Top 10+ Insanely Cheap Places To Travel In South Korea Right Now
Top 10+ Insanely Cheap Places To Travel In South Korea Right Now

The elusive, exotic land of South Korea beckons every traveler and backpacker to experience its many wonders. You’ll be spoilt for choice when shortlisting places to visit in South Korea, which offers such an unbelievable range of unexplored natural sites and urban delights.

An interesting fact is that when it comes to South Korea most people only know about the capital city, Seoul and think that it is the only place worth visiting in the country. However, that is not the case. Here are some of the most amazing places in South Korea here that you can visit and explore while you are on a budget.

How to travel around South Korea on a budget

1. Hop on the KTX Express for all your inter-province travels

When travelling via the KTX, foreigners can get the Korail Pass: A discounted pass that lets you travel around unlimitedly for a certain number of days! For instance, you can travel to Seoul, Jeonju, and Busan in a span of ten days without having to burn a hole in your pocket.

The best part? It’s a convenient and reliable transport service that you can hop back on if you wish to continue on your journey.

2. Get a T-Money card for transportation (and more)

When travelling in Korea on a budget, it’s a must to get yourself a T-Money card to minimise the cost of your subway, bus and cab rides!

In other words, instead of single journey tickets, fares are much cheaper when using your T-Money card. Also, depending on the bus colour code and the duration of travel, transfers from subway to bus may also be free. Most importantly, having a T-Money card on your person saves you the trouble of lining up to get single journey tickets or searching for change when riding the bus. T-Money can be used in multiple municipalities, including Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Daejeon, and Daegu.

3. Skip the hotels and stay at a hostel instead

South Korea has numerous quirky and homey hostels to choose from. Though breakfast buffets usually aren’t available in these hostels, you can still expect all your basics like cereals, bread, and eggs, along with coffee, tea, and juice.

Anyway, with so many cafes lining the streets of Korea, you’ll only need to walk for a few minutes before finding an appetising option to start your day at!

4. Exchange work for free accommodation

Nothing says South Korea budget travel like snagging a free deal! So, if you’re thinking of spending a few weeks or a month in Korea, why not work for a free room? Perhaps the best part is that most hostels will only require you to work at least 3 hours a day in exchange for free lodging and food!

You can also go WWOOF-ing, where you’ll be working on an organic farm in exchange for food and lodging.

5. Join a free guided tour

Yes, you heard it right — you don’t actually have to pay a hefty amount for group tours.

For instance, guided tours are available at cultural and historical sites without having to pay a single cent. It’s also a great way to befriend fellow travellers and explore the city’s hidden gems that aren’t usually in guidebooks.

6. Prioritise tourist spots with no admission fee

The easiest way to budget travel in Korea is by heading to tourist spots that are free of charge! Our favourites in the provinces around the country are:

Seoul‘s Bukchon Hanok Village, Han River, Ihwa Mural Village, Cheonggyecheon Stream, and Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Busan‘s Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, and Gamcheon Culture Village

Jeonju‘s Hanok Village Omokdae, Deokjin Park, and Hanbyeokdang Pavilion

Incheon‘s Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village, Wolmido, and Freedom Park

Reasons to visit South Korea

History & Heritage

Steeped in traditional culture, South Korea shows off its history and heritage proudly. Home to 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites that include temples, palaces and fortresses in cities like Seoul, Gyeonggi and Jeju, learn all about the country’s imperial past. On your list of places to visit should be Haeinsa Temple, Jongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.

Food Feast

Like in India, food plays a big role in the daily life of South Koreans and with good reason! Korean food is absolutely delicious. Rice, vegetables and meats are most often used in preparing a variety of regional dishes like kimchi, gimbap and japchae, to name a few. Street food is very popular across South Korea and at stalls scattered all over, you can sample freshly made vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

Café Culture

South Koreans LOVE their coffee! The café culture in the country is booming with a multitude of cafes, both local and international branded chains, offering a hot cup of brew anytime you’d like. More than just coffee, the cafés serve as great meeting places for the young and old. In addition to socializing, cafés are also where many South Koreans set up their virtual offices and put in a day’s work!

