Other Stuff, Seoul
Favorite thing: English is not widely spoken or understood here in seoul and in south korea, so if you plan to use taxis or other local services like the bus or subway, it is wise to have instructions written down in Korean by your hotel front desk or receptionist as to not get lost!
When it comes to Free and Easy, planning is very important to me. Hence having a good tourist guidebook would be very helpful. To prepare this F&E trip, I visited major book stores like Kinokuniya, Borders etc and find that in general, in the context of Seoul, Chinese tourist guidebooks are far more informative than those English tourist guidebooks. And guidebooks that are from Hong Kong or Taiwan are some of the best. Hence, if you are someone who knows how to read Chinese, I strongly recommend Chinese tourist guidebooks about Seoul.
Well, one main difference about those guidebooks. Chinese guidebooks has lots of coloured pictures of the places, food, products that they recommend. Some even have prices and very details directions given.
I like to be a well informed and prepared Free and Easy traveller in Seoul, below are some great websites that provided me with very useful information.
I read lots of travel pages in both Virtural tourist and tripadvisor too.
The Walker Hill show! Great food, awesome music, mindblowing choreography. The best blend of local traditions and contemporary global culture.
Super romantic place to take your date.
Fondest memory: Live jazz music at Once in a Blue Moon!!
And of course, the Saturday nightlife in Itaewon!
And DVD shopping at the Electronics market!
For more about our adventures in Seoul, read this:
This is a trap for young players - after getting along just fine with my chopstick skills in China and Sth East Asia, I quickly became unstuck in Korea. Here, for some reason they like to use metal chopsticks as opposed to the normal wooden or plastic versions. I found the metal to be very slippery and it was like I had to learn all over again - frustrating, but it gave my local friends a good laugh.
Fondest memory: If you get the opportunity to go out with some local friends - jump on it. The Seoul that the locals know and love is likely to be much different than the city you're likely to see with a guidebook. There are some great places to eat, drink and be merry, and the Koreans would have to be among the genuinely friendliest in Asia.
If you are in S. Korea, you have to try this signature dish! Its very tasty and all foreigners love it...
Bulgogi is as typical as Kimchi when you mention Korean food. It is BBQ marinated beef, sliced thinly to obtain the sweet, juicy taste and it goes with sticky rice.
This is also a popular dish... I love the taste. You have rice, meat, vegetables and paste served on a HOT claypot. Once the dish is served, use your utensils, and MIX everything together. You will hear sizzling sounds as you mix! ;o)
When my host mother brought us to DMZ, she packed Kim Pap as our picnic food. I thought it looked really like the japanese sushi but it is actually bigger and more tasty.
One roll of Kim Pap is enough to fill my tummy!!
This is a WOW! I still remembered, when I first went into a Korean restaurant, I was amazed at the amount of side dishes served! It could be between 8 to 20 side dishes depending on the restaurant.
These are actually cold dishes and most of it features the famous Kimchi!! You can see kimchi in the picture. Kimchi is actually spicy pickled cabbage, they are all red in colour.
You know what is the best thing?? ALL of these side dishes are FREE! Cooool....
My 2 korean friends, Jacky and Peter wanted us to try the Korean version of Nasi Goreng Pedas (Malaysian spicy fried rice).
I am quite sorry that I did not take the picture before eating, but we were TOO hungry!!! It is very yummy.... and spicy!!!
For those traveling in Seoul with backpack or suitcase, there is a solution for it. If you want to explore the city without carrying your backpack, or dragging suitcases, simply go down to one of any metro station nearby and look for lockers. The lockers are in all size and in different price, of course how bigger the locker how more you pay for it. This is very handy in Seoul, and very easy. They make visitors life much more easier
The lockers are coin and card operated, if you have those subway pass like T-money public transfer card, you can used it here, or otherwise insert a coin. Older machine only accept coin, newly machine credit card is accepted. Always take your receipt which states your time, amount paid and box number confirmation.
The locker is easy to used, the same of ticket machine in the subway, select language English and it gives you instruction of how to operated. New lockers can be paid with credit cards and T-money cards, but older lockers only accept cash.
The new lockers are a little more expensive than older lockers, but they are more convenient because they do not require users to carry keys around with you. On older lockers, there is a panel in the middle of the box to insert coins, and the key is then taken out. Most of the newer lockers can be found in bus terminals, and at some subway stations.
The period of use is up to 4 hours.
EZ-LOCKERs are located in the stations of Subway Lines 1-4, while T-Boxes can be found in the stations of Subway Lines 5-9. Most EZ-LOCKERs do not accept cash, but some of them accept T-money. To operate it, there is a touch panel and keys are not required.
Rate: Small - 3,000 Won / Medium - 5,000 Won / Large - 7,000 Won / X-Large - 10,000 Won (per Item included Tax). More money must be added when the time expires. Be sure to come back when the certain period of time exceed
Using Older Lockers: There are two types of lockers: one that takes coins and give you a key and one that has a computer with a panel into which you type a 4-digit pin number. These lockers only accept cash and are often found in older facilities and bus terminals and are rarely found in subway stations.
Cost of key type
The period of use is up to 24 hours. 1,000 won (only 100 won coins are accepted）.Luggage storage is allowed for 3 days max (if you exceed this period, you may move your goods to another locker).
The period of use is up to 12 hours. 1,500-3,000 won（price depends on size of locker）. After 12 hours, you must add more money. Luggage storage is allowed for 3 days max (if you exceed this period, you may move your goods to another locker).
Favorite thing: ride subway..It is very cheap and advanced except line 1 and 2. And you can get Gimpo airport(line 5) by subway directly. This is a subway map in english.
Favorite thing: Actually, this picture informs you about 10 prides which Busan, the second greatest city in Korea, is proud of....
Favorite thing: Seoul has energy. Sure this is just me playing with Photoshop (TM), but since you can't hear the music, the cars, smell the petrol... I have to make you SEE it!