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User currently offlineFA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 18
Posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2481 times:

Hi Everyone,

I just got my assignment for this weekend and I'm working SFO-ICN-SFO with a 45 hr layover downtown in Seoul. Two Questions since I've never been there before:

1) according to CNBC the Korean Won is worth 1,100 something to US$1. What does KW1100 buy? I'm trying to get a feel for how strong the USD is there.

2) I need a few suggestions of places to go and see!


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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2269 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

For cheap merchandise, definitely Itaewon (and I think they take US dollars there), although I heard the nightlife has gotten rough lately.

For recreation/amusement, check out Lotte World.

Also, the KLI63 building and the Seoul Tower for some nice views of the city.

Mind you, it's been 10-11 years since I visited - have fun!  Smile

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User currently offlineManni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2455 times:


700 Won buys you a ride on the subway
700 Won buys you a can of soda
1000 Won buys you a hot dog on a stick
3000 Won buys you a large coffee at Starbucks
5000 Won buys you a meal in one of the many fastfood restaurants

If it's your first time to Seoul you might like to visit Insa Dong, Kyongbokkung Palace and perhaps one of the many department stores (most popular one is Lotte in Myong Dong).
Stay away from Itaewon, unless you feel home sick.

Enjoy Seoul!

User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 48
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

After going twice a year to Seoul for the last five years, IMHO the best place for electronics is Yongsan on the KNR (not subway) line.
Also check out Technomart at Kyangbong (green line), prices are usually cheaper than Europe.
But with the low USD, dunno for you guys.
Itaewon is nice but a rip-off for prices as it is the main tourist area.


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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2448 times:

If you can swing it, try and do a trip to the DMZ. You may need to book in advance, but I'm sure you can get a large enough group of your crew together to do a "special tour" if they aren't offering a scheduled one on the day you are there.

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