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Night Shopping Tour in Seoul
"You will start your night shopping tour when you are picked up at your hotel and go to the Myeongdong Fashion Street. The Myeongdong Fashion Street is one of the busiest places in Seoul and is among Korea’s premier shopping destinations. Over 1 million s Myeong-dong market has been a witness to Korea’s tumultuous modern-day history as a center of city politics economy and culture.After seeing the Myeongdong area you will check out the Dongdaemun Doota Shopping Mall which is a fashion mall full of trendy fashion items. There are 540 stores throughout the 8-story building including designer shops select shops
From $90.00
 
Korean Demilitarized Zone and Dragon Hill Spa Tour
"Hotel pickup for this tour will be at 8 or 8:40am in Seoul. From there you will head to Imjingak Pavilion located at 50km northwest of Seoul. This pavillion was built for 5 million people who had lost their homes. Major facilities include the North Hall where you can get a view of the North Korean lifestyle.After the Imjingak you will head to the DMZ a demilitarized zone formed after the Korean War between South and North Korea. It is 2km wide in the North and 4km wide in the South based on the truce line crossing the Korean Peninsula. Visitors can see that the DMZ area’s ecosystem has been preserved you will go to the third infiltration tunnel which was discovered in October 1978. This tour will show you through the 3rd underground tunnel that North Korea which has been continuously provoking the South since the armistice
From $160.00
 
Seoul History and Culture Small-Group Tour
"Experience both the urban modernity and historic traces of Seoul on a three-hour walking tour. Meet your local guide and head to Bukchon Hanok village a residential area dating back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). The village is lined with hundreds of hanoks (traditional Korean houses). Walk along the quiet alleys and admire the latticed windows and patterned brick walls. Today many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers restaurants and tea houses providing an opportunity to become immersed in traditional Korean culture.Next visit the Tteok Museum a unique museum detailing the history
From $52.00

Cars, Subways and Buses Tips (18)

Limousine bus

From the airport i took the so clled limousine bus. I say so called because it's just a bus, definitly nothing luxurious or extra confortable. The bus number I took is 6015 and the price is 10000 wong. You can buy the ticket at arrival hall in the airport, there ask the number of bus you need to take for the area where you have to go to.
Once you re out look for the column with your bus number . A suggestion for the bus company: add a led screen advertising the stops as the voice that calls them has a low volume and once someone arrives for the first time in Korea may have some difficulties in understanding the pronunce. When you take the bus on the way back, just know that you buy ticket on the bus and you do not book the seat, so if the bus is full you wait for the next one that usually arrives after 20 minutes.

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xaver
Oct 25, 2014

Cars, Subways and Buses

As mentioned in another tip: use the subway whenever possible (especially to that black hole of traffic Kangnam!). The trains are regular, run from about 6AM to midnight and are clean, fast and easy to navigate.

If you must go by car/taxi do so in the middle of the day or late at night (after 10PM) to avoid traffic. As well, you might expect 2-3 HOURS to get from one part of the city to another. Yes, the same distance that might take 30-60 minutes on the subway can take 2 hours (easily) in the surface. This really sucks if you're in a cab and have only so much in won on you (although I believe many take credit cards).

Another idea, if the subway is not convenient and you're short on dough, is to take a bus. Call 1330 for multi-language directions. be prepared, though, buses in Korea can become PACKED with people, often accelerate and turn and brake abruptly. As well, you need to keep a good eye out for your stop (there are English announcements for the major stops). Another thing, I heard (but have not seen) that buses will sometimes not pick up people at a stop because they are running late--they need to stick to the schedule and cannot afford the time.

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jburron
Apr 29, 2004

The Seoul Subway System

The Seoul subway system is probably the best way to get to major points of interest around the city. It is pretty inexpensive, and faster in most cases than taking a taxi. About the hardest thing is figuring out where you are going. But, if you have directions in advance, learning to navigate the subways are actually pretty easy. There isn't as much complication as in a city like Tokyo, and they are safer than the trains in New York. Cleaner too.

