10 Things to Get Absolutely FREE in Seoul! – Page 2 – Seoulistic

6. Free Tours of Seoul Tourist Attractions from Students

There are a number of free Seoul tour services, mostly from Korean college students that volunteer their time to show you a good time. Typically, they just want to introduce Korean culture and some of Seoul’s best tourist attractions. And a lot of times, they just want to hang make some foreign friends. They’re not professionals tour guides, but you can consider them professional hang out buddies. Make some Korean friends as you hang out with non-professional, but really cool Korean college kids at Seoul’s tourist attractions! FUN!

Check out free tours by Meteor Youth, FreeTourSeoul, and SeoulMate.


7. Free Makeup Samples in Myeongdong

Our next two free tips come from a previous post, but they’re both worth mentioning again. Free make up samples are part of the experience when shopping in Myeongdong. Even if you’re not going to be buying anything while shopping in Myeongdong, if you walk into the makeup stores, they will give you free samples just for looking. If you’re just want the free stuff, simply walk in, take your free sample, walk around a little bit, and head back out. No questions asked!

Tip: Even if you’re not in Myeongdong, you can get free samples after purchase if you buy cosmetics or skin care products in Korea. Just ask, they’ll give it to you!

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8. Free Food Samples in Supermarkets

People love free food, and large Korean supermarkets offer free samples for people to try. You won’t usually find this at small supermarkets, but you will definitely get a chance to sample delicious Korean dumplings, japchae, bulgogi, galbi, haemultang and anything else they’re trying to sell. Even if you’re not going to buy anything, you can still get full for free by just walking around and sampling! Super delicious Korean food for free? Sold!

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9. Free Clothes & Household Goods (Craigslist)

If you’re moving to Korea, you might pack light and have only essential clothes. And you definitely won’t be bringing any furniture with you. If that’s the case, you might want to head over to craigslist to scour for foreigners leaving Korea. There’s always someone leaving Korea, and some really nice people will give away things for free just before they leave. It’s not often, and you have to be lucky to come across such posts, but if you’re new to Korea, broke and sleeping on the floor, and you find a free bed, you might just go crazy at a noraebang like a Korean schoolgirl!

Click here for the free stuff section on craigslist.


10. Free Wifi in Seoul

Wifi tips are some of Seoulistic’s most popular posts, but they’re so good, we have to let you know just in case you didn’t. Wifi comes from devices called routers, and Korea has a number of popular routers that most people buy. The thing most people don’t know is that these routers have default passwords that many people don’t change. So if you’re lucky, you might be able to piggyback off of some of these unchanged wifi passwords. If you’re not comfortable with this pseudo-illegal way of scoring free wifi, you could always go to a cafe that will offer their wifi passwords on their receipts.

See our post on free wifi via default passwords and free wifi in cafes via receipts.

Also, if you’re wandering outside and in need of some free wifi just for a second, the city of Seoul offers 10,000 wifi hotspots completely free! No annoying sign ups or logins. Keep calm and just connect.

Bonus! For those that love to drink, here’s an previous post on free alcohol refill bars in Seoul!

Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


  1. David says:

    So much good stuff here and no comments yet?

    When i’ll go to Korea again, i will definetly use your great advices!
    I especially like the free Shuttle Bus to Busan and Jeonju!
    Please keep up the great work, we really appreciate it!

  2. Ahuva says:

    Very useful information. I have a dream to visit Korea with my sisters and this site is full of Tips and helpful information that I can’t help myself from taking notes and writing down things for that time…:) . I like the Bus to Busan & Jeonju, the Tours of Seoul Tourist Attractions , I’m learning Korean at TTMIK (they are awesome !) …
    I want to explore and experience everything 🙂
    So, Thank you for this lovely site. 수고하세요.

  3. Ben says:

    This was for last year not this year! Free Shuttle Buses from Seoul to Busan & Jeonju

  4. Keith says:

    Ben, thanks! It has been updated 🙂

  5. Raushan says:

    I have to say, that thanks to this article I found so many nice people in Seoul! Some of them have become a really good friends to me. So I would like to thank Keith for such a usefull and incredibly vital information for new comers!!

  6. Stacy says:

    I’ve been keeping this page bookmarked for months in preparation for my upcoming trip to Seoul. Now that it’s coming closer, I appreciate it even more–I wanted to do a hanok stay, and following links from the Jeonju free bus thing led me to realize that Jeonju might be the perfect place to plan for a hanok stay, including free transportation to and from.

    I’m still trying to figure out the whole wifi vs. phone thing. Verizon charges terrible prices for international roaming and I’m not sure if it’s worth it to worry about renting a phone, yet I’ll be staying with a friend and of course you want to be able to stay in touch regarding where people are.

    • NANA1434 says:

      Use Kakoa talk onthe free wifi everywhere in Seoul – just use your US phone and turn off the cellular service. It works great – no need for a phone!

  7. Trisha says:

    Just bought my ticket today… I will be in Seoul for three weeks starting June 7…. anyone want to hang out? 🙂

  8. ARIFULISLAM says:

    my drem i went come for korea.but how to come korea

  9. sam says:

    Sorry to ressurect an old topic, stumbled onto the blog.

    I was curious about the Jeonju Shuttle – it states that 1 passport can claim 2 tickets. I have a korean friend – will they allow them to come with me or will this be an issue?

  10. Sri Priya Sakala says:

    I love Korea..!! I’ll hopefully be visiting it soon after my exams.. I hope it’d be as good as is shown in k-drama 🙂 everything is so cute in Korea.. 🙂 🙂

  11. Bimeh Iran says:

    Which cities in Korea are beautiful?

  12. Mandy says:

    Hi, may I know if the free shuttle service between Seoul and Busan is still available? I’m intending to go to Busan in September 2014.

  13. amy says:

    Hey I tried clicking the link about the list of free korean lessons but now it is broken… can you give me other link ? Thanks in advance 🙂

  14. NyNy says:

    I don’t know man. Maybe it depends on the person and timing? I didn’t get free samples at the supermarket or free makeup samples in Myeongdong .__. but Wifi is free and convenient especially when you get lost.

    Hope you check out my blog when you have time: http://nynyonline.co.uk

    • Derie says:

      Well one time I went to nature Republic and asked why don’t u give free samples anymore, because before they did and it was the same shop. The employee said, “Actually the free make up sample thing is no more. Why? Because to many people just put on a whole makeover and didn’t buy a thing or painted their nails and didn’t buy a thing. Most Koreans don’t do this, usually foreigners do. I tried étude house, face shop etc, and they all said the same thing.

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