One of the problems that we (as foreigners) have when travelling to Korea is that it is not that easy to buy a SIM-card here. Unlike Indonesia,-who has so many providers like XL or Simpati,- Korea only has a few providers to choose from . In Korea, there are three mobile telecommunications service providers: KT, SKT, and LG U+. These providers operate authorized service centers and phone retail stores called 공식 인증 대리점 (gongsik injeung daerijeom), where you can subscribe to a phone service and purchase a mobile phone. An authorized store should carry the logo of its parent company (and not others), as well as a sign that says “공식 인증 대리점.”

Mobile phone subscriptions require proper identification and proof of residency. Usually, a valid passport and an alien registration card suffice as documents for review by the service providers. The Status of Stay, shown on every alien registration card, determines the eligibility for subscription to either pre- or post-payment plan. Some foreigners may not be eligible to subscribe to the post-payment plan. If you subscribe to a pre-payment plan, you must either have your own mobile phone or purchase a new one.

These three main providers have the largest area of Wi-Fi connections including in subways and roads.

However, if you are only travelling or staying in Korea for less than 6 months, then it would be so difficult for you to get a SIM-Card. They usually charge a very high price if you don’t stay that long. The other options would be renting a phone (which would also cost a lot but easier than buying a SIM card) or buying a Wi-Fi egg (if you go in groups).

As I would only live in Korea for 5 months, then it would be so expensive if I need to buy or rent a phone here; but in the other hand  it would be difficult for me to connect with my family and friends if I don’t have any SIM-Card. However worry no more, because there is a new Pre-Paid SIM card called the EG (Ever Green) Sim Card in Korea!! *celebration time*


To find out more about EG SIM card, you can visit their official website : and click the “ENGLISH” button if you don’t understand Korean!

With EG SIM card, you can enjoy:

  • Both voice and data with your own phone at affordable prices
  • Access to internet anywhere in Korea using Korea’s best quality mobile network
  • Various ways to recharge – through homepage, smart phone application and local convenient stores

EG Sim Card is perfect for:

  • Tourists with smartphone who need or want internet access anytime & anywhere regardless of Wi-Fi hotspot availability
  • Foreigners who live temporarily in South Korea

There are two ways to buy this simcard : Via online and offline. If you want to buy it via online, then you could simply go to and follow the instructions!

I got a brochure about this new sim card and was totally interested in buying it so I decided to visit their offices. Rather than buying it online, I chose to buy offline so I visited the Mobile Agency in Myeong Dong Area. It is near the China Embassy.

EG Mobile agency (Myeongdong)

34, Myeongdong 2-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, 100-011

OPEN 10:00 ~ 18:30 , Monday~Sunday

(Please be aware that you must be in Korea for 5 days before you could buy a sim card via offline).

EG Mobile Agency in Myeongdong

EG Mobile Agency in Myeongdong

The office is quite small but comfortable. There were two women sitting there who speak fluent Korean,English,Japanese and Chinese- so you do not need to worry about communication!

Make sure to bring your passport or Alien Registration Card with you because they need it for registration. You could also choose the 4 number digits for your new phone number! After they explain about the data usage and charges, you need to wait for 20 minutes for the sim card to be activated. There is a coffee shop downstairs so you could go and relax yourself there!

After 20 minutes, your sim card is now ready to use! The price is 30,000 won but it already includes a 40,000 won balance that you can use for internet, calling, messaging and others. Please be aware about the validity (Expiry date) of your data package! If the expiry date passes, you cannot use the service anymore. If the balance is empty, the service is also no longer valid. So please be careful to top-up your balance before the expiry date!

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You can top-up as much money as you want before the expiry date. The balance must be only recharged per 10,000 won. There are three ways to top-up your balance :

  1. Payment by Credit card (VISA/MASTER/JCB/AMEX)

Just click the EG SIM Card application in your phone-Top Up menu- Top Up for Voice-Payment option- credit card

  1. Payment by Bank Credit Transfer

Hana Bank 190-910331-19907 (but I don’t recommend this way because it’s too complicated)

  1. PAYMENT BY CASH!! *the easiest*

Just go to the MyeongDong Mobile Agency office and buy it there!

