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  • Gyeongbokgung (Palace)

    Seoul Favorites

    Gyeongbokgung was the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). One of five palaces in Seoul, it has a 500 year history. It was built by the founding King of Joseon dynasty, Lee Seong-Gye, in 1395 as he moved the capital city from Gyeseong to Seoul. Located in the northern part of Seoul, it is sometimes called “Bukgwol.” Gyeongbokgung is...

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  • Other Stuff

    Seoul Favorites

    1) Money (listed in KRW - won) to bring if you are traveling on a budget: accommodation could be 15000 ~ 50000 won per day depending on where you book -food will run you about 5000~10000 won per meal (remember no need to tip) -shopping is per your own choices and tastes: --cheap clothing can be found 5000 won and higher --cheap backpacks and bags...

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  • Shopping & Money

    Seoul Favorites

    South Korea's monetary unit is the won (KRW) and due to the financial crisis, It had depreciated 35% to the US Dollar. The Exchange rate today is 1 USD: 1,380 KRW! The Won is available into ₩1, ₩5,₩10, ₩50, ₩100, ₩500 coins and ₩1000, ₩5000, ₩10000 denominations! Foreign Currencies can be...

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  • Other Place to Go

    Seoul Favorites

    I would definitely take them to the Jong-ro district. The center of the city has many exciting places, restaurants, cafes, fashion stores. They can buy a lots of stylish clothes and accessories at fairly cheap price. I had a chance to visit Incheon Airport in Korea, one of the most advanced and attractive airports in the world, recently during my...

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  • Lotte World

    Seoul Favorites

    Give your baby a relaxing time at Lotte world with their luxury Inglesina Zippy strollers. Inglesina is the world famous Italian brand since 1963. Rental Place: 1st floor of Lotte world Tel: (02)411-3497 How to rent: Either with your passport or ID. The passport or ID will be returned to you upon returning the strollers. Rental fee" 3000 won per...

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  • Pleasent/Amusing Surprises

    Seoul Favorites

    If you happen to be a non-Asian in Seoul (a Caucasian, as shown in photo), do not feel alarmed if some students approach you with a notebook, a camera, and/or a tape recorder. A lot of the kids there have school assignments which is to talk to a foreigner in English. Being that you, non-Asian person you, will stick out like a sore thumb, you will...

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  • Changdokgung (Palace)

    Seoul Favorites

    Seoul is a city of royal palaces. There are five of them in all. One of my favourite things is looking inside the palace rooms. They have a simple, uncluttered style, quite different to that of European palaces. The beautiful room in the picture is at Changdeokgung.

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  • Hiking

    Seoul Favorites

    If you ever get the chance, hike up Mt Soraksan, about 3 hours north of Seoul by bus, on early autumn and just take in the colourful view of the countryside and mountainside. An easier way would be to ride a cable car to go up and walk the rest of the way up to the top. It can be quite windy at the peak and you can rest by sitting on the...

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  • Toksugung (Palace)

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    Tracking down the Past along the Palace Walls Doksu Palace Lane winding along the stone wall of the palace is often compared with the streets on the Mont Martre hills of Paris. But the bustling atmosphere to be experienced in the street of Paris cannot be found in this most quiet quarter in downtown Seoul. Right after the end of the...

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  • Jongmyo (Royal Shrine)

    Seoul Favorites

    Now follow me over a footbridge ... and we are arrived at Jongmyo Royal Shrine, another "Must See" of Seoul and another area, which is registered on the UNESCO´s World Cultural List. They put it on this list, because it was one of three main state institutions in the Joseon dynasty. The old rituals are contucted every first Sunday in May and bring...

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  • National Folk Museum

    Seoul Favorites

    The museum is located at the back of Kyongbok'kung Palace. It also had free entry on National Day. The museum was very, very good. It wasn't possible to take pictures inside but there were some interesting exhibits outside such as this traditional Korean house which has been brought to Seoul from the countryside. For more pictures of the National...

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  • Events

    Seoul Favorites

    The annual Seoul Drum Festival last weekend (8 -10 October 2004) was a free display of many different styles and cultural drum performances. Each set lasted about 20 minutes and each session lasted from 6pm to 9.30pm. The weather was perfect and the performers generally put on a great show. Outstanding were the Korean and Japanese groups on the...

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  • Korean War Memorial

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    War Memorial. A great museum (though you might want to skip the first floor if pressed for time). I learned a lot about the Korean War. I came close to crying quite a few times. Make sure you read the story about the 10 soldiers. The stature in front of the museum of the two brothers (the older an officer for the North and the younger a soldier...

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  • Kyonghuigung (Palace)

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    Resting Place for Citizens The kyonghuigung had been used as the main royal palace for the period of the reigning of ten kings since being built in 1617 by Prince Regent Gwanghae. Counted one of the three greatest palaces of the Choson Dynasty along with the Kyongbok and the Changgyong, it had included 98 structures like the Main Hall, the Crown...

