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    Bukchonhanok-gil

    by akikonomu Written May 4, 2007
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    Around the Anguk area, there's a slope of traditional residential houses with a view of the tower on Namsan in the distance. You'll also get an rooftop view of the palace.

    If you're a K-fan, this area is also near to the filming site for the house of one of the protaganist in some sad love story. Souvenirs hawked aggresively nearby (i believe it's right across a high school).

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    Subway stations

    by akikonomu Written Feb 23, 2007

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    The subway stations are a sight in themselves. Most subways would have a special theme or artwork displayed in them. For instance Chungmuro station is modelled to look like a cavern, and these interesting displays of kites were also found in a subway station.

    Keep your eyes peeled for interesting finds.

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    Knife Gallery - Insadong

    by jckim Updated Jan 11, 2007
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    knife gallery.
    about by Korean knife,Japan knife,China Knife, Western knife, Damascus Kinfe, Custom knife, Swiss army knife, Military Knife, Throwing knife,kitchen knife , Dagger, Jungle knife,Rescue knife, survival Kinfe, Hunting knife, Fishing knife, Cooking knife and all type of knife gallery. attraction point of Insa-dong

    Subway 3 Line Anguk Stn, Gate 6
    Subway 5 Line Jongno 3-ga Stn, Gate 5
    Phone: 02-735-4431,4432
    Website: kim@knifegallery.co.kr
    Other Contact: Fax : 02-737-4911

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    Korean Street Vendors

    by bpacker Updated Dec 18, 2005

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    Street Vendor, Insa-Dong

    Not all street vendors are nasty like the one I encountered the last time. Many are nice, English-speaking and genuinely proud of their crafts. This street vendor is creating a gigantic mound of candy from a slab of molasses. It was too yummy to ignore.

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    Checking out strange sights in alleyways

    by bpacker Updated Dec 18, 2005

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    School of dried fish, Namdaemun

    here's lots of little provision shops in the little alleyways of Namdaemuns so check them out. You'll see lots of interesting things for sale. Take these braided rows of salted fish for example.

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    Eating Fresh Hot Worms!

    by bpacker Updated Dec 18, 2005

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    Yum! Yum! Yeeech!

    Don't rub your eyes, you've read this correctly. You've not been to Korea if you haven't eaten one of these silkworm larvae. They're available at every street corner. You can't miss them or the odour. Just follow the salty, pungent smell and you'll see a pot of crunchy larvae simmering in their own juices.
    Get crunching and train for the next Fear Factor season. They taste like dried prawns, by the way...

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    Milling about Night Markets

    by bpacker Updated Dec 18, 2005

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    Namdaemun

    When in Rome, do what the Romans do. So when you're in Korea, do what the Koreans do and shop at night. These night markets are an eye-opener and I'm not talking about touristy Itaewon over here. There's more Americans there than a small mid-western town! Go to a less touristy place and head for Namdaemun, Insa-dong or Dongdaemun instead. Over there, you won't be overly harrassed and you can shop like the locals.

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    Central Asia Town in Seoul

    by meetkorea Written Aug 26, 2005

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    You can see Cyrillic (Russian) words everywhere in the Central Asia Town located in Guanghee-dong, downtown Seoul. In this area, signboards of restaurants, fried chicken houses, cafes and video shops are all written in Russian. You can even see a Cyrillic warning of a ferocious dog at the end of an alley here.

    The town is only four to five years old, a newcomer among the foreigners’ districts in Korea. But it has a different history from other similar communities in Seoul. Currently, most foreigners’ districts which have recently been established are located close to industrial complexes such as Kuro in Seoul and Banwol in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province. However, there is no industrial park in Guanghee-dong and neither do many foreigners come to visit the area. How then was the Central Asia Village formed here

    As soon as you enter the district starting from Beolwoomul Road, you feel as if you are in a remote foreign country. In particular, New Gumho Town, a 10-story building standing on the roadside, has put up an office information board completely written in Russian. The building’s elevator wall covered with Cyrillic commercial stickers give visitors a brief illusion that they are in a store in a city of Uzbekistan. Most companies in this building, also known as ‘Mongol Tower,’ are forwarding agents, with a few employment agencies for job seekers from Central Asia.

    Hidden in the small alleys crossing Beolwoomul Road are the truly ‘exotic’ features of this area. Both sides of the alley are filled with rows of restaurants carrying Cyrillic signs, all of them frequented by Central Asians seeking to ease their homesickness with home-style food and drink. Among them, a Russian restaurant named “Cry NodNoi” on the Samsong street behind the Guanghee Building has become popular among Koreans who want to taste exotic food. “Cry NodNoi”, meaning ‘my hometown place’ in Kazakh, serves Russian and Kazakh food.

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    Try to eat Dockbokki at Sindangdong

    by rosaseok Updated Jul 9, 2005

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    Maybe, you don't know about "Dockbokki "
    It's a kind of "korea's bunsik".
    It's so hot and spicy but don't worry , Some of these are made of soy source...
    If you go around here and there, you can
    see selling many kinds of "bunsiks" at roads.
    And there are centered places for selling "Dockbokki" at Sindandong
    you can go by subway number 2 line(green line) and stop at "Sindang" station.....
    The Price is about 8,000won~1500won($7~15) for two or three persons
    TRy to this!

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  • Seoul’s Minor Sites

    by mke1963 Written May 13, 2005

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    Seoul has plenty of big attractions for the visitor, including the royal palaces, Namsan, Suwon, the DMZ, Insadong and the big markets, but it also has a serious surplus of sites and activities which would be star attractions in many cities as big as Seoul, yet get little attention here in the tourist literature. After one week, we just ran out of time with a whole long list of places we wanted to see and wanted to do.
    It is hard to complain about KNTO and the city tourism people, but many of these smaller sites deserve more publicity and more encouragement for visitors to get off the beaten track to explore more.
    The following is a sample list of places that before we arrived we had never even heard of, but by the time we left were places that we wished we had had time to visit:
    Mongchontoseong Ruins (and Museum?) – Mongchontoseong Metro Line 8
    Pungnaptoseong Ruins – Cheonho Metro Lines 5 and 8
    Seoul Olympic Museum – Mongchontoseong Metro Line 8
    Cruise on the Hangang river – where….how…times?
    Amsadong prehistoric settlement – Amsa Metro Line 8
    Children’s Grand Park – Children’s Grand Park Metro Line Line 7
    Bongwonsa (Temple) – Sinchon Metro Line 2
    KL63 Tower and aquarium – Yeodinaru Metro Line 5
    Korean Traditional Performing Arts Centre – Nambu Bus Terminal Metro Line 3
    Seoul Arts Center – Nambu Bus Terminal Metro Line 3
    Seoulleung/Seongjeungneung/Jeongneung Royal Shrines (all in Samreung Park) – Seolleung Metro Line 2
    The Baekje Tombs (near Sokchon Primary School, Sockchon-dong) – Seeokchon Metro Line 8
    Seoul Railway Museum – Seoul Station Metro
    Tibet Museum – Anguk Metro Line 3
    Tapgol Park – Jongno 3-ga Metro Lines 1 and 3
    Bosingak – Jonggak Metro Line 1
    Korea Museum of Design
    Korea House (folk art and traditional music) – Chungmuro Metro Lines 3 and 4
    A few of these sites are covered in the Lonely Planet guide book, but most are barely addressed anywhere in any English language guide book, which is a real pity.

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    More Dong Dae Mung

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Mar 27, 2005

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    Making my way to ???

    I was dropped off near a major intersection opposite the Stadium and headed West (after consulting a local police officer with hand and feet). This turned out to be the wrong way for me, but I went through an interesting book section, followed by curtains and bedware, clothes (everywhere).

    The kitchen and tools area told me I was coming into more familiar territory.

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  • Oh the subway system

    by omega108 Written Mar 16, 2005

    There are a large number of Americans in Seoul and in Korea in general with most of them being military members (I was one of them). But, if you want to get a great experience its fun to get on the subway system for ~800 won ( $.80) and get off at a random destination. There are many Koreans that want americans out of their country but if you were to travel further from the bases the people are warm and receptive (provided you can muddle your way through hangul).

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    Sindang : dog-butchers and bargains

    by andrew_in_ilbon Written Feb 23, 2005

    This is a traditional Korean neighborhood, located
    just behind the Dongdaemun market complex. On
    weekends, the buying and selling spills over into
    Sindang, and clogs the streets with a huge, anarchic
    flea market.

    Stalls line the roads selling secondhand clothes,
    antiques, junk, fishing rods, old record players, huge
    live sea turtles flapping around in buckets,
    traditional medicine, vibrators, porn tapes (very
    underground in Korea!) and illegal blackmarket
    Japanese pop music (still banned here over wartime bad
    feeling).

    There aren`t many tourists around, its mainly wizened
    old locals and savvy Korean bargain-hunters and the
    lowkey, yet bustling atmosphere could hardly be more
    authentic. In addition to all the market wares, keep
    your eyes out for little neighborhood shrines,
    crumbling old apartment blocks, food stalls, and
    fragrant arcades selling kimchi, fish and spices...and
    of course, dog meat!

    If you dig around in the sidestreets you`ll find
    several dogbutchers serving up Korea`s most
    controversial specialty-but beware, it has become
    quite a sensitive topic and brandishing your camera at
    the rows of skinned puppies on metal hooks might not
    get a very positive response!

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    Tower of old Russia Legation Building

    by jckim Written Feb 7, 2005

    This tower is part of old Russia Legation building at the King Gojong era , Joseon Dynasty. Renaissance style building was built in 1890, designed by a Russian architect Russian by Afanasij Ivanobich Seredin Sabatin. The Russia Legation building was destroyed during the Korea War and remain only that tower. nearby the Nanta Theatre and Citizen Park
    ( Historical relics 253 )

    Subway Line 5, SuhDeaMoon Stn,Exit 5 and walk 250 meters
    Subway Line 1 or 2, City Hall Stn, Exit 1 or 12 10minute by walk to along the wall Deoksugung Palace behind

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    Tibet Museum

    by jckim Written Jan 31, 2005

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    This Museum is A variety of things are displayed for Tibet.
    about Buddhist art, daily necessaries, clothes and e.t.c.

    Subway Line 3, Anguk Stn, Exit 1, and 10minute by walk.
    Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul.

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