Filipino Budget Trip to Korea

I’ve been asked many times, “How much should be the budget in trip to Korea?” Since I live here, I don’t spend money for flight tickets and accommodations. I only spend money for food, transportation, and entrance fees. Good thing, I have a lot of friends who visited Korea. Here are the breakdown of their expenses in their trip to Korea:

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Aicy spent 12,020 pesos in 3 days.

  • Airfare = 4,600 pesos
    • travel tax = 1,620 pesos
  • Accommodation = 800 pesos (she stayed in my place)
  • Transportation = 1,500 pesos
  • Food = 1,500 pesos
  • Entrance fees = 1,500 pesos
  • Souvenirs/Pasalubong = 500 pesos
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Camille spent 20,000 pesos in 7 days.

  • Airfare = 6,700 pesos
    • travel tax = 1,620 pesos
  • Accommodation = 2,400 pesos (she stayed in a dormitory type room)
  • Transportation = 600 pesos
  • Food = 4,380 pesos
  • Entrance fees = 1,000 pesos (she used a lot of coupons for entrance fees)
    • DMZ Tour = 1,300 pesos
  • Souvenirs/Pasalubong = 2,000 pesos

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Joice spent 22,000 pesos in 9 days.

  • Airfare = 11,000 pesos (50 kg baggage)
  • Accommodation = free(she stayed in a friend’s house)
  • Transportation & Entrance fees = 5,000 pesos
  • Food = 3,000 pesos
  • Souvenirs/Pasalubong = 3,000 pesos
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Een spent 23,000 pesos in 2 weeks.

  • Airfare = 7,000 pesos
  • Accommodation = free (she stayed in a friend’s house)
  • Transportation = 4,000 pesos
  • Food = 3,000 pesos (she had free breakfast and dinner)
  • Souvenirs/Pasalubong = 9,000 pesos

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Christine spent 24,380 pesos in 4 days.

  • Airfare = 9,000 pesos
    • travel tax = 1,620 pesos
  • Accommodation = 3,500 pesos
  • Transportation = 1,700 pesos
  • Food = 2,100 pesos
  • Entrance fees = 2,520 pesos
  • Souvenirs/Pasalubong = 3,940 pesos
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Regine spent 25,870 pesos in 6 days.

  • Airfare = 9,500 pesos
    • travel tax = 1,620 pesos
  • Accommodation = 3,550 pesos
  • Transportation = 2,200 pesos
  • Food = 2,000 pesos
  • Entrance fees = 2,000 pesos
  • Souvenirs/Pasalubong = 2,000 pesos
  • Winter clothes = 3,000 pesos

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Nadine spent 28,300 pesos in 7 days.

  • Airfare = 19,000 pesos (40 kg baggage)
  • Accommodation = free (she stayed with her relatives)
  • Transportation = 2,000 pesos (she often takes taxi)
  • Food = 2,000 pesos (she had free breakfast & dinner)
  • Entrance fees = 1,000 pesos
  • Souvenirs/Pasalubong = 4,300 pesos

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Nina spent 51,470 pesos in 6 days.

  • Airfare = 10,100 pesos
    • travel tax = 1,620 pesos
  • Accommodation = 7,200 pesos
  • Transportation = 1,800 pesos
  • Food = 2,000 pesos
  • Entrance fees = 1,900 pesos
    • Surround Viewing for EXO-LS = 1,750 pesos
  • KPOP Merch/Pasalubong = 9,100 pesos
  • She didn’t catch her flight so she spent 16,000 pesos to buy another ticket.

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En-en spent 61,750 pesos in 12 days.

  • Airfare
    • Dumaguete to Kalibo = 1,500 pesos
    • Kalibo to Incheon =3,000 pesos
    • Incheon to Manila = 3,800 pesos
    • Manila to Dumaguete = 1,100 pesos
    • travel tax = 1,620 pesos
    • terminal fee = 750
  • Accommodation = 9,900 pesos
  • Transportation = 4,300 pesos
  • Food =14,000 pesos
  • Entrance fees = 3,580 pesos
  • Souvenirs/Pasalubong = 18,200 pesos

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Kim went to Korea four times!

