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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #60 on: October 25, 2016, 02:33:21 PM »
Anyone here been in Seoul for Shabbos?
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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #61 on: October 26, 2016, 10:31:43 AM »
Any DMZ tours that dont make me book days in advance?

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #62 on: November 10, 2016, 05:54:04 PM »
Has anyone stayed in Seoul longer than 2 days? Is it a complete waste of time going Fri-Mon?

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #63 on: November 10, 2016, 05:56:23 PM »
Has anyone stayed in Seoul longer than 2 days? Is it a complete waste of time going Fri-Mon?
Yes to both. Don't do it
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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #64 on: November 10, 2016, 05:57:13 PM »
Yes to both. Don't do it
Ok, why not? Would Fri-Sun be better?

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #65 on: November 10, 2016, 05:57:53 PM »
Ok, why not? Would Fri-Sun be better?
There's nothing there
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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #66 on: November 10, 2016, 05:59:57 PM »
There's nothing there
It's the most convenient stop for shabbos on our way back from DPS-LAX. You'd still avoid it at the cost of spending time in DPS and extra ticket/mileage costs to spend shabbos in, say, HKG?

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #67 on: November 11, 2016, 12:32:54 AM »
It's the most convenient stop for shabbos on our way back from DPS-LAX. You'd still avoid it at the cost of spending time in DPS and extra ticket/mileage costs to spend shabbos in, say, HKG?
Tricky question... Nothing much to do there...very costly city.  Only 1 limited food option. (By Rabbi's house, although he is great guy, you are still "eating in his house")

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #68 on: November 11, 2016, 12:35:21 AM »
Tricky question... Nothing much to do there...very costly city.  Only 1 limited food option. (By Rabbi's house, although he is great guy, you are still "eating in his house")
I'm sure they like guests, especially frum ones. If DMZ takes a full day and all I have is 2 half days besides that you really don't think there are worthwhile things to see and do?

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #69 on: November 11, 2016, 01:49:54 AM »


Has anyone stayed in Seoul longer than 2 days?

Yes.
I'm sure they like guests, especially frum ones. If DMZ takes a full day and all I have is 2 half days besides that you really don't think there are worthwhile things to see and do?
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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #70 on: November 11, 2016, 08:58:29 AM »

Yes.TR incoming this week.
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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #71 on: November 12, 2016, 10:42:52 PM »
I'm sure they like guests, especially frum ones. If DMZ takes a full day and all I have is 2 half days besides that you really don't think there are worthwhile things to see and do?
I agree with you on the guest part just not sure how comfortable you will be eating by someone for 2 days, but thats up to you. He will make you feel very comfortable so no worries.

My reccoemnedation is; don't do the DMZ just to the JSA its a half a day and we went shopping the other half which I actually enjoyed  ;D We also went up the tall tower which was nice and see all the 1,000's of padlock placed there by people. They also had a cute store in the tower that had postcards you can mail home to the kids...

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #72 on: November 12, 2016, 10:57:49 PM »
I agree with you on the guest part just not sure how comfortable you will be eating by someone for 2 days, but thats up to you. He will make you feel very comfortable so no worries.

My reccoemnedation is; don't do the DMZ just to the JSA its a half a day and we went shopping the other half which I actually enjoyed  ;D We also went up the tall tower which was nice and see all the 1,000's of padlock placed there by people. They also had a cute store in the tower that had postcards you can mail home to the kids...
So are you recommending doing only a half-day Tour on Sunday and leaving Sunday night? As of now I plan on leaving Monday night, though that's easily changeable.

I don't think we'll be too uncomfortable eating by them for 2 days, but that's up to DW.

What type of shopping did you do? Are the prices cheaper than in the US or where the malls just nicer?

 Also how did you get around without Google Maps?

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #73 on: November 13, 2016, 12:48:03 AM »
So are you recommending doing only a half-day Tour on Sunday and leaving Sunday night? As of now I plan on leaving Monday night, though that's easily changeable.

I don't think we'll be too uncomfortable eating by them for 2 days, but that's up to DW.

What type of shopping did you do? Are the prices cheaper than in the US or where the malls just nicer?

 Also how did you get around without Google Maps?
I did one full day and I think it was more then enough.
Arrived at 5:30 waited thru customs 1.5 hours
Rushed on the train to the "closest" exit to the star too the JSA tour (Got help from TA) took a cab t the tour starting site. arrived at tour at 8:20,went to starbucks bought back coffee for myself, and bus driver (nice guy). Tour finished approx 1ish. Tour guide kept trying to sell us the DMZ tour after the JSA but was not interested. She dropped us off at a shopping area, which had approx 25 blocks of interesting junk shops in the middle of the street. Didn't purchase much but enjoyed walking thru them. 3:30 we walked past the shops a few blocks further we found some small shops along the streets  together with some expensive chains stores (Gucci etc) In the small store we found nice clothing for the kids and misses (u have to weed out the junk). then we walked to this kool elevator that takes you up to a tower which you can go to the top and have view of the whole Korea. Afterwards we took a taxi to the Grand Hyatt, went to Chabad for supper came back to hotel, and caught the bus to ICN at 5:00 am.  Nobody speaks english in Korea however there are "info desks" all over the place and they all speak english and very helpful.

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #74 on: November 13, 2016, 12:48:34 AM »
BTW if you go in the winter the Hyatt has and outdoor Ice skating rink