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  • Korea House & Namsan Hanok Folk Village

    Seoul Favorites

    Namsum Village of Traditional Houses. If you can?ft get out to Folk Village, you can still visit traditional homes near the city center. The homes were moved from around the country and really give you a feel of how the people lived.

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  • Changgyeonggung (Palace)

    Seoul Favorites

    No More Cherry-blossom Viewing Here Tragically, the Japanese colonists at one time transformed the Changgyong (Palace), one of the five main palaces of the Choson Dynasty, into a leisure facility, including a zoo, botanical garden, etc. But due to the extensive restoration of the original royal residential and governmental structures since 1983,...

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  • Tapgol Park

    Seoul Favorites

    This park celebrates the Declaration of Independence from Japanese occupation. The last time I was here there were photo exhibits of the horrors perpetrated by the Japanese. This time the mood was much more festive, with colored lanterns in celebration of Buddha’s birthday. There are always lots of older men gathered discussing history and...

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  • Myeongdong

    Seoul Favorites

    This quarter has two faces, each of which seems totally different from each other. First, it is a most important financial district of Korea, having headquarter buildings of the nation's representative national and commercial banks such as the Industrial Bank of Korea, the Korea Exchange Bank, and the Kookmin Bank, as well as The Bank of Korea, the...

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  • Becoming a multicultural society

    I was surprised by the extent of ethnic diversity in Korea as I travelled through there. Aside from just foreign English teachers on temporary visas, there are also many people from different countries around the world who call Korea home. Current statistics (2013) are showing that Korea's population of 50 million is now made up of 1 million...

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  • Korea - Language and Transcription

    Korean language, Han-Kuk-Eoh, is classified into the Ural-Altaic group.Contrary to general belief, it's not represented with ideograms like Chinese or Japanese but it's written using the Hangul alphabet which is composed of 24 basic letters first introduced around AD 1450 under King Sejong.My command of Korean language is scarce, but knowing how to...

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  • Currency Notes

    Today, Korea has issued the 50,000 KRW note (as of today June 23, 2009). It is yellow in color.Until recently, Korea had only issued paper currency in the denominations of 1,000 / 5,000 / 10,000. This was done for a various number of reasons, but most popularly accepted is to deter corruption and bribery. It is widely accepted that passing along...

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  • Tranlatate (cooking ingredients,...

    While you may know how to cook, finding and recognizing ingredients when they are written in Hongul can be difficult.for example, how do you know you are getting, flour, sugar or salt when all you see is a white bag... for example, "sogum" (소금) is salt, but this forum does not support hongul characters. Flour is "ka-ru"...

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  • Bibimbap - do try it

    One of the most delicious Korean dishes (in my opinion) is bibimbap. "Bap" means rice. Sometimes the rice portion of the meal is served separately in a small bowl (as seen in photo) or already in the larger bowl with the rest of the ingredients - usually vegetables, egg, soybean sprouts, tofu, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini and other vegetables....

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  • medicine, seafood

    Thanks,Up to this moment, I have been visited Seoul 8 times.I have some friends from South Korea, they are my local guides.I like a lot Korean food, hot and spicy.This sommer I try traditional Korean medical doctor. I also visite southern cities Pusan and Inje. Very cheap and good seafood.

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  • So hot when you wear this from South...

    My favorite things in South Korea is hanbok.Hanbok is traditional apparel in Korea.I think it introduced to foreigner officially from fashion show infamous fashion city NewYork first.It have beutiful color and unique design.If you wear hanbok, you can feel superiority in sense of fashion.Also, it is good for party or meeting, wedding.New style that...

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  • Seoul, soul of Asia...

    Seoul has an excellent range of beauty products that use natural ingredients like Brown Rice, Olive Oil and Jojoba Oil. Reasonble price. Ladies here have such nice skin too! Food! Kimchi voted one of healthiest food in the world. The enzymes in the kimchi help with digestion. very good fo health. You must try the Cold Noodles in Spicy red sauce....

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  • Adaptor plugs in S Korea

    S Korea uses 220V, 60HzTypical outlet will be the 2-pin outlet with side grounding:http://electricaloutlet.org/type-fThis will universally accept the European 2-pin plug:http://electricaloutlet.org/type-cNice hotels may have a universal outlet that allows for 110/220V and USA/Japan 2-pin, or British 3-pin rectangular blade...

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  • Interactive English Map

    Here is the best interactive map in English that I have found. For some reason, it always opens to a location in Seoul:http://emap.visitkorea.or.kr/Scripts/EngMap.aspx--> If you know an address, you can change the option to "Address", then select the district, city and areas. Example: " Ulsan / Nam-gu / ... "It requires you to know the exact...

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  • Foreign Cards in ATM's

    Foreign cards are taken at ~half of ATM's in the city. And I guarantee there will be machines at the airport that will accept your card. But just be forewarned that it may not be the first machine, so try again and don't give up hope.Honestly speaking, if you go into a convenience store and it has a "Cash Zone" ATM, you card should work just...

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  • USEFUL LINKS

    Korean Visa InformationKorea National Tourism Organization (KNTO)Korean PicturesKorean Information Service

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  • A number you should know...

