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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Korea ranked 23rd on tourist visits


Article: "Korea ranked 23rd in the world for foreign tourist visits"

Source: Yonhap News via Naver

1. [+243, -11] Korea has a long way to go in terms of tourism when taxis are still ripping foreigners off... We have to manage our landmarks better so that we have something Korean to show but there aren't any cultural places left -_-;;;; The few that we do have are either set on fire by crazies or taken down to make room for new buildings

2. [+197, -10] I heard that there are a lot of South East Asians who visit Korea thinking it will look like the dramas and leave disappointed because there's nothing much to see...

3. [+158, -44] You all should be loving Korea instead of complaining about there being nothing to see. Why would there be nothing to see? I recently visited North America and there was nothing special about it other than the Niagara Falls. You could see most of their sights right here in Korea and there are some aspects that Korea is better in as well. Love Korea.

4. [+119, -5] I don't think Korea's a country that foreigners would feel attracted to... There's nothing traditional or cultural left except for high rise buildings. Insa-dong stores rip you off, taxis rip you off ㅡ.ㅡㅋㅋ

5. [+88, -2] Korea looks the same wherever you go. Each city is identical. Whether big or small, you see the same Starbucks, CGV, Dunkin Donuts, UNIQLO, Giordano stores. Gangnam Station is also just filled with store brands you can find anywhere else in the world.

6. [+84, -13] I think foreigners arrive in Korea feeling hopeful and leave feeling disappointed

7. [+78, -15] Well you have to realize that more than 70% of the Chinese tourists are K-Pop fans are just visiting to either meet the idols or buy their merchandise... They're not here to see anything traditional or cultural about Korea.

8. [+67, -8] Nothing to see or do in Seoul. Shopping wise, Hong Kong and Tokyo is better and there aren't many landmarks left either. I think it'd be better to just focus and invest in one city with traditional Korean aspects and make it easier for tourists with transportation, etc.

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  1. "Korea looks the same wherever you go. Each city is identical. Whether big or small, you see the same Starbucks, CGV, Dunkin Donuts, UNIQLO, Giordano stores."



    That's actually everywhere, I feel like. Like here in the US, everyone's always talking about how amazing it is or whatever, but unless you go to NYC or LA or Las Vegas or whatever, every other town looks the same too :/

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  2. so true, in North America all the malls, stores, and styles are the same, the only difference is the price T.T. I love shopping in the US with your amazing prices and deals :D

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  3. [+243, -11] Korea has a long way to go in terms of tourism when taxis are still ripping foreigners off...

    This is such a big problem in my country too. (Somewhere in south-east asia)

    Not just the foreigners but also the locals. So much ripping off. I wish there were more honest taxi drivers.

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  4. Visited Korea twice. I must say the scenery at some places are amazing. I love their fruits, especially the strawberries and pears. At Seoul, it is just like another cosmopolitian city in any international cities in the world. Blame it on globalisation.

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  5. nyc isn't that great either i don't know why people love this place so much

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  6. Well I'm on holiday in Seoul rigjt now and I'm enjoying myself. I know what they mean though because I feel the same way about London, it's just because we're so comfortable where we live.

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  7. there's honestly pros and cons to every country.. there are aspects where one country is better and aspects where it lacks, so it really just depends imo. maybe these netizens are just too consumed in their city lives, or they got used to everything around them, but things they dont find a big deal might be really cool to a tourist. http://seoulistic.com/travel-to-korea/80-amazing-pictures-of-korea-by-photographers/ these places look beautiful!

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  8. omg really? i find all the retail stores here extremely over priced...

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  9. I stayed in Seoul for 2 months and I loved it! I'm not a kpop fan, but I did see a lot of tourists who were into kpop. I especially loved the architecture, especially the juxtaposition between old temples and new buildings. LOL I especially loved the cosmetics; I brought back one huge suitcase full of make up and skincare. It doesn't matter where you travel to in this world, there will always be pros & cons.

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  10. From what I've seen on Korean TV Shows like Family Outing and Dad, Where Are You Going?, I think Korea is a beautiful place. There are a lot of beautiful places to visit in there and not only Seoul. Makes me wanna visit there once (and not merely because of Kpop)

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  11. Anyone know Japan rank? My bet...must be pretty high!

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  12. 1. [+243, -11] Korea has a long way to go in terms of tourism when taxis are still ripping foreigners off... We have to manage our landmarks better so that we have something Korean to show but there aren't any cultural places left -_-;;;; The few that we do have are either set on fire by crazies or taken down to make room for new buildings



    Aww, the cultural things about Asian countries are always what makes them seem so beautiful.

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  13. #powerofkoreandramas

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  14. I would love to visit Korea but more I go in this site more I don't want to go to Korea.. Don't get me wrong, I still love Korea (the culture, the history..) but since I see the bad side of Korea, my fascination was just cooled down...