Beauty Blitz

Korean beauty products have made their way to every corner of the globe. With popular K-pop bands dictating beauty standards, the quest for perfect porcelain skin and getting the “it” look knows know limits. While in South Korea, treat yourself to a skin or hair treatment, sure to make you look and feel young and brand new. Who knows, you may just stumble upon the elixir of youth while on your travels!

Shopping Spree

If there’s a place in the world to indulge in the ultimate sport of retail therapy, South Korea is it. Seoul, especially, is where you can find malls and markets that will leave you spoilt for choice. Head to Myeongdong for skincare products, Ewha Woman’s University Shopping Street for trendy apparel and accessories, Common Ground for ‘made in Korea’ items and Insadong Street for Korean crafts. With a multitude of options, expect to be overwhelmed and awed, all at once.

What are the cheapest places to visit in South Korea?

1. Ujeongbu

Uijeongbu is just north of Seoul, so travelers can take the subway or bus to get to the city easily.

Uijeongbu is located north of the Korean capital Seoul; it lies inside a defile, with mountains on two sides, and commands a natural choke point across the main traditional invasion route from the North into Seoul. As such it has a continued military significance and it contains U.S. and Korean military bases, positioned for the defense of the Korean capital. The U.S. Second Infantry Division has established a headquarters post in Uijeongbu, with the main troops being deployed from Dongducheon city.

Despite being known for its military presence, the area has boomed into a satellite community of Seoul with shops, cinemas, restaurants and bars, PC bangs and DVD Bangs. In addition to U.S. personnel, it is popular with the English hagwon (a for-profit private institute, academy or cram school). There are several mountains such as Mt. Dobong (Dobongsan), Mt. Surak and Mt. Soyo. The mountains are popular recreational areas for hiking and are frequented by residents living in the Seoul Metropolitan area.

This city is also famous for its budae-jjigae (lit. "army base stew"), made with hot dogs and SPAM. In the late 20th century, many wanted the dish to be referred as Uijeongbu jjigae to remove the military or war-time connotations it had associated with it. However, not many restaurants followed this guideline. Some restaurants have begun calling their product Uijeongbu budae jjigae. The city also contains what locals refer to as "buddaejjigae street", a street where there is a high concentration of army base stew restaurants.

The average price of a 7-day trip to Uijeongbu is $1,600 for a solo traveler, $2,874 for a couple, and $5,387 for a family of 4. Uijeongbu hotels range from $40 to $184 per night with an average of $54, while most vacation rentals will cost $80 to $420 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Gimpo International Airport (GMP) are between $1,307 and $1,841 per person for economy flights and $4,101 to $5,777 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $34 to $52 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

How cheap can you make a vacation to Uijeongbu? The cheapest trip to Uijeongbu is about $132 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 8% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $20 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $33.

2. Paju

Photo: Gody
Photo: Gody

Paju is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Paju was made a city in 1997; it had previously been a county.

The city area of Paju is 672.78 km2 (259.76 sq mi), and it is located just south of Panmunjeom on the 38th parallel. In 2015, the population of Paju was over 427,000. To defend the South Korean capital, Seoul, many U.S. and South Korean Army bases are set up in the area. In 2002, the northernmost South Korean railway station, Dorasan, was opened. North Korean territory and Kaesong City can be seen from Mount Dora in the city.

Paju city has east and west low type of geographic trait. Many mountains are located in eastern Paju, assemble to create the border with Yangzhou. In northern Paju, mountains form the border with Goyang. Moreover, in central Paju some lower mountains spread toward south. For the major rivers in Paju, there are Imjin River and Han River. Imjin River flows between northern west and west, and Han River flows in western south of Paju. The average annual temperature of Paju is 10.5 ℃, the average January temperature is -4 ℃ and the average temperature is 25 ℃ in August. Lastly, annual precipitation of Paju is around 1,300mm.

Tourist attractions

Heyri Art Valley: Heyri Art Valley is the largest art village in South Korea and its Korean culture and many genres of art attract visitors. The area includes residences, workrooms and galleries for artists, museums and performance spaces designed by artists. It was planned from 1998 and its name Heyri is derived from a traditional farming song of Paju. Architects tried to combine the view of nature with the valley when they make plan. The valley hosts art performances appealing to audiences of all ages. The attractive theme brings people to visit every weekend, and more people visit the valley in spring and autumn because it holds art festival during the seasons.

