Happy New Year! 😀
So, this is the first post on the $10 series in 2019. Aren’t you all excited for the new year? How has your 2019 been so far? Got any better than 2018?
Another year to come, I hope everyone’s 2019 leads you to the better days and definitely better ways to live. Anyway, in case you didn’t notice, I’ve created some new graphics template for the series.
And today, we’re going to have Marie from Be Marie Korea to share how you could spend your $10 in Seoul.
I’m not sure about where you are, but South Korea has emerged as one of the Indonesian tourist destinations in the past few years. So many people here are hardcore fans to anything Korean. K-Pop, K-drama, K-beauty products, you name it…
So, if you’re one of those people who are interested in Korean culture or anything Korean in general… Maybe you should consider Seoul as your next destination! 😉
From Tracing Back the Korean Culture to Pamper Yourself, Korean Way!
$10 USD in the South Korean currency equals to around 11,000 Korean won (KRW). With this amount of money, you can easily get decent Korean lunch or experience an activity in the city.
Most of the government-owned museums and sites are free to enter, so traveling in Seoul on a budget is very easy. Other than that, below is some suggestion of different paid activities for under 11,000 KRW.
Palaces in Seoul
Seoul has 5 major palaces, one of these is free to enter, when the other ones have a 3,000 KRW entrance fee.
At any of these palaces or tourist information centers, you can purchase a booklet for 10,000 KRW which gives you access to all the 4 palaces and a Confucius Shrine.
The pass is valid for 3 months, perfect if you are staying for a longer time and love history as well as traditional architecture.
Visit Dragon Hill
Spas or Jjimjilbangs in Korea are very popular among locals. These traditional bathhouses can be found all across the country, but are difficult to find for foreigners.
Dragon Hill is a bigger and foreigner-friendly spa with both indoor and outdoor facilities. Tickets for the spa can be purchased online for 10,000 KRW or at the spa itself for 12,000 KRW.
Be aware that in all bathhouses, shower and changing rooms are gender-segregated and you’ll be naked among other visitors. For the first time, this can feel uncomfortable but locals are totally used to it.
N Tower Observatory
The Seoul Tower is the main landmark of Seoul, located at the top of Namsan mountain. It is located in the city center and can be seen from all across town.
The tower can be reached by bus or by hiking all the way up the mountain. The ticket fee to the observation deck is 10,000 KRW.
There are plenty of things to do in Seoul and its surroundings. To get into the details on what more you could do around South Korea, feel free to check this Korea itinerary.
Contributor: Marie from Be Marie Korea
Growing up in Ypres, a small city in Belgium 5 minutes from the French border, she always had the urge to travel and was fortunate enough to travel to many countries with her parents since she was a kid. Nowadays, she’s based in Seoul as a content creator and designer. In her blog, she reviews travel destinations across the Korean peninsula.