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That's a lot of questions, son, but I'll give you a general rundown based on my experience. English signage in the major cities is sufficient for getting around, eg. the Seoul Metro and Korea Rail have all major signs and announcements in English (and Japanese and Chinese!), so you won't need hangul for a visit of a few days. Major tourist attractions ...


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You can also catch a glimpse of North Korea on the Jayu-ro highway, for instance around 37.802870, 126.683044. Nothing very interesting though, just some hills across the sea. The tour I took to DMZ (you can't get there without a tour) took us via that road, because it's one of the easiest places to see North Korea close to Seoul. According to our tour ...


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Name: Inwangsan Suseong-dong Valley Address: 서울특별시 종로구 옥인동 185-3 185-3 Ogin-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea Location: Google Maps Sources: TheSeoulStop.com, TheSoulOfSeoul.com The map is not too clear to determine the exact location of the bridge, this is as close as it gets.


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I'm an undergraduate in Korea (South). Quick answer for your question is "impossible" though you can find some people "acting" kisaeng (-_-?!) There are 2 types of kisaeng in korea nowadays Real kisaeng They are who really worked(?) as kisaeng until 1940's but not anymore since kisaeng has become illegal "job" (1945 I can't find the exact bill related at ...


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The closest you can get on your own would be going to right before the DMZ. The North and the South each control 2km of the DMZ. Other than some special tour packages such as these, access to the DMZ is very controlled. You can see the North from several of the sites that are on the tourist packages.


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I think jpatokal gave excellent advice - considering how much you asked! That's a lot of motivation for a mere tourist! May I add (I live in Korea): When you try to communicate in English, be patient: they may understand you, but they will need their time to respond to you if they are not very fluent. Have a pen and paper ready, or type on your ...


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No, advance booking is not required, you can generally walk up and buy tickets. This applies to both the slow ferries and the hydrofoils on the primary routes (Busan-Fukuoka, Busan-Shimonoseki). Of course, this assumes there is availability on the ferries, but outside absolute peak travel seasons (Golden Week etc) this is unlikely to be a problem, ...


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Take the Airport Railroad to Seoul Station and from there a "Mugunghwa" train to Daejeon. The "all stop" train (1 hour journey) from the airport to Seoul costs 3950 KRW. There is an express train doing the journey in 30 minutes. It costs 8000 KRW. http://english.arex.or.kr/jsp/eng/information/use_information.jsp The train from Seoul top Daejeon (journey ...


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I would recommend the Juwangsan National Park, where you can visit the Jusanji Pond. This is where Kim Ki-duk shot his famous movie Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring, hence on top of finding dark skies to watch the stars, you can enjoy the breath-taking atmosphere of the pond during day time.


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As a UK citizen you do not need a visa for Japan. The fact that you have a E2 Korean visa does not influence that at all.


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Since Official Site of Korea Tourism Org.: Alien Registration: A Korean embassy or consulate can issue two types of visas: a short-term visa for visitors who want to stay up to 90 days and a special long-term visa for periods longer than 90 days. A visitor with a special long-term visa is required to apply for alien registration at a local immigration ...


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Songnae is a suburb of Seoul. In addition to the random drinking holes you'll find around the station (and any station in Seoul), you've got a one-seat ride on subway line 1 to Yongsan, Seoul's largest foreigner-friendly nightlife district, and a single transfer to Hongdae/Sinchon, for the Korean and nightclub experiences.


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In case the total amount of time you can spend there is more or less fixed, I would choose doing roughly two weeks Japan and one week Korea. My itinerary of suggestion would be as follows, though keep in mind that it's exactly the same if you do it in reverse order: Buy open-jaw tickets Zurich-Tokyo and Seoul-Zurich, you'll probably get a decent price with ...


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Generally, the most popular tourist destination for beaches are located on East and South coast of Korea. With some minor exceptions, I'd avoid West coast in general because most of their beaches look like this: I know one of your primary concerns is proximity of the destination via public transportation, but what you must know is that Korea has one of ...


