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Your Essential Guide to Subway-Hopping Around Seoul

Seoul is beloved by travelers around the world for many reasons and one of it is how easily accessible the city is thanks to its well-developed public transportation system that connects Seoul to other major cities including Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, and Daejeon. With over 10 lines, it can be confusing at times… But fret not, that’s what this post is all about! 😁

Here are our top 3 useful tips for your next free-and-easy trip to Korea!

 

1. Save money & time with transportation cards

While you can always buy a single-journey ticket using cash, it’s cumulatively cheaper and simply more convenient to use a transportation card to get around Seoul. There is a wide range of transportation cards available and to save you from the trouble, here are our pick for the most value-for-money option! 

 

Tmoney Card

One of the many benefits of using Tmoney card is that concession discounts are available! To put simply, if you’re transferring from one bus to another, one subway line to another, or from bus to subway or vice versa within 30 minutes, you don’t have to pay extra fee! Plus they come in unbelievably cute designs!

 

Source: Tmoney Website

 

Korea Tour Card

Exclusive to international visitors, Korea Tour Card is a prepaid transportation card that provides discount benefits at Seoul’s must-visit tourist spots including Everland, Lotte World, various shopping outlets, restaurants, theatres and many more!

Source: Korea Tour Card Website

 

Discover Seoul Pass

If go-with-the-flow is your travel philosophy, then the Discover Seoul Pass will be perfect for you! Discount benefits, free one-time, one-way airport express train ticket, free admission to various tourist hotspots, getting around Seoul has never been so delightful! 

Source: Discover Seoul Pass Website


Fans of BTS check this out! You can grab the special BTS edition, Discover Seoul Pass exclusive to foreigners where it comes with BTS-themed commemorative items! Available from now until 30th December 2019, don’t miss it! 

 

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Did you know that your transportation card can often double as a prepaid debit card? That’s right! Simply top up your card at any sales location, convenient stores or reload device inside subway station and you’re all set to use it as a payment option at all affiliated stores! Not sure how to reload the card? We’ve got that covered here for you too! 😄

 

Source: Korea Tourism Organization Website


2. A city that is so foreigner-friendly that knowing Korean is not essential

While the mere thought of taking public transportation with zero knowledge of Korean language can sound intimidating, there’s really nothing to worry about! Not only that station names are available in Chinese & English, different colours and numbers are also used to indicate respective station lines so even for travelers, it is rather easy to get your way around!

 

📝 Need more information? Check out the complete, interactive subway map here, available in Korean, English, Japanese & Chinese!

Source: Seoul Metropolitan Government Website

 

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The station names can be tricky sometimes especially when it is a literal translation from the native language, which is why each station is assigned with a unique number you don’t have to worry about getting confused! 

Now, instead of Hongik University and Myeong-Dong, we can now say: “Let’s take the subway from 239 to 424!” 😆


3. DIY your subway-themed tour according to your travel preference

Fans of K-pop? Shopaholic? History buff? An epicurean with an adventurous heart for exotic cuisine? All of the above? Well, not a problem with Seoul’s subway system! Furthermore, given how easy it is to find detailed subway-themed tour itinerary online, you wouldn’t need to worry about planning your trip at all! 🤗

 

Here’s one along subway line 3 that we think just might be the one you’ve been waiting to experience, especially if you’re a fan of the hit drama, “Hotel del Luna”!

 

Travel along subway line 3 for your “Hotel Del Luna” journey! 

Hotel Seine (호텔 세느장)

Source: Hallyusg.net

 

Fans of Hotel De Luna will not be surprised by this little interesting titbit but the iconic hotel is actually shot in a cafe that sits in the trendy Ikseon-dong area in Seoul, going by the name “Hotel Seine”! The interior design concept is said to be inspired by the critically acclaimed film “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, where the director’s brilliantly unique artistic vision was brought to life through every single detail from flooring, furniture, paintings to smallest mise-en-place. 

 

Indulge in more of its exquisite beauty via Hotel Seine Cafe’s instagram, or even better, check it out yourself by paying them a visit!

 

      • Where? 28-5, Donhwamun-ro 11-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul [Google Map]
      • How to get there? Alight at Subway Line 3 Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (#329) or Line 5 Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (#534) Exit 6, walk 2 mins 

     Source: Hotel Seine Cafe’s instagram

Hyemindang & Coffee Hanyakbang

Source: Naver Blog

 

Remember that scene where Man-wol (played by IU) & Ku Chan-seong (played by Yeo Jin Goo) arrived at the red bean porridge restaurant which Man-wol come to know through the show she always watched, “The Guys Who Died After Eating”? Well the actual shop interestingly does not sell red bean porridge, instead, this popular bakery serves some of the tastiest desserts including sweet and sour five-flavor berry mousse and the nutty and moist fig tart. 🤤

 

It’s so hard to say no to desserts, don’t you think so? 