    And I agree with the fashion comment, I like Korean brands but I can buy the same stuff in my country, it's just much more expensive. I prefer go to Japan, for example, because they have original and crazy clothes I would die to have ! (and a crazy style)

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  15. 2. [+197, -10] I heard that there are a lot of South East Asians who visit Korea thinking it will look like the dramas and leave disappointed because there's nothing much to see..



    SO TRUE !

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  16. Every country has brand names anywhere you look, welcome to globalization babes, but I do think that they should start taking care about having cultural places, Korea is leaving their ancient culture behind for modernization, they should moderate that,

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  17. I loved Seoul though! The shopping's great, comparable to Hong Kong and Bangkok, I haven't been to Tokyo so I can't say much about there

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  18. where did you go? im thinking of going there some time next year

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  19. Idk, I cannot really say for myself what I think of Korea, because I've never been there before. What I can say though is that if anything, shouldn't people appreciate the simple culture shock you get when you receive there?


    I don't know about anywhere else in the States, but I can almost be for sure that Korea probably has something extremely unique and fulfilling for my n00b experience compared to anything I've seen or experienced here in Kentucky.


    Some people probably expect too much, I personally feel that the cultural exchange is probably the most significant experience. That can't be duplicated.

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  20. 7. [+78, -15] Well you have to realize that more than 70% of the Chinese tourists are K-Pop fans are just visiting to either meet the idols or buy their merchandise... They're not here to see anything traditional or cultural about Korea.

    it's the same story with Arab tourists too at least in UAE where i live

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  21. Well Korea still has a long way to go indeed. I hope they open up a bit more to foreigners (:

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  22. They are even more pricey abroad x] I live in Europe and I always hear people going to America to buy stuff because it's cheaper.

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  23. I've wanted to go to Seoul for quite a long time now but not to see the traditional or "cultural" side of Korea. That stuff bores me and it shouldn't be a wrong thing that I don't want to go to Korea because of that. I've always been fascinated with big city life and Seoul has that to offer. Their food, fashion, nightlife, kpop concerts make me want to go and I'm sure lots of other people like that too so these Koreans need to stop complaining about foreigners not being interested in their tradition or whatever

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  24. Korea boring. There is no difference. Same building, higher and higher and poor palace. That's all. The most touristy country is Turkey, France and Italy. Amazing places, amazing history and amazing beach...

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  25. "[+119, -5] I don't think Korea's a country that foreigners would feel attracted to... There's nothing traditional or cultural left except for high rise buildings. Insa-dong stores rip you off, taxis rip you off ㅡ.ㅡㅋㅋ"

    Korea still have beautiful temples isn't it ? Countryside and Jeju seems to have beautiful landscape. Seoul have traditionnal neighborhoods, food... I thinks it's just a unknown culture next to China and Japan ... But yeah Korea is attractive for things like shopping or Hallyu's things . Anyway it's good for Korea's economy and image lol.

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  26. No Gasengi, I'm not JapaneseJuly 25, 2013 at 5:00 AM

    If I had to choose between East Asian countries, I'd choose to visit Japan and maybe China.

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  27. I agree that Vegas does look a bit different but it's not very great either. It's literally the Vegas "strip". It's like a couple of blocks of cool lighted buildings. The outskirts of it are the same as every other city and that's pretty much it. Don't really understand why people seem to care for it so much.

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  28. Almost every major city is the same and for first-time visitors they're likely to get excited nonetheless. It's not like Seoul is a replica of another major city in a different country. At least travelling around is convenient - foreigners get ripped off by taxi drivers (happens a lot in my country too) but you're better off with the extensive bus and subway coverage (which.. unfortunately is not available here).

    And for multiple-time visitors, they're not necessarily there to look for all the big cultural things only. Surely they go back to Korea because there's something about the country that they fell in love with and it's unique from one person to another.

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  29. Jenizz | pinkcrownJuly 25, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    IMO Tokyo and Seoul are pretty much the same.. regarding the shopping.. BUT I'm talking about no-name stuff.. not the expensive sh*t; that, I don't know.

    I didn't get ripped off in taxis... it was soso cheap... oô I thought Korea was beautiful.. well let's say seoul.. i want to see busan and jejudo 1 time too~♥

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  30. Well I live in Germany and there is nothing special here

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  31. I'm planning to go next year after college graduation. My friend just came back and she loved it! She saw a Kpop group performing in Lotte World but she's not into Kpop arrggh I need to go to see Korea and my oppars. I love travelling but I also like Kpoop so.........I'm going. She spent 3100 US dollars FYI for those who plans to go.

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  32. I still wanna go there someday.

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  33. New york is the most dirtiest, overpriced and overrated city in the world. The people are loud and the women there are mostly ugly native and dressed like a hag. The only thing that makes New York special than other cities is it's giant rat.