Most tickets are pretty cheap, the website says 800 won for over three stops. I seem to remember it being a bit more, but still nowhere near as expensive as a taxi. I also seem to remember people who are older (like in their later 60's early 70's can ride for free. That may be for Korean's only, check the ticket salespeople for info.)

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kdoc13
May 28, 2004

From Incheon Airport to Seoul and vice versa

The cheapest and best way to get to Seoul from Incheon Airport is the airport limousine bus. It'll cost you only about US$5-$6, compare to the cab ride that would cost a whopping US$50 !

There's really nothing to it, just log onto the English website and choose a bus that bypasses your route or hotel. Yup, there are a slew of popular hotels that are situated along the bus routes. So aim for anyone of them.

Vice versa if you're going to Incheon from Seoul. Just take a train to Gimpo Airport, catch a bus to Incheon Airport for the same price.

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Nov 29, 2004
 
 
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How to get to Seoul from Incheon Airport

As been asked many times on this forum, what is the best way to get to Seoul from IIA? Buses from Incheon International Airport to Seoul operate on 10-15 minute intervals during the flight operation hours. As the subway between IIA and Seoul is currently under construction, the most convenient and cheapest way to get to Seoul is Limousine Bus. Deluxe Limousine Bus tickets to Seoul cost 12,000-13,000 won, Standard Limousine Bus tickets cost 7,500-8,000 won. Tickets can be purchased at the Transportation Information Counter near the exits No. 2, 4, 9, 13 on the arrival floor (1st floor) or at the bus stops themselves. Which bus you take depends on the part of the city you are going to. Don't worry, the places are written on the buses in English as well as Korean. Here is a list of the buses, where they go, and which exit in the airport to head for to catch them:

http://www.airport.or.kr/airport/traffic/bus/busList.iia?flag=E&fake=1142381787184

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olddude
Aug 17, 2007

Traffic is Hell -- Take the Subway!

Seoul has some of the worst traffic on earth, so I recommend against taking surface transportation to get around town. Maybe if you're going somewhere between the hours of 10 pm an 5 am, a cab or car might be worthwhile, but in general the metro is the best way to get around town. Though, Seoul ios a big city, so it can even take an hour by subway to go from Seoul Station to the Jamsil Sports Complex, for example.
But that time is nothing compared to how bad it can be on the roads. There are times when a 12 mile (20 km) journey has taken me two hours. Rush hour starts early and continues (seemingly) throughout the day. The picture associated with this tip is taken at 5:30 a.m., and the road is already clogged.

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AKtravelers
Jul 10, 2005

THE LAST TIME : BUS , SUBWAY

Acurately it depends on where you are going to and what number of bus or subway you are going to get on . But Generally,

Buses : 22:30~ 24:00

Trains : 23:00~ 24:30

If you have to transfer, you should be careful
the last transfering time.

lovekaty
Apr 25, 2005

Public transportation

The public transportation in Seoul is very well organized. It is probably the best public transportation that any city has, with its buses and its metro. First things first, purchase an english version of the metro map. If you hate walking, you can also use the buses as well, but downtown seoul has metro stations every 20minute-walk or so. You need to either buy a scan-card (and you charge it with money, and scan it whenever you use the bus/metro), or you can buy a ticket every time you use the system.

(the map on the left is 3 years old - the metro has expanded even more since then.)
TIP:
SCAN YOUR SCANNING CARD WHEN YOU ARE GETTING ON AND OFF THE BUS.
This way, if you are simply switching lines, then you can get onto the next bus for free. Also, if you are switching from a bus straight to a metro, it is gratuit as well. If you are buying something small, then try to get it done by 30 mins, as the return trip will then be free as well.

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Oct 22, 2004
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Seoul City Buses

The buses are an easy and cheap way to get around Seoul... if you can figure out the system. Normally buses cost only 700 Won. If you don't speak Hangul, many list the major stops in English on the side of the bus. Bus 82 goes from Itaewon to Myeongdong and Bus 23 runs between Itaewon and City Hall.

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Ewingjr98
Oct 10, 2016

Soeul Subway

The subway system in Seoul is one of the best we have used, and that includes New York City and London, England.