 

      • Where? 16-9, Samil-daero 12-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul [Google Map]
      • How to get there? Alight at Subway Line 3 Euljiro 3(sam)-ga Station (#330), walk 2 min

Source: Popbee website

BONUS: Kyungsung Clothes (경성의복)

Drop by this outfit rental shop to rent different outfits and walk in the shoes (figuratively 😝) of Man-wol for a day! Reservations recommended and further details can be found here

 

 

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Want to find out more about subway-themed tour? Feel free to leave us a comment or reach out to us! ☎️ Would you prefer to travel around with ease and not having to worry about getting from one to another? Private transfer is the sure way to go about it! 


That’s all we have for you today!
Are there any places that we didn’t include but you have been wanting to check out?
Leave us a comment below to let us know now!

 


Which Ski Resorts to stay for your Winter in Korea?

Are you planning a winter skiing trip to Korea but not sure how to choose from Korea’s vast number of ski resorts in the offering? ❄️ 

 

Trust us, we feel you!  That is why we have put together a guide with all the essential information that you need to make that decision! All that is left for you to do after reading this guide, is to simply relax, show up & enjoy!  😍

About Korea’s Ski Resorts 🎿

Korea Ski Resorts

※ Ski season start and end date at all resorts are subject to change based on weather conditions, please check in advance. 

(Source: Stock Image)

 

One of the most popular destinations for skiing in Korea is Gangwon-do, where its natural mountainous landscape offers visitors the most exciting yet versatile enjoyment in winter. So pack your gears and join us in marvelling over the sight of fluffy white snow covering the region in the most spectacular way! Whether you’re a complete newbie or total expert to skiing and snowboarding, finding that perfect ski resort where your every needs are catered will not be impossible! 🧡

🗺 What is the best way to get there? 

Located in the eastern province of the country, Gangwon-do is about 1.5 to 3 hours from Seoul.  There are a couple of ways for you to get there! Among 🚌 bus, 🚆train, 🚖 cab, we recommend..

 

BOOK a Private Van transfer (Seoul/Airport <-> Resort) !

 

If you already planned to go to a specific Ski resort we offer a nice private van transport to/from the Airport or Seoul to/from the resort! FIND OUT MORE HERE !


Best Ski Resorts for Beginners!

Elysian Ski Resort

This resort is very near Seoul and also close to the famous and beautiful Nami Island. This is a great 1-day tour for short time staying tourists. The slope is not that tall so we don’t recommend this place for the advanced level skiers/snowboarders, but it’s perfect for beginners! There is no gondola at this Ski resort!

 

Gonjiam Ski Resort

Gonjiam Ski resort is a quite new resort that offers nice facilities and very nice, clean rooms. They were the first resort to change their lift system from period passes (morning/evening/day etc) to hourly lift passes that start from the first use, so now you don’t have to worry about wasting time and money if you happen to come late! There are 9 slopes that are good for beginners and middle-level skiers or snowboarders. Gonjiam is close to Seoul as well and there is also the Hwadam Forest which is a very popular site for the summer as well.

 


The Most Popular Ski Resorts in Korea!

Daemyeong Vivaldi Park Ski Resort

Not really far from Seoul, this resort has a lot of facilities where you can enjoy your time with kids without even skiing or snowboarding! There is also a huge water park in here, as well as a Tourist’s Gondola. Recommended for families traveling with kids! To book the Vivaldi Ski tour Click HERE

 

Jisan Forest Ski Resort

This ski resort is the most famous Ski Resort near Seoul! Therefore, there are always a lot of people and you can enjoy watching the best skiers or snowboarders.

You can also enjoy Everland and night Ski package because it is quite near Everland (about 30 min.) BOOK HERE

 

Yongpyong Ski Resort

Yongpyong Ski Resort is the most favorite place for Skiers and Snowboarders! It is located at the highest altitude and always has a lot of snow. They open their Ski Slope earlier and close it later than other ski resorts. There are a total of 28 Slopes and they are wider than other ski resort slopes which makes it enjoyable for both beginners as well as advanced skiers! There is also a huge water park where you can bring your kids to play together. The facilities are quite old but they are renovating. Some tourist come only for the gondola here as well! If you are looking for a 2D1N or 3D2N, this resort will be the best as you can look around the east beach, see the Sheep farm and many other tourist spots!

 


Perfect for 1-day tours

Gonjiam Ski Resort

Gonjiam Ski resort is a quite new resort that offers nice facilities and very nice, clean rooms. They were the first resort to change their lift system from period passes (morning/evening/day etc) to hourly lift passes that start from the first use, so now you don’t have to worry about wasting time and money if you happen to come late! There are 9 slopes that are good for beginners and middle-level skiers or snowboarders. Gonjiam is close to Seoul as well and there is also the Hwadam Forest which is a very popular site for the summer as well.

