Solo Female Travel in South Korea

South Korea, an enchanting East Asian country located on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, is a wonder-filled travel destination known for its fascinating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge technology. This dynamic country is famous for its sprawling mega-city, Seoul, a bustling metropolis blending skyscrapers, high-tech subways, poignant royal palaces, serene Buddhist temples, vibrant night markets, and the iconic N Seoul Tower. Outside the urban landscapes, South Korea unfolds in a canvas of serene countryside dotted with cherry trees, tranquil rice fields, traditional thatch-roofed houses, and remote Buddhist monasteries, as well as subtropical islands and hiker-friendly mountains. Integral elements of South Korea's appeal include its rich history, the enticing Korean cuisine featuring famed dishes like kimchi and bibimbap, and the global cultural phenomenon known as the Korean Wave, which encompasses K-pop music, K-drama, and cinema.

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Safety:Very safe

South Korea is remarkably safe for solo female travelers. With low crime rates and a society that is generally respectful, most women feel comfortable when navigating through both urban and rural areas. However, like in any foreign country, it's important to take precautions such as keeping personal belongings close and avoid dark alleys at night. Be respectful of cultural customs and the South Koreans will surely mirror that respect back. In case of emergencies, the locals and police service can be very helpful.

Transport:Easy

Navigating through South Korea can be fairly easy being well-served by a comprehensive public transport system. Most signs have English translations and there are English-speaking staff at main stations or tourist locations. However, language may be an issue in more remote areas.

Things to do:Fascinating

South Korea provides a spectacular blend of traditional and modern attractions. It is rich in history with UNESCO recognized palaces like Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung that tell the tale of its past. Meanwhile, cities such as Seoul act as a beacon for technology and futuristic design. The country also boasts beautiful natural landscapes, including national parks such as Seoraksan and Jirisan. Markets like Namdaemun and Dongdaemun provide fantastic shopping and culinary experiences. If you are an adventurer, South Korea offers beautiful hiking trails and thrilling extreme sports like bungee jumping and paragliding.

Food:Excellent

South Korea's cuisine is incredibly diverse and delicious. Traditional dishes vary significantly from region to region, so you can expect an assortment of flavors and ingredients. Kimchi, bibimbap, samgyeopsal, and bingsu are just a few examples of the wide variety you'll encounter. Street food is also a significant part of the culinary scene, offering affordable and mouthwatering options. The country also accommodates different dietary needs with its range of meat, seafood, and vegetable dishes. It's definitely a must-visit for food explorers.

Budget:Affordable

South Korea's economy offers a delightful mix of affordable and luxury options for solo female travelers. Hostel stays, local cuisine, and public transportation are all quite reasonably priced. However, shopping for designer goods and elaborate dining can add up. The overall cost is moderate when compared to Western countries, accommodating a variety of budgets.

Is South Korea worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 11 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.8/5

Food

4.4/5

Budget-friendly

3.3/5
lou-is

lou-is (42)

Taiwan

Solo travel experience

When I lived in hostels in Seoul city, I got to know a lot of people and felt very happy. I also enjoyed the local food, as Korea is considered to have the healthiest diet in the world. Wearing traditional clothes in the palace was an interesting experience. Overall, living in Korea was quite enriching.

Posted: April 20, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Kamatham

Kamatham

India

Group travel experience

South Korea was very safe, we went to only major tourist places like Seoul, Busan and Jeju and didn’t feel unsafe anywhere. We would definitely recommend using public transport in Seoul, can use a little bit of taxis as well in Busan as they are a little less expensive than in Seoul, and use a personal cab or hire a cab, driver/guide in Jeju as public transport there is a little difficult and the places are sparse so it might feel unsafe at night with no one around, waiting hours for a bus.

