Is it possible to explore South Korea by using a train only? Why not? If you use Korail Pass (the short for Korea Rail Pass), you can enjoy budget-friendly traveling without compromising your comfort. After all, the Korail Pass covers a wide range of area and you can visit many interesting places without hurting your wallet.
You can get the Korail Pass, depending on how many days you will stay in Korea. For instance, you can get the 3-Day Savers Pass that is worth S$120. Besides the Korail Pass, it is advisable that you also get yourself a Discover Seoul Pass. It is a pass that enables you to enjoy free admission to 21 hottest spots in Seoul. The pass can last for 24 hours or 48 hours. The card can also be used as the T-money card for convenience stores, buses, and subways. You won’t regret having it, for sure!
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If you are one of the K-pop lovers and possibly a hardcore fan, you should head here to enjoy the hologram musical experience. Even if you aren’t a K-pop fan, you can’t help it but mesmerized by the amazing storylines and choreography from the hottest songs. It is going to blow your mind!
If you don’t have the pass, you will have to pay 44,000 Won for the entrance fee. Go to Samseong Station and take Line 2. Then take Exit 5 and 6. The theatre is on the fifth floor.
Tosokchon Samgyetang is the place to find the best ginseng chicken soup – or known as Samgyetang. Despite the long lines, they have quite a fast service. Even if you have to wait in lines, be patient. Your turn will be right away, I promise you. Besides the soup, they also have tasty kimchi and ginseng wine. For a portion of soup, expect to pay 16,000 Won. Take Line 3 and get off at Gyengbokgung Station. Take Exit 2.
The best way to spend the time after enjoying your lunch is to head to the Gyeongbokgung Palace. This place is also accessible by Discover Seoul Pass. The place is beautiful with the mountain as the background. The guard changing ceremony takes place twice, every 10 AM and 2 PM. If you don’t have the Pass, you will have to pay 3,000 Won for the entrance fee. The place is right across the street from Tosokchon Samgyetang.
The location is only a station away from the popular Gyeongbokgung so it should be within one direction of your trip. You can register for the class for making kimchi. You will find a room with different types of kimchi. This is like a dream come true for kimchi lovers! If you want to, you can also buy the kimchi in packets.
This place is also covered by Discover Seoul Pass, but if you don’t have it, you will have to pay 3,000 Won. Take Line 3 at Anguk Station and get off at Exit 6.
If you know Madame Tussaud Wax museum, then you get the idea of what to expect at Grevin. Feel free to take pictures with G-Dragon, Trump, Lee Min Ho, or Obama. The entrance fee is covered by Discover Seoul Pass. But if you don’t have it, you have to pay 18,000 Won.
Are you a fan of the theme park? Then, you should head to Everland. It has fireworks, different kinds of rides, and so much more (expect things like Hurricane, T Express, or Double Rock Spin). Unfortunately, it is pretty far away from Seoul and you need to have several transfers before reaching the place. You can buy the Everland ticket as well as the shuttle bus. If you use the bus, you don’t need to make any transfer at all.
However, if you want to travel on your own, go to Chungmuro Station and take Line 3. Stop at Dogok Station and transfer to Budang line. Stop at Giheung Station. From there, transfer to Everline heading to Jeondae-Everland Station. The whole trip takes 2,350 Won and less than 2 hours.
There are still many places to explore in Korea, including Nami Island or Jeonju. Make plans and arrange everything carefully. Go to airpaz.com for your flights and choose air carriers like Air Busan or Korean Air.