    1330 is a telephone should tattoo on your arm. 1330 is the number for the Korean tourist help-line. its free to call and they can help with all kinds of things.before coming to Korea, I used the number to help book hotels. When in Korea I used the service to help translate between a Korean hotel whom didn't speak any English. Most useful indeed!

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  • Reading Korean

    Here is a great website to help you translate Hongul to English. You might encounter, as I did, that many hotel websites are not written in the Roman alphabet, but if you can translate some of the key parts you can at least navigate through and find the price of rooms and things like that.http://translation.babylon.com/korean/to-english/

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  • Korean Travel Website

    this is a pretty depth site created by the 'sparkle korean' tourist association. You can find lots of hotel information, sightseeing locations, maps, some restaurant location ect ect. I used the site a lot to plan my trip.As well, they claim they will send you maps and travel books free of charge, but I signed up and requested books and they never...

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  • A little goes a long way...

    Well, Koreans can be shy and even if they know some English they might not use any, so knowing a few key phrases would be really helpful. Below you'll find some helpful Korean broken down into the syllables and phonetic pronunciation.Hello = a-ne-ha-see-oThank you = com-sa-ha-ne-daYes = E-ehNo = A-ne-oBeer = Meg-chuKorean Alcohol = So-juBeer/soju...

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  • Lack of English or other language...

    I think Chinese (mandarin) may be useful in S. Korea but most people do not speak english or other languages.It is helpful to learn a few phrase & here is a site to learnhttp://rki.kbs.co.kr/learn_korean/text_htm/e_text/1e.htm#Hope it is useful.Bring pen & paper with you at all times to write numbers to haggle

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  • Yellow Sand from the Gobi

    I've been in Korea for ~3 years now. Yes, the sands do come over starting in the early Spring (~March). But to be more accurate, it is not sand, but rather a very fine dust. It is a phenomenon locally called Hwangsa (황사). It is also called Kosa in Japan. In some extreme storms, when the particles are fine enough, they have even...

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  • The language barrier

    It is not too hard to get around without knowing much Korean. I'm living here and don't have too much trouble. I would recommend however, learning a few basic words because sometimes they come in handy. Other than that, I've found hand actions and pointing to words in my phrasebook to have gone a long way.You might be surpised how "English-ized"...

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  • Ginseng chicken soup

    Ginseng chicken soup was royal kitchen, but became successful among normal people. The chicken is small one and inside put with ginseng (Korean herbal) and sticky rice. Together stewing till soft. The chicken will be melt in your mouth. The soup tastes light and sweet. If you fill ginseng alkohol in it, it will smell better and stronger. One eats...

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  • Tend food: Spicy rice cake and fried...

    Korean street stands are in tends. The most offer Korean national food, spicy rice cake, fried dumpling, fried seafood etc. The sauce of spicy rice cake is hot-red, but the taste is not as spicy as fire. It's a bit sweet. Unlike Taiwanese dumplings, Korean dumplings are huge and big.

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  • The best B.B.Q in the world is in...

    Before baking, pork slices are dept in special sauce (pear juice etc). They taste already great with rice. Korean people eat B.B.Q port slices wrapped in sesame leaves and together with favorite garlic or Kim-Chi or small fishes etc. You will feel never guilty full, oily or disgusting. Vegetable fade the fat away. Top recommended.

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  • National Food DIY- Kim-Jin

    How to make Kim-Chi? Fresh Cabbages mop with salt, especially near the root more. Lay a while, wash by water, do not dry it by hands, just lay it down. Wiping with special sauce leaf by leaf from up to down, at the root more. The special sauce is made of red-hot-pepper skin, spring-onlion, garlic, fish sauce, shrimp sauce, redish, rice water etc....

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  • English service radio station - TBS eFM

    Hello Members!From the 1st of coming December,2008TBS E FM will start english broadcastion on FM ferequency.so you will enjoy english radio in Seoul and Kyunggy province.TBS E FM will serve from 6:00am tp 2:00 am for 20hours a dayon 101.3 Mhz.Please pack your portable radio for it when you visit Korea.Also this service covers Seoul area firstly,...

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  • Climate in Korea

    We think July and August is rainy season, it means you can have heavy showers for 2~3days period.But I don't think it will spoil your iteneraty unless you would climb Mountains.Also ferry schedule may be apt to rainshwer. But you don't need to care for rain shower in general.I think climate is more worm enough to notice compared to my childhood...

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  • Finding your Way Around Seoul

    In Seoul, it's difficult to find addresses. A few reasons are behind Seoul's confusing landscape. 1. The first reason is that there are millions of forks in the roads where you'll often have a choice among five avenues, alleyways and roads. 2. Addresses for buildings and houses are numbered according to when they were built. So, a house that's...

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  • Block Carving Collection of Buddha's...

    Hein Sa or Hein Temple, is a World Heritage site. The central focus of the temple is a building housing aprx. 84,000 carved wooden blocks of Buddha's sayings. They date back about 900 years. The easiest way to get there if you have your own transport is to leave the expressway about 20 miles south of Seoul and turn east on highway 42 at the Singil...

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