Seoul Travel Guide

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    by jckim
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    by jckim
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Seoul Things to Do

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  • Namsan (South Mountain) and Seoul Tower

    Well, what can I say, I think anyone who goes to Seoul should visit the Seoul Tower. And, we did, too! So, here is my write up... I'll start with the locks. Without really knowing but it seemed obvious that people come here and attach a lock to the fence at one of the viewing decks to profess "forever love". The locks had writing on them with...

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  • Gyeongbokgung Palace

    4 out of 5 stars

    The palace was built in 1395 and, for 500 years, it has been the main Royal palace and heart of the Joseon Dynasty. The palace was burnt during Japanese invasion in 1592 and then it was abandoned untill 1860 when it was rebuilt and became a palace with 330 buildings. But then in 1911 Japanese destroyed most of the buildings. The remaining halls...

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  • DMZ - DeMilitarized Zone

    I came here with my friend, it's a hour and half driving far from Seoul. Anyway it's plenty of bus tour leaving from the capital. Ticket price for 3 hours tour is 8700 wong. You are suposed to have your passport with you, bt if you ignored that as I did and you have a Korean friend with you, then he/she can guarantee for you, she will guarantee...

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  • Corean sushi

    I had my dinner here during my last night in Seoul. The food was good even if the variety of sushi was not so big. Sashimi pieces were really bigger than Japanese standard, this is the main difference I noticed betwen the two. It is not so expensive, we paid 50€ in two, Here I could finally taste Class the korean beer, actually it's nothing to die...

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  • Rice wine

    My friend took me to this place for lunch because she said the korean BBQ we had the night before, was done for foreigners and I had to try some real korean food. we had some han gong shik which was a mix of delicious dishes. Here I could also try the rice wine which is a sort of sake but cooler and a bit sparkling, I loved it. Rice wine

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  • Coffe & Web

    There are many coffe shops in Seoul, but I found Pascucci to be the best one, either for coffe quality and the confort. Any coffe shop in Seoul has free wi-fi, the password is written on the bill. Coffe are not that cheap, expect to pay 3 or 4 thousend wong for an american one. Some coffe shops after you pay give you the bill and a toy, you sit...

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Seoul Nightlife

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  • Western Bars and Hofs (Korean Bars)

    There are several "Woodstock" music bars in Seoul, even Gangnam. The one I like best is on Yeoksam-dong side of Gangnam station, up the hill towards the second irish pub location. hard to find, but absolutely unique in terms of character. laid back. good music. darts if you like. from what I understood, the place got started as a pure act of love...

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  • Hip Hop/Clubs

    Most HRC's I have been to are set up as restaurants with outrageous decor and music memorabilia. This one is totally different. It's got a lot of room for dancing, a DJ set up on a stage and lots of intimate seating throughout the place. I posted my HRC tip under shopping because, that's what I do. I buy pins to add to my collection and sometimes...

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  • Live Music Bar

    Unfortunately, this fantastic place to relax and enjoy rock/blues music -built around the original founder's private music collection- with some nice refreshments in Gangnam is a bit hard to find. I was happy enough to be back for a couple of days a little while ago - so here's a snap of their small outside sign, which you will need to spot in...

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Seoul Transportation

  • Subway

    The website below might help you with information not provided here. We bought our tickets at a ticket booth. We did not use the vending machines in Seoul. But we did in Busan. You explain which station you want to arrive at. One travel is generally 1,000 won (at today's exchange rate, about US$1). You put your ticket in the gate machine and it...

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  • Buses

    Buses are aplenty in Seoul. This can be intimidating if you can't speak their language. Not all drivers can speak English. Better tell the driver of where you're getting off. We took a bus going to Everland. Destinations will be announced in English. Bus stops directly in Everland & Sadang Subway Station wherein you can take the bus to the park.

