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Where can you get with 5 dollar budget meal in Korea

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Travel to Korea just super easy when you have nice plan and good budget, however how to survive with 5 Dollar budget meals in Korea? Here the answer :

  1. Convenience store

Don’t be surprise when I tell you that with 5 dollar you can get 2 times meals.  Depends on the meals and what so surprise the food really nice portion and can make you  full and satisfied. The food could be Kimbap (Rice roll)  the rice roll that available with many flavor such as “Bulgogi, Kimchi, tuna and many more” or Samgak-Kimbap (triangle rice) covered with dry seaweed but then if you feel not enough and you need the real lunch, you can buy the lunch box. Yes there’s lunch box  selling at convenience store with rice and few side dishes, chicken or beef. Even you can get hot dog and fish cake. Basically enjoy the lunch at convenience store might be the new experience for you in Korea plus there’s hot water and microwave in the convenience store, you can relish your lunch without to worry much about the price. Enjoy dine  as much as you can. For the convenience store the average price  around 800 won to 4500 (70 cent – 4 dollar) From samgak-kimbab to lunch box

For Muslim Travelers : You still can enjoy the samgak-kimbab with Tuna or kimchi filling.

Enjoy the instant noodle
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Samgak-Kimbab(Triangle Kimbab)

2. Korean Traditional  Market 

When we talk about low-cost food, the traditional market in Korea offers lot of food and local ingredient, the seller  usually senior citizen and selling handmade food,sometimes it is better than restaurant and fast food chain. There’s lot of traditional market in Korea but the famous one probably  “Gwangjang market, Mangwon market and Namdaemun market.  With variety of food in the market you can enjoy noodles or rice below 5 dollar. There’s also famous noodle soup in Mangwon market, the price only 3 dollar with really huge portion. What make it special is the homemade food and fresh product they sell to people. You also will found they selling doughnut 3 for 1 dollar, is it interesting?  obviously  with 5 dollar, pretty sure you can get alot! The price of noodles and rice around (3500-5500) (3- 5dollar)

3 dollar meal be like..  Too amazing
Korean doughnut~ Yummy!

3. Noryangjin market area

Have you heard about Noryangjin? yeah well known with the fish market, In Noryangjing there’s located many institution and academy in that neighborhood.  Since that area a bit crowded and many students, the hawker selling competitive price food.  Even the lunch box and the bibimbap affordable for the student to buy. Noryangjin area very easy to access and one of the famous places in Seoul among local. The normal lunch box you can deal at Noryangjin is around (2500= 5000) 2-5 dollar.

Not a very simple food 🙂
Pick one your lunch!

4. Street Food 

 Korean street food more authentic and easy to get, if you see many stall on the street and there’s where you could found the street food. Korean signature street food such as tteobokki, sundae, fish cake and Korean dumpling, very common among travelers and Korean people, even some Korean people prefer  street food more than  restaurant. The price reasonable  and the vibe totally Korean style. If you traveling to Korea, you must try the street food to complete your trip experience. The price usually around (500- 4000 won ) (30 cent – 4 dollar) from fish cake to Tteobokki.

Famous Korean street food

5. University area 

One of the alternative to hunt the good food around Seoul is the University area. not only around that area you also can go inside the University and enjoy your time eating at the canteen. Since there’s lot of student around University area, the vendor also consider to put the price and of course is inexpensive. There’s many restaurant around University area and the food, pretty good too! You can but noodle or rice and variety of menu available, but for student they usually share the money so that they can order nice food instead of separate one by one. Reasonable price usually around ( 4000- 7000 won ) ( 3-6 dollar)

Look tasty!
Food around Ewha Women Univeristy

So don’t worry if you only have 5 dollar for food budget per day, you still can survive in Korea. Don’t afraid to explore many good and cheap restaurant around Seoul. You will find something new there!

