I'm taking a somewhat last minute trip to Seoul in November. I will only be there for three nights. I would love to hear any suggestions about hotels, restaurants, nightlife, and must see sights. Any info or tips will be helpful. Thanks!
Anyone been to Seoul, South Korea?
|by Anonymous||reply 33||10/14/2013|
Bukhansan National Park, National Folk Museum, Panmunjon, Independence Hall of Korea at Chon'an.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||09/26/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 2||09/26/2013|
Prepare to smell cabbage.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||09/26/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 4||09/26/2013|
lol, have fun. Koreans are complete dicks. "fack you white guy!!"
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/26/2013|
kids shitting all over the sidewalks too.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||09/26/2013|
tell everyone youre from Canada.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||09/26/2013|
Maybe do something cultural like a Korean spa where they have all types of saunas, hot tubs, cold tubs, etc..
|by Anonymous||reply 8||09/26/2013|
That's pretty standard advice for most of the world. If you have a backpack, you put a Canadian flag patch on there. Everyone out there hates us U.S. folks.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||09/26/2013|
Seoul sucks. Really. I can't recall what it was called, but there's a really high tower you can ride to the top of...best to do it at night. Westerners hang out in Itaewon.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||09/27/2013|
Actually, respect for the US is higher in Korea than anywhere else in the world (not that this is a high bar). After all, we saved their country instead of ruining it aka the Philippines, Vietnam, etc. And they love their GI's. Unfortunately it extends to Christianity and religious conservatives. I guess they were primed because in olden days the Emperors kept Buddhists priests away from Seoul in order to construct the most doctrinaire Confucian hierarchy in the world. Still, all the right wing antigay shits are annoying.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||09/27/2013|
This is the website for the Independence Hall
|by Anonymous||reply 12||09/27/2013|
You have to take a cable car to the tower. People leave padlocks with their love's name.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||09/27/2013|
R9's advice also works for traveling within the US.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/27/2013|
I don't see the point of visiting Korea. To me, it would be like going to Belgium, a big nothing.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||09/27/2013|
Try an authentic Korean restaurant but whatever you do, do NOT order a hot dog!
|by Anonymous||reply 16||09/27/2013|
r15, you are an idiot, re: Belgium! The Grand Place of Brussels is beautiful, as are Liege, Bruges, Ghent, Knokke (seaside resort for then rich; Google it), among other places.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/27/2013|
R17, I'm sure that is true and I'd try to tack on a day or two in Belgium if I was already in Europe to visit, say, Spain or Rome or Florence. I'm just saying I wouldn't travel 10 hours and spend vacation time solely to visit Belgium. Just like I wouldn't spend a day flying to Asia JUST to visit Korea.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/27/2013|
OP, have a great time. I've been a few times and really enjoyed it. If you have time, try booking a tour of the DMZ with the USO through a tour company called Koridoor. They are one of the only tour companies that get you access to the JSA (the blue buildings that straddle both North and South Korea). These tours often sell out in advance so book ahead.
I went in August and the tour was the highlight (though somewhat unsettling/depressing) of my trip.
If you eat meat, theres no better place to have Korean BBQ. Theres a big food court at the mall at Seoul Station (above ground) that has 19 restaurants, all specializing in one particular dish.
Itaewon is a touristy area where most of the foreign residents hang out, and where most of the westerners go for the gay bars.
You're only there for 4 days, so a side trip to Busan is probably unlikely, but there are plenty of museums, shopping and things to do in Seoul itself.
Tip: Get yourself a "T-Money" card at any convenience store and load it with some cash. That way, you can just "tap on" and "tap off" the subways, buses without worrying about buying tickets, or worrying about how much the fare is. You can also use this card to pay for just about anything from convenience stores and most restaurants. There's a fee of about $2.50 for the card itself but it's well worth it IMO.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/27/2013|
Also, don't be alarmed if you notice people staring at you or being somewhat distant.
I've found that most Koreans assume that all non-Koreans are American, which does not always work in your favour. (In Korea or elsewhere for that matter)
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/27/2013|
"If you eat meat, theres no better place to have Korean BBQ. Theres a big food court at the mall at Seoul Station (above ground) that has 19 restaurants, all specializing in one particular dish."
Sorry, EACH specializing in one particular dish. One restaurant station (#10) specializes and serves only cold noodles (Yum). Another will only serve "bibimbap".
|by Anonymous||reply 21||09/27/2013|
Has anyone ever travelled to the demilitarized zone where South and North Korea meet?
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/28/2013|
Yeah, they're dicks. I'd use it as a stop over while visiting clean and tidy Tokyo.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/28/2013|
I have to share something about Korean men. The asses. Not only the Best of Asia (not saying much see: Japan, ugh,) but possibly the best evah. Firm, muscular, yet very cushy. Must be all that hill-climbing. And the hole .. my goodness, fresh as a daisy. Sliding in, smooth as silk, and deep! Obviously the cabbage.
They're ready for or it 24/7 and never want to stop. So rewarding with the ahhh's, same in every language.
Oh, the front's okay, and many are cute too. Really like the kissing, before and after.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/29/2013|
[quote]Has anyone ever travelled to the demilitarized zone where South and North Korea meet?
I went when I was stationed there (back in 2006). We were highly encouraged to go and had to wear our service dress in order to do so.
It's probably the most interesting thing you can do in Korea, truth be told. There are tunnels you can tour (where South Koreans have caught North Koreans trying to dig their way under the DMZ)...and a room you can go in that is guarded by South Koreans on one side and North Koreans on the other. Hyundai sponsored the building of sleek reunification building, where North and South Korean relatives were supposed to be able to re-connect, but it's never even been used.
A few of the things that stood out for me during the trip:
There's a huge ass flag flying right across the DMZ in Pyongyang. It's about the only bit of color you notice in North Korea.
The North Koreans are absolute assholes. I don't know if it's because my group consisted of servicemembers, but when we were in a room on the DMZ, looking out into North Korea, you could see them pointing at us and laughing. We were discouraged from engaging them, but I remember wanting to flip them off or something (note: A few of the guys on my trip were prohibited from going on the tour because they had been drinking on the bus. You CANNOT be drunk up there lest you start an international incident).
It's very tense up there. Nothing has happened since the 70s, when a couple of American soldiers who were cutting down a tree were confronted by North Korean soldiers (and hacked up with their ax/shot to death). Still, it's creepy.
Going to the top of the Namsan Tower is must...nearby is a pathetic recreation of the Pont de l'Archevêché in Paris (Lover's Bridge)...where couples place a lock with their initials on fences lining the bridge.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/29/2013|
Korean guys are hot.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/29/2013|
And R26 is right:
I wasn't really into Asian guys before I got to Korea, but there are so many hot guys in Seoul. They seem pretty tall for Asians and may of them are well-built.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/29/2013|
I'm Japanese and love Korea for eating and shopping! Yes Korean boys are hotter than ours!
|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/29/2013|
no thanks, they eat dog. fuck them.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/29/2013|
Belgium is a very pleasant country, R15. Brussels has a standard of living that puts Paris to shame.
And before you gush about Paris:I've lived there 10 years, and it is exhausting. Not to mention expensive.
Americans can afford to live there though, and lots do. Mostly from the Southern states, like it was Gone With the Wind all over again.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/29/2013|
Not all eat dogs
|by Anonymous||reply 31||09/30/2013|
Kim chee. Yuck
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|by Anonymous||reply 33||10/14/2013|