through its borders.

Should you learn Korean before going to Korea? ›

Speaking Korean will change your view of the country

As a result, learning the basics before you come to Korea gives you a much better chance of actually using the basics than if you learn them later on. If you want to learn Korean to a high level, then speaking Korean with Korean friends is a must.

Do you tip in South Korea? ›

Tipping is not required nor expected in Korea.

How much won should I bring to Korea? ›

If you are traveling on a budget you can probably get around with 80 000 krw a day but you might not be staying in the nicest hotels or have the best food. For those on a mid range budget, 120 000 krw should be enough and for those on a luxury budget, a minimum of 200 000 krw should be ok.

Which is the best area to stay in Seoul for solo Traveller? ›

If you are only in Seoul for one, two, or even three days we would recommend staying in Insadong. In Insadong you are close to a lot of Seoul's main attractions such as the beautiful palaces, Bukchon Hanok Village, the Alive Museum, the tea museum, the Jogyesa Temple, and more.

How many days in Seoul is enough? ›

3-5 days is a great start. That gives you enough time to explore the highlights of the city, plus a day or two to get out and explore the surrounding areas. It's a city of endless surprises, so you'll only be scratching the surface, but it's enough time to get a feel for Seoul.

Do you need cash in Korea? ›

Traveling to South Korea? Don't forget your plastic. South Korea is a modern and cosmopolitan country, with exciting culture and food. Credit cards, debit cards, and cash are all accepted without issue in South Korea, with cash becoming less common.

Where do Americans hang out in Seoul? ›

Gangnam. The business district of Gangnam is home to many expats, and even more places to shop, eat or drink. Expats like to come to Gangnam to get away from the inherent flashiness and military presence in Itaewon and hang out in places that are actually popular with Koreans as well as expats.

Is Seoul a walkable city? ›

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is actually a very safe city where I traveled solo, mainly on foot. There are numerous markets, historic sights, Buddhist temples, and palaces that you can see by simply walking through the city. Seoul is quite hilly and gets bitter cold in the winter, so make sure to dress in layers.

Which part of Seoul has the most foreigners? ›

Itaewon is the one place in Seoul where you will be surrounded not by Koreans, but mostly by foreigners. Itaewon saw an increase in Western and Japanese tourists during and after the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul as English and Japanese are commonly spoken on the streets here.

What should I wear in Seoul? ›

Unless you are in a tourist beach area, we advise that you avoid a bikini in favor of a one-piece suit and a sarong. A skirt or loose-fitting pants are good in the heat and will protect you from the sun. A loose cotton shirt is very useful too. If you are here on business go for skirt-suits (not too short) with heels.

Is Seoul expensive to visit? ›

Attractions such as palaces, temples, and markets are free or very affordable, while other entertainment options such as shopping, nightlife and adventure parks ensure there's something for everyone. With the vast amount of options available, Seoul is the perfect destination for travellers of all budgets.


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