Common Questions When Traveling to Seoul, South Korea

common questions when traveling to seoul, south korea

A lot of my friends and family ask me about South Korea and I would like to answer some common questions when traveling to Seoul, South Korea.

Visa

You can check the Visa policy of South Korea below:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_South_Korea

Which airport to choose?

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There are only two main airports in Seoul, which are Incheon International Airport (ICN) which is for international flights, so choose that and Gimpo International Airport for local flights within South Korea. However, if you are going to the southern part of South Korea, you can choose Busan International Airport for direct international flights going to Busan.

What if I don’t know Korean?

No worries, you can still survive in Korea even if you don’t speak Korean. A lot of places especially those frequented by tourists and foreigners already has English translations like road signs, restaurants, etc. It is helpful to note that in most subway stations, there are Information Desk to help you with directions, etc.

What is the voltage and socket used in South Korea?

The standard voltage is 220 V and the power plugs are type C and F.

Is there wi-fi everywhere?

Almost all places in Seoul has Wi-fi access like hotels, hostels, coffee shops, malls, restaurants, etc. You can even pick up free wi-fi signals like PublicSeoul or iptime in most areas. However, you can enjoy unlimited internet if you rent a wi-fi device so that you can have internet access everywhere. Even if you’re in the subway, you can still have coverage.

Is it safe to go out at night?

Seoul is one of the safest places in the world in my opinion. You can go out even in the wee hours knowing that you are secured. There’s a police station in almost every train station and they are very responsive if in case you need help. The crime rate is very low and there are CCTV’s everywhere.

What are the best places to go to?

Myeongdong is a downtown area in Seoul where most tourists come to shop or eat and look around. I have compiled a list of the 25 best things to do in Myeongdong. Click here…

Is it too cold during winter?

Yes, it can get too cold and on average is -1 degrees especially from those coming from a tropical country (like the Philippines) who are not used to a winter climate. I got sick during my first week of winter here in South Korea.

Are Koreans friendly?

This is a bit of a tricky question because generally, they are helpful. If you stop someone in the road and ask for directions, they would oblige to help however, because of the language barrier, some locals might be wary to speak in English. In addition, especially for older people, they may outright tell you that they don’t speak in English and just try to ask a younger person. As I have mentioned, if you are around a tourist area, try to look for the information center or a designated area in a subway.

Can I see BTS? (or Got7, Bigbang, insert bias here __________)?

Technically, yes. You can see a lot of posters, billboards, ads of BTS everywhere in Seoul. There is even a Kpop area in Gangnam dedicated to all things Kpop. I also know that there are lots of people who come to Korea just to watch the concert of their kpop idols. However, if you want a chance of meeting/seeing them, some people go to their entertainment agency and wait outside or even wait for them at the airport.

How Do I Travel Around?

Seoul has the most efficient subway in the world (or 2nd) and reaching your destination is a breeze. There’s a subway station in almost every corner of Seoul. You can also ride buses, taxi, and rent-a-car. It would be helpful to download apps to help you with using the subway system or for bus and taxis. Most apps are in Korean but there are also in English. Naver maps is more reliable than Google maps here in Seoul.

What are the fast food chains available in Seoul?

McDonald’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Subway Sandwiches, Burger King, Shake Shack, and I will also add Domino’s Pizza and Pizza Hut, even though they are not restaurants. Most items are burgers, chicken sandwiches, etc. and some may be a little spicy to suit the taste of Koreans.

They have a lot of Lotteria here, it’s like McDonald’s. One Korean fast food that I like is Mom’s Touch. Though there aren’t that many stores, their chicken burgers are good compared to others.

If you have more questions about Seoul and South Korea, comment down below and I would love to answer them for you.

Gamsahamnida!

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