South Korea Trip




Before our wedding way back in 2015, my wife and I were already planning as to where would be the best place to go for honeymoon. But since my wife and I are both fans of Korean drama, we’ve decided that South Korea was the best option.

Normally, going to another country requires a lot of pocket money to pay for the entrance fees, accommodation, food, etc. In order to have enough for our travel, what we did was to create a “Travel Fund” . Every payday, we have to save a small portion of our salary (S$100 each) so that it won’t “hurt” our pockets that much!

VISA

First things first – Since I am from a country that requires VISA when travelling to South Korea, let me go through that first. Here are the steps in applying (Please take note that it might be a different case if you are applying in the Philippines). In our case, we are both working in Singapore.

  1. Fill-up the visa application form with 1 coloured passport-sized photo with white background.
  2. Provide original and photocopy of passport and work pass.
  3. Get your bank’s E-statement (recent 3 months) verified and stamped by your bank. If you can’t be present, you can authorize someone on your behalf to do it. This is what I did.
  4. Request a letter from your employer stating your name, passport number, job title, salary, date of hire, date of travel, and purpose of trip. This should be submitted to the embassy within 1 month of issuance.
  5. Go to the Korean Embassy and submit the requirements. My wife also submitted on my behalf since I am working.
  6. We didn’t pay any VISA fee as Philippine citizens are exempted from paying.
  7. Wait for the collection date.

Note: Don’t buy yet your airline ticket unless you have your VISA with you!

For more info and updates, please refer to this link.

PLACES VISITED

N-Seoul Tower / Locks of Love

Korean Tourism Org (trying a Hanbok)

Cheonggyecheon Stream

Gwanghamun Square

DMZ

Myeongdong

Nami Island

Petite France

Everland

Gangnam District

Bukchon-Hanok Village and some coffee shops

FOOD

BUDGET

Here is the summary of our expenses:

Summary of Expenses:
Accommodation Php 15,480.00
Airfare Php 31,610.00
Attractions Php 9,245.00
Meals Php 9,838.40
Pasalubong / Gifts / Souvenirs Php 10,649.38
Transportation Php 6,069.45
TOTAL Php 82,892.23
  • For accommodation, we stayed at Seoul Backpackers as recommended by a friend.
  • If you’d notice, airfare was the bulk of the expense. You can minimize this by looking for promo tickets. In our case, we already booked out tickets at a much later date as we are still trying to arrange for our work leave. My friend who managed to visit South Korea 2 weeks before us had bought their ticket that’s half the price of what we paid.
  • Getting sample itinerary from friends will help you decide where to go and plan your trip effectively.
  • Another tip is to travel to South Korea from Philippines instead of Singapore. It’s much cheaper!

See link below for an itemized cost!

2015 South Korea Budget

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