It’s winter in Korea, which means donning your fashionable Korean winter coat, and sitting tight until summer comes again. As the mercury and your bank balance begin its free fall, all you can do is crank up the heat, and watch, as your money slowly melts away. Well, if this is you, you’re not alone. After spending some years in Korea, trying to fight the freeze, I have learnt some cost effective ways for you to stay warm in your apartment this winter.

#1:Bubble Wrap Those Windows To Stay Warm And Cosy 

Firstly, you should take a trip to Daiso and buy your self some bubble wrap to cover your windows and doors. It’s ridiculously cheap and a great way to save money on your heating bills! If you can, get the sheets with the larger bubbles as they provide better insulation. You don’t need to be skilled in DIY to apply it! Simply, cut the bubble wrap to the size of the window, and spray some water onto the window surface and then apply the bubble wrap. If it keeps coming off, you can also buy some cheap tape to go around edges! One thing to note, your visibility will be effected, but it’s only temporary and what’s more important to you? A nice view of your neighbours apartment, or saving some cash and staying warm in Korea?

Korea Winter tip #2: Snuggle Down Into The Electric Blanket

cat sleeping on an electric blanket in Korea

This is possibly one of the best things I own in my apartment- an electric blanket. True, it does make it exceptionally difficult getting out of bed, and there are the dangers of  removing myself from society by never leaving my mat. However, these dangers are warranted by the fact that it keeps me warm and cozy during the winter in Korea. Just hop onto G-market or make your way down to Home-plus and you will find a selection of electric blankets to choose from. It’s certainly a must buy while you live here!

Korea Winter tip #3: Buy Uniqlo Heat-tech Extra Warm Innerwear

I’ve always thought Uniqlo heat tech is fantastic at keeping my body temperature up while also feeling really comfortable. A heatech ribbed, long sleeve T-shirt, and some extra warm long johns are some of the best innerwear you can buy in Korea during the winter. Try looking out for a Uniqlo sale, sometimes you can pick them with 30-40% discount. After getting some extra warm innerwear, you will be able to withstand anything Korea throws at you.

Korea Winter tip #4: Drink Gallons Of Warm Tea 

Korea Winter a woman is holding a cup of tea

Get yourself a thermal heat flask and fill it with hot water and tea. Using a thermal flask is great, as it means you don’t have to keep going back to the kettle to boil water every 5 minutes- save more money. Not only will you feel refreshed, you will also be warming up your body by enhancing your blood circulation. I love hot tea, but anything that’s warm will help you battle the winter chills in Korea.

Korea Winter tip #5 Buy A Few Heat Packs 

Now if you’ve never been to Korea you probably clueless what these are. They are little packs that you can buy from your local convenience or  Daiso for dead cheap- about 1,000 won. They are popular among Korean’s for a reason, and we think they really are worth it. Look for the ones that  have numbers on the package next to 시. This will tell you long how long it will last. It’s probably not a good idea to put them directly on your skin, but between a layer of clothing is great, and it gives you some added warmth.

  • Remember don’t sacrifice your health over money. If it does get unbearably cold, crank up that heating and stay warm during the Korean winter.