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How to Spend 1 Week in Seoul with Less Than S$1000

Experience the best of Seoul without going broke! Go take that Korean adventure you've been dreaming of.

Eager to travel to South Korea but don’t think you have the money? Don’t scare yourself out of a great adventure! If you do your homework, you can spend an entire week in Seoul with less than S$1000.

Flights

The biggest budget hit will probably be your flight. Basic airfare can cost half your budget, even without all those extra fees and commissions.

However, there’s a lot you can do to cushion the blow. You just have to:

  1. Be Flexible. Compromise on things like: date, airline, and number of stopovers. You can save almost 70% by flying off-season or on weekdays; even more if you book over six months in advanced.
  2. Compare, compare, compare. Don’t limit yourself to budget airlines and check out promo fares!
  3. Crunch the numbers yourself. Travel agencies cash in on your impatience. All those extra fees go towards paying someone else to crunch the numbers for you.

You can find the best deal if know where to look. Skyscanner is a completely free and comprehensive search engine that scours deals and offers from hundreds of airlines and online travel agents.

Keep tweaking the filters to find a flight package that fits your needs.

Sometimes small things such as departure time and journey duration can save you hundreds of dollars. Make sure you also explore the price alerts and cheapest month options within the app.

Estimated Budget: S$370 to S$500

Airport Shuttle

So you’ve finally landed in Korea! Don’t waste time, money, and energy hailing a cab to your hotel.

The AREX Airport Express Train leaves every 20 minutes (image via arexkorea.blogspot.com)

The AREX Airport Express Train will take you from Seoul Incheon Airport to downtown Seoul in less than 45 minutes. This option is particularly convenient for travelers carrying lots of luggage.

Estimated Budget: S$6 to S$8

Accommodations

Next to your flight, lodging will eat up the biggest chunk of your budget. The cost of each night will quickly add up, so try and limit your amenities to the essential. Don’t spend on parking if you plan to just take the train.

Skyscanner Hotels
Don’t be afraid to look into the more offbeat hostels for your stay.

You can also filter based on location, as some neighborhoods are much cheaper than others. Check out the extensive listings on Skyscanner, which lets you you view facilities, meal plans, and district locations.

Estimated Budget: S$100 to S$120 for 7 nights (roughly S$15 to S$20 per night)

Sights and Attractions

You can be as creative and adventurous as your budget will allow you, but we recommend hitting up Everland Theme Park, visiting the N Seoul Tower, renting yourself an authentic Hanbok, and watching a live performance.

Everland Theme Park

Everland is Korea’s largest and wildest theme park where you can scream your head off with the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster! Purchase a Q Pass for access to: T Express, Lost Valley, Amazon Express, Safari World, and Panda World.

Ride the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster (image hulutrip.com)
Pet a giraffe at Zootopia (image via everland.com)

Discounted Ticket Cost: S$43

N Seoul Tower

The best way to see Seoul is from above. The Namsan Seoul Tower, also popularly known as the ‘Symbol of Seoul,’  rises from the green hilltops of Namsan Park to sit just at the edge of the city. Enjoy the sunset over the city skyline with a 360-degree panoramic view from the observatory.

The Symbol of Seoul (image via seoulweathersubwaymap.blogspot.com)

Discounted Ticket Cost: S$9

Authentic Hanbok Experience

What’s a vacation without a good photo to post? The Hanbok is a traditional Korean dress normally used as formal wear for traditional festivals and celebrations. Rent one on your trip to add a pop of color to your Instagram feed!

Discounted Rental Cost: S$20

KPOP Power Group Girl’s Generation posing in their traditional Hanboks (image via ethnicjewelsmagazine.com)

JUMP SHOW: Comedic Martial Arts Show

Martial Arts are often seen as serious and dangerous, requiring years of intensive training and discipline. This incredible comedy show breaks barriers of all kinds, and will leave you both in stitches and in awe.

Who knew that martial arts could be funny? (image via timable.com)

Discounted Ticket Cost: S$29

If you’re out to make the absolute most of your trip, you can check what else you can do to fill in your days: 20 Things You Must Do On Your First Trip to Seoul

Transportation

Seoul’s Metro Rail System is enviable world wide, and is the best way to get around. Purchase the  T-Money Public Transit Card, which you can load up at any convenience store or subway station. Bonus: you can also use the card to pay for stuff at selected shops!

Estimated Cost: S$4 for the card, and about S$50 to S$90 worth of credit

Food

Skip overly-hyped (and overpriced) restaurants and go explore Seoul’s massive selection of street markets, inexpensive cafes, and Korean Barbecue joints (READ: 5 Must Try Foods in Korea).

Classic Korean Barberque (image via missconfig.com)
Galbi Mandu for S$3.60 (image via koreanetwork.com)
Bento Box for S$3-S$12 (image via UpNixt)
Gimbap for S$4.40 (image via timeout)
Street food at the Myong-Dong Market (image via wixsite.com)

We recommend Mapo Mandu for their Galbi Mandu (S$3.60), Hansot Dosirak for a filling bento box (S$3-S$12), and Seoho Gimbap for the original gimbap (S$4.40).  Read up Seoul: Eat Like a King Without Breaking Bank on our blog, and be check out Myeong-Dong Market for all sorts of street eats.

Estimated Budget: S$23 per day or S$161 for 7 days

We’ve estimated on the high side, so everything comes down to about S$976. There’s a lot more to see and do in the wonderful city dubbed ‘The Miracle of the Han River.’

Giveaway Alert!

Now, KKday and Skyscanner are giving you the chance to explore the beauty of Seoul! Join our giveaway, and stand to win a FREE trip to Korea! We’re giving away a pair of return tickets to Seoul from Singapore (worth up to S$1500) and 3 free Korea travel activities (worth up to US$350)!

The giveaway runs from 19 May 2017 until 2 June 2017. To join, simply:
1. Like Skyscanner and KKday Facebook pages.
2. In the comments section of this post, tell us:

  • Who would you like to bring with you to Korea? Tag them!
  • Take a screenshot of your preferred flight from Skyscanner
  • 1 Korea activity from KKday you’d love to experience, and WHY?

3. Share the post with your friends!

Check out the event page for more details: KKday x Skyscanner Korea Giveaway

Haengbog Yeohaeng!

3 comments on “How to Spend 1 Week in Seoul with Less Than S$1000

  1. Angeline Chua

    I would like to go to Seoul with my boyfriend, Kolin. It’s my top destination to visit and I’ve heard many stories from my boyfriend who is currently on exchange in Korea. Therefore, I would like to visit Namsan Tower as it’s deemed to be a romantic hotspots for couples, overseeing the city of Seoul as well. I really hope I can get the opportunity to visit this beautiful place with my loved one.

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  2. Jessica

    Hello! Thank you for the giveaway❤️I would love to bring my boyfriend Tay Tjoe Leong if we win ! We would like to go on a day tour to Nami island and petite France on KKday as we have never been to Korea before and there’s no better place to go with your bf / spouse than the romantic Nami island 😊

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