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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 02, 2016
Seoul and Jeju tour  (5 Answers)

Hi, I am planning to travel to Seoul and Jeju.... can someone advise how many days would I need and what are the places to visit and how to go about from Seoul to Jeju.... Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 20, 2016
need korean translation for my small gift caligraphy  (1 Answer)

dear my south korean friends,

i need a translation for my gift caligraphy in the picture :) my friend wanted me to figure it out :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 19, 2016
Guesthouse in Seoul  (4 Answers)

Where is the place in Seoul to find a guesthouse that is both near to the shopping district and the shuttle bus terminal going to the Incheon International Airport?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 07, 2016
Me and a friend travelling to gangnam seoul for 14 days need advice!  (7 Answers)

hi guys sorry if these questions have been asked before but i have some questions i hope you can help me with.

1. night life .. what clubs/events do you recommend?

2. we are still trying to determine what hotel we should stay at any suggestions? preferable something mid to upper class

3. how much spending money do you guys recommend i should take with me for the duration of the 14 days to live/party comfortably

4. any advice on how to communicate with the locals in terms of language barrier we are coming from Australia so we primarily speak english

5. any advice on what not to do while we are there that would offend or upset the locals in terms of respect eg. "its rude to..." "dont do this" "stay away from ..."

sorry again if these questions are common knowledge or if they have been asked before, its our first trip to korea and i want to be as well prepared as i can thanks in advance!!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2016
Visa requirements  (4 Answers)

Hello, I am a fresh graduate and I am going to visit S. Korea this month. I was wondering about the School certificate needed for application. Will my diploma be enough or should I also bring my Transcript of records? Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 23, 2016
Long Term Trip to Korea  (3 Answers)

I am on a long term vacation going around the world. Although I am pretty familiar with Korean people, culture, and especially food (my favorite), I have never been to Korea even though I have been around it a lot (20 years). I am leaving for Seoul in 10 days. I do not know how long I plan to stay but I only have a place booked for 3 days for my arrival. After I get there I will need to know what to do. I was thinking maybe one month or more total time. As long as I am having fun it is all good. I am not sure if I should try to stay in Seoul the whole time and take trips away or just go from place to place around Korea or really where to go or how long to stay. If you can take a dream vacation to Korea what would you go do and for how long? That is what I am doing... so any tips are appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 12, 2016
Car rental in Jeju  (3 Answers)

Was looking at car rental company in Jeju and seems like it is being dominated by a company called Sixt. However heard some bad reviews for this company so should I still proceed to book with them? Or there are other car rental company that is good?
Looking to rent for 4 days.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 31, 2016
Car rental age in Jeju  (2 Answers)

I'll visiting Jeju in June. I am going to rent a car for the ease of sightseeing. I have an International Driving Permit. I have been driving for more than 1 year.
However when we go on the trip, I am still 2 months to my 21st birthday. Which means technically I'll be only 20 years old.
Are there any rental companies to recommend, which will rent their cars to me? I expect (and don't mind) to pay slightly more for the underage surcharge.
Or are there any other recommendations for getting around the island easily?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 20, 2016
5 day Trip - Itinerary Help needed  (3 Answers)

Hi Everyone,

I will be traveling to South Korea for 5 days and would really appreciate some help deciding where to go and what to do.

How many days would you recommend for sightseeing in Seoul?

Would you recommend staying in Seoul for all the 5 nights and taking a couple of day trips from there?

Or should I split my time between Seoul and other places?

Thanks for all your help!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 04, 2015
Bus from Istanbul to Skopje  (6 Answers)

Can i travel to Skopje from Istanbul by bus without Macedonian visa?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 23, 2015
Customs Allowance Question  (2 Answers)

Are you supposed to declare your laptop if it is worth more than $600? Also is the $600 limit per item? For example if in total my personal belongings exceed $600 do I have to pay tax? This might be obvious to most people but I have never traveled to another Country before so I appreciate any answers you can provide! Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 23, 2015
store luggage at Jeongeup train station  (1 Answer)

Hello, I am visiting Naejangsan National Park next week. Heard that Jeongeup has got a new train station. Does anyone know if there is any luggage storage facilities at the new train station. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 08, 2015
Symbols of good luck?  (3 Answers)

We'll be attending a German-Korean wedding, first the civil ceremony in Germany end of this year, then the traditional Korean wedding in Korea next year. We're thinking of giving the young couple some symbols for good luck, but I'm not sure if they carry the same meaning in both countries.
In Germany a chimney-sweep, a ladybug and a four-leaf-clover are considered to carry good luck.What about Korea, is it the same there?
Also colours: Red is considered to be the colour of love in Germany, how is that in Korea?
Does anyone know?
Thank you for any tips.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 08, 2015
Places to stop or stay btwn Seoul -> Busan and Fukuaka -> Tokyo.  (1 Answer)

I am a native New Yorker and looking forward to this amazing trip with my girlfriend but I feel planning is required.

