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What’s in Seoul that everyone loves, everyone likes? It may be that the scenery of four seasons are as beautiful as the paintings. Or with so many points of interest, beautiful and interesting tourist attractions from Gyeongbokgung Royal Palace, Namsan mountain, Everland Amusement Park, Bukchon Ancient Village to Nanta show, Chef show… Or the shopping malls with quality domestic brands and good prices as well as vast promotions. Or it could be film studios, museums of KPOP’s idols, Hallayu films and Oppa handsome guys. Now, let’s check it our Seoul travel blog (Seoul blog, Seoul trip blog) — The fullest Seoul travel guide blog for a wonderful budget trip to Seoul for the first time with Living Nomads below.

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Bukchon Hanok Village
Seoul National Cemetery Weeping Cherry Blossoms
Seoul National Cemetery Weeping Cherry Blossoms
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N Seoul Tower. One of the best places to visit in Seoul, South Korea.
Fountains at Banpo bridge.
Magical fountains at Banpo bridge at night.
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Seoul night street.
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Street food stall in Seoul

Seoul blog: When is the best time to visit Seoul?

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Seoul in autumn

Like other regions of South Korea, the capital of Seoul has a temperate climate, with hot and humid in the summer and the rainy season lasting from June to September. In the summer, August is very hot, the weather is quite cold in the winter with temperatures range from -10 degrees Celsius to 1 degree Celsius. You can visit Seoul at any time of the year, but the best time to travel to Seoul is in the spring from early March to late May because this season is cherry blossoms season, the weather is pleasant, very beautiful and romance or from September to November, when the weather is mild.

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Credit image: seoul travel blog.

Seoul travel blog: How to get to city center of Seoul from Incheon Airport

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Travelers can easily purchase and pick up the card immediately upon landing at Incheon International Airport

If you fly from Vietnam, the airport you will land in is Incheon. If you continue going to Jeju Island you will have to get to Gimpo Domestic Airport. From Incheon there are many ways to get to the city center of Seoul. The most popular and cheapest are the means of transport below.

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AREX Express Train. Picture: seoul blog.

AREX Train: The fastest and most efficient means of transport between Incheon International Airport and downtown Seoul. There are two types of AREX: The AREX Express running the whole route, no stop from the airport to the city in about 43 minutes and the Arex All Stop Train type which stop at every station, it takes about 56 minutes to an hour to reach Seoul center.

Airport Railroad Express (AREX) and All-Stop Train
Airport Railroad Express (AREX) and All-Stop Train
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Inside AREX cabin

KAL Limousine bus: The bus takes you further into areas of the city of Seoul, with many different destinations spread across the center of Seoul. Be assured to sit in your chair and relax, and waiting for your stop point.

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KAL Limousine Bus. Picture: seoul blog.

Airport Taxi: Recommended when traveling in groups of 3 or 7 people. The price is high but it is convenient in case you have lots of luggage and take you directly to the hotel.

Incheon International Airport, South Korea.
Incheon International Airport

Read more: How to getting from Gimpo & Incheon airport to Seoul?

Seoul blog: Where to stay?

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The Westin Chosun

Depending on budget you can choose a lot of areas to stay. Here are some areas:

Budget: Dorm rooms in Hongdae and Myeongdong areas.
Medium: Hotels in Bukchon Ancient Village, or hotels in Hongdae and Myeongdong areas.
Luxury: Hotels in Gangnam area.

The hotel with the city view

You can find, check rates, availability & booking for Seoul hotels on Agoda.com or Booking.com.

Seoul blog: Top Seoul points of interest, top travel experiences, top things to do, best places to visit, and top activities in Seoul

Top sightseeings, best places to visit in Seoul

Everland: Everland is the first theme park in Korea with 5 main themes, an exciting travel destination that helps you explore the history, culture and festivals of five continents.

Everland, South Korea. One of the best amusement parks in Asia (7)
Everland, South Korea. One of the best amusement parks in Asia.
Everland, South Korea. One of the best amusement parks in Asia.
Korea’s first theme park. Credit: Seoul travel blog

Lotte World: It will brings you to the world class entertainment with countless outdoor and indoor activities and spectacular parades and shows.

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Top 5 largest theme parks in the world. Photo: Seoul travel blog.
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Lotte World indoors

Hanwha Aqua Planet 63: An area of 5.630 square meters and aquariums that simulate ocean habitats from around the world.

