Questions tagged [south-korea]

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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Do I need to apply for a Korean Tourist visa?

I am a Philippine passport Holder with valid Japanese working visa residing in Japan. Do I need to apply for a Korean Tourist visa?
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Photographable location from “Gangnam Style” music video

What location, if any, from the music video of Gangnam Style is visitable and photographable by ordinary tourists? Visiting and photographing the place shouldn't be regarded as unacceptable or ...
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Does a Sri Lankan need transit visas for Korea and Malaysia?

I'm a Sri Lankan passport holder and I am living in in the Northern Mariana Islands, a US territory, on a CW2 visa. I'm planning to travel to Sri Lanka by the end of the month and have to transit in ...
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Do I have to collect my luggage on connecting flights into Korea?

I am flying SEA-ICN-DEL and am using Delta for the first leg and Asiana for the second. Would I be required to take my luggage through customs in ICN or will they transfer it through for both the let ...
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How safe are ferries within and travelling from Korea?

I'm considering using ferries as part of my visit to South Korea, either to visit a Korean island, such as Jeju island, or to travel to or from Japan. Partially for the novelty, and partially because ...
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Seoul JSA tour dates [closed]

We are looking for a JSA tour on the 4th or 5th July but nowhere seems to have availability. Is the JSA closed on these days or are all the tours just booked? Need to know so I know if I should keep ...
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Do I need a transit visa for a layover in Seoul en route to China? [closed]

I am traveling to mainland China, and will be changing planes in Seoul. I have a 3 hour layover. Do I need a transit visa for that?
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Is a parental letter of consent required to leave or enter Japan for a mother traveling with her child?

If traveling from Okinawa, Japan to Seoul, Korea, is it required to have a consent letter to leave and enter if the child is travelling only with the mother?
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Is a visa required by an Indian citizen for visiting Seoul?

I am an Indian passport holder travelling to Germany via Seoul and would like to stay in Seoul for a couple of days. I have my flight tickets to Germany and a German residence permit. Do I need a ...
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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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“Booking” nightclubs for solo tourists in their thirties

I've heard about booking nightclubs in Korea, where you can pay a waiter to bring over someone of the opposite sex. I'd like to try it, but I've got a couple of questions. I'll be 38 when I go over ...
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No-visa entry policy during transit in S. Korea

I'm a Chinese studying in the UK and planning to visit South Korea for an academic workshop and some sightseeing and then visit China. There is an visa exemption scheme for Chinese nationals with a UK ...
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Is it legal to receive services from shamans in Korea?

Is it legal in South Korea to receive services from shamans? This article says that shamanism is technically illegal, though it doesn't say whether it's the provision or receiving of those services, ...
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Transit in Korea

I'm Vietnamese and now studying in the US. I also have a Vietnamese passport and US visa. If I come from San Francisco to Vietnam and I have to transit in Korea 3 days, can I go outside to travel with ...
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Bushwalking options for solo travellers in Korea

I occasionally go bushwalking (hiking), and would like to do so in South Korea if possible. The main concern I have is safety. I'm concerned about going bushwalking solo, because I have it ingrained ...
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Are there lockers in Gangnam Station?

I will be travelling to Seoul soon and am planning to visit the infamous Gangnam area. I would probably have heavy luggage with me so I am looking for a solution to store them. Are there lockers in ...
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Traditional dance lessons for tourists in Korea

The Learn section of Wikivoyage's guide to South Korea mentions dancing as something you can learn, and mentions as an added bonus that you wear Han Bok, traditional Korean clothing. I tried looking ...
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Transit Visa required for US citizens going from Japan to Korea?

We are U.S citizens and will be traveling to Japan from SFO in June, originally to stay 2 weeks. We are just now thinking of adding a week in Seoul, Korea to depart from Haneda or Narita before ...
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GSM mobile data in Korea [duplicate]

Planning to stay in South Korea for two weeks. Would be nice to have GSM prepay card for data transfer. Found two providers: EG sim http://www.egsimcard.co.kr/eng/buy-eg-sim-card/online/buy-...
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How full are KTX trains between Seoul and Busan usually?

I am visiting South Korea next month (last two weeks of April 2017) and, although I'm mostly staying in Seoul, I wanted to visit Busan for 2-3 days by taking a KTX train. I'm considering buying a ...
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Where can I get unscented deodorant spray in South Korea?

I found that my deodorant spray is close to empty so I decided to get it in South Korea before leaving my country. However, it seems that there are only deodorant spray available that smells in South ...
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Does Korea have any mud festivals in autumn?

I've just learnt about the Boryeong Mud Festival, which sounds kind of cool. Unfortunately, it's held in late July (21 July to 30 July in 2017), which Wikivoyage describes as being fairly hot and ...
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Avoiding spicy food while touring South Korea

My tolerance of spicy food is below average for westerners. Can I avoid spicy food while visiting South Korea, preferably without eating all the time at McDonald's? I plan to mainly visit the ...
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Does a Dutch citizen need a visa to visit South Korea as a tourist? [duplicate]

I am a Dutch citizen and want to visit South Korea. Do I need a visa?
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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 ...
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Why are Korean girls camera shy?