Just wondering what would be a good route to take and stops to make as I will be spending 10 days in South Korea and travelling from Seoul to Busan by car where I will be boarding a ferry to Fukuoka Japan for another 10 days. I plan on renting a car, hopefully with GPS. We also plan on using AirBNB to either book places as we go, which we have done in the past in Thailand (it worked out great) or pre-plan where we stay and for how long.

Also, since I am coming from US, should I use me "Sprint" cell phone provider to give me international access to data or should I rent something when I get to Korea. I have heard different thing on this, weather to use my providers service, or get a pocket wifi or just rent something there. Any advice is welcome. Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 07, 2015
Seoul / Busan  (2 Answers)

Hello and greetings to all,

I am going to South Korea for the first time later this month, 31st Oct to 19th Nov with a 2 day break to Jeju Island and 6 day break in Busan from 8th to 14th Nov with the rest in Seoul.

Could any kind souls offer any recommendations on how we can amuse ourselves?
We have just recently finished booking all our hotels, staying near Seomyeon station in Busan and Myeong-dong in Seoul.

Many thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 16, 2015

We intend to visit Gangwon-do with a 2 night stay.

The places we would like to visit:

Jeongseon Skywalk

Jeongseon Rail Ride

Gossi Cave

Yeongwol Observatory

Daegeumgul Cave

Watch sunrise from the Beach  

Where would the most convenient place to stay in Gangwon-do (near the beach along the east) where it is easy to get to those places mentioned. Should we stay in Donghae or Samcheok or a more convenient place. Please recommend.

Is there an express train / bus from Seoul.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 13, 2015
7 days visit  (2 Answers)

Any tips to miximize my trip and if I can squueze a visit to Jeju? what clothes to bring by Nov?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 07, 2015
Transportation  (3 Answers)

I will be in South Korea and my itinerary planning includes travel from Seoul - Donghae Donghae - Gyeongju Gyeongju - Ulsan Ulsan - Busan Busan - Incheon

What would be a recommended transport (express bus, train or KTX)?

If by train, should I get the Korea Rail Pass?

Period of travel 26-Sep to 4-Oct

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 22, 2015
6-night visit in Seoul, Jinju and Tea Plantation - what would be the best itinerary?  (1 Answer)

Hello everyone, After our vacation in Japan, my husband and I plan to fly on Oct 1 out of Osaka for a 6-night stay in Korea - going back home from Seoul on Oct 7.

In Korea, while our time is flexible, we wish: 1/ to spend one night in Jinju during the lantern festival from 10/1-10/13(?) 2/ a day trip to Boseong to the green tea plantation 3/ and the rest of time in Seoul - (4 or 3 nights - in Seoul).

What would be the best route / itinerary from Osaka on Oct 1? We came across many discounted flights - about $70 - on Oct 1st from Osaka to either Busan - arriving in Busan around 3:30 PM (we would need to catch a bus to Jinju) or from Osaka to Seoul.

Should we proceed to Boseong after our night in Jinju if yes, how? we could not seem to find any direct buses from Jinju to Boseong, ( to Gwangju - yes!) or should we plan on an independent day tour from Seoul to Boseong? is there any side trip from Seoul to Boseong?. Lodging / transportation in Boseong seems to be limited and we would not want to be "stuck" in the middle of "nowhere" after our tour to the tea plantation. Unfortunately, driving is not an option for both of us.

Sorry for the lengthy note with so many questions....Thanks a bunch for any input!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2015
getting around with english?  (6 Answers)

hello , next year i want to travel on my own to south korea, and make a tour around the whole country,

how much english is spoken outside seoul, so the east, south, west ?

thanks for your time,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 29, 2015
Jeonju to Gongju by bus  (1 Answer)


can anyone tell me how to get from Jeonju to Gongju by bus, and how long it takes? stop overs?

thanks for your time!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 24, 2015
Avoiding Crowds on Seorak Trails on Autumn Weekday  (1 Answer)

Hi Friends,

I am looking at 2 days of hiking/walking in Seorak during peak autumn season end of this October 2015. I would really like to plan such that I can avoid or minimize crowd contact.. I'm planning for weekday hikes but I hear there'll still be plenty of people. What are the best ways to avoid crowds?

