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1. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I'm travelling to Korea for a month and would like to know what places people recommend as must-see sites? Also, if you have any tips for travelling through Korea?

2. Posted by Ms Pinky (Budding Member 25 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Joff,

I would recommend Soraksan National Park if you are into beautiful places. I went there in the Autumn and the trees were all shades of red/orange/yellow.
There is a traditional Korean village setup about 2 hours from Seoul which was worth a look.

I also got close to the border. At the time Mr Jong Il was playing with his nukes so they would not let us go right to Panmunjom. However we did go to a village where there was telescopes to look over the DMZ into N. Korea.

I am sure that your guide book will point out Insadong as a good shopping area. It is a nice place to look around.
Itaewon was a bit disappointing for me. Then again, I am not a huge shopper.

I found Korea extremely expensive, especially for a backpacker.
I was lucky that sister-in-law is Korean and therefore I saved alot of money on accom. Your dollars will soon whittle away though.
The people are great (not too much english is spoken outside the touristy areas). I loved the food (especially if you like hot and spicy).

It is not a place that I would really go back to, not for any real reason other than I like a little to go a long way, but I am certainly glad to say that I spent a wonderful 3 weeks there.


3. Posted by mindputty (Budding Member 9 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Joff,

1. Also, check out Gyeong-bok-gung, the former royal palace.

2. Take a trip down to Gyeong-ju, where the burial sites of the Shilla kings are.

3. There is also a good museum there (Gyeong-ju), and a pretty famous temple there (go to Bulguksa and Seokkuram).

4. While in Seoul, go to a Norae-bang, a Jimjil-bang, and a PC-bang to get an idea of the modern "bang" (room) culture in Korea.

5. Take a hike up Namhansanseong for a beautiful time.

6. Get a view of the city at Namsan tower.

7. Check out to see if there are any local festivals taking place. There are festivals at many times of the year. For instance, go to Boryeong for their annual mud festival. Paint yourself head to toe in mud and party on the beach all night long.

8. Unless you want to see America-town in Korea, avoid Itaewon. It is dirty, overpriced, and not that interesting.

9. For clubbing, go to Hong-dae in Seoul. Also, Shincheon is ok.

10. For animal life, go to the Seoul zoo, or try the giant aquarium underground at the COEX mall.

11. For cheap shopping (cheaper than most places) go to Dongdaemun or Namdaemun. You can usually find lots of designer brand knockoffs there at a fraction of the price of the original.

12. Interested in Olympic history? Check out the Olympic Park and Museum.

13. Saraksan was mentioned. Songni-san is also a good choice. Both should have beautiful Buddhist temples.

That's a short list for now... maybe later I will come up with some more!

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 30, 2007, at 7:27 AM by mindputty ]

4. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Many thanks Ms Pinky and mindputty, very much appreciate your comments and thoughts!

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5774 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I asume you mean South-Korea by Korea, but why not visit North Korea and visit some really bizar and strange land. You might be able to go there for a couple of days. At least I know it's possible with some tours to cross the border and visit the Kumgang mountains.

6. Posted by youna (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hello! Welcome to Korea. :)
I'm living in S.Korea now.
I wanna recommend aplace, 'Je-Ju-Do', and 'Seoul' and 'Kyoung-Ju'.
Jeju is a beautiful island. ('Do' means a island) it exist south of the Han-peninsula. The tour will takes about 10 days.
Seoul is a very big city. and there are so many sight to see. but i think, 'InSaDong' is a best place for a foreigner. if you want to go to the modern city(?), Gang-Nam is a good place for you. There are many pretty girls and handsome boys. :)
And Kyoung Ju is a historic city. A long time ago, Kyoung Ju was a capital of Shilla Kingdom. There are beautiful Buddhist temple like 'BulKukSa', 'Seok Gul Am', etc.
if you any question or need more information, mail me. :)
Have a nice trip!

7. Posted by clemondo (Full Member 17 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

i know its been almost a year but thanx mindputty and youna for your input. I'm travelling there in August for 3 weeks, and i think i'll visit those places you mentioned.

Regarding the Kumgang mountains, i've found it on gonseekorea.com which offers a tour, but reading up on google, it seems that there has been quite a lot of issues surrounding the tour, so even though it is safe, i have some doubts. Has anyone done it yet?

I'm actually keen on eating some live octopus. Any recommendations?


[ Edit: Edited on Mar 30, 2008, at 1:31 AM by clemondo ]

8. Posted by noka (Budding Member 24 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hi clemondo,

if ur into exotic food such as live octopus, korea is the place to be :) I'm not sure about seoul, but Busan (to the south, 4 hours by bus from seoul) has the largest fish market in the country, the Jagalchi fish market. Around Jagalchi you'll find many seafood restaurants that serve many raw seafood dishes (chobap, gwangeo, ureok, etc.), including live octopus.

enjoy ur korean food! :)