TRAVEL: South Korea DIY Itinerary and Expenses

Visiting Korea has always been on the top of my list, next to JP of course. I am getting hooked to Korean Dramas recently and the urge of going Korea got stronger (shout out to Nam Joo Hyuk). I love Korean Food (street food, Korean BBQ, fried chicken, kimchi and mooore!), cosmetics and skincare, and the weather.

Comparing from my previous trips, my plane ticket to Korea was the most expensive one I bought (mas mahal pa sa multi- city ticket ng Osaka- Tokyo). Booked it last November 2016, just 3 months before the trip. Anyway, worth it naman kasi finally, napuntahan ko na rin ang Korea.

Here’s our trip itinerary 🙂


Day 0

Hotel check-in

Dinner at Pojangmacha

Day 1

Insa- dong

Myeong dong

Day 2

Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon (Secret Garden)

Tosokchon Samgyetang for Lunch

Dongdaemun Design Plaza


Day 3

Bukchon Hanok Village

Gyeongbokgung Palace


Lunch at Myth Jokbal

Hongkik University/ Hongdae Free Market

Ehwa Woman’s University

Day 4


Lunch at Mr. Pizza



Day 5

Nami Island

Petite France

Garden of Morning Calm (di namen napuntahan! 😦 )

Day 6


Sinsa-dong and Apgujeong-dong

Summary of Expenses:

(USD1= PHP50.12)
(KR1= PHP 0.0443)
RT Airfare (via Cebu Pacific Air) with check-in baggage 7,586.06 151.36 171,242.89
Philippine Travel Tax 1,620.00 32.32 36,568.85
Accomodation (The An Hostel) via Agoda with breakfast 6,922.57 138.12 156,265.69
T- Money and other Transportation 2,215.00 44.19 50,000.00
Integrated Palace Pass (including Huwon Garden tour) 443.00 8.84 10,000.00
Klook Everland Pass 1,476.99 29.47 33,340.63
Klook N Seoul Tower Pass 286.12 5.71 6,458.58
Pocket Money (Food, Pasalubong, Misc) 16,928.50 337.76 382,133.18
TOTAL 37,478.24 747.77 846,009.82


Travel TIPS:

  • Seoul, South Korea is 1 hour ahead of PH time
  • Download the subway map on your phone or print it- super helpful
  • IMO, it is best to go during spring and fall
  • Most of the establishments opens at lunch and closes early
  • Purchase T-Money (KRW4000)- reloadable
  • For cosmetics shopping, I suggest you check- out other boutiques/ stalls first as they may offer a bigger discount and more stocks
  • Must try their street food
  • Eat and get tipsy at pojangmacha like a local 🙂
  • Don’t forget to claim your tax refund at the airport
  • Not everyone can speak or understand English, best to have a translator app on your mobile
  • Most of the public areas have wifi
  • Check out discount coupons on the tourist brochures and flyers at the airport
  • Subway exit signs are a bit confusing, read carefully before you exit

I hope you find this helpful and good luck on your SoKor Trip! 🙂


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