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Posted 2/20/11
I wanna go to south Korea! But I'm too young at the moment so I have to wait a couple of years....I'm from London so it isnt easy to get to asia or cheap!
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Posted 2/26/12
Does anyone know if Seoul has anything like Tokyo's Akihabara or Nakano Broadway-- an "anime district," as it were, with all the shops and so on? I'm going to be in Seoul for a week in April with my wife. She's Korean, so getting around and communicating won't be problematic, nor will finding things to eat and do in general. However, anime is not something she's all that in to, and so such a district, if it exists, isn't something she knows nor particuarly cares much about! :-)
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I recently had the pleasure of going to Korea last summer, and it can get quite busy at times..

I also got a chance to go to Ever land, a amusement park that got reopened recently. There's lots to do there and there's quite a few attractions, however I found it to be really big..but a good thing is that they have these chair lifts to take you to one part of the park to a higher up location and it gives you a good view of the main area where the performances are done.

You should definitely check out the malls and stores around Korea, being the Korean obsessed teenage fan girl I am (KPOP & Kfashion <3) I was really happy to see so many beautiful and stylish clothes.. sadly, I didn't have lots of time to go shopping :<

There are some really nice hotels too, I think one of the most popular is the Sun Cruise..which is pretty much a cruise ship on top of a cliff but it's really gorgeous
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Posted 3/17/12
Hmm, I'm not sure about Seoul because my family doesn't live there, but Gwangju has a nice shopping district. Several nice shopping districts, in fact. I'm sure that there are more in Seoul; try looking online for maps and tourist suggestions. ^^
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Posted 11/21/12
I'm going to South Korea no matter what. I'ma try to get enough money to get a plane ticket to South Korea.
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Posted 12/22/12
do any of you know which kpop group this guy came from?
thank you for those who'll help.

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Posted 4/30/13

chelseahatesanime wrote:

Korea is a really awesome place to visit, and if you plan your trip right you can make it there during the off season relatively cheap. My trip was this past March and I flew, round trip, for $743. Keep in mind though that Korea does have four distinct seasons, make sure you research when you are going and pack accordingly! Korea can be hard to navigate as well if you don't have a guide. I lucked out as it was, my boyfriend is a native of Korea so I left him in charge of navigation while I kept my camera glued to my face.

The majority of my trip was spent in Seoul, with a small stop over at Jeju Island. If you are going to stay in Seoul it is really easy to get around with Seoul's great, great, great public transportation system of subways, buses, and taxis. If you plan to mostly go the trip on your own than T Money is a must! You can use them on subways, buses, some taxis, and even in some stores. It's easy, and most importantly cheap, costly usually no more than a $1.00 (about 1,000 won) to get from one end of Seoul to the other. Make sure to ask at your hotel where to buy T Money cards and also have them tell you where to get off or draw you a map. Some of the subways do announce their stops in English, but that does you no good if you don't know where you are going or don't have any idea where a location is in reference to where you are!

As for where to go....well that depends. I'm a photographer by trade and I love art and art history so I was all over the historical palaces, Buddhist temples and other such venues, however, a lot of these are going to look exactly the same. If you don't have any interest in these then pick one palace, and one temple, and you should be good to go on your Korean historical emersion. Luckily, there are a lot of palaces located in Seoul all with in walking distance of each other.

There is a foreigner distract in Seoul called Itaewon (I think I spelled that wrong...), but it's kind of depressing comparatively to the rest of the city. However, if you are on your way to North Seoul Tower and you want to take a look it might not be such a waste to stop by since it's on your way. North Seoul Tower is pretty interesting, more of a lover's hang out, but you do get a great view from the top of the spire. If you are so inclined you can even eat up there at one of the dinning facilities, but it was by far the worst meal I had during my trip.

I'm not much of a party person, so I didn't spend much time in clubs, but from what I saw there were pretty much like clubs in LA, expensive and way over hyped. Expect to throw down some money to get what you want to drink, foreign liquors will, of course, be more expensive, but that was the case at ANY bar let alone clubs.

The food was amazing!! That is probably the thing I miss the most. The service was always wonderful, quick, and polite. Also, it is not customary to tip, anywhere...not at restaurants, not in taxis, not at massage parlors. Make sure you try the local flare for food and drink. Food is always a big part of any culture and then always appreciate when you try something new, even if you don't like it! Like the saying goes, "when in Rome!" Don't be an ass either, no one likes rude people. Try to learn a few common phrases, "hello," "good bye," and "thank you," are always appreciated even when not said properly!

I have lots of pictures, more stories, tips, and accounts from my trip. If you're going to Korea and want some more info post me!



Excellent post. Would be interested in seeing some pics.
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Posted 4/30/13
I saw someone a few pages back write how they flew out to Seoul for $600. Lucky!!! The airfare is hovering around $2000 right now. At $600, I was ready to break out the CC, and just book a very random and unplanned trip for 2.
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Forum tidying. Clearing out threads that have been inactive for six months or more.

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