Fun things to do in South Korea

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    Petite France

    by barbie_sunrise Written Dec 12, 2014

    This is part of Gapyeong tour. If you know the book "the little prince" you will find this place interesting. And I guess for those who love to watch korean dramas. The place is small. You can spend just an hour here and proceed to other sites. If you want a feel of Europe this is the place.

    Entrance is KRW 8000

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    Garden of Morning Calm

    by barbie_sunrise Written Dec 12, 2014

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    This can be a part of your Gapyeong tour. The place is well taken cared of clean. The flowers and trees are relaxing to one's eyes. I did the tour in the morning and it was a peaceful walk since other tourist hasn't arrived yet. When we left I saw them coming. Night tour is also great specially at winter when all the garden lights are filled with lights.

    Entrance is KRW 8000

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    Nami Island

    by barbie_sunrise Written Dec 8, 2014

    Nami Island is about 2 hours away from Seoul. This is my 3rd time to visit this place and it never fails to Impress me with awesome charm. You can walk or bike around the island. You can spend about 2 to 3 hours.

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    Hike up the Namsam Tower

    by barbie_sunrise Written Dec 4, 2014

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    A visit to Seoul is not Complete if you dont go to Namsan Tower. There is an observatory deck and rotating restaurant with a good view of Seoul. This place is used in most Korean dramas. Alive museum is also here. Dont forget to bring locks specially if you are with your partner. I usually visit this place everytime im In Seoul.

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    Gapyeong Tour

    by barbie_sunrise Written Nov 28, 2014

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    This is a do it yourself trip. The tour is composed of Gardren of Morning Calm- Petite France and Nami Island. The circular bus cost KRW 5000. You buy ticket when you hop on then just show the ticket when you go to another site. Each site entrance cost KRW 8000.

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    Korean War Memorial

    by barbie_sunrise Written Nov 28, 2014

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    In here you will see machines for defense. Of course, they are replicas or non-fuctional. There is also a monuments where the names of Korean war heroes are written. I have never been inside the museum though the entrance is free. Museum is closed on Mondays

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  • See Taste and Feel Korea :2D1N in Jeonju

    by wtjand Written Sep 10, 2014

    If you ever visit Korea, there is one particular place I would recommend other than Seoul, JEONJU. Why so you wonder, well don't get me wrong Seoul may have one of the best restaurants but nothing beats the cooking in Jeonju. Despite having visited this city for four times, I am still charmed by the city of Jeonju, the city, the food, the people, and the scenery.

    Why Jeonju?

    1. Feel: Public Transport Friendly
    I would recommend the free shuttle bus, available only for foreigners with NO CHARGE. The catch here is that you would have to register online and they would pick people out like a lottery. If you're feeling lucky you can also go on the day and you might board the bus if people didn't show up. Based on my experience, there are more empty seats to travel from Jeonju to Seoul.

    OR board the Seoul - Jeonju bus route from Express Bus Terminal. I recommend 'o-deung' bus, the difference in price is not much and you have much better seats. I have to say Korea has the best inter-city bus service with services running every 15 minutes and departs ON TIME and THE SEATS! They are extremely wide and comfortable with a foot rest that makes your travel effortless and I am not at all exaggerating.
    2. Taste : Food Heaven
    My Jeonju trip would not be complete without the visit to Jeonju Hanok Village which is a food sanctuary.
    1. Jeonju Bibimbab
    2. Ddeok Galbi
    3. Popsicles
    4. Gamja Tang
    5. Hand-made Chocopie (must visit for chocopie fan)
    6. Churros and ice cream
    7. Kongnamul Gukbab
    3. See : Traditional Korea
    A walk through Hanok Village and surely you found yourself inside traditional Korea. I would recommend trying out their local traditional tea cafes. I tried out a particular one mentioned here: http://2gwang2.blog.me/100188912385
    Let me share to you all my recommended itinerary below:

    DAY one:

    8:30 - get off at express bus terminal, walk to Central Bus Terminal to Jeonju. (18.700 won one way)
    11:00 - arrive at Jeonju bus terminal, take taxi to Hanok Village
    11:30 - lunch
    12:30 - visit Jeonju Cathedral and walk around
    2:00 - check in at Guesthouse
    2:30 - eat around, visit P&B Bakery
    5:00 - visit night market in Nambu Market, lounge in a cafe
    7:00 - Dinner
    8:30 - Night Stroll in Hanok Village Street
    10:00 - Rest
    day TWO:

    10:00 - take taxi to Deokjin Park
    11:00 - have lunch near Jeonbuk University
    12:00 - take taxi to bus terminal
    1:00 - depart from Jeonju to Seoul
    3:30 - Arrive Seoul

    ddwokgalbi lunch in hanok village we had som traditional teas
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    DMZ

    by AVSENT Updated Mar 1, 2014

    This is a great historical reminder of our involvement in Korea. It is a little pricey but, I really liked the tour. It was amazing to see the tunnel and imagine that an enemy would dig these. The bus ride up to the DMZ was just as good. Seeing how the South Koreans have fortified themselves against the North was a culture shock. Seoul is such a short distance to the border of the two countries.

