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Clean and attentive/friendly staffs - Review of Fraser Place Central Seoul, Seoul, South Korea. Very nice hotel, with friendly staffs and attentive staffs. Asked for a late check-out by a hour and it's done immediately, very efficient. Close to 2 subway stations, City Hall and Seodaemun stations. Quite a distance to these 2 stations (around 5 mins or 10 mins if you take a slow walk) but the hotel is still conveniently located. You can take a cab to Myeongdong or Dongdaemun market as it's around 5 - 10 mins ride only, and it's cheap. There's a 7-11 opposite the apartment too, and nearby there are cheap and local food restaurants that are family run-ed business. No English menu but it's really cheap if you managed to order the food. Kimchi Chigae is the one that I have ordered and it's one of the best meal that I had ate in Korea. Room are clean and there's room service too.

Price is a little pricey as compared to nearby serviced apartments like Vabien Suits, or Brownsweet apartment. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Visit Seoul - SEE & DO > Must See and Do > Themed Itineraries > Trendy. Good Finds at Seoul's Traditional Markets Seoul has several different traditional markets that all have its own unique flavor.

Young or old (mostly old), hundreds of people gather to sell/buy goods. When you enter these markets, you really begin to get a feel of what Korea was like in the past. These parts of Korean culture have been preserved and left untouched, at least in comparison with the modernization that has taken place all across Seoul in the past 60 years. You will hear Korean ahjummas loudly bargaining with customers, smell the aroma of tteokbokki (spicy rice cake) and soondae (pig intestines), and get a genuine feel for Korean culture!

The editors of VisitSeoul chose our personal favorites from the markets and talk about them here. 1.Body Scrubs Scrub, scrub, scrub away Don't underestimate these tiny little scrubbers. Professional Body ScrubHead on over to the nearest 찜질방 (Korean sauna) and ask an ahjumma there for a professional scrub! 2.Seaweed Yes, seaweed. Tin Pots Hanboks. Visit Seoul - SEE & DO > Must See and Do > Themed Itineraries > Shopping. Visit Seoul - BASIC INFO > Essential A-Z > Getting to Seoul. VisaVisitors entering the Republic of Korea (ROK) must hold a valid passport and visa to enter the country. Nationals of visa waiver or visa-free countries may enter the country without a visa for tourism purposes only. For any other purposes, such as employment or education, proper visas are required.

Nationals of non-visa waiver countries must apply for visas at the nearest Korean embassy or consulate prior to entering the ROK. ※Countries that are granted visa-free entry for general passport holders. Nationals of the following countries are allowed to enter and stay in ROK for up to 30 days of visa-free sojourn for tourism or visitation. ※List as of 2013. Please check with your local Korean embassy or consulate prior to traveling to Korea. >>List of countries under the Visa Waiver Program (as of Feb. 2007) >>More information about visas Immigrations and Customs Once disembarking from your plane, follow the signs to get to immigrations. Transportation to Seoul Train (AREX) >>More about AREX. Seoul Itaewon and other Shopping Reviews. Itaewon is a mighty strange area. It is very western friendly, but also kind of third worldish at times. I love it because for a first time visitor to Seoul, it is a good place to ease into it.

Many vendors speak english, during the day there is very little to zero crime, and there are actually some good buys on things....There is also Hwenson Lee! The entire strip of Itaewan runs along one road, from the area of the Yongsan military base to where the road curves just past the "Thai Orchid". Ok, I have teased enough about Hwenson Lee, time to let you off the hook. Many of the vendors also reside on the street, where good deals can be had on everythign from Nike Shoes, to coats, to umbrellas (handy in the rainy season.) What to buy: The Korea Leather Center had some really great looking coats, and of course there are suits made by the tailor to Pavoratti! What to pay: It is hard to say.

Seoulistic - Korea Simplified. Seoul: 10 Things to Do — Introduction. Seoul: First-time Visitors. Seoul (pronounced "Suh-Ool", not "Soul", and DEFINITELY NOT "See-Ole") is the largest city and capital of the Republic of Korea (also known as "South Korea"). When including Incheon and the surrounding suburbs, Seoul is the second largest metropolitan area in the world (after Tokyo) with over 25 million people. It is only one-twelfth the size of Beijing in terms of area, but has a larger population. This makes for a very crowded city with lots of traffic. While New Yorkers or Parisians may get used to the pushing and shoving in the subways at rush hour or the occasional bumping into strangers in the busy shopping malls on the weekends, it can be a new experience for people used to a more sedate and relaxed lifestyle. Seoul is a bustling 24-hour neon light-filled mega city and it's a place where you can always find somewhere to eat or drink at any time of the day in almost any area.

History Getting There Getting into Seoul is easy. Other handy transportation sites: Layout Day 2: City Lights. 20 great things to do in Seoul - Time Out Travel. A Weekend In Seoul - what to see, what not to do. I don't understand it, so don't ask me why, but for some reason, Korea's capital city has decided that it needs a facelift. Here's the official line: To boost the spirit of Seoulites and enhance the dynamic image of the nation's capital, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has adopted a new slogan: Hi Seoul Officials said the new slogan aims to deliver Seoul's bright and friendly message to the world.