 

Alpensia Ski Resort

It is located near Yongpyeong Ski Resort! The resort is a bit smaller than Yongpyeong but it was the place which held the 2018 Winter Olympics. Therefore, you can enjoy the Ski Jump observatory and the facility in this resort is quite nice compared to other Ski Resorts however they do not have as many other activities.

 


Resorts with more Advanced Ski and Snowboard Slopes

Phoenix Park Ski Resort

This Resort is very famous among Snowboarders because the Olympic Snowboard games were held there during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in Korea. There are 21 slopes and they put a lot of care on the snow quality! There is a Waterpark as well but it is not as big as others.

 

Yongpyeong Ski Resort

Yongpyeong Ski Resort is the most favorite place for Skiers and especially for Snowboarders! It is located at the highest altitude and always has a lot of snow. They open their Ski Slope earlier and close it later than other ski resorts. There are a total of 28 Slopes and they are wider than other ski resort slopes which makes it enjoyable for both beginners as well as advanced skiers! There is also a huge water park where you can bring your kids to play together. The facilities are quite old but they are renovating. Some tourist come only for the gondola here as well! If you are looking for a 2D1N or 3D2N, this resort will be the best as you can look around the east beach, see the Sheep farm and many other tourist spots!

 


Family Friendly Resorts – for Kids and the Elderly

High1 Ski Resort

This resort is located a bit far from Seoul, it takes about 3 hours from Seoul. Even though there’s a distance it’s worth the ski trip if you want to enjoy a variety of slopes and a Casino as well. They also opened a huge Water Park back in 2018! There are 18 slopes which compared to Yongpyeong Ski Resort is less, however, High1 have the longest slopes in Korea! So if you are a beginner, you probably only need to ski down one slope.

 

This Ski resort is a very popular place for all types of skiers and snowboarders as well. If you take the lift while it’s snowing, you will love seeing the beautiful view and scenery! You can use all of the gondolas between the condominiums in High 1. You will love going away and being with nature for a few days, we recommend this place for you to be able to feel the best of a Korean winter!

 


Visit a Ski Resort + Winter Activity

Elysian Ski Resort’s BEST Ski Package Deals!

Great 1-day tour at the Elysian Ski resort + one more activity! The first option is going to Nami island which is a beautiful island famous for its tree-lined roads and being the film site of the Kdrama Winter Sonata. The second option is going to a Strawberry Farm to pick your own fresh strawberries! So Sweet and delicious! The last option is going to Hwacheon during the Ice Fishing Festival. So many winter activities you can enjoy with the whole family! BOOK HERE  

 

 

Vivaldi Ski Resort + Nami Island

Join this shuttle bus package one-day tour to Korea’s topmost visited Ski resort; Vivaldi Park Ski World! You can enjoy a day full of winter fun with either ski, snowboard, Sledding and free time at the Vivaldi Ski World Park. For those who choose to ski or snowboard, will also receive ski lesson. On top of that, you will also visit Nami Island, which looks awesome during the winter season! BOOK HERE

 

 

Night Ski at Jisan Resort + Everland

This special 1-day ski tour includes visiting Everland and going night skiing at Jisan resort! Everland is one of the largest theme parks in Korea where you can enjoy exciting rides, various themed festivals and even a zoo that exhibits 2,000 animals of around 200 species. Experience an amazing night ski and snowboard activities at Korea’s famous Ski resort at Jisan Forest ski resort! Join this shuttle bus package one-day tour to the ski resort and don’t worry about transportation! For those who choose to ski or snowboard, you will also receive a ski lesson.

 


How to Book!

BOOK a Private Van + Driver 

Now that you have read all about the best ski resorts in Korea it’s time to book! We highly recommend you book a Van and driver to pick you up and drop you off either to your accommodation in Seoul or the airport. Click here for more information & booking! 

Browse our Ski Package deals! 

We have a lot of 1-day tours but also fun mixed winter packages. We even have 3D1N trip to Vivaldi Park! Check out below to browse for more or message us for details and on how to book! 

Have you ever visited South Korea during the winter? Did we miss any of your favorite ski resorts in this list?

Share with us by leaving us a comment below! 🇰🇷

 


2019 ASEAN Commemorative Summit Kpop Concert in Changwon City – Line up NCT127 and MORE!

changwon city asean fantasia 2019 commemorative Summit concert

The 2019 Asean K-pop concert on Nov 24 at Changwon city!

This is Asean – Republic of KOREA commemorative summit 2019 K-POP Concert  

 

Line up wiill be NCT127,SANDEUL, PSY, BOA, Sandra Park, SE SO NEON!  

If you are a fan of K-pop concerts, we are a recommended day tour. Specially SM Entertainment fans should pay attention! Also, check out the famous singers from Asia 🙂
    • When: Nov.24 (SUN)
    • Where: Changwon city Velo
    • NCT127, SANDEUL, PSY, BOA, Sandra Park, SE SO NEON ( Line up can be changed singers schedule)

=> 1day Bus tour package from Seoul is Here!  CLICK!

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