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Korean Halal street food Tour

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By Lina,

“Food” is one of the good way to experience the real ‘taste’ of one country. Living as a Muslim in Seoul, I’m not facing  big problem with food but food still one of the problems. For me I really enjoy Korean street food and I learned about local Korean food through my Korean friends. I keep asking them the ingredient and how they cook the food. I sometimes asks the vendors what the ingredient they use to made the foods. Don’t be surprise that we can eat lot of Korean food for Muslim too the ingredient mostly edible. Such as Tteobokki and Gimbab or even Hotteok, we can eat them all but Please be careful if some of the food might contain ham or beef , usually for Gimbap the vendors put ham and we can request one without ham or we can eat tuna gimbap too.


It will be more better to eat something when you confident about the ingredient. As in Islam also mentioned about if you not confident with the food it’s better not to eat cause it can be ‘haram’. I met many Muslim travelers and they keep complain about food as for them it’s difficult to get halal food. At the same time they also wanted to try street food but not confident with the ingredient. I was thinking to share my knowledge and info about Korean food to Muslim travelers.


Let’s experience Halal Korean street food with me! I learned about the ingredient and I went checked the market where I will bring Muslim travelers to taste street food I will bring you to one of the famous traditional local Market in Mangwon. Mangwon Market has some good eats, the product always fresh and you can’t beat the low prices anywhere else, this place not really famous among tourist compare to other market like (Gwangjang or Namdaemun) but well known among Korean. We will stroll around this Market that not only focus for street food but there’s also other section such as wet market, restaurant and clothes shop.


Through this tour , not only you enjoy street food but at the same I will show you the real local market, where you could see the real life of Korean people. The traditional market where you could see many things and local product. Not just traditional market, Myeongdong also one of the famous shopping street where you could found lot of street food. I will bring you to Myeongdong only on request 🙂



So are you ready to join my tour and taste Halal street food?! Let’s join this tour and share your travel experience with me! I also could give you lot of info about Muslim travel in Korea. Just remember! Before back to your country you should taste Korean street food first for great travel experience! See you on “Halal street food Tour”

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Noryangjin Fish Market (My First visit)

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13 Jan 2016 By Lina

As a foreigner who live in Korea, I always hunt for some good and unique activity to do. I have been to many places all over Seoul but I never been to the fish market as I know that the Noryangjin Fish market is the biggest fish market in Seoul.  We speak out our idea to all the member and here in Playplanet we have a good plan for all foreigners in Korea. We heard so many people want to go to Noryangjin but they not sure about the location and where is Noryangjin fish Market located.  We have organized an event called “Fish market 3 in 1 (Stroll, Play and eat). We will collaborate with local Korean guy to bring people to Noryangjin to see the real picture of this biggest market. As it well known as the biggest market with variety of seafood, I’m really excited before I came here. On the  day of the event participant will stroll around this market, we will play some games and our tour guide will teach us how to buy fish in Korean way, well it sounds like very interesting because it is interesting!

I’ve been to Noryangjin with another PlayPlanet member (YB) to see this wet market and recorded few video. We also met the tour guide, we talked about lot of things especially about what kind of activity that suitable for our event next week. We find the good restaurant too. For next week event we will going to taste many kind of seafood, it will be around 5 to 6 seafood dishes such as (Prawn,Crab,Octopus,Fish and oysters). As this is first time for me to be at Noryangjin. I had a good feeling that the event will going to be great. We will have a good time with all the participants. We made a short video for my first time visit to Noryangjin. Simple video with nice quality to share.  Enjoy!

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Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Seoul

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It might be the capital city of South Korea, the home of Kpop waves and unique fashion are belong. The city where urban and traditional meet. Korea just getting famous after the drama and their music has stolen million of hearts.   Travel in Seoul wont be difficult and more flexible than you thought . Some tourist said ” As long as I could see subway exit somewhere, I will not get lost in Seoul” 

Lost In Seoul..

Must Visit

The best part of travelling in Seoul are their tourist attraction. The memory just priceless to coming here and enjoy the spectacular view of some old palace in the city!  The must visit place in Seoul is their masterpiece heritage Gyeongbokgung Palace. This palace represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. 

