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Depending on where you’re coming from, Seoul might not be the cheapest city in the world. But there are tons of free things to make your visit to Seoul easier. From free tours of Seoul tourist attractions to free shuttle buses to Jeonju, read this uber helpful list of free things that’ll make you say “woot!”
If you’re not sure about the Korea phone rental system, it’s easy. You can always rent a cellphone when you land in Incheon Airport. But if you just need to make a few calls while you’re visiting Seoul, you might want to know that you can make calls for free at many of Seoul’s major subway stations! We already have a post on how to make free phone calls while in Seoul, but here’s the basic gist: head over to a major subway station, find the digital station, pick up the phone, and call. Seriously, that’s it. And it’s all for free! 😀
Maybe you just moved to Korea and are looking to learn Korean. Of course you can always learn Korean online for free from our super good pals at TalktoMeinKorean.com (try them, they’re good!). Some people are more into meeting people and selfstudy. If you are, you can always find free language exchange partners by posting on craigslist. And finally, if you’re into learning in traditional classroom settings, there’s a number of free Korean classes in Seoul run by volunteers and sometimes professional teachers. We can list them here, but 10Mag does a much better job with their list of Korean language classes in Korea (free/paid, and not just in Seoul ;)). 열심히 공부하세요! (Study hard!).
The Korea Tourism Organization offers an amazing service that anyone visiting Seoul should know about. Simply call 1330 from any phone and you have the option of calling operators that will look up anything for you. You can use this to ask for restaurant recommendations, bus schedules, things to do in Korea, or maybe even where to buy Big Bang underwear. Whatever you’re wondering about Korea, just call this number and someone will help you out. And if they can’t tell you, they’ll look it up on the (Korean) internet while you wait. Nice!
Tip 1: Although this is geared towards tourists, foreign residents of Korea can also use this service as well.
Tip 2: Not only for Seoul, also for cities across Korea.
See KTO’s official page for more info.
Seoul is the number 1 city for visitors to Korea, but Korea has a number of great destinations that visitors should also consider visiting while in Korea. That’s why the Visit Korea Committee offers free shuttle buses to Jeonju for foreigners in Korea. They have pick ups at Gwanghwamun that will take you to Korea’s most famous city for delicious food. You have to have your passport (no alien registration card) as well as make a reservation at least 10 days in advance. But for free, you would do it 11 days advance, right?! 😉
Edit: Service ended in 2012 🙁 Thanks Ben!
Update: There will be free buses to Jeonju until December 31st.
If you’re coming to Seoul and haven’t had any time to make preparations, don’t sweat it. The city of Seoul offers free walking tours of some of Seoul’s best tourist attractions. The tour operators are professional and well knowledged about these tourist attractions. And they offer tours in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese. Professional, free tours of some of the best tourist attractions Seoul has to offer will make you want to do a Gangnam style parody with your mommy.