Is there a beach under there?
Some love it... but I'm just not one of them. I like to walk on the beach -- too many people.
I like to swim in the ocean ...paranoid lifeguard with whistles to stop you.
Unique Suggestions: Well, it's a great place to see Korean girls in bikinis... i guess.
Fun Alternatives: There are nice beaches all around Korea, Busan is just the most popular. Amyeundo is nice. Jeju is great.
Restaurants aka Gas Chambers
Smoking has recently been officially banned from most public places and private offices as well, but many restaurants still allow smoking inside. I agree that annoyance and visibility have greatly improved since, but still be aware that you might find yourself dining in a gas chamber. Koreans are heavy smokers and they can practice it thoughout the entire meal and, of course, well before and after.
Ash trays are generally equipped with a paper napkin and a small amount of water to allow the cigarette butts to be properly estinguished. If not, the patrons will add napkins and water by themselves.Related to:
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No one warned me about the touts and darned if I didn't get hit by one as soon as I got off the plane. Since my son was not able to meet me at the airport, he had given me very precise directions on how to catch a bus to his location. Unfortunately, he forgot to mention the touts and since it was my first time traveling by myself in a foreign country, I guess they spotted me as a target pretty easily.
Anyway, after I changed my money and was looking for the bus stop to Jeonju, a taxi driver asked me if I needed a ride. He spoke English, and I told him no, I was taking the bus to Jeonju. He got this sorrowful look on his face and told me the last bus to Jeonju left at 8:30 (it was 9:00 pm). I was shocked, but he said he could take me to Seoul, where I could get a hotel. I told him no and I went and called my son immediately (which was an adventure in itself - but another story).
Well of course, he told me right away it's just a ploy to get an unsuspecting tourist into his taxi to charge an outrageoous price to take them to Seoul. He assured me that if I went outside to the bus kiosk, my bus would be there and it was - although I ran into other problems, I had no more problems with the "touts."Related to:
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Although people will try their best to help you out and many approach you out of the blue while sitting in the subway or standing on a crossing, the fact that Koreans have a big lack of knowledge in any kind of foreign language might definitely cause a problem to you.
No English menus (even at many McDonald's, Burger King, etc.), no English signboards (except of course for the subway and designated tourist hot-spots), no English-speaking taxi-drivers (translation-service via intercom required)... it makes life slightly complicated, especially if you are looking for some less touristic and more Korean-style locations.
Unique Suggestions: Go to one of the many Tourist Information booths and get a good map and ask as many questions as possible.
The ladies at the TIs are usually very friendly and will mark you specific locations directly on the map.
If you like to go to somewhere specific, let them write down the address in Korean, so you simply need to show the taxi driver where you wanna go to.
Beware, however, that the taxi drivers usually know the various districts (GUs and DONGs) but are usually unable to find specific addresses (mainly due to the very confusing street system of Korea, which only postmen tend to understand). In this case, it might be best to let them drive you close to the spot you wanna go to and ask your way through.
Fun Alternatives: a) Be adventurous and explore the places on foot and, in case of restaurants, just try to point on something that looks delicious to you.
b) Learn the Hangeul - the Korean alphabet. It's less difficult than it looks like but will help you a great deal.
Men in South Korea !!!!!
I was walking with my mom and aunt in the morning (around 6am, day break around 4+ during spring time) and saw this fruit stalls, we thought of buying some strawberries but the man indicate either not selling or asked us to be away. I only recalled what the local tour guide (he is a chinese) told us, if the customer of the day is women, they'll normally treat it as bad luck, some of them will eventually use salt as a means to kill germs !!!!! Bloody hell, they treated woman like a germ when all we want is to buy some stuff from them. They call this business?
Unique Suggestions: Damn, bloody Korean Man......
Fun Alternatives: Bring salt along with your trip, ladies. Do it before they do !Related to:
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Enjoy, if you like millions of little children running around, construction everywhere and a palace that was completely destroyed and restored in the early 90's..There is little charm left in this site..it's so sad..
Unique Suggestions: There is no good time to go, all the travel tips for this palace are under the "Must See Activities" and the only thing that people state is to avoid on the weekends, which is totally untrue, I went on a Tuesday and unless its "Every School in the World Visits" day, it's gonna be packed no matter what..and don't get a guide, you can pick up this little hand held thingy (technical term) that will give you a recorded tour (comes in 4 different languages, english included).. and avoid the big groups
Fun Alternatives: After seeing the newly restored palace (technical term for, none of this is real) and the POOR POOR men at the front gate with bad polyester guard uniforms and BEARDS and MUSTACHES GLUED to thier faces (I wanted to take a picture to show reference but I felt I would be taking the last of these poor saps dignity) ..I suggest walking about 15 towards the Gyeongbokgung subway stop and keep going in the same direction to Sajik park, it's a park, but it's serene and beautiful and what an attraction should be..REALRelated to:
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Everland - Great Fun.
EVerland is ENORMOUS. This Amiusement park, Theme Park, Water Park, Resort. Is a real getaway. Situated about 11/2 hours from Seoul.
Festival World, The Amusement/Theme Park has five different worlds: the Global Fair featuring famous world buildings constructed in the historical style of each country; American Adventure Land; Magic Land; European Adventure Land with charming European gardens and a sledge field ; and finally Equatorial Adventure, featuring an Equatorial Zoo and animals.
Carribean Bay Waterpark. This is a HUGE water park that is tackily decorated with Spanish style buildings, coconut trees, tropical plants and spectacular remains of the legend of Caribbean pirate ship wrecks, but is full of COOL stuff including a wave pool and a Surfing Pool.
Stay for the weekend in the Hotel or in Cabins. Everland Lodging Reservation Center: 82-031-320-8841
Unique Suggestions: Some of my faves......
