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Blossom viewing is common to all East Asian cultures, and the cherry blossom is the most prominent spring blossom in Korea. I would not say it is central to the culture the way it is in Japan, however. As with everything in East Asia, it is not untouched by complicated history. Some of the more famous stands, such as at Changgyeonggung Palace in Seoul, were ...


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It is presently not possible to travel from S Korea to the US, or anywhere else, via freighter. Since the Sewol sinking, Korea has restricted embarkation for passengers on freighters, as reported to me by 4 different cargo travel agencies as of April 2016. I'm presently awaiting a CMA CGM vessel in Hong Kong, which was the next closest option. Ironically, we ...


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South Korea is colder, although not hugely so: here's a handy Seoul vs Tokyo comparison chart. Summers are basically the same (sweltering), September-October is around 3°C colder, winters are up to 10°C colder. So I would tackle Korea first, then fly to Tokyo and work your way south. Note that in Japan itself there are significant regional ...


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The concept of a "Type SE" seems to be a Japanese thing: the canonical list of plug types is maintained by the International Electrotechnical Commission, and they don't recognize it. The best source I could find, then, is this random Japanese site, which claims that Type SE is identical to the Type C, except that: Type SE plugs have may have a hole for a ...


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Heineken Bar at Incheon Airport The Incheon Airport webpage mentions Heineken Bar, one in the East and one in the West side of the duty free area, both next to gate 4F. I don't know if they have draught beer, but the name looks promising. Below is a screenshot from the linked site: The Jet Lagged Lizard at Incheon A couple hundred metres outside of the ...


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I'm not sure what exactly you are worried about, so let me point out a few points: There was an outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in South Korea earlier this year. According to the last update of WHO on the situation from July, there have been no new infections and there shouldn't be any danger of getting infected any more. You ...


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It'd be helpful if you indicated which locations you plan to visit as the situation can vary depending on whether it is a popular tourist destination or not. But here's more or less a general answer: Unless if you plan to drive to a remote location with few population, booking a hotel won't be a problem since majority of hotels have employees that can speak ...


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Yes, all three major airports (Haneda, Narita, and Kansai) in Japan provide free Wi-Fi. And in South Korea, Incheon International Airport also provides free Wi-Fi. You can learn how to connect to it by the following links: Japan South Korea


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The answer is likely to be yes. For starters, kayaking on the Han river is a commonly practised water-sport both by local clubs, and by tourists with organised tours. Park authorities even rent kayaks out. Now, the water quality of the Han river has been radically improving since governmental efforts began making it a priority in 1982. The most recent ...


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Indonesian citizens do not benefit from visa exemptions, according to the website of the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All non-exempt citizens must obtain a visa prior to travelling to South Korea. In your case you'll need a Ordinary Tourist C-3-9 visa: You can use the online e-form here to begin your application.


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You can park at the Imjingak pavilion / Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri Parking lot: It costs around 2 USD for the full day. The number of tourists has recently decreased due to recent North vs South tensions, so hopefully it should be easy to park. After you park, you can purchase an entrance ticket, which comprises shuttle (without which you cannot cross the ...


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EDITED: I can't delete this one as it has been accepted but a newer answer has more details, be sure to check it out! I saw a journey from Seattle to Pusan in 19 days and from Vancouver to Pusan in 14 days so that should give you a ballpark figure for the time it takes to cross the Pacific ocean nowadays (albeit in the other direction). Here are a few ...


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Two days ago I took the Weidong ferry from Qingdao to Incheon, while both the Lonely Planet book and the ferry company web site state 775 CNY as the cheapest fare (economy bed) plus 30 CNY port tax = 805 CNY, the actual ticket was just 458 + 30 = 488 CNY Both China and South Korea have National holidays soon, so I don't think this was an off-season price. ...


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Naver provides one: see here. It also provides a English-Korean dictionary: link's here.


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I've been. The queues aren't very long. When I went I only had to wait for 1 person. It just depends on who is there before you really. I would suggest not to take too long because after a while you will get a knock on your door. Towels are very small - more like hand towels but I couldnt really complain seeing as the toilet and shower are free with free ...


