Where to Stay
For in-resort accommodation options, visit the individual resort review pages here
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Airbnb is also a great option in Korea’s cities. It’s a great option in many places, of course, but in Korea it seems to work particularly well – most hosts arrange self-checkin & checkout systems, allowing you to arrive & leave flexibly without needing to meet someone for the keys (electronic keypad locks are a standard feature for Korean apartments). The wifi is always super-fast, and underfloor heating comes as standard – very welcome in the frigid cold of a Korean winter!
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Winter Sports Insurance
If you’re going skiing in Korea, you’ll need travel insurance with winter sports cover. World Nomads offer comprehensive and flexible insurance policies with an option to include snow sports, and they’ll even sell you a policy if you’re already overseas (most travel insurers won’t do so). Get a quote here:
You can easily buy train tickets on the day from the ticket machines or manned ticket counters at railway stations, but trains do sell out (especially during peak hours & on holidays) so if you want to be sure of a seat on a specific train it’s better to book in advance. Again you can do this in person by visiting a station, or you can try booking online on the official Korail site; depending on your browser or your credit/bank card it may not work for you, in which case try Trip.com for a more international-friendly (and generally more user-friendly) experience (usually for a few percent markup, but sometimes Trip is actually cheaper).
For journeys on the Seoul Metro download the KakaoMap app, which has a subway map & journey planner in the menu.