Jangdan bean: Jangdan beans are one of Paju’s famous traditional specialties. From a long time ago, crops have been important for Korean people’s livelihood because their land and environment were suited for agriculture. Therefore, two major crops, rice and bean, have been developed over time. Jangdan bean is one of these crops which have been harvested in Paju. The name Jangdan is derived from the name of a village in Paju, which existed before the Korean War. Even though the village is now gone, people still call the bean the Jangdan bean because the former village was so well known for these beans. Today, Jangdan beans are only commonly seen In Panmunjom which is located at the border between South Korea and North Korea.

The average price of a 7-day trip to Paju is $1,797 for a solo traveler, $3,227 for a couple, and $6,050 for a family of 4. Paju hotels range from $32 to $209 per night with an average of $72, while most vacation rentals will cost $60 to $660 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Gimpo International Airport (GMP) are between $1,307 and $1,841 per person for economy flights and $4,101 to $5,777 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $36 to $80 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

The Cheapest Times to Visit Paju, KR

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to GMP and stay in a Paju hotel:

  • January 8th to March 18th
  • August 20th to December 9th

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Paju is usually late October to early November.

How cheap can you make a vacation to Paju? The cheapest trip to Paju is about $134 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 9% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $20 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $28.

3. Nonsan

Photo: TripAdvisor
Photo: TripAdvisor

Nonsan is a city in South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. It is located at 36°12′N 127°5′E. The origin of Nonsan's geographical names is said to have come from the small garden " Nolmoe, " which rises in the middle of farming fields, where rice paddies and mountain are said to reflect geographical features. The city belongs to the Daejeon Metropolitan Area.

Nonsan has a significant history.[2] During the Samhan period, Nonsan is believed to have been part of Mahan territory. In the Baekje period, the district belonged to Hwangdeungyasan-gun. The crucial battle in which Silla defeated Baekje is thought to have taken place in the general area of Nonsan. Later, in the Silla period, Nonsan was divided into two different towns: Deogeun and Hwangsan.

The train station was built in 1911, in the same year as the rail line through the Nonsan plain was completed.

The modern city of Nonsan was established in 1914, by the merger of the four counties of Yeonsan-gun, Eunjin-gun, Noseong-gun and Seoksung-gun.

During the Korean War, a POW camp was set up by the U.S. and South Korean forces. On June 18, 1953, at the Nonsan camp as well as at POW camps at Busan, Masan, and Kwangju, thousands of POWs swarmed out of the camps and melted into the local population in order to avoid being repatriated to North Korea.

The average price of a 7-day trip to Nonsan is $892 for a solo traveler, $1,602 for a couple, and $3,003 for a family of 4. Nonsan hotels range from $50 to $230 per night with an average of $85, while most vacation rentals will cost $100 to $520 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Kunsan AB Airport (KUV) are between $212 and $231 per person for economy flights and $665 to $725 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $35 to $69 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

How cheap can you make a vacation to Nonsan? The cheapest trip to Nonsan is about $85 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 2% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $100 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $42.

4. Changwon

Photo: Gody
Photo: Gody

Changwon is the capital city of Gyeongsangnam-do, on the southeast coast of South Korea. With a population of 1.07 million as of 2015, Changwon is South Korea's ninth-most populous city.

A port city, Changwon is bordered by Masan Bay to the south, and the cities of Busan and Gimhae to the east. The city of Miryang lies to the northeast, and Jinju to the west.

The region has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and its urban areas have been renamed and re-organized many times throughout history. In 1974, with the creation of the Changwon National Industrial Complex, the three historically interdependent cities of Masan, Jinhae, and Changwon began to undergo significant economic development, growing into an important industrial centre. On 1 July 2010, the cities of Changwon, Jinhae, and Masan merged to form the current city of Changwon.

As Korea's first planned city, modeled after Canberra, Australia, Changwon uses accessible urban planning including many parks and separate residential and industrial areas. The city has also branded itself an "environmental capital" with the municipal government actively participating in climate change conferences and committing to the development of sustainable policies like the globally recognized bike-sharing program, Nubija.

As a planned city, Changwon was built to include more natural space than many other cities in Korea including dozens of parks, gardens, trails, and plazas throughout the city. The city is also located on the coast, making it home to several beaches.

