Seoul, Korea Travel Guide: A 10,400 PHP Itinerary

It was beyond magical. Imagine a setting where scenic, flamboyant trees with quaint leaves of colors green, yellow, red and orange are on each corners of everywhere; where the glory of the sun reaches you supplemented by the chill atmosphere- that kind of sunny where you still have to wear warm clothes to keep you cozy; where everything is worth appreciating for, and you just want to reach out and grab everything at your sight- that’s Seoul, Korea in the Autumn.

My trip to Seoul, Korea is one of the most enchanting one I’ve had to date. Every moment were unexplainably overwhelming. Every attractions I visited, every scenery I witnessed, every places I explore, is surreal. Kakaiba sa feeling. It gives you that romantic, comforting and heartwarming sensation that only you and Seoul’s surroundings can understand. Seoul is indeed special. It’s more than what you watch on Korean Dramas. It’s more than see on Facebook or in magazines. And yes, it’s only up to you to prove it to yourself. You have to experience it personally. Game?

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Pre Travel Guide

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My forever go to platform on finding the cheapest flight is Skyscanner. Personally speaking, their system is the wisest! They can already take care a lot of legwork for you: just key in the destinations you want to explore, then they can already provide you the cheapest flight you can get- even provide you the month where you can score the cheapest one. They also provide you a range of airlines/ travel agency that will fit on your preference. More info: www.skyscanner.com.ph

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Based on my experience, I highly recommend you to book discounted tours for your trip in Seoul, Korea from KLOOK to enjoy a hassle-free and cheap way of exploring the country.

Recommended Activities/ Tours:


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For Philippine Passport Holders, we are required to apply a Single OR Multiple Entry Visa in order for us to enter Korea. Personally speaking, applying for a Korean Visa is really easy- all you have to do is submit all the requirements in an effective and efficient manner, and you’re good to go!

*Will blog a guide about this soon*


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You can never have a hard time getting around Seoul as this city has an effective and efficient transportation system. During our trip, we made use of their competent subway system, as we find it very easy and trouble-free to utilize. In fact, their subway is the third largest in the world! The subway stations are open approximately at 5:30AM until midnight where trains are operating non-stop. Almost every spot in this city is easily accessible via their subway.

How to use the subway system?

  • Before anything else, I am encouraging you to download a very useful app called Subway Korea. This app will help you choose the most quick / recommended route you can take to reach your destination. It will also give you helpful information such as the estimated travel time, the number of stops, and the fare. It is quite easy to use- all you have to do is key in your station of origin and your destination station.
  • The metro station has 18 lines with hundreds of stations. All subway lines are color coded which makes it easier for you to differentiate each other. Single or Multiple Journey Pass can be purchased on each station, and will require you a 500 won deposit which you can refund when the card is returned.
  • T Money Card: This card is a stored value card, to which can be compared to our own version, the Beep Card. This can be used on riding the Subway, Public Buses, Taxis and even purchasing in convenience stores. This card will let you save 100 won per ride, and is pretty convenient since you don’t have to purchase a ticket every single time. This card can be purchased on convenient stores in the airport.

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As a budget traveler, I always make it to the point that the accommodation I am checking in is budget-friendly and is close as possible to a public transportation. Gratefully, I found a perfect one!

  • Name: Michigan House & Pub
  • Budget: 1200 PHP / bed (1 pax) / night
  • Access: Short distance from Ewha Womans University, N Seoul Tower and Jeoldusan Martyrs’ Shrine. Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Exit 7 of Hongik University Station (Line 2, Airport Railroad and Gyeongui-Jungang Line).

