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Do many Japanese people speak Korean?

No. Most Japanese people do NOT speak Korean. However, the English language is a required subject in the Japanese secondary education; although English education has not gone very well for Japanese ...
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Photographable location from "Gangnam Style" music video

The whole point of the song is to mock Gangnam poseurs, and some of the humor in the video comes from showing Psy somewhere that turns out to be a rather some ordinary, unglamorous place— a ...
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Dual Citizenship (US, S. Korea) and entering Korea

Have you already completed your mandatory military service? The reason I ask is that many of the young Koreans that I know who do this sort of thing (show their USA passport when they enter S Korea) ...
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I overstayed in South Korea, and now I want to go back to my home country (the US) after two months

If you are a US citizen - you can always return to the US. The US is not going to be enforcing Korean laws, so your overstay in Korea is of no consequence in the US. There may be consequences in other ...
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Why are there so many websites for the Korean K-ETA?

There's only one real K-ETA website, from the government: https://www.k-eta.go.kr/portal/apply/index.do All others may or may not be legit, and even if they actually provide you with a K-ETA, they'll ...
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Jeju Island : Visa requirements

Simple: Jeju is a part of South Korea, so if you have a visa for South Korea, it's valid for Jeju as well. There are various special programs for visiting Jeju only, but if you have a "full" ...
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Dual Citizenship (US, S. Korea) and entering Korea

Just buy the ticket with the name in your Korean passport and travel with your Korean passport. You can check in for your flight leaving the US with your Korean passport. It's possible that nobody ...
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Taking birth-control pills to South Korea

Having a prescription or not does not matter. Many countries, among them South Korea, only allows you to bring medication for personal use for a period of three months when arriving from abroad. If ...
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How long does it take to get US from South Korea by Container Ship?

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 ...
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How to travel by sea (ferry / boat / ship) between China and South Korea

There are quite a few routes to travel by sea between China and South Korea. Most of them go through the Port of Incheon and that is what my answer will cover. Routes The following is a map from the ...
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Importance of cherry blossom season in South Korea

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....
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Dual Citizenship (US, S. Korea) and entering Korea

now the Korean government is making people who hold short term visas quarantine in a government-designated facility for 2 weeks at their own expense (~$1200!!), and I would really like to avoid that. ...
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Do tickets for these Korean trains have to be booked in advance?

I'm a South Korean, so I guess I can give you the appropriate answer The ITX is neither a fast train, nor a train that runs between Seoul and Busan. You just need to consider buying KTX ticket. ...
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Avoiding spicy food while touring South Korea

I can answer this question because I am Korean, but I think I can't answer this question for just yes or no. If you plan to go to main cities of South Korea, I think some of local restaurant offers ...
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How full are KTX trains between Seoul and Busan usually?

Usually, in my experience if you travel during the regular weekday and not on a weekend, during Seolal (Lunar New Year) or Chuseok (Harvest Moon Festival) there are several seats available between ...
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Can one travel from Jeju island to Seoul without a passport?

You need an ID for domestic flights. They need an ID to pass through security, and those who are not authorized to visit the mainland will be turned back (at Security or check-in). Accepted IDs: (...
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I overstayed in South Korea, and now I want to go back to my home country (the US) after two months

No, there's nothing for the US to gain by caring about it in the slightest. As US citizens have a universal right to enter, all they're likely to care about is that you're not smuggling any goods and ...
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Do tickets for these Korean trains have to be booked in advance?

Do tickets for these Korean trains have to be booked in advance? Apparently not, according to The Man in Seat 61: You can buy tickets at the station, but trains are busy on Fridays and Sunday ...
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Is it legal to receive services from shamans in Korea?

The referenced article is not accurate, as freedom of religion in South Korea is provided for in the South Korean constitution. Article 20 [Religion, Church] (1) All citizens enjoy the freedom of ...
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Wi-fi at airports in Japan and South Korea

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 ...
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Do tickets for these Korean trains have to be booked in advance?

I've been to Korea with some friends two years ago and we could simply buy the tickets at the station. Most stations will understand English, and the ones you are going to should. Smaller/less ...
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Does South Korea stamp the passports of US citizens?

No, since November 2016 South Korea does not give any exit stamps to anyone. I added this answer to clarify the discrepancy between the other answers and give a clear source for the information. ...
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How safe are ferries within and travelling from Korea?

Asking if South Korean ferries are safe in light of the Sewol sinking is like asking if high rises in the UK are safe in light of the Grenfell fire or if air travel in the US is safe in light of the 9/...
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Do Asians generally want a tourist/visitor to "act Asian", or "be different"?

You're overthinking this. Do what's polite back home, and nobody will be offended, because people understand that you're a foreigner and not familiar with local customs. "Asia" is also way ...
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Can I go to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) by myself?

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 ...
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Is there a popular non-Google Korean-English-Korean translator app?

Naver provides one: see here. It also provides a English-Korean dictionary: link's here.
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Transit a day in Seoul (Indonesian citizen)

Yes, Indonesian citizens (ordinary passport) require a visa to enter Korea for stopover for 1 day/night. Transit without of visa (twov) is possible for Indonesian citizens provided they remain in ...
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About Jeju Island visas

Republic of Korea Ministry of Justice has a new restriction on Jeju Visa-Free entry, restricting visa-free status to 12 additional countries, effective August 1, 2018. Bangladesh Egypt (Effective ...
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