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  34. Seriously, when I will visit South Korea, I won't go to meet my idols and to buy merchandises lol.
    Sure, it will be amazing to see SNSD but thanks to Running Man and dramas and all, I found out a lot of culture aspects that I will die to see and things to eat. So yeah, if you only visit the big city like Seoul, it will look like any other big cities but if you go countrysite or visit Jeju Island, I'm sure the feeling will be extremely different. Every country has pros and cons.

    If you go in France and only visit Paris, it will be boring because you see our monuments in TV and all whereas if you decide to try other regions, you will see new things.


    But I guess koreans need to do something about tourism lol. In France, we are the same. Few years ago, I read that we were the worst when it comes to treat tourists.

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  35. True. I liked visiting it, but I wouldn't want to live there.

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  36. Clothes are so cheap in the US. Seriously.

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  37. and vegas is only fun for people 21 and over.. if you're younger than that all you can do is watch cirque de soleil or go to the m&m store lol

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  38. This!! I totally agree with you.
    One of my foreign friend once said her country is just full of trees and mountains so it doesn't that great to tour her country but to me who live in big city, it was awesome and exotic to me.

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  39. My parents went to HK once and they brought back 1 huge bag of new clothes for me and my sisters. My friend who went to China said if you want shopping shopping, you have to go to China to buy the cheap but awesome products.

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  40. well that's going a bit overboard

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  41. And if one goes to Macau, it's basically a Vegas ripoff with the same hotels and casinos.

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  42. Well.. People always complain about their own country..

    However I really like Korea.. Travelled there 2 times and feel like I have still much to see lol

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  43. I will visit Korea on August to go to Wolmyeongdong.

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  44. I just came back from Korea a month ago. I have a great time and love the different culture I experienced there. Maybe because I'm a fan of kpop and korean dramas, I feel worth being there. You just need to find something unique that make you fall in love with the country and want to make a visit there :)

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  45. Yes and No. The urban atmosphere I find it very peculiar and different from where I live. I enjoyed Seoul a lot. The high rise and the people have their own charm, to be fair. And they should be happy that Hallyu is selling #JustSaying

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  46. Family outing!! Couldn't agree more.

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  47. I agree with you. I haven't traveled alot, but most places i went to were all the same, there isn't much of a "touristy" feel. Everything I see there will looks the same here.


    The only place that's great for tourist i would say is Japan. Everywhere you go is so exciting, the stores and the streets, and merchandise is something you cant find in america and the people are pretty nice too

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  48. "IMO Tokyo and Seoul are pretty much the same"
    hdu
    Seoul has no Akiba, no cheap electronics :(

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  49. no brand cheap=china
    branded cheap= hk

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  50. Do taxis really rip foreigners off that badly?I mean whatever happen to old taximeter?

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  51. I think the Hallyu wave played a big role in it.

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  52. Dad, Where makes me hungry lol :p

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  53. You shouldn't base your decision off of a website that translates netizen comments though. 1) Netizen comments aren't a reflection of Korea as a whole, and 2) comments on this site from international netizens shouldn't be taken seriously either. Every country has its pros and cons, and the cons of Korea are just like the cons in any other country.

    You should still travel to Korea even if articles on this site give you a bad impression. You'll never know what Korea is like if you simply base it off of other people's opinions.

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  54. To be honest, if not for my love for kpop, i'd rather visit Japan...

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  55. Honestly given how quickly South Korea industrialized it's actually amazing they're up that high. But I can see how there's still a long way to go before there's a strong a pull for tourists aside from the entertainment culture. Unless you're already a fan of Korean culture through the Hallyu wave, there's not much (or not much being promoted) to draw tourists compared to its immediate neighbors. I'm talking geography, climate, unique feats of modern architecture, historical/cultural sites, and so on. There's not really much foreigners are familiar with off the top of their heads. Seoul is cosmopolitan for sure but it's still lacking when it comes to a distinctive and instantly recognizable skyline like top global destinations.

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  56. Vegas gets boring after a while. It really is just about the strip, and visiting dayclubs/nightclubs can get boring too. I'm just there for the buffets honestly LOL.

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  57. I don't think the taxis comments are true. When I was in Korea, any where I went was less than $5 USD plus there's no need to tip. There's also taxi drivers that speak English.

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  58. The countryside I've seen in some k-shows/k-movies looked fantastic though, I would totally visit them.

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  59. That is one of the reasons why I'm so in love with Europe. Everywhere you go there is a piece of history.

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  60. Nah, it's worth it just to travel to Macau for the Portuguese egg tarts & pork chop buns

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  61. Oh, I found Tokyo to be much more expensive than Seoul (in terms of no-name clothes, bags etc). Ewha, Hongdae and Myeongdong had some really cheap finds!!


    Agree with cheap taxis though. However! When my brother and I first got to Seoul, we took an Airport bus to somewhere near Myeongdong. Got off and tried hailing a taxi. About 3 of them stopped, then drove off after realising we spoke English. I had to literally beg the 4th taxi driver to take us because we were freezing our heads off (it was during winter in Seoul).
    So, even if taxis have that English interpreter option... it doesn't seem like drivers like to use it ......

