Seoul Safety, security and travel

Table of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Things To Do in Seoul
  3. Safety and Travelling in Seoul
  4. Weather in Seoul

Safety and Security in Seoul

The city of Seoul is a safe, modern metropolis that offers many opportunities for entertainment, food, and culture. However, as with any large city, there are some safety concerns to consider when visiting.

Safety and Security

Seoul is a safe and secure city. There are many ways to get around and explore and many precautions to take to stay safe. The most important thing you can do is just be aware of your surroundings and not leave any valuables unattended. Seoul is a city with a rich history, and it is also one of the most modern cities in the world.

In general, you can expect the same level of safety in Seoul as you would anywhere else in the world. However, it is important to note that there are specific areas of concern for tourists:

1. Gangs in Gangnam District

2. Cybercrime

3. Crime against foreigners

Things to know

Seoul has very strict safety laws regarding weapons and explosives. It is illegal for anyone to carry any kind of weapon or explosive device into the country without proper authorisation from the government. If you do not have permission from the government to bring any type of weapon or explosive device into Korea, then you will be arrested if caught with such items by police officers here in Seoul.

Seoul is divided into 23 districts, called gu. Each district has its own personality, and while they're all part of the same city, they might have different crime levels depending on where they're located. If you know where you're going and what kind of neighbourhood it's in, it'll be easier to avoid trouble.

One of the most common scams in Seoul involves someone trying to sell you a phone card or other product at an inflated price—they'll try to convince you by saying something like, "this is the last card!" Please don't fall for it! Also, beware when carrying your wallet or purse around—pickpockets are everywhere!

The police force in Seoul is one of the most advanced in the world. They have been using cutting-edge technology to help them fight crime since the late 1990s. They have also developed an extensive network of CCTV cameras that monitor traffic flows throughout the city and important landmarks.

The police force has also been using drones for over a decade now. These drones are equipped with heat sensors so they can be used to detect fires quickly before they get out of control or cause damage to property or life.

The government has made it clear that it will not tolerate any criminal activities within its borders, so if you're considering visiting Seoul anytime soon, don't worry about being unsafe because there's nothing to worry about!

Few Tips

South Korea is one of the safest countries in the world to visit—and it's getting safer all the time. The capital city of Seoul (also known as South Korea's political centre) is home to 10 million people and features an array of attractions from palaces to temples and museums.

Here are some tips for staying safe in Seoul:

  1. Stay alert always; don't get distracted by your phone or other electronics while walking around town.
  2. If you need directions, ask someone who works in that neighbourhood; don't rely on strangers who might be trying to rob you or worse!
  3. Don't accept food or drink from strangers—you never know what they might have put into it!
  4. If something doesn't feel right, trust your instincts and get away from the situation as quickly as possible!

Health/Medical/Insurance and Emergencies in Seoul

Seoul is a city that is rich in culture, but it's also known to be one of the most expensive cities in the world. The cost of living in Seoul is significantly higher than in other countries, and if you aren't careful, your health expenses could add up quickly.


If you're travelling to Korea, it's important that you are aware of the health insurance requirements and emergency services available. In order to receive any type of healthcare while in Seoul, you will need to have some form of health insurance covering international travel. You may also need an International Health Insurance Card (IHIC), which provides proof that you are covered under a specific plan and can be used by medical professionals when treating foreign patients in Korea. It's best to ensure that your insurance covers medical evacuation from Korea if necessary. If not, this can add up quickly!

You can find it at the nearby hospital if you're travelling in Seoul and need medical assistance. The hospital has a pharmacy, so you don't have to go far if you need something for pain or allergies. The hospital also has an emergency room open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can get help with minor and major injuries requiring immediate attention.

If you need medical attention while out of town but don't want to travel back home, clinics in all the major cities around Korea offer similar services as those offered by hospitals. These clinics are usually located in hotels or office buildings, so they're easy to find when you need them most!

Things to know

Seoul is a bustling city with a lot of life. It's also got some pretty strict rules about healthcare and insurance—especially regarding foreigners.

When you're travelling, it's important to be prepared for any situation.

You'll want to know what kind of health care is available in Seoul and how much it costs. You'll also want to know how to get around the city and what types of emergencies can happen while you are here. If you're planning on travelling to Seoul, here's how to make sure you're covered:


South Koreans have universal healthcare coverage, so if you come from a country with healthcare for all its citizens (like the U.S.), you'll be eligible for free medical care in South Korea. However, if you don't have coverage, you'll need to purchase a policy before coming to Korea.

