General South Korea Travel Advice

(Answer for question from Mr. I from my high school)

  • Basically if you want to eat outside and not cooking, and eating fast food, you can budget the meal to 5000 – 10000 JRW.
  • From Indonesia, you can fly to South Korea (Incheon) from two airports, Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta and Bali’s Ngurah Rai If you are Indonesian, you should apply for VISA to visit, except if your port of entry/ departure is Jeju (basically you need to come/go from either Thailand, Hong Kong, PRC, Japan or The Phillipines. I suggest either Thailand or The Phillipines for Indonesian. Hong Kong is also alright because NO VISA as well.)
  • To go to Daejeon (where I base at) from Seoul, you can use Mugunghwa (10000 KRW) with either Seoul Station-Daejeon Station route (2 hrs) or Yongsan Station – Seodaejeon Station (2 hr)
  • To go to Seoul City centre from Incheon airport, you can use the subway. The ticket could be bought in the automatic ticket machine (1000-1500 KRW). The ticket can also be used for bus (1000 KRW).
  • Seoul’s subway map could be found easily in the airport and in the tourism information, available in almost every cities and all-around Seoul (Myeongdong, Itaewon, Nami Island, Ewha, Cheongyecheon, Dongdaemun, etc.)
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My suggested place-to-visits are:

Gyeongbok-gung: palace, near museums and touristy areas, you can watch the guard-changing ceremony (look at the time), you can also try Hanbok for 3000 KRW

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Gwanghwamun: big atrium on your way to Gyeongbok-gung, you can also find Sejong Museum

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Cheonggyecheon:artificial river, you can visit Wall of Hope, KTO Seoul Office and try the hanbok and traditional games, also souvenir-shopping if you’re in a hurry

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Bukchon:areas with old Korean houses, areas with a lot of museums, near to Insadong, where you can get a lot of souvenirs, visiting galleries and cafes

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All of these are pretty close-by so you can just walk, but if you want to use the bus uf you want to.

Other places of interest:

Korean Folk Village (artificial old Korean village, used a lot for periode drama (Sageuk) if you’re interested in them, a lot of traditional performances and wedding customs, 12000 KRW. You need to use bus or shuttle to visit.

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Namsan Tower: Viewing tower, hiking, Cable car, teddy bear museum, restaurant, you have to walk a bit.

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Lotte World or Everland, both are amuseument parks (40000 KRW)

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