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Admire the beauty of 20,000 sea creatures, from over 400 species.
Admire the beauty of 20,000 sea creatures, from over 400 species.

63 Tower Observatory: Also known as Hanhwa 63 City, is a skyscraper on Yeouido Island, which has beautiful views of the Han River (Hangang river) and Seoul City.

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The highest golden gilded building in the world

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N Seoul – Namsan Tower: With an high of 479.7 meters, the telecommunication and observation tower is located at the top of Namsan Mountain, is the highest point in the middle of Seoul.

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The iconic of Seoul capital as well as Korea

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MBC World is a Hallyu theme park that has 3 activity zones and is the only stopover for everything related to the Korean entertainment industry.

Where you can learn Korean culture of entertainment with the top stars.
Where you can learn Korean culture of entertainment with the top stars. Picture: seoul blog.

Dragon Hill Spa: includes outdoor swimming pool, with various different temperature bathrooms, sauna, massage and exfoliation, sleeping area, and many other services.

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Relax after a tiring day with Korea’s signature spa

Gangchon Rail Bike Seoul: Cycling on the old train railways and experience a funny trip in the beautiful countryside of Gangwon-do.

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Unique experience where you can admire the beautiful natural scenery

Running Man Thematic Experience Center: Trying to become a Running Man and experience the game based the world-famous TV show.

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Transformed into one of the main characters of the reality famous TV show in world-wide

Seoul travel guide blog: Museums, palaces, top cultural attractions in Seoul

Hanbok - Korean traditional costumes make everyone beautiful
Hanbok – Korean traditional costumes make everyone beautiful

Unique museums: Seoul has a system of museums “unlike any others” from the Love Museum, the 18+ non-children’s museum, to Poo Poo Land where you’ll see the art of “waste of people”; Teddy Bear Museum, Kimchi Museum, etc…

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PooPoo Land
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Kimchi museum

Grevin Living Waxwork Museum Seoul: With 88 wax sculptures of famous stars are loved around the world.

Grevin Living Waxwork Museum Seoul

Trick Eye Museum: One of the first visual deception museums in Asia and one of the leading museums in Asia.

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Hire and take pictures with Hanbok: Traditional Korean costumes’s Hanbook clothes are rented at affordable prices, which will be a great choice for capturing shimmering photos. Some Hanbok rental places such as: N Seoul Tower Cultural Hanbok, Oneday Bukchon Seoul, Gyeongbok-gung…

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Hanbok, the traditional costume of South Korea. Picture: seoul blog.
The traditional costume of the land of Kim Chi.
The traditional costume of the land of Kim Chi.

The traditional costume of the land of Kim Chi.

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Credit image: seoul travel blog.

Five Palaces: Includes Gyeongbok, Changdeok, Changgyeong, Deoksu and Gyeonghui. Gyeongbok Palace is the largest palace and most visited. If you come here around 10am, you can be seen the exchange of guards ceremony with actors in the traditional costumes of the Joseon Dynasty.

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Gyeongbokgung is the largest palace in five palaces
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The guards. Credit: Stephen Bugno
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Gyeongbokgung palace in Spring
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Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

Bukchon Ancient Village: Built more than 600 years ago with a unique architecture with a rustic but solid style and harmonious interior decoration.

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Bukchon Hanok Village. Credit image: seoul travel blog.
A very romantic scene in Bukchon's ancient village
A very romantic scene in Bukchon’s ancient village
Small House Cafe in Bukchon Hanok Village
Small House Cafe in Bukchon Hanok Village
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The wooden house

Ikseon-dong Ancient Village: Where young contemporary artists together revamp hannok roofs, turning them into cafes, restaurants and cultural complexes.

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Ikseon-dong

Seochon Ancient Village: With its crooked houses and alleyways creating a labyrinth of fun, along with unique antique shops and souvenirs.

Seochon Ancient Village

The live shows must definitely be seen in Seoul

Nanta show: Nanta comedy cooking show is well-known throughout the world, blending perfectly the music with the talent of transforming kitchen’s tools into the unique performance equipment.

Famous throughout the world cooking show
Famous throughout the world cooking show
Nanta Show

Fireman show is the latest and most unique show in Seoul showing the strength, hard training and proud work of firefighters.

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Learn about firefighters with difficulties, hardships. Credit image: seoul travel blog.

Chef show: a great journey into the kitchen with non-verbal performances that people can easily understand and participate in.

