How Safe Is Seoul for Travel?

Updated On November 7, 2023
Seoul, South Korea
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 84 / 100 based on 14 user reviews.

Seoul, South Korea’s capital and the powerhouse of Asia’s third-largest economy, is an attraction all by itself!

This city that never sleeps is a heaven for those yearning to experience some adventure in contemporary Asian surroundings.

On every corner, you can find flawlessly reconstructed palaces that stand side by side with glowing night markets and the latest technological wonders.

Seoul is, hands down, South Korea’s largest city and one of East Asia’s financial and cultural epicenters.

This city is a true mix of ancient traditions and jaw-dropping digital technology, a blend of the unblendable, where you can find street food vendors and vast nightlife districts co-existing with an overwhelmingly progressive educational system.

It’s a place where serene Buddhist temples standing side by side with trend-setting youth culture venues.

Warnings & Dangers in Seoul

Overall Risk


Seoul is overall, very safe and you will probably encounter no problems when traveling there. Still, do not let your guard down and be vigilant at all times.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Tourists are exposed to risk whenever crossing the street since in Seoul risky behavior is common when it comes to traffic. The Republic of Korea has one of the highest rates of traffic deaths for a developed country. Check the road twice before crossing the street. Also, watch out for taxi drivers trying to overcharge you: it is recommended to refrain from using unofficial taxes.

Pickpockets Risk


Since Seoul is a somewhat popular tourist destination, it is expected that pickpockets operate in the city center. Petty theft is the most common form of crime in Seoul, but following basic precautions, rules should take care of this issue.

Natural Disasters Risk


When it comes to natural disasters, Seoul has had a history of earthquakes, but most of them caused little damage. Another issue when it comes to natural disasters is typhoons that may occur in August and September, as well as tsunamis.

Mugging Risk


Seoul is safe when it comes to mugging or kidnapping, though precaution is still advised. Avoid poorly lit streets and areas, and people offering you free drinks.

Terrorism Risk


Even though there haven't been any terrorist attacks in Seoul's recent history, there is heightened tension between South and North Korea, so precaution is recommended.

Scams Risk


There is a risk of someone scamming you in Seoul since there are a lot of scammers and con artists on the streets of this country. The most notable among them is the Teahouse scam with girls saying to tourists that they want to practice conversing in English, which usually ends in a teahouse with a huge bill. Other forms of scams are mostly overcharging in cafes and restaurants, with a separate menu just for tourists.

Women Travelers Risk


Seoul is a safe destination for women traveling solo, but it is still advised that unaccompanied women take extra precaution measures, avoid poorly lit and secluded areas, etc.

So... How Safe Is Seoul Really?

Seoul is a very safe city to visit.

Its crime rates are much lower than in the US cities and on par with most European ones.

This mostly means that, for tourists and anyone else, it is perfectly safe to walk around at night.

Violent crime is also rare.

Only foreigners and tourists looking for trouble could end up in one, and this usually applies to drunker or intoxicated visitors, provoking fights in bars.

However, if you do find yourself in a situation concerning anything police can help you with, they are mostly at every corner, and even though they don’t speak English, they have interpreters on-call that can help you.

Another issue in Seoul is the problems that Korean motorists cause to its traffic.

They sometimes speed through pedestrian crossings, go through red lights and have no problem passing within a hair-width distance from pedestrians and other cars.

Generally, the streets of Seoul and their traffic culture is not too safe, and it is safer to use underground passageways.

Also, keep in mind that even though peace was established between North and South Korea in the 1950s, these two countries are, officially, still at war.

In the light of recent events that made the tension between them very high, tourists are advised to get informed on current events in the region before traveling there.

How Does Seoul Compare?

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Useful Information



Regulations and conditions concerning visa and entry into the state of South Korea regularly change, so it is best to get informed at the moment of planning a trip to this country. Foreigners are finger-printed upon arrival in the Republic of Korea. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your intended date of departure from South Korea. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.



South Korean Won is the official currency of Seoul. It may not be the best idea to exchange money in the street exchange offices. Your best bet when exchanging money is either an official bank office or withdrawing money from an ATM.



Seoul has a temperate climate characterized by four distinct seasons. Winters are usually long, cold and dry, summers are very short and hot, with lots of humidity, and spring is actually the most pleasant time to visit Seoul. Autumn is also pleasant but like spring and summer, short in duration.



Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea and also one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. It is located west of Incheon's city center, on an artificially created piece of land between Yeongjong and Yongyu Islands.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Seoul, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.

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Seoul Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -3° C
Feb 0° C
Mar 6° C
Apr 13° C
May 18° C
Jun 23° C
Jul 26° C
Aug 26° C
Sep 22° C
Oct 15° C
Nov 7° C
Dec 0° C
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14 Reviews on Seoul

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    sungwon says:

    no earthquakes and no tsunamis in seoul

    no earthquakes and no tsunamis in seoul

    1. Reallyyyyy I will go to Seoul next year I hope so and I’m just scared of natural disasters so is there actually?? I would love to know if you please and does it occur In September and August please tell me !!!!🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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        Michael WON says:

        D'ont Worry, Be happy!~^^

        I am telling you. No Disasters!!~~~~^^ Don’t worry about that.

      2. No earthquake. No Sunami!

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      Nhommuot Nhommuot Anyakdit says:

      very good to very country for education ,culture language adapted.

      to visit for aboard education ,culture adapt ,language and build realationship

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    Anonymous says:

    No natural disaster at all

    Natural disaster? Earth quake and Tsunami? Never experienced it in my entire life.
    I don’t think you would find about it on any official record here.

    I’m from Korea and have lived almost 40 years.

    Some floods might occur in the other part of Korea when there are heavy rain in Summer.
    But that rarely happens.




  4. The information of temperature also can’t help for travelers

    When I see the table of average temperatures, I could’t imagine how Korea hot in summer and cold in winter.
    Usually, in summer, a temperature is over 35`C degree and in winter it is under -10’C. Crazy hot and humid in summer.


    Overall very safe city…
    No natural disasters (unless you go during the summers where you might just experience long weeks of rain (Monsoons)).
    The city doesn’t sleep….literally.
    Subways stop at midnight and open up again at like 5-6am for the party people ^.^
    There are always people walking around, no matter what time of day.
    The only real problem that I could say is that some people are very drunk during the night and may be a bit rowdy and willing to provoke foreigners because they cannot control themselves.
    Nonetheless, crime rates are very low. If there are crimes, it’s not like murder or stabbing, it’s more like pick-pocketing and stealing (although seoul does have a very safe and secure atmosphere so you could probably leave your wallet somewhere by accident and come back to pick it up with everything still in it)

  6. Natural disater and weather info is not correct.

    1. I think he was confused with Japan.

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    Macho CHO says:

    No scam, pickpocket exist in S Korea. Very safe, specially for foreigners. Actually, not many S Korean can speak English so they don’t trouble with foreign visitors. You may ask foreigners who stay in Korea then you can figure it out. Even late night, you can walk in the streets n cops are very fast response if you call 112. I ve visited lots of places, countries so I can tell you. Just living expenses are higher than other cities. Im living in Seoul now.

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    Anonymous says:

    How do Koreans welcome or not welcome Black visitors?

    1. Black visitors are welcomed as well.

Seoul Rated 4.21 / 5 based on 14 user reviews.

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