Preparing for a vacation in Seoul, South Korea can be exciting and anxious all in one.
Think about it, a city with over 10-million people with most of the population speaking a different language than you, it’s a lot to get your head around.
Especially if you are entering the city for the first time for a vacation in Korea and without a clue what to do or where to go.
Off the cusps, Seoul is a fantastic city with great people. Sure, it can seem chaotic in the city-centre, with people flocking in all directions and eager to get to their point of interest.
Moreover, you’ll be entering a city, with a proud culture and beautiful traditions, which makes South Korea great to visit.
Preparing for your Seoul vacation will require a little homework, as is the case for any destination you visit worldwide.
The need to find Seoul attractions or activities, learning the law and sourcing a little help with the local language. In this article, you’ll find a few helpful tips to help get you prepared for your vacation in Seoul.
Travel Tips for your Vacation in Seoul – South Korea
Be Prepared on Arrival at Incheon Airport
Arriving at Incheon airport (Seoul’s major International Airport) for a Korea Vacation can be overwhelming at first, although the country is as safe as houses, the sheer size and population may give you a little stage fright at first.
The best advice is to get yourself to the hotel from the airport the easiest possible way and gather then your thoughts once you recover from the flight.
Be prepared in advance upon arriving in Seoul by organising transfers from the airport to get your time in Seoul off to a smooth start. The other option is also to catch a taxi, and there are many waiting at the airport.
Keep Connected in Seoul
Keeping connected in Seoul is no hassle at all with good WIFI connection available in a most café’s, restaurants and shopping malls throughout the city.
Especially when you are in desperate need for help or directions and all you have nearby is the ever-evolving smartphone in your possession.
Learn a few essential Korean Phrases
Not to learn a few basic phrases in the local language is a pet hate of mine.
When tourists travel into a foreign land where English is not the common language, and you don’t go out of your way to learn a few words, I find is a bit rude.
No one is asking you to knuckle down and study a whole range of words, but a few of the basics, like hello, please, thank you, I’m sorry, and goodbye will go a long way in showing respect when doing something basic like ordering a coffee in a café.
Embrace the Seoul Public Transportation
The Seoul MRT system will drive you crazy in the beginning of your South Korea vacation.
All the different colours and lines heading in all directions, it’ll be like trying to figure out a maze in a kid’s activity book, which will seem an easier task than working out the map to the Seoul MRT system.
Embrace the transportation and purchase yourself a Seoul MRT card, because, in the end, it will be the cheapest and most convenient way to get around Seoul and to visit many different attractions.
Don’t worry, maps and audio speakers in the trains are in both Korean and English.
Download Helpful Apps
Smartphone Apps, where would we be without them, and to think not long ago they were nothing to us, where now, we can’t survive without them.
Certain Apps will help you when you travel in Seoul, from primary Korean language to Google Map apps (both online or offline) and even the Seoul MRT map App which is available to download for your convenience of getting around Seoul.
Apps to download for Seoul Trip
– Google Maps
– Learn Korean – Grammar
– Seoul MRT Map
Hold No Fear in Seoul
Hold no fear when having a vacation in Seoul, because there is nothing to fear for travel in South Korea. Of course, things can go wrong, because, in the real world, shit happens and that’s where travel insurance is recommended for any trip around the world.
Visit South Korea with your eyes wide open and take in all the atmosphere, the vibrancy and the people who make this country as great as it is. Because, if you blink for even a second wandering the streets of Seoul, you may miss something incredible.
As for the neighbours in North, don’t even give it a second thought, in fact, I highly recommend that when you are in Seoul, to take the all-day DMZ tour and get up close to North Korea, it’s an incredible experience.