🇰🇷 Korea Survival Guide
💫 FREE GUIDE 💫 Are you ready for an adventure in Korea? You're in for a treat! But hold up, before you start your journey, let's get you prepped & ready. This guide has everything you need to know, from the language (psst, don't worry if you don't speak Korean — I've got your back) to the currency & even emergency info in case things get a little too lit. I'll also teach you some dope phrases to impress the locals & show you around some of the hottest cities in Korea. Need to stay connected? No worries, I'll show you how to get that mobile data sorted. When it comes to getting around, I've got the inside scoop on how to travel like a pro. Plus, I'll hook you up with some nifty apps & links to make your trip even more epic. So, get ready to be amazed, because Korea is about to blow your mind. Let's get this party started! 📝 This guide includes: 🔑 Essentials 💬 Language 💸 To Cash or Not to Cash 🛌 Where to Stay 📶 Data & Connectivity 🗺️ Getting Around 📍 Where to Go 👀 See & Do 🍽️ Eat & Drink 📱 Useful Apps 📢 This guide will be regularly updated — save this guide, subscribe to my profile & stay tuned! ✨
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🔑 Essentials

💬 Language

Korean | 한국말 | han-gook-mal

💰 Currency

Korean Won | KRW | ₩

📞 Emergency Numbers

Foreign Traveller Hotline: 1330

Fire & Ambulance: 119

Police: 112

Medical Emergencies: 1339

Missing Persons & Property: 182

🔌 Electricity

Power plug sockets: Type C & F

Standard voltage: 220 V

Frequency: 60 Hz

💬 Language

💬 Useful Phrases

Hello

안녕하세요

ahn-nyeong-ha-se-yo

Thank you

감사합니다

kam-sa-ham-ni-da

Goodbye (if you're the one leaving)

안녕히가세요

ahn-nyeong-hi-ga-se-yo

Goodbye (if the other person is leaving)

안녕히게세요

ahn-nyeong-hi-geh-se-yo

(Can I have) ________ please

________ 주세요

________ joo-seh-yo

Sorry

미안합니다

mi-ahn-ham-ni-da

Excuse me (when you need someone to move out of your way OR just a second / hold on)

잠시만요

jahm-shi-man-yo

Over here!

여기요!

yo-gi-yo!

Where is the information centre?

안내소 어디에요?

an-nae-so aw-di-eh-yo?

Where is the washroom?

화장실 어디 있어요?

hwa-jang-shil aw-di is-saw-yo?

Where can I buy a transportation card?

교통카드 어디에서 사요?

kyo-tong-ka-deu aw-di-eh-saw sa-yo?

Where is the (bus stop / taxi stand)?

(버스 정거장 / 택시 타는 곳) 어디에 있어요?

(baw-seu cheong-gaw-jang / taek-si ta-nen goat) aw-di-eh it-saw-yo?

How do I get to ________?

________ 어떻게 가요?

________ aw-taw-keh ka-yo?

Does this (bus/train/metro) go to ________?

이거 ________ 가는 거 맞아요?

ee-gaw ________ ka-nen gaw ma-ja-yo?

Please take me here (to a taxi driver)

여기로 가 주세요

yaw-gi-ro ka chu-seh-yo

I'm alighting here

내릴게요

nae-ril-geh-yo

Right side / Left side / Straight

오른쪽 / 왼쪽 / 직진

o-reun-jjok / wen-jjok / jik-jin

How much is this/that?

이거/그거/저거 얼마예요?

ee-go/geu-go/jo-go ol-ma-eh-yo?

📱 Language/Translation Apps

💸 To Cash or Not to Cash

If you're planning a trip to Korea, you might wonder whether you need to carry cash. Well, the answer is that having some cash with you is a good idea, even though credit cards & mobile payments are widely accepted in Seoul & other larger cities.

Why, you ask? Well, while you'll have no problem paying with plastic at fancy restaurants and department stores, some smaller shops, traditional markets & street vendors may only accept cash. And trust me, you don't want to miss out on the incredible street food and souvenirs in Korea!

Plus, if you're planning to explore rural areas or visit cultural landmarks, you may encounter situations where electronic payments aren't an option. So having some Korean won in your wallet can really come in handy.

🛌 Where to Stay

💫 FREE GUIDE 💫 You're about to hit up Seoul & you wanna know where the coolest neighbourhoods are to stay in, right? Well, lucky for you, I've got the inside scoop on the hippest & most happening spots in the city. Whether you're looking for trendy streets or bohemian vibes, I've got you covered with my guide to the coolest neighbourhoods in Seoul. Let's dive in & discover the perfect spot to rest your head while soaking up all that Seoul has to offer. 🗺️ Neighbourhoods include: 📍 Central, accessible & convenient 🤗 Homely, local residential neighbourhoods 🎨 Hip, cool & artsy neighbourhoods 🌳 Close to nature 🌙 Vibrant neighbourhoods that keep you up at night 🛍️ Shopping haven 🤑 Bougie & upscale neighbourhoods 💸 Budget range includes: $ — $$$$$$ 🛌 Accommodation types include: 🛌 Hostels 🛌 Guesthouses & B&Bs 🛌 Officetels & Aparthotels 🛌 Boutique Hotels 🛌 Mid-Range Hotels 🛌 Serviced Apartments 🛌 Luxury Hotels & Resorts 🛌 Hanoks (Traditional Korean Houses) 🛌 Temple Stays 📢 This guide will be updated regularly & more accommodations to be added — save this guide, subscribe to my profile & stay tuned! ✨
Adventure • Architecture • Art • Boutique • Budget • Luxury • Foodie • Wellness • History • Shopping • Design • Nature • Faith • People & Culture • Romantic • Sustainable/Eco • Slow Travel • Photography • Wine • Coffee • Beach • Mountain • Camping • Relaxation
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📶 Data & Connectivity

📱 eSIM

Airalo

- iOS + Android

- Uses LG U+ network

- 4G/LTE Unlimited Data

- Korean phone number (012)

- Can only receive voice calls

- Speed throttle if usage exceeds >3GB per day

- Instant connectivity upon purchase via the app

- Available for 10/30 Days

- Access to free wifi in public spaces like metro, buses, etc.

All you gotta do is:

① Click the link below

② Sign up

③ Download the Airalo app

④ Choose your destination & package

⑤ Install & activate your eSIM

⑥ You're now connected & good to go!

Other Unlimited Data-Only eSIMs

📱 Physical SIM

Unlimited Data-Only + T-money

Unlimited Data-Only

Unlimited Data + Calls + Text Messages

🛜 Pocket Wifi

❕Tips

If you're planning on using some of the awesome Korean services out there like Kakao Taxi, food delivery apps, delivery & postal services or ticketing platforms like Interpark, you're gonna need a Korean phone number. Don't sweat it though, just make sure you grab yourself a package that includes a Korean phone number that can receive text messages!

🗺️ Getting Around

🛬 Airport ↔️ City (Seoul)

🚆 AREX

The Airport Railroad Express (AREX) operates two trains: the Express Train, running from Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 directly to Seoul Station & the All Stop Train which stops by 13 subway stations along the way from Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 to Seoul Station.

