Discover Seoul Pass: Your Key to the City

Discover Seoul Pass: Your Key to the City

It's the pass for all.

Image credit:  Carkbs  [ CC BY-SA 4.0 ]

Image credit: Carkbs [CC BY-SA 4.0]

The Rundown

  • If your definition of travel is seeing as many landmarks and attractions in Korea as possible, Discover Seoul Pass is for you.

  • If you can allot one, two, or three days to immerse in Seoul's culture and history, I'd recommend getting this tourist card. It'll enrich your sensibilities and Instagram feed.

  • For the price of ₩55,500 (around ₱2,670 or $51), you get a 2-day Discover Seoul Pass that unlocks more than 30 locations and gives you discounts to even more establishments.

  • Discover Seoul Pass also doubles as your T-Money Card.

  • For your convenience, booking links are provided below.

Also read: Meet the 'Seoul Plus Edition' of Discover Seoul Pass

Discover Seoul Pass: All Because Korea Loves You

Image credit:  Klook

Image credit: Klook

There is no doubt that the government of Seoul loves tourists so much. Why else would they come up with a product like Discover Seoul Pass, which can give you access to at least 35 key attractions without breaking your bank? Sure, you might not be able to visit every available location, but if you get to visit at least 4 Seoul attractions a day, you'll absolutely get more than what you paid for. 

For you to start falling in love with Seoul, here are some photos of the attractions that you get free admission to, as taken from Discover Seoul Pass' Facebook Page.

As of writing time, here is the list of sites that you automatically get free admission to:

Image Credit: Discover Seoul Pass

HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS IN SEOUL

1. Gyeongbokgung Palace
2. Changdeokgung Palace
3. Changgyeonggung Palace
4. Deoksugung Palace
5. Jongmyo (Royal Shrine)
6. Seodaemun Prison History Museum

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS IN SEOUL

7. Samsung Museum of Art, Leeum
8. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
9. Museum Kimchikan
10. Simone Handbag Museum
11. Coreana Cosmetics Museum
12. National Museum of Korea
13. Namsangol Hanok Village

AMUSEMENTS AND EXPERIENCES IN SEOUL

14. N Seoul Tower Observatory
15. MBC World
16. Trick Eye & Ice Museum
17. Grevin Museum Seoul
18. Figure Museum W
19. Alive Museum
20. Hanboknam
21. Teseum Seoul Teddybear Themepark
22. Seoul Sightseeing Highlight Double-Decker Bus (DDP)
24. SMTOWN@coexartium (Theatre)
25. COEX Aquarium
26. Namsan Seoul Tower Hanbok Culture Experience Center
27. Seoul Zoo & Sky Lift
28. 63 Square (63 Building)
29. Running Man Thematic Experience Center
30. Seoul City Tour Bus (Seoul Tiger Bus)
31. Seoul Battleship Park
32. Football Faentasium
33. SeaLaLa (Korean Spa or Jjimjilbang with Indoor Water Park)
34. Seoul Bike
35. Seoul Animation Center
36. SMTOWN Museum

Furthermore, you will also get discounted admission in the following sites when you present your Discover Seoul Pass. You can view more details of the mechanics here.

  • Lotte World Adventure

  • Lotte Duty Free

  • Shila I'Park Duty Free

  • Shinsegae Duty Free Myeongdong

  • Season's Table (Korean Family Restaurant)

  • Ohui & Woo Spa Nonhyun

  • Seoul Sky

  • Seoul Land

  • Eland Cruise

  • JUMP

  • The Painters HERO

  • Kum Bak Yeon

  • Fanta-Stick Musical

  • Musical Chef (New Brand of BIBAP)

  • National Gugak Center

  • NANTA

  • Jeongdong Theater

  • Pangshow Pangpang Cruise

  • SM Duty Free

  • Kung Festival

  • Poopoo Land

  • ARTEE Riders Club

  • Dynamic Maze

  • Hello Kitty Island in N Seoul Tower

  • Doota Duty Free

  • SAFEX (Luggage Delivery Service)

  • Seoul City Tour Bus(Gwanghwamun)

  • Chung-Ang University Hospital

Sample Discover Seoul Pass Itinerary

To get the best out of the Discover Seoul Pass, you'd have to consider the following when planning for your Korea trip:

  • Operating hours of the attraction

  • Hours of guided tours, if available and preferred

  • Distances between attractions

  • Transportation routes

Here is a sample Discover Seoul Pass itinerary:

DAY 1: A Mix of Everything
Visit at least 1 historical attraction, 1 cultural attraction, and 1 amusement

9:30am-11am 
Tour
Seodaemun Prison History Museum
- Visit where Japanese soldiers tortured and executed Korean Independence Movement followers.
- See the execution room, watchtowers, and the basement jail cell where Yu Gwan-Sun died
- Discover why “A Place of Experience” is the most horrifying and dreadful place in the prison.

11am-11:45am 
Travel to National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (MMCA)

11:45am-12:45pm
Lunch at Cafe Grano (inside MMCA)

12:45pm-2:45pm
Tour National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
- View current exhibitions

2:45pm-3:30pm
Travel to Museum Kimchikan

3:30pm-4:30pm
Tour Museum Kimchikan
- See why the museum was chosen as one of the world’s Top 11 Food Museums by CNN.

4:30pm-5pm
Travel to Alive Museum

5pm-6:30pm
Tour Alive Museum
- View optical illusion art and digital media exhibitions on Basements 1 & 2
- Take lots and lots of photos!
Optional: Learn Patbingsu Making for 40 min and Paper Craft for 30 min


EXO EDITION

From August 20-September 30, 2018, EXO-themed Discover Seoul Passes are available on sale. Read this update for more details: ON SALE: EXO Limited Edition Discover Seoul Pass

BUY IT!

OPTION 1: 24-hr Pass

  • PRICE: ₱1,937 or $37, if not discounted

  • Discover Seoul Pass with built-in T-Money function

  • Free access to a selection of at least 35 tourist attractions + discounted admission to 30 more attractions within 24 hours

OPTION 2: 48-hr Pass

  • PRICE: ₱2,670 or $51, if not discounted

  • Discover Seoul Pass with built-in T-Money function

  • Free access to a selection of at least 35 tourist attractions + discounted admission to 30 more attractions within 48 hours

OPTION 3: 72-hr Pass

  • PRICE: ₱3,309 or $62.11, if not discounted

  • Discover Seoul Pass with built-in T-Money function

  • Free access to a selection of at least 35 tourist attractions + discounted admission to 30 more attractions within 72 hours

If you don't have a Klook account yet, you're in luck! You can get a discount if you sign up and book using my referral link. Click the button below to create an account!

PRICE WATCH

Here's the current price for the 1-day Discover Seoul Pass, as mirrored on Klook's website:

Klook.com
Klook.com

TIPS!

  • Discover Seoul Pass just got an upgrade! Read: Meet the 'Seoul Plus Edition' of Discover Seoul Pass

  • EXCLUSIVE EVENT for Discover Seoul Pass holders: Free Leather Workshop at the Simone Handbag Museum from July 20-December 10, 2018.

  • When booking with Klook, select the date when you intend to redeem or pick up your Discover Seoul Pass, not when you will actually use it.

  • Pick up your pass in the following locations: Incheon International Airport Terminals 1 or 2, Gimpo International Airport, or at the Myeongdong Tourist Information Center

  • To use your pass, present it at the ticket booth of each partner site or attraction in order to receive your actual entrance ticket.

  • Your card will automatically be activated the first time you first visit a partner site.

  • You can only visit the same attraction once a day.

  • If unused, the Discover Seoul Pass expires five years after the issued date indicated on the card. However, you can still use it as your T-Money card for as long as you want.

  • Remember that you'd have to load your Discover Seoul Pass if you'll use it to pay for transportation. Read this article to get an idea of how much you should load.

  • Another perk of buying this product: you get to bike around Seoul for free!

  • Get the most out of your Discover Seoul Pass by downloading their official app. You will be able to see the remaining time left on your pass, and which attractions are eligible to visit.

Google Play | App Store

  • You must show the physical card to gain admission to attractions. Entry is not possible by presenting the app or an image of your pass.


One last thing

Don't forget that Discover Seoul Pass also doubles as your T-Money card. This will save you the cost of buying one, so you'd just have to spend for your top-up. 

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