In Spring 2014, Kim spent 27,000 pesos in 8 days.

  • Airfare = 7,000 pesos
  • Accommodation = 9,000 pesos
  • Transportation & Entrance Fees = 4,000 pesos
  • Food = 3,000 pesos (free breakfast at the hotel)
  • Souvenirs/Pasalubong = 4,000 pesos

In Winter 2016, Kim spent 14,000 pesos in 8 days.

  • Airfare = 7,000 pesos
  • Accommodation & Food= free (he stayed with relatives)
  • Transportation & Entrance Fees = 4,000 pesos
  • Souvenirs/Pasalubong = 3,000 pesos

In Summer 2016, Kim spent 9,000 pesos in 5 days.

  • Airfare = 6,000 pesos
  • Accommodation & Food= free (he stayed with relatives)
  • Transportation & Entrance Fees = 1,000 pesos
  • Souvenirs/Pasalubong = 2,000 pesos

In Autumn 2016, Kim spent 14,000 pesos in 15 days.

  • Airfare = 6,000 pesos
  • Accommodation & Food= free (he stayed with relatives)
  • Transportation & Entrance Fees = 5,000 pesos
  • Souvenirs/Pasalubong = 3,000 pesos

*UPDATE*

My mom, sister and I spent 12 days in Korea for only 60,000 pesos. Check out our detailed itinerary here: 12 Best Days in Korea.

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87 thoughts on “Filipino Budget Trip to Korea

  1. I have read your Filipino blog Budget Trip to Korea. I am very interested in reading your experience while in the Philippines. Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge here.

  2. I know Filipino loves travelling. I would recommend to visit Everland when travelling to Korea. Such a nice place, get your camera ready!

  3. Articles about travel from the Philippines into Korea is very useful, for Filipinos who will visit Korea this is great information and tips, thank you

  4. Hi, my boyfriend and i are going to celebrate our 8th anniv in Korea, its our first time there and we wanted it to be hassle free trip. since tourist guides are soooo much expensive, we are planning our DIY trip, right now we are about to book hotels, wed like to book at least 2 budget hotels in our 7 days trip. Can you suggest a great accessible place? and can you also suggest places to visit during that 7 days? thank you. pls email me.. estradamichelle.fa@gmail.com

  5. Hi. Can I ask po for a cheap airfare or coupon po. Any suggestion po or if you can send me th PDF din po if okay lang po? My best friend and I are planning po to go there probably next year po. Thank you po!!!

  6. Annyeonghasaeyo!:) I am planning to have my solo trip at end of May this coming year. And I am not considering tour packages coz I think time will be limited and more expensive. I’ve never been in Korea and know no one there. Is it easy to wander Korea for a first-timer? or shall I get a tour package instead. Can I hear your advice? Thanks!

    1. Hi Karla, we are going to Korea this November 20-26 just like to seek your advice as to what clothes should we bring? Thanks a lot.

    2. Hello po.
      Ask ko lang po, pupunta po kami ng family ko on Jan 24. Sobrang lamig po ba nun to the point na hindi na kami makakatour? And ok n po kaya 3 layers na damit? Pati po, hassle po ba magcommute pag winter? Hope you can reply to me po. Thank you!

  7. Hello po, pupunta po kami South Korea ng family ko on Oct. 5 – Oct 12, 2017.. Ask ko lang po ano advice niyo sa clothing na need namin dalin? Like sobrang lamig na po ba nun or hindi pa naman. Thank you po!!

    1. Hi Karla just wanted to ask where is the best place to propose in korea on Oct 27-Oct31. My girlfriend and I will go to korea on the said dates.

      1. Hi Ms. Karla ???? Will be on Korea this coming November 29-December 4. Winter na po ba nun and sobrang lamig po ba? Thanks!

  8. Hello Karla,

    We will be going to seoul on the 28th of september to 5th of Ocyober
    What clothing should we bring?
    Can we see the Autumn leaves already?
    Are stores or tourist attractions closed on Chuseok?

    thankyou!

    1. I hope the leaves start changing that soon. It’s not so cold that time, probably Tagaytay weather. You may still go out wearing normal shirt or you may use a cardigan.
      Some stores are closed but cultural attractions are open.

