Travel Guide to Korea

Before going to a different country or a new place, it is important that you perform some research first. The following are some of the things that you as a traveler need to bear in mind before making up your mind to travel to Korea.

To start with, obtaining flight tickets to Seoul does not wholly guarantee you entrance. Nationals form various countries are supposed to obtain visas from the Korean embassies back in their home nations to enter legally. Depending on the purpose of entry, an appropriate visa is going to be issued. Legal procedures should be followed after the submission of the outlined requirements.

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Travelers also need to bear in mind that it is not all the Koreans can converse fluently in English. In some of the cases it has been realized that some of them usually get terrified being addressed in that foreign language. But signs have translations and taxis have free interpreters. Thus, travelers need to take time and study even the basic phrases. It would be enough to use simple greetings such as “kamsahamnida” meaning thank you.

As a tourist, you need to stay informed of the Korean weather conditions before you decide to travel. Spring comes between March/April to May/June. Summer falls between June/July to August. Autumn falls between August/September to November/December. Winters comes in between November or December to February or March.

The benefit of knowing the seasons is because it will help in selecting the type of clothing you should bring about. For those who live in subtropical and tropical nations, the cold seasons can be literally very cold for them. It is advisable to bring scarves, earmuffs, jackets and coats when visiting in such a season. Staying comfortable during the nights is assured of as most of hotels in this country have heaters installed in the rooms.

The above sums up some of the things a tourist should know before heading to Korea. A travel adventure is truly worth the experience in case you are prepared to travel to this wonderful nation.

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Making the Most Out of Your Vacation

When people plan for a vacation, going to popular tourist spots, eating at famous restaurants and participating in local festivities are usually part of their itinerary. Although it is a great way to see what their chosen travel destination has to offer, there are still other activities that they can engage in if they really want to make the most out of their vacation.

If you are the adventurous type and would like to try something different for a change, engaging in an outdoor sport or activity is a great option. There are a number of outdoor sports that you can choose from such as canoeing, kayaking, climbing, windsurfing and hiking. You don’t have to worry if you haven’t tried any of them before because there is a local club or centre that you can contact. They will be able to help you choose the outdoor sport or activity that is suitable for you and provide you with all the assistance that you will need.

Hiking in South Korea

In taking part in any outdoor sport, it is important that you have all the necessary gears. If, for instance, you plan to go hiking, you need to have the necessary outdoor gear such as hiking boots, weatherproof jacket, tents, sleeping bags, gloves, compass and a sturdy backpack. You should also bring other essentials such as a first aid kit, a map, and enough food and water. You don’t have to worry about where to buy them because there retailers such as The Clymb that offers outdoor and active-lifestyle gear and accessories. Whatever type of outdoor sport or activity you choose to engage in, you are sure to find the gear that you will need. You can visit their website and browse through the various products that they offer.

So if you’re planning for your next vacation, keep in mind that there are other activities that you can engage in that will allow you to explore the many beautiful sights of the vacation destination that you have selected. You just have to be a bit more adventurous and be willing to try something new. It can be a great way to learn more about the place, the people and their culture.

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Prohibited Items When Entering South Korea

Traveling is one of the exciting trip we experience in life, if you are planning to travel any time soon. You should plan ahead and prepare your luggage appropriately to avoid hassle and inconvenience at the airport.  Especially these days there are many rules regarding the things that cannot be carried in the airplane during international flights.

Prohibited Items

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Lately I have been reading question from online community on Facebook about carrying fresh fruits from the Philippines to Korea or vice versa. A traveler should take note that aside from aerosols,  liquids, gas, knives and other bladed items, a traveler is also not allowed to carry fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts in Korea because they can carry pest than can affect the country’s agriculture life.

According to the information I gathered from the airport website

  • When arriving with animals or livestocks, you must submit an animal quarantine certificate from the country of departure to the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service and receive quarantine.
  • When entering the country with plants, you must submit a plant quarantine certificate from the exporting country and receive quarantine from the plant quarantine station
  • Most fresh fruits, vegetables, walnuts, and plants in soil are prohibited, and when plants are not declared, a fine will be imposed.

** http://www.airport.kr/iiacms/pageWork.iia?_scode=C1202010700

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