The local government held the Seoul Slogan Contest for two months. The number of entries totaled 7,283, which including 110 suggestions by foreigners. Officials said they opted for 'Hi' a familiar greeting that shows the city's friendly attitude towards the world, while it suggests Seoul's aspirations through the homonymic expression 'high.' When I asked my students to recommend something to do in Seoul, they told me I should take a look at something called the 63 Building. It's down in the business district, an area that locals refer to as the Manhattan of Korea. Things to do in Seoul, South Korea. 6 best tapas in Seoul. Given Korea's love affair with small plates, it should thus come as no surprise that Seoul’s affinity for banchan has carried over into a hunger for tapas. In recent months, the Spanish specialties have spread across the city faster than you can say “¿Que pasa?”

Bursting with flavors from the tongue-tingling saltiness of anchovies to the piquant sharpness of Manchego cheese, tapas at these eateries prove they’re tops around town. 1.Tapas Thursdays at the Banyan Tree Feast on tapas at Banyan Tree. With a new Spanish general manager shaking things up, the Banyan Tree began offering Tapas Thursdays at its Festa Bistro and Bar in August. The Tapas Thursday promotion, which runs from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. every Thursday, gets you four tapas, plus two bottles of Peroni Nastro Azzuro beer for ₩40,000.

The tuna confit topped with savory olive tapenade, fried squid with zesty anchovy dressing and the marinated olives come highly recommended. 2. Mi Casa’s croquetas del mar, stuffed with shrimp and mussels. Seoul, South Korea Restaurants: See 12,571 restaurants with 7,136 reviews. Seoul. Seoul Apartment | Official Site Somerset Palace Seoul | Serviced Apartments. Near Insadong, yet quiet - Somerset Palace Seoul, Seoul Traveller Reviews. Visit Seoul - Changing of the Royal Guard at Gyeongbokgung (Palace) History of the Ceremony During the Joseon Dynasty, the royal guards were responsible for guarding and patrolling the gates of the capital city and the royal palaces. The royal palace guards, who were known as the "Wanggung Sumunjang", had the very important duty of protecting the king by guarding the entrance gates of the primary royal palace where the king resided.

They were in charge of opening and closing the palace gates, inspecting all visitors, and maintaining a close surveillance of the palace. They were divided into day and night shifts, and the Changing of the Guard ceremony took place whenever the shifts changed over. In the early period of the Joseon Dynasty, the Changing of the Guard ceremony was conducted at Gyeongbokgung (Palace) as at that time Gyeongbokgung was the primary royal palace and the king then resided there. Changing of the Royal Guard at Deoksugung (Palace) >> Reenactment of the Ceremony Ceremony Procedure1. 2. 3. 4. Ceremony ParticipantsSumungun Sujongjang Gapsa. Seoul Palace: Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. A palace is a spectacular sight in every corner of the world.

But sometimes the events around the monument have that special edge, that make it a unique lomographic location. The Gyeongbok Palace is placed in the northern part of the city. It has been the seat of Korean power from the end of the 14th century until the 20th century. Troubled through war and invasions, it was destroyed and rebuilt many times. It expands on a territory of 5.4 million square feet and it’s placed in between the two great mountains of Keunjeong-jon and Pukhan-san, which ought to represent harmony.

It is quite impressive to be in one of the busiest and most hectic cities in the world and looking at the palace and mountains just calms you down. Glancing at mountains always makes you humble. Please activate JavaScript to see this gallery Photos by wil6ka Everything is well orchestrated. The address is 1 Sejong-no, Jongno-gu 110-050. We went to Gyeongbokgong palace only to watch the... - Gyeongbokgung Traveller Reviews. Be prepared for a good walk as the palace compound is huge. The former kings must have chosen the place due to its good fengshui as it overlooks a mountain. If you want to know more about Korean history, head onto the museum inside the place which is covered by the entrance fee.

There is basically information on how Koreans evolved over the years (i.e costumes, food, handwriting, traditions, etc). Also a good place to enjoy the air-condition after the long walk under the hot sun. Love the trees and intricate architecture. Be there before 10 am if you want to witness the changing of guards. As you head out of the palace, cross the road and walk straight for about 50-80 metres and you can find the Museum of King Sejong. On your left after you cross the road as you exit the museum, you will find one of the biggest Starbucks in Seoul which is 4-storey high. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. MyeongDong NANTA TheatreㅣTheatre InformationㅣNANTA. 대한민국 대표공연, 난타! Since 1997, 시작부터 현재까지 난타의 모든 것 소개 Oct 10, 2009 Unesco Building 3F, 50-14, Myeong Dong 2 Ga, Jung Gu, Seoul 386 seats (PREMIUM:34 seat, VIP:85seat, S:156 seats, A:111 seats) Mon~Fri, Sun & Holiday 17:00,20:00Sat 14:00,17:00,20:00 1 hour before each show ※If you are using wheelchair, please use the backdoor of the building.

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