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Visiting Seoul for New Years!

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1. Posted by Chapincita (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

Hello,
I am visiting Seoul to welcome the New Year, but will be arriving on December 26th and would like to make the most of my visit. I want to know about the most important places to see and things to do on such a short stay. (Dec.26 – Jan 2).
I am interested in budget accommodations, markets, bazaars, etc.
Thanks in advance.

Chapincita

2. Posted by Ellina (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Very nice to meet you here^^.

http://kto.visitkorea.or.kr/enu

If you press the upper address, it will lead you to south korea's attraction.

I have travelled Japan for two times and I have stayed in US for two times as well....

If you want to save your budget, I recommend that you will get on the ship from Japan to Busan, Korea. I found out the fare of ship is far more economic than one of the airplane...The time between Fukuoka or Osaka and Busan takes about fours by ship. And then if you take the express train called KTX which is similar to Shincanshen, you will arrive at Seoul. Of course, I hope that you will tour Busan as well, for it is the second largest city in South Korea. If you need to ask something to me concerning south korea's sightseeing, you can feel free to ask me...^^

The toursit attraction in Seoul is Gyeongbokgung Palace.....:)

3. Posted by Chapincita (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

Ellina,
Thank you so much for your response. I had no idea I could make the trip by boat but now that you have mentioned it I will certainly research that option. I think it would make for a nice adventure as well as being more economical.
I am so excited about this information you shared. Thank you so much!
I will be back in touch with more questions, I'm sure.
Thanks,
Chapincita

4. Posted by Chapincita (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

Hello again Ellina,
I di the research and the ferry option is not workable for me on this trip. Fukuoka is very far from Tokyo, requiring a great deal of time and money to make the trip that way. I will consider it for summer travel, though when I have time to explore southern Japan and cross the waterway into Korea so I will keep the option open for future travel.
Thanks again for suggesting it.

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 5y

There is plenty to keep you occupied in Seoul for a few days. As a previous poster mentioned, Gyeongbokgung Palace is interesting and is one of the most popular attractions in Seoul. Seoul Tower is worth a visit, as it gives great views of the city. I really enjoyed the War Museum - I spent 3 hours in there and still didn't manage to get round it all. Go for a stroll around Myeong-dong at night as it's a vibrant and trendy area of the city to explore. Dongdaemun and Namdaemun markets are worth a poke around during the day. Other places worth visiting are Insadong, Hanok Folk village and Seodaemun Prison History Hall.

For budget accommodation, I'd recommend Open Guest House. It's a friendly and sociable place in a convenient location.

6. Posted by Chapincita (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

bex76,
Thank you so much for your suggestions.
I did a bit of quck research and will make sure to keep Insadong on my to do list to see culture and crafts. Hanok Folk Village sounds important for seeing traditional a Korean village nestled within the modern buildings. And because I live in Japan, Seodaemun Prison History Hall is of great interest for me to see a different perspective on history.

About Open Guest House, can you give me more details for your recommendation? I was unable to get much from their web site since very little is in English. Could not even get the accommodation options or pricing.

Thank you so much for these tips!

7. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 5y

Have a look at the Travellerspoint listing for Open Guest House - it should give you all the information you need.

8. Posted by Chapincita (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

Thanks for the link!
It did give me all the information needed.