🕑 Operating hours / Travel time

- Express Train

Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 1 Station → Seoul Station 05:23 (first train) - 22:48 (last train) / Approx. 43 min

Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 2 Station → Seoul Station 05:15 (first train) - 22:40 (last train) / Approx. 51 min

- All Stop Train

Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 1 Station → Seoul Station 05:23 (first train) - 23:56 (last train) / Approx. 59 min

Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 2 Station → Seoul Station 05:15 (first train) - 23:50 (last train) / Approx. 66 min

* 2-6 min. difference in approx. total time possible

* All Stop Train operating schedule is for trains bound for Seoul Station on weekdays. Please refer to the official website for the timetable for trains bound for Digital Media City.

🎟️ Where to buy AREX tickets

🚍 Airport Bus

Airport buses run from Incheon International Airport to many areas of Seoul. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booths just outside the 1F Arrivals Hall of each terminal. Detailed inquiries on bus routes and bus stops can be made here.

There are two types of airport buses: deluxe and standard. Deluxe buses operate on non-stop or shortened routes to major hotels and destinations. As these buses make fewer stops, they have a shorter travel time, and are equipped with comfortable seats with more space. Standard buses tend be more crowded with smaller seats and make more stops. Please note that the fare for the two bus types may differ depending on their routes and destinations.

Where to take the airport bus

① Check bus routes and purchase tickets at the ticket booths located at the Arrivals Hall (1F) of Terminal 1 near Gates 4 & 9 or outside by Gates 4, 6, 7, 8, 11 or 13.Tickets at Terminal 2 can be purchased from the bus terminal at the Transportation Center (B1F)

② Check the bus boarding number indicated on the ticket.

③ Go to the bus boarding location and double-check the bus route and departure time.

④ Once aboard the bus, listen carefully to the English announcement for your stop.

🚖 Taxi

You can easily take a taxi from the airport at the taxi stands located just outside the Arrivals Hall (1F) of both terminals. You can choose to take a regular taxi, a deluxe taxi or a jumbo taxi depending on your situation. If you wish to take a taxi with a driver who can communicate in English, Japanese, or Chinese, you can opt for an international taxi.

❕Tips

If you ever find yourself in a sticky situation where a driver is trying to charge you an outrageous price, don't worry - I've got your back! Just give a heads up to the Seoul Global Center at +82-2-2075-4180 & they'll be able to help you out in English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Filipino, Uzbek, or Thai. You can also report the incident to the Dasan Call Center at +82-2-120 & they'll be able to assist you in English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Mongolian.

If you're making a call within Korea, you don't have to dial the international code (+82) & you can even skip the region code if you're calling within the same province.

🚌 Within the City

🧭 Navigation & Directions

My go-to maps for navigating around Korea are Kakao & Naver Maps. You see, Google Maps isn't fully supported here, so not all the local businesses show up or keep their deets up to date. And if you're trying to get around on public transport, Google Maps might leave you hanging with inaccurate directions. So, stick with Kakao or Naver Maps to make sure you get where you're going with ease.

Kakao & Naver Maps are in Korean by default but the mobile apps are also available in English. Another alternative that you can use is Citymapper.

📱 Maps/Navigation Apps

🚇 Public Transport | Bus | Metro

Seoul & other major cities in Korea are blessed with an efficient public transportation network, so you can easily get around by metro, bus, taxi or walking.

You can use T-money, short-term visitor passes, Samsung Pay, but they don't accept Apple Pay.

T-money comes in the form of:

- Card

   - Available at convenient stores

   - Top up at metro stations & convenience stores

- Accessory

   - 6,000 KRW - 20,000 KRW ++

   - Available online

   - Comes in charms, keychains, popsocket, etc

   - They do collabs with Kakao Friends, Line Friends, Pokemon, etc.

   - Top up like a regular card at metro stations & convenience stores

- Wearable

   - 13,800 KRW

   - Available online

   - Accessory that you can attach to your watch or fitness tracker

   - Top up like a regular card at metro stations & convenience stores

   - Personally, I’d highly recommend this if you wear a watch, trust me the convenience it gives you is ✨ life-changing ✨

🎟️ Where to buy T-money

🎟️ Where to buy short-term transport passes

🚖 Taxi

If you’re out late at night or in a city where public transport isn’t accessible, taxis are easily available. You can just flag one or book via the mobile app Kakao T.

There’s also a ride-sharing service Tada | 타다 but the app is only available in Korean & you’d need a Korean phone number & credit card. 