Some well known Changwon parks include Jinhae Dream Park, an ecological reserve; Junamjeosuji, a reservoir and bird sanctuary; House of Changwon, a hanok village and education centre; and Changwon Marine Park on Dotseom Island.

Changwon is also home to the Changwon Exhibition Convention Centre (CECO).

As the capital and largest city in Gyeongsannam-do, Changwon is a provincial centre for media production and home to television and radio broadcaster Changwon KBS that hosts the K-Pop World Festival each year and newspaper the Kyongnam Shinmun.

The average price of a 7-day trip to Changwon is $1,328 for a solo traveler, $2,385 for a couple, and $4,471 for a family of 4. Changwon hotels range from $35 to $160 per night with an average of $42, while most vacation rentals will cost $120 to $420 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Gimhae International Airport (PUS) are between $853 and $1,386 per person for economy flights and $2,677 to $4,349 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $25 to $46 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

How cheap can you make a vacation to Changwon? The cheapest trip to Changwon is about $107 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 1% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $80 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $29.

5. Pohang

Photo: Wikipedia
Photo: Wikipedia

Pohang is a city in the province of North Gyeongsang, South Korea, and a main seaport in the Daegu-Gyeongbuk region. The built-up area of Pohang is located on the alluvium of the mouth of the Hyeongsan River. The city is divided into two wards (gu), Buk-gu or Northern Ward (북구; 北區) and Nam-gu or Southern Ward (남구; 南區).

This city has the largest population of North Gyeongsang Province and it has the third-largest land area of any city (si) in South Korea.

Thousands flock to see the fireworks festival at Yeongildae Beach each summer. People travel from all over the country to watch the show. The Culture & Arts Center, opened in 1995, holds performances and exhibitions in its various galleries and theaters. Pohang is known for gwamegi and holds an annual Gwamegi Festival. Gwamegi Festival is available on November annually. In 2015, the festival invited individuals from different ages. Numerous people can enjoy the festival, and the festival is sponsored by banks such as Suhyeop, Nonghyeop, Shinhan, and POSCO. During the festival, it is available to experience the old traditional Korean culture such as competing with person who sell Yeot. Furthermore, many singers from various places including Philippines are invited to demonstrate their talent to people. In this place, Guryongpo, it is possible to try Gwamegi, Pidegi which is dried squid, and big crabs.

The Jukdo Market is a large, bustling traditional market near the centre of the city, close to the port. It is well known throughout Korea as an important seafood market. There are many raw-fish restaurants in the market. The fish is cheaper here than in Seoul or Daegu.

Bukbu Beach is located in Duho-dong in the northern part of the city's built-up area. The beach front has been the focus of commercial developments such as bars, restaurants, and budget accommodations called Yeogwan. A number of beaches on the Sea of Japan can be found just north of the built-up area, including Chilpo and Wolpo.

Homigot, a point of land jutting out into the Sea of Japan, is located to the east of urban Pohang in Daebo-myeon. Homigot is one of the easternmost points on the Korean peninsula and as such serves every year as a gathering place for thousands to greet Korea's first sunrise of the New Year. The beach is also home to the 'Hands of Harmony' sculpture.

Bogyeongsa is a major Buddhist temple nestled in a steep green valley at the foot of Mount Naeyeon (710 m) in Songna-myeon, an area in the extreme northern part of Pohang. Yeonsan Waterfall is located nearby in the same mountain valley. There are hiking trails leading from the temple up into the mountains. Bogyeongsa also has a number of mountain hermitages in the vicinity.

Oeosa is a temple located in the extreme southern part of Pohang, just inside the mountains south of the coastal plain formed by the Naengcheon River. It is located at the foot of Mt. Unjae (481 m) in a steep valley in Daesong-myeon. Signs placed in and around Oeosa claim that the temple was founded by Wonhyo, the well-travelled Silla monk.

The average price of a 7-day trip to Pohang is $753 for a solo traveler, $1,352 for a couple, and $2,535 for a family of 4. Pohang hotels range from $39 to $179 per night with an average of $56, while most vacation rentals will cost $120 to $480 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Pohang Airport (KPO) are between $226 and $226 per person for economy flights and $709 to $709 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $30 to $63 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

How cheap can you make a vacation to Pohang? The cheapest trip to Pohang is about $74 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 1% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $100 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $31.

