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12 hours in Seoul

12 hours in Seoul

Old Jun 11, 22, 8:18 pm
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12 hours in Seoul

Any suggestions on what to do in Seoul when you arrive at 5:00 AM and depart at 6:45 PM ?
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Old Jun 18, 22, 7:34 am
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First time there?
Interested in: food? sightseeing? shopping? casinos?
Lots of things to do - depends on whether you want a guide/escort, comfortable using the subways, etc. etc. etc.
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Old Jun 18, 22, 9:58 pm
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Nothing is open that early. Yes, people go to work, but Korea is not a busy country until literally 11 AM. That's when malls, most shops, etc. open.

So if you land at 5, enter Korea, get to Seoul around 8 AM. The most you can do is go to a cafe before tourist sites/museums open. Plan to spend your day in the Euljiro/Gyeongbokgung/Samcheon-dong area. Gwangjang Market, Namdaemun Market, Seoul Tower, etc. The main tourist area but also the original downtown.

If your flight is at 6:45, you need to be at the airport at 4:45, which means you need to leave Seoul around 3-3:30 depending on how you will go to the airport and which terminal.
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Old Jul 3, 22, 10:22 pm
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Immigration/Covid entry approval?

I'd like to do the same but wonder how to fulfill K-ETA and special quarantine report requirements for a Korean address, zip code and local phone number. Aren't both these needed when leaving the airport?

When I tried 'test' filling them online, I could not bypass the Korea address requirement. The systems are also quirky - I couldn't paste a Seoul hostel's address in a test application.

It also looks like transit tours have been cancelled due to Covid.
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Old Jul 5, 22, 12:50 am
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K-ETA website glitches

Several Korea-bound travelers have also had problems with the K-ETA visa website. Doesn't bode well for foreign visitors.

I will check later with OZ help line for their advice.
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Old Jul 5, 22, 4:41 pm
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Will try transit visit w/approved for

I got my K-ETA visa approved using a Seoul hostel address. Will try the same for the Q-Code health record 72 hours before arrival in late August.
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