  9. Hi Ate Karla, Ill be in Korea po kasi ng October last week to November 1.. What kind of clothing po kaya ang dapat ko isuot? Thanks

  10. Hello,
    We’ll be traveling to Korea on the 1St week of September until the 21St of September. What type of clothing do you recommend we bring? ???? thanks!!

  11. Hello! Saan po sila nakakahanap ng murang airfare? I occasionally search up on different airline websites pero yung pinakamurang nakikita ko is ~13k for roundtrip 🙁 (including taxes and all)

  12. Hi Karla! I would like to ask if anong clothing pag October sa Korea. We will be traveling sa Seoul on 11 October to 15 October. And where to find magandang tour package or where to buy tickets for DMZ, Nami Island and Everland. thanks! 🙂

  13. Hi Karla! Just like to ask if okay lang ba madami ka dala pasalubong like cosmetics from SK? I mean were the customs have a strict policy on this? I plan to go to SK this October. Thanks!

  14. Ms Karla nagbabalak po kame nang bf ko mag Korea by January. Although winter ang weather maganda din po ba mamamasyal kahit winter? . And saan ung budget friendly na accommodation???.. hindj ba mahirap kumaha nang tourist visa normally magkano aabutin if 5days vacation. Thanks

  15. Hi po.. Saan po ba makakakita ng murang airfare papuntang korea? I’m planning to go there mga April by next year po kasi eh.. Patulong nmn po ????

  16. Hi Karla! My boyfriend and I will be traveling to Korea next month and I want to know more about the gapyeong bus tour. Im afraid we might get lost.

    1. Hi Karla, stumbled upon your blog and was amazed at how you were able to do comparisons in terms of how much your friends spent. We’ll be travelling on April 2017. 🙂

  17. Hi @travelwithkarla! My friend and I will be traveling to Korea this June and we want to visit Nami Island in the morning and go to the palaces in the afternoon. We planned to start the travel from Junso to Nami at 4am so that we can go back to Seoul and visit the palaces. But, we found out that there’s no subway or bus that can take us there at that time. Or is there? Our itinerary is kind of hectic that’s why we want to push through this plan. But we’ve got no idea what to do. Any advice for us? TIA. ????????????

  18. Hi Karla, will be travelling with the whole family in October. Hope you can share with me the coupons as we are a family of 7 and expenses can be quite overwhelming. ???? Do you recommend that we go to Jeju in the middle of our trip or at the end/start of the trip? Lookinng forward ro hear your insightful suggestions. Thanks Karla! ??

  19. Hi Karla, we are planning to visit korea on oct 28 (saturday)-november 1 (wednesday) 2017 we don’t* have air tickets yet, any suggestion on where to find cheap airfare? also, may I know how to get coupons for discounts? ???? Thank you for the reply and for sharing your thoughts/experiences. More power!

  20. Hi Karla, we are planning to visit korea on oct 28 (saturday)-november 1 (wednesday) 2017 we doesn’t have any air tickets yet, any suggestion on where to find cheap airfare? also may I know how to get coupons for discounts? 🙂 Thank you for the reply and for sharing your thoughts/experiences. More power!

  21. where do we get coupons for the entrance fees? will b der 1st week of april. any fashion advice as well on what to wear during that time? thanks!

      1. Hi karla! Really like your blogs as theyre very informative and helps me plan for my April trip in Korea. Would appreciate if you can also share with me coupons so we can have discounts at the usual tourists spots. Thanks so much!! -Rie

  22. Me and My friend are planning to go on May… What Hostel can u advice for us, were looking for a cheap but comfortable place to stay.. thank u.

  23. Hi Karla, I’m planning to visit Korea in October for about a week. I’m flying from California. I would love to see the places where Kdrama have been shot. I enjoy reading your Bless g thus far.

  24. Spring 2016 I spent more than 60,000 Php… depende sa traveller yan. Meron kasing traveler na more on sight seeing lang, meron din na shopping talaga ang pinunta.. on our case, we hoarded cosmetics ???? We stayed in Dongdaemun and visited Myeongdong, Gangnam, Everland, Petite Frace, Nami island, garden of morning calm and N Seoul tower

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