Winter in South Korea
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Apr 5, 2010 11:03 PM Last Post By: pskully
Mar 30, 2010 12:50 PM
Winter in South KoreaHi All,
I'm planning to take my parents to South Korea end of this year. I know is going to be freezing cold, but that's the only time I can take a break from work. So, couple questions:
1. For South Korea first timer, where should we go?
2. How long do we need to spend in S.K. (I'm thinking less than 7 days)?
3. Is there any local tour available because I don't speak Korean, and neither do my parents.
4. Is it really a bad idea to visit S.K. in winter?
5. If the answer to 4 is yes, where would you suggest us to spend our vacation? I live in US & my parents live in Malaysia, and I'll be meeting them back in M'sia before the trip.
Thanks in advance for your advice.
Apr 1, 2010 1:53 AM
1I visted Seoul over Xmas in 2008. It was between - 3 and - 8 degrees celcius when we visited so yes it was very cold, but we still had a good time.
We found it was easy enough to get around in spite of the faact that neither of us spoke any Korean. Things are signposted well, and the metro is easy to use. This is just in Seoul. I don't know about other parts of the country.
Korea has great food, some wonderful temples, and jimjimbang (bath-houses).
I can't think of a better way to finish off a day sightseeing in the cold, than to head to a jimjimbang to warm up!
Apr 1, 2010 4:00 AM
21 and 2) To answer those properly, please tell us your intersts. Seoul itself has lots of old palaces, modern areas, great views, good city walks. Do you intend to go to the JSA and DMZ? To get a full picture for that would take a full day.
3) I speak no Korean and had no problems, but i did not veture far from Seoul.
5) SE Asia perhaps? Vietnam, Laos are both exceptional and just the right level of culture shock. Again, we would need to know your interests
Apr 1, 2010 6:40 PM
Apr 2, 2010 6:22 PM
4Korea is cold in the winter, that's for sure. It's difficult to advise where to do on a holiday without knowing your interests. Speaking Korean is not really a necessity, especially for short-term travel, but if you're interested in tours, I'd suggest looking at Adventure Korea. There won't be any winter tours up at the moment, but it could give you an idea of one option for touring in Korea. The site is geared towards foreigners who reside in Korea, so generallly speaking the tours are on weekends, and affordable.
Apr 5, 2010 11:26 AM
Thanks for the feedback. We went to Beijing last X'mas when it was freezing cold, and I think my parents handled the weather change fairly well :-).
I'm mostly interested in historical sites, follow by scenic tour. I'm not sure what is JSA and DMZ? Of course, we would like to stay in Seol so that we can do a little bit of shopping at evening/night.
pskully: I'll check out Adventure Korea as well, thanks!
Apr 5, 2010 11:03 PM
6JSA is the Joint Security Area, which is in the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). It is the part of the border between North and South Korea that has the blue temporary buildings where soldiers actually come face-to-face. If you're interested in doing a JSA tour, that needs to be arranged about a month prior, usually. If you're just interested in visiting the DMZ (excluding the JSA), many tour companies do short day trips.
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