1. Book flight tickets from Kuala Lumpur – Seoul
If you didn’t know by now, flight tickets are usually cheaper if you book earlier.
You can get round-trip tickets for RM600 with AirAsia’s Free Seats promo that is going now till 29th November. I chose September because autumn in Korea is a beautiful sight.
2. Stay at backpacker hostels
If you are not particular, staying in dormitories in backpacker hostels is the most budget-friendly accommodation. And look at that! RM205 for 4 nights and they even come with good reviews.
For around 9,000 – 15,000 won most Korean meal comes complete with enough side dishes to guarantee a full stomach.
Let’s say we allocate about 12,000 won per day for food which would make it about RM220.60 for 5 days.
Seoul’s public transportation is top notch which makes travelling as easy as ABC. You can get a transportation card at the airport when you arrive in Seoul. There are two types: T-money and M-PASS card. (Find out more about the transportation cards here.)
The M-PASS card is especially worth it as it comes with discount admission coupons to popular tourist attractions and restaurants (10 to 20% off). M-Passes come in five different types: 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 5-day and 7-day passes. The 5-day pass costs 42,500 won (RM156). It’s a pretty cool souvenir to serve as memento of the trip.
They are lots of things in Korea that you can do for free.
Day 1: After arriving in Seoul in the afternoon, take the evening to climb up the N Seoul Tower to check out Seoul’s gorgeous skyline and maybe even leave a love lock there. 😉
Day 2: After a good night’s rest, explore the area that is central Seoul—there are plenty of sights to take in and best of all, you can save on transportation fees because they are all within walking distance.
There is the Gwanghwamun Plaza, Insa-dong (along with the dozens of art galleries there), Cheonggyecheon stream, The Story of Sejong, Gyeonghuigung (Gyeonghui palace) and Jogyesa (Jogye Buddhist temple). Just take the train to City Hall station (line 1 or 2).
For a fee of only 3,000 won (RM11), you can enter Gyeongbukgung Palace and explore the National Folk Museum. Here’s a tip: the changing of the guard ceremony happens at 10am, 1pm and 3pm. There is also a free guided tour at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
Day 3: Take a subway to Samseong station (line 2) and take in the COEX Mall, Bongeunsa, then walk across the river to the Sports Complex area and park.
If you are a K-pop fan, you would be glad to know that SMTOWN@Coexartium is here too.
Day 4: Head to Sinchon station (line 2)—three major universities Ehwa, Yonsei and Sogang are all within walking distance.
Here are the places to shop to your heart’s content (but within budget limit of course).
For more shopping, you can head on over to Dongdaemun where you can shop from sundown to sunrise.
Day 5: Time to head home!
If your flight is in the evening, you can take some time to walk around your hostel area and eat some good Korean food before returning home.
Here are the calculations for 5d4n in Seoul:
Airfare = RM600
Accommodation = RM205
Transportation = RM156
Food = RM220
Activities = RM11
Souvenirs & shopping = RM100
TOTAL = RM1292