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2012-08-12 11:32:10 AM
You have to check out the Great Wall of Korea. It's not as impressive as China's but, hey - Great Wall.
 
2012-08-12 11:33:04 AM
It's been a while since I was last in Korea, i.e. 1995, but I'll try. It also depends on how much time you have there. I can't really give much advice on Seoul as I didn't visit the city except once during my last tour in Korea. I travelled a lot to Seoul on my first tour but that's really dated information, like pre-Olympics.

Cheju Island is nice in the summer. You can hop down there via jet.

Cheju Island

Also the DMZ is a must-see as it's a very starke reminder of the ongoing Korean War.

Panmunjom

That's about it with current information.
 
2012-08-12 11:57:41 AM
I too am going to Korea in September. Let's have lunch!
 
2012-08-12 12:32:19 PM
Why go to Worst Korea?
 
2012-08-12 12:32:32 PM
Try the dog. Delish!
 
2012-08-12 12:34:34 PM
I've lived in Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-Do for 15 months now. How long and how familiar are the two big questions. Seoul itself could be a week. Daegu, Buson, and Jeju-do could fill the month. What are you looking for?

/IHC?
 
2012-08-12 12:34:55 PM
I haven't been, but a friend of mine's brother said there were bars there where you basically pay a flat fee for a table (I think it was $75USD) and you get free unlimited drinks for the table and they basically direct women to come over to you and if they are in to you great, if not you can send them away and they replace them. Apparently he got amazing amounts of sex from these places.
 
2012-08-12 12:36:44 PM
Whatever you do don't blow your nose at the table.
 
2012-08-12 12:36:46 PM

Vega.: I haven't been, but a friend of mine's brother said there were bars there where you basically pay a flat fee for a table (I think it was $75USD) and you get free unlimited drinks for the table and they basically direct women to come over to you and if they are in to you great, if not you can send them away and they replace them. Apparently he got amazing amounts of sex from these places.


Itaweon is not Korea.
 
2012-08-12 12:36:52 PM
The DMZ.
Yongsang Electronics Market (Seoul).
Suwon Folk Villiage.
Icheon Ceramics Villiage.
Restaurant that serves dog (seriously).
Ride the Seoul subway.
 
2012-08-12 12:37:22 PM
You could always visit the DMZ and play "Watch Your Step".
 
2012-08-12 12:37:34 PM

Gergesa: Whatever you do don't blow your nose at the table.


Or shake your leg.
 
2012-08-12 12:37:43 PM
Hooker Hill?

/what? He asked!
 
2012-08-12 12:39:06 PM
 
2012-08-12 12:40:03 PM
There's an awesome place called the DMZ. Try playing with the turrets! I hear they recognize western faces and give out candy.

//kidding, seriously don't do that.
 
2012-08-12 12:40:13 PM
Run at the DMZ yelling incoherent gibberish while waving a gun
 
2012-08-12 12:40:18 PM
I hear North Korea is lots of fun and tourist-friendly. Why not go there?
 
2012-08-12 12:42:09 PM

bmihura: I hear North Korea is lots of fun and tourist-friendly. Why not go there?


well there's less Starcraft miners, and more regular ones.
 
2012-08-12 12:43:49 PM
bird.biofever.com
 
2012-08-12 12:45:22 PM

Talawsohu: Gergesa: Whatever you do don't blow your nose at the table.

Or shake your leg.


Or eat with your fingers.

-- Ugh, Teacher. Dirty!
 
2012-08-12 12:46:21 PM
I know there are a lot of jokes in thread about tourism in North Korea but seriously I have to wonder what the NK tourism industry is like. Come for the hotel of doom stay for the woman directing traffic in the empty streets!!
 
2012-08-12 12:46:36 PM
If you're into history, the Korean war museums in Seoul are pretty neat.

I second the recommendation for Cheju Island.
 
2012-08-12 12:47:45 PM
Insadong arts district.

Also, the best Korean food I've ever had was at a temple restaurant in Insadong called Sanchon (www.sanchon.com). They do traditional Korean folk performances while you eat.
 
2012-08-12 12:50:09 PM

Gergesa: I know there are a lot of jokes in thread about tourism in North Korea but seriously I have to wonder what the NK tourism industry is like. Come for the hotel of doom stay for the woman directing traffic in the empty streets!!


There was a really interesting travelogue by Simon Bone called "Happy Birthday North Korea" about his trip to the DPRK on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. It was fascinating. He has since taken it down but Google+wayback has it available. It's longish but worth the read.
 
