Blue Pearl

129-3.4.6 Cheongdam-Dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul, 135-957, South Korea
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Need Comments for One-day Trip in Seoul and Budget Matters

by Somikan

Hello Vters ^v^

I'd like to have you comment on my travel plan in Seoul this coming April 5-6 please. This is my first time there, so any recommendation is appreciated. Thank you in advance.

I'll arrive Incheon Airport on Apr 5, 4.30pm. Plan is to leave luggages at the airport and travel to Myeongdong->N Seoul Tower->Dongdaemun->Stay at Silom Sauna (located around Seoul Station).

On Apr 6 before leaving the country, I'd like to wake up early for a trip to Yeouido park for cherry blossom, then head to Deoksugung Palace (because it is the only palace opens on Tuesday). After that, I want to take a walk at Insadong, if time allowed before departing from airport at 5.30pm.

Questions are:
1. What's the best way to travel from Incheon Airport to Seoul?
2. And does subway is a better way to travel within the city?
3. Would US$100 enough for the transportations, budget food, and accommodation (Silom Sauna is where I will be staying at and it costs only about 15,000won)?

Re: Need Comments for One-day Trip in Seoul and Budget Matters

by DSwede

From Inchon airport, the most cost effective way (and relatively quick too) is to take a bus.

There are hundreds of buses that service the city from the airport. To find the best one for you, I recommend stopping at the tourist information booth at the arrival area. The staff will very kindly tell you what door to exit and what number bus to catch.

Buses within the city are good, but the subway is both faster and easier to navigate. I recommend using the subway while in the city.

For one day, if your accommodation is 15000won, then I easily believe that 85000won will give you all public transport you need, all the food you can eat and still have some in your pocket at the end.

Re: Need Comments for One-day Trip in Seoul and Budget Matters

by Somikan

Thank you! That's really helpful. I'm working on my budget and plan now, it's almost done. I will be taking off for the trip this coming Saturday, so I'm very excited for it. Thank you very much again for your help ^v^

Re: Need Comments for One-day Trip in Seoul and Budget Matters

by DSwede

Bring an umbrella... its been raining lately!

Re: Need Comments for One-day Trip in Seoul and Budget Matters

by Somikan

Oh, no... I don't want rain. It supposes to be sunny and warm in Spring >_<"
Thank you for letting me know. I was thinking of taking no umbrella with me..

Travel Tips for Seoul

There are a few 'World...

by ff44ff

There are a few 'World Heritages' in Seoul designated by UNESCO. Be sure to visit them!!! Economic ( money saving ) night shopping place is easily
accessible. You'd better take subway train line 1 and
get off at 'Tongdaemun station.' There are 8 subway lines
in Seoul and they will take you to wherever you want.
Tongdaemun is one of old( more than 600 years ) gates of
fortress which surrounded seoul. You will find many huge
shopping malls and street markets there.
This information will not let you down.

For more information, don't hesitate to contact me at
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Hope you have a good time.

Learn the Hangul Alphabet

by AKtravelers

Korean is a hard language for native English speakers to learn, but there's no reason why visitors to Seoul shouldn't learn the alphabet. Like Russian and English, Korean script is made up in letters, though the letters are combined into blocks of syllables tat may look like characters to the inattentive. Once you learn the simple rules for what sounds these symbols represent (rules with many fewer exceptions than English) you can read (but not comprehend) any Korean word. This is useful when finding subway or bus stops and may allow you to pick up a few Korean words that you see written everywhere (hajinshil == toilet is one equation I learned from reading). Furthermore, there are many Korean words that come from English (banana, ice cream) that you'll be able to read. So take the time to learn! Literacy is a great tool!

Dress to impress for Seoul winters

by museberry

On Korean fashion: One must at all times wear socks, major rule: never enter a home without socks to maintain the sanitation as you'll always need to remove your shoes in a tiny cramped entryway. Quite often at restaurants you may need to remove your shoes as well and stack them in a cubby.

Here image perception is number one on their minds and you'll never be able to tell a knock-off Louis Vuitton bag from the real thing.

Women here, outside of nightclubs, are dressed clear to the neck, but a funny thing, their skirts are so short that a small gust of wind would provide a full show, have been told that the difference is primarily that American women tend to be bustier so in having something to flaunt we do. Everywhere you go you'll see the school girl uniforms with plaid skirts.

Plaid, everybody here owns plaid.. and leather.. and apparently this season wearing both with faux fur topped snow boots is the rage.. and don't leave home without your fake handbag. Thus is winter in Seoul in the very least.

Samgyeopsal (Korean Pork Belly Ham)

by machomikemd

It is very Tasty and Sinful! Since the US Beef Ban in 2003, koreans have rediscoved the cheap alternative to expensive local beef by buying thin slices of pork belly called samgyeopsal. fatty slices of pork belly meat are served in the same fashion as galbi, with the meat flavored with garlic, salt and sesame oil and cooked on a grill at the diners' table. Prior to consumption, the large slices of meat are cut into smaller pieces with scissors. A common way to consume the meat is to place a slice inside a lettuce or other green leaf with some cooked rice and ssamjang, a paste made out of chili paste (gochujang) and soybean paste (doenjang).

It is very popular around korea since it costs only 12,000 won an order!

Baseball at Jamsil baseball stadium

by seoulsnapshots

If you want to watch a baseball game, go to the Jamsil Baseball stadium and you can watch either the LG Twins or the Doosan Bears. Both of these teams call this stadium home. Tickets are really cheap.. about 6,000 Won and fans really get into it. One difference from Major League baseball is that there are Cheerleaders at Korean baseball games.


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