I’ve been using it for a week now and I must say that EG-Sim Card works very well! Before, I need to go to coffee shops, Cafes, or big malls just to get wi-fi and contact my family/friends but now I could chat online or browse the internet anywhere anytime, even inside the subway trains (that is like 3 levels underground LOL)

Wishing you a safe and fun experience during your trip/stay in Korea!

Best regards,


Places You Don’t Wanna Miss During Seollal Holidays!




The Seollal (Lunar New Year) celebration is only one day away and everyone in Korea is now having their holiday! Most places will be closed during the Seollal holiday but these attractive places will especially hold some special Seollal events for families to enjoy and celebrate this Lunar New Year!


  1. Seoul Grand Festival in National Folk Museum of Korea

Date: 18th February until 22nd February 2015

Location: 37, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Official website: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, German, French, Spanish)

1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

The National Folk Museum of Korea, located in Gyeongbokgung Palace, will hold a special exhibition titled ‘Seoul Grand Festival with National Folk Museum of Korea’. In celebrating the year of the sheep, many sheep-related cultural programs are to be offered at the event. Museum visitors can join arts and crafts classes, making a tray with hanji (traditional Korean paper), a sheep doll or a bokjori (a lucky bag). Also, the festival aims to spread holiday cheer through fun folk games like paengichigi (top-spinning game), jegichagi (Korean hacky sack game) and Yutnori (Korean board game).


  1. Celebration of New Year in Unhyeongung Royal Residence

Date: 18th February (Wednesday) – 20th February (Friday) 2015

Location: Unni-dong 464, Samil-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul.

Official Website : (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Unhyeongung Royal Residence will hold a special exhibition of Charyesang (ancestor memorial service table) that will offer a great opportunity to learn about Korean customs and the folk games set to welcome visitors.


  1. Good Luck Feast in Korean Folk Village

Date: February 7 (Saturday) – 22 (Sunday), 2015

Location: Bora-dong 90, Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do

Official Website: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

In celebration of Seollal, the Korean Folk Village will host Seollal events for all family members to enjoy from February 7 to February 22, 2015. Special events to welcome the New Year include daljiptaeugi (sheaf burning), jisinbalgi (praying for abundance through music), sharing tteokguk (sliced rice cake soup) and fortune telling. Also, participants can get their faces painted or exchange words of blessing, called ‘deokdam’ at the deokdam photo zone. A traditional Korean dance will be performed on February 19 (Seollal day) and a gugak b-boy dance performance will take place on February 20 and 21. The Korean Folk Village offers visitors dressed in hanbok a ‘day pass’ at a 50% discounted rate.


  1. Five Nobleman’s Seollal Feast in Namsangol Hanok Village

Date: February 19 (Thursday) – 21 (Saturday), 2015

Location: The area of Pil-dong 2(i)-ga, 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

Official Website: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul will hold a variety of events, such as traditional performances, folk games, and traditional experience programs from February 19 to 21, 2015. Visitors can take part in traditional Seollal customs like sharing tteokguk (sliced rice cake soup), pounding steamed rice into cake, and writing wishes for the New Year. Fun folk games such as jegichagi (Korean hacky sack game), paengichigi (top-spinning game) and tuhonori (arrow-throwing game) are also prepared for visitors to enjoy.

HOWEVER,If you want to have some fun with families and friends after going to those traditional events, you could also release your stress and become a happy kid in Amusement Parks!


  1. Everland Theme Park

Everland is the go-to theme park in Korea. It’s a fairy tale, magical wonderland for the kids, and it also has the most fun rides of all the theme parks. It’s the perfect getaway for this Lunar New Year (Seollal) Holiday as there will be less people, and there are cultural specific events for the holiday as well.