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  62. 1. [+243, -11] Korea has a long way to go in terms of tourism when taxis are still ripping foreigners off... We have to manage our landmarks better so that we have something Korean to show but there aren't any cultural places left -_-;;;; The few that we do have are either set on fire by crazies or taken down to make room for new buildings

    Wait till you come to Singapore.

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  63. For some people it happens. There was a foreign girl who was going to be ripped off because the taxi driver thought she couldn't understand Korean/let alone speak it. He almost charged her a ridiculous price (like $60 or more)

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  64. SG is worth a trip for the food alone

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  65. People think that Miami is filled with hot girls in bikini's, but it's just lik every other city in the world. The only awesome thing I can really say about living here is the fact that it's so close to Orlando, home of Disney Worl, but after a while it just gets boring.

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  66. is it overpriced where you live? I complain about buying a $24 shirt at Forever21 and I live in the US...

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  67. im not sure if according to countries, but if according to cities listed by forbes and abc news, tokyo is number 16th in the most visited cities list

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  68. if it weren't for the fact the younger generation is the reason for the korean wave, the percentage would be higher. but because many young people can't travel alone or simply can't afford to, the number won't increase much anytime soon.

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  69. I don't want to visit Korea for the celebrities (but it would be a plus) honestly I have seen sight-seeing places that I want to go to. The big city life is so interesting to me because I live in the suburbs and even the closest big city isn't much to see....

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  70. i mean, don't go in with extremely high expectations, but korea's still a great place imo. seoul, busan, and other big cities are really fun and cosmopolitan without losing all its roots. and there's still the everyday, 'homey' ness, like the small shops, street vendors, and street food alongside the high rise that i think give korea a really unique and peculiar charm.

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  71. That's true, that's why i'd rather travel to places with strong cultural or historical background, or simply places with stunning panoramic view, rather than just another urban cities, because they usually are the same. Most of Europeans countries, Bali and Raja Ampat at Indonesia, Greece, Phuket at Thailand, are my kind of favorite holiday destinations.

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  72. I heard that they mainly rip off Japanese and Chinese foreigners so Americans and Canadians don't really count.

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  73. Why would you want to go to Korea, when you can go to Japan?.....

    Japan is like 1000x better

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  74. I'm sorry that happened to you. How could they be so cruel in the mmiddle of winter?

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  75. Depends on which part of NYC though. I just wish they'd clean up the subway and make it more modern. It always feels like I'm going to the sewers whenever I go down the subway. It's dark and filthy.

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  76. They want to see the World Trade Cen....never mind.

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  77. i've been to korea...

    its pretty much like NYC..there is not really anything that is unique besides the food and the culture of course

    the people there, in general, are nice not like the impression these k-netz give off..

    but i got to say they are very SUPERFICIAL, they dress up (at least casually) everywhere they go day/night, mirrors everywhere, people taking selcas on their phone every other seconds..and the guys there are more effeminated compared to the the guys in america

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  78. It's not necessarily over priced but the exchange rate means it's cheaper to buy stuff in the US.

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  79. OpparDoesntLoveYouJuly 25, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    despite my love for kpop and kdramas, i never really had any interest in visiting or living in Korea. There isn't anything that's caught my attention enough for me to want to go. I'm more interested in visiting Japan or Singapore...

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  80. Chicago is an amazing city, the way all the museums are sectioned together, tall syscrapers, shopping district and then you have Lake Michigan which looks like a big beach right next to Grant Park, nice place to work and live. Traffic is a bitch though

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  81. If I'm going to visit Korea, I'll go to Jeju Island.

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  82. Last time I went to nyc I fought off a giant cockroach

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  83. I went to seoul. And please don't have a high expectation for this city. If you want to visit korea, I think you should go to jeju.

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  84. I hate to be an "America lover" but there is WAY more to America than just Niagara Falls. So strongly disagree with comment #3. That person must have not known about anything about the attractions here, went to a boring state or they must have went to Canada or something which I'm sure has their fair share of attractions, too.....

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  85. Yeah when I first got into k-pop and k-dramas I thought Korea was going to be amazeballs. But tbh, it was...really boring. Besides Namsan Tower and shopping, there wasn't a lot of landmarks and it was hard for foreigners to get around.

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  86. Every place have their own unique charms.

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  87. i guess im the only one who likes korea....

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  88. My grandparents were really happy telling me stories about their visit to Korea. They said there's a whole market underground just in case the city is attacked, is that true?

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  89. Sometimes the beauty lies in small things. You don't need thousands of panoramic views to consider a place beautiful, sometimes the beauty can be found in dark corners, staircases, architecture,streets, gardens,etc...

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  90. I think the same can be said for every MAJOR city, London, Paris, New York, Bangkok, Canberra etc...


    Going off-the-beaten-track is usually best for a traditional experience.