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Helpful Tips

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  • Access Seoul City from Incheon Airport:
    • The fastest option: The Airport Railroad Express (AREX) Train
      • Reserve your seats here + cheapest (discounted) rate: The Airport Railroad Express (AREX) Train
      • This option will transport you to downtown Seoul (Seoul Station) without any station stops, and will only take you in exactly 43 minutes! It costs 6400 won (300 PHP) per way.
    • The cheapest option. AREX ALL STOP Train.
      • You can purchase tickets at the station and costs only 4250 won (200 PHP) per way.
      • It’s 15 minutes slower, which will take you 58 minutes till you reach Seoul Station, as it stops at all 12 stations before reaching the end.
  • Wifi Connection is a MUST: 4g Wifi
    • Stay connected in Korea to access useful applications such as Subway Korea, Google Maps, Google Translate App. This app can connect up to 5 devices on the same pocket WiFi. It has a wide coverage area with speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Traveling to more than ONE city in Korea: Korea Rail Pass

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  • Buy your meal in a convenient store
    • Family Mart, 7 Eleven and other convenient stores in Seoul has cheap meals (averaging at 800- 3000 won) that you can purchase
    • What I usually buy from the store is kimbaps- a rice filled with vegetables and meat and is rolled in sheets of seaweed which is already enough to get an average tummy satisfied. It usually costs at around 900 won (42 php,) or 3000 won (140 php) in restaurants. Imagine the savings you can get!
  • Stay in hostels
    • If you’re looking for an affordable accommodation, hostels are the best option! It can totally save you money instead of checking-in in a hotel. Do make sure that the hostel you’re checking in has a good location, one that’s near to a public transportation area to also save you money from commuting.
  • If possible, opt to walk than ride
    • Seoul is an extremely walkable city. Streets are very friendly to walkers; there is a lot of pedestrian lanes; street signs are available everywhere; sometimes attractions in the city are close to each other.
  • Get a T-Money card
    • As mentioned earlier, save 100 won (5 PHP) on each ride you take in the subway station.

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Itinerary

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DAY 1

We arrived in Seoul in the morning at around 7AM and made our way to the hostel for an early check in. We wanted to maximize our day as much as possible hence we just left our bags in the room and went straight to our destinations. Our day isn’t that packed since there were room for familiarizing the system around the city (e.g. transportation system, access to the subways from our hostel, etc.) But it sure made our day satisfied nevertheless!


Haneul Park

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Having the highest elevation of the 5 World Cup Parks, Haneul Park promises a great view of Seoul City including its top attractions: N Seoul Tower, Bukhansan Mountain, and Hangang River, which will leave you speechless and amazed. Moreover, it also guarantees a unique and breathtaking landscape which consists of a vast grassland covered with silver grasses (during Autumn.) It was magical beyond words.

  • Information: There is no entrance fee if you’ll take the stairway and climb approximately 291 stairs (It’s not that bad!) Alternatively, you can take a shuttle from the parking lot area for 3000 won (140 PHP.)
  • Access: World Cup Stadium Station (Seoul Subway Line 6.) Take Exit 1. From Exit 1, walk towards the park for approx.. 10 minutes.
  • Possible Expenses: Subway Fee: 1250 won (58PHP) ; Shuttle Bus Fee: 3000 won (140php; Optional)

 Namsan Tower / N Seoul Tower

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Representing Korea’s most famous landmark and the 5th tallest tower in the world, N Seoul Tower or also called, Namsan Tower, is something you must not miss in your itinerary. Standing at 236.7 meters tall on top of Namsan Mountain which is 243 meters tall, this tower offers you a great way to appreciate the entire city as it gives you a 360 view of Seoul. Besides the observatory, the tower also has a part where love locks are placed at every corner of the place. It’s located at the roof terraces where wooden fences are placed on the sides where the love locks are attached. Talk about a romantic atmosphere.

  • Get your discounted tickets here: N Seoul Tower Ticket
  • Access: Chungmuro Station, Exit 2. From the Exit, ride the Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus No. 2 and drop off at N Seoul Tower. From the drop off point, walk towards the tower.
  • Possible Expenses: Subway Fee: 1350 Won (63PHP) , Bus Fee: 2400 won (Roundtrip; 112PHP) , Entrance Fee: 300 PHP

Shopping: Myeongdong Shopping Street

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Myeongdong Shopping Street is one of the most popular shopping district in the city. It is known as a skin care haven as different beauty brands are within reach on each corners. There are also other shops that sells Korean style apparels aside from beauty products. Additionally, you can also have your ultimate Korean Food trip as there are numerous street foods that are sold on the sides. The street is huge, hence, you won’t get tired of looking around to shop!

