Is Seoul Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Seoul is generally safe for solo female travelers. The crime rate is relatively low and the locals are highly respectful. The city is also very clean and public transportation is reliable. It's common to see women walking alone late at night. However, like anywhere, it's always important to stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

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How safe is Seoul?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Seoul, exhibits a high level of safety at night. The city is well-lit and the morning hours are lively with people, so even late into the night the roads aren't completely deserted. Public transports like buses, taxis, and subways are available at night. Still, like any other city, it's always recommended to stick to main roads, avoid dimly lit or deserted alleys. It's also wise to stay mindful of your belongings and your surroundings.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Very safe

Public transportation in Seoul is excellent and remarkably safe. The city offers an extensive subway system, bus routes, and taxis. The subway system is very efficient, clean and the signs are available in multiple languages, including English. Buses are accessible and taxis are affordable. It's common to see women using these systems at all hours of the day or night. All vehicles are equipped with security cameras and emergency call buttons. Remember to keep your belongings close to you and be aware of your surroundings as you would in any other big city.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Seoul is generally a safe city for solo female travelers. Street harassment is quite low compared to many other major cities across the globe. The locals are usually polite and respectful, and instances of open hostility or unwanted attention are uncommon. Despite this, it's always advisable to stay alert and follow common safety precautions, particularly during late hours.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Seoul is considered quite safe with regard to petty crimes. Although pickpocketing and bag-snatching can occasionally occur in crowded areas such as markets or public transportation, these instances are relatively rare. As in any large city, maintaining awareness of your surroundings and keeping personal belongings secure can further minimize such risks. The local police are generally responsive and many officers speak English. Security cameras, or CCTV, are also staples throughout the city, contributing to a lower crime rate.
Tap water:

Tap water:Safe

Tap water in Seoul is generally considered safe to drink. The city treats its water with advanced purification processes, and it frequently tests for contaminants to ensure safety. However, locals and tourists often prefer to drink bottled water or use water filters, mainly due to the tap water's taste. While it is quite safe to drink, some may find the taste not to their liking because of the chlorine used in the treatment process.

Is Seoul safe to travel?

4.5 /5

Based on 22 experiences

Vicki

Vicki (32)

United Kingdom

Family travel experience

Our trip to Seoul, South Korea was enjoyable. We made it just in time for the cherry blossoms. There is a variety of activities to do from a range of budgets. The cultural facilities such as museums, palaces, and temples were either free or exceptionally affordable. The hanbok rentals were fairly priced and allows you to get into the palace free of charge when one is worn. Please note renting a hanbok is more than getting paying to enter the palace. Overall we did feel safe. We visited various areas of Seoul and even did a nature hike up one of the mountains. Gyeongbokgung Palace was a lovely visit and Myeongdong market was extremely busy but fun. The gangnam area in the evenings has adult entertainment fliers spread across the floor so you will see inappropriate fliers whilst walking. Unfortunately, for my experience being plus size (Trousers: US size 9/UK size 12) was not the greatest. I had an underground shop employee in Gangnam be extremely rude to me and didn't let me try on clothing (a cardigan). I left holding back tears and cried in the hotel room while my husband comforted me. I have never been treated so terribly. I also had multiple locals remark on my weight and how I would look better if I lost some weight. Unfortunately this is a cultural thing and it was not my first trip to Korea but was my 1st trip at my current size.

Posted: June 25, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
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Solo travel experience

Safe, clean and cheap. Every meal can be under 10usd each person. But some traditional cuisine serves only large size, single person cannot order it. Activities are interesting. There are several exhibitions in the city and some ancient buildings. People can rent traditional dress nearby. U can also reserve a K-pop makeup service and experience a new, beautiful, gorgeous face of yourself 😍. Taking a ride to countryside for 2hour, you can enjoy snowfall or skiing.

Posted: June 14, 2024
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If I were to visit South Korea again, it definitely wouldn’t be Seoul but instead probably Jeju or a beach city like Busan. Seoul is cool for a day, but anything more than that is redundant. It’s a mountain town, so the views are very cool. The food is amazing. I felt very safe walking around at night in the center of the city. However, unless you’re big into Korean pop culture like k-pop and k-dramas, you should make Seoul only a stop on your South Korea itinerary. Amazing café’s though! Super Instagramable. :p

Posted: June 10, 2024
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Hasnaa

Hasnaa

Morocco

Family travel experience

My experience was nice but I felt like I missed a lot of things as I couldn’t enjoy to the fullest being with my family (night life) But I was also glad because I was young and dumb. I sometimes went by myself to meet “friends” but you should not trust Korean men you met online easily. Some where clingy to the point it was creepy and wanted me to go to some places with them, some also tried to make me drunk on purpose even though I didn’t want to, which was very suspicious. Korea was safe overall, they have CCTV almost everywhere but always be careful.

