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    Short Visit to Seoul - Looking for Suggestions

    Wife is going on a four-day visit to Seoul next month with a gaggle of lady friends. All are Filipina, although several are married to foreigners (US, UK, Korean); two speak Korean and have lived in Seoul.

    I have only visited once, and found it to be a generally boring city. But, I was working and only had one day to wander about; a mate and I did about an eight hour walking tour of the city.

    Can any members who know the city well come up with some 'must see/do' ideas?

    Any suggestions appreciated. I'm sure we've posters who know it well.

    Thanks in advance.

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    P.M. Betty Boo he's working there last report. Perhaps he still wanders in and out of TD? I'd definitely look him up if I wanted to have a good time...

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    Only know the seedy areas.

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    ^^Thanks. You're the only reply in 24 hours...guess Seoul isn't too high on posters' lists.

    ^Same here.

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    ^Not my personal experience, but many I've spoken with don't exactly keep the K's very high on their best experience list. My buddy worked there for Samsung three years and said he never made a Korean friend. He was Japanese/Filipino by birth.

    K's seem to exclude all foreigners even other Asian foreigners. I have read that they consider themselves to be the "purist Asian," race. Any K's marry a foreigner and they might as well commit suicide in their society class distinction.

    Sorry I cannot be more help. If I went to London I'd be looking up Slap as well. I know he'd get me into deep shit, but that's the fun of it.

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    ^True. Korea isn't and never has been on my go to list. I went there the once for work..that was it. In general, I don't care for North Asia, or North Asians.

    This is just a girls' trip out for a few days of shopping and eating, so I imagine they will find enough to do.

    Wife has never been there, and wants to check it off her list.

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    The thing I found with Seoul was the distance, you had to travel to venues around the city, nothing really seemed to be centralised,may have
    changed now.

    Must say I found them lovely people.

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    Soul & Korea are mucho-expensive.

    Check out the prices in the restaurants before ordering for sure.

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    Hope you wife and friends like Kimchi,served with everything from breakfast to dinner.

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    We flew Lao airlines Vientiane to Seoul mostly because the ticket was cheap and the schedule suited us, my main interest was to get to busan and jump a ferry to japan, can't say that Seoul was all that impressive but it was nice enough . And as another poster pointed out it can take a while to go from point to point, the nightlife area seems to be itaewan but I'm guessing this is mostly for farangs ,the Koreans probably have better cheaper options, I done a thread called Amongst the kimchi eaters, check it out? Must say though that the Koreans seemed pretty damn hospitable, couldn't abide that kimchi though, nasty business that.

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    Leave the ladies behind and check out Jeju Island. A bit of a trip, but worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    We flew Lao airlines Vientiane to Seoul mostly because the ticket was cheap and the schedule suited us, my main interest was to get to busan and jump a ferry to japan, can't say that Seoul was all that impressive but it was nice enough . And as another poster pointed out it can take a while to go from point to point, the nightlife area seems to be itaewan but I'm guessing this is mostly for farangs ,the Koreans probably have better cheaper options, I done a thread called Amongst the kimchi eaters, check it out? Must say though that the Koreans seemed pretty damn hospitable, couldn't abide that kimchi though, nasty business that.
    Respect to anyone that might be flying Lao Airlines long-haul or bush-hop.
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    Seems some can't tell the difference between wife and husband.

    His Wife is going to Seoul, and he is the Husband of the wife,he hasn't said he's going.

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    I thought Korea was great and the people are friendly.

    Davis a day trip up to the DMZ might be of interest to you. There's also a street night market. Visit the imperial palace, it's an old stone fortress, really interesting, there's an old village mostly remodeled houses but about 200-500 years old worth a visit. There's a mini Disney land type of place. Visit an old tea house. Wrong time of year for snow (I think) but a short trip to the hills for a half day walk may be of interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    We flew Lao airlines Vientiane to Seoul mostly because the ticket was cheap and the schedule suited us, my main interest was to get to busan and jump a ferry to japan, can't say that Seoul was all that impressive but it was nice enough . And as another poster pointed out it can take a while to go from point to point, the nightlife area seems to be itaewan but I'm guessing this is mostly for farangs ,the Koreans probably have better cheaper options, I done a thread called Amongst the kimchi eaters, check it out? Must say though that the Koreans seemed pretty damn hospitable, couldn't abide that kimchi though, nasty business that.
    Respect to anyone that might be flying Lao Airlines long-haul or bush-hop.
    Cheers, BLD!

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    Mink blankets are one of the must buy items shopping tourists usually want in SK. Don't know what you'd do with one in PI though.

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    Women huh
    All they need is shopping, restaurants and somewhere to take a selfie

    For the shopping. This will be nice and easy on your Master Card, Davis
    East of Gwangjang, 24/7 market-on-steroids Dongdaemun includes 30 mall-like complexes crammed with shops selling trendy, so-cheap-it's-crazy merchandise, including jewelry, shoes, and clothes (most of which is free size, or one size fits all). It's like Black Friday, only with things you'd actually want.

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    ^Fortunately, the wife is not a spender. She'll shop, but generally won't buy crap she doesn't need. I imagine she'll come back with some stuff for the kids, and duty free perfume, but not much else. She likes bargains, and I doubt there are many to be found in Korea. Counterfeits don't really interest her, as I work here busting counterfeit products, and she's seen tons of that crap over the years.

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    ^ In the past whenever I'd hear of a buddy going to SK I'd hit them up to grab a couple of gloves for softball. Usually they had some sort of error or mistake on them when manufactured.

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    Hi davis, I visited Seoul just recently. She & her friends can visit Gyeongbokgung palace or other palaces, they're just beside each other. They can also visit Gwangjang market .will email u the details. Am posting frm phone & it:s hard. The guide i used is in ofc comp, so will email u tom. Seoul is more exp than other SEA countries, esp on my backpacker budget. Hope she enjoys her trip. Cheers.

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    Thanks Katie!

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