How to Make Every Penny Count in Seoul

Jan 28, 2019

In Seoul’s fancy shopping districts, where price tags bear several zeros on designer labels, and expensively coiffed, clothed and shod natives glide gracefully through its streets, it’s easy to feel like you’re an interloper among the one per cent. A taxi ride starts at a minimum fare of 3,000 won/Rs192, rent is high and tourist accommodation is a scramble for the cheapest (Rs1= 16 won). Last year, Seoul was ranked the world’s sixth most expensive city in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living survey and continually makes the top 10 in similar lists. But it’s still possible to tease out some good bits from this prohibitively pricey place, and juice out every won for what it’s worth.

Gorge Guilt Free

In Seoul’s traditional markets, food stall owners are lined up, table to jowl, picking ingredients from small mounds in front of and behind them, whilst also trying to force their menu in your line of vision. Here, it is possible to have a hearty meal for very little.

A Peek into the Past

Museums are not for everyone, but I believe it is impossible to visit a city without engaging with at least some of it history and politics. It is especially impossible when the museums are free, and the region carries as fascinating and fissured a history as the Korean peninsula.

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