The subway is easy to navigate as signs are posted in Korean and English. I guess that makes it easy if you read Korean and/or English. None the less, if reading the signs doesn't work the friendly citizens of Korea are very willing to help. More than once my wife and I would stop to look at a map and a helpful native would quickly ask if we needed directions.

Not only are the numbered and colored lines easy to navigate but the system itself was extremely clean, cool (we where visiting in July), and timely.

A classy system for a classy city.

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catpause
Oct 03, 2005

T Money - Seoul's Bus and Subway card

When traveling Free & Easy in Seoul, the bus & subway concession card called "T money "comes in handy. You can buy the "T money" easily at any GS25, family mart and other convenience stores. The cost of the card (non refundable) is $2500won. You can top it up at any amount above $1000won.

There is a concession (for instance, a discount of $100won per subway trip etc) when you use the T-Money on buses or subways. But it's actually the convenience it gives us that really matters.

When using the card on buses, you have to tap it when you board the bus and tap on the machine again when you alight.

If you need to get a refund for the remaining top up amount in your T-Money card before you leave Seoul, you may go to their convenience store GS25 for the refund.

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jackiesg
Dec 07, 2010

T-Money Card

The subway is the most convenient mode of transport in going around Busan or in Seoul and in Gyeonggi-do areas.
It is operated from 530am-1am. Currently there are 4 subway lines operating around Busan.
You won't get lost since the stations are labeled in Korean, English and Chinese and numbered as well. Single fare costs 1,000KW and depend on the distance you wish to travel.

By the time we arrived in Busan, I thought that the T-money card and the disposable transportation card look the same. I was about to buy the T-money thinking that it looks like the Octopus card of Hong Kong... I inquired about the T-money with the lady in the store even though we had a hard time communicating since she can't easily speak English. Luckily, one of the subway's staff was on the floor, she became the answer to all of my questions!
I then realized, the T-money Card is not literally a "card" like what I imagined.

So what happened was, I bought this T-money card (the lady said that I may choose the mini mirror or the mickey mouse shaped card) for 7000KW then recharged it using the self-service charger in the subway by another 10,000KW. Yes, you are right! The T-money card and the balance are sold separately!

The T-money card is a rechargeable transportation card and varies in sizes/shapes.
The term rechargeable means that you can "reload" amount of the money you have in your card, after numerous deductions of fares you had within the day so you can be able to use it all over again. You can "recharge" the T-money card in any convenience stores/subway stations. The

T-money card used in Busan can also be used in Seoul.
It can also be used in riding buses, paying entrance fees in museums, cultural facilities, palaces, etc.

The only disadvantage in using the T-money card is that you can't have any refund of the remaining balance in it unlike (again) in using the Octopus card. So just always check the amount you have in your card so you can only recharge it with the appropriate amount you need while staying in the country.

How To Use: place the T-money card in the card reader as you get on a bus or subway and it will beep indicating your current balance after the fare was deducted.

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Dec 30, 2011

Things to Do Near Seoul

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Cheong Gye Cheon - Man Made Stream

Cheonggyecheon steam is a nice place to escape a busy Seoul lifestyle. In fact, steam is located just in the centre but somehow you don't feel like you are in the centre. Magic There are many small...
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Korea House & Namsan Hanok Folk Village

At first there is no "entrance fee" completely open to public for free. In this village displays various household goods and furniture arranged in accordance with the times of which they were a part....
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Heunginjimun Dongdaemoon - Great East Gate

Dongdaemun is known for its shopping area, a place for a cheap clothing items in Korea. But actually means Great East Gate. This is more commonly called Dongdaemun Gate, first built in 1398. This was...
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Dongdaemun Market

I visited this night market during my last night in Seoul. I was not impresed as it was mainly a clothes market. The area though is great to walk around in the evening as it is surrounded by the big...
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Tapgol Park (Pagoda Park)

This is a crowded city centre park. Not so green, but with some interesting historical sites. Tapgol Park is built on the former site of Wongak Temple which was destroyed at a time when Buddhism was...
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Ongo-food Communication,- Day Tours

Why not take a cooking class? Learn to cook a Korean dish. That's what I did when I visited Seoul! It's a fun experience and something that you can bring home with you (new cooking skills) to enjoy...
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