Discover Seoul Pass is a convenient system and cheaper way to explore Seoul and more exciting travel attractions in South Korea. It is specially created for foreign travelers through the collaboration between Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Tourism Organization.
This ‘pass’ will make your travel and activities in Seoul a lot easier and more enjoyable. It is a practical way of purchasing or paying entrance fees at tourist attractions, buying food, taking public transport, taking a bicycle, and another usage.
You can purchase this pass both online (before you come to South Korea) and offline when you arrive at Incheon International Airport (or Gimpo Airport) or any designated places and properties in Seoul and nearby districts.
TIP: There are over 50 popular attractions in Seoul alone. Only pick the most popular ones and tourists favs, such as the palaces - Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Insadong Cultural Street, Leeum Museum, National Museum of Korea, etc.
Discover Seoul Pass can be purchased as a physical Card Pass or as a Mobile Pass which I will describe more in details below.
It is a physical card that can be used as a Tmoney. You can buy it directly online/offline/ or through the smart phone app. If bought online you can pick it up at designated places.
Locations for Pick Up
Use the voucher to pick up the pass at Incheon International Airport, Gimpo Airport Arrivals Hall, or at Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center, Seoul.
Incheon International Airport
1. Pick up your pass at the International Taxi Information Desk East, next to Gate 5. The Desk is available 24/7 all year round. The other location is at Desk West next to Gate 8, which operates only from 9 AM to 9 PM.
2. You can also pick it up at Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 on the 1st floor (arrivals floor), ‘World Roaming’ booth next to Exit 6. The place operates 24 hours daily.
Gimpo International Airport
Go to Gimpo Airport’s International Taxi Information Desk to pick up your pass. It operates from 10 AM until 10 PM daily throughout the year.
Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center
You can pick up your pass in Myeong-dong’s Tourist Information Center which is located at 66 Euljiro, Jung-gu, Seoul which is at KEB Hana Bank Main Office First Floor Annex. It is open from 9 AM until 8 PM. Note that this center is close during Lunar New Year’s Day and Chuseok Day.
When Picking Up Your Pass
You can conveniently purchase a Card or Mobile Pass online or through a smartphone app. Here’s how…
Buying Card Pass Offline
You may purchase your Pass online at the following official offices…
Incheon International Airport:
You can purchase the Discover Seoul Pass in most accessible public places including tourism information centers, subway stations, tourism ticket booths, select hotels, and more places in Seoul area. Some of them are below...
Myeongdong Tourist Information Center, Dongdaemun Tourist Information Center, Hongdae Tourist Information Center, Mapo Tourist Information Center, Seocho Tourist Information Center, Travel Center at Seoul Station, Myeongdong Premium Lounge, Songdo Travel Center, Korea Travel Centers
KTO Seoul Office Premium Lounge, Alipay Lounge, Seoullo 7017 Traveler’s Cafe, Seoullo 7017 Shop, Gwanghwamun Seoul City Tour Bus Ticket Booth, Dongdaemun Seoul City Tour Bus
SMTOWN@coexartium, KEB Hana bank Hongik University Station Branch, L7 Hotel (Myeongdong, Gangnam, Hongdae)
Hotel Skypark Myeongdong I, II, III (Seoul); Koreana Hotel, The Plaza Hotel, Millennium Seoul Hilton, Fraser Place Central, Fraser Place Namdaemun
Note that you need to present your pass card or mobile pass at the designated tourist sites to be allowed to enter.
How to Use the App
You can use your smartphone to buy, pick up, or use your pass for greater convenience. Useful instructions might be helpful…
*Note that you need to be connected to the internet or have data (or have a Pocket Wi-Fi) when checking the remaining time of your pass.
Yes, you may use your card pass as a prepaid transportation card or Tmoney. Below are the functions of your prepaid card…
Note: Only the Card Pass can be used as Tmoney but NOT the Mobile Pass. You can load or recharge the Tmoney (Card Pass) from 1,000 up to 500,000 Korean Won only at various places including those mentioned above.
The following items are the situations when you can or cannot refund your Discover Seoul Pass (Card Pass)...
Please, see more details at discoverseoulpass.com for your information.
Free Admission and Discounts
There are 36 attractions with FREE Admissions you will discover when in Seoul. Below are some of the exciting attractions…
Gyeongbokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Jongmyo Royal Shrine, N Seoul Tower Observatory, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, MBC World, Grevin Museum, Trickeye & Ice Museum, and more.
TIP: You can actually save if you plan to visit only those places that attract you as there are too many places and you don’t have enough time. Visit the Discover Seoul Pass website to see which attractions you prefer to visit. Do this in advance before your visit!
You will get discounts when you visit the following places using Card Pass…
Hello Kitty island in N Seoul Tower, Dynamic Maze, Poopoo Land, National Gugak Center, Musical Chef, SAFES, The Painters Hero, JUMP, Doota Duty-Free, Fanta-Stick Musical, Kum Bak Yeon - Gold Leaf, Lotte World Adventure, Seoul Sky, and more.
Various Pass Types. Yes, you don’t need to pay in cash when moving around Seoul area - buying things, visiting attractions, or taking transport. Instead, you will use your Card Pass or Mobile Pass to be more convenient.
Transportation Card Function (Tmoney). You can use the Tmoney card when boarding on the subway, bus, taxi.
Free One-Time, One-Way AREX Ticket (express train). You can take the Airport Railroad Express Train from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station for FREE (for a value of 9,000 WON).
You can choose the amount of hours or days you wish to explore Seoul's attractions - from one day to three days! Please, see the following...
Note that only Card Pass can be used as Tmoney (to be loaded) and not the Mobile Pass. A Tmoney card can be used to buy at most convenient stores (with Tmoney logo), pay a taxi (not all taxis), buses, subways, and other places.
Hope this is helpful in your search. Good luck and enjoy your travels :)
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