Discover Seoul Pass: All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary (24 to 72 hours)

By Kach Umandap - Howe February 11th, 2020 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Travel Blog One Comment

When you’re off to Korea, Seoul is the most popular destination in the country. Not only is it the capital but it is the merge of old, traditional Korea, and the new, hip, young, and blooming Korea. One of the essentials is the Discover Seoul Pass.

A Discover Seoul Pass lets you enter many attractions for Free! They also have discounts on amazing shows, duty-free stores, and classes when you are in South Korea. There are two kinds: the card pass and the mobile pass. You can use the card as also T-Money, for transportation or buying things, it also doesn’t expire. The following are the costs:

Discover Seoul Pass All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary

You can buy it through KLOOK and claim it at the airport or some offices. You might think this is so expensive, but this will be worth it. Why? How? Continue reading below.

Discover Seoul Pass Free attractions

Yes, FREE! With your Discover Seoul Pass, you can enter those listed below or have services without additional cost if you present your card or mobile pass!

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The tables are arranged per area, so you would know which are close to each other as to not waste time in traveling. There are also the regular prices that you have to pay if you don’t have the Discover Seoul Pass. Trust me, you’ll save a lot!

All over Seoul

These are the attractions that are mostly modes of transportation and services that are beneficial on your trip. If you use the Seoul Bike and AREX ticket, the pass won’t be activated yet.

Discover Seoul Pass All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary

The following are also benefits from the Discover Seoul Pass:

  • Seoul Easy Travel Care – free membership; with baggage storage and discounts
  • SK Telecom Data U-Sim – free 1-day sim from SK Telecom with data, this must be redeemed before your pass expires, but it doesn’t start when you get it
  • Traveler’s Insurance for Foreigners – free travel insurance during coverage of the pass

Jongno-gu

The Jongno district consists mostly of the historic and traditional vibe of Seoul. Mostly there are palaces and museums. If you do everything, it would cost you about 55,000-57,000 won since wearing a Hanbok is free on the Palaces/Shrine.  If you are off to another adventure, Seodamun-gu is on the east, Jung-gu is on the southwest while Yongsan-gu is on the south.

Discover Seoul Pass All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary

Jung-gu

Jung district is located near Jongno-gu and has Korean Traditional spots like a palace and a village. Its back is also the Namsam Mountain, so it’s near Yongsan-gu.

Discover Seoul Pass All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary

Yongsan-gu

Yongsan District is located north of the hand river and is home to the popular Seoul Tower. There are also many museums in the area.

Discover Seoul Pass All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary

Seodaemun-gu

Discover Seoul Pass All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary
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Seodaemun district is home to several historic monuments like the Prison History Hall and Independence Gate. It is also home to prestigious Universities and schools, one of which is Ewha Womans University. Jongno-gu is at its east, Jung-gu is southeast, and Mapo is on the southwest.

Discover Seoul Pass All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary

Mapo-gu

Mapo district is on the north of the Han river and next to Gyeonggi Province. It is also where Hongdae is, a great neighborhood near universities and many young generation crowds.

Discover Seoul Pass All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary

Yeongdeungpo-gu

Discover Seoul Pass All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary

Yeongdeungpo District is also on the south of Han River and opposite of Mapo-district. It is an office, residential, and commercial area. You can also enjoy a cruise on the Han River, however, there are three options to choose from.

Discover Seoul Pass All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary

Gangnam-gu

Discover Seoul Pass All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary
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You might be familiar with the song “Gangnam Style”, it’s the place that inspired this. It’s is south of the Han River that’s very trendy and the Beverly Hills of South Korea. It’s also home to many companies be it manufacturing or entertainment.

Discover Seoul Pass All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary

Songpa-gu

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Songpa-district is located on the south of the Han River and west of the Gangnam District. It is where Lotte’s headquarter is.

