Suwon, 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 Suwon.

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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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The Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival takes place in every October at the fortress (Hwaseong Fortress).

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

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Tourism in Suwon is quite big, so finding a welcoming place to stay is, in fact, quite easy, even for the lost westerner. Try Silkroad Hotel, the service is friendly and the prices are quite alright.

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If you have no real needs ask around for Nammun, 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. In Suwon, Hongik Sports Spa is a great one.

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If you feel like blowing some steam visit the Manseok Park in Jangan-gu. It has a calm lake and many recreational facilities.

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The Hwaseong Fortress, or simply Suwon Fortress, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It takes about 2-3 hours to walk around the fort, but it is worth every minute.

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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! DJ's are fairly good, so if you feel like clubbing look for “Club Tao”.

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Koreans love drinking, it is engraved in their culture very deep. Try “Crazy Duck”, 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 Suwon, ask around for “Bonsuwon Galbi”.

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A place called “Yeonpo Galbi” 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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Suwon 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 Suwon 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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"Geonbae" is "Cheers!"

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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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