Cheap flights to Seoul, South Korea
Seoul is the biggest metropolis of South Korea. The country’s capital city, Seoul offers mouth-watering street food, incredible shopping in malls and markets, and scenes that contrast modernity and tradition. The city is served by two airports, namely Incheon International Airport and Gimpo Airport.
Flights to Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Incheon International Airport is the main and largest airport in South Korea. It has two terminals (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) and it caters to both international and domestic flights.
Incheon International Airport is a heaven for tax-free shopping, with many duty-free shops such as Burberry, Hermes, Coach, Cartier, Chanel, Chloe and other high-end brand names spread across both terminals.
The airport is 27 kilometres away from the city centre of Seoul. By the Airport Railroad Express (AREX), it takes 55 minutes and costs KRW8,000 (RM29); by the standard limousine bus, it takes 70 minutes and costs KRW10,000-15,000 (RM36-54) depending on the final destination; and by taxi, it takes 60-70 minutes and costs KRW137,000 (RM498). To make your trip easier, arrange an airport transfer with Skyscanner.
Flights to Seoul Gimpo Airport (GMP)
Gimpo Airport is only 15 kilometres from the central district of Seoul. The airport has two terminals, one for passengers and the other for cargo. Gimpo Airport handles mostly domestic flights. Its international terminal, which has flights to Japan and Hong Kong, is called Sky City.
Sky City is not just an entry point to Seoul; it’s also a shopping and entertainment destination. It comprises a departmental store, a hotel, a shopping mall, and also a Lotte Mart and Lotte Cinema.
The basic fare to get to the city via the town bus is KRW6,200 (RM22). The subway starts at KRW1,000 (RM 4) while a regular taxi to Seoul City Hall costs KRW23,500 (RM85). Need a more comfortable ride? Pre-book an airport transfer before your trip.
Travelling to Seoul
Best time to visit Seoul
Seoul has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. In summer, the weather can be very hot and humid, while in winter, Seoul gets very dry and cold.
The best time to visit Seoul is during autumn (October and November). During these months, the sky’s bright, the weather’s pleasant, and the city comes alive with festivals, such as Andong Maskdance Festival, Wonju Hanji Festival and Soul Lantern Festival.
In addition, spring is also a good time to visit Korea, especially for those who want to enjoy the beauty of cherry blossoms. Enchanting spring festivals will take place in every corner of the country, not just in Seoul. Don’t miss your chance to attend the Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival, Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival or the Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival.
The peak travel season occurs in June and July. During these months, the weather can be quite warm (though not as warm as August) and prices are higher than usual.
Things to do in Seoul
There are lots of fun things to do, even if you’re travelling to Seoul on a budget. Start by visiting the palaces such as Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung. Rent a hanbok and get lost in Bukchon Hanok Village, take in the views from the N Seoul Tower, and wind down along Cheonggyecheon Stream. Then, stroll through the famous Myeongdong to browse through rows after rows of shops selling cosmetics and apparels.
As Seoul is a paradise of tasty foods, you should sample as much as you can. Try samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup), jjimdak (braised chicken) and gogigui (Korean BBQ). In between the big meals, snack on tteokbokki, which are spicy rice cakes sold by the side of the street or in restaurants like Ttobogetji Tteokbokki.
Seoul travel budget
Seoul uses Korean won (KRW) as its currency. As of 22 April 2019, KRW1,000 = RM3.60.
The prices in Seoul are relatively higher than the rest of the country. Having a meal at a cheap restaurant will cost around KRW8,000 (RM 29). The average hotel in Seoul costs about KRW60,000 (RM 217) per night.
Seoul, South Korea visa information for Malaysians
Malaysian passport holders can have visa-free entry to Seoul. This stay permit is valid for 90 days and cannot be extended. Ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry.
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Information is accurate as of 22 April 2019.
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