Seoul Travel Guide

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    by jckim
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
    by jckim
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Seoul Highlights

  • Pro
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     Exciting, Never boring, colourful and Shopping/ Playing Central 

  • Con
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     expensive western hotels, rude commuters, chaotic traffic 

  • In a nutshell
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     Interesting blend of Korean culture- old and new 

Seoul Things to Do

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  • Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Since 1395 it was the main royal palace in Joseon Dynasty. Mostly all building were destroyed during Japanese occupation in 1910. But of course it was refurbished and now it's beautiful nad waiting for you ;-) Entrance fee is only 3,000 Won . The whole area is big so it will take about one to 1,5 hours to spend. Many palaces/halls/gates. Palace...

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  • Namsan (South Mountain) and Seoul Tower

    The N Seoul Tower (236.7 m) is situated in the Namsan park, atop the Namsan mountain (243m) in the city centre of Seoul. It offers great panoramic views of the city, and has been a symbol of Seoul since it first opened to the public in 1980. You can easily walk up to the tower on foot as there are wooden stairs all the way, and it takes only...

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  • Korean Folk Village

    Great place filled with Korean culture and tradition! Here's a glimpse if you want to see what to expect or want to reminisce about your trip there in the past! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IUMvvJLahU&feature=plcp

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Seoul Hotels

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Seoul Restaurants

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  • Restaurant at Norjangjin Fish Market

    After picking up a nice, fresh fish at Noryangjin Fish Market, The fishmonger spotted one of his friends and handed him our sashimi. The guy walked us into a back alley and up the steps into a large, but crowded seafood restaurant called "외양녕." According to Google Translate, this means either "Goodbye Ocean" or "Other...

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  • Arrogant restaurant - Si Wha Dam

    I've booked a dinner at this restaurant, requested a vegetarian meal for my friend and myself. The restaurant confirmed my booking and my meal request twice. When we turned up they said we didn't book and there's no food for us. No apology was offered. After I left Seoul, I emailed and complained, again, no apology (not even a reply).I've...

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  • Modern Korea Fine Dining

    Absolutely delicious food, excellent presentation, served in a restaurant with lovely ambience and a great service! I have never tasted such special Korean food before! Pictures will follow since they cannot be uploaded from a cell phone. I was advised its website is under construction but you can still get an idea of the food presentation from the...

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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

    Located in the heart of Itaewon, under the Hamilton Hotel, B One is one of the area's best nightclubs. When I lived here in 2003-2004, the club was new and called Limelight. The club was OK before midnight or one o'clock, but after hours is when Limelight really started to rock. Many weekend nights, it will stay open until the sun comes up. Sure...

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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

    Seoul has one of the most efficient subway system in Asia. You can actually access most of the major tourist attractions just by hopping on/off the subway. You may click on the link below to determine the shortest route and fare to your planned destination.

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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

    I am a taxi driver in Seoul. just 2 years experience since i got a certificate of international taxi drive in Seoul, I took mnay many forieners to where they wanted to go, hotel to airport, home to compny,ect...all passangers were so satisfaction to take my service, also complained about seoul taxi who don,t speak english. taxi fare is no promblum...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Seoul Favorites

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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

    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

    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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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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