Under $100: Seoul

by Andrew Melnick

Sep 3, 2019

Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea © Tawatchai Prakobkit | Dreamstime

Destinations / Asia

Seoul is the capital city of South Korea, and a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets. Here’s how to explore the city while sticking to your budget.


Start your morning at Issac Toast, a famous Korean toast sandwich branch that offers a wide variety of sandwiches and drinks. You can get a delicious bacon sandwich for less than $3.


After breakfast, take a walk through Bukchon Hanok Village. It is a residential area with beautiful Korean-style buildings. At the entrance, there are some nice souvenir shops. It is picturesque, so don’t forget to bring a camera.


For lunch, stop by Myeongdong Kalguksu for local Korean soup noodles and delicious dumplings. The portions here are big, so if you are a light eater it’d be smart to share a bowl. You can expect to spend $12 or less here.


After lunch, head to Gyeongbokgung Palace. There is a lot of history here as the founder of the Chosun Dynasty built it six centuries ago. The National Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum are located on the grounds. Both museums will charge you less than $3 admission.


853 is the perfect spot for Korean barbecue. It is the whole package, with great staff and amazing food in the heart of a preserved part of Seoul. The chefs cook at your table and will walk you through the whole process. Prices range $12–24.


Seoul has one of the most dynamic nightlife scenes in Asia. Thursday Party is a top foreigner-friendly pub. It is a pub-club hybrid, where people will be seen either dancing, mingling at the bar or playing games. The prices of cocktails are some of the cheapest in town; a Long Island iced tea will cost around $5.


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