How to travel cheap in Seoul, South Korea

Last January, I revisited Seoul to experience the winter season. In terms of affordability, South Korea is a great gateway for Filipinos who want to travel to a new location, perhaps see snow, and still save.

The following are my personal thoughts on how I saved as I experienced my trip. This may or may not be applicable to you. After all, travel expenses depend on personal preference. 

Here's how I went about my trip:

PRE-DEPARTURE PREPARATIONS

Airline Tickets: You must be alert about when airlines will run their promos. Catching the cheapest airfare will save you money. 

Tips:

Accommodations: This will depend on your preference. But this must be secured before your trip to ensure you have a place to stay when you get there, plus you'll need it to fill up your immigration card as well.

Options:

Getting your attraction tickets. Some attractions are discounted when purchased online. Another advantage of buying online is that you are not required to queue and waste your time paying for your tickets.

Tips:

Do visit Grand Korea Sale website for “print at home” discount coupons.

For discounts on: Train tickets/Attractions/Restaurants/Hotels/Shopping/etc), click here.

SUBWAY MAP. Using your smartphone, download the offline map of the subway system of South Korea. The application is available for both Apple and Android. It will be your best friend throughout your holiday.

Seoul, South Korea: My roundup itinerary

COUCHSURFING. It was my first time to participate in a CS community. At first, I felt hesitant to do it, even when I was already waiting to meet my host in Myeongdong. Thankfully, I managed to survive my 5-day trip making wonderful memories, and I met new friends from various sides of the world. 

TRANSPORATION CARD (T-Money). This is an all-around card which you can use to pay for your transportation and purchases from the featured stores. The advantage of having T-Money is that it provides a 10% discount whenever you board a train. 

WALKING AROUND. I did a lot of walking. You will enjoy hopping from one place to another on foot. Seoul is a beautiful city. The weather is fairly cool throughout the year.

I listed down as well the attractions that I visited during my first visit: 

VISITED LAST OCTOBER (AUTUMN)

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace

Bukchon Hanok Village

N Seoul Tower

Namsan Cable Car

Cheongyecheon Stream

Gwanghwamun Square

Myeongdong Area / Myeongdong Cathedral

Insa-dong Area

VISITED LAST JANUARY 2015 (WINTER)

63 Sky Art 

War Memorial of Korea 

Naminara Republic (Nami Island) 

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

Hangang Floating Island (Some Sevit)

Dongdaemun Area

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES (2015)

Other places of interest:

Everland Resort

Lotte World Theme Park

Dragon Hill Spa

Mt. Seoraksan National Park

I've made a couple of sample itineraries for half day and whole day activities, which you can find on my blog. Have fun! – Rappler.com