The Crazy Limo: Round and round and round in a 360-degree rotation. Sickeningly fun.
Suspended Coaster: Hair-curling experience under the rails! 80 degrees of rotation!! Imagine rushing up a 1,013 mountain ridge at 85kph, Now do it......
Amazon Express : Here you’ll encounter animals and natives as you shot down the rapids of this 580-meter jungle valley.
X-Drop: 3-2-1 and you're in a Rocket. Thi sis fast and freaky, and just when you feel like you are gonna die, they kill you. Its cool.
Surf Ride at Carribean Bay: It’s so real! A true surfing experience, as you carve the crests of waves and battle the endless flow of water!
Fun Alternatives: Try Seoul Land in Seoul Grand Park, and Hour North. just as good. But it lacks the Good Waterpark.Related to:
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GANGCHON- DONT DO IT
its a rather small town , that drew me in with the idea of a majestic waterfall...it was more like a little sprinkler....the hike was unfullfilling, and there was nothing to do in town after,,,It could have been i went on a weekday...just my opinionRelated to:
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Fantasy Dream Land
This is why I don't like travelling in tour group. This is (and I believe it will be) the last time I travel in a tour group. One of the standard must see point is these kind of theme park, where only kids under 12 would be interested. WTF is that they include this in an adults tour? I have no idea at all!!!
English spoken; however
Not everybody speaks English and most visitors don't understand Korean (written or spoken). Be patient and try to communicate in another way. Price nigotiations in a shop can be done by displaying the price on a calculator. Often there are mistakes on the decimal point, because 1.000 or 10.000 is mixed up.
Seriuos complaints can be send to the KNTO via email@example.com.Related to:
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Haeundae Beach, Busan: Bondi, I think not!
Do not go to this beach during the summer, especiually July. Because you will not bea ble to move. August is getting better, but then that is Typhoon Season. the picture below was taken one day after the Super Typhoon Maemi hit this year in late August.
Anyway, Haeundae Beach is probably the most famous beach in the country. The name "Haeundae" was named by scholar Choi Chi-Won (857~?) of the Silla Dynasty (BC57~AD 935). When he was walking past Dongbaekdo Island, he was fascinated by it and left carved words "Hae Un Dae" on a Stone Wall on Dongbaekdo Island. Haeundae is 1.5km long, 30~50m wide, with an area of 58,400?u. The white sand is rough and easily sticks to your skin. The sand of this beach is composed of sands that come from Chuncheon Stream and shells that have disintegrated naturally by the wind over a long time.
Unique Suggestions: If you do go. Tell you freinds to go naked... that way the crowd around you and your friends will be so big, you'll know where each other is.
Seriously, if you go to the Bathroom or go to buy a bottle of Soju and some Kim, you better have a meeting place of a position established, because it will take your FOREVER to find your friends again. Or better still all go together.
This beach is about 6-10 metres wide and just under a Km long (although that includes rocky outcrops), and during the peak holiday season (July) there are often more than one million people on this beach.Related to:
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Sledding on the hills at the Korean Folk Village
Its Winter now right? And Korean Winters are cold and snowy, so why don't you kill two birds with one stone. Visit the Korean Folk Village or Min Seok Cheon in Yong In, but sled in. BTW we got fresh snow here in Korea this weekend.
The Korean Folk Village Sledding Hills has 3 slopes, the one for adults is 140m long :o) . Since the hills are an accessory facility service of the Korean Folk Village, there is also a big family park. When you reach the market within the folk village, you can taste Korea?s traditional appetizers served with drinks such as injeolmi, bukeogui, bindaeddeok, and pajeon, as well as the alcohol, dongdongju.
Unique Suggestions: Korean Folk Village recreates the daily life of the Korean life in the latter days of the Joseon Period, and it is a very popular tourist attraction not only for Koreans but for foreigners as well. Here, they rebuilt the class system culture and living standards of those days, including 260 traditional houses, and 30,000 folk artifacts on display. Through looking at places such as a farmer?s place, folk house, government building, lecture hall, herbal medicine house, school, blacksmith, street market, 99-room Yangban mansion, we can come to know what the people of Joseon were like. When you go through all the places in the Folk Village, it?s like you?ve traveled in a time machine back in time to the Joseon Period ? the feeling of immersion is enhanced by the sheer size of the environment and the attention to the details of the recreated artifacts. During special days and holidays, various folk games and events take place here, such as seesaw, spin the top, swing jumping, and others. The Folk Village is composed of the Folk Scenery District, which deals with recreating and displaying relevant folk artifacts and folk cultural treasures, Exhibit District, which deals with exhibiting cultural treasures and folk artifacts, and ?Jangteo Gongbanggeori?, which deals with traditional foods, souvenirs, and pottery shows.
I Love it here. Its tastefully done, and the food is something else, if you are fond of traditional korean/ 'Joseon' Dynasty fare.
Fun Alternatives: It is fun. But if you hate it. take the bus in Suwon city and try some great kalbi.
Korean Folk Village
This is definately a tourist trap that is meant to recreate a traditional folk village. It is worth going however, to see the young boys performing the traditional farmer's dance.
Unique Suggestions: Have some makkoli (milky-white rice alcohol) or soju (strong alcohol), kimch'i (spicy, fermented cabbage) & dried squid at the outdoor snack shop/restaurant; but don't drink too much - this stuff is STRONG!!Related to:
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The observatory in the "63 Building" is actually cheaper and has a better view, and while you're there you can do some shopping, take in an IMAX movie, or rent a bike to cruise along the shores of the nearby Han River.
The DMZ and unification observatories
I went to the Unification Observatory onthe east coast. I did not go to the one just outside of seoul at pamjumon. But the one i went to was nothing special. all you could see was barbed wire, and uninhabited land that belonged to north korea.
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