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $226 average in mid October to a low of $226 in mid October. Median flight price is $226. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Pohang our data includes 2 originating airports, and 2 airlines. The area has less variance in price compared with other locations.

6. Jeonju

Photo: planetofhotels
Photo: planetofhotels

Jeonju is the 16th largest city in South Korea and the capital of North Jeolla Province. It is both urban and rural due to the closeness of Wanju County which almost entirely surrounds Jeonju (Wanju County has many residents who work in Jeonju). The name Jeonju literally means "Perfect Region" (from the hanja 全 (전; jeon) for perfect, 州 (주; ju) for region). It is an important tourist center famous for Korean food, historic buildings, sports activities, and innovative festivals.

In May 2012, Jeonju was chosen as a Creative Cities for Gastronomy as part of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network. This honour recognizes the city's traditional home cooking handed down over thousands of years, its active public and private food research, a system of nurturing talented chefs, and its hosting of distinctive food festivals.

Jeonju bibimbap 전주비빔밥, a traditional local food, is well known across South Korea. There are several very popular vegetarian restaurants serving Jeonju style food and pine wine.

The National Jeonju Museum exhibits ancient relics from the Baekje days.

There are extensive royal museums, temples, a castle fortress on a hillside, and a well-known paper museum, as well as an annual paper fashion show highlighting the latest styles and traditional Korean clothing made of paper.

The Jeonju Hanok Village (Hanok Maeul) is a traditional-style village in the heart of Jeonju, housing over 800 traditional "hanok" style buildings. It contains many traditional tea shops, souvenir shops, and restaurants.

Jeongdong Catholic Church was built 1908–1914 by French priest Xavier Baudonet on the site of the Korean Catholic martyrs in 1791 and 1801. This Byzantine and Romanesque church has been designated Korea National Treasure No. 288.

The Jeonju International Sori Festival was among Songlines' 25 Best International Festivals in 2014.

The Jeonju International Film Festival draws about 50,000 visitors annually.

Jeonju is the hometown of the breakdancing crew Last for One, international Battle of the Year champions.

The local mountains and parks are popular for outdoor recreation due to its rural location. There are historical sites in the area. The city has a zoo, a park, and the Hanguk Sound and Culture Hall, a large, modern concert complex on the Chonbuk National University campus.

The average price of a 7-day trip to Jeonju is $717 for a solo traveler, $1,288 for a couple, and $2,414 for a family of 4. Jeonju hotels range from $40 to $181 per night with an average of $51, while most vacation rentals will cost $140 to $320 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Kunsan AB Airport (KUV) are between $212 and $231 per person for economy flights and $665 to $725 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $28 to $62 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

How cheap can you make a vacation to Jeonju? The cheapest trip to Jeonju is about $63 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 4% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $20 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $32.

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around Jeonju can easily cost $230 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $15 per person. Private tours can cost $452 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

7. Sejong

Photo: Asia Media Centre
Photo: Asia Media Centre

Sejong, officially the Sejong Special Self-Governing City[2] (세종특별자치시; 世宗特別自治市), is a special self-governing city and de facto administrative capital of South Korea.

Sejong was founded in 2007 as the new planned capital of South Korea from many parts of the South Chungcheong province and some parts of North Chungcheong province to ease congestion in South Korea's current capital and largest city, Seoul, and encourage investment in the country's central region. Since 2012, the government of South Korea has relocated numerous ministries and agencies to Sejong, but many still reside in other cities, primarily Seoul, where the National Assembly and many important government bodies remain.

Sejong has a population of 351,007 as of 2020 and covers a geographic area of 465.23 km2 (179.63 sq mi), making it the least-populous and smallest first-level administrative division in South Korea. Sejong is located in the west-central Hoseo region, bordering South Chungcheong to the west, Daejeon Metropolitan City to the south, and North Chungcheong to the east.

The construction of the city should be completed in 2030. In the same year, all government institutions should be moved to Sejong. About 500,000 people are expected to live there in 2030.

Sejong Lake Park was completed in March 2013 and has various theme facilities in the park, including the square fountain. The size is 705,768m2 and the lake area is 322,800m2.

The National Sejong Arboretum is the first urban arboretum in Korea and the largest indoor arboretum in Korea. There are 1.72 million plants of 2834 species available. There is an admission fee of 5,000 won for adults.