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  • Taxies

    Taxis are actually not expensive as I thought they could be. Ofcourse if you take a taxi from Incheon aeroport to downtown expect to pay 100000 wong but it's 1 hour and half drive. I took taxis for short rides in the city, they always used meter and I never paid more than 10000 wong for a 10 minutes long taxi ride.

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Seoul Shopping

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  • Dongdaemun (Great East Gate)

    Dongdaemun is a famous shopping area near the Dongdaemun -- or Great East Gate. It has sporting goods, clothing, used books, carpets, and many other things at great prices. We spent about three hours here one afternoon and we saw just a quarter of the market or less. We looked at clothes, military surplus items, books, jewelry, kitchen supplies,...

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  • Myeongdong

    The Myeongdong area is a very popular shopping area among young Koreans, mostly women. It has dozens of name-brand stores such as Nike, New Balance, Levis, and others. Prices here are very steep, but it is worth walking around here just to people-watch! This area will get very crowded around lunch time and in the evenings. It is estimated that two...

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  • Namdaemun (Great South Gate)

    Seoul's Namdaemun Area has hundreds of small shops selling everything from clothes and housewares to souvenirs at discount prices. There are also several decent restaurants on "food vendor alley." This is one of the largest and most traditional markets in Seoul and it offers a wide variety of goods from authentic Korean pottery to knock-off...

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Seoul Local Customs

  • Eating & Drinking

    Dried fish are found in all shapes and sizes in Korea, and I found it fascinating to walk around and look at the open stalls where they were both laying and hanging. You are often offered to have a taste of a dried squid, a dried shrimp or other small dried fish when you are wandering around looking at the stalls, and some were pretty tasty -...

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  • Customs & Oddities

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government has a program that names the city's most outstanding toilets of the year. As you sight see in the city, look for these bronze plaques reading "Seoul Best Toilet." You'll be glad you peed in one of these magnificent urinary attractions! And you thought your government wasted taxpayers money! This photo was taken...

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  • Gift-giving

    bought them as gifts to female friends. it cost about 5,000 won each if your buying 5 or more and 7,000 won if youre buying one. (no haggling means 7,000 won for 5 or more and 10,000 won for a single piece). Available in any market.

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Seoul Warnings and Dangers

  • Other Stuff

    I needed to use a public restroom in an underground metro station/shopping center. I go into the stall and there are no seat covers. Eh, I can live with that. I'll just put toilet paper down on the seat....WHAT no toilet paper! I get out of the stall and see a toilet paper dispenser on the wall. Cost is 500 WON. So, I run out to yell at my...

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  • Health & Well-Being

    When you wake up at 5.00am with a blocked runny nose and itchy throat you haven't had for years and wished you had brought along a nasal decongestant spray, that's a bad indicator of not just Seoul's infamous air pollution but your dust mite allergy acting up! :( Which means the floor carpeting vacuuming wasn't thorough or strong enough though I...

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  • Language Barrier

    Due to the imperfect nature of translating Korean writing into romanized characters, you will find a lot of confusing variation in place names. For instance "G" and "K" seem to be used interchangably and what is spelled with a G on map might be spelled with a K on signs. An example is that Gyeonbok Gung palace is alternatively known as Kyongbok...

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Seoul Tourist Traps

  • Itaewon

    My 1st time in Korea, read a lot about Seoul and Itaewon. It is a very big let down, day and night. Its raining, and the fake apparels by the road side is not as I had expected. Compared to the sprawling bangkok with lots more everywhere. At night, the bars are too mild for my liking. I ended up early to bed and read the emalis. I wanted to get a...

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  • Getting Around

    We just finished shopping in Dongdaemum district and about to go back in the hotel but it rained so hard so my friend and I decided to take a taxi. We were waiting for a taxi when this big black cab that just looked like a private car stopped in front of us. It's a taxi with a writing that says "TAXI" and with other writings that clearly says its...

