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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 many Japanese people speak Korean?

I'd like to go to Japan but I can't speak Japanese. But I'm fluent in Korean. I know that many Korean people can speak Japanese, but can Japanese people also speak Korean?
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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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What's the closest one can get to North Korea from the South on public road?

When travelling in one's own vehicle on public roads in South Korea is there any road freely accessible that also runs relatively close to the North Korean border? I'm not really after the shortest ...
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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 ...
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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 worth.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What is the difference between type C and type SE plugs?

I live in Japan, which uses plugs A and B for mains connectors, and I will be going to South Korea, so I decided to buy a plug adapter for my electronics. Searching online, all points that South ...
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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 ...
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Best smartphone data plan in South Korea? [duplicate]

What is the best way to get smartphone access when traveling for a few days in South Korea? I am mostly interested in getting cheap data access (google maps...).
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Is it still possible to find kisaengs in today's Korea?

Do kisaengs (female Korean entertainers, sometimes described as analogous to geishas in Japan) still exist, and is it possible to watch a performance or book an evening with them? The Wikipedia ...
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South Korea SIM paperwork: laissez-faire or strict?

Looking for information from someone who's recently visited Korea as a tourist. With regards to visitors buying a SIM card for local use, I've noticed some countries are totally laissez-faire. You ...
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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 ...
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Small historical stone bridge in the North of Seoul

I want to go to this semi-famous historical bridge in 수성동 계곡 (Suseong-dong Gyegok, "Suseong Stream Valley") at 기린교 (Girin-gyo, "Giraffe Bridge") but I don't know its latitude/longitude: It is in the ...
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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 ...
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How far do taxis from Incheon Airport go?

I have an event in Yeoncheon, South Korea (near the North / South border). My flight takes me to Incheon Airport, then I need to somehow get from there to Yeoncheon. I've researched and there doesn't ...
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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 aboard a ...
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Can I sign up in advance for a Joint Security Area tour that departs from Imjingak?

All Joint Security Area tours (staying on the South Korean side) I have seen depart from Seoul (example 1, example 2, example 3). Is there any way to sign up in advance for a Joint Security Area tour ...
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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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Importance of cherry blossom season in South Korea

Cherry Blossom (sakura) season is a huge event in Japan drawing millions of visitors and with many festivals, with centuries old traditions like Hanami. South Korea being at relatively close ...
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Halal 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 ...
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Is the Han River in Seoul clean enough for kayaking?

I'm looking into activities to do in Seoul and I see a kayaking tour in the Han River that looks interesting. A friend has mentioned to me that the Han River is almost as bad as the East River in NYC ...
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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.
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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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Can I leave South Korea to reset the 90 days visa counter?

My friend tells me that I can leave South Korea for 1 night and re-enter, to reset my 90 days. For example, an American could enter Korea and stay for 90 days and then go to Japan or China (any place ...
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Checking in a new bag during a layover

I will have a 10 hour layover in Seoul (ICN) and I want to go out and do some shopping. Is it possible to check in a bag during my layover? I will be traveling on Korean Air. I will only have 1 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Apply for a Korean visa in Japan

I'm a Vietnamese citizen and currently living in Japan. Can I apply for a South Korea tourist visa at the Korean embassy in Japan, or must I do it at the Korean embassy back in Vietnam?
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Where can I buy authentic cheongsachorong (청사초롱) - traditional lanterns - in Seoul?

Cheongsachorong (청사초롱) are traditional lanterns, originally used for weddings in Korea. They are made of red and blue silk. Cheongsachorong By Minseong Kim (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://...
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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 ...
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How long does it take to get US from South Korea by Container Ship?

I would like to know how many day will it take to get US from South Korea. Before asking, I check in google and other websites. But, I didn't find any answers. Could anyone guess me how many days it ...
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How to travel by sea (ferry / boat / ship) between China and South Korea

I recently took a ferry from China to South Korea and back. Before I left I was looking for information about the different routes. These Q&A's contained some good information: Which ferry from ...
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Can one travel from Jeju island to Seoul without a passport?

A friend of mine misplaced his passport while staying in Jeju island. Normally I would advise him to just travel to Seoul, get an emergency passport from his embassy and fly back home without issues, ...
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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.
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Wi-fi at airports in Japan and South Korea

I want to know whether there is free Wi-Fi available at the major airports in Japan and Korea. If not then what's the best way to get access to the Internet while waiting for flights to kill some time?...
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Traveling in South Korea's countryside as an English speaker

I plan to travel in South Korea's countryside by car in May and June. I only speak English. Will language be an issue when booking a hotel (I'll probably only book a few days ahead of time), buying ...
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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 ...
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Transit a day in Seoul (Indonesian citizen)

I'm an Indonesian citizen and traveling with family to Japan next month. My flight will transit in Seoul for a day. Do I need visa for 1 day/night stop over ? How many hour max I can stay in Seoul ...
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English-language meta-search engine with good coverage of Korean airlines?

When I search for flights from South Korea to nearby countries on Google Flights, there are usually many flights from airlines which don't share fare data with Google, for example: T'Way, Eastar Jet, ...
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Is advanced booking required for ferries from South Korea to Japan

We already have a question about ferries from South Korea to Japan, but my question is can I just show up at the port and buy a ticket for the same-day ferry or do I have to book it in advanced? I ...
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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 ...
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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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Is advance booking required for ferries from China to South Korea?

We already have a question about prices of ferries from China to South Korea, my question is: can I just show up at the port and buy a ticket for the same-day ferry or do I have to book it in advance? ...
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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 ...
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What does amber - green traffic light mean in South Korea?

I recently rented a car in Jeju, South Korea. While I managed to get used to most of the traffic rules there which are different from what I'm used to (such as right turn on a red light) I got really ...