There is a survey conducted, by Seoul Development Institute, It listed 39 percent of residents, voted that this place is the most scenic location in Seoul following by Mount Namsan and Han River in the top spots.. The scenery inside gets better the further you go in. Highly recommend this place for everyone and this place have an open area with plenty of room. This is one of ancient historical sites that is still well preserved till today.




There are many type of transportation in Korea and for most tourist, Korean subway system probably one of the most efficient and user friendly they ever seen. Besides that Seoul offer such inexpensive Taxis system. The buses also could be more faster than the subway depending on the time a day but Seoul problem always be their heavy traffic. On the other hand people prefer subway than the bus as the subway is the best public transportation in Seoul!

Must Stay

If you are travelling as a family or a group of friends, stay at guesthouse will be a good option instead of hotel. For example rent one dormitory in guesthouse that can accommodate up to 6 people and some of the guesthouse provide free rice, kimchi and Ramen. For the dormitory room, it will costs around ₩17,000 ($15) per night/per person! Most of the guesthouse are located in the city and easy to access. If you want something more authentic and local then you should try the  Hanok Village Guesthouse. 

Alternatively, for a taste of luxury, try The Shilla Hotel. This 5* hotel is located in the heart of Seoul and one of the famous hotel in Korea. They also show up with their own duty free shop, The Shilla duty free shop just an amazing selection of over 500 designers brands featuring luxury fashion, jewelry, cosmetics and other items 

Must Shop

In the heart of Seoul, Namdaemun is one the largest traditional market in Korea with over 10,000 stores that line on the streets around. With variety of products that you can buy and way more cheaper compare to other shopping places. This market is seriously crowded, so be prepared to get bumped around!

If you feel peckish, take the opportunity to graze at the dozens of food stalls; try mandu gook, a simple and savory dumpling soup, or bindae duk, a skillet-fried mung-bean pancake. In addition this place also a good place to buy souvenir for your friends and family during your trip to Seoul. The place where you could find many  stuff and enjoy your day with many food to taste.


Must Eat

Try Tteokbokki (떡볶이) The Korean street food snack made primarily of chewy rice cakes and fiery, funky gochujang chili paste. It is commonly purchased from street vendors or pojangmacha. In Seoul there is Tteokbokii town in Sindangdong very famous with many choices of tteokbokki. One of  Korean people favourite food!



Must see 

The highest point in Seoul and also the place where Namsan Tower is located, very famous among tourist and young couple, such a romantic place to watch the sun go down on this lofty tower. Its incredible how the whole Seoul city can be seen from Namsan. This place is very romantic and suitable for everyone who coming here to enjoy walking and night view.



Must watch

Be youngster and enjoy the night life at youth street (Hongdae) The place where young people went crazy, the hidden place where the unseen talent show up to grab our attention. Hongdae is most energetic at night. Crowds descend on the place every weekend when streets are filled with live performances. This is one of good place to enjoy yourself with good music and street performance.  With open space for everyone to see and enjoy the energetic night life in Seoul.


If you are travelling alone do not be afraid to try many kind of activity here. For more frenzy, brace yourself to travel outside of Seoul, there’s so many good place such as Busan, Jeju and many more.  Meet the local people and make new friend while travelling!

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Malaysian Movie Hangout

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New Year, New event

New Year will coming and we here in Playplanet will prepare a new event for you! Are you looking for something different to do during weekends? How about something unique from normal foreign meet up? Yes we make it happen! Let’s join us at our event “Malaysian movie hangout” 

We want to bring it closer to you.  Let’s get relax and spend the lovely weekend with new people and watch Malaysian movie. We will cook the food and savor it during the movie time. The movie will be the famous and great movie among Malaysian with English subtitles.

What will we cook? 

Malaysia are well known with the spicy and sweet food. In Korea Malaysian food is difficult to find but it is easy to make! We ready with 3 menu to make! We will prepare Nasi Goreng Kampung (Malay fried rice), Kek Batik and the drink will be Sirap Bandung! “Nasi Goreng Kampung” or Malay fried rice is not the typical fried rice, with little touch of spiciness and saltiness it will make the fried rice more authentic but don’t worry it wont be too spicy!

