Gwangju, South Korea travel tips

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Compared to the likes of Japan, Korea is still relatively cheap, and “Namdo Hostel” is a great place to stay for a night or two.

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Clubbing is a big thing among Koreans, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Gwangju is a pulsing metropolis, and “Speakeasy” is always a great place to party your night away.

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Gwangju has numerous restaurants and “Minsokchon” is one of the best in town.

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In the winter Gwangju can have up to 20 cms of snow. Bring your warmest coat!

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"Hwangyong-hamnida" stands for "Welcome!"

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Feeling hungry? Ask around for a restaurant called "Minsokchon" as they have an amazing selection.

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Eating out in Korea is relatively cheap, compared to other European countries. Still, if you are on a budget, look up a place called "Yeongmi".

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Traveling to Gwangju is easy, just log onto kobus.co.kr for bus tickets, or korail.com/en/ for train information. Both sites have English versions.

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Korean may sound very foreign, but mastering the language is not that difficult. The writing, in fact, can be learnt in a matter of hours!

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If you like art make sure you visit Gwangju at the time of the Gwangju Biennale art festival. This three month event features more than 600 artists from 70 countries.

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The “Ramada Plaza Gwangju Hotel“ may not be the cheapest hotel in Gwangju, but if you want some oriental magic, do not hesitate to book a room here.

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Need a family hotel for the night? Try calling “Holiday Inn Gwangju” as they are quite friendly and usually have a room to spare. They should always have somebody at hand who speaks English.

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Korea is famous for its bath culture, or jimjilbangs. These bath houses offer great service. “BigSpo” is a particularly famous one in Gwangju.

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Alcohol culture is a bit different in Korea, it has a distinct East Asian feel to it. Locals are usually friendly, although they may not speak English well. Look for “Ethnic Café”.

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Obviously, every traveler is interested about the complex political situation of the peninsula, but do not give in to temptation. Talking about North Korea is a sensitive topic, only do so with a good friend!

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Finding budget restaurants in Gwangju, Korea is not that hard. Ask around for a place called “Yeongmi”.

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If you are a great singer, grab your soju and look for a norebang. Karaoke, or norebang is huge in Korea.

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Korea is a safe place to visit as crime rates are very low, foreigners are usually welcomed. Gwangju is also safe, but still, it is always a good idea to keep an eye open!

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Koreans usually spend hours in various bang-s, or rooms. These establishments usually specialize on a type on entertainment, may it be DVD, karaoke, gaming or bathing.

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Korea has a strong economy, where the official currency is the Korean Won (KRW). 1 USD is about a 1000 KRW, it may take some time to adjust to the many digits, but it is easy to learn.

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