Travel to South Korea on a budget!

Now you’ve got your visa and your flights and accommodations booked, we’ll be showing you how you can enjoy your trip to Seoul for less than Php 13,000! From Seoul’s top attractions to hidden restaurants, we break down the perfect 4D3N itinerary for your Seoul getaway! Keep reading to find out how you can get 10% off your entire Klook itinerary!


Before Your Flight

Before you fly off to South Korea, here are a couple things you need to book prior your trip including everything from visa to transport passes. Feel free to download our Seoul checklist and itinerary to bring with you.

South Korea Visa Application

All Philippine passport holders are required to apply for a visa in order to travel to South Korea. For more information on the application process and as well as some visa-application tips, we’ve got a step-by-step guide up on the blog for all Filipino travellers!

Roundtrip Flights (MNL-ICN, ICN-MNL)

There are a number of daily flights offered from Manila’s NAIA airport to Incheon International Airport, however if we’re staying on a budget, it’s best to opt for budget airlines such as Cebu Pacific, AirAsia and Jeju Airlines.

Cebu Pacific offers one straight flight to Incheon from Manila at night, while AirAsia offers 2 flights per day: one afternoon flight and another PM flight. Jeju Airlines also offers one flight per day, departing at around 12 AM to 1 AM Philippine time.

These budget airlines should offer the best prices for MNL-ICN flights, however, it’s still best to track flights on Skyscanner in order to get the best deals. During Cebu Pacific and AirAsia’s seat sales, if you’re lucky, you can get roundtrip flights for as low as Php 2,800. Without sales, prices can drop to Php 4,000 to Php 6,000 round trip!

Accommodations

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Hostel culture in Seoul is rapidly growing, which is great news for us budget travellers! Since these are scattered throughout the city, it won’t hurt the wallet as much to stay in the city centre. If you’re travelling solo or with a group of friends, it may be more cost-efficient to stay in a hotel like The Capsule in Myeongdong or INNO Guesthouse & Bar in Hongdae which range from Php 1,100 to Php 1,300 a night. Of course another cheaper alternative to hotels is to book an Airbnb and its system allows you to choose a home within your budget!

Travel Essentials

  1. 4G SIM Card – An absolute essential for navigating your way through the city, and staying connected! Getting around unfamiliar places is made so much easier with 4G connections – and Seoul’s known to have the best internet speed in the world, so you’re in good hands.
  2. AREX Incheon Airport Express Train (One-Way) – This is the best way to from the Incheon International Airport to Seoul. This non-stop train can be found just below the arrival area of Incheon Airport, making it convenient for travellers to access.
  3. Shared Airport Transfer – No matter what time you’ll be arriving, Klook’s Shared Airport Transfer is easily one of the most convenient ways to arrive at your accommodation and back – no matter what the hour!
  4. Discover Seoul Pass – This will act as both your free/discounted pass to over 35 local attractions, and as your T-Money or transportation card for subway, taxis, and buses. Top it up at any station once balance is low.

Travel Apps

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  1. Klook – Not only will you find many Seoul attractions and services in this app, all your bookings and vouchers are also stored in here for easy access. Available in both the App Store and Google Play.
  2. Naver Map or Subway – You can use either one of these maps to navigate your way through Seoul’s transportation systems, specifically for the train and bus. Just key in your initial destination and final destination, and it’ll tell you which bus or train to take.
  3. MangoPlate – You’ll never be hungry with MangoPlate! With this app, you’ll be able to check out the best cafes and restaurants in the area. Skip the McDonalds and Starbucks, with MangoPlate, you’ll surely find your new favorite eatery.

4 Day 3 Night SEOUL ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrive at Seoul, South Korea

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10:00 PM: Arrival at Incheon Airport

Budget airlines such as Cebu Pacific and AirAsia offer two flights to Seoul a day, all arriving late at night around 10PM. Otherwise, you can also try and catch Jeju Airline’s 1AM flights to Seoul offered once a day.

10:30 PM: Pick up travel essentials at Incheon Airport

Depending on what time you arrive, you will be able to purchase your travel essentials at the airport right when you land. Refer to the list below for Incheon International Airport pick up locations, and the linked product pages for other pick up locations:

  • 4G WiFi SIM Card: Data/Prepaid 4G SIM Card (KR Airport Pick Up) for Korea
    • Incheon International Airport Terminal 1
      • Redemption Location: 1/F Gate 4-7 (24 hours, daily)
      • Redemption Location: 1/F Gate 10-11 (6:00 AM to 10:00 PM, daily)
    • Incheon International Airport Terminal 2
      • Redemption Location: 1/F Gate 2-3 KT Roaming Center (24 hrs, daily)
  • Airport Transfer: AREX Incheon Airport Express Train One Way Ticket
    • Incheon International Airport Terminal 1
      • Redemption Location: Transportation Center of Incheon Int’l Airport (B1F Floor) Information Center (9:00 AM to 9:30 AM, daily)
    • Incheon International Airport Terminal 2
      • Redemption Location: Transportation Center of Incheon Int’l Airport (B1F Floor) Information Center (7:00 AM to 9:30 PM, daily)
  • Airport Transfer: Shared Airport Transfers (ICN/GMP) for Seoul
    • Incheon International Airport Terminal 1
      • Starbucks Coffee shop between Gates B and C
    • Incheon International Airport Terminal 2
      • Starbucks Coffee shop by Gate A
  • Airport Transfer: KAL Limousine Bus Ticket for Seoul
    • Incheon International Airport Terminal 1
      • Redemption location: Floor 1, Gate 4, KAL Limousine Service Counter No. 22 (6:00 AM to 9:30 PM (Closed 8:50AM to 9:50 AM; 4:20 PM to 5:20 PM), daily)
  • Transport Pass: Discover Seoul (BTS Edition Available)
    • Incheon International Airport Terminal 1
      • International Taxi Information Desk (EAST) Between Gate 4 and Gate 5 of Arrival Hall (24 hrs, daily)
    • Incheon International Airport Terminal 2
      • 1/F , International Taxi Information Desk by Gate 3 (7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, daily)

11:00 PM: Travel to accommodation via Airport Transfer

If you’re arriving at around this hour, purchasing a Shared Airport Transfer via Klook is your best option! You may check the AREX and Bus schedules prior to booking your flight as both systems close at around 10PM and re-open around 5-6AM.

11:45 PM: Quick 7/11 or Family Mart food run

Seoul’s convenient stores are not to be overlooked. Surprisingly, you can actually get some pretty delicious meals and snacks over at stores like 7/11 and Family Mart. Since you’re most likely exhausted from your travels, we highly suggest picking up a couple snacks to munch on plus drinks for hydration!

Not sure what to get? Fortunately for you, we’ve tried and tested a bunch of Korean snacks and meals and we’ve picked out 10 tasty treats you can get in any 7/11 around Seoul!


Day 2 – Nami Island, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm

seoul budget itinerary

7:20 AM – Depart from Hongik University or Myeongdong or Dongdaemun for Garden of Morning Calm

Head on over to the nearest meet up point (Hongik University Station Exit 4, Myeongdong Station Exit 2, Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station Exit 10) to depart for Garden of Morning Calm, the first stop of the KTOURSTORY tour.

We highly suggest grabbing a bite somewhere close to your accommodation or meet up point as lunch is not provided on the tour.

9:30 AM – Tour the Garden of Morning Calm, Nami Island, and Petite France

No matter the weather, Garden of Morning Calm, Nami Island and Petite France are sure to offer guests an abundance of beauty. When you’re at Nami Island, don’t forget to snap a photo along the iconic row of trees for that K-drama shot!

5:30 PM – Travel back in Seoul for dinner

The KTOURSTORY tour will depart for Seoul at around 5:30, which will allow passengers to arrive back in the city just in time for dinner. We highly recommend enjoying a K-BBQ meal on your first night to celebrate an adventure-filled day! Yeoljongdo BBQ House in Passion Island is a 15 minute bus ride from the Myeongdong Station Exit 2 drop off.

If you haven’t already, you can use your Discover Seoul Pass as a transport pass on buses, taxis, and the subway.


Day 3 – Seoul’s top tourist attractions

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8:30 AM – Breakfast at a local cafe

The cafe scene in Seoul is something every tourist has to experience! Apart from each cafe’s delicious options, you can count on Koreans to offer its guests aesthetically pleasing interior and presentation. For the fluffiest pancakes in town, try out Peach Grey or EggDrop for all those egg lovers out there!

Klook’s travel curators have tried and tested a bunch of cafes around Seoul, and fortunately for you – they were able to document them all! Check our list of 11 Cafes in Seoul that’s Worth the Hype or our selection of most Insta-Worthy Cafes around the City.

10:30 AM – Rent a hanbok at HANBOKNAM

Time to make full use of your Discover Seoul Pass! After breakfast, use your pass to travel to HANBOKNAM for hanbok rental via subway. Once you’re at the studio, just present your Klook voucher, and you’re free to look through the hundreds of hanboks available!

You can either rent out your hanbok for 1.5 hours, 2 hours, 4 hours, or even the entire day!

11:00 AM – Tour the Bukchon Hanok Village & Lunch

As HANBOKNAM is located within Bukchon Hanok Village, this is the best time to stroll through the area. Plus, with the village’s well-preserved streets and traditional homes, it makes the perfect backdrop for your hanbok photos!