Located in the country of Korea, South, Sejong is part of the Municipality of Sejong in Korea, South. people live in the city of Sejong.

Here some A brief introduction to the area and price trends: Korea, South is ranked 16th in our cost of living index, which means that this is a very expensive place to travel and live, where the standard of living is high but the costs of the trip are accordingly high.Meal prices in restaurants are considered high, sometimes a meal at street stalls will be cheaper, but still expensive.Supermarket shopping prices are high, there are a number of cheaper food chains, but still relatively expensive compared to other countries.

A ticket on local transport costs in Sejong around 1.74 USD$.

But if you plan to travel a lot in the area, you should sometimes buy a monthly ticket for public transportation, which costs in Sejong around 49.44 USD$.

If you plan to take a taxi, keep in mind that the price per mile is in Sejong around 1.3 USD$.

If you are planning to move to the city or rent a long-term apartment, here are some important numbers to know:

Electricity price

The average price of electricity for a medium-sized apartment is Sejong around 156.55 USD$.

Internet price

A home internet connection will cost you around Sejong around 25.68 USD$.

Movie cinema

A ticket to a movie at a local movie theater will cost you in Sejong around 10.65 USD$.

8. Gwangju

Photo: Kayak
Photo: Kayak

Gwangju is South Korea's sixth-largest metropolis. It is a designated metropolitan city under the direct control of the central government's Home Minister. The city was also the capital of South Jeolla Province until the provincial office moved to the southern village of Namak in Muan County in 2005 because Gwangju was promoted to a metropolitan city and was independent of South Jeolla province.

Its name is composed of the words Gwang (Korean: 광; Hanja: 光) meaning "light" and Ju (주; 州) meaning "province". Gwangju was historically recorded as Muju (무주; 武州), in which "Silla merged all of the land to establish the provinces of Gwangju, Ungju, Jeonju, Muju and various counties, plus the southern boundary of Goguryeo and the ancient territories of Silla" in the Samguk Sagi. In the heart of the agricultural Jeolla region, the city is also famous for its rich and diverse cuisine.

Gwangju has a cooler version of the humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons and rainfall year-round but particularly during the East Asian Monsoon Season in the summer months.

Winters, while still cold, are milder than in Seoul and cities further north due to the city's southwesterly position in the Korean peninsula. Summers are hot and humid with abundant precipitation, particularly in the form of thunderstorms. Gwangju is one of the warmest cities in Korea in the summer due to its geographic location.

The average price of a 7-day trip to Gwangju is $1,124 for a solo traveler, $2,019 for a couple, and $3,785 for a family of 4. Gwangju hotels range from $37 to $170 per night with an average of $53, while most vacation rentals will cost $100 to $420 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Gwangju Airport (KWJ) are between $682 and $1,021 per person for economy flights and $2,140 to $3,204 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $27 to $55 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

How cheap can you make a vacation to Gwangju? The cheapest trip to Gwangju is about $90 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 9% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $20 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $31.

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $1,021 average in mid December to a low of $682 in late November to early December. Median flight price is $368. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Gwangju our data includes 8 originating airports, and 15 airlines. The area has average variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Gwangju from an airport like John F. Kennedy International (JFK) in New York, NY (the United States) for an average $1,532 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Jeju International (CJU) in Jeju (South Korea) at an average of just $142.

9. Ulsan

Photo: Countryfactor
Photo: Countryfactor

Ulsan, officially the Ulsan Metropolitan City is South Korea's seventh-largest metropolitan city and the eighth-largest city overall, with a population of over 1.1 million inhabitants. It is located in the south-east of the country, neighboring Busan to the south and facing Gyeongju to the north.

Ulsan is the industrial powerhouse of South Korea, forming the heart of the Ulsan Industrial District. It has the world's largest automobile assembly plant, operated by the Hyundai Motor Company; the world's largest shipyard, operated by Hyundai Heavy Industries; and the world's third largest oil refinery, owned by SK Energy. In 2020, Ulsan had a GDP per capita of $65,352, the highest of any region in South Korea.

The city transport department plans to build a light-rail line. The public transportation system is as good as any other major Korean city. The bus system shows a specific ETA at most bus stops.