Posted: April 9, 2024
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Marie

Marie (39)

United States

Solo travel experience

A bustling, hyper-modern metropolis, with endless neighborhoods to explore. I felt safe in all environs, including walking alone late at night (on well-lit streets, mind you) and inside bars and clubs. Women would leave their purses and drinks unattended. That's how safe it was. There were tons of things to see and do. The food was cheap and ridiculously delicious. Even though my research said to expect the people to remain aloof and unfriendly, that was not my experience. Everyone was lovely. I would go back in a heartbeat.

Posted: March 21, 2024Experienced: October, 2023
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I feel safe because there are CCTV cameras everywhere in the country. I also enjoyed delicious food in the restaurants, and the staff were very attentive. I never encountered any unpleasant individuals during my stay in Korea. I had a great time exploring the country, discovering beautiful places, and I continue to do so. I stayed in Itaewon, where there are slightly more foreigners. If you visit Korea, I recommend exploring areas other than Itaewon. Apart from that, everything is very pleasant.

Posted: March 17, 2024
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Angelica

Angelica

United States

Solo travel experience

This was my second time visiting Seoul, so I was a bit more familiar and knew it would be really safe for a solo female traveler. I love how I was just able to go to coffee shops and leave my bag at a table when I needed to use the bathroom or something, knowing no one would touch it. Everyone is kind.

Posted: March 1, 2024
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Daniele

Daniele (39)

Brazil

Solo travel experience

Traveling solo in Seoul is easy and safe. English is enough to communicate easily. Google maps doesn’t work well, but you can use Naver, it works perfectly! Food is amazing! But if you are not into Korean (something I’m sorry for) you will find international food everywhere!

Posted: February 12, 2024Experienced: December, 2023
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I went to South Korea alone and stayed in Myeong-dong during that time. Honestly, I felt really safe the whole time I was there alone. The language barrier can be difficult, so I definitely recommend downloading Google Translate.

Posted: February 6, 2024
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Caro

Caro

Germany

Solo travel experience

I lived in Seoul for one year and all I can say is if you have a but money and can speak the language a little bit you will have the best time in South Korea. I fehlt safe walking around at night, your belonings will not get stolen neither in a club not in a café even if your laptop is on the table unsupervised. It is wise to keep an eye on your drink when you party but in general i felt happy and safe. The korean food is so versatile and is a must try! Especiallx solo travel to parks or museum fehlt really good! For me Seoul is a must visit

Posted: November 26, 2023
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Is Seoul safe for women?

Safety rating

3.6 /5

Based on 3 experiences

Crime rates rating

1 /5

Based on 3 experiences

Attacks and assault in public do not happen as often as they do in other places, but when they do the law always favors the man’s side and you cannot protect yourself so in that sense it is unsafe, a lot of men here think they are entitled to your attention and will be very pushy because they think foreign women are “easy”.

Posted: July 4, 2024
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Seoul is a safe city, even at night. The public transport feels safe and I never worry about walking or being alone. The people are very friendly and can be helpful and if there is danger, the police are known to be quick to come. There are many surveillance cameras for safety, and most people are highly aware of that. No pick pocketing or weapon danger. It is a very safe city.

Posted: June 15, 2024
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Is Seoul safe right now?

Before your visit to Seoul, it's essential to check travel advisories for South Korea, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The United States government advises exercising normal precautions in South Korea. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 24, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

Sure, I'll redact and fix the text formatting for you: --- **The Canadian Government advises:** **Take normal security precautions in South Korea.** --- I hope this meets your needs! Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 11, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian government advises exercising normal safety precautions in South Korea. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 9, 2024

Is Seoul worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 22 experiences

Catarina

Catarina

Portugal

Couple travel experience

I love love love love Seoul :) Is the reason I am creating this account because I want to come back, and unfortunately, none of my friends would join me :( As you see from my pictures, my favourite thing about it is FOOD and drinking ;). But I fell in love with everything; I felt like a local there because there are no “ tourists “ kind of scams, and it is not a touristic city. But I loved it, I felt like I was living there, visiting every corner of the city, restaurants, nightlife, shops, museums, and art galleries. And the vibe is extremely unique; I have been to more than 25 countries and this is my favorite by far :)

Posted: April 4, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

People are extremely friendly, public transportation is very good, and there are many things to do. I stayed in the Jongno district, very conveniently located in the city center. I took part in two culinary tours and a hike. I highly recommend this if you want to meet new people. A few things you need to know: - Your credit card may not work everywhere. It is always a good idea to have some cash on you. - Many people do not speak much English, or are too shy to try. - You need a Tmoney card for public transportation, but you can buy it at the airport or at most grocery stores. - Google Maps does not really work here, use local Naver maps instead.

Posted: February 4, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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