Discover Seoul Pass All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary

Gyeonggi-do

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Gyeonggi Province is the one that’s east of Seoul, you can still use your Discover Seoul Pass here for the following attractions:

Discover Seoul Pass All the Benefits and Sample Itinerary

Discover Seoul Pass Discounts

You don’t only get free entrance to attractions, but also can get discounts from shows, classes, other experiences, duty-free shopping, tours, and many more. Here is the list as of writing:

Experiences

  • Dynamic Maze
  • Eulijiro Alley Experience
  • Hangang River Water Leisure Sports
  • Hello Kitty Island in N Seoul Tower
  • Language Exchange
  • Lotte World Tower
  • National Gugak Center
  • Ohui and Whoo Spa Nonhyun
  • Personal Color Analysis
  • PooPoo Land
  • Seoul Land Theme Park
  • Traditional Korean Tea Ceremony Experience

Shows

  • Fanta-Stick Musical
  • Fireman
  • Jeongdong Theater
  • JUMP
  • Kung Dreamer
  • Musical CHEF
  • Nanta
  • Pang
  • Sun and Moon
  • The Painters: HERO

Shopping

  • Dongwha Duty Free
  • Doota Duty Free
  • Hyundai Duty Free
  • Lotte Duty Free
  • Shilla Duty Free
  • Shilla I’Park Duty Free
  • Shinsegae Duty Free
  • SM Duty Free

Classes

  • Buchae and Janggu Dance Class
  • Chimaek Candle Making
  • Colorful Makgeolli
  • DIY Inlaid Lacquerware Art
  • Drawing Traditional Korean Caricature
  • Hangeul Class
  • I love Hansik (Korean Cooking class)
  • Ink-wash Painting Outdoors
  • Inlaid Lacquerware Art (Create your own art)
  • Kang’s Global Taekwondo
  • King Studio (Produce Kpop Music)
  • Korean Acrylic Painting
  • Korean Dessert
  • K-Pop Experience (Create Music)
  • K-Pop X Korean Drums
  • Kum Bak Yeon (Gold Leaf Imprinting Workshop and Studio)
  • Make Hangeul Necklace
  • Make Rice Cake with Red Bean Paste
  • Making Animal Pom-pom
  • Perfume Making
  • Real K-pop Dance (Group Class)
  • Red Ginseng Beauty Experience
  • Taekkyeon Experience (Korean Martial Arts)
  • Tea Party / Bake a Cake

Tours and other services

  • Chung-Ang University Hospital
  • EG Shuttle Bus (Tour Gyeonggi)
  • Gangnam Arumdaun Nara (Dermatology)
  • SAFEX (Baggage Storage / Delivery)
  • Season’s Table (Restaurant)
  • Usim Store
  • WeRide Seoul Bike Tour
  • WiFi Dosirak Pocket Wi-Fi Rental
  • Yacht and Boat Tour
  • Yangjae Flower Market Tour

How to make the most out of your Discover Seoul Pass

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Remember, if you have the Discover Seoul Pass it can save you buying a T-Money card worth KRW 4,000. So you’ll have to choose options that will make it worth it. Here’s a sample itinerary on how you can make your purchase of a Discover Seoul Pass worth-it.

3-Day Sample Itinerary A

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You can save as much as KRW 132,400 (PhP 5,870 / 112 USD) with this itinerary. This doesn’t consider the benefit of the Sim and travel insurance, too! Even if you go to Lotte-World for a day with a discount pass, you would really save a lot of money. Not also considering the discounts you’ll get from shopping. You could easily see that that the Discover Seoul Pass is extremely worth-it.

3-Day Sample Itinerary B

However, you can also experiment on what you like and check if it’s worth it using a calculator. Here is another itinerary if you base it with the most expensive experiences and are near each other:

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But one reminder I want to tell you isn’t to go as many as you can to save, but choose wisely and spend time learning and appreciating the culture. If it’s too many, you might go from ATTRACTION A to ATTRACTION B, and only spend 15 minutes each because you want to go everywhere. You wouldn’t see the beauty if you’re in a hurry!

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So the best tip I’ll give to you is a PLAN! Have a Plan A or B or be flexible to changes. Choose which places you will love and enjoy. There’s no harm in researching beforehand those places to make sure your trip is worth it. The cost savings are also very beneficial; $100 or PHP 5,000 will be more food, a new outfit or souvenirs for your loved ones!

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I hope you find this Discover Seoul Pass Guide very helpful! Please do share what you thing or your experiences! Happy Travels!

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  1. Very informative. i will be using your itinerary for our upcoming trip to SEOUL next week. just want to ask you..how did you use the Seoul City Tour Bus that comes with your DSP? what is the time interval for each stop?
    Thanks.

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Written by Kach Umandap - Howe

Co-Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 143 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she got married then a year later bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.

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