South Korea Solo Travel Tips

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These are some tips or notes you can use as a solo traveller if you are traveling to South Korea. I write this based on my experience from my recent trip to South Korea.

1. Visa

Check the requirements for entering the country. South Korea allows certain citizens to enter the country without applying for a visa. Check this link- CLICK HERE.

2. Accommodation

Hostels are the best way to travel as a solo traveller. I looked through booking.com, hostel world, Expedia and a few others. I cross referenced to see if all the reviews were similar in order to book my accommodation. As researching for accommodation, I found that South Korea hostels are cheaper than what I paid in Europe.

3. Money

Its best to look into what currency to take. I took a certain amount in cash ( British Sterling) and the rest I paid with credit card. If you are afraid of loosing money, you can put some of the money on T-money card. The T-Money card is another great way to store your cash and pay for transportation ( Underground , Taxis and Buses), and at the convenient stores.

If you wish to exchange money, its best to do it when you get into South Korea. I changed some money at the airport, and then some are varies banks. The banks to look for is KEB Hana Bank, Shinhan Bank and Woori Bank.

4. Wi-Fi/ Sim Cards

We all can not live without Wi-Fi especially if your a solo traveller or travel vlogger/blogger. At the airport you will be able to find 2 options for Wi-fi packs and even sim cards. These options are only rental so they must be returned when you get back to the airport. The wifi pack is good to have especially if your just in the country for a week to 3 weeks. Their internet is fast and can be used even underground.

5. Transportation

It is really easy to get around Seoul and Busan with underground. If you have certain apps like Maps.me, Korea Tour, Naver , Kakao map( if your good with korean) you will also be able to use the bus services. T-money works on the Underground, buses and even to pay for taxis.

Traveling from Seoul to Busan and back, there is a difference service and ways. There is an option of flying by plane or train, I suggest train. The train stops at varies stations between Seoul and Busan. They can been booked online or in person. As a solo traveller sometimes its easier to just book it online. The 2 website I suggest is Rail Ninja or Letskorail .

6. Tours

I did not to alot of tours of both cities. I tried Seoulful which is great if you want to get to know specific areas of the city (more to come on their tour). There is also other websites like Klook , KKday , or the typical hop on and hop off buses in each city.

7. Food

Korean food is really good and there is so much to choose from. In both Seou and Busan there is a variety of restaurants, cafes and food chains. Check for Tripadvisor or google for where to go in the area. If you are a vegetarian or vegan you might need to check online. Eating out is easy and cheap especially if your in a group. Example: Korea BBQ ( Usually pork but there is sometimes beef), Chicken and beer, Bibimbap, Soups and many more. WARNING for Vegetarians and Vegans – the broth of most soups are made from fish.

8. Making Friends In Seoul

As a solo traveller meeting new people is all part of the experience. I was fortunate to make friends through a variety of channels. In South Korea, I managed to make friends through my hostel. There is also travel communities on Facebook and Booking.com. There is also apps like Hellotalk and Tandem for language exchange. I also managed to make even more friends through Meeff.

Comments 19

  1. That was good information about Korean food. Never been to Korea or been to a Korean restaurant. So obviously your post fascinated me to try it.

  2. These are some amazing tips for solo travelers. South Korea is in my bucket list from long and I am planning to visit soon. I already bookmarked this post for future

  3. The tours are really helpful. It helped us during our last visit there. Some developments can still be done but if it is your first time, it will help you big time.

  4. That food looks amazing! There’s nothing better than proper Korean kimchi. I’ve also found it easiest to pay with my credit card when travelling. Or in places like Taiwan (where everything is done in cash) I just draw what I need at the atm.

  5. We were supposed to travel to Seoul this November but we encountered some problems so we changed our plan to shanghai instead. I still look forward to our trip to shanghai but would really want to visit Seoul soon and eat all the delicious kimchi and barbecue and Street food

  6. I would love to travel to South Korea. I keep hearing about how amazing it is and how delicious the food tastes. I’ll have to use these tips whenever I get a chance to travel there.

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