This post would be more helpful if you are Malaysian because I am, but most things are for literally anyone so yeah. Hope it will ease your trip planning.
First thing first, for Malaysian, you don’t have to apply for visa if you are only planning to stay for less than 90 days. If you want to have a vacation, I think 4-5 days are enough. So here is my airbnb referral link to enjoy RM130 off for your first booking with AirBnB.
Cash and card.
Cash is necessary for us to top up T-money (transportation card) since they don’t accept card and also for us to enjoy street food haha #priority
Which card to use? I would love to recommend you the best of the best, Big Pay. It’s a card by Air Asia so if you have Big account you can sync them together. For every RM10 you will get 1 big point.
You can withdraw money using this card too. The card will charge you RM10 and the global atm will charge you another RM10. Another great thing is, you can purchase bus tickets in Korea using this card (we have tried using CIMB, it doesn’t work) and online shopping.
This card comes with an app that will show you your receipt and statistics of your spending.
If you lost it, you can immediately freeze the card. Seriously, this card is the best haha No extra charge when you use it at the store. So, here is my code MJAWZZYF46 for you to apply during Big Pay registration and you will get RM10!
Apps needed for planning
Naver map and Kakao map. These apps are important for you to plan your itinerary for the day. It will show you the ETA for different options and if you chose the public transport option, they will give you choices of route and transportation (train, bus, taxi) including how many changes (Bus 1 to Bus 2 / Line 2 to Line 5) needed with their ETA. Using the ETA features you can group few spots that you are going to go, to save time because some places could be an hour away. So, plan well and plan ahead.
Subway app. In this app, there will be the whole subway line map. The intersection, the stop and every lines are colored differently. This app will help you determine the line and the time of the last/first train. If you are in Seoul, this app could be very helpful too. In addition to Naver map and Kakao map.
Kakao taxi, this app is very similar to grab or uber but it syncs to your kakao id (So local sim card is unnecessary). This app is very easy to use for those who don’t fancy public transportation. Yes, you can always stop them (taxis) by the road (just like in the drama) but with this app you can see the approximate price of your journey. This is kinda a great way to avoid getting scammed.
I don’t know if your AirBnb or hotel provide this but if you are from Malaysia, you will need a universal adapter because their plug/socket is different from us.
Shopping bag is also a great stuff to pack to Korea, if your plan is to go shop till you drop.
If you are going during winter, buy your scarf and gloves (Check if you can use your phone or not with it. Haha The gloves that can, will be very useful) in Malaysia, it will be cheaper that way. Except for heat pack. You can get at any Daiso branch in Korea.
Extra planning tip
Always check the operating hours of places you want to go. Along with the weather. 😊
So hope you will enjoy your trip to South Korea and I also hope that I did help you in planning your trip somehow haha.