FA4UA
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Seoul Korea For The First Time

Fri Jun 04, 2004 11:33 am

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!

Thanks!
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RE: Seoul Korea For The First Time

Fri Jun 04, 2004 8:35 pm

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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RE: Seoul Korea For The First Time

Fri Jun 04, 2004 8:40 pm

FA4UA,

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!
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RE: Seoul Korea For The First Time

Fri Jun 04, 2004 8:44 pm

Hmmm.
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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RE: Seoul Korea For The First Time

Sat Jun 05, 2004 1:01 am

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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