Solo Female Travel in Seoul

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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Is Seoul good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Very safe

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.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Seoul is quite easily navigable by a mix of walking and public transportation. Its extensive subway system is user friendly with English announcements and signs. The city also offers many pedestrian-friendly areas and taxis are quite affordable if needed. However, rush hour can be intense, particularly on the subway, which might cause slight discomfort.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Seoul is an eclectic combination of new and old, making it a fascinating destination packed with things to do. You can explore historical sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine. These exquisite places showcase Korea's rich history and architectural beauty. If you're a fan of shopping, areas like Insadong, Myeongdong, and Hongdae will not disappoint, offering everything from vintage finds to trendy fashion pieces. For the foodies, exploring the renowned Gwangjang Market, known for its mouth-watering street food is an absolute must. To experience the heart-stopping views of the city, head to N Seoul Tower. In contrast, you can enjoy serenity away from city life in places like Bukhansan National Park or Han River. While metros are efficacious and pocket-friendly, taxis and buses are also quite accessible, enhancing the overall experience.
Food:

Food:Excellent

The food scene in Seoul is incredibly diverse, extending far beyond the well-known kimchi and bibimbap. The city offers a range of flavors from spicy, savory, and tangy foods that will delight your taste buds. The street food culture is also vibrant, where you can taste numerous treats at a reasonable cost. For adventurous foodies, there are diverse options like live octopus. Moreover, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan alternatives as well. The city also presents a wide variety of international food options from Chinese to Italian. Indeed, it's a haven for food lovers.
Budget:

Budget:Affordable

Seoul is quite budget-friendly for solo female travelers. Affordable public transportation, reasonably priced meals, and a variety of accommodation options cater to varying budgets. Additionally, numerous cost-free attractions like temples, markets, and parks offer authentic Korean experiences. However, shopping and upscale dining can push the budget higher.

Is Seoul worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 22 experiences

Things to do

4.4/5

Safety

4.5/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

3.4/5
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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 2/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 3/5
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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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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

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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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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Local tips

Seoul is a very safe place where you don’t have to worry going around alone at night. Most of the stores close at 10:00 p.m. and Gangnam shopping street, hangang river, hongdae, myeongdong, lotteworld, Seoul tower, gyungbok palace are famous tourist attractions.

Posted: June 28, 2024
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seoul is generally safe for women and at night! there are always creepy guys—if you’re a foreigner, be especially wary of korean guys that have a foreigner fetish🤢 myeongdong is a tourist trap! current trending place is seongsu—amazing restaurants, cafes, pop-up stores..! insa-dong if you want to experience tradition. sinchon is kinda dying but its proximity to line 2 and other hot places (hapjeong, hongdae, yeouido, yeonhui-dong, etc) still make it an ideal place to stay! subway is the best transportation but buses are great too—they usually have dedicated lanes and are immune from traffic, and are almost NEVER late (unless there are protests or an accident)… line 2 is the circulating line around seoul; you’ll probably take it the most. BE AWARE OF RIDING SUBWAYS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION! download naver apps anf use it to see what line you will be taking and what subway stations you will be passing. in the stations, it will usually say “(x (station) direction)” or (y (station) direction)” or a bunch of stations at once; this usually refers to the last station of the line, which you will most likely NOT be going to. naver maps will tell you what the next station you will pass is, and also which direction (terminal station wise) you should be taking—especially useful if you can’t find a map before the toll gates! nowadays the policy has changed so that you can transfer to the opposite direction for free if you’ve scanned in wrong, but this is especially useful if you are using a line that doesn’t come as often, like the gyeongui-joongang line. there are a lot of “hidden gems” but that would depend on the neighborhood..! will update if i can :)

Posted: April 22, 2024
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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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