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Bring whatever suits you best. If you live in the Euro area there is no point in converting Euros into Dollars to convert them later into Won. You will loose twice from the exchange. Euros can as easily be exchanged into Wons as Dollars can be. Buying Won in Europe can be cumbersome and is not worth the effort. Credit cards (MasterCard and Visa) are also ...


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According to Timatic you may not need to if you don't depart back to Australia when arriving from Australia. Visa required, except for Holders of a visa issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or USA to nationals of Viet Nam, only if in transit through Korea (Rep.): For details, click here CLARIFICATION Visa Exemptions: ...


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For your second question, no, there shouldn't be a problem in re-entering Japan. Even in the unlikely event that you are questioned, you have your ticket back to France to show that your goal is not to stay for another 90 days. It's better to ask one question per question, by the way...


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Use the Irish one in and out of Ireland and the Korean one in and out of Korea. I'm a Dual US/UK Citizen. I always use my US passport for entering the US, but my UK passport everywhere else. If you're flying from Korea to Ireland and back, you'd use the Irish passport for the flight from Korea to Ireland and the Korean passport for the flight from Ireland ...


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Fortunately there's a website for this! Lightpollutionmap.info visually shows you the most light polluted areas. Naturally it tends to be around cities. The area along roads east of Chech'on and Andong look to be your best bets, that I can see, but a bit of panning around the areas you're visiting, you may have a chance. A car is likely going to be ...


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I don't have any first-hand experience with freighter travel but all the research I have done suggest it's mostly done through various agents. Trips from Europe to Asia are readily available but none from Romania that I could find. All the agencies sell more-or-less the same trips, on container ships from CMA-CGM, Hanjin or German shipping lines. Here are a ...


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What you're asking about is called a visa run. Staying on back-to-back tourist visas is frowned on by many countries, and Immigration will probably start wondering if you're working illegally sooner or later, but anecdotal evidence says South Korea is not particularly picky and it's possible to stay for years this way. Your mileage may vary. However, it ...


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Are you planning to sleep on the streets if the hotels are full :)? All jokes aside, second week of July is the peak season for tourists in Seoul. I'm not sure which part of Seoul you're planning to stay at, but for popular sites (Gangnam, Yeoeuido, Gangbuk), I assure you that the hotels will be booked by then. Yes, even with the MERS thing, unless if MERS ...


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For its limited express and Shinkansen(bullet trains), JR waits to announce official typhoon-related cancellations until the morning of the day that particular train runs. I expect it will not be different with the Beetle ferry - at best a cancellation may be announced the prior evening. Weather services in Japan often advise "transportation-related ...


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I looked at JR's English and Japanese-language web sites, but neither of them appears to have any weather alerts, nor even any section for weather information or cancellations. Your best bet for accurate information, then, is probably to call them (092-281-2315). That said, based on the weather prediction, I expect you're going to be cutting it very close. ...


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I really enjoyed seeing Changdeok Palace (in Seoul) while I was there. I would definitely put that on the must-see list. I'm sure Gyeongbok Palace would also be great to see, but I didn't get to see it when I was there (I was only there on a 10 hour layover.) At least being from the U.S., it was also interesting just driving around the city and seeing ...


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While I can answer this question as a native South Korean, this really is a question you should ask your country's relevant government office. As of June 15th, 2015, there are no known cases of MERS infection in Jeju Island. But as this is an on-going event, the situation can change at any minute. Most countries issued a level 1 travel advisory or ...


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You can bring Dollars or Euros with you while visiting South Korea. You can also use master card in shopping in South Korea.


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You can probably look at Visit Korea site to determine what's within a reachable distance from where you will be staying in Sinchon But on a quick look: Eurwangni beach - if one is to believe the accuracy of Google Maps Publich Transport information it is reachable in an hour and a half Geojampo beach - Also reachable in an hour and a half Along with ...


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I will add to downhand's answer, which I mostly endorse (especially the part about the ferry!) I will give some alternative suggestions about some of my favorite places off the beaten track, especially if you like walking. I would personally spend somewhat less time in Tokyo and Seoul -- they are delightful places both, but in my opinion the tourist sights ...



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