  • Access: Myeongdong Station, Exit 5, 6, 7, or 8; Alight at Euljiro 1 (ij-ga) Station, Exit 5 or 6
  • Possible Expenses: Subway Fee: 1250 Won (58PHP) + Subway Fee from Myeongdong Station to Hongik Univ. Station (Hostel): 1350 Won (63 PHP)

Total Expense: Day 1

  • Transportation:
    • Hongik University Station (Hostel) to World Cup Stadium Station: 1250 Won (58 PHP)
    • World Cup Stadium Station to Chungmuro Station: 1350 Won (63 PHP)
    • Chungmuro Station (Bus Ride) to Namsam Tower & Vice Versa: 2400 Won (112 PHP)
    • Chungmuro Station to Myeongdong Station: 1250 Won (58 PHP)
    • Myeongdong Station to World Cup Stadium Station: 1350 Won (58 PHP)
  • Food: 4900 Won (229 PHP)
  • Entrance Fees:
    • Namsam Tower: 300 PHP

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DAY 2

This day is dedicated to exploring Nami Island and its nearby attractions. It’s the time of the day where we have to detach ourselves from the busyness of Seoul City, and embrace the beauty of Nature.

How to get there?

Avail a Tour Package from Klook: 3500 PHP

Availing Klook’s Nami Island, Garden of the Morning Calm & Petite France TOUR, will give you a fun and stress-free trip! This tour package already includes everything: RT transfers, entrance fees, tour guide fee and the like.

DIY Way

  • Ride the subway station and drop off Gapyeong Station
  • From Gapyeong Station, avail the Gapyeong City Bus Tour (6000 won / 280 PHP.) It is a whole day unlimited bus ride to the attractions in Gapyeong- which already includes Nami Island, Garden of the Morning Calm and Petite France (Entrance Fee is not included.)
  • Plan your own itinerary from that point
  • Important Notes:
    • Entrance Fees: Nami Island- 8000 won (375 PHP); Petite France- 8000 won (375 PHP); Garden of the Morning Calm -9000 won (420 PHP)
    • Subway Fee: 2350 Won (110PHP)
    • Gapyeong City Bus Tour: 6000 Won (280 PHP)

Nami Island

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If you’re into experiencing dream-like places, Nami Island is the perfect one. With its enchanting tree-lined avenues, riverside walks, picturesque scenery, you will absolutely feel as if you’re in a magical paradise. Not to mention how this scenery gets better and more fairylike during Autumn! This place is surreal!


Petite France

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A small, outlandish French inspired village which will give you that captivating vibe as multicolored French style houses complemented by the overlooking vast greeneries and landscape are just around the corners of this place. You will definitely feel as if you’re are teleported to the country of France!


Garden of the Morning Calm

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Imagine a scenery of flowers- those that will instantly catch your breath, a beautifully manicured grass- those that will let you sink right into it, trees reaching the sky- those that will let your imagination float like heavens; and a breathtaking backdrop of lush mountains and abundant greeneries- bizzare, isn’t it? That’s Garden of the morning calm.


Total Expense: Day 2

  • Transportation:
    • Hongik University Station to Gapyeong Station: 2350 Won (110 PHP)
    • Gapyeong Station to Hongik University Station: 2350 Won (110 PHP)
  • Gapyeong City Bus Tour: 6000 Won (280 PHP)
  • Entrance Fees:
    • Nami Island: 8000 Won (375 PHP)
    • Petite France: 8000 Won (375 PHP)
    • Garden of the Morning Calm: 9000 Won (420 PHP)
  • Food: 4200 Won (200 PHP)

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DAY 3:

Everland

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If you’re on the search of Korea’s happiest place, then Everland is the perfect one. There’s nothing more fun that spending a day in the country’s largest and most exciting theme park! Fill your day with thrill and enjoyment as amusing rides are all there for you to enjoy. Skipping Everland is like skipping a huge part of your Seoul trip.

