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“Fun in Seoul” 4 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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1 review
9 helpful votes
“Fun in Seoul”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2008

My mother and I travel to Seoul about 6 day.
We know alot of Korea history at War Memorial Museum.The view at Mountain Sorak is very wonderful.
We learn alot of culture when we visit the MBC theme park which is the place that shooting the famous drama Daejanggeum (Jewel in The Palace).
Their food is very deliciouse.
I recommended alot of my friend travel to Korea.

9 Thank Anita0525
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miami lakes, fl
Level Contributor
1 review
24 helpful votes
“South Korea, I'm sorry but is boring.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2008

And it has not anything to do with people from there, they are very nice and if you want to know asian culture is a great place to stay for one week, and that's it. I lived at one hour from Seoul for year and a half, and went to that city several times, got enough of it super fast. BORING.

24 Thank Jessica G
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Leavenworth Kansas
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20 reviews
19 helpful votes
“It's Not For Everyone”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2008

I lived in Seoul for 13 months, and it has its "up and downs". Traffic is horrible, and much of the city stinks, but it is an experience in its-self. Be sure to see the war museum and the Itaewon Market.

9 Thank denigma
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Reading, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
38 helpful votes
“Most different travel experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2007

For my brothers wedding we travelled to Seoul in October 2006. A totally different experience as a) on the other side of the globe and b) compared to standard destinations we had been to a new experience in general.
Upon our arrival and after 13 hours flight we had to struggle keeping up for the rest of the day as it was only 7AM !! On top of that it was very humid and warm. Not knowing any Korean language, we felt like completely lost (although the basics like thanks and hello got better during the stay)
People are really friendly and look at you quite curious due to being European, whcih they don't see often.
Seoul itself is a buzzing city, with 12 million inhabitants. The accommodation was different, too but funny. The food- I tried as much as possible, being curious and adapting to the country but I have to say sometimes I rather sticked to what I already knew foodwise from my sister-in-law and my brother. If you travel to Korea, don't expect Restaurants to have an English menu. You do have alternative restaurants, though and as said people are trying to help you in finding a good meal.
The attractions were great. A combination of old and new. You have skyscrapers one side and old temples and palaces the other side.
It was a very short trip though, hence we definately will go there again, to visit the coast region and its small islands around.
More and more Europeans are making their way to Korea which is a good thing. It's a country worth seeing !!

8 Thank Anna-Sophie S
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Athens, Georgia
1 review
9 helpful votes
“Metropolis of Asia”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2007

I lived in Seoul, South Korea for approximately five years as an English teacher. Even though I was originally born there, I left the country as a child and returned as an adult, only to find that the place bore no resemblance to anything in my memories.

The city is a bustling metropolis with major western businesses located in the downtown area and the ever so ubiquitous Star Bucks coffee shop on every block.

Ever since the 1988 Olympics, the city took on a challenge to really westernize. For English speaking foreigners this is the mecca of all locations to teach, since the exchange rate is often more favorable to the westerners and the inexpensive living costs allow teachers to save more money than they would if he or she were to teach elsewhere in Asia, say Japan or China.

The best part of the city is its user-friendly metro system that conveniently go everywhere - even to the outer satellite cities like Bundang or Suwon. The bus system is also easy to use, but you may have to get the help of a Korean-speaker, since the schedules are not in English.

There are several must-see highlights, depending on how long you stay.
1. Panmunjeom - a tour of the DMZ can be arranged through a local tourist office or through the USO. I've heard that the USO offers a better tour, since you can actually tour an area where Korean locals cannot.
2. Namsan tower - smack dab in the middle of the park under the same moniker, the tower has been recently renovated and boasts a restaurant from where you can look far out into the city
3. Insadong - this quaint neighborhood is the gallery to the ancient Korean culture, as well as up and coming art scene. A great place to pick up souvenirs and antiques.
4. Great Wall of Korea in Suwon - not the exact name of the attraction, but like the wall in China, this wall was also built to deter attacking outsiders.
5. Shopping - there are several great locations, but all for different reasons:
-- Myeongdong and Dondaemun Shopping Area - if you're in the area for a longer period of time than a simple two-week vacation, this is the place to shop for clothing. Korea produces inexpensive, trendy clothes. You can also find some designer knock-offs here. Be ware - the majority of Korean population is slim, so any Americans above the size 10 for women will have a hard time finding anything that fits. The same goes for shoes - the largest size mass produced is 255 (equivalent to size 9 in American).
-- Namdaemun market - this is an outdoor market for the thrifty and low-income locals. I believe most of the products come from China and are inexpensive, but you'll have to forgo the quality as well. But still an interesting place to take photos. If you've never been to an outdoor market, this place is a must. You'll see, smell, and hear something that you've never experienced.
-- Ewha Women's University Area - as you may have guessed, this is the mecca of all college-aged women, from clothing to hair. You'll find some of the city's best fashion emerging from here. Plus the neighborhood is filled with various hair-salons that charge decent prices. It's usually best to go and get conditioning treatment or a perm, since the hair cuts are complementary in the package. A hair coloring/highlight can cost anywhere from US $35-80, depending on the place.
-- Itaewon - where all foreigners converge, you'll find the most diverse types of restaurants here. This is also where you can find many foreign-owned bars where you can meet up with some of your compatriots. A local favorite is the Canada Bar. A word of caution: compared to other parts of the city, this place is on the more seedy side, so take care of your bags and belongings.

On the flip side of the charm, Seoul is heavily polluted (air and water). Many foreigners (myself included) get very ill with the flu several times a year. So for an extended stay, make sure you pack your vitamins! They are expensive and hard to find in Korea.

9 Thank tantimaimouna
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