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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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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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 ...
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Travel from Incheon International Airport (Seoul) to Daejeon?

What is the cheapest way of transport to get from the Incheon International Airport (Seoul) to Daejeon?
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Is advanced booking required for ferries from South Korea to Japan

We already have a question about ferries from South Korea to Japan, but my question is can I just show up at the port and buy a ticket for the same-day ferry or do I have to book it in advanced? I ...
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Is advance booking required for ferries from China to South Korea?

We already have a question about prices of ferries from China to South Korea, my question is: can I just show up at the port and buy a ticket for the same-day ferry or do I have to book it in advance? ...
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Visa-free travel to South Korea for Filipino citizens holding an Australian visa

I've heard that you can travel to South Korea without a visa if you have an Australian visa and your flight is bound to/from that country. I plan to do this to travel from the Philippines to South ...
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What's the closest one can get to North Korea from the South on public road?

When travelling in one's own vehicle on public roads in South Korea is there any road freely accessible that also runs relatively close to the North Korean border? I'm not really after the shortest ...
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Do I need to apply for a visa to enter to South Korea if I already got Aus visa?

I'm currently holding Vietnamese passport and studying in Australia. I read some sources saying that I don't have to apply for visa if I already have a valid Australia visa. Is that true? Or will I be ...
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Travel from Europe to Asia tickets

my family will be visiting me in Japan soon and we plan to make a trip to South Korea too. So they would be coming from France to Japan, then from Japan to Korea, then Korea to Japan and from Japan ...
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Small historical stone bridge in the North of Seoul

I want to go to this semi-famous historical bridge in 수성동 계곡 (Suseong-dong Gyegok, "Suseong Stream Valley") at 기린교 (Girin-gyo, "Giraffe Bridge") but I don't know its latitude/longitude: It is in ...
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Where to find clear sky In South Korea for viewing stars?

What parts of South Korea have the clearest sky without light pollution to see stars? It's clear the big cities have lots of light pollution, but even the places I have been told are "country side" ...
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Checking in a new bag during a layover

I will have a 10 hour layover in Seoul (ICN) and I want to go out and do some shopping. Is it possible to check in a bag during my layover? I will be traveling on Korean Air. I will only have 1 ...
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Which passport to use when travelling between south korea and ireland

My daughter will soon have two passports - one korean and one Irish. I am trying to figure out the correct way to do things but I keep getting told different things. Ive been told you have to use the ...
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Travelling to Japan from Korea on a UK passport

I have a UK passport and an E2 Visa for living and working in Korea. Will I encounter any difficulties if I want to travel to Japan, or will I need to get a visa when I get there or before I go (i.e. ...