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The kitchen has a new level, now become a performing theater

The Painters: Hero Show Seoul: A unique performance combining the soul-blowing skills of painters and the humorous mix of music, dance and comedy.

The true artist blows their soul into each of their works
The true artist blows their soul into each of their works.

JUMP Show Seoul: 80 minutes amazing performances by artists with acrobatic skills, martial arts make a funny show for the whole family to enjoy together.

Enjoy the fun Asian martial arts from the unique Korean family at the JUMP Show
Enjoy the fun Asian martial arts from the unique Korean family at the JUMP Show

Pang Show: Enjoy the Pang show on E-LAND cruise, a perfect show combining with the view and experience of toast.

Familiar scene in the famous Bread King movie.
Familiar scene in the famous Bread King movie.

Seoul blog: Nightlife and shopping in Seoul

Korea - the paradise of shopping from clothing to the famous cosmetic brands
Korea – the paradise of shopping from clothing to the famous cosmetic brands

Hongdae: According to Seoul travel guide blog, Hongdae is the most worthy area, with bustling nightlife streets with bars, pubs, nightclubs, night restaurants and shopping at popular shopping outlets in the “college village” of Hongdae.

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Hongdae night street.
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Hongdae shopping
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Egg bread street food

Dong Daemun Plaza (DDP): The complex shopping with all types of shops, cafes, … In addition, outside DDP there is the famous LED rose garden in “The star brings him to” will be light up every night.

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Dong Daemun Plaza
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Led rose garden

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Insadong: Insadong has alleys with beautiful houses, art and culture centers, street food, along with Ssamzigil – where you can buy souvenirs, pictures, pottery, etc.

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The beautiful alley. Credit image: seoul travel blog.

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Insadong seoul 2

Seoul blog: Seoul suggested itinerary for 5 days 4 nights

Flying a night flight to Incheon Airport, Korea. Arriving in Korea on the early morning, take the AREX train to the downtown Seoul. Check in your hotel, rest.

Day 1: Visit Gyeongbok-gung Palace, The Green House, Hanok Bukchon Ancient Village

Try wearing a traditional hanbok and walk through the palaces in Seoul.
Try wearing a traditional hanbok and walk through the palaces in Seoul.

Morning: Visit Gyeongbok-Gung – watching the ceremony of change guards. Getting to the Blue House for taking some photos. Lunch. Take the MRT train to Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), down to Exit 1 or Exit 2, walking about 300 meters to Bukchon Hanok Village.

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Gyeongbok-gung at night

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Korea Seoul Blue House

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The peaceful way. Credit Bukchon Village blog.

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A shop for rent Hanbok
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Street food in Bukchon Village

Evening: Going to the Gwanghwamun Square and the Cheonggyecheon Artificial Stream

Gwanghwamun Square
Gwanghwamun Square
Cheonggyecheon Artificial Stream

Day 2: Have fun at Everland, have lunch at Everland. Afternoon, watch the Cookin’ Nanta show.

Everland, South Korea. One of the best amusement parks in Asia.
Everland, South Korea. One of the best amusement parks in Asia.

Everland, South Korea. One of the best amusement parks in Asia.

Everland, South Korea. One of the best amusement parks in Asia.
Do you have the courage to challenge all the thrilling games here?!
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Nanta Show (Nanta Cooking Show). Picture: seoul blog.

Nanta Show (Nanta Cooking Show). One of the best live shows in Bangkok

Day 3: Daylight: Visiting Nami Island. At night: strolling in Myeongdong street.

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Nami Island in Autaumn. Picture: seoul blog.
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Cycling with your lover in the most romantic island in Seoul is nothing more than happy.
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Myeongdong street

Day 4: Daylight: Visit Digital Media City (DMC) – Haneul Park – Ewha Girls’ High School. Evening: Visit Hongdae Market.

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Digital Media City – known as the “television kingdom” in Korea. Picture: seoul blog.
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Haneul Park
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Ewha School
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Hongdae market

Day 5: Shopping in Namdaemun, visit the Gangnam or Dongdaemun street.

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Namdaemun market. Visiting to Seoul without spending a day for shopping is a mistake. Picture: seoul blog.
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Gangnam
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Dongdaemun market

Seoul travel guide blog: What and where to eat in Seoul?