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  91. well if korea has nothing to be seen, then what about my country lol

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  92. I will go anyway, it's just that I'm not that much eager to go to Korea.

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  93. I will go anyway but Korea isn't now first in my list of Asian countries to visit.

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  94. master splinter?

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  95. If I ever go to Korea I am just going to stuff myself with food.

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  96. Don't mean to boast but in terms of Tourism,my country "India" is a very awesome place to visit.I travel as much as i can afford,but still i've only seen about 30% of the various cultures of the country,and it still amazes.And as for shopping,the malls have all the brands,thank u globalization. I just wish that it was a lot safer for women who are travelling alone. Government is bursting his A** trying to increase the safety so lets see how it goes.
    But one thing my sister told me is that Seoul is a pretty safe place,even for single female travellers.I think the Knetizen's should be proud of that. Every country has its pro and cons. :)

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  97. Where are you from? Im sure your country has some unique places too visit too.

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  98. Haha..me too especially street food. They look sooo delicious....haha

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  99. OMG I commend you on your knowledge of Canberra ㅠㅠ Though I know we're the capital and all but I wouldn't call Canberra a major city, personally

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  100. Hm... I actually live in Paris and it is so tourism and culture oriented that it looks like a giant Disney Village to me. Always fixed in time ^^" So Seoul was like being in a cool action movie to me haha.

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  101. Maldives is better ;) and prettier. Just saying. Haha

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  102. why arent they happy? being #23 is not bad, compared to how big and beautiful is this planet

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  103. Every country has its own charm,that's an unfair comparision. :) You won't be able to see the things you see in India in Maldives and the same goes for the things u get to see in Maldives that arn't in India.
    Ahh,would love to visit Maldivies someday when my budget allows. :(

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  104. just came back from a one month trip in s korea, totally loved the food there! the main meals, the late night snacks, rice cakes, side dishes.. there are korean restaurants from where i live, but i really really enjoyed them there! ^^

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  105. Canberra? It ain't no major city lol just the capital because Sydney and Melbourne were fighting to be the capital so... they threw some little thing right in between them. Major cities are either Melbourne or Sydney.

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  106. i want to go to Japan first before korea tho...akihabara :P

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  107. in my country so many beautiful islands... come to indonesia, visit belitung island, lombok island and many other..

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  108. they have universal studio

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  109. 7. [+78, -15] Well you have to realize that more than 70% of the Chinese tourists are K-Pop fans are just visiting to either meet the idols or buy their merchandise... They're not here to see anything traditional or cultural about Korea.

    yeah i think it's true. thank you hallyu wave ^^
    but i'm surprised they didn't mention one of their strongest appeal imo : their food.
    when i watch tv-shows and dramas it's the first thing which gives me the envy to visit Korea ! it always seems so yummy and traditional.
    and there is also their landscapes who are simply beautiful.

    koreans often seem to think poorly of their country which is sad.
    i'm maybe not always agreeing with their way to see things but their country is at least beautiful to watch.


    right now i think they have a bad reputation concerning their "racism" towards foreigners and the fact that you can't be sure to be helped if you ask them something.
    honestly i wanted to visit Korea but the more i read about it the less i want too but i will probably try once because i indeed want to see my bias and because i don't want to generalize an entire country based on their netizens, which i do sometimes and regret.

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  110. u shud visit JUNSU's hotel too :)

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  111. Come to Europe \o/
    Anyway I visited Seoul last year and aside from following Kpop I did go to several cultural/historical places so THEY DO EXIST, and they have beautiful nature and mountains, netizens just love to whine...

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  112. Doesn't Korea still have temples that are like in the mountains and stuff? And don't the country side still have some festivals? It's unfortunate that globalization is ruining culture but I doubt it's too the point where it doesn't exist. :S but then again i haven't been there to see. I like big cities and there's probably something really nice in Seoul besides food.

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  113. Why not visit both Korea & Japan?

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  114. But you could say that about any country. It's just the more you learn about a country, the more you hear about the bad stuff.

    Korea is no worse then any other country in the world, each place has their own problems.
    Go any any of the websites Chinasmack, Japancrush, Russiaslam etc that translates comments, and you will read just as many bad and racist things there, that you do here.
    No county is immune from problems or idiots.



    I wouldn't let a site like this put you off a country. Having visited myself it was a great place full of many nice people.

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  115. Well, I loved the Cheongdeok Palace. It was like another world when I entered it.

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  116. Please don't try it.

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  117. 7-nim, I'd say I'm half-half for that. I'm there to buy as many CDs as I can AND GO SIGHTSEEING >:( Last time I went, the best souvenir I brought home was not the CDs, but the cultural book+calendar set that Bae Yong Jun wrote. Everything about that book was so Korean, and very much so beautiful.

