Samcheok-si, South Korea travel tips

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Public transportation in Korea is reliable and cheap, almost on a Japanese level of efficiency, and the same applies to Samcheok.

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Mastering the Korean language can sound like a daunting task at first, but it is not that difficult. In fact, the Korean writing can be learnt in a matter of days!

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Tired by the endless travels? Just drive down to the East Sea (Sea of Japan) and enjoy a day on the wonderful shores of Samcheok.

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Plenty of lavish accommodations can be found in Samcheok, just look up Samcheok Palace Hotel. Professional service, up to international standards, not to mention that they speak great English.

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Tourism in Samcheok is quite big, so finding a welcoming place to stay is, in fact, quite easy, even for the lost westerner. Try the “International Motel”, the service is friendly and the prices are quite alright.

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If you have no real needs ask around for “Sewon Motel”, they have some cheap rooms.

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Jimjilbangs are a great place to relax. These illustrious bath houses are cheap and good for your health.

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Hwanseongul is one of the largest caves in Asia, with more than 2 kms of walkway inside this monstosity, you will most definitely be blown away! Remember to bring a jacket, it is chilly inside!

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Two words. Penis park. Yes, you heard right! Just a couple of km-s outside of Samchecok the Haesindang Park awaits its visitors with an erotic selection of penis sculptures.

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Most clubs in Korea usually play international hit club songs, R&B and other typical club tunes. Oh, and the notorious local kpop! If you want to party you will have to travel to the nearby city called Donghae.

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Koreans love drinking, it is engraved in their culture very deep. Try the bar on the main street, it has a great atmosphere.

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If you want to avoid awkward situations, do not talk about North Korea. Korean people have very complex views on the issue, and it is best not to pry.

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Finding a mid-range place to eat is not that difficult in Samcheok, ask around for Eunmi Gamjatang.

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Buona Pizza has a decent kitchen for some very fair prices, if you want to fuel up, visit this restaurant.

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If you feel like you can do a decent Dancing Queen, just look up a norebang (Korean karaoke) and have a go at it!

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Samcheok is a safe place to travel, but as a general travel tip, always keep an eye on your belongings. If you run into any trouble just call the Police.

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Whenever you visit Samcheok make sure you check the weather forecast! Monsoon season is in the summer, but there is nothing to worry about.

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A sojubang is a "room" (bang) where you drink soju, a light alcoholic drink. Basically it is a bar specialized in soju!

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Tipping is not customary in Korea, so even if you are not satisfied with the food, do not tip the waiter as he or she will not understand what you are trying to do!

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The official currency of Korea is the Korean Won, or KRW. 1 USD is about 1000 KRW. Do not be afraid of the many digits, it is easy to get the hang of it!

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