🗺️ Inter-City

🚆 Korail | KTX (High-Speed Train) | ITX

🚆 SRT

🚍 Express Bus

📍 Where to Go

Seoul | 서울
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Seoul, the city that never sleeps & always keeps you on your toes. Whether you're a foodie, history buff or simply love immersing yourself in new cultures, this eclectic mix of modern and traditional experiences is the perfect destination for you. From the bustling streets of Gangnam to the serenity of Gyeongbokgung Palace, this city offers a unique mix of nature and fast-paced city life that is sure to leave you breathless. And if you're looking for halal food options, you'll be happy to know that Seoul has a growing number of restaurants catering to this dietary requirement, serving up delicious Korean cuisine with a twist. So pack your bags, hop on a plane, and get ready to explore one of Asia's most vibrant and exciting cities!
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Busan | 부산
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Pack your bags and get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Busan! From hip cafes to stunning coastal trails, this city has everything you need to satisfy your wanderlust cravings. For starters, the hip cafe street in Busan is a must-visit for all caffeine junkies out there. Get your fix of artisanal coffee and trendy pastries while soaking in the city's urban vibes. But if you're looking for something more adventurous, why not hit the hiking trails? The rugged terrain of Busan is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the world. And let's not forget about the seafood. Fresh fish is a staple in Busan, and you can find it on almost every corner. Whether you're in the mood for sushi or sashimi, Busan has got you covered. And what better way to enjoy your seafood than by the beach? With beautiful beaches like Haeundae Beach, you can indulge in the salty sea air while devouring the catch of the day. For a truly unique experience, take a ride on the Haeundae Beach Train & Sky Capsule. This scenic ride offers panoramic views of the city and the ocean, and is the perfect way to relax after a day of hiking or beach bumming. But the hidden gems of Busan are what really set it apart from other cities. The Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a serene escape from the bustling city & offers stunning views of the ocean from its cliffside perch. So if you're looking for an adventure that combines the best of urban & outdoor exploration, Busan is the perfect destination for you. 🎒 (Kinda) day-trip-friendly from Seoul, but I'd personally recommend you to spend at least 4-5 days here to fully experience the city
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Daegu | 대구
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Daegu is a city that has something for everyone, from trendy hotspots to breathtaking natural beauty and rich history & seamlessly blends the old & the new. Take a stroll down the hip cafe street or groove to the sounds of Kim Gwang-Seok Street, where you'll find an eclectic mix of trendy cafes and music venues. And if you're on the hunt for artsy hidden gems, look no further than Guryong Mural Village, where stunning street art adorns every corner. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Daegu is also home to some of the most beautiful mountains in South Korea, including the majestic Palgongsan & Apsan. Explore historical sites dating back to the Silla periods & the Joseon Dynasty, or bask in the exquisite scenery of the city's stunning parks during fall and spring. And for the history buffs out there, Daegu is a treasure trove of ancient artefacts. Uncover the secrets of the past at unique museums throughout the city, where you'll discover relics from long ago. 🎒 (Kinda) day-trip-friendly from Seoul, but I'd personally recommend you to spend at least 3-4 days here to fully experience the city & you can also do day trips to places nearby like Gyeongju while you’re here
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Damyang | 담양
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Let me tell you about a hidden gem just an hour away from Gwangju. It's called Damyang & trust me, you won't regret adding this spot to your itinerary. If you're coming from Seoul, don't worry. There's a direct bus that'll take you straight to Damyang. Sure, it'll take you about 3 and a half hours, but trust me, it's worth it. Let's be real, who doesn't love a good road trip? Once you're there, make sure to check out some of the town's best-kept secrets like Metasequoia Road, Juknokwon Bamboo Forest & Gwanbangjerim Forest. These spots are truly magical and will make you feel like you've stepped into a fairytale. But here's the catch, the direct bus to Damyang only runs three times a day, so plan accordingly. On your way back to Seoul, the direct bus only operates four times a day. So make sure you don't miss your ride back to the big city. 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Gwangju (recommended) or Seoul
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Gangneung | 강릉
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Picture this: You're sipping on a latte with a panoramic ocean view, enjoying the gentle sea breeze and the sound of waves crashing against the shore. Welcome to Gangneung, the hidden gem of South Korea's east coast! Whether you're a foodie or a nature enthusiast, Gangneung has something to offer. Take a stroll through hidden street food stalls and markets that serve the freshest seafood you've ever tasted. & if you're up for a challenge, hit the coastal trekking trails & soak up the breathtaking views of the shoreline. The best part? Gangneung is only a two-hour ride on the KTX from Seoul, making it the perfect day-trip destination to escape the hustle & bustle of city life. 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Seoul
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Gapyeong | 가평
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Gapyeong - the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. With its breathtaking natural scenery, it's no wonder why this place is a hot spot for day trips. I mean, who wouldn't want to trade in their daily grind for a leisurely stroll through lush forests and a relaxing cruise on the serene lake? But don't be fooled, Gapyeong is not just for the nature lovers out there. This place has got something for everyone. For the adventurous souls, you can try your hand at some exhilarating water sports or even go bungee jumping if you're feeling brave. And if you're a foodie, well then buckle up because you're in for a treat. From traditional Korean cuisine to international delights, this place will have your taste buds dancing in delight. But what really makes Gapyeong stand out is its laid-back vibe. It's the kind of place where you can kick off your shoes, let your hair down and just enjoy the moment. So grab your friends, your family, or even just your furry companion and head on down to Gapyeong for a day trip that's guaranteed to leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Seoul
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Gwangju | 광주
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Gwangju, the city that's got it all - from the haunting history of the Gwangju Massacre to the vibrant pulse of Chungjang-ro Street, there's something for everyone in this South Korean gem. If your taste buds are tingling, head over to the night markets like the legendary 1913 Songjeong Station Market for some sizzling street food. And if you're feeling artsy, don't miss the hidden gems like the Gwangju Art Street. You'll leave feeling inspired & cultured. But wait, there's more! For the adventurers out there, Mudeungsan Mountain National Park boasts jaw-dropping rock formations that are sure to take your breath away. In the foothills lies the rebuilt Jeungsimsa Temple, complete with a stunning Silla-era stone pagoda. 🎒 (Kinda) day-trip-friendly from Seoul, but I'd personally recommend you to spend at least 3-4 days here to fully experience the city & you can also do day trips to places nearby like Damyang, Suncheon & Yeosu while you’re here.
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Gyeongju | 경주
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Gyeongju is a coastal city that's packed with history & culture. This place is so rich in historical treasures that it's often referred to as "the museum without walls". One of the must-visit places here is the Daereungwon Tomb Complex, where you can explore the tombs of ancient Korean royalty. If you're into chic & trendy spots, you'll want to check out Hwangridangil. This place is brimming with picturesque hanok that have been converted into super cool cafes, restaurants, and shops that are just begging to be featured on your social media feed. But wait, there's more! Don't miss out on Eupseongbakgil, also known as Eupseong Fortress Cafe Street. Here, you can sip on a latte while taking in the stunning views of the fortress that dates back to the Joseon Dynasty. And let's not forget about the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Seokguram grotto, Bulguksa temple, Gyeongju Historic Areas, and Yangdong Folk Village are just a few of the amazing places that you need to see to truly appreciate the rich history and culture of this city. So come on down to Gyeongju, formerly known as Seorabeol & experience the magic for yourself! 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Daegu (recommended) or Seoul
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Incheon | 인천
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Incheon — where the sand is fine and the seafood is even finer. So put on your shades, slather on some sunscreen, and let's hit the road! First up on our itinerary are the beaches, and trust us when we say, Incheon has got some real gems. From the bustling crowds of Eurwangni Beach to the serene waters of Silmido Beach, there's something for everyone here. So, whether you want to catch some waves, build a sandcastle, or simply laze around soaking up the sun, Incheon's got you covered. But what's a beach day without some scrumptious food? Fear not, foodies, because Incheon's seafood scene is nothing short of divine. From freshly caught grilled fish to mouthwatering raw seafood platters, you'll be spoilt for choice. And let's not forget about Incheon's famous Jajangmyeon - a savoury noodle dish that'll have you licking your fingers and asking for seconds. 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Seoul
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Jeju | 제주