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  118. wow i just realized it's been so long already the internet will soon be crowded with people who actually don't remember it :/

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  119. uhm, nonetheless i still want to visit korea soon :> they should be proud, i think korea still a very nice country :)

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  120. Having been to a lot of cities I'd like to give K-netizens a tip. Tourists get ripped off by cabbies and vendors *EVERYWHERE*.

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  121. 7. [+78, -15] Well you have to realize that more than 70% of the Chinese tourists are K-Pop fans are just visiting to either meet the idols or buy their merchandise... They're not here to see anything traditional or cultural about Korea.
    SO TRUE. A friend of mine lives in korea and says that most tourists come looking to meet their kpop idols and stuff in the dramas but get disappointed because its "Normal looking".

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  122. I heard seoul never sleeps, they could market korea as a dynamic country with night life and such. Not everyone is interested in cultural tourism, cities can be exciting too!

    And even japanese people come to korea just to go shopping ('cause it's cheaper, japan is expensive)

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  123. fellow koreans, dont worry i knew that dramas are not the same as reality.. and when i visited korea i loved it A LOT! such an amazing service and everybody was SO nice to me. i loved every single moment in korea. i even gained 5 kilos lol korean food is a taste of heaven :D KOREA YOU ROCK

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  124. they're close, If I ever visit japan or korea I wouldn't be able to leave before I visit the other one tbh

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  125. Why is it so much better?
    I like both, they have different charms so I don't see how can you compare them

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  126. no country is perfect, every country has it's bad aspects. Korea isn't really any worse than your regular country

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  127. the comments here saying this city isn't all that or there's nothing special blah blah blah. let me tell you all something , when you don't travel often and you've been living in a very country state where there really is nothing to see, going to nyc,vegas, or la is gonna be amazing. people are just happy to get out of their state/country.

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  128. from the pics I've seen, it's beautiful

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  129. yup. just don't come to Jakarta. there's really nothing to see here. just shopping malls. malls everywhere >.<

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  130. As a spaniard, I visited France and Italy and they're full of culture, of course, but the cities are actually exactly the same as my country except they speak different languages (even the small cities are similar).
    Korea, since it's in asia, it's much more exotic for me. Even just seeing the different temples of the city would be fascinating


    Just my point of view :)

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  131. korea has a lot of temples and plently of mountains! hiking is big~
    Don't take these netizens comments to heart

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  132. You prob don't live in Canada. Be graceful :P We're used to high taxes and overpriced items compared to the US. Thank goodness there's Internet shopping.

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  133. I don't understand why tourists keep coming here (making France the 1st destination in the world, with 83 millions tourists in 2012) if we're so horrible XD

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  134. welp I persoanlly really like korea and would love to visit it someday. I'm not someone who does cultural tourism so I would rather enjoy the big cities like seoul and busan. Hongdae on the summer sounds like fun

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  135. Trust me when I say Australia is more expensive for clothes, there are times when it's literally cheaper to ship clothes from the US to here.

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  136. F21 is such a ripoff these days. I remember 4 years ago when Canada only had like 2 f21 stores. Then came their explosion in malls and a blouse I used to get for 20$ is priced at 30$. I avoid f21 bc I notice their clothes is more trendy and u will dislike the pieces after a year.

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  137. I live in Korea and let me tell you even if a taxi driver rips you off, you're still paying less than the US.

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  138. "From what I've seen on Korean TV Shows [...] Korea is a beautiful place."

    Because they only show you what's beautiful. Korea is extremely nationalistic and has a face-culture. Additionally the media is heavily influenced/controlled by the government That means the TV is being used to show "the greatness of Korea" via the Hallyu so Korea can gain Face in front of the world.

    I can give you some examples from Running Man, as it is the only show I continuously watch. Whenever they go to some historical place everyone goes like "oohhh", "aahhh" and they show texts like "the pride of our great nation". When they rode the subway it had to be pointed out how fast it goes from where to where, to trigger a reaction from the viewers like "Oohh! Korea is such a modern country for having such fast public transportation". In the recent episodes with Park Ji Sung and the other football player they absolutely had to put down Japan.

    Other examples seen through all shows is that Korean food is the best and the not so subtle product placement of Korean products (I'm looking at you Samsung!)

    The Hallyu is basically a branch of the Ministry of Foreign Relations. To get an overview of its work, look here http://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/korean-foreign-policy-year-in-review-2012-so-many-grievances/

    This is not to say that Korea is a shit place, it is just not as great as the Hallyu propaganda is making it out to be. If you are going to Korea, expecting it to be like the shows and dramas, you will be deeply disappointed.

    What I want to say with this is: Korea is a country just like every other country with its ups and downs. So enjoy Kpop, enjoy Kdramas, enjoy Kshows! That's what I do! But be aware that it is plastic world made to make you feel good.

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  139. The reason these knetz are complaining is bcoz they have been in Korea for too long

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  140. OMG... I really want visit belitung. *Maybe i can meet with arai or ikal :D. Kidding :)*


    Actually, there are so many beautiful places. If foreigners want explores the beautiful ones and like untouchable places, firstly just asked your Indonesian friends. Don't asked tour agents directly.

