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The ultimate South Korea travel guide

One of the most searched destinations in 2018, Korea is an increasingly popular destination for Singaporeans. It is a harmonious juxtaposition between the old world and new, offering a variety of experiences for visitors. From traditional Buddhist monasteries and 18thcentury brick fortresses to towering skyscrapers and K-pop superstars, Korea is home to ancient traditions and modern glam. Korea’s depth and beauty will enchant even the most discerning traveller.

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1) South Korea: The essentials

So, what do you need to know before you fly off for your Korea travels? From visa information to finding the best SIM cards, we’ve got you covered.

Do Singaporeans need a visa for Korea?

Singaporean nationals travelling to Korea for holidays do not need a visa. You are exempt for a period of up to 90 days. For more information, refer to the embassy’s website here.

Korean SIM Cards

Wondering which are the best Korea SIM Cards to get? One of the most wired nations in the world, Korea’s SIM cards come with pretty awesome data plans. KT offers prepaid SIMs with unlimited data, plus free incoming calls and text messages! It’s quite convenient to order your SIM card online, then pick it up at the airport upon arrival. Alternatively, you can find prepaid SIMs locally at the airport, major convenience stores, or at local mobile service provider outlets.

Internet in Korea

Wifi-addicts will be happy to know that South Korea has one of the fastest internet connections in the world! Seoul even boasts 10,000 free public Wifi zones around the city. With a highly connected population, you won’t have to worry about getting online here.

What to wear in Korea

When travelling to one of Asia’s most stylish fashion hotspots, you might be wondering if you need to up your fashion game. In most cases, unless you’re heading to a high-end restaurant or nightclub in town, casual wear is acceptable. However, if you’d like to look your best strutting down the streets of Seoul, you can get plenty of fashion inspo from Korea’s favourite K-pop stars!

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2) When’s the best time to visit South Korea

South Korea has four distinct seasons with varying temperatures throughout the year. If you’re looking to escape the heat but can’t stand the freezing cold, autumn and spring have milder temperatures, making them great times to visit. Each season showcases different qualities of Korea, with unique festivals and events to experience. Quick tip: the best flight deals can be found in spring and summer months!

SpringSummerAutumnWinter
MonthsMar-MayJun-AugSep-NovDec-Feb
Flight deals from$384$381$430$397
Average temperaturesMin: 7°C
Max: 17°C
Min: 20°C
Max: 29°C
Min: 9°C
Max: 19°C
Min: -5°C
Max: 3°C
Festivals and EventsMarch
Jeju Fire Festival
Snow Crab Festival (Uljin, Yeongdeok)

March – April
Cherry Blossom Festival (Nationwide)

May
Green Tea Festival (Boseong)
July
Boryeong Mud Festival

August
Busan Sea Festival
Oct
Jinju Lantern Festival
Busan Fireworks Festival
Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival

Nov
Seoul Lantern Festival
Dec – Jan
Seongsan Sunrise Festival (Jeju)
Boseong Green Tea Plantation Light Festival

Dec – Mar
Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm

Jan – Feb
Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival (Seoul)

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3) The most affordable way to get to South Korea

Cheap flight and travel deals to Korea – The best time to book a flight to Seoul is 16 weeks in advance. Instead of flying direct, you can also look at layover or multiple stop options that may get you cheaper flight deals.

Cheap flights to SeoulPrices from $381
Cheap flights to BusanPrices from $412
Cheap flights to JejuPrices from $371

Singapore to Korea flight deals for 2019 | Cheap flights up to 15% off

Alternative ways to find cheap flights to South Korea – If you’re looking for the best flight deals from Singapore to Seoul, Busan, or Jeju, we’ve got your back! Check out these awesome fares for 2019.

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4) What to do in South Korea

10 Best Things To Do in Seoul – From taking a relaxing dip in Korea’s traditional Jimjilbangspas, to having a taste of local farmer’s booze known as Makgeolli, this article gives you 10 things you cannot miss in Seoul!

Visit the DMZ – All you need to know about visiting Korea’s DMZ, including how to get there, what to see, and things you need to know before setting foot in one of the most dangerous borders in the world.

See Korea’s Spring Cherry Blossoms – Find the best times and places to catch Korea’s cherry blossoms in full bloom. You can also find cheap flight deals for sakura season in spring if you plan your trip in advance.

Check Out a Korean Festival – Whether it’s rolling around in the mud at the annual summer Boryeong Mud Festival, or ice-fishing at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, be sure to look out for different seasonal festivals to add to your Korean holiday experience!

Shop Till You Drop At These Top 5 Shopping Destinations – From luxury fashion brands in Cheongdam-dong, to the indie vibes of Hongdae, there’s a bargain to be found at every corner. Discover the best places to shop in Seoul with this shopping area guide.

Hunt Down Amazing Korean Beauty Products – Seoul is a shopaholics’s wonderland. Apart from stylish threads, you can also hunt down the best Korean beauty products to buy back home for a little self-care and pampering.

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5) Where to stay in South Korea

5 Best Neighbourhoods in Seoul – Each district in this giant metropolis has a vibrant and distinct personality that attracts its own kind. Whether you’re a shopaholic, foodie, party animal, or a hipster, you’ll find your place here in Seoul. If you need some help choosing a cool area to stay in, check out this guide on some of Seoul’s best neighbourhoods.

5 Unique BnB Hotels in Seoul – A round-up of 5 of the best boutique BnBs around Seoul that you should check into on your Korea travels.

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6) Done-for-you South Korea itineraries

9D8N South Korea itinerary for Seoul, Jeju Island and Busan
Look no further! We’ve put together an itinerary to help you get acquainted with the country. While there’s more to uncover outside the main cities, you definitely want to hit up the trinity cities of Seoul, Jeju and Busan for an unforgettable first trip.

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