2012-08-12 12:51:37 PM
Cool place to hang out: Japan
 
2012-08-12 12:52:41 PM
don't forget lotte world. world's largest indoor theme park
 
2012-08-12 12:53:15 PM

bmihura: I hear North Korea is lots of fun and tourist-friendly. Why not go there?


Just look at their website! (pops) It can't possibly be a bad place to go!
 
2012-08-12 12:53:20 PM
Take the Korean Folk Village tour! It's a wonderful introduction to Korean history, arts and culture. Definitely go to the DMZ (Panmunjom is serious business) and Cheju-do if you have time.

If you're only in Seoul, Namdemun (incredible bargains) and Myongdong (young, rich 20-somethings) for shopping. Itaewon used to be THE drinking/partying/shopping spot for English speakers, but not sure if it's like that anymore. The subways will take you all over the place for next to nothing, and the street food vendors are great.
 
2012-08-12 12:54:38 PM

Lord Dimwit: Gergesa: I know there are a lot of jokes in thread about tourism in North Korea but seriously I have to wonder what the NK tourism industry is like. Come for the hotel of doom stay for the woman directing traffic in the empty streets!!

There was a really interesting travelogue by Simon Bone called "Happy Birthday North Korea" about his trip to the DPRK on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. It was fascinating. He has since taken it down but Google+wayback has it available. It's longish but worth the read.


Actually it looks like he's put it back up. Very cool read: http://www.simonbone.com/northkorea.html
 
2012-08-12 12:55:42 PM

Talawsohu: Gergesa: Whatever you do don't blow your nose at the table.

Or shake your leg.


Also; avoid going north of the 39th parallel. There be dragons up there.

/ not really; just north korea
 
2012-08-12 12:56:28 PM
Go to china instead, their law enforcement is more honorable, their legal system less corrupt, their food is safer, their kids are more respectful and the crime is much much lower.

Korea, a high-tech fourth world country.


Foreigners in Korea have NO rights, you can be arrested and held for no reason for a month on the say-so of someone who wasn't there.
 
2012-08-12 12:57:09 PM

Talawsohu: I've lived in Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-Do for 15 months now. How long and how familiar are the two big questions. Seoul itself could be a week. Daegu, Buson, and Jeju-do could fill the month. What are you looking for?


Avoid Daegu like the plague. I used to live there. Worst place I've ever been in my life: filthy, dirty, and nasty. The smog is so bad you can't see more than a block ahead. You'll cough your lungs out. The transit situation also sucks compared to other Korean cities.

On the plus side, the people there are reasonably nice.

If you go to In'cheon, visit Chinatown and try the jajangmyeon. If you go to Pusan, try the seafood. Though I'm not sure why anyone would go to Pusan, come to think of it, except to avoid Daegu.

Never saw Cheju but everyone seems to rave about it. Personally, having been to some of the other beaches in Korea, I suspect it's overrated ... the bar's pretty low.

But it really depends on what you're looking for.
 
2012-08-12 01:00:26 PM
Lots of great bars in Itaewon, which is the best section of the city. I highly recommend Helios and Gecko's. Three Alley Pub is by far the best European food you can get there, not to mention the beer - and would be my recommendation for Fark Party - Seoul.

Avoid all Korean beer at all costs -- Cass, OB, and Hite all taste like cold piss.

/Stationed in Dongduchon, 2001-2002, then Daegu, 2002-2004
 
2012-08-12 01:01:36 PM

ciberido: Talawsohu: I've lived in Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-Do for 15 months now. How long and how familiar are the two big questions. Seoul itself could be a week. Daegu, Buson, and Jeju-do could fill the month. What are you looking for?

Avoid Daegu like the plague. I used to live there. Worst place I've ever been in my life: filthy, dirty, and nasty. The smog is so bad you can't see more than a block ahead. You'll cough your lungs out. The transit situation also sucks compared to other Korean cities.

On the plus side, the people there are reasonably nice.

If you go to In'cheon, visit Chinatown and try the jajangmyeon. If you go to Pusan, try the seafood. Though I'm not sure why anyone would go to Pusan, come to think of it, except to avoid Daegu.

Never saw Cheju but everyone seems to rave about it. Personally, having been to some of the other beaches in Korea, I suspect it's overrated ... the bar's pretty low.

But it really depends on what you're looking for.



You obviously never got out much in Daegu.
 