Ulsan Airport, constructed in 1970 and expanded in 1997, has more than 20 flights per day to and from Seoul's Gimpo International Airport and 4 flights per week to and from Jeju International Airport. In November 2010, Korea's high-speed train network, the KTX, was extended to Ulsan. This provides a high-speed link to Seoul, with a running time of just over 2 hours. The new KTX station (Ulsan Station) is in nearby Eonyang, with a series of express buses (5001-5005), as well as some city buses serving the new station. The original city station has been renamed Taehwa River Station.

The average price of a 7-day trip to Ulsan is $861 for a solo traveler, $1,546 for a couple, and $2,899 for a family of 4. Ulsan hotels range from $31 to $101 per night with an average of $48, while most vacation rentals will cost $80 to $460 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Ulsan Airport (USN) are between $123 and $714 per person for economy flights and $386 to $2,241 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $21 to $51 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

How cheap can you make a vacation to Ulsan? The cheapest trip to Ulsan is about $54 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 14% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $60 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $25.

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $714 average in late July to a low of $123 in mid to late November. Median flight price is $239. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Ulsan our data includes 6 originating airports, and 5 airlines. The area has much more variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Ulsan from an airport like Washington Dulles International (IAD) in Washington, DC (the United States) for an average $2,508 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Jeju International (CJU) in Jeju (South Korea) at an average of just $170.

10. Busan

Photo: Budget Your Travel
Photo: Budget Your Travel

Busan, officially known as Busan Metropolitan City, is South Korea's second-most populous city after Seoul, with a population of over 3.4 million inhabitants. Formerly romanized as Pusan, it is the economic, cultural and educational center of southeastern South Korea, with its port—Korea's busiest and the sixth-busiest in the world. The surrounding "Southeast Economic Zone" (including Ulsan and South Gyeongsang) is South Korea's largest industrial area.

Busan is divided into 15 major administrative districts and a single county, together housing a population of approximately 3.6 million. The full metropolitan area, the Southeastern Maritime Industrial Region, has a population of approximately 8 million. The most densely built-up areas of the city are situated in a number of narrow valleys between the Nakdong and the Suyeong Rivers, with mountains separating most of the districts. The Nakdong is Korea's longest river and Busan's Haeundae Beach is also the country's largest.

Busan is a center for international conventions, hosting APEC in 2005. It is also a center for sports tournaments in Korea, having hosted the 2002 Asian Games and FIFA World Cup. It is home to the world's largest department store, the Shinsegae Centum City. Busan was added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a "City of Film" in December 2014.

The average price of a 7-day trip to Busan is $1,253 for a solo traveler, $2,250 for a couple, and $4,219 for a family of 4. Busan hotels range from $33 to $149 per night with an average of $41, while most vacation rentals will cost $110 to $380 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Gimhae International Airport (PUS) are between $853 and $1,386 per person for economy flights and $2,677 to $4,349 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $30 to $48 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

How cheap can you make a vacation to Busan? The cheapest trip to Busan is about $99 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 2% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $21 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $27.

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $1,386 average in mid December to a low of $853 in mid to late September. Median flight price is $1,029. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Busan our data includes 135 originating airports, and 132 airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Busan from an airport like Salta (SLA) in Salta (Argentina) for an average $5,497 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Jeju International (CJU) in Jeju (South Korea) at an average of just $119.

Top 10+ Insanely Cheap Places To Travel In The UK Right Now Top 10+ Insanely Cheap Places To Travel In The UK Right Now

The United Kingdom is a beautiful destination to visit and explore. If you are on a budget and looking for cheap places to travel in ...

Top 10+ Insanely Cheap Places To Travel In Canada Right Now Top 10+ Insanely Cheap Places To Travel In Canada Right Now

Canada is one of the best tourist destinations with many dreamy places that you can ever dream of. It is not easy to find spots ...

Top 10 Cheapest Places In The World To Live Comfortably Top 10 Cheapest Places In The World To Live Comfortably

There are many affordable and cheap places that can give you a comfortable life without worrying about the money, which is listed in the article ...

Top 10 Cheapest Supermarkets in the US Right Now Top 10 Cheapest Supermarkets in the US Right Now

What do you think are the cheapest supermarkets in the US? Here are our 10 cheapest grocery stores with lower prices to save money.