  • Get your discounted (cheapest) tickets here: Everland Ticket
  • Access: Located at Jeondae Everland Station on the Yongin Ever Line. Transfer to the Yongin Ever Line at Gilheung Station on the Bundang Line
  • Possible Expenses: Subway Fee: 3350 won (156 PHP) ; Entrance Fee: 30,000 won (1400 PHP)

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DAY 4

Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of the most iconic place in Korea as significant history takes place in this palace. It has a huge area where a number of noteworthy structures can be found inside the compound. You can even catch a ceremony called Royal Guard Changing Ceremony, which serves as its main attraction where a performance of changing of guards in fine-looking, traditional costumes at the main gate of the Palace is held.

  • Information: For schedule, free tours, more information about the place, visit: www.royalpalace.go.kr. People who are wearing the Hanbok Costume can enter the palace without paying the Entrance Fee.
  • Rent your Hanbok Costume here: Hanbok Rental
  • Access: Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit 5 or Anguk Station, Exit 3 (Seoul Subway Line 3), then walk a few meters away
  • Possible Expenses: Subway Fee: 1350 Won (63PHP) ; Entrance Fee: Free (since those wearing a Hanbok Costume can enter without paying the Entrance Fee) ; Hanbok Rental: 14,980 won (700 PHP)

Bukchon Hanok Village

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Bukchon Hanok Village is a place wherein you will be transported to the old era of Korea. Traditional houses, called hanok are everywhere. These hanoks are operating as cafes, shops, museums, and the like. So if you’re into shopping / chilling while sightseeing, this village is the one!

  • Access: Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit 5 or Anguk Station, Exit 3 (Seoul Subway Line 3), then walk a few meters away
  • Possible Expenses: Entrance Fee: None

Total Expense: Day 4

  • Transportation:
    • Hongik University Station to Gyeongbokgung Station: 1350 PHP (63PHP)
    • Gyeongbokgung Station to Seoul Station (Train to Airport): 1250 PHP (58 PHP)
  • Food: 2400 Won (112 PHP)
  • Hanbok Rental: 14,980 won (700 PHP)

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Expenses

  • Accommodation: 3600 PHP / 3 Nights
  • Airport to Seoul Station (Roundtrip:) 400 PHP
  • Wifi Rental: 532 PHP / 4 Days
  • Day 1: 878 PHP
  • Day 2: 1870 PHP
  • Day 3: 2200 PHP
  • Day 4: 933 PHP
  • TOTAL: 10, 413 PHP

This is unbelievable! You can already explore Seoul for a budget of 10, 400 PHP! It’s that cheap! All you have to do is manage your money very wisely. Make it to the point that all you expenses have to be worthy. Yep, we totally enjoyed this magical city for only 10,400PHP. I know you could too!

It’s now the time to tick off Seoul, Korea on your bucket list!

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19 thoughts on “Seoul, Korea Travel Guide: A 10,400 PHP Itinerary

  1. Wow~ how did you find a 3k plus flight? ㅠㅠ when I checked the cheapest was 19k even for next year flights ㅠㅠㅠㅠ anyway, thank you for sharing! Very thoughtful and pictures are aesthetic!

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  2. Hi yung food expenses niyo and kung kayo kumakain, d mo masyado na-blog. May malapit lang ba sa tinirhan niyo? And during trip naghahanap kayo ng convenient store?

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  3. Hi, Colleen! Which month of the year did you go? End of October or mid-November? It looks Autumn to me. Thanks for the write up, so helpful! 🤗

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  4. Hi. Kelan po kaya ma update ang blog mo about korean visa application. ‘will process kasi before april, and it will help us alot kung may guide na kami. thanks for your posts, inspiring! Lalo akong naencourage mag travel

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  5. Hi!! I’m planning to visit Korea on October and we’re doing the planning as early as we can, while we still have time to do so. Haha. I just have a question. Did you use any map or apps that helped you with directions when you’re walking? Or did you have a korean friend who accompanied you during your stay? Thanks a lot! 💕

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