The T-money card is a Seoul subway transportation card that allows travelers to get on the subways without having to buy a ticket every single time they’re at the station. (Not sure what T-money is? Read our writeup on T-money cards!). Just get it at the beginning of your trip and use it for all your transportation needs — super easy and convenient. But here’s another situation where it might come in handy:
Situation: You came to Korea because you have this really weird obsession with tteokbokki and you want to eat at all the best tteokbokki restaurants in Seoul. And it’s mission accomplished; you spent ALL your money on eating tteokbokki (that’s a lot of money you weirdo!). But now you got no cash, and you need a delicious Korean drink to help quench that thirst. If you got a T-money card at the beginning of your trip and put some money in it, you might be in luck! If you have any funds left in the card, you can head over to the nearest convenience store to buy that drink you need (and maybe even a tteokbokki snack… weirdo!).
T-money cards are used for subway, buses and even taxis. But there’s tons of other places you can use your T-money card:
– Nearly all convenience stores
– Participating fastfood restaurants (i.e. McDonalds, Lotteria)
– Some bookstores (i.e. Kyobo)
– Chain bakeries (i.e. Paris Baguette, Crown Bakery, Mister Donut, Dunkin Donuts)
– Large supermarkets (i.e. Home Plus)
– Cafes and icecream shops (i.e. Baskin Robbins, Angel in Us Coffee, Pascucci, Cafe Tiamo, Jamba Juice)
– Cosmetic shops (i.e. TonyMoly, Etude House, Faceshop)
We don’t think you’ll be buying eyeliner and textbooks with your T-money card, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re running out of cash, and only have your T-money left!