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  141. we always thinking of visiting other countries.. my country malaysia even ranked 10th.. proud to be malaysian..

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  142. Agree. Jakarta is a city for business trip only, it already has over one hundred malls and still counting.. >.<
    And there are over 17,000 islands withing the country with multiple shades beach sand colors (white, black, pink etc).. Indonesia is a place if you're looking for endless summer LOL

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  143. i think it's because it's iconic, my brother loved it. he said he felt like he was transported into a different time when he was in grand central station. and even though it isn't the capital it's usually the setting for mainstream films and series. like i want to live like blair waldorf or something like that. but then my sister who went there said i will never be blair if i dont live in the upper east side (im poor huhuhu) so yeah, it's iconic for a lot of people.

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  144. It's not just about seeing sights, it's about experiencing a different culture. Food is always a big part of my travels. I would rather go to a good, local restaurant than see an old building that i can see on the discovery channel

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  145. The grass is always greener on the other side.. I personally love going overseas, even if I'm just going to Starbucks, everything's in a different language and the people are different, it's fascinating hehe

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  146. Why are the netizens saying these things instead of promoting their country??? Im planning to visit korea with my friends soon and it disappoints me that there are comments like these. There are a lot of beautiful places in korea just by watching dramas and variety shows and this whats make me interested in their country.

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  147. it's less expensive to shop in the US, well for our family at least. in my country everything is over-priced because of the tax and tariff added. also Spain, well since i love Zara

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  148. you know people don't really expect anything traditional but something like hong kong like shopping meca when they go to singapore

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  149. K-nets complain about Korea all the time. Sometimes they seem to think they have it the worst, which is naive. They are too used to their own country.

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  150. before people rush on how hallyu effect tourism.
    tourism is all about culture in the first place.
    architecture,food,fashion,movie,music.

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  151. And the middle east too ^_^

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  152. "Because they only show you what's beautiful."
    welp that only means they do have beautiful places. Why would you go to the not-so-great ones when you do tourism. Logic?

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  153. Living in my own country, I sometimes feel it's too ordinary too. Though, at times I love everything about it. Especially walking to school and back home. It's really beautiful because I live in the countryside now. The city is okay but nature wins big time. We should all be proud of our country and culture!

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  154. To be honest if it wasn't for kpop I would never visit Korea... If I have to choose a asian country I would go to Japan.

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  155. Do you know where I can see this ranking?
    I would like to see my country's rank ^^

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  156. Japan actually ranked lower than Korea in the report.

    http://dtxtq4w60xqpw.cloudfront.net/sites/all/files/pdf/unwto_highlights13_en_hr_0.pdf.

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  157. They are supposed to choose nice places ofc. I mean they don't certainly plan to explore garbage dumps or something. It's common sense. You are making it more complicated than it is.

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  158. Why cant they be proud of their own country?

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  159. I actually still wanna go...There are a few beautiful places in Korea I wanna see.

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  160. Then NB nets will call them nationalistic.

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  161. whose down vote ur comment? pathetic enough

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  162. Trust me if you've been to US Universal Studios this is reaaaaally miniscule.

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  163. but i dont know why that i want to visit jakarta. even though i know how jakarta is

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  164. Number 3's Comment: stupid ignorant netizen is stupid and ignorant.

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  165. oh I'm surprised Korean themselves don't see the beauty of their own country (in 1night and2 days they do show off the country but not only for foreigners, but also for Koreans to remember there's something else than the grey cities) : they must stay in the stressful city and not go to the countryside much which has many interesting cities and comic books, and art festival, (I once picked up a Korea tourism guide and it was huge with tons of festivals even in the midts of the city and particuliar towns) the sights and Jeju-do are amazing, i'd love to hike in South Korea, the landscapes are amazing outside of town! I personally really like SK's culture and I would try a hanbok xD -sorry I'm fantazing-
    I'm a fan of spicy food and I would definetely taste everything in the charming open markets there (well except the insects :s), I think SK has a charm beyond dramas and Kpop and that's the mix between modernity and old stuff/countryside places. And personally, since buying online Korean cosmetics is expensive, I would buy tons of it in SK and enjoy the amazing Korean shops that I can't find in France!
    It's Korean themselves that forget their own culture even in their own country, and for persons who are like me interested in what there's in SK that there's nowhere else, there's plenty of stuff to do in South Korea! The commenters seriously sound depressed xD


    The cities obviously have the same shops as everywhere, that's called globalization but I dunno if they study geography or economics as mandatory subject in SK.