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Jeju Island, a.k.a. the "Island of the Gods," is a total paradise for both locals & globetrotters alike. With hidden hiking spots that lead to breathtaking vistas, coastal trails that will make your Instagram followers swoon & hip cafes that serve up the freshest brews, this place is a dream come true. But wait, it gets even better! Jeju is also a seafood lover's haven, with an endless supply of fresh fish and seafood caught straight from the pristine waters surrounding the island. And if you're feeling adventurous, why not head over to the longest lava tunnel in the world and explore the depths of this incredible natural wonder? And let's not forget about the pièce de résistance - Mount Halla. This mammoth extinct volcano looms over the island like a majestic giant, beckoning hikers and adventurers to conquer its peak & soak in the stunning panoramic views. It's no wonder Jeju remains the ultimate honeymoon destination for Korean lovebirds. So why not join the ranks of the smitten & explore this heavenly oasis for yourself?
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Jeonju | 전주
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Jeonju is the kind of place that makes you feel like you've stepped back in time to traditional Korea. If you're a fan of history and culture, you'll love exploring the Jeonju Hanok Heritage Village, with its old-fashioned houses, craft shops, and food stalls. And if you're into royalty, you won't want to miss the Gyeonggijeon Shrine, home to some seriously impressive portraits of former kings. But that's not all – Jeonju has a lot to offer beyond its rich cultural heritage. For example, the Korean Traditional Wine Museum is a must-visit spot where you can learn all about the local rice wines, while the Omokdae and Imokdae pavilions offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape from their hilltop vantage points. So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Jeonju, located in the heart of North Jeolla Province, and experience all that this vibrant city has to offer. With its foodie scene and traditional hanok village, Jeonju is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Seoul but I’d personally recommend you to stay overnight in one of the hanok (traditional Korean house) guesthouses in the Jeonju Hanok Village if you can!
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Mokpo | 목포
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If you're looking for a dynamic and exciting destination in South Korea, Mokpo should definitely be on your radar. This vibrant coastal city is renowned for its fresh fish and seafood, offering a unique culinary experience that's sure to tantalize your taste buds. Nestled along the southwestern coast, Mokpo boasts a rich history and culture, as well as breathtaking beaches and scenery. From strolling along the harbor and watching the fishing boats come in with their catch of the day to sampling some of the freshest seafood you'll ever taste, Mokpo offers a truly unique experience for foodies and seafood lovers alike. Beyond its culinary offerings, Mokpo also offers a lively nightlife scene, trendy cafes, and a burgeoning art and music scene. With so much to see and do, it's no wonder that this city is becoming a go-to destination for travelers looking to experience the best of South Korea. So pack your bags and get ready to indulge in some seriously delicious eats in Mokpo! 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Gwangju
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Paju | 파주
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Looking to explore a hidden gem in South Korea? Look no further than Paju, a fascinating destination that's sure to captivate your senses. Nestled in the heart of Gyeonggi-do, Paju is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, offering an immersive travel experience that's both authentic and innovative. With its rich history, stunning architecture, & breathtaking natural scenery, Paju has something for every kind of traveller. Whether you're a culture vulture, a foodie, or an adventure-seeker, Paju is the perfect destination to satisfy your wanderlust. So pack your bags, get ready to discover new horizons, and experience the wonders of Paju firsthand. 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Seoul
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Sokcho | 속초
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Sokcho, a coastal paradise nestled in the Gangwon-Do province, is a mere 2.5-hour bus ride away from the buzzing metropolis of Seoul. This gem of a city has a rich history - did you know that it was once a part of North Korea until the end of the Korean War? But that's not all Sokcho has to offer! Hiking enthusiasts can challenge themselves with a thrilling climb up the majestic Seoraksan mountain range, while seafood lovers can indulge in the freshest catches of the day at the renowned Sokcho Fish Market. And for those who prefer a more leisurely pace, the coastal trekking trails are a feast for the senses with stunning ocean views & refreshing sea breezes.
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Suncheon | 순천
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If you're looking to ditch the typical tourist traps and explore some hidden gems in South Korea, then Suncheon in Jeollanam-do is the spot for you! Nestled about 4-5 hours south of Seoul, Suncheon is a rising star in the eco-city scene thanks to its stunning natural attractions. One such wonder is the breathtaking Suncheon Bay, which was even featured in a BBC documentary. And if you're lucky enough to catch the sunset here, get ready for a view that will leave you speechless. But wait, there's more! The Suncheon Bay Garden is another must-see spot in this up-and-coming city. Get lost in its picturesque landscapes and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. And if you're craving some urban vibes, nearby Yeosu is just a 40-minute ride away. This major port city is buzzing with hip cafes & trendy hangouts, perfect for those looking to soak up some local culture. 🎒 (Kinda) day-trip-friendly from Gwangju, Yeosu (recommended) or Seoul
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Suwon | 수원
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This city may not have the same fame as Seoul, but don't let that fool you - it's full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Think of it as the underdog of Korean travel destinations - underestimated, but full of surprises. Located just an hour south of Seoul, Suwon is the perfect destination for a day trip. You can immerse yourself in the city's rich history by exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hwaseong Fortress, or you can take a stroll through the charming streets of the old town. But Suwon isn't just about history and culture - it's also a foodie's paradise. From delicious street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, there's something for everyone's taste buds. And if you're feeling adventurous, you can even try Suwon's famous "Sulbing" - a shaved ice dessert topped with all sorts of goodies. 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Seoul
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Yangyang | 양양
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Yangyang is the place to be if you're looking for some sick waves and chill vibes. Why? Because it's home to Surfyy Beach - the first private beach in Korea dedicated solely to surfing. Not only is the beach a sight to behold with its three distinct zones spanning a whopping kilometer, but it's also got everything you need for maximum relaxation. There's a swimming zone for all you swimmers out there, and for those who just want to kick back and take it easy, there's the beanbag and hammock zones. The best part? You can enjoy all these facilities with a Surfyy Pass, giving you complete freedom to soak up the sun and catch some waves. And don't worry if you don't speak Korean - Surfyy Beach has got you covered with English-speaking staff who can help you with everything from phone reservations to learning how to surf. So whether you're a pro or a newbie, Surfyy Beach is the perfect place to put your skills to the test and enjoy the ocean breeze. And when the sun sets, the party's just getting started with the after party - a special event exclusive to Surfyy Beach where you can mingle with other visitors and make some new friends. Trust us, you won't want to miss it!
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Yeosu | 여수
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Yeosu is the stunning coastal gem of Jeollanamdo, where the land is surrounded by the sea, Suncheon, Suncheon Bay, and Namhae, making it a true peninsula paradise. With 317 islands, of which only 49 are inhabited, Yeosu is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. Don't let its seemingly small size fool you, this city covers an impressive 195 square miles (~500 square km)! Yeosu has a rich history dating back to 1897, when it merged with Dolsangun. And if that wasn't enough, in 1998 it underwent yet another merger, this time with Yeochon city and county. But enough about history, let's talk about what really matters: the food. Yeosu is known for its mouth-watering dishes, such as ganjang gejang (soy sauce marinated crab) and Korean sashimi, which will leave you craving for more. So come on down to Yeosu, where the sea meets the land, and indulge in the delicious cuisine that this city has to offer 🎒 (Kinda) day-trip-friendly from Gwangju or Busan but I’d recommend you to stay overnight here as the coastal views at night & sunrise here are amazing ✨ I’d also recommend you to visit Suncheon while you're here.
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If you're in South Korea & looking for the best halal-friendly food options, you've come to the right place. As a fellow Muslim sister who has lived & worked in Seoul for a bit, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to find halal food options when travelling. That's why I've personally curated a list of the best halal-friendly food options all over Korea, from the bustling city of Seoul to the lesser-travelled cities & suburbs. But wait, there's more! I've also included personal tips, favourites, recommendations & useful phrases that'll help you communicate with the locals. This way, you'll not only enjoy the best halal food but also have an authentic & local experience. This map features everything from traditional local Korean cuisines to international cuisines & modern interpretations. Whether you're in the mood for hearty meals, snacks, dessert, coffee, or tea, affordable street food or cafes & higher-end restaurants for a special meal, I've got you covered. Join me on this culinary adventure & let's discover the best halal food options that Korea has to offer! 🗺️ Cities include: 📍 Seoul 📍 Busan 📍 Chuncheon 📍 Daegu 📍 Gangneung 📍 Gapyeong 📍 Gwangju 📍 Incheon 📍 Jeju Island 📍 Jeonju 📍 Paju 📍 Seongnam 📍 Sokcho 📍 Suncheon 📍 Uijeongbu 📍 Yeosu 📢 More cities & halal-friendly spots to be added — save this guide, subscribe to my profile & stay tuned! ✨
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I'm all about creating flexible, inclusive, accessible & affordable guides that help you choose your own adventure based on your travel style, preferences & restrictions. Check out these guides to mix & match & create your own unique experience!

