The Land of the Morning Calm as we know it, surely you will find the calmness of the Koreans even if the city is bustling. Everybody walks with a certainty in their aura that kinda tells you that they know that everything is going to be alright. It may be the most connected city in the world in terms of technological advances but it is also one of the most traditional and I am sure that as you experience South Korea you’ll never see how people live with technology and tradition the same way ever again.
The Republic of South Korea is an OECD member state and provides special considerations for visitors who are either citizens of member countries or have valid OECD member state visas.
Here are the countries with visa agreements with South Korea: CLICK HERE
For Philippine Residents South Korean visas are provided free of charge for short visits and a minimal fee is charged for work and long/business visas.
You may read more about visas for Philippine residents on the links below.
- Brownmantrips: VISA 101: HOW TO APPY FOR A KOREAN VISA
- The Poor Traveler: HOW TO APPLY FOR A KOREAN VISA: REQUIREMENTS & STEPS FOR FILIPINO TOURISTS
- Chyngreyes.com: South Korea Visa Application – Aprub!
- Kurtzky.com: How to apply for a South Korean visa in the Philippines
- Adventure Accounting: Applying For A Tourist Visa For South Korea
For visa requirements for other nationalities you may refer to the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs for more details
Points of Interest
- Coffee Prince Cafe [Links: Brownmantrips]
- Nami Island [Links: AdventureAccounting]
- The 5 Palaces of Seoul [Link: The Chosun Ilbo]
- The Gyeongbok [Links: ]
- The Changdeok Palace [Links: ]
- The Changgyeong Palace [Links: Brownmantrips]
- The Gyeonghui Palace [Links: ]
- The Deoksu Palace [Links: ]
- Jongmyo Shrine [Links: ]
- N Seoul Tower [Links: Brownmantrips]
- Bukchon Hanok Village [Links: ]
- Korean War Memorial [Links: ]
- Seoul Fortress [Links: ]
- The Gates of Seoul
- Namdaemun / Sungryemun (South Gate) [Links: ]
- Dongdaemun / Heunginjimun (East Gate) [Links: ]
- Seodaemun / Doneuimun (West Gate) [Links: ]
- Bukdaemun / Sukjeongmun (North Gate) [Links: ]
- Dongsomun / Hyehwamun (North East Gate) [Links: ]
- Namsomun / Gwanghimun (South East Gate) [Links: ]
- Seosomun / Souimun (South West Gate) [Links: ]
- Buksomun / Changuimun (North West Gate) [Links: ]
- Cheonggyecheon Stream [Links: ]
- Ehwa University [Links: rinicesillia ]
- Myeong Dong [Links: ]
- Han River [Links: ]
- DMZ [Links: Kurtzky.com l AdventureAccounting ]
- Mt. Bukhansan (Baegundae Peak)l [Links: weekendsidetrip.com]
- Everland Amusement Park [Links: chyngreyes.com]
The Voice From Within: South Korea Trip 2013: Day 1 in Busan
Guiltless Getaways: Busan City Tour
Ava Was Here: Touring around Busan in 28 hours
Chyngreyes.com: Love, Sex, Magic at Jeju, S.Korea
Must Try Activities
- Jimjjilbang (Korean Spa) [Links: AdventureAccounting ]
Going around South Korea is relatively easy as the government had made a good transport system not just going around cities but all throughout the country.
Upon arriving at the Incheon International Airport it is advisable to get as much information as you can at the tourist information counter at the left end of the arrival area. Before leaving the airport (if you can-lol) buy your selves a T-Card which will enable you to access the Subway and buses of Seoul and other major cities around South Korea. The T-Card is re-loadable and if you are leaving South Korea already you can also refund the remaining credits of your card from the convenience stores in the airport.
A note though on Taxis, I was told that even though there are a lot of taxis around Seoul and that it is presumably convenient you would have to think twice first because they say that in Korea they really don’t find places with addresses but more of landmarks so make sure that you ask for landmarks before you hop on a taxi to your destination.
Here are accommodations that travel bloggers recommend
- Bong House; Recommended by Brownmantrips
- Guiltless Getaways: Homestay in Busan Korea and Seoul
- Ava Was Here: K-Hostel: Where to stay in Seoul
- Adventure Accounting: Hostel Review; Banana Backpackers l Hostel Review: Zaza Backpackers Seoul
You can’t say that you’ve been to Korea if you never tasted Korean food! It’s part of who they are and their culture so it is a must try. Food can be tough to order in Korea as really not all of them speak English, but I must say that they somewhat understand the language. Good thing about Seoul is that most of the places/restaurants have menus that have pictures so you can just point the food that you like and order!
Don’t forget to try their street food! They are awesome!!!!
If you blog and you have a post based from your experience that you would like us to link up here please do leave a comment below.
Guiltless Getaways: A Guide to Seoul Korea, a Life-Changing Trip
Neil Is A Wandering Soul: The Best Tourist Spots in Seoul
ChyngReyes.com: It’s Like Korea, But South!
Ava Was Here: 5 Things To Do In Seoul
Adventure Accounting: Korea Winter Edition – Budget, Itinerary, Winter Preparation l Budget