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  166. i think everyone finds their home town/city boring since you've been there forever(figuratively) but when i left my hometown you kinda start thinking it's the best or something even if it's not true haha

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  167. Jenizz | pinkcrownJuly 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    It depends where you shop I guess.. some mini shops in Shibuya were REALLY cheap.. :3
    Hm, when we took taxis in Korea, we had no problem at all.. We just waved, they stopped, we sat down and showed the ID Card of the Hotel.. :'D THE END.
    Besides that.. we just said 'Hongdae' / 'Hongik' or stuff like that.. or we had a map with us and pointed to an area.. xD
    No need to speak besides 'Annyeonghaseyo' and 'Kamsahabnida' xD

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  168. I thought taxis in Korea uses the metered fare system? OOT, but I had drivers refuse to stop for us because we were foreigners. Weird. Maybe they knew they weren't able to communicate with us.

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  169. omg you went there for a long time *.* was it job related or something? I totally understand you for your suitcase full of skincare, Korean have amazing skincare :) I wish people would understand that Skorea is so much more than k-pop.

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  170. is it different from malaysia's beach?
    i really loved malaysia you know food is totally fantastic and the view was so much better than korea but the beach was really horrible for a southern country.

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  171. I wish I can go to Japan one day. My great grandfather is a japanese, but sadly I've never been there yet..╮(╯_╰)╭

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  172. i know i lived in kl i still love the country.
    deserve to be pround, indeed.

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  173. both america and canada have the same exact things. you guys are on the same continent ffs.

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  174. France has beautiful landmarks, but it was total culture shock trying to buy something at McDonalds and finding out people don't queue at all, at least on two occasions I've encountered. It was a matter of seeing who got to push their money into the cashier's face first. .__.

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  175. japan is more expensive than korea. you will starve trying to go there lol and most of the clothing quality is like america's very cheaply made but a much higher price.

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  176. I loved Chicago...I was so impressed...of course I stayed at a large hotel in the loop within walking distance of millenium park but it was clean and the free bus services was great...I'd love to go back...

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  177. I am just praying and hoping Lotteria would open here some day. I'd kill for some cheese sticks right now. And sannakji..oh god ;A;

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  178. hi hi ^^ haha not for work. I just decided to rent an apartment and stay in Seoul! I have some friends there, but mainly it was just me exploring the city ;D

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  179. first impressions are important to them. that's why alot of women wear make-up there. not like in the us were no one cares and looks disheveled.

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  180. daisyhillxinspiritJuly 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    They should make kpop tourism organized :D

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  181. lol singapore is boring as hell and expensive. The only good thing is the security here.

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  182. When I was there all I did was sweat to death and ate a ton. A lot of foods I ate are things I can't get in the states or other parts of Asia, so that was the highlight of my trip

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  183. Even in movies or dramas Korea has always looked like a very generic country with nothing that sets it apart from others. Japan has Tokyo can be like a futuristic metropolis. And even China has some very sprawling locations. Thats why Koreans make a big deal of Jeju because in itself its nothing really special but at least it offers something different from the mainland. The only thing that stands out from Korea is that it has a lot of cafes/bars apparently and each sort of look different.

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  184. um seoul is twice the size of nyc compared to the people. did you even bother to go to myeongdong? so many foreigners everywhere on weekends. and you didn't go to busan or jeju

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  185. yeah even if it's a bit shallow to visit a country just for celebrities it is profit maximizing, they can do a tourist thing where they map the big agencies (not just the big 3) i mean of course they have to get in contact with the companies and maybe allow tourist until the lobby area. that will be like $$$$$ because some fans are willing to pay for those things hahahaha

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  186. you never been there. how can you say it's poor? wtf

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  187. as a korean i think koreans believe we don't have any landmark.
    like buckingham palace, eiffel tower, colosseum etc.
    that's why people are insecure also we do lack traditional architecture.
    i mean paris even limits the length of modern arch just to keep traditional beauty of france.

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  188. Haha what? Seriously? lol I love Singapore xD I live in Malaysia so it's really easy to go there, and even though I go there so often, I still love it... It's clean, safe and I love staying in Sentosa ♥

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  189. wow that's cool, you are independent and it must have been fun to explore a new city like that! :D a city, no matter which it is always have many different sides to it and I think it's really interesting^^

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  190. I really want to go there someday...visiting the historic places,traditional houses,museums,trying out the korean street foods..

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  191. Oh you mean the traditional architecture is slowly disappearing in your country? I get what you mean, a landmark can be quite sentimental to a nation and represent it/be its identity. But soon Gangnam could be the representative part of your country foreigner remember about. A country not having a defined landmark place everyone goes to pushes real tourists to search, explore and have fun finding places there I think :)

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  192. i think i saw someone have gave the link of pdf world tourism organization

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  193. I want to say yes, come visit Europe. But thinking about it, the farthest I've ever been was the border with Spain... And even in Portugal I haven't visited much... :S But the places I visited are beautiful. Either cities like Lisbon or the landscapes. From what I've read that tourist say about Portugal, they say it's a romantic place.
    I wish I could visit more countries in Europe!! Outside of Europe I just really want to visit Egypt and Japan, maybe SK too but not because of kpop...

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