For those with a sweet tooth you will definitely would love the dessert. The drink ‘Sirap Bandung’ absolutely will make your day! Just look at the color will make you fall in love.

Why Malaysia? 

As we know nowadays there’s many Malaysian people here studying in Korea and some Korean people also want to know about Malaysian culture. Me as a Malaysian who live here, would feel so happy if many people from other country could join this  event so we could share our experience in Korea, we also have our local Korean will join us.

Have you ever wonder about my country and my culture?  then, instead of wondering? why don’t you join this event and we can share our story together. Is not only about country is more about what we learn from other culture. I also could share with you some travel tips to my country. 

Join us and enjoy on the weekend with many fun things to do. We can’t wait to meet you! ^^

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[Coming Soon] PP Year-End Travelers’ Party

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It’s that time of the year again~ where we all look back on all the good memories of this year and look forward to another awesome year ahead!

Come join our annual year-end Travelers’ Party and reminisce the unforgettable travels you’ve had all year with friends and locals. We’ll be serving food, drinks, and of course, some special treats 😉

Stay tuned and free your schedule this December~

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[Korea Bucket List] Traditional Sauna Experience!

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If you’re planning to visit Korea, here’s one of the things you MUST try! Aside from the shopping, sight-seeing, and food, one of the ways to experience the authentic and local Korean life is by going to a jjimjilbang (Korean traditional sauna). Locals often go to a jjimjilbang to relax, keep warm, and blow off their stress. It is said that going here can help clean out your pores and relieve muscle pain.

We at Playplanet are hosting this unique experience, so include this on your travel itinerary! Last Tuesday, we hosted these amazing people from different parts of the world, and we had a blast!


First, we went to this large room with thousands of beads. It was really really hot (85 degrees Celsius!!!) but very good to relax our tired muscles. Since it’s winter, this is a good place to keep warm too~


Next, we went to the ice room where it’s -18 degrees!!! Since the previous sauna room was supposed to open our pores and get rid of excess oil and dirt, this room will close our pores and make them tighter 😉


Time to eat! But before that, our local host Yeji taught us how to make the popular sheep hat you can see in a lot of Korean dramas.


These are what Koreans usually eat while at the sauna- roasted eggs and sikhye, a cool drink mixed with rice. Really delicious! 😀


One more trip to the oven! This room has tiny pebbles in it, which is a good way to massage our bodies. It was so relaxing, we didn’t want to go!


Last but not the least, face masks! Face masks are very popular in Korea as they keep your skin cool and hydrated. We wore animal and Christmas edition face masks. Can you tell which animal are we? Can you spot Santa Claus too? 😉

It was really a new and memorable experience for our lovely travelers. This was an experience they surely won’t forget and would highly recommend to their friends.

Are you also interested in trying Korea’s traditional sauna? Click here to book our Korean sauna experience at Playplanet! Our local host Yeji will guide you throughout the whole experience, so you don’t need to worry about anything. Just come, relax, and have fun! 🙂

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[Upcoming Local Travel] Mini-Diwali House Party!

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Let’s celebrate the Diwali Lights Festival here in Seoul!


Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in India. It means festival of lights, and Indians celebrate it with candles, food, and music. This coming Saturday, November 07, from 5~9 PM, we’re going to experience this bright festival right here in Seoul!

