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Subway in Seoul

by kengkwan

This is Keng Kwan of San Francisco. Retired Chinese American. Revisiting Seoul next month since 1972. Would like to visit the DMZ and Suwon.
What is the age limit for senior citizen. 60 or 65?
Is it OK to take the subway with a backpack and a roller carry-on from Gimpo Airport Station on Incheon International Airport?

Re: Subway in Seoul

by sarah346

hi Keng
My name is sarah and I just came back from Seoul, Korea with my family. I'm not sure about the senior citizen age limit, but I know about the subways you can take what ever you like on the subways, they are very clean and easy to understand.

Re: Subway in Seoul

by kengkwan

Thanks, I enjoy taking the subway to see the sights & sounds of different places. It's another way to mingle with the general public of all walks of life.

Travel Tips for Seoul

Free Internet

by amambaw

If you're looking for a place to check your email for free, head to Insadong's tourist information office. Located on Insadong-gil, the office has three computers available with a highspeed hookup, and you can use them to check email and other internet related stuff.

Koreans are Proud of their History

by AKtravelers

I am pleasantly surprised with the pride Koreans take in their traditions and history, despite years of being invaded by China or Japan. this is obvious in how well-maintained their cultural landmarks are despite years of abuse at the hands of occupiers.

Pop quiz study before you go...

by praetorianxxxv

Tips and observations during my 15 months in Korea.
Take off your shoes when entering someone's home. (make sure your dog's don't bring the funk ~ if ya know what I mean)
You will see teenage men walking in the street with their arms around each other's shoulders and teenage girls walking hand-in-hand. This means nothing more than intimacy. Touching close friends while talking to them is perfectly acceptable in Korea. Bumping into other people while passing is acceptable unless you shove them offensively. Koreans believe that direct eye contact during conversation shows boldness, and out of politeness they concentrate on the conversation, usually avoiding eye-to-eye contact. Koreans shake hands and bow at the same time. The depth of the bow depends on the relative seniority of the two people. When you receive something from an older person, you should use two hands when receiving it, with a bow. If it's small enough for one hand, use one hand to receive it and the other under your forearm or your lower chest (for support). When you are shaking hands with an older person, use two hands. If the person receiving the gift is younger or lower in stature, passing with one hand is acceptable. Rather than pouring their own drinks, Koreans pour for one another. It is a bad breach of etiquette to pour your own drink. Thus conlcudes the lecture, Now go forth, travel, be happy.

Korean manners

by MEdelmann

Here are some tips about korean manners:

1. Greeting and saying 'thank you' are very important to Koreans. Words of Greeting and thanks are always said with a bow of the head. The depth of the bow depends on the relative seniority of the two speakers.

2. Korean do not appreciate an overly outgoing style and they generally limit direct physical contact to courteous handshake. As one gets to know koreans better, a greater familiarity becomes possible.

3. There are many clean public restrooms (toilets) in the office throughot Korea. It is also acceptable to use the toilets in office buildings, restaurants, shops or hotels.

4. Korean sit, eat and sleep on the floor, so shoes are always removed when entering a korean home. Bare feet are considered an affront in front of elders, so it is the best to wear socks or stockings when visiting families.

5. Young koreans are accustomed to 'going Dutch' but in general it is common to be either host or guest.

6. It is traditionally regarding unpolite to talk during a meal, however, nowadays Koreans are encouraged to talk, to laugh during the meal. Real appreciation of the food and service is gratefully recieved. It is inpolite to blow your nose at the table.

Buy Socks, Underwear, Belts and Razors in Korea

by jburron

These are actually things you need not bring in great quantity (and things that I stock up on in Seoul). Socks you can get on the street or in the Namdaemoon and Dongdaemoon for about 500won/0.45USD to 1,000 won a pair. Underwear you can get 4 for 10,000 won/9USD or lless (for boxers, at least). Belts I get from a travelling belt guy but there are many sellers in the markets too. Near exits #13 and #14 of Dongdaemoon Stadium Station (lines 2, 4 and 5 intersect here) there is an old lady that sells disposible razors 10 for 1,000 won/0.90USD. Yes, 9 cents apiece (you can use them 2-2 times on an average beard, too)! More shopping stories here and here,


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