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A hearty table full of attractive dishes

These are some foods that you have to try in Seoul according to our Seoul travel experience:

Hanjeongsik: The set of portion rice but not as simple as the Vietnamese portion rice set, it is quite similar to the Japanese Kaiseki cuisine with small plates full of foods. A portion of rice is include of many vegetables, meat is cooked in a variety ways of baked, steamed, and definitely must have hot pot and kimchi salted.

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Hanjeongsik in seoul. Picture: seoul blog.

Bossam: The fresh pork bacon slices are boiled with pear or apple’s juice, add a little onion and Doenjang soy sauce. The meat dish after cooked must be yellow, clear fat and fatty. Bossam served with raw vegetables such as salads, napa cabbage, white radish kimchi or napa cabbage kimchi and samjjang sauce.

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Bossam

Jokbal: Pig’s trotters are stewed with soy sauce, ginger, garlic and rice wine. Another version of Jokbal is grill instead of stew. This dish is also served with salads or kimchi and samjjang sauce.

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Jokbal

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Makguksu: Noodles made from buckwheat (Buckwheat noodle), slightly ivory and strange taste. Noodles served in rolls, so will be called makguksu (mak is circle), served with pear, kimchi slices and special sauce.

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Makguksu noodle

Kongguksu: Cold noodles served with broth made from soy milk (Soy milk noodle soup), add a little of kimchi, cucumbers to create a sense of elegance, gentle, suitable for the hot days.

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Soy milk noodle soup (Kongguksu). Picture: seoul blog.

Jjolmyeon: Noodles mixed with noodles are placed in a bowl with shredded vegetables, add a little bean sprouts and a boiled egg and a spicy sauce. When eating, you will mix ingredients and enjoy.

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Jaengban guksu: “Tray noodles” with rolled noodles presented along with various kinds of vegetables from sweet, hot, bitter, sour, spicy like cabbage, napa cabbage, carrot, cucumber, raw vegetables , … The dish served with bold tasty sauce.

Jaengban Guksu (Korean Cold Noodles and Vegetables)
Jaengban Guksu (Korean Cold Noodles and Vegetables). Picture: seoul blog.

Jjajangmyeon black soy sauce noodle: Noodles mixed with seafood, meat, and chopped vegetables added with black soy sauce to create a catch eyes noodles dish but have a little bit of tough and strong taste.

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Jjajangmyeon

Jjamppong: Noodles served with seafood soup such as mussels cooked with napa cabbage and extremely spicy chili sauce to create a very spicy noodles dish.

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Jjamppong

Tteokbokki: Korean traditional rice cakes, with traditional flavor are rice cakes fried with bean sprouts, onions, mushrooms, carrots, western onions and spicy chili sauce served with beef or octopus.

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Tteokbokki. Credit image: seoul travel blog.
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Tteokbokki. Image of street food around the world blog.

Korean BBQ: Korean Barbecue is a national dish that must try when visiting to Korea. A Korean barbecue “meal” will consist of different types of meat. There are usually sliced fresh side pork bacon: Samgyeopsal (thin slices), Daepae Samgyeopsal (very thin slices), Ogyeopsal (5 layers, thick fat, fatty slices), and Byjjip Samgyeopsal and Kaljip Samgyeopsal (thick slices, carving pineapple eyes to spice up the meat and easy to
ripen); pork ribs…

Jeju black pig, which is smaller than other pig species, has a much more succulent texture and carries less of a pork stench.
Barbecue is a must to eat when visiting Korea.

Jeju black pig, which is smaller than other pig species, has a much more succulent texture and carries less of a pork stench.

Jeju black pig, which is smaller than other pig species, has a much more succulent texture and carries less of a pork stench.

Black-Pork jeju

Bibimbap: Extremely famous rice mixed, Korea’s No.1 specialties, whoever has to eat with rice, shredded vegetables, minced meat and a delicious egg.

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San-nakji: Fresh octopus or squid, this is the most unique dish in Korea and is what a dish that not everyone dares to try, but the taste is extremely fresh and sweet.

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Fresh octopus, one of the weird Asian food. Picture: seoul blog.

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The best budget eat places in Seoul

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South Korea has never been famous for saving meals at an average price of 10,000 won per meal. However, you can find a lot of options to eat full of stomach and still Korean standard in the following areas:

Sidewalks food/ street food stalls: always are the most popular choice for any traveler. You can easily find Tteokbokki, noodles, or skewers on a budget price.

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Street food stall in Seoul
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Hotteok cake

Hongdea University Village: Student Village also means that student price is good, suitable for you to have delicious meals that are not too “fire wallet”.

