Many people coming to Seoul for tourism may be taking the subways for their method of transportation. It’s cheap, convenient and takes you to all the major tourist attractions in Seoul. But many Korea travelers end up paying 500 Won for every subway fare. Here’s how you can save that!
Note: As of 28 November 2012, 500 Won is approximately equivalent to .46 USD.
If you’re a penny pincher who glosses over details (oxymoron?), this tip’s for you!
For those taking the Seoul subway, you might just go up to the machines at the stations, punch in your destination, pay for your ticket and be on your way. It’s simple enough for anyone to do. But for Seoul travelers looking for a more time efficient method, you might want to purchase a T-Money card (for around the 5,000 won range), which will allow you to just charge and go without having to punch in your destination every time. Also, it’ll give you a 100 won discount for each ride!
But if you’re ok with just punching in the destination every time for those 1-use cards, you might want to know that you’re supposed to return them. The minimum fare from any one station to another in Seoul is 1150 won (as of 27 November 2012), but you’ll have to pay 1,650 won for 1-use cards. That extra 500 won is returned to you once you get out of the turnstiles of your subway station and insert the card in the Deposit Refund Machine (image below).
Korea Travel Tip: Save time by just returning all the cards at the same time on your trip’s final subway stop!
And just for the heck of it, here are some things you can buy for 500 won!
- Socks – This is the cheapest of sale prices. Remember, anything that comes off of the back of a truck is a deal!
- Processed Meat Stick Sausages – Sold at convenience stores, this is highly processed and probably not the healthiest of snacks. But it’s an old school Korean snack that’ll make you feel mad Korean.
- Odeng – This fish cake Korean street food snack is great for winter nights. And you get the broth the fish cake is cooked in (odeng gungmul) as a bonus!
- Cute Korean Stickers – head into any children’s stationary store and you’ll be able to buy some cute Korean princesses stickers to put on your guitar case!
- Crappy Pens and Pencils – Sorry, the higher end stuff can go up to 15,000 won for a single pen/pencil (gets high tech yo!). But at least you’ll have a pen to scratch your hard to reach areas
- Hotteok – The price for this favorite Korean street snack for your sweet tooth can go as low as 500 won. *Fist pump*
- Single Serving Mini-Chocolate (Snickers, Twix, Kit-Kat, etc.) – Head over to the convenience store after eating. These are great for topping off Korean meals
(If you know something else that can be bought for 500 won, share in the comments!)
Which would you choose? Spend 5,000 to save time, or buy crazy cute socks? Share with us in the comments!