Your Affordable But Cool Guide To Seoul

Seoul is one of the most popular travel spots in the world, but not necessarily the cheapest to explore.

Thankfully, there are plenty of hidden gems in the capital of South Korea that you can experience on a budget and still have the time of your life! The city is exploding with culture, breathtaking sights, and an undeniable liveliness that you simply can’t ignore. So here’s a full lowdown on where to stay, where to eat, and what to see in Seoul without breaking the bank!


With some of the most stunning sceneries and an extensive history, Seoul is full of mini adventures that are calling your name.

Namsan Park

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One of the most serene – not to mention the largest – parks in Seoul is Namsan Park. You’ve probably seen photos of cherry blossom trees in full bloom and the view of the Seoul Tower from a distance. Namsan Park is known for lively festivals but you can also spend a relaxing day wandering through the trees.

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village
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This village is a popular attraction and all-around cute spot to visit for free. Many travelers stop here for beautiful photos but stay for the local tea shops, restaurants, and calming air.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace
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For about $3, you can visit one of Seoul’s greatest architectural feats. Built during the Joseon Dynasty, this palace is a time capsule to the late 1300s. Since its initial construction, the palace has been rebuilt and retouched several times to preserve its historic significance.


Food in Seoul is the one thing you need to experience daily! Here’s how you can still soak up all the flavor of amazing kimchi and bibimbap.

Kimbap Cheonguk

Kimbap Cheonguk
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Kimbap Cheonguk is famous for its affordability without bending the taste. This chain is all over Seoul so you won’t have trouble finding one. Once you do, you can enjoy a quick bite if you’re on-the-go or a filling meal if you have time to stop and savor. The menu features everything from tteok-bokki to Ramen. Almost all meals are under USD $8.


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Located in Mangwon, Yubu is the cute date spot you’ve been searching for. The small restaurant serves yubuchobab, rice balls, tea, and more! The colorful food will have your mouth watering after just looking at pictures.

Street Food

seoul street food
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Street food is the ultimate find in South Korea! The smell will have you gravitating towards carts even when you’re not hungry at all. Some of the best street foods to try are dak-kkochi and beondegi.


Hongdae Shopping Market

Hongdae Shopping Market
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Hongdae Shopping Market is an indie spot filled with amazing deals! From March to November, browse through unique collections of clothes, accessories, and souvenirs, including many handmade and one-of-a-kind pieces. If you want to bring something memorable home from your trip, this is the place to go!


Seoul has a plethora of affordable options for lodging, here are a few recommendations:


makers hotel seoul
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MAKERS HOTEL is just 20 minutes from Changgyeonggung Palace and is the perfect place if you’re looking for something a little rustic but spacious enough to hang out in. The hotel is known for its close proximity to transportation and has a multilingual staff as well!

Grid Inn

Grid Inn

Grid Inn is a modern-day hotel, located near Myeongdong. Though the rooms may be small, the beds are comfortable and the décor is minimal, making your space feel very open. A few extra perks include: laundry service, free Wi-Fi, and a rooftop terrace!

Shrusti Goswami

Social Media Associate

Shrusti is a passionate writer and poet. You can often find her drinking a cup of coffee and finding new places to go with her friends and family. After college, it’s her dream to keep traveling the world and bring diverse stories to the big screen.

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