Haemul-won kalguksu: Located in the Dongmyo area, seafood noodles with kimchi and salty broth is one of the delicious kalguksu restaurants that cost only about 3500 won.

Bulgogi Baekban: This restaurant sells traditional Korean lunch with beef rice. Before cooking meat is marinated with soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and black pepper to create a spicy, warm and attractive fragrance. The price of one serving is 5000 won.

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beef rice

Meals from convenience stores: Sounds may not appealing, but a lunch or rice biscuit, bibibap in the South Korean convenience stores are the solutions to eat full stomach, cheap and quality.

Gwangjang Market: Famous for Korean typical dishes, most notably Mayak Gimbap and 1001 other dishes like rice cakes, items grilled, seafood … with good prices.

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Gwangjang Market

Luxury Eats

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Noryangjin Fish Market: Famous fish market in Seoul, with famous and “scary” dish, but also worth trying is san-nakji — raw live octopus cut into piecs, fresh to each tentacles. You can also try abalone, oyster and king crab. All these items are bought and processed at the
market. You can bargain for the seafood and then rent cooking for about 20,000 (cooking fee).

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Noryangjin Fish Market
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Picture: seoul blog.
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live octopus

Dongdaemun Grilled Fish Street: Grilled fish street in Dongdaemun with all kinds of saltwater fish, fresh water in all sizes are marinated with 1001 spices and special sauces to create a whole fish grilled street with extremely diverse menu but just step on you would not want to come out.

Dongdaemun Grilled Fish Street

Dongdaemun Grilled Fish Street

Namdaemun Market and Myeongdong: Not the most famous places for food, but the food carts / sidewalks stalls in these two markets will not make you disappoint.

Picture: seoul blog.
Picture: seoul blog.

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Delicious japchae noodles at Namdaemun.Gogung Bibimbap: As one of the most famous restaurants that is highy rated by CNN, the main dish served by the restaurant is the bibimbap with two types of Jeonju style bibimbap in a gold bowl or dolsot bibimbap (돌솥 비빔밥) in a clay hot pot . The price for a portion of about 11,000 won.

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Gogung Bibimbap. Picture: seoul blog.

Extreme Eats

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Mapo Sutbul Galbi (마포 숯불 갈비) in Nonhyun-dong: The premier barbecue pork ribs restaurant is loved by many Korean stars for about 30,000 won per person.

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Mapo Sutbul Galbi
Mapo Sutbul Galbi 24 Credit image: seoul travel blog.
Credit image: seoul travel blog.

Seoul’s Hairtail Alley: The famous dish is the spicy hairtail beef soup, which costs about 21,000 won for a portion.

Spicy Braised Hairtail Stew
Spicy Braised Hairtail Stew

Seocho Myeonok located in Seocho-dong with Galbi jjim pork ribs or beef stew with special sauce, fresh vegetables and a bit of shop secret. As a result is the dish costs 35,000 won.

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La Yeon. Credit image: seoul travel blog.

La Yeon: The 3-star Michellin restaurant with traditional Korean cuisine but no less delicate and artistic.

Other 2 Star Michellin Restaurants: Gotgan, Kwon Sook Soo, Pierre Gagnaire

1 star Michellin restaurants: Alla Prima, Baloyo Gongyang, Bicena, Bo Reum Soei, Dining in Space, Hamo, Jin Jin, Jungsik, Keunkiwajip, Kojima

Seoul blog: Useful information when traveling to Seoul

Korean visa: Visa application fee: $US20. According to Seoul travel guide blog, you must pay in US dollars, so you should be prepared before to go.

Korean SIM: With 4G Korean SIM received at Incheon Airport you will be spoiled for surfing the Internet, searching information, sharing your travel photos with friends easily with unlimited high speed 4G LTE connection with KT Olleh provider. Or if you go to a large group you may consider renting Korean wifi box.

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Korean SIM 4G

For convenience transporting you can buy T-money card (works similar to the Ez link of Singapore and Octopus of Hong Kong). The price of this card is about 2500 won and can be purchased at Incheon Airport.

You can add money to your T-money card at the machines in the subway or at any convenience store (7-11, GS-25, etc).
You can add money to your T-money card at the machines in the subway or at any convenience store (7-11, GS-25, etc).
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Bongeunsa Temple, Seoul. Credit: Seoul travel guide blog.

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