Traveling with an old guidebook
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 26, 2012 8:27 PM Last Post By: krazykatie
Nov 17, 2012 4:22 PM
Traveling with an old guidebookJust for fun: So I bought a 2007-edition LP guidebook for South Korea when I was in Japan at the time, and it cost me 3200 yen. I didn't go, but I'm determined to finally make use of it. It looks like the exchange rate is back to being pretty close to where it was in 2007, but I know the last five years have been exciting in all kinds of ways for SK. How much has changed since the book was published five years ago? I was last in Seoul about 10 years ago--how much has changed since then?
Nov 19, 2012 4:55 AM
1Since you bought that book "for fun", then why are you now "determined to finally make use of it"? If you had bought it for fun, well you've had your fun, it's served its purpose.
Well then, if you have changed your mind and are now "determined to finally make use of it", then why are you even asking anyone for opinion, just use it then. If you are "determined", it shouldn't deter you which edition it is and how old.
I don't know many places in the world that would not have changed in 5 years, and frankly I think it is silly to be travelling with a 5-years old guidebook. You yourself said that you "know the last five years have been exciting in all kinds of ways for SK". Haven't you answered your own question?
I'm sorry but what you posted doesn't make much sense. Sounds like you need to move on from 2007.
Nov 22, 2012 1:29 AM
2Wow, it looks like someone got out of bed the wrong side this morning!
Price wise basic restaurant food, taxi rides etc I guess have gone up about 1,000 won a time, beer maybe 500?
There are a lot more English teachers than there were 5 years ago, finding western products is a lot easier. Other than that I don't really know if it's changed noticeably too much.
Nov 22, 2012 1:30 AM
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Nov 26, 2012 12:28 AM
5Namdaemun burned down in 2008 after an arson attack & still had not been replaced or repaired when I left Korea in 2011. On a positive note the new direct airport link to Seoul became fully operational in January 2010. And yes, get a current guidebook. Public transport in Korea is awesome & cheap. Enjoy!
Nov 26, 2012 5:31 PM
6This is true! And the five-years-older me isn't going to spring for another book for just a few days, but he will gladly use the maps and basic tourist info in the old one to get around when not with friends. Trust me--despite what LP would have you believe, you can use a 5-year-old LP to Japan just fine. Or NYC. China, not so much, maybe. My instinct was that Korea is probably closer to Japan on the spectrum.
I'll Google for the airport link. And Namdaemun was horrible--I remember seeing it on the news, and regretting missing it last time. Was there anything left at the site to repair?!? Thanks to everyone--well, everyone besides the dude practicing his English essay writing at the top, obviously ...
Nov 26, 2012 8:27 PM
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