Visit Korea on a Shoestring Budget

As the K-pop and dramas massively spreading worldwide channels, South Korea has become one of the most wanted destinations in Asia. You may expect to work like a horse and saving for your Korea trip as the myth has it, Korea is not for the budget travellers, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Korea is doable on shoe string budget with the two key spells: right timing and well-planning. Let’s take a closer look together:

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When should I go
There isn’t a right time for everyone at this four-season country, where each season exposes its unique charms. There is cherry blossom Spring, hopeless romantic Falls, sweating Summer and snow land fairy-like Winter. On top of all, there is shopping season at Asia’s cosmetic and fashion hub.

Tips:
1. For the shopaholic, good news, the national grand sales are held yearly during Feb and Oct. So even if you are on a shoestring budget, you still can enjoy the shopping pleasure during this time.
2. Summer in Korea is scorching and humid, this is usually the peak time, so best to avoid this period.

Hunt for the cheapest tickets using relevant travel apps for your selected period or check with us!

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Where should I stay
Budget traveller’s best option are apparently hostels or dormitories, where you trade in your privacy for the add-on: free breakfast, WiFi, laundry at extremely low cost. The rate starts from $10 / night. Do make sure you check all the add-ons for the best deals.

Alternatively, there are many options with slightly higher rate, starting from $17/ night for a private single room on Airbnb. Shop around; you will surely find the best accommodation deal, that will not break your wallet while meeting your comfort level needs. As usual, pick the place not so far from tourist spots otherwise, you will end up paying for transportation.

Moving around
The main cities in Korea are well connected by public transports, bus or train. Upon arrival, get yourself a pre-loaded T-money cards, which can be used to pay for bus, metro, taxi and train fares at a discounted rate.

Tips:
Download the app called Ji Ha Cheol to navigate the complex subway system while you are in Seoul.

Extra tip: if you plan to walk around or navigate your route, try the app NaverMap, the Korean version of Google map, which is localised and more accurately updated.

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What to eat
While in Korea, do as the Koreans do, another way to avoid being overcharged. Obviously, if you are going to the tourist districts, be prepared to pay extra for the same delicious street food you would find elsewhere. Watch the locals and follow them; this will save you a significant amount.

What to do
Korea has everything that pleases your taste, from the rich and exciting cultural activities such as Jjimjilbang, visiting King Palace, war museum to the modern theme parks and massive shopping malls.
For natural savvy, the national parks, sighting, islands, snow mountains, there are so many options for you. Korea has much more wonderful places to offer than just Seoul, pick a theme on what you want to experience in this beautiful country, explore and get amazed.
While most places require entrance tickets, there are many places you can go for free if combining with certain offers. Make sure to check out the promotion coupons before arriving at Korea and make the best use of the discounts.

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Tip, tips, and more tips:
– Buy the local specialities at the tax-free malls like Dong Hwa and Lotte; you get the best deals here. Buying at the popular night markets is another good option only if you know how to bargain and distinguish the qualities.
– Check out the site http://www.visitkorea.com.my/node/events-promotions/promotions/ if you want to hunt for discount vouchers on some shops or events

So the myth has been debunked. Korea is possible on shoestring budget. Don’t put your Kim Chi dream up any longer, let’s us help you to cross out another destination from your bucket list. Reach out to us at askus@ladyredot.com.


juneHello, I am June! I love to explore different roles to find out what is my passion. I used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, I figure that my passion is to express the hospitality spirit from my heart and inspire others from my work. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where I get inspired and inspire others, and running my own bed and breakfast in Vietnam. I view life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join me as I share my passion with you! You can reach out to me @ LinkedIn.

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