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If you're in South Korea & looking for the best halal-friendly food options, you've come to the right place. As a fellow Muslim sister who has lived & worked in Seoul for a bit, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to find halal food options when travelling. That's why I've personally curated a list of the best halal-friendly food options all over Korea, from the bustling city of Seoul to the lesser-travelled cities & suburbs. But wait, there's more! I've also included personal tips, favourites, recommendations & useful phrases that'll help you communicate with the locals. This way, you'll not only enjoy the best halal food but also have an authentic & local experience. This map features everything from traditional local Korean cuisines to international cuisines & modern interpretations. Whether you're in the mood for hearty meals, snacks, dessert, coffee, or tea, affordable street food or cafes & higher-end restaurants for a special meal, I've got you covered. Join me on this culinary adventure & let's discover the best halal food options that Korea has to offer! 🗺️ Cities include: 📍 Seoul 📍 Busan 📍 Chuncheon 📍 Daegu 📍 Gangneung 📍 Gapyeong 📍 Gwangju 📍 Incheon 📍 Jeju Island 📍 Jeonju 📍 Paju 📍 Seongnam 📍 Sokcho 📍 Suncheon 📍 Uijeongbu 📍 Yeosu 📢 More cities & halal-friendly spots to be added — save this guide, subscribe to my profile & stay tuned! ✨
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👋🏼 Hi! I'm Rai, from the sunny shores of Singapore. 🇸🇬 🚀 As a solo female traveller & photographer, I'm always on the lookout for an adventure with an open heart. I love seeking out unique & authentic experiences, taking in beautiful landscapes, immersing myself in the culture of the local communities & supporting small, local businesses. I'm here to share the places & experiences I've come across in my journeys with you. If you’re a curious explorer like myself, you’re in for a treat! 🗺️ In these guides, I'll uncover hidden gems, undiscovered picturesque spots, off-the-beaten-track adventures, hole-in-the-wall establishments & experiences run by locals, as well as personal recommendations from my local friends and family members. If you're after tourist traps or popular places that have gone viral on Instagram or Tik Tok, sorry, you gotta look elsewhere. 🤪 🍽️ As a lactose-intolerant Muslim with food allergies, the struggle is real. That's why I created food guides that specialise in Halal food & cater to a variety of dietary restrictions, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, alcohol-free, food allergies & more. With my guides, you'll have a list of delicious meals & drinks at your fingertips, so you can explore the world without worrying about what to eat. ✨ We all know that there's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to travelling. My guides are designed to help you choose your own adventure based on your individual travel style, preferences & restrictions. I'm all about making them flexible, inclusive, accessible & affordable for everyone. So, mix & match them to create your own unique experience! 💞 I hope you find these guides useful. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!
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💫 FREE GUIDE 💫 Are you ready for an adventure in Korea? You're in for a treat! But hold up, before you start your journey, let's get you prepped & ready. This guide has everything you need to know, from the language (psst, don't worry if you don't speak Korean — I've got your back) to the currency & even emergency info in case things get a little too lit. I'll also teach you some dope phrases to impress the locals & show you around some of the hottest cities in Korea. Need to stay connected? No worries, I'll show you how to get that mobile data sorted. When it comes to getting around, I've got the inside scoop on how to travel like a pro. Plus, I'll hook you up with some nifty apps & links to make your trip even more epic. So, get ready to be amazed, because Korea is about to blow your mind. Let's get this party started! 📝 This guide includes: 🔑 Essentials 💬 Language 💸 To Cash or Not to Cash 🛌 Where to Stay 📶 Data & Connectivity 🗺️ Getting Around 📍 Where to Go 👀 See & Do 🍽️ Eat & Drink 📱 Useful Apps 📢 This guide will be regularly updated — save this guide, subscribe to my profile & stay tuned! ✨
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🔑 Essentials