2012-08-12 01:02:10 PM

NOVanHelsing: Hooker Hill?

/what? He asked!


In Itaewon (a district in Seoul) there is a wonderful place called 'hooker hill'. But you probably want specific. On one of the dimily lit side streets is a club called "Why Not?". It is easily identified by a big pink inverted triangle above the door. It is strictly a gentlemen's club, so it's not somewhere you'd take a lady, but a great place to go if you're by yourself. The locals there are very friendly and they like Americans. In fact, you probably won't get to the bar before someone offers to buy you a drink. Just remember that touching is considered very normal there, and if a man places his hand on your thigh, that's just their way of saying they think of you as a friend. Don't woryt if you get too drunk to stumble home. Itaewon is a very safe place, and the local are well known for offering strangers a ride and place to sleep for the night. If you get this chance, take it! You'll get an experiance of Korean culture that you don't normaly get from visiting tourist locations.


/Also check out the war museam: It's like 3 stories tall and it's pretty farking cool. Lots of exhibits.
 
2012-08-12 01:02:14 PM
weaselzippers.us
 
2012-08-12 01:03:11 PM
I've been in Korea for almost 8 years now. Feel free to email me (address in profile).
 
2012-08-12 01:03:55 PM
I really like walking around the old city wall in Suwon. September will be a great time for that. Very easy day trip (half-day, really) if you're in Seoul.

I'm not in Korea now, but lived there from 95-2010.
 
2012-08-12 01:07:11 PM
I'm in the Army and I just returned from a year tour in South Korea in June.

Obviously you'll want to go to the DMZ but do the FULL Panmunjom tour and not just the DMZ tour (this is the only way to visit either place, regardless). The full tour gets you to the actual border, the DMZ tour just gets you to the observation deck; however, both will get you to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel.

You'll also want to visit one of the Joseon Dynasty palaces. I recommend Gyeongbok Palace in northern Seoul for a couple of reasons: I believe it is the largest or "main" palace and it also houses the palace museum which is free and pretty entertaining.

The War Memorial of Korea is in Seoul near Itaewon and has a lot of cool artifacts inside and out. It starts back in the dynasty eras and isn't just a museum about the Korean War, although there are sections obviously dedicated to that conflict. I went a few times and if you're in to that type of stuff it's free and fairly interesting.

63 Building has some neat things to do, such as the world's tallest art gallery, several restaurants, and an aquarium.

Seoul Tower is the highest point in Seoul and offers a breathtaking, 360 degree view of the city. There are a couple observations decks and here is a little video I did from the lower observation deck (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJMPWRYLVuA&feature=plcp) when my Dad visited and I was on r&r. One recommendation, take a cab to it.

Someone said Itaewon isn't South Korea, which is true, but it is still worth checking out all of the shops, bars, restaurants, and street vendors. I definitely recommend trying some Korean BBQ while you're there.

There are plenty of other shopping locations (COEX and IPark Malls) and amusement parks (Everland, Lotte World, et cetera) if you're in to that sort of thing. There's certainly not a shortage of things to do.

I hope this helps! If you have any questions I can try and help. Enjoy the RoK!
 
2012-08-12 01:07:43 PM
Stay in and play Starcraft.

/when in Rome
 
2012-08-12 01:15:46 PM
Talawsohu: I've lived in Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-Do for 15 months now. How long and how familiar are the two big questions. Seoul itself could be a week. Daegu, Buson, and Jeju-do could fill the month.

Just to clarify: "Buson" and "Pusan" are the same city city, and I suspect "Buson" is as well.

Likewise, Cheju-do, Jeju, Jeju-do, and Cheju are all the same island. The "-do" means "island."

Korean uses an alphabet called Hangul that doesn't match up one-to-one with the Roman/Latin/English alphabet we use, so there are "alternate spellings" for a lot of Korean names. The same letter could be a "B" or a "P" to us. Likewise, the first letter of Jeju could be "J" or "Ch" depending. This is also true for vowels; hence Buson/Busan. Also G/K and, of course, the R/L "mixup" that non-Asians love to mock.

Naturally, native English speakers "mess up" or "confuse" their letters just as much as they do ours.


Regas: Talawsohu: Gergesa: Whatever you do don't blow your nose at the table.

Or shake your leg.

Or eat with your fingers.

-- Ugh, Teacher. Dirty!


Which is sorta ironic considering how much double-dipping Koreans do when they eat. I guess it just goes to show that cleanliness, like so many other concepts, is something of a social construct that varies from culture to culture.
 
