Sunday, March 1, 2015

Travel Seoul: Olleh KT Wifi Prepaid Card (How-to)

Let us all take a moment to take in the fact that 2 months of 2015 have already passed. So fast, right? I know! I know! I have the same thoughts! I can't believe January and February flew by just like that. However, reality is here and we can do nothing but embrace the month of March, which just arrived.

On one of my travel posts, I mentioned that one of the first things we did when we arrived in South Korea was getting our T-money loaded (for easy commute on trains, buses, taxi, etc.) and grabbing an Olleh Wifi prepaid card. Both of these things can be done in GS25, which is a convenience store that we saw nearby the bus station.

The thing about Korea is that there are a lot of Olleh wifi networks all over Seoul. There are networks in most tourists spots and subway stations. The only down side is that most of it are password protected so if you don't have the pin, you won't be able to access them. This is frustrating especially to those who want to update their social media real time or maybe if you just didn't bother to get roaming since messenger apps are used by everyone nowadays. (Raise your hand if you can relate.)

One cheap solution to this is getting the Olleh KT Wifi prepaid card. At first, I didn't know if I should make a separate post about this but since one of my readers, Claudine, wanted to know about it, I thought making one would be worth it.
Like I said, I got my prepaid card in GS25 convenience store in the airport. To be exact, I got the 4-day prepaid card which costed 9,900 KRW. On the other hand, this particular prepaid card is not exclusive to GS25 only. It is also available in 7 Eleven stores, Ministop and other convenience stores.

It is also available in two types: receipt and card. For the receipt type, you can opt to buy a 1-hour receipt for only 1,100 KRW or a 1-day receipt for 3,300 KRW. For the card type, you may get a 1-day 3,300 KRW card or a 4-day 9.900 KRW card. For the card, instructions on how to use it are written. For the receipt type, you have to follow the steps here.

Honestly, this isn't the best connection out there. It wasn't as ubiquitous as I wanted it to be but it's enough for just my basic wifi needs during my travel to Korea. After all, when I'm roaming around tourist spots, I tend to forget about my phone and just focus on appreciating the beauty of Seoul. On the plus side, I am able to make full use of the internet usually when I'm inside the subway, which apparently has one of the best connections over there (in my opinion). So yeah, I still get to update my social media from time to time.

There may be other options to go about wifi around South Korea but frankly speaking, this is the only one I know of since during my research (before my trip), this was the most budget friendly one. I hope you find this post helpful in one way or another. If you know of other options on how you can stay connected in South Korea, leave a comment down below. :)
With Love,
Anna Luisa

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