Seoul City is a perfect example of a city with diverse social identity where traditional meets modernity, cultural mixes with contemporary, and authenticity creates fusion with global influence. Getting around this city is much easier when you have these things in your travel bag.
- Travel book
Buy a reliable and comprehensive travel book in your local bookstores. Don’t be deceived by how big or thick the book is! Sometimes the lightest ones contain the most brief yet most helpful information. However, if you’re on a tight budget, you can opt for travel books and brochures available at the airport of your destination. For instance upon arrival at Incheon International Airport, there’s a tourist information center that gives brochures, maps, and travel guide book. It will cost you zilch!
This card can be easily bought at vending machines installed in Incheon International Airport. It’s your key to a fast access to Seoul’s beautiful tourist attractions. It’s as easy as tap & go.
- Subway Map
Riding the train is the fastest and cheapest way to get you to the listed places on your itinerary. There’s a total of 19 subway train lines that Seoul City has, and another one is under construction today. The technique to easily comprehend how the subway system works, is to own an updated Seoul City Subway map. Install an application on your phone for a handy map, but bring a printed map for emergency purposes (e.g. dead battery).
- Brave Seoul
Korean cuisine is presented with delectable dishes that most of which carry a hot and spicy flavor. Indulging yourself with a store-bought ramyun is a good practice to survive it. Although honestly, I limited myself from ordering the extremely spicy ones lol.
The local currency of South Korea is Won (₩). Roughly $1 is equal to ₩1000. You need not to worry about money exchange, for money changers are abundant in the city. As a general rule, always be ready with your passport.
- Wi-Fi on-the-go
Although this is optional since almost 100% of establishments in Seoul provides Wi-Fi, but not all of them are free. Especially when you go to attractions situated in the province, the best way to have a consistent Wi-Fi connection is to own this.
Price: ₩9,900 for 4 days of unlimited use
- Electric adaptor
The Land of the Morning Calm uses 220V/60hz. So if your country doesn’t use similar voltage, stay calm, convenience stores and malls is the best answer to the question, “Where can I buy electric adaptor in Seoul?”. Below is my 3-in-1 handy and convenient adaptor.
You can keep it like this
- Useful survival words & phrases
Annyeong Haseyo! Language barrier is evidently present in South Korea. Based on my experience, about 1 to 3 persons is needed to successfully have an answer to my inquiry. However, this is a case to case basis. So, I would suggest you prepare a list of Korean words & phrases like this one I did below.
- Subway Korea (app)
In relation to essential #3, the best smartphone application I used as a guide to tour around Seoul and other cities of South Korea. The best part there is it’s free and easy to download!
Download it here:
- Korea Travel Guide Book (app)
Through this, you can read about the tourist attractions in South Korea, check current weather, and latest currency rates. Never get lost, for it also gives accurate directions to places!
Download it here:
Feeling so ready for your adventure?