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A Travel Experience in South Korea Guided By CXI’s Regional Managers

Howie September 1st, 2020

 

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Getting there

Airplane in sky above palm trees

We booked it ourselves. We checked with Google flights/Kayak 3 - 4 months in advance, then we booked directly with airlines. The idea behind booking directly with airlines is that it typically will be the same price and it's easier to deal with the airlines directly if something goes wrong.

 

Getting around

Dongdaemun Market in Seool, South Korea

We used all kinds of public transportation, but mainly the metro. Seoul's public transportation system is very extensive, you can pretty much travel anywhere with just the metro alone. It can be as low as $1 USD per single trip depending on your journey. You can use the T Money card, which is a pre-loaded public transport card that you can use instead of paying cash.

 

What to do

Deoksugung Palace in Seol, South Korea

The most memorable moment would definitely have to be wearing the hanbok (Korean traditional clothes) and wandering around the city. Seoul has a good mix of modern skyscrapers and also a bit of the old, which consists of various palaces, castle walls, and old markets.

You can rent a hanbok from various locations around the different palaces. I recommend booking one online in advance to ensure you will get it as it can get quite packed during the busy season. Pro Tip: With the hanbok, you also get to enter the palaces for free!

 

Where to stay

Hotel bedroom

We stayed in hotels. We stayed closer to the city center since we wanted to be near to various attractions as well as restaurants and bars. Unlike most Western cities, Seoul's hotels are very affordable with prices starting from under $100 USD for hotels and even cheaper at hostels or guesthouses.

 

Where to eat

Seoul South Korean BBQ

Everywhere! Seoul will satisfy your needs for Korean food from street vendors to restaurants. You should walk around, see what you like and eat! Depending on the place, you can have a meal for less than $5 USD per person with all the side dishes.

 

Travel tips

Airport waiting line

Like other Asian countries, you may have trouble communicating in English even with younger generations. Most restaurants around the tourist areas will have both English and Korean menus available. However, as you venture farther away from the center, you may have to point at pictures to order what you want.

I highly recommend getting a data "egg" or phone data adapter at the airports, those runs for ~$20 USD for a week and are unlimited, it'll help you immensely on both translating food menu as well as directions.

 

Happy Travels from your friendly CXI travel experience guide! 

 

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