2012-08-12 01:17:33 PM
Avoid Itaewon. It impresses the rubes, but that's about it.
 
2012-08-12 01:19:20 PM

prekrasno: You obviously never got out much in Daegu.


If by "got out much" you mean "went to a lot of bars and hung out with other ex-pats," then no, you're correct. I didn't.
 
2012-08-12 01:20:08 PM

ciberido: Talawsohu: I've lived in Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-Do for 15 months now. How long and how familiar are the two big questions. Seoul itself could be a week. Daegu, Buson, and Jeju-do could fill the month.

Just to clarify: "Buson" and "Pusan" are the same city city, and I suspect "Buson" is as well.

Likewise, Cheju-do, Jeju, Jeju-do, and Cheju are all the same island. The "-do" means "island."

Korean uses an alphabet called Hangul that doesn't match up one-to-one with the Roman/Latin/English alphabet we use, so there are "alternate spellings" for a lot of Korean names. The same letter could be a "B" or a "P" to us. Likewise, the first letter of Jeju could be "J" or "Ch" depending. This is also true for vowels; hence Buson/Busan. Also G/K and, of course, the R/L "mixup" that non-Asians love to mock.

Naturally, native English speakers "mess up" or "confuse" their letters just as much as they do ours.


Regas: Talawsohu: Gergesa: Whatever you do don't blow your nose at the table.

Or shake your leg.

Or eat with your fingers.

-- Ugh, Teacher. Dirty!

Which is sorta ironic considering how much double-dipping Koreans do when they eat. I guess it just goes to show that cleanliness, like so many other concepts, is something of a social construct that varies from culture to culture.


Oops, yeah, I misspelled Busan. Funny, the first three months here I thought Pusan and Busan were two different cities. The -do is actually a designation for province, not island, but I thought the same thing until just recently.

The difference between P and B and Ch and J was due to a shift in the official Romanization of the Hangul language in 2000, if I'm not mistaken

/which I probably am
 
2012-08-12 01:22:12 PM

prjindigo: Go to china instead, their law enforcement is more honorable, their legal system less corrupt, their food is safer, their kids are more respectful and the crime is much much lower.

Korea, a high-tech fourth world country.


Foreigners in Korea have NO rights, you can be arrested and held for no reason for a month on the say-so of someone who wasn't there.


weknowmemes.com
 
2012-08-12 01:22:56 PM
Get an autograph from Tastosis
 
2012-08-12 01:28:59 PM
http://busan.for91days.com/
 
2012-08-12 01:30:11 PM
I go to Korea all the time.

My recommendation is not to.
 
2012-08-12 01:31:17 PM

AirForceVet: It's been a while since I was last in Korea, i.e. 1995, but I'll try. It also depends on how much time you have there. I can't really give much advice on Seoul as I didn't visit the city except once during my last tour in Korea. I travelled a lot to Seoul on my first tour but that's really dated information, like pre-Olympics.

Cheju Island is nice in the summer. You can hop down there via jet.

Cheju Island

Also the DMZ is a must-see as it's a very starke reminder of the ongoing Korean War.

Panmunjom

That's about it with current information.


Seconded.
 
2012-08-12 01:36:13 PM

Talawsohu: The difference between P and B and Ch and J was due to a shift in the official Romanization of the Hangul language in 2000, if I'm not mistaken


Yes and no. There are different Romanization schemes for Korean. In McCune-Reischauer (which was the official system from 1937-2000), the second-largest city in Korea was written as "Pusan" with a "P." In the Revised Romanization of Korean the government adopted in 2000, that same city is "Busan" with a "B." So officially (according to the government of Korea) the correct spelling using the Roman alphabet is now "Busan."

Meaning no offense, and trying not to be a jerk about it, I don't accept that the Goverment of Korea has the right to tell me how to spell ANYthing in English, so i consider myself free to continue spelling it as "Pusan." Likewise, I wouldn't try to argue with a Korean about how to transcribe "New York" into Hangul.

On the other hand, the real "problem" with Pusan/Busan is fundamentally that the first letter of the city's name is really neither exactly a "P" nor a B". The actual pronunciation is something like a cross between those two letters. Both "B" and "P" are reasonably close approximations; for a native English speaker, you'll be about equally close whether you say "Pusan" or "Busan."

It's rather like if we didn't have a word for "orange" and had to choose between calling orange "yellow" or "red."
 
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