I'm thinking of doing (1) Cheonbuldong trail (a very popular one); (2) the Gwongeumseong Fortress (with help of cable car - want to avoid long queue) and (3) Jujeongol Valley (Yongso Falls) - Osaek. I'm open to consider taking other less busy trails.

Is the following a good plan:

(1) go very early in the morning to get the cable lift up to Gwongeumseong (how early should I go to beat the crowd?),

(2) upon descend late morning, travel to Osaek (by rented car) to do the Jujeongol Valley trail for an afternoon hike (assuming it's less crowded at this time?) Is this trail open in afternoon ? I read somewhere it closes at 2pm - how true is this?)

I'm assuming Cheonbuldong will be teeming with people by the time I descend so it might not be good idea to do this late morning or in afternoon.

If this is possible, I could try another early morning for Cheonbuldong and hope for the best.

Any advice and thought is most appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 20, 2015
Chasing Korean Autumn Colours 2015  (4 Answers)

Hi Friends,

I will be in Korea from 20 Oct to 3 Nov 2015. The purpose of my trip is mainly to catch the autumn peak colors. It's hard to predict nature with certainty, I know. Peak foliage in 2013 & 2014 was forecasted consistently around 19th Oct in Seorak, the first place where autumn colours peak in Korea. The south is later.

I have 2 options and would appreciate advices on which is a better option to maximize my chance of seeing peak colors:

Option 1: be in Seoul (21-24th Oct); Seorak (25-27th Oct); Juwangsan (28th Oct); Jirisan (1st Nov)

- if Seorak's peak is around 19th Oct or a week earlier, how long would they hold? Will it still be spectacular by 25-27th Oct?


Option 2: Seorak (21st-23rd Oct); Juwangsan (24th Oct); Jirisan (27th Oct); Seoul (28th-2nd Nov)

- if the Seorak's peak foliage is a week late, I suppose I would miss the entire autumn peak show? Or will the pre-peak colors still be spectacular?

Actually, it'll be my first time experience with autumn colors, so I don't really know how the leaves transform. If I am there a week or a few days before peak foliage, would it still be a colorful scene? Will there be big splashes of red already..? Does a few days or a week make so much difference to the colors?

I know it's not an easy question, but I welcome any views. Really hope to hear some advices here.

Many thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 11, 2015
trains in south korea  (5 Answers)

does anybody know if you get better prices, by buying train tickets online weeks before departure?
thanks for your time

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 02, 2015
south korea in 3 or 4 weeks?  (3 Answers)


i want to visit south korea in march 2016, i can spend 3 or 4 weeks, i want to start and end in Seoul(or is it better to end in the south?)

do you you have advise on how many weeks, and then the itinerary? i am interested in korean culture, no beaches,

thanks for your time


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 23, 2015
Asian Champions League soccer tickets in Korea  (3 Answers)

Hi there,
I'm considering travelling to Korea for 2 weeks in April, one of the excuses to travel to Korea is to watch my football/soccer team (The Brisbane Roar) play against the Suwon Bluewings. Does anybody have any tips on how I could go about getting tickets to this match on the 8th of April? (I'm having no luck finding anything online)

2nd question, is it practical to stay in a hotel in Seoul and travel to Suwon for the game and return to Seoul that night?

Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 19, 2015
Best hiking for Spring in South Korea  (2 Answers)

I will be going to South Korea in May for 10 days and I have been trying to figure out which mountain I want to hike.
What are the most beautiful hikes in South Korea?
Which ones are the closest to Seoul, and if they are not around Seoul how long will a round trip take (bus or train)?
I would also prefer hikes that would not take more than 4 hours (round trip), and hikes that the first time hiker will be able to deal with.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 26, 2015
Malaria in South Korea  (8 Answers)

Hi There.
We will be travelling to South Korea, Cheongju in February with a baby of 6months old.
I recently heard that South Korea is a malaria area. is it safe for me to travel to South Korea in winter time with an Infant?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 07, 2015
Can Someone tell me a website where i can find restaurant menus in South Korea  (6 Answers)

Can Someone tell me a website where i can find restaurant menus in South Korea

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 05, 2014
I urgently need a good location, nice and clean Guesthouse near Myeongdong  (4 Answers)

Please help me find one. i need it badly by Jan 15-20, 2015

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