TT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 735 times:
I've been to Korea numerous times.
The drivers are insane--beyond comprehension. They would rather total their own car by crashing into the bumper in front of them than to let you merge into traffic. I saw some terrible accidents.
The country is ready for war at a moment's notice. The city of Pohang had obstacle belts in its harbor and active HAWK missile sites around its airfield when I was there for Team Spirit in 1993. The entrances to tunnels have enormous cinder blocks on guillotines that will break loose at the flip of a switch and seal up the opening, should the North move Southward. Every Wednesday is civil defense drill day in Seoul. It's about as close to Israel in the Far East as anywhere else.
If you can, you must see Panmunjon. Unbelievable.
The food is pretty good, but many of the people smell like Kim Chi. It gets into your system, and sweats out through your pores.
The country is rugged, and it is cold in the winter. The people are hardy, and many are friendly. However, it is not exactly the first place that would come to mind if I were going on a getaway.
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 720 times:
TT737FO nailed the driving on the head. Let me add this, sidewalks are not for walking. They are for impatient Korean drivers! I spent a year plus in Korea and damn near got killed twice! Well, I might be exaggerating, but on a military Bus Charter from Chun Chon to Seoul, the Bus Driver (Korean) Rammed this tiny car and sent it flying about 100 feet and into a ditch. He didn't even bat an eyelash.
Koreans as 9V-SVA stated do not apologize for anything! The country in a few spots is beautiful, but the pollution and trash everywhere kills it. It all adds up to a foul smelling place too.
BO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 710 times:
I am a Korean and I CANT BELIVE IM HEARING ALL THIS!!!!
WEll, perhaps somewhat true.
But with the pollutants and garbage ya its big problem.
Kim Chi.. oh ya.. Korea's national Food icon.
What you will also see.. a couple million Starcraft and Diablo 2 players who flood servers 24-7..
Its airport the new INCHEON is wonderful.. look at the green open glass space, its a dwonder.!
The gov changed some things liek names.. Kimpo-Gimpo.
Chck out Seoul Tower and Nan Shan mountain and that big Korea Insurance plaza.. Those 3-4 amusement parks are quite soemthing.. Do visit that littl island jsut off the coast of the Busan city area.. forgot what it was called. Have fun if you win..
Follow @kimbo_snaps on Instagram or bokimon- on Flickr to see more pics of me and my travels.
Hoons90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3274 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 695 times:
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Go to Lotte World hotel if you're going to stay for a while or a nearby airport hotel if youre going to stay only for a few days. Korea is good overall . Esp. Seoul
Just stay out the alleys of Mokdong after 10:00 pm. I recomend you to visit the 63 building and Lotte World. Lotte World is an indoor(also outdoor) theme park. If it rains use our famous indoor roller coaster(i've been on it). Mostly people learn to be extra nice to foreigners. I hope you win! Korea is a great country and Seoul's mayor Ko Kun will host the Fifa 2002 world cup. I'll probably be there at the opening ceremonies in Seoul sangam stadium which is in May 31, 2002.
The biggest mistake made by most human beings: Listening to only half, understanding just a quarter and telling double.
Watewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 677 times:
-impact will the world 2002 cup have on
Korea's tourist industry
Korea wants to duplicate the success it had with Olympics 88. Their 'Visit Korea 2001' was an attempt to drum up publicity for the nation prior to World Cup 2k2. It will no doubt have an impact on the industry, as motels and hotels have gone extensive modernization in recent months/years to accomodate foreigners. I heard hiring temps (with foreign language skills) is going to explode in the next few months in anticipation of the event- no surprises there. More lasting effects will be felt in other areas other than tourism industry.
-Korea's relationship with neighbouring countries
It's a little fragile now. Ever since Japan let textbooks that downplayed their imperial ambitions and their wrongdoings. This is not just the case with Korea- China is ticked off as well. Japanese government has persisited that they have no control over textbooks made by private enterprises, but Koreans (and other Asians) want Japan to stop bullsh*tting in their textbooks.
Relationship with North counterpart has softened a little, but is nonetheless uneasy. I know many people who resent South's warm policy towards north, and I tend to agree with them on certain points. Moving on...
China has been a decent partner. Investment in China has skyrocketed despite the Asian flu. There's been some rumblings around the region around N. Korea border about fraudulent activities of S. Koreans taking advantage of desperate Korean-Chinese, but it hasn't affected S.Korea-China relationship to a significant degree- yet.
-Its land useage
Mostly rugged, mountainous. Lots of fertile farmland, but urbanization has been taking over much prime agricultural land. A city of 500,000 people wouldn't even be considered a major city in Korea.
Suffering due to Asian flu- still. KOSDAQ (Korean version of Nasdaq) has been on the rebound as of late, and foreign investment in the country has been going through the roof. Wealthy are still well-enough to attract foreign interests, and some prime real estates have been going to foreign bidders. Lots of companies have been separated from Chebol umbrella to die off own their on or live. So far, it has resulted in collapse of several Chebols, but they're moving in the right direction. You can find a lot of articles on this, and I can provide you with a link to a site if you are interested. NY University Prof, whose name I forget, has some excellent writings on this topic.