    The Dividing Line Statue Of South Korean Soldier
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    Three Great Buddhist temples in Korea

    by jckim Written Feb 14, 2014

    Tongdo-sa
    There are part of the Buddha's robes, Also known is called temple of Buddhism relics.
    Habuk-Myeon, Yangsan-si, Gyeongsangnam-do.
    http://www.tongdosa.or.kr/english/
    Heain-sa
    UNESCO World Heritage Temple, and Also known is called temple of Buddhism Laws.
    Gaya-Myeon, Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
    http://www.80000.or.kr/eng/main/
    Songgwang-sa
    Also known is called temple of Buddhism Monk, therefrom 16 great Grand Monks.
    Songgwang-Myeon, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do
    http://www.songgwangsa.org/

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    Seoul Tower

    by Arial_27 Written Jan 10, 2014

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    The Seoul tower is highly worth a visit. The views and the photos I took were great. I didn't visit the cafes or restaurants; just the observation deck on the top. Listed on each of the windows were names of different cities around the world, and the distance to them. Toronto, for example, was 10,607 km away!

    I found the cable car a little expensive, but it might be better for those travelling with small kids. Otherwise, the walk to the top (and then the elevator) is just fine, and you get a lot of great photos on the way up.

    The website I've linked below tells you pretty much everything you need to know; it even includes photos of the subway exit and where to go after that.

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    DMZ

    by Arial_27 Written Jan 8, 2014

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    The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is probably one of the most popular tourist attractions in Korea and the most heavily militarized borders in the world.

    There are several exhibits and viewing areas. One is a room which is located half in South Korea, and half in North Korea. There's a large balcony where you can look through telescopes at land on the North Korean side of the border. There is a clear line that marks where cameras cannot be brought past, however. Take any rules about cameras seriously, because it is serious that they confiscate them if they see them in a no-camera zone. They may not ever give them back.

    There are several tours that you can book to go with that leave out of Seoul. This is a day trip and you should definitely reserve a full day to see everything there is to see at the DMZ.

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    Skating at shinsegae

    by Arial_27 Written Jan 8, 2014

    Shinsegae (Centum city) is one of the largest shopping centres in Asia and aside from a jimjilbang (bath house called Spaland) and a cinema, it also has a pretty decent skating rink that makes for a nice aftertoon activity if you're in Busan in the winter time. I went ice skating here a few times, and had a lot of fun. You can also make a nice day trip out of it; shopping, skating, followed by Spaland or in whichever order. Bringing your own skates is permitted, but as I had none with me, I borrowed their skates which are plastic and don't offer as much support as a real skate. If you're just going to do doing circles around the rink, they're fine. Food can be bought at the rink at a higher than usual price. There are lockers to store your belongings and plenty of seating area around the rink.

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    Haedong Yonggung temple

    by Arial_27 Updated Jan 8, 2014

    Gorgeous, breathtaking Buddhist temple located in Busan. Nicknamed, 'the water temple' in English, it is right on the sea and offers a very pretty view! It is extremely worth a visit. Make sure to have your camera handy, and bringing a water bottle and snack foods would be a good idea as there is not much nearby.

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    Beomeosa Temple

    by Arial_27 Updated Jan 8, 2014

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    Busan is full of temples, and this is the first one I ever went to. It was a beautiful place and a really great experience to visit here. Its located in a rural area, just outside Busan but is easily accessible, even from the subway line. The temple itself is beautifully painted and decorated and the surrounding scenery of mountains makes it even more pretty. There is a small gift shop selling traditional Korean souvenirs, and they were giving out free cups of tea as well.

    There is also options of doing 'temple stays' at this temple; which is sleeping over night and living as monks for about 24 hours. All food and linen and other materials needed are included. Living as a monk is tough - you go to bed at 9pm and wake up at 3am. You do 180 bows and other traditional monk things, but its a very interesting and eye opening experience. All the food is vegan as well, which might be hard for some people but it is extremely healthy and nutrient rich as monks live on only this to get through their day.

    Their phone number and website is below. Click 'English' in top right hand corner of their website.

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    Jimjibong - Korean Bathhouse

    by Arial_27 Updated Jan 8, 2014

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    There are Korean bathhouses almost everywhere you will go, and they're not hard to find. Look for the symbol of a half circle with flames coming out of it like in this photo. I believe that all bathhouses are open to men and women, but they have seperate sections for both of them since almost everything is done in the nude. Usually you are given a key to open a small drawer to put your shoes in when you enter, and you're given a towel. You then enter a seperate locker room area where you take all your clothes off and then you can go into the bathhouse area. There will be hot tub style baths, cold baths (almost like a swimming pool) and other interesting flavour baths like oriental herb, champagne or berry. It's really quite relaxing, and you can also get a scrub - where you fly down (naked of course) and someone of the same gender will scrub all the dead skin off your body. You feel very soft and fresh afterwards. Sometimes a mask and massage is also included, or it'll be extra.

    Other things to know about jimjibong:

    You also need to shower before going into the baths, so its good to bring shampoo with you. Afterwards, you'll want to dry off and get ready to leave, so bring a comb, make-up or whatever you normally would prepare with after taking a shower.

    There's also options of going into unisex saunas or "dry rooms" afterwards with clothing on, and sometimes you can sleep over in a jimjibong.

    It can cost anywhere from 5,000 - 9,000 won just to get in, and the scrub/massage is always extra if you want to get one. About 15,000- 20,000 won.

    Many Korean familes go to jimjibong about once a week.

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