Budget-Friendly Korea Travel: Tips for Saving Costs in Seoul

28 Dec 2023
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Curious About Saving Over 100,000 KRW on Your Korea Trip?

1. Average Cost of Traveling in Korea
2. Best Time for Budget-Friendly Travel in Korea
3. How Much Cash Do You Need for Your Trip to Korea?
4. Feeling the Strain on Your Wallet? Low-Cost Tour Recommendations!
5. Smart Shopping Tips in Korea

1. Average Cost of a Korea Trip

Source - Visit Korea Data Lab

According to the survey conducted on foreign tourists who visited Korea in 2022 by the Korea Tourism Data Lab, the average daily expenditure for a single individual was around 460,000 KRW. Opting for budget accommodation and using discounted flights can further reduce your travel expenses.

2. Best Seasons for Budget-Friendly Travel in Korea

Off-peak seasons for travel to Korea are mainly in January, February, and June, July. Consider booking your flights and accommodation during these off-peak times to save on costs. Since the weather can be extremely cold or hot during these periods, planning indoor activities efficiently is crucial!

3. How Much Cash Do You Need for Your Trip to Korea?

Source - Seoul Government

Korea has embraced a 'cashless culture,' where cards are widely accepted, including public transportation (buses, subways, taxis, trains), and most stores. However, for small-scale markets or street vendors, and when purchasing or recharging a T-money transportation card, cash might be necessary. (*'NAMANE Card' does not require cash for purchasing or recharging transportation cards!) To be prepared for emergencies, it's sufficient to exchange about 100,000 to 200,000 KRW per person. 

NAMANE STAFF ๐Ÿ‘ฉ: "I'm Korean, but I never carry cash with me in my daily life. I just don't need it :)"

4. Feeling the Strain on Your Wallet? Low-Cost Tour Recommendations!

Wondering how to make your trip to Korea more budget-friendly, especially with the recent rapid increase in prices? Check out today's tips for traveling in Korea!

๐Ÿฒ Myeongdong Street Food

Korea's street food is truly charming. While there are many local markets like Gwangjang Market and Mangwon Market, let's start with 'Myeongdong.' If you've been to Korea often, you probably know that Myeongdong is centrally located in Seoul, making it convenient for travel if you stay around this area. For those staying nearby, enjoying street food in Myeongdong should be more than enough! 

Try affordable treats like Korean fish-shaped buns(๋ถ•์–ด๋นต), fish cakes, and spicy Tteockbokki at Myeongdong Station's Exit 6. At stalls with QR codes like the one in the picture, remember that you can easily make payments with the NAMANE app, even as a foreigner!

๐Ÿฝ Diverse Restaurants in Myeongdong

Source - Myeongdong Dakgalbi / Gomkuksizib

While fancy areas like Seongsu-dong and Hannam-dong are great for travel, consider having a budget-friendly meal near Myeongdong for a day. At certain affiliated stores in Myeongdong, you'll get an instant 5% cashback when you pay with the NAMANE card. For example, if you spend around 60,000 KRW, you'll immediately get 3,000 KRW cashback! It can be quite helpful for saving costs. If you're curious about stores where you can get cashback benefits, click here.

5. Smart Shopping Tips in Korea

๐Ÿ’š Olive Young

When it comes to shopping in Korea, you can't miss out on K-beauty, and when you think of K-beauty, you can't leave out Olive Young. Olive Young holds its biggest discount promotions in March, June, and September, but don't worry! There are always ongoing discounts, such as 'Hot Deal(์˜คํŠน)' events, new product promotions, and exclusive discounts on Olive Young's kit items.

๐Ÿ› Lotte Duty-Free

Source - Lotte Duty Free Website

If you're wondering where to shop among various Korean duty-free shops, pay attention! We recommend the representative duty-free shop in Korea, 'Lotte Duty-Free.' Lotte Duty-Free holds more inventory of K-beauty brands than other duty-free shops and offers various benefits such as discount benefits for members like LDF mileage

Especially for NAMANE Card users, you can enjoy benefits such as 


  • Membership Upgrade to GOLD - Up to 15% OFF
  • Partnership Points - Up to $74


  • Membership Upgrade to GOLD - Up to 15% OFF
  • LDF PAY - Up to ๏ฟฆ 10,000
  • Discount Coupon - Up to $ 110

๐Ÿ”—More Details about this promotion 

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