Language Barrier

One problem with getting medical care in South Korea is that most doctors speak only Korean—or English at best. If you don't speak either language fluently, it may be difficult to communicate with your doctor or understand what they're telling you. In this case, it's best to bring someone who can translate for you or ask questions in person rather than over the phone when possible.

Emergency Rooms

Emergency rooms are not covered by insurance except in rare cases where they are required by law (such as accidents caused by drunk drivers).

Few Tips

When travelling, sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you must visit a doctor or go to the hospital. What happens if you don't have adequate insurance? Or what if you aren't even sure where to go when you're sick? Well, we've got you covered.

Here are some tips for health and medical emergencies in Seoul.

  1. The first thing you should do is get health insurance before you travel to Seoul.
  2. Make sure your insurance plan covers emergency evacuation services in case anything happens while travelling abroad, such as getting lost or injured while exploring Seoul's many attractions!
  3. If you get sick while travelling in Seoul, it's always best to see a doctor. If that's not possible, then call a local clinic or hospital and ask how much it would cost for them to treat you without insurance.
  4. If you have insurance and need medical attention in Seoul, call your insurance company first and make sure they cover emergency services and hospitals in Korea before going on your own accord; otherwise, they could refuse payment for any bills incurred during treatment!
  5. When calling a Korean hospital or clinic from overseas (or from outside of Korea), remember that English is not their first language—so take time with them over the phone to understand your diagnosis accurately before coming in for treatment!
  6. Always carry some kind of identification with you at all times - this could be a passport card or just a driver's license with your photo on it - just in case something happens and the police need proof that you belong in Korea!
  7. Make sure to bring enough medicine with you. There are many medications that are not available in Korea without a prescription, so it's important that you bring enough medicine with you from home (if necessary).

Getting Around Seoul Taxis, Rent a Car and Public Transport

Getting around Seoul is a breeze, whether you're travelling by taxi, renting a car, or taking public transport. If you're looking to explore Seoul on your own two feet, you can use the subway to get between different parts of the city.

Things to Know

Seoul is a huge place, and it can be difficult to navigate alone. Here's what you should know about getting around Seoul:

  • Taxis

Taxis are the most convenient way to get around Seoul, but they can be expensive. If you're going to take a taxi, make sure you use the apps provided by most cab companies, so you don't get ripped off. Some of the more reputable ones include Kakao T, Taxi Mate, and Uber.

  • Rent A Car

 If you're planning on renting a car while staying in Korea, plenty of options are available for both short-term and long-term leases. You'll need an international driving license if this is something that interests you.

  • Public Transport

 The public transport system in Seoul is very good, with buses and subways available 24/7. You'll usually find yourself on the subway during your stay in Seoul. To get between districts on the subway system, you only need an IC card (which you can buy at any station). Be sure always to validate your ticket before you enter the platform, or else you could get fined later!

Few Tips

  1. Taxis in Seoul are convenient and affordable. You can flag one down on the street or order one by phone.
  2. The drivers are friendly and speak English, so don't be afraid to ask them questions!
  3. The main downside to taxis is that they can be expensive if you need to travel long distances during your time in Seoul. Suppose you're staying in Seoul for only a few days or less. In that case, it may be worth taking a taxi instead of renting a car or using public transit because taxis are usually cheaper than renting a car or using public transportation over the same distance.
  4. Car rentals vary widely depending on what type of vehicle you want. Most rental car companies have offices at Airport, so if you arrive by plane, this option should be available to you immediately after arrival. If you'll be staying in Seoul for several days or longer, renting a car might be more economical than taking taxis everywhere.
  5. To take the bus or subway, simply buy your ticket from a machine at any station (or use an app). The machines are in English and Korean, so they're easy to use! Once you have your ticket, just put it into the machine when you enter the platform and wait for the train to arrive.
  6. Bus run on almost every street corner in Seoul; once you get used to them, it feels like there's hardly anywhere you can't get to by bus.
  7. It will probably be crowded—like really crowded—so expect that when getting on a bus or subway car. It's not as bad as New York City during rush hour or anything, but it will be full of people who have very different ideas about personal space.
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  1. Introduction
  2. Things To Do in Seoul
  3. Safety and Travelling in Seoul
  4. Weather in Seoul

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