💬 Language

Korean | 한국말 | han-gook-mal

💰 Currency

Korean Won | KRW | ₩

📞 Emergency Numbers

Foreign Traveller Hotline: 1330

Fire & Ambulance: 119

Police: 112

Medical Emergencies: 1339

Missing Persons & Property: 182

🔌 Electricity

Power plug sockets: Type C & F

Standard voltage: 220 V

Frequency: 60 Hz

💬 Language

💬 Useful Phrases

Hello

안녕하세요

ahn-nyeong-ha-se-yo

Thank you

감사합니다

kam-sa-ham-ni-da

Goodbye (if you're the one leaving)

안녕히가세요

ahn-nyeong-hi-ga-se-yo

Goodbye (if the other person is leaving)

안녕히게세요

ahn-nyeong-hi-geh-se-yo

(Can I have) ________ please

________ 주세요

________ joo-seh-yo

Sorry

미안합니다

mi-ahn-ham-ni-da

Excuse me (when you need someone to move out of your way OR just a second / hold on)

잠시만요

jahm-shi-man-yo

Over here!

여기요!

yo-gi-yo!

Where is the information centre?

안내소 어디에요?

an-nae-so aw-di-eh-yo?

Where is the washroom?

화장실 어디 있어요?

hwa-jang-shil aw-di is-saw-yo?

Where can I buy a transportation card?

교통카드 어디에서 사요?

kyo-tong-ka-deu aw-di-eh-saw sa-yo?

Where is the (bus stop / taxi stand)?

(버스 정거장 / 택시 타는 곳) 어디에 있어요?

(baw-seu cheong-gaw-jang / taek-si ta-nen goat) aw-di-eh it-saw-yo?

How do I get to ________?

________ 어떻게 가요?

________ aw-taw-keh ka-yo?

Does this (bus/train/metro) go to ________?

이거 ________ 가는 거 맞아요?

ee-gaw ________ ka-nen gaw ma-ja-yo?

Please take me here (to a taxi driver)

여기로 가 주세요

yaw-gi-ro ka chu-seh-yo

I'm alighting here

내릴게요

nae-ril-geh-yo

Right side / Left side / Straight

오른쪽 / 왼쪽 / 직진

o-reun-jjok / wen-jjok / jik-jin

How much is this/that?

이거/그거/저거 얼마예요?

ee-go/geu-go/jo-go ol-ma-eh-yo?

📱 Language/Translation Apps

💸 To Cash or Not to Cash

If you're planning a trip to Korea, you might wonder whether you need to carry cash. Well, the answer is that having some cash with you is a good idea, even though credit cards & mobile payments are widely accepted in Seoul & other larger cities.

Why, you ask? Well, while you'll have no problem paying with plastic at fancy restaurants and department stores, some smaller shops, traditional markets & street vendors may only accept cash. And trust me, you don't want to miss out on the incredible street food and souvenirs in Korea!

Plus, if you're planning to explore rural areas or visit cultural landmarks, you may encounter situations where electronic payments aren't an option. So having some Korean won in your wallet can really come in handy.

🛌 Where to Stay

💫 FREE GUIDE 💫 You're about to hit up Seoul & you wanna know where the coolest neighbourhoods are to stay in, right? Well, lucky for you, I've got the inside scoop on the hippest & most happening spots in the city. Whether you're looking for trendy streets or bohemian vibes, I've got you covered with my guide to the coolest neighbourhoods in Seoul. Let's dive in & discover the perfect spot to rest your head while soaking up all that Seoul has to offer. 🗺️ Neighbourhoods include: 📍 Central, accessible & convenient 🤗 Homely, local residential neighbourhoods 🎨 Hip, cool & artsy neighbourhoods 🌳 Close to nature 🌙 Vibrant neighbourhoods that keep you up at night 🛍️ Shopping haven 🤑 Bougie & upscale neighbourhoods 💸 Budget range includes: $ — $$$$$$ 🛌 Accommodation types include: 🛌 Hostels 🛌 Guesthouses & B&Bs 🛌 Officetels & Aparthotels 🛌 Boutique Hotels 🛌 Mid-Range Hotels 🛌 Serviced Apartments 🛌 Luxury Hotels & Resorts 🛌 Hanoks (Traditional Korean Houses) 🛌 Temple Stays 📢 This guide will be updated regularly & more accommodations to be added — save this guide, subscribe to my profile & stay tuned! ✨
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📶 Data & Connectivity

📱 eSIM

Airalo

- iOS + Android

- Uses LG U+ network

- 4G/LTE Unlimited Data

- Korean phone number (012)

- Can only receive voice calls

- Speed throttle if usage exceeds >3GB per day

- Instant connectivity upon purchase via the app

- Available for 10/30 Days

- Access to free wifi in public spaces like metro, buses, etc.