Our Indian local host, Nistha, has been living in Korea for around 2 years, and runs a popular Indian cooking class in Seoul. She enjoys meeting new people and helping them cherish Indian food. This mini-Diwali house party was her idea, and we’re really excited about the lights, food, and music! Here’s a preview of what’s coming up:

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First, we will be helping Nistha decorate her home with many candles, Christmas lights, and Diwali decorations. This will surely build up the excitement for the party!

diwali food playplanetThen, here comes the tasty part! Nistha will guide us into a mini-cooking class where we will be making Indian snacks and dishes usually eaten during Diwali. Indian food is not just about curry, you know! 😉

diwali friends playplanetOnce all the preparations have been done, it’s time to celebrate and have fun! While sharing a meal, we will also be listening to Indian music and maybe learn a simple dance or two. Nistha will also talk more about Diwali customs and traditions, and about Indian culture. If you’re planning to travel to India, this would be a great time to ask for secret travel tips from a real local! 😉

So, don’t miss this special event! If you want to join us (you really should!), please click on this link to reserve your slot. Remember, there are only limited slots left~

Why don’t you do something new this weekend?

Let’s light up our spirits with Diwali!

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Our First Local Host Gathering!

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local host gathering playplanetYesterday, we had our first Local Host Gathering! We invited our existing and potential local hosts to this exclusive event (one of the perks of being a Playplanet local host!) to get to know more about them and build a strong community of local hosts.

local hosts playplanetMeet our local hosts! Of course, we had to do a round of self-introductions first 😛

ecobird playplanetOne of our local hosts, who is an expert in birds in Korea. He’s hosting his own Ecobird tour. Cool!

hangang guesthouse playplanetOne of our guesthouse partners who own a lovely guesthouse by the Han River.

seongbuk bidul guide playplanetOur local host for Seonbuk-dong Village, who is also an artist. She can speak French really well!

ice breaker playpanetNow to break the ice~ We did a mash-up of charades and pass the message! Can you guess which animal he’s describing? 😉

local host3 playplanetNow, it’s down to business. We had a quick but detailed explanation of what, how, and why being a local host in Playplanet is such an awesome idea!

local host2 playplanetAnyone (and everyone!) can be a local host in Playplanet. It allows you to meet new people, earn extra income, and make new memories by sharing your own local culture or interests. What a great combination!

bibimbap playplanetTime to eat and mingle! We prepared a special homemade bibimbap buffet. Everyone loved it! I think most of them went back for seconds 😛bibimbap playplanet 2Makgeolli was also served to add more fun to our discussions. It sure did the trick! Everyone was talking and sharing their travel stories and other hosting ideas.

kimchi playplanetLocal hosts sharing their feedback and suggestions on how we can all work and play together in Playplanet.

mariana playplanetOf course, this special event needed to have special awards! We gave out fun awards such as the Early Bird Award and Most Friendly Host.

tristan playplanetGuess which award our French host received? The “One Who Really Enjoyed Eating Bibimbap” award! 😀

local host gathering playplanetAs the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. A big Thank You! to those who came and shared our first local host gathering with us. To those who couldn’t make it, see you on our next gathering! 🙂

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Try something new this weekend!

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As the colors of the leaves change in autumn, you, too should change…your typical daily life. How about doing something new this weekend? We’ve got unique local activities you and your friends can experience only here in vibrant Itaewon.

pub tour_playplanet Always hanging out at the same pub every Saturday? Always drinking the same beer? How about hanging out at FOUR different pubs, drink FOUR new beers, and experience a Halifax-style pub tour? You just might discover a new hang out place! –>

night walk_playplanet Saturday dinners usually end with a full stomach and a tasty dessert or coffee. How about taking a night stroll along the Namsan mountain after having dinner with a new Korean friend? Good food + new friends + amazing night view= MEMORABLE SATURDAY NIGHT. –>

kahlua making_playplanet (2)Have you tasted all the new flavors of soju? Still looking for a new kind of alcohol? We’ve got the perfect answer: KAHLUA. This coffee liquor will be your next favorite alcohol ’cause not only is it yummy, but you also get to brew a batch all by yourself! –>

korean sauna_playplanetStill haven’t tried a traditional Korean sauna? Now is your chance! Take the ultimate challenge of getting scrubbed down by a Korean ahjumma or just chill out with your towel hat, boiled eggs, and Korean rice drink. Whichever you want, this will definitely be an experience to remember.–>

Change the way you spend your weekends! Grab your friends and try something new for the first time. 😀

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