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Night Shopping Tour in Seoul
"You will start your night shopping tour when you are picked up at your hotel and go to the Myeongdong Fashion Street. The Myeongdong Fashion Street is one of the busiest places in Seoul and is among Korea’s premier shopping destinations. Over 1 million s Myeong-dong market has been a witness to Korea’s tumultuous modern-day history as a center of city politics economy and culture.After seeing the Myeongdong area you will check out the Dongdaemun Doota Shopping Mall which is a fashion mall full of trendy fashion items. There are 540 stores throughout the 8-story building including designer shops select shops
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"Half-Day Shopping Tour at Dongdaemun Market
"Half-Day Shopping Tour at Dongdaemun Market Gwangjang Market and Namdaemun Market""You will be picked up from your hotel in Seoul by your local tour guide. You will enjoy 4 hours in a comfortable mini-van to each shopping area.Your tour begins by visiting Dongdaemun Market district where you will find the UFO-sha Doosan Tower. The clothes and accessories at Doota (nickname of Doosan Tower) are very cute and fancy even popular amongst the locals.After walking around Doota you might start feeling hungry. Your next destination is Gwangjang Market the most famous open market for exotic Korean food street vendors. There are some of food you must try
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K-Pop Experience: KLive Hologram Concert and Guided Gwangjang Market Tour
"From your hotel you’ll be transported to Lotte FITIN a super modern mall chock-full of trendy boutiques and luxury brands. Be prepared for some fun and dancing when you head to the 9th floor to visit the Klive K-Pop Experience. Here use your admission to K-pop Hologram Performance Hall for an otherworldly concert. Scream and bob your head to during hologram performances from international sensation Psy as well resulting in a fully 3-D virtual concert complete with surround sound. You might even think you’re seeing Psy in the flesh — this is the same technology that thrilled (and confused) US audiences when producers brought Michael Jackson back to virtual life which
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Hiking Tips (3)

Join the masses and hike a mountain

Hiking is definetly a favorite Korean passtime, and it's something that everyone should endulge in at least once while in Korea. The East coast mountains are much larger and more beautiful, but you can easily hike one of the many mountains right in Seoul. It is a day long activity and you'll probably pass out early that night, but it's really not THAT hard if you're in reasonable shape. You'll have to pay a small fee when entereing the park and just follow the crowds from the subway. There are easier climbs for smaller mountains and hills all around seoul. Lights at night make for gorgeous city views.

Equipment Just a good pair of shoes and dress for the weather of course- it will be colder than in Seoul.. which is nice in the summer.

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itsCharlie
Jan 28, 2007

Mountain Climber's Paradise

Back in Hong Kong I used to go hiking almost every weekend. I just loved the hiking trails with its beautiful scenery and tranquility...
After coming to Korea, I was asked to join a hiking-trip on my very first weekend and immediately agreed to come along, looking forward to another great hiking experience. Well, it indeed was an experience... but one of the kind that made me end up not joining more than a total of two hiking excursions until today.

Things you should know about hiking in Korea:
a) Korea's mountain trails are not the horizontal, long-stretched kind but rather tend to go up in vertical direction. Most of them are not very long but extremely steep (refer to the picture on your right).
b) Another thing that I was completely shocked about were the crowds of people. If you're looking for tranquility and relaxation forget about going hiking in Korea. Hiking is one of the most popular activities for Koreans and it's rather like a huge group excursion than a one or two person hiking adventure. It's seriously unbelievable. Standing on top of a mountain peak, looking down on the various trails, it looks like a gigantic army of ants crawling up and invading the area.
c) Matching with the steep trails are the numerous ropes that are fixed on several steep pieces of rock supporting your ascent. People are lining up in front of them like cueing up for a baseball match, waiting for their turn. Once you decide to go up, there is no coming back.

Well, Koreans seem to enjoy it and the views from the top are indeed an unforgettable experience.
Nevertheless, should you ever get invited to some hiking trip by Korean locals, better be prepared!

Equipment Another rather funny aspect but one that supports my thesis that if Koreans are into something, they are really into it. Meaning: In the same way that Koreans prepare for a two-hour cycling trip along Hangang (including a complete Tour-de-France outfit, helmet, gloves, biking shoes and backpack), people carry a fully equipped North Face rucksack with carabiners, various bottles of drinks, walking stick and sometimes even ropes with them. Considering the fact that they are climbing a 500m-peak, the Mount Everest-gears are somewhat exhilarating. ;-)

In my opinion a pair of robust hiking boots, a bottle of water and camera is enough.

There is a very good book called "National Parks of Korea', issued by the Korean National Park Authority that describes in detail all 20 National Parks with maps and pictures. Cost: 10,000 KRW

Add-on:
I just read the book "Korea" written by Simon Winchester, who spent two months walking through Korea, describing his impressions on the country, the people and providing lots of insight into Korea's history. I found a very fitting paragraph about Korea's hiking habits which I'd like to recite in the following:

"The rules for mountain climbing demand not that you climb a mountain, but that you dress up in heavy boots, alpine hat, coloured jacket, and have a knapsack or pack over your shoulder. If you are thus equipped you are "mountain climbing", even if you get on the wrong bus and end up at the seaside." ;-)

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Vita500
Sep 16, 2006

Hiking in Mt Sorak

Try scaling UlsanBawi when you're in Mt Sorak. Though it is only about 1000m above sea level, the uphill climb is quite a challenge as it's very rocky. You'll get gorgeous views from the peak...

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Feb 23, 2004
 
 
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Cheong Gye Cheon - Man Made Stream

Cheonggyecheon steam is a nice place to escape a busy Seoul lifestyle. In fact, steam is located just in the centre but somehow you don't feel like you are in the centre. Magic There are many small...
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Korea House & Namsan Hanok Folk Village

At first there is no "entrance fee" completely open to public for free. In this village displays various household goods and furniture arranged in accordance with the times of which they were a part....
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Heunginjimun Dongdaemoon - Great East Gate

Dongdaemun is known for its shopping area, a place for a cheap clothing items in Korea. But actually means Great East Gate. This is more commonly called Dongdaemun Gate, first built in 1398. This was...
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Dongdaemun Market

I visited this night market during my last night in Seoul. I was not impresed as it was mainly a clothes market. The area though is great to walk around in the evening as it is surrounded by the big...
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Tapgol Park (Pagoda Park)

This is a crowded city centre park. Not so green, but with some interesting historical sites. Tapgol Park is built on the former site of Wongak Temple which was destroyed at a time when Buddhism was...
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