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Best weekend getaways from Seoul
« on: March 11, 2019, 12:22:04 pm »
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Re: Best weekend getaways from Seoul
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2019, 01:01:48 pm »
Busan is always fun. Sokcho is great, too. Gangneung is also pretty good. But honestly, it's all kind of similar.


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Re: Best weekend getaways from Seoul
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2019, 01:36:55 pm »
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Re: Best weekend getaways from Seoul
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2019, 01:58:21 pm »
Chuncheon.

Easy to get to from Seoul. I made a guide.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1To0iskfHjkdjWqXqwGYtrvvquCALhb5GPq03cFr-RrU/edit?usp=sharing

Oh yes! I remember seeing your guide a while back. Might do this one but my gf isn't keen on hikes.


Re: Best weekend getaways from Seoul
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2019, 02:02:21 pm »
i'd always recommend ullreungdo, but for a weekend it's not long enough.  as I live in the countryside, I tend to getaway to Seoul.  :laugh:

do you have a car?  or are you training it?



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Re: Best weekend getaways from Seoul
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2019, 02:22:39 pm »
i'd always recommend ullreungdo, but for a weekend it's not long enough.  as I live in the countryside, I tend to getaway to Seoul.  :laugh:

do you have a car?  or are you training it?

Agreed. Ulleungdo is a must see whilst here, trulyyyyyy amazing. Jeju has a lot of stuff to do but Ulleungdo kicks its ass in natural terms.

UGH, it is so nice there.
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Re: Best weekend getaways from Seoul
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2019, 07:32:24 am »
My thing is temples. I usually leave early in the morning, taking express bus or KTX, to a town near the temple(s) I want to visit. I usually book a car and an Airbnb or small hotel, and will visit temples in the area and other historical sites.

My favorite areas are Jeollado and Gyeonsangdo.

If you're interested, look up the temples that recently received some UNESCO designation.
https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/culture/2018/11/317_251544.html

I'm a nerd and proud of it.

:)


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Re: Best weekend getaways from Seoul
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2019, 07:59:34 am »
The Koreans told me the top 3 tourism sites in Korea are Jeju, Busan area, Jeonju hanock village 

There are other places closer to Seoul.  Most Korean cities and towns look the same though.  Jeju has some unique landscape.  Busan has the sea and a slight international area near the port and Haeundae beach.  Incheon has a restored China town which isn't very Chinese.  Seoul has many areas that are a bit different.  I use to visit friends in Jeonju though I didn't spend much time in the village.  But it looks from a couple of years ago, they fixed it up quite a bit.  Some nearby areas have also had some renovations with new restaurants and the like.  There is Gyeongju, the burial mounds?  I don't remember them being that impressive.  They should build a few fake forts, castles, underground tunnels somewhere and make it cool to explore. 

Almost forgot, the east coast in Gangwon do is nice, but hard to get to and to know where to stay.  Anyone else know of other places?


Re: Best weekend getaways from Seoul
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2019, 11:35:46 pm »
Jeju is an obvious one, but for a long weekend. Seonyudo doesn't demand as much time. Dinosaur tracks on the south coast near Goseong. Samcheok in the east has lots to do.

You can read all about them and other places I visited in The Waygook Book :)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0578449811?pf_rd_p=1cac67ce-697a-47be-b2f5-9ae91aab54f2&pf_rd_r=59BG9G5ZG926T39Z8NSQ