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Forum Posts

Visiting DMZ

by shud

Do we need a guide to enter DMZ area or, we can just go by ourselves?

Re: Visiting DMZ

by DSwede

You absolutely must be part of a tour to visit the DMZ. Without a tour, you can visit some of the observation towers and look at DPRK through the binoculars, but that's the limit of what you can do.

You also do not list your nationality. Some countries are not allowed to visit the DMZ. Others need application approval.

Here's the official website of Korea's tourist board. It gives information and contact details for authorized tour companies:

Travel Tips for Seoul

Money Exchange

by Erkmen

If you want to change your money in Seoul, you should have your passport with you and you can change them at some banks. I have tried to change at HSBC but they didnot change but citibank has changed the money..

The first day I have changed a 100 US, and the next day I went to change some more money and the lady at the bank was asking me, how did I spent a 100 US in a day.. I felt like giving an explanation to my mother.. :)

As natural you always loose at the bank. I recommend spending with credit cards, cause shopping with Credit card, you always get a better rate..

One very unusual way is exchanging at the street. This lady in the picture was exchanging money at the street. I never tried but she was near to Namdaemon market and there was no bank nearby. In case you can try..

Shopping in Seoul

by machomikemd

Shopping in Seoul asin other areas depends on the budget. if you go to high end areas like Myeongdong, be prepared to spend much and haggling is not done but if you go to budget areas like Namdaemun, Dongdaemun then you can haggle to your hearts delite buy YOU MUST HAVE A KOREAN INTERPRETER or TOUR GUIDE or FRIEND with you so you know if you are getting a good deal or not.

Kimchi Making

by snuggie

Kimchi is a must have dish in korean meals and kimchi is actually a fermented dish made up of a spicy mixture of salted and seasoned vegetables,which includes slices of radish, red pepper,garlic etc..

The steps of making kimchi include;
1) Washing the vegetable,mainly cabbage.
2) Seasoning and stuffing cabbages and lastly,
3) Storing the kimchi.

The kimchi made in the winter are stored in doks.These vats are then buried in the earth to prevent freezing.

It's a dog-eat-dog world

by Ewingjr98

Do Koreans really eat dog meat? You bet they do... it's called Kaegogi, literally "fire dog." It's really a summer-time delicacy (for the "dog days" of summer!).

Koreans are very sensitive to the Western belief that dog should not be eaten, therefore, they will rarely talk about eating dog, will seldom eat it in front of a Westerner, and would never serve dog without telling their guests. Unlike most other Korean stores and restaurants, Kaegogi restaurants never have signs in English, as they are not for tourists. If you want to try dog, you'll have to learn Hangul or make friends with a local. My friends who tried it say it tastes like a wet dog smells...

According to this BBC article ( dog is the fourth most popular meat in Korea after pork, beef, and chicken. Eating dog was banned for several years around the '88 Olympics and '02 World Cup, partly due to the inhumane killing methods, but the practice has continued. Some argue that the practice should be stopped due to the infamous cruelty, while others argue eating dog is part f the Korean culture and therefore should be allowed, but regulated to prevent abuse and punish those who might torture the animals.

Big business is not easy....

by Carino

You should always carry some tissues or toilet paper with you. Toilet paper is usually not provided in public restrooms. Also take care not to throw the paper in the toilet. Use the garbage can instead. And I just wanna say... Have fun with the Asian Toilets! They are really hard to use. Whenever possible, try to use a western Toilet!


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