Ideas for fun trip to South Korea?
January 4, 2014 11:23 AM Subscribe
I'm thinking about taking a trip to South Korea. Can you help me with trip suggestions? Details within!
posted by bluecore to Travel & Transportation around Seoul, South Korea (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Here's a bit about how I enjoy traveling:
I like being able to do a couple of the standard touristy things but also being to get to places that are off the beaten path/ non-touristy (night markets, street food, or cafes that cater to locals). I like a slightly upscale hotel (neither a five star hotel nor a hostel) - basically clean, wifi, no bed bugs - just a place I can decompress from the long flight. I like being able to walk to things or having access to mass transit. I like taking off with a map and getting a little lost for the day. I'm not a big shopper and I don't like malls. I don't drink a lot, but I'd probably like to try soju once, especially if it was a local hole-in-the-wall rather than a glitzy club. I love bulgogi. I like independent coffee shops. If there's a great movie theater with English subtitles, I might like to try that.
With that in mind, here are a couple questions:
1) Where should I stay in Seoul (area/hotel)?
2) Here are my possible touristy things, based upon recommendations from previous questions:
Go to a Doosan Bears game
Visit the Namdaemun Market
USO tour of the DMZ
Visit the Seoul Zoo
Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace
What would you add or cut from that list?
3) What off-the-beaten path things would you recommend?
4) If possible, I'd like to take a train to see a bit of rural Korea outside of Seoul. Where would you recommend?
Thanks for any ideas you can provide!