South Korea Travel Tips

Top 10 South Korea Travel Tips

Top 10 South Korea Travel Tips

1. Visa Processing: (For Philippines Passport holder working in Singapore)

Handwritten Visa Application form
3.5 cm x 4.5 cm Colored Passport Photo in white background
Passport, valid for more than 6 months
Photocopy of Passport Bio 
Certificate of Employment (company name, date hired, salary, company address, office landline number, and email address)
Bank Certificate (account type, current type, account opening date, 6 months average balance)
Bank statement/ passbook (3 months account)

If by Invitation:
Invitation letter from Korean National 
Korean National Identification Card

Check out the website for more information about your passport status in Korea. 

2. Arrival in South Korea

Currency: South Korean won

Electrical Outlet: Plug type F, two round pins with two earth clips on the side. 220V supply voltage and 60Hz.

From the Airport to the City:
Purchase the T-money card at 7'11 or G25 for 4,000 won. Stores are located on both sides of the airport lobby. Top up at least 30,000 won. Take the Elevator and proceed to Basement 1. Follow the sign that leads to KTX Trains. I arrived in the evening so I made sure to be out from the airport to catch the train before it closes down, and to give me some time to navigate my guesthouse. 

Check out my Detailed travel Itinerary if you're interested to go to Nami Island, Jeju Island, Hiking trails, and my Seoul City Tour.

3. How to go around the city

All around card transportation:
Get the T-money card as your all-in-one transportation card around Seoul buses, subway, and most taxis. Loading stations are available in most convenience stores and subway stations. 

Card Price: 2,500 won and a typical fare are around 1,050 won.  
Top-up 20,000 won/ 24 SGD or more 80,000 won/ 100 SGD.

A'REX (express train) 43 minutes to Seoul. There are two types of train service: Express Train which goes straight to Seoul and the Commuters Train that drops by All stations, departing every 20-40 minutes. The trains can be boarded at the Airport Railroad Incheon Airport Station opposite the airport entrance. Tickets are purchased in vending machines located at the station entrance.  

Airport Limousine counters near exit no. 3,5,10 and 12 on the arrivals floors of the passenger terminal. 

Airport Buses runs day and night, Airport Information Desk located Gates 3,4, and Gates 11,12 on the first floor. Tickets are purchased in Gates 4,9 inside the arrival halls on the first floor or Gates 4, 6-8, 9c, 11,13 outside the terminal. 

There are two types of taxis: Regular-white, grey- and deluxe-black- with the regular being about an 80 USD ride from Incheon airport, versus deluxe being about twice that. There is a surcharge for late night and early morning of 20%. There is a so-called International Taxi with English-speaking drivers, which do a fixed price deal.

4. Buy Train Tickets 

In order to purchase the ITX train, you need to get out from the MRT station and proceed to the nearest ITX machine right after you come out. Afterward, you don't need to tap in back, proceed to the side to the train officer or the Ajhussi and show your ticket, then proceed to the ITX railway station. 

Keep your eye for the ITX train it's different from Korail Train or the normal train. ITX trains are 2-storey and have more comfortable seats, precisely comes on time according to the ticket purchased in the ITX machine. 

Both trains use the same railroad so be attentive to where you hop into and make sure to check the platform if you are at the right car number, check your ticket on the right side, the digits there will show you the car and seat number. 

5. Trust the efficient train system

South Korea has one of the best train systems in Asia. I was able to travel outside of Seoul to nearby provinces in less than an hour.

Another interesting thing and what I love about the train is the Musical Arrival Song, it kept me entertained on my solo days travel around the city.

How to get to Nami IslandSeoul to Gapyeong

6. Be early at the train station

Proceed to the train station ticket counter for the desired transaction. It always a great idea to be early so you have plenty of time to figure out things, get lost, have a snack, and snap some photos along the way.

7. Learn some basic Korean words
Hello - Annyeonghaseyo
You're welcome - Cheonmaneyo
Thank you - Kamsahamnida for the Wonderful Memories
Goodbye Korea - Ahnyeonghi Gyeseyo Korea
Excuse me (asking for help politely) - Sillyehamnida 
Where is the bathroom? - hwajangsireun eodie isseoyo?

8. Weather

Determine the weather when in Taiwan so you can plan out your activities appropriately. I love the beach and the mountains so I chose Summer for my trip. 

Spring: March to May, 25 degrees Celsius or 78 degrees Fahrenheit

Summer: June to August, 30 degrees Celsius or 86 degrees Fahrenheit

Autumn: September to November, less rainfall and still warm

Winter: December to February, 8 degrees Celsius or 46 degrees Fahrenheit

9. Foods to try

These are my must-try foods in South Korea:

When you're around the winter season in Korea having a hot fishcake is a heavenly experience.

Korean Steamboat Buffet

Try out the Country's Coffee Madness and the delicious Ice Shaving Dessert

Coffee shops are everywhere in South Korea. It's a perfect treat for the cold weather. I also heard about their ice shaving desserts, looking for it was a piece of cake as well. The fine ice melts in your mouth which is creamy and sweet. It's one of my favorite desserts now! 

Samgyeopsal Buffet 

A popular Korean dish that is a must-try when you're in Korea. The meal comprises of slices of pork belly meat and is cooked on a grill at the table. You can eat the meat alone or pair it up with your lettuce and wrap the meat along with your preference of sauce, kimchi, and even mushrooms. 

Lastly, at night try the Spicy Chicken and Beer Combo. Koreans have this chicken and beer obsession. They said it's the perfect match made from heaven. 

10. Wrong Turns

Always remember that wrongs turn are sometimes the right way, just because we came upon a place that is unusual and it's not what we expected doesn't mean it's a mistake or a terrible misfortune. Everybody has their own story in their travels, I don't have the perfect itinerary for my feet leads me to places I've never expected to be. At the end of the day, what matters most is how you perceived things. This is my story and I love wrong turns. 

We got lost plenty of times on our trip but we don't carry the temper all day long. Just let it go and enjoy where you at. A place hidden treasures are always in the unpaved path.

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