Is Seoul Worth Visiting for Solo Female Travelers?

Seoul, the bustling capital of South Korea, is situated on the banks of the Han River, nestled amid scenic hills in the northwestern part of the country. Embroidered with a harmonious blend of traditional and modern, Seoul is renowned for its vibrant culture, advanced technology, thriving K-pop scene, mesmerizing palaces and Zen Buddhist temples. It is a fast-paced cosmopolitan city that never sleeps, evident in the lively nightlife of places like Hongdae and Itaewon. World-famous attractions like Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, Bukchon Hanok Village, and the bustling shopping district of Myeong-dong capture the hearts of millions of international tourists each year. The city's dynamic gastronomy scene also invites visitors to taste the wonders of Korean cuisine, including the famous kimchi, bulgogi, and bibimbap.

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Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 14 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.5/5

Safety

4.5/5

Food

4.5/5

Budget-friendly

2.9/5
Daniele

Daniele (39)

Brazil

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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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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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Mina

Mina

United States

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Studied abroad in Seoul for 3 months ! There was always something to do. Some of my favorite neighborhoods are Itaewon, Apgujeong, and Yeonnamdong. Cafe culture is very big. Food is great and cheap. Highlights: Namsan at sunset

Posted: December 11, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 3/5
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Caro

Caro

Germany

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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Bree

Bree

United States

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I visited Seoul in November of 22. What a great time of year to visit! The trees were vibrant yellows and reds and all the temples were decorated beautifully with mums. I stayed in a little guesthouse/ hostel right in the heart of the Hongdae are. For me this was the perfect area- easy access to transportation if desired, but a VERY walkable area. I felt completely safe walking even after dark (although used common sense and avoided poorly lit areas and ally ways) Visiting the MoMA is a must, along with a stop at The Onion, and either or both of the palaces. Make sure to take a strole through the Hanoi village and take advantage of some of the cool craft opportunities like making yourself some silver jewelry.

Posted: November 11, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Yalguun

Yalguun

Austria

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Soooo, my trip to South Korea is my first solo travel experience and overall I really enjoyed it! From my perspective, I’ve grown as a person and can only recommend doing a trip on your own 😂. However, taking photos is a pain alone. What I can recommend doing is first of all visiting Gyeongbokung Palace and renting a hanbok. If you wear a hanbok, you also don’t have to pay entrance fee to to the palaces 😉. This experience doesn’t last the whole day, so you can head to Myeongdong after to grab some street food (which is quite cheap there!). But if you’re really on a budget, then either go to a convenience store to eat or go to Namdaemun (near Myeongdong). There they offer the cheapest street food, which taste amazing and you can also shop there until midnight. You will be amazed by the sheer magnitude of opportunities you have in Seoul to shop around! Everywhere you walk is a stall that sells goods. Accommodation wise I would recommend renting near Hongdae if you’re on a budget but overall the cost of living is not that high compared to European countries. But be warned, fresh fruit is like luxury here ( it’s so expensive!). Other activities that I can recommend is visiting Coex mall (there is a famous library, which is so beautiful), Pop up stores (so much fun) and parks (there are so many here and they’re all great to unwind from a tiring day of bustling around). As for safety: South Korea is a relatively safe country and as a female I felt most of the time safe. But I’ve heard from locals that clubbing alone isn’t recommended as some men get really pushy. So, just be careful and stay in a group if being able. Here in Seoul there are many language exchange parties, where it’s really safe and you can still enjoy nightlife and partying as a solo Traveller. For anyone thinking of visiting Seoul, I can only recommend it and I hope you will also enjoy your stay as much as I do/did.

Posted: November 8, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Seoul is a city full of solo travelers. On the stop in Raid I met a lady who was also solo traveling. Trough connecting we met some other ladies with whom we met up. Seoul is a city with so much flair. Amazing food (Barbecue and Bibimbap where my faves), activities and modern with still so much culture. In my opinion one week is more then enough to explore the city. Could even be less if you want to visit other parts of South Korea. Btw: it’s nothing like in the Korean Movies 😅

Posted: November 2, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Seoul is very clean and organized. Many people speak English, and getting around the city is easy. There is an extensive metro system, which is very safe and clean. There are plenty of places to eat, don't be afraid to try Korean food! Itaewon is an American neighborhood full of expats, American restaurants, and bars.

Posted: November 9, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Here is my list of the best things to do/see: 1. Gyeongbokgung Palace 2. Lotte Tower 3. Namsan Tower 4. Bukchon Hanok Village 5. Dark Side of Seoul (Historical Ghost Tour - really amazing) 6. Gwangjang Market (amazing street food, if that's what you're into) 7. Yoogane (dakgalbi restaurant, i.e. chicken, cheese and vegetables. Really good) 8. Walk around Hongdae - lots of restaurants and street performers. Near exit 7, there are good places for Korean BBQ

Posted: October 27, 2022
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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I lived in Seoul and it's probably the safest city I've ever been to. It's ideal for solo travel as a woman (of course, precautions are still needed). The food is amazing, and the subway runs efficiently (download the app and you'll easily navigate the city - all station names are in English). Learn a few basic words in Korean and remember to bow and not to look people directly in the eyes. Koreans are truly some of the nicest and most helpful people I have ever met.

Posted: June 14, 2023
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Traveling around Seoul is very easy, even if you don't know the language, because the names of metro stations and signs are in both English and Korean. Download Kakao maps, metro information and Kakao messenger. During your stay in Seoul, visit Gyeongbukgung Palace and the War Museum. Wifi is also practically available everywhere. Seoul is very safe and easy to navigate.

Posted: May 23, 2022
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