[singlepic=257,250,250,right]I’ve been busy since our TESOL class started last Friday. We have tons (not really) of reading assignments and homeworks to do. I couldn’t get in front of the computer and my right hand is itching to touch the mouse. Anyway, I got an email from someone asking for tips for a month’s stay in Seoul. I hope he doesn’t mind that I’ll just answer (briefly) through this blog, just in case there are others who might be in the same boat.
Hello..I am (name) from (somewhere in the Philippines) and I plan to make a month stay in Seoul. May I request for travel tips/advise(cellphone,phonecards to use, TFC connection,etc) prior to my arrival and stay in Korea? What’s the possibility for me to meet Filipinos, learn basic Korean language and culture and know must visit tourist places. I thank you in advance,God Bless and hear from you soon !
Cellphone. You can rent a phone at the Incheon Airport. Here’s the link for rental fees. I just think it’s quite expensive at 2,000 won a day (US$2.00) and it might be economical to ask someone you know in Korea to buy you a second-hand prepaid unit if you’re staying for a month.
Phonecards. You can get phonecards from convenience stores (like 7 Eleven, Family Mart, GS 25.) There are two kinds of phonecards available in Korea: international and local. IMO, it’s cheaper to use phonecards when calling internationally.
TFC connection. There are no Filipino channels on Korean cable. Your best bet is ABS-CBN Now.
Meeting Filipinos. Just go to Hyewha-dong on a Sunday. However, be very careful about the people you meet. One Filipina I met who was here for three months had a not-so-pleasant experience with another Filipina she met in Hyewha-dong. She left Korea fuming mad not at Koreans but at that Pinay.
Learn basic Korean language and culture. Try Korea Sparkling! but of course, it’s a government-owned site and it may like you’ll only find the good things about Korea on that site. If you really want to learn about Korea, be open-minded about going out with other Koreans. They may only seem unwelcoming at first, but you’ll be surprised at how hospitable they are.
Must visit tourist places. The palaces: Changdok-gung, Gyeongbok-gung, Changgyeong-gung. If you can only visit one, then Changdok-gung is a must. Don’t go there on a Thursday when it’s most expensive. National Museum on line 4, Ichon station; N Seoul Tower; Nami Island; DMZ tour: Imjingang – cheap and easy; Seodaemun prison; more later 😉
You might want to check the Seoul subway map and Seoul bus routes in advanced. It’s more economical to get a U-pass or a T-card to use for transportation in Seoul.
If you’ve been to Seoul, please feel free to add anything I might’ve forgotten. I’ll update this as soon as I get the (free) time.