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While I couldn't locate any permanent shops online, there's one event where you can certainly get a lantern: Seoul Lantern Festival. It's an annual festival held every November in Seoul. The official website lists prices for many different kinds of lanterns: Rectangular lanterns: KRW 15,000 / Hanji lantern (3 types): KRW 10,000 / Color lanterns: KRW 5,...


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Following jcaron and other people online who have the same issue as you, technically you can leave South Korea and come back to reset your visa-free travel. There is no written rule on how many times you can renew tourist visa by entering and exiting the country, as the government has the right to kick out or detain any one. It probably will look suspicious ...


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I believe Kayak and Skyscanner should provide you what you are looking for, isn't it? It not, then you might want to try the airlines website directly.


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In this scenario it might have been best to get a D-4 visa since you are learning Korean at Seoul. I'm not too sure if it is a D-4 so you should ask your local Korean embassy for clarification. (Full link) http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/sub/overseas_info/guide/guide_visa.do Visa for General Training (D-4): For persons who study Korean at a university-...


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There is always something going on but like mentioned typically less so on weekdays unless you are well acquainted with a local or maybe not foreign. I've seen some clubs in Seoul popping on a weekday but they were clubs for Koreans only. My general rule of thumb is, Thursday-Sunday is always a good bet. Monday and Tuesday can be a little less lively. ...


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I'm living in Korea and visited Japan several times. But it's not that much different. You commented you don't fly. So I think you can keep going your plan. I think it's not a huge challenging.


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The standard in South Korea is 220V at 60 Hz. So you don't have to worry about a converter. Depending on where you are from you need an adapter. The answer to your second question depends on your needs and on the places you are going to. If you plan to stay in Seoul or in other metropolitan areas and you want to use internet based phone and message ...


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No. Australians are offered 3 months without a visa in South Korea. You being on a Chinese visa should hold no weight on your trip to South Korea. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_Australian_citizens#cite_note-118


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I went to Seoul in summer 2015 and I could use my Visa everywhere. I cannot tell if there are some places which will reject your mastercard, most likely there will be but I've stayed there for a month and I could pay and withdraw money without any issue. As far as I know, Koreans have plenty of credit cards and they use it on daily basis so you should not ...


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I tried it in my recent trip to Seoul. You can buy the SIM card from KT olleh and use it for tethering. I asked the staff at counter if I can use tethering, and she kindly replied "Yes". And now I'm writing this answer on my MacBook via tethering. It's 4G/LTE, unlimited, and likely no speed cap or restriction, but for me it seems a bit slow, but OK. By ...


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I finally got to Qingdao which is one of several Chinese port cities that have ferries going to South Korea. I went to the ferry terminal in the morning and managed to get a ticket for the afternoon sail of the same day without a problem. That doesn't mean the ferry will never be fully booked, but from what I understood, that is not a very common case. ...


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This question makes some assumptions that may be (are) erroneous. Carrying two laptops from the US and into South Korea, and then back to the US several months later isn't, or shouldn't be, of concern to either Customs or Border Protection of either the US or South Korea. In these days of online connectivity, many of us travel with multiple electronic ...


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You may not require a visa since Korea has an exception for holders of a Canadian visa. Also, if you will remain airside, and any baggage is checked through to your final destination, then no visa will be required. Korea (Rep.) (KR) Visa Exemptions: Holders of a visa issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or USA to nationals of ...


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Yes, you need a visa. You should apply at the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea 2033 Sixth Ave., #1125 Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 441-1011 They say it takes four days to process the application. See http://usa.mofa.go.kr/english/am/usa/visa/Visa/index.jsp for more information.


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One way to work around this problem is to purchase a fully refundable onward ticket before you depart. You can show this to the immigration officer if they ask for your onward travel plans. After you arrive, you can then exchange the fully refundable ticket for a cheaper one. Note that depending on the country and airline, you may not be allowed to simply ...



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