SOUTH KOREA 2016: Insadong

This is not part of my Seoul Travel Tips series, but I wanted to write it anyway. 🙂


When I went to Seoul solo last year, I made sure I have at least one new tourist place I visit that’s convenient and memorable.

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SOUTH KOREA 2016: Shopping in HongDae, MyeongDong and Ehwa

This will be a rather short post compared to the others.

Comparing the shopping experience in HongDae, MyeongDong, and Ehwa is hard, if not impossible. The three places cater to different markets, but are all popular shopping destinations. That said, this will be just a general overview of what to expect from the three – in case you’re pressed for time and just have one place to visit.

MyeongDong Shopping Street

MyeongDong Shopping Street

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SOUTH KOREA 2016: Credit Card or Philippine Peso

February 2017

This post has been edited for accuracy. Added a sample computation at the bottom!

Since I am from the Philippines, I will be writing this topic with perspective of the Philippine Peso (referred to as PHP later in this article).

During my first trip to Seoul in April 2013, I had a hard time exchanging my then US dollars (USD) to Korean won (KRW). My province does not have many KRW users, apparently. I didn’t want to go to Manila just to exchange my money so I settled with what small conversion I got, and just brought a few hundred USDs to exchange in Seoul.

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SOUTH KOREA 2016: Jihachul, Guide to using the trains in Seoul

As part of my South Korea 2016 travel tips, this time, let’s talk about the transportation in Korea, particularly in Seoul.

I have been to Seoul 3 times, and the trains and subways are my best friends. To be honest, I haven’t mastered the art of riding the trains, nor do I know the difference between subway and train (I know in Japan there’s a difference, like on land or underneath it, or that in London they’re called Tube or Train, not subway because that’s a restaurant HAHA). In Manila, we only have Rail that goes on and under land. Anyway, Seoul pretty much have the best transportation system among the countries I’ve been at. Not that there are many, but a lot of people who have been to Seoul would probably say the same. Every nook and cranny of the city is accessible by train, if not, then by bus.

Warning: Huge picture size ahead.

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SOUTH KOREA 2016: Travel Tips

After finishing my travel diary for South Korea 2015, I’ll begin another series related to my spirit country. This time, South Korea 2016 will mostly be travel tips when travelling to Seoul. I hope this will be beneficial to those who will visit Korea – Seoul specifically – for the first time.

I read a lot about the places to visit in Seoul, and how to go to these places, but only a few cater to guidelines when you actually tour the city for the first time. Hence, this will be a master post of some of the tips I can share with you guys if you want to visit the city. I haven’t completely written out this series, so please check back if I have added anything new.

  1. Enjoy Mobile Korea
  2. Jihachul and Subways
  3. Credit Card or PHP
  4. Incheon Airport, pre-departure shopping
  5. Guesthouses
  6. Attending a Korean concert part 1 | part 2
  7. MyeongDong vs. HongDae vs EDae
  8. Coffee Shops and Fastfood
  9. Budget (maybe)

If you enjoyed this series, please let me know in the comments. If you have something you want to know please reach out and I will try to write about that.

P.S. I did not focus on touring this time because I mainly visited the city to watch a concert (two concerts, but of the same artist lol). I did visit a few places I haven’t been to before, but only to fill in the hours before the concert.

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