Bukchon Hanok Village houses a number of quaint, cafes and restaurants beneath many of the traditional facades. Our favorites include Hwangsaengga and Dooreyoo which both serve delicious Korean meals.

2:00 PM – Gyeongbokgung Palace

Just five minutes away from HANBOKNAM, you’ll find yourself facing the most iconic palace in all of Korea – the Gyeongbokgung Palace! This place is huge, so be prepared for all the walking you’re about to do. However, with all the picture-worthy spots, time will go by quickly! Be sure to catch the changing of the guards, a march that happens every hour.

Entrance to the Gyeongbokgung Palace is free with your Discover Seoul Pass, however if you’re already in your hanbok, just go straight in! Guests who arrive in traditional hanboks are also enter free of charge.

4:00 PM – Namsan Tower

Just before the sun starts to set, take the subway to Namsan Tower, one of Seoul’s top tourist attractions. Not only are you to see the most magnificent views of the city from the top, but the tower’s Tree of Love experience is a perfect activity for you and your significant other!

Since prices spike up by this hotspot, we recommend purchasing a love lock in a convenience store far from this attraction. Once you’ve locked up your love, head up the tower for amazing sunset views.

6:00 PM – Dongdaemun Plaza (DDP) and Dinner

Although Dongdaemun Plaza is home to brilliant works of art, it is also known to be a great photo spot for tourists and locals alike. So if you can’t spare time to go through the galleries and exhibits, taking a tour around this architectural landmark is more than enough!

Around the DDP, you’ll find a multitude of shopping centres like ApM and Doota, food stalls and establishments. You definitely won’t find a hard time finding dinner in this area of Seoul, but we actually recommend grabbing a number of street food options to take to DDP’s Rose Garden for a nighttime picnic.


Day 4 – Shopping in Myeongdong and Gangnam

9:00 AM – Breakfast in Myeongdong

Start your day in Myeongdong with breakfast. You’ll need to fuel up for the shopping you’re about to do! Although Myeongdong is known for its delicious street food options, we also recommend checking out their many cafes, some of which are listed in our article on top cafes in Seoul.

10:00 AM – Shopping in Myeongdong and Lunch

Shopping can definitely take a toll on the bank account, so it’s best to put aside a budget prior to your trip! Some of our favorite stores in Myeongdong include Stylenanda, ALand, Indie Brand, Innisfree, Olive Young, Aritaum, and Etude House for a mix of clothing and beauty brands.

After an exhausting couple of hours shopping, make your way to Ka Ho Dong Baekjeong for another KBBQ meal!

2:00 PM – Cheonggyecheon Stream

Using your T-Pass or Discover Seoul Pass, take the subway to Cheonggyecheon Stream. This is a great place to stroll and take a breather. If it looks familiar, you may have seen it in many K-Dramas! Use this time to chill out and observe local life before your Seoul adventure comes to a close.

3:00 PM – Han River

On the way to Gangnam, you’ll end up passing by Han River, another tourist attraction, made popular by K-Dramas. If you aren’t so pressed with time, we recommend renting our a bicycle, too! In any other case, it’s great for a quick photo spot and re-enactment of your favorite K-Dramas as well.

4:00 PM – Gangnam Underground Shopping Centre and Starfield Library

If the budget was too tight for shopping in Myeongdong, you might find a couple pieces over at the Gangnam Underground Shopping Centre – located inside the Gangnam Station. This long row of clothing and accessory stalls will surely take up your time, so best to find a bargain while you’re at it!

End the night at Starfield Library, an up and coming tourist attraction praised for its Insta-worthy aesthetic. Photo spots aside, it’s quite beautiful at night with the decorative lights! And of course, with its sheer size, it’s quite possible to find any book you desire in this library.

11:30 PM – Flight out of Seoul

Most Cebu Pacific and AirAsia flights fly out late at night – from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM next day, so it is possible to still get a full day of activities. To get to the hotel, we highly recommend booking an AREX ticket from Seoul Station. Just remember to check the train lines near your area to avoid any delays and transportation complications.

However if you’d rather have a hassle free transfer, we recommend checking out Klook’s Shared Airport Transfers, too.

Klook Activities Budget Breakdown

Activity Cost
4G SIM Card Php 1,096
Shared Airport Transfer Php 3,862
Discover Seoul Pass Php 2,246
Nami Island KTOURSTORY Tour Php 3,250
Kang Ho Dong Beakjeong Php 1,657
Yeoljongdo BBQ House Php 1,496
Total 13,607
Total with <SPRINGKR> Promo Code 12,607

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