All you gotta do is:

① Click the link below

② Sign up

③ Download the Airalo app

④ Choose your destination & package

⑤ Install & activate your eSIM

⑥ You're now connected & good to go!

Other Unlimited Data-Only eSIMs

📱 Physical SIM

Unlimited Data-Only + T-money

Unlimited Data-Only

Unlimited Data + Calls + Text Messages

🛜 Pocket Wifi

❕Tips

If you're planning on using some of the awesome Korean services out there like Kakao Taxi, food delivery apps, delivery & postal services or ticketing platforms like Interpark, you're gonna need a Korean phone number. Don't sweat it though, just make sure you grab yourself a package that includes a Korean phone number that can receive text messages!

🗺️ Getting Around

🛬 Airport ↔️ City (Seoul)

🚆 AREX

The Airport Railroad Express (AREX) operates two trains: the Express Train, running from Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 directly to Seoul Station & the All Stop Train which stops by 13 subway stations along the way from Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 to Seoul Station.

🕑 Operating hours / Travel time

- Express Train

Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 1 Station → Seoul Station 05:23 (first train) - 22:48 (last train) / Approx. 43 min

Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 2 Station → Seoul Station 05:15 (first train) - 22:40 (last train) / Approx. 51 min

- All Stop Train

Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 1 Station → Seoul Station 05:23 (first train) - 23:56 (last train) / Approx. 59 min

Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 2 Station → Seoul Station 05:15 (first train) - 23:50 (last train) / Approx. 66 min

* 2-6 min. difference in approx. total time possible

* All Stop Train operating schedule is for trains bound for Seoul Station on weekdays. Please refer to the official website for the timetable for trains bound for Digital Media City.

🎟️ Where to buy AREX tickets

🚍 Airport Bus

Airport buses run from Incheon International Airport to many areas of Seoul. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booths just outside the 1F Arrivals Hall of each terminal. Detailed inquiries on bus routes and bus stops can be made here.

There are two types of airport buses: deluxe and standard. Deluxe buses operate on non-stop or shortened routes to major hotels and destinations. As these buses make fewer stops, they have a shorter travel time, and are equipped with comfortable seats with more space. Standard buses tend be more crowded with smaller seats and make more stops. Please note that the fare for the two bus types may differ depending on their routes and destinations.

Where to take the airport bus

① Check bus routes and purchase tickets at the ticket booths located at the Arrivals Hall (1F) of Terminal 1 near Gates 4 & 9 or outside by Gates 4, 6, 7, 8, 11 or 13.Tickets at Terminal 2 can be purchased from the bus terminal at the Transportation Center (B1F)

② Check the bus boarding number indicated on the ticket.

③ Go to the bus boarding location and double-check the bus route and departure time.

④ Once aboard the bus, listen carefully to the English announcement for your stop.

🚖 Taxi

You can easily take a taxi from the airport at the taxi stands located just outside the Arrivals Hall (1F) of both terminals. You can choose to take a regular taxi, a deluxe taxi or a jumbo taxi depending on your situation. If you wish to take a taxi with a driver who can communicate in English, Japanese, or Chinese, you can opt for an international taxi.

❕Tips

If you ever find yourself in a sticky situation where a driver is trying to charge you an outrageous price, don't worry - I've got your back! Just give a heads up to the Seoul Global Center at +82-2-2075-4180 & they'll be able to help you out in English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Filipino, Uzbek, or Thai. You can also report the incident to the Dasan Call Center at +82-2-120 & they'll be able to assist you in English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Mongolian.

If you're making a call within Korea, you don't have to dial the international code (+82) & you can even skip the region code if you're calling within the same province.

🚌 Within the City

🧭 Navigation & Directions

My go-to maps for navigating around Korea are Kakao & Naver Maps. You see, Google Maps isn't fully supported here, so not all the local businesses show up or keep their deets up to date. And if you're trying to get around on public transport, Google Maps might leave you hanging with inaccurate directions. So, stick with Kakao or Naver Maps to make sure you get where you're going with ease.

Kakao & Naver Maps are in Korean by default but the mobile apps are also available in English. Another alternative that you can use is Citymapper.

📱 Maps/Navigation Apps

🚇 Public Transport | Bus | Metro

Seoul & other major cities in Korea are blessed with an efficient public transportation network, so you can easily get around by metro, bus, taxi or walking.

You can use T-money, short-term visitor passes, Samsung Pay, but they don't accept Apple Pay.

T-money comes in the form of:

- Card

   - Available at convenient stores

   - Top up at metro stations & convenience stores

- Accessory

   - 6,000 KRW - 20,000 KRW ++

   - Available online

   - Comes in charms, keychains, popsocket, etc

   - They do collabs with Kakao Friends, Line Friends, Pokemon, etc.

   - Top up like a regular card at metro stations & convenience stores

- Wearable

   - 13,800 KRW

   - Available online

   - Accessory that you can attach to your watch or fitness tracker

   - Top up like a regular card at metro stations & convenience stores

   - Personally, I’d highly recommend this if you wear a watch, trust me the convenience it gives you is ✨ life-changing ✨

🎟️ Where to buy T-money

🎟️ Where to buy short-term transport passes

🚖 Taxi

If you’re out late at night or in a city where public transport isn’t accessible, taxis are easily available. You can just flag one or book via the mobile app Kakao T.

There’s also a ride-sharing service Tada | 타다 but the app is only available in Korean & you’d need a Korean phone number & credit card. 

