12 Things to Know Before You Visit South Korea

12 Things to Know Before You Visit South Korea

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  1. Jasleen Baidwan

    Is it easy for people of english speaking nations who don’t know korean to travel. I heard from a couple of friends that its a bit tough to communicate. And also for vegetarians and vegans

    1. Travelling Tam

      Hi Jasleen. I don’t speak any Korean and I know there are a lot of people In Korea who don’t speak English. However I didn’t face any major communication problems personally. I ordered in English, had conversations with locals (usually young though) in English but there were a few occasions I had to point to things to communicate when they didn’t speak English. Perhaps it would be best to have a translation app downloaded just in case.

      Yes, there is a lot of meat and fish in Korean cuisine. I am pescatarian so stuck to fish, but they also have lots of noodle and rice dishes. Kimbap, a Korean sushi roll, is always a great bet for a vegetarian!

  2. Sonari

    This looks so incredible! I really like when bloggers give realistic tips. I’ll have to visit sometime. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Rhonda Albom

    I haven’t been to South Korea yet, so for me, these are very useful tips. One thing for sure, I won’t be staying a hostel.

    1. Travelling Tam

      Haha, the bathroom thing isn’t everywhere but hostels certainly aren’t for everyone 🙂

  4. Marina Balain

    I have been many times to Japan but never made it to South Korea but I’m really looking forward to visiting! It looks like there’s a lot of things to do!

  5. Andrea Peacock

    Interesting that google maps is blocked in South Korea! That’s good to know ahead of time, because I always rely on it. That’s awesome free wifi is so easy to come by though! That’s not always the case while traveling. Great tips!

  6. It’s lovely when places surprise you, and I can see South Korea was a great surprise. I wasn’t expecting to find 3 weeks worth of thingy to see and do, but it seems like I underestimate it. I’m so looking forward to visiting! Cool tips, btw. I didn’t know about the ‘comfort women’, which is such an important thing to know (I can imagine people taking inappropriate selfies posing with them!). I’m also surprised about Google Maps. Thanks for all the info!

    1. Travelling Tam

      It absolutely did and there was way more than 3 weeks worth of activities – I left feeling like I hardly scratched the surface to be honest. And thank you, it’s always good to do some research and be prepared on cultural and practical issues 🙂

  7. The Lost Mirmaid | Travel Blog

    I’ve always wanted to visit South Korea and its great you mentioned how safe it is. The toilet bowl coffee looks like something I would have to try! Love your photos!

    1. Travelling Tam

      I don’t think I’ve ever felt so safe in an Asian country to be honest 🙂 And thank you!

  8. Rachael

    Those hostel bathrooms definitely don’t sound very up my alley lol I don’t think I could do it unless I realllyyy had to! Other than that South Korea looks amazing! Can’t wait to visit one day

    1. Travelling Tam

      Haha I know right, but they aren’t everywhere. It really is an amazing destination, one of my favourite Asian cities. I hope you get to make it 🙂

  9. Ayushi Saxena

    Hii. I love your blog TAM😁💟 I am thinking to pursue my masters from South Korea. Any suggestion you’d like to give me?

    1. Tamara

      Aw thank you Ayushi! That sounds like an amazing idea! Well, I only travelled for a few weeks, but what I do know is that it is a very popular place to study and teach. People go there from all over the world and so there is a great expat scene of international people to hang out with! I think it will be a really sociable experience and there is just so much to do and see in South Korea during your free time. They have a very respectful culture and it’s safe too, so ideal if you’re thinking about going alone. Good luck if you decide to go and I’m very excited for you!

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