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warlord

Seoul and Busan Question

by warlord »

  So will be in Korea for 6 nights (5 full days) and was curious to my options for what to do/stay.  I love to wander and love outdoors type things.  Not into going into museums or organized tours at all and prefer just to go to intersting places outside the city.  So I know they have the DMZ trip from Seoul which you have to have as an organized trip which is fine for that.  But I was debating on possibly going to Busan for a night or two.  

  Is it really worth it to go there though for 2 nights?  Or even 1 night?  It'll be early/mid May so probably not beach weather at all and wasn't sure if because of that it would be worth it to even take the train/bus down there at all?

  Any other towns/cities I should maybe consider instead?  Or should I just stay in Seoul the entire time?  If so are there other interesting day trips from there that I could do a few days (other than the DMZ one)?

 

Thanks

 

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billiv

RE: Seoul and Busan Question

by billiv »

We enjoyed the sights around Kyongju very much. Palaces, temples, Buddhist sites (e.g., Bulguksa with its Seokguram Buddha), burial mounds.  Very nice. Worth an overnight stay, but not actually necessary to stay overnight if you get an early start.

Are you single?  Are you interested in clubs, meeting Koreans for local activities, nightlife?

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warlord

RE: Seoul and Busan Question

by warlord »

I figure I'd just do Suwon instead just because of the distance and if I went to Kyongju or Busan I would rather spend at least one or 2 nights which isn't going to be possible on my shorter stay.

 Yep not married at all so I enjoy going out pub hoping in the evenings.  Not into actual dance clubs or such, just more of a laid back going from on spot to the next.  So based myself around Hongik University in hopes there are a lot of night time options for beer...

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billiv

RE: Seoul and Busan Question

by billiv »

I'm not familiar with the area around Hongik U.  I haven't been back to Seoul in a few years, but I understand that Itaewon still has a lot of action, but is not quite as "earthy" as when I was first there in the 1970s. 

The Myeong-dong area downtown still has pretty much a bit of everything from beer pubs, to cocktail bars, restaurants, hostess clubs, cabarets, shopping.  Any level of activity you might desire to fit your personality. Gets a mixed crowd:  teens, college students, young professionals, oldsters.

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warlord

RE: Seoul and Busan Question

by warlord »

Itaewon is probably still the expat zone.  I have friends that say it was fun, but probably only something I might do for one evening pub hopping since I'm trying to get away from North Americans as much as possible.  And yes I originaly had my hotel in the Myeong-dong area, but then realized a lot of that area closes up in the evening compared to near the university.  But will hit both those areas though at night for sure.  Thanks for the tips...

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