🗺️ Inter-City

🚆 Korail | KTX (High-Speed Train) | ITX

🚆 SRT

🚍 Express Bus

📍 Where to Go

Seoul | 서울
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Seoul, the city that never sleeps & always keeps you on your toes. Whether you're a foodie, history buff or simply love immersing yourself in new cultures, this eclectic mix of modern and traditional experiences is the perfect destination for you. From the bustling streets of Gangnam to the serenity of Gyeongbokgung Palace, this city offers a unique mix of nature and fast-paced city life that is sure to leave you breathless. And if you're looking for halal food options, you'll be happy to know that Seoul has a growing number of restaurants catering to this dietary requirement, serving up delicious Korean cuisine with a twist. So pack your bags, hop on a plane, and get ready to explore one of Asia's most vibrant and exciting cities!
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Busan | 부산
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Pack your bags and get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Busan! From hip cafes to stunning coastal trails, this city has everything you need to satisfy your wanderlust cravings. For starters, the hip cafe street in Busan is a must-visit for all caffeine junkies out there. Get your fix of artisanal coffee and trendy pastries while soaking in the city's urban vibes. But if you're looking for something more adventurous, why not hit the hiking trails? The rugged terrain of Busan is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the world. And let's not forget about the seafood. Fresh fish is a staple in Busan, and you can find it on almost every corner. Whether you're in the mood for sushi or sashimi, Busan has got you covered. And what better way to enjoy your seafood than by the beach? With beautiful beaches like Haeundae Beach, you can indulge in the salty sea air while devouring the catch of the day. For a truly unique experience, take a ride on the Haeundae Beach Train & Sky Capsule. This scenic ride offers panoramic views of the city and the ocean, and is the perfect way to relax after a day of hiking or beach bumming. But the hidden gems of Busan are what really set it apart from other cities. The Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a serene escape from the bustling city & offers stunning views of the ocean from its cliffside perch. So if you're looking for an adventure that combines the best of urban & outdoor exploration, Busan is the perfect destination for you. 🎒 (Kinda) day-trip-friendly from Seoul, but I'd personally recommend you to spend at least 4-5 days here to fully experience the city
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Daegu | 대구
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Daegu is a city that has something for everyone, from trendy hotspots to breathtaking natural beauty and rich history & seamlessly blends the old & the new. Take a stroll down the hip cafe street or groove to the sounds of Kim Gwang-Seok Street, where you'll find an eclectic mix of trendy cafes and music venues. And if you're on the hunt for artsy hidden gems, look no further than Guryong Mural Village, where stunning street art adorns every corner. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Daegu is also home to some of the most beautiful mountains in South Korea, including the majestic Palgongsan & Apsan. Explore historical sites dating back to the Silla periods & the Joseon Dynasty, or bask in the exquisite scenery of the city's stunning parks during fall and spring. And for the history buffs out there, Daegu is a treasure trove of ancient artefacts. Uncover the secrets of the past at unique museums throughout the city, where you'll discover relics from long ago. 🎒 (Kinda) day-trip-friendly from Seoul, but I'd personally recommend you to spend at least 3-4 days here to fully experience the city & you can also do day trips to places nearby like Gyeongju while you’re here
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Damyang | 담양
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Let me tell you about a hidden gem just an hour away from Gwangju. It's called Damyang & trust me, you won't regret adding this spot to your itinerary. If you're coming from Seoul, don't worry. There's a direct bus that'll take you straight to Damyang. Sure, it'll take you about 3 and a half hours, but trust me, it's worth it. Let's be real, who doesn't love a good road trip? Once you're there, make sure to check out some of the town's best-kept secrets like Metasequoia Road, Juknokwon Bamboo Forest & Gwanbangjerim Forest. These spots are truly magical and will make you feel like you've stepped into a fairytale. But here's the catch, the direct bus to Damyang only runs three times a day, so plan accordingly. On your way back to Seoul, the direct bus only operates four times a day. So make sure you don't miss your ride back to the big city. 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Gwangju (recommended) or Seoul
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Gangneung | 강릉
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Picture this: You're sipping on a latte with a panoramic ocean view, enjoying the gentle sea breeze and the sound of waves crashing against the shore. Welcome to Gangneung, the hidden gem of South Korea's east coast! Whether you're a foodie or a nature enthusiast, Gangneung has something to offer. Take a stroll through hidden street food stalls and markets that serve the freshest seafood you've ever tasted. & if you're up for a challenge, hit the coastal trekking trails & soak up the breathtaking views of the shoreline. The best part? Gangneung is only a two-hour ride on the KTX from Seoul, making it the perfect day-trip destination to escape the hustle & bustle of city life. 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Seoul
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Gapyeong | 가평
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Gapyeong - the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. With its breathtaking natural scenery, it's no wonder why this place is a hot spot for day trips. I mean, who wouldn't want to trade in their daily grind for a leisurely stroll through lush forests and a relaxing cruise on the serene lake? But don't be fooled, Gapyeong is not just for the nature lovers out there. This place has got something for everyone. For the adventurous souls, you can try your hand at some exhilarating water sports or even go bungee jumping if you're feeling brave. And if you're a foodie, well then buckle up because you're in for a treat. From traditional Korean cuisine to international delights, this place will have your taste buds dancing in delight. But what really makes Gapyeong stand out is its laid-back vibe. It's the kind of place where you can kick off your shoes, let your hair down and just enjoy the moment. So grab your friends, your family, or even just your furry companion and head on down to Gapyeong for a day trip that's guaranteed to leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Seoul
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Gwangju | 광주
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Gwangju, the city that's got it all - from the haunting history of the Gwangju Massacre to the vibrant pulse of Chungjang-ro Street, there's something for everyone in this South Korean gem. If your taste buds are tingling, head over to the night markets like the legendary 1913 Songjeong Station Market for some sizzling street food. And if you're feeling artsy, don't miss the hidden gems like the Gwangju Art Street. You'll leave feeling inspired & cultured. But wait, there's more! For the adventurers out there, Mudeungsan Mountain National Park boasts jaw-dropping rock formations that are sure to take your breath away. In the foothills lies the rebuilt Jeungsimsa Temple, complete with a stunning Silla-era stone pagoda. 🎒 (Kinda) day-trip-friendly from Seoul, but I'd personally recommend you to spend at least 3-4 days here to fully experience the city & you can also do day trips to places nearby like Damyang, Suncheon & Yeosu while you’re here.
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Gyeongju | 경주
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Gyeongju is a coastal city that's packed with history & culture. This place is so rich in historical treasures that it's often referred to as "the museum without walls". One of the must-visit places here is the Daereungwon Tomb Complex, where you can explore the tombs of ancient Korean royalty. If you're into chic & trendy spots, you'll want to check out Hwangridangil. This place is brimming with picturesque hanok that have been converted into super cool cafes, restaurants, and shops that are just begging to be featured on your social media feed. But wait, there's more! Don't miss out on Eupseongbakgil, also known as Eupseong Fortress Cafe Street. Here, you can sip on a latte while taking in the stunning views of the fortress that dates back to the Joseon Dynasty. And let's not forget about the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Seokguram grotto, Bulguksa temple, Gyeongju Historic Areas, and Yangdong Folk Village are just a few of the amazing places that you need to see to truly appreciate the rich history and culture of this city. So come on down to Gyeongju, formerly known as Seorabeol & experience the magic for yourself! 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Daegu (recommended) or Seoul
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Incheon | 인천
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Incheon — where the sand is fine and the seafood is even finer. So put on your shades, slather on some sunscreen, and let's hit the road! First up on our itinerary are the beaches, and trust us when we say, Incheon has got some real gems. From the bustling crowds of Eurwangni Beach to the serene waters of Silmido Beach, there's something for everyone here. So, whether you want to catch some waves, build a sandcastle, or simply laze around soaking up the sun, Incheon's got you covered. But what's a beach day without some scrumptious food? Fear not, foodies, because Incheon's seafood scene is nothing short of divine. From freshly caught grilled fish to mouthwatering raw seafood platters, you'll be spoilt for choice. And let's not forget about Incheon's famous Jajangmyeon - a savoury noodle dish that'll have you licking your fingers and asking for seconds. 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Seoul
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Jeju | 제주
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Jeju Island, a.k.a. the "Island of the Gods," is a total paradise for both locals & globetrotters alike. With hidden hiking spots that lead to breathtaking vistas, coastal trails that will make your Instagram followers swoon & hip cafes that serve up the freshest brews, this place is a dream come true. But wait, it gets even better! Jeju is also a seafood lover's haven, with an endless supply of fresh fish and seafood caught straight from the pristine waters surrounding the island. And if you're feeling adventurous, why not head over to the longest lava tunnel in the world and explore the depths of this incredible natural wonder? And let's not forget about the pièce de résistance - Mount Halla. This mammoth extinct volcano looms over the island like a majestic giant, beckoning hikers and adventurers to conquer its peak & soak in the stunning panoramic views. It's no wonder Jeju remains the ultimate honeymoon destination for Korean lovebirds. So why not join the ranks of the smitten & explore this heavenly oasis for yourself?
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Jeonju | 전주
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Jeonju is the kind of place that makes you feel like you've stepped back in time to traditional Korea. If you're a fan of history and culture, you'll love exploring the Jeonju Hanok Heritage Village, with its old-fashioned houses, craft shops, and food stalls. And if you're into royalty, you won't want to miss the Gyeonggijeon Shrine, home to some seriously impressive portraits of former kings. But that's not all – Jeonju has a lot to offer beyond its rich cultural heritage. For example, the Korean Traditional Wine Museum is a must-visit spot where you can learn all about the local rice wines, while the Omokdae and Imokdae pavilions offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape from their hilltop vantage points. So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Jeonju, located in the heart of North Jeolla Province, and experience all that this vibrant city has to offer. With its foodie scene and traditional hanok village, Jeonju is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Seoul but I’d personally recommend you to stay overnight in one of the hanok (traditional Korean house) guesthouses in the Jeonju Hanok Village if you can!
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Mokpo | 목포
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If you're looking for a dynamic and exciting destination in South Korea, Mokpo should definitely be on your radar. This vibrant coastal city is renowned for its fresh fish and seafood, offering a unique culinary experience that's sure to tantalize your taste buds. Nestled along the southwestern coast, Mokpo boasts a rich history and culture, as well as breathtaking beaches and scenery. From strolling along the harbor and watching the fishing boats come in with their catch of the day to sampling some of the freshest seafood you'll ever taste, Mokpo offers a truly unique experience for foodies and seafood lovers alike. Beyond its culinary offerings, Mokpo also offers a lively nightlife scene, trendy cafes, and a burgeoning art and music scene. With so much to see and do, it's no wonder that this city is becoming a go-to destination for travelers looking to experience the best of South Korea. So pack your bags and get ready to indulge in some seriously delicious eats in Mokpo! 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Gwangju
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Paju | 파주
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Looking to explore a hidden gem in South Korea? Look no further than Paju, a fascinating destination that's sure to captivate your senses. Nestled in the heart of Gyeonggi-do, Paju is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, offering an immersive travel experience that's both authentic and innovative. With its rich history, stunning architecture, & breathtaking natural scenery, Paju has something for every kind of traveller. Whether you're a culture vulture, a foodie, or an adventure-seeker, Paju is the perfect destination to satisfy your wanderlust. So pack your bags, get ready to discover new horizons, and experience the wonders of Paju firsthand. 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Seoul
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Sokcho | 속초
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Sokcho, a coastal paradise nestled in the Gangwon-Do province, is a mere 2.5-hour bus ride away from the buzzing metropolis of Seoul. This gem of a city has a rich history - did you know that it was once a part of North Korea until the end of the Korean War? But that's not all Sokcho has to offer! Hiking enthusiasts can challenge themselves with a thrilling climb up the majestic Seoraksan mountain range, while seafood lovers can indulge in the freshest catches of the day at the renowned Sokcho Fish Market. And for those who prefer a more leisurely pace, the coastal trekking trails are a feast for the senses with stunning ocean views & refreshing sea breezes.
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Suncheon | 순천
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If you're looking to ditch the typical tourist traps and explore some hidden gems in South Korea, then Suncheon in Jeollanam-do is the spot for you! Nestled about 4-5 hours south of Seoul, Suncheon is a rising star in the eco-city scene thanks to its stunning natural attractions. One such wonder is the breathtaking Suncheon Bay, which was even featured in a BBC documentary. And if you're lucky enough to catch the sunset here, get ready for a view that will leave you speechless. But wait, there's more! The Suncheon Bay Garden is another must-see spot in this up-and-coming city. Get lost in its picturesque landscapes and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. And if you're craving some urban vibes, nearby Yeosu is just a 40-minute ride away. This major port city is buzzing with hip cafes & trendy hangouts, perfect for those looking to soak up some local culture. 🎒 (Kinda) day-trip-friendly from Gwangju, Yeosu (recommended) or Seoul
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Suwon | 수원
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This city may not have the same fame as Seoul, but don't let that fool you - it's full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Think of it as the underdog of Korean travel destinations - underestimated, but full of surprises. Located just an hour south of Seoul, Suwon is the perfect destination for a day trip. You can immerse yourself in the city's rich history by exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hwaseong Fortress, or you can take a stroll through the charming streets of the old town. But Suwon isn't just about history and culture - it's also a foodie's paradise. From delicious street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, there's something for everyone's taste buds. And if you're feeling adventurous, you can even try Suwon's famous "Sulbing" - a shaved ice dessert topped with all sorts of goodies. 🎒 Day-trip-friendly from Seoul
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Yangyang | 양양
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Yangyang is the place to be if you're looking for some sick waves and chill vibes. Why? Because it's home to Surfyy Beach - the first private beach in Korea dedicated solely to surfing. Not only is the beach a sight to behold with its three distinct zones spanning a whopping kilometer, but it's also got everything you need for maximum relaxation. There's a swimming zone for all you swimmers out there, and for those who just want to kick back and take it easy, there's the beanbag and hammock zones. The best part? You can enjoy all these facilities with a Surfyy Pass, giving you complete freedom to soak up the sun and catch some waves. And don't worry if you don't speak Korean - Surfyy Beach has got you covered with English-speaking staff who can help you with everything from phone reservations to learning how to surf. So whether you're a pro or a newbie, Surfyy Beach is the perfect place to put your skills to the test and enjoy the ocean breeze. And when the sun sets, the party's just getting started with the after party - a special event exclusive to Surfyy Beach where you can mingle with other visitors and make some new friends. Trust us, you won't want to miss it!
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Yeosu | 여수
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Yeosu is the stunning coastal gem of Jeollanamdo, where the land is surrounded by the sea, Suncheon, Suncheon Bay, and Namhae, making it a true peninsula paradise. With 317 islands, of which only 49 are inhabited, Yeosu is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. Don't let its seemingly small size fool you, this city covers an impressive 195 square miles (~500 square km)! Yeosu has a rich history dating back to 1897, when it merged with Dolsangun. And if that wasn't enough, in 1998 it underwent yet another merger, this time with Yeochon city and county. But enough about history, let's talk about what really matters: the food. Yeosu is known for its mouth-watering dishes, such as ganjang gejang (soy sauce marinated crab) and Korean sashimi, which will leave you craving for more. So come on down to Yeosu, where the sea meets the land, and indulge in the delicious cuisine that this city has to offer 🎒 (Kinda) day-trip-friendly from Gwangju or Busan but I’d recommend you to stay overnight here as the coastal views at night & sunrise here are amazing ✨ I’d also recommend you to visit Suncheon while you're here.
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