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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Where to buy a second-hand smartphone in Seoul?

I'm currently travelling in South Korea, home of major smartphone companies such as Samsung. It's a country in a technology boom where everybody wants to have the latest gadgets. That implies they no ...
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Can a used smartphone purchased in South Korea be used in Australia?

I'm thinking about buying a second-hand smartphone before I leave Korea since some major brands are based here and Koreans seem to always want the latest and greatest I'm assuming models one or two ...
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How to find a sauna/bathhouse in Korea that allows customers with tattoos?

Apparently here in Korea there is a similar common rule to in Japan forbidding people with tattoos from using public bath houses. I was telling a couple of traveller friends in my hostel here about ...
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Do ATMs at Incheon International Aiport in South Korea have high fees or bad exchange rates

At least a couple of times I've arrived from a long flight and headed to the ATM in the airport to get some local currency only to find out that the ATMs in the airport are special and will rip you ...
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Do any of the currency exchanges at Istanbul Atatürk Airport deal in Korean won?

I'm about to fly from Istanbul to Seoul and I have a useful amount of Turkish Lira (TRY) left but I don't have any South Korean Won (KRW) to pay for the metro to my hostel when I get there. Several ...
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Do any of the currency exchanges at Incheon International Airport deal in Turkish lira?

I'm about to fly from Istanbul to Seoul and I have a useful amount of Turkish Lira (TRY) left but I don't have any South Korean Won (KRW) to pay for the metro to my hostel when I get there. Several ...
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Do any of the ferries between Korea and Japan charge per car and not per person in a car?

I've travelled on ferries between Korea and Japan probably more than anyone else using our site so far, but there's one thing I never thought about until now: Do any of the ferries commonly take ...
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Which is the cheapest ferry to Jeju in South Korea?

A few months ago I dug up lots of information on getting to Jeju in South Korea, but I didn't find the prices. Most of the websites are only in Korean so I'm throwing this one open to all our expert ...
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Will I be able to enter South Korea as a tourist with a one-way ticket and no ticket home yet?

I've been to South Korea a few times already and always enjoy it but I've always had an onward ticket before. Now I need to fly home from a trip that's lasted over a year, but I still want to take my ...
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Are there some places I can stay for free in South Korea besides couch surfing?

I'm thinking of going home to Australia from Europe/Turkey via Korea because... well Korea is awesome and it's on the way home (-: But I'm almost out of money. Then again I was just talking to ...
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Is there any possibility to ride on a freighter from Romania to South Korea?

In my previous question I pointed out that there is a very large Korean shipyard on the southern Black Sea coast of Romania. This made me wonder if there might be any chance of hopping aboard a ...
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Are there any places that serve Korean food in Doi Mai or Mangalia in Romania?

Those who've never been here before might not expect it, but there's something of a Korean presence on the Black Sea Coast within 10km of the Bulgarian border. The main entity is Daewoo Mangalia ...
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Gift giving in Korea: Do I have to wrap snacks?

I just arrived on Seoul and brought some packets of dried mangoes for my hosts. I forgot to wrap them however. I've read that Koreans are particular about their gifts being wrapped but these gifts ...
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Is it safe to drink tap water in Seoul?

I've been hearing conflicting views. The government assures everyone that it's okay but the locals don't seem to trust the government, at least in this issue. Does anybody know any conclusive ...
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Which ATM/debit card to use in Seoul?

I'll be going to Seoul on Saturday. Unfortunately I don't have any international money cards. I do have two cards, an E-ON card from Unionbank (VISA Electron) and a BPI Express ATM (has a Cirrus ...
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Does knowing Japanese help in neighbouring countries?

I know a bit of Japanese, but don't know any other Asian languages. Does knowing Japanese help in neighbouring countries such as South Korea and Taiwan? Am I likely to encounter people who are ...
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Changing yen to won in Japan vs. Korea

Is it better to change yen to won in Japan or Korea? We are about to move from Japan to Korea and just want to get the best rate.
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Approximately how much for housing and food in Seoul, Korea?

I've been trying to fill out an application that requires me to list how much I think I will need for a 1-semester stay (about 3~4 months) in Seoul. They require two separate fields for "housing" and ...
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Do I need to apply for a visa to enter South Korea as a tourist on an Australian passport?

Do I need to apply for a visa to enter South Korea as a tourist for a few days when travelling on an Australian passport? Or will I be able to get one on arrival?
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Options for flying to Tokyo from Seoul

We are planning on the ferry from Fukuoka to Busan and then fly back to Tokyo from Seoul a week later. What are the options for flying one way from Seoul to Tokyo? We would like to find something ...
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What are the cheapest ways to get from East Asia to Australia?

I have a return ticket that gets me from Turkey to Korea to Australia but it cannot be extended beyond the end of May. I'm thinking of forfeiting or refunding some leg(s) of my ticket but as my ...
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Cell phones in South Korea

What is the best way to get smart phone access when travelling a few days in South Korea? I am mostly interested in getting cheap data access (google maps...).
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Jeju Island (New Natural Wonder of the World) - How to Get There?

Jeju Island has just been provisionally named as one of the new 7 Natural Wonders of the World. But how does one get there? It's pretty far from the mainland. I assume there are planes, but is it ...
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Travelling between Japan and South Korea

We are going to Japan for 3 weeks in the beginning of April and would like to spend a couple of days in Seoul. How do we get there? And how expensive is the ferry from southern japan to Busan in South ...
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Differences in mentality of Japanese and Korean people [closed]

What is the difference between Japanese and Korean people, from the mentality/behavior perspective? Please list as many differences as you know, or provide link to a good article/discussion, as I ...