Posted: March 7, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Rebecca

Rebecca

Netherlands

Solo travel experience

I lived in South Korea for 4 months as part of my exchange semester! I studied in Daegu and lived in my dorm on campus but I did plenty of trips to Seoul and Busan where I stayed in airbnbs with my friends. I also visited Pohang, and regret not taking the time to see more places! I felt very safe overall, except be careful when you go clubbing as Korean guys often see foreigners as ‘easy’ and won’t hesitate to try something with you such as literally dragging you along to a motel. Be careful! Otherwise I’d say it’s even safe to walk alone as a woman at night. My personal favourite city was Busan and I’d recommend anyone to go hear. It’s a mix of the calmer Daegu and more touristy and busy Seoul + beautiful beaches. For transportation, get a T-money card at a convenience store or station. You can load it with cash. Taxis are relatively cheap too in my opinion, so if you ever need it, wave one over or call a Kakao taxi. Try as many different foods whilst you’re here! I loved the jjimdak, dakgalbi and also fried chicken here is amazing. Nothing can compare to the kbbq here (duh). Noodle dishes are great. There’s plenty of safer options with food you’re used to as well, so try their spin on it if you want. Also the cafe culture here is amazing. And if you’re ever in a hurry, go to a convenience store. My favourite: banana milk!

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

Beautiful country with amazing nature and people! I spent two weeks travelling with a friend but didn't feel I saw enough so I've already planned to go back! Only thing I struggled with was being vegetarian as a lot of meals contain meat but overall the best place to visit!

Posted: January 3, 2024Experienced: April, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I spent there 15 days, visiting Seoul and Busan (10 days is more than enough). I was on a limited budget, so I opted for hostels (very, very clean, very good price-quality ratio, separate for girls/boys). I took a bus (5 hours) to Busan, and on the way back I used a high-speed train, 2 hours. Generally, it's a very safe country where you can watch nature and skyscrapers at any time, with convenience stores open 24/7. Young people speak and understand English, but older people don't necessarily. You definitely need to have cash on you, card payment is not always available (especially at markets).

Posted: September 19, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I recently took a two-week trip to South Korea (Busan, Jeju, and Seoul) by myself and it was an amazing experience. South Korea is a safe place to travel alone, even for women. Most people there understand basic English, and signs are usually in English, but it is helpful to know a few Korean phrases and etiquette rules, as well as being able to read Hangul. Busan and Seoul have affordable metro and buses which are easy to operate. There are also public restrooms (even in the metro) and street maps for those who like to explore on foot. South Korea has many amazing places to visit and things to do. Hotel prices range between 45 and 75 dollars per night. There are also many markets and shops, if you don't want to eat out all the time.

Posted: August 17, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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hara

hara (21)

Indonesia

Group travel experience

it's a really fun and beautiful country to visit with friends, it's pretty hard to make friends with the local tho.... if you like k-pop i recommend you to attend concert in korea, since the vibes will be different

Posted: July 9, 2023Experienced: March, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I felt very safe in South Korea, going out alone at night (always being careful, regardless of the circumstances), but I truly felt safe and found it easy to get around the country with minimal or no knowledge of the language. Many signs and instructions have translations in English, and the people are super nice and willing to help. Moreover, many Koreans have to learn English as a second language in school, so they are usually willing to attempt communication.

Posted: May 25, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I loved traveling around South Korea. It's easy to get around. I highly recommend a trip to the DMZ zone. I fell in love with the culture. I never found a place that I didn't like. They have many karaoke bars, which are amazing.

Posted: May 1, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

South Korea is an amazing country, and I adored Seoul (it's easy to get around, you feel safe, there's a lot to do). I would definitely recommend exploring other areas, especially the east coast, like Sokcho or Gangneung, and Jeju Island, if you have the chance! I found that public transportation is really easy. Most signs have English translations. Just use the Naver Map app, not Google. Cost is very subjective. Compared to the situation in the United States, I found it to be economical, but of course it's not as cheap as in other countries, like in Vietnam. If you like hiking, there are trails everywhere. And be brave in trying the food!

Posted: November 9, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

I find it to be safe for women but it’s certainly not the safest. I’d still advise women to be careful at night and on dating apps. Don’t share your location and be careful, as foreigners are very fetishized.

Posted: April 14, 2024
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Hi, i am Yujin from South Korea. I have been travelling Europe since last 30/09/2022. It is started in France as Working holiday ! Now i am planing to work in Madrid in Spain on Dec. from the end of Oct to Nov, i am looking for place for staying in Europe ! And most important thing is that i am with my dog , so i hope you are dog lover, my dog , Angkko like hanging out with people but at first time, being quite timid :) During the staying, i can help you learn Korean culture or language. And maybe free hand poke , if you would like to !

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