Adults 46,000 won / Children 36,000 won

How to get to Everland:
[Subway] Jeondae-Everland Station (Yongin Ever Line), Exit 3 – then take shuttle
[Bus 5002] – Sinnonhyeon Station, Gangnam Station, Yangjae Station
[Bus 5700] Pangyo, Segok-dong, Suseo Station, Songpa Station, Jamsil Station, Gangbyeon Station
[Bus 1500-2] Sadang Station, Nambu Terminal
[Bus 1113] Gangbyeon Station, Gangdong Station


  1. Seoul Land

Seoul Land has a theme park, zoo, sledding and a wide open park with plenty of space to play. It’s the perfect place to take the kids or to go on a short fun date during the holidays. The rides are very reasonable for those that don’t like to be thrown out of their wits. In addition, you’ll get a parade along with cultural experiences setup specifically for the holiday.

Adult 20,000 won / Youth 17,000 won / Children 15,000 won

How to get to Seoul Land:
Seoul Grand Park Station (Line 4), Exit 2

After playing the whole day, you may want to relax and shop with your beloved ones. If you are still staying in Seoul, these market places will keep you awake all night!



  1. Coex Mall

Coex, Asia’s largest underground shopping mall, has been recently renovated and filled with high quality shopping, excellent eats and plenty of activities. Although the openings and closings will vary according to each store, there is enough to see and do to fill out your day.

How to get to Coex:
Samseong Station (Line 2), Exit 5


  1. Insadong

Insadong is Seoul’s mecca for tourists, and luckily for you it’s wide open for the Lunar New Year. The many arts and crafts and traditional Korean goods can be bought from the numerous stores that stay open for lost travelers. There’s also a few traditional Korean dances and musical performances as well.

How to get to Insadong:
Anguk Station (Line 3), Exit 6


  1. Dongdaemun

Dongdaemun, one of Korea’s hottest shopping districts for domestically produced Korean designs, is also another area that stays open during the Lunar New Year. While there will be some spotty closures in regards to vendors and malls, there will definitely be some available for all your Korean shopping needs.

How to get to Dongdaemun:
Dongdaemun History and Culture Park (Line 2, 4, 5), Exit 14
Dongdaemun Station (Line 1, 4), Exit 8, 9


  1. Itaewon

Itaewon is Seoul’s foreigner district and the newest hotspot for nightlife in Seoul. And while many of bars and clubs will be closed, there will be definitely be plenty open for all the foreigners who don’t have anywhere to go. Also, there’s plenty of shopping to do during the day, even during this Lunar New Year holiday.

How to get to Itaewon:
Itaewon Station (Line 6), Any exit


  1. Myeongdong

Myeongdong is one of the largest downtown areas of Seoul, and one of the few places that will be bustling with people during the typically quiet holidays. Nearly all of the stores will be open and there will be plenty of street food, shopping and activities. Fair warning, however: it may be too crowded for some!

How to get to Myeongdong:
Myeongdong Station (Line 4), Exit 6
Euljiro-1-ga Station (Line 2), Exit 6


  1. Hongdae

Hongdae, Seoul’s heartbeat of subculture and cool kids, is filled with shopping, bars, restaurants, clubs, street performers, and anything else. And while there are plenty of places that will close, Hongdae is so massive and draws such crowds that there will undoubtedly be plenty for you to do.

How to get to Hongdae:
Hongik University Station (Line 2), Exit 9
Sangsu Station (Line 6), Exit 1 or 2

Well, hope all that information could help you imagine what Lunar New Year is like in South Korea! And if someday you get the chance to spend Seollal in Korea, don’t forget to visit these places!

Once again, happy Lunar New Year everyone!

(and because I am currently addicted to these super cute Song Triplets, ….tadaaa!)


새해복 많이 받으세요! (Sae-hae-bok-mani-ba-de-se-yo!)

(Thankyou to and for these informations)

Best regards,