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].

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

14
votes
3answers
4k views

Who are these people in gray robes and shaved heads with South Korean Passports?

I saw a number of people with gray robes and shaved heads while I was in Seoul recently that looked like this: Is this a religious thing? They had Republic of Korea passports, for what that's ...
13
votes
2answers
289 views

Is there a museum in South Korea about defectors and refugees who escaped North Korea?

I was just watching a History Channel documentary on YouTube called "Kingjongilia" about people who have managed to escape North Korea. Having visited South Korea a bunch of times now, I realize I ...
12
votes
2answers
6k views

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
172 views

Are there any tours into North Korea that depart from Japan or South Korea?

I'm in Japan for 3 weeks, and then looking to go across to South Korea. I'm wondering if there's anyway to organise a tour of North Korea that departs from either Japan or South Korea? Bearing in ...
11
votes
1answer
306 views

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 ...
11
votes
1answer
687 views

Shower rooms at Incheon airport

I will be in transit at the Incheon airport for a couple hours and wanted to make use of their 'shower rooms'. Has anybody used them? Can you take your luggage in the shower room? The airport's ...
10
votes
3answers
645 views

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...).
10
votes
2answers
155 views

Universities open to public in South Korea and Japan?

In California and most other states in the USA, at public universities (and sometimes private universities), it is possible for anyone who is not affiliated with the institution to walk into a ...
9
votes
1answer
200 views

Are there tours available from Seoul to the Korean Demilitarized Zone?

I am planning to visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone while staying in Seoul and would like to get tour options. Anyone has done this? Prices, schedule and tips are most welcome.
9
votes
1answer
233 views

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 about a ...
8
votes
2answers
635 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
317 views

Muslim Restaurants in Seoul South Korea

I am travelling to Seoul this winter. I want to know about some good restaurants having halal food and also having spicy food as well. If there are some Pakistani restaurants having biryani that will ...
8
votes
1answer
6k views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
419 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
309 views

Traveling via South Korea with an expired US visa

I have an expired US student visa and an approved, but not stamped, US work visa (this is a totally legit situation). I am planning to travel from the US (where I currently live) to India for my visa ...
7
votes
1answer
9k views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

Is 6 hours transit time enough to see something of Seoul?

I am flying to Tokyo in November, and I have the choice to go direct (paying extra) or transit via Seoul. Is 6 hours transit time enough to leave Incheon airport for a bit to see something of Seoul? ...
6
votes
3answers
949 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
363 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
14k views

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?
6
votes
3answers
1k views

Is it possible to go from South Korea to Hong Kong by sea?

More specifically from Busan (but other sites also possible). My plan is to do Japan - South Korea - Hong Kong by sea.
6
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

“Speaking” Korean without really speaking Korean, as a tourist in South Korea

I'm thinking of visiting South Korea as a tourist, and I'm wondering if some preparations short of a full on study of the language will help. In particular, I'm wondering about learning Hangul, and ...
5
votes
3answers
325 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

What were the loud sirens I heard in South Korea?

So I was in South Korea on March 14, by the War Memorial of Korea and the Yongsan Garrison and heard what sounded like an air raid siren. I did a Google search. Apparently I wasn't the only one that ...
5
votes
2answers
614 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
242 views

Travelling from India to Hawaii

I am planning to travel from Chennai (India) to Honolulu (Hawaii). I have the option to travel through Bangkok, Thailand and Seoul, South Korea, and want to know if either of these places will require ...
5
votes
2answers
601 views

Which ferry from China to South Korea is the cheapest?

In less than two weeks my Chinese visa will expire and I'm considering taking one of the ferries to South Korea. I don't care about which part of China it leaves from, there are several choices. I ...
5
votes
2answers
5k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
3k views

Using an iPhone 4S in South Korea

My brother will soon be traveling to South Korea for work an he has an unlocked iPhone 4S from Sprint. According to the Apple website, the 4S will work on one of the regional carriers so what he was ...
5
votes
1answer
190 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
235 views

Long lay over in Seoul. Do I need a visa as a Filipino citizen?

I'm a Filipino immigrant from USA about to visit home in December. I have a 14-hour lay over in Seoul, South Korea. Do I need a visa to leave the airport to do a little sightseeing?
5
votes
1answer
282 views

Is it possible for a traveller to study the Jeju language in Korea?

Korea's large southern island province has its own language or dialect which is not mutually comprehensible with standard Korean. As a traveller who likes to learn languages as part of my travel I've ...
4
votes
1answer
405 views

Do I need a visa to enter South Korea?

Do I need a visa to enter South Korea as a tourist for a few days travelling on a British passport? My husband is working in South Korea and I'm going out to visit him for a few days and I'm unsure as ...
4
votes
2answers
513 views

Are you able to bring bagels into South Korea on a flight?

My friend is going to NYC for a week. Currently in South Korea, we want to share the lovely NYC/NJ bagel. Assuming my friend packs the bagel in a airtight container to keep freshness, what is the ...
4
votes
1answer
156 views

Suwon is on the itinerary while travelling through South Korea. What should I do there and what is Suwon known for?

I need help in deciding what to do in Suwon during my stop there on a trip to South Korea. I've done a little research, however I'm curious if anyone has more experience.
4
votes
2answers
71 views

How to find out if your Japan -> Korea ferry is going to be cancelled by a typhoon?

I'm on a ferry (in theory) this Friday afternoon from Fukuoka to Busan. Typhoon Halong now appears to be heading towards that very stretch of sea. Is there any advance notice of cancellations of ...
4
votes
1answer
56 views

Do I need 6 months validity on my Australian passort if travelling to South Korea?

Do I need to have at least 6 months validity on my Australian passort if I will be staying in Korea for 2 days?
4
votes
1answer
3k views

Buy alcohol duty-free or in US?

I will be flying to India via South Korea from SFO. I was wondering if it would be better (cheaper) for me to buy alcohol (specifically Scotch, Whiskey) at a place like Bevmo or at the duty free shops ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

I'm an Indonesian citizen. Do I need a visa for South Korea?

I'm an Indonesian citizen holding an US visa. My itinerary is USA -> China -> South Korea -> China -> USA. All within 2 weeks. Do I need to apply for a South Korean visa?
3
votes
4answers
727 views

Finding cheap apartment for a month in Japan and South Korea?

In these countries, if I decide on a whim that I would like a regular apartment for one month, what's the best method to find something CHEAP (less than 300USD) no matter where I am? Craigslist or ...
3
votes
1answer
37 views

Places to drink (party) at Songnae Korea

I'm visiting Songnae South Korea, and I wanted to know (since I didn't find any) if there are bars or places to go and have a couple of drinks.
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Can Filipino citizens get a visa upon arrival in South Korea?

I'm a Filipino citizen, and I am in Macau. Can I get visa upon arrival in South Korea (Seoul)?
3
votes
2answers
5k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
72 views

Does an Indian citizen with a tourist visa have to report to South Korean immigration center after arrival?

My wife is planing to come to South Korea for the winter vacation. She comes for a period of 1 month and has hold tourist visa. I would like to know if she need to have some formalities (for ex, ...
3
votes
1answer
59 views

Are any maps for sale at Jeju International Airport?

I am travelling to Jeju, South Korea soon, and I have been unable to find a proper map so far. Lacking a topographic map (that I would strongly prefer), at the very least I would need some kind of ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Where can I go skydiving in South Korea?

I am heading to Korea in near future for quite a long trip. As, I am very enthusiastic about skydiving, I was wondering how easy (or hard) to get a tandem jump (aka assisted jump). After Google, I ...
3
votes
1answer
524 views

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 ...