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How To Eat Cheaply In South Korea

Eating cheaply in South Korea can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. In this article, we’ll outline the best ways to eat cheaply without breaking the bank. After reading this article, you should be able to survive on a £30 per week budget in South Korea…just! These recommendations are for the seriously budget-conscious tourists dining out in Korea.
(Note: £4 USD is about equivalent to 6,300 won)

Convenience Stores

Eating cheaply in south korea

Convenience stores are abundant in Korea, which is beneficial for hungry individuals in a hurry. You may purchase triangle kimbap for less than 1,000 won, instant ramyeon noodles for roughly 1,000 won, sandwiches for less than 2,000 won, and for the truly ravenous, a whole doshirak (lunch box) meal consisting of rice, side dishes, and the main course for less than 3,000 won. Perfect for individuals in a hurry or perhaps guys who are culinary novices

Kimbap Restaurants

Kimbap eateries are essentially Korean fast food restaurants. They offer affordable, quick, and convenient cuisine and often have the best kimchi in Seoul. The menu is how kimbap eateries in Korea differentiate themselves from McDonald’s.

Kimbap restaurants provide an extensive menu, including kimbap, ramyeon noodles, bibimbap, fried dumplings, kimchi jjigae, and much more. Moreover, many menu items at kimbap restaurants may be obtained for less than 5,500 won. Variety and affordability equals a bomb.

Pizza Deliver/Take Away

Pizza can be pretty pricey in Korea. Domino’s, Papa John’s, and Pizza Hut pies can cost over 30,000 won. However, check for tiny local takeout pizza restaurants such as Pizza School for the best Korean pizza Seoul has to offer! These student-favorite pizza restaurants provide full pies for as little as 5,000 won, and they are large enough to satisfy two to three people. If you’re living on a budget in South Korea, this may become a favourite dish.

Supermarket Sushi

This may be the tastiest and healthiest of these inexpensive Korean foods. If you visit giant supermarkets such as E-Mart or Home Plus, you may typically find sushi corners that offer pieces of sushi for as little as 800 won. Get 10 pieces for a reasonably nutritious supper.

Bunshik (Street Food)

Korean street food, or bunshik, is one of the simplest meals available throughout the country. These food trucks can be found in pretty much every city in Korea, and they sell much the same items. For less than 5,500 won, you can have tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), twigim (fried nibbles), and odeng (fish cake). The portions are sufficient for two!

In short, eating cheaply in South Korea can be one of the best decisions you make, which means you’ll have more to spend on the thousands of sites and attractions. I’m still finding cheap eats in Seoul, but if you know any I’ve missed let me know.

James Yeong
James Yeong

Once a quaint dweller of the English countryside, James is now a vibrant voice narrating his adventures in the bustling heart of South Korea. Since relocating to Seoul in 2019, James has immersed himself in the dynamic tapestry of Korean culture, from the serene temples tucked away in mountainous terrains to the neon-lit streets of modern cities.

This blog has become a haven for those seeking an outsider's yet intimate perspective on South Korea, often shedding light on hidden gems and local favourites rather than just the typical tourist hotspots. With a keen eye for detail and a writing style dripping with wit and warmth, James has managed to amass a devoted readership from all corners of the globe.

Whether you're planning a trip to the Seoul, the surrounding cities or just vicariously traveling from the comfort of your couch, Jame's tales of exploration and discovery are sure to ignite a passion for the Land of the Morning Calm.

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