I am trying to understand the reason why Korean girls are so camera shy. Whenever they realize a public camera is on them in a situation an American girl would wave or smile or thumbs up, they ...
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Finding cheap apartments 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 300 USD) no matter where I am? Craigslist or ...
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Zurich to Japan and South Korea for three weeks [closed]

I'm planning to travel alone to Japan and South Korea for three weeks (20 June - 12 July, 2015) and I'll depart from Zurich, Switzerland. My main question is about getting to both places, which is a ...
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Does a Greek need a visa to visit Seoul or Moscow or Singapore?

I have a Greek passport and plan to go to Thailand via Seoul, Moscow or Singapore. Before I book my ticket for city break, for which of these cities DON'T I need a visa (transit or tourist)?
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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 ...
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Do I need a transit visa to explore Seoul while in transit? [duplicate]

Hi I'm a Nepalese citizen traveling to Nepal from Japan and holding the japanese resident card have 72 hours layover in incheon airport Seoul via Korean Airlines. Do I need a visa to go out for the ...
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Indian Passport Holder travelling to South Korea - visa requirements [duplicate]

I am an Indian Passport holder who is working in Bangkok, Thailand (Work permit holder) Do I need Tourist Visa for South Korea? Do I need Business visa for South Korea in case of meeting the client ...
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Booking hotel in South Korea

I will be in South Korea for about 3 days on the second week of July. I will most likely stay in Seoul and see some of the sights. I was planning on not booking a hotel (I've found a list of ...
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Prevalence of ATMs that accept JCB cards

I was surprised that Tigerair does not accept JCB cards, and I am starting to worry that it might be difficult to get any cash from ATMs using my JCB card outside of Japan. Outside of Japan, are JCB ...
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Jjimjilbang in Korea

I’m going to South Korea next week. I saw this awesome video on Youtube about a Jjimjilbang (spa/sauna) in South Korea. Unfortunately, it is located in Boryeong. I think I don’t have time to get there....
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Can I check a transaction history on T-Money Card (South Korea)?

I want to check out the transaction history of my T-Money card, a public transportation card in South Korea. If you want to know the balance, you can just go to a convenience store to ask the clerk ...
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China passport holder transit more than 11 hours in Seoul (KE) to YVR

I'm going to Vancouver (YVR) and will transit in Seoul for 11 hours. I'm holding a passport from China. Do I need any visa to transit in Korea?
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“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 ...
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Can tourists in East Asia still receive a massage from a blind masseur?

I've read every now and then about how massages used to be mainly performed by blind people in Japan. I couldn't find much info about the present-day situation in Japan, but I came across an article ...
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Chinese passports + A residence permit issued by France: Do I need a visa traveling to South Korea?

Excerpt from Wikipedia: Visa policy of South Korea Holders of Chinese passports who also hold a physical visa or a residence permit issued by a EEA member state or Switzerland, or a group visa ...
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Does an Indonesian need a visa for a long layover in Korea? [duplicate]

I'm Indonesian passport holder and planning to go back to Indonesia from China through South Korea. I will have a long layover of about 12 hours in Korea. Can I go outside during my layover without ...
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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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Do I need an airport transit visa in Seoul

I will be flying Korean Air from Phnom Pehn (Cambodia) to Seoul (South Korea), then Air France to Paris. I will have to go through Korean Immigration. I am a French citizen. Do I need an airport ...
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Is it possible for a US citizen to apply for a visa for Japan from South Korea?

I am a US citizen and I'm going to be studying abroad in Japan in April, 2017. I want to visit Seoul, South Korea for a couple month before then. Is it possible to apply for the visa for Japan ...
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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 ...
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Transit Time through Incheon (ICN) Airport (South Korea)

I am looking at flights with Korean Air that transit through Incheon Airport. IAD (Washington DC) to ICN (South Korea), ICN to SGN (Ho Chi Min). The layover is 1 hour 40 minutes. Is this enough ...
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Is a South Korea visa needed for transit in Incheon?

I'm a Vietnam passport holder and I live in The United States of America with Permanent Residence (green card holder). My trip will depart from Seattle, Washington for Seoul (going to stay in Seoul ...
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As a US citizen, can I stay in South Korea past the expiration of my student visa, using the 90 days that I'm normally allowed to stay visa-free? [closed]

I am a US citizen with a US passport. I will be studying abroad in Seoul later in the year and I am required to apply for a D-2 student visa for my program. My study abroad program will last for ...
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How does an Indian citizen get a tourist visa for south korea while living in Germany [closed]

I'm a permanent resident in Germany but I'm an Indian citizen. German citizens don't need a visa to visit Korea but Indians do. How and where do I apply for that visa?
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How to find a restaurant that is open now in South Korea in English?

I want to eat something in Seoul, South Korea, at midnight (mostly 23:00 to 6:00). In other cities of other countries, you can use Yelp to find a list of restaurants that are open right now, or at ...