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