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  • Other Stuff

    it costs 30,000 won to pose with pictures at Gyeongbok Palace (included in it is the wardrobe rent plus posing with beautiful korean girls in Hanbok dresses plus a glass framed picture of it) well what can i say, I fell for it hehe! but seriously, if you don't like to shell out big bucks, then just refuse them ok! you have the power of choice, you...

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Seoul What to Pack

  • Essentials to Bring

    Korea has stairs, lots of them. Therefore it's best to leave the gigantic wheeled bag at home if you are going to be relying on moving around the city by subway or walking many places with your stuff. Summer is the rainy season. Bring shoes that can get wet or at least dry out quickly if you are planning on traveling in June and July. No need to...

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  • Ready for the Weather

    Seoul is a shoppers nirvana catering to all budgets and tastes. If you have forgotten something make a beeline to E- Mart, a local, mid priced supermarket where you will find most things you need on your trip. Seoul have cold but pleasantly sunny winters. Cotton jackets and coats are not suitable for the dry cold which will seep into your bones if...

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  • Clothing

    A Big 24" luggage (preferably extendable and of light material) and a little carry-around bag for the to keep your important stuffs inside. (for autumn and start of winter... that's the time I went, so I'm not quite sure about the rest of the seasons) Thermal wear, plain comfy clothes and a good down-feather or appropriate autumn/winter coat....

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Seoul Off The Beaten Path

  • Other Place to Go

    On our first visit to Seoul we did a day trip to Suwon on the underground. We found people here really helpful. At the information stand near the station they wrote me down bus information, gave me maps and free postcards. None of them could speak English but they called out to passers-by until someone who could speak English came to help. We...

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  • Hiking

    There are some smallish mountains (hills) near Gupabal Station that have some well-maintained trails carved through a densely wooded setting. In this area it is also possible to see: - A very large artificial waterfall (See Photo #4) - Some remnants from the Korean war, or that's what I think they are (See Photo #3) - Modern luxury apartment...

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  • Korean Historical Landmark

    Seolleung Royal Tombs houses the burial mounds of King Seongjong (1469-1494), his wife Queen Jeonghyeon, and King Jungjong (1506-1544) of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The burial mounds are surrounded by small sculptures called Japsang. These are carved in the shape of animals and were believed to exorcise evil spirits. The king's burial...

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Seoul Sports & Outdoors

  • Skiing

    High1 is the best winter resort I've seen in Korea. A brand new resort, '08 is their first full season of winter operations. A multitude of slopes and lifts, and their terrain actually has real snow instead of the typical man-made crap most of the other resorts here offer. They run 5 chairlifts (4/6 person) and 3 gondolas (8 person). I think a...

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  • Baseball

    If you want to watch a baseball game, go to the Jamsil Baseball stadium and you can watch either the LG Twins or the Doosan Bears. Both of these teams call this stadium home. Tickets are really cheap.. about 6,000 Won and fans really get into it. One difference from Major League baseball is that there are Cheerleaders at Korean baseball games.

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  • Skating & Blading/Inline

    There are a few skate parks in Seoul. One is at Yongsan Garrison, but you need to be US military (or a guest) to go there. Another is in Hangang Park near Yeouido Park (but it is closed in the summer, I think, as the area is usually a massive swimming/wading pool in the hot months) and another is in Hangang Park near World Cup Stadium (but it is...

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  • Gyeongbokgung (Palace)

    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

    The Korean language uses 24 characters (or sounds). There are about 5 English consonants they do not have. Some are B, F, & V. But then, in the Korean language they have sounds that cannot be formed with our English consonants and vowels. So, example Jangsan - I would pronounce as jang (like bang, rang, sang, hang) and san (like ban, Dan, ran,...

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  • Pleasent/Amusing Surprises

    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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Comments (2)

  • nicestar80's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    anyone visiting or plan to visit Seoul, contact me i am residing here in Seoul and would like to meet people. o send me message directly to my email : opencl80@gmail.com

  • CruisingGoddess's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Hope to visit again soon!

 
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