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You don't indicate what time of day you will arrive and depart, but Incheon Airport offers a series of free Transit Tours of varying lengths and departing at various times of the day. The shorter tours are within the city of Incheon, which is a major city in its own right, whereas the 5-hour tours are of sights and sites in Seoul. While such bus tours are ...


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Historically Seoul has had a number of issues with drinking water. Most recently the issue wasn't the water itself, but the pipes that delivered it, which many people claimed introduced contaminates. I can still remember being told by someone I was working with there about 10 years ago that the water was safe to drink in my hotel, but not in their office ...


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Here are 2 sample companies organizing these trips as a group tour: Koridoor Panmunjom There are several different places to see, such as the DMZ with its fences, some tunnels and the border crossings of course. Because of the many different combination of locations that you can see in a half-day or full-day course, the prices also vary a lot, between ...


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I don't think you'd have much time- it's about one hour to downtown by train (they say 43 minutes, but they run 10-20 minutes apart), and of course you'd have to transit customs and immigration both ways, as well as security. Here is the train schedule.


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I think there is explanation of your question http://guidetokorea.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/air-raid-sirens-in-seoul-no-cause-for-alarm/ the siren will most likely only ever be a test out here. Check the time if you do hear it. 11am or 2pm on the dot are generally the test times. The siren will last 2-3 minutes then stop.


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There is a store in Itaewon called DMZ. The guy there sells pretty much everything an if something is not available in the shop he can get it for you within hours. I was there recently and can confirm that he sells these boots. Someone even made a video how to find this shop, and you can watch it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqKEQ6B2b6s It is not ...


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There is very little in terms of online information on where US Army surplus stuff is available in Seoul. The best information available is a thread on the Waygook Forum and similar threads on ESLCafe Forum, and Airsoft Korea. I could not find any references to these shops to have online presence, so walking into a store carrying Army Surplus items might ...


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Short answer: You can't. (Sensibly, anyway.) JR is not a single company, but whole bunch of them, and their integration is less than stellar. The Tokaido Shinkansen between Tokyo and Kyoto is operated by JR Central (Tokai). While they do offer an online booking service, it's -- rather incredibly -- a paid, members-only service that requires registration ...


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There are a huge amount of new phone shops almost everywhere, but I hardly remember where used phone stores are. Probably the reason will be simple--there's no money in the used phone business. Buying a new phone in Korea also means signing a contract (usually for 2 years) with a mobile service provider. It makes money for manufacturers, mobile service ...


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This is what it says in the official Seoul government tourist site: The subway operation hours are from 5:30 to approximately 24:00. Apparently, the subway system is run by three different companies but I don't think this has any influence on the opening hours but just on the design of certain stations.


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I've never come across a country where ATM fees varied depending on the location of the ATM. Whilst it's certainly possible that there exist some "private" ATMs in various airports that charge more, but the normal bank-operated ATMs will charge exactly the same fees and give exactly the same exchange rate through-out the country. Specific to Seouls Incheon ...


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You can take the Seoul City Night Tour. This is a non expensive city tour that departs at 8pm all days except mondays and city holidays. The problem is that you won't see all main city sightseeing, but it will give you an idea of the city. If you are looking for something more interesting (and expensive) a friend was very happy with the night tour of I love ...


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1) Food prices as of 2012, near colleage in Seoul: Cafeteria in a college : 2,000 ~ 4,000 KRW (run by city/government has lower price) Local food resturant for student near a college : 4,000 ~ 6,000 KRW Franchise restaurant : 5,000 ~ 10,000 KRW (near college in rural area will be lower about 500 ~ 1,000 KRW) 2) Housing prices : very differentiated by ...


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According to this Visa site, Visa Electron is accepted in South Korea in many ATMs (make sure to choose the bank from the drop down menu). Also, According to this official site of Korean tourism Cirrus ATM cards are the most widely accepted in Korea.


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Although Korea is not an expensive country, Seoul is an expensive city. The cost of living in Seoul significantly varies from place to place. You cannot get an estimate without choosing your neighborhood. The cost for housing is more serious than cost for foods.


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Found an airline called Eastar Jet which offers flights from Incheon, which is Souls primary airport. There are normal and discounted fares, a normal one is 260,000KRW which is a bit over $230 and a discounted fare is 99,500KRW which comes to about $87. These fares are for flights to Narita airport in Tokyo for April 2012. I got all the way through to the ...


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It is quite hard to find ATMs that accept foreign cards, including Visa Electron and Cirrus cards in Korea outside areas with more foreign expats and tourists. The ATMs which accept non-Korean cards will have a small logo or sign saying "Global ATM". Thread about "Global ATMs" on official Seoul tourism website "Visit Seoul". One of these areas with more ...


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10 days from now is May 7, the tail end of Golden Week. Highly unlikely you will get a reserved ticket on anything heading for any major city. Japanese people reserve their Golden Week tickets many months in advance. You can, however, get an unreserved ticket at Kyoto station and just wait in line. You will likely end up standing the whole way as trains do ...


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MikkaRin has it right, these drills aren't anything to be concerned about. When they do happen, traffic is meant to come to a halt (some choose to ignore) and things generally go quiet except for the sirens. Seeing fighter jets was a daily norm for me (lived in Ulsan for a year) and they are always out and about, but nothing to be concerned of.


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Well I'm pretty sure I found it by pure coincidence about a week ago on my way bag from a many-hours-long random walk around Seoul. From Hongdae it turns out you can walk pretty much directly East following the sun if it's morning or away from the sun if it's afternoon. If you do that following the bigger roads you'll tend slightly North but you'll end up ...



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