A capitalist democratic country in East Asia more well known for its technology industry than tourism. Usage of [tag:south-korea] is intended for South Korea; for questions specifically about its northern neighbour, use [tag:north-korea].

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Does T-Money card expire?

Similar to the question on Shanghai subway card, does South Korea's T-Money card expire after not being used for a while? Because I will enter the country again and again, I don't consider refunding, ...
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Can I use T-Money on AREX Express from Seoul Station to Incheon Airport?

I want to go back to Incheon from Seoul Station. When I came here, I used a bus from Incheon to Gangnam Station, but now I want to use AREX Express to return to the airport. Can I purchase the ...
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How far do taxi from Incheon Airport go?

I have an event in Yeoncheon, South Korea (near the North / South border). My flight takes me to Incheon Airport, then I need to somehow get from there to Yeoncheon. I've researched and there doesn't ...
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Can I fly to Cambodia and back to South Korea to catch my flight home to the US after my study abroad visa is over?

I am studying abroad for 6 months in South Korea but I want to go to Cambodia to do a volunteer trip for two weeks at the end of school. However during the Cambodia program my student visa ends in the ...
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Catch a one-way ticket to Korea

I realise that return tickets are sometimes required for tourist or visitor visas (i.e. Korea has 90 days free for Australians like me) Just wondering that if I ever plan on entering Korea on a one-...
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Can I buy a local SIM in South Korea that enables tethering?

I will stay for a week or more in Seoul, and want to get a local SIM in my iPhone. As far as I know, there don't seem to exist any carriers that enable tethering, as it is not mentioned there (but it ...
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Is there a popular non-Google Korean-English-Korean translator app?

In South Korea, there are popular alternatives to many of Google's online services, for example Naver's web portal (search) and maps app and KakaoTalk (messaging). Is there a Korean-English/English-...
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Is there a ZIP code I can enter when paying-at-the-pump in the USA with a South Korean credit card? [duplicate]

Im trying to use my South Korean Visa credit card at the gas pump and it is asking for my zip code. What am I supposed to do? Is there a generic ZIP code I can use?
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Visa required for Indian citizen visitng Seoul?

I am Indian passport holder travelling to Germany via Seoul and would like to stay in Seoul for couple of days. Do I need a visa to enter Seoul (Incheon Airport)? I have my flight tickets to Germany ...
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Extending tourist stay in South Korea to take a language course?

I'm an American citizen planning to go to Seoul as a tourist for a month or two, and, if I like it, enroll in a three-month Korean language course through one of the universities there (making a total ...
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Is the Han River in Seoul clean enough for kayaking?

I'm looking into activities to do in Seoul and I see a kayaking tour in the Han River that looks interesting. A friend has mentioned to me that the Han River is almost as bad as the East River in NYC ...
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How and where can I organize a North Korea DMZ tour if I'm staying in Seoul? [duplicate]

My friends and I are interested in the DMZ, and we are looking to spend a day trip there. I understand that there are Saturday tours, but there aren't a lot of details around regarding that. How can ...
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How common are credit cards in Seoul? What types?

Do most stores in Seoul accept credit card payments? If so, what types? VISA, Mastercard, American Express?
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English-language meta-search engine with good coverage of Korean airlines?

When I search for flights from South Korea to nearby countries on Google Flights, there are usually many flights from airlines which don't share fare data with Google, for example: T'Way, Eastar Jet, ...
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Wi-fi at airports in Japan and Korea

Just want to know whether there is free wi-fi available at the major airports in Japan and Korea, and if not then what's the best way to get access to the Internet while waiting for flights to kill ...
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Is there an active nightlife in Seoul on weekdays?

I'll be traveling to Seoul on a Monday in the near future and I want to experience the nightlife culture. My concern is that I leave Seoul on a Friday afternoon and unable to experience the nightlife. ...
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Indonesian passport holder wishing to visit South Korea for tourism. Do I need a visa?

I'm planning to visit South Korea next month. Short stay, only 5 days. Do I still need a visa? I hold an Indonesian passport with a Malaysian visa (I live here currently).
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Importance of cherry blossom season in South Korea

Cherry Blossom (sakura) season is a huge event in Japan drawing millions of visitors and with many festivals, with centuries old traditions like Hanami. South Korea being at relatively close ...
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Can I sign up in advance for a Joint Security Area tour that departs from Imjingak?

All Joint Security Area tours (staying on the South Korean side) I have seen depart from Seoul (example 1, example 2, example 3). Is there any way to sign up in advance for a Joint Security Area tour ...
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Stopover in Korea [duplicate]

I am a Vietnamese passport holder. I'm going back to Vietnam from Seattle next week. I will have a half-day layover in Incheon Airport. I want to go into the city - Seoul just for resting, like ...
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Can I go to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) by myself?

I wonder whether I can go to and visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) by myself, i.e., without some tour operator. I am mostly interested in the 3rd tunnel, and its neighboring sites such as ...
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Can I leave South Korea to reset the 90 days visa counter?

My friend tells me that I can leave South Korea for 1 night and re-enter, to reset my 90 days. For example, an American could enter Korea and stay for 90 days and then go to Japan or China (any place ...
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Geumjeongsan Mountain walkable?

I'm planning a trip to Busan, Korea and I wanted to check some temples by walking to them. A couple of places mention Geumjeongsan Mountain but it doesn't say much about an official hiking path. I ...
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Where can I rent a kayak/canoe in South Korea? [closed]

Are there any good places to rent kayaks/canoes in Korea? Last time I rented canoes here, there was a group of 30 people and a guy in a motor boat driving around telling people how to paddle. After ...
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Moving from US to South Korea, what surge protectors can I buy?

In September I'm moving from the US to South Korea. South Korea uses 220V/60Hz power and the continental European C/E/F-style plugs. As part of my budgeting process, I'm working on determining what ...
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Is there an Immigration office in Incheon airport?

Is there an immigration office in Incheon Airport (Korea)? Can I re-stamp my stamp for my arrival because my passport got wet and the stamp was washed out and it can be barely seen.
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Do I need Korea Visa when transit at Incheon Airport, as an Indonesian citizen?

I'm travelling from London (UK) to Jakarta and using 2 different airlines (2 separate tickets - non connecting flight), from London to Incheon using Asiana (1 ticket), and from Incheon to Jakarta ...
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How long does it take to get US from South Korea by Container Ship?

I would like to know how many day will it take to get US from South Korea. Before asking, I check in google and other websites. But, I didn't find any answers. Could anyone guess me how many days it ...
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Visa for transit in Seoul

I have a question about the visa needed to transit in Korea. I'm an Indonesian passport holder and am traveling to the US. On the way back I have a transit of 24 hours at Incheon. If I want to go out ...
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Traveling in South Korea's country side as an English speaker

I plan to travel in South Korea's country side by car in May and June. I only speak English: will language be an issue when booking hotel (I'll probably only book a few days ahead of time), buying ...
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Does a Vietnamese citizen need a transit visa for South Korea?

I am a Vietnamese passport holder. I'm going back to Viet Nam from Montreal this December, and I will transit at Incheon Airport for a few hours. Do I need a Korean visa just for transiting, either ...
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Should I bring a surgical mask while travelling to South Korea during November?

I will be in South Korea one week in November. Do I need to worry about any sort of life threatening infections (e.g., bird flu), while visiting there? Also do I need to bring surgical mask, while ...
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Can Samsung Galaxy S5 be used in South Korea?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S5, model SM-G900F. This is a 4G/LTE phone which I purchased from a carrier in Singapore. It is unlocked. I would like to confirm that this phone can be used in South Korea ...
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Can transit in Japan or korea [closed]

I am traveling to Vladivostok from India. I have a flight from India to Japan to Korea to Vladivostok. Can I transit in Japan or Korea? I hold an Indian passport.
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South Korea vs. Japan. Which gets cold earlier in autumn?

I will finally arrive on the Chinese east tomorrow, over three month behind my original schedule. My plan was to take a ferry to South Korea spend a month there and then take a ferry to Japan to ...
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What is the difference between type C and type SE plugs?

I live in Japan, which uses plugs A and B for mains connectors, and I will be going to South Korea, so I decided to buy a plug adapter for my electronics. Searching online, all points that South ...
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Traveling to Seoul, phone questions

I have an ASUS zenphone 2 (yay for dual sim slots!) and I'm traveling to Seoul next week for a two week business trip. 1) do I need to worry about a power converter for the phone charger, or will the ...
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10 days in South Korea using an Australian Passport, whilst on a Chinese visa

Do I need a visa for a 10 day holiday to South Korea? I have an Australian passport living in China on a z visa.
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Is there a bar at Incheon airport?

Is there a bar at Incheon International Airport, Korea (ICN)? I know there are 7-11s etc where you can buy a can and sit at a table, but I'm looking for a bar and some draught beer.
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Taking 2 laptops and an iPad for travel, as a student, to South Korea from USA

I'm a US Citizen who has received a D-2 (Student) South Korean Visa. I have one laptop that I use for personal/school use and another laptop I that I am required by my job to use on their system (...
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Where can I buy authentic cheongsachorong (청사초롱) - traditional lanterns - in Seoul?

Cheongsachorong (청사초롱) are traditional lanterns, originally used for weddings in Korea. They are made of red and blue silk. Cheongsachorong By Minseong Kim (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://...
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Korean girl camera shyness

I am trying to understand the reason why Korean girls are so camera shy. Whenever they realize a public camera is on them in a situation an American girl would wave or smile or thumbs up, they ...
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Dollars or euros to South Korea? [closed]

Is it better to bring Dollars or Euros? Is it possible to pay with creditcards (mastercard or visa) in most places? Like hotels and such. What is best to do, get cash or pay with creditcard?
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Booking hotel in South Korea

I will be in South Korea for about 3 days on the second week of July. I will most likely stay in Seoul and see some of the sights. I was planning on not booking a hotel (I've found a list of ...
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Summer Travel: Jeju Island MERS Problems?

Maybe this is too ongoing to answer, but anyway... There seems to be travel alerts for (South, at least) Korea due to MERS at the moment. Is Jeju Island Affected As Well? What Will Summmer Travel ...
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Is it possible to make a day-trip to a beach, from Seoul?

I will have to spend some time in Seoul for my job, in late August, early September and my wife and my 2 kids will join me. Now I would like to know if it is possible to make a day-trip to a beach ...
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Transiting through Incheon (Seoul), South Korea

I'm planning to fly from Ulaanbaatar to Melbourne via Seoul (and Kuala Lumpur). There seems to be a policy for allowing passengers destined for some countries (Australia included) to transit through ...
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3-4 days in Korea [closed]

I am going to a business conference in Korea in July. I've managed to prolong my stay by 3-4 days (can't stay longer because I have another meeting in Europe). The event is in Seoul. What are "must ...
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Is it still possible to find kisaengs in today's Korea?

Do kisaengs (female Korean entertainers, sometimes described as analogous to geishas in Japan) still exist, and is it possible to watch a performance or book an evening with them? The Wikipedia ...
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3 weeks trip from Zurich to Japan and South Korea [closed]

I'm planning to travel alone to Japan and South Korea for 3 weeks (20. June to 12. July 2015) and I'll depart from Zurich, Switzerland. My main question is about getting to both places, which is a ...