The official language is Korean. However, if you do not speak Korean, you can use English instead. Unfortunately, most of locals can understand English a little bit so they can hardly talk to you by English.
Tips: You can prepare some common Korean sentences. For example, you can learn how to say “Hello, Goodbye, Thank you, etc” in Korean. Moreover, if you are a shopaholic, you can learn some sentences such as “How much is it?", "I will take this shirt" or "Can I try this shirt?".
Each 1 USD = 1,122 won (KRW). You can exchange money at your local banks. In case of forgetting, you can exchange at Passenger Terminal B1 in Incheon International Airport (ICN). Their service center opens 24/7. In addition, you can use credit card to purchase. Most of places accept credit card and you have to pay exchange rates depending on your bank.
3. Public Transport
In Korea, people use buses and trains to move around. You must buy a card called “T-money” using for paying transportation fares. T-money costs 2.500 - 4.000 won (2.22 - 3.56 USD) for each. It can be purchased and recharged at metro stations, bank ATMs and convenience stores.
The climate in Seoul features a humid continental and subtropical climate with dry winter. So you must check temperature exactly when you are going to visit Seoul. As temperate climate, Seoul has 4 specific seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn.
Spring is the most beautiful season in Seoul. It lasts from March to May. The weather is quite good to go around and see the beautiful cherry blossoms.
Tips: You need to bring beautiful outfits to take photos with cherry blossoms.
Summer days (from June to August) are definitely the hottest days in Korea. The temperature is nearly up to 40°C (104°F). Therefore, there are so many outdoor activities and festivals to participate.
Tips: You should wear nice light outfits (tank tops, short jeans,etc.)
Autumn has warm air and temperature is also quite cool. People tend to wear sweaters and boots when they go outside. Autumn is indeed one of the favorite seasons with colorful leaves that warm our souls.
Winter begins in December and ends in February. Frequently, the weather is cloudless and dry. January is the coldest month in Seoul, often with the lowest temperatures. It always drops -10°C (14°F) and sometimes belows -15°C (5°F).
Tips: If you travel to Seoul in this season, you need to prepare a thick jacket and moisture lips care.
Shopping, shopping and shopping! There are so many shopping places in Seoul. Here are some typical spots:
- Myeongdong: Best shopping place for girls and fashionistas, lots of cosmetics stores
- Namdaemun: For wholesale shopping and not much trendy items here
- Dongdaemun: Most of affordable clothing and street market style
- Insadong: Cultural place, especially for souvenirs
- Garosugil: Trendy fashion and high-end designer clothing
- Express bus terminal underground shopping: A variety of both cheap and expensive stuffs
Tips: Most of the store owners hardly speak English. This means you may have to use body language and facial expressions to communicate with